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I'm a first-semester student in a fairly new PA program. I had a 4.0 GPA for all my postbac coursework (40+ credits), but I'm struggling just to keep my head above water. I'm not failing any of my classes, but I'm afraid I might wind up with below the minimum 3.0 GPA this semester and be on probation. My program allows you to be on probation only once during the entire program....if you fall below a 3.0 a second time, you're out. At least, that's the policy as stated in the student handbook. So I'm wondering: if I do wind up on probation, do I cut my losses and leave the program at the end of the semester? If it seems I'm at risk of dropping below a 3.0 a second time and getting booted, this would seem like the best option rather than to waste more time and tens of thousands of dollars. On the other hand, I do know that: 1) other students are struggling with grades, and 2) from all I've read, PA programs will do everything possible to not lose students. Our cohort has already lost two (ostensibly, one for career choice reasons and the other for health reasons) in the first 7 weeks. Can anyone (especially those of you who are done or nearly done) shed any light on this? Thanks!
Hi PA applicants! I just finished my first semester here at UTSW's PA program. I figured most of you would like to know what the first semester is all about. I wrote a pretty detailed blog post you can check out here. http://doseofpa.blogspot.com/2014/08/first-semester-at-ut-southwestern.html Thanks Paul