What to do about recommendations post college?
My daughter is finishing up her biology degree at the University of Washington in December. Her plan post-graduation is to fulfill the requirements for Physician's Assistant programs (mostly the 1000 patient hours) and then apply for admission to a program for June 2023 or 2024. I believe that means she will be applying in the fall of 2022 or 2023. She will need 2-3 recommendation to apply to these PA programs, two of which will need to be academic recommendations.
My question is, how on earth does that work? By the time she requests a recommendation from one of her professors at the UW it will be a year or more since she interacted with that professor. In addition, those professors see a lot of students. Can a student request a recommendation one year (say 2021) and have that recommendation saved with the professor? Or, is there another way to do it?
Any insights or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.