Hello PA forum.
After doing some soul searching, I decided on maybe going for PA school. I am only a 2nd semester freshman. However, due to many circumstances, such as adjusting to online school, and a 1 star professor, my first semester of college was a 2.5. I also was not planning on anything after undergrad so I wasn't totally motivated on acing everything. I am doing my best this semester to make up for that, and getting a 3.75 or 4 this semester is realistic at the moment since Ive bee working extra hard. I am very worried however that all of the hard work that will come in the next years will be for naught if my 2.5 first semester will weigh me down. I know I am capable of getting mostly As and Bs from here on out, but will my first semester be the bane of my PA school application? Will schools take into account covid college and and very bad professors who hardly knew how to operate education software? Will schools see the upward trend as a good thing? I also understand that my application will be looked at as a package rather than just GPA, so I have some hope, but this worry still lingers.
I'm currently in my undergrad program taking my prerequisites for PA school. I plan on graduating in the Spring of 2023 and applying for PA school that same year.
As I begin my PA school research, I keep having self-doubts on my ability to learn the content in PA school, which questions my ability to "make it" as a PA.
While I am doing well in my undergrad/prerequisite courses, I fear I am not genuinely learning the information - just merely memorizing and doing well on exams. My question is: Will I/How badly will I struggle in PA school if I don't remember/didn't efficiently learn the coursework from prerequisites like Biology/A&P/Chemistry?
I do not fear applying for PA school/getting accepted (aware that it may not happen the first time I apply), but my current GPA is 3.8 and I've been working full-time as a medical assistant for 3 years (plenty of PCE, HCE & shadowing). However, I fear getting into PA school and having the feeling of "what did I get myself into". I've had PAs that I work for all tell me that I can do it, but I keep having this lingering self-doubt that my ADHD brain and I will not be able to grasps concepts like others will due to my lack of deep understanding during prerequisites (and just having recently been diagnosed with ADHD & still learning what medication works best for me).
Is this feeling normal?
Thank you to whoever can give me some honest insight!
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I am currently a senior in my undergrad, I finish in the Summer 2021. My current cumulative gpa is 3.09 which is very low and for my science courses these are the grades I have made:
General Chem 1 & 2: B
Biology 1 : B
Biology 2: C
Orgo 1: C
Orgo 2: F(first time), C (2nd time)
Physics 1 & 2: A
Microbiology: D, I am going to retake.
I am taking Biochemistry 1 this spring 2021 and other upper-division biology courses where I hope to make As in.
I would like advice on what I should do to increase my gpa. Should I enroll in a post-bacc program while getting PCE (through volunteering/shadowing or getting a job at an urgent care or hospital) or should retake the classes I received a C or below in, then start prepping to take the GRE and going through the application process. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you.
Sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong place I'm new here.
Hi, I need some advice! I already know I am not a traditional pre-pa student. Here are my stats:
Biology of Cells - C
A&P 1 - C
A&P 2 - C
Micro - C
Genetics - C
2020 (Spring, Summer, Fall):
Gen Chem 1 - B
Gen Chem 2 - A
Organic Chem - B
Organic Chem Lab - A
Spring 2020 GPA: 3.75
Summer 2020 GPA: 3.67
Fall 2020 GPA: 3.75
Compared to previous semesters an upward trend is definitely happening. It’s just I feel like it’s to late for that to count for much.
BioChem - TBD
Physics 2 - TBD
sGPA = 2.53
cGPA = 3.26
I already know that I have to do a post-bac, most likely a diy depending on how high I can get my gpa before graduation.
The question is should I retake 1-2 classes I originally got a C in before I graduate? Or should I take classes like Organic Chem 2, Essential Physiology (Bio class), etc? I know that when doing my post-bac I will retake classes that I got a C in. So would it be a better decision to take upper-level classes before I graduate & retake lower-lever at my local community college? I could also retake classes from the college I’m graduating from its just more expensive.
SpnGPA: 3.8 - Major
PsyGPA: 3.8 - Minor
Thanks for any help!
So I graduated with a bachelors in biology in 2013 and since then I've unsuccessfully applied to PA school 3 times. Since then I've been working on getting more health care experience - I worked as a medical scribe for about 2 years and now I've been working as an MA for about 6 (some of the time I was working as a scribe/MA). Life stuff happened that kept me from continuing to apply / taking more classes/ etc but I'm coming around the time where I need to stop working as an MA and actually go back to school.
Nevertheless, its been a while since I graduated and now a lot of my classes are expiring/expired (depending on programs requirements). On top of that, my degree never required I take biochemistry and a lot of the programs require that... and CASPA calculated my science GPA as 2.98 (unfortunate because I had to retake a science class, and CASPA averages those grades).
Anyways, given the expiration date on my classes (and that I need to take biochem), and my science GPA needs a good boost, it is obvious I need to take more classes. A lot of classes... and that's expensive, and still not a guarantee I'll get into PA school. I'm looking into getting a masters degree in something else (something that might be easier to get accepted into, my undergrad GPA is good, its just my science GPA as calculated by CASPA that's bad). But I would like it to be a masters degree that would:
a) have the prerequisites I need (or at least most of them)/would look good on my application
b) could potentially stand-alone if I don't get into PA school so I can move on to finding a job that would give me more experience than being an MA (like something in clinical research, for example).
I considered getting a masters in health care administration but other than helping me find a job with a better income, I don't think health care administration is for me, nor would it help my science GPA so I can continue to apply to PA school - which is what I really want to do. I've also considered a post-baccalaureate degree but I am not sure how that would help me outside of applying to PA school and how different it would be from just taking the classes that I need.
Any suggestions / ideas would be greatly appreciated.