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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!
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