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Hello! I feel blessed to be coming to you guys with such a problem, but it's been weighing on me and need advice from current PA-S's and PA-C's. I have been accepted to two schools: School A which is 20 minutes away from my current living space and School B which is closer to my parents, but still about an hour away. Schools A and B seem pretty comparable in terms of curriculum, program length (A: 27 mo versus B: 25 mo), PANCE pass rates (A: 97 versus B: 99), tuition (a difference of 3K), and employment rates after graduation. The main differences that I see are that school B is associated with a medical school, so networking opportunities and strength in name and that school B will end up costing almost 40K more due to cost of living expenses. School B was my top choice prior to interviewing but was not the first school to get back to me, therefore, I have not placed my deposit. School B is also where most of my college friends settled and has an opportunity for research, which is important to me. School A has cheaper living costs, and somewhat of a support system from my current workplace friends. l have seen two basic schools of thought for this quandary, which include: Go to the cheapest school, you'll thank yourself later. Go to the school that you will regret not going to if you choose otherwise. Do you agree with either of these or have your own idea based on your own experience? Any anecdotes proving either correct or other statements would be helpful. Thanks in advance!
Thought I would share this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO6XEQIsCoM) here since I've seen lately an affluent number of students unable to make the choice between PA and MD and expect someone else to tell them what to do. Though we are here to help, to guide, and to clarify ultimately the choice is yours. I'm a PA student and I could not have been much happier with my choice. Having a lot of choices is indeed paralyzing but if you know what you prioritize in life the choice will be easier. What do you guys think?
. . . Hello, I am a little reluctant to post this question because I find it to be a weak point, but it is necessary because I need help and opinions. I was a nursing student (BSN), got accepted with 3.6 overall gpa. Long story short, during my last semester I was dismissed with a 2.9 gpa due to failed clinical attendance and notification-- abandonment. Not an excuse but found out my now ex cheated on me. I do regret the past, felt immature about it, and ungrateful to the opportunities presented to me. I was encouraged to enter nursing, never my choice. There was no passion, no motivation, and at the time (21 y/o) "my world" (with my ex) was falling apart, nursing was the last thing on my mind. I took year off school. After "finding myself," and learning from my mistake I went back for my BS. Graduated with (biomedical and behavioral science): [*=left]3.1 overall, [*=left]3.8 for my last 30 credits, [*=left]and 3.5 for science gpa . . . still taking post-bac classes to fulfill PA school prereqs In addition to my grades, I also have [*=left]a year of hospital CNA experience [*=left]I know CASPA does not count nursing clinical rotation as HCE, but I have that for direct patient care [*=left]I work in a hospital now (clerical), but will be going back to becoming a CNA [*=left]shadowing PA hours [*=left]volunteered for foreign charities [*=left]taking a class for GRE. Plan to take it in 2013. I learned and researched the PA profession, the information I learn about ignites my inner passion to be a part of something bigger than myself. I know my heart is in healthcare, and I want to be a PA. I have talked to some PA coworkers and the told me "GO! Do what you have to do and apply, and keep on applying!!!" I have told them my situation, but not this detailed. I know there are some schools that will not give my situation a chance, but my question is what are my REAL chances? Are there any advice or idea that would help me increase my opportunity to enter PA school? The closest situation I read from PAforum was a PA student being dismissed, and being admitted again. I plan on giving myself one more year before I apply, finishing up classes and increasing HCE hours. I've learned from my mistakes not to fail again and improve myself for the services I want to render. Thank you for your time. Let us dream BIG and take action together.