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Hi! I am 22 and graduated from my undergraduate degree at a 4 year in December of 2020. Ever since then, I have been working full-time as an outpatient pharmacy technician in a hospital (I've had this position for 2 and a half years but just went full time). I had a scholarship with my undergraduate degree which I majored in Med Humanities, so all the science I have is Chem 1 with lab, Bio 1 & 2 with lab, 1 upper level bio with lab (Ecology), Stats, Medical Terminology, and a Psych Minor under my belt. Now that I am post grad, I want to go back to school and knock out the rest of the pre-reqs for some PA programs I am looking at such as Chem 2 with lab, Anatomy & Phys 1 & 2, Orgo 1/Biochem, some recommended courses such as Genetics or Immunology, and I think that is all I will need at least for now. I am looking at some schools such as Baylor, Texas Tech, Marquette, Union for right now. My current stats are 3.265 GPA, I have a couple C's in my sciences from sophomore year due to lack of time/working due to financial and personal hardships with family, etc. As the semesters went on until Senior year, I have maintained a 3.5 and up term GPA so it was only improvement from there. I have a nearly perfect GPA with my psych minor but its not like that matters too much when they look at overall. I've already taken my degree so I can't retake those C's now. I've read plenty of similar stories on here of similar background and stats and know it is possible and can take multiple cycles to get in. My question is, are any of these schools worth a shot for me? I obviously am trying to strive for a 3.5 GPA and up for these science pre-reqs. I have been out of science for a while so I am a little nervous but I still work full time so I plan to take 1-2 classes at a time at community college, hoping to finish by fall 2022 and apply for 2023 cycle. That might be pushing things so I might even consider applying for the 2024 cycle. I just hate the feeling of working hard then getting rejected the first time around but I know it is common. I don't want to feel rushed on the clock with my age either. I also know that being a pharmacy technician might count for healthcare experience but not necessarily patient care experience. Anyone on here going through the same thing or have any advice for me? Should I be doing anything different? Thanks!
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.
Hi all, I will be graduating from undergrad in May, but I plan on taking a year off to finish some pre-reqs. I still need Ochem and Biochemistry for sure. I have already taken a course of Ochem but I need to retake it because I did not do well in it the first time because I was not serious about what I wanted to do with my future (this was freshman year). I plan on taking Ochem this summer to focus on just that class. For those of you that have taken Ochem, what are your study tips/advice on how to stay in top of things and do well in this course? I know it will be a huge time commitment, but I am motivated to do well this time around. I am looking into taking an online Biochemistry and Genetics course because a lot of the PA schools I am interesting in applying to do not require lab for them. Do you think this is a good or bad idea? Does it really matter if it's in class vs. online? if you've taken these classes, what is your advice for doing well? I appreciate any responses! Thanks!
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