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  1. If that's true about 2000 applicants, most of those applicants were probably from out-of-state, and most applicants were from outside the Rio Grande Valley. In-state students and students from the Rio Grande Valley have a major advantage to getting accepted.
  2. When I was leaving the PA program in 2014, a faculty member told me that the 50 hours of shadowing requirement had been removed. I don't work for UTRGV though, so I really don't know.
  3. Another common question was, "Do I need to know the Spanish language to attend UTRGV's PA program?" The official answer from the PA program might be "No," but in reality, yes, you do need to have some of the basics of the Spanish language (officially that language is called "castellano" to distinguish it from other languages in Spain, although everyone in the RGV seems to call it Spanish). In some of the clinics where you will gain experience, most of your patients could speak Spanish and little English. Don't worry too much if you have problems with some people's accents; usually they will speak slower for you if they see that you don't understand them. If you have experience conversing in Spanish, try to let that be known during the application process.
  4. So I guess everyone knows that UTPA--University of Texas Pan American--has been absorbed into the larger University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Here is the webpage for the physician assistant program at UTRGV: http://www.utrgv.edu/pa/index.htm . The courses will be held on the former campus of UTPA in Edinburg, I assume. Here is the webpage with application instructions: http://www.utrgv.edu/graduate/for-future-students/graduate-programs/program-requirements/physician-assistant-studies-mpas/index.htm It seems that UTRGV is still updating the PA program's webpages. I think some major updates were made this morning! One question that has been asked much in the past is, "Is it difficult for out-of-state applicants to get into the PA programs of state-owned schools like UTRGV?" The answer is "yes," despite what some faculty/staff might tell you at the various Texas public PA schools. I believe that the state-owned schools are not allowed to have more than 10% of the PA program students be from out-of-state. At UTRGV, applicants from the Rio Grande Valley have preference. Texas applicants have preference over out-of-state applicants. In my class at UTPA (now UTRGV), we had some out-of-state students and some students who were not from the Rio Grande Valley. If you are not living in or from Texas, the chance of you getting into UTRGV's PA program is pretty low.
  5. The scores before the Class of 2014 were probably low because of cheating that went on in those classes. Students from one year's class would give the answers to online and non-online quizzes/tests to students in the following year. This happened for one of the most important 2-semester-long courses in PA school (probably the most important course during Year 1 for passing the PANCE). Students have little incentive to study when they have the answers to their online quizzes/tests. For the Class of 2014, the PA program stopped using the professor for the course whose old exams and answers were already in circulation. Instead it used a bunch of professors, each assigned to teach one subject, to teach that course, and these professors created new exams. The Class of 2014 had a 90% pass rate. That is my hypothesis of what happened. It goes to show that cheating can be harmful. The PA department acted like it was in the dark about the cheating for years. That is why students should inform the head of the PA Dept when "massive" cheating is occurring. If a course is too hard, then that problem should be addressed, too.
  6. I graduated from UTPA's PA program in December, 2014. If you have any questions for me, please send me a private message.
  7. Being bilingual in English-Spanish(castellano) is important. At some clinical sites, the majority of patients speak Spanish and little English. If you can't communicate with the patients, you won't learn as much as the clinical site.
  8. Here is a link to a document about some housing options near UTPA: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0UCn9kUHG9aWjRTWVhvNnhlZlk/edit?usp=sharing If you cannot read it, let me know; I can try something else.
  9. I want to correct a mistake that I made in one of my earlier posts in this thread. The Rio Grande Valley is not synonymous with South Texas. The Rio Grande Valley is only the 4 southernmost counties in South Texas: Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties.
  10. I want to correct a mistake that I made in one of my earlier posts in this thread. The Rio Grande Valley is not synonymous with South Texas. The Rio Grande Valley is only the 4 southernmost counties in South Texas: Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties.
  11. I have heard of people in their 60's getting accepted into other PA schools.
  12. I have heard of people in their 60's getting accepted into other PA schools.
  13. I will be attending UTPA's PA program in August, 2012.

  14. I am in the PA class that begins one year after you all. Our class could use some help. I just send a friend request to utpa2013 through Facebook.
  15. I am in the PA class that begins one year after you all. Our class could use some help. I just send a friend request to utpa2013 through Facebook.
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