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  1. paPassion7

    General Application Questions

    FYI-many of the schools I researched will not count experience required for a degree as PCE. This is school dependent though, so I would research the ones you're interested in.
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    Gap Year- what to do

    I agree with the above comment. You also should not expect to get in your first cycle applying. Although many people do, there are many people who apply two/three cycles before being accepted. From what I've read and heard from many others on this site, it's much better to go into an application cycle expecting to have to reapply. By constantly continuing to improve your application, you're showing a commitment to advancing your knowledge in healthcare. Whether that be EMT, CNA, MA, etc, these will all benefit your future as a PA student and future practicing PA. If you work as a waitress (or something non patient care related) after applying, you're risking not having any improvements to add to your application if you did have to reapply. Good luck!
  3. @Goldielocks Sure, not a problem! I get done the first week of March.
  4. I'm taking it right now. I've only gotten through week 2, but so far I love it. Professor has been great and the assignments every week are set up the same so you know exactly what to expect/when things are due. I also don't think it has been overly demanding. I spend about two hours a day during the week working on it, and about 5 hours a day on Saturday and Sunday. It's set up in a way where you actually learn the information instead of just memorizing facts in order to regurgitate them on the test. I would recommend.
  5. If you apply before getting your other grades back, the schools will not recalculate your GPA when you send in those transcripts. So basically if you apply early the above stats you posted will be what you're working with this cycle. If these other classes will help increase your GPA, I would consider waiting. Once you submit there's no turning back.
  6. I started as a clinical research intern my freshman year of college and recently graduated this past May, and the University I work for hired me on full time as a clinical research assistant. I applied this past cycle and nearly every school I looked into accepted those hours as PCE. As someone mentioned above, it does depend on what the job title entails. But most clinical researchers work directly with patients. And like you, I am doing this as a back-up in the event that PA school doesn't work out for me. It's nice to have something to fall back on that is a realistic, life long career if need be.
  7. paPassion7

    Help with program application timeline!

    Is there a reason you're waiting until August to submit your applications? If you have everything completed by May I would send in applications ASAP. You can start filling out your CASPA application now and then 'transfer' that information over to next cycles application once CASPA opens in April. The only thing you can't transfer is grades, transcripts, and references. Submitting in August is considered fairly late. Not impossible obviously, but late, especially if you're applying to rolling admission schools.
  8. I received an email on 10/31 stating that my application was being processed and awaiting admission committee review. I have no heard anything since. Has anyone else been waiting this long?
  9. paPassion7

    Rocky Vista 2018-2019 Application Cycle

    @Maidmer did they give any more specifics on when we might be hearing back about acceptances?
  10. paPassion7

    Interview Attire (women)

    Would 3 inch heels be considered to 'high' or unprofessional for an interview? I have no problem walking in heels and definitely prefer to wear them, I just don't want to stand out in a bad way. Personally, I'm not a fan of how kitten heels look on me, and I read online that 3 inch heels is usually acceptable in general workplaces-just wondering if this corresponds to interviews as well. Thanks!! Here are the heels I was thinking of getting.
  11. Hi everyone. I know this might be a silly question, but I was wondering if it is acceptable/still considered professional to wear a suit jacket that isn't buttoned to an interview. I am a female, if that makes a difference. I have been (overly) stressing about my outfit, and feel so uncomfortable with my suit jacket buttoned. But obviously I would do whatever is considered more professional. Thank you!!
  12. paPassion7


    I would definitely wait until April to apply. It's very late in the application season, so unless you only applied to non-rolling admission schools, your application likely wouldn't even be looked at (and sometimes non-rolling admission schools start reviewing applications before the deadline). I have a gpa similar to yours. Since we are on the lower end of the spectrum, you definitely will want to get more PCE hours before applying. I recommend you work on that from now until April so you can try and shoot for >1000. 300 hours is very low, as most schools will require a minimum of 500. Also, it wouldn't hurt to continue getting more shadowing hours. Typically a GRE score of 300 or greater is all you need, but since you have a lower GPA you might consider retaking it for a higher score (although that's less important). I really hope I didn't discourage you, just trying to save you a little money as this process is extremely expensive! If you continue to work on improving your application until next April and apply EARLY (end of May, early June) I think you will be in a much better position in terms of getting interviews ? Good luck!!
  13. paPassion7

    Rocky Vista 2018-2019 Application Cycle

    I'm also interviewing Nov 1st in the AM slot! I will DM you my number ?
  14. paPassion7

    2018-2019 Cycle

    No, I did not have an interview. I applied pretty late in the cycle, so I don't think that helped any. The email also stated they had over 900 applicants this year
  15. paPassion7

    "Tell me about yourself"

    @rev ronin Do you recommend focusing on explaining your experiences, education, and other activities related to preparing for applying to PA school? Or should I talk more about my family, my likes and interests outside of medicine, etc. Maybe a bit of both? Thanks!!

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