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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. 

 

 

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?

Congrats to you both! I was also accepted! I haven't received any updates on the facebook page but heard we will be added once the current students create it! Have you heard anything else from South since acceptance? I know they said it would be within one week. 

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Congrats to you both! I was also accepted! I haven't received any updates on the facebook page but heard we will be added once the current students create it! Have you heard anything else from South since acceptance? I know they said it would be within one week. 

 

Congrats to those accepted! I was accepted as well and received my full acceptance packet yesterday in an email attachment, so just waiting to be added to the Fb page they mentioned :) So excited! 

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Congrats to those accepted! I was accepted as well and received my full acceptance packet yesterday in an email attachment, so just waiting to be added to the Fb page they mentioned :) So excited! 

I received my email yesterday as well! 

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Congrats to those accepted! I was accepted as well and received my full acceptance packet yesterday in an email attachment, so just waiting to be added to the Fb page they mentioned :) So excited!

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Congrats to all accepted. I was accepted in January as well! Is there already a created fb group, or are we all waiting to be added later when the class is full?

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Hi! Does anyone know if they are for sure doing an interview in may still?

 

 

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Hi guys! I got accepted in January and I'm so excited to start and meet all of my future lovely classmates! As I am not a Tennessee native, can anyone tell me what banks are mainly used in Knoxville? I was doing some online googling and noticed that Chase Bank is not in TN? Please help me thanks :)

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Has anyone received an interview for May 20th. Starting to lose hope. I haven't heard anything. I applied last minute in December. Also, I have the hours and the community service hours but my science GPA is really low. How do I boost that? Take some extra science classes this summer to get it up there? I graduated with my bachelors in 2006. PLEASE HELP

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It is still entirely possible for you to receive an invitation for the May 20 interview.

In terms of improving your application, retaking courses can certainly help. How is your GRE score? A great recent GRE score can go a long way. Keep getting more hands-on patient contact, even if you already have enough. (Also, as previously noted, remember that actual patient care hours carry much more weight than working as a scribe.) Have you shadowed PAs? Try to get a few in different specialties. This is just beneficial overall, plus it can lead to really great letters of recommendation. Finally, take a look at your personal statement again. Did you show your passion and personality? They don't want intelligent robots, they want real people.

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Thank you so much CSCH I really appreciate the feedback. I will look into shadowing PAs at the hospital Im currently work at. I work along side of Orthopedic PAs at the moment in the operating room. I picked up a few spring classes to help with my GPA. Wish I would have been more focused back in my younger days. ;) I do need to raise my GRE score as well. I have been studying for it and plan on retaking it. AGAIN THANK YOU!!!

 

 

Katie

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Does anyone have an email for someone I can talk to about my pre requisite classes? Like the admissions coordinator or something!? Thanks!!!

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Deborah Boromei is in charge of admissions and should be able to answer all your questions.

dboromei@southcollegetn.edu

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I haven't heard of anything yet. I just know that May is the last round of interviews. Any idea of how many spots are still available? This is my top choice. I will keep trying until I get in. And keep improving in areas that I'm lacking. :)

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Hi! I received an interview for May 20th today. 

 

Has anyone received an interview for May 20th yet? 

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I emailed Deborah today and asked if all the May 20th interview invites have been sent out yet and she said No. I was very impressed with her quick response she literally emailed me back within minutes. Congrats to the people that got interviews so far. I still have my fingers crossed! :0)

 

Katie T.

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I received an interview for the May 20th date this past Friday.  I will be unable to attend, so I hope this seat is open for one of you guys.  Good luck!

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I just declined my interview for May 20 as I am pursing a different career path. I hope this opens up a seat for one of you! 

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I'm assuming since I have not heard anything that I won't be getting an interview. Bummed cuz really like this school!

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I'm assuming since I have not heard anything that I won't be getting an interview. Bummed cuz really like this school!

Don't give up yet, Sar! After speaking with Deborah today, she said all interview invites have not yet been sent out yet! 

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Deborah said that all of the invites will be sent out by next week. Does anyone know how many seats are available still?

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I haven't heard anything about an interview. :( I have already started to reapply! I'm not giving up on what I know what I was meant to do! Good luck to everyone this cycle that has been accepted.

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I'm right there with you! I've started reapplying as well! I wish you and everyone else the best of luck!

 

 

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I've been accepted into the 2018 class (start this fall) do we have a Facebook page yet?

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So, the first day of class is October 3rd for anyone who is wondering.

How do you know this? Orientation is sept 8-9 right? I wonder why the month gap in between hmmmm

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How do you know this? Orientation is sept 8-9 right? I wonder why the month gap in between hmmmm

 

 

Part of it is probably for those who don't get above an 80% on the medical term exam and for them to order our monogramed scrubs

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Part of it is probably for those who don't get above an 80% on the medical term exam and for them to order our monogramed scrubs

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I'm in the class of 2017. A big reason for the break is that it's the main summer break for faculty. In addition, it gives time for you to meet people to room with, find a living space, get moved, and for your personal equipment to come in that you order at orientation. You start learning physical exam skills in week 1, so equipment becomes important very quickly. And if they do medical terminology for you like they did us, you have an online course to complete before you start. Enjoy this break. You will dream about it a year from now!!! ???? Congrats on acceptance! We look forward to meeting y'all!

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Hi!

I will be interviewing at South this month and was wondering if anyone who has interviewed in the past could explain the process in depth for me? I am aware that is a group interview, but I was wondering what the dynamic was (how many people were in each group, etc) and what type of questions were generally asked (not the specific questions but what whether they were more situational or behavioral questions?). 

Any insight into what to expect that day would be more than appreciated, thanks!! 

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Hi!

I will be interviewing at South this month and was wondering if anyone who has interviewed in the past could explain the process in depth for me? I am aware that is a group interview, but I was wondering what the dynamic was (how many people were in each group, etc) and what type of questions were generally asked (not the specific questions but what whether they were more situational or behavioral questions?).

Any insight into what to expect that day would be more than appreciated, thanks!!

This is (Succinctly) how it was for me:

 

Walk inside, get your name tag and have a little meet and greet in the student lounge with current students and other interviewees.

 

Go to a classroom and have a icebreaker with the faculty along with some words from the director. Then taken on a tour around the facility.

 

Then group interview time. 4 applicants and 3 faculty. Mostly common questions, nothing out of left field. Couple of situational questions- but huge variety in questions between the faculty.

 

At some point you will do a med term quiz and an essay that does not impact their decision. I did mine before lunch.

 

Lunch. Then individual interviews/determination if you're accepted or not.

 

Again, I don't know if this is how it'll be for you specifically, but that's how it was for mine.

 

I'll see you there, My friends and I will be shuffling y'all around and answering your questions that day. Good luck to all on Friday.

 

 

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Hi all.

 

For those already in the program or any alumni, what do you like most about the PA program at South? 

 

Also, I will be applying next cycle so I'm looking to visit South sometime next year. I'm curious about finding accommodation close to the school, cost of living and all. Would really appreciate any pointers.

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@Bae2PA -- I'm in the class of 2017, just getting ready to start rotations. One of the things that impressed me most during my interview was talking to current students about the reputation South has in the area, especially one clinical year student who came in to talk to us. She told us South PA students are consistently more prepared than other PA, NP, and med students who rotate in Knoxville. I've heard this echoed by a lot of lecturers during this past year. No program is perfect, and to be perfectly honest, most of them are great. But I'm happy with my decision to come here, and I do feel (in between feeling 100% unprepared) ready to begin clinicals. We just took the PACKRAT, a test most PA students take to assess their preparedness for the PANCE. Our class did well above the national average. I've been extremely impressed by some of our lecturers, and totally unimpressed by others. PA school is what you make of it; how you choose to spend your time during lecture, after class, and on the weekends.

Knoxville is a nice place to live. It's not big, but it does have a downtown to offer. People here are nice, and the cost of living is low. There are lots of places to live within a short drive to class. I have super low rent at a nice complex, and I drive 15 minute to school every day.

I love my classmates with all my heart. Really, at the end of the day, it's about visiting here and deciding if it feels right. If you're a good fit for the profession, you'll probably thrive wherever you end up.

I'm sorry if this all seems vague, but I don't want to over- or under-sell South. If you have more specific questions, ask. If you decide to come visit and want to meet up for coffee or something, let me know.

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@Bae2PA -- I'm in the class of 2017, just getting ready to start rotations. One of the things that impressed me most during my interview was talking to current students about the reputation South has in the area, especially one clinical year student who came in to talk to us. She told us South PA students are consistently more prepared than other PA, NP, and med students who rotate in Knoxville. I've heard this echoed by a lot of lecturers during this past year. No program is perfect, and to be perfectly honest, most of them are great. But I'm happy with my decision to come here, and I do feel (in between feeling 100% unprepared) ready to begin clinicals. We just took the PACKRAT, a test most PA students take to assess their preparedness for the PANCE. Our class did well above the national average. I've been extremely impressed by some of our lecturers, and totally unimpressed by others. PA school is what you make of it; how you choose to spend your time during lecture, after class, and on the weekends.

Knoxville is a nice place to live. It's not big, but it does have a downtown to offer. People here are nice, and the cost of living is low. There are lots of places to live within a short drive to class. I have super low rent at a nice complex, and I drive 15 minute to school every day.

I love my classmates with all my heart. Really, at the end of the day, it's about visiting here and deciding if it feels right. If you're a good fit for the profession, you'll probably thrive wherever you end up.

I'm sorry if this all seems vague, but I don't want to over- or under-sell South. If you have more specific questions, ask. If you decide to come visit and want to meet up for coffee or something, let me know.

@CSCH:

Thanks a bunch, really appreciate the feedback. I'm sure you'll do great with clinicals.

Does the didactic year include any hands-on clinical experiences? 

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