qqiu1 Posted November 10, 2015 Share Posted November 10, 2015 I need help deciding!! I have two acceptances and have less than 15 days left to decided whether or not to deposit to the 2nd one. Program 1: PANCE- 100% pass rate in the past 13-15 years - has full dissection for anatomy - early exposure: every Friday morning has 4 hours clinical exposure in hospitals, clinics, and all specialties starting either 1st or 2nd week of classes - clinical rotations: 9 five week rotations, ALL LOCAL, max 1 hour away from campus but housing provided - length: 24 months - missing requirements: NONE -location: rural Program 2: PANCE- 97% (goes up and down but always above national average) -has post-dissection for anatomy -early exposure: every other week at affilated hospital during 1st year -clinical rotations: 6 five week rotations +2 primary care -length: 27 months -missing requirement: medical terminology -location: city Concerns: 1. Program #1 is less established/known than program #2-> will this affect job offers? (i heard from drexel student that some of the preceptors told her/him that some jobs only accept PAs from a list of PA schools just because they are a good rep) 2. Program #1 is more known locally 3. Program #2 - classes in very old building (no windows) vs. Program #1 - classes in state of art building (lots of windows) 4. Program #2 is known for higher attrition rates than program #1.. .then again program #1 is smaller in class size than program #2 5. If I chose program #2, then I still have to fulfill medical terminology course. I prefer the building, classrooms, and friday morning rotations of program #1; however, I also prefer program #2's clinical rotations since I get to see vastly different environments. I also prefer dissection, which program #1 has... so I have no idea anymore.. Originally, my gut said program #1 since I could see myself there more than program #2 but after talking with doctors at work and family members, all say program #2 since it might "open doors/job offers" since it is located in the city and more well-known. I was thinking about this and realized that perhaps clinical rotations trumps classrooms/building but then again... i still have to take medical terminology for program #2, which is going to be another $720 if I cant find an online credited one... Overall question: looking at the two programs facts above, which one would provide more job offers? If I could go to program #1 and have equal job offers than if I went to program #2, then I would go to program #1. Main reasons I would choose program #2 over program #1 would be reputation, potentially more job offers in famous hospitals/locations.... so this goes back to the question: does going to which PA school matter when you apply for jobs? BTW... both programs are ACCREDITED. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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