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  1. I was accepted off the waitlist yesterday afternoon however, I will be declining the offer as I start another program in less than a month. For those still waiting there is still some movement on the waitlist, good luck!
  2. I dont know about whether or not if it will affect licensure(i dont think it will) but it sounds like you have gotten your shit together since. I would recommend you file an appeal for discharge upgrade. Make sure to make a robust packet with everything you have done to distance yourself from the drug use(counseling, meetings, etc.) as well as listing your scholastic accomplishments with proof. I have heard that the 15 year mark makes this route tougher but not impossible, you have to send your packet to a different committee. I never had to go through this as my d/c was honorable but my brother was able to successfully appeal his d/c because he got fat and couldn't pass a PT test for over a year. https://www.va.gov/discharge-upgrade-instructions/
  3. The only reason they ask for high school is as a qualifier for college. If you filled out what type of college student you are going to be, i.e. undergraduate seeking degree, post-bacc, graduate, etc., and where you will be attending you should be good to go.
  4. Most of the programs with late deadlines admit a majority of their classes prior to the end of the year. The only late deadline program I applied to did guarantee that there would be spots open at their Jan 15th deadline but that could mean 2/30 for all I know. As a rule of thumb it is always better to apply as early in the cycle as possible for your best chance of acceptance.
  5. You cant have an average of 1500 without a normal distribution between the minimum and maximum in a sample size of 30-60. I got the sense during my years of applying that programs tend to look at applications holistically. Do not let fear rule your heart, those programs are still worth applying to.
  6. To be honest, I don't know why someone didn't take the initiative to do this before me. I made it for myself but decided to share it since I wont be needing it anymore.
  7. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vBH-wMR42MOhMvQRARKoYv0jWZ2xR4WQQ7gbE-4sIe4/edit The spreadsheet is a list of every school with every prereq. You can sort the list by number of hours of PCE required by each program. Most programs admit students based off the totality of their application. So just because you do not meet the average number of PCE hours, as long as you meet the minimum requirement and are competitive in other areas you still have a good chance.
  8. I am afraid even your basic chem course would not qualify as a prereq for PA school. Courses "must be intended for science majors", a lot of pre-health science(RN, RT, Exercise Science, etc.) majors run into this issue. You will definitely want to take the 5cr Organic Chemistry.
  9. Everything you can learn from a service like that you can learn from personal research and asking questions on this and other message boards. A vast majority of PA school applicants do not use any such service. If you are looking for help on any one thing in this process, I would highly recommend a professional PS editing service tailored specifically for pre-PA.
  10. Without getting specific about the types of questions, this is how I prepared. I made a list of 5 weaknesses, 5 strengths, 5 reasons I wanted to be a PA, and 5 reasons why I wanted to attend Penn State. Instead of memorizing these things as answers, I reflected upon my past experiences and how they would related to my list. In the case of the weaknesses, I wanted to show how I have been able to adapt to overcome the weakness which inevitably led to me talking about a compensating strength. Be honest but do not be self depreciating. Before even applying you should have read through the program's mission and values. Refamiliarize yourself with them and be prepared to answer how you exemplify those values. The program wants to get to know you so make sure you have fun facts about yourself such as hobbies and other interests. Sorry for the late reply, I have been trying to decompress from my pre-acceptance routine of checking these board constantly. Best of luck to you!
  11. I wont be needing this anymore and I wont have the time to upkeep the list while I am in PA school. This is the spreadsheet that I created with every school in the nation and their prerequisites. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vBH-wMR42MOhMvQRARKoYv0jWZ2xR4WQQ7gbE-4sIe4/edit#gid=0 Its been pointed out to me that there are some mistakes. I am 1 man and it took me about 50 hours to collect all of the data but we are many. This spreadsheet is my gift to you all for offering much support over the past 4 years. Good luck on your PA journey!
  12. Wow, what an amazing opportunity, good luck! Be prepared for your interview by knowing your strengths, weaknesses, why you want to be a PA, why you want to attend that program, and have examples of your successes and how you overcame obstacles. Dont memorize these things but begin to reflect upon them in your head after making a rough outline. Please come back and let us know how it went.
  13. I have contacted programs about substituting a higher level course with mixed success. You have to contact the specific program to find out if this is acceptable. 85% of all programs in the nation require a full year of Gen Chem, I would say to bite the bullet and take the course. You may actually want to start contacting programs anyway. I thought it was odd that you were able to take biochem without the full year sequence of gen chem. Most programs will not accept science courses intended for allied health programs, they have to be for science majors. Good luck!
  14. It wont help. Sorry to be blunt, but the chances of anything but a cursory glance are very low due to the volume of applications programs receive. Distinguish yourself in your application and the schools you apply to will take notice. Schools are trying to get to know candidates during the process, if you send the letter you risk coming across as overreaching and it could actually hurt your chances. Good luck!
  15. It took me 3 cycles as well although I only applied to 1 school the 1st cycle and 3 during the 2nd cycle and 20 programs this year and got 2 acceptances. Always find way to improve your application between cycles. Between the 1st and 2nd cycle I retook Genetics improving my grade from a C+ to an A, I actually did not rewrite my PS and I regretted the decision. Between the 2nd and 3rd cycle I volunteered 100 hours, distinguished myself during the height of the pandemic (earning some awesome LORs), I rewrote my PS and had it professionally edited, and did some great prep work for interviews. It feels like this would be a good fit for you, be resolute and good luck!
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