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  1. So I finally got a job at my dream hospital!! I am currently working there as a Patient Care Technician/ PCT. However, I will be leaving for PA school next year. I really want to return to this hospital and work as a PA! The problem is that getting a job at my hospital is super competitive. Is there a way for me to ensure/ increase my chances of getting a PA job in this facility in the future? (Also, what do you guys think of requesting a absense of leave instead of quitting? Can I be able to come back to the hospital to pursue a higher position?) Thanks in advance!
  2. I have 2 Bachelors in Sciences. Bioscience & Medical Lab Scientist (Dual Degree) - Cum Laude Science Technology& Society (concentration in health and wellness) - Cum Laude My cGPA is 3.61 with a sGPA of 3.52. My PCE hours are as a PT aide at a rehabilitation center and working as a MA at a clinic for a total of 1,275. I have 200 hours shadowing a PA in internal medicine. I have 250 hours volunteering at a place of worship, where I helped prepare and served food to the congregants. I have 4 recommendation letters PA that I shadowed MD
  3. 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 s
  4. So i applied to a pretty sizable amount of PA programs in 2017. I was rejected by all of them. I’m reapplying this year and while it won’t be to nearly as many schools, I still want to know what I can do to make myself more competitive on paper. I graduated with high honors and GPA 3.8. I did about average on my GRE. I have two years of full time hands on experience as a medical assistant at a local doctors office. I have no vounteer work and other than CPR and BSL, I dont have any certifications. Dose anyone have any suggestions on how to bolster my application and make myself a more competit
  5. 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 u
  6. Hello everyone, I will be applying to this coming cycle in April and wondered where I stand in terms of my statistics. My Total GPA is 3.27 and the prereqs are at a 3.21. I have worked as an EMT for an 911 company for 1.5 years and currently I am an ER Technician for 1.5 years. Overall I currently have over 3000 hours of paid patient care hours. I have been a volunteer at a hospital for 2.5 years accumulating over 250 hours. I am also expecting strong letters of rec and I am currently studying for the GRE. Thanks for your help.
  7. I'm relatively new to this forum and like some honest feedback. I will receive my Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences with a Pre-PA focus to get the necessary courses for some programs in the Spring. I will graduate with about a 3.1-3.2 GPA and a Science GPA of about the same. I understand I need HCE paid and unpaid and plan to accomplish that by gaining certification as an EMT. I think 2+ years as a EMT-Basic would fulfill that need with the addition of shadowing a PA as well as a MD. Also, I will need a good GRE score depending on the program. What are my chances with my low GPA and expe
  8. There are a couple routes I could take to best prepare myself to become a PA and I'd like to know your opinions. A little bit about myself: 1. Currently a senior and will be receiving a Bachelors in Biology/Pre PA Focus in Spring 2017. 2. Will be shadowing a Physician soon for the remainder of Fall and also for Spring 2017 semester. 3. I believe I have at least 3 strong letter of Recommendation when I apply. 4. Currently 3.1 GPA, 3.08 Science GPA (Still have 2 semesters left to affect GPA). 5. Took leadership positions in my Greek Fraternity as well as Community Service. 6. Person
  9. 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 ne
  10. Hey Guys, I'm trying to gauge how competitive I am for PA schools. I'm debating on certain schools I should apply to as well (GVSU, U of CO, Cornell, Rosalind Franklin, Rush, Hofstra, Northwestern, Midwestern U of Chicago, Penn State, NYIT, U of Toledo, U of WI, and Yale). Male, MI resident, 24y/o, first time applicant, BS in Bio Overall GPA: 3.79 Science GPA: I know it's higher, but not exactly sure the # GRE: 155 QR, 151 VR, 4.5 Writing I have around 1200 HCE and I'm currently working full-time in an Intensive Care Unit. I have over 200 hours of physician shadowing,
  11. I am a 22yr old who recently graduated from UIUC this past May. I have a Bachelor's in Sciences and an Associates in Arts from a community college. In addition to that, I am CNA certified. My undergraduate GPA was 3.22. For the last two years I have been working hard to raise my GPA, so one can see an upward trend on my transcript. However, my science GPA is still unsatisfactory and I am retaking classes this summer to raise it. Here are my stats: Current undergrad GPA: 3.22 Science GPA: approximately 2.67 CNA certified Patient contact hours: ~2500 hours working as a research assist
  12. Hello, This is my first post so hopefully I do it right. I have read numerous other posts and love everyone's feedback and interactions so I decided to try this out. I am applying for PA school right now. My application is about 90% done at this point. I am just wondering if there are any last minute things I should consider, change, review, etc. Here are some of my stats: cGPA: 3.45 sGPA: 3.11 GRE: verbal: 151, quant: 154, writing: 4.5 Direct Patient Care Experience hours: ~4,000 and still working full time along side MDs, DOs, PAs, and FNPs every week as a medical a
  13. 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 Volun
  14. Overall, I'm a bit older, mature enough, and smart-ish enough (I personally think? 3.7something GPA or something) to get into PA school. Lots of volunteer experience to show commitment to the community. 2000+ hours of PCE/HCE as a CNA. Thing is, I'lI have little to no PA shadowing experience when I want to apply to schools mid July. Obviously, I mentioned in my PS that I will continue to work as a ICU CNA and gather more shadowing experience as the year progresses, but could having barely any shadowing experience still make one a competitive applicant?? Because all the key aspects I mention a
  15. 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 re
  16. I got an interview at The University of South Dakota. Does anybody know much about that program? They have a good PANCE Pass rate.
  17. Hello All-- Are Malcolm X PA graduates as competitive as everyone else that attended big name universities? Now since there are so many PA programs offered in the state of Illinois, are graduates of the Malcolm X program at a disadvantage since the program is offered at a community college and they only offer a associates degree? I am nervous that after attending the program at Malcolm X ( if accepted) It will be harder for a graduate of Malcolm X to find a job compared to a graduate of a "big-time" program like Northwestern, Rush, Rosalind Franklin, and Midwestern.
  18. I've been accepted to two schools, one ranking much higher (and costing much more) than the other (on the News & World Report rankings). I have two questions, does anyone have an opinion about the rankings, and does the ranking of the school you attend affect your ability to get the "best" jobs after school? Are graduates from more "prestigious" schools more eligible for more desirable jobs?
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