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  1. Hello PA Forum, I am new to the pre-PA path, and I am a bit overwhelmed by the things that need to get done over the next years. I am finishing up my freshman year and have decided that getting into PA school is my goal. After some research I have come to the understanding that I need to have prerequisite courses completed. However, I am very lost on where to start. Some schools require upper level this and lower level that. I dont want to waste any more time then I already have, given that I have been a CS major for my entire first year, so Im very worried about making the wrong choices for next semester. Here is a run down of the classes I've taken as a freshman CS student (I will switch out to another major). Keep in mind I have not taken introductory English courses because of AP college credit. 1st Sem: Bio 101, CPSC 120, POSC 100, Pre-Calculus 2nd Sem: Geology 101, CPSC 121, Calculus I, HCOM 100 What should I take this summer or in the fall? I would greatly appreciate some guidance. Registration is in a few weeks and I do not have too much time to make a decision on my fall classes. I was thinking of taking a more challenging course over the summer so I could focus on it by itself, and maybe take psychology next semester, but I feel like im missing something like chemistry or anatomy.
  2. Hello everyone, I am currently a junior about to start my applications to PA School! I have most of my pre-reqs done, but last semester when I was signing up for classes I could not take genetics due to the capacity of the class, I instead took molecular genetics. Does anyone know if this class is substitutable? My advisor said it should be fine, but I just wanted to get some outside opinions because I have heard of people not getting into schools do to inadequate courses. Please let me know your thoughts! Best, Cade P.
  3. Hello all! I am sure there are already several similar topics already on here, but I am struggling to find them. I am wondering if anyone has compiled a list of schools that do or do not accept online anatomy and physiology courses if taken during quarantine. I have checked the websites of several schools that make no statements on how their prereq requirements have been altered in response to the pandemic. If anyone has any recommendations I would be very grateful. Thank you!!
  4. I'm looking into PA school requirements and have seen that most require Human Anatomy & lab, and Human Physiology & lab. My current university (UCSD) only offers a Human Physiology lecture course. Most of the city colleges I'm looking into in order to fulfill this pre-req only offer Human Anatomy or Human Physiology as a single course of lecture and lab, rather than having separate lecture and lab courses. Do PA schools accept lecture & lab combination courses or do they want each lecture and lab to be a separate course?
  5. Hi, thank you to every one who dropped by to help! Below are the science courses I took in order, with grades: general biology I (C- first time, A second time), general biology II (B-) **general chemistry I (C+), general chemistry II (C) --- both with labs general physiology (B) biochemistry (B) organic chem I (B-), organic chem II (B-) genetics (B-) microbiology (A) human anatomy (A) endocrinology (A) Planning on taking: immunology, human physiology, developmental biology, medical terminology OR primate anatomy I'm currently a second term senior at a university, and I graduate Spring 2021. Many people advise students to not retake basic courses and focus on upper level courses, but there are also many people who suggest to retake any basic course with C grades to show PA schools that the first grades I received do not define my capability. Any opinion on whether I should spend extra time to retake general chemistry I and II ? If I should retake them, then should I enroll in the labs again or that won't be necessary since I already took them the first time I took the courses? Thank you again for your time!
  6. question about chem lab! Hey everyone! I hope you are well well, I had a question about taking chem lecture and chem lab together. I currently haven't been able to get my lecture and lab together and probably won't be able to do the labs until the summer time. I am looking to apply to most of the nyc/northeast programs and wanted to know if its ok to take the labs separate?
  7. I know that schools normally want you to take labs for prereqs in person. Has anyone heard from schools about labs being online due to covid and if those can satisfy the prereq requirement for classes requiring labs? Ex would be chemistry 1 lab or microbio lab. Not sure I'll have the option to take those labs in person, so I'm trying to see if the online version from my local university will work.
  8. Hey all, I live on the west coast, specifically California. I have been looking into Doane University or UC Berkley to take classes and retake some prerequisites. I was wondering if any one from California has taken classes or anyone else has taken these classes and applied to pa schools in CA? Were those classes accepted? I have reached out to schools and they just say they accept classes from "regionally accredited schools" which I know Doane is, but is there a issue since these classes are online? I know it can be best to take classes in person, however I work a full time job where I am not able to attend local community classes since they are during my work hours. Any help will be appreciated! Cheers!
  9. Does anyone have any experience taking an online ochem 2 class in Doane university. Wondering how the class itself is structured and how the exams and assignments are administered given that it is not proctored.
  10. Hello all, I am currently attending a 4 year college to get my undergraduate degree done, but as lots do, I failed Organic Chemistry II. Now I'm looking for an online class to supplement the requirement. It's literally the last class I need to move forward. I found one from a community college near to my school, but the issue with that is the classes have already started. While I was got all the paperwork done, my home college took about a week to send it out, messing up the scheduling portion of attending the community college since they stop scheduling classes after a certain date. I had talked to them before this and they made it seem like that wouldn't be an issue, but now talking to them again, it seems to be a problem. I'm worried as this is the last semester I have before my financial aid runs out. The school takes so long to do anything even with my calling that I don't know if it will be worth the effort to try to get accepted as a visiting student at a different school if I cannot schedule. I have been looking at Doane University, but I'm afraid that the same thing will happen. I am not sure how to proceed, so any advice would be helpful. If I withdraw and try to complete the class over summer instead, maybe that would be better, but I'm not sure if my financial aid will carry that long.
  11. HI Folks, I am currently in the second year of my contract, i have a bachelors degree in engineering but thats from asia. I am an active duty army 68W medic currently working at an army hospital. Question i have is that, i was going through lots of PA schools everywhere they say that the degree should be from an university in USA. So is it not possible to get into any of the PA programs when i get out of military in couple of years without a bachelors degree from america? What can i do to improve my chances to get into any of the PA programs? I checked these schools as a sample. University of Iowa University of Colorado To be honest i dont care about the location once i get out, but wanted to know whats the way forward ?
  12. I know this is mainly a "contact the school" issue, but I'm wondering is anyone has ever had a problem with programs accepting a combined organic chem and biochem course? I just found out one of them won't allow it after I applied
  13. Who's been accepted to PA programs where the majority of pre req courses were taken online?
  14. Hey guys, I will be applying to PA school this cycle and I was talking to an admissions counselor at the PA school I am interested in going (in my home town) about my academic record/healthcare experience and how I can be a more competitive applicant. In conclusion, she recommended I re-take Gen Chem II cause I got a D the first time I took it. Some background on me is that I have a cGPA of 3.1 and I knew that wasn't competitive enough for PA school and decided to get a Master's in Science which I got a cGPA of 3.5 with a sGPA of 3.6. I figured that since I took a lot of upper level chemistry and biochem courses in grad school it would counteract my D in gen chem II. However, they don't factor in grad grades with the undergrad pre-req grades which I should've known and feel stupid that I don't so I am looking at retaking gen chem over the summer before Aug 1. Other areas of my app are very strong with a good enough GRE, over 2,500 healthcare hours and other volunteer experience. This is literally my last battle and any advice would be amazing! SO she recommended I take Gen Chem II online at UNE (University of New England) and she said I;d be able to finish that in 8 weeks. I absolutely hated GC II and I really need to pull off an A. I've never experienced taking an online class through UNE...if any of you guys have had any experience and how hard you think it would be to pull off an A that would be greatly appreciated!!
  15. I took Organic chemistry last semester and got a C-, so now my science GPA is ruined. Are there any schools that don't require Ochem as a pre-req?
  16. Okay so I need some advice. I graduated from Purdue University in December 2016. My degree was health science, so I took all of the prereqs during undergrad. I took a year off to work as a medical assistant and plan on applying this upcoming 2018 cycle. However, after one of my shadowing experiences, it was advised that I should retake my Anatomy and Physiology course. I took the class at Purdue as a two semester class: Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II. I got an A in the first semester and a C in the second semester. I would like to retake the course to increase my chances. However, my question is this. My community college offers the course, but it does not start until June 5 and I want to submit my application in mid May. Would it be better to retake the class online at UNE, and use my Purdue pre-req but prove to them that I can do well, or would it be more beneficial to take the Advanced Physiology class at my CC but not have it finished when I submit my application? Or do I forget about it entirely and not retake it. As far as prereqs that is my only C. If that makes any sense at all. A little background: Cummulative GPA: 3.54 Science GPA: 3.58 (if I calculated it right) HCE~2000 as a medical assistant in an Urgent Care
  17. Anyone know of any PA programs that would take technical/trade school credits?
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