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  1. I do recall hitting a question or two with Davis that was 'outdated', less so with ExamMaster or PAEasy. i.e., if an answer seems incorrect, research it! :)
  2. It depends on the school. Most schools look at your overall CPA as their "cumulative GPA", and your overall Science as the "cumulative" Science GPA. There are a few schools that will ONLY look at the undergraduate cumulative numbers (bachelors degree level work, plus post-bacc). One of those actually told me that they thought it 'leveled the playing field' for their applicants. There are a few schools that look at your last 60 (or 75 or some other number) hours and give that additional consideration. Most schools are going to look at trends as well (one reason for the yearly breakdowns for your 1st bachelor's degree). CASPA just collects the info and processes it. Each school chooses how to use it.
  3. ExamMaster, PAEasy, the CD that comes with the Davis review book all let you select a specific area. I used them quite a lot for reviews during didactic.
  4. Subforum "FLORIDA: Nova Southeastern University -DAVIE" should be updated to "FLORIDA: Nova Southeastern University-FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE". Subforum "FLORIDA: Nova Southeastern University -NAPLES" should be corrected to reflect "FLORIDA: Nova Southeastern University-FORT MYERS/NAPLES" (this campus actually moved from Naples up to Fort Myers).
  5. It is not illegal to prescribe for a family member ... if you properly chart the encounter. It is illegal to prescribe for anyone knowing that it is being redirected, including back to the prescriber. It MAY be a violation of your contract depending on where you work. It IS usually considered ill-advised to prescribe for a family member OR a close friend as there is a significant risk that the patient in question will be even less forthcoming with information than even your typical patient about factors that related to their health, and that lack of knowledge impairs the prescriber.
  6. But you aren't paying them back, they are including that cost when they calculate the profit you brought to the business. Using simple round numbers (and we'll exclude withholding since that's a pass-through), let's say you make $100K salary. They pay you that salary, less your employee taxes, which they withhold from your pay. Again, keeping it simple, 7.65%, for FICA. Each year (actually paid every month (or quarter)), they send the IRS the $7650 they withheld as your employee taxes (along with your FWH), plus another $7650 for their employer responsibility. So, at this point, you've COST them $107,650. They also had to send another $434 for FUI, and some % to the state for SUI (varies by state) which we'll just say is 500 for simplicity. Add in the 2% retirement match they pay for everyone participating, and that's another $2K. Most likely they're paying some portion of the insurance premiums for medical/dental/vision, STD, LTD, etc.; again, for simplicity, let's say you pay $100/month, deducted from your pay, but they are paying $700/mo (FWIW, that's fairly consistent with the numbers I had to pay when I opted for COBRA after leaving employment and the subsidized health insurance), so there's another $8400. So at this point, you've cost them $118,984 for the year in direct costs. Leave vacation out of it. That's time off that's part of your base salary compensation. Now, why would they NOT calculate the profit using that number? They are not charging YOU for the employer costs that are their responsibility - FICA, FUI, SUI (and I didn't include WC). They are considering those as their COSTS for you and deducting it from the REVENUE you generated to determine the PROFIT attributed to you, and then bonusing you 30% on that profit (after ALL of their expenses for you are deducted).
  7. If you had a written agreement with your previous employer that defined the basis for "profit" on which your productivity bonus compensation is based, then you may have a case. If it was not clearly spelled out what your employer considered as your "cost" in calculating profit, then you probably don't. Your cost to your employer DOES include their portion of FICA, MCARE, retirement contributions, as well as costs for FUI, SUI, WC, etc - other expenses that are costs directly tied to the compensation and benefits paid to you. Yes, it's their expense, but so is your salary and all of your other benefits that are directly attributable to your employment. Your vacation time, the portion of your insurance premiums that they pay, are deductible business expenses for the business as well. I do understand your feeling that you're paying for an expense that is their responsibility, but you're not from the business entity's perspective. Caveat: I am not a PA, I am PA-S. However, I've owned and operated other businesses with a similar base pay, plus bonus structure, and yes, all of those other 'costs' that were directly attributable to, and benefited, the employee, were considered the "cost" of that employee, and deducted from revenue to determine the profitability of that person. That's basically the sticking point here. They can't "charge" you for the expenses that are their responsibilities as an employer; they can however, include those costs in calculating the profit that you bring to their business, before they calculate your productivity bonus.
  8. All four courses are factored in - if it's a 4 hour chemistry course and a D is worth 1 pt and an A worth 4, then ([(4 hrs * 1 pt * 3 Ds) + (4 hrs * 4 pts * 1 A)]/(16 hrs attempted)) = 1.75, still a D (D+) average for that course ... and all attempts will factor into your science GPA as well. That being said, I don't know of any programs that look at your average for a course when evaluating it as a pre-req. Again, they are going to look at your most recent grade earned, though you may be asked to explain why you struggled in your 1st 3 attempts.
  9. I can't answer your specific question, though it may be based on how it's reflected on your transcript or based on how you enter the course work (since you specify your academic status, freshman, etc., as you enter the details). However, I don't think it really matters all that much as your overall GPAs are what are evaluated initially; your year-by-year GPAs really only come into consideration with respect to trends (did you have a shaky start and then improve? or did you breeze through at first and then struggle with more advance, upper level coursework).
  10. CASPA replaces nothing and calculates your GPAs based on every course you've ever taken (as has already been stated). Courses taken before you graduate will be incorporated in your 'total' undergraduate GPA, while the courses you take after graduating will go into the post-bacc GPA (unless they are graduate level). Be sure and read through the CASPA FAQ - all this is clearly explained, with examples; don't rely on 'what you've heard or been told' ... not even here. Things change every year, some years more than others. Most programs look at your most recent performance in a particular pre-req, not an average. In your example, they would look at the grade for your retake of the course, the B. Many schools ask you to specify what particular course / grade you consider to meet their pre-req (not really applicable for O.Chem, but for a more generic pre-req such as "any upper level biology course". That being said, if you are selected to interview, you may well be asked about any sub-par grades and why and/or what you did differently that helped you do better when you retook it. Unsolicited advice: you're looking at minimums to apply at most schools. Be sure you look at the ranges of recent cohorts for a particular school. Very few successful applicants only meet the minimum. If they do, and there are some (I am one, you can find others' stories here on the forum), they have other attributes that stand out. Admission is not all about GPA. However, PA education is rigorous and fast-paced, and programs want to take on students they are confident can be successful PA students and practicing PAs. As Rev has already mentioned, taking more challenging coursework, in the sciences, and excelling at them, says a lot more about your academic abilities than your GPA numbers standing alone. Good luck!
  11. No offense intended by me. I don't fault anyone for seeking assistance in any area they feel even marginally deficient, whether it's their personal statement or their interview skills or anything else. Take it for what it's worth - free advice based only on what you've stated. Also, keep in mind that many frequent posters will often answer 'unasked' or 'implied' question(s) ... both for the possible benefit to the OP and for those who may search and find this thread in the future.
  12. While Nova has 4 PA programs and all are under Nova's College of Health Sciences, each program is separately accredited and separately managed. Though similar, the admission requirements are not the same, nor is the curriculum.
  13. At the end of the day, whatever counsel, advisor, coaching services you utilize, make sure that what YOU submit is what YOU would say/do if put on the spot. Many programs include a writing exercise as part of their interview process ... and the interviewers can and may use yours for discussion in the one-on-one interviews (this was the case in more than one of my interviews). It not only gives them something to talk about besides your application that they've already reviewed ... one program quite candidly informed us that it's one way they ascertain the genuineness of your CASPA and/or supplemental.
  14. You can write off your student loan interest ... IF you don't make too much money. There is an AGI limitation. In 2016, I believe it was $65K for single, head of household ($130K for married filing jointly). Make more than that and the deduction goes to $0 very quickly.
  15. Yes and no. From the new bill (SB1014) text that I've read, for initial licensure, the applicant DOES have to be currently certified by the NCCPA (as well as having a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited PA program, passed the PANCE, not have any PA license/certification/registration revoked, etc.), but does NOT have to be currently certified in order to RENEW a previously issued WV license.
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