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As I see it, and this may not be the case, the problem with using the edit as a way to update is that it doesn't show then as a new post and it might as well just remain unposted...no one will know you updated... or find it to read...

If, instead, you copy your original post and paste it into the latest reply box then change the stats as necessary, it will then be a "new post" and therefore show up on the "new posts" list and the last thing on the thread....

Just copy and paste....its not like you have to retype everything....just change what you need to for the update.

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Hello everyone,

 

I am new to this forum :P. I wonder if anyone could answer my questions. I am currently applying for the fall of 2009. I have researched many schools and have come to realize that most schools make it mandatory to have patient care contact or any type of health care related experience.

 

I am 22 and graduated in may 2007 with a degree in biochemistry. I started working a month after I had graduated. The job I currently hold requires me to travel atleast 40% of the time all over the world. Therefore, I have not had any time to gain some health care related experiences.

 

My question is:

 

Would it still be possible for me to have a competative chance in getting into a PA program regardless of my lack of experience? I have decided to apply to schools which do not require the experience. However, I am not too sure exactly how good my application would be without the experience.

 

 

Thank you all for your time.

 

My Cumulative GPA was a 3.45

Science GP 3.7

Will take GRE in november

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Mikey,

 

This is probably a post best-suited for another thread - have a look around, read the stickies in the pre-PA forum, there are quite a few posts re: the need for (or lack thereof!) previous healthcare experience. As for programs that do and don't require it, this is the definitive rundown thanks to coloradoPA:

 

http://www.physicianassistantforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13564

 

Hope that's of some help...

 

 

Hello everyone,

 

I am new to this forum :P. I wonder if anyone could answer my questions. I am currently applying for the fall of 2009. I have researched many schools and have come to realize that most schools make it mandatory to have patient care contact or any type of health care related experience.

 

I am 22 and graduated in may 2007 with a degree in biochemistry. I started working a month after I had graduated. The job I currently hold requires me to travel atleast 40% of the time all over the world. Therefore, I have not had any time to gain some health care related experiences.

 

My question is:

 

Would it still be possible for me to have a competative chance in getting into a PA program regardless of my lack of experience? I have decided to apply to schools which do not require the experience. However, I am not too sure exactly how good my application would be without the experience.

 

 

Thank you all for your time.

 

My Cumulative GPA was a 3.45

Science GP 3.7

Will take GRE in november

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update

Undergrad Ed School: University of Utah

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.58

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.70

Overall GPA : 3.60

Age at application time : 28

tGRE: 1290 570 verbal 720 quanitative 4.5 writing

 

Patient Care :

Rehab Aide:7000+ hours as a rehab aide in outpatient facility, inpatient geriatrics, outpatient pediatrics

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

38 hours shadowing

 

Schools Applied:University of Utah, Duke, Idaho state, University of Texas, University of Colorado, Touro universitt nevada, Pacific University, University of Washington

 

Application Submitted Date: CASPA submitted 7-11-08

 

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) All mailed two days later!

 

Interview Invites: Touro University Aug-27, Des Moines, University of Iowa

 

Denied: will update

 

Withdrew Application: will update

 

Waitlisted: will update

 

Accepted: will update

 

Attempts: first

 

Other: fluent in spanish

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Applicant stats--not yet accepted

Undergrad Ed School: Portland State University

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.16

Science Undergrad. GPA: 2.9 (pre-reqs about 3.4)

Post Bachelor GPA: 3.7

 

Age at application time : 25

1st GRE: Verbal 630 Math 490 Quant 4.0

I'm retaking end of Oct to make up for crummy GPA (was really sick for almost a year in undergrad!)

Direct Patient Care : (type & hour)

Medication Aid for Medicaid patients-3800 hours

Volunteer for free clinic- 20 hours (just started)

Child Family Health International-rotation for one month through clinics in rural Oaxaca, Mexico-120 hours

 

Some shadowing of a PA in public health clinic here in Portland (about 24 hrs, still current)

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

OHSU student lab aid-2 years in research lab

OHSU student lab aid-1 year in a research lab

International medical supply drive

Volunteer teaching assistant for Science Fair

nearly fluent in Spanish

 

Schools Applied: OHSU and Pacific!!! Samuel Merritt, Stoneybrook, Mercy College, UNE, Pace University, NYIT

 

Application Submitted Date: Submitting CASPA today!

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) soon, I hope

Interview Invites: will update

Denied: will update

Withdrew Application: will update

Waitlisted: will update

Accepted: will update

Attempts: first

 

Good luck to everyone!

Edited by VictoriaO

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Guest dpb425
this is going to make some of yall mad but i am going to post my stats any way

 

undergrad gpa. 2.84

science 2.60

post grad 3.0

 

app attempts 2

 

direct patient 4 years in hospital (2 in patient phlebotomy and ekg, 2 year er)

volunteer exp 2 years mission medical service

 

schools applied all that i met qualifications

 

accepted yes.

 

i have decided that while gpa's are important i think things that will rate higher or just as high as the gpa are your direct patient experience and volunteer exp. also how well written you personal statement is and your recommendations. cause as you can see my gpa... not as high as many of other posters. also hope this give hope to those out there who dont have a 3+ gpa. dont give up if pa school is where you are supposed to be then keep trying you will get there.

 

 

Thanks for posting your stats, you give me hope. I don't have a 3.0 or that many patient hours but I'm determined.

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This is my 3rd attempt. I will keep on applying until I get in as PA school is my destiny and PA is what I want to be.

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Applicant stats--not yet accepted

 

Here is one to give the low GPA'ers some company.

 

 

Undergrad Ed School: University of Washington

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.29 (Significant upward trends last 5 years)

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.14

Post Bachelor GPA: N/A

 

Age at application time : 31

1st GRE: Verbal 580 Math 790 Quant 4.0

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hour)

Emergency Department Technician/EMT: Approximately 10,000 hours.

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

Overnight Supervisor in a youth homeless shelter: 300 hours approximately.

 

Schools Applied: 20 (too lazy at the moment to write them all out)

 

 

Application Submitted Date: 7/24

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) 8/17ish

Interview Invites: 2 so far (Midwestern University-Arizona and Rosalind Franklin)

Denied: 0 thus far

Withdrew Application: will update

Waitlisted: will update

Accepted: will update

Attempts: first

 

I didn't think my odds were too good so I am a bit shocked to get 2 interviews thus far and no flat out rejections. Hopefully, this gives some of the low gpa'ers some hope, although I am not in yet.

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Undergrad Ed School: Multiple including Portland State, Assoc. General Studies/w EMS focus.

 

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.45, last 45 hours: 3.23

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.35

Overall GPA : 3.45

Age at application time : 38

 

GRE: Not taken, not required at my programs.

 

Patient Care : ~40,000 hours (15+ years) paramedic and remote site medic, couple years as an EMT and CNA before then.

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

80 hours shadowing

4 years medical volunteer in Philippines (during high school)

Cited for "First ITLS Courses Taught in Iraq" (ITLS Bulletin 9/06)

Presented paper on pre-hospital ipratropium to Monterey County EMS Council resulting in protocol change for EMS.

Published HealthWatch newsletter for Bechtel Systems, Int'l.

 

Hobbies: Horses, music composition and performance, travel.

 

Schools Applied: Pacific University and University of Washington - MEDEX

 

Application Submitted Date: 1 September 2008

 

Schools Received Application Date: Hopefully soon!

 

Interview Invites: will update

 

Denied: will update

 

Withdrew Application: will update

 

Waitlisted: will update

 

Accepted: will update

 

Attempts: first

 

Other: Working knowledge of Arabic, German, Tagalog, and medical Spanish. Have worked in 6 countries.

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Is there anyway to edit our posts? I can't find any method to adding stuff now. Ahh perhaps we are only allowed to edit once, that's too bad.

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There is a two day limit to edit your post...after that if you want remove something etc...you need to a a mod to do it...b=for the purpose of this type thread its not a good thing to ask a mod...tooooo much work! Just copy and paste your new stats change what you need and repost... if that is what you want to do.

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Applicant stats--not yet accepted

 

Here is one to give the low GPA'ers some company.

 

 

Undergrad Ed School: University of Washington

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.29 (Significant upward trends last 5 years)

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.14

Post Bachelor GPA: N/A

 

Age at application time : 31

1st GRE: Verbal 580 Math 790 Quant 4.0

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hour)

Emergency Department Technician/EMT: Approximately 10,000 hours.

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

Overnight Supervisor in a youth homeless shelter: 300 hours approximately.

 

Schools Applied: 20 (too lazy at the moment to write them all out)

 

 

Application Submitted Date: 7/24

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) 8/17ish

Interview Invites: 2 so far (Midwestern University-Arizona and Rosalind Franklin)

Denied: 0 thus far

Withdrew Application: will update

Waitlisted: will update

Accepted: will update

Attempts: first

 

I didn't think my odds were too good so I am a bit shocked to get 2 interviews thus far and no flat out rejections. Hopefully, this gives some of the low gpa'ers some hope, although I am not in yet.

 

 

When the minimum gpa is 2.6 or 2.7 in many physican assistant programs I would hardly consider any gpa in the 3.0 range low. I think anyone with a 3.0 range has a great shot at getting in.

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Not a great shot, but a good shot. Programs are becoming more and more competitive, tending towards the 3.5 and up. The higher your gpa, the better chance you'll have. However, lower gpa's when accompanied by extensive patient care experience are a much better shot than a lower gpa without the experience. Someone with 10,000 hours and a gpa above a 3.0 is pretty much a shoe-in somewhere.

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Please, for the love of my sanity, can I just point out for the many users of this phrase, that it's "shoo-in", not "shoe-in"! :D

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I wear steel-toe :cool:

 

Although, versus kicking things into place, it could be as a shoe horn helps the foot slide in, a 'shoe-in'. Hmm...I'll need to research this phrase.

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I am in the midst of taking my pre-reqs and beginning to volunteer as an EMT-B. I was planning on applying next year, but decided to apply to a few programs for which I had enough of the requirements this year. I figure my chances are pretty slim, but its worth a shot. I'll most likely be applying again next year, but heres where I stand for this year.... Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Undergrad Ed School: Hamilton College (Clinton, NY)

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.01

Cumulative Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.47

Post Bachelor GPA: 3.88

 

Age at application time : 27

1st GRE: N/A

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hour)

EMT-B, 25 hours (just started)

 

Shadowing/Hospital Volunteering:

30 hours shadowing, 40 hours hospital volunteering

 

Health Care Experience:

1 year full time at Healthcare Research Company

 

Schools Applied:

Cornell, University of New England, PCOM, Drexel

(will be applying to more if i apply again next year)

 

 

Application Submitted Date: 8/25

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) not yet

Interview Invites: NA

Denied: NA

Withdrew Application: NA

Waitlisted: NA

Accepted: NA

Attempts: first

 

Any thoughts/advice? I want this SO bad!

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I wear steel-toe :cool:Although, versus kicking things into place, it could be as a shoe horn helps the foot slide in, a 'shoe-in'. Hmm...I'll need to research this phrase.

 

Equusz is right, a "shoo-in" is an old race track term for a horse that wins a rigged race. ;)

 

LesH

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this is going to make some of yall mad but i am going to post my stats any way

 

undergrad gpa. 2.84

science 2.60

post grad 3.0

 

app attempts 2

 

direct patient 4 years in hospital (2 in patient phlebotomy and ekg, 2 year er)

volunteer exp 2 years mission medical service

 

schools applied all that i met qualifications

 

accepted yes.

 

i have decided that while gpa's are important i think things that will rate higher or just as high as the gpa are your direct patient experience and volunteer exp. also how well written you personal statement is and your recommendations. cause as you can see my gpa... not as high as many of other posters. also hope this give hope to those out there who dont have a 3+ gpa. dont give up if pa school is where you are supposed to be then keep trying you will get there.

 

Hi. Thank you for your post. You've given me hope since my grade is in the same range. May I ask what schools did you apply to? And how did you make yourself stand out with your grade? Thanks.

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Guest chicPA878

Undergrad Ed School: University of Chicago

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.08

Science Undergrad. GPA: 2.76 (D's in upper level p-chem, C's in Physics)

Post Bachelor GPA: 3.7 (one class for pre-req - U of C doesn't have anatomy)

 

Age at application time : 28

1st GRE: Verbal 520 Math 730 Qua/Wri 6.0

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hour)

Volunteer during college at hospital (~500 hours)

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

Research assistant for oncology lab; captain of swimming team; College honorary society (great reqs from the Dean of Students and lab director)

 

 

Schools Applied: 6 (Yale [legacy], Midwestern, Rosalind-Franklin, Duke, GWU, U Wisc-Madison)

 

Application Submitted Date: 7/20

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) 8/10

Interview Invites: 2 so far (Midwestern University and DUKE)

Denied: 0 thus far

Withdrew Application: N/A

Waitlisted: N/A

Accepted: N/A

Attempts: first

 

Just heard from them last week!!! Fingers crossed for more interviews...

Edited by chicPA878
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Undergrad Ed School: Arizona State University (BS Human Nutrition)

 

Cumulative Undergrad GPA: 3.78 (according to CASPA)

 

Cumulative Science GPA: 3.73 (according to CASPA)

 

Age of Application: 21

 

1st GRE: V/510, Q/690, W/4

 

Direct Patient Care: PCA Mayo Clinic Hospital 2+years

 

Extracurricular Activities: Multiple PA Shadow, Community Service, Dean's List, Cum Laude, AAPA member, A&P Lab TA

 

School applied: 1 - Midwestern University

 

CASPA Application Submitted Date: 7/24/08

 

Midwestern Received: 8/4/08

 

Interview Invites: Midwestern University - Interviewed 9/15/08 (should here by 9/22/08)

 

Withdrew Application: None

 

Denied: (TBA)

 

Waitlisted: (TBA)

 

Accepted: (TBA)

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