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  1. Hi everyone, I've written my first book about getting into and through PA school. It's written in layman's terms, with a side of humor and sarcasm. A very quick read, but hopefully useful. Click here. Happy reading.
  2. @jdabrowski I certainly don't want to speak on behalf of the programs you've listed, but would encourage you to seek feedback from the other programs that you've been waitlisted with. I'm not sure how feedback works with any of the programs, but typically, I do not provide feedback for the waitlist applicants because they are still being considered for an acceptance should a seat become available. There could be more factors outside of just academics (i.e. interview performance). Hope this helps.
  3. @scubaBubble I would recommend researching the clinical experience hour requirements for scribe hours. It's my understanding that not a lot of programs accept scribe for their requirement. Overall statistics that you've listed seem to fit within the competitive range we see for our incoming cohorts. I would tell you to go a step further and calculate your prerequisite GPA for each program to ensure your prerequisite GPA is in line with your science GPA. I would guess that if it's 3.4+ you're probably within a competitive range, but again, be sure to check your clinical experience to ensure it'
  4. @klaceypost Some programs place heavy emphasis on where you take your courses and some do not. Our program, for example, prefers to see prerequisites, especially biology and chemistry requirements, taken at the university level. I would research the programs that interest you to see if there is a preference on where you take them. This info may be on their websites. Hope this helps!
  5. @pearls33 I don't think it will be a hindrance if you've gotten your family matters and health issues resolved. It's important that if those issues are resolved that you make that clear in your personal statement and if asked about it in your interview. Two things I know our program evaluates heavily through the interview process are your support system and emotional ability to handle PA school. I would imagine both of these topics would've have been difficult to say were solid a few years ago. I hope this helps!
  6. @aspiring I would go even further to look at OC II and Biochemistry grades if you've taken those courses. Our program requires both of them, and if you've gotten As and/or Bs in them, I would say you'd probably be ok for our program, but if these are the only prerequisites of the programs you're applying to, it may be worth retaking at least OC I and Genetics to show improvement. Looks like HCE hours and GREs are solid. Hope this helps!
  7. @gallant If your prerequisite GPA for the programs that you're applying to is strong I don't think it's necessary to go back and retake undergraduate courses to improve your overall performance. That said, I would recommend getting back in the classroom if you've not taken classes since you have worked as a pharmacist. There may be some time limit issues with some of the courses that are required of the programs that interest you. I do think it is worth calling out the elephant in the room in your personal statement as to why your pharm GPA was low, but would briefly mention it and not make y
  8. @usf17 Thank you for your questions and I realize what an anxious time this is for many applicants. When were the Fs received? If they were received more towards the beginning of your college career, I would hope your most recent performance would show an upward trend and show more of your true potential. I see early academic hiccups a lot from non-traditional students. A lot of times a return to college usually comes with a new motivation and mind set, thus showing a strong upward trend in performance. Hopefully you may have addressed that semester in your personal statement? I think you're p
  9. @jreiner Thank you for your questions. I would lean more towards option 2 and then update the program if you're able to once the application is submitted. We pay attention to dates on your application so don't put any hours down if you haven't completed any. I've seen some students put an estimated number of hours down when they haven't even started the position. I get the purpose of it, but it's inaccurate. If you go with option 1, maybe you can provide more via a supplemental application if applicable. Hope this helps.
  10. @hopefulNCPA Thank you for your question. I would recommend evaluating your performance in the prerequisite courses before moving forward with applying. I'm assuming the prerequisite GPA may be close to what your overall may be. If that is the case, I usually recommend the following options Post Bacc program-these type of programs usually allow you to take prerequisite courses over, but offer a heavy course load and you do them within a calendar year. I like post bacc programs because it provides good insight as to how applicants handle a rigorous course load in a short amount of time (simil
  11. @gb_Atc I'm sorry for the extended delay. Our busy time of year has begun. Our program requires 2 semesters of Org Chemistry, but a lot of programs do not require both Org 1 &2. At minimum I would go with Org 1 and Biochemistry-both are good prep courses for PA school.. It never hurts to take both organics, it shows potential, so to me option 2 with Biochemistry is the way I would go. Again, sorry for the delay.
  12. @sarahbellum Thank you for your question. I would recommended delaying this cycle to accumulate more patient contact hours especially if you're considering applying to programs that require healthcare experience hours. Even if some of them don't require hours, I think it will be to your benefit to accumulate as much hands-on experience as possible as it will better prepare you for PA school. Hope this helps!
  13. @prepa091 Thanks for your question. I doubt that should hinder your chances of being considered for a program. I would encourage you to provide an explanation on your application so that it's not a surprise when a background check is run. Honesty is the best approach and if all other factors are competitive, the hard work will pay off. Hope this helps!
  14. @maryfred Thank you for your question. I'm unsure of if your hours you've explained would count..maybe the medical clinic hours would count, but some programs like to see paid positions. I would encourage you to seek opportunities to find a position that allows for patient contact and one that you can be utilized in a full or part time way. From our program's standpoint, you would need to retake the GRE. I'm sure that with more preparation that score would increase. I hope this is helpful!
  15. @britrae Sorry for the delay. I'm assuming you'd fairly competitive based on hours and GPAs. Our program would also consider GRE scores as well. typically 50% in each section will be a solid score for most programs. I would encourage you to continue the health care experience position and find some more time to shadow a PA or two. I hope this helps.
  16. @runnergirl22 Thank you for your question and sorry for the delay. Maturity will be assessed through your application and interview. I think more maturity will be demonstrated through obtaining your direct patient contact in one, rather than several, positions as you've noted in your post. That's just an observation and assumption that the 800 hours were split between the positions you've listed. Hope this helps!
  17. @sushuthefish Sorry for the delay. I usually would prefer to see relevant experiences for student that are related to direct patient care, health related hours, work experience and shadowing hours. Hope this helps!
  18. @lilthxp My sincerest apologies for the delay..summer is rather busy for us! Your clinical experience seems fine as an EMT. I would encourage you to continue you that as it is good prep for PA school. Since you're just starting your science courses, the biggest advice I can give you is to do well in them so you're not having to retake them later on. In comparison to some programs in our state (NC), our program tends to require more coursework than some programs. Therefore, I think every applicant taking what we require is beneficial (of course ;)). For example, there are some programs that don
  19. @pzawifetoPA My sincerest apologies for the delay..summer is rather busy for us. Yes, most programs require additional biology courses outside of maybe A&P and Micro. Our program, for example, requires 8 additional hours of biology outside of these courses. We would count an A&P II, cell biology, medical micro, intro to biology, etc. Typically, nursing courses do not fulfill those requirements, but if given a course description we may consider it if is a biology course, but has a NUR prefix in the course number. That said, many of our nursing applicants have taken the basic bios as tho
  20. @vpoca My sincerest apologies for the delay..summer is rather busy for us. That's a good question and I would encourage you to speak with the programs you're applying to to make sure you would be eligible. I know from our standpoint, we would have to discuss it as a committee, but it is not a felony, only a misdemeanor. We do not accept students who have a felony. As you've done here, you should provide this explanation on your application so that there are no surprises if you're unable to get the charge expunged before you apply. Hope this helps.
  21. @neurobics My sincerest apologies for the delay..summer is rather busy for us! We hold our interviews during the week and some programs do it on the weekends. It all depends. I would encourage you to speak with your supervisors to let them know that it is possible you may have to travel during the week for an interview. We don't host online interviews so it would be a requirement for you to come to campus if chosen for an interview. Thanks!
  22. @ntgoodkin Thank you for your question. I'm not sure that your attendant hours would count for a lot of programs. However, you can use the position to network or find other positions that allow more direct patient interactions. Some states allow people to work as a medical assistant without the certification. Many applicants start out by shadowing a provider and then are trained on the job as a medical assistant and they get hours that way. Also, in some states you can take a CNA I certification test online without taking a course...essentially studying for the exam and skills portion of it o
  23. @mandrew1 Thank you for your question. I would think with the life you've lead after the discharge would be something programs would consider. I would be honest about it on your application.You may want to even mention it briefly in your personal statement so they can know you on paper. Not all applicants can "explain" something in an interview so the personal statement is the place to do this. Also, be prepared with an answer should you be asked about it during an interview. Hope this helps.
  24. @PM_UR_PTs Thanks for your question. It's a good one! Our take on it is that quality hands-on experience/direct patient care tends to better prepare the applicant for the curriculum and provides a comfort level when working with patients. We've found that those students who had a lot of direct patient care tended to be more proactive in labs, are more comfortable in their clinical rotations, and have an easier transition not only to the program, but also to clinical practice. Additionally, they tend to be the leaders in the program (vocal or lead by example) and also have a more realistic and
  25. @sam94 Thank you for your questions. What are the letter grades for the Micro that you're currently in? I'm assuming a B- for the lecture? Our program prefers to see many of the biology and chemistry courses taken at the university level as possible. However, not all programs have the same feeling. If the grade is a B- and all other biology courses like A&P I and II, etc. are solid performances, I probably would be hesitant to tell you to retake micro since it is at the 200 level. Also, what other courses will you be taking at the cc level to finish out your prereqs? It's hard to tell you
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