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  1. Hello everyone! I have a question pertaining to CASPA. I am a first-time applicant and I seem to have a pretty good grasp on the CASPA portal system however a new concern dawned on me. Forgive me if theres already a thread on this, but I want to know the correct approach to take. So basically, under "program materials" on CASPA for each school, the school usually has a "prerequisite tab" in which you match the science courses from your transcripts uploaded on CASPA, to the school's pre-requisites. For example, it will say "Biology" and if the school requires you to have taken BIO 1 &
  2. I am currently about to finish my undergraduate degree (B.S. General Biology). I have 16 more units left and then Im done. I have a 2.969 cGPA and 3.02 sGPA. I recently decided that I want to become a PA and I am realizing that I will need to retake courses to increase my GPA sadly my 0.03 points if I am lucky. I have a lot of research experience, 1 publication pending (second author) and 1 I am currently in the process of writing (1st author). I am 23 years old and have over 5,000 hours of research experience (medical chemistry and regenerative medicine). Sadly, I know that this pro
  3. Hi all, I will be graduating from undergrad in May, but I plan on taking a year off to finish some pre-reqs. I still need Ochem and Biochemistry for sure. I have already taken a course of Ochem but I need to retake it because I did not do well in it the first time because I was not serious about what I wanted to do with my future (this was freshman year). I plan on taking Ochem this summer to focus on just that class. For those of you that have taken Ochem, what are your study tips/advice on how to stay in top of things and do well in this course? I know it will be a huge time commitm
  4. If anybody is in need of prerequisites and are interested in taking them online, may I strongly suggest Doane University. I am about to finish up Biochemistry and it has been a great experience. The course is designed to ensure that you learn the material and is very hands on. Each week you have a list of assignments due that are very practical and very from week to week. I took organic through University of New England and it was literally like being thrown to the wolves. The lecture was a guy talking over his powerpoint and thats it. Doane is doing it right and it is the same price as UNE. D
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  6. Hello all, I'm in need of some serious advice, either from someone who has been in a similar situation or can help out in general. I'll start with some backstory. I'm currently a medical social worker and about a month ago realized that I probably should have gone into medicine instead of social work. The hard part is what I do isn't considered hands on and I don't have any prerequisites so I have to do it all. I'll lay out my plan and if anyone could help out with it hard be great because I'm a bit nervous about the process and the fact that it'll take me a few years to complete ever
  7. So while the jury is still out for this application cycle, I was denied an interview at my preferred school and I will need to register for spring classes very soon if I'm going to work on improving my GPA to attempt the next cycle. I have been working as an RN for over 4 years, a majority of my pre-reqs are from prior to nursing school (so next cycle, some may need to be retaken just because they're too old) and I've got a couple C's in my older sciences. Most recent sciences have been almost all A's (including O-chem) so I think I've demonstrated much improved study habits. All in all I
  8. There are a couple routes I could take to best prepare myself to become a PA and I'd like to know your opinions. A little bit about myself: 1. Currently a senior and will be receiving a Bachelors in Biology/Pre PA Focus in Spring 2017. 2. Will be shadowing a Physician soon for the remainder of Fall and also for Spring 2017 semester. 3. I believe I have at least 3 strong letter of Recommendation when I apply. 4. Currently 3.1 GPA, 3.08 Science GPA (Still have 2 semesters left to affect GPA). 5. Took leadership positions in my Greek Fraternity as well as Community Service. 6. Person
  9. From my email this morning not to debate rather or not to do this - or the AAPA just an FYI on the survey As HHS develops the regulations to implement this important legislation, AAPA wants to identify PAs who are interested in applying for a waiver and to determine your questions and needs. Please note that this is your last day to take the survey. We will share the results with you and keep you apprised of how you can apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Click Here to Start the Survey (or copy paste the following http://s-73b6ab-i.sgizmo.com/s3/i-0RL
  10. My primary question: If a pre-req is not satisfied by the program you are applying to, do the programs notify you? For example: if the program requests 9 credits of Psych/Soc/Anthropology and you only have 8. Example #2: If you are missing a lab component to the course where you have Microbiology but not the lab portion. Secondary question: If you are missing ONE course and you are a degreed student (as in you have already graduated with a bachelors) can you still have a missing course and then take it if necessary if you get accepted into the program that requests the class? Example:
  11. Hi Everyone! I had a few questions about required courses, what counts and what doesn't count. I got my bachelors degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and have several courses that speak to that major. I took statistics and psychology, but its Statistics in Speech and Language Pathology and Educational Psychology. I was wondering if those will count when I apply to PA school in the future, or if I need to retake the courses. I want to be a competitive candidate but don't want to retake courses if it is not necessary. Thank you all! Emma
  12. If a school's deadline is August 1, and people have already started interviewing, would it be too late to apply now? Also, the school requires all 3 recommendation letters to be submitted before considering an application, and I only have 2/3 letters right now. So is it too late to apply now that it's June?
  13. Hi everyone, I have been looking through different programs' prerequisites and noticed that some are a bit more particular with which courses fit their prerequisite standards. For example, some make it clear that biochemistry will not count as an additional chemistry course, whereas some will take it. I want to be able to include my highest graded course that will fit each prerequisite when I submit it in CASPA. What kind of consequences are there if a course that I chose to submit to fit their prerequisite does not match their standard? Will they dismiss my application entirely, or look thro
  14. Before I begin, let me start by saying the PA profession is something I have wanted to do since my senior year of high school. I am about to be a senior in college and am still a PA-hopeful but my science prerequisite grades are what's stopping me from continuing on this long journey. I have failed two, not one, but TWO prerequisites: statistics and chemistry. I have received two D's and a few C's and a few W's. Something in me says to keep trying by retaking those courses. I am willing to put in as much time and money as it takes to get to where I need to be in order to apply to PA s
  15. I am in my sophomore year of college, currently working on my general Ed. and plan on transferring to my local university in the Fall or in the Spring with an Associate's Degree for Transfer in Exercise Science, and I was wondering what the difference is between a Bachelor's of Science Physician Assistant and a Master's Degree Physician Assistant. From what I've seen and researched so far, the only notable difference is the teaching/administration aspect that is open for those with Masters degrees. I personally would like some input because now is the time to start narrowing out what path to t
  16. Take Genetics with the lab or drop the lab?? Does it look bad if you don't have the lab?
  17. Hello everyone! I've been having trouble making a decision about when to apply and was hoping some of you can offer some advise. Before I ask my question, here are some of my stats: Bachelor of Science in Biology from Montclair State University cGPA: 3.33 sGPA: 3.17 HCE experience: ~ 1200 hours as a pharmacy technician (I've found only one school that accepts this but it is still a plus I believe) will have about 1500 hours as a CNA if I apply this coming April currently shadowing and volunteering at a local hospital Schools I'm looking into: Arcadia, PCOM, Albany, Le Moyne
  18. I am currently a senior in college and will be completing my degree in health sciences in May (2016)... My cumulative GPA is currently a 3.2. One program that I plan to apply to (MCPHS) allows you to apply to the PA program without completing all the prerequisites, as long as they are complete prior to matriculation. I still need three major prerequisites for the school: A&P II, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry.... (It is a January start, 24 month program.) I plan on taking A&P II in the spring, and will take Organic Chem/Biochem in the summer of 2016. Applicants are accepted o
  19. So I have mostly B's in my prerequisites. I have probably like 4 A's out of all of them but they are mostly Bs. Science GPA comes out to be a 3.52. I'm worries this is seriously hurting me. Anyone else have this problem? I'm also nervous because my GRE was sub par :/ except for my writing which I got a 5. Like I'm literally just 1 or 2 points away from being average on the verbal and quantitative. I currently can't afford to take another GRE though. And I want retake it hopefully before September ends but money has just been so tight lately. What is your experience with mostly B's and sub
  20. Hi everyone, My undergrad school has a strange A&P class--the biology department offers only a one semester class that covers A&P for all systems. I know most PA schools require 2 semesters, but I've also taken Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms through my minor, Speech and Hearing Sciences. Does anyone know if this will count towards A&P hours, or must the class be more general? Thanks!
  21. Hello everyone! I'm currently living and working in Madrid, Spain, but I'm trying to get my PA prerequisites and patient contact hours done here. I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with that? I'm applying to an American university here to see if it's possible. I don't know if anyone has had any luck with working with a specific program or doctors who would welcome international students to complete their patient contact hours. Please help! Desperate!
  22. Many programs I am looking list Medical Terminology as a prerequisite. Most say that online is acceptable and that it only needs to be one credit. I have not taken such a class, but have a semester's worth of classes for an EMT-Basic license. Even if EMTs are specifically for pre-hospital care, in my mind it seems like this should be a sufficient substitute; however, I understand that when programs are sorting through tens of thousands of applicants they'll easily toss aside an app that didn't follow directions. In the Program Materials section of CASPA, they allow you to choose the classe
  23. Hello, Anyone know any Summer 2 session online Anatomy and physiology classes!? THANKSSS
  24. I am a non-degree seeking post-bacc pre-PA student. In May, I completed the last prerequisites for my wish list of PA programs. Their prereq's were not extensive, their lists ended with Organic Chemistry I. I scored an A in O-chem I, I'm particularly proud of that grade. Should I continue to take more science courses, such as Organic Chemistry II? What do PA programs look for specifically on transcripts of post-bacc students? I contacted the admissions departments of the programs. They both verbally stated in general terms any courses additional to the prereq's are not needed and don
  25. Hi, all! I am glad to stumble upon this website. I will start by giving a little background about myself, and then ask the typical questions. I completed my bachelor's and master's degrees in Psychology (specifically Research-based) from the Univeristy of Oregon in 2006 and 2010. I graduated undergraduate with a 3.56 GPA and a 3.71 GPA in graduate school. To no avail, I couldn't find employment for this area and contemplated going back to school. After several years working as a Caregiver and Mental Health Therapist, I decided to start taking the prerequisites to go back to school for
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