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  1. Custom search within all current PA schools to find the perfect PA program based on your needs, background and experience. Sort by GRE, Overall GPA, Science GPA, Tuition, Healthcare Experience, class size etc. etc. etc. http://www.paschoolfinder.com/pa-program-match/
  2. I'm currently considering refocusing my pursuit to become a dentist and transitioning over to pursuing becoming a physician assistant. I do have a couple of questions though. I graduated this past spring with a bachelors in finance, however I've taken all the prerequisites needed for dental school. However, I'm not sure it's in the cards for me anymore. I'm taking a hard look at PA school, however I had some questions that I was hoping some of you may be able to answer. I need a couple of classes before I'm able to apply, and was considering taking them at my local community college so that I
  3. Hello, everyone! I'm currently a PA student, class of 2018 and I feel as if my head is going off on tangents constantly so I wanted some perspective from you guys. Well first off, I'm an introvert and spent my gap year before entering PA school mainly staying at home and doing individual activities and loving it. I keep my friend circle small and sweet and they understand as well that I'm not a very big talker or texter. After entering school my schedule has been flipped and I am totally fine with it, I like learning and feel as if I'm getting into my mojo. However the social aspect of
  4. Does anyone know anything about the admission requirements for this program? Anyone else planning to apply?
  5. Can anyone give me some pros and cons to Problem based learning approach? The school I got into is majority PBL and I was wondering if anyone has done this or heard of it? Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!
  6. Hi everyone, I am new to the forums. I am a PA with 1 year of experience. I just got an offer in a family practice in the North Texas area. After talking with the providers there, the supervising doctor seems to be very patient with the PAs and willing to teach. I feel this is a good place to grow. I was wondering if this is a fair offer. I feel the pay is a little low and benefits seem a little on the low side too. Salary: 90k annually, work 8-5 and 4 hours on a weekend every month. Assuming 8 hour work days and 4 every month, $42.29/hr. Bonus: Very vague bonus. At discretion. Call sch
  7. I made a blog post covering this topic. TBL/PBL classes are so popular in programs right now that I think applying students should be more aware of what they are. If your program has these types of team-based classes, please leave a comment below and let us know how your program runs the class. http://pajourney.com/2016/09/12/what-are-tbl-and-pbl-and-why-do-so-many-pa-programs-have-them/
  8. Dear PA Student or PA Grad, After personally tutoring PA students matriculating in PA schools for 2 years, I began tutoring graduates who were about to take the PANCE for the first time. 100% of the first five I tutored scored high. And since 2012, I have helped 52 students pass the PANCE and PANRE. Of those 3 first time takers, 100% passed. Of those who had failed once, 97% passed. Of those who failed twice, 93% passed. And of those who failed three times, 91% passed after taking my course. Those are awesome results. Now I am pleased to offer my complete personal PANCE/PANRE tut
  9. Hi everyone, I was notified to submit a security deposit to one of the schools I was accepted in. Has anyone had any luck with extending its deadline by contacting the schools? Thanks! :)
  10. A few programs that I am applying to are asking for a CV/Resume under the Documents portion of the CASPA application. Because I have not done any publications, my submission will most likely be most appropriately formatted as a resume. Does anyone happen to know the purpose of doing this if most of the information is on CASPA? Most of the descriptions that I am filling out in my resume are very similar to the ones I submitted in CASPA. Furthermore, is there a typical limit in length? I have everything fit in 2 pages. I currently have the following headings in the following order: -Name and Co
  11. Before I begin, let me start by saying the PA profession is something I have wanted to do since my senior year of high school. I am about to be a senior in college and am still a PA-hopeful but my science prerequisite grades are what's stopping me from continuing on this long journey. I have failed two, not one, but TWO prerequisites: statistics and chemistry. I have received two D's and a few C's and a few W's. Something in me says to keep trying by retaking those courses. I am willing to put in as much time and money as it takes to get to where I need to be in order to apply to PA s
  12. Hi, I graduated from from my undergrad last May, I have been working as a medical scribe since graduation in the ED of four hospitals as a part of Lifespan Corporation. I have accumulated 1400 hours of experience to date. After working and meeting many different types of PAs through work I have decided that PA is the perfect fit for me, but this is where things start to worry me. I graduated with an overall GPA of 2.47 with a BS in Biology and minor in chemistry. My four years at School were plagued by a few miss fortunes, such as learning I have ADHD half way through and others, that lead
  13. Hi everyone, I have been looking through different programs' prerequisites and noticed that some are a bit more particular with which courses fit their prerequisite standards. For example, some make it clear that biochemistry will not count as an additional chemistry course, whereas some will take it. I want to be able to include my highest graded course that will fit each prerequisite when I submit it in CASPA. What kind of consequences are there if a course that I chose to submit to fit their prerequisite does not match their standard? Will they dismiss my application entirely, or look thro
  14. Hi, I graduated from from my undergrad last May, I have been working as a medical scribe since graduation in the ED of four hospitals as a part of Lifespan Corporation. I have accumulated 1400 hours of experience to date. After working and meeting many different types of PAs through work I have decided that PA is the perfect fit for me, but this is where things start to worry me. I graduated with an overall GPA of 2.47 with a BS in Biology and minor in chemistry. My four years at School were plagued by a few miss fortunes, such as learning I have ADHD half way through and others, that le
  15. I really want to apply this year and see if I get in. My GPA is very low with a cGPA of 3.19 and pGPA of 3.09. I have 500 hrs as a pharm tech, 200 hrs as a volunteer, 50 hrs as a CNA Seeing this, I know I would have to work on my HCE 2-3 years in order to get into PA school. My question is, even if I put in the commitment of working 2-3 years and accumulating HCE, will it be worth it??? Seems like the average GPAs to get into PA school are getting higher and the average HCE among applicants are getting lower.. I am also considering going into nursing first and working a few years to get exper
  16. Hello all. This is my very first draft of my personal statement for PA school. I touched on a few things that are important to me, such as my mission trip, but I feel like it may have gotten jumbled. I really wanted to focus on my desire to help people before they develop chronic conditions. Please critique and let me know which parts I should stress more and which I could do without. Also, I'm still working on a stronger conclusion. Right now it's 4341 characters with spaces. Thank you. “Can I listen to your heart?” Kayla, the physician assistant (PA), asked the toddler crawling under t
  17. Hi everyone, I have been recently contemplating whether or not to retake the GRE. I was not satisfied with the first time I took it (Composite: 308; Verbal: 152; Quant: 156; Writing: 4.0). A factor that may help me decide to retake it is whether or not PA schools "superscore" multiple GRE scores. In other words, would PA schools take the highest subscore of each GRE test and make an entire new set of scores? I understand that there is no way for CASPA to do this, but has anyone had any experiences or news of PA schools superscoring the GRE?
  18. I've seen quite a few times that interviewers will question why you're choosing to become a PA rather than a Nurse Practitioner after working as a nurse full-time for several years. To me, I'll still be getting the hands on experience I need to be functional as a PA and will be more involved and in the know than I would if I worked as a CNA first, which seems to be a more accepted form of getting patient care experience for PA school. Do you think becoming a Nurse could affect my chances of being accepted to PA school? My argument would be that I prefer the more in depth diagnosis and tr
  19. Hey everyone! We've just added a new article to our site about staying healthy in PA school. We've realized this is definitely not easy while trying to juggle grades, friends, family etc. I hope this article can be helpful to some of you. If you have any feedback, please don't hesitate to share! Bad or good, we love it all. :) http://www.physicianassistantstudyguide.com/HealthInPASchool.html
  20. Hi everyone! Your suggestions were really helpful last time, so I decided to post here again! I have been thinking about my plans after undergrad lately and I feel unsure about what I want to do. To be honest, I initially did not want to pursue the medical field because I thought it was not right for me. However, after taking some classes and volunteering at the hospital, I have found that I really enjoy it. I absolutely love the field of neuroscience/neurology and thought I should become a PA to work in that field. However, I have been discussing my plans lately with my classmates and the
  21. As a child I had moments when I would stare off into space as if my brain was not connected to the rest of my body. My parents were worried so they took me to a pediatric neurologist. The diagnosis was Juvenile Absence Epilepsy and it began a journey of blood tests, EEGs, MRIs and checkups for the next six years of my life. For a child, it was a bit unnerving, but when I began to see the same person at every visit I became more comfortable. I called the woman “Dr. Theresa” and she became the calming presence, someone who monitored my medication and assured me everything was fine. When I learne
  22. I know from personal experience that battling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) while in PA School can be frustrating and exhausting. If anyone is interested, I wrote a blog post on the topic that I will link below. Hopefully you can use some of the suggestions I offer. And feel free to comment with your own suggestions/experiences below. PA Journey | ADHD and PA School
  23. If any of you have (or think you might have) ADHD and are considering PA School, check out my blog post to read about my experiences and strategies for dealing with the disorder. I hope you find it helpful! And feel free to comment below with your own suggestions. PA Journey - ADHD and PA School
  24. Curious about handling relationships in PA school? Check out our latest article for what to expect and some tips on how to handle it. Surprisingly, this been our most requested topic in the last few months. Read more ---> Love, Life & PA School
  25. This is probably most helpful for people who are about to start PA school. I wrote a blog post with a list of programs/websites/apps that my classmates and I have found useful in our PA program. Check it out. Hope you find it useful! http://pajourney.com/2016/02/20/technology-that-helps-me-survive-pa-school/
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