Category Archives: PA School

What to Do if you get Rejected from PA School

If you’ve been rejected from PA programs in the past, you know the pain of rejection all too well. It’s entirely understandable to be discouraged, but you shouldn’t give up on your dream of becoming a PA.

If you feel unsure about the future or how to proceed, take some time and let your emotions settle. Give yourself time to decompress, to rest, to accept it, and to adjust. The worst thing you can do after being rejected is to make a rash decision about what to do next.

Once you’ve had time to clear your mind, you’ll be ready to start working on your application and increasing your chances on getting into the PA program of your dreams. Here are a handful of things you can do to help boost your application confidence after an unexpected rejection. Read more »

9 PA School Application Resources

Preparing your PA school application can be difficult without any outside help. Creating a timeline for the application process can help you stay on top of your application materials, but it won’t provide you with tools you can use to actually help you prepare.

If researching PA programs, preparing your narrative, gaining health care experience, or practicing for your interview seems overwhelming, you may want to consider using some of the valuable resources below. You’ll find that with a little reassurance, a helping hand, and some tools to rely on, you’ll be able to ace the entire application process. Read more »

How Important is PA Program Length?

It seems like many PA programs are increasing the amount of months it takes to complete their curriculum. The average PA program length has increased to around 26 months, with some spanning 36 months or more.  While some may argue that the quality and depth of PA training will increase with more program time, this approach isn’t necessarily true.

Longer program lengths do allow for additional training and projects, but they also come with some negative consequences. Read more »

How to Choose the Right Pre-Physician Assistant Major

If you’re thinking about becoming a Physician Assistant, you’re probably questioning what the “right” or “best” path is towards getting into PA school. The majority of students question which major will give them the competitive edge needed to get into the best PA program possible. Students that are in the process of completing their undergraduate degree or those who have decided to return to school often think that majoring in biology, pre-med, or even a dedicated pre-PA program are the only options if they want to become a PA. While this vein of thinking is completely logical, challenging majors like these aren’t always your best bet.  Read more »

Tools To Help You Get Into PA School

Preparing your PA school application can be difficult without any outside help. Creating a timeline for the application process can help you stay on top of your application materials, but it won’t provide you with tools you can use to actually help you prepare.

If researching PA programs, preparing your narrative, gaining health care experience, or practicing for your interview seems overwhelming, you may want to consider using some of the valuable resources below. You’ll find that with a little reassurance, a helping hand, and some tools to rely on, you’ll be able to ace the entire application process. Read more »

7 Things to Consider When Choosing Physician Assistant Programs

One of the most daunting parts of the PA school application process is weeding through all of the programs to find the ones that fit your needs. You should be on the lookout for schools that fit your checklist of “must-haves” while simultaneously compiling a list of schools where you’d be a good candidate.

When searching for programs, ask yourself the following questions about each school.  By doing this, you’ll know exactly what each program has to offer and if it’s worth your time to apply. Read more »

How to Choose The Best Undergraduate Major for PA School

When beginning to plan for PA school, many students question which major will help them get into the best PA program possible. Students that are in the process of completing their undergraduate studies or those who have decided to return to school often think that majoring in biology, pre-med, or even a pre-PA program will give them the competitive edge needed to get into a top rated program. While this vein of thinking is completely logical, challenging majors like these aren’t always your best bet. Read more »

How Important is PA Program Length?

It seems like many PA programs are increasing the amount of months it takes to complete their curriculum. The average PA program length has increased to around 26 months, with some spanning 36 months or more.  While some may argue that the quality and depth of PA training will increase with more program time, this approach isn’t necessarily true.

Longer program lengths do allow for additional training and projects, but they also come with some negative consequences. Read more »

How To Choose Quality References for Letters of Recommendation

More often than not, applicants don’t focus enough of their attention on their letters of recommendation.  Many pick a handful of references, provide them with the information needed to submit their recommendations, and completely forget about them.  While you can’t involve yourself to the point where you’re editing your own letters of recommendation, an outstanding letter of recommendation could very well be the difference between landing an interview and being passed over by admissions committees.

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How to Pick the Perfect Physician Assistant Program

Searching for the perfect PA program can be a daunting task.  Weighing the pros and cons of each program on your radar can be stressful and may even obscure the fact that you should be looking for the right school that fits your needs. If you’re too focused on being a perfect applicant, you may end up applying to a program that doesn’t end up serving your best interests.

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