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  1. Hello everyone, I'm new to the forums here and have found them helpful, thank you all. I've done quite a bit of research on being a PA (course work, specialties, applying, shadowing, etc), however, I haven't had luck finding many posts on the experiences of people who were over 40 years old and decided to go back to school to become a PA. Can those in this situation please share their experiences and challenges in PA school and afterwards in a job as a PA, please? I would like to hear about your experience overall and any specifics or thoughts you'd like to share that you think are importa
  2. Hello everyone - I'm posting on here for the first time in hopes of getting advice from anyone about my pre-PA situation. I'll try to be brief: I was your traditional pre-med in undergrad, bio major, always jumping back and forth between going for PA or applying to med school. My first 2 years of undergrad were, irresponsible, and I paid for it with my gpa. Senior year I decided on going the MD/DO route and a mentor encouraged me to apply for a special master's program (aka postbac) to boost up my chances of admission. Didn't take the MCAT (wasn't needed) and got into a postbac. During 1s
  3. Hi all, I did a search on this forum, but I am seeking advice specific to my situation, so apologies if you have already answered some similar questions. I am truly non-traditional in that I have taken zero pre-reqs. I currently work in finance (26yrs old - have been working in finance for 4yrs) and am looking to make the switch to pre-PA and (try) to get into a PA program. I am thinking about quitting my finance job soon to go full force into my pre-PA endeavors. The big question is - when should I quit, and if I quit now, what are my chances of getting in the next cycle? If I quit in Se
  4. Hi everybody! So, I have been on the road to PA school for the past 7(!) years. I honestly didn't think it would take this long but life gets in the way sometimes. I am applying to programs this spring and I've turned out to be quite the non-traditional applicant, as I'll detail below: -Massage therapist for the past 11 years, mostly working independently for more money but also in chiropractic and acupuncture offices as I do now -Life science major at community college (mostly just knowing out PA pre-reqs, before the state of CA decides to get rid of all PA certificate programs at CC
  5. I'm in my late twenties with almost ten years as a paramedic. I have been involved in education and the development of the triage system in my local ED as well as helping develop the trauma program for Level II certification. I have strong LOR. What I don't have is a stellar undergraduate record. My degree is from the University of Pittsburgh in Natural Science. My overall GPA is around 2.4-2.5. Science GPA is higher at around 2.8. I have multiple retakes. Went with undiagnosed ADD/Dyslexia for a long period of time. Will completing a Masters in Pharmacology and Toxicology be beneficia
  6. Greetings everyone. I am 38 years old and interested in the PCAP @ Stanford. All I have is an Associates in General Studies but have completed the school's requirements for admission with a 3.51 Science GPA (3.16 cumulative GPA). In addition, I have taken a statistics course, college algebra as well as medical terminology. How difficult will admission for me be if I am coming from Nevada and not California? I have live in Nevada for 15 years and California is my home state, however. I have also been working as a CNA in an acute rehab hospital since September 2010 full time (three 12-hr shifts/
  7. Hey guys! New to the forum, but I was hoping to get an honest opinion as I'm sure a few of you have been in my shoes. I ****ed up. My undergraduate years resulted in some sad looking grades. I re-took multiple classes to end up with a 2.8. Well, this doesn't bode well for CASPA when the majority of my caseload was science (bio major). My calculated GPAs do not qualify me for any school though I do have passing grades (A's, B's, and some C's) in my pre-requisite coursework. It's been a few years, and I am ready for the dedication towards PA. I took the GRE in November and did ok (155V, 159
  8. Just curious....are their any non-clinical positions for physician assistants out there?
  9. Hello everyone, I am new here. I am 28 years old and moving to Chicago area in the fall. I am in the middle of changing my career. I have a bachelors degree in aeronautical engineering with a GPA of 3.84 and a masters degree in math education with a GPA of 3.88. I taught middle school/high school math (pre-algebra to pre-calculus) for three years, but I want to give PA schools a shot now and I think I would really enjoy it because working in the medical field is what I have always wanted. I haven't taken the GRE yet, but I have read some review books (Princeton Review, Kaplan...) and found
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