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    • If you are a junior you still have a chance to bring up your cGPA and sGPA a little. More to the point, you also have the possibility of obtaining excellent grades that you can point to when asked about your earlier grades. Is it possible? Yes. Is it going to happen? Up to you.

      I was in a similar position 3 years ago. 2.9 GPA with a 2.8 science GPA. (I dropped out of school for a time after a bad year a while back). I tried to get all A's from that point forward (working full-time, classes part-time), but it just didn't happen, even though my grades did improve. I graduated in Dec with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and science GPA of 3.1. I have over 10,000 hours of quality healthcare/patient care experience, a stellar GRE (323 combined), great LoR's, and volunteering. It's not enough. I was fortunate enough to receive a few interviews in 2 years of applying, but I've been waitlisted and not accepted, and at this point the odds are against my getting in. One of the schools said they liked everything else about me as an applicant, but just couldn't justify accepting me over others with my 3.1 science GPA. 

      I'm telling you this so you understand the gravity of your situation. Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? No. And unless your improvement is more significant than mine, it won't happen. The few people I have heard of who have gotten in with a 3.1-3.2 had a 4.0 their last year that they could point to as evidence of recent improvement, and applied to schools that calculated a GPA for the most recent 60 credit hours.

      I hope this post doesn't sound too pessimistic. I shot for a very high goal. There are only so many spots, and many competitive applicants. The world doesn't owe me anything. I don't hold a grudge. If I don't get in, I will pursue a career elsewhere in healthcare. You still have a chance, but you need to understand what you need to do to get in, how hard it is, and make your peace now for if it doesn't work out.

      EDIT: I don't know close to graduating you are, but it might be worth it to change your major with the goal of becoming something that can give you better quality HCE, like a surgical tech or better yet a respiratory therapist. Don't think of it as slowing you down... think of it as a chance to extend the time period you have to improve your GPA, a way to get very high-quality hours, and something of a backup plan should you not get in. Rushing to graduate with a poor GPA isn't a good idea. The alternative, as explained by another school to me, is to attend a graduate program or at least take graduate-level science classes and do very well in them, and keep applying.
    • Definitely interested in helping out in some way or form. Probably not good enough to be giving formal lectures, but if you need people to help with the hands on skills lab sessions I could probably help there. Will PM you with more details. 
    • Things went reasonably smoothly - there were a lot of hiccups, since no previous full shift sims were done (builder behind sched and other usual government contract drivel), so we were operating a bit blind regarding where things were.  Locals held off coming until yesterday and today - and it went nuts apparently (my wife is one of the ER ward clerks).  Funnily enough, people thought they'd be seen faster in a new place...
    • Congratulations! All my LORs are finally completed. The only thing they were waiting for.  Hoping  to hear from them soon for among interview.   
    • I also received an interview invite on 6/26 and am scheduled for 7/26! :) I'm so excited to meet everyone!  To answer to the post above, I'm a first-time applicant & my stats are 3.9 GPA, ~400 hours HCE as home health aide, ~100 hours scribe, and a year worth of volunteer in underserved.  
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