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Hi guys! Congrats on those who have been accepted! Can you please share some advice on the interview?? I have one coming up and not sure what to expect since I’m from out of state. Thanks! 

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22 hours ago, markou said:

Hi guys! Congrats on those who have been accepted! Can you please share some advice on the interview?? I have one coming up and not sure what to expect since I’m from out of state. Thanks! 

Hey! I would be happy to give you some insight on the interview day 🙂 I walked in 15 minutes early and there were already a lot of interviewees there so if you can be there earlier than that, I would. During that time, they have some breakfast food to eat if you're hungry (although I did not take advantage of this because I ate before I got there). You get to talk to other interviewees, current students and some faculty during the morning session as well.

After that, we all were moved into another room where they did an introduction of the program. All of the faculty introduced themselves to us and we also all had to stand up and briefly introduce ourselves to everyone! After this, we were split up into different groups and went on a tour of the facility. I will say that unfortunately a lot of the rooms were locked when we went on the tour, so if you've never been to the campus before, it made it hard to fully appreciate the facility. So hopefully they'll have those unlocked for you on your interview day. Once the tour was over, we all came back into the same room and then were split up again based on the letter on our name tag. Some of us went into the group interview while the rest of us took the short medical terminology quiz and survey.

The medical terminology quiz is nothing to stress about. However, they interview committee does see the results of the quiz prior to making their decision that afternoon regarding whether or not you'll be accepted, put on the wait list, or rejected. Maybe just review some basic terms, especially root words. After the quiz, you come back to the room and talk with some current students. Again, take this opportunity to ask whatever questions you want. I personally feel like you get a better feel for a program from the students because they aren't trying to sell the school like admission staff. So they're just being completely honest and transparent with you. We were also shown a video about the program during this little bit of time as well.

The group interviews are typically with about 3-4 interviewees with 3 faculty members. They asked basic interview questions you would expect, but also be prepared for some more obscure questions too. I personally enjoyed my interview and felt like they really just wanted to get to know me. However, a few other people mentioned they were asked some vague questions about anatomy and other science classes during the interview, so I think it may just depend on who is interviewing you. It was also a great opportunity to make it more conversational instead of like your traditional interviews because you could go off of one another answers if wanted to. Some of the questions were directed at one person while others were group questions. I would recommend answering first if you can, but also be mindful of the others in the group interview as well and make sure you don't interrupt them. Also, even if someone has a similar answer as you, don't fret! Just build off of it and make it your own. As long as you're true to yourself and your experiences, it will all be okay. 🙂

 

Once the group interviews are over, you head to lunch which was catered(at least the day I went for my interview). Again, this is  a great opportunity to sit with current students and ask questions. After lunch is over, you head back into the holding room and anxiously wait to be called back to the "individual interviews". I use quotes here because it's not exactly an interview, rather you are being called back individually and asked if you have anymore questions for the admissions committee and whether or not you have been accepted into the program.  It only took about 5 minutes and then I was headed home for the day! 

 

Each of my interviews has been a different style and South College's interview was probably the one I was most nervous about just because I'm a quiet person and felt like I wouldn't excel at the group interview setting. Looking back though, it wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting! Just stay confident, remember you are worthy to be there, and be your authentic self. Also remember you are interviewing South College just as much as they are interviewing you, so make sure to write out a list of questions you genuinely want answered because this is a big decision you're about to make!!! Best of luck! I'm sure you'll do great!!!

P.S. If you need any food recommendations or a list of things to do in Knox, I live in the area so let me know and I'd be happy to help!

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5 hours ago, Osliwa said:

Hey! I would be happy to give you some insight on the interview day 🙂 I walked in 15 minutes early and there were already a lot of interviewees there so if you can be there earlier than that, I would. During that time, they have some breakfast food to eat if you're hungry (although I did not take advantage of this because I ate before I got there). You get to talk to other interviewees, current students and some faculty during the morning session as well.

After that, we all were moved into another room where they did an introduction of the program. All of the faculty introduced themselves to us and we also all had to stand up and briefly introduce ourselves to everyone! After this, we were split up into different groups and went on a tour of the facility. I will say that unfortunately a lot of the rooms were locked when we went on the tour, so if you've never been to the campus before, it made it hard to fully appreciate the facility. So hopefully they'll have those unlocked for you on your interview day. Once the tour was over, we all came back into the same room and then were split up again based on the letter on our name tag. Some of us went into the group interview while the rest of us took the short medical terminology quiz and survey.

The medical terminology quiz is nothing to stress about. However, they interview committee does see the results of the quiz prior to making their decision that afternoon regarding whether or not you'll be accepted, put on the wait list, or rejected. Maybe just review some basic terms, especially root words. After the quiz, you come back to the room and talk with some current students. Again, take this opportunity to ask whatever questions you want. I personally feel like you get a better feel for a program from the students because they aren't trying to sell the school like admission staff. So they're just being completely honest and transparent with you. We were also shown a video about the program during this little bit of time as well.

The group interviews are typically with about 3-4 interviewees with 3 faculty members. They asked basic interview questions you would expect, but also be prepared for some more obscure questions too. I personally enjoyed my interview and felt like they really just wanted to get to know me. However, a few other people mentioned they were asked some vague questions about anatomy and other science classes during the interview, so I think it may just depend on who is interviewing you. It was also a great opportunity to make it more conversational instead of like your traditional interviews because you could go off of one another answers if wanted to. Some of the questions were directed at one person while others were group questions. I would recommend answering first if you can, but also be mindful of the others in the group interview as well and make sure you don't interrupt them. Also, even if someone has a similar answer as you, don't fret! Just build off of it and make it your own. As long as you're true to yourself and your experiences, it will all be okay. 🙂

 

Once the group interviews are over, you head to lunch which was catered(at least the day I went for my interview). Again, this is  a great opportunity to sit with current students and ask questions. After lunch is over, you head back into the holding room and anxiously wait to be called back to the "individual interviews". I use quotes here because it's not exactly an interview, rather you are being called back individually and asked if you have anymore questions for the admissions committee and whether or not you have been accepted into the program.  It only took about 5 minutes and then I was headed home for the day! 

 

Each of my interviews has been a different style and South College's interview was probably the one I was most nervous about just because I'm a quiet person and felt like I wouldn't excel at the group interview setting. Looking back though, it wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting! Just stay confident, remember you are worthy to be there, and be your authentic self. Also remember you are interviewing South College just as much as they are interviewing you, so make sure to write out a list of questions you genuinely want answered because this is a big decision you're about to make!!! Best of luck! I'm sure you'll do great!!!

P.S. If you need any food recommendations or a list of things to do in Knox, I live in the area so let me know and I'd be happy to help!

Wow thank you so much!!!! This was so so so helpful and definitely makes me feel more prepared. I went to another interview recently that was a little similar so hopefully that will be an advantage. Thanks again, I wish you all the best! 

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Does anyone know if they have another interview date scheduled / has anyone been invited to it yet? Beyond the October 25th interviews? Thanks! 

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Hello! I'm looking to broaden my application and found this program! I'm very interested in applying and noticed that their application isn't due until March. From what I'm reading on the website interviews would be between January and May 2020 but after reading this forum obviously they have already interviewed some at this point. Do you think its too late in the game for me to apply to this program? I'm looking to apply to all three campuses... if any of you have applied to all three, does it seem like they are all on the same timeline or are they pretty independent? Thanks in advance for any feedback! 

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On 11/20/2019 at 9:41 PM, Kentuckygal2016 said:

What’s the lowest they would take on the GRE??

When I spoke to someone they said the average from last year was 150 quant, 150 verbal and 3.5 writing, so a 300 total 

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On 11/14/2019 at 11:21 AM, tays22 said:

Does anyone know if they have another interview date scheduled / has anyone been invited to it yet? Beyond the October 25th interviews? Thanks! 

I just got an interview for January 17th! Submitted October 24th for reference.

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7 minutes ago, gigi123 said:

I just got an interview for January 17th! Submitted October 24th for reference.

Congratulations!! I couldn’t be happier for you. How did you get contacted for the interview? 

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2 hours ago, Vyoma96 said:

Congratulations!! I couldn’t be happier for you. How did you get contacted for the interview? 

Thank you, I'm so excited!! They emailed me with the interview offer and details.

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I just broke down and applied to all 3 South College PA Programs! Wish me luck! I know it's late! I am just on the waitlist at two other schools and anxious I may not be pulled off! Congrats to all who have been offered admission!

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How does South College go about verifying PCE and shadowing hours? Should I tell my supervisors that they should expect a call from them or is there a form they can fill out ? 
 
 
 

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On 12/12/2019 at 1:56 PM, gigi123 said:

I just got an interview for January 17th! Submitted October 24th for reference.

I just got an interview for January 17th as well! I am extremely excited and can't wait to meet everybody! 

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31 minutes ago, LexiG2019 said:

I just got an interview for January 17th as well! I am extremely excited and can't wait to meet everybody! 

Congrats!! Do you mind sharing your stats/when you applied?

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I just got an interview for the 17th as well and I'm from Knoxville so if anyone has questions about where to stay/where to eat/or wants to grab dinner the night before the interview let me know!

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Hey guys, does anyone happen to remember the name of the lady that we can call and talk to to go over our application? I’ve lost my contact info for her and can’t find it on the internet. Thanks! 

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5 hours ago, ebholcomb said:

I just got an interview for the 17th as well and I'm from Knoxville so if anyone has questions about where to stay/where to eat/or wants to grab dinner the night before the interview let me know!

Congrats! When did you apply?

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