What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Dental School

What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Dental School

Get Started Today   20 Minutes Free Consultation   Perspectives of a Recent Dental School Graduate By Dr. Natalie P When I got my acceptance to my top choice dental school, I remember just screaming with excitement. The next several months, I looked into housing, explored things to do in the City of Brotherly Love, and connected with future classmates. I was looking forward to a whole new adventure. The four years of dental school consisted of hard work, some play, and trying to make it through practicals, board exams, and competencies to graduate. There was a lot of information to learn in the first two years, each class instructor conveying large quantities of information that I wasn’t sure I was going to remember. The subsequent two years focused on applying the knowledge we had learned, while fine-tuning our hand skills and perceptual abilities. Looking back on my dental school adventures, here’s some advice I wish I had received before I started: Stay organized and don’t worry about what your classmates are doing:  Dental school is competitive and most of the people who got accepted are driven with a high sense of ambition. So, focus on yourself and what works best for you. How do you best study – by yourself or in a group setting? Do you take copious notes during class? Do you require more “practice” when it comes to the hands-on learning? It is best to not compare yourself with others, be honest with yourself, and take on an approach that works for you. Dentistry requires a lot of hand skills and certainly with practice comes...
How I Aced my DAT with 2 Months Prep – A Student’s Guide

How I Aced my DAT with 2 Months Prep – A Student’s Guide

Get Started Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: info@admissionshelpers.com 20 Minutes Free Consultation       How to Ace the DAT – Advice from a Student By Sarah D. The time has come to begin thinking about your DAT. In this post I will share my approach to studying for the DAT and review what I would do differently if I had to take the test again. Most importantly, I am here to tell you that achieving a good score is very much doable if you put in the time and study strategically. Thanks to the tips I will share below, I finished the test with a score of 22 in the sciences, 25 in the perceptual ability test, 22 in reading comprehension, and a 23 in quantitative reasoning. If you are like me, one of the first obstacles you might encounter is coming up with a plan to effectively cover all the material you need to know. When I first started planning my DAT preparation, I took advice from several people who had used CrackDAT as a resource and found it very helpful. I began the CrackDAT study program 8 weeks before my planned test date (note: you should register 90 days before you intend to take the DAT). In hindsight, I am glad I chose an 8-week plan because my scores dramatically improved in the last two weeks of studying. One of the first steps in the 8-week program was to take a few diagnostic tests to assess my baseline performance. These diagnostic tests were not full-length tests but comprised a group of 8-13 questions in each subject. On...
Shadowing and Healthcare Experience Requirements for Various PA Schools

Shadowing and Healthcare Experience Requirements for Various PA Schools

Get Started Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: info@admissionshelpers.com 20 Minutes Free Consultation PA School Shadowing and Direct Patient Care Experience Requirements Patient care experience and PA shadowing are two important components of a PA school application. Many PA schools require and others highly recommend  that applicants gain direct patient care experience and shadow a PA before applying or matriculating into PA school. By working in the healthcare setting in a capacity that involves interacting with patients,  applicants can gain a better understanding of what being a PA involves and make a more informed decision about entering this profession.  PA shadowing is also a great opportunity to learn more about the PA profession and confirm that you are interested in the PA field. The requirements for patient care experience and shadowing can vary greatly from school to school. It is a good idea for applicants to research the programs they are interested in and ensure they fulfill each school’s patient care and shadowing requirements. Some programs may not require any direct patient care experience while others require more than a thousand hours. Similarly, some programs would not consider an application complete if the applicant has not shadowed a PA while others would. When it comes to clinical experiences working with patients, CASPA categorizes these into two broad areas: patient care experience and healthcare experience. According to CASPA, patient care experience is a type of activity where the individual is directly involved in providing care for patients while healthcare experience is an activity in which you are interacting with patients but not responsible for their care. When completing the CASPA application, you...
Minimum GPA Requirements for PA Schools

Minimum GPA Requirements for PA Schools

Get Started Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: info@admissionshelpers.com 20 Minutes Free Consultation Getting into PA school with a low GPA There are many PA schools across the country and each one has its own requirements. One of the areas where many PA schools have a minimum standard is the GPA. This is a cause for concern among applicants who want to get into PA school with a low GPA. Of course, one of the best ways to overcome a low GPA is to take additional courses and to get good grades in these courses. But if this is not possible, an applicant with a low GPA should not be totally disheartened. There are PA programs with lower or less stringent minimum GPA requirements. Applicants to PA school should take the time to carefully research PA schools and find out each school’s minimum GPA requirements before applying. This way, individuals with low GPAs can ensure that they do not waste their time applying to a program that has strict minimum GPA requirements higher than their GPA. If you plan to apply to PA school but your GPA is low, try to find programs which have minimum GPA requirements lower than your GPA. If you find programs that have higher requirements than your GPA to which you are interested in applying, it may be worthwhile finding out whether these programs are lenient on their minimum GPA requirement. For example, some programs may not have an absolute minimum but a preferred minimum GPA. Other programs may take into account improvements, paying attention to the GPA in more recent academic courses (for example the...
Information on Entry Level Master’s Programs in Nursing

Information on Entry Level Master’s Programs in Nursing

Get Started Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: info@admissionshelpers.com 20 Minutes Free Consultation Entry level master’s programs in nursing Demand for nurses has been increasing over the course of the last few years. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, employment for registered nurses will increase by 15% from 2016 to 2026. This is greater than the average increase for various occupations. Nursing is a popular field because it affords a rewarding career and financial security. For those who opt to pursue a career in nursing, there are various educational routes. If you have already completed your undergraduate education in another field, it’s not too late to switch to nursing. Many students pursue their nursing education after finishing their bachelor’s degree in another discipline. Traditionally, these individuals return to school to get a second bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). While this is still a good option, an alternative that is becoming popular is an entry level master’s program in nursing. These programs are designed specifically for individuals without a nursing bachelor’s degree, allowing prospective nurses to begin their nursing education at the master’s level. We have seen students enter these programs from a variety of diverse backgrounds, ranging from engineering to the arts to biology. After completing virtually any of the entry level master’s programs in nursing, an individual can sit for the NCLEX exam and subsequently obtain their licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). Most of these programs also provide individuals with the credentials required to pursue further graduate training. After finishing the entry level master’s program, many continue their education in a master’s level nurse practitioner program or a...