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  1. Until you hear something, you’re still in the running. No news is good news. Hang in there. Immediate acceptance calls go out to a small minority of students. The great majority will hear shortly before the winter break in December.
  2. Definitely feel free to bring someone to the information session and the dinner. The interview is more a day for the applicant and anyone accompanying you would likely just end up waiting in the lobby.
  3. There are multiple upcoming interviews, about two a month through the first week of December. They are constantly reviewing applications and invites go out through November. Where you are in that process is a good question, but you are still in the running until you hear otherwise. All the best!
  4. I always tell people to reread your essay the night before. Otherwise, UFs interview process is a little different than most, so it’s hard to prepare for. Do your best to relax and enjoy the process. Be professional and poised, but do let your personality come through. You’ll quickly see the diversity yet unity in the class. Think of it this way, when else are you going to have the opportunity to pick the brain of PAs who love the profession and love preparing others to be a part of it? Come ready with questions, remember this is your opportunity to make sure this program fits you ask well. Finally, be sure to go to the student dinner. It’s fun and you’ll get an opportunity to hear the unfiltered truth about the program (faculty and interviewers are not allowed to go). All the best!
  5. I guess it depends on what you mean by your CASPA application, because it's not as clear cut as stated above. So that everyone is on an even playing field, grades/transcripts are not a part of the interview process. However, just about everything else on the CASPA is. So expect questions about your experience, essays, etc. Since some of the interviewers are on the AdCom, what they see along the way may vary, however, so you might get asked about grades along the way as well.
  6. Anything in particular you are curious about? Unfortunately, interviews don't begin for a couple of weeks.
  7. I doubt that will cause you an issue. As long as you have that planned and complete it prior to matriculation, you're set. As prerequisites go, that's probably one of the best ones to have pending. That being said, upper level prerequisites can be pending too. What really matters in this situation is grades and your academic trend. If it looks like you'll do well and pass your pending courses, then they won't worry about them too much. It's a minority of students that interview with all their prerequisite courses complete. All the best!
  8. The 20th of July is fine. That, in and of itself, won’t cause you to not get an interview. As we get later in the cycle, the volume and competition goes up, it’s not impossible to get an interview, it just gets more competitive.
  9. No interviews have occurred as of yet. Interviews begin around the first week of September and are held about every two weeks until the first week of December. Invites generally start going out in late July, early August and then continuously until late November. Im going to see what I can learn about the multi step review process, it appears there is possibly an additional step this year between the initial review and the AdCom. My thought and unofficial guess that it likely goes as follows, first review for completeness, second review for minimum requirements, third AdCom review of full application, essays, recommendations for invite. Checko
  10. Interesting... Did anyone get both the "second level review" and the "admissions committee" emails? I'm thinking there was a change in the message of the email at some point and it was inadvertently changed. However, yes, I agree with the above. Until you hear otherwise, you're still in the running until that last interview session occurs in December. All the best!
  11. You made it through the first level review and are now in the second level review, AKA, the AdCom. One step closer...
  12. Hang in there everyone and good luck to all. The first interviews are usually held late August to early September, so invites will likely begin to go out in late July. The way I look at the reviews is the first level review is the filter for minimum requirements, completeness, etc. What those mínimums exactly are, I don’t know, but if you look at the class profiles you’ll get a clue. The second level review is the full review of your application by the AdCom. This goes on almost consistently beginning in the weeks after the next didactic class begins in July. This is a long and annoying process, but don’t let it get to you. Keep focused on your goal of becoming a PA, it’s well worth it. All the best! Checko
  13. I think it depends on the school. Where I interview, the prior application, letters, essay and all are included in the package. So, it might be worth changing it a bit so that it doesn’t look like a carbon copy of the prior essay.
  14. I admire you for trying to find a degree that is useful as a plan B. Just don't get too focused on the title of the degree and lose sight if the goal. This is what I'd do. Figure out what programs you want to apply to first. Take into account where you can live, costs, average GPA, etc. Then, look at their prerequisites. I'd suggest making a spreadsheet at this point listing what each requires. Once you have this listed, you can figure out what degree will allow you to finish the prereqs you need in the most efficient fashion. In reality, you can study whatever you want. IMO, being a paramedic is a darn good fallback, but you could study something like fire science or even healthcare administration (which would obviously take more time). What is important is that you have a bachelors degree in something (anything!), you have completed the required prerequisite courses, and you have a competitive science and cumulative GPA. As long as you keep your GPA up and can write and present yourself well in proper English, I don't think you're going to need to lean on your fallback too hard. Your medic experience will help you more than you think when it comes time to apply. All the best!
  15. I second above just so you keep your DEA on the up and up. As per transferring your DEA from another state, you can (and did). I simply changed my address from Maryland to Florida when I moved. You can do this through the DEA website and it is processed within a few days.
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