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  1. Hi, just to give some background, I am a 22 y/o make and a senior at the university of Tennessee @ Knoxville majoring in history and minoring in chemistry. I was originally set on going the MD route until I was recently introduced to the inner workings of the PA career and am now very interested. I am looking for any advice on how to improve my resume as well as schools which I fit the criteria for. I am interested in the northeastern portion of the US as well as Chicago but am open to recommendation. Thank you in advance to any advice I have yet to take the GRE, but I have no doubts that I will perform well with diligence and hard work. My resume: History Major Chemistry minor 3.65 gpa 3.4 sgpa 300 hours of very meaningful volunteer work in a rural and very low income southern town over the course of two summers 100 hours at 1hr per week in underfunded elementary school nursing clinics performing first aid and essentially fulfilling the role of absent nurses 50 hours of providing medical care to rural villages in the Dominican Republic 240 hours as a CNA during the summer of my sophomore year currently scribing at a level 1 trauma center as an ED scribe with a projected 1300 hours as of the time that I will apply Vice President of Clinic Vols: the organization providing first aid in elementary schools, as Vice President I do a lot of management type work as well as provide and dictate first aid training to around 100 people a semester. Vice President of Global medical training chapter: help plan and coordinate a Medical trip to the Dominican as well as involvement in recruitment. 1 yr of molecular biophysics research at Oak ridge national laboratory, specially focusing on drug development in the case of poly cystic kidney disease, CKD, and Barth syndrome as they relate to the protein Taffazin and it’s interaction with cardiolipin. im also from a small rural town in middle Tennessee if they has any significance.
  2. Hello All, This is my first post in this forum and im really pumped! I'm currently a junior right now and will hopefully be applying to PA schools here in the coming future. I was wondering if I could get some insights from the people who are ahead of me in the process with how applying goes, and if i have a shot at some higher tier schools. So far my cumulative GPA is a 3.77, with a science GPA of about 3.65ish. Courses I've taken (Sport and Exercise Science Major/Pre-PA track) are as follows: Molecular and Cellular Bio: B+ Gen Chem I and II w/ Labs: B, B+, A-, A- Bio II: A+, A Animal Physiology w/lab : A-, A- Trigonometry: A Psych Stats: A **Currently in ** Human Gross Anatomy w/ Cadaver Based lab (Hardest course at my university taught by two former MDs, one being from Yale): B+ (Hopefully) and A Organic Chemistry I and II (w/ Ochem 1 Lab): A+, A+, B+ (Do not plan on taking Ochem II lab) Nutrition: A+ Research Methods: A- Intro Psych, Psych of Human Development and Abnormal Psych: all A+'s Currently I still plan to take Biochem, Genetics and Microbiology along with some other sport and exercise science fluff courses. (Biomechanics, Clinical ex. physio, exercise physio, motor learning and development etc.) I will be planning to do research this coming spring semester with my advisor will hopefully be presenting it at the ACSM National Conference in Harrisburg, PA. Im apart of my schools Honor's Program as well as the national honors society Phi Eta Sigma. I will also planing to be joining the National Honors Society of Biology: Beta Beta Beta. Also, outside of honors programs im apart of the Delta Kappa Epslion Fraternity. (So if any brothers are reading this hello!) However, i believe my biggest flaw in my application will be my HCE. So far i really dont have any HCE hours besides a couple hours of shadowing and what not. Will this hinder me greatly in applying to PA schools? I plan on taking a CNA course in the summer and hopefully will get a job as a PT tech at a local Sport PT place here in town. I have a list of schools that i would like to apply to and then i have some of the other schools i consider top tier (Pitt, Penn State, Yale, PCOMM, Cornell etc.) Also, do you have any tips on how to study for GRE's? Or did you just go in there and wing it? How do my chances look? - Thank you, Z.
  3. Is there a correlation between the prestige of a PA school's program and getting a job, or do your boards/GPA in PA school/whatever matter more?
  4. So I was reviewing the Florida International University PA program website and they said that they admit over 90% of their class who are from Florida. I am not from Florida so I was wondering if the odds are stacked pretty highly against me for this school? Is it worth spending the money to apply here?
  5. Hey all, I'm having some trouble deciding between becoming an RN or becoming a PA. I know there are many differences between the two professions, but that only seems to make my decision harder. Recently I just got accepted into my schools nursing program, but I'm not sure if I want to go through with it. For a very long time now I have wanted to be a PA but pretty much ruled it out because I thought the path it took to get there would be too hard. I have never been a straight A student (A's and B's with a rare C), and I know GPA is a heavily weighted factor in even getting considered for a PA program, not to mention the work you have to do if you get accepted! I am a very tenacious person. I know getting to PA school would be a challenge, but with all that considered, PA school is always on my mind. I feel like the only reason I am currently going for nursing is because I'm scared I would not be able to get into PA school (and if I don't then I'm kind of stuck). If anyone has any advice I would love to hear it!
  6. 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
  7. Hello! I am currently trying to narrow down my list of PA schools. I know it's expensive so I decided no more than 12 schools but unfortunately my list is at 90 that I qualify for. How would you recommend choosing schools besides HCE requirements, pre-reqs, and cost? Also, I would really like to know if the location is a concern. I know I will be studying most of the time so I don't need to live in an exciting city per say, but I would like a place where I feel comfortable with the community and without a high crime rate.(Are those reasonable deal breakers?) I am a female of small stature so walking through shady areas alone every day would make me rather uncomfortable, especially if I have to live off campus. Thanks and I appreciate your help!
  8. Hello forum! Unfortunately, I recently decided that dental school was something I am not willing to do. It is a great career but the main reason I was doing it was because that would make my dad happy. Anyways we had a talk and he was content with my decision. Anyways a little background about me; I am senior undergraduate studying abroad until August 2017. I am intern at a hospital in Madrid working in a schizophrenia research project and part time surgical labatory with rodents. I decided I want to become a physician assistant for many reasons but mainly because it does not require the stress level of a physician has. I will be graduating in May 2018 so even though that is two years from now I am a little behind! I am a biomedical science major and I have an idea of the perquisites to become a PA but I a new to this so all the information is welcomed. The only thing I am really concerned on is shadowing hours. I shadowed my local dentist for about 100 hours but I have no experience with PA shadowing. Coming back to states as a full-time student will make it difficult for me to obtain shadowing experience before application deadlines. Do you any of y´all have any advice for me? It would be reliving if some PA schools didn´t have shadowing hours as a requirement. Anyway, any piece of useful information will be deeply appreciated it! Thanks!
  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. I'm currently a Pre-PA student that will be applying in the 2016-2017 application process. Below are my current stats (only missing this upcoming spring semester) and the schools I'm looking at applying to. Hoping to get some insight from others who have applied to or been accepted into PA programs as to whether or not my stats qualify me for the programs I'm considering applying to. STATS Undergrad Ed School: University of Northern Iowa, BA in Biology Cumulative Undergrad GPA: 3.67 Science Undergrad GPA: 3.43 Age at Application Time: 24 GRE scores Verbal: 155 Quantitative: 155 Writing: 3.0 Healthcare Experience Hours: CNA in nursing home over when home from school over summers and on breaks for 2 yrs (~800 hours) Personal Care Attendant for quadriplegic man for 4 yrs (~1000 hours) Patient Care Technician in Cardiovascular Unit of Hospital for 1.5 yrs (~1500 hours) Total = ~3300 hours Extracurricular/Research Activities: Research Assistant - 2 semesters Teaching Assistant for Anatomy & Physiology - 1 semester Neuroscience Research Assistant in Taipei, Taiwan - 1 summer (~3 months) Vice President of Campus Ministry Organization - 2 semesters Student Leader in Campus Ministry Organization - 3 semesters Tech Manager and Sunday School Teacher at Church - 2 yrs Director of Professional Development for Profession-Related Student Organization - 1 semester In-Patient Pharmacy Volunteer at Hospital - 2 semesters Schools Considering Applying To: - University of Iowa - Des Moines University - Oregon Health & Science University - University of Wisconsin-Madison - Marquette University - University of Nebraska - University of Colorado OR Wake Forest University (trying to decide which one to apply to) Any educated opinions or advice would be appreciated! Am I setting my sights too high??
  11. Hello everyone, I'm new to the PA forum. Haven't seen a thread yet for the upcoming application cycle, so I thought I'd go ahead and start one. I'm sure I can't be the only one in the process of narrowing down my list of schools for next year! Just curious to see where everyone else is applying and what your backgrounds are. I'm going to do my best to stay active in these forums, because I think I can learn a lot from everybody here. This is my first time applying, and I'm sure there are people here who are re-applicants and can offer advice to those of us who are new to the process. A little bit about me -- I'm a recent University of Arizona graduate (Bear Down Cats!). I studied healthcare management and I'm currently working as an ER scribe in a rural hospital, about an hour outside of Charleston, SC. I'm taking the GRE in January and I'm currently finishing the last of my science pre-requisites. Once I receive an acceptance to PA school (fingers crossed), I'm comissioning in the Navy as a medical officer and I'll serve for at least two years after graduation. Planning to specialize in surgery, likely trauma and/or orthopedics. Here's a list of schools I'm considering, in order of preference. I know it's quite a few -- most likely, I will not apply to all of them. Let me know if you are also applying to any of these schools and/or what you've heard about these programs! Duke University Chapman University - Orange County, CA University of Alabama - Birmingham Treveccca Nazarene University - Nashville A.T. Still University - Phoenix South College - Knoxville, TN MUSC - Charleston, SC University of South Alabama University of Utah University of Florida University of Charleston - West Virginia Sullivan University - Louisville, KY Idaho State University Monmouth University - West Long Branch, NJ Seton Hall University - South Orange, NJ University of New England - Portland, ME Look forward to hearing more about everyone....and good luck to everyone applying in 2015!
  12. Hey guys, I matriculated into this program last May. We've completed the first summer semester so far, and I am currently in the Fall semester here at Tech. I applied to about 7 other schools, got 4 interviews and ended up in Midland, Texas. Not going to lie, but housing is kinda expensive, water sucks and I don't know where to recycle my glass cans.. but Iooking back, I wouldn't have it any other way. Although the school is segregated from the main campus, being in Midland really helped me concentrate. There are no distractions.. not much to do. There are about 2 starbucks here, and whenever you plan to study outside of your apartment, about a third of the class is at that SB right with you. But whenever our class finds a free weekend, we get together at bars, outdoor drive ins, indoor theatres, .. and you really learn to appreciate the little things. Professors are great. They really care and will spend their time to make sure you understand the information. Best thing about Tech is that the class (both the 2nd years and fellow classmates) will look out for you. It's like a little family we have here and although it's not at the greatest location, the program definitely doesn't lack the hospitality and support that I believe we all need to get through the rigorous didactic year. Here's our class video we put together: Enjoy!
  13. I would like to share a link to my new PA School Directory and Cost Comparison Page: 1. http://www.paschoolfinder.com/ 2. http://www.thepalife.com/physician-assistant-program-tuition-and-costs-estimated/
  14. Hello all, I used the search function and couldn't find anything relevant, so I'm sorry if this topic has popped up a few times without my notice. I'm a new graduate student - my school offers a "fifth year free" program where students can earn an accelerated masters' degree and attend courses free of charge. I double majored in Biology and Psychology and am currently doing some neat genetics stuff for the Bio program - my eventual goal is to become a Psych or Neuro PA. Between the double major and annoying liberal arts requirements, I was unable to fulfill all of the courses that most PA schools look favorably upon. I'm taking some of them this term (namely Biochemistry), but my school won't allow me to register for non-graduate level courses. I was interested in taking Microbiology, but it doesn't seem like I'll be able to take it the normal way (for credit). Does anyone know whether there would be any value in auditing the course? I'd like schools to know I have some experience with the material, but I don't see the point if it's just going to be blown off. Of course, I'd LOVE it if the audit was accepted for general credit (instead of needing to pay to take the course somewhere else after this), but I doubt that'll happen anytime soon. Anybody have any experience with this?
  15. 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.
  16. Just finished my associate's degree. looking into a Bs program but dont know in which one should i go in. and would help me to get into a PA school after..?????
  17. In a nutshell, high-ranking school #1 is far away (across the country) from my family and my boyfriend of three years, but when I visited it I loved it there and felt like the students were truly happy and getting a quality education. This school trains PAs for work in any field. Lower-ranking school #2 is close to my beautiful apartment I share with my boyfriend, as well as to my supportive and awesome family. Unfortunately, I kind of got a negative vibe when I visited--students there didn't love the program, and it seemed disorganized and unprioritized compared to the DO program (example: the director said the PA students "get to observe" the cadaver lab of the DO students for eight hours TOTAL over the course of two semesters). This school also aims to train primary care PAs, and I don't know for sure if primary care is what I want to do. (If I had to pick right now, I'd say emergency medicine, but who knows?) The schools COST THE SAME amount of money and have very similar test pass rates (both 95%+). Also, take into consideration that I definitely want to get a job after schooling near family/boyfriend! SO....1) Where should I go and why? 2) How important is it to have clinical rotations where I plan to live and work long-term? 3) What happens if you go to a primary care-focus school but decide you don't want to do primary care? Will my options be limited? Thanks infinitely for your help. I have to make this decision by February 27th! It's the hardest decision I can ever remember making...
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