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  1. The school still has accreditation. Check the ARC-PA website and you'll see that Pacific is the only school to receive probation for ONE citation. The citation is based on guidelines that are being dropped in 2020, but once a school has been placed on probation it will remain on probation for a minimum of 2 years.
  2. If it were me, I would 100% defer for a year. Save yourself the stress, spend time with your family, and start school when you know you'll be able to fully commit yourself. Talk to your program ASAP to make sure your seat will be waiting for you, and so they can give your seat to someone else for this year. I've talked to a couple of people that tried to manage having a very young infant while starting PA school, and both ended up leaving partway through their didactic year. I'm sure it's not impossible with the right support system, but why put yourself through that if you don't have to? PA school isn't going anywhere, and a year goes by so quickly!
  3. Pacific University in Oregon highly emphasizes GPA.
  4. If you're set on applying this year, it will come down to your personal statement. Write, edit, have a number of people that will give you honest feedback read it, edit again... etc. With an average GPA and sub-par PCE hours, your personal statement will give you the best opportunity to stand out. Also, apply early! Make it a goal to submit by June 1st. As soon as CASPA opens start the application process, order transcripts, and probably start talking to your letter writers now so there won't be any hold up on submitting early. The application process is very time consuming.
  5. I was accepted this year to a program that strongly recommends a letter coming from an MD/DO/NP/PA which I didn't have. For my letter writers I chose supervisors that had mentored me, seen my struggles and development over time, and could speak about my specific strengths. All four LORs came from nurses. I agree that its preferable to have a stellar letter from an MD/DO/NP/PA. However, a mediocre and unspecific letter from an underdeveloped relationship is probably just taking the place of a much better recommendation from someone that can really sing your praises! Obviously, this won't work if the school requires a letter from a PA or other provider. Also, a word of caution: many programs do not accept more than one (or at most two) prerequisites in progress at the time of applying and A&P is pretty much the most important prereq for PA school. Most applicants will already have this completed before submitting. Make sure to check with each school that you're applying to for these specifics so you don't end up wasting your time (and $$$). Best of luck!
  6. You'll probably need to check with schools that you're interested in about whether your experience counts as PCE to start with. I think it could potentially be a selling point for you as CNA/EMT experience is so ubiquitous. Having a somewhat unique background can help you stand out in a crowd. However, 2000 hours is very average and is the minimum for many programs. In terms of your LORs, while I think the best letters come from people that know you very well and can attest to your strengths and achievements, having a letter from an MD/DO/NP/PA is really important especially considering your low PCE. Many programs even require this. That being said, all of my letters came from nurses and I was accepted this year so it's certainly not impossible. If I were you I'd send out some emails about your experience to make sure it's acceptable before making decisions about whether to apply or not. Assuming that you decide to apply, I think you'll need to be prioritizing schools that emphasize GPA over PCE.
  7. Just a word of caution: make sure the programs you're applying to will accept an online anatomy course. I've heard of programs that will only accept med term online, and maybe genetics. Some won't accept any pre-reqs taken online. Also, the schools I applied to required in-person labs and honestly I think having a lab component is essential to A&P.. Just be careful so you don't end up wasting time and money.
  8. Yep! After you pay the deposit, you'll get an email with the info. Congrats on your acceptance!
  9. Got the call today! So thrilled to be attending this program!
  10. The waitlist moved a little today! I moved up 2 spots which is very encouraging. I got an email on Tuesday at the same spot so I was surprised to get that update this morning. For those already offered a seat from the December interview, how long did they give you to pay the deposit?
  11. This is my first time applying so it's also my first time on the waitlist. It looks like they went through number 6 last year but who knows. I'm really excited about this program as well! Here's to hoping we become classmates!
  12. #5 on the waitlist! There's still a chance! At the November 10th interview, Leah said they put all qualified applicants that they feel would be a good fit for the program on the waitlist so no idea how long it is. It seems like some years they have gone really deep, and others the list hardly moves at all. So we will see! Time for more waiting
  13. There are only 3 interview days, so 12/1 will be the last interview session this cycle.
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