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  1. Hi, I am writing this post as my girlfriend is on the road to getting accepted in to a PA school and is hitting a few speed bumps. I personally work in finance so I am a little out of touch in terms of support, and my suggestions to "keep pushing" are becoming more and more patronizing with every denial email she receives. My question for this forum is why? What is it that has caused 8 schools to say no to her application so far, without even an interview. Some info on her: GRE: 312 GPA- (cumulative including undergrad) : 3.2 GPA science: 3.6 Undergraduate degree- Language studies (Japanese) - (She's half Japanese). Work experience: 2.5 years as a physiotherapist assistant, 1/2 years to current as a medical scribe at a pediatric clinic. Along with this she has volunteer work and strong application letters. It's very difficult for me to watch the rejection letters come in one after another without an offer for an interview. I know if she received one she would do great as her interpersonal skills and bedside manner are so strong. Can anyone offer any advice as I am trying to help her through what I assume are familiar feelings of self doubt. Thanks in advance!
  2. Hello! I am on the edge of whether or not I should apply for PA school this cycle. I am a Junior in college, so this would be applying tpostart PA school a few months after I graduate. Cumulative GPA:3.88 Science GPA:3.91 I only have about 550 hours being a pharmacy tech, which these 2 programs count as PCE, but will be applying in May so will have about 750-800 by then. I have about 110 volunteer hours-some in hospitals and a hospice agency where I visit patients, as well as about 20 shadowing hours, which I will really try to increase by May. I started the Pre-PA club at my university, so I am President of that, as well as in honors at my University. I have a few other smaller leadership positions and some other honors for academics and service. I will be taking the GRE in a few weeks, so I don't have any stats on that yet, but I usually do well on standardized tests like that. I am definitely lacking in patient care, but I wanted an honest opinion on if the other things could outweigh that this cycle, as I don't know what to think. I would love to get in this cycle, but I am not sure if it would be a waste of my time. Thank you!
  3. 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) because I got the flu and I missed over 2 weeks of class. However, I retook this class this year, same prof, and got an A. Problem: I'm currently enrolled in Physiology at same CC which is taught in semesters. However, I will not be able to make the application cycle this time around because I still have Microbiology to take and at least 2 other classes. I want to drop my current physiology class and take it in an accredited but accelerated program where I will have the chance (for a much higher tuition) to take multiple classes in the next several months. Should I do it? My current physio class, although interesting, won't end until end of May. Teacher is highly demanding, very poor at lecture, and absolutely condescending and absent during labs. He's also harsh on grading, doesn't curve/round and doesn't offer any extra credit.
  4. Hello everyone, i've made this page to start the discussion of CUNY's admission cycle. Feel free to post!
  5. Hi all, I'm currently in the interview process, and I'm somewhat confused about how to manage acceptances (should they come...). My first interview is in a week, the next one is in 2 weeks, and a top choice program, which I haven't heard back from yet, doesn't start interviews until late-October. (Still waiting to hear from a few more programs, too.) So, do prospective PA students in this position just make deposits as necessary to hold places in programs they're interested in as acceptances come in, if they're still waiting to hear back from their first or second choices? Is it really disrespectful to accept an offer from a program, make the deposit, and then change your mind, or is this just an expected part of the process? If I'm offered an October interview for that top choice program, I could theoretically end up paying deposits to 3 separate programs, which seems absurd... Granted, the chances I'd actually get 3 acceptances are probably low, but even 2 would be tricky. What am I missing? Thank you :)
  6. Hey guys, my name is Alex Miller! I will be applying to PA programs next year, and wanted some feedback on my chances of getting into some schools. Sooooo... I'm am currently a junior at Virginia Tech (21 yrs old) studying towards a BS. in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, with Spanish minor Pre-reqs: (future) 3.8 (C in Organic Chemistry) (also, Gen Chem I/II and labs all taken at community college, finished with A's) (future) sGPA: approx. 3.3-3.45 (future) overall GPA: 3.5-3.6 GRE: taking in the summer, expecting 80-90% percentile in all sections HCE: 5,000 hrs as EMT-Basic (member of 3 emt squads) Shadowing: 50 hrs w/ Trauma Surgeon; 20 w/ ICU nurse; 25 w/ ER PA Volunteering: 100 hrs. ED volunteer Other: Pulmonary Research Lab job w/ Cardiothorastic surgeon (300 + hrs) (Also, I have high faith that I could talk my way out of any huge blemishes in my application if given the chance to interview!) I'd really love to go to a school such a Penn State, GWU, Wake Forest, UNC, but I realize that my GPA is wayyyy below average, and I may be shooting too high. Anyone have some opinions to share? Please be brutally honest, anything helps!!
  7. Hello everyone! As of right now, I am a 2nd-semester college junior; however, I am only 19 since I took 2 years of Post-Secondary Enrollment Option courses through my high school at a nearby four-year university. That being said, I was wondering if any adcoms might possibly be impressed by the fact that I managed to complete 60 undergraduate credits while in high school and that I will graduate 1.5/2 years earlier than the majority of my high school graduating class, or if at least they will see that as a sign that I am self-motivated and eager to learn/adept at learning things quickly? I ask this because at the end of my senior year of high school when I was taking Inorganic Chemistry 1, that was the semester when my grandfather was diagnosed with stage IV prostate and bone cancer; thus, as you could imagine, my family needed to shift focus on supporting him throughout his treatments, which meant that my parents would need the family car in order to look after him and whatnot (my family only really could afford to own one vehicle at this time) which, in turn, meant that I didn't really have any mode of transportation to/from the university for lecture or lab sessions for said chemistry class. Alas, seeing no way around this unwelcome obstacle, I submitted my request to withdraw from that class section and to end up with a "WP" (Withdrawal Passing) for the time being (as well as receiving bad marks of BCs in my general biology 1 class and cancer biology class I had also taken that semester (online, however, so I was still fortunately able to complete these courses. My grades suffered though, due to the familial challenges we were facing and the added stress that situation was causing for everyone -- myself included. I have since then passed Inorganic Chemistry 1 & 2, and Organic chemistry 1 & 2 with all either "A"s or "AB"s and have filled my schedule with upper-division biology and chemistry courses. Will this "WP" become deleterious to any chance of an interview/acceptance into any program, or do you think they will be lenient on this if I explain the situation to them well enough in any essays/personal statements/interviews? Forward to right now, I have been doing for the most part pretty well with my academic progress and everything. So far, with my 101 credits I have a cGPA of 3.50 and sGPA of 3.47. Below I will list my stats and such and if any/all of you could please tell me what to focus on/what my overall chances are of getting accepted in the 2018-2019 cycle that would be very much appreciated! Also, depending on what you think, if you know of any PA programs with similar statistics and whatnot that would also be much obliged! So far, I've been scouring through the list of programs but hey, who knows, I may have missed a couple worth looking into! Profile: Caucasian male, 19, graduating 2019 with a BA in Biology cGPA: 3.50 sGPA: 3.47 GRE score: Q: 159 - V: 159 - A: 4.5 (combined: 318). Volunteering experience: 503 hours (105 coming from 4 summers of coaching U10/U12 co-ed soccer teams; 384 hours coming from two 8-day camp sessions from 2016-current at a summer camp in Minnesota called Celebrate ME! Week, where 7th grade girls and boys (the majority of them being diagnosed with learning disabilities or being diagnosed with some type of ASD) become more well-equipped to handle what middle school and high school and the rest of the world will throw at them by helping them to boost their self-esteem and become more confident in themselves and learn that no matter what people say or do they're still worthwhile people (side note: there are plenty more camp quotes that I could jot down for you all to use if you'd like; they may be cheesy, but they're still fun to say, no less!); and the other 14 hours coming from a medical missions trip I took from May 8-May 13 this past spring over to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where I spent a few hours each day of that week assisting the head nurse of the Missionvale Medical Center in the impoverished Missionvale township. There I helped to administer vaccinations to the local community, set up IVs, recorded basic vitals, helped with administrative work, and administered medications (whether that be topical, intravenous, PO, etc.). HCE/PCE: 1,505 hours (1,155 hours coming from being a CNA, and the other 336 as a medical scribe + 14 from my missions trip). Shadowing experience (both MD and PA): ~80 hours (shadowed 60 hours with different PAs in multiple specialties, 20 with an MD in psychiatry). Extracurriculars: member of our university's LGBTA+ alliance, officer of our chapter's Active Minds organization Extraneous accomplishments: Published my first full-length novel (300+ pages) by the time I turned 19. Background: MN resident, coming from a underserved area in behavioral medicine (which is why I would like to become a PA-C to be able to go into either psychiatry/behavior medicine or general surgery). Underrepresented minority in medicine (I know that most PA programs don't consider this to be a URM, but I know that Northwestern Feinberg's PA program in IL, in fact, does): LGBTA+ community member. Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this, and I will welcome any and all advice that you guys have!
  8. So I recently interviewed at a school with rolling admissions for a spot in the upcoming cohort. I've seen people from my interview session post about being accepted a few days after but at over two weeks after I still have heard nothing. Should I assume I'm out of luck or is there still hope?
  9. I've posted a lot but I don't think I've ever given my stats. I haven't graduated yet, but I'm anticipating the following stats, and I'm curious of what people think of my chances. I'm being as realistic as possible, from taking practice GREs, calculating my highest GPA possible and dropping it some, as well as LOR/LOEs Schools applying to are Duke, UNC, ECU, Wake, Wingate, MUSC, Campbell, Lenoir Rhyne, Gardner Webb, Elon, Presbyterian College, Charleston Southern, North Greenville University Bio undergrad, white male, 30 at application time cGPA: 3.4 sGPA: 3.5 GRE 300 HCE: EMT paid 2500 hours shadowing: 30 hours PA 3 LORs from 2 PAs and a professor Give me your thoughts, please and thank you.
  10. Hey guys! Are there any Duke PA students that can tell me how quickly they heard back if they got in or not? I know they said two weeks, but the admissions coordinator said it might be earlier. I am just curious because I was accepted into another program and the deposit is due November 12th. It would be glorious to know one way or the other before I part with that money. Like someone said in another thread, my wallet doesn't exactly runneth over...
  11. Hello everyone! Thought I would start a thread for applications this cycle. Has anyone heard back from Chatham that their applications have been received yet?
  12. I'd like to thank you all in advance for your thoughtful comments. I have been reading this forum, and I decided it was time for me to make a profile and ask for your honest advice: I am an occupational therapist (very fresh grad), I am in my 30s, and I am happy practicing as an OT for the next 2-3 years to get experience under my belt. I have observed PAs working with patients during my clinicals and at work, and I am drawn to the work they do, especially conditions and diagnosis. I have a 3.7 in my OT program, and in my last 60 of undergraduate my GPA was around a 3.8. My GPA prior to the last 60 was ABYSMAL, but I went back to school buckled down, and I think my record shows that. When I bucked down I was a very committed student; I have great references from my OT program, and I hope I can also have good references from my employers if I decide to go for a PA degree. I am a little disappointed in myself that I got a lot of B's in classes which don't matter enough for an OT (General Bio, Biochemistry). My grades fall along these lines: 1. Non science prereqs: English 101 Comp 101, 102 - A, All psychology courses A's 2. Gross Anatomy: A, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Biochemistry B's in both. Microbiology A 3. Research Methods, and Statistics A's. I still need to take inorganic chemistry, and two physiology courses. I am considering applying to Wayne State University, and Cuyahoga Community College's program (I'm a cuyahoga county resident born and raised). I am unmarried without kids and I have a high degree of flexibility to go anywhere in the country. I plan on working as an OT for a few years, because I think that work will buttress my application. I may end up retaking A&P, and Biochem if I need to. Do any of you know schools which only consider the last 60 credit hours of your undergraduate record? I know that my graduate degree in OT will not "count" in GPA calculations for nearly all programs.
  13. Hi all, I am not a pre-PA student myself, but am asking this question for another and hope that someone who has been through the process or similar situation can provide some insight! Do all direct patient care hours have to be finished prior to matriculation or prior to submitting an application? I have only been able to talk with two schools about the process, but both have alluded to that admissions is very strict with this being done prior to application submission. I just want to hear if anyone has heard different or if there is any kind of loophole around this. I had looked around on the forum and did not see this asked previously. I apologize if I have missed it.
  14. Hi- I am looking to apply to PA school this upcoming cycle (beginning in April). I just want to see if it is worth it at all to apply this cycle or to if it would be better to wait until I have a stronger application. I'm looking to apply at grand valley state, Eastern Michigan, university of detroit, University of Dayton, (maybe) Northwestern University, midwestern university, and University of colorado- Denver or Boulder, so if anyone has any experience applying to those schools that would be extra helpful! I am most concerned about health care hours and GPA. My credentials: - Neuroscience major at U of Michigan- Ann Arbor, will graduate 2018 (current junior) - About 600 hours ED Scribe (will continue to accumulate hours)- Scribe for MDs and PAs - Volunteer with spinal rehab program at U of M (feeding and lifting patients) - about 20 but will continue to accumulate - One summer pharmacy research in Detroit - One school year public health research at U of M - Pre PA club at U of M - Lifeguard/ swim coach/ special olympics coach (not healthcare but I would like to work in pediatrics) -Young Life ( high school / college ministry) leader - Shadowing hours: ICU PA, OB/GYN office, trauma surgeon, hospital pharmacy ( about 50 total, not all PA) Current Science GPA: 3.05 (I know its low) Overall GPA: 3.3 Most recent semester GPA: 3.5 Grades: Intro bio/ lab: B/B-/B (10 credits total) Gen Chem: AP credit Intro Psych: AP credit Orgo 1: A (lab)/B (class) Orgo 2: B (lab)/ C+ (class) (considering retaking) Biochem: B+ Intro to Microbio: A Microbio (w/lab): A- Statistics: B Physics 100 level: A (class)/ B+ (lab) Developmental Psych: A Anatomy: currently taking - will be complete by the time I apply Genetics: Currently taking - will be complete by the time I apply Mammal physiology : B- (class)/A- (lab) Other health- care related classes: Bioethics: currently taking Public health: A- Calculus: C (killed my GPA - can we pretend this didn't happen) cognitive psych: B+ biopsych: A psychopharmacology: (drugs of abuse): currently taking- Will take in the fall: - HUMAN physiology - Nutrition - Medical terminology - Physics 2 Will take before graduating: - upper level molecular biology - upper level neuroscience lab
  15. Does anyone know anything about the admission requirements for this program? Anyone else planning to apply?
  16. Hi everyone! I'm going to be a sophomore in college this fall and wanted to know if I should plan to retake a course I got a C in. I got a C in Bio 101 & Chem 101 but got a B in Bio 102 & Chem 102. The schools I'm interested in say that they want students to have a minimum of a B in those required classes. I wanted to know if they would consider giving me some leeway if they see that I improved in my other required classes + got good grades in them or if I should still plan to retake those courses I got a C in. Thanks in advance! E
  17. I'm a senior in high school, currently applying to colleges, and I would love to hear this group's opinions on the undergraduate 5 year master's programs. Are they worth the hype? They're extremely appealing, for the obvious reasons of tuition costs and years actually spent in school. I would love to begin working right after college around the age of 23. And just to be clear, I'm interested in the career of a physician assistant for several reasons, one being that I do not want the lifestyle of a physician (namely, I'm attracted to the flexibility of the PA career, for the interest of having a family in the future and not wanting as much stress and difficult hours). So unless I hear an overwhelming response that medical school would be a better pathway for me, I would prefer opinions on how to best become a PA. Please correct me or give me new insights if anything I've said is naive-- college admissions and high school counselors are both very encouraging, but I would much rather hear your thoughts. (I have shadowing dates scheduled for later this month, for the same reason) I'm also especially interested in neuroscience--would there be any benefit to getting my undergraduate degree in Neuro and then applying to grad school somewhere else? I'm looking at schools primarily in Pennsylvania: Duquesne, Seton Hill, St.Francis, Pitt, and possibly a couple further east. Thank you in advance for any feedback you could offer!
  18. Hi everyone, I'm currently in a non healthcare position and have been for years. That said, my heart has always been in medicine and I finally decided that if I have another 40 years of work left in me, it isn't too late to follow my passion. *Technically, it is for some schools, as certain classes are over 10 years old =P I plan to take an accelerated Gen Bio I and II at a community college this fall [to satisfy some pre-requisites]. Now, here's my dilemma. What should be my primary focus in Spring if I want to apply next Summer? Let's assume I have acquired 1,000 hours of experience by then and a decent GRE score. Should I retake Anat and Phys, as they are my oldest classes (2007/2008)? I got a B in both; however, I later took a 400 level Physiology class and earned an A. *Anat and Phys is also a pre-req at every program, so maybe it wouldn't hurt to obtain an A to prove I'm better than my freshman self? OR Should I retake an Orgo class and hope for an A (which, when averaged, should bring my Orgo up to a 3.0). OR Take other avenues I haven't considered. I REALLY want this, but I do feel the pressure of the clock ticking, given how many years I have been out of school and some of my grades. The passion is there, and after so many years building a professional work ethic, I can confidently say it has made me a better student. I just don't want to be ignored because of how I look on paper. Any advice would be MUCH appreciated and I thank anyone who took the time to read this.
  19. 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?
  20. Hi PA Forum community! I stumbled on this website during my research about the PA profession about a year ago and would read through these forums on the daily, but I never had much courage until now to actively seek out some help! I really want to get into PA school but I don't have the most stellar GPA. I will be graduating Stony Brook University next week but I had a first 2 years in college, unfortunately leaving me with only a 2.7 GPA :( My grades did, however, increase my last two years of undergrad. I have been a pharmacy technician for almost a year and a half, but I know that doesn't really count towards HCE. I will be starting work as a medical scribe in the next few weeks to help me get HCE for the next year or two. I've also been on a medical mission during my undergrad as well, and I've been shadowing one of my professors who's also a PA. I can't decide on how to help myself raise my GPA. Some forums say that applying to post-bacc programs are not worth it, but some say they are. Some forums say that I should just take non-matriculated classes. I just really want some solid guidance as to how I can pursue the next few years of my time to gear myself up for PA school, academically. If you guys also know of any programs that would be helpful for me on Long Island, or NYC that would be really helpful as well. I'm really determined and I work really hard. This is something I really want for myself and I just want the best advice. Please don't tell me not to pursue this career path. I've shadowed PA's and I really can't see myself doing anything else. Thank you so much to everyone in advance for your help!
  21. Hey everyone, thanks for taking the time to review my essay.
  22. Hi forum, I've been interested in becoming a PA for years, and I think the window is narrowing (or expanding) for that to happen. I have two questions: 1) What are my chances of being accepted into a pa program? 2) If I have a chance to become a PA, what are my concerns for starting school at 40 First, my history. I graduated in 2002 from undergrad with a comp. sci. degree. GPA of 2.4. I had always been interested in medicine, but didn't feel I had what it took to pursue it. For the next few years I retook a bunch of science classes (chem, bio, A&P) and got all A's except for one B. Then I went to grad school for biomedical engineering masters and got a 3.9 GPA. I've also worked in research for years: running EEGs, MRIs, working in the OR, etc. What are my chances of satisfying the admissions requirements? When applying to grad schools in 2008, I had seriously considered PA school. But a series of factors made me choose biomed engineering instead... my undergrad GPA, we had a new baby and I was concerned about the time spent at school instead of home, the cost of PA school, and that I liked working in research. I've been working in research since undergrad, and I've loved it. I got to do a lot of clinical work without a clinical degree, because it was research: manning equipment in the operating room, performing EEGs and MRIs, doing patient histories. And I got to tech-stuff. But... as things happen, I've moved up the administrative ladder and no longer do anything clinical. I'll turn 38 this summer. I have 3 kids ages 9,5,3. If I retake A&P, the soonest I could apply to schools is when I am 39/40 and start when I am 40. But I need to consider the cost and time requirement for 2 years of schooling. Would my wife be able to support us during that time, etc. Something more realistic is starting school at 45 to have a few years to save money and have the kids be more self-sufficient. What are the considerations for starting school at 40-45? Thanks!
  23. 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 that by the time I apply. My top 2 schools would be either the U of Utah or Denver. I hear they focus mainly on volunteer hours though. Do you think I would have a chance at getting into either school since my volunteer hours are pretty low? Do you have any recommendations for schools that I have a good chance of being accepted to? Also, any advice on what to do for resume building would be great too! I am trying to figure out some more volunteering hours, but working full time, being a full time student, and conducting research leaves little time for a set volunteering schedule! Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! Taylor
  24. Hey all, new to the forums and I had a question regarding PA admissions, PA school, GPA, etc. To give a little background, I'm not your typical applicant. I graduated from college in 2004 with a BA in Economics and Business, and then spent 8.5 years in the Army as an Officer. I got out a few years ago and went private sector, but realized the business world wasn't for me. I had long been interested in PA (mostly due to my overwhelmingly positive experiences with them in the Military) but I thought that without having a science or medical background, I was just too far off the beaten path. Enter my cousin in law, who is older than me but has a very similar background: Commissioned Army Officer straight out of College, had a BA in a decidedly non-science or medical major (world history, I believe), no medical experience besides combat life saver (CLS) courses in the Army, but he got out of the Army, went to school for his pre-reqs, got into PA school (with basically no HCE besides shadowing), and is now a practicing PA. Here is my question: I'll be the first to admit I wasn't the greatest student when I was in College 11-15 years ago (I sometimes joked that my major was "I need a degree to become an Officer"), and although I graduated with about a 2.87, that was because I re-took several courses and my school took the higher grade (and I know CASPA will factor in both grades). However, now that I am back in school taking pre-reqs, my grades have been excellent (all A's and B's for science courses). So my question is: considering that my academic performance right now is excellent but it wasn't 14 or so years ago, how badly is that going to affect my chances? I know much of it is automated, but wouldn't admissions offices pay attention to the fact that I'm a significantly better student now than I was over a decade ago, or is it all the same to them? Thanks for everyone's help!
  25. Hello everyone my name is Chris. I am just trying to get a handle on how achievable my dream is giving my current portfolio. I currently go to Union University in Tennessee. The school always ranks well among private colleges in the south and across the country. In December I will graduate with a degree exercise science. My major GPA is around 3.6, cumulative 3.2, and science gpa (I'm guessing) is 2.5. I started my first semester with a 1.4 gpa so there has been a major upward trend since the beginning. My science prerequisites only include 1 biology, 1 chemistry (both for science majors), and A&P both 1&2 so I know I have a few I need to take that can help to raise that. My school offers an undergraduate gross anatomy class I plan to take as an upper leve bio. In addition to being a full time student I have worked for 4 years as a full time pharmacy technician while in school. With the exception of my obviously low science gpa, how do I look on paper as an applicant? I have emailed the university of utahs admissions and they said pharm tech was acceptable healthcare experience but I am willing to do more if I need to. Thank you for your comments and suggestions!! -Chris