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thats an amazing amount of programs to apply to. let us know how many interviews you got. are you going to do supplementals to all those as well? im fascinated by why you thought you were so weakly positioned that half that many schools wouldnt have done the job. your gpa is decent enought to get into the places that dont care about hce.

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Wow 31 schools... I'm sure my opinion doesn't count, but with such a stellar GPA--it wouldn't have been such a bad idea to take a year off and rack up on experience hours. Would have saved a lot of money. I don't even want to calculate how much 31 Caspa applications would cost...

 

Have some more confidence in yourself. :-)

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-it wouldn't have been such a bad idea to take a year off and rack up on experience hours. Would have saved a lot of money.

 

I have to disagree with this. Although I think applying to 31 programs with a 3.8 is overkill and probably a waste of thousands of dollars, getting to be a PA a year earlier would definitely make you a lot more money. The average starting salary is around 80,000 for a PA so taking a year off and making around 25,000 as an EMT-B to save 2-3 thousand in application fees is not a great strategy if you have the money now to apply and a decent app.

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^thats true, but applying to 31 schools helps me jump to the conclusion that someone doing that is off their rocker a bit. Since I don't know the person who did that, it's not possible for me to say for sure. But my immediate impression is that that kind of approach seems to indicate the person doesn't know themself, doesn't now the process, isn't able to think critically about their chances and plan accordingly, doesn't have confidence, doesn't want to do research or play to their strengths.... Any of those things, or any combination. That's just my immediate gut reaction to reading that. Doesn't mean it's true, but it looks bad.... Nay, it looks stupid. I love to read about the folks who had one or two schools on their list, applied to them, and got in. Shows some guts to go all in. I think that 31 doesn't necessarily show devotion to becoming a PA, it says that you want to take the easy route by applying shotgun method without doing the legwork to try to meet the program requirements. That's just me.

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I think the more you apply to, the more dedicated you are. Though I don't mean to say people who apply to one aren't dedicated. However, there is a point of diminishing returns. Like PAMAC said, you aren't really researching it thoroughly at 31. You may really want to be a PA, but you aren't caring enough about the training along the way and becoming the best PA possible. I could be totally wrong. What it definitely does say is that someone has too much money laying around.

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I applied to 4, interviewed at 2 and was accepted at 1. Knowing each program very well (what they consisted of and their philosophies) really helped!

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I feel like I've talked this one to death, but..

 

I applied to four schools, all within driving distance of my home. Going into the application cycle I remember being fairly confident I would get in someplace. I had good grades, years of healthcare experience, and a proven ability to interview and write, so I didn't see why not. I joined this forum the summer I started classes, and I think it would have seriously f-ed up my confidence if I'd been on here reading during the application process. :)

 

I ended up interviewing at two of the schools, declining an interview to a third, and am attending my first choice.

 

Students who do their research and understand their own strengths and weaknesses shouldn't have a problem finding a fit someplace. I don't see anything crazy about applying to, say... 10 schools if you're casting a wide net and don't mind moving. If I didn't have family tying me here I might have done something similar, just to roll the dice and see where I landed, go on an adventure.

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12...FINGERS CROSSED! Working on a few secondary apps at the moment!

 

Now, I'm actually thinking of applying to more, because, I'd rather do that and increase my chances of getting in than waste another year reapplying!

 

Def not 20/30+ number of schools....

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I applied to 17 programs. My science GPA was a little bit lower but mostly I applied to that many school because I really wanted to go to PA school and didn't want to apply a second round. I did my research and applied to programs that I thought could be a good fit for me. I was offered 4 interviews but after being accepted into the program I wanted, I turned down the other three interviews. I don't regret applying to so many programs. I'm happy to be in a good program and if I had only applied to the programs in my area I wouldn't be a PA student right now.

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