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  1. Hi, Just signed up for this forum. I am currently a senior in my undergrad, I finish in the Summer 2021. My current cumulative gpa is 3.09 which is very low and for my science courses these are the grades I have made: General Chem 1 & 2: B Biology 1 : B Biology 2: C Orgo 1: C Orgo 2: F(first time), C (2nd time) Physics 1 & 2: A Genetics: B- Microbiology: D, I am going to retake. I am taking Biochemistry 1 this spring 2021 and other upper-division biology courses where I hope to make As in.
  2. Hello everyone, I am new to this site and I would really appreciate if I can receive advice. I have an undergraduate GPA of 3.045 right now this is prior to my spring semester grades being placed in and I project my GPA to raise but I guess not much since I will mostly have A's and B's. I am also graduating in December so I have one more semester. What makes me nervous is that Yale requires prereq's that I don't have yet (Micro, A&P I AND II, and Biochem) but I have the statistics portion. Luckily, Yale doesn't require any labs for the prereq's. Yale's minimum GPA req is a 2.8 however
  3. I'm currently a junior in college and have decided to switch career paths from a dietitian to a PA. I don't have any PCE hours (except for some volunteer EMS hours in high school) so I am wondering the timeline for how I would apply to PA school if I took a gap year. I am a college athlete so I can only obtain very minimal HCE hours during the academic year and thus plan on taking a gap year to work as a PT aide and volunteer EMT. From what I have researched most PA school applications open up in June for the program to start the following year, and there is no way I could get the minimum amou
  4. Hi, everyone! What are your thoughts on applying to programs with a ARC-PA probationary accreditation status (i.e., "Accreditation-Probation")? I'm a first-time applicant, and a couple schools that I have my eye on currently have probationary statuses (Johnson & Wales University; Monmouth University). I was wondering if it's worth applying to said schools, especially to ones that have had a probationary status for more than two years. Although these schools are still considered accredited, is it safe to apply to & then attend these schools? Do these schools prepare stud
  5. I am currently an undergraduate and I am looking to apply next cycle 2020-2021. I have a list of schools I want to apply to that have pretty late application dates so I could get in as many health care hours as possible before application. I am planning to have ~1000 hours by application and ~2000 prior to matriculation. My GPA and GRE are very high. I have volunteer, leadership, shadowing, and research experience. My question is for schools that do not have a 1000+ hour requirement would it be more beneficial to apply a few months earlier or to wait until I hit the 1000 hour benchmark. Will i
  6. Hello everyone, I am currently in my third year as a biology undergraduate major at the City College of New York. I graduate next year and wanted to ask for opinions on whether or not I should apply to PA programs immediately after graduation. At the moment I have a 3.91 GPA, straight As in my science courses, have shadowed one PA for a few hours, and have over 200 hours volunteering at an ENT hospital. However, my plan after graduation is to work as an EMT to gain credible health care experience to put on my application. In your opinions, are my current credentials sufficient enoug
  7. 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
  8. daydreamy

    CV vs. Resume?

    Hello All! For those who are applying to programs that require a CV/resume (i.e. Drexel), have you already completed your CV/resume? Are we allowed to choose if we submit a CV or a resume, or do they require a CV? Thank you! :)
  9. I am an old fart and I know it so I am looking for a little perspective from the young toots. :-) I stumbled across a program at UT in Medical Informatics which I have a little interest in so I started looking at the requirements. You can seek a certificate or any of 3 degrees up to a doctorate. I started looking at the requirements. Reasonable cost....check. All online....check. Accredited....check. Submit a 2 page letter of intent and 3 references. Nope. How about this.... I pay you and you educate me. You know a business transaction which is really what higher education is. This isn't
  10. Hi everyone, I'd like to receive some advice or guidance as to the route I am taking and whether I have a good change of being interviewed and accepted to PA school. I originally applied last cycle to about 20 schools and was denied to 19 outright, was wait listed for an interview at one, and eventually notified that I was removed from the wait list and denied. Here were my stats when I applied the first time... Science GPA: 2.94 Cumulative GPA: ~3.35 GRE (2nd time taking it): 149 Verbal (43%), 153 Quantitative (52%), 4.0 Writing (60%) Patient Care Experience -
  11. Hello, everyone So I just finished taking UNE organic chemistry I course and received a grade of a B, which I'm pretty happy about. I wanted to apply to PA schools now but have realized that many deadlines have now passed. My number one pick is Arcadia University and that deadline is Oct 1s, there is no way I would make it in time ( I still have to take my GRE's). There are two schools on my list that I could still apply to, DeSales University and Clarkson University. I'm trying to decide if I Should go ahead and apply to these two schools or if I should wait another year and apply then?
  12. Hello ! I had a question concerning the degree verification on the CASPA application. I am graduating with my bachelors next week and will be walking in the ceremony. The semester has ended and I am for sure getting my degree. However, my university states that it can take up to 4-6 weeks in order for the degree to be awarded on official transcripts. I have talked to CASPA and they said that they cannot verify that the degree has been awarded if it isn't on the transcript. Should I submit my application fairly early and have my degree still be in progress on my application? Or do I wait unti
  13. To give some background, I completed my undergrad in 2013. I earned a BA with a double major in Biology and Psych. I had aspirations of medical school or a career in the psych field. I found out about the PA profession my last year of college around 2013 and had it in mind since then. Only in the last year or so did I make the decision that this is what I want to do and made myself more aware of requirements of getting into a PA program and what this career path is all about. I just reached the two year mark at my job as an intake specialist for addiction recovery. It is a call center positio
  14. I made a blog post covering this topic. TBL/PBL classes are so popular in programs right now that I think applying students should be more aware of what they are. If your program has these types of team-based classes, please leave a comment below and let us know how your program runs the class. http://pajourney.com/2016/09/12/what-are-tbl-and-pbl-and-why-do-so-many-pa-programs-have-them/
  15. Hey everyone, I'm going into my last year at as a Cell & Developmental Biology major. I recently found out that I'm going to be able to graduate three months early, in March, so I'm thinking about applying in June/July of 2017. I decided last year to make the switch from pre-med to pre-PA, and I'm enjoying this journey so much more than the pre-med route. So far my GPA is a 3.52 and I have 300 hours so far, but will be around ~1500+ by the end of July 2017 if I work full-time as an EMT from March to June. I'm EMT certified and I currently volunteer as an MA. I have a couple of C's
  16. I'm trying to plan a timeline for myself so that I can get everything done by the time that I apply, but I'm curious as to when I should apply. Should I apply beginning the spring of my junior year of college and go through interviews my senior year? OR should I apply my senior year after graduating? Also when exactly do most PA schools start like what month? As of right now, I am planning on finishing my prerequisites my senior year but I might have to push that forward. Ideally, I would like to start PA school right after graduating. Thank you!
  17. Hey! So I am just around the corner from applying to PA school for the first time. I have a BS in psychology with a 3.78 cumulative GPA and a 3.47 science GPA. I'll have around 2000 hours of HCE in the ER of a level one trauma center and around 20 hours of shadowing by the time I begin applying. Where I get concerned is about my volunteer hours. I know they aren't required at most schools, but I have heard that it can make or break your acceptance. I have around 550 volunteer hours, however the are from 3-6 years ago. I also do research at my university and will have around 100 hours for th
  18. Hey there! Ok long story short! 6 years ago I began college in NY (living here) and graduated last year. I plan on applying to a PA program (NY based schools) around the 2016-2017 cycle. For the first two years I received nothing but A's in all of my courses. Originally I wanted to be a dental hygienist. I was accepted into the program and my grades dropped. My grades were C (Medical Microbiology), W in Dental Anatomy, B- in Dental Oral Preventative, and a F in clinical. I had a full time job during that semester. After I switched my major to bioscience my grades improved once again (My grade
  19. Hi Guys, I'm planning to apply in the next cycle if possible, so that I would start PA school right after undergrad. I'm currently a junior finishing up my fall semester. I recently ordered an iPad and I am awaiting its arrival. I was thinking that it would be helpful to transition away from paper and pen to using an iPad in class to take notes and study before I get to graduate school where that seems to be the norm. However, I have been hearing that programs are starting to supply students with iPads when you start school. Is that the norm now? Should I just wait until I get accepted to see
  20. Wanted to share my latest blog post. I wrote about the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and want to expect on interview day. Hope you find it useful! http://pajourney.com/2015/11/14/multiple-mini-interviews-what-to-expect-and-how-to-deal/
  21. Hello. I am a M.S Mental Health counseling student (will qualify to get a LPC/LCADC/SAC) wanting to apply to a PA program. I have some questions: 1.) Has anyone heard of or know of anyone who has had an M.S in Mental Health apply to a program and got in? 2.) I am worried about the contact hours. During my program in the end I will have graduated with 1000hrs of contact hours with patients of all sorts. Does this look equally as good as someone who is an EMT etc.? 3.) My undergrad was not strong (2.7). I am glad my program saw something in me because now I have a graduate GPA of
  22. CASPA 2015-2016 is coming soon! Are you prepared to apply? The CASPA application will be launching on a new platform on April 22, 2015. Make sure to join the weekly PA chat sessions for a demonstration of the new application platform and Q&A sessions with me, the Physician Assistant Education Association's Director of Applicant & Student Services - CASPA Manager. The sessions for February are below, March will be scheduled soon. February schedule February 5: 6-7:30pm ET February 9: 5-6:30pm ET February 16: 5-6:30pm ET February 19: 6-7:30pm ET February 23: 5-6:30pm ET February 26:
  23. CASPA 2015-2016 is coming soon! Are you prepared to apply? The CASPA application will be launching on a new platform on April 22, 2015. Make sure to join the weekly PA chat sessions for a demonstration of the new application platform and Q&A sessions with me, the Physician Assistant Education Association's Director of Applicant & Student Services - CASPA Manager. The sessions for February are below, March will be scheduled soon. February schedule February 5: 6-7:30pm ET February 9: 5-6:30pm ET February 16: 5-6:30pm ET February 19: 6-7:30pm ET February 23: 5-6:30pm ET February 26:
  24. Hey everyone, I have a question about transferring credits from two different schools. I'm applying for PA School at the moment and when I first went to school I didn't do so hot. My GPA was a 3.0 but I have like 6 withdrawals and 4 C's. I stopped going to school, worked for two years aka got my life together and then went back to school. Now I'm graduating with a 3.8. Would it be considered academic dishonesty if I didn't submit the first school's transcripts? I don't need any of those credits, do I have to submit the credits? All types of feed back would be helpful, thank you!
  25. I apply April of 2015 to about 7 different school. Wish me luck! I have several questions that I'm not finding the answers to so please help. 1. Can I create a Caspa account NOW and start working on it? 2. Generally how long does it take for transcripts from school to arrive at caspa? More specifically how soon should I ask for them to be transferred? 3. I had my CNA license but it expired four years ago. Should I re certify just to have it on my application or is there somewhere that I can write "previously certified"? 4. I graduate from the University of Arizona in early May of 2015
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