My road to PA school was nothing short of an emotional rollercoaster. After so much doubt and insecurity with thinking my GPA wasn't "good enough", or I didn't have "enough" patient care hours of the right quality, it is amazing and humbling to think that I actually made it to where I am today. I'm sharing my stats here not to brag, but to show you that it is all worth it.
While looking at this forum provides useful insight as to what a "typical" PA student accomplished in undergrad, do NOT fall into the trap of comparing yourself. I definitely can say that was one of the things that barred my self esteem during the application process.
So, to whoever is reading this, just know that whatever GPA, hours, or GRE scores you may have, IT IS NOT EVERYTHING! Please know that! So please don't give up and believe in yourself - you are amazing just the way you are and the right program will love you for that.
Undergrad: Purdue University
Major: Health Sciences Pre-Professional (Concentration in Pre-PA)
Cumulative Undergrad GPA: 3.47
Math & Science GPA: 3.33
Age at Application Time: 22
GRE: 312.5 (V 153, Q 156, W 3.5) Note: I made a baaaddd formatting error on my writing portion and literally thought I wasn't going to get into PA school because of it... lol. I took the GRE once.
Healthcare Experience: ~2,300 hours as an ER, Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Scribe & Scribe Trainer
Patient Care Experience: ~350 hours as a Patient Care Technician on a Pre-/Post- Surgical Floor
Volunteering: ~300 hours from 5 domestic/international non-medical mission trips; ~20 from a Riley Hospital position; other various community work
Shadowing: 21 hours (with a CV Surgery PA, Internal Medicine PA, and Sports Medicine PA)
Letters of Recommendation (4): Anatomy Professor, 2 ER PAs I worked closely with as a scribe, 1 Hospitalist I worked closely with as a scribe.
Schools Applied (11) University of Evansville, Indiana University, Saint Louis University, Rush University, Rosalind Franklin University, University of Dayton, Ohio University, University of Toledo, Grand Valley State University, Eastern Michigan University, Augsburg University
Application Submitted: Mid-July 2018
Interviews (5): University of Evansville, Ohio University, Saint Louis University, University of Toledo, University of Dayton, (& waitlisted for Rush University and Grand Valley State University)
Accepted/Chosen School: University of Evansville (first one to hear back from & first one I accepted!) Started in January 2019 and couldn't be happier!
Again, your statistics are just a small glimpse of who you are as an applicant! Let me know if you have questions