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I thought I would start a new thread for the new cycle.  Best of luck everyone.  If any current students can post their feedback about this program that would be awesome!  Thanks!

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Hi everyone, 

Does anyone know if this program;

1. Works on a rolling admissions basis 

2. Requires shadowing hours

Any help would be appreciated, thanks! ? 

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On 6/21/2018 at 7:55 PM, pa314 said:

Hi everyone, 

Does anyone know if this program;

1. Works on a rolling admissions basis 

2. Requires shadowing hours

Any help would be appreciated, thanks! ? 

They do not do rolling admission, and do not require shadowing, but like many PA programs, its implied that to be competitive, you will have some shadowing. 

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I have almost 13,000 patient care hours, about 500 hours of volunteering, and 165 shadowing hours with a Derm PA.  Bethel sent me a denial email saying I didn’t have enough hours working with underserved populations.  I serve every year for a week in a rural medical clinic in Haiti as well as volunteering as an ERT in a hospital in an underserved city near my hometown.  It makes no sense.  You can’t please everyone.

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2 hours ago, Bonist55 said:

I have almost 13,000 patient care hours, about 500 hours of volunteering, and 165 shadowing hours with a Derm PA.  Bethel sent me a denial email saying I didn’t have enough hours working with underserved populations.  I serve every year for a week in a rural medical clinic in Haiti as well as volunteering as an ERT in a hospital in an underserved city near my hometown.  It makes no sense.  You can’t please everyone.

They already denied you? I didn't know they required volunteer hours for underserved.

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5 minutes ago, FCWVT said:

They already denied you? I didn't know they required volunteer hours for underserved.

Yep, I received an email that also included an explanation that some of my courses exceeded the 5 year limit (which is insane).  Most programs allow 7-10 years.

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On 6/26/2018 at 5:07 PM, Bonist55 said:

Yep, I received an email that also included an explanation that some of my courses exceeded the 5 year limit (which is insane).  Most programs allow 7-10 years.

First of all, I checked the website and I cannot find any information regarding requirements for volunteer hours. There is nothing about a requirement of working with underserved populations either.

However, the prerequisite website does specifically state that there is a 5 year limit for anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. A five year limit for human anatomy and physiology is very common. You can request a waiver prior to application (I had to do this for microbiology), but if you didn't do that at all, that is probably why they sent you a denial. 

I graduated in 2010 so I understand how frustrating this can be. I have to make sure I read the prerequisite information very closely to look for time limits, and I cannot apply to many, many programs because many of my courses were taken too long ago. 

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2 hours ago, mitteh71 said:

First of all, I checked the website and I cannot find any information regarding requirements for volunteer hours. There is nothing about a requirement of working with underserved populations either.

However, the prerequisite website does specifically state that there is a 5 year limit for anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. A five year limit for human anatomy and physiology is very common. You can request a waiver prior to application (I had to do this for microbiology), but if you didn't do that at all, that is probably why they sent you a denial. 

I graduated in 2010 so I understand how frustrating this can be. I have to make sure I read the prerequisite information very closely to look for time limits, and I cannot apply to many, many programs because many of my courses were taken too long ago. 

Thankfully I was accepted to Eastern Virginia Medical School (starting Jan 2, 2019).  Best of luck to you guys!

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3 hours ago, nathanmitchell7467 said:

Has anybody received an invitation for an interview yet?

Good luck to you all!

Bethel does not have rolling admissions. Looks like interview invites when out mid-September last year. 

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2 hours ago, meganberger59 said:

Just received an invite to interview!! October 12!

Congrats! Can I ask what your GPA, patient care hours, etc are like? Has anyone else heard back yet? 

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On 9/6/2018 at 3:45 PM, ahepper said:

Congrats! Can I ask what your GPA, patient care hours, etc are like? Has anyone else heard back yet? 

Sure thing! GPA: 3.782 PCE: ~1,500 including volunteering and shadowing + 3-wk mission trip ?

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Got an interview invite on Friday for October 19th! I asked a couple of people I know who are currently in the program about the interview. They said there is an individual interview with a staff member, group interview with the program director, and student panel with current students. They had to write an impromptu essay last year but said they probably won't do that this year. One of them said there are quite a few questions about personal values and that it was one of the more relaxed interviews she had. I hope this helps people!

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On 9/10/2018 at 8:42 AM, ahepper said:

Got an interview invite on Friday for October 19th! I asked a couple of people I know who are currently in the program about the interview. They said there is an individual interview with a staff member, group interview with the program director, and student panel with current students. They had to write an impromptu essay last year but said they probably won't do that this year. One of them said there are quite a few questions about personal values and that it was one of the more relaxed interviews she had. I hope this helps people!

Thanks for the info, it helped! ? I too got an invite for October 19th as well! See you there!

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Thanks for the info, it helped!  I too got an invite for October 19th as well! See you there!



Hi congrats on the interview! If you don’t sharing your stats and when you submitted your application please??? Verified by program??

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34 minutes ago, BunnnyLover said:

I haven't heard anything at all... No interview but no rejection either. Anyone else in the same situation? 

I too have not heard anything. Glad to know I am not alone!

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I haven't heard anything from bethel but I currently have 7 other interviews. Should I reach out to them or just assume I am rejected at this point?

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I don't know if this is helpful or if it even matters but I called the school to switch my interview date and they told me that they only have those two interview dates: Oct 12 and Oct 19th

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