First off, you're the actual bomb. Thanks so much for doing this...you're single handedly responsible for lowering thousands of blood pressures. Also, I know this is a busy season for you, so please don't feel rushed to answer!
My questions mostly revolve around retaking pre-requisites to strengthen my science GPA...I have a very strong GRE with 6,000+ HCE hours (paramedic), so I'm confident about those categories. I'm finishing up some pre requisites (taking post-bacc classes) and retaking a few prerequisites (Gen Bio/Chem) that I didn't do awesome in (B-, C+, etc.).
-Does it matter where the classes are re-taken? I graduated from University A (well known 4-year college) and am planning on taking them at University B (well known 4 year college) due to convenience to where I'm now located. I know they shouldn't be taken at a CC, but should I try to retake them at my undergrad institution?
-Does it matter if they're re-taken out of order? Obviously, I've already taken Bio 1/2 and Chem 1/2, but if I wanted to totally re-do one of those series, can I do Chem 2 and then Chem 1 the following semester? It's a matter of when University B offers the classes...
-Assuming I'm taking classes at University B, would I need to retake a pre-req that I got a B- in or could I just take another upper level class and get an A? Obviously they would both improve my science GPA, but I know some schools calculate pre-requisite GPA separately.
-Do you take into account a "Non credit" grade (sort of like withdrawing) from upper level non-required science courses? Should I retake it?
-Does your program take into consideration (either with positive or negative bias) candidates that have applied to your program prior? By the time I finish the pre-reqs and have a strong enough GPA to feel competitive, I'll be toward the end of the application cycle for most schools, and wouldn't be surprised if that plays a role into me not getting accepted (most of them have rolling admissions). Should I just hold off on applying until the next cycle opens up? Does that matter?