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  1. I am not sure what you really mean by withdrawal didn't go through. If you withdrew and it was after the withdrawal period, most schools would count that as WF, which is same as F in terms of calculating GPA. As far as anything under 1000 being not a college course, I think it means that courses below 1000 level do not go towards your degree, but I think it is still considered a college level course since you are taking it at a college. I may be wrong, but that is just the way I look at it. The best thing for you to do is wait for the response from PAEA. Having said that, if the decision is not in your favor, I would take some more upper level courses and bring that cumulative cGPA up (at least a 3.3), but it is hard to evaluate without looking at your overall application. How much patient care, shadowing experience do you have? With that GPA, I would at least have 3000 hours of direct patient care experience, shadow PAs in various specialties, and apply broadly. Good Luck!
  2. Good offer, except for the fact that there is no PTO. I am not sure what you mean by 16+ shifts in a month. I know 11 is the minimum, but if they give you 19 shifts a month, is it mandatory for you to do it? I would clear that up because it might burn you out very quickly, especially as a new grad.
  3. I was on the alternate list and just got an acceptance call, but sadly I won't be able to attend as I have already started the PA program somewhere else. One of you from the alternate list should be getting a call soon!
  4. I just know that Mississippi College and Thomas Jefferson University has one of those programs, but I am not sure if they are affiliated with the PA program and will guarantee an interview. One other thing to keep in mind is that most of these programs are one year long (approx. 30 credit hours) so you cannot raise your cumulative GPA more than a 3.0 and that will require you to keep a 4.0. Plus, these programs are super expensive. @Woodlingj I am not sure any PA programs will replace grades unless maybe they are not part of CASPA and do a separate application. PA programs (unlike DO programs) average the grades and will look at cumulative GPA and science GPA, but I agree with you that meerah.shah. should just take classes at a public university. It would even save her some money.
  5. The minimum GPA for most PA programs is 3.0 and the average is close to a 3.5 now. If you really want to be a PA, you can do it, but it will take some serious time and commitment (2-3 years). As far as raising your GPA, you can do the post-bacc program or just re-take classes you have not performed well in as well as upper level science courses. It really doesn't matter as long as you are raising your cumulative and science GPA UNLESS a post-bacc program has ties with the PA program. I have heard that some programs guarantee an interview if you meet their minimum GPA requirement in the post-bacc program. You may want to do some research on it. As far as your HCE goes, your may want to contact the programs to make sure that "Medical Scribe" qualifies as direct patient care experience. Some programs may not accept that (or only accept some of the total hours) as direct patient care experience. Good Luck!
  6. Honestly, I would just wait and send it once you re-take it because it takes them a few weeks to verify CASPA before its sent to schools so PA schools won't get your app until about a month after you submit it. Therefore, you can submit your application now, study for GRE for 3-4 weeks, re-take it, and send those scores. This way by the time your CASPA gets verified, you and the program you apply to will get your new scores.
  7. Even though your GPA is on the lower side, you are solid applicant because you have a good amount of HCE and extracurricular activities. However, the schools you have mentioned are really top notch PA programs and have a higher average GPA/HCE than what you have. Your actual direct patient care experience is 2000 hours (not sure if any of the 4000 hours qualifies as direct patient care experience), which is just average. In fact, for some schools like Emory, you are just meeting the minimum. You do have a shot this year, but you need to apply more broadly and have some safe schools.
  8. GRE score has no correlation with how well you will do on the PANCE. Otherwise some of the top programs that DO NOT require GRE wouldn't have above 95% PANCE pass rate. Having said that, 280 is below par score. I suggest taking a Kaplan or Magoosh course to improve that score if you can't do it on your own. Some people are just not that great at standardized testing, but with practice you can definitely improve your score. Schools that don't require GRE won't care about it so you can apply to those schools for sure, but if you apply to any school that requires GRE, the chances of you getting an interview are slim to none. Your GPA and experience is fine. Continue to get some more HCE hours. Another word of advise is don't talk about two Cs in your personal statement. Focus on your passion of becoming a PA, how did you decide to become a PA (may be a PA you shadowed), and/or an unbelievable patient care experience. Good Luck!
  9. You have a pretty solid GPA. You can apply to 2 or 3 schools to familiarize yourself with the application process (that shouldn't cost 1k, but still few hundred), but the chances of you getting in with only 200 hours are not bright. Having said that, there are people who get super lucky and get in with only few hundred hours (I know someone who got in with 120 hours, but he had a 3.98 and bunch of other volunteer and research experience). I would wait until next year if I was in your situation. Get some HCE as EMT, shadow a few PAs, and apply early next year. You should be able to get in somewhere. Take your time and enjoy the time between undergrad and PA school. Good Luck!
  10. My question is if a patient does NOT take the pain medications as prescribed and takes the entire bottle, then how is provider at fault? How can anybody even have an iota of evidence against that? I don't know the details of this case and without knowing them, I don't want to judge, but it just sounds like another person trying to take advantage of the loophole in the system. I work in a primary care clinic as a MA and I have noticed that people on long term Opioids tend to develop dependency and psychological issues so my question is how and why are these people getting on these medications for so long? I have seen 30 and 40 year old healthy patients who take Oxycodone and Methadone everyday. Reason: LBP or knee pain. Why can't they try other options such as PT, exercise, or even chiropractor? Surgery is also an option. A patient who have been in MVA and injured his shoulder needs a surgery, but instead he chose to get on pain meds. Why? Are providers not pushing for these options?
  11. I don't want to discourage you, but it will be an uphill battle with a GPA below a 3.0. Having said that, you can still become a PA, but it may take a couple of years. If you really want to become a PA, take classes in which you have made Cs especially upper level science classes and pre-requisites. Bring that GPA at least to a 3.25-3.3 and continue working full time as a ER tech (get around 3000 hours) and then apply broadly. It will be tough, but doable. If you ultimately want to do PA, it doesn't make sense to get another degree as a stepping stone because it will cost a lot of money and you don't want that debt plus the PA school debt. However, taking classes to boost your GPA will also cost money (may be not as much as getting another degree), but I think that will be more beneficial because you are letting schools know that you are capable of handling the PA school curriculum and improving your weak areas and it will give you a solid foundation as well. If you are really passionate about yoga training, then go for it. I don't see any problem with that.
  12. You shouldn't have applied the first two times because you don't even meet the minimum criteria for most programs in terms of healthcare experience. If you don't meet minimum requirements, your application goes into trash. My suggestion to you is not to apply this year because 500 is minimum for some schools, but most schools like to see near 2000 hours. You can easily explain why you didn't have any healthcare experience. Most people cannot have healthcare experience when they are in undergrad and colleges know that. There is a reason why the average age for accepted PA students is 26. IMO, you don't have high quality healthcare experience. Working with disabled individuals is great and may qualify as other healthcare experience, but I am not sure if it qualifies as direct patient care experience because most schools want you to do something where you are having physical contact with the patient (i.e, taking vitals, drawing blood, performing EKG, etc). Therefore, I highly recommend that you take a EMT, MA, or CNA course and get at least 1000 hours before you even think about applying again. Good Luck!
  13. Agree with everyone. You should wait this year. Most schools need "Direct Patient Care Experience" and unfortunately being a scribe is NOT that for most schools because you are not touching the patient. You should take a EMT or CNA course and work for a year and then apply.
  14. The C in Organic Chem I is not a problem as long as your overall application is strong, but the C- could result in automatic rejection depending on if it is a pre-requisite for a school. As long as you apply to schools where Organic Chemistry II is not a requirement and apply broadly, you should be fine.
  15. Nice, but my understanding is that it is rare. Although I am not in school yet (will start this summer), but I have worked with some PAs who have signed a 3 year contract and say they regret it. Why sign a 3 year contract when you can renew it after one year with a raise? What if you get a better offer after two years or if you get tired of doing the same thing again and again and want to switch? What if the management changes after one year and things are not as smooth?
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