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  1. Hi everyone! I just got accepted off of the waitlist! I am so excited to be part of the class of 2022 and can't wait to meet everyone. Is there a facebook group for students in the incoming class or a good way we can connect? If no, would anyone like to start some kind of group to get to know each other and even discuss potential places to live in Dayton near the school? Good luck to anyone else still on the waitlist and I hope you hear good news soon too!
  2. Congrats to everyone who has been invited for an interview and for those of you who were offered a seat! I am flying up 12/1 for the interview 12/2. I have a bit of time the day before the interview and don't know what there is to do in the area so if anyone wants to get together/prep etc. let me know. Good luck to you all!
  3. Hi everyone! I am flying into Tampa from DC tomorrow and will land around noon for the interview on Sunday and Monday. My flight is not until later Monday night so I am going to quote everyone who said they will be around for the interview to see if anyone wants to get together before or after the interviews. I would also be down to make a GroupMe for the Nov 3/4 interview group for those of you all that want! Best of luck everyone to everyone in your interviews at this program and any future potential programs!
  4. One of my top choice schools. Good luck to everyone! Verified 6/25.
  5. I am wondering if it is still worth it to take the GREs mid-July, while I am underprepared or just apply to schools that do not require them. Long story short there were issues with ETS getting medically related extended time for my GREs, and it took several months to get approved. Since then, I have studied a little and focused on all the aspects of CASPA. I signed up to take the GREs on July 11th. Now I am worried that by the time I take them, and the schools I want to apply to actually receive my scores it will be so late in the game that I will not be considered for many, as they are mostl
  6. I also was not sure about some of my course subjects, but I tried to choose the most accurate subject I could based off of what the class was. If the biochem course was a biochem course, then I would choose the subject as biochem. I am not sure about the pharmacoethics course. Example my math was MAT 151 for a calculus class, so I choose calc on the drop-down list. Chem 351 was orgo I, so I choose Organic Chem from the drop-down list. Here is what CASPA says, "If you're not sure which course subject to choose based on your course's title, default to the department the course is offered t
  7. First-time applicant applying this cycle, and I am looking for someone to review my personal statement. I do not want to provide the document on this post itself but if anyone with some experience writing or reviewing these would be willing to look over mine I would be happy to send it your way! Thanks in advance!
  8. Thanks for the help! I certainly have my own sense more or less of where and where I would not feel comfortable applying but wanted actually to get bogged down in the details of the matter. I can say I would not apply to a withheld/withdrawn program, and I would need to have a good reason and knowledge of why a school was Accreditation-Probation before attending. My issue is if a school is Accreditation-Probation and loses its accreditation, or voluntarily gives it up, and you are packed up and ready to go, or halfway through your time at the program and in that case you are somewhat SOL for l
  9. I am trying to help some other students out and address some questions about the accreditation status of PA programs and wanted to try to summarize (and quote) some of Arc-PAs information about accreditation status. I guess my only confusion is about Accreditation-Withdrawn, Accreditation-Probation, and somewhat Accreditation-Withheld. I think a lot of my trouble lies within the ability for a school to choose to withdraw within 20 days. Does anyone have a good source that explains accreditation a bit more or things to look out for? Below is what I have typed up for accreditation. Please let me
  10. Why have you decided to change from a pre-dental to a pre-PA track?
  11. Of the options, you have given I would say finish school first. But, why not take a CNA course over summer if available. Then get a job work part time, on some weekends and breaks and start getting your hours. This also helps because it gives you an idea of whether or not you want to work in the field. If this option would work and not interfere with your schoolwork/grades go for it! (Once you graduate with great grades you will have experience which can help if you want to find a more fitting full-time job if you are not ready to apply yet.)
  12. @Diggy I assume I will be required to sit through it again, and I won't put up a fight I would just rather learn new material in the class. (I understand this is an important skill that everyone should know.) I feel bad as I am getting off topic about OP's original question. I am more curious if I have made the correct decisions to take the EMT course, (if I will learn a lot of new information etc.). Maybe I could PM you about this? Or anyone else that may be able to help? I appreciate all the feedback.
  13. @mmchick Thanks for the response. Continuing my 5th year of undergrad and taking courses at my university and decided to take the EMT course at my local CC. (I am in the DMV area.) I figured a 10 credit EMT course at my the CC, which is a very good CC, would be worth is as CASPA lists EMT courses as science credits if taken at accredited universities. Total so far is slightly under $1,500 not included books etc. I already have my CNA and work in urgent care. My starting pay was very nice, I was trained a lot on the job and really enjoy it. @Diggy Thanks for the feedback. I am also alread
  14. Worried now I am overpaying. Always less than 1K even if a course at a CC? To OP good luck! Your commitment and hard work will pay off! CNA can be a great route to go. Do a quick job search now to see what you can do with a CNA in your area, (I find that can be helpful). I don't think I can top the comments of everyone else as they have made solid and great points. (I agree do not go for LPN.) I also suggest EMT or CNA over MA. When I took my CNA class a lot of students were MAs but couldn't find jobs, as they did not have prior experience. This could be due to location or other factor so
  15. I would suggest EMT as well. Starting pay can be higher for CNA, but if you are looking to really commit I think you can learn more and go farther with EMT. I have my CNA and have been working in urgent care for almost 2 years. I was lucky to be trained a lot on the job and a lot of the duties I perform we did not learn about, (for example, EKG lead placement, phlebotomy etc.) in CNA school. CNA school is more based towards geriatric care and I found we focused on learning a lot about that. I love working in urgent care and with a CNA you do not always work in nursing homes etc., but I think y
  16. I will say again what I said on Eliment's post deterring people from CNA and MA positions for HCE. I also ask you give people educated advice. Read the fine print: "Please review the definitions below, consider the duties which you performed during your experience, and use your best judgment to determine which category your experience falls into. Note that these definitions are based upon general feedback from PA programs; ultimately CASPA has no preference as to which category you choose to place your experience under as individual programs’ definitions and requirements vary. CASPA ad
  17. I am currently looking for some PAs to shadow in Maryland or the DC area. I am flexible when it comes to times, and am okay with a bit of a drive, as I commute about an hour to school 5 days a week and 2 times a week in the summer. I am a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Psychology. I am CNA and BLS certified and have worked and as an MA in urgent care for about a year and a half. I am also the vice-president of my schools Pre-Physician Assistant Society. I would love to get to spend some more time shadowing PAs around the area in any specialty.
  18. Above comments put it well. If you graduate, sit for the PANCE, pass, and become a PA it doesn't matter what the accreditation status was as long as the program was accredited. Here is how Arc-pa.org explains it: "Provisional accreditation is an active accreditation status. Prior to 2003, those graduating from a PA program that held an active accreditation status at any time during the student’s enrollment were considered graduates of an accredited program and thus were eligible to sit for the NCCPA exam. This policy changed in 2003 and in order to be eligible to take the PANCE, students m
  19. Good luck and great school choices! As a Maryland local myself these are two of my favorite programs, (and the only two in MD)! While your GPA may not be as high as some other applicants your HCE is incredible and can outweigh this. (It often depends program to program though.) RN for 6 years and certified critical care nurse is pretty outstanding. I have gotten a sense that AACC/UMB pays more attention to strong HCE whereas for Towson/CCBC puts slightly more weight into GPA, though again just an opinion. All As in your prereqs is great! (AACC requires Bs or higher, where Towson only requires
  20. Good luck and I hope you follow up on the schools you hear back from! I have a similar GPA (low sGPA due to C in gen chem and orgo 2) so your post is giving me hope! We have invited GW to come speak at the pre-PA society at my school a few times and it is definitely a competitive expensive program, though a lot of PA schools are. (Average cGPA = 3.58, average sGPA = 3.47.) The Director of Academic Operations came to speak and she did note the importance of volunteering too which is a good sign looking at your stats. While their average GPA is on the higher side it is often hard to say how they
  21. Most PA schools require corresponding labs for orgo which are not usually not online, but I am sure there are some schools where this is not the case. I found this old post that may help but had trouble accessing the link on a reply, maybe you will have better luck. http://www.physicianassistantforum.com/index.php?/topic/11350-any-schools-that-accept-online-science-courses-w-lab/
  22. Thanks, I plan to contact her but am waiting on a response to my last message first. I agree asking is the best way to go. I don't want to go in in scrubs acting as if I plan to practice medicine myself. Thank you as well for including the insight into the importance of asking about the PA profession not only the "medicine" itself.
  23. I started taking some Pre-reqs for PA school my first year of undergrad, but I am a bio major, and I plan to graduate with my bachelor's degree in five years total not four, so everyone is different and moves at a different pace. Do any of your Pre-PTA prereqs overlap with Pre-PA prereqs? What time frame are you looking at to get in your prereqs, HCE, some shadowing, and think about applying? You can certainly wait until your third year to start taking prereqs, though if you have not completed any yet it is unlikely you will finish them all in one year while. Though, as I said everyone is diff
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