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  1. My advice? Don't write your own letter of recommendation. If the PA doesn't know you well enough to even write you a full letter, I'd ask somebody else. Not worth getting a letter from a PA just to check a box if you have to write it yourself.
  2. As long as you have your prerequisites complete, take whatever you want. My senior year I wanted to take marine biology because I thought it was interesting, so I did. Didn't impact me negatively at all.
  3. It depends on the schools, some count it as HCE while others consider it as PCE. Regardless, even if accepted as PCE it is often considered low tier since you are not actually involved in direct patient care, just documenting it. Of course, people still get accepted solely with scribing experience but it is usually offset with high GPA, excellent LORs and a stellar personal statement. If you still have questions on how the schools you're interested in view scribe hours, contact them directly, they'll be able to give you the best feedback.
  4. Depends on the schools you want to apply to. A couple of the schools I applied to required at least the 50th percentile in each section while another required at least a 25th percentile in each section. Not all schools have a minimum and some don't require the GRE at all, so if I were you I'd do some more research on the schools you want to apply to and see what they require in terms of the GRE. And don't just look at the minimums, look at the accepted student profiles to see where you fall. Here's a good place to start: https://admissionshelpers.com/gre-requirements-for-pa-schools/
  5. To answer your initial question: no, the age of your BA does not matter as long as you have one. Some schools have expiration dates on prerequisites, but it sounds as though you've taken those fairly recently. Try and get both your cGPA and sGPA to be at least a 3.0, that's generally the cutoff for most schools. With your upward trend, particularly with high marks in the sciences, I'd focus on applying to programs that take into account your last 60 credits and favor your high amount of HCE.
  6. I took the CASPer for one of the schools I applied to last year. I didn't do much prep work for it, you can't really with how it's laid out. Here is a quote from the FAQ of their website as far as format goes: "The CASPer test is composed of 12 sections: 8 video-based scenarios and 4 word-based scenarios given to you in random order. Each of the 12 sections is followed by 3 questions relating to the video/word-based scenario or asking you to reflect on a related personal experience. You will have 5 minutes to type your answer to the 3 questions before you are directed to the next section." The only thing I'd suggest is to definitely take advantage of their current sample questions, it'll give you a feel for how it's laid out and how the timing goes (Those questions are listed on the website FAQs, which I've linked here). 5 minutes may seem like a lot but the questions tend to be very open ended so I would practice typing complete, succinct answers that clearly show your stance and why.
  7. I was just offered a spot off the alternate list!
  8. I could be wrong but I wouldn't think it matters. Even if the program has a terrible reputation, as long as it's recognized and confers the appropriate paperwork to allow you to sit for the NREMT (which it seems they did) as well as proctor a practical skills exam for you to take then becoming certified is all you need. I ended up using my EMT license for an ER Tech job, but in my interviewing experience no one asked me where I received my training, they just cared if I was certified or not.
  9. I obtained my EMT license and used that to get a job as an ER tech. It was a great experience overall and depending on the hospital you work for, you can see a wide variety in patient acuity and gain significant exposure to diverse patient populations. This would be another route to go, as you generally have a lot more responsibilities than a CNA and you get to work alongside the ER nurses and providers, many times in critical cases. These jobs aren't as abundant as CNA or EMT, but they are considered as high quality PCE if you're able to secure a position.
  10. I wouldn't worry about getting an EMT certificate or retaking the GRE; your stats aren't the problem, your interviewing skills are. If you received four interviews but no acceptances, that's your common denominator. This year I'd set up as many mock interviews as possible and get feedback on how you come across. Videotape yourself if you have to, sometimes seeing how you act can help you realize what it is you're doing wrong.
  11. Everything looks good, I'd definitely apply this year! Only thing I'd suggest is to find someone other than the ER PA you shadowed to write you a LOR. While it's great you spent 50 hours with them, it was in a shadowing capacity which doesn't allow them to attest to your ability to provide care to patients or really get to know you as a person. Plus, some schools I looked at and applied to specifically stated a LOR cannot come from someone you only shadowed. While some schools do prefer a letter from a PA, trying to tick that box is not always necessary. I had three LORs, none of which were written by a PA; two were from MDs I worked with in the ER as an ER tech and one from a science professor I had a good relationship with during undergrad. I still got accepted this year without a PA letter so don't stress too much about making sure you have one LOR is from a PA. Instead, I'd focus on getting LORs from people who know you well and are enthusiastic about you as an applicant. Good luck!
  12. CASPA is simply a centralized application service where you will enter everything for your application and then send it out to any school you wish to apply to. You will need to send in transcripts from all schools attended (even if no degree was earned) as well as enter your coursework. So, yes CASPA will house all of your information but it won't tell you what each school requires, that's up to you to figure out by going to the school website. You are correct that schools vary in their requirements, but a majority have the same general core classes. I would research what schools you would like to attend to get familiar with what classes they would require. To get you started though, here is generally what is required by most schools: Chemistry with lab (Two semesters) Anatomy with lab Physiology with lab Microbiology with lab Statistics Psychology Other frequently required courses include: General biology Genetics Biochemistry Organic chemistry Medical Terminology Other schools could also require English courses, foreign language, math, etc. If I were you I'd start researching schools as soon as you can to start narrowing down a list of ones you feel you would attend if accepted and go from there. Plus, it helps to take the more difficult upper level classes to show the Adcoms that you can handle that type of coursework.
  13. I'm a bit confused by your wording but schools take into account your cumulative GPA and your science GPA often with the requirements of a minimum letter grade for their prerequisite courses. They don't look at GPA for a specific class. Depending on the school you attended and how they grade their lectures and lab, you could have a varying number of letter grades. For example, at my undergrad we operated on a semester system and lab grades were included in the lecture so even if I took Anatomy lecture with Anatomy lab, they were listed as one course so I received one grade. However, I took some prerequisites at a different school which graded them separately. In this case, I had one grade for lecture and one grade for lab and these were listed separately on my transcript. If the lecture and lab are listed separately, you will have to list them as separate classes in CASPA, in which case you will need to meet the minimum requirements of the schools you're applying to in each of them. However, each school has different requirements so I would take a look at the schools you seriously want to apply to and check their website for the minimum grades of their prerequisites. Some schools want a C minimum while others want a B. It varies so it's up to you to know which schools you qualify for if you're not planning on retaking the class.
  14. I could go through and answer your questions, but those would just be my opinion and perspective since I and others on this forum know nothing about you, your girlfriend or your dynamic as a couple. My suggestion is regardless of your decision, sit down and have a frank discussion about how demanding the next few years will be for you. Whether you live with her or not, you'll need to devote a majority of your time to school and studying with the amount of information you'll be learning at such a rapid pace. To somewhat answer one of your questions, I feel anyone in a relationship wishes they could spend more time with their SO during school, it's how your SO makes you feel about it that would determine resentment. If they're understanding and supportive, it'll be much easier to get through. But if they're on you about not spending enough time with them, resentment may start to build and that's where tension can occur. This can happen if you live on opposite coasts or in the same house, so laying everything out before starting school will help outline both of your experiences for the next few years. Also, to echo Lt. Oneal, I would think more about where you would like to end up following PA school as opposed to the 2-3 years you'll actually be in school. If you think you'll want to practice on the West Coast after graduation, then I'd say go with the West Coast school and vice versa. It's much easier to make contacts through rotations and it would be beneficial to complete rotations in the area you'd like to end up practicing in the future. For what it's worth, I'll be entering into a LDR once I start PA school in May and if I had the choice you do, I would have stayed to be closer to my SO.
  15. @GLG3561 I'm assuming you've been accepted so congratulations! If you haven't already, above is the link to join the Facebook group for the incoming class of 2021. I currently live in Iowa but I've started to look at apartments and hope to get out there in the next few weeks to take some tours and to get more familiar with the area. If you have any questions at all feel free to PM me or ask the group, everyone has been super helpful!
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