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  1. As a recently graduated student going into her gap year, I have a question for those who have been in my same situation. My undergrad GPA is below the normal average for an admitted student into a PA program. I am planning on enrolling in post-bacc classes in order to meet some pre-reqs for certain schools, and just to raise my GPA overall and hopefully show admissions committees that I have grown since my first couple years of college (the years that hurt my cGPA). But, how do you all do it? I am planning on being a CNA, but I can't work day shift due to classes that normally occur during daytime hours. I've thought about trying to get 12 hour shifts so I have a few days off during the week to sneak some classes in. I can work PMs or nights, but I'm worried about being too exhausted going straight from a night shift into classes the next day. Community colleges cater to working students by offering online and night classes which would be super helpful, but do many PA schools look down on community college coursework? I'm stressing out thinking about how this is all going to play out so any words of advice or personal stories would be super appreciated. Thanks in advance and good luck with applications!!
  2. Hi, if I took Anatomy and Physiology 2 after graduating with my BS is this considered post- baccalaureate? It is not part of a program just one class so I was wondering if it is still called that. Thanks!
  3. Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum but was hoping to get your advice on my PA application plan. I graduated from undergraduate in May 2015. I applied for several PA programs to begin Fall 2017, however, was not accepted. I have gathered over 1200 direct care hours, over 500 research hours, over 200 shadowing hours. I believe that the flaws were: 1) my Science GPA being below 3.0 2) applying early 3) GRE I am currently enrolled at Hunter College as a non-degree student and I am taking post-bacc courses individual. I am ineligible for their Post-bacc certification program since their program only applies for pre-medical students. my plan is to individually re-take all the core sciences to boost my science GPA, then take the GRE's, and re-apply to PA programs early for programs beginning 2020. The only new course I would be taking is Biochemistry. Would you think it is detrimental that this is not a degree program or that I will not receive a certificate for re-taking these courses? Thank you again, David
  4. I am a non-degree seeking post-bacc pre-PA student. In May, I completed the last prerequisites for my wish list of PA programs. Their prereq's were not extensive, their lists ended with Organic Chemistry I. I scored an A in O-chem I, I'm particularly proud of that grade. Should I continue to take more science courses, such as Organic Chemistry II? What do PA programs look for specifically on transcripts of post-bacc students? I contacted the admissions departments of the programs. They both verbally stated in general terms any courses additional to the prereq's are not needed and don't necessarily make a candidate stand out. I'm having a really hard time believing this as I am surrounded daily by traditional pre-PA undergrads who are incessantly stressed about how many cross-leveled grad science courses they can score prior to applying. So....decision point: I'm nearly finished with my summer CNA certification program, and I'm registered to begin the next wave of science courses back at the university in the fall (O-chem II, Human Pathophysiology, Stat, etc). Should I drop these classes, save months of my GI bill, and begin a full-time HCE job? I have approximately 60 hours of shadowing, 100 hours of hospital volunteering (ER, OR/PACU, L&D), and 70 hours of volunteering at the local free clinic. I was offered a full-time CNA job in the medsurg unit of our local hospital. They are not flexible for students. I am applying to PA schools during next year's application cycle. Thank you for any constructive advice you can send my way!
  5. I am currently a senior Psychology student who would like to get HCE at a local hospital and see if I would like to go the medical/PA route. I was wondering if anyone knew of any post-bacc programs (post-graduation) that can help people with insufficient classes to prepare for a PA school application? I graduate in 1 year and don't have enough time to complete the prerequisites. Thank you!
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