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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. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. @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!
  15. The fact that you're married, working full time and still taking a couple classes (and acing them as well!) shows the admissions committee that you're able to prioritize and manage your time efficiently. I wouldn't worry too much about the fact that you're taking two classes at a time as opposed to four.
  16. Two of the programs I interviewed at utilized the MMI format so I was interviewing with 8-10 people only for a few minutes at a time. I didn't send any follow up emails or notes and was accepted at one and waitlisted at the other. Sending a thank you/follow up email certainly wouldn't hurt your chances but in the case of PA school I don't know how much they would help either.
  17. The University of Iowa PA Program allows and encourages their students to pursue international rotations. They had a few in Africa, Latin America and South America (I think one or two in Europe?) if I'm remembering correctly. This was mentioned during the informational session of the interview day so I'm not sure on exact logistics of the process.
  18. Received the email today that I’m also an alternate
  19. This is a great idea to make some extra cash, something I've done myself, but make sure that whoever you're renting through allows this. Oftentimes a landlord and/or rental company specifically states that you aren't allowed to rent out an extra room for personal income. Again, this varies but there have been cases of people being evicted for renting out a room when not allowed to. If you want to go this route, I'd just ask up front.
  20. For Programs I Didn't Receive an Interview Dear (Admissions Committee/Admissions Director/etc) Thank you for your consideration of my application to (name of program here). Although disappointed my experience wasn't quite what you were looking for this cycle, I am very interested in your program and would like to take this opportunity to inquire about areas in my application that you felt needed improvement so as to make me a more competitive candidate in the future. (Sentence here about how you plan to improve your application in the upcoming year). However, I feel an outside perspective would only serve to help me in reviewing and developing my application for future cycles and I would greatly appreciate any input or advice you have to offer. Thank you for your time and encouragement, (Sign your name here) For Programs I Did Receive an Interview Dear (Admission Committee/Admissions Director/etc), I would like to thank you and (name of program) for the opportunity to interview. I really enjoyed my time on campus and I was honored to be selected as an interview candidate. The faculty and students really made me feel at home and (insert something you like about the program/interview style here). I am writing to ask for any feedback or advice you may have for me going forward. I am very interested in your program and would like to do all I can to better prepare myself for the upcoming application cycle. (Talk about what you plan on doing to enhance your application/interview performance in the upcoming year). What I would like to know is if there were any hesitations about my performance in the interview or any other insight that may help me on my journey to becoming a Physician Assistant. I would like to continue to improve throughout this next year to better my chances of admission in the future. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and encouragement, (sign your name) These are essentially what I sent to the schools I applied to the first cycle. Some schools were very helpful in their feedback while others gave more generic responses. Just know that if you send out emails now, it's usually a pretty busy time for PA programs so they may take a bit to get back to you, but that is program dependent. In my opinion it certainly doesn't hurt to ask! And for what it's worth, I was rejected from 10 schools last year with only one interview invitation. This cycle, I applied to five programs, received interviews at four (declined one) and have been accepted to two and waiting on a decision from the third. Don't get discouraged just because you didn't get in the first time around!
  21. I have a friend currently in the program at Dubuque and for what it's worth he absolutely loves it. He's about to start clinicals soon and has had nothing but positive things to say about it. At the same time, he was relatively young, not married, no kids, only moved about four hours from home and had no commitments other than a dog and a girl he's successfully doing the long distance situation with. Not sure what your personal situation is but that's something to take note of when deciding which program to attend. I'm not too familiar with the type of distance learning that Kearney offers but if that type of style works for you, then I would think it would work as long as there's plenty of opportunity for hands on learning with patient assessments and such. It doesn't sound like something that would work for me but if you applied you must have been okay with that aspect. To each their own. Another area I'd also take a look at is how each program conducts their rotations. I've never researched a DL program and my friend has yet to start clinicals so I'm coming from a place of ignorance here. Do they set them up for you and assist with finding housing? Are you required to set up some yourself and pay for your own accommodations? How many electives are offered? Are the rotations 4 weeks, 6 weeks, or varied? Going through PA school is stressful enough, there's no need to add onto that stress by having to set up your own rotations.
  22. It's been said already, but as someone with experience with this, take anatomy and physiology before you apply. The first year I applied, I had both of these pending as well and, like you, thought it wouldn't matter too much since the schools I was looking at said I could have pending courses. I applied to 10 schools, got an interview only at one, and didn't get accepted. This year, I had both of these classes knocked out before applying and I applied to five schools, received interviews at four (declined one), with two acceptances and waiting to hear back on the other. It would tremendously help your application if you could get these classes complete prior to applying the next cycle. Even though the schools say you can have pending classwork, so many of the other applicants already have this coursework complete so it's a much safer bet for the school to go with a candidate that has already met their prerequisites than to go with a candidate who still has two core requirements left that could significantly impact sGPA and GPA. Also, in regards to the LOR from the PA you're shadowing, I'd double check the letter requirements for the schools you're applying to. Most will take a letter from a PA you shadowed but there were some schools I saw that explicitly stated you cannot have a LOR from such a person. Rather, they wanted letters from people who directly supervised your work in healthcare since that spoke more to your capability as a healthcare provider.
  23. After I received the call from Dr. Wright, I logged onto my portal and there was a decision letter that I clicked on to officially accept their offer of admission. After I did that, I received an official letter of acceptance through the portal and then instructions via email on how to submit my deposit, claim my NetID, etc. PM me if you have any other questions and congratulations!
  24. I received an interview invite for Dec 14th/15th via phone call last Friday! I was placed on a hold back in August with no updates until then, so to any of you still waiting, there’s always a chance a last minute spot will open up!
  25. Congratulations on your acceptances! Seems like a good problem to have. Frankly, rankings don't matter, the "-C" after your PA credentials does. The #3 ranking for GWU is basically a popularity contest. That's not to say it's not a great program, it is, but those rankings aren't exactly conducted in the most scientific way. The upside to a more established program is, like you mentioned, more connections and better rotations so there would likely be more opportunity for you from that standpoint. And although the PA/MPH incoming class is 15 or less, remember that you will be joining the PA students in your second year, at which point it will be a class of ~60 people so it won't always be a smaller class size. Just from reading your descriptions of the two schools, it seems like you're really leaning towards NAU. Even if you take the cost factor out, there's something to be said about being comfortable in the program you're attending and having established relationships there. If I were you, I'd pick NAU. You seem to really prefer their program overall, and like the previous poster said, you'll be saving quite a bit of money. Best of luck in your decision!
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