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  1. I think a personal statement that discusses overcoming mental illness could be quite compelling, especially if you're able to relate the experience to your desire to become a PA and how it might make you a better provider. It would provide a unique perspective compared to other applicants. I would just make sure to clearly articulate how you've learned to manage these issues for success in future academic and professional settings, as we all know PA school and healthcare settings in general can be quite stressful. Good luck!
  2. It's up to you. I submitted 5 letters to CASPA and got accepted to my program of choice on the first try. It was probably overkill, but I just really wanted to drive home the point that I have health professionals from various disciplines recommending me (in my case, 3 MDs, 1 PA, and 1 RN). I figured it would showcase the interdisciplinary nature of the healthcare work I already do. But like I said, probably unnecessary; plenty of people get accepted each year with just 3 letters. You might want to consider how well you know the 2 other MDs in question, how long and how closely you've worked with them, and how well they'd be able to speak to your qualifications before requesting the additional letters. Good luck!
  3. My two cents: Many programs look to the academic LOR to get an idea of not only how well you perform academically, but also how well you communicate and work with other students in a classroom setting (think group projects, class discussions, etc.). This might be difficult, if not impossible, for a professor to discuss if the entire course was completed online. I don't think it's ideal, but if it's truly your only option, then what else can you do? Just have the professor write the letter and hope for the best. On a side note, you mention that you last attended college 8 years ago. I would think by now you would need to re-take several prerequisites again (most programs won't accept science pre-reqs older than about 7 years). This was my situation, since I finished my bachelor's 10 years ago; I had to retake A&P, Micro, Chem, etc. Many of these pre-reqs have to be done in person due to a lab component. If you have any pending prerequisites that need to be done in person, perhaps those could be your academic letter source instead? Hope that helps, and good luck!
  4. Hi, I'm half-Mexican as well First, the CASPA questions regarding race and ethnicity are optional and should not impact whether or not you're accepted to any programs. As far as I'm aware, this information is just used for data collection purposes. Second, under these classification systems, Mexican is typically considered a subcategory of Latino/Hispanic ethnicity, not a race. Race would include categories like Black, Asian, Caucasian, and Native American. All of these races exist in Mexico and could therefore claim Latino/Hispanic/Mexican ethnicity. What you would select for race (for your Mexican side) really depends on your specific ancestry. Most individuals of Mexican descent would probably select Caucasian or Native American depending on how closely they identify with any of the indigenous populations in Mexico (e.g. Zapotec, Nahuatl, Mixtec, etc.). Black and Asian Mexicans certainly exist as well, although they make up much smaller percentages of the population. Only you will know which one makes the most sense. Hope that helps, and good luck!
  5. Stick with it. You'll be an inspiration to your child and others in your family later on for having persevered. I'm reminded of my own mother, who made it through nursing school when my sister and I were kids. I have nothing but admiration for her looking back on it now, and it's part of what inspired me to go into healthcare myself. You can do it!
  6. Hi, I've had to do this for a couple prerequisites. Once the prerequisite is complete, you will update the grade in CASPA. Once you've updated the grade, CASPA will require you to submit official transcripts. Once CASPA receives the transcripts, your program(s) will be able to see the grade. On a side note, you might want to notify your PA program's admissions department once transcripts for the outstanding prerequisite have been received by CASPA. I thought CASPA automatically notified programs of the updated grade/transcripts, but found this not to be the case when I received an e-mail from my program stating that I was past due on an outstanding prerequisite I had already completed. I had to call admissions to explain that I had submitted updated transcripts to CASPA months prior, at which point they were able to log in to CASPA from their end, find the updated info and make the correction. It's also possible that CASPA did notify my program of the updated grade/transcripts, but that someone in admissions just dropped the ball; I'm not entirely sure. Anyway, just a heads up. Good luck!
  7. I think you would be competitive for most programs. You have PCE, letters of recommendation from professionals working in the field, shadowing experience, and an acceptable GPA. You might want to check each program's website to compare your GPA to that of other applicants (they usually include this information for prospective students) just to see where you stand. But I think with a good personal statement you definitely sound like someone who would be invited to interview. Good luck!
  8. I completed my genetics course online through Mt. San Jacinto College in CA. It was an accelerated course, around 8-10 weeks. Not sure how much it would cost for an out-of-state resident. Good luck!
  9. I don't think it's an issue, at least not for the program I applied to. I work at a dialysis clinic and all my letters came from people who work there (3 nephrologists, 1 PA and 1 RN manager). I ended up getting accepted and will be starting my program this fall. My guess is that admission committees are more interested in the content of each letter rather than whether or not they all come from different facilities. Hope that helps, and good luck!
  10. @Jminugh No problem, I just noticed the link I posted wasn't working so I attached the PDF I found of the NHSC presentation in case you want to look at the information yourself. Good luck!
  11. I don't think they allocate a specific number of awards per discipline. There's a NHSC presentation here that shows the number of awards by discipline for 2013-2015, and each year the number/percent of awards given to those in each discipline appears to vary. Based on my math, for 2014 and 2015 about 9-10% of applicants were awarded the scholarship; for NP/PA applicants specifically, this number drops to only about 2-3% It looks like the bulk of awards went to MD and Dental applicants. Not sure how different the numbers might be nowadays. And I'm not too nervous... What's done is done, nothing we can do now other than be patient. I'm just trying to enjoy these last few months before the madness that is PA school begins advisory-council-meeting-March-2016-nhsc-award-process-and-data-analysis.pdf
  12. Per one of the online NHSC Q&A sessions I attended, they don't begin reviewing applications until the submission deadline passes. The deadline was yesterday, and I see that my status has now been changed from "Submitted" to "Under Review." Good luck!
  13. I don't remember receiving any sort of e-mail confirmation after submitting my application. Now that the application deadline has passed, I see my status has been updated to "Under Review." Best of luck to everyone who applied!
  14. I'm starting PA school this fall. My two cents: APPLY! You have a fairly competitive GPA, direct patient care experience, shadowing experience in a healthcare setting, and good letters of recommendation from other healthcare professionals. Assuming you can write a good personal statement and do well during the interview process, I think you've got a good chance at getting accepted somewhere. The only thing you've got to lose is the application fee, so I say go for it. Good luck! P.S. You might want to check the average GPA for accepted students at whichever program(s) you wish to attend (this information is usually included on the program's website for prospective students), as that might assist you in determining where you stand academically in relation to other applicants and whether or not you're ahead of the pack.
  15. As part of accepting your offer, you also have to pay a non-refundable $1000 deposit (separated into two $500 payments). You can always rescind your acceptance of the offer afterwards at any time (in the event you change your mind about entering into this specific program or PA school altogether), but you’ll lose the deposit.
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