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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'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 about a 3.2 and sGPA of about 3.0-3.1 somewhere in that general area. I got a 297 on the GRE, with my writing section being in about the 95th percentile (not sure if that really matters or not). I also do have a LOR from my A&P professor, I have around 50+ shadowing hours, shadowing a transplant surgeon and psychiatrist. I also currently have been working as a scribe in the Emergency department with not only physicians but PA's as well. I have been a scribe for about 2 years so I'd say more than 1,000 hours and I've contacted some schools who consider it has PCE hours, with that being said I've definitely learned a LOT being a scribe and being exposed to everything and anything in the ER. I also have a letter recommendation who is a PA-C and he's also a faculty member for a universitys PA program as well. So I was wondering, will my GPA ruin my chances of getting in PA school? I really didn't wanna have to take a bunch of science classes if I didn't need to but I've been unfortunately comparing myself to a lot of applicants and I feel like the short end of the stick. Thanks to everyone and anyone who responds, all criticism is welcome. Just please try not to be too rude :)
  3. 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 Shadowing hours: 20
  4. 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 something for my application. I have yet to take the GRE but plan on doing well since I will need the extra buff. I also attended basic camp and advanced camp if that helps my application at all. What are my chances for getting into PA school and is there any advice that I can be given for my future success in the medical field. Thank you. Very Respectfully, Nick
  5. Hey guys! Didn't see a post for this cycle yet. Wishing y'all good luck this year!
  6. 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 Magoosh and they did not have an analytical practice section so my AW score was the same, but my verbal and quantitative scores improved tremendously! Magoosh usually has pretty good sales for a 6 month subscription for $125 (regular price of 1 month subscription) around January and July. Direct Patient Care : (Patient Care Technician / CNA) Cerebrovascular / Diabetic floor (2 years ~2,500 hours) Float pool / Anywhere in the hospital (~500 hours) Extracurricular / Leadership / Research Activities: Greek organization // Junior and Senior scholarship committee Pre-PA club // Treasurer 2 full terms UTC Medical Society // Member Volunteer for local hospital, Adult and Children's Emergency Room (200 hours) Children's Believe Campaign and St. Jude Up till Dawn participant (~25 hours), Girls on the Run (~10 hours) Supporter of various organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, Make A Wish foundation, TC Thomson's Children's Hospital, Girl Scouts of America LOR PA in Neurosurgical and Spine Unit (Shadowed 150 hours) RN who's director/manager of Neuroscience (Known for 2 years) RN Clinical Staff Leader (Known for 1 year) Professor who I had 3 classes in Microbiology (B) , Immunology (A), and Microbial Ecology (A) Saving one more recommendation request for a potential PA or MD Personal Statement Topic: I talked about my personal childhood struggles with many health issues in my family & how I wanted to pursue a career that provides access to healthcare . I then weaned into my work experience at the hospital and mentoring. Ended it with a description of the PA I shadowed and all the qualities that I believe I had to be an important asset in healthcare. Schools Applied: Six. UTHSC, South College - Knoxville, South College - Nashville, Lincoln Memorial University, Lipscomb University, and UAB Application Submitted Date: 06/03 for UTSHC, LMU, and UAB Late June for South College Knoxville and Lipscomb Mid August for South College- Nashville Schools Received Application Date: Most of the schools received my application in less than a week after it was verified. Verified 2 days after I submitted my CASPA application. Interview Invites: LMU Denied: UTHSC Waitlisted: UAB Accepted: N/A Attempts: 2nd (Applied pretty late 1st cycle to 1 school because of graduation/deadline issues so this theoretically would be my 1st real application cycle) Plan B if all else fails: 1. Pursue an accelerated Masters in Pharmacology to compensate all this waiting since most of these PA schools matriculate in August 2019 2. Take the MCAT. Some PA schools allow MCAT scores and would be a good refresher in basic prerequisite courses. 3. Shadow MD's, PA"s, NP's, PT's .............................. I would greatly appreciate all the strengths and weaknesses in my current application. Any other ideas to improve my application would be helpful as well. Thank you guys so much!
  7. 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 decision to transfer home to reground and refocus on my priorities. Following this, my grades improved significantly. I finished with a overall 3.38 cGPA at my second university, however my prior schooling and repeats of a handful of classes left me with an overall cGPA 2.99 and sGPA of 2.82 - which is obviously making me feel discouraged? Currently, I am set to be accepted to an 1-year accelerated nursing program starting in May 2019 to become an RN. I also got accepted to Case Western's Medical Physiology master's program and am waiting to hear back on one other MS program. I am leaning toward becoming an RN as I'm thinking this would give me more purpose and satisfaction in work rather than struggling to find a medical job without having any certification until I can further my education/career. I am also not sure how much benefit a general science master's degree would have overall or when applying to PA programs and, with that being said, given the cost of getting a masters...I'm hesitant to commit. The last two bonuses of being an RN, I'd be able to get my finances together and some quality HCE for a couple years before pursuing PA school. SO, my questions and confusion: Most important --> 1) What is the best way of raising my GPA and chances for PA school? Taking general or upper level sciences? Technically my GPA would bump up by doing the nursing program, however a few of my PA pre-reqs are low even after a couple repeats so I am concerned about this. 2) Should I repeat my pre-reqs? I noticed some schools say that you have to have taken these classes within 6 years of applying. By the time I apply, some of my pre-reqs will be past this and I would have to retake them anyway if this is the case. Am I not understanding this correctly? 3) What are thoughts on pursuing master's programs in relation to PA school? Benefits? Has anyone done this and would you do it again if you had the choice? Here are my stats again: cGPA: 2.99 // sGPA: 2.82 // GRE: v - 154/65th percentile, q - 153/51st percentile, w - 3.5 // Current paid HCE: 432 // Volunteer HCE: 652 I'm sorry this is long, but I am open to any and all words of advice anyone is willing to offer! Hopefully, this will help others as well - I've read a lot of uplifting forums that give me hope that it is still possible to achieve our goals! Thank you to all in advance!
  8. 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 started shadowing a PA, have spent more time volunteering, working, and booked a medical mission trip to Costa Rica. I am also rewriting my personal statement, getting new LORs, and retaking the GRE, because my last score was below 50th in two of the three areas. I just don't know what else I can do, because as CASPA gets closer and closer to opening, I am getting worried about reapplying and getting more rejections. Any advice?
  9. 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's in all 3. -Approximately 3,080 hours PCE (rough estimate) -Experience shadowing a PA in both primary care and emergency care settings -2 letters of recommendation, one from an MD and one from a PA, waiting until I'm finished my sciences to ask a professor for a third to reinforce my academic skill So, not the highest degree of applicant a lot of schools see, but I'm relatively confident in a lot of my abilities. However, I'm just experiencing that pre-application anxiety and wanted to post here to see if anyone had any advice, any thoughts on my experience and likelihood at admission, any recommendations on how to bolster my application? Any and all criticism is appreciated. It's still a while away, but I've wanted to be in the medical field my whole life and want to be as prepared as possible! Regards, Lucien
  10. 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 overall is 3.79 (unsure about science gpa but majored in Biology). I really appreciate any feedback! Thanks so much!
  11. 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 this is the age long question but what are my chances of being accepted into a PA program? I'm looking to apply to Touro manhattan and bayshore. Does anyone have any schools they can recommend that might give me a better chance at getting acceptance? I've put my entire life on hold to even come this far.... I'd appreciate any guidance that the community has to offer. Thank you in advance
  12. 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?
  13. 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/
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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 think as highly of (although it was totally worth it). Is it even worth applying in the next cycle or should I get another CNA hospital job and work for another year to be more competitive?
  17. 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-
  18. 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 getting into a PA program at either USC or Loma Linda University -- or any PA Programs in California. If any of you have good advice to me that can strengthen my application , That would be great too! Please help me as I am very determined to get in to PA school. Thank you!
  19. 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 would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks, Jermaine
  20. 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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