How To Get Accepted into a P.A. Program | Tips & Advice

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Today I decided to write about advice on how to get accepted into a physician assistant program. I came across many of these tips when I applied to P.A. schools the first time around.

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1. Apply early!  Many P.A. programs have rolling admissions, so the sooner you apply, the sooner you can be invited for an interview. If you apply later, you might end up on a wait-list if the spots are all filled.

2. Try to acquire as many quality direct patient experience hours as you can.  Most programs have a minimum requirement for the number of direct patent experience hours needed in order to apply, but you should try to exceed that requirement. This is especially important if your G.P.A. is lacking. P.A. programs like to see more "hands-on" health care experience, such as an ED tech, CNA., or EMT. However some programs also accept other health care experience, such as an ED scribe. I was accepted only having experience as an ED scribe and hospital volunteer.

3. Have several people read/proofread your personal statement.  Make sure your personal statement reads well and really lets the reader know why you want to be a physician assistant. If possible, have a college professor, advisor, or mentor read over your personal statement.

4. Research the schools you are applying to.  Make sure you know as much information as you can about the schools and why you are applying to them, so you are prepared if you are asked on an interview.

5. Dress to impress at the interview.  For females, wear a well-fitting, conservative pant or skirt suit or a sheath dress with a blazer like I did. If you are wearing a skirt or dress, make sure to wear pantyhose and bring an extra pair just in case they snag. Wear conservative low to mid-heeled pumps or flats. Do not wear bright/dark nail polish and keep your make-up minimal. For males, wear a conservative suit with dress shoes. Make sure you are clean-shaven or have properly-groomed facial hair.

Post-Move Update

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Time has really flown by! I can't believe it has already been a little over a week since I moved! I've been spending most of my time organizing, running errands, trying to learn where everything is (thank you "Maps" on iPhone!), and relaxing before school starts. It has been so weird not being at home. I miss having our fuzzy cat, Gabby, to cuddle with. I'm definitely more homesick than I thought I would be. I have also learned that I need to have a routine in order to thrive. One would think that it would be nice not having to work or go to school for a couple weeks, but I don't really like it. Anyway...this past weekend I went on a mini adventure with my friend to a nearby cathedral and the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey. It was my first time visiting a beach in New Jersey, and I couldn't believe how crowded it was! I thought it got crowded at the beach we always visit in Maine, but no...that is nothing compared to New Jersey. It was fun, though, to relax and hang out at the beach.

Here are a couple pictures from the weekend (for more photos, make sure to follow me on Instagram: @chelsealynnel).

The struggles of trying to take the perfect Instagram photo...
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Wearing one of my favorite Triangl bikinis.
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Hope you all had a great weekend as well!


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