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So this is my second cycle applying and I’m currently on the waitlist at 3 schools (one waitlist I’m pretty deep in). Two of those schools are great programs I love when I interviewed. My only acceptance is to this program that I didn’t care for when I interviewed at it. It’s also located in a state with very extreme political laws in healthcare and I don’t think I would want to stay in that place to practice. Should I decline my acceptance and reapply next year to only my top schools?

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If I were in your position I would take the acceptance. PA school gets more competitive each year and the you have no guarantee your top choice schools will accept you next year when you re-apply. 

Another thing is you could put a deposit down and then wait it out at the other 2 schools that you're waitlisted at and see if you get accepted into one of them. 

Also, you don't have to stay in the same location/state as your PA school after you graduate. So if you don't like the school's area or whatnot you could go somewhere else. 

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28 minutes ago, HopeToBePAC said:

If I were in your position I would take the acceptance. PA school gets more competitive each year and the you have no guarantee your top choice schools will accept you next year when you re-apply. 

Another thing is you could put a deposit down and then wait it out at the other 2 schools that you're waitlisted at and see if you get accepted into one of them. 

Also, you don't have to stay in the same location/state as your PA school after you graduate. So if you don't like the school's area or whatnot you could go somewhere else. 

Well it’s also that the program didn’t seem too supportive of their students. I talked to a friend who currently goes there and she says often the professors aren’t too helpful and some students tend to be competitive with eachother. Also the fact that the program is in the middle of nowhere and doesn’t have an alumn network or any real way of helping students get jobs after. I asked about those things at the interview and they seemed pretty vague in their answers. The current first year students at the interview all also seemed pretty clueless when I asked them questions 

 

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59 minutes ago, silverstarlight said:

Well it’s also that the program didn’t seem too supportive of their students. I talked to a friend who currently goes there and she says often the professors aren’t too helpful and some students tend to be competitive with eachother. Also the fact that the program is in the middle of nowhere and doesn’t have an alumn network or any real way of helping students get jobs after. I asked about those things at the interview and they seemed pretty vague in their answers. The current first year students at the interview all also seemed pretty clueless when I asked them questions 

 

Oh wow. Well in that case, I'd change my response and say no. A program that supports you and his good faculty and relations is vital, for sure. 

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I'd be weary. Is it a newer program that may be a "churn and burn" type program just trying to get the sweet, sweet PA tuition money? 

You will find crappy professors at every school at every level, even "top" programs. You will also find competitive students at every program. In the end, if this is your only acceptance, I would place a deposit. You can always say no (despite being out of that $$). 

Maybe try and see if there is a facebook group for their PA program and see if you can connect with some current students?

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I would say pay your deposit so you're guaranteed a seat. As for students being competitive with each other...you're going to find type A personalities in every professional program. I had those in nursing school and I didn't care to hang out with them socially. 

If they have a low attrition rate, above average first time PANCE pass rate, then by all means. But if you think you won't be successful at this program, save yourself the stress and wait out for the other programs.

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If it were me: don't go to a program you don't like. There is no telling if you'll get in somewhere else, but such is life.

Would you marry the first date you ever had? Would you be worried that you'd never every meet anyone else who would have you? In general, I think you'll agree that the answer is no!

Sometimes your gut is telling you something and you can't even figure out why. Listen anyway.

Good luck!

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I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, you will be spending two years and a lot of money there, so feeling like you're in a supportive environment that cares about their students is important. On the other hand, PA school is simply a means to an end, and a temporary one at that. Yes it helps to have supportive faculty, but PA school is largely an individual game rather than a team sport, and your success in school depends largely on you. 

I don't know how competitive of a student you are, but if you think you have a reasonable chance of being accepted to another program, then it may be worth it to hold off on this one. Considering this is your second cycle and your only acceptance so far, that's something you should be brutally honest with yourself about. It may be worth it to pay the deposit and give yourself more time to decide. 

Which school you go to isn't a small decision, but in the grand scheme of your career, it really isn't that important as long as you graduate and pass your boards. 

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7 hours ago, ProSpectre said:

I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, you will be spending two years and a lot of money there, so feeling like you're in a supportive environment that cares about their students is important. On the other hand, PA school is simply a means to an end, and a temporary one at that. Yes it helps to have supportive faculty, but PA school is largely an individual game rather than a team sport, and your success in school depends largely on you. 

I don't know how competitive of a student you are, but if you think you have a reasonable chance of being accepted to another program, then it may be worth it to hold off on this one. Considering this is your second cycle and your only acceptance so far, that's something you should be brutally honest with yourself about. It may be worth it to pay the deposit and give yourself more time to decide. 

Which school you go to isn't a small decision, but in the grand scheme of your career, it really isn't that important as long as you graduate and pass your boards. 

How important is it to go to a program with a name when you are looking for a job? That’s one of my main concerns . I got waitlisted/interviewed at a few schools with stellar reputations so I’m also nervous about going to a program no ones heard about outside that state

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24 minutes ago, silverstarlight said:

How important is it to go to a program with a name when you are looking for a job? That’s one of my main concerns . I got waitlisted/interviewed at a few schools with stellar reputations so I’m also nervous about going to a program no ones heard about outside that state

I went to a school that hadn't graduate a class yet (they did two months after I started) but I liked what I saw and it matched what became my experience there. A school's name is not so much the issue as lots of other factors. I see PAs come into our area from schools in other states that seem to have no issues finding a job.

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25 minutes ago, silverstarlight said:

How important is it to go to a program with a name when you are looking for a job?

Ideally a school has a name.  🙂 

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FWIW I went to a program with a strong alumni network and didn't use it at ALL when applying for jobs.  Had no problems and and neither did my classmates ( I can think of only one off hand who reached out to alumni).

Plenty of threads on this.  Pass your PANCE.  That's what matters.

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If it were me, I'd pay the seat deposit and cross my fingers for another acceptance. In life, you are going to faced with difficult decisions like this again and again. There is no telling if you will be offered another acceptance this cycle or the next. Sometimes when you are in between a rock and hard place you just have to take what is being offered to you, even if it isn't ideal. At the end of the day, it is a short 2 years of your life and the end goal is to be a certified PA and move on. Some programs allow you to coordinate a rotation or two in a different city or state, that might be an option for you to make connections in a desirable area.

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