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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. Take Genetics with the lab or drop the lab?? Does it look bad if you don't have the lab?
  4. 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!
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Attention Pre-PAs! Getting into PA school has become very competitive, and many school now have more than 20-25 applicants for each open seat. Here is a meeting you do not want to miss! The American Association of Surgical PAs will be hosting a Pre-PA Info/mentoring seminar, practice one on one interviews, and essay reviews in ORLANDO, FLORIDA JANUARY 19th, 2018 (Friday), starting at 1600! There will be a 3-4 hour coaching session and plenty of time after for practice interviews and essay reviews. At the end, receive via email a certificate of attendance from AASPA to dress up your CASPA application! Student will be able to meet PA leaders and admission committee members and learn first hand tips and tricks to become a successful PA Program applicant. Some of the topics to be covered include: -Overview of the PA Profession -How to get a shadow -PA Profession news that all applicants need to know -Essentials of Academic prerequisites -Health care/patient care prerequisites -How to deal with CASPA -PA-wanna-be essays -How to stand out as an applicant Attending this seminar attendees receive: Unique certificate of attendance suitable for listing on PA applications Copies of all PowerPoint slides and lecture materials One on one opportunities to speak with PAs serving on admission committees Unique tips, tricks, and advice you can't get from a book or a website. The event is hosted by AASPA and given by volunteer Surgical PAs, PA school faculty members, and admissions experts Register at AASPA.COM ($65) For any questions, please contact ceo@aaspa.com. AASPA Pre-PA Flyer-final.pdf
  10. 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 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.
  11. Hello PA world! My name is Tara Pianko and I currently live in Seattle, Washington. I am desperately looking to find a PA to shadow or get some advice about becoming a PA. I am willing to travel near or far to gain such experience and would appreciate it more than you know! A little more about me - I am 26 and currently working with the FDA as an Investigator primarily focusing on cross-contamination risks that could affect public health through food and a variety of other commodities. I have always had the desire to work in a clinical environment and fell in love with the idea of the PA profession but would love to solidify this idea into fact. I graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology and graduated from Georgetown University with a Master's degree in Biohazardous Threat Agents (Bioterrorism) & Emerging Infectious Diseases. I have had about 200 hours of shadowing/experience in a hospital in Tanzania, which confirmed that I would love to work in a clinical environment with patients indefinitely. I would appreciate any assistance in gaining more shadowing experience or mentorship as I continue down the path in becoming a PA! Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this and Happy New Year! -Tara Pianko
  12. Hey Pre-PAs! The American Association of Surgical PAs is doing an ultrasound workshop in Orlando on SATURDAY JANUARY 20 2018. We are looking for PA student and Pre-PAs to volunteer to be models for ultrasound/POCUS training. Shifts are from 1500 to 1800 and/or 1800-2100. Bathing suit and sports top for ladies. We will ultrasound abdomen, heart, lung,& DVT. This will look amazing on a CASPA application, you will receive a formal letter from AASPA certifiying your participation, you will be introduced to an exciting HOT medical field, have time to practice ultrasound yourself, and meet local PA faculty, students, and future preceptors, See the attached flyer, Email CEO@aaspa.com to volunteer or for more info PS- check out our amazing Pre-PA coaching seminar Friday Jan 19 2018 as well JERRY SIMONS PA-C POCUS JAN 2018.gif.pdf
  13. I am currently a stressed out pre-pa sophomore in college. I have just started acquiring hours these past few months and I should have about 50 by the end of the year. I know that's not a lot at all, but I am very busy with school. I am going to be taking 18 credit hours next spring and then more classes next summer. I've completed almost half of the pre-reqs for pa school and I have a 4.0 gpa so far. Will my grades make up for my lack of experience? I know that I have more time to work on getting hce/pce but I can only volunteer for a limited number of hours each week and the volunteer jobs count for hce but not for pce. I know that getting a job is the best way to acquire hours but I just don't have the time. I think I may have 500-700 hours by the time I start applying. Thankfully, the schools near me don't require experience, they say it's recommended. Have there been success stories of getting accepted into pa school with less than average hce/pce?
  14. So I was reviewing the Florida International University PA program website and they said that they admit over 90% of their class who are from Florida. I am not from Florida so I was wondering if the odds are stacked pretty highly against me for this school? Is it worth spending the money to apply here?
  15. Hey everyone, The first half of the interview cycle for 2017-2018 is winding down, and I'm wondering how I can make myself a more competitive applicant during the next CASPA cycle on the off chance that I don't get accepted anywhere this year. I've already met the pre-reqs for my schools of interest, but I'm not sure whether or not I should continue to take additional upper division science courses or simply focus on acquiring more HCE and volunteer experience. Currently, I have 3.98 GPA, a 4.0 science GPA, an MA in Cultural Anthropology, 600+ volunteer hours (many of which were overseas), and approximately 2300 HCE hours as an EMT. I've been waitlisted at 1 school and have yet to receive any additional interviews (most likely due to the fact that I didn't submit my apps until the end of August/mid-September). During the next semester, I could enroll in O Chem II and Developmental Psych while working 36-48 hours per week and volunteering occasionally, however, this course of action would require that I take out additional student loans. On the other hand, I could simply acquire more HCE hours and volunteer at free clinics in my area. Any thoughts on which course of action would look better to PA school adcoms? Thanks in advance for any and all advice!
  16. What would you do differently? How would you manage your time 6-months prior to applying?
  17. Hello - As this cycle winds down for me, I am evaluating my course load for the next cycle to improve my GPA. I currently have a 3.0 and was told that a 3.2 would be better for the next round. That said, it would take about 6-8 courses (depending on credit hours) to bring up the GPA. I have a few low grades in the pre-reqs that I plan on retaking however, could someone let me know you think the below course is worth taking or would it look poorly since it is a general studies requirement? Human Biology - A basic treatment of structure and function of the human body based upon biological principles. Credit not allowed toward the major or minor sequence. (Satisfies general education) A separate question is the microbiology requirement for most schools - has anyone taken medical microbiology to satisfy the course requirement? I appreciate any help & advice!
  18. Hey all, I'm having some trouble deciding between becoming an RN or becoming a PA. I know there are many differences between the two professions, but that only seems to make my decision harder. Recently I just got accepted into my schools nursing program, but I'm not sure if I want to go through with it. For a very long time now I have wanted to be a PA but pretty much ruled it out because I thought the path it took to get there would be too hard. I have never been a straight A student (A's and B's with a rare C), and I know GPA is a heavily weighted factor in even getting considered for a PA program, not to mention the work you have to do if you get accepted! I am a very tenacious person. I know getting to PA school would be a challenge, but with all that considered, PA school is always on my mind. I feel like the only reason I am currently going for nursing is because I'm scared I would not be able to get into PA school (and if I don't then I'm kind of stuck). If anyone has any advice I would love to hear it!
  19. Hey everyone! I'm starting PA school in May 2018 and would like to ask for equipment I will need for school for Christmas this year! I'm looking for recommendations on stethoscopes, otoscope/opthalmascope sets, etc. Please include any info you can including brands/where to buy them!!
  20. Hello, I am current senior at JMU, and I am looking to shadow any available PA's in the Hampton Roads area over my winter break (Dec. 15- Jan. 7). I can be contacted via email (averybs@dukes.jmu.edu). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  21. Hello, I am current senior at JMU, and I am looking to shadow any available PA's in the Hampton Roads area over my winter break (Dec. 15- Jan. 7). I can be contacted via email (averybs@dukes.jmu.edu). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  22. Hi all, I'm currently in the interview process, and I'm somewhat confused about how to manage acceptances (should they come...). My first interview is in a week, the next one is in 2 weeks, and a top choice program, which I haven't heard back from yet, doesn't start interviews until late-October. (Still waiting to hear from a few more programs, too.) So, do prospective PA students in this position just make deposits as necessary to hold places in programs they're interested in as acceptances come in, if they're still waiting to hear back from their first or second choices? Is it really disrespectful to accept an offer from a program, make the deposit, and then change your mind, or is this just an expected part of the process? If I'm offered an October interview for that top choice program, I could theoretically end up paying deposits to 3 separate programs, which seems absurd... Granted, the chances I'd actually get 3 acceptances are probably low, but even 2 would be tricky. What am I missing? Thank you :)
  23. Hey Guys, I was assigned two interviews on the exact same date and time. Both schools have a "rolling admissions" process. I don't really preference one school over but I obviously would like to attend as many interviews as possible to increase my chances of acceptance. The schools both out of state for me, but they are in the same state and are only 45 min away from each other. I was just wondering if any of you have been in a similar situation and have any advice for me on how to proceed. Thanks!!
  24. Greetings, I am preparing for a few interviews I have in the near future and wanted to pose this question. All the literature I have found says that I should prepare for my interview, that is, read possible questions, practice my answers, know what I am going to say before I get into the room, etc etc.... and, this just struck me as...odd? So my question is this: Does prepare for your interview mean: Read all the practice questions I can, have an answer in mind, rehearse my answers, practice what I think I should say before hand etc. etc. Or does prepare for your interview mean: Look kid... you've had 4 hard years of school which you graduated with outstanding grades, you've worked hard in multiple settings and collected over 1000s of experience hours, you organically and honestly want to become a PA, all of these things have led me to this moment... so rely on my education, rely on my experience, and rely on my honest and organic drive to become an PA and simply answer the questions as truthfully and organically as possible... even if the answers are not the "right" answer? Or do the interviewers just want to hear the "right" answer, practiced, rehearsed, and articulated well? idk just to me the real world is never rehearsed or practiced... its live, in the moment, and crazy... and you have to just trust yourself and rely on your eduction to do the right thing in that exact moment... why should a PA interview be any different? Thanks in advance
  25. Hey Guys! So I am currently a junior getting my B.S. in biology with a minor in neuroscience and I was wondering if anyone could help me with what chemistry classes to take. I am about to finish my first semester of Organic Chemistry 1 with an A but I am not sure if I should take Organic Chem 2. Regardless, my program requires me to take Biochemistry. Should I take both? I really haven't found any schools that actually require Organic Chem 2 but my advisor recommends me to still take it. What do you guys think??
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