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...
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...
The PA School Interview Process: What to Expect at my PA School Interview

The PA School Interview Process: What to Expect at my PA School Interview

  Talk to a PA School Admissions Consultant Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: [email protected] 20 Minute Free Consultation What to Expect at the PA School Interview If you have received an invitation to interview at a PA program, you should feel proud and know that the PA program is seriously considering you for a spot in their incoming class! While anyone can apply to a PA program, PA schools are selective about who they invite for an interview. Every PA school in the country conducts some form of interview. The goal of the interview is to get to know the applicant more closely, understand their motivations for becoming a PA, and assess their interpersonal skills. How are PA School Interviews Conducted? PA school interviews are either conducted in person at the school or online usually in the form of a Zoom interview. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, some schools have moved their interviews online but many other PA schools still require applicants to interview in person. Some PA Schools Allow Applicants to Choose Between Zoom and an In-Person Interview If a PA school gives you the choice to interview in person or to do so online, they will not hold it against you, if you opt for the online option. That being said, there are certain pros to going to an interview in person: Showcasing Interpersonal Skills: Many students feel they can more effectively leave a positive impression on PA school admissions committees and showcase their interpersonal skills in person. Demonstrating strong nonverbal communication is at times more challenging online. For example, many interviewees for PA school report that it is...
Direct Patient Care Experience for PA School Admission: Becoming a Competitive PA School Applicant

Direct Patient Care Experience for PA School Admission: Becoming a Competitive PA School Applicant

  Talk to a PA School Admissions Consultant Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: [email protected] 20 Minute Free Consultation Direct Patient Care Experience is a Great Way to Bolster Your PA School Application Of all the requirements for successful acceptance to PA school, patient care experience is one of the most important. Many PA schools require applicants to acquire patient care experience and those that don’t, look much more favorably on applicants who have this kind of experience. Why is Patient Care Experience Important to PA Schools? There are several reasons why PA schools place such great emphasis on patient care experience: Understanding the Role: Undertaking a patient care role allows aspiring PAs to understand the immense responsibility associated with caring for someone’s life. Naturally, PA schools want to avoid admitting a student who enters the program uninformed and changes their mind midway through the program. Developing a Foundation in Healthcare: Direct patient care experience allows pre-PA students to develop basic clinical judgment and learn medical jargon, which could help them excel as a PA student.   Cultivating Teamwork Skills: Most patient care experiences involve working in a team, a concept that is at the core of the PA profession. PA schools seek applicants who are capable of effectively working as part of a healthcare team and getting along with other team members. Is Patient Care Experience the Same as Healthcare Experience? For the purposes of this article, patient care experience refers to any clinical role that involves working hands-on to care for patients (this does NOT include administrative and clerical roles). Many PA schools use the terms patient care experience,...
Direct Patient Care Experience Requirements and Shadowing Requirements for PA School – Part III

Direct Patient Care Experience Requirements and Shadowing Requirements for PA School – Part III

  Get Started Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: [email protected] 20 Minutes Free Consultation   Which PA Schools Look for Applicants with Lots of Direct Patient Care Experience? This article provides a list of all PA schools (see below) that require 1000 hours minimum of direct patient care experience (healthcare experience) or more. For each school, the PA shadowing requirements are also listed as well as the average number of hours of PA shadowing and direct patient care experience if we were able to find that information on the school’s website. We also include examples of direct patient care experience (these examples are not exhaustive) and the number of hours of direct patient care experience or PA shadowing that is considered competitive for each school. Where we have written ‘not found’, we were not able to find this information. Which PA Schools Can I Apply to if I Have More than 1000 Hours of Direct Patient Care Experience?   Applicants with more than 1000 hours of direct patient care experience are eligible to apply to most PA schools in the United States as the vast majority require a minimum of 1000 hours or fewer. This is of course assuming they meet all other requirements for the school. Applicants with more than 2000 hours of direct patient care experience will meet the patient care experience requirements for virtually every PA school in the United States as very few schools (if any) require more than 2000 hours minimum. Which PA Schools Should I Target if I Have a lot of Direct Patient Care Experience? If you have more than one thousand hours of...
Direct Patient Care Experience Requirements and Shadowing Requirements for PA School – Part II

Direct Patient Care Experience Requirements and Shadowing Requirements for PA School – Part II

  Get Started Today Call: 888-839-9997 e-mail: [email protected] 20 Minutes Free Consultation   Which PA Schools Require Less Than 1000 Hours of Direct Patient Care Experience This article provides a list of all PA schools (see below) that require between 500 and 999 hours minimum of direct patient care experience (healthcare experience). Where we have found information, we also include the PA shadowing requirements for each of these PA schools as well as the average PA shadowing and direct patient care hours for the school. What Kind of Direct Patient Care Experience is Competitive for PA School? Instead of averages, some schools listed the number of PA shadowing or patient care hours they consider competitive. We also provide examples of direct patient care experience for the PA schools that listed such examples (the list of examples for each school is not exhaustive). Where we have written ‘not found’, we were not able to find any information for that particular school. Which PA Schools Can I Apply to if I Don’t Have 1000 Hours of Direct Patient Care Experience?   PA school applicants who have accrued 500 hours or more of patient care experience for PA school but have not reached the 1000-hour mark should choose programs below whose requirements they meet. In addition, they can target programs that require fewer than 500 hours of direct patient care experience. As mentioned before, if you have between 500 and 1000 hours of patient care experience, you can also apply to PA schools that require more than 1000 hours if:   1) The school allows applicants to reach the 1000 hours mark...