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  1. I'll be attending Pacific starting in May. It's such a great program! They weigh GPA very heavily for admission, and at my interview they said the average GPA was 3.7+. However, the definitely consider the last 60 credits and a strong upward trend. Definitely worth a shot!
  2. Go for it! You have obviously demonstrated growth/maturity and an ability to handle challenging coursework. Nail your personal statement and I'll bet you'll have at least a few interviews I would also suggest looking into programs that emphasize PCE hours/quality. Good luck!!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Yep! After you pay the deposit, you'll get an email with the info. Congrats on your acceptance!
  7. Got the call today! So thrilled to be attending this program!
  8. 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?
  9. 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!
  10. #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
  11. There are only 3 interview days, so 12/1 will be the last interview session this cycle.
  12. The email said that applicants on committee hold will be re-ranked within the applicant pool shortly after the last interview date. Applicants are then either be offered a seat or placed on the wait list. At the interview, Leah said that because Pacific isn't on rolling admissions, they won't fill all of the seats until everyone has interviewed. Pacific definitely seems to move quickly after interviews so I'm guessing within a week or so, but there are no specific dates.
  13. I got an email from Leah a few hours ago. I've been placed on committee hold I'm actually really pleased just to not be outright rejected. There's still definitely a chance!
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