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  1. So you've already paid tuition, gone through orientation, found/have a home, started classes, gotten into a routine, and nearly finished the first 1/3 of didactic year, and you want to give all that up to restart somewhere else?
  2. I'm not trying to be super obnoxious by linking to my own post, but I wrote everything there that I'd say to you now. It sounds like you have reasonable expectations about this cycle. I'd think about taking one or two science classes/semester to raise your GPAs. Good luck!
  3. I would absolutely NOT apply to Albany Medical or Cornell. I had similar academic stats, much higher PCE (~2600 hours EMT/ED tech), got 10 interview invites, and Cornell never even sent me a supplemental. Also Albany Medical auto-rejected me (it seems from their email that their "average" accepted stats are more like soft minimums. I think it would definitely be in your best interest to wait a year. Your ED volunteering most likely isn't PCE (hospital volunteering counts as HCE) so you have 800 true PCE hours with meh GPAs (not trying to be insisting - meh is how I describe mine too!!). Would you rather spend >$1K this year to bite your nails for an acceptance, or wait a year and be far more confident in your application? When you're ready, you'll know.
  4. The ER is a completely separate world from the floor. I work in an ER and someone says at least once per shift (usually after we've transported an annoying/rude family to the floor) "and that's why I could never work inpatient." Try the ER tech job and keep a close eye on the PAs to see if 1) you enjoy the ER culture and pace and 2) you're interested in what an ER PA does. If you have any questions about being an ER tech, I'd be happy to answer them!! Best of luck
  5. What matters is that you have your NREMT and state license. Once you have those, you're just as competent as any other brand-new EMT. You'll do a lot of learning on the job. And if you're moving states, I can almost guarantee no one in your new home will know or care where you went to EMT class. Don't stress!
  6. ...No one knows. You're receiving moderately-educated guesses at best, and wild shots in the dark from internet strangers at worst. Even an adcom member can't give you a 100% reliable "chance" because each school is different. Your experiences, personal statement, school list, timing, and "fit" all play a role. Even then, adcoms make surprising decisions. It's not uncommon to be accepted to reach programs and rejected from "safety" schools. Instead of risking false confidence or misplaced defeat, ask yourself these questions instead: Are my GPAs, both science and cumulative, competitive compared to this school's accepted student profile? If not, is the reason compellingly discussed in my personal statement? Does my transcript show that I have grasped the fundamental knowledge to succeed with intense, graduate-level medical science coursework? If there are weak areas of knowledge on my transcript, have I put in the work to turn those weaknesses into strengths? Do I meet all the prerequisite requirements for each school on my list? If I have a questionable course, have I asked for clarification from the schools that require it? Is my PCE (hours and type) competitive compared to this school's accepted student profiles? If my GPAs are below the accepted average, does my PCE surpass the average? If my PCE is below the accepted average, does my GPA surpass it? Have I spent time making sure my experience descriptions are comprehensive and accurately convey what I've learned? Have I scored at least 300 on the GRE (if I'm choosing to take it)? Do my other activities show deeper layers of my personality and interests? Have I taken on increasing responsibility as I've grown? If I've stated an interest in a specific area (for example, underserved or rural care), do my experiences show my passion for that area is genuine? Have at least three people agreed to write me an excellent letter? Do my references meet each school's requirements? Does my personal narrative have an introduction that grabs the reader's interest? Do I "show" the qualities that will make me an outstanding PA, instead of just listing them? Do I show understanding of a PA's role? Does the conclusion convince the reader I'm ready for PA school? Have others read and enjoyed my narrative? Is it grammatically flawless? Do I have an overarching passion or theme that ties my application together? Are my future goals guided by my experiences? Am I a good "fit" at each school on my list? If an interviewer asks me why I applied to each school, what will I say? Do I have a game plan for applying? Have I set myself up for success by planning to apply early? Have I thought beyond the finish line of getting a seat to the logistics, pressures, and potential loneliness of devoting the next 2-3 years to school? Am I in a financial position to fund CASPA costs, interview expenses, seat deposits, and relocation expenses? Am I in a financial position to afford PA school? How is my credit score? Do I have significant undergrad loans, car payments, mortgage payments, or other financial constraints? Does my family truly understand the time investment of PA school? Will my partner move with me if I relocate, or will we have a long-distance relationship? Are we both on the same page about these plans? Can I confidently say I'm ready, not just for PA school, but for life as a PA? Gratuitous link to my blog: https://emttopac.wordpress.com
  7. I'm happy to read it, but for the record I *strongly* advise waiting until the beginning of next cycle (May)to submit. Right now your chances are slim to none. Edit: My qualifications are 7 PA school acceptances, if that helps.
  8. I had meh GPAs, solid PCE, and applied to 16 programs last cycle. I was stunned to get interviews at 10, attended 8, was accepted to 7, and am starting at my top choice in May. I strongly feel those applications were not a waste of money - even interviewing at schools I ended up disliking prepared me for interviews at schools I loved. Seeing how different programs were designed helped me clarify my priorities vs preferences. For applicants this cycle, I'd encourage you to develop a list of schools where you're a good fit - consider both accepted student stats and mission - and only apply to schools you could truly see yourself attending. Think about tuition costs, cost of living, research requirements, rotation sites, cadaver lab, primary care preceptorships, etc. No school is perfect but you don't want to apply to a school where you'll be absolutely miserable for two-three years. Feel free to PM me with any questions! I'm not an adcom so I have no idea what your chances are, but I'm happy to look at personal statements/give tips on making a school list/etc etc. Good luck to everyone!!
  9. I'm late to this but I'm shocked no one has suggested applying earlier. If you were verified by the last day of Drexel's application deadline, you were in the back of the line (aka behind a few thousand applicants). You need to apply much earlier - ideally May or beginning of June - to have a legitimate shot. The good news is that you'll have another year of good PCE! Sure, practice your interviewing and spoken grammar, but also make sure the adcom sees your application when they have open seats!
  10. No one can really put together a school list for you (it's a really personal decision!), but some schools I considered along the East Coast were Tufts, Northeastern, Bryant, Pace, Cornell, Arcadia, Temple, Marist, GW, Duke, etc. I would sit down and print a list of every school in a location you're interested in (aka the entire east coast), then research each one and strike any where you don't meet the requirements. Then you can refine the list from there, but seeing where you're eligible to apply is super helpful! Good luck
  11. My guess is that it doesn't matter much at all (I was accepted to multiple programs with a bachelor's degree from a giant, non-prestegious public school). I personally don't think scribing is strong PCE, so my knee-jerk answer is to quit scribing, work full-time as an EMT, and apply next cycle. This is especially true because your GPAs and GRE are *right* at or just slightly higher than the minimums and it's extra important to get high-quality PCE. However, if your schools value scribes highly, it's reasonable to apply now.
  12. It sounds like you know what your decision needs to be. I'd tell her exactly what you've written here. It might sound harsh but I've had these conversations with my bf of 3+ years so he knows what to expect when I'm in school. Either we'll learn to adapt to the distance (3 hours apart), prioritize each other during grad school, and get married after graduation, or the distance will be too much, we'll break up, and I'll still have attended my dream school and kick-started a career I've been excited about for the past 8 years (way before I met him)! I'm all about sacrificing for someone you love but you also don't want to subconsciously (or conciously!) resent her for being a roadblock to your future.
  13. More PCE as an EMT is the #1 thing that jumps out at me. It's way more valuable to schools than scribing. Low GPA needs high quality PCE. Otherwise, volunteer. Spend a lot of time on your personal statement and get ready to write really strong supplementals. Research accepted student stats and make a smart school list. Apply early.
  14. I third the advice to increase your PCE quality. I'd ask around if your hospital will take you on as a patient care tech in float pool or in a unit you like. As far as your school list, the Philly schools are smart choices. You may also want to add Arcadia Glenside - they're 20 min outside Philly (right near East Falls), affiliated with UPenn, and require minimum 200 hours PCE (though their accepted hours are much higher, so I'd carefully evaluate if you fit their mission before applying). I'd also check out Temple. Finally, I would remove Northeastern (strongest preference given to applicants with >1000 hours PCE, and I'm sure they get plenty of applicants who fulfill that preference). As a whole, I agree with MT2PA's advice - the accepted student stats for these schools will tell you what type of applicants they value.
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