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  1. If you haven't yet, I highly suggest checking out this website: https://appap.org/programs/postgraduate-pa-np-programs-listings/ It has all of the accredited post-grad programs across the country, and you can easily search it by state, specialty, etc, or look at everything on a big PDF spreadsheet that is broken down by specialty, but lists start dates, due dates, class sizes, etc all in one place. I also have a December graduation and will possibly be applying to 1 post-grad program thanks to this helpful site! Best of luck to you!
  2. I mean it IS a private Christian university so...you know that going in to it. But honestly, it didn't negatively impact my education in any way, so I think it just depends on how you choose to handle it.
  3. Hey guys, sorry I haven't been around much to answer questions; school has kept me busy! As of right now, the Facebook group for the next cohort seems to have about 29 people accepted, which potentially leaves 3 spots left open, but that's not to say there aren't people who haven't joined the group yet even though they've been accepted. Many of us were pulled off the waitlist in December and November, so if you're waitlisted, don't give up hope! It's just a matter of other schools sending out invites later in the cycle and people giving up their seats. Keeping my fingers crossed for all of you
  4. Just so you guys know, the students on the panel do NOT speak with the faculty afterwards regarding the students who interviewed. Everything you say or ask is between just us! It's your time to ask questions and get to know what it's like to be a student at CSU and we are definitely not "judging" you guys
  5. So without taking COVID into play, back in January we got to vote and decide what type of community service project we wanted to do during didactic year. My class voted to help a local charity that works with children who have cancer, but unfortunately we haven’t been able to carry that out due to the pandemic. It’s a little bit on the back burner right now, but I think we’re trying to find another way to serve that might be safer. There is also the opportunity for a mission trip during the clinical year, which I think is usually in August and goes to South America. I’m not sure that the clini
  6. Sure! The Path to Becoming a PA course covers a lot of the "soft" topics, like leadership skills, how to have difficult conversations with patients, HIPAA, coding & billing, cultural awareness, how to reduce medical errors, and tons more. It's kind of a catch-all class that we use to round out the non-medical side of our education. We occasionally have guest lecturers from the community who come and speak to us as well. It's a nice end to our weeks!
  7. Hi there! I'll do my best to answer your questions A typical week consists of classes M-F. Most days we start at 8am and finish between 3pm-3:30pm, except Fridays, when we finish around 12:30. Rarely, we are asked to stay late on Fridays for a special event or lecture, but this has only happened once so far, and we knew well in advance. We have a professional tutor come in on Tuesday afternoons, every week during the initial 5 week intense Anatomy Cadaver course, then once per body system, except Cardio where we saw her twice because the unit is so big. These tutoring sessions are usuall
  8. Our admissions coordinator just emailed all of the current students today to see who is interested in being on the student panels for interview days coming up, so it sounds like interview invites should be going out soon! I only had about 2 weeks notice for my interview, and they usually do dates at the end of the month, so hopefully you'll hear in the next week or so! Hang in there guys! I volunteered, so hopefully I will see many of you on Zoom very soon!
  9. Sorry for the delay in responding, last week was Cardio midterms so I was a little crazy with studying Unfortunately, I can't really speak too much about clinical rotations since I'm still in my didactic year. What I do know is that they try to get you rotations near where you live, but I think the typical max radius is about 45-60 miles. If you're moving in from out of town, they are happy to try to work with you on getting rotations outside of SC, with enough advance notice, if you want to do rotations back home. My class hasn't started really talking about clinicals yet, since we don't st
  10. This is a really great question! I will say that it primarily depends on the instructor, as some don't at all, or very rarely, but others incorporate it much more. Most of the time it involves them discussing that "God has put you in this classroom for a reason" or that they are praying for us during exams, but some instructors discuss how the body is "by God's design," etc. Some faculty members include a slide or two in their PowerPoint lectures that has a Bible verse that they take a minute to reflect on, but mostly during the actual lecture, you wouldn't even know you were at a religious sc
  11. Just a heads up regarding interviews. Things might be a little different this year due to COVID-19. Our faculty has been very busy trying to adjust our learning curriculum accordingly, as well as manage the clinical year students getting back into rotations. I definitely understand it's a tough time playing the waiting game (I did it for 2 years, so I know what you're going through!), but please just try to be patient as they navigate this new territory. I'm honestly not sure what the timeline will look like (they haven't mentioned anything to us about it), but I imagine it will be slightly mo
  12. I had a few Cs on my transcript as well as a couple of Bs, mostly in chemistry classes, and still got in. I would say go for it! Best of luck to you!
  13. My class has 32 students and I believe that is the max they are going to accept. Can't say 100%, but I'm fairly certain that is the number of seats available for all classes going forward. they originally started with 25, then increased to 30 (I think), then 32 with my class.
  14. Hi there! I was offered a seat at one other program and ended up choosing CSU for several reasons. The first, and most important reason was that it “felt right.” You’ll probably hear a lot of people say this, but when you go to interviews you will likely get a feel for whether or not you want to be there. For me, CSU felt like the right place from the minute I walked into my interview. The faculty was so welcoming and friendly, they genuinely seemed invested in us as candidates. I felt very at ease, like I already belonged. The other most important reason was location. I had the choice between
  15. Hi guys! I’m currently a PA-S1 at CSU and really loving it! I just wanted to wish everyone good luck this cycle, and you picked a great school to apply to! If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer. Admissions stuff is a little different this year with the COVID pandemic, so I’ll defer most specific admissions questions to the admissions coordinator. Please don’t ask what kind of questions they ask during the interview, as they kindly ask us to not share in order to keep things fair for everyone. But if you have questions about what the
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