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  1. Hey everyone! Does anyone know the exact time that CASPA opens? Is it midnight? 8am? I am going to be out of town on April 26th, the day it opens for the 2018-2019 cycle, and knowing this will be helpful in determining the time at which I should set aside for starting my application. Thank you!
  2. Hello, I'm interested in pursuing a career in PA. However, I haven't taken all the pre-reqs for it and I'm a junior with public health major. Im trying to graduate by may 2019. I have taken Bio 1, Gen chem 1 and 2, Physics 1, stats, English and Calculus. However i still have to take Bio 2, Anatomy and physiology 1&2, microbio, and organic chem 1&2. I was thinking of taking these courses at a different university. My Cumulative GPA is 3.01. I want to complete my Public Health bachelors at my current college but i want to take the left over Pre-reqs for PA at a different college at the same time. The reason i want to take classes at two different colleges is that I want to get my bachelors as soon as I can. Also the science courses at my current college are so MUCH harder compared to other colleges in the area. I cant risk my gPA to drop as it is bad already. Do you guys think is it possible? Would PA schools care that i have pre reqs from different colleges?
  3. I’m currently attending a quarterly-based credit college and get 3 credits in some of my crucial prerequisite classes. All the pre-pa programs I’ve looked at say something along the lines of “Organic Chemistry - 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours” but my college only gives 3 quarter hours for a class like this. I have no idea what I’m supposed to do. If my college gives 3 hours when I need 4, how do I get that additional hour? So confused!
  4. Is a degree in a natural science like chemistry or biology more beneficial than a degree in something like psychology? Does one prepare you more for PA school than another? I was going to go to college for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Personal Health. Obviously, my end goal is to become a PA. I’m currently in the process of becoming a surgical technician, and would like to be a surgical PA. When I look at actual PA programs curriculum (at least near me), they don’t seem to be heavily science-based in terms of like Organic Chemistry, Biology, etc other than the prerequisites to get accepted. Once you get accepted though, the context looks a lot less detailed on those things. Am I missing something? From my perspective, a psychology degree would be just as beneficial as biology. Am I wrong?
  5. My genetics professor is writing a letter of recommendation for me and she wants me to make a Cv and pretty much a list of what PA schools are looking for in an applicant. What I have now is Responsible Individual Skillful Demonstrate flexibility and ability to adapt to new situations Professionalism Maturity Compassion for individuals in diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. Knowledge of Health Care System Does anyone have any ideas of what I can add to this list ?
  6. Hi there! Looking for advice on if I have a chance at PA school, also recommended schools to apply. Biggest problem is low GPA. Here is a summary of my background. New to this forum, thanks in advance for your feedback: BS Biology-3.2 GPA with two Fs and a D (ouch!! had some tragic life circumstances and made poor choices not to withdraw), graduated 2010 GRE: verbal-156 (73rd percentile) / quant-155 (59th percentile) / analytical writing-4.0 (60th percentile) Returned Peace Corps Volunteer with 4,000 volunteer hours of health and education service HCE hours: 1200 as a clinical tech, direct patient care MPH from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University (top-tier school), graduate in May of this year, current GPA is 3.8 (big change from undergrad!) Plan is to take A&P 1 and 2 this Fall and next Spring and start applying next Spring (2019). Over the next year, after I graduate, I also hope to get over 100 hours of PA shadowing. Additional info: research experience with the CDC, UNICEF, and The Carter Center (all public health related , but not clinical). Switching to PA because I have learned in grad school that I prefer to have direct contact with patients, public health is too behind the scenes, too much desk work, I need an active job helping people where I can see the impact on the patients I help, instead of seeing it in the epi trend lines. :)
  7. Hello all - I am nearing the end of my required prerequisites for a lot of schools, but some of the schools I am interested in, whom allow for prerequisites to still be in progress, have a couple of prerequisites that I won’t have finished early in the cycle. My question: Do you all think, with rolling admissions, I will be at a disadvantage submitting my application with the prereq’s in progress? I am ultimately wondering if I should submit application in May with incomplete prereq’s or wait until August once prereq’s are complete, to submit? Thank you all in advance! Sean
  8. Hello! So I am definitely reapplying this year. Last year was my first time applying and I made the mistake of sending my application in summer instead of when the portal opened. Since then I have taken a few extra courses, acquired more HCE (almost doubled) and am planning on changing jobs to get a different experience. I was wondering how I should adapt my essay to this new cycle? Obviously I do not want to send in the exact same essay, but my feelings about being a PA are still the same. I was interviewed by a few top ranked programs but did not get in because of the large applicant pool (according to the admissions offices). I usually do well in job interviews so I would hope my interviewing skills are not terrible, but maybe they just don't stand out as much when there are many others because I'm not a complete extrovert? I'm not really sure what exactly went wrong there. Also, should I reapply to the programs that interviewed me and rejected me as well? I would appreciate all the advice I can get! Thanks! :)
  9. Hello everyone, I'm curious to hear from others about their stories of switching to pre-pa after graduating in a different field. I graduated in 2016 with a 3.5 gpa as an English/Marketing major and have been working admin in a nutrition company ever since. At my job I got exposed to many different health care professionals and became interested in pursuing a PA career. I've been taking classes at a local community college this past year while still working a full time job. I plan on getting my cna license in the fall to start working on my HCE. I guess I'm curious as to what my chances are. - Will it look bad on my transcript that I only took one or two classes a quarter at the community college? I had to balance working enough hours for rent and such with taking classes but so far I've gotten all As. - Will my former English/Marketing major hurt my chances? I would appreciate any advice anyone has to give. Thanks!
  10. I applied to the Touro College's non-matriculated student program in order to begin pre-reqs for PA school. I would love to attend the Touro Manhattan PA program, and thought that doing my pre-reqs there would perhaps give me a leg up. I applied in December of 2017, it is now March 2018 and I have not received any indication of whether I was accepted or not, my application status still says submitted, and I just wondering if this has happened to anyone else. I have contacted them via email multiple times with no response. Also, if there are any suggestions on whether or not doing the pre-reqs for PA school at Touro itself is a good idea/ looked at positively by the admissions staff, I'd appreciate it! Thank you
  11. Hey all! I've been going through my list of schools I wish to apply to, however some of the programs I'm interested in require that none of your classes are taken online. Does anyone know if programs ever make exceptions? Is it worth applying anyway? I work full-time as a medical scribe in a cardiology office, so my work hours conflict with class hours.
  12. Hi, everyone. I’m going to attempt becoming a PA and need some advice. I have a good idea on what I’ll be doing to attempt getting into programs, so I’ll go ahead and give you my estimated credentials when applying to a program, sometime in the next 4 years. Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Health Sciences from Arizona State University. 3.6 GPA Standard GRE scores (haven’t taken any yet, but to play it safe, I’ll just say I’ve hypothetically scored average or slightly above average) Surgical Technician degree from a local technical college with ~ 2,000 hours clinical experience with ~ 500 hours of volunteer hospital-related work. Seeking to become a Surgical Physician Assistant. My main concern is that I’ll be attending ASU Online. I live in Georgia, so I’m sure the topic will be brought up and if I moved here, took online classes, etc. I’m completely content with online classes and don’t think they’ll harm my chances. I’ve inquired to PA programs near me, and they have all said they accept online programs like I’m pursuing, but that doesn’t let me know if someone would be deemed more competitive if they had similar credentials as me but in a physical campus. For my labs (required for PA program acceptance), I will actually have to fly out of state and attend those in person in an accelerated fashion specifically designed for out of state online students, so I’m still getting that physical lab presence, and it’s from a highly respected university. With all that being said, I currently have a job in aviation with a Fortune 500 company - I know, totally different world. My point is that I make really good money for my age. I’m 24 and made a little over $60,000 last year, which is very good in Georgia. So I don’t want to leave my current job to pursue school in a more traditional sense. I’m actually attending two colleges simultaneously - the local tech college for my Surgical Technician degree and ASU. I’ve just started on my ST program, which will take about 18 months. In this time, I can continue to go to ASU Online, work towards my bachelor’s, and save up as much money as possible from my job. After I complete the ST program, I’ll leave my current job to gain some clinical experience. I’ll have about 2-3 years left for me to finish my bachelors, which will give me plenty of time to rack up those required clinical hours. Sorry to rant, but I just wanted to get everything out there in a single post. Do you guys think I’m on the right track? How do you feel about me getting an online degree from ASU while simultaneously working for clinical experience? Does getting a degree part-time look less competitive than someone who’s going to college full time? How do you feel about my credentials? Answers to any questions are highly appreciated! Thanks again.
  13. I'm starting to look at PA schools and applications. I know I need a ton more hours, but I'm hoping for other advice/ideas on what could strengthen my application :) Right now I’m finishing up my degree and plan to take a year off to work as an EMT for PCE. Major: SLHS, Bachelor of Arts GPA: 3.658 Grades: Bio 1 & 2: A- Intro to Chem: A Chem 1: B Chem 2: B- Orgo 1: A- Orgo 2: A- Orgo lab: A- (it is it’s own class at my school) Psych 1: A Psych 2: A- A & P (2 semesters): B Med. Terminology: A Stat 1: A- Stat 2: B+ Micro: B+ GRE: Verbal: 156 Quantitative: 152 Writing: 4.0 HCE: 0 PCE: 164 hours as PCA; 200 as rad tech assistant Shadowing Hours: PA: 28 D.O.: 220 Volunteer Hours: 430 Healthcare Certifications: EMT, BLS, TCCC, Bleeding Control, Bleeding Control Instructor, AHA CPR Instructor LOR: PCA Manager Academic Professor Academic Professor Teaching Experience: Started monthly Bleeding Control classes at my university Assistant teach TCCC courses with local hospital Currently becoming CPR instructor, planning to teach monthly BLS/Heartsaver classes once I’m certified in March Taught grade school kids about local ecosystem through a year-long high school program
  14. Hello! I am on the edge of whether or not I should apply for PA school this cycle. I am a Junior in college, so this would be applying tpostart PA school a few months after I graduate. Cumulative GPA:3.88 Science GPA:3.91 I only have about 550 hours being a pharmacy tech, which these 2 programs count as PCE, but will be applying in May so will have about 750-800 by then. I have about 110 volunteer hours-some in hospitals and a hospice agency where I visit patients, as well as about 20 shadowing hours, which I will really try to increase by May. I started the Pre-PA club at my university, so I am President of that, as well as in honors at my University. I have a few other smaller leadership positions and some other honors for academics and service. I will be taking the GRE in a few weeks, so I don't have any stats on that yet, but I usually do well on standardized tests like that. I am definitely lacking in patient care, but I wanted an honest opinion on if the other things could outweigh that this cycle, as I don't know what to think. I would love to get in this cycle, but I am not sure if it would be a waste of my time. Thank you!
  15. Hello, my name is Maylily7! I really want to become a PA and apply to PA school upon graduation. What I would appreciate is advice to secure an acceptance and the likelihood I can get into one of these programs. Also, if you have any personal admissions stories I'd be happy to hear them! I just want to know if this is achievable for me. Also, if you have any schools/programs I might be a good fit/candidate for, please don't hesitate to mention them, I'd love to check them out! Info about me: Biology major with a psychology and chemistry minor. 3.7 overall GPA, 3.5 Science GPA Graduating in May 2018, have made Dean's List 7/8 semesters (still waiting to see how I do this semester) Currently volunteering with my school's EMS unit and as of right now have about 100 hours. I don't have much health care hours but I am a certified EMT and plan to take a year off to gain experience as well as learn more about the field. Thank you for your time and advice, I appreciate it a lot! :D Maylily7
  16. Hello everyone, i've made this page to start the discussion of CUNY's admission cycle. Feel free to post!
  17. Hello everyone. This tread is directed at those who have gone the route of RT to PA but anyone who can help is welcome to comment. My situation is that, I have decided I will be doing respiratory therapy program at my local CC while also pursing BS online from the local university and I was just wondering if the classes I take while in the RT program will be counted towards my sGPA and even my cGPA in CASPA? Also, for HCE, is working in mental health hospital as a tech be considered good HCE? Thanks for your inputs.
  18. Hello everyone, I will be applying to this coming cycle in April and wondered where I stand in terms of my statistics. My Total GPA is 3.27 and the prereqs are at a 3.21. I have worked as an EMT for an 911 company for 1.5 years and currently I am an ER Technician for 1.5 years. Overall I currently have over 3000 hours of paid patient care hours. I have been a volunteer at a hospital for 2.5 years accumulating over 250 hours. I am also expecting strong letters of rec and I am currently studying for the GRE. Thanks for your help.
  19. Hello all, My name is Michelle, an aspiring Physician Assistant. I am currently working on my CASPA application, and I would like to ask for your help. I am in need of a PA shadowing opportunity in the Los Angeles area. I have been reaching out to different websites and hospitals for an opportunity, but I've always been turned down. I hope you can help me find this opportunity. Thank you!
  20. Take Genetics with the lab or drop the lab?? Does it look bad if you don't have the lab?
  21. Hello Everyone, I am needing a little bit of guidance for the upcoming cycle, I will be graduating in May 2019 with a cGPA of 3.1 and a sGPA of a 3.0 as calculated by CASPA right now, I still have two science classes left and a few upper level courses. I know my stats are pretty low due to my freshmen and sophomore year but I do have 8 years experience as a medical assistant in family, internal and urgent care,one year as a scribe and optometrist assistant. (I was considering nursing until I worked as a medical assistant for a PA and the care, modality and aspect of a PA made me change my degree) My concern is if I should even apply this cycle or wait for the following cycle? and maybe consider to do a masters or a post-bacc to help raise my GPA. Any guidance/advice will be helpful and thank you for reading!
  22. Hi this is my first time posting on this forum and I wanted to know if anyone can assit with giving me some advice or just their overall opinion of me as a candiate for the new cycle coming up for 2018. I just turned 20 this month and will be applying in May after I come back from my medical brigade in Nicaragua. Do you think schools will ignore my age or see it as a setback? I've always been the youngest person in my class and I did dual enrollment in high school which is why im going into my senior year this spring. My biggest issue right now is my scienc gpa. My major is health science and I'm in the honors college at my university. I dont see anyone in the stats section with a gpa like mine so please help! My cumulative gpa at the moment is a 3.72 and I see this increasing. My science gpa at the moment is sadly a 3.3. It a major gap from my cumulative. I only have 1 C in biology 2 and withdrew from lab because of a family members death. I dont know if I plan on retaking biology 2 lecture because I barely notice a change in the science gpa after my calculations. Please keep in mind my science gpa does not include genetics,chem2/Lab, and Orgo1/Lab. Bio1 B (4) Bio2 C (3) Bio2 L (Spring 2018) (1) Chem 1 A (3) Chem 1 L A (1) AP1 B (4) AP2 A (4) Microbiology B+ but capsa looks at it as a B only (4) Genetics (Spring 2018) Chem 2 and Lab ( Summer 2018) Orgo1 and Lab (Fall 2018) Stats A Precal A Nutrition A Epidemiology (Spring 2018) 100 Volunter hours Health Care Experience: 1,574 (Will Be most likely over 2000 by the 2018 cycle opening date) (Hours include working as a opthalmic technician,medical assistant for primary care and pain management facility(Job now),physical therapy aide) Shadowing: 50 hours from Primary Care PA, Dermatology PA, Urgent Care PA ( Will most likely have 100 by the 2018 cycle opening date) I believe i can get my science gpa to a 3.4 and if that doesn't work it will be a 3.3. I have providers around me who are truly sweet and I know they wouldn't have a problem writing me a LOC when the time comes so that not a big issue. Also I haven't taken the GRE yet but most of the schools I'm applying to don't require it. I will most likely take it just to expand my selection process. Main questions are: Do you think my science gpa and age will hold me back?
  23. I'm a junior at the moment but credit wise i'm a first-semester senior. I would like to apply the first week of May so I can try and get in without a gap year. Health Care Experience: 2,160 hours or more by the time of the cycle opening (Positions were Ophthalmic Technician, Physical Therapy Aide, Medical Assistant for Pain Management/ Primary Care Facility) Volunteer: Assisting an Optometrist with prescriptions for low-income preschoolers as well as hearing test, Yearly fundraiser set up for Crohns disease, Fundraiser for Alzheimer research, Health Care Fairs, Make a Difference Day Volunteer (73 hours so far but will be working on getting 100 before May) Awards: Dean List on Numerous occasions, Scholarship Recipient for two years, Tuition award from my university until I graduate Extracurricular Activities; In my school pre-physician assistant club, and global medical brigade club (Not much leadership cause my healthcare experience take up alot of my time) Cumulative Gpa at the moment: 3.7 Science Gpa at the moment: 3.31( I'm taking genetics and epidemiology now, chem 2/L in summer and orgo 1/L in the fall, All the schools I'm applying to allow pending coursework when I apply) Shadowing: Dermatologist PA, Urgent Care PA, Primary Care PA (50 hours- and working toward looking for surgical PAs to reach 100 hours before May) LOR: will be coming from Dermatologist PA or Primary Care PA I shadow most likely, Genetics professor, NP and MD I work with at my job Personal Statement: Pending ( I've had good feedback from the people I've had read it through and been going to the writing center to have them review any errors as I go along) I would like to go on a Medical Mission Trip to Peru this summer with my school but If I don't come up with the money do you think not going on the medical mission trip will be one of the components that will stop me from getting into some programs? Also, I haven't taken my GRE which I know is bad but I'm going try and get it done this semester or just apply to schools that don't require the GRE.
  24. I'm now in my second semester of college but due to my hours I am considered a sophomore. My major is Biology and I'm minoring in Theatre. I made all A's except for one B in chemistry, which I really felt down on myself about. I have an 3.82 GPA at the moment and I'm wanting to get into my choice PA school which is the University of the Cumberlands (where I'm also studying now for my bachelor's degree). I know I'm not as far along as most of the people that I've seen on here, but I was wondering if you could offer me any advice. I know I'm starting early but I like to plan. If there is anything that anyone else experienced or something that they regret now (doing or not doing) please share it with me. I am very passionate about my career choice for many reasons and I'm willing to work hard to make my dream a reality.
  25. Hi all! Thank you in advance for reading. I’m a graduating senior in a bachelor’s radiologic science program. My GPA is a 3.06 (my first year In the professional program was awful) and my science gpa is a 3.0. I really have been thinking about going back to take the rest of the courses to become a P.A. Im just not sure if I can raise a 3.0 to a 3.5 ish range to even be half way competitive. There’s many bio/chem courses I have to go back and take that can possibly help. I have about 150 volunteer hours and will start shadowing physicians in the summer. I’ll start working a radiologic technologist soon and my clinical course hours total to 1600 hours (if that even matters). Just any tips would be fine. Trying to figure out what direction to go in so I won’t waste time. This has become something I really want, just need some guidance/ advice.
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