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  1. I had 2 years of PCE, 2 years of HCE, and a science degree and I received many interview invites and acceptances so you should be fine. Don’t stress about it too much. Just apply broadly and stay positive
  2. I agree. I vote to submit at the 2000 mark. Your app will still be in early.
  3. Private schools aren’t mandated to accept a certain number of in-state students so that may be your best bet. Like others said, check the websites for programs you’re interested in as well.
  4. I really liked Magoosh’s online subscription. I studied a month and a half, and used their program almost exclusively. I also did use the free GRE practice tests you get when you sign up for your exam.
  5. I had two letters from MDs and one from my supervisor. I did not have any letters from PAs. If you think your other contacts know you better and write you a stronger letter, I would stick with those.
  6. Personally, I wish I would have gone back to school sooner. It’s harder to get back into the swing of things after working and being out in the “real world.” Then again, you may enjoy the break if you’re already feeling burnt out. PA school is a lot more difficult than undergrad, mostly because of the pace and sheer volume. However, If you don’t take this, and you don’t get in next cycle, would you be upset for turning down the opportunity? How did you like the program when you interviewed?
  7. I think you should retake and try to get over 300. Most schools require a minimum of 300, so you will automatically get screened out of consideration from those schools. Magoosh was an awesome tool for GRE preparation.
  8. Last cycle, I applied in early July and did not have any issues, but it’s probably wise to submit in May or June, if possible.
  9. I have a dog. I don’t have a ton of extra time to spend with her, but my husband helps, and she is low energy. If you do get a rescue dog, a low energy senior dog may be a good choice because I’m sure they would appreciate having a good home and they also like to sleep a lot and don’t require as many walks etc I’m a big advocate for senior dogs- they have a lot to offer and a lot of people bypass them!
  10. Yes, you have a good shot, so definitely apply! Also- as mentioned above, make sure scribing experience is accepted at schools to which you are applying. Good luck!
  11. Agreed! I got a great deal on a Welch Allyn set on eBay!
  12. I think you should apply with 2000 hours and see what happens. The rest of your application is solid. Just make sure you have a strong personal sramement. You can pick schools that don’t have an extremely high average number of hours, but it can’t hurt to apply to some “reach” schools as well. You never know what will happen Best of luck!
  13. Most people recommend taking a break and enjoying yourself. While this is true, it can’t hurt to brush up on anatomy and physiology, especially if you haven’t taken these courses in awhile. I’d definitely focus on cardiology, but also recommend reviewing the other systems. First part of first semester, we had a condensed, fast-paced physiology course. I hadn’t taken physiology in almost 10 years and worked in a sub-speciality, so I had to spend a bit more time studying than classmates who’d taken it more recently. Brushing up on(or learning the basics of) EKGs would also be helpful.
  14. I still think it’s unnecessay to retake it. Your score is competitive, and you surpass the minimum requirement, so schools likely won’t care when you took it as long as it was within 5 years. Save your time and money for CASPA and supplemental applications
  15. If it was me, I would retake. Most schools wants minimum 150 per section or 50th percentile per section. You have other good stats, but if you don’t meet a school’s GRE requirements, your application will likely get screened out. What resources did you use? I found Magoosh to be very helpful.
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