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  1. Hey guys, I have a question for any current or former PA students. The program that I got accepted to does not require me to take any additional classes, but I would like to spend some of my time waiting taking one class that would benefit or help me the most. My options are a generals biology course (ironic because I have already taken biology 2 and microbiology as well as ap1 and 2) intro to organic and biochemistry (I have taken basic and general chem as well as an applied chem which touched on organic) human heredity and development (a genetic scours online) any advice
  2. My application is full and ready to go... I have 5 pending prerequisites and am applying to schools that allow pending prerequisites but even though they allow it, do I have any fighting chance of being accepted? I have a good GPA, great GRE, great letters of recommendation, good healthcare experience hours, etc. This seems to be my biggest flaw though... Let me know what you guys think.
  3. For the ESSAY section below, write a brief essay of 250 words or less explaining the reason for your choice of the Physician Assistant Program, past related experiences, and why you believe you are a good candidate for the profession My first meaningful experience practicing medicine came as a teenager when I started volunteering with EMS. Although the medical skills I acquired were important, I developed other invaluable skills that were applicable in all areas of my life – I learned how to work under stress, maturity, compassion, communication skills, and professionalism. As a crewmembe
  4. Hi everyone, I'm planning on applying for the class of 2015. Who do you have to write your letters of recommendation? So far I have an M.D, my RN supervisor, and I was thinking a CRNA who I work with to write my 3rd. Sadly, I've only shadowed PA's so they can't attest to my patient skills/care. Would the CRNA be a good idea? (familiar with a midlevel provider role, worked with PA's before, supports me going to PA school, has seen me work with the medical team)
  5. Hi Everyone, I have been trying to get a hospital CNA job for 6 months and finally had one offered to me. The only problem is that it's only 24 hours a week (two 12-hour shifts) and I was planning on starting on my prerequisites (full-time) this Fall. I am trying to decide if I should take the job and lighten my course load, or just push on with the prerequisites, which I would finish in 3 semesters (1 calendar year). What is more important? Regardless, I am quitting my job in Health IT in a few weeks. Here are my stats: - 100 hours patient care (CNA at a home health aid agen
  6. Well as the question implies, just wondering if any of the 2012 applicants are reading any pre-PA or review books before school would potentially start for any of us that get accepted? I have been advised by a PA associate I work with to start going over anatomy, review some micro topics, & start reading up on things such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiology, etc.. in order to get freshened up on & learning some of these topics in greater detail before school starts to be ready when these topics come up. Does anyone have any suggestions on a few good books to get acquainted with?
  7. I am slowly trying to accept the fact that PA school may be out of reach for me. I'm a traditional college student (sophomore) and I already have plenty of HCE hours and quite few prerequisites done for PA schools. But my GPA is going down with each semester. I work hard, study, get help when I need and I still can't break those B's in science classes. My major and science GPA is 3.0. It's painful to even write this. When I read about people who have 3.8 or 4.0 GPA (especially in science), I wonder how they achieved those grades. I know hard work is number one reason, but I work hard too. Now
  8. Does anyone know how long it takes to hear from WMU after they receive your application? Also can you still get an invite to be interviewed while your finishing a prereq? Or will they wait to make sure your finished and invite you for an interview after the new year?
  9. Just a bit of information you may or may not already know: I graduated with a BS in Kinesiology and minor in Biology in May 2010. I applied this fall for South's upcoming PA class, and I was informed today that the prerequisites for the program under Biology II are as follows for those whose schools did not provide an actual "Biology II" course: genetics, molecular or cellular for biology II. I searched and searched 10-15 different PA programs, most of them ranked higher than SU, and none of them showed these requirements and therefore I did not realize I was lacking. I have been informe
  10. Hello everyone! I will be done with my pre-reqs in Spring 2012, but the website specifically states that all prerequisites must be completed the Fall semester prior to applying. Someone correct me if I read that wrong, but my question is this: Anyone know if they have any sort of habit of making exceptions? :) If it matters I have thousands of hours of HCE, can get great LOR and so far a 4.0 GPA. ::crossing fingers!!::
  11. Has anyone taken any science prerequisites from good (accredited schools) and received credit from CASPA? Some schools do not take these online lab courses but does CASPA distinguish from them since the official transcripts usually do not distinguish online courses. Any and all help is appreciated. Please respond if you can, i read all responses. thanks, MG
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