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  1. I have been looking into PA programs to figure out which ones to apply to in the upcoming cycle. For some schools I meet all their prerequisite coursework, but for other schools I am a class or two short. I did not take abnormal psychology or sociology in my undergrad program, but I took all the core classes most PA schools want to see. What I am wondering is if it is a bad idea to apply to programs where I am missing a prerequisite. Will schools still view my application if I don't have every prerequisite they want? I don't want to waste my time and money applying to schools if they won't even consider me.
  2. Hi everyone, is there such thing as a pre-pre PA? lol jk I'm just curious how everyone is calculating their overall science GPA (sGPA). The reason I am asking is because the variety of program requirements that I have looked at all require different science pre-reqs, so when I am seeing people write their stats in, I'm just curious how its all amounting up when every program is different. Thank you in advance for any and all input!
  3. Anyone know of any PA programs that would take technical/trade school credits?
  4. To keep a long story short - I am 24 years old and attending South University in Savannah, GA for Psychology. I originally wanted to do something along the lines of neurology, psychiatry, or pathology. Ultimately, I have gained an extreme interest in becoming a PA. My main concerns are my chances of acceptance into a PA program - specifically the program provided at South University in Savannah, GA. I do not have any experience in the medical field. I've worked at Gulfstream Aerospace (a very good job/position) in Savannah for almost 3 years. I make about $60,000 per year in my current position, so it would be hard for me to leave to become something like an EMT to gain experience in a field and still having the possibility of not even being accepted into the program. By the time I finish my undergrad, my resume when applying to the PA program will look something along the lines of: 3.4 GPA, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (yes, I know it's not science, but I will take all the prerequisites), with no real-life experience. Also, I will be 27 years old, which seems a tad old. What are the chances of me being accepted with a decent GPA, bachelors in Psych, and no experience?
  5. I'm planning to apply to schools in California (not for a few years), but I was wondering if it would be okay to take my foreign language classes pass/no pass. Would it still count for a foreign language requirement?
  6. Some PA schools require some units of english. However, it is not very well-defined in their websites what actually counts as english. Would a literature class count? Or any other classes I could take to fulfill a writing requirement for graduating? For example, there is a class at my university called "scandinavian literature" and it is considered a writing class, but it isn't under the english department so I am unsure about it.
  7. With this thread, I am attempting to create a one-stop-shop for everyone's prerequisite questions, by compiling a complete list of every PA program's prereqs and experience requirements, as well as the location of each program. It would be nice if someone stickied this, and everyone can feel free to contribute. I apologize for the sporadic capitalization, I hand-typed all of this, as copying and pasting was far too messy and inconsistent. My first post is the nine schools in New England, since it's kind of the area I know the most about. I'm going to try and group schools by geographic area, except in the case of states like New York and California, which have so many programs they merit posts of their own. I hope someone out there finds this helpful. This is quite a project and will likely take a few weeks to complete, but I'll have it all done as soon as I can. Now for the list! Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 27 Month Program B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application Anatomy and Physiology (8 Credits) Microbiology (4 Credits) Biology (Human or Mamallian, 4 Credits) General Chemistry (8 Credits) Organic or Biochemistry (4 Credits) College Algebra, Statistics, or Equivalent (3 Credits) Minimum CGPA of 3.00 and SGPA of 3.00 Minumum 2,000 Hours of Direct Patient Care Yale University New Haven, Connecticut 27 Month Program B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application General Biology (4 Credits) General Chemistry (4 Credits) Organic OR Biochemistry (4 Credits Anatomy and Physiology, 200+ Level (4 Credits) Biology, 300-400 Level, taken at a Four Year Institution (8 Credits) GRE Minimum SGPA of 3.0 Patient Care Experience Preferred Courses Do Not Expire University of New England Biddeford, Maine 24 Month Program At Least 90 Credits from Accredited Instution(s) for Application, B.S or B.A. Prior to Matriculation General Biology (8 Credits) OR Advanced Biology (6 Credits) General Chemistry (8 Credits Anatomy and Physiology (8 Credits) English (6 Credits, 3 of which must be in Composition) Advanced Courses in A+P, Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Physics, Biochemistry, and Computer Science are Highly Recommended No Prereqs with a Grade of Less than C are Acceptable Minimum CGPA of 3.0, SGPA of 3.0 250 Hours of Direct Patient Care PA Shadowing HIGHLY Recommended and Will Consider Favorably Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston Campus Boston, MA 30 Month Program B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application General Biology with At Least One Lab (7-8 Credits) Microbiology (4 Credits) Chemistry with At Least One Lab (7-8 Credits) Biochemistry (3 Credits) Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 Credits) Psychology (3 Credits) Statistics or Biostatistics (3 Credits) Each Course Must Have an Individual Grade of C or Better Minimum CGPA of 2.8, PGPA of 3.0 All Prerequisite Courses Completed within Last Ten Years, Reviewed on Case-by-Case Basis Patient Care Experience Strongly Recommended but Not Required Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester Campus Worcester, MA 24 Month Program B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application General Chemistry (4 Credits) Anatomy and Physiology (8 Credits) Organic Chemistry (4 Credits) Biochemistry (3 Credits) Microbiology (4 Credits) Statistics (3 Credits) Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits) Immunology and Genetics are Highly Recommended All Prerequisite Courses Completed within Last Ten Years, Reviewed on Case-by-Case Basis Shadowing of a Practicing PA for at Least 50 Hours is Strongly Recommended May Apply to Worcester, CT or Manchester, NH Program, But Not Both. Boston, MA Program is a Separate Entity and May Also Be Applied to Concurrently with Either the Manchester or Worcester Programs. No Health Care Experience Requirement CGPA of 2.75, SGPA of 2.75, PGPA of 3.00 Northeastern University Boston, MA 24 Month Program B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application General Chemistry for Premedical or Science Majors with at Least One Lab (7-8 Credits) General Biology for Premedical or Science Majors with at Least One Lab (7-8 Credits)(Microbiology Can Substitute for One Biology Course, 3-4 Credits) Human Anatomy and Physiology, No Laboratory Required, Must Cover All Body Systems (6 Credits) Statistics (3 Credits) All science prerequisites must have been completed at a four year institution. Biology and chemistry must have been completed within the last seven years. Anatomy and physiology must have been completed within the last four years. There is no time limitation for statistics, and it may be completed at either a two or four year institution. AP credits are not accepted as prerequisites, but students that have AP credit and have taken advanced courses in biology and chemistry may substitute them in place f the basic courses. If biology and chemistry were taken more than seven years ago, more advanced and recent courses may be accepted, if taken in the last seven years at a four-year institution. 2,000 Hours of Patient Care Experiend Required, Full-Time Experience Preferred over Part-Time No GPA requirement was listed, but all prerequisites must be completed with a grade of B or better. Springfield College Springfield, MA 27 Month Program B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application General Chemistry (8 Credits) Biology (8 Credits) College Algebra or Higher (3 Credits The Following Courses must Have Been Successfully Completed Within 7 Years of Enrollment Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 Credits) Microbiology (3 Credits) Organic Chemistry (3 Credits) Biochemistry (3 Credits) Statistics (3 Credits) Minimum CGPA of 3.0, SGPA of 3.0 Minimum of 220 Hours of Healthcare-Related Experience Minimum of 30 Hours of PA Observation Of special note, Springfield's PA program is primarily a five-year track, starting in a student's freshman year. There are a very limited number of graduate positions open (generally 5-10), and these fill very quickly. Obviously, this leads to graduate postions being extremely competetive to get into. Franklin Pierce University *PROVISIONAL* Rindge, NH 27 Month Program B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application Anatomy and Physiology (8 Credits) Chemistry (8 Credits) Biology (4 Credits) Microbiology (4 Credits) Statistics or Calculus (3 Credits) Psychology (3 Credits) Genetics, Immunology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Nutrition, and Sociology are Strongly Recommended Minimum CGPA of 2.8, SGPA of 3.0 CGPA or SGPA of 3.5 or above, Gold Key International, National Scholars Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa are Highly Favorable Research, Publications, Presentations, Advanced Degrees or Training, or a Combination of Three Basic Healthcare Certifications, Such as CPR, EMT, CNA, etc, are Highly Favorable Health-Care Experience Preferred, but Not Required Will Make Minimum GPA Exception if Last 60 Credits were 3.3 GPA or Higher This is a provisionally accredited program, and might or might not continue to be accredited after 2012. While the loss of accredation is unlikely, it is a possibility, and should be considered. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Manchester Campus Manchester, NH 24 Month Program B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application General Chemistry (4 Credits) Anatomy and Physiology (8 Credits) Organic Chemistry (4 Credits) Biochemistry (3 Credits) Microbiology (4 Credits) Statistics (3 Credits) Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits) Immunology and Genetics are Highly Recommended All Prerequisite Courses Completed within Last Ten Years, Reviewed on Case-by-Case Basis Shadowing of a Practicing PA for at Least 50 Hours is Strongly Recommended May Apply to Worcester, CT or Manchester, NH Program, But Not Both. Boston, MA Program is a Separate Entity and May Also Be Applied to Concurrently with Either the Manchester or Worcester Programs. No Health Care Experience Requirement CGPA of 2.75, SGPA of 2.75, PGPA of 3.00
  8. Hello, I am a 20 year old first generation college student currently in a Biology BS program with a minor in Chemistry at a well-known NYS college. Like many of you, I hope to be accepted to a PA program when I graduate but I don't have much guidance throughout the process. The PA that I shadow went through this process many moons ago when it was not so competitive so he doesn't really know how to help me become a more competitive applicant. My stats are: -3.65 cumulative GPA (expected to be a 3.7 by graduation to achieve my goal of Summa Cum Laude) -sGPA: 3.7+ with my best grades being in upper-level chemistry -I will be graduating from the honors college and will spend the next school year working on an Organic Chemistry honors research thesis for 9 hours a week and will be presenting at a convention with my supervisor (and hopefully being published) -I am a TA for Organic Chemistry as well as Microbiology and currently work as a volunteer at a nursing home. -I am taking violin lessons and participating in Sinfonia as a way to relax and to make myself stand out as a person who can do more than science. I still have a year left in school and am planning on taking a year off to work on my HCE. I am trying to get a job as a pharmacy tech right now to start working on HCE and will be taking a course over the summer to receive my CNA. I am well-liked by many of my professors as well as my research advisor and have been offered many LOR's. I come from a relatively poor family so I am feeling discouraged about being accepted to a program due to my lack of opportunities to study abroad and participate in fancy over-seas internships like many of my classmates have done. I would like to know if I have a competitive edge for acceptance and how I can make my healthcare experience stand out since that is what I will be focusing on next in this journey towards PA school. The schools I am looking at are: *Yale (my reach school) *Albany Med (can get an alumni LOR) *U. of New England *U. of Bridgeport CT *Clarkson (long-shot, the program is so small) *U. of Colorado Aurora *Quinnipiac in CT
  9. There are a couple routes I could take to best prepare myself to become a PA and I'd like to know your opinions. A little bit about myself: 1. Currently a senior and will be receiving a Bachelors in Biology/Pre PA Focus in Spring 2017. 2. Will be shadowing a Physician soon for the remainder of Fall and also for Spring 2017 semester. 3. I believe I have at least 3 strong letter of Recommendation when I apply. 4. Currently 3.1 GPA, 3.08 Science GPA (Still have 2 semesters left to affect GPA). 5. Took leadership positions in my Greek Fraternity as well as Community Service. 6. Personality: Likable, good work ethic, genuine, sharp, leader, follows guidelines/directions well. Option 1: Become certified as an EMT and work for 1-2 years to obtain Hands on patient care hours. Then apply. Option 2: My college offers a 1 year No Thesis Masters Program where I would receive a Masters in Science. I believe I can excel and generate a more impressive GPA than my undergraduate, and possibly obtain more LORs or stronger ones. During this 5th year I would also shadow the same Physician as before. What are your opinions? Where do I stand in terms of being competitive? I'm trying to gauge what is valued more when applying to PA school. If you have any suggestions or aspects to try, please comment those as well. Thank you!
  10. Does anyone know anything about the admission requirements for this program? Anyone else planning to apply?
  11. Hi PA friends, I just graduated with my BS in Biology with a minor in Spanish in May, 2016. I am currently applying to medical school for the second year. However, I am now leaning towards PA school, pending I fit the requirements. I've read that research is valued but I am not sure how valued. Here is me: -22, has BS in Biology -worked 2.5 years in biophysics research, with two publications, one 4th place award at poster competition, two more publications still being written -volunteering hours in a clinical setting: 134.5hrs (I worry this is too low?), and an additional 283hrs in non-clinical -leadership roles from undergrad -3.33 gpa -501 MCAT (haven't taken the GRE) Should I apply? or do I need to wait ANOTHER year and apply after working as a PCA?
  12. I repeated a class once and the wording on indicating which class was repeated is a little confusing to me. "identify courses repeated from each college you attended. Mark all attempts to take a course as Repeated including the final attempt. CASPA will include the credits from all attempts in your overall CASPA GPA." I entered all my grades including the repeats but when I proceed to the transcript review, do I mark off the first time I took it AND the second/final attempt I took it? do they want me to mark off all attempts including the original attempt or do they only want me to mark of repeated attempts ?
  13. Hello, I have an MA in Psychology and 3 years experience working directly with PTs in a hospital setting--assessing, diagnosing, discussing treatment plan,BUT all with psychiatric PTs exclusively. So, I'm pretty concerned about my lack of MEDICAL HCE. If I quit my job and get EMT-B certified and then work full-time as an EMT-B, I will: 1. Get VALUABLE medical HCE, and 2. Reduce my income by about 55%. I am pretty broke as is, but willing to do so if it'll get me into PA school--my goal. Questions for y'all: Is psych HCE enough on its own? Is EMT-B a good idea, at this point--for me?
  14. Hello I am Daniel, I am currently volunteering at a clinical program without pay. I talked to someone today and they told me that all schools now require people to have paid Healthcare experience. Is there any truth to this? I hear this before, but is never saw specifics about this. And my second question is, do I need calculus to become a PA or do they just need statistics? I have taken both pre-cal and stats already, I am enrolled for calculus next semester, but I was thinking about dropping it because I don't think I need it. So yeah, do most schools require calculus to become a PA. I live in California, so can you please suggest me the schools around here that require or don't require calculus. Thank you! :)
  15. Hello Everyone! I am a junior in college. I am going to start my 2nd semester of my Junior year soon. I recently decided to pursue PA path and I am extremely confused. I don't want to take a break between my undergraduate and graduate schooling - do you think that will still be possible even though I decided too late? I do have 125 hours of health care hours - 25 hours of shadowing and 100 hours of volunteer so far. My goal is to work as a Medical Scribe this coming summer as well to gather some patient hours. Will it be ok if I mostly have just volunteer and shadowing hours? What should be my goal for my hours? Also, when should I start working on my application for PA school? I heard mixed things - some people have said that it is like medical school and need to start a year early while others have said I can do it in spring if I want to start college in fall. Which one is true? Thank you for all your help!
  16. Hi everyone! Check out this new tool for Pre-PA students! You can search by entering a combination of Classes, Credit Hours, CASPA, GRE, GPA. Enter in all the criteria you plant to fulfill or have fulfilled, and a list will populate of schools you are eligible to apply to! Very easy to use and will save you hundreds of hours trying to find what schools you should apply to. Please click the link to try it out! http://physicianassistantrequirementspa.com/pa-programs-search/
  17. Hey guys, So, the university I attend does NOT OFFER ANY anatomy and physiology with labs course in the bio department *argh*. All that they offer is A&P through the nursing school. I would prefer to take it at my university because I get free tuition. Would taking A&P through the nursing school be satisfactory? If it matters, our nursing school is rated as one of the top in the country. Thanks for your help :)
  18. Has anyone used MD Consult and UpToDate? If so, which in your opinion is the better mobile tool?
  19. Hi, I have a BA degree (in psychology and minor in education) already from a UC. I transferred from a community college after 2 years and graduated from the UC. MY overall GPA is 3.3 and I believe my science GPA is 3.0. I still have to take anatomy and physiology and microbiology (at a community college since I have graduated) and GRE (or MCATS- not sure which one to take). I have volunteered at a hospital and for a few non profit organizations. I do not have research experience as of yet. Not yet shadowed a PA but am planning on. I want to see what your opinions are in regards to me getting into a PA program at either USC or Loma Linda University -- or any PA Programs in California. If any of you have good advice to me that can strengthen my application , That would be great too! Please help me as I am very determined to get in to PA school. Thank you!
  20. I took the PANRE today. This is the second time I have taken the PANRE, and this time was much worse than six years ago. For preparation, I used the Comprehensive Review book, the Lange question and answer book, and the Emory CD. I have been studying almost every day since February; MUCH more than I prepared the last time I took the exam. When I left the testing center, I felt.... well, "deflated" might be a good word. I am sure I failed. I kept count of how many questions I flagged, that I wasn't "sure" about, and I am embarrassed to even share that number. Any suggestions on what I can do to prep better for my retake in three months? Hippo? Different books? Find a new career? Thanks for listening; I think I needed to vent a little bit.
  21. Hi all. I start PA school in the fall. My husband and I want to have a baby and would rather not wait until PA school is over (despite the rigorous program), as I will be 32 at that point (and we want 3 kids!). For those women who are/were pregnant in PA school, is it better to have a newborn during the didactic or clinical portion? We will live 30 minutes from school and hire a nanny or do daycare during the week. Your thoughts/insight are much appreciated
  22. Hi everyone, I'm planning on applying for the class of 2015. Who do you have to write your letters of recommendation? So far I have an M.D, my RN supervisor, and I was thinking a CRNA who I work with to write my 3rd. Sadly, I've only shadowed PA's so they can't attest to my patient skills/care. Would the CRNA be a good idea? (familiar with a midlevel provider role, worked with PA's before, supports me going to PA school, has seen me work with the medical team)
  23. I'm working on my Bachelors in Biology on road to PA studies at Nova in Davie (hopefully :=D:) I need to get some patient experience and shadowing hours but don't know what I should do since I am new to the health care field. I worked in the automotive industry for 15 years and I wanted a change. Will appreciate any help I can get. Maria
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