Hello everyone! So I have the privilege of being accepted to two PA schools! But now I am having a hard time choosing a school. I was initially accepted to Thomas Jefferson- East Falls (which is in Philly) two months ago. I was recently pulled off the waitlist at Charleston Southern University ( in SC). The Philly school is one hour away from me and would be closer to my family and friends, but living down south was a dream of mine for awhile now and I think decreasing distractions would be good for me. I made extensive pros and cons lists for each school. I am leaning towards the Charleston school, because of the smaller faculty to student ratio and I love the culture of the program, but am not sure if this would be a big mistake since it is provisional accreditation status while the TJU one has been accredited continued status since 1995. The Charleston one is also 24 months long and starts in January, while the Philly one is 25 months long and starts in July, so I would finish 7 months earlier if I go to CSU. TJU offers ten five week clinical rotations including two family medicine rotations, one elective, and one surgical elective. CSU offers nine 5 week rotations including two electives. Both offer rotations within the 60 mile radius. The living expensive and tuition are about equal.
Would it be foolish for me to choose the provisional school over the continuedly accredited school? If I would decide to move back to PA, would it be a lot harder for me to find a job if I go to CSU, or does it not matter what PA school you attend as long as you pass your PANCE?
I have to decide by tomorrow morning, so I would appreciate any advice or insight you can give me!!
Hi! I was recently accepted into a program that I didn't think I would be too fond of, but I ended up falling in love with the program! I am interviewing at my original top choice on the 13th, and I have been having a hard time deciding what school I would choose if I were to get in to this other program as well. I would love to hear what current students think. School A (the one I have already been accepted to) is a 1 hour commute, ( I can't afford to move or get an apartment, I am lucky enough to live with my boyfriend who pays the mortgage). This is the biggest downside to this school. I don't know how commuting an hour both ways, 5 days a week, will work with the course load. School B is a 30 minute commute. School A is also about $15,000 more expensive. The reason I justify price is that this program is 28 months, which is 4 months longer than school B (where I am interviewing on the 13th). I love that the clinical rotations are 5 weeks, instead of 4 at school B. There are also 2 elective clinical sites and school A, as opposed to only 1 at school B. They are both very new programs so they're pretty comparable when it comes to everything else that I've looked into!
So my questions are:
1. If you have a long commute to your PA program, do you regret it/how do you like it?
2. Will 1 additional week in each clinical site and 1 additional elective make a difference/ is it worth the $15,000 additional?
3. Will I get to the 24 month point at school A and wish that I went to school B so that I could be finished already?
Thank you so much for any input you all can provide!!
I hope everyone is doing well and hearing some good news! I have a bit of a pickle and need genuine, kind, and thoughtful input as to how to choose a program. I have been accepted into two programs, but need to make a decision soon. I have talked to several PAs, family members, and mentors all of whom are insightful, but I still can't choose. I several pros and cons for both schools, but some similarities include that they're both 27 month programs, located out of state from where I currently live, theoretically the same tuition, and I genuinely liked the faculty I met at both places (people keep telling me to go with which one I felt better at but I truly don't know).
Program A: ~30 students, 94-100% PANCE pass rate (throughout the last 3 recorded years); is a top 110 PA school per U.S. News, is not a part of a medical school curriculum, however has been graduating PAs for the last ~20 years. I would be an hour flight away from my parents, but have friends a two hour drive away from campus. Travel expenses would be less for this school as rotations are within the metropolitan/surrounding rural areas. Slight con: I've already had to put down the deposit.
Program B: ~20 students, 97-98% PANCE pass rate (throughout the last 2 years - there are different campus locations), is a top 15 PA school per U.S. News, is associated with a medical school, however the location I have been offered acceptance to is separate from the main campus. This location is brand new and barely built up, however a lot can change in the next few months and I always wanted to go to this university and be a part of this program. I would be further from my parents, but also have extended family and friends an hour flight away. Travel expenses would likely be greater for this school as there is only one community hospital nearby, however may present more career related opportunities in the future due to large university network.
Any insight as to how to go about choosing a school or any sincere and helpful comments are much appreciated. I am grateful to even be accepted to one program to begin with, but I feel a huge weight having to make this decision. Thank you all and enjoy your evening!
Hi guys first time really using a forum, so hopefully I am doing this correctly. Anyways, I just finished my junior year of college and will be applying to PA school come next April, and while I already have a few schools in mind, I am wondering about how important it is to go to school in the state or area you want to work in? This may seem silly, but as someone who stayed local for college I am really looking forward to leaving home for PA school. Should I be looking into rules and regulations of PAs in different states in order to go to school in a state I wish to practice in? Or should I just focus on schools and programs that I am really interested in and worry about applying to jobs later? Thanks in advance!