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Hello everyone, I am currently in my third year as a biology undergraduate major at the City College of New York. I graduate next year and wanted to ask for opinions on whether or not I should apply to PA programs immediately after graduation. At the moment I have a 3.91 GPA, straight As in my science courses, have shadowed one PA for a few hours, and have over 200 hours volunteering at an ENT hospital. However, my plan after graduation is to work as an EMT to gain credible health care experience to put on my application. In your opinions, are my current credentials sufficient enough for PA programs to consider me as a serious candidate? Or should I take a gap year to focus on obtaining more experience to put on my application? If so, any advice or recommendations? Any responses are much appreciated. Thanks!
Hello all. I have been digging around on this forum for a while and trying to avoid posting but with the application cycle coming up I have a question or two. My first question is should I apply this cycle? I am working on a Psych Degree with a cGPA: 3.96 sGPA: 3.9 GRE: Not Yet Worth Mentioning: I only have 4 prereqs left. Anatomy, Physio, Microbio, Biochem I had to withdraw my original first year due to illness and have only withdrawn from one class since then. This I feel should not be a factor after I explain but it could hurt me. I have ~4000 hours PCE as a nurse's aide. I have held the same job for going on four years. Volunteer experience - Hospital greeter 150hrs, Horse Therapy Handler ~100 hrs and rising Research Experience - A good bit and I am paid to mentor other students Shadowing - 8hrs ER ( This I can get up by application ) I have also shadowed a physician for 40 hours but probably won't include that LOR's - This is my problem. 1 from a Professor I research with 1 from my STNA Job (One of the head nurses) 1 from my other job or second professor I don't have a PA letter. I am shadowing but don't feel comfortable asking someone I have shadowed. In my job I work with a lot of nurses and very few PAs or Physicians I plan to only apply to schools that don't require a PA letter and only want a letter from a health care professional. If I apply this cycle I would only apply to two schools in the city closest to me. My husband is in the military and we were given a house, so I prefer not to uproot but we will next cycle if we have to. Is it worth only applying to two schools? Thank you.