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  1. I followed one of the Magoosh study guides and I cannot recommend it enough! It was inexpensive compared to services like Kaplan and focuses much more time on completing practice problems instead of reading about how to complete problems. My score as well as my confidence increased significantly. If you are looking for specific books I loved the Manhattan 5lb Book for math prep and ETS GRE Verbal book for verbal prep.
  2. I'd be down as well. PM me a google doc! Also @hmtpnw has a service she start this year that is fairly affordable. We swapped essays this past cycle and I can vouch that she's an excellent editor! https://www.facebook.com/thepersonalstatementproject/
  3. Why are you taking these courses? For your GPA or your application? If you already have an undergraduate degree, three science courses will not do much to improve your GPA. Regardless there is hope and I think you could have a stellar application in the future! You can easily tell the person writing your letter of recommendation that you want to put forth the best application possible and would like to postpone applying. Thank them for agreeing to write a letter and ask if they would be willing to wait a year. Asking someone to write you a recommendation should not determine if you apply this cycle or not.
  4. I would wait til next cycle to apply. If you do well in biochemistry, organic chemistry, and genetics it will demonstrate to programs that you can handle advanced science courses. Yet if you apply this cycle most program will not see those grades when they are making a decision about interviewing you. Additionally taking three challenging courses while applying sounds like a recipe for failure. Focus on one thing at a time! You should also consider taking the GRE in the winter. A high GRE score could help offset your lower GPA.
  5. Do not worry! Retake the class when you are ready and get a better grade. Many programs will allow you to explain this sort of academic issue in a supplemental and you can turn this into a positive about overcoming your weaknesses. One F early in your college career is not going to end your chance of becoming a PA, especially if your other grades are good. Before retaking the course talk to the professor and work out a better method to study for the class. I had a C in genetics freshman year and retook it for an A after graduating. At one interview they asked me about the C and I explained not wanting to withdraw/give up. I got into that program and four others this past cycle. Do not give up hope because of one F. You got this!
  6. You definitely need to bring this to the attention of the department chair or an academic dean. Not only can they mediate the situation with this professor, they can help advise you on how to proceed. I also went to a small undergraduate university and understand how difficult it can be to avoid certain professors when you need to take specific prerequisites. Is there another major you could switch (biology, environmental studies, etc) for which you have already completed most of the requirements? You do not have to have a science degree to attend PA school (though many do because so many of the prerequisites are in the sciences). Alternatively, you could make your goal to graduate and then take the necessary prerequisites at a community college while gaining PCE during a gap year. Do not let one person determine your outcome!
  7. I feel the first job description sounds like it could qualify as PCE. What's the job title? Obviously hearing from the schools themselves will be your best answer. Additionally a position like the one you described will probably not be considered high quality PCE so you will need a high GPA/GRE to balance your application. Go to the interviews, see what positions you are offered, and then work from there. Getting another job is often easier when you have a job.
  8. https://help.liaisonedu.com/CASPA_Applicant_Help_Center/Submitting_and_Monitoring_Your_CASPA_Application/Before_and_After_You_Submit_Your_CASPA_Application/6_Updating_Your_CASPA_Application "Your application status must be Verified before you can update your coursework. There is no timeline for updating your coursework; you can submit multiple updates until the close of the cycle. When you submit an update, you must move the entire term from in-progress to complete." So the answer to your first question is yes as long as all the courses you are taking in a single term are completed at the same time. Once the course(s) are complete you can submit an update and submit applications to other programs. However, you should know that "updated coursework will not be verified. In most cases you will not need to send updated transcripts; however, some programs require updated transcripts. They may ask you to send them to CASPA or directly to the program. Contact your program directly for their requirements." In summary, you can submit your application to programs that allow in-progress coursework and then submit a CASPA update once the coursework is complete. That update will not be verified thus you should contact programs about where to send transcripts. You can then submit applications to programs that do not allow in-progress coursework but contact them to determine if/where you should send transcripts for the recently completed coursework.
  9. Getting quality PCE should be prioritized over getting a LOR from a PA. I did have a LOR from a PA when I applied, however, I worked with that person when I was an ER tech. She and I did not spend a large amount of time together at work, but she was aware of my work ethic and how other staff members felt about me. You do not need to scribe or shadow to meet PAs. Find a position in a field you are passionate about and let that guide you.
  10. If you are looking make good cash with your bachelors (and not progress onto a master's degree) I would work for Epic. Though you may have to travel a lot, the pay is good. That being said, I don't think you should give up on your dream after one try. I don't know how old you are, but putting in the effort to obtain a master's degree in something you love will be worthwhile, both in pay and in attitude towards work. Short term gratification never lasts long.
  11. @youngbreezy sure thing message me a google doc!
  12. I think you could spin this fact into something memorable - "I go to the gym every morning. I firmly believe regular exercise supports healthy habits and I am well versed in exercise physiology. As a PA I hope to incorporate my past HCE and personal experience with motivating myself to exercise daily into my practice." Being memorable does not mean having done the craziest thing! Something simple can be memorable if painted the right way. Interviews in my experience are all about selling yourself as a package. @windmill2019 I would look at your previous application through the eyes of an admissions counselor. What is the story you are telling? Please feel free to message me with your previous essay if you want some ideas!
  13. @JoshMB Please know that unlike MT2PA and EMEDPA I was accepted to PA school this past cycle and am starting my program in June. If your goal is to simply become a PA, then applying and getting accepted to any program will meet that goal. I found while applying that the graduates of different programs had vastly different paths. The majority of graduates of some programs work in the surrounding area while other programs have graduates working across the US. Some programs have a primary care (surgical, rural health care, policy, etc) focus and thus a majority of their graduates end up in that field. Right now it may feel like you would go to any program that accepts you, however, school is only 2-3 years and I would argue a career you enjoy is the goal.
  14. Are the programs that do not require organic chemistry schools you want to attend? How many programs fit that requirement and how many programs are you planning on applying to? Assuming there are enough programs for you to apply to without organic chemistry, I feel you have proven your academic ability in your post-bacc and therefore think you should aim to find higher quality PCE and get a good GRE score.
  15. Would you be enrolled in chemistry before June? You could list the course as in progress (https://help.liaisonedu.com/CASPA_Applicant_Help_Center/Filling_Out_Your_CASPA_Application/2._CASPA_Academic_History/3Transcript_Entry) and then programs would understand that you are actively retaking a course you got a C in. I doubt that a single class will increase your GPA significantly and applying early is very beneficial especially with rolling admissions. Try to calculate how significant the GPA increase would be and weigh how important that GPA boost would be compared to applying earlier in the cycle.
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