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  1. I would recommend getting ready to reapply immediately. There is only a few months left before CASPA opens back up and if you do not get in this cycle, programs are going to want to see improvement. It sounds like you know what to work on for your specific case, but you are already late getting started to improve your application. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.
  2. JTATC

    PA School admission chances

    This^ Most of the scribes that I have seen accepted, or even interviewing, had strong academic backgrounds (bio major >3.5 gpa, etc.). Given your gpa I would think adding a couple thousand hours of hands on pce would be your best shot, in addition to taking more science classes to bolster the gpa. EMT is probably seen as the highest quality pce that can be gotten into quickly (1 semester, or some accelerated courses are even shorter).
  3. JTATC

    Ws on a transcript

    Ws are not calculated into your caspa gpa, however WFs are calculated as Fs. If they were just Ws, I don't think it will kill your chances. Being that this was at least a few years ago and having academic and professional success since then will certainly help your case. Be prepared to talk about it and explain what happened and why, what you learned from it and why your better for it etc. I had a W in Bio 1 as a freshman, and it came up in 1/3 of my interviews. It may be good to address in your personal statement, but I would keep it brief and professional, focusing on how you grew through the situation and why you are better prepared to succeed now.
  4. JTATC

    Academic Reference

    I also opted not to use an academic reference and it worked out just fine for me. I graduated with my bachelors in 2012 and I felt that was too long ago to be relevant for references. Then I took many of my prerequisites in an accelerated format, online, or at a community college and I did not feel that any of the professors knew me well enough to write a good reference, simply due to the format that I took the courses in. I did get all As in my prerequisites, so I felt that my performance spoke for itself and in my case an academic reference wasn't as necessary as professional references. I would recommend you evaluate your your grades and academic performance. If you feel it speaks for itself as I did, you may not need the academic reference. If your grades are average, it may be helpful to have one. You can ask the programs if they will accept the CE teacher. If they won't accept that and you feel you need one, I would try to take another science course in person (preferably upper division) to try to get an academic reference.
  5. I agree that it is a double standard. Personally, I split my hours because several of the schools that I applied to specifically stated to. I did find it annoying that ems is the only healthcare experience I ever saw with that stipulation. I would guess that was written by people that think ems spends most of their day sitting in a recliner at a station, rather than running call to call in a SSM system as is often the case.
  6. You're right, I don't have any data so I'm not sure if "most" is correct, so I'll change it to "some." I definitely ran across a good number that break it down that way though. Bottom line would be, check with the schools you want to apply to, as they may or may not accept all your ems hours as pce.
  7. You are right that a generic letter from a provider that doesn't know you well is not beneficial. But a quality letter from a PA who knows you well enough to know that you are a good fit for the profession and personally recommend you is extremely valuable. You don't have that now, but you have some time. I would think about getting a new/2nd job where you work closely with a PA, a volunteer position where you can work closely with one, or find someone you can shadow more extensively/regularly. Put yourself in a place where you can build a relationship with a PA, show them that you are an excellent applicant that they should want to take their time and effort to help, and then ask them to write you a letter. It will take time, hard work and putting yourself out there, but that's kind of the point. Also note that some programs will only accept EMT hours as pce for time that you are actually with a patient. Time spent driving, at station/posting, cleaning equipment, etc. can be counted as hce, but not pce. Your grades are great, but your pce is pretty weak. I would focus on programs that heavily favor academics and in the meantime rack up as many hours as possible.
  8. JTATC

    Letters of Rec

    If the schools you're applying to recommend a letter from a PA, I would make sure you have one. You want to make sure that it is someone who knows you well enough to write a good letter though. Maybe do some more shadowing with that PA or find someone else to shadow as well. Sometimes there are free clinics that you can volunteer at, which could be a good way to get a lor from a PA. Or try using your PTs connections to shadow an orthopedic PA. I would definitely have the other PT write one as well, but if schools recommend one from a PA, they will be expecting it.
  9. JTATC

    2019-2020 cycle Chances?

    If you don't get in this year I would think about getting a different job with more direct patient contact. Maybe EMT or ED tech. Scribing is good exposure and you get to know and spend time with providers, but having experience actually touching and interacting with patients is important to many programs. You can get your EMT cert quickly and broaden your range of experiences. More volunteering and doing some shadowing in a variety of specialties/settings would also be benificial. I do think that with a great PS and interview you might just get in this year, so take plenty of time to prep those and put your best foot forward.
  10. JTATC

    CASPA Transcripts

    CASPA will not accept another transcript. Contact the schools individually or check their website for directions. Some of them will want you to send a transcript directly to them, others will take your word for it and verify before enrollment if you are accepted
  11. JTATC

    2019-2020 cycle Chances?

    GPA is a bit low (esp the sGPA), but not disqualifying. Scribing is sometimes seen as weaker pce, but you have lots of hours which is good. Write a killer personal statement and you should get some interviews and your chance to shine.
  12. The class size is a maximum of 65 PA students, and approximately 15 NP students. I would guess that the wait list is large, probably much more than 20. They interviewed more than 200 candidates and it sounds like very few did not receive the secondary, and I'm not sure if anyone was outright rejected after submitting the secondary.
  13. Many schools specifically state that they do not distinguish between courses taken at a community/junior college and those at a university. Most schools will require an in person lab for all science courses, but non-science courses can be completed online.
  14. Does the type of degree that a PA program awards matter? I have several acceptances and they all award a different degree; Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Health Services - Physician Assistant Studies, etc. I know that it doesn't matter as far as licencing and practice as a PA, but could it have any bearing on what type of doctoral programs or residencies are available to you in the future, or is it a non-factor?

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