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Thomas Jefferson PA Program (Philadelphia)

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Hello everyone,

 

I just wanted to create a thread and see who else is applying to Thomas Jefferson. When did you submit your application? My application was received 6/23/13 and is currently under review.

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I scheduled my interview 9/16. I'm coming from Orlando, and I wanted to have enough time to prep and all that. Good luck lattmo

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I don't even think I got a confirmation email from them.

Same here, did the people with interviews get a confirmation email from the program?

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I didn't get a confirmation but I just received an invite this week

 

Does that mean you got an interview invite without filling out a supplemental application?

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S Brake, there is no supplemental application

 

Not according to their website. I'm wondering if the supplemental app is a recent addition because I don't remember there being one last I checked.

 

http://www.jefferson.edu/content/tju/admissions-schools/admissions/apply/overview/physician_assistant/apply.html

 

"Follow instructions to complete the supplemental application according to the e-mail Jefferson will send after receiving your CASPA application.

After you have completed the CASPA application, Jefferson will email you a link to the supplemental application along with a login ID to access the application. You will receive a second, separate email with your PIN.

You must include your CASPA ID number and the date you completed the CASPA application on the Jefferson application.

The $25 supplemental application fee must be paid with a credit card."

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I also received an invitation but I did not have to submit any supplemental application. If you login to your CASPA> Application > My programs There is a "NO" under tab of Supplemental Supplication. THAT IS SUPER WEIRD.

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I'm assuming that those who submitted early didn't have to do a supplemental app. I submitted towards the end of July. I called the admissions office and verified that they do indeed have a supplemental app. They said that they are in the process of downloading applicant info and that emails will be sent out shortly.

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I thought it was great! The faculty was very nice and made us feel comfortable. I liked that the school felt like it was in its own little niche in the middle of a busy city. Definitely not a school that you would want to bring your car to- seems like public transportation or bicycle is the quickest way to get places! Loved it!

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How was the interview? Did they mention anything about when you will hear back from them?

 

It went well, pretty normal interview. Everyone will do fine with it.

 

I don't think they even really knew when they'd be getting back to us. We were told they would start making decisions after the 1st month of interviews, in October. And then we were told we would start to hear in the beginning of November. It's up in the air and a mystery to all!

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I finally got an email that they have received my application. The email also said that they have a required supplemental application but that they will notify me later when it needs to be completed.

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Congratulations to those who already interviewed at Thomas Jefferson PA program. How was your interview? How did you like the campus? Was the interview hard? Do let us know your experience. Thanks!

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The interview process was pretty standard and not too difficult. You start with a tour of the school and the new floor where the program is going to be housed. They haven't quite finished everything yet so there were a few places we didn't get to see. Then you are asked to provide a writing sample while waiting for the interviews to start. Lunch was provided, which was nice. Interviews are one on one with a single person and pretty relaxed. All of the staff seemed very friendly. They just want to know more about you and to get a feel for who you are in person since they liked what they saw on paper. The school is very nice and there are some great perks to the campus, ie: nice dorms, a gym, a huge swimming pool that students can use, etc. Overall, I liked the school a lot. I believe they said they were going to be accepting 25-30 students, which is a little bit lower than many schools because of first year program accreditation requirements. Their final accreditation meeting is in March, and they said accreditation is pretty much a non-issue because the school is well versed in managing those types of requirements (for their other programs) and because they have completed just about everything they need to do for the final meeting. They said they weren't sure exactly when they were going to be making selections and they thought it might be sometime in October or November. I just received an email today saying that I was accepted and that a packet was on the way, so they have definitely started making selections. Hope this helps and good luck!

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Congrats on your acceptance jennynguyen! I was surprised to hear back from them so quickly. Did you interview with me on 9/16?

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Congrats Cdimauro and Jenny! I interviewed with you on 9/9 and got my acceptance yesterday as well. Woohoo!! So exciting!

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I interviewed on September 16th as well and got my email about being accepted on Monday! Congratulations to those who have been accepted and good luck to those who are still waiting to hear back :)

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I was interested in the program I finished the med tech program at jefferson.....does anyone know the general statistics of how many applicants there were and how many were accepted and the median gpa etc?

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Jefferson's program is brand new and the first class won't matriculate until next summer, so there aren't any concrete statistics yet. At my interview I believe they said they had received around 1700 applications and they were going to be accepting 25 to 30. There aren't any gpa stats yet since they are still interviewing and making their first selections. I didn't hear them say anything about looking for a specific gpa, though I'm sure it would need to be 3.0 or above. There may be a cut-off listed on the website. Hope that helps.

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Are you going to choose Jefferson?

I think so, but am still waiting to hear from one other school that I really liked as well. You?

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I think so, but am still waiting to hear from one other school that I really liked as well. You?

 

I'm not sure yet, I have another interview in November so I'm going to wait until then.  I called in today to talk to Niki and she said that they are electronically going to mail us everything within 2 weeks. We have 2 weeks after the email to deposit the money.  Since I have another interview in November, I'll just have to deposit my money here and see from there.

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I'm not sure yet, I have another interview in November so I'm going to wait until then.  I called in today to talk to Niki and she said that they are electronically going to mail us everything within 2 weeks. We have 2 weeks after the email to deposit the money.  Since I have another interview in November, I'll just have to deposit my money here and see from there.

 Oh it is coming electronically?  I have been checking my mail everyday and was starting to get really nervous that I hadn't received anything yet!  Phew!  

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For those of you who were accepted, did you complete a supplemental application prior to your interview? Prior to your acceptance?

 

I have been extremely disappointed in how Jefferson has run their admissions process. I heard recently that the entire class was filled in early to mid-October. I was not sent a supplemental application until AFTER the class was filled. Glad I paid the fee for nothing. I hope they use all the money they took from supplementals to hire a more competent admissions staff....

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I never submitted the supplemental because of the fact that they had already admitted a bunch of students who weren't required to fill out the app. Not very confidence inspiring on their part.

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For those of you who were accepted, did you complete a supplemental application prior to your interview? Prior to your acceptance?

 

I have been extremely disappointed in how Jefferson has run their admissions process. I heard recently that the entire class was filled in early to mid-October. I was not sent a supplemental application until AFTER the class was filled. Glad I paid the fee for nothing. I hope they use all the money they took from supplementals to hire a more competent admissions staff....

I was in the last group and got an email with a fee request right before the interview. Glad I ignored it after the website was down on the first day. During the interview I asked the guy how many seats were left and he told me the class was full. Thanks for telling me that and making me drive 2200 miles to interview for nothing. Booo!!!

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This really suck and in my opinion unacceptable that this program is operating in this manner. It sounds as if they are taking advantage of applicants and leaving them on a vulnerable position. Considering the stress and cost associated with this journey, this poor management is the last thing any program should give us, it is better to be upfront thrustful to applicant.

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I already plan on demanding a refund of my money, and will be calling the accreditation people today. It is completely ridiculous that one of the best medical schools in the country cannot get their PA program act together. They are stealing money from hopeful students and not following through with the outlined application procedures of the program (a supplemental application is required for admission, yet students were clearly offered seats without completing the supplemental application).

 

Applying to PA school is already super stressful and expensive, we don't need programs like Jefferson taking our money and bending the rules for some students!

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