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About Blynn12

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  1. 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.
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    Alternate Candidate List

    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!
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    BSN to PA

    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.
  4. I had at least 5. No big deal.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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    Age of Pre-reqs

    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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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    Wait-listed - good or bad?

    So you have been put on a wait-list for an interview? I think some programs with rolling admissions do this? I am not too sure to comment more, but somebody else probably has more knowledge about it. As for those who have been wait-listed after an interview - you never know when you might get a call inviting you to join the program. Happened to me with just 2 weeks before the first day of class!
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    Want to quit PA school

    My PA journey was similar to yours in that I received my bachelor's degree 3 years before I went on to PA school. During those 3 years, I focused on my career, took the few extra classes I needed and generally enjoyed my life without school work. So yes, stepping into a PA program was difficult and challenging. I didn't score well on my first two exams and it was an eye opener that I really had to develop better study habits. To start, I met with my instructors and reviewed the questions I missed with them and this gave me good feedback as to how I was reading & interpreting questions. I'm sure added stress is the fact that you moved out of state, but that should just be the extra motivator for you to do well and improve. I would suggest finding people in class to study with (and make friendships). My classmates often studied in groups in the library and I joined a group to see if their study techniques would help me. So many students have different ways of approaching studying and people tend to zone in on different concepts so a group can be a good way to find what works for you which might improve motivation.
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    Interview Attire (women)

    A skirt with blazer would be a good compromise if you're not a fan of the pant suit. I agree that a dress is probably too informal for this type of interview. FWIW, it is pretty standard to wear a similar outfit to job/PG program interviews, so it's helpful to invest in something like this now.
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    Community College Courses

    My entire PA school prereq coursework was through community college. Then I went into a specific associates program at a CC and obtained my bachelor's online. As long as your classes meet the school requirements, you'll be fine. Start thinking about which schools you'd want to apply for and check the requirements.
  14. The program FAQ page states that they're interested in candidates who ideally want to practice in AZ. There were definitely more residents than non-residents in my class, but still a decent amount of out of state candidates were accepted.
  15. You could contact the local PA program and med schools and let them know that you have housing available for students on rotations and they should be able to provide your contact info to their students.

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