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  1. So I applied to a dual degree program. They rejected me for PA but accepted me into their MPH. I think public health is interesting but I wouldn't say it's a huge passion of mine. I thought a good backup plan if I don't get into PA this cycle is to just do the MPH. Not sure how it will play out as I am still waiting on a ton of schools. It's in a great area, so I know I'll like being at that school, and the opportunities are great in the MPH program. However, I'm also concerned about being in a bucketload of debt with two master's degrees by the time I finish, but at the same time moving out of home and scrambling for a bunch of jobs and volunteer work to afford rent and living expenses seems very stressful(my other backup plan). Would it be better to pursue the master's or just work for another year or two, if worst case scenario I don't get into PA school this cycle?
  2. I applied to a newly developed local program that will have it's first cohort begin classes Fall 2016. I completed my undergrad in 2012 with a BS in Biological Sciences and a sGPA of 3.2. Since graduation, I have amassed close to 4000 hours of HCE working as an ED medical scribe and later as a behavioral health tech at a local psychiatric hospital. During my time as a scribe, I also acted as in a supervisory role for 20+ other scribes who comprised the staff for the company's contract. In the semester before applying, I enrolled to retake organic chemistry since I fared poorly when I took the course during undergrad. I do have a reckless driving charge visible on my criminal record that occurred 2 years ago, which has been dismissed; no traffic violations or anything of that nature since this incident, and I've completed a defensive driving course since that time. During my interview, I was interviewed by a young female PA that would be heavily involved with the program's clincical education as well as the course instruction. She was impressed with my clinical experience, especially regarding the work with psychiatric patients, and mentioned that my gpa was in the range they were seeking for prospective applicants. We spoke a bit about my record,which didn't seem to alter her opinion because she believed it to be an isolated incident given my efforts to improve myself and turn that obstacle into a tool to help others. I felt that this interview went particularly well because we spoke for far longer than the allotted interview time at her discretion. My second interview was with the medical director. His questions during the process were much more personal/work related, and I felt I could use improvement and practice when it comes to discussing my experiences in healthcare, and how they have influenced me up to this point. I would welcome any advice on how to go about improving myself and/or my approach to the application process and interviewing. My plan at current is to contact the Dean and other staff who provided their information, and ask about setting up a meeting to discuss suggestions on how to could improve for the upcoming cycle. Also, if anyone believes they would like to read my personal statement for critiquing purposes, I would be glad to share it through messaging. Thank you for your help and welcomed advice.
  3. Hi everyone, This is my first time applying to PA school, straight out of undergrad (I'm 22). I have been rejected by 3/5 schools so far, and although I want to remain optimistic about the other 2, I also want to be realistic. I'm thinking that one of the major reasons I have been rejected is due to my GPA (3.13 cumulative, about 2.75 science). If that is the case, I know I could benefit by retaking some classes (slash taking some more classes such as genetics and biochemistry that would increase my range of possible schools to apply to), but I'm wondering what the reaction would be by adcoms to an online course. I'm working 2 jobs and unless I quit one and rearrange the hours of the other, it's just not possible to add in a class or two. I live in MN and the University of MN offers both an online genetics and an online biochemistry course. Would this be a feasible means to obtain those pre-reqs and possibly boost my GPA? Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you so much! -Laura
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