Hello, this is my first post on this forum. I have yet to read through all the interesting and helpful posts that are here. So I am a junior in college studying Exercise Science. I am stuck in a situation of when to apply to PA school. I have a 3.3 GPA with a 2.9 science GPA - I know that this is not good and I am hoping to improve this from this semester's courses- which have been going well. I also have an upward trend in my grades- I made many mistakes freshman year and all of it is coming back now to bite me. I have minimal HCE hours- roughly 50-100?. I am just starting to work as a medical scribe this week and hopefully, I will be able to gather hours from that and learn a lot about working in an emergency department. Aside from that, I am unsure of to apply this upcoming spring semester or to wait until my senior year. I know that my GPA will be a little better than what it is now and that I will have a sufficient amount of hours if i apply senior year. Doing this will cause me to have a gap year after I graduate, which is something that my parents don't agree with. Its hard for me to understand but I can see where it is coming from. I am unsure of what to do and would really appreciate advice. If I were to apply this spring 2018, I would have to take my GRE in January and study with the 3 weeks I have during winter break. It is a lot to take in but I would like to figure it out before I spend a lot of money on applications knowing that I don't have a chance of being accepted.
Thank you a lot. I really appreciate all the help that I can get.