Recently I've decided to pursue the path of becoming a PA, however I am in need of a few pointers in getting the right direction from here. I currently have a 3.5 GPA and 4.0 in science GPA (however I have only taken a handful). I'm hoping to graduate with a 3.7GPA. It would have been higher by now but I had to deal with a few very hard family and personal matters which hindered my GPA for one semester. My major is a bachelor of science in psychology. I'm well aware that it would have been better to have a science degree, but I've heard you can get in with any major as long as you have requirements filled. I have a bunch of volunteering hours outside of mental health (community events etc), and some shadowing from a PA. As for a letter of recommendation, I already have one from a professor. Also have a few extra curricular activities with the national leadership society. My main problem is that I'm lacking on hands on experience with patients. I'm not sure what jobs would help fulfill that requirement with my unfinished degree. One medical student recommended to start as a medical scribe. If needed I can take a year off after I finish my BS in psychology and work as an assistant in psychology. I'm just very unsure where to get most of this hands on experience without getting some sort of medical certification (which I'm not opposed to). Another problem is that I'm from a rural place in the US, so I'm not sure if schools would look down on that aspect. As you can probably tell I'm mostly interested in mental health. I like psychology, however I found myself drawn more to the medical aspects rather than just therapeutic methods.
Right now I have around 2 years left to build any lacking experience for applying. That's calculating in the time to take classes that are required for applying. If any of you guys have any extra tips you can give me that would be great!