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I am from Taiwan, applying to PA school this year. 

Is there anyone here that's either a practicing PA or PA student that comes from outside of US, potentially a country that doesn't speak English? 

What helped you on your application that got you admitted to PA schools? And is there any PA schools that you would recommend for international students? 

I have around 1500 hours of patient contact, GPA of 3.97, and TOEFL score of 102 out of 120. 

Currently I am looking into schools in New York, Texas, and California, since they seem to have more opportunity for future employment as a bilingual provider (Chinese and English)

I appreciate any advice, thank you guys so much!!!

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On 5/21/2019 at 10:26 AM, Justinasyu said:

I am from Taiwan, applying to PA school this year. 

Is there anyone here that's either a practicing PA or PA student that comes from outside of US, potentially a country that doesn't speak English? 

What helped you on your application that got you admitted to PA schools? And is there any PA schools that you would recommend for international students? 

I have around 1500 hours of patient contact, GPA of 3.97, and TOEFL score of 102 out of 120. 

Currently I am looking into schools in New York, Texas, and California, since they seem to have more opportunity for future employment as a bilingual provider (Chinese and English)

I appreciate any advice, thank you guys so much!!!

Hey JustinAsyu, I hope by this time, you would have had some luck on your application and some interviews! I am also an international student from Africa! I have applied to about 10 different schools from all over the U.S. I have an interview at Rutgers University so far and still waiting to hear back from the other schools. In my application, i was pretty honest about my desire for P.A and my determination to learn as much as i could. i think the fact that i am a diverse student also helps a lot, i beleive it will work well in your favor too if you spin it correctly and tie it in to your desirr for P.A! I wish you well haha 🙂 We internationals need to stick together 🙂 Let me know if you have any other questions

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Hey,

I hope you guys got into PA school! I will be applying to a few schools next year. I was wondering if you have any idea about the chances of getting a job in the States after the program? For us, international students. Hope to hear back from you guys!

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On 7/1/2019 at 7:59 PM, ChanLI said:

Hey JustinAsyu, I hope by this time, you would have had some luck on your application and some interviews! I am also an international student from Africa! I have applied to about 10 different schools from all over the U.S. I have an interview at Rutgers University so far and still waiting to hear back from the other schools. In my application, i was pretty honest about my desire for P.A and my determination to learn as much as i could. i think the fact that i am a diverse student also helps a lot, i beleive it will work well in your favor too if you spin it correctly and tie it in to your desirr for P.A! I wish you well haha 🙂 We internationals need to stick together 🙂 Let me know if you have any other questions

Thank you so much!!! I've only applied for three programs this year. The only interview invitation that I've gotten so far is for Ohio university, best of luck to you and your interview!!

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On 8/9/2019 at 10:55 AM, imeffjay said:

Hey,

I hope you guys got into PA school! I will be applying to a few schools next year. I was wondering if you have any idea about the chances of getting a job in the States after the program? For us, international students. Hope to hear back from you guys!

I have no idea about how international PA's get jobs here in the States, but I am currently working as a project engineer (my undergraduate degree did not have a lot to do with medicine haha) and honestly if you are hooked up with the right people it is not hard to find a job here. I think the things I would worry more about would be the sponsorship (but I've also heard from other people that as long as you establish a good relationship with the company, if they can afford it then they usually don't have much problem with it) after the OPT expires. 

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Hi @Justinasyu

I just came across this post and saw you are applying this year to PA school, right? If I am too late to the game with this advice im sorry haha...

So I travelled to Taiwan and studied abroad in Taipei and Taichung 🙂 I miss it! So I would recommend also looking at schools in Pittsburgh: Chatham University and The University of Pittsburgh PA programs. Also, George Washington University or Howard University in Washington DC. Both areas I have lived in and are good for Chinese/English language and culture but my favorite is Pittsburgh. 

Good luck with your applications! 

 

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21 hours ago, catsandscrubs said:

Hi @Justinasyu

I just came across this post and saw you are applying this year to PA school, right? If I am too late to the game with this advice im sorry haha...

So I travelled to Taiwan and studied abroad in Taipei and Taichung 🙂 I miss it! So I would recommend also looking at schools in Pittsburgh: Chatham University and The University of Pittsburgh PA programs. Also, George Washington University or Howard University in Washington DC. Both areas I have lived in and are good for Chinese/English language and culture but my favorite is Pittsburgh. 

Good luck with your applications! 

 

Thank you so much! i've heard of Chatham and George Washington! Seem like really good school! 

I actually got accepted into the PA program of Ohio university last year, the school just got pushed back due to the pandemic. 

I will definitely take your recommendation when I am looking for jobs later on! Thank you!!!!

Stay safe wherever you are 🙂

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hello @Justinasyu

I am also an international undergraduate student. I also am interested in applying PA school, but being an international student I have found it difficult to obtain HCE and PCE due to restrictions from my visa status. Can you give me some tips on how you were able to obtain 1500 patient care hours?

Thanks!

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On 6/1/2020 at 3:08 PM, memegh98 said:

hello @Justinasyu

I am also an international undergraduate student. I also am interested in applying PA school, but being an international student I have found it difficult to obtain HCE and PCE due to restrictions from my visa status. Can you give me some tips on how you were able to obtain 1500 patient care hours?

Thanks!

Hi, 

I am an international student and I got in PA schools without any direct patient care hours. It is very difficult to find PCE without potentially using the OPT year after graduation. I would recommend trying to volunteer and shadow as much as possible while making sure your academics and other experiences are strong. Good luck! Feel free to message me if you have any questions.

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On 6/2/2020 at 3:08 AM, memegh98 said:

hello @Justinasyu

I am also an international undergraduate student. I also am interested in applying PA school, but being an international student I have found it difficult to obtain HCE and PCE due to restrictions from my visa status. Can you give me some tips on how you were able to obtain 1500 patient care hours?

Thanks!

Yes for sure! So what I did was using my CPT to obtain those HCE. My undergrad major was public health/occupational safety and health. And I found a job as an ER medical scribe so I applied for CPT with that (just so that you are aware. CPT are usually used for internship and you have to be enrolled in an internship class for it. Which is what I did). After the internship course ended I just continued working in the ER until I graduated. My OPT was actually used for an occupational safety position in a different company which had nothing to do with patient contact so I didn’t get any hours from that. Hope it helps! Feel free to message 🙂

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