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  1. Maverick87

    VA HPSP

    Hey all. Figured I'd post this since there are so many people messaging me and creating threads on the military HPSP (which appears to be no longer available to PAs). It appears that the VA is also creating an HPSP program that will be available to PAs and will begin to receive applications in January of 2016. Here's an excerpt from the VA website: In all honesty, I would say that this scholarship program is actually better than the military scholarship program for most people, especially if you have a family and are not prior enlisted, due to the lack of deployments and decreased obligation (minimum for this scholarship is 1 year, as opposed to the military, which is 3 years). Of course, it is the federal government so it may not come to fruition, but it's definitely an interesting concept.
  2. Hello Everyone, I have recently been accepted to WesternU and Midwestern University in Glendale, and I am torn. If anyone has advice on which school would provide a better education, please let me know! I've heard one of Western's teachers is pretty bad but I haven't heard anything about Midwestern. I know that US World News and Report has ranked Midwestern substantially higher, but I would appreciate more insight if anyone can help. Thanks!
  3. I recently was accepted to a PA program that costs 100,000 dollars for two years. I am terrified at the idea of the expense, but am left with going to that school or reapplying next year, with no guarantee that I will get in. My gut is to go where I was accepted, I am so grateful, I just want to be comfortable with my choice. Thoughts?
  4. Hello everyone on this forum! I have decided start on this beautiful journey of becoming a Physician Assistant. I will be graduating spring 2018 and I have decided to apply that summer. This means that if I get accepted into PA school I will resume my studies June 2019 (depending on the school). However, I have something I can't get off my head. Loan REPAYMENT. After I graduate college I have a 6 month period to start repaying my undergraduate loans. Of course I plan to work for that whole year and study a bit. But I don't know if I can afford to pay large amounts of loan repayments during that gap year. Is it possible that once I start my studies as a PA I will be able to "suspend" my payments until I am done with my studies? I am sure I am not the only student on this position, so let me know with previous experiences! Thank you so much! :-)
  5. Does anyone know of any private scholarships or grants to apply for? I will be starting at Wingate's PA school in August, which is in North Carolina. I have already applied for the Forgivable Education for Service Loan... I know about the NHSC scholarship/forgiveable loan but I'm not positive I want to practice in underserved communities after graduating. Please if anyone knows of any other options, I would greatly appreciate it!
  6. Hey Guys and Girls, I am sure most of you current undergraduates have heard of some of the better PA programs around the nation. Many of you are going to produce competitive PA school applications in the process of hunting for schools. This question is more geared towards people who have been in PA school and experienced life on the other side of PA schooling. That being said, I think the answer is beneficial to most of us undergrads. We know about programs like Duke, Pacific, Emory, etc. Their qualifications are strict and their prestige is evident. However, on the chance that admission to these schools is at all plausible, is it worth going? Several factors go into that decision which are solely on an individual basis. But controlling for those individual variables, I want to know the career VALUE of attending a more well-known and intensive PA program vs. attending a PA school that is less renowned. Is the job market going to be any better for a PA who attended Duke for their graduate schooling vs. a PA who attended a city-based PA school? I can think of a big reason not to go to a grand PA school and that would be tuition. Is saving 10,000 a year worth attending a small, unknown PA school that had a breezy admissions process? Or that your qualifications far exceed?
  7. I couldn't resist it. Right out of school, I was offered a great salary at a job I already knew. I went to work at the clinic I had worked at as a medical assistant before PA school where we did abortions and birth control. I got paid very well for it and did only that for 10 years. Now, I left because I had 2 kids and don't want the long commute anymore. How can I broaden my horizons now? I would be happy in virtually any other field -- primary care, derm, peds, urgent care, ortho, etc. I'm due to take PANRE in 2014 or 2015. So, I'm thinking I'll take some time to study hard for it to hopefully not just pass, but do well, so that I can show the category breakdown to potential employers and at least prove that I am book smart. Also thinking of taking another Spanish class to be able to add that as a job skill to make myself more marketable. Any other ideas?
  8. I have a question that can hopefully be answered by the gurus in this forum. I've searched the forums here (manually and automatically) and have searched around FAFSA's website and studentloans.gov; no luck. First, let me spin the threads of a story in the form of a time-line: -I will be graduating, probably in the Winter of 2012. At this time I will have open government-subsidized student loans. -I will be working to finish my required patient contact hours. This will last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on my ability to procure a job with patient contact hours while I am still in school and current application cycles. -With luck I will then be entering a PA program. Scenario 1: I can make at least minimum required payments while not attending school. Scenario 2: I know there is generally allowed deference period. I make us of this and pay as much as I am able. What limits will be placed on me and my access to government loan assistance in PA school, considering the fact that I will have to leave school for two years? (consider also that with a job as a CNA I might be hard pressed to pay the minimum amount.) Thanks for any and all help offered on the subject.
  9. Is anyone else interviewing Jan 9? Or if anybody has already interviewed, what is the process like? I attempted to call and ask, but I am awaiting their response. Any tips or tricks you've learned about such a new program? Thanks!
  10. How much do you save for PA school? How long did this take you? What was your original savings goal, and did you achieve it? I know folks talk about saving money, but with the numbers of pre-PA out there who are CNAs, etc, I'm wondering how much people are starting PA school with. I've managed to save 10k, but I am in the pre-reqs phase so I'm not sure how much of that will survive till graduation. Are people talking about going in with 20 or $30,000 in the bank, or a couple thousand? Thanks!
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