The PA career is incredibly competitive to enter. Despite the number of programs out there and more popping up every year, your chances of acceptance are 1-2%. For example the year I applied to Pitt there were well over 1,000 applicants and 40 seats. THAT IS CRAZY TO ME! It makes me so thankful that I was able to earn acceptance, participate in such an amazing career and now help and interact with some really great Pre-PA students!
Q: Why should we choose you over other applicants?
What are they looking for?
- You can demonstrate that you are confident and have earned the right to be in their program.
- You can clearly and concisely state why you are an excellent candidate
- You’ve prepared
What to avoid
- Not having an answer.
- Being tentative. If you hesitate this demonstrates that you haven’t thought about this question or even worse that you don’t know how to answer it.
- A candidate who sits that and hims-and-haughs like “well….”, “ummmm”, or “I think….maybe…” Cut the crap say why you’ve earned this! Someone who hesitates or looks like they can’t give an answer isn’t someone an admissions committee correlates with a successful PA student.
What to say
- I was not asked this questions; but, I did prepare for it. My answers would have been as follows:
- My tenacity. By and far my first quality that sets me apart. I risked a lot to take this course. I also worked at times 4 different jobs to make ends meet and build experience and boost my application. I did whatever possible to be successful in meeting this goal and I will demonstrate the same traits as a PA student and practicing professional.
- My energy. I bring a great amount of energy into every situation I’m in and will put that energy towards becoming the best provider possible.
- Other great answers may include:
- Diverse background
- Focus on wellness
- Lots of time spent with underserved population
- Substantial amount of clinical experience
- Master’s Degree