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  1. I am a second year PA student. I used Voc Rehab for my undergrad work, CASPA fees, application to PA school fees, PA tuition, books, supplies, etc.... There are some important things that are not being discussed here, and I feel it very important to bring up, it may save some serious problems for some of my disabled brothers. First (and foremost), VocRehab is not a degree program, it is a program designed to get disabled veterans "Acceptable employment." You have to show first that your disability prevents you from getting "acceptable employment," and you require vocational rehabilitation to become gainfully employed. I am proof that you can, even without any real college background, to get approved by the VA for an "Educational Goal" of getting a Masters degree to become a PA, but you have to have your ducks in a row. Why do you think the taxpayers should pay for you to go to PA school? If your answer is that my current job that I have been working at for xx years doesn't pay enough, you are shooting yourself in the foot. That answer in no way meets the requirement that your disability is keeping you from gaining "acceptable employment." Why PA? Why not RN? Why not X-Ray Tech, or another much less expensive education goal? It depends on who is doing your VocRehab evaluation, but before going in be able to show why PA is the most common sense route for you, as "acceptable employment." I was an Hospital Corpsman for 26 years, and my last NEC was that of an Independent Duty Corpsman, and the closest thing in the civilian world to that job is a PA, so for me it wasn't a big leap. My disabilities prevent me from doing manual labor or standing for long periods of time, and a PA doesn't do manual labor or have to stand for long periods (unless you go into something like surgery), so a goal of PA was acceptable because it met my physical capabilities as well as my professional experience/aptitude. Be prepared before going in to see the VocRehab counselor.
  2. If the program is provisionally accredited when you enter the program you will be allowed to take the PANCE exam and get licensed. Realistically, the program is going to get accredited. Thus far the accreditation inspections/evaluations have gone very well and the senior faculty and staff are from accredited programs, so they know how to run an effective program. The PANCE pass rate that I quote was based on 11 students taking the test and 2 of them didn't pass it. When the results of more students taking the test are back it should paint a better picture, but that is the information that I have heard. There are several volunteer activities that the school is associated with (most deal with local schools i.e. sports physicals). I didn't apply to any other schools, I live in Jacksonville and moving at this time wasn't an option so I only applied here. In the end the decision to attend here or another university is a personal one. If you are uncomfortable with the provisionaly accreditation status, and you have been accepted to another program that is accredited then perhaps this isn't the program for you. I personally am very comfortable with the program here, but PA school is very expensive and if there is somewhere else that you feel will give you more bang for the buck then that is something worth weighing/considering.
  3. I'm a current first year student, so I can't really give you much information regarding the clinical rotations. You don't have to do all of your rotations in Jacksonville, if there is somewhere else you want to go and the place wants to have you then you can give that info to the coordinator and make it happen. I know several have done clinical rotations in their hometowns in distant states. The first year class has been taking the PANCE exams and they have (last I heard) over 80% pass rate with several getting perfect scores. About the quality of the material being taught, I was in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman for 26 years and was an Independent Duty Corpsman for the latter part of that career (so I officially have the "been there/done that" t-shirt regarding being a primary care provider) and from my perspective the education has been very good. The OSCEs are good with quality feedback from the staff, they do an excellent job relating the subject matter to practical applications, etc... Overall I am very happy with the program. The one thing that I disliked about the program from the summer term was the quality of the outside pharmacy lecturers that would come, but now they have on faculty PA that also holds a Pharm-D, so that issue is resolved and you won't encounter it.
  4. how do you post a new question to the pre pa forum?

  5. Undergrad Ed School: Univ. of MD University College (1988);Florida State College at Jacksonville (2009-2011) Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.54 Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.43 Age at application time : 46 1st GRE: 1300 (verbal 590, quant 710) Writing 5.0 Direct Patient Care : 26 years U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman (Med Lab Tech, Histopathology Tech, Independent Duty Corpsman) Extracurricular/Research Activities: Developed new Histology staining technique for glycogen digestion Schools Applied: Nova Southeastern Jacksonville Application Submitted Date: December 2010 Schools Received Application Date: Jan 2011 Interview Invites: NSU Jacksonville Denied: N/A Withdrew Application: N/A Waitlisted: N/A Accepted: Nova Southeastern Jacksonville
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