I will be applying to schools this cycle and I am beyond excited and nervous.
I just wanted to create this group to share our progress so far and where we're at in terms of application timeline.
Feel free to share your experiences, thoughts and any questions.
Let's help eachother out! Goodluck everyone 🙂
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I graduated from MSU with a Human Biology Major in Winter 2015.
It has been about 3 years since i have graduated. I studied the MCAT and took the test once and did not apply to any med school because of my MCAT score and GPA.
i have a GPA 3.0 and not sure about my science gpa about 2.7-2.9
I just got married this summer and have been rethinking about med school and wanted to go to PA school instead
It seems as competitive as med school but it is only 2 years of school.
I don't have ANY direct paid health care experience only volunteering and haven't taken the GRE yet
I am 25 years old and just need some help/guidance on the path.
so my questions are:
1.) Should i go to graduate school for 2 years and get good grades to make up for my low GPA
2.) Should i just get as much PCE as i can? and then apply ?
if so, which is better? CNA, MA, paramedic, EMT ?
3.) Lastly, should get certified to work as a CNA, MA, paramedic or EMT first, and then work while i go to grad school so i can get PCE and boost my GPA?
i don't know where to start because I'm trying to find the most affordable and less time consuming way to be competitive to get into PA school 😞
Second time, older applicant looking to reapply this coming cycle -- CASPA verified early this past cycle with low GPA (2.93) and outstanding prereqs, which led to 5 app submissions and prompt rejections. Hoping that I've improved, but still looking for advice on how I can try to standout being on the low GPA end of things and thoughts on retaking the GRE!
Undergrad Degree (2008): BS in Comm Studies & Rhetoric
cGPA: 3.3 (undergrad, 3.3)
sGPA: currently 3.13 (undergrad, 2.63) -- if I get an A in Immunology (3 credits) this coming Spring, I will have a sGPA of 3.18; if I take 4 credits and get an A, I will have a 3.2
Post-Bacc GPA: 3.6
Disclosure: DUI conviction 10 yrs ago
Gen Chem1: C+ (W from 5 yrs ago when I enrolled and dropped)
Gen Chem2: C+
Pending Immunology course this Spring
GRE: 306, V158--Q148--W3.5
LoRs: 2 oncology attendings/primary investigators; 1 PA; 1 NP; 1 academic letter -- bio prof
PCE: By the time I apply, 7074 hrs (8 yrs clinical research coordinator, CRC, in oncology clinical research)
HCE: 7074 hrs (8 yrs clinical research associate, CRA, in oncology clinical research)
Research: 1572 hrs
Volunteer: 50 hrs, helping at a homeless clinic since Jan 2018
PA shadowing: 28 hrs surgical oncology and pediatric oncology
I split my hours as 45% PCE/45% HCE /10% Research
CRC - in the clinic w/patients (interviewing pts about PMH, one-on-one pt research interviews regarding Quality of Life, discussing & outlining the patient's course of treatment on vs. off-protocol, discussing the goals and medical implications of participating and answering questions about treatment, recruitment, and screening & assessing patient toxicities in clinic with physicians/PAs and through chart reviews, etc)
CRA - clerical in regards to submitting necessary safety paperwork, chart reviews for tox assessments, scheduling patient appts, ordering necessary protocol labs and scans, data collection and entry, editing the research protocol, audit preparation, etc.
Research - time spent more specifically pulling, sorting, and analyzing data for publications, mtgs with the stats team, MDs, etc.
I am seeking advice for a friend who unfortunately has waited until her last elligible year (year 6) and month (Dec) it seems to take her 1st PANRE. She seems to be under the impression that if she does not pass on this one attempt, she will have to return to PA school...therefore losing current position in an ICU since shell no longer have the -C. ( I don't believe our state of residence allows PAs to work without it). When researching the NCCPA and even this board I don't see any information about what would happen in a situation like this. I don't doubt that shell pass as she was towards the top of the class and typically does well on exams...but I also find it interesting that theres no info on this anywhere. Does anyone know?