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  1. One of my LORs was missing the organization and professional title section when I downloaded the PDF too, but I was told it was mentioned in the LOR. The schools will open the letter anyways and see that she is a PA-C. You should be fine
  2. 80 patients in a 12 hour shift?? That's ~7 patients/hour. I think they mean 80 patients are typical in a day with other providers present. So maybe 15-20 patients/day per provider. Either way, a shift beginning at 4 AM must suck
  3. The school websites usually have a list of acceptable PCE. If it’s not on their website, you should email them and ask. It’s the safest thing to do
  4. How many Ws do you have? If you’re almost done with your biology degree, then finish it. It makes you seem indecisive to make multiple switches and have years of random inconsistencies and Ws on your transcript. It will most likely get brought up in an interview. At this point, just stick with the degree that will be fastest to complete. You didn’t mention what you did for PCE, volunteering, shadowing, other jobs, etc. Mentioning your full stats will help you make a better decision. If you’re worried about your transcript and the competitiveness of PA school, have you ever considered the nursing route? You can complete the degree you’re currently working on, attend an accelerated BSN program (~1-1.5 years), and have the option of applying to NP school as well, which is pretty easy to get into. You’ll have a great career to fall back on, and if you decide you still want to go to PA school, you’ll have 2 degrees for them to look at
  5. I used visualcv.com for my resume. I still use it :)
  6. If you received a scholarship to do research, you may categorize it under "scholarship" and explain what it was for in the description box. You may then put the actual research experience under "research" and include the hours you spent researching. You may put that you earned a fellowship under "achievements." You may then put the actual experience under "healthcare experience" or "patient care experience," whichever is more suitable
  7. Everything looks good, except your sGPA is low. If you earned mostly As in your prerequisites, that should help. Try to get a really good score on the GRE and make sure your personal statement is strong
  8. If you don't plan on retaking the GRE and it's not a requirement to have an overall score above the 50th percentile, you should still apply. Your stats seem pretty good and your GRE is above the 300 mark, so it won't hurt!
  9. This forum is filled with posts and information that will answer all your questions. You should navigate through it. Shadowing is not healthcare experience. Even if a school does not require a specific type of healthcare experience, shadowing a PA is not competitive at all. You will be competing against applicants who have phenomenal applications and thousands of PCE hours. Do not ever settle for the minimum requirements. The schools will know, and it won't look good
  10. Your cGPA is average and your sGPA is good. You have a great degree, so it’ll definitely make you stand out for PA school. I think you should complete your PA school prerequisites and gain patient care experience. Become a CNA, medical assistant, EMT, etc. You also need the GRE and volunteer experience. Becoming an RN is a good option if you want to play it safe. You’ll have a great career, a second degree, competitive PCE, and the option of applying to NP school. I heard it’s not recommended to work in nursing school. You would also have to complete prerequisites for nursing school. It could be a waste of time and money though, because you’d still have to take the prerequisites for PA school, take the GRE, gain PCE, etc. If you take the nursing route, it will take you at least 3 years before you can apply to PA school. If you do well in your PA school prerequisites and gain PCE, you could apply in 2 years. You could also keep your engineering job while taking your prerequisites for PA school. You could take 1-2 classes a semester. If you are the main financial provider in your household, the nursing route might not be the best option
  11. 1. Most schools take the higher grade for a prerequisite. Check with the school. However, your first grade for that class would still show up on your transcript, and CASPA will calculate it into your GPA 2. If the school requires a B and above in prerequisites, your A&P II will not count and would have to be retaken
  12. Don’t do it. Enter the courses yourself
  13. I completed the ETS GRE book (it's not that long) and parts of the Manhattan 5 Lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems (focus on this book, it is so helpful). ETS also offers two free practice exams online, which is a great way to familiarize yourself with the format of the exam. The ETS GRE book has a "math review" section of notes that is a bit excessive and not on the actual GRE, so don't worry too much about that. I recommend 1.5 to 2 months of studying. I focused on the quantitative section because that section is easier to improve on than verbal (in my opinion). I did not focus on memorizing words for verbal because there were just too many. I searched the 30 most common words and tried memorizing those. When it comes to verbal, try to do so well in the other questions of verbal that you won't have to worry about memorizing over 100 words
  14. Just one entry that encompasses them all. Once you begin to input individual classes, they'll see that you were only there for certain semesters and not every year from 2005 to 2019
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