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2016-2017 Stanford PCAP application cycle

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I know that the last application deadline recently passed by, but here we go with a new thread. Those of us planning to apply to the Stanford program have less than a year for us to get our quackers in a row.

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Hi Newbie, I am from San Diego As well, however, this will be my second year applying.  Advice to apply as soon as CASPA opens, which is April 22nd, 2016.  The sooner you apply the higher chance of interview you'll have.  That was my biggest mistake last year, and the fact that I didn't have enough clinical hours.

 

Good luck my friend!

Amelia

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Nice! @Ahsha. I will apply as soon as they open. How many hours did you have? I've been working in the ER as a tech for about 4years. Hours are nearing 5,000. Any other advice on the application process???

 

Thanks!

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Hi everyone. this is the first year I will qualify to apply, I hope. They may switch to a masters program before this application, in which case I'm out. In last years info sessions they stated that this application will be the last that will not requires B.A. or B.S. I hope it did not change. If you have not gone to the Info sessions you may want to this year. they were really helpful and answered a lot of questions.

I learned that they place emphasis on leadership, grades, experience and community service.

If anyone hears that the requirements do change please give me a heads up. good luck 

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Hi everyone! This will be my first time applying as well unless they require a Bachelor degree. Then it will be off to a state school for me.

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I could not find Stanford / Foothills on the new CASPA application. Does anyone know if they are using CASPA this year, or did they go back to the old school way of doing things?  

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As far as I know on their website it says they are transitioning to a Masters program. I assume they will still use CASPA, any current students out there have the inside scoop on this situation?

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Found it! Stanford finally updated their website.

"The Primary Care Associate Program (PCAP) has transitioned to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Our application will be available on CASPA in July 2016."

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I just graduated and they told me everyone applying THIS year will need a bachelor's degree. Stanford will completely take over likely next year (if i recall correctly) and it will become far more competitive (and much more expensive). So if you can now, apply this year!! good luck! 

fyi, there's a facebook page where they sometimes post info for potential applicants: https://www.facebook.com/stanfordpaprogram/

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Anyone know if the Stanford app is on CASPA yet? I have checked multiple times today and have not found the program. On the participating programs list, it states that Stanford opens on 7/1 and on Stanford's website, it just says July in general? 

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Anyone know if the Stanford app is on CASPA yet? I have checked multiple times today and have not found the program. On the participating programs list, it states that Stanford opens on 7/1 and on Stanford's website, it just says July in general?

I attended the recent info session at Stanford, and they said they were likely to open the application during late summer. They received notice of the approval for transition in May and are they working out the details of the program. Hope this helps!

 

 

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I attended the recent info session at Stanford, and they said they were likely to open the application during late summer. They received notice of the approval for transition in May and are they working out the details of the program. Hope this helps!

 

 

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Thank you Denise! Appreciate it :)

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Thank you Denise! Appreciate it :)

No problem!

 

They also confirmed that they will require a bachelor degree this cycle at the session as well, for those who are curious/unsure.

 

Good luck everyone! :)

 

 

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@Denise- thank you for the insight. Do you know if the bachelors  could be in process? I am a senior and I am 20 credits away from my bachelors. Thank you.

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@Denise- thank you for the insight. Do you know if the bachelors could be in process? I am a senior and I am 20 credits away from my bachelors. Thank you.

I believe they said that you just have to have a bachelor degree by the start of the program! And they now require the GRE. They plan on updating their website once the details are finalized.

 

 

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@denise, did they mention anything about HCE, whether they were still going to require 3000 hours?

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@denise, did they mention anything about HCE, whether they were still going to require 3000 hours?

They said 500 recommended hours during the presentation!

 

 

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Speaking to a Stanford Admissions PCAP rep, got some updates for this cycle. "Some of the changes are now requiring a BA/BS degree, take the GRE, 500 hours of direct patient care, and adding 2 more upper division science courses in addition to the pre-reqs listed on the website." Still haven't heard what those 2 courses may be.

 

While the 4000 hours I accumulated will still ultimately be helpful, it sucks that they dropped it down to 500. May have to wait til next cycle depending on those 2 added courses =/...

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Speaking to a Stanford Admissions PCAP rep, got some updates for this cycle. "Some of the changes are now requiring a BA/BS degree, take the GRE, 500 hours of direct patient care, and adding 2 more upper division science courses in addition to the pre-reqs listed on the website." Still haven't heard what those 2 courses may be.

 

While the 4000 hours I accumulated will still ultimately be helpful, it sucks that they dropped it down to 500. May have to wait til next cycle depending on those 2 added courses =/...

During the session, the reps stated that the additional courses must be finished by time of matriculation, whereas the prerequisites must be finished prior to applying. The only subject I remember from their examples list right now is microbiology, but they said that as long as it's an upper division science course, it should be acceptable. However, they will assess it on a case by case basis for each class/university.

 

 

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Does anybody have any new news on when their application will be available? Last I heard the goal was to have it up on CASPA by July........Its July 19th and Im getting anxious!

Thanks guys!

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Does anyone have the prompt from last year for the supplemental. I was thinking of trying to brainstorm before the application opens on CASPA. From what I've heard it opens August 1st. 

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Oh wow, I'm really glad I decided to randomly take a look at this thread as I didn't realize they had switched to a master's program. I will definitely be applying now but it looks like they favor students with research experience. Can anyone confirm that? I wonder if they've said anything about that at the info sessions. I'm also surprised that they dropped the PCH number significantly. I believe it was a minimum of 3,000 last year and now it's only 500.

 

Have you all seen that tuition rate? $16,329 x 9 quarters = $146,961. YIKES!

 

I wonder why their PANCE pass rate is low - only 89% (national average is 94%).

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I guess it's the same price as USC now and has even surpassed Touro, which includes an MPH with that price! Now I'm hesitant to apply, too.

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Yeah their tuition increase is a bit alarming, I'm hesitant to apply.

yea...you are definitely paying for the degree and the prestige of graduating from stanford. 

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As a 1980 graduate of Stanford who went for free, this is disappointing. But I am not surprised at all. The slightly lower PANCE rate before was due to the program really reaching out to underrepresented students who had the experience but may have been at a slight disadvantage academically. Statistically there is a real difference between students who have leafy gotten a BS and those who have not on standardized tests.

 

But even with the increased cost, this likely represents a better deal than the current price plus the tuition for a st. Francis masters. I am mostly disappointed that they dropped the HCE and now want research experience instead. It will be very interesting to see the demographics of their first class, and they had better put the full advantage of the Stanford clinics and hospital into the rotations. And then it will be interesting to see how many grads go into primary care versus specialties. Will they fill with Stanford and UC undergrads who did not want to go to medical school? Or will they stick with the mission?

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CASPA verified 5/14.

Applied to Stanford 8/1.

 

Good luck everyone! :)

 

have you heard anything from them yet?

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have you heard anything from them yet?

 

Literally was just about to ask the same thing! I applied on 8/08, my CASPA was verified 5/31 and I haven't heard a word. 

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have you heard anything from them yet?

 

 

Literally was just about to ask the same thing! I applied on 8/08, my CASPA was verified 5/31 and I haven't heard a word. 

I applied on 08/05 and was CASPA verified on 06/26 and haven't received any communication from the admissions dept either!

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Give them time. They are going through a transition and are probably receiving a lot of applications. I applied last year and it took almost a month before I heard anything. 

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Has anyone noticed that (after submitting the app), the downloadable CASPA PDF removes all the paragraphs breaks for the supplemental questions on Stanford's app? My 2-3 paragraph responses are now clumped into one long run-on paragraph. Has this been an issue for anyone else?

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Has anyone's GRE been officialized on their PDF download of the CASPA? I've sent mine a few weeks ago and the only thing showing is an unofficial input of them. I made sure I sent it to the appropriate place.

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Has anyone's GRE been officialized on their PDF download of the CASPA? I've sent mine a few weeks ago and the only thing showing is an unofficial input of them. I made sure I sent it to the appropriate place.

 

Mine is still only showing up as unofficial as well and I submitted the scores over a month ago. What code did you submit to? 

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I don't think we will ever see the official GRE score on CASPA application. When I sent my score to Stanford, it's only the school itself. For other schools, they will have an option of the school name with CASPA word after it, which means it will be sent to CASPA instead and will only show on the application for the chosen school. I don't know if we should call the school to make sure they have received either. Still finishing up my supplemental questions. Good luck everyone!

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I remember in their info session they said they start the interviews by the end of Aug and they have a rolling admission. Has anyone heard back from them?

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