I will be applying to the 2020-21 cycle this upcoming April. As i was scrolling through the CASPA site, I noticed the section about conduct violations at ones university. My freshman year I received a charge from my school (not a misdemeanor, and nothing with the police) for leaving a bottle of alcohol under my bed before thanksgiving break. My RA found it and I received an alcohol charge with the campus. The punishment for this was a $50 fine and I had to take a two hour alcohol course about underage drinking. Basically, Im super stressed about this. Even though this was four years ago and I have plenty of other things going for me on my application, I am concerned that this will prevent me from getting any interviews/acceptances. I feel like I will be placed in a pool with everyone else who checks "yes" to this box, and will make it harder for me to be accepted. Any advice on this matter or past experiences would be gratefully appreciated 🙂
As someone who has a noncompetitive GPA, I am considering pursuing a Master's in Biomedical Sciences to show programs that my study habits and academic performance has most certainly improved.
-Does anyone know if grades received in a master's program help boost the overall GPA?
- Would the science courses taken at a grad level count for PA school pre-reqs?
-Any tips/advice from those that have taken this route?
What are your thoughts on applying to programs with a ARC-PA probationary accreditation status (i.e., "Accreditation-Probation")?
I'm a first-time applicant, and a couple schools that I have my eye on currently have probationary statuses (Johnson & Wales University; Monmouth University). I was wondering if it's worth applying to said schools, especially to ones that have had a probationary status for more than two years.
Although these schools are still considered accredited, is it safe to apply to & then attend these schools? Do these schools prepare students to become competent & trustworthy healthcare professionals? Are these schools worth the debt? My concern is enrolling in a school with probationary accreditation and graduating as a sub par PA-C, but those are just my uncertain sentiments at the moment.
Moreover, I've read that applying to these schools may be advantageous to some who aren't considered "strong applicants" (e.g., average grades/GRE). On the other hand, I've seen "strong applicants" display their admiration & loyalty to these schools here on PA Forum. I'm confused! Let's open up the discussion!
I am sure this has been asked before, if so, please forward it to me. But when writing out the description and responsibilities of your various experiences, should the format be a list/bullet point or more of a thoughtful written out paragraph?
What I have so far (in an excel sheet), is a list of my responsibilities with a small blurb of something I learned during that experience.
Here is an example of one of my work experiences:
Active duty Navy, worked in hospitals on land and sea
Prepared operating room for surgery
In charge of setting up sterile supplies
Assisted the nurse and/or PA in positioning the patient on the operating table
Prepped the patient by shaving, washing, and disinfecting the surgical site
Applied sterile surgical drapes on the patient
Passed surgical instruments to the physician
Assisted the physician during the surgery
Sutured incision site
Applied wound dressings
Learned that each member of the operating room team, regardless of education level, plays a vital role in the patient's safety
Any advice/experience is much appreciated