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  1. I took the Genetics class through UNE. You are right that the flexibility of the class is great. You can finish the class relatively quick and get a grade for it immediately upon completion, which helps with getting transcripts to CASPA. However, if you can take it somewhere else, I would advise you to. It was one of the hardest classes I've taken. While the exams are open book/open note, the questions are super obscure and seem like they reference the most mundane fact in the book. I spent 3-4 hours a night for 8 weeks until I finished the class (I took a couple nights and weekends off here and there). I didn't listen to the lectures themselves because the professor was basically reading her powerpoint into the camera without adding any additional substance. I ended up only using the book. To address your question about the lab: when I took the course, which was in March of 2017, the lab was required. I'm not sure if they finally separated the two. But the lab was a waste of time in my opinion. They don't correlate well to the material of the lecture portion, which I feel is supposed to be case with labs. The virtual labs themselves don't really help to answer all of the lab report questions. You end up having to fish for answers in online forums because the book doesn't really help either. If I remember correctly, I spent 2-3 hours on the labs/reports (in addition to the 3-4 hours I spent on lectures). Even still, the professor is super picky about questions. I remember I would write paragraphs for an answer to ensure that I included everything and would still get docked points for a mundane point that wasn't referenced in the lab or lectures. The one positive about the lab is that it is a grade booster (even with the pickiness of the professor you can still do well on the lab portion) that most people end up needing because the lecture portion of the class is so tough. So if you are looking for an easy genetics class just to get an easy A to say you did it, my advice would be to try it somewhere else. When I was looking on SDN forum and ratemyprofessor about the class, a lot of people did the most work they've ever done for an online class and in some cases, more than in-person courses, and still came out with a C or B-. It's a risk/reward situation in my opinion unless they've completed revamped the course curriculum. My guess is that you're probably not spending $1300 to get a B/C, but you could also possibly be in a situation where you just need to take the class just to take it. I apologize if I am rambling on at this point but I hope this helps.
  2. You may already know this but there are schools with minimum GPA requirements of 2.75 or 2.80 cumulative and science. You could possibly manage to get your foot in the door at those schools and even be strongly considered if your last 24-40 credit hours are strong both in difficulty (upper-level science coursework) and performance. So if you can't manage to get the 3.0 benchmark, those schools might be an option for you. All of your points are valid. It sucks to have a class that you might have retaken and did substantially better in, not make a dent in your GPA. It's the unfortunate reality every applicant deals with though. While I'm sure there might be better ways to standardize entrance requirements and grade repeats, we might be far away from those being implemented across the board. With how hyper-competitive applying to PA school has become, I would have to think that most programs wouldn't have the time or manpower to recalculate everyone's GPA over the course of their academic career, especially if they are getting 1000+ applications. That would be a lot for even 500 applications. I'm struggling to think of one school that would do that. That's why a good number of schools place the emphasis on the last 24-60 credit hours because they expect there to be a healthy number of applicants with academic blemishes and want to be able to look at people holistically. But unfortunately, that's only if you can meet the minimum requirements. Good luck to you.
  3. Back in December we got an email from Kaila/Tom indicating that they would like us to wait until March when we receive the first official "welcome" email. They just want to fill each seat and finalize the class prior to the creation of a group. As far as I can tell though, I think that it is up to someone in each class to create the page.
  4. For some of the schools you want to apply to, go look at their website, specifically their admissions statistics. Most schools have an average matriculation age of 25-26 with some being higher. The required HCE/PCE hours requires a lot of people to apply later after undergrad and there are a good number of people who choose to be a PA after many years in another career field. So, as the others have stated, no, 27 is not too old.
  5. Congrats on getting an interview! Honestly, no real advice. A week prior to your interview, they will send you a link with a video and description of the MMI process. The entire two days on campus was actually pretty laid back. The faculty and staff do a great job at making you feel welcome. For the actual interview, whether it's Iowa or any other program that utilizes the MMI format, there is really no way to actually prepare for the questions they will ask you. It's actually a really good way to weed out people who might rehearse answers based on what they think interviewers want to hear and who is being their genuine self. I had fun doing MMI and really enjoyed it. With that being said, the only real advice I can give you will come as no surprise, but just be yourself. Before my interview, I thought people giving the advice to "just be myself" was some cookie cutter answer with no real meaning behind it. But now having gone through the process, it really is the best advice. They already know who you are on paper and you were impressive enough in their eyes to be offered an interview. Now, they truly want to get to know you to see if you will be a good fit for their class/program. You can PM me if you have any more questions. If you have questions on where to stay or what to see while in the area, I live and work in Iowa City so I'm pretty familiar with things and would be happy to help! Good luck!
  6. The course content itself was okay because genetics is interesting. The delivery of the course definitely needs some work. The lecture was useless so I ended up using the book for most if not all of the class. That ended up being okay because the unit exams were open book/open note and so is the final exam. I also wasn't a huge fan of the required lab. I'm pretty sure that all of the other courses with UNE have an optional lab component. I'm not sure why this one was required. There was zero correlation of concept between lecture and lab so there was no need for it to be "required." The labs themselves were poorly designed (virtual labs are also an extra fee). The lab report questions were poorly worded leading to being docked nit-picky points. I spent 2-3 hours a night on genetics (which was the majority of my time spent) out of the three classes that I took. This included weekends mainly because I wanted to finish so that I could apply when it would still be considered "early." It wasn't my favorite course, but a necessary evil in order to reach the end goal. Overall, I would rate the class at a 5-10, mainly because I finished early and it helped my application a ton, and also because genetics is pretty interesting. My advice though, would be to take it elsewhere if you can. Only use UNE genetics as a last resort. Unfortunately, I was not able to find another alternative. Maybe a community college. Micro and nutrition were two of their better courses.
  7. I had found the same information. Some of the classes have undergone changes in recent years so I'm not sure how much better that's made it. The main complaints seem to be against O Chem and Biochem. Again I managed to pull off A's in all three courses that I mentioned and learned a decent amount (especially genetics and nutrition). I think the big appeal with UNE is that the courses are self-paced and if you put your nose to the grindstone, you can potentially finish what is designed to be a 16-week course in as little as 3. So for example, if application deadline is approaching or CASPA is about to open and you really need the grade, you can speed through the course, get a pretty good grade (depending on the course), and get your final grade recorded in 24-48 hours and a transcript sent out and received by CASPA or your school within a week. I do agree though that it would be pretty demoralizing to put in so much work to eke out a B-. I think one of the big downsides with some of the UNE courses is how much a midterm or final exam could be weighted, especially if you've had a terrible professor. You could be performing well on everything in the course and get screwed because you didn't read the text underneath an obscure figure in the textbook...
  8. I think it depends on the classes you take at UNE. I took Genetics, Microbiology, and Nutrition all through UNE, did well, and was accepted into a great program. On the flip side of that, when I was doing research on online courses, I read a bunch of mixed reviews on several of the courses at UNE. It's probably what you make of it but best to have all of the information available. P.S. I took each of those courses concurrently and probably spent 3-4 hours per night and finished in about 10 weeks (self-paced).
  9. From what I understand about the process at Iowa, they can send out invites as late as 1-2 weeks prior to each interview date. There is one more interview session January 12th/13th. Good luck!
  10. Got the call from Tom yesterday informing me of my acceptance! Still so hard to believe! I was a part of the October 20th/21st interview dates. Good luck to everyone still waiting to hear back! Stay positive, trust the process, and great things will happen!
  11. It came as a bit of surprise to me as well! Judging by some of the previous posts, I wasn't expecting to hear anything for at least another couple of weeks at the very minimum and I was certainly prepared for longer. So it was definitely a nice surprise. Thank you! I believe that the interview-hold is a good thing so fingers crossed that you hear back soon!
  12. CASPA Verified: 7/17 Application "Complete" Email: 8/26 Interview "Hold" Email: 9/24 Interview Invite: 9/26 Interview Date(s): 10/20 & 10/21 Good luck to everyone applying!
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