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.

Don’t Internalize your rejection

First and foremost, do not make your rejection personal. Not getting into a program doesn’t mean that the admissions panel rejected you as a human being; they just didn’t accept you based on your application. Its ok to feel hurt or disappointed, but don’t internalize these feelings and use them to make a judgement about your worth.

Just remember, someone that doesn’t know you or only had one shot at meeting you decided that you weren’t as good of a fit for their program as another candidate. If you take your rejection personally, it’ll end up taking longer to recover emotionally and you’ll end up focusing on “fixing” all of the wrong things.

Re-evaluate your motivations for becoming a PA

Do you still want to become a PA? Is it truly what you want? Before you restart the process of applying to PA school, take the rejection as an opportunity to really assess if this is what you want.  We don’t always get what we want in life because we don’t truly want them or we don’t want them as much as something else.  If you’re not 100% sure becoming a PA is the right move for you, be honest with yourself. You’ll end up saving yourself time, money, work, and energy in the long run and you’ll free yourself up to pursue something that might suit you better.

Review your application

If you truly want to become a PA, you’ll want to review your application to figure out what didn’t make the cut. Is your personal statement too rambling or generic? Does is grab your attention when you read it or does it fall flat? Have your friends and family members read your personal statement and give you their honest feedback. If your personal statement is unique and flawless, it could be possible that you’re lacking some HCE hours or experience and need to spend more time gaining hours before you re-apply.

If reviewing your own materials doesn’t shed any light on where you can improve, you can request a meeting with admissions staff at the programs that rejected you and ask them for feedback. Some schools will tell you exactly where you fell short and what you’ll need to do to make the cut.

Outline a Path to Success

Once you’ve identified one or two ways your application can improve, outline the steps you need to take to actually improve them. This will allow you to focus and give you an actionable timeline for what needs to get done in what order. It’s much easier to get started and make progress when you have a list of small, actionable items you can take care of one by one.

If you need help making your plan to success, consider seeking assistance. The Excell PA program is a great way to take your application and interview skills to the next level, and can help you grow from rejection to getting accepted into your top PA programs!