So excited to be posting this!
Undergrad School: University of Maryland Baltimore County, BS in Biology
CASPA Cumulative Undergrad GPA: 3.26
CASPA Cumulative Science GPA: 2.89
CASPA Cumulative Science GPA after Post-Bacc (2 classes at a CC): 3.02
CASPA Verification: Submitted to most on May 25th, was verified pretty shortly after
Age at time of application: 25
GRE: V 156 (71%), Q 148 (32%), W 4.5 (80%)
HCE: 2484 as an ER tech (at time of application, still accruing hours), 1044 as a med/surg tech, 300 hours as a volunteer EMT-Basic, 70 hours from clinical sites for my CNA/EMT certs (some places accepted this as HCE)
Other experiences: 96 hours as a vet assistant
Shadowing: around 100 hours total shadowing ER PA's, a pediatric ER PA, ICU/IMC PA's, a Gyn Pa, and a surgical PA.
Volunteer: 120 hours as a volunteer in a trauma unit, 60 hours in an animal shelter
LORs: ER PA, Charge ER RN, Biology professor from college
Awards: 2 scholarships from high school
Schools applied to:
Anne Arundel Community College, Towson/Essex, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Arcadia, PCOM, Rocky Mountain College, Arizona School of Health Sciences, UDavis, Penn State Hershey, Kings College, MCPHS University, Saint Francis
Interviews: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Anne Arundel Community College, Rocky Mountain College
Waitlist: Anne Arundel
Rejected: Towson/Essex, Arcadia, UDavis, Kings College, MCPHS University, Saint Francis, Rocky Mountain College after interview
(have not heard back from Penn State, Arizona or PCOM or USciences after interview)
Accepted: Anne Arundel after getting off the wait list!
Attending: Anne Arundel!!
I wanted to write this to give hope to those of you with lower GPAs and those that are wait-listed. I honestly didn't think I'd get any interview invites but I got 3. I think what helped me was applying early, acquiring direct patient care hours, applying broadly, and working in a well-known hospital where I could work directly with PAs. I also prepared a lot for my interviews. I bought two books, wrote answers to practice questions, had people mock interview me, practiced in front of a mirror and filmed myself lol. I also talked to PAs and PA students I worked with for tips. The more you interview the better. Don't give up and apply early!! And you can get in off the wait-list!! Good luck to everyone.