Jump to content

Tacoma vs Seattle Campus


Tacoma vs Seattle  

7 members have voted

  1. 1. Which Campus is better between Tacoma or Seattle?

    • Tacoma Campus
    • Seattle Campus


Recommended Posts

Hi All,

 

I am looking to apply to UW for the PA program and I see that there are a few different campuses to choose from. The 2 that I am looking at are the Tacoma campus and the Seattle Campus. I will be hopefully moving to the area to be at Fort Lewis (JBLM) due to military obligations so I was wondering which campus is better or what are the pros and cons of each. One thing that has me concerned about the Tacoma campus is the 86% PANCE pass rate in 2015 which is well below national average but Seattle has a 98% PANCE pass rate which is well above. One thing that concerns me about the Seattle Campus is traffic. I would be living approximatley in the middle of both campuses in between Kent and Renton so I am trying to figure out which campus would be the better option. Any current students or any locals that can chime in your help would be greatly appreciated!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Seattle: traffic will be bad, campus is much much larger, larger class size, traveling in same direction as traffic to be at class at 830am.

 

Tacoma: much small campus, traveling in opposite direction of traffic, transit drops u off directly at the campus, smaller class size, likely a quicker commute due to traffic, less students on campus and easy to maneuver around campus, parking is all over the place and not a long walk to class.

 

All in all you do what you gotta do to make it work. It's a great school and a fantastic program. The first summer quarter everyone is at the seattle campus. In your clinical year you will be traveling all around so really you would only be driving to class September-June.

 

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G920A using Tapatalk

  • Upvote 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Administrator

Understand that Tacoma is a new campus (essentially, moved from Yakima), and Seattle has been a masters' level program for a lot longer.  Don't know if the PANCE rate reflects the academic preparation of the students, but MEDEX has a reputation for turning out good practitioners with a lot of common sense and past HCE, not necessarily folks who can ace the PANCE.

  • Upvote 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi All,

 

I am looking to apply to UW for the PA program and I see that there are a few different campuses to choose from. The 2 that I am looking at are the Tacoma campus and the Seattle Campus. I will be hopefully moving to the area to be at Fort Lewis (JBLM) due to military obligations so I was wondering which campus is better or what are the pros and cons of each. One thing that has me concerned about the Tacoma campus is the 86% PANCE pass rate in 2015 which is well below national average but Seattle has a 98% PANCE pass rate which is well above. One thing that concerns me about the Seattle Campus is traffic. I would be living approximatley in the middle of both campuses in between Kent and Renton so I am trying to figure out which campus would be the better option. Any current students or any locals that can chime in your help would be greatly appreciated!

Curriculum is exactly the same between the two campuses... unless your going for the bachelors which is about 30k cheaper and there are two papers you don't have to write that the masters kids do.

 

One thing to remember. Tacoma's class size is about half that of Seattle (around 26). So to get to 86% only a couple people would have to not pass. A word of caution as well. Medex does not teach you how to pass the PANCE. They teach you to be a great PA and clinician. Two VERY big differences when comparing medex to other programs. I get it though. The pass rate is down from the average. They have been addressing this with more devoted to studying during the clinical year. As far as traveling for school, I'd get used to it. Going the opposite direction of traffic is nice for sure. You'll most definitely be traveling in your clinical year. So there is that to think about.

 

Tacoma students also have historically had more prior HCE. I think the average of my cohort was about 7 years.

 

I suggest you attend an information session as well. A great opportunity to get questions asked and get a little more info.

 

MEDEX is tough to get into. Thankfully I only applied once. 2500 applicants a year and growing for just 26 seats MEDEX loves veterans and the military, although if you are it's not automatic.

 

Good luck and hope this helps.

 

Tacoma class #2 c/o 2016

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm in Tacoma class 4. All 4 campuses have the same curriculum and objectives. The 4 campuses also have some of the same lecturers that make their way to each campus giving the same lecture. Seattle and Tacoma Have the most overlap with lecturers. This really means that the materials are the same and the tests are the same. The campuses are in sync. The only difference in the campuses are the actual students themselves. Tacoma tends to have more clinical experience and less academic experience. (Most of us don't have bachelors degrees). It's not like if you go to Seattle you're gonna have a better education or guaranteed to pass pance the first time. I study with a Seattle student almost every weekend and we are at the same level. If you have a bachelors go to Seattle. If you want to be around more veterans come to Tacoma. Almost half the class is vetrens.

  • Upvote 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

My recommendation would be Tacoma, based on proximity/traffic. Should be easier to get to if you're going to be at JBLM. I wouldn't be concerned with PANCE differences, as others explained.

 

Just FYI for those that might not know, the degree options are changing again. Tacoma will be a bachelor/masters split this next application period, 2017-2018. Thereafter, all MEDEX campuses will be masters to comply with national requirements.

 

http://depts.washington.edu/medex/medex-degree-option-changes-are-coming-to-medex/

  • Upvote 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 months later...

Both campuses are decent.  I attended the Seattle program, graduating last year.  There was no Master's option in Tacoma when I applied, so my options were Seattle or Spokane.  All four programs (i.e. Anchorage, Tacoma, Spokane and Seattle) turn out competent students.  I've lived in Seattle since about 2003, so it made sense to stay here.

Living in Seattle is fun, but far more expensive than Tacoma.  I don't think the UW adjusts cost of living loans based on location.  There are more restaurant options nearby, but there is plenty to enjoy near the UW Tacoma.   In Seattle, you are on the UW's main campus, but you don't really interact much with other parts of the UW (or even the Department of Family Medicine's other programs).

There is not time to take classes outside of your program, but I did audit two one credit electives offered for MD students.  Tacoma students would not have access to MD student courses to audit.  In retrospect, I am not sure these courses were useful.

While each has very minor pros and cons, I don't think the location matters.  If pressed, I would say you should choose Tacoma, just because your cost of living is lower.

 

 

   

 

  • Upvote 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Similar Content

    • By BaileyRose
      Is there any specific wording for including the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination on my resume/CV before I sit for the exam in January 2022? I couldn't find anything specific online but found a couple of blog posts that recommended phrasing as:
      "NCCPA Board Eligible" Put "anticipated" before your examination date if you are registered for the exam but have not taken it yet  Put "pending" before your examination date if you have taken the exam and are awaiting results  
      On my current CV, I have: NCCPA Board Eligible (Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination)     Anticipated January 2022
       
      Any guidance or advice on this topic is appreciated! I would hate to word incorrectly and have it hurt my job search. Thank you!
    • By Origi2.0
      Hey, is there anyone selling their rosh account? Please let me know
    • By hmtpnw
      Hello everyone,
      I am currently in the process of applying to cardiology jobs. I'm finishing up school in NC and applying out here as well, but ideally I'd like to end up back home in the Seattle/Tacoma area after graduating.
      I do have a few leads, including an initial call with a recruiter for one of the larger hospital systems later this week, but I am wondering if there are any cardiology PAs here practicing in the Seattle/Tacoma area who would be willing to share any insight about salary, the different hospital systems, current job market, etc.
    • By Erose
      Hello,
      I am currently residing in Bellingham Washington. I am eager to get some shadowing experience prior to applying to PA school this year. I have received both covid vaccines, and would love to shadow in person. Please let me know if you have any ideas. I have reached out to several PAs in the area and have yet to hear back from anyone. 
      Thank you!
    • By LOLfPAschool
      So my particular PA school uses the PACKRAT to determine if students are ready to take the PANCE or not at the end of clinical year (this is new and never counted like this before). This year's most recent PACKRAT version national average is apparently a 167, 20 points higher than the last 3 averages on PAEA's website and 40 points higher than last years national average of 128 (according to my PA school). They have informed us that if we do not get within the 2 point standard deviation, they will not allow us to take the PANCE until we reach an adequate grade on the PACKRAT. Can they legally do this?
      According to PAEA, the PACRAT can be done open book so these scores are skewed and shouldn't count for my class.
      There is nothing in our program handbook about the PACKRAT being a requirement for graduation.
      PLEASE HELP!!
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to the Physician Assistant Forum! This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn More