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  1. MFVC8

    Holistic Schools

    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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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!!
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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?
  8. Hi all! Thank you in advance for reading. I’m a graduating senior in a bachelor’s radiologic science program. My GPA is a 3.06 (my first year In the professional program was awful) and my science gpa is a 3.0. I really have been thinking about going back to take the rest of the courses to become a P.A. Im just not sure if I can raise a 3.0 to a 3.5 ish range to even be half way competitive. There’s many bio courses I have to go back and take that can possibly help. I have about 150 volunteer hours and will start shadowing physicians in the summer. I’ll start working a radiologic technologist soon and my clinical course hours total to 1600 hours (if that even matters). Just any tips would be fine. Trying to figure out what direction to go in so I won’t waste time.
  9. EDIT: Have interviewed at 3 programs so far and have 1 coming up next month. Just found out last week I've been ACCEPTED into an amazing school that's close to home and I could not be happier. For those who are still persisting, don't give up and use my story as an example. Third time was a charm for me and I can't wait to start next summer! :) For anyone that wants advice- please feel free to PM me!
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