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About mxray

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  1. I would look at the program's website and see if it mentions whether or not they accept it. If it doesn't specify, I'd reach out and ask.
  2. I'm a licensed radiology technologist, when I applied to schools I made sure to look at what each school considered acceptable patient care hours. To my knowledge most schools accept radiology tech as PCE. I do know that some schools rank what they accept as PCE hours, and in those instances RT was lower on the list. Most programs have a list on their website, I would look there to see if it's accepted. If they don't have a list and you're still unsure you can always reach out to the program.
  3. I highly recommend Magoosh since they have videos and a lot of practice problems. I also used the 5lb book of GRE practice problems by manhattan prep. The book is broken into specific topics in math like stats, word problems, etc and has about 25-30 questions per chapter. I didn't really utilize the book for the verbal part as I was more comfortable in that area, so I don't remember how the verbal is split up. I was nervous prepping as I am not a huge fan of math and I do better with someone in front of me explaining math, however the videos on Magoosh are thorough and you can ask questions and someone from their team responds rather quickly. I felt like both set me up for success.
  4. I understand thinking too much, been there done that . This process is daunting and you always want to make sure you're putting your best foot forward. That's why I like this forum, because there are are people that can give advice and help us not overthink! In regards to the PURL, I did not receive an email with the link until January. The link will come in a separate email. I did find this information on their website under admission consult: "Due to the volume of applications we are processing, consultations are not able to be offered on a scheduled basis... For specific questions about an application or clarification about information found in either location, please click this link to obtain a personalized URL (PURL) and be connected to an admissions representative. Applicants that email the PA Program or the Admissions Directors will be directed to connect to an admission representative via their PURL." If you don't want to wait for them to send out the link, it looks like you can click the above link and get your PURL link sent to you; that way you can update on their as well.
  5. I do not believe it is frowned upon to update CASPA, I would think if it was frowned upon they would not give the option to update after submitting your application. I also think it would not be frowned upon since every school has a different process for going through applications (rolling admissions vs non-rolling) as well as deadlines. I personally updated CASPA after submission and I do not think it hurt me. People get new jobs, shadowing hours, volunteer opportunities, etc. all the time. I don't think it looks one way or another on CASPA. I would think it shows that you updated your application and that is all. I really think it is up to you as to how often you want to update CASPA. If you're applying to multiple schools that have rolling admissions as well as schools that do not, I would keep your application as up to date as possible. In regards to EVMS they do not look at applications until after the March 1st deadline. They also sent an email after submitting the application with a link to a personal URL (PURL). On the PURL there were links to upload new documents. I had to update a transcript this way since I finished a class after the March 1st deadline and I wanted them to see the verified grade. I would assume they are using this again this year. Hope this helps some.
  6. Anytime! I'm sure it's hard to stay positive during this time. I hope you're able to join us in January as well!
  7. As of now there are 68 members. We had a meeting today and there were a few people on there who didn't know the FB group existed; also have to keep in mind the people who may not have FB. Don't let that discourage you though. A lot of programs are just now starting to interview/send out decisions. Some people who have accepted to EVMS may change their mind if they are accepted at a different program, so there may be movement on the wait list in the coming months.
  8. I have taken both Biochem and Organic Chem 1, but I would think since the handbook states "OR" you should be fine. If the plan is to not retake Biochem I would reach out to the school for clarification.
  9. Since the application deadline isn't until March 1st and the school doesn't start reviewing applications until after the deadline there would be no benefit if you applied before you retake A and P. In regards to verification, is it just your coursework that has been verified or has your cGPA been calculated as well? Once you have applied to a program you can add coursework but it won't be verified or calculated into your cGPA. I have attached the CASPA link that talks about adding coursework after your application has been verified. https://help.liaisonedu.com/CASPA_Applicant_Help_Center/Submitting_and_Monitoring_Your_CASPA_Application/Before_and_After_You_Submit_Your_CASPA_Application/6_Updating_Your_CASPA_Application
  10. I know plenty of people that will put a deposit down to the first school they are accepted to and still Interview at other programs. If you can afford to lose the money and you'd honestly rather go to school in the South then put the deposit down and see how your next interview goes or if you hear back from the programs that you were wait listed.
  11. I know it is hard right now with COVID but, volunteering, shadowing, gaining patient care experience, prepping for and taking the GRE (if needed). Taking any pre-reqs that are outstanding and you could also work on drafting your personal statement so you have time to work on it.
  12. I know they have been tied up with the start of some programs in August, that may be why you haven't heard anything. I would give it a week or two (since Monday is a holiday) and try again!
  13. I have not taken pharmacology. I know Doane has a class, but I don't know anything about the class or the instructor. Good luck!
  14. I'm from NC and I was accepted this year, I did a rough count on our FB page and there are 17 of us from out of state (there are currently only 57 people on the page). Hopefully that helps some.
  15. I still dressed in my suit and put a nice blouse on under it. It helped set the tone for me personally. We were also told to dress like we would if it were an in person Interview.
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