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I know there are a lot of threads on this topic already, but I decided to share this for those who don't have the best stats but truly want to be PAs. I just got accepted this 2015-2016 cycle, and I'll be starting PA school in the fall! It can be done, but you have to work extra hard to prove that you really have what it takes. Undergrad Major: Biology CASPA CGPA (undergrad): 2.80 CASPA SGPA: 2.97 Post-Baccalaureate: 4.0 (17 credits) GRE: 149V, 153Q, 4.0A LORs: 3 MDs, 1 PA Age: 29 Attempt: 1st HCE: Approximately 6000 (paid, volunteer, etc) Shadowing: MDs, PAs, 1 NP Applied: 10 + schools too many to list Interview invitations: 5 (declined 1) Acceptances: 2 Waitlisted: 1 Denied: Who cares? Nobody likes rejection, but you simply can't win them all. If you're meant to be a PA, you'll become one. It took me 4 years to prepare and apply, and I got in on my first attempt. This is not something you can rush; shadow PAs, take health/science classes, help your community, be very familiar with the profession, and most importantly: do it for the right reasons. Be honest, genuine, and enjoy the process. If they say no, someone will see in you what others don't. However, you also have to be realistic; if you can't honestly explain why your grades are low, why they should pick you vs. a 4.0 applicant, and why you really want to be a PA, then you're not ready. Take your time, explore other professions.. stay motivated!
Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum but was hoping to get your advice on my PA application plan. I graduated from undergraduate in May 2015. I applied for several PA programs to begin Fall 2017, however, was not accepted. I have gathered over 1200 direct care hours, over 500 research hours, over 200 shadowing hours. I believe that the flaws were: 1) my Science GPA being below 3.0 2) applying early 3) GRE I am currently enrolled at Hunter College as a non-degree student and I am taking post-bacc courses individual. I am ineligible for their Post-bacc certification program since their program only applies for pre-medical students. my plan is to individually re-take all the core sciences to boost my science GPA, then take the GRE's, and re-apply to PA programs early for programs beginning 2020. The only new course I would be taking is Biochemistry. Would you think it is detrimental that this is not a degree program or that I will not receive a certificate for re-taking these courses? Thank you again, David
To all those who were waitlisted or turned down this year. Do not give up. I applied to 65 schools over the last 4 years and was turned down by everyone (including this cycle) but one. I must admit it was not easy receiving rejection after rejection. Do not give up. Hold your head up high. It is totally worth it when you finally get that one acceptance. I was driving to work when I got the call. I actually pulled over to the side of the highway and cried. I cannot stress enough to keep your head up and move forward. When I was struggling with things as a kid my father would always tell me "All problems Yield to effort." Its what got me to continue going after my dream of becoming a PA after being turned down so many times. I am now a Proud member of Northern Arizona University's PA Class of 2019.
Long story short, I retook two classes (calculus and physics) in an attempt to raise my two C's to B's. Unfortunately, CASPA has to add all the grades that are on my transcript, and they do not replace grades for courses that were repeated. If both grades were on my transcript they would calculate both. This means that the C's were also added into my gpa putting it at 0.04 points less than what it really is. According to my transcripts at UIUC, my GPA is exactly a 3.0. CASPA standardizes its calculations and calculated mine to be a 2.96. I would hope in rare cases where an applicant's GPA falls below a 3.0, but the applicant otherwise appears to be a sound candidate for interview, most PA programs would be able to put the difficulty of one's major into consideration. Because of my major, I was required to take the more rigorous level biochemistry and microbiology courses at my University. Currently I'm working as a research assistant at the University of Chicago's Eating Disorder Program. Through our studies, I take vitals for the patients then conduct patient assessments. Afterwards, I present these patients at our team meetings, and determine the best course of treatment with doctors, the psychiatrist, and therapists. So far I have about 500 patient contact hours. Sadly I haven't received any interviews yet. I am considering applying for a masters in public health. Ideally, I do well and reapply. I guess I'm not sure if I should work for a second year and gain more patient contact hours, or get my masters and aim for a higher GPA?