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  1. Hello everyone, I am currently in my third year as a biology undergraduate major at the City College of New York. I graduate next year and wanted to ask for opinions on whether or not I should apply to PA programs immediately after graduation. At the moment I have a 3.91 GPA, straight As in my science courses, have shadowed one PA for a few hours, and have over 200 hours volunteering at an ENT hospital. However, my plan after graduation is to work as an EMT to gain credible health care experience to put on my application. In your opinions, are my current credentials sufficient enough for PA programs to consider me as a serious candidate? Or should I take a gap year to focus on obtaining more experience to put on my application? If so, any advice or recommendations? Any responses are much appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Hi all, Trying to decide if it’s worth applying to schools that only require up to microbiology (no gre, no genetics, no extra math, behavioral sciences etc) after I finish next semester. Everything’s on track it’s just my undergrad gpa of 2.88 that makes me nervous and pulls down the cumulative so i’ve been very careful with my grades post bacc. The question really is if it’s worth waiting to be above and beyond the minimum prerequisites. At this point i’m about here: cGPA: 3.08 Pre-req GPA: 3.8 sGPA: 4.0 PCE: 1,300 EMT Hospital Volunteer : 100 Research: 1000+ LOR: 1) research mentor/bio prof. 2) NP/head of volunteer program 3) PA Hate to add to the pile of “what are the chances” posts but hey
  3. daydreamy

    CV vs. Resume?

    Hello All! For those who are applying to programs that require a CV/resume (i.e. Drexel), have you already completed your CV/resume? Are we allowed to choose if we submit a CV or a resume, or do they require a CV? Thank you! :)
  4. I am an old fart and I know it so I am looking for a little perspective from the young toots. :-) I stumbled across a program at UT in Medical Informatics which I have a little interest in so I started looking at the requirements. You can seek a certificate or any of 3 degrees up to a doctorate. I started looking at the requirements. Reasonable cost....check. All online....check. Accredited....check. Submit a 2 page letter of intent and 3 references. Nope. How about this.... I pay you and you educate me. You know a business transaction which is really what higher education is. This isn't a resident program where class size is limited or anything like it. I'm also not a high school grad trying to decide what I want to do in life. So what is the deal where I have to beg UT to puleeeeeeze take my money. I thought about writing my 2 page letter of intent in like...800 font size and just typing I INTEND TO LEARN SOMETHING. I understand the competitive nature of some programs and that they have more applicants than they can eat. This isn't it. Thoughts?
  5. Hi everyone, I'd like to receive some advice or guidance as to the route I am taking and whether I have a good change of being interviewed and accepted to PA school. I originally applied last cycle to about 20 schools and was denied to 19 outright, was wait listed for an interview at one, and eventually notified that I was removed from the wait list and denied. Here were my stats when I applied the first time... Science GPA: 2.94 Cumulative GPA: ~3.35 GRE (2nd time taking it): 149 Verbal (43%), 153 Quantitative (52%), 4.0 Writing (60%) Patient Care Experience - 2 years as an EMT at a paid volunteer fire department, did not receive many calls here so I only received about 300 patient patient care hours, but I put in well over 3,000 hours of employment here. 5 medical mission trips throughout Central America during the entirety of my undergrad. Earned about 100 unpaid hours from each and I served as President, Treasurer, etc at different times during this as well. Other Volunteer Experience - 8 years of experience with a national organization that is similar to habitat for humanity. Spent a week each year rebuilding or fixing homes for individuals of lower socioeconomic status. Multiple volunteer experience with different organizations. In order to make this a short post I won't list them here. Shadowing 117 hours of shadowing in primary care, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, emergency care, cardio-thoracic surgery, and a general research study shadowing. All were shadowing a PA except primary care and the research study. Achievements Who's Who Among College Students, Dean's List Three times during the last 3 semesters of my undergrad. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here is what I have done since applying the first time: I decided to pursue an MPH in epidemiology (primarily infectious disease) and global health in which I am currently in a well-respected program. I will complete this in May of 2019. Provided I do well, this should boost my overall science GPA since public health counts as an other science category. I should note that I decided to go for this degree because I wanted both degrees. I worked as a full-time EMT in private, urban EMS for about a year and a half, earning 1700 paid patient contact hours and running about 660 calls during this time. My total patient care hours are now around 2500. During this time I also was promoted twice and earned two awards for excellent patient care (which really doesn't hold any weight in the real world but I figured I would include it). I went back to undergrad to finish up two additional classes (Biochemistry and a PH class) which I did very well in both which should bring me above the 3.0 minimum for most schools. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Overall, what are my chances of at least being offered an interview the second time around? I do not plan on applying until my last semester in my MPH program, in order to maximize the amount of new grades that I will have. I currently am not employed, but I plan on seeking a research assistantship for next year in order to hopefully get published. I realize that the reason I was outright denied to many schools is because of the 3.0 minimum science GPA requirement and the lack of paid patient contact hours that I had. I also realize that both my science and my cumulative gpa was not competitive at the time of applying, and still isn't considering I am only in the first semester of this new program. I was also encouraged to retake the GRE in order to get over the 50th percentile in all 3 sections. Truth be told, the reason for my low GPA is due to the significant amount of fun I had during the beginning of my undergrad, which lasted for 3 to 4 semesters before I really got my act together. Unfortunately, stellar grades during the last half of my undergrad do not make up for poor grades in the beginning. Any advice, criticisms, etc are welcomed and appreciated! Thanks for reading.
  6. Hello, everyone So I just finished taking UNE organic chemistry I course and received a grade of a B, which I'm pretty happy about. I wanted to apply to PA schools now but have realized that many deadlines have now passed. My number one pick is Arcadia University and that deadline is Oct 1s, there is no way I would make it in time ( I still have to take my GRE's). There are two schools on my list that I could still apply to, DeSales University and Clarkson University. I'm trying to decide if I Should go ahead and apply to these two schools or if I should wait another year and apply then? Any advice is welcomed! Thank You!
  7. Hello ! I had a question concerning the degree verification on the CASPA application. I am graduating with my bachelors next week and will be walking in the ceremony. The semester has ended and I am for sure getting my degree. However, my university states that it can take up to 4-6 weeks in order for the degree to be awarded on official transcripts. I have talked to CASPA and they said that they cannot verify that the degree has been awarded if it isn't on the transcript. Should I submit my application fairly early and have my degree still be in progress on my application? Or do I wait until Late June/Early July, just for my degree be awarded on my application? Most of the programs I am applying to just state that they want you to have a bachelors degree prior to matriculation but I know it looks better to have it awarded already when applying. What do you all think? What would be the best route to go? Thank you in advance !!
  8. To give some background, I completed my undergrad in 2013. I earned a BA with a double major in Biology and Psych. I had aspirations of medical school or a career in the psych field. I found out about the PA profession my last year of college around 2013 and had it in mind since then. Only in the last year or so did I make the decision that this is what I want to do and made myself more aware of requirements of getting into a PA program and what this career path is all about. I just reached the two year mark at my job as an intake specialist for addiction recovery. It is a call center position, so I have no direct contact with potential patients. We do however assess the needs of the callers to determine if our treatment programs are suitable or if they need to be referred elsewhere. We obtain PHI such as demographic info, medical history, and the specific drugs they are addicted to. From there we schedule the callers for appointents at the appropriate clinic location. I am planning to start volunteering for a hospice in my area and have been contacted by a couple of them. I realize this may not be satisfactory, as there is no certificaton needed for volunteers since they do not do much of the direct patient care portion. The schools in my state and the neighboring state have more "lax" requirements for direct pce hours than most others. Before anyone makes assumptions, no I am not trying to be lazy or take the easy way out. I realize how important it is to get necessary exposure to patient care before entering the program. I have several months before applying this cycle, but I also don't want to seem like I rushed into it. My eagerness and to be honest, impatience, is getting the best of me. The ultimate question is this - would it be best for someone in my situation to put off applying until the 2018 cycle or would I still seem competitive enough to even be considered?
  9. I made a blog post covering this topic. TBL/PBL classes are so popular in programs right now that I think applying students should be more aware of what they are. If your program has these types of team-based classes, please leave a comment below and let us know how your program runs the class. http://pajourney.com/2016/09/12/what-are-tbl-and-pbl-and-why-do-so-many-pa-programs-have-them/
  10. Hey everyone, I'm going into my last year at as a Cell & Developmental Biology major. I recently found out that I'm going to be able to graduate three months early, in March, so I'm thinking about applying in June/July of 2017. I decided last year to make the switch from pre-med to pre-PA, and I'm enjoying this journey so much more than the pre-med route. So far my GPA is a 3.52 and I have 300 hours so far, but will be around ~1500+ by the end of July 2017 if I work full-time as an EMT from March to June. I'm EMT certified and I currently volunteer as an MA. I have a couple of C's from second year orgo but my third year GPA (with a full sequence of biochemistry, genetics, lab research, etc) was a 3.67. I'm taking six courses this summer (2 bio, 2 psych, 1 soc, 1 english) and I've scored straight A's in three classes so far. I currently volunteer 20 hours/week as a MA at a nonprofit neighbourhood clinic (they trained me to do basically everything back office except for billing, so I regularly take vitals, patient intakes, and procedures like EKGs and glucose/hemoglobin/A1C tests.) I'm also a certified EMT and currently volunteering at first aid tents through the county public health department. I'm able to patch patients up and document the care delivered (under RN supervision, of course.) I'm planning to take anatomy & physio with the lab summer session at CC from 5/22-8/13, and/or Fall from 8/22 to 12/10, so I'd have to submit those courses as in-progress. I'm taking the GRE in a few months, and shadowing a PA in family practice a few hours a week. The benefit of waiting another cycle would be that I could accrue more hours, go at a slower pace, spend time with family/friends, and take time to travel. The benefit of applying early would be graduating and working earlier, so that I can stop financially burdening my parents (I'm the eldest, so I feel especially responsible in this regard). I'd really appreciate any insight that you guys could give. I'm looking at prospective schools to apply to out of state, and it's a little overwhelming - I'm not sure what schools I would be a good fit for with my numbers and volunteer experience. If anyone has any advice, I would appreciate it very much. Thank you all in advance :)
  11. I'm trying to plan a timeline for myself so that I can get everything done by the time that I apply, but I'm curious as to when I should apply. Should I apply beginning the spring of my junior year of college and go through interviews my senior year? OR should I apply my senior year after graduating? Also when exactly do most PA schools start like what month? As of right now, I am planning on finishing my prerequisites my senior year but I might have to push that forward. Ideally, I would like to start PA school right after graduating. Thank you!
  12. 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
  13. Hey there! Ok long story short! 6 years ago I began college in NY (living here) and graduated last year. I plan on applying to a PA program (NY based schools) around the 2016-2017 cycle. For the first two years I received nothing but A's in all of my courses. Originally I wanted to be a dental hygienist. I was accepted into the program and my grades dropped. My grades were C (Medical Microbiology), W in Dental Anatomy, B- in Dental Oral Preventative, and a F in clinical. I had a full time job during that semester. After I switched my major to bioscience my grades improved once again (My grades were A's and B's but I did get a D in molecular biology). My overall GPA was a 3.59 :/ Pre requisite grades: Statistics A Calculus A Biological Principles 1 C+ Biological Principals 2 B+ General Chemistry 1 A General Chemistry 2 A Anatomy & Physiology 1 A Anatomy & Physiology 2 A Microbiology A Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry A- Upper Division Courses Intro to Genetics A- Intro to Genetics lab A Cell Biology A- Cell Biology lab B- Intro to Bioinformatics A Along with that I volunteered 200 hours in a hospital and shadowed 100 hours with 2 Physician Assistants. As of right now I'm working in an Optometry office and plan on eventually becoming a Optometry Technician. So my recommendations will be from the 2 Physician Assistants and the Optometrist Doctor I work for. I don't plan on retaking the biology nor molecular biology course because I can't afford it. I'm just scared those dental hygiene grades will hurt my CASPA GPA and chances of getting in. Anyone have any honest opinions or had a similar issue and got accepted?
  14. Hi Guys, I'm planning to apply in the next cycle if possible, so that I would start PA school right after undergrad. I'm currently a junior finishing up my fall semester. I recently ordered an iPad and I am awaiting its arrival. I was thinking that it would be helpful to transition away from paper and pen to using an iPad in class to take notes and study before I get to graduate school where that seems to be the norm. However, I have been hearing that programs are starting to supply students with iPads when you start school. Is that the norm now? Should I just wait until I get accepted to see if they offer it as apart of the tuition?
  15. Wanted to share my latest blog post. I wrote about the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and want to expect on interview day. Hope you find it useful! http://pajourney.com/2015/11/14/multiple-mini-interviews-what-to-expect-and-how-to-deal/
  16. Hello. I am a M.S Mental Health counseling student (will qualify to get a LPC/LCADC/SAC) wanting to apply to a PA program. I have some questions: 1.) Has anyone heard of or know of anyone who has had an M.S in Mental Health apply to a program and got in? 2.) I am worried about the contact hours. During my program in the end I will have graduated with 1000hrs of contact hours with patients of all sorts. Does this look equally as good as someone who is an EMT etc.? 3.) My undergrad was not strong (2.7). I am glad my program saw something in me because now I have a graduate GPA of 3.5, would my undergrad hold me back? I am taking the pre-reqs I need for PA programs while finishing up my M.S. Any advise would help thank you.
  17. CASPA 2015-2016 is coming soon! Are you prepared to apply? The CASPA application will be launching on a new platform on April 22, 2015. Make sure to join the weekly PA chat sessions for a demonstration of the new application platform and Q&A sessions with me, the Physician Assistant Education Association's Director of Applicant & Student Services - CASPA Manager. The sessions for February are below, March will be scheduled soon. February schedule February 5: 6-7:30pm ET February 9: 5-6:30pm ET February 16: 5-6:30pm ET February 19: 6-7:30pm ET February 23: 5-6:30pm ET February 26: 6-7:30pm ET How It Works Attend any scheduled session without registering multiple times. Complete one registration at http://bit.ly/CareerEcoRegistration by clicking on 'Register as a Student/Alumna', add the sessions you wish to attend to your calendar, and login to join! Email questions directly to Danielle Di Silvestro at danielle@PAEAonline.org.
  18. CASPA 2015-2016 is coming soon! Are you prepared to apply? The CASPA application will be launching on a new platform on April 22, 2015. Make sure to join the weekly PA chat sessions for a demonstration of the new application platform and Q&A sessions with me, the Physician Assistant Education Association's Director of Applicant & Student Services - CASPA Manager. The sessions for February are below, March will be scheduled soon. February schedule February 5: 6-7:30pm ET February 9: 5-6:30pm ET February 16: 5-6:30pm ET February 19: 6-7:30pm ET February 23: 5-6:30pm ET February 26: 6-7:30pm ET How It Works Attend any scheduled session without registering multiple times. Complete one registration at <a data-ipb="nomediaparse" data-cke-saved-href="http://bit.ly/CareerEcoRegistration%20by%20clicking%20on%20" href="http://bit.ly/CareerEcoRegistration%20by%20clicking%20on%20" register%20as%20a%20student="" alumna',%20add%20the%20sessions%20you%20wish%20to%20attend%20to%20your%20calendar,%20and%20login%20to%20join!%20email%20questions%20directly%20to%20danielle%20di%20silvestro%20at%20danielle@paeaonline.org.%c2%a0"="">http://bit.ly/CareerEcoRegistration. Click on 'Register as Student/Alumnus' and complete the information. Add the sessions to your calendar and join the chat! Email Danielle Di Silvestro with any questions at danielle@PAEAonline.org
  19. Hey everyone, I have a question about transferring credits from two different schools. I'm applying for PA School at the moment and when I first went to school I didn't do so hot. My GPA was a 3.0 but I have like 6 withdrawals and 4 C's. I stopped going to school, worked for two years aka got my life together and then went back to school. Now I'm graduating with a 3.8. Would it be considered academic dishonesty if I didn't submit the first school's transcripts? I don't need any of those credits, do I have to submit the credits? All types of feed back would be helpful, thank you!
  20. I apply April of 2015 to about 7 different school. Wish me luck! I have several questions that I'm not finding the answers to so please help. 1. Can I create a Caspa account NOW and start working on it? 2. Generally how long does it take for transcripts from school to arrive at caspa? More specifically how soon should I ask for them to be transferred? 3. I had my CNA license but it expired four years ago. Should I re certify just to have it on my application or is there somewhere that I can write "previously certified"? 4. I graduate from the University of Arizona in early May of 2015, the 15th I believe. Is it worth it to wait for my last semester of grades and apply in mid May vs mid April? Or should I just apply as soon as the application opens and send my last semesters transcripts as soon as they're available? Thank you!!
  21. Hello all, I've asked before and this time I have the concrete numbers to ask, what is my chance? I applied to one program before and did have an interview but got rejected. B.A Psychology, Minor Biology. GPA: 3.1 SGPA:2.7 Last 60 Credits: 3.2 Last 2 semester: 3.75 HCE: EMT 2 years volunteered and paid, psych hospital clerk .5 years HCE Hours: 2000 Community Service: 1888 hours GRE: 153 verbal / 151 quantitative / 4 writing. The last two semesters I've juggled 34 credits an internship and work. The difference between those and my previous GPA was that I finally accepted my ADHD diagnosis since a kid and started treatment; I have always had dyslexia (language/test taking) as well. I would assume realistically that my chances are slim. Maybe I'll luck out and get one interview if I apply to 8 schools in my area. In the mean time I have paramedic courses for the fall/spring.
  22. 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?
  23. 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/
  24. 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.
  25. I was hoping you guys could let me know how many hours of shadowing is considered competitive? This particular MD that is a neurosurgeon is going to let me shadow him 30-40 hours a week for about a month. He said if I want to come in more I can. He is even going to let me *watch* him do surgeries. I will meet his PA and watch what the PA does during surgery. He also told me afterwards that he will let me talk to some other doctors/PA's in different specialties to shadow them as well and ask questions. I believe I will learn a lot. Is shadowing highly valued by PA schools even though its required or is it just a filtering out method? Are LOR's highly valued or just a filtering out method? I was also wondering if you guys think PA schools frown upon the apps who are under 25 years old. I am aware that some programs average age are 27ish and up. I do have around 2000 or more hours of patient contact. I was a (CNA) Let me know what you guys think. Thanks for the help.
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