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Hey! If anyone has any questions regarding PA school or their application please don't hesitate to let me know! I applied to 9 schools, got accepted to 1, waitlisted at 4 schools and denied to 4 schools. When I was applying there were not many resources to find other students who were accepted with low GPAs to see what they have done, so I just want to help out as much as possible. This is a very stressful part of an individual's life and having someone to relate to can definitely help out. If anyone feels uncomfortable commenting their questions on here or need a super fast response, feel free to message me on my instagram as well: Naisphan Right now, I'm a volunteer pre-pa mentor for two community colleges in my neighborhood. I don't want to make this a super long post but a quick overview of my statistics: cGPA: 3.1 sGPA: 3.01 Last 60 credit hours: 3.8 PCE: 2600 HCE: 1500 Shadowing Hours: 144 GRE: Did not take There is so so so much more than just the numbers. I really mean that. I have spoken with a whole bunch of PA admissions committee members directly at multiple schools about my application and also what they're looking for in potential applicants. I've also spoken to many students and pre-pa mentors as well to help me throughout the process. With my low GPA, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to make it into school but with the help of my mentors I was able to craft a great application. Don't be discouraged at all, there are so many things to do to make your application much better!!! It really is a holistic application and as long as you reach the minimums, anything is possible from there. Again, AMA either here or on my instagram page!!!
Hello all, Just to start I really love this site and it helps me put things in perspective for PA School and its feasibility. But I have a dilemma on my hands. I'll get to the meat of it now. The bad news first. I was a terrible student in college a few years ago (graduate of 2013) and now I have a loooow GPA. It's 2.22 with 139 credits from a Biology BS. After putting in all my grades to and online GPA calculator it told me in order to raise my cGPA to the bare minimum 3.0 I would need to take an additional 113 credits. As you might know this is about what is needed to actually obtain a whole other degree. I am going to take some courses that I have taken before and some for the first time. All of which are 'challenging'. I am okay with taking 60 credits and taking higher lever classes than the ones I did poorly in, here is my plan in no order: Biochemistry 1 & 2 + labs Molecular Biology Anatomy & Physio 1 & 2 Genetics + lab Organic 1 & 2 and labs Immunology + lab Microbiology + lab Calculus 2 Classes of ____Adv. Psych Statistics Medical Terminology Medical Ethics Nutrition The thing that kills me is that even is I get a 4.0 in all of these post-bac classes my GPA will not be over 3.0. While I have never felt more committed to a profession in my life I am feeling a little hopelessness. Which bring me to the good news of my application. Here is fully my 'stats' GRE: 159V,163Q 5.0WR United States Peace Corps Service as a Health Educator (counted as HCE = 2,600hrs) Work as a Surgical Patient Assistant at a large hospital (HCE = 4,680 hrs) 110 hrs PA Shadowing (25 hrs from a primary care PA) 50 hrs MD shadowing 50 hrs Volunteering teaching refugees Medical Terminology, ESL, Health Promotion 10 hrs Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Volunteering 3.5 years as a Food & Nutrition assistant in a large hospital EMT Basic Training 100 hrs County Public Health Volunteering Spanish Bilingual LOR available from Surgeons, other MDs, A&P Professor, PAs, and NPs I am considering doing research work as well in international public health education efficacy I am currently looking for work in public health/hospital project coordination/community health outreach With all of this in mind I would like someone else's perspective on what the holistic situation is. I have been trying to reach out to schools themselves but I have not had any quality responses. Please tell me what you think and I will be very grateful.