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I boosted this from the SDN dental forum, figured this place needs it. it could really cut down on the "what are my chances" type new threads. also, all you past applicants and now practicing PA's, please post your stats also if you choose. i'd post mine but they won't be final till spring '06.

 

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Standard Format:

 

Undergrad Ed School:

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA:

Science Undergrad. GPA:

Graduate Ed School: (if applicable)

Cumulative Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

Science Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

 

Age at application time :

 

1st GRE:

2nd GRE: (if applicable)

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hours)

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

 

Schools Applied:

 

Application Submitted Date:

 

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date)

 

Interview Invites:

 

Denied:

 

Withdrew Application:

 

Waitlisted:

 

Accepted:

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Since I seem to be the "low GPA PA student poster child" (LOL!) I'll go first. These are the numbers on my CASPA record:

 

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Undergrad Ed School: Furman University (Greenville, SC)

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 2.57

(Fr: 2.13 --- So: 1.84 --- Jr: 2.07 --- Sr: 3.35 --- 5th year: 3.54)

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.13 (2.0 freshman year, 3.5 senior years)

 

Age at application time: 31

 

1st GRE: 730 V, 680 Q, 4.5 AW (2050 cummulative by previous standards)

 

Direct Patient Care:

2.5 years full-time EMT/ER tech, small military hospital

.5 years full-time EMT, small community EMS

3 years full-time EMT/medic, inner-city EMS

~1.5 years volunteer first responder (24-36 hours/month)

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

1 summer paid research assistantship

2 volunteer research assistantships

1 publication, coauthorship (name is #5 of 6)

1 presentation at nat'l undergrad research conference

adjunct EMT instructor

PA shadowing

 

Schools Applied: 1

 

Application Submitted Date: August 18

 

Schools Received Application Date: postcard from school dated September 29

 

Interview Invites: 1

 

Denied: 0

 

Withdrew Application: 0

 

Waitlisted: 0

 

Accepted: 1

 

 

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It's been a few years since I posted this... I went to PA school, served as student member on the ad comm, graduated and am now in my second year of practice. I get quite a few people asking me questions about getting in with a low GPA, so here are a few thoughts about what helped me:

  • The most important thing I did was talk to an admissions counselor at every program I was interested in attending. I concentrated my efforts on the programs that seemed enthusiastic about me despite my low GPA. You could ask which programs these were, but it wouldn't matter. After being on an adcomm and participating in this forum, I can tell you that admissions criteria can be in flux... so get on the phone and find out who is interested in YOU!
  • My overall GPA was low, but I had a high science GPA and an upwards trend. I was a lousy student ages 18-20, when I changed majors every 1-2 semesters... I was a great student after several years off, then going back and obtaining a science degree.
  • I did post-bacc work and got all As while working ful-time and being married - demonstrating an ability to manage a challenging schedule with success.
  • I had strong, HANDS-ON patient care experience for many years.
  • I had strong LORs.
  • I participated in a variety of activities, showing I was a well-rounded person.

If your GPA is low, you have a harder, longer path to PA school. There probably isn't a shortcut. But, in my experience, it can be done.

 

Feel free to PM me with more specific questions.

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Undergrad Ed School: university of california

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.3

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.6

paramedic school 4.0( valedictorian)

 

gre: NA- WASN'T A REQUIREMENT AT THE TIME

Direct Patient Care : (type & hours)

er tech 5 years

paramedic and acls instructor 5 years

 

Schools Applied: hahnemann/drexel, u wa medex

 

Application Submitted Date: don't remember

 

 

Interview Invites: hahnemann

 

Denied: u wa ( wasn't state resident at the time)

 

Accepted hahnemann

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Undergrad Ed School: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.50

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.30

Graduate Ed School: CONCURRENTLY ENROLLED AT SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY MPH Program

Cumulative Graduate GPA: NO GRADES YET

Science Graduate GPA: N/A

 

Age at application time : 23 (I WAS A REAPPLICANT--FIRST AGE 22)

 

1st GRE: N/A

2nd GRE: N/A

 

Direct Patient Care : X-RAY TECH, MED. ASSIST., LAB TECH, ORTHO TECH, PHLEBOTOMY, ETC (COMBINED OF 4 YEARS)

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities: RESEARCH: RISKY BEHAVIORS AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS. VOLUNTEER: HIV/AIDS INSTRUCTOR, MED. ASSISTANT 2 YRS., MENTOR TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS 2 YRS.

 

Schools Applied: STANFORD/FOOTHILL & UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

 

Application Submitted Date: OCT. 2003

 

Schools Received Application Date: OCT. 2004

 

Interview Invites: 2

 

Denied: 0

 

Withdrew Application: 0

 

Waitlisted: 0

 

Accepted: 2

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Undergrad Ed School: University of California

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.48

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.35

 

Graduate Ed School: USC (Masters in Physician Assistant Studies)

Cumulative Graduate GPA: Not Yet

Science Graduate GPA: Not Yet

 

Age at application time : 21

 

1st GRE: V (680) M (600) AW (4.5)

2nd GRE: none

 

Direct Patient Care :

~volunteer at nursing floor -- 2.5 yrs. (CA Memorial Hospital & LA County Hospital)

~volunteer in the trauma department (large Los Angeles County Hospital); assist PAs with procedures -- 2 yrs.

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

~ hormone and behavior research -- 2 yrs. (papers in progress)

~ elected member of the Chancellor's AIDS/HIV Campus Committee; spreading awareness and educating students about AIDS/HIV -- 1 yr.

~community service = active member of Student Homeless Aid Resource Project (S.H.a.R.P); make and give lunches to homeless people -- 1.5 yrs.

 

Schools Applied:

~Western University of Health Sciences

~University of Southern California (Keck School of Medicine)

~Loma Linda University

~Samuel Merritt College

~Touro University at Mare Island (CA)

 

Application Submitted Date: June 20, 2003

 

Schools Received Application Date: September 2003

 

Interview Invites: 5

 

Denied: 1

 

Withdrew Application: 0

 

Waitlisted: 0

 

Accepted: 4

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Undergrad Ed School: U of CA, San Diego

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.67

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.8

 

Graduate Ed School: (if applicable) n/a

Cumulative Graduate GPA: (if applicable) n/a

Science Graduate GPA: (if applicable) n/a

 

Age at application time : 25

 

1st GRE: 680 math, 680 verbal, don't remember written score

2nd GRE: (if applicable) n/a

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hours) MA at pain clinic for 2.5 years, volunteered abroad w/ christian medical org.

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities: research on MS and DM for 1 year

 

Schools Applied: 1 - ASHS

 

Application Submitted Date: don't remember, but it was about 3 days before the deadline in february

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) don't remember

 

Interview Invites: 1

 

Denied: 0

 

Withdrew Application: 0

 

Waitlisted: 0

 

Accepted: 1

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V_chicky,

 

i noticed your undergrad school UC-San Diego. i'm just curious, could you tell me how competitive it was to get into that school out of high school. someone told me you had to have a 4.0 and superior SAT's. is this true? i ask because some of the affluent and not so intelligent students from my old high school ended up there.

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i didn't see anyone buying their way into ucsd, if that is what you're asking. i can only speak from my own experience though. i know that it is now extremely hard to get into any of the UC schools, the rumors i've heard say that the incoming GPA is over 4.0. but, then i've also heard that they no longer consider GPA, that they now look at your own personal experiences and what hardships you've been through. sorry, can't be too helpful.

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Undergrad Ed School: Okla City Univ (B.S), Montgomery College (pre-reqs)

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.9

Science Undergrad. GPA: 4.0

Graduate Ed School: (if applicable) Texas Woman's University (M.S.)

Cumulative Graduate GPA: (if applicable) 3.9

Science Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

 

Age at application time : 38

 

1st GRE: 710 V 530 Q (you can stop laughing now!) 6.0 AW

2nd GRE: (if applicable)

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hours) ER volunteer 40+ hours

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

 

Schools Applied: 5

 

Application Submitted Date: 8/23/04

 

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date): 9/20/04

 

Interview Invites: 4

 

Denied: 0

 

Withdrew Application: 1

 

Waitlisted: 0 (so far)

 

Accepted: 3 (so far)

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Undergrad Ed School: University of Central Fla

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.31

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.45

Graduate Ed School: (if applicable) N/A

Cumulative Graduate GPA: (if applicable) N/A

Science Graduate GPA: (if applicable) N/A

 

Age at application time : 22

 

1st GRE: 560 V 730 Q 4.5 WR

2nd GRE: (if applicable)

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hours)

Lab Assistant 1500 hrs

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

 

Schools Applied:

Rosalind Franklin (Finch)

Albany

Nova Southeastern

Wake Forest

Duke

UF

James Madison

 

Application Submitted Date: June 15, 2004

 

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date)

July 3, 2004

Interview Invites: 3

 

Denied: 1

 

Withdrew Application: 0

 

Waitlisted: 0

 

Accepted: 3

Accepted Invitation for Rosalind Franklin for May 2005

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Undergrad Ed School: Campbell University & Central Texas College

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.79

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.75

Bach of Health Science

 

Age at application time : 39

 

1st GRE: V (520) M (600) AW (4.0)

2nd GRE: none

 

Direct Patient Care :

~Army Special Forces Medic (18D)-- 12 yrs. with dependent practioner privileges within the United States, independent privileges outside the United States. Multiple clinical rotations throughout the military and civilian health care system, including rotations in: Trauma (level 1 ctrs), Primary care, ER, OB/GYN, Derm, Surgery

 

~EMT-P -- 8 yrs. maintaining qualifications in BLS provider/instructor, PALS provider/instructor, ACLS provider/instructor, BTLS provider/instructor, PHTLS advanced provider, ATLS course (x2)

 

Current Employment: Instructor at the Joint Special Operations Medical Course, Fort Bragg NC.

 

Schools Applied:

~Duke University

~Wake Forest

~Wichita State University

~University of Oklahoma HSC

~University Of Texas Medical Branch

~East Carolina University

~Red Rocks CC (Denver, CO)

~UNT at Fort Worth

 

Application Submitted Date: August 2004

 

Schools Received Application Date: September 2004

 

Interview Invites: 7, interviewed at 5, declined interview at ECU & RRCC

 

Denied: 1 (sociology pre-req issue for UNT Ft. Worth)

 

Withdrew Application: 0

 

Waitlisted: 0

 

Accepted: (5)Duke, WSU, Wake Forest, Oklahoma & UTMB

 

Will attend UTMB

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Undergrad Ed School: AA in Health Studies from Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX. BS in Health Sciences cum laude from Texas A & M Corpus Christi, TX

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.32, last 30 hours: 3.72

Science Undergrad. GPA: much lower, I was not a stellar student when I went to college the first time and had to carry a lot of bad grades with me.

Graduate Ed School: (if applicable)

Cumulative Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

Science Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

 

Age at application time : 36

 

1st GRE: 450 Verbal 550 Quantitative 4.5 A.W (It was very depressing to spend over $100.00, take an exam, and find out that I am incredibly average!)

2nd GRE: (if applicable)

 

Direct Patient Care : I shadowed 2 PA's for about 60 hours. My direct patient care experience comes from me being the patient as I was a pedestrian who was hit by a car. I learned so much about health care professions after spending 3 weeks in a coma, 2 years of physical and occupational therapy, and 5 years of exhausting surgeries (about 15 orthopedic and reconstructive). Besides the fact that I have always loved medicine, who else could understand what it is like to be a patient unless it was someone who has been in that situation before?

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities: I am a single mother with two children. My daughter, 8 years old, lives with me while my 12 year old son lives with his father in El Paso, TX and balancing work, school, and fun time with the kids is a full time job and a great challenge. I wouldn't have it any other way, I am looking forward to throwing myself into my studies again soon. I also love to play tennis and get out on the courts whenever possible.

 

Schools Applied: UT Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, University of North Texas, Baylor College of Medicine, UT Southwestern, Texas Tech, and UTMB

 

Application Submitted Date: September 2004

 

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) 1st week in October

 

Interview Invites: 2, Texas Tech and UTMB

 

Denied: UT Southwestern, UT Health Sciences in San Antonio (science GPA too low). I haven't heard anything from Baylor or the University of North Texas since I submitted my supplemental applications. All I know is that they have received all my information.

 

Withdrew Application:

 

Waitlisted:

 

Accepted: Texas Tech

I am still waiting to hear news from UTMB since I just interviewed

there on February 7.

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Undergrad Ed School:University of S.C., CSU Hayward B.S. Kinesiology

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA:3.15 (premed sciences and B.S. awarded after 3 year break from school 3.47 GPA after break including physics, chem and o-chem and Kinesiology courses)

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.1

Graduate Ed School: (if applicable)

Cumulative Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

Science Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

 

Age at application time :

 

1st GRE: Took MCAT, scored 26 (average for medical school admissions)

2nd GRE: (if applicable)

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hours)Over 1000 as an athletic training student, two years as a clinical massage therapist.

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

 

Schools Applied:

Touro, Ca

Stony Brook

Kings

Marywood

Pace

SLU

Jefferson

 

Application Submitted Date: Jan 4th 2005

 

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) Jan 26th

 

Interview Invites:So far,

Kings

Touro

Jefferson

Stony Brook

Touro-Ca

Marywood

Pace

 

Denied:SLU

 

Withdrew Application:Touro, Pace, Touro-Ca, Marywood

 

Waitlisted:

 

Accepted:Marywood, Jefferson

 

(side note** I applied to DO school, and was offered many interviews....as soon as my PA school acceptances came, I withdrew medical school applications....)

 

Just goes to show ya, you don't need a stellar GPA, or tons of clinical experience, as long as you father is a fortune 100 CEO..... you can get places with money!! :eek:

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Undergrad school: Cal State Univ Bakersfield

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.0

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.8 (most taken after the B.A.)

 

Age at application time : 50

 

1st GRE: not required

2nd GRE: (if applicable)

 

Direct Patient Care : 30 yrs as a respiratory therapist

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

 

Schools Applied: 1

 

Application Submitted Date: April 2003

 

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date): April 2003

 

Interview Invites: 1

 

Denied: 0

 

Withdrew Application: 0

 

Waitlisted: 0

 

Accepted: 1

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Undergrad Ed School: University of Houston - Psychology

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.3 (last 30 hrs. 3.5)

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.2

Graduate Ed School: (if applicable)

Cumulative Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

Science Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

 

Age at application time : 23

 

1st GRE: (570)V (630)Q 4.5 AW

2nd GRE: (if applicable)

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hours) over 2000 hours of patient care experience: nursing assistant, 4 yrs as medical secretary, volunteer and employee at homeless clinic (2 yrs.)

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

Shadowed P.A.s, 3 internships with physicians (Cardiology, Plastic Surgery, Neonatology).

Research assistant on study of patient restraints.

Volunteer on Homeless Need's Assessment study.

 

Schools Applied: 10, all the Texas Schools

 

Application Submitted Date: Oct. 2004

 

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) mid. Oct.

 

Interview Invites: 5 so far.

 

Denied: 3 so far.

 

Withdrew Application: University of North Texas

 

Waitlisted:

 

Accepted: UTMB, Texas Tech, MWU.

 

Attending: UTMB

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Undergrad Ed School: UW-Madison, Majors: Kinesiology, Spanish

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.3

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.3

Graduate Ed School: ?

 

Age at application time : 24

 

1st GRE: V 640 Q 770 AW 4.5

 

Direct Patient Care : inhome health care, hosp. volunteer, clinic aide

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

Indy study at exercise science lab (titin isomers), organized Kosovo clothing drive, volunteered in Mexico for a year, studied one year in Spain, shadowed/interviewed PAs, club sports

 

Schools Applied: 9

OHSU, UCHSC, Iowa, UWMad, UWLaX, Rosalind Franklin, Midwestern, USC, Marquette

 

Application Submitted Date: Oct. 2004

 

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) mid. Oct.

 

Interview Invites: 5

 

Denied: 4- OHSU, UCHSC, UWMad, UWLaX

 

Withdrew Application: 1- Marquette

 

Waitlisted: 1- Iowa

 

Accepted: 3- USC, Ros. Frank, Midwestern

 

Questions/Comments? Private Message me! :)

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Undergrad Ed School: BA in Anthropology

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.57

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.63

Graduate Ed School: (if applicable)

Cumulative Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

Science Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

 

Age at application time : 30

 

1st GRE:

2nd GRE: (if applicable)

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hours)

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities: 150 hours of ER volunteer

 

Schools Applied: 1

 

Application Submitted Date: October 2004

 

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) October 2004

 

Interview Invites: 1

 

Denied: 0

 

Withdrew Application: 0

 

Waitlisted: 0

 

Accepted: 1

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Undergrad Ed School:Wayland Baptist University

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA:3.98

Science Undergrad. GPA: 4.0

 

Age at application time : 21

 

1st GRE: V 429 Q 530 AW 4.5

 

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hours) Shadowed 1 PA for about 30 hours, and ophthalmologist for about 20 hours, and a physical therapist for about 20 hours; worked with a muscular dystrophy student; Junior Auxilliary 16 hours

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

 

Schools Applied: UTMB, TTU, Baylor, UTHSCSA, UTSW

 

Application Submitted Date: 9/26/2003

Received: ?

Supplemental UTMB: 11/01/2003

Received in 11/2003

 

Interview Invites: UTMB, TTU, Baylor, UTHSCSA, UTSW

 

 

Withdrew Application:

 

Waitlisted: TTU, Baylor, UTHSCSA

 

Accepted: UTMB

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Undergrad Ed School: University of Florida

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.82

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.75

Graduate Ed School: N/A

Cumulative Graduate GPA: N/A

Science Graduate GPA: N/a

 

Age at application time : 23

 

1st GRE: V 520, M 660 math, AW 6

2nd GRE: N/A

 

Direct Patient Care : Approx 2000 hours working as a medical assistant to a PA at a neurology practice, 800 hours working as a PCT at an ALF

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities: Mission trip to Belize, Sign Language Club, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, Phi Theta Kappa

 

Schools Applied: UF

 

Application Submitted Date: October 8, 2004

 

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) Final wasnt received until January 10 because of pending grades

 

Interview Invites: 1

 

Denied: 0

 

Withdrew Application: 0

 

Waitlisted: 0

 

Accepted: 1! GO GATORS! :D

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Undergrad Ed School: Kettering College of Medical Arts

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.95

Science Undergrad. GPA: 4.0

Graduate Ed School: (if applicable)

Cumulative Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

Science Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

 

Age at application time : 21

 

1st GRE:

2nd GRE: (if applicable)

 

Direct Patient Care : volunteer EMT-CT (als) 1300 hours. paid Ophthalmic Tech 1500 hours

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities: volunteer work. tutoring. shadowing.

 

Schools Applied: 1

 

Application Submitted Date: Dec 1

 

Schools Received Application Date: Dec 1

 

Interview Invites: 1

 

Denied: 0

 

Withdrew Application: 0

 

Waitlisted: 0

 

Accepted: 1

 

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OUR STATS???

OK:

Undergrad Ed School: Richard Stockton College of NJ (grad 1983) and Atlantic Cape Community College (semester of refresher courses 2002-03)

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.4

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.1 - had many chem classes - hold a minor in chem

 

Age at application time and acceptance: 43

 

GRE: 1110 total / written: 5 (I am not incredibly average "coz God don't make no junk!") We are all special in our own way! :p

 

Direct Patient Care : behavioral health since 1987 and some orthopedics office assistance for a couple of yrs.

 

Schools Applied:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Drexel U.

Philadelphia U.

University of Medicine and Dentistry NJ

 

Application Submitted Date: November 2002 via CAASPA

 

Schools Received Application Date: January 2003

 

Interview Invites: 3

 

Denied: 1

 

Withdrew Application: 0

 

Waitlisted: 0

 

Accepted: 3

Chose Phila Coll of Osteo Med

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It's CASPA time so I thought I'd bump this thread up!

 

yeah. i want to know how much higher the bar has rose this yr. seems every yr the applicant pool is larger and more competitive. some doctor told me to just go for medical school since its probably easier to get into, number wise, and also because many more people are interested in mid-level careers such as PA/NP/AA/CRNA and many more are appearing such as Radiologist Assistant, and others. but i still have my mind set on this, so when anybody hears the good new, please let us know.... :)

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