Filed Under (General Talk) by Dave on 22-01-2008
I would like to spend the majority of this post talking about applications and applying to PA, Physician assistant, school. There are many key things to keep in mind when filling out an application and I would like to run over some of the things that you should get together before you start typing away.
Before you start filling out the application to your school of choice, it is a good idea to get a couple of things together that you will need to refer to while filling out the application. First you should have up to date copies of all of your school transcripts. No they don’t have to be official since they are only for your use, but having these copies infront of you while filling out and application can make things much easier. Second, it is a good idea to go ahead and list out on a piece of paper all the volunteer and/or shadowing experiences you have. Try and go ahead and list out the location, person or persons you shadowed, start date, end date and what you did and learned from the experiences. Third, you are most likely going to need to list a few references. Make sure you have talked to all the people from which you plan on getting references and that they are aware of the deadlines for all of your paperwork to be in. It is best to get the references to send in any paper work and the actual reference as soon as possible. The earlier the references are in the less you have to worry about rushing and getting others to rush to get things in before the deadline.
Most applications are online these days, so sign on to the site where the application is and before filling anything out give the application a quick read over. Many schools will require you to write an essay. This essay can be on a range of topics and most times the topic will be given to you. It is in your benefit to go ahead and learn what this topic is, then to go ahead and start writing. Give yourself time to go over the essay many times and make sure everything is perfect. It is best to even even have few of your friends or family members to read of the essay as well. A fresh pair of eyes may be able to spot things that you could not.
So after you have everything in front of you, fill out the application. Take your time and make sure everything is spelt correctly and all information you provide is accurate.
After you have filled out the application I suggest sitting back for a few days. Many schools will send you a confirmation e-mail once they verify that they have your application. Even if you do get this e-mail, I suggest calling the general admissions department or department that you sent the application to and asking what things they have received and what things they still need for your application to the school to be complete.
It may sound weird, but call almost every other day. This is your application and chance at admissions. You don’t want to not get into the school because they didn’t get a transcript or something along those lines. People work at the admissions office for a reason, so use them.
After all of your stuff is in for PA school just sit back and relax. The call, letter or e-mail inviting you for an interview will come in no time. If you need help with interview tips and ideas check out the other post I have made about interviewing tips and tricks.