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  1. Research and apply to programs which take a more holistic approach the the application and admissions process. My stats: 1st BS degree GPA: 2.7 2nd BS degree GPA: 3.5 Post-Bacc GPA: 3.7 My CASPA weighted GPA was approx 2.91 because I was originally a pharmacy major and got destroyed during the first three years of school where we were maxing out credit hours which made it difficult to get out of the GPA hole. I had similar HCE hours to you but was also a TA for human cadaver lab for two years. Make sure your personal statement stands out along with your LoRs. Bottom line: it's totally possible
  2. I think you have to decide whether medicine is right for you given your academic history of probation and retaking multiple pre-reqs for grade replacement. PA school tends to be stricter with grades and most require a minimum GPA of 3.0 to advance in the program. In terms of work life balance, a lot of that will be specialty dependent but you have to put in the work before you get to that point. I recommend keeping an open mind and looking at other career paths if work life balance is what you seek.
  3. Congrats to everyone that got in!!!!! =D We'll see you all in January!
  4. Welcome everyone! I hope more of our cohort find this thread. My name is Hao and I'm from NJ. Where is everyone else coming from? =)
  5. @ mwmwmw80 The program is super small at just 20 students. Although I here we may get 24 students in the 2016 class since we've been re-accredited for another 7 years. The program does use real cadavers and we do get to choose two elective rotations. The best part of the elective rotation is that it can be done in other states as long as those states allow Clarkson PA students. The interview itself was LONG, but I had a lot of fun throughout the whole process. Just make sure that you stand out among the crowd. Everyeone there will have stellar GPAs and lots of experience, but you want to talk about what makes you, uniquely you. That is the most important first step, especially in the beginning of the interview process where they make everyone go round robin and introduce themselves. MAKE SURE TO STAND OUT! Also, answer questions honestly and be prepared to ask thought provoking questions to the professors when you're doing your individual interviews. SUPER IMPORTANT: 1) Stand out but be yourself at the same time. (don't know if that makes sense or not lol) 2) You're being evaluated at all times, not only by the professors but by the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students that interact with you throughout the day. Be social, engage others in conversation and show that your the type of person they want at Clarkson. 3) Answer all questions honestly and don't crack during the interview process. If you get asked a hard question, be prepared to come up with a calm and rational response. I don't want to give too much away about the interview process, but I do hope this helps. Good luck!
  6. I think that depends on when they fill all the spots for the program. I would speculate a wait list of 20 maybe. Interviews don't end until June if I remember correctly. Sorry I couldn't be of more help! =\
  7. I created this forum so that the Jan. 2016 class can connect! WELCOME ALL! Please feel free to share a little bit about yourself and ask questions. We're going to be spending 28 months together so we might as well start getting to know each other now. =)
  8. A bunch of schools look at the last 45-60 credits and weigh that more heavily. I also had a tough uphill battle getting into a program. My cumulative GPA was a 2.96 after getting a second degree and doing a post bacc at my community college. Keep in mind, during my second degree and post bacc, I averaged no less than a 3.6 gpa I knew I was weak in academics so I bolstered that with strong clinical experience and work credentials. I've been a patient care technician for 2.5 years and am currently an emergency room technician and exercise physiologist. I also used to teach human cadaver lab at a univeristy for 2 years so that gave me an edge on my application. Overall, I went into the application with 4000+ hours of clinical experience and over 350+ hours in shadowing experience. The point is, don't give up on your goals, no matter the obstacles you have to overcome. I'm glad I didn't. My hard work and perseverance finally paid off as I'm starting Clarkson Univeristy's pa program in 2016 =) SUGGESTIONS: -retake all your pre-requisites that aren't at least a B+ -take the "recommended" courses such as genetics and microbiology and ace them -make sure your experiences stand out from the crowd (being an emergency room technician is a big plus because depending on where you work, you'll be practicing skills you'd learn in pa school such as splinting) -don't limit yourself by only applying in state. -do your research and apply everywhere that you think you'd have a high chance of getting an interview -once at the interview, SELL YOURSELF Hope this helps. Don't give up.
  9. Hello! I've just been accepted into Clarkson's PA program starting in Jan. 2016! Just wanting to see who else is in my class....?
  10. I applied as soon as the app was available and haven't heard anything back yet as well.
  11. Hi everyone!. I was wondering if you could all evaluate the competitveness of my application. Double Major from Rutgers University in Biological Sciences and Exercise Science. My GPA from Biological Sciences is attrocious (~2.2) because I was originally a Pharm D. and transferred out after realizing I was not cut out for it and I wasn't mature enough at the time to handle that level of studies. When I went back to school again for exercise science, my GPA for the 3 semesters was not less than 3.4 but it still wasn't enough to boost my GPA significantly due to having too many credits from the pharmacy program and the biological science degree. I have also done a postbacc in order to boost my gpa and retake my pre-reqs which are 10+ years old. Postbacc GPA while retaking my pre-reqs: 3.64 After the postbacc: cGPA: 2.96 sGPA: 2.94 (I have too many undergrad credits to budge my gpa!) Gen Bio 1 & 2: A Gen Chem 1 & 2 : A A & P 1 & 2: A Biochem: A Microbio: A Statistics: B+ EKG: A Psych: A GRE SCORES Quantitative: 153 Verbal: 155 Analytical: 4.5 I also have clinical health care experience in multiple areas. critical care technician (emergency department) - 450+ hours (present) clinical care technician (neuroscience) - 2300 hours physical therapy aid - 300+ hours Rutgers human anatomy cadaver lab instructor - taught 3 labs per semester for 2 years PA shadowing, dept. of neurosurgery - 271 hours Based on my improved academics and clinical experience. What do you think my chances are of getting into a program? Thank you for your time. I applied to a broad range of schools in order to improve my chances. 31 programs applied to 12 rejections w/out interviews 19 schools waiting for interviews/responses
  12. Hello PA Admissions Director. I was wondering if you could evaluate the competitveness of my application. Double Major from Rutgers University in Biological Sciences and Exercise Science. My GPA from biological Sciences is attrocious (~2.2) because I transferred out of a Pharm D. program. When I went back to school again for exercise science, my GPA for the 3 semesters were not less than 3.4 but it still wasn't enough to boost my GPA significantly due to having too many credits from the pharmacy program and the biological science degree. I have also done a postbacc in order to boost my gpa and retake my pre-reqs which are 10 years old. Postbacc GPA while retaking my pre-reqs: 3.64 Gen Bio 1 & 2: A Gen Chem 1 & 2 : A A & P: A Biochem: A Microbio: A Statistics: B+ EKG: A GRE SCORES Quantitative: 153 Verbal: 155 Analytical: 4.5 I also have clinical health care experience in multiple areas. critical care technician (emergency department) - 450+ hours (current) clinical care technician (neuroscience) - 2300 hours physical therapy aid - 300+ hours Rutgers human anatomy cadaver lab instructor - taught 3 labs per semester for 2 years PA shadowing, dept. of neurosurgery - 271 hours Based on my improved academics and clinical experience. What do you think my chances are of getting into a program? Thank you for your time.
  13. Are you referring to the class of 2015? I applied the second day the app came out but I haven't heard anything back yet. But I did verify with them and they do have my application and everything.
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