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  1. Hi everyone, I wanted to start this thread early so we can share our experience! Goodluck!
  2. Hello all! I could use some advice! I am currently accepted to a pa program that starts in June of this year. However, I am really second guessing this program, but hate to turn down my chance at pa school. I know multiple people that go there currently, and I have heard nothing but terrible things about the program. To start, they have already had 9 students drop out or be kicked out of the class that started in 2019 (I feel like this is very unheard of). I have heard countless stories of the staff being very demeaning and unsupportive (telling students they should drop out, will never b
  3. Hi All! I am a graduate student in public health and have worked with providers to inform patient care plans as well as screen patients for adverse childhood experiences, resiliency, quality of life, etc... I have not been an EMT, CNA, Aid, or other roles that are usually seen with direct patient care experience for PA schools. I have already submitted my application, but after attending an information session I am nervous that schools will not count my public health hours as patient care (I made the mistake of listing them as health care experience and not patient care experience). Does
  4. Hello all, I've been wandering around this website for quite some time reading peoples' posts and finally decided to try and make my own and have some people who have similar stats as me shed some light. I graduated from the University of Central Florida in August 2018 and I'm retaking A&P 1 & 2 since my university only offered Anatomy and Physiology as separate courses. I did unfortunately get C's in both Anatomy and Physio, however retaking A&P 1 and 2, I received an A in A&P 1 and will most likely receive an A in A&P 2. My cumulative GPA averaged out to
  5. I'm trying to decide where to apply... And also I want to know what my chances are for getting in... So far I have a 3.74 GPA overall 3.51 science GPA (Microbiology Major)- I took intro to Bio-Organic Chemistry, but I didn't take Ochem or bio chem individually. I have all the other basic chem classes and bio classes including genetics and abnormal psychology. Patient care hours: Phlebotomist for 410 hours, Medical intern in Africa 400 hours Volunteer- Community hospital 40hrs, red cross 15 hours, I helped build an elementary school in Peru 100 hrs, Senior outreach 10hrs
  6. I am a Biology/Pre-PA major Junior in college. I am in ROTC and participate in many extracurricular within ROTC, so I am ranked well. I am looking for advice on my chances for getting into PA school. I don't have many preferences for a PA school, my life dream has just always been to save lives within the medical field. At the time of applying for PA school I will have a 3.1-3.3 GPA, around 1000 hours as an ED medical scribe, and I worked as a pharmacy technician for a year. Most of my credibility outside of my GPA is ROTC which takes up a decent chunk of time which I am hoping will say
  7. Hey guys! Didn't see a post for this cycle yet. Wishing y'all good luck this year!
  8. Undergrad Ed School: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Major (GPA) // Minor (GPA) : Biology (3.58) with 2 minors in Chemistry (2.9) & Psychology (4.0) Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.68 Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.58 Post Bachelor GPA: N/A Age at application time : 22 1st GRE - V: 141 Q: 150 W: 3.0 // I unfortunately scheduled the GRE after taking 2 summer finals (Physics and Psychology of Individual Differences) so this score is pretty much a baseline for how I would do with minimal / no studying. 2nd GRE - V: 149 Q 161 W: 3.0 // The GRE prep I used was
  9. Hi there! New to the community - I finally decided to make an account after reading through a ton of helpful forum posts ? Currently struggling with what to do to set myself up in the best way for PA school. I am 23 and just graduated two weeks ago with a B.S. of Health Science and during my final final exam week came to the realization that pursuing MD/DO wasn't the right match for me given my personal aspirations (family, time, etc.). I started off my freshman year getting 4.0s in every class, then had a drastic drop in my late sophomore/entire junior year GPA. I made the deci
  10. So I applied last cycle, 2016-2017, with somewhat of a premature application. I graduated in May of 2015 with a B.S in Biology and then applied for jobs as a nursing assistant until I finally landed one in Feb 2016. Since then I have been working as a nursing assistant and taking pre-requisites. (was formerly pre-med). My last application had about 800 hours of HCE (including volunteer work and nursing assistant hours). I had an "OK" PS, and 3 decent LORs. My cumulative GPA is 3.4 and science is 3.2. I got no interviews, all rejections from about 9 schools. This cycle I st
  11. Hey all, I've been working in the medical field (first as a mental health worker at SEPH for a year, and two years interning prior, then in an emergency room/crisis intervention as a tech for two years) for quite some time, and I have intentions to apply to PA school when CASPA opens up in spring of next year. I have a bachelors in Psychology earned in 2015, and the following are some basic credentials: -3.67 Cumulative Undergrad GPA, Dean's List from Sophomore Year onward -Medical Terminology - A, A&P1 - A, currently taking A&P2, Micro and Biochem but expect to have A'
  12. Hello, I'm currently applying to a few PA schools and am worried about my GRE score. My verbal is low- 148 (38th percentile), quantitative- 159 (73rd percentile), and analytical- 4.0 (59th percentile). If I am planning on applying to a couple competitive schools like Duke and George Washington, would it be better to retake to get a higher verbal score? Which score is more important the verbal or quant? I have over 1000 hours of direct patient care from medical volunteer trips as well as working as a PCT and 1000 hours in general HCE, volunteering and shadowing. My over
  13. Hello all, Thank you for providing a medium for where prospective PA students can discuss concerns for their journey. I'm 33 years old I've been in finances for a while and due to some personal conflicts, I've decided to change careers to being a PA. When I was younger I was already working in real estates so graduating with a high GPA was not on the top of my priority. Now after 2 years of taking pre-reqs I have built my overall gpa back up to a 3.0 with a science GPA of 3.7. I have approximately 600 hours of HCE as EMT and about 200 from shadowing a PA and my GRE is 303. I know t
  14. Hello everyone, I have recently decided to portray a degree in ESS that is designed to get (help) me into PA school. However, before I made this choice, I was pursuing a BS in Computer Science. To make a long story short, I failed my second CS course and my Calc 2 course because of personal and educational issues. These two courses are not required for PA school, but I'm worried if my grade in them will reflect on my acceptance into a PA school. I'm wondering if anyone has experience this? What do I need to do? How can proceed to becoming a PA?
  15. Hi everyone! Check out this new tool for Pre-PA students! You can search by entering a combination of Classes, Credit Hours, CASPA, GRE, GPA. Enter in all the criteria you plant to fulfill or have fulfilled, and a list will populate of schools you are eligible to apply to! Very easy to use and will save you hundreds of hours trying to find what schools you should apply to. Please click the link to try it out! http://physicianassistantrequirementspa.com/pa-programs-search/
  16. I currently have a 2.3 with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and have already taken the GRE with a good score. I just graduated and I am currently planning on retaking the classes that I did bad in and taking more upper division science classes to raise my GPA. I also am gaining my hours through phlebotomy starting this January. If you could let me in on how else should I go about my journey please let me know.
  17. I was wondering if anyone heard anything from Rush after their first round of interviews? I really liked the school and am hoping to get in!
  18. Hi, I graduated two years ago from UW-Madison with a degree in English and all of my PA school pre-reqs done. My overall GPA = 3.7 My science GPA = 3.8 Here is my health care experience Nursing home CNA 7 months = 368 hrs Hospital CNA 11 months = 1000 hrs Volunteer stuff: Clinic volunteer in Peru 5 months ~300 hrs Clinic volunteer in Tanzanaia 5 months ~300 hrs I am confident about my GPA, but I don't feel like my health care experience is very competitive because I kept taking breaks from being a paid CNA to do medical volunteering abroad, which schools won't t
  19. I just started researching CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), and it seems fantastic! Is there something I'm missing? More autonomy and more salary than a PA... Granted, CRNAs have a less diverse scope of practice, but they own what they do procedurally, can contract independently, and do something meaningful and significant within healthcare, and get paid for it- big time. Any thoughts/ input appreciated.. -Thanks-
  20. Hi, I have a BA degree (in psychology and minor in education) already from a UC. I transferred from a community college after 2 years and graduated from the UC. MY overall GPA is 3.3 and I believe my science GPA is 3.0. I still have to take anatomy and physiology and microbiology (at a community college since I have graduated) and GRE (or MCATS- not sure which one to take). I have volunteered at a hospital and for a few non profit organizations. I do not have research experience as of yet. Not yet shadowed a PA but am planning on. I want to see what your opinions are in regards to me get
  21. Hello everyone, A quick question... I just came across this program at RRCC, and I was wondering about the 2000 hours of paid healthcare requirement. I have worked as a civilian dental assistant/dental front office for the past 7 years. For 7 years before that I was an Active Duty Air Force health services management technician (medical administration. I just wated to know if the program will count my years of dental assisting paid healthcare hours? BTW - I got my bachelors degree in biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2005. If anyone has any insight it
  22. I am applying to four PA programs. My GRE scores are 86th percentile Verbal, 35th percentile quantitative, and 4.0 analytical. What can I say, I'm a nervous test taker. My CASPA calculated GPA is 3.07 overall, though in my nursing degree my GPA was 3.2 (these classes were taken more recently than my first undergrad degree). I have three excellent references, a killer personal statement, and over 10,000 hours of experience. Do you think I still have a chance of admission, even though my GRE quantitative score and GPA are not spectacular?
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