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  1. Hello! So here are my stats so far Year: Junior Major: Allied health Current gpa: 3.4 *last semester I got a 4.0 and my goal is 4.0 for my remaining 3 semesters Science gpa: not sure...but here are my prereq grades- gen chem B-/B (two semester sequence with lab) Enhanced A&P: C+ both semesters organic: A organic lab: A Biology: AP credit In progress: Genetics, A so far next semester will be micro and immuniology Patient care hours: 80 from ER research (working with patients), currently certified as a CNA, I also work as a PCA for a kid on campus during the semester. I will be working as a CNA this summer and until PA school to build hours. Extras: Student research assistant in an ER, premed society, allied health club (debating if I should join the red cross club...will it help?) Concerns!- My anatomy grade is well...bad. Any suggestions? I know I do not want to retake it at my university and I feel it will be my make or break for acceptance...my only excuse is not having the study skills that I have now. I hope that my jump to straight As will show improvement. Any suggestions on how to improve myself to apply? Also I will be taking a year off before applying. Also my dream school right now is quinnipiac, they told my that my A&P grade meets their requirements but isn't competative, I know they value HCE very highly.
  2. Hello, I posted this in a few areas here and across the interent and have not received a response. I would like to get an idea of my chances at being considered a good applicant for PA school when I apply next year, and what I can do to improve those greatly. My undergraduate GPA was a little above a 3.0 due to grade forgiveness, however without grade forgiveness as CASPA will calculate, it is probably between a 2.75 and a 3.0 (retook organic chemistry 2, but received Bs or higher in upper level microbiology classes, anatomy, physiology and immunology). My grades were bad as an undergraduate because I lost both my parents during that time and I was left on my own with no help or support from anyone. However, my postbac consisted of Biochemistry, Clinical Biochemistry, Diagnostic Microbiology, Forensic Chemistry, Virology, Mycology, Parasitology, and some animal classes that left me with a post bac GPA greater than 3.75. I am currently working on my MPH and at the moment have a 4.0. I will have 2 semesters completed of MPH work by the time I apply. In regards to HCE, my dad was a surgeon, so I grew up in a healthcare setting with a lot of healthcare experience. In addition, I have shadowed a family practice physician for 135 hours, I worked as a patient transporter/EKG tech for about 3000 hours at a hospital, before I was hired at the hospital, I volunteered there for around 100 hours as a patient transporter. In addition, I have received a Colorado QMAP certification, but I have not pursued a job with that. I am currently looking for a PA to shadow, but have had no luck. In addition my current GRE is 152 verbal, 150 quantitative, 4.0 writing. I plan on retaking until at least >157 in both sections. Thank you
  3. I have completed my B.S. in Biochemistry with 2000 hours of HCE and a 3.5 GPA from a very respected state school. However, I received a C- in General Chemistry II class. Will I still be able to get into a school with this C- in gen chem? Some schools' websites do not specify that you need a C or better in Gen Chem to apply, however some obviously do. So could I apply to the ones who do not specify C or better and have a chance of getting in? Thanks
  4. Hi everyone, This is going to be a bit long, so please bear with me. I am currently an undergraduate student going for a B.S. in Psychobiology. After completing two years of undergrad, I have earned an incredibly low 2.7 cumulative gpa. My science gpa is shamefully a lot lower; admittedly, I barely passed most of my science pre-req classes with Cs. These first two years have been a complete mess and there are no excuses. I had no goals, there was no motivation in school and, in effect, I didn't take my courses seriously. I knew that my attitude would bite me in the end, but for some reason I had this mindset that I would figure it all out later. I know, it was very naive of me to think like that. In the last quarter of my second year, I failed my Physics course, and I am retaking it again this summer. I guess it was in this moment where I realized that I needed to get my act together. After completing my second year and getting some time off from school, I did a little researching and found that the path of being a Physician Assistant seems more and more appealing to me. I am ready to buckle down and take college more seriously this time around. I know that I am an unappealing candidate for PA school at the moment. I would like some advice on how to turn this mess around. Unfortunately, I have completed almost all of my science pre-reqs (except Physics, anatomy, physiology) and will soon tackle my upper division courses, which are purely psychology courses (yeah, it's a bit weird, and kind of hard to grasp how my major integrates the two disciplines together). Where should I go from here? What should I do after undergrad? Should I go back to community college and retake my science courses in where I received Cs in to earn a better GPA (mind you, I received Cs in the bulk of my science courses)? I heard that PA schools average out both your retaken courses and your original grade.And what should I do to make myself more of an outstanding applicant since my GPA is currently non-competitive? As for extra-cirricular activities, I am currently involved in a few things, but they don't really pertain to the medical field. I am involved in research in a Psychology lab where we perform computer based experiments on participants that deal with cognitive memory. I am thinking of transferring to a more science based lab, however, or be involved in something where I can hopefully tie into what I'm doing in the future. I am a volunteer at a hospital that is right next to my university. But essentially, I just talk to patients in the waiting room and ask if they are in need of assistance in finding potential resources that they are in need/interested in (such as dental or health insurance, finding programs if they are a low-income family, etc.). The program hosts this volunteering program also offers a quarter long physician shadowing program, though, so I think I am going to apply to that this upcoming year. I also am working as an assistant to a surgery coordinator in the hospital, but it's mainly just clerical work. And lastly, I am in two youth empowerment organizations on campus, one of which I tutor/mentor high school students and another in which I am a camp counselor for kids who come from underprivileged areas in LA. Please, any solid advice would be appreciated, on where to go from here, what I can do to be more involved in the medical field, anything. Even a little reassurance is appreciated! I think I'm just going through an identity crisis right now and I've realized I made a huge mistake. I regret not taking my classes more seriously. I've thought about it and I really do enjoy helping others. I feel like the medical field reflects my caring personality in wanting to make a difference. And after learning more about the PA career, it just had some great trade offs for a field that is so demanding. Thanks for your time.
  5. Hi guys, i just wanted to get a feel for how my application is as i am looking at applying to the red rocks pa program in colorado. Please any constructive comments on how to improve are welcome. Here are my stats. Undergrad gpa (finance degree) is around 3.8, graduated magna cum laude Pre-req gpa is similar. Only B of all the prereq classes is in O-chem, everything else A or A+ Additional courses I have are biochem -B, ochem 1 and 2 -B, ochem labs -A, i have 6 credits physics -A, 8 biology (including genetics) -A, and 8 credits A and P with human cadaver lab -A. I have 8 credits chemistry -A and blah blah blah. I also have a gre score (don't know if they ask) of 330 (165 and 165 with 4 on writing). I do not have a cpr certification, but can get that i guess. I have about 2300 hours in a hopital working check-in at peds urgent care. I transport patients to radiology as well and recenly have been doing height/weight measurements as well. I have bout 100 hours in OR with a plastic surgeon, and some time shadowing a retinal specialist. Coulple years community service with a little bro (big brothers big sisters) and few other things here and there. Soo yeah, i don't know. I am not an emt or nurse or anything. But I do see all the patients before they enter the clinic where i work. I live out of state but want to apply to a few schools to increase my chances of getting in and I love colorado!
  6. Right now I am a sophomore at BU going into Spring semester and I took a Journalism class last semester and received a D because I wasn't able to write the last final article because of an emergency flight home. Got a 0 on the final and my grade plummeted from a B+ to a D. This dropped my GPA from 3.1 to a 2.78. I really want to become a PA. The idea of assisting a doctor is so enticing. I have already signed up to begin volunteering at the local hospital starting next month (which I will continue till I graduate). If I get mostly A's I can graduate with a 3.2 - 3.4 GPA, but I feel like this is not nearly enough. I plan to begin shadowing PA's and doctors as soon as I can meet some. What else should I do to help myself get accepted into a PA school right after college?? I will do ANYTHING else. I heard getting EMT certified may boost chances. Please help! I really really wish for nothing more than to become a PA! Thank you in advance, I look forward to hearing everyone's reply!
  7. I'm currently a junior Biology major, Chemistry minor. I'm planning on applying to PA schools this coming spring/summer but I'm a little worried about my chances because I have hardly any experience to put on my applications. The experience I do have is volunteering directly with patients in a hospital and some shadowing probably around 100 hours in total. I hope to increase this amount by the time I apply but even then, it won't be comparable to applicants who have worked in the healthcare field for years. My strengths are that I have a 4.0 GPA (so far) and that I am, and always have been throughout my college career, extremely involved with community and volunteering. I have two jobs, one as a music teacher to young children in my community, the other as an RA on my campus overseeing fellow students. I'm also the President of a student group and a University Marshall. My father is a physician so I've been around the hospital and healthcare in general throughout my life. The schools that I'm planning on applying to are ones that I've carefully inspected and they require little to no experience, but I know that experience is always preferred. Can I still be competitive with my application as is or should I be taking serious steps towards gaining more experience?
  8. Hello, I am currently in the middle of taking my prerequisites for PA school, and am looking for some advice. I am 26 years old, and should be done with my prereqs by December of this year with an anticipated 3.7-3.8 science GPA post-bac. I graduated with a B.S. in science education with a 3.12 GPA (my first year was not so hot), and am currently am taking an EMT-B course, and will be certified by the end of this summer. The question is: will I have a competitive package applying for the October 1st deadline for this year with my limited HCE? I have also had community experience with working as a Ed-tech and volunteering hours for tutoring and with the local habitat for humanity.The last year has been completely devoted to putting myself in a position for a chance of getting into PA school, and am jumping at the chance to apply to schools with my pre-reqs/HCE in progress. Does anyone know of the schools that require minimal HCE? Any advice on any of the above would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much.
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