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  1. Hey guys! Ive been feeling very defeated recently. This is my first cycle applying to PA school, I applied to about 30 programs (I wanted to optimize my chances and saved money for about 2 years to do this) and I’ve received 6 rejections so far. I know I still have a lot of programs to hear back from but I just feel like my chances are slim. A little background, I graduated in 2019 with a subpar GPA and made some mistakes in undergrad so I spent 2 years retaking every science class i didn’t initially do well in and took some more upper level science courses as well (altogether approx took 60 credits.) I also have been working nights as an ER Scribe and previously worked as a PT Aide and Pharm tech. Stats this cycle- Cgpa- 3.1 Sgpa- 3.09 GRE- quant: 147, verbal- 153, writing-4.5 PCE- approx 2000 as an ER scribe, 200 as PT Aide, 150 as Pharm tech Shadowing: 50 hours some with ER PA and some with Oncology PA I also have some HCE and leadership but nothing too crazy I have a huge Howard’s trend but I fear this may not be enough and want to make myself a better applicant for next cycle so what do you guys recommend? I did the math and for me to get my gpa to a 3.3 I’d need to take about 45 credits this only seems feasible through a masters program but not sure if that’s worth it. I’d love any advice. Thanks in advance!
  2. Hi all, I am a third time CASPA user and I am looking for some slither of hope. I didn’t do well at all my first three years of Undergraduate. My cGPA is 2.4 and sGPA is 2.75. Not any better. I am a non traditional student and have not attended school since 2014. I also have over 11000 HCE. I wanted to know are there any PA programs out there that have grade replacement or grade forgiveness. I wanted a more updated list. Any help will be greatly appreciated!! Stay healthy my people.
  3. I am graduating this summer from undergrad at UCONN. I faced some personal issues during my sophomore year that caused me to take the spring semester off, and I probably jumped back into a full course load too soon because I struggled to get passing grades the returning semester and into the next year of school. Ultimately my GPA really suffered and I went from a 3.7 down below a 3. I am working to boost my gpa as much as possible before I graduate, but I know this will be the real cause of issue while applying to PA schools in the future. I have already accumulated over 1000 hours as a CNA in assisted living and hospital settings and I will have much more by the time I do apply. However, I know the real red flag of my application will be my horrible GPA. I am currently looking into applying to get a masters degree in biology or something in hope that it will show that I am capable of handling the rigor of PA school. If anyone has any suggestions on what major to apply to grad school, if this is even a beneficial idea, or anything to help I would greatly appreciate it.
  4. Hi, Just signed up for this forum. I am currently a senior in my undergrad, I finish in the Summer 2021. My current cumulative gpa is 3.09 which is very low and for my science courses these are the grades I have made: General Chem 1 & 2: B Biology 1 : B Biology 2: C Orgo 1: C Orgo 2: F(first time), C (2nd time) Physics 1 & 2: A Genetics: B- Microbiology: D, I am going to retake. I am taking Biochemistry 1 this spring 2021 and other upper-division biology courses where I hope to make As in. I would like advice on what I should do to increase my gpa. Should I enroll in a post-bacc program while getting PCE (through volunteering/shadowing or getting a job at an urgent care or hospital) or should retake the classes I received a C or below in, then start prepping to take the GRE and going through the application process. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you.
  5. Sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong place I'm new here. Hi, I need some advice! I already know I am not a traditional pre-pa student. Here are my stats: 2017-2019: Biology of Cells - C A&P 1 - C A&P 2 - C Micro - C Genetics - C 2020 (Spring, Summer, Fall): Gen Chem 1 - B Gen Chem 2 - A Organic Chem - B Organic Chem Lab - A Spring 2020 GPA: 3.75 Summer 2020 GPA: 3.67 Fall 2020 GPA: 3.75 Compared to previous semesters an upward trend is definitely happening. It’s just I feel like it’s to late for that to count for much. 2021 Spring: BioChem - TBD Physics 2 - TBD sGPA = 2.53 cGPA = 3.26 I already know that I have to do a post-bac, most likely a diy depending on how high I can get my gpa before graduation. The question is should I retake 1-2 classes I originally got a C in before I graduate? Or should I take classes like Organic Chem 2, Essential Physiology (Bio class), etc? I know that when doing my post-bac I will retake classes that I got a C in. So would it be a better decision to take upper-level classes before I graduate & retake lower-lever at my local community college? I could also retake classes from the college I’m graduating from its just more expensive. Other stats: SpnGPA: 3.8 - Major PsyGPA: 3.8 - Minor Thanks for any help!
  6. Hello, To summarize, I'm a hopeful Pre-PA student who has unfortunately messed up quite a lot during my Undergraduate years and ended with a cGPA of 3.02 (my school offers grade-forgiveness), and a scGPA that I didn't even bother trying to calculate given that it would obviously be under a 3.0. This was due to personal arrogance in thinking I could handle such a rigorous courseload while also working and thus not taking it as seriously as I should. Thankfully, I was accepted into a Masters of Biomedical Sciences program and am enrolled currently in hopes of taking more advanced upper-level science courses to curb a low Undergrad GPA. As of now, my Graduate GPA is a 3.33 (and the pandemic has unfortunately made everyone's personal life very difficult in trying to focus on these heavy courses remotely and am expecting my GPA to take a dip). At this point, I am strongly de-motivated and feel that I may be wasting tuition on a degree that may not even benefit me in achieving my goal in becoming a PA. I have approximately 2,648 hours worth of medical scribing experience (2,124 working as an ED scribe in a level 1 trauma center and currently 524 as a Hospitalist Medicine Scribe) and about 831 hours of volunteer work at my local hospital's Emergency Department. I'm writing this in hopes of gaining some advice moving forward and truly appreciate any input anyone can give. -Thanks.
  7. hello, i'm considering applying this cycle after completing my BSc in biology this past spring. i'm not sure if there is anyone here who has had an interview invite or being accepted with similar stats. your input is greatly appreciated. thanks cGPA:3.3 sGPA: 2.97 Volunteering 1500 PCE 11280 hrs HCE: 4500 shadow hours: 120 LORs: 1 MD and 2 PAs no GRE score, no research hrs
  8. hello, i'm considering applying this cycle after completing my BSc in biology this past spring. i'm not sure if there is anyone here who has had an interview invite or being accepted with similar stats. your input is greatly appreciated. thanks cGPA:3.3 sGPA: 2.97 Volunteering 1500 PCE 11280 hrs HCE: 4500 shadow hours: 120 LORs: 1 MD and 2 PAs no GRE score, no research hrs
  9. Hey everyone! Just looking for some advice/ input/ personal experience with applying to PA school. I graduated in May 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with stats that were subpar at best. I’ve always known I wanted to be in medicine but struggled a lot with my science courses in undergrad. Since graduating I’ve retaken every single pre req (plus additional science classes) averaging about a 3.8 in my last 40 credits (still taking classes in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.) I’m planning to apply in June 2021 and at that time I will have 60 PostBac credits. Im hopeful to continue with an upwards trend for the remainder of my classes which should give me the following stats by June 2021: cgpa: 3.2 sgpa:3.2 In terms of PCE/HCE/Shadowing hours: I’m an ER scribe with about 1000 hours, planning to take my NREMT this month (delayed due to COVID) and I will begin working as an EMT as soon as I get my certification. I have about 200 HCE as a PT Aide and about 250 PCE through a trip to Nicaragua with Global Medical Brigades. I’m hoping to have over 2000 hours by the time I apply. I work with many ED PA’s whom I have and plan to continue to shadow and I’ve shadowed and Oncology PA for about 20 hours. I have not taken my GRE yet but plan to take it in October. I’m mostly applying to schools who do more of a holistic admissions and consider a last 60 credit gpa along with some pre req grade replacement policy with hopes to emphasize my upwards trend in grades. What do you guys think about my stats?? Do any of you have experience applying as a low gpa non traditional student?? Do you guys have any tips for what I can improve? Tips for CASPA? Any advice/ input in general would be extremely helpful!! Thank you in advance!!
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    Hello everyone ! I am doing my research on holistic schools since my sGPA is a 3.01 GRE:300 and PCE: 4,000. If anybody has some insight into some schools that have holistic approaches. Share your story with me ! Interview invites, acceptances, rejections. I would love to know more. Thank you everyone ! ( this is my second cycle and I am planning to submit to 15+ schools)
  11. After completing my undergraduate degree in 2018, I began researching PA programs to apply to. Program after program, I quickly found out that I had made a mistake. Two mistakes actually. The first being not succeeding in my classes, and the other being not realizing how hard it would be to find a program that I would be eligible for. My cumulative GPA from undergrad is 2.83. Since graduating, I have taken three classes. I have done well in them, but for my GPA to rise to a 3.0 will take a few years at this rate. It is difficult for me to increase my courseload since I work two jobs. A few advisors have told me to focus on my grades by taking a post-bac program or different master's program. I just don't think that it is financially feasible for me at the moment. Outside of my grades, I think that my experiences make me a noticeable candidate. I have around 40-50 shadowing hours, >1300 patient care hours, and many volunteer and leadership experiences. I work closely with a multi-disciplinary team in clinical research and cardiac monitoring and am currently enrolled in a graduate certificate program for gerontology. What are my chances of being accepted if I continue to work, volunteer, and take 1-2 courses every semester? or should I take the advice given by advisors and enter in another program before PA school? Also, in regards to the programs that mention rare exceptions to their gpa criteria, does that more so apply to non-traditional applicants who are changing their careers? Any advice is appreciated! Thanks.
  12. Looking for some advice- I plan on applying the 2021 cycle but I’m a bit neurotic and really just need to plan out everything ahead of time. My cgpa and sgpa will both be around a 3.25 (currently taking post bacc classes) if I continue with an upwards trend. I should have around 2000-3000 PCE by the time I apply, I’m currently an ER scribe, volunteer EMT. I have about 30 PA shadowing hours but I work with a lot more pa’s in the ER now so I’ll be shadowing them; I've done some other pce work like PT aid, I also went on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua through Global Medical Brigades and worked in a community health clinic. Will also be taking the GRE soon. I guess I’m just very afraid of getting denied, idk if I should continue to take classes at cc and boost my gpa even more (super hard bc I messed up my first two years of college) or should I do a masters? My gpa is holding me back a lot, I am trying to shine in other aspects of my app but I’m a bit lost and I just know that I want to be a PA more than anything. Are there any specific schools any of you would recommend looking more into? Anything else I can do to better my chances/ app? If you have any insight please lmk!!
  13. Hello, I graduated last year with a 2.6 GPA and my science GPA is 2.4. I have two D's, I am retaking one of those two D at a community college ( organic chemistry) the other D is in ecology in which I may not retake tbh because I didn't enjoyed the class. I registered for organic chemistry 2 to help my Sgpa but my dilemma is this.... my financial situation is starting to stress me out. I cant afford to take hard core science classes ( like I originally planned) in a degree that doesn't lead to a guaranteed career (biotechnology). so I thought of either medical laboratory technician or lpn. I thought of these because #1 cheaper and faster option, #2 mlt has always sparked my interest and #3 I'm a cna ( almost 4 years) and I work closely with a lpn. the lpn option I'm looking at is a certificate option because is only one year. my whole goal in this is to help my GPA and also have a career. I don't mind continuing to build my PA application after this but I wanna make sure if doing any of these route will help me and not become a waste of time. if you guys have any other suggestions please let me know. the biotechnology degree I can finish it in a year but what if after that I'm still not a strong applicant? then I'm stuck with another degree... no career I don't care how long it takes to become a PA! I'm 24 years old and I already have a lot of financial baggage. I want to make a smart decision
  14. Hi everyone! If i can get some guidance from this post, it would help me a lot! I research online and watch you tubes videos of how people with low GPA can still get in. A lot of the videos are quick summary but not detail about what to do or where to start if your GPA is low. My overall is 3.04 . My science alone is 3.5. My associate degree (RRT) was 3.2. During my bachelor I did well with overall 3.7 GPA. I messed up in my younger years making mostly B's and keep an F instead of dropping the class because i was afraid dropping too much classes will not allow me back in school. Should I retake some of my Prerequisites like history, american government, etc. or should i take more classes that is non-sciences and accepted by CASPA? Should I also take more sciences classes as well? i have 80 hrs of community services, HCE 2000hrs, PCE about 1000 hrs, and i have not taken my GRE yet. i am planning to soon.
  15. Hi there! New to the community - I finally decided to make an account after reading through a ton of helpful forum posts ? Currently struggling with what to do to set myself up in the best way for PA school. I am 23 and just graduated two weeks ago with a B.S. of Health Science and during my final final exam week came to the realization that pursuing MD/DO wasn't the right match for me given my personal aspirations (family, time, etc.). I started off my freshman year getting 4.0s in every class, then had a drastic drop in my late sophomore/entire junior year GPA. I made the decision to transfer home to reground and refocus on my priorities. Following this, my grades improved significantly. I finished with a overall 3.38 cGPA at my second university, however my prior schooling and repeats of a handful of classes left me with an overall cGPA 2.99 and sGPA of 2.82 - which is obviously making me feel discouraged? Currently, I am set to be accepted to an 1-year accelerated nursing program starting in May 2019 to become an RN. I also got accepted to Case Western's Medical Physiology master's program and am waiting to hear back on one other MS program. I am leaning toward becoming an RN as I'm thinking this would give me more purpose and satisfaction in work rather than struggling to find a medical job without having any certification until I can further my education/career. I am also not sure how much benefit a general science master's degree would have overall or when applying to PA programs and, with that being said, given the cost of getting a masters...I'm hesitant to commit. The last two bonuses of being an RN, I'd be able to get my finances together and some quality HCE for a couple years before pursuing PA school. SO, my questions and confusion: Most important --> 1) What is the best way of raising my GPA and chances for PA school? Taking general or upper level sciences? Technically my GPA would bump up by doing the nursing program, however a few of my PA pre-reqs are low even after a couple repeats so I am concerned about this. 2) Should I repeat my pre-reqs? I noticed some schools say that you have to have taken these classes within 6 years of applying. By the time I apply, some of my pre-reqs will be past this and I would have to retake them anyway if this is the case. Am I not understanding this correctly? 3) What are thoughts on pursuing master's programs in relation to PA school? Benefits? Has anyone done this and would you do it again if you had the choice? Here are my stats again: cGPA: 2.99 // sGPA: 2.82 // GRE: v - 154/65th percentile, q - 153/51st percentile, w - 3.5 // Current paid HCE: 432 // Volunteer HCE: 652 I'm sorry this is long, but I am open to any and all words of advice anyone is willing to offer! Hopefully, this will help others as well - I've read a lot of uplifting forums that give me hope that it is still possible to achieve our goals! Thank you to all in advance!
  16. What is the lowest GPA acceptance have you gotten or heard of? Has anyone (or yourself) you know gotten in with a GPA lower than 3.0? If so, what stood them (or you) out than others?
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