Letters of Recommendation for PA School: Tips and Considerations for PA School Applicants

Letters of Recommendation for PA School: Tips and Considerations for PA School Applicants

  Get Started Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: [email protected] 20 Minutes Free Consultation Letters of Recommendation for PA School If you are on the path to applying to PA school, you probably know that PA school letters of recommendation (also known as letters of reference or letters of evaluation) are a key part of the PA school application. PA schools want to see that people you have worked with in a professional or academic capacity can attest to your aptitude and abilities.     Who Should I Get Letters of Recommendation from for PA School? Different PA schools have different requirements for letters of recommendation. It’s important to check each school’s requirements. As a general rule, applicants should aim to get letters of recommendation from the following individuals: College and university professors Supervisors from direct patient care experiences PAs from direct patient care experiences PAs from shadowing experiences Other individuals who have supervised or mentored the applicant and can attest to their intellectual aptitude, commitment to service, and work ethic Important Considerations for Different Types of PA School Letters of Recommendation Professors: Many PA schools expect applicants to submit a letter of recommendation from a professor who can speak to the applicant’s academic strengths and their ability to handle the rigors of the graduate-level course load in PA school. How to Choose the Right Professor for a PA School Letter of Recommendation? Science Professors are Preferred: The PA school curriculum is heavy in science coursework. That’s why letters of recommendation from professors who can attest to your abilities in the sciences are preferred. Some PA schools even require letters of recommendation...
Minimum GPA Requirements for PA Schools

Minimum GPA Requirements for PA Schools

  Get Started Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: [email protected] 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...
Prerequisite Courses for Different Dental Schools

Prerequisite Courses for Different Dental Schools

Prerequisite Courses for Different Dental Schools   Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: [email protected]   Speak to a Dental School Admissions Consultant Today.   20 Minutes Free Consultation   What are the prerequisite courses for different dental schools?   One of the most important requirements for getting into dental school is prerequisite science and non-science courses. Almost all dental schools required a range of similar courses like general chemistry, biology, and physics but these requirements are not identical. For example, some dental schools require anatomy, microbiology, or biochemistry while others don’t. Also, some programs may require two semesters of a course while others only require one semester. The lab requirements for different courses can also be different across dental schools. Predental students are often busy balancing their coursework with DAT preparation, dental shadowing, and other extracurricular experiences. It can be difficult completing the requirements for all dental schools or deciding which courses to prioritize if you are uncertain that you can complete all requirements. Furthermore, when it’s time to apply to dental school, figuring out which dental schools’ requirements you meet can be confusing. One common mistake among dental school applicants is applying to programs without first checking their prerequisite course requirements carefully. We advise our students to carefully review the prerequisites for each dental school because your file will likely not make it past the first round if you do not meet all of prerequisite coursework requirements. Below we have listed specific courses that are required by different dental schools in the United States. We also indicate how long (or how many credits) the course should be and whether a lab...
Which PA Schools Require the CASPer?

Which PA Schools Require the CASPer?

Get the help you need to ace the CASPer for PA school! Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: [email protected] 20 Minutes Free Consultation CASPer Test Requirements for Different PA Schools What is the CASPer test? The CASPer is a personality test that assesses a PA school applicant’s ability to navigate difficult ethical and social scenarios. In the CASPer, you are presented with a variety of written and video prompts involving difficult situations and asked what you would do in each situation. Why do PA schools use the CASPer? PA schools use this test because it evaluates your ability to solve a problem by drawing on qualities like empathy, teamwork, and communication. What are Duet and Snapshot? A few PA schools also require the Snapshot and Duet tests. Snapshot is a video interview where you respond to interview questions through a recorded response. This test evaluates your communication skills and commitment to the PA profession.  Duet tests how well you align with a specific PA program’s values. Should I take the CASPer if I am applying to PA school? It depends. The CASPer is not required by all programs but a substantial number of programs require the test as part of their application to PA school. A handful also require Snapshot and/or Duet. If you are applying to programs that require the CASPer, Duet, or Snapshot, you must take these tests. When should I take the CASPer? Most programs that require the CASPer want applicants to complete the test after submitting the primary application. If a PA school doesn’t require the CASPer, would it still help to take it? Some PA schools indicate...
PA-CAT Requirements for Various PA Schools

PA-CAT Requirements for Various PA Schools

  Get Strategy Support with PA School Admissions! Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: [email protected] Call Today for a 20 Minutes Free Consultation e-mail: [email protected] For years, physician assistant (PA) schools have been using the graduate record examination (GRE) to evaluate applicants. Students wanting to apply to PA schools in the United States need to take the GRE and report their scores on the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) as a part of their PA school application for many schools. The decision to take the GRE or not can be a difficult one for PA school applicants because the GRE is not required by every PA school. In the last few years, a new specialized exam known as the Physician Assistant College Admissions Test (PA-CAT) has been introduced. Whereas the GRE is broader and tests verbal reasoning and math skills, the PA-CAT is more specific and focuses on various science and math disciplines such as biology, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and statistics. Though the news of a new specialized test for PA school admissions has caused some angst among PA school applicants, there is good news for those that don’t like standardized tests. Most PA schools do not require the test – at least not for now. Some schools do say that they expect they will require it in coming years but exactly how many schools will require it and starting when remains to be seen. That being said, we expect that over the coming years, it will become a requirement for more and more programs. For students who are good at standardized tests or ready to take on a new...