I was thrilled to be accepted at Georgetown! My experience there has been dramatically different than elsewhere. As you go through the application process they guide you, encourage you and answer every question. The application process is complicated, but I suspect that is by design (only those who are serious about attending will complete the process). The hardest part (for me) was the video interview; you record yourself ad-libbing responses to some questions typically asked in a face-to-face interview. I cringed as I reviewed my videos and I recorded and re-recorded quite a few times. The rest of the application process was a bit time consuming, but pretty standard. Once my application was complete I was notified within two weeks.
My advisor told me a slightly low GPA isn't an absolute barrier; nor is a high GPA a guarantee of admission. They truly look at the whole applicant. I would not assume anything; if you want to go to Georgetown, by all means apply! Your advisor will help you put your application together to highlight your strengths.
The program is rigorous. I don't intend to work while I'm in the program because I have a daughter in middle school who still requires time and attention. That said, I have the luxury of that option, but many students do work while enrolled, but I doubt working full-time and going to school full time is a real option (except for the Mensa members!) By the same token, everything that requires your time outside school should be considered (spouse/ kids/ work/ travel time to work/ kid's activites/ social time, etc.) and your decision to attend full or part time should take all
your obligations (and relaxation time!) into consideration. Don't set yourself up for failure by not being realistic about how much time the program requires--and deserves. You want to get the most out of your education, and you want to be successful. Those are the goals, not finishing as quickly as possible.
There are two required visits to Washington, D.C. Since I live 4 hours (drive time) from D.C. and I LOVE that city, I'm excited about the visits. They are scheduled at the conclusion of your Assessment class and after a couple Primary Health clinical rotations are complete. I'd look at those On Campus Intensives as a huge bonus--you get to spend a few days meeting your classmates, enjoying the campus and you can tack on a couple more days to relax and see Washington (where most every attraction is free! The Smithsonian, the Portrait Gallery, the numerous monuments, and the government buildings). I can even give you advice on hotels, restaurants, and other activities (my older daughter went to George Washington U. and lived in D.C. for a couple more years, so I really know the city.)
I was supposed to start in the March cohort, but postponed until August, so I have no idea how intense the classes are except from a friend who is currently in the program. She describes it as much more rigorous than nursing school--which scared the daylights out of me! She also assured me that by budgeting my time, seeking assistance as soon as I have a stumbling point, and keeping meticulously organized, I'll be able to succeed. (I do have the textbooks for the first session; they are... frightening! But, deep breath! It's doable!)
As far as preceptors, you can identify your own clinical sites and preceptors, or Georgetown will find them for you. The requirements are that the clinical site include all ages, both genders, and otherwise include a good cross-section of the population--and not only see a variety of patients but a reasonable number of patients, as well. (In other words, not a sleepy little doctor's office where three elderly male patients wander in each day.)
The school is expensive and the reality of that needs to be considered, as well. There are student loans, tuition assistance through employers
, and loan forgiveness plans (where you work in an underserved area after graduation and the government excuses a portion of your student loan each year).
Best of luck to you. PM me if you want more specific information. And, by all means, ask these questions to your admission advisor. They are honest, candid, yet encouraging.