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  1. I’m planning on applying to PA school 2022 cycle and will be taking organic chem by then. I’m taking genetics, microbio (second time) and chem (second time) and just received my official grade of a C in genetics. I received a C in micro/chem the first time around so I’m hoping for higher grades in both. I also have a C in anatomy that's officially on my transcript. I know I can handle the work for PA school, but at the moment I have to work two jobs (one full-time and other is part time) due to both my parents dying & me having minimum family support. I have mostly A’s/some B’s in my
  2. 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
  3. Hey, everybody! Fairly new here. I’ve been scrolling through other threads on this site regarding recommended online schools for prerequisite courses. A few of the threads are extremely helpful but several years old, so I wanted to start a more contemporary thread in case online school qualities have changed or there are any new ones. I’m looking to take biochemistry and anatomy online. Ideally a low price would be great, but a self-paced online course is most important to me considering my current career and associated time restrictions. I’ve been looking heavily at UNE for both courses
  4. Take Genetics with the lab or drop the lab?? Does it look bad if you don't have the lab?
  5. Wondering if anyone knows of schools with minimal or no credit expirations. Many schools require prereqs are taken within 5, 7, 10 years and I've retaken three courses thus far to meet most schools' requirements. Soon, more will fall outside of these ranges and it's exasperating to think I will have to pay out-of-pocket for more classes. I'll probably wind up retaking them, but I figure it doesn't hurt to put feelers out there if it means having more money dedicated to applications.
  6. 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!
  7. It looks on their website and on the CASPA prerequisites page like you have to take anatomy&physiology I and II...is this true? I took a separate human anatomy class and a physiology class - they weren't combined. I don't want to apply if this will not fulfill the requirement. Also, it says "Two semesters of human anatomy & physiology with laboratory (from a biology, physiology, zoology department, or an allied health program)"...my courses are from my school's kinesiology dept...will this not work? Thanks, I appreciate your feedback.
  8. Hey everyone, I completed my undergrad this spring and took biochem and microbio in the summer which I received a C and a C+ (A- in the lab), respectively, which does not look on my application. I am contemplating taking pathophys and genetics or retake biochem and microbio online via UNE online. Has anyone taken these courses online at UNE? If so, how hard were they? How long did the courses take? Any insight would be helpful. I'm not really sure what I'd be getting myself into if I go in blind. Plus, the only online course I ever took was medical terminology at my university during
  9. 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
  10. Recently, I decided to pursue the PA route and need to take Anatomy/Physiology 1 and 2 with lab and Microbiology with lab. One of the schools require Immunology/Virology too (Did anyone need to take this class for their prerequisites?). I graduated with my bachelor's and currently working full time. I am having difficulty finding a class I can take that fits with my work schedule. I was able to sign up for Anatomy/Physiology 1 at a local community college, but unable to sign up for the rest due to time conflict or not available at other community colleges. Can anyone suggest alternatives in ho
  11. I have completed my bachelor's degree in Biology, but since I was pre-med back then, I didn't complete the anatomy and physiology course and now have to complete it at a community college. I also have a full time job and was hoping to take anatomy and physiology in a hybrid setting (online lecture with in person lab). Is this a good idea? I've been looking at schools websites and some don't care, some said "considered on an individual basis," and some won't accept it. Am I limiting my chances too much? I want to apply mostly west coast and surrounding states. I also have to take statistics an
  12. I have been looking into PA programs to figure out which ones to apply to in the upcoming cycle. For some schools I meet all their prerequisite coursework, but for other schools I am a class or two short. I did not take abnormal psychology or sociology in my undergrad program, but I took all the core classes most PA schools want to see. What I am wondering is if it is a bad idea to apply to programs where I am missing a prerequisite. Will schools still view my application if I don't have every prerequisite they want? I don't want to waste my time and money applying to schools if they won't eve
  13. Hi all, Trying to decide if it’s worth applying to schools that only require up to microbiology (no gre, no genetics, no extra math, behavioral sciences etc) after I finish next semester. Everything’s on track it’s just my undergrad gpa of 2.88 that makes me nervous and pulls down the cumulative so i’ve been very careful with my grades post bacc. The question really is if it’s worth waiting to be above and beyond the minimum prerequisites. At this point i’m about here: cGPA: 3.08 Pre-req GPA: 3.8 sGPA: 4.0 PCE: 1,300 EMT Hospital Volunteer : 100 Research: 10
  14. This is going to sound pretty dumb but I'm serious! I'm so confused when it comes to applying to PA schools regarding the prerequisite coursework. I know MEDEX say that the courses can't be a part of prior training, but then I read online articles about how to incorporate prereqs for PA schools into your undergrad experience, killing 2 birds with 1 stone sorta thing...I understand the necessary courses. But I'm having a hard time discerning if the coursework can have been done as a part of one's undergrad. For example the cellular bio I took in my undergrad. Will that be applicable to MEDEX? O
  15. Hello, everyone. I know it may seem like this would be a bit of a biased place to ask for an opinion on this, but this forum seems really open-minded and overall really respectful with people asking these sort of questions compared to *cough* SDN *cough* other websites. I'm in a bit of a dilemma and I know ultimately this is only a choice I can make myself, but I'd like to get some opinions from others who are ahead of me on their medical journies as a little guidance. I'm 29 years old and a graduate of Arizona State University, where I majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psych
  16. Good afternoon everyone, I am a prospective PA student, and my question is specifically for Baylor's PA program. Does anyone know if both grades are taken into account when determining GPA if the class was retaken? Ex) If I got a C in a course, retook it, then received an A. Is just the A used in GPA calculation? I am trying to get a good idea of my stats in order to determine if I fit the program's criteria. Thank you in advance for your help!
  17. I'm attending Arizona State University online. I live in Georgia and I'm 24 years old. ASU is a quarter-based system, which means I get college credits on a quarterly basis instead of a semester basis. All PA and AA schools (I'm interested in both) require a certain amount of prerequisite hours, but at ASU, I would be about an hour or two short in a lot of them, like biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, etc. So, me getting a degree in biology from ASU is kind of pointless, because I'd have to take some additional prerequisite classes at my local college anyways. I should also mention I have
  18. 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! S
  19. 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.
  20. Hello All, I'm sorry if this has been asked before but I looked around and couldn't find an answer to my question: how do admissions view multiple W's on transcript? Obviously it's not favorable, but how bad is it? Background: I'm almost 30 and got my B.A. at 21 from a CC + Uni. At the time, I dropped a few classes I found boring, too time consuming, too difficult, etc. I didn't think much of it as I was able to successfully complete my degree. Fast forward to today, I'm more than 1/2-way done with my pre-reqs for PA school. I had to drop Anatomy last year (taken at local CC) becaus
  21. Hello. My senior year in college I had no idea what I wanted to do when I graduated, so I went to law school. I am now thirty-one years old and have been a divorce attorney for the past six plus years. I hate every second of it. I have always regretted not going to medical school instead, but at this point I already have too much debt to take on a residency. So I have been contemplating applying for PA school. I think I could take Anatomy/Physiology I&II, Biology, Chemistry I&II, and Microbiology this spring and summer at the local community college. Unfortunately, I would no
  22. I am planning to apply during the 2018 cycle but have to finish completing pre-reqs. Wondering from those who have experience, is microbio or bio chem more difficult? I took AP chem in high school (years ago), will take Ochem this coming semester but want to couple it with either micro or biochem to get them done. Recommendations on the order to take them in would be helpful!
  23. 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??
  24. I'm planning to apply to schools in California (not for a few years), but I was wondering if it would be okay to take my foreign language classes pass/no pass. Would it still count for a foreign language requirement?
  25. Some PA schools require some units of english. However, it is not very well-defined in their websites what actually counts as english. Would a literature class count? Or any other classes I could take to fulfill a writing requirement for graduating? For example, there is a class at my university called "scandinavian literature" and it is considered a writing class, but it isn't under the english department so I am unsure about it.
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