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  1. 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, CASPA hasn't calculated my GPA yet and based on what I've heard a CASPA gpa is way lower than your transcript gpa and I want to be competitive. Not to mention that I am a psychology major which is already not the usual biology/chem. My major (science undergraduate) is a 3.5. My plans were this summer to take these classes at a community college while completing classes towards finishing my degree at my usual university. The reason for this is due to COVID-19 and my school deciding to continue remote learning via ZOOM. My university doesn't have the best science professors from what I heard and what I seen (taking chem which I got an A in). I figured community college whose curriculum is already set up as online would be much easier for me to pick u in and CHEAPER of course. I say all of this to ask if it makes since to put myself through all of this in the summer if I may not get an interview based on the fact that my regular GPA is 3.0 and even if I take all of these classes and receieve a 4.0 I doubt my CASPA gpa will be raised by that much. My PCE (Paid) is 2000.
  2. Hey all! Figured since there wasn't a thread for UE started yet, I would start one! I am a current undergraduate at UE graduating in December and applying this cycle. Good luck to all! ?
  3. I worked as a PRN rehab technician for about 3 months (roughly 20 hours a week) before I became Full-Time (40 hours a week). How do I record this change in hours? Do I make two separate entries or average the hours per week? My hours for PRN also varied each week, with weeks working up to 30 hours and sometimes only 15 hours. Do I need to record this somehow? I also do not understand how PA schools validate that the numbers of hours stated are honest. Is there some sort of validation document needed from each employer from past jobs. Any advice is appreciated, thank you!
  4. Well....Here it goes 2019 application cycle! Good luck to everyone...
  5. Hey guys, I'm currently considering applying next year and was wondering if anyone could share their stats for getting into nova or any other school in florida, especially how many pce hours, since they don't seem to require it but I'm not sure how many most applicants have.
  6. Hey guys, I will be applying to PA school this cycle and I was talking to an admissions counselor at the PA school I am interested in going (in my home town) about my academic record/healthcare experience and how I can be a more competitive applicant. In conclusion, she recommended I re-take Gen Chem II cause I got a D the first time I took it. Some background on me is that I have a cGPA of 3.1 and I knew that wasn't competitive enough for PA school and decided to get a Master's in Science which I got a cGPA of 3.5 with a sGPA of 3.6. I figured that since I took a lot of upper level chemistry and biochem courses in grad school it would counteract my D in gen chem II. However, they don't factor in grad grades with the undergrad pre-req grades which I should've known and feel stupid that I don't so I am looking at retaking gen chem over the summer before Aug 1. Other areas of my app are very strong with a good enough GRE, over 2,500 healthcare hours and other volunteer experience. This is literally my last battle and any advice would be amazing! SO she recommended I take Gen Chem II online at UNE (University of New England) and she said I;d be able to finish that in 8 weeks. I absolutely hated GC II and I really need to pull off an A. I've never experienced taking an online class through UNE...if any of you guys have had any experience and how hard you think it would be to pull off an A that would be greatly appreciated!!
  7. Hello Everyone, This is my first time posting here on the forum and was hoping I could get some direction seeing as I have already benefited so much from reading past posts. I just submitted my application for the first time. I have an overall science GPA of 3.31 and my overall non-science is a 3.47. I am 31 years old and have been working as a sonographer for the past five years at a government hospital. I could go into more stats, but my main question has to do with last year’s grades. The last two semesters I withdrew (received a W) from genetics due to my aunt having cancer. I went in with good intentions, but realized I knew I needed to take time off. I mentioned it briefly in my personal statement, but didn’t want to spend much time on it or seem as though I was trying to negate the blame. I know schools look for an upward trend, so my question is will these recent W’s inhibit my admission? Thank you in advance
  8. Hi everyone, just applied to 11 schools on the east coast. Wondering if I can get some opinions on my stats. Any thoughts are welcome! I'm an applied biology major with a focus in pre-physician assistant studies, and a minor in psychology. cGPA is 3.85 sGPA is 3.77 PCE will be about 1800 to 1900 hours by the matriculation. I've worked in a pretty intense environment at cardiothoracic surgery. shadowed 120 hours with a PA in otolaryngology. I've also been an anatomy and physiology lab teacher assistant for about a year and a half. I feel my personal statement was strong. I had plenty of help with it and I feel it reflects my skills and accolades very well. I also was a volunteer soccer coach and referee for a while. My letters of rec are coming from my nurse manager from patient care employment, the PA I shadowed, the anatomy and physiology professor that I assist in the lab, and my organic chem professor (Got A's both semesters with him in lab and lecture). Any constructive thoughts are welcome! Thanks guys!
  9. Hello! I was wondering what chemistry grades people have received and whether they were able to get into PA school with them. I have currently an A in gen chem 1, a B- in genchem 2 and orgo 1, and a B in orgo 2. Should I retake any classes? Or will I be able to get into a PA school with these grades? (Just a note my overall science gpa is 3.5). Sorry for the annoying question, but any advice is greatly appreciated, thank you! -Maylily7
  10. Hello, my name is Maylily7! I really want to become a PA and apply to PA school upon graduation. What I would appreciate is advice to secure an acceptance and the likelihood I can get into one of these programs. Also, if you have any personal admissions stories I'd be happy to hear them! I just want to know if this is achievable for me. Also, if you have any schools/programs I might be a good fit/candidate for, please don't hesitate to mention them, I'd love to check them out! Info about me: Biology major with a psychology and chemistry minor. 3.7 overall GPA, 3.5 Science GPA Graduating in May 2018, have made Dean's List 7/8 semesters (still waiting to see how I do this semester) Currently volunteering with my school's EMS unit and as of right now have about 100 hours. I don't have much health care hours but I am a certified EMT and plan to take a year off to gain experience as well as learn more about the field. Thank you for your time and advice, I appreciate it a lot! :D Maylily7
  11. what pa program are you in and what's your profile like? I am still an undergrad student and I would want to be (extra) well-prepared for PA school. I have looked at multiple uni's programs, but since I'm in california, I'd like to stay local. I was looking at usc's. anybody in usc's program? gpa? GRE score? HRE? curious. thank you.
  12. I recently took the GRE and needless to say, my writing was/is a bit rusty. It's not that I am a terrible writer; I simply need ample time to craft a compelling piece. Do schools have an AWA cutoff? Most I have looked into consider a 4 to be on the low end. I was hoping a personal statement that shows I do not speak like a caveman could make up for it. Thanks for reading!
  13. Huh, I just realized there was no thread for applicants here this year. Anyway, submitted and verified in June. Just received an interview invite for September (my first invite; very excited). Best of luck to everyone.
  14. I didn't see one, so I figured I'd start the thread for 2015-2016 applicants. Good luck, all.
  15. Good evening all, This is my first take at a personal statement for PA school. Any and all critiques are appreciated and will be taken into consideration. Thank you all in advance for your time taken to review and comment. ____________________________________________________________________ “Next to creating a life, the finest thing a man can do is to save one.” This quote by Abraham Lincoln has become one that has permeated my life. Originally, my career goals never included medicine or life-saving. At age 17 I joined my local volunteer fire department. Responding to medical calls with the fire department piqued my interest into the medical world. I attended EMT school, then paramedic school. I went to work for *BLANK* ambulance service in *BLANK*, Mississippi, and became the Medical Officer of the same fire department that I started out with only a few years earlier. Still currently serving in these roles, I love what I do. I see people at their worst make a complete turn around because of my care. I train and teach emergency medical responders, EMTs, and paramedics. I guide emergency medical care on emergency scenes. But I do crave more, and I see areas of deficits in our current healthcare system where I could make an impact as a physician assistant (PA). When first considering advancing my career beyond my licensure as a paramedic, my father, a nuclear medicine physician, was happy to hear my interest in practicing medicine. Furthermore, he was intrigued, as I was, about the PA profession. I began meeting PAs, talking with them, and learning about the role of the PA. I shadowed an emergency medicine and cardiology PA, and was amazed at the competence and care with which he treated his patients, and how well PAs work in conjunction with fellow healthcare providers. While essential, the nursing model of healthcare delivery never resonated well with me. Being highly proficient with and loving science while growing up led me to feel affinity to the medical model of healthcare delivery. Yet I was also never attracted to the prospect of becoming a physician. Title, money, and prestige are not reasons for my wanting to enter medicine. I fell in love with medicine through the paradigm of the physician assistant profession, and found that the PA profession will offer me everything I seek. Every day as a paramedic I provide medical treatment for ill and injured patients. As a PA, my knowledge would be expanded significantly to be able to provide in depth, advanced medical care to those patients. My base knowledge and experience as a paramedic makes me the perfect candidate to learn to practice medicine as a PA. This is one of the many things I value about the PA profession; it embraces the experience I have gained previously, and continues to build on those experiences. As a paramedic, taking patients to rural emergency departments can be an eye-opening experience. These facilities may be under-staffed, or even must close on nights due to a lack of a healthcare provider being able to cover the ED. As a PA, I would be a commodity to these areas, bringing competent and experienced emergency medical care to patients that are all-too-often under-served. Many of these facilities cannot bear the financial burden of hiring another physician; but a PA provides a high-quality, cost-effective alternative. There is no need for these patients to go without emergency care, and I plan to be there for them. Additionally, as a PA, I will be flexible enough to meet the demands of these regions. Not only would I be able to provide increased access to emergency care to Mississippi citizens, but due to the flexible nature of the PA license, I could also provide exceptional primary care services in an attempt to keep patients in Mississippi's more rural areas out of the ED in the first place. All too often, I see situations where I think, “this could have been prevented”, like the patient with congestive heart failure who I am forced to intubate because his lungs are full of fluid, and he is on the verge of death. “When did he last see his primary care provider?” I ask. “It's been a while,” is often the unfortunate answer. Furthermore, the PA profession appeals to me due to its infancy. Physicians and nurse practitioners are well-defined with large lobbying groups. It excites me to be coming into a profession at such a pivotal time – when the profession is truly taking root, especially in the State of Mississippi, and still needing numbers of competent, thoughtful providers to join its ranks. I thirst to be part of that movement: to advance the profession, to make “PA” a household name in Mississippi, and to represent all PAs in the best light, as the healthcare providers that they are. The medical field has ignited a passion I never saw coming. Through a series of events beginning with my joining of the fire department, I have found my way into the medical world. I am ready, prepared, and excited to be taking the next step in my career, into the practice of medicine. I hope, that through my education and training in the PA profession, I may continue to live out more fully my creed of “saving lives”.
  16. I was arrested a little over a year ago for DUI, but the charges have since been reduced to Reckless Driving after drawn out court proceedings due to insufficient evidence and a field sobriety test that was conducted outside the lawful parameters in place by the NHTSA. In the time since the initial incident, I've come to the part of my applications where I am asked to 'explain' the misdemeanor charge, but having trouble expressing my thoughts and wondering if I'm going about it in an appropriate manner. Do I use this opportunity to discuss what I've learned about myself and the steps I've taken to account for my actions in becoming a more responsible individual? Or is this section of the application simply a function to explain the nature of my arrest. I've done some searching through the forums, but haven't been successful in finding anything exactly helpful to my situation. Any input on how to better navigate this particular part of my application would be greatly appreciated.
  17. Hello all! I was hoping to get an opinion or two as to my efforts preparing for PA school application process. First off, I am a medical rep that was blessed to have hands on patient time as a rep in the realm of sleep disorders and another opportunity to work as a rep with chronic lung disorders and neurological disorders that lead to respiratory problems/ failure. I am currently a rep for a home health company where I have taken that knowledge I gained and designed specialty programs for COPD/ restrictive lung disease patients, trying to reduce hospital readmission rates, and neuromuscular patients. So far I have amassed over 350 hours of clinical shadowing in the fields of Orthopaedics and Neurology. This fall I will be an intern / volunteer that is allowed direct patient contact at a local hospital. It is a yearlong program where I am rotated every quarter into a different department. The departments they would like me to consider thus far are Acute care, ICU, PACU and Surgery. I will also have completed 60-100 hours in the community working with special needs children and wounded warriors. I have a BA in Business and am just shy of an AA in Biological Sciences. My shadowing is still ongoing until they become tired of me. ;) My concern is my undergrad GPA from 15 years ago.....Its right at a 3.0 but there are some nasty marks scattered here and there. Thankfully all my sciences had expired so I could retake them and currently have a 3.5 science GPA with 3 classes left. I'm hoping that an admissions panel will be able to discern that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life at the age of 18 while pursuing my undergrad. Thus, I had no passion for my studies and frankly worried more about the social aspects of college life than academic life but at 39 I finally realized what I wanted to do when I grew up and that ignited a passion within me. I know that is not a stellar GPA but was wondering if a panel may take other aspects into account like the fact that I am working a 45-50 hour a week job, taking 10 hours per semester while helping to raise two young daughters, one with special needs. On top of that, my wife is an NP in MedOnc and HemOnc, and due to the stress and demands of that field, has more than her fair share of MS exacerbations these days. :( At risk of sounding like a country song, I'm wondering if a panel will take into consideration that if I can pull a 3.5+ science GPA with all this going on imagine what I can achieve if I'm able to remove work from the equation and devote that time to a PA program. My fear is that my mediocre undergrad GPA will get my application immediately tossed into the garbage without a chance to explain! My family and I are prepared to move states in order for me to attend a program; whatever it takes. Will any of this help or be taken under consideration? I have not taken the GRE yet. Opinions, good or bad, are greatly appreciated. Suggestions as to how to continue to become a more competitive candidate are most valued as well. Thanks for reading my Novella!
  18. Hello all! Just wanted to start a new thread for fellow 2014-2015 UNTHSC PA applicants to talk on. Best of luck!
  19. I get the impression from looking around that, as the PA profession came from those already in the healthcare field, HCE was of a high value. However, there have been many posts about the decreasing requirement for HCE and the higher applicant average for GPA. While lots of programs, and the PAEA annual report, will list the average GPA and average HCE from the accepted applicant pools, has anyone looked at the direct correlation of the two? What I mean is, what is the trade off between HCE and GPA? Is 2000 hours of high quality HCE worth two-tenths (0.2) of a GPA when it comes to interview invites? What about 5 years of high quality HCE: what would the GPA threshold be for an interview invite? This is of course assuming that the minimums are met and I'm only talking about quality hands on HCE. Volunteering as a candy striper is great experience, but I'm talking more about the RN, paramedic, military medic/ Corpsman roles. I have looked at 187 PA schools and have pared my list down to less than 20. It has amazed me how many have a low to no (500 hours or less) HCE requirement while having average cGPAs from matriculates be above 3.50.
  20. The American Association of Surgical PAs will offer a meeting designed for those interested in or actively apply to PA School. This seminar will include amazing insights on the profession, training, future as well as interview tips and a chance for one-on-one time with PAs who work on admissions committees. Bring a draft of your essay for review! AASPA is proud to be one of the first professional PA organizations to host a seminar specifically tailored to helping people realize their dreams of becoming a Physician Assistant. You will spend two hours with thought leaders in the PA profession learning specific information to strengthen your PA application and interview. We know what admission committees want to hear! You will meet PAs who are serving or who have served on PA Program admission committees from a variety of different programs. Attending an AASPA Pre-PA meeting looks amazing on a CASPA application, or drop a line during your interview. You will receive a great certificate to add to caspa or add to your application file! Here is the info: Date: Friday January 23, 2014, Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Location: Sheraton Suites Orlano AIrport hotel. FREE SHUTTLE FROM THE AIRPORT: http://www.starwoodh...propertyID=1317 ORLANDO,FL ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE Registration link: https://aaspa.com/forms/cme-prepa.asp?navid=5&loc=fl This amazing seminar will include: -Overview of the PA Profession -PA Profession news that all applicants need to know -Essentials of Academic prerequisites -Health care/patient care prerequisites -How to deal with CASPA -PA-wanna-be essays -How to stand out as an applicant -One on one and group Q & A session -and much more! Attending this seminar you will receive: Unique certificate of attendance suitable for listing on PA applications Copies of all PowerPoint slides and lecture materials One on one opportunities to speak with PAs serving on admission committees Unique tips, tricks, and advice you can't get from a book or a website. COST: $100 tuition (tax-deductable!) Discounts available for groups of 10 or more, email ceo@aaspa.com for info AASPA Pre-PA FLyer.pdf
  21. How many classes per semester do take for your program? Is 9 typical?
  22. Just wanted to know if anybody was applying this year! Does anyone know the actual statistics are of getting in? Sometimes the websites are a little skewed. Good luck everyone!
  23. Hi everyone! I am brand new to these forums, and I would like to ask those of you who are in a program, or have been through one, about my overall candidacy and what I can do to increase my competitiveness. If you're unconcerned with the long version, I included a quick tl;dr at the bottom. I am currently working as a software developer, as I had spent 8 years (taking some semesters off) in my undergrad and had to finally choose something. I had always had a passion for healthcare, but did not apply myself in the sciences, and did particularly poorly (D's, F's, and W's). Consequently, I will be retaking some prerequisites to boost my cumulative and science GPA. Prior to graduating, I worked for 4 years as a CNA in both a hospital setting (med/surg) and long term care. I graduated with a 3.6 GPA from the University of Phoenix, although my cumulative is probably lower (see above re: lack of ambition). After realizing what it is I truly want in life, I got my act together, kept my GPA high, and am taking steps to ready myself for PA school. I am currently shadowing a PA who specializes in oncology, and also have plans to shadow another PA in emergency medicine. My wife will graduate from her masters program in Spring 2014, and my plans are to enter a program in the fall of 2014 (more realistically 2015, as I may not get all my prereqs out of the way in time). tl;dr: By the time I apply (target entrance Fall 2015), I will have a cumulative GPA hovering at 3.6-3.8, 4 years of paid HCE, and a few hundred hours of PA shadowing. Here are my questions: My last paid year for HCE will be approximately 4 years old by the time I apply, is that too old? Does HCE 'expire', as far as admissions are concerned? What else should/can I do to boost how competitive I am as a candidate when I finally do apply? Will my non-human-science Bachelors stand in the way of getting into PA school? For those who took the time to read this whole thing, you have more patience than I had writing it ;). I appreciate any feedback! Thanks!
  24. I hate to sound redundant, as I know this question has been asked in various ways. However... Need your thoughts on a few things. 1. When should I bite the bullet and submit? - I am finishing Genetics this summer and have one more Chem class in the fall. Do I wait until I have the final grade from Summer classes? Currently, I have Genetics and Chem2 as 'pending' per CASPA. I am torn, I feel like it should be as complete as possible, but waiting to submit until August (first week) is equally nerve wracking. - also waiting in CPR cert, and would like to add in a few more shadowing hrs even though I have plenty of HCEs ** Any thoughts??? 2. LOR- I don't know why this is such a process for me. I have two thus far ( one professor and a DC who was a former employer). My last job I was a patient advocate/educator. My initial thought is to ask someone there. However, our supervisors were not clinicians ... More along the line sof MPH/MBAs etc. I have read that you "should" have a PA write an LOR. I have done shadowing in addition to HCE hours, but it seems less meaningful to have someone I shadowed for 25 hrs write an LOR than someone I worked for for 5 years. Am I putting too much thought into this? Ps- my earliest deadline is Oct 1... Technically Aug 9-ish should be ok if it's a one month turn around. But crazier things have happened! Any advice is greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
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