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About Blynn12

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  1. I listed my GPA on my CV. It is on the same line as the degree ( abc degree, GPA 0.0) so not highlighted or taking up an extra line. However, no job I interviewed for asked anything about GPA or grades in general. I was asked more clinical based questions and the typical interview questions. I don't think you need to put it on there.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Peopl
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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 wr
  12. 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.
  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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