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Also about the deposit, I was told that it goes towards your first quarter's tuition, so that makes the 1500 dollar seat deposit seem a little better. At least for me.

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Do you think it is too late to apply at this point? 

 

Nope. I applied on Dec 26, verified a few days later. On 19th of Jan I got an invite to interview on the 22nd because someone dropped, went to the interview, got accepted, That was the first interview of the new year so there is still time.

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March 1st is the deadline, and they really will look at those applications for the April and May interview sessions. Just make sure you have it completely verified by CASPA and sent to them by the deadline, including your supplemental app, check and GRE scores.

 

 

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I received an invitation earlier today for an interview in February. However I will be turning it down due to an acceptance at another school. Hopefully one of you guys can take my place! Wishing you all the best in the application process! :)

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I'm also in the same boat as some of you! Finished application in august and just playing the waiting game. Good luck to everyone and may your answer come soon for you all!

I applied in Augist as well and my application was verified soon after. Fingers crossed!!

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I am patiently waiting to hear...I applied in december. Is it assumes that if you applied earlier and haven't heard, that they'll only be offered later interviews to those who applied later? Thanks, I'm hoping I still have a chance!

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Does anyone know how many people they put on their wait list?

Not sure how many go on the wait list but can give you some numbers I believe to be true:

The current class size is 85

Interview sessions have 32 people

Interview date: Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May (with a possible of another)

With 6-7 interview sessions I would say you have about a 50% chance of getting in on that day

They do not waitlist everyone who is not accepted

I know a number of people from off the wait list

They did call one person 2-3 day before the first day of orientation who stated with us.

 

Good luck!

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Dress professionally (suit and tie), even their classroom dress code is strict. Brush up on medical terminology, they get your score before your one on one interview and acing it might give you the leg up you need. Some the interviewers are mildly antagonistic, don't take it personally, If they say they want short and sweet keep it short and sweet. The have threes essay questions to choose from, you must complete two, I think I did the "why do you want to be a PA'" and "describe a patient that impacted you", not sure if they even go over these given the timetable.

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Any more interviews? Verified in June and still haven't heard so starting to lose hope

I'm in the same boat. Hoping to hear something soon. 

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Don't lose hope yet, guys! Look at your application and think about what you can do to improve. There are still many more interviews coming up. Is your GRE score low? Take it again. Do you have enough patient care hours? Get some more hands-on experience. (And please note, while being a scribe is excellent experience and you can learn a lot, nothing can replace actually getting your hands dirty with patients. During the last interview I was told explicitly by a member of the admissions staff that being a CNA or EMT is looked at much more highly than being a scribe, for this very reason.) Have you been volunteering in your community? Tell them. Call or email the admissions office and ask them what you'd need to do to become a stronger candidate, then do it. I did little things to round out my application that weren't require for South, like taking my BLS course, sending transcripts for a non-required online medical terminology course, and shadowing PAs in several different fields.

I sent my updates in the form of an updated resume which was meant to replace my old one. I emailed it, along with an explanation of the additional things I had done. It's a great way to get credit for the additional work you've been doing and to let them know you're still interested.

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Don't lose hope yet, guys! Look at your application and think about what you can do to improve. There are still many more interviews coming up. Is your GRE score low? Take it again. Do you have enough patient care hours? Get some more hands-on experience. (And please note, while being a scribe is excellent experience and you can learn a lot, nothing can replace actually getting your hands dirty with patients. During the last interview I was told explicitly by a member of the admissions staff that being a CNA or EMT is looked at much more highly than being a scribe, for this very reason.) Have you been volunteering in your community? Tell them. Call or email the admissions office and ask them what you'd need to do to become a stronger candidate, then do it. I did little things to round out my application that weren't require for South, like taking my BLS course, sending transcripts for a non-required online medical terminology course, and shadowing PAs in several different fields.

I sent my updates in the form of an updated resume which was meant to replace my old one. I emailed it, along with an explanation of the additional things I had done. It's a great way to get credit for the additional work you've been doing and to let them know you're still interested.

I was waitlisted last cycle and improved in the areas I was told specifically at my interview. I have not received an interview yet this cycle but took your advice and emailed a complete updated resume and asked what I could do to become a stronger candidate. It has been a week with no response. Should I call or wait for an interview and/or response to my email?

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I received an interview invitation for March 18th. Confirmation email received August 26th. CASPA Verified August 22nd. CASPA submitted August 1st.

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I have an interview March 18th as well! I was informed yesterday via email. I am flying in on Thursday from Kansas, any other long distance travelers? I applied and was paperwork-verified in December. This is my first interview invite, any attire advice? I'm guessing a dark colored suit and short heels?

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Suit is a definite! Heels should be fine as long as a campus tour or a lot of walking is not involved!

 

 

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I still have not heard anything since my app was verified in July. Anyone else in same boat?

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I still have not heard anything since my app was verified in July. Anyone else in same boat?

Yes, I am. Still patiently waiting!

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Hey guys, I will be declining my seat offer per acceptance at my top school choice, Mercer. I really enjoyed my visit to South College and the family atmosphere of the faculty. This is a fantastic college and I wish you all the best of luck. Hoping to free up a seat for one of you :)

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I also received an interview for March 18th, so excited!

Congratulations! Did you just receive the invite today?! When was your application verified by CASPA?

 

 

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Congratulations! Did you just receive the invite today?! When was your application verified by CASPA?

 

 

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Thank you, I received the invite a week or so ago! I was verified back in August & because I was applying to more than one program I just went ahead and submitted early :)

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Hey guys, I will be declining my seat offer per acceptance at my top school choice, Mercer. I really enjoyed my visit to South College and the family atmosphere of the faculty. This is a fantastic college and I wish you all the best of luck. Hoping to free up a seat for one of you :)

Congrats! Any helpful tips for their interview process (besides those already posted)?

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Hello everyone!

 

Congratulations to all who have been accepted!  However I received my confirmation email from South on 2/16/16, and have yet to receive anything further.  I currently know two students who are currently enrolled in the PA program so I am fairly aware of the interview process.  That being said I was wondering how I stand in regards to being competitive. 

 

I have around 9,000 hours of direct patient care experience through being an A-EMT for the past 3 1/2 years working for an Emergency ALS service.  I also have 10 months of lab experience (through my biology department lab) doing research as well as a paper I am currently working on that will hopefully be published prior to my graduation this May.  My GRE is not the best as I have a 301 combined with a 3.5 verbal first time (over the phone I was told 3.5 and 300 were considered competitive, and due to time constraints I have yet to take it again).  I am a physiology concentration with chem minor and have a CASPA science GPA of 3.2 with overall CASPA of 3.16 (I dropped out in spring of 2011 and received 3 Fs and 1 D due to not with drawing, and since have retaken those courses and have a 3.54 GPA at my university and have made straight A's the past three semesters and have had at least a 3.5 semester GPA since I returned). Also I will have many upper division sciences completed upon graduation including Bioorganic chem, immunology, histology, cell and molec.. etc. 

 

Thanks!

Sorry for the long post just wanted to explain my situation

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Does anyone know the next interview date after the March 18th interview? I applied in July, was verified/confirmed through South in August and have not heard anything since. I sent an e-mail this last week with a few updates and was told they would be added to my file and reviewed. Still hoping I get an interview at the end of the month or beginning of April! They interview through the end of May, right? 

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Congrats! Any helpful tips for their interview process (besides those already posted)?

 

Really stress your hands on experience and why you want to go to their college. They will ask you what other colleges you applied to, interviewed at, and have been accepted to. I let them know that I was accepted to Nova Jax the day before my interview at South College, but was there because that's the school I wanted to be at. Which was true. They will know if you're just there or if you are just looking for any school. Make sure they see your desire to be part of their family. This is a fantastic program, and had I not been accepted into my absolute top university, this is where I would be going. Best of luck!

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Hi Everyone!

 

I received an email from South College today for an interview on April 15th. I applied at the end of August 2015 and received email confirmation that my application was complete on 9/17/2015. I've been following this thread since I've applied, and it seems as if they're not sending out interview invitations based on the order of when your application was submitted. Some people received interview invites before me even though they've submitted their applications months after me. So, for those who are still waiting, there's still hope!! It looks like so many people are turning down interview invites as I will be declining my invitation as well. I've already accepted a seat elsewhere and have my apartment. Additionally, I thought sharing my stats might help some of you in some way:

 

Major: Biochemistry

cGPA: 3.98

sGPA: 4.0

HCE: ~1,300 hours (surgical assistant, volunteer MA)

Shadowing: ~50 hours (FP PA, Surgical PA, cardio thoracic surgeon, FP MD)

GRE: 1st time - 147V, 150Q, 4.0W; 2nd time - 149V, 149Q, 3.5

Non-HCE volunteering: 400+ hours

Research: 400+ hours

 

I wasn't expecting to receive an interview invite since my combined GRE scores (highest sections from both exams) is 299. I spoke to Deborah in early 2015 where she told me they didn't interview anyone with a GRE combined score of 300 or lower in the previous cycle. Point is - they look at your application as a whole; there's still a chance so stay positive, you guys! Best of luck to those who are still waiting to hear back, those who are interviewing, and those who've been accepted!

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Hello! I got accepted yesterday and just wanted to offer a few of my stats. I submitted my application 8/4/15 and was verified 8/17/15. I was offered an interview invite on 3/3/16 for my interview on 3/18/16. I believe they said they will still have two more interview dates in April and May. My overall science GPA was a 3.23, 1100 hours of health care experience, and 308 GRE. In the interview they wanted to see how well you handled stress when given a difficult question, how fast you could think on your feet, etc. This was the only and first school I interviewed at and I loved their interview process. They made you feel extremely comfortable and all of the staff genuinely cares and wants you to succeed. 

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Has anyone received a rejection letter from this school or do they wait till the end of interviews to do so? Thanks!!

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I was also accepted! They said my science GPA was really low (it was) I think my science GPA was around 3.0. So let this be a relief to some! They said that while my GPA was low, they could see that I was working full time and a student athlete and involved in multiple medical and community service organizations, showing that I could hand multi-tasking and performance under stress. I also have around 3000 paid direct hands on patient care experience. I would encourage everyone to get involved and to make sure that your interviewers know the whole story, not just the GPA, they are looking for well rounded individuals!

 

Anyone know what the facebook page for our class is?

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These posts are very encouraging. Thank you for sharing your stats. Hoping to hear some good news before the April/May interviews. Congratulations to those of you who have been accepted :) 

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I was also accepted! I have 5000 hours of direct patient care experience, 1000 hours community service, 220 Physician & NP shadowing hours, 132 PA shadowing hours. Science GPA 3.8. GRE 1st time - Quantitative 152, Verbal 153, Analytical Writing 3.5, 2nd time - Quantitative 149, Verbal 147, Analytical Writing 4.0. I agree being well-rounded is very important! Being personal about why you want to go to South goes a long way. 

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