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  1. I see no reason why you would NEED to quit your job sooner. Personally, I would keep working to maximize savings before beginning school. I had a late acceptance to my program, so I was working anyway and had no time to really do much but put in my 1.5 wk notice. Now, if you're wanting to have time off with your family or plan a vacation, that's a different story and you should prepare for that in whatever time frame you feel is appropriate for you.
  2. I was 30 when I started PA school. I don't have children but can at least give you some idea on balancing things. As far as work goes, it is not recommended to work during school due to the intensity of a PA program. Some of my classmates worked on the weekends and during breaks, so it's not impossible but will definitely impact your study time. The students who had children/families worked their study time around family time - some came to school early, some stayed after class and a lot of the times, I think people got a lot of studying done after their kids went to sleep. People without children either came to school early or stayed after too (or up all night) in order to study so the habits are not that different. You'll have to plan your studying around life, but it doesn't have to be consuming. What I mean is you will know when exams, assignments, quizzes, etc are due which can help how you study throughout the week. For example, my spouse worked every other weekend, so when he worked, I knew I'd have the whole weekend to focus on studying if I wanted to. If we planned something specific for his weekend off, I would put more time into studying during the week. If I had a test on Monday and wanted to get together with friends on a Sunday, then I'd do as much studying for the exam ahead of time (on Saturday and during the previous week) as I could. I think it's smarter to plan ahead like this in regards to studying if you can. This is just my point of view, but hopefully others with families can give you better insight into that balance as well.
  3. I turned my app in around mid to end of August. Received an interview for November and was accepted eventually. So, no, June is not necessarily too late. It really depends on how the schools you apply to choose to review applications. If you are applying to schools that have a rolling admissions process, then it would be best to get your app in as early as possible to be considered. For schools without rolling admissions, the deadline is simply just that - a deadline.
  4. A lot of my classmates liked to use this book to review topics for EORs. https://www.amazon.com/Comprehensive-Certification-Recertification-Examinations-Assistants/dp/1496368789/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1546014468&sr=8-2&keywords=certification+and+recertification+for+physician+assistants
  5. Former RT here and yes, of course it'll help! You have patient assessment skills and a good background to build on, especially since you have specialty credentials. Good luck!
  6. I had a drive that was about an hour in traffic (sometimes more) and 35ish without. I don't care to listen to podcasts/recordings when driving - I'd rather blast music. I usually studied at home, so driving time for me was a way to clear my mind for a little bit. I don't get worked up about driving in rush hour traffic - I can't control it anyway and I'm used to driving in it, so no big deal for me. However, some people can't stand driving in traffic or driving at all so if that's you, it will add to your stress. You could always consider going in early or staying after in the library to study (and avoid traffic IF possible). Maybe you can carpool with a classmate which would make the drive less of a hassle. Being closer to school means that you can sleep in a little later. You won't have to worry about an accident on the freeway holding up traffic (I ran into this a lot, but usually left early enough that it never made me late). You might be able to go home for lunch or if a class is cancelled mid-day. Also, consider what happens during clinical year - where are most clinical sites? Will you have to secure housing for out of town sites? You'll be on campus a lot less, so might not need that apt. As mentioned above, can always consider moving back home after didactic. I personally think saving the money would be best overall, but you have to decide what will work best for you!
  7. I would rule out UTRGV based on the fact that students feel "meh" about rotations. I guess I'd want to know what their exact thoughts were, but could be hard to figure out as a pre-PA. The other schools sound better in regard to this particular option, as well as regarding PANCE and your overall personal feel.
  8. I was accepted 2 weeks prior to the start date. I had no idea that I'd been placed on an alternate list as the school never contacted me. I assumed I wasn't accepted and so I moved on by doing what I needed to improve my application. There were a handful of others in my class accepted off the alternate list, most were notified at some point during the summer. So, I have no great advice other than to think about how you can improve your stats, but I do wish you luck in hearing back sooner than later!
  9. As long as you meet the admission requirements, either way would be acceptable. Personally, I'd do the non-degree path to finish up classes - in fact, that is exactly what I actually did. I also sent my transcripts to my school of choice a year before I planned to apply to be sure that I was meeting all the requirements.
  10. Printer is a good idea for any study guides/outlines, etc you might make. You can always print ppts or huge study guides at school if you want (for a cost of course). I would consider a printer with a scanner for future paperwork, but there are apps like genius scan if you don't go that route. Check out black Friday sales if you decide to buy a printer. Desk space is important too - but you can use your kitchen table too - whatever works for your study habits really. A whiteboard and dry erase markers might be helpful. I used it mostly during anatomy. Nice to have something to write on and be able to erase rather than using up paper.
  11. Recent PA grad, former RRT here. It is challenging to go from getting a good paycheck to full-time student with no income. I relied on student loans, which covered my tuition completely (state university so extremely affordable) and since I was a RT, I had decent savings to help me along with other expenses like car, etc. Fortunately my spouse was able to handle most of our living expenses. My school would notify us of scholarship opportunities that came up through the school, state PA association, etc during the year so there are always those options to help.
  12. I always assumed it was from when the class was taken. I took all of my pre-reqs at a community college and while I technically graduated with an associates in general science, I never considered the year of that degree as a factor in meeting PA program requirements. If I remember correctly, you enter each pre-req on CASPA which will show the semester & year the class was taken. Ultimately, read the requirements closely for the schools you plan to apply to and email them with clarification if needed. I was interested in a university that had a 5 year limit and I emailed asking if my continued education could factor in (since majority of my pre-reqs were around 7-8 years old) and they said there would be no exceptions to that requirement.
  13. Program B. I had a couple of clinical rotations with other PA students. One place had a high pt volume so having other students wasn't really a big issue at all as there were plenty of pts to be seen. However, the other 2 rotations I had with other students resulted in less pt visits for me so less of a chance to work up/think about things on my own first and also A LOT of downtime, esp if it was a slow day.
  14. I've had varying experiences with recruiters. Most seem to want to know about you, your background and your interest especially in said position. I interviewed for a local EM internship and the recruiter asked all the typical interview questions on my first phone call with her (which was about an hour), so I'd be prepared for those types of questions. I was also asked about my comfort level with procedures and what I felt I needed more experience in.
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