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  1. Hello everyone, I was hoping someone could shed some light on my situation. I am currently a paramedic, and have over 10,000 HCE. I was working as a firefighter recruit in the academy and unfortunately got injured twice. I was forced to resign and started working as a paramedic again. I love medicine and I have been working on my undergrad for the past 1.5 years. Currently a senior and all of my prereqs are finished (sgpa 3.7). I have an upward trend in my GPA, which was initially terrible (had bad GPA about 8 years ago when I was going through family issues and wasn't focused in school).
  2. Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum and I want to ask a question that's been bugging me for a while. I recently graduated with a bachelor's in Neuroscience and Music, and my final GPA is pretty low (cumulative 2.85, science is much lower than that, unfortunately). I went through some incredibly rough times in college, but I've come to terms with the fact that I'll need to retake a bunch of classes (probably at a CUNY or something) to really improve my chances of getting into PA school. I'm determined, I'm way more focused, and I'm not giving up on this dream, so I'll do what it takes!
  3. I took Gen Chemistry three times. I took it twice at once college (got a D in lecture, A- in lab and the retake at the same college was C+) I then took Gen Chem 1 and 2 at a community college because I was not allowed to take Gen Chemistry 2 without taking the first and got an A in both Gen Chem 1 and 2 (not a separate lab). Schools say the minimum grade is a C in all pre-reqs. Can I still apply to these programs? Do they consider all 3 grades to make that minimum C in the pre-req? Thank you in advance for the help.
  4. Hello! I am new to the forum. I have a question has anyone taken any of their prerequisites at UNE online? I need Organic Chemistry, Anatomy, Biochem, and Genetics. I am hoping to attend Wingate at Hendersonville in North Carolina. :-) I am excited to be apart of this group as I start my journey. I am an older student and would appreciate any advice. Thank you all!!
  5. 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
  6. 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 &
  7. 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
  8. With this thread, I am attempting to create a one-stop-shop for everyone's prerequisite questions, by compiling a complete list of every PA program's prereqs and experience requirements, as well as the location of each program. It would be nice if someone stickied this, and everyone can feel free to contribute. I apologize for the sporadic capitalization, I hand-typed all of this, as copying and pasting was far too messy and inconsistent. My first post is the nine schools in New England, since it's kind of the area I know the most about. I'm going to try and group schools by geographic area, e
  9. 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
  10. This is a big deal folks: http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/final-test-results-confirm-ebola-vaccine-highly-effective/ar-BBxtbkF
  11. 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
  12. Hi, I may be short in my chem requirements to apply this year so I'm looking into taking ISP courses in LA. They are 4 week courses that meet only on Sat/Sun for 8-10 hrs a day. I'd be able to complete Gen Chem 1 and 2 in 2 months. I've checked and Samuel Merritt accepts them and I'm pretty sure UC Davis does, as well. However, they're pretty pricey ($2000 each) and I imagine they are really challenging. Has anyone here taken these courses via ISP and if so, how were they? Would you recommend them to another student? I'm also quite worried about my GPA so I'd only want to take it if I
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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:
  16. 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
  17. 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?
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Hi, Has anyone gone over which chemistry classes that Foothill college (Los Altos, CA) offers are accepted to fulfill SMU's chem pre-reqs? Or De Anza's offerings? I am currently enrolled in Chem 30A with plans to take 30B and possibly Chem 1A, but am wondering if I should instead look to take the 1 year Gen Chem sequence instead. Thanks for your help!
  23. 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
  24. 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!
  25. 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
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