I find a lot of the questions I receive are often ones I have already answered here in the blog or easily answered with a quick google search. So my recommendation to any Pre-PA candidate is research admissions and the profession FIRST. That way when you reach out to a PA or PA student (or any health care provider!), you are more likely to have a higher level conversation with targeted advice specific to you, instead of a question that is easily answered with a quick google search.
To get you started on how to learn more about admissions, I’ve outlined a few steps you can do to start your research:
Step 1: Read the official Canadian PA program websites FIRST, this contains ALL of the information you need to know. The websites also contain all o the most up-to-date and accurate information about what requirements are to apply. Any changes, or notices to the admissions process, and all dates and deadlines can be found here!
- Always verify requirements for admissions with the official PA program websites! These requirements can change year to year and information you find online (e.g. social media, infographics circulating on google, youtube videos) may not accurately reflect what requirements are for the current admissions cycle.
- Any questions you have about admissions is best to be directed towards the PA programs (who list emails where you can direct your questions about admissions).
Step 2: Check out Admission Resources on this Blog! Use the Canadian PA Blog to get through some of the basics of admissions and requirements.
Step 3: Check out resources on the Canadian PA Youtube Channel with interviews with current PA students who have recently gone through the admissions process SUCCESSFULLY, as well as panels and workshops which are all available and free to view online!
Step 4: Check out the Canadian Pre-PA Facebook Group. Here is where you can post questions about admissions and becoming a PA in Canada. You can also find free resources available to the group. Our philosophy in the group is to “Be a mentor.. be a mentee! Help each other grow and lift each other up!”.
Step 5: Connect with PAs and PA students on Instagram. Follow the hashtag #CanadaNeedsPAs or #CanadianPA to see posts from PAs and PA students from Canada! Or you can follow accounts listed on PAs on Instagram. Some IG accounts post helpful tips around PA Admissions season (winter/early spring).