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  1. Hello! I am a senior in Life Science and will be graduating spring 2019. I have a 3.411 cGPA, 3.263 sGPA. I have been a CNA in the hospital setting for 2 years and currently work as a CNA in home health and a tutor. I have 400 volunteer hours, 50 shadowing hours, myriad leadership positions on campus and though I know research has little to do with the PA field, am conducting biomedical research to learn more about the physiology behind the heart. I apply this cycle and was curious to see other's opinions on my statistics. Thank you.
  2. 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
  3. Hi, I am really interested in applying to a couple programs I became aware of a little late in the game. The deadlines are Jan15th. I am wondering if it is too late for me to apply or should I go ahead and submit an application. Penn State & Southern California University are the programs I am looking into
  4. Sooooo I took Gen Chem I and II, plus both labs (8 credits worth) at a local community college. When entering them into CASPA, do the A's add into my Science GPA? Or is it a separate category? It'd be reallyyyy nice to have 8 more A's to boost my sciences. THANKS FOR ANY HELP <3 and yes, I will check with CASPA to be sure :)
  5. Hello, I am finishing my undergrad and will be graduating with a Bachelor's in Health Science from Ohio in December. I want to apply for the cycle starting in April 2018. I have not taken the GRE yet My overall gpa is 3.4 and my science is 3.33 I'll have ~ 1500 hours PCE in April as a Medical Assistant/Phlebotomist I have 30 hours of PA shadowing and about 50 MD shadowing I'll have ~500 hours volunteering I plan to have good letters of rec and personal statement I have been researching schools that fit my profile but would love advice as this is all a bit overwhelming! Thank you!!
  6. To help you write your own personal statements, I have decided to post my own essay as an example. It is not my best writing, but it got the job done. I was offered interviews at four competitive schools and was accepted at three (I turned down the other interview). My CASPA personal statement is reproduced in its entirety on my blog, linked below. Enjoy! http://pajourney.com/2015/03/13/my-caspa-personal-statement-as-an-example/
  7. Sorry if this has been asked but I am wondering when I should start applying for my first job out of school. I will be graduating in March 2017 and plan to take my PANCE on week after school. When should I start putting out my resume? Thanks
  8. 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?
  9. wxwin93

    Too late to apply?

    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?
  10. Hello, I am currently a junior and if I want to start PA school next fall, I need to apply this summer, but I'm unsure if my stats would allow me to be competitive enough to actually get accepted to any schools. I was hoping to gather some opinions on whether I would be a competitive enough applicant to apply now or if I should wait until next cycle.\ STATS: GPA: 3.9 HCE: I will have about 600 hours as a CNA in a nursing home and as a volunteer at a health clinic doing intakes and vitals Shadowing: I have about 20 hours but plan on aquiring at least 20 more before applying If I should apply this cycle, any suggestions as to which schools I would be a competitive applicant for on the east coast? Thanks
  11. Hello. I had 4 interviews last cycle. I received 3 rejections and 1 alternate list. I am very thankful for being placed on alternate list, because it's not a straight no and I am still being considered. (Staying positive) The program did not mention how many candidates are placed on alternate list. It just says "small group." I will continue to apply for the next application cycle, but I was just wondering if anyone got accepted after placed on alternate list. The program starts in June, and it's already mid-April.
  12. Hello PA forum, I still have about a year and a half before I finish my undergrad if all goes well, and I'm not sure when I should start applying to PA school. Ideally, I would like to have a gap year before PA school for work and travel. Would this decision be looked down upon? When would I apply if I wanted to start the fall after college as opposed to a year later? Thank you, any response is much appreciated, Steph
  13. I have written a post on my blog about a strategy that you can use when writing the personal statement. It is probably my best piece of advice on how to craft an interview-winning essay. Check out the link below! http://pajourney.com/2015/03/13/writing-the-personal-statement/
  14. I'll be applying PA programs year. The deadlines vary: some early as Sept, others all the way in May. For my LOR, I have 2 professors on board. I don't have a PA yet, but around the time that I want to turn the application in I will have some hours of shadowing, but not enough to ask a PA for a LOR. So, should I..... A) Wait a few more weeks to turn in my app so I'll have a PA LOR? (As in hitting submit for CASPA 2-4 weeks before the school's deadline) B) Or should I opt for earlier submission date with no PA LOR (If I did this, I would ask the Volunteer Coordinator at the hospital to write me one because I've been volunteering regularly for 8 months)?
  15. Hi all, Just wanted to know if I have a realistic shot at getting into PA school. Is there anything else I should be doing to make myself look competitive? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks! Major: Medical Laboratory Science with minors in Chemistry and Biology Overall GPA: 3.78 Science GPA: 3.68 Last 60 credits GPA: 3.96 I did not take the GRE and don’t plan to HCE: 6,000 + more (currently employed as a medical technologist) Direct patient care: ~830 hours doing phlebotomy at a rehab hospital, ~150 hours volunteering at a local hospital, ~30 bone marrow assist and preps Volunteer: Big Brothers/Big sisters, Relay for Life, Hershey Park, and my hospital volunteering as a Patient Care Aide. PA Shadowing: ~25 hours in general surgery and family medicine (I’ll be shadowing more PA’s in the future) MD Shadowing: ~115 hours (I tried to shadow in different disciplines including family medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, internal medicine, and surgery) Licensure: Clinical Laboratory Scientist Certification: American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), CPR/AED Certified Extracurricular Activities: ASCP Scholarship recipient, Primary Care Day participant, People to People, Treasure for Pre-Med Society, Completed laboratory leadership series, Serve on performance improvement committee Letters of Rec: An MD, a PA, and my college organic professor.
  16. A lot of people are asking me when my interviews will be. I've been telling them I don't know, but probably in early fall. I submitted my application in the middle of May. When will the schools, based on applying in mid-May, begin contacting applicants for interviews? What is the amount of time between when the applicant gets contacted for an interview and the interview itself?
  17. Hi everyone, I was wondering what everyone's statistics were for those who got in precious years. I have 1600 direct patient care at an internal Medicine office as a medical assistant, about 120 hours of shadowing two PAs and a doctor, 300 hours of volunteering, two years of research at a biology lab at my university, and an overall GPA of 3.76. I've taken lots of science classes, and my last one is genetics which I am finishing up this summer. My GRE is not that great .. 4 on writing 151 math and 147 verbal. What are my chances?! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. 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/
  19. 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/
  20. Does anyone know if there are drawbacks to applying to a PA program if I still have one prerequisite to complete? All the programs say it is okay to apply with one or two left to finish. For me, I'll either have genetics or organic chemistry left to take after I apply and I’m wondering if that will have a negative impact on my chances for an interview. Of course I would still have enough time to complete the necessary prereqs before each school’s actual deadline.
  21. I still need to take Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) and most schools require it, if not strongly recommended. GPA: 3.63
  22. I am confused on the CASPA section regarding listing duties from past work experience/medical experience/volunteer experience/etc. That section, I do believe, allows 40 words which is alot. Is this section supposed to be written in complete sentences or the typical fragmented style usually used on resumes? Anyone that could help!? Thanks!
  23. Hi guys I am currently a junior and this summer am about to start my application process. At this point in time I am extremely nervous because I do not know what to expect. So if anyone could share how their application process went I would greatly appreciate it. /does anyone know the average gap of acceptance to MCPHS and how many patient care hours ec t, thanks
  24. I've just recently decided that I wanted to take the PA route. I've been a pre-health student, B.S. in Biological Sciences, so I am good on the prereqs. Here's my situation, this is my junior year. GPA: 4.0 both cumulative and science I only have about 50 volunteer hours so far in a hospital, which I am still at. [i have plenty (at least 200 hrs) from volunteering in various places in high school, which really wasn't that long ago for me but I don't know if I can use this?] I'm going to get CNA certified but the soonest would be by Feb., leaving me with only a couple months of experience (about 250 hrs). I'm planning on starting to volunteer at a local hospice, so by the time I apply in the summer I would have 400-500hrs of patient contact total. My paid work experience: Summer with Artworks program, public murals project. Health Sciences program at the university (336 hrs), participant with stipend Tutoring services through the university (continuing) Lab Assistant for Chemistry dept. (continuing) Supplemental instructor for health and nutrition course (future, next semester) Extracurriculars: Biology club (VP) Premed society (club) Christians on Campus Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Multicultural Association of Premed Students (MAPS) I would still have to prepare and take the GRE, too. Schools I am interested in: Baylor, Kettering, Yale, Philadelphia, Alabama (birmingham), UMDMJ ..Now that I'm typing this out, my application looks a little weak. It seems like a lot of work to cram everything by June/July (all these HCE hours, GRE, applications, etc.) Actually, I could technically graduate after fall semester next year, after applying. But I'm planning on studying art abroad in Italy spring semester while I'm still receiving financial aid, so I'm delaying graduation. Should I wait another year to apply? I could get in more HCE, spread out my classes, study more for the GRE, be able to put my study abroad experience on my application...and spend that extra semester or two either working or going to a Bible training college I've been looking into. I really don't know what to do. Are my schools too beyond my reach? I need schools that don't have a high requirement for HCE, will accept AP credit, and preferably don't require statistics or additional psych. courses. I'm hoping my GPA will help. I would really appreciate any help! Thanks in advance.
  25. I'm a pre-PA student and have contacted dozens of medical practices here in the McAllen, Texas, area to arrange job shadowing but with limited success. Please contact me if you know of any shadowing opportunities here or have any suggestions. I have a B.A. already and am completing my prerequisite courses this fall. I intend to apply to PA programs this fall. Thanks, Marc B. Geller logonaut <at> gmail <dot> com
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