Hello fellow Floridian! I am from Orlando and have nothing but good things to say about my experience with the program. I am currently working for a small group of assistants in Atlanta, GA.
How is the application process?
The application process (I applied in 2009) is mostly online. I also flew to Norfolk to see the campus and speak with the program director. I was very impressed by the facility and what I was told about the program so it was an easy decision.
Did you find it highly competitive and stressful?
The program was competitive, but the class size is fairly small (under 20) so it could be worse. There are definitely some stressful moments, mainly revolving around Gross Anatomy exams and the first few weeks in the operating room. You are well prepared for each event so if you are confident and work hard, it is manageable.
Did you get into the program without prior paid experience?
I had prior paid experience so I cannot speak much to this. However, there were others in my class who were accepted without prior paid experience.
Do you feel confident heading into the workforce after attending?
Extremely confident, I had several job offers heading into my last semester of the program. I accepted my current job with 2 months left in the program.
How long did it take from graduation to certification to employment, for you?
I already had signed a contract with my group by the time I graduated. This is fairly common in this program.
If you have any other questions, you can email me at ChaseAllenCSA@gmail.com