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  1. This is true. So retaking those courses may not make a big change in your overall GPA. Keep in mind though that some schools calculate GPA specifically for your pre-reqs, where they may average the two or take the higher grade depending on the school. Either way the retake will make much more of a difference for your pre-req GPA. Retaking those old courses will also allow you to show improvement to adcoms and that you are ready for the rigors of PA school, plus it's good review, so it's definitely worth your time.
  2. You do not need to get a masters prior to application, and unless it is something that you really want to do anyways it will probably end up just being a waste of time and money. Your GPA is average; with an otherwise strong application it should not be a problem. Spend this year getting PCE hours, shadowing, and volunteering. You might want to take a few extra classes that interest you to keep sharp academically but you do not need to get another degree. And also make sure to take some time to travel, pick up a new hobby, etc. Be productive, but make sure you enjoy that gap year because PA sc
  3. I did not take the GRE and only applied to schools that did not require it. My plan was to take it before my second round of applications, if needed. I had a competitive application, and got into a handful of schools on the first round, so I never took it. The schools that don't require it have excluded it for a reason; they don't think that it is a good predictor of student success. If it's not required, there's a very good chance it won't even be considered in their admission decision. So I would say you only need to take it if you are interested in applying to a school that requires it
  4. I think it has more to do with being vague and more easily applying to other medical professions.
  5. I have a handful of friends, including some PA students that are going out and paying cash to get one of these antibody tests, just to find out if they probably had it at some point. But without knowing if antibodies actually confer lasting immunity, how long it lasts for, or what a positive titre is the test is useless. Not to mention the test quality seems to be poor as ventana stated. If I have a chance to get drawn as part of a study, sure, that could satisfy my curiosity and help us learn more about this thing. But paying big bucks to a private lab to get results that don't really mean an
  6. I don't think anyone is advocating for a completely online experience. That would certainly not be adequate. However, the majority of didactic is death by power point, and there is zero reason that couldn't be online. To do it right would require regular in person meeting to learn physical exam, skills etc. Hybrid programs like that could be great for rural communities. Spend 75% of your time in your community and then go to campus a few times a month for PE, skills, etc. Might encourage people to stay in their communities and actually help expand care to these undeserved areas that we
  7. Well, pretty much everywhere has an online program currently with the COVID-19 situation. My program (I'm almost done with didactic) went online for now; and while I prefer to be in class in person, I see no reason that online lectures with labs and simulation done in person couldn't work. Personally I think we will see many more programs moving at least some of their instruction online after this thing is over. But to answer your question, Yale is the only school I know of that offers an online program outside of our current circumstances. I am a bit concerned that the perception that on
  8. Read the course catalog description. I would take whichever one is designed for bio majors as this will be viewed more favorably by many programs
  9. I would recommend asking questions that help you understand the specific strengths, weaknesses, and culture of the program from an insiders perspective. Building rapport and showing interest in your interviewers is important, but I would not spend too much time on personal questions such as their specialty or background, especially if the interview is short. You're there to select a program, so make sure you get the information that you need to make that choice. Remember that it is a two way interview. Ask questions that you really want to know the answer to, and that will be helpful in choosi
  10. The survey should be sent to all PAs and PA students with an AAPA account. You do not have to be a paid member to receive/complete the survey.
  11. Current UCD student here. Just FYI, as of this year the dual track is no longer an option. FNP students still take most of the same classes as the PA students and, according to the FNP program director, get a more thorough medical education because of that. However, we have been told that no one will have the dual track option going forward.
  12. I'm sure you know this, but both your cGPA and sGPA are pretty low. It is not at all impossible for you to get in, but your GPA will be a major obstacle. I would suggest retaking A&P, and getting As which should put your cGPA over 3.0 (a common cutoff). After that the rest of your app will have to carry your GPA. Your last 50 credit GPA is good and you have a decent number of PCE hours. Your personal statement, LORs, the quality of your PCE and how you are able to articulate it, GRE, and the content of your recent coursework will determine whether or not you get a shot. So to p
  13. I had a similar question; I was asked by one interviewer what other schools I had interviewed at. I simply answered the question. Don't sweat it. It is no secret that most applicants apply to at least a handful of schools, they will be expecting this. As for where you want to go, I agree there is no need to rank the schools you applied to. I would suggest describing the type of program that you want to attend, and highlighting the ways that the school you are interviewing at fits with your vision of what type of program you want to attend.
  14. Double check with the specific programs you want to apply to. Most programs that I have seen do not prefer 4 year over cc, but there are some that do. Also double check that the specific courses themselves will meet requirements (some schools will specify that it must not be an intro course, must require certain pre-reqs, must include certain topics, etc.). As long as your programs will accept the courses, you are good to go. Many students take accelerated courses and are not hindered by it. If you are able to pull it off and do well in them, taking difficult classes in an accelerated format m
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