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Undergrad Ed School: California State University East Bay

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.83

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.80 

Age at application time: 28

1st GRE: 297, 3.5W 

Experience (Hours): 

Direct Patient Care: 5484 Hrs

HCE: 6488 Hrs

-       6 years Navy Corpsman

-       Worked in multiple departments from clinic setting doing sick-call, immunizations, vitals, medical records, medical coverages, minor procedures.

-       Afghanistan Deployment, working with Medevac tracking, clinic seeing Marines, mounted/dismounted patrols, and conducting prisoner physicals.

-       Clinic department supervisor role and managing schedules for doctors and patient scheduling. Leading other junior Corpsman in the department and managing medical supplies for the department.

Volunteer: 353 Hrs

-       Various community service related events from fundraising for charity events, community and campus cleanup, food banks, and Veteran organizations.

Non-HCE: 850 Hrs

Leadership: 304 Hrs

-       CSUEB Pre-PA United: President 17-18 term, Educational Chair 16-17

-       CSUEB Health Connect Intern

-       Community service Fraternity member and officer for one term at CSUEB

-       Community College Anatomy club member and PR officer. Cadaver Captain for the anatomy club cadaver lab.

-       President for clinic’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation club.

-       A general member of Student Veteran organization at CC and 4-year. 

Teaching: 577 Hrs

-       STEM tutor for 1 year at the community college for Gen. Chem, Anatomy, Physio, Micro, and Bio.

-       TA for Bio, General Chemistry, and Anatomy. 

Extracurricular: 317 Hrs

-       Mentored and played/captained soccer for a local community team, intramural college, and Navy & Marine Corps inter/intramural tournaments.

Research: 128 Hrs

-       Research Assistant currently at the Veteran Affairs Hospital in SF, working on a clinical research study with vets on PTSD, TBI, and EtOH disorders.

Shadow: 54 Hrs

-       Cardiac & Ortho surgery and a Hospitalist.

-       Shadowed ICU intensivist (10hrs)


-       PA: shadowed at Stanford ValleyCare

-       2 MD’s: worked with them in the Navy.

-       Anatomy Professor at Community College

-       Professor at a 4-year that I worked on an honors project and took 2 classes with him.

Schools Applied: Stanford, Duke, OHSU, Dominican U, Samuel Merritt, Touro,

Application Submitted Date: August 16th, Sept 22nd (SM), Oct. 18th (Dom. U)

Interview Invites: 3 (OHSU, Dominican, SM)

No interview invites: 3 (Stanford, Duke, Touro)

Accepted: 3 (OHSU, Samuel Merritt, Dominican University)

Attending: OHSU class of 2020

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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: University of Florida, B.S. in Biology



GRE: 310, 4.0 Writing



DIRECT PATIENT CARE HOURS: 1,200 as Patient Care Assistant (CNA) in a Trauma Unit at a Hospital and 325 as a Medical Scribe at a Cardiac Clinic (about 700 total hours at time of application)


VOLUNTEER HOURS: 30 on a mission trip to Guatemala, 50 from Urology Clinic, 15 from a pre-PA organization, 40 from a pre-health organization, and 100 from my sorority

UNDERGRADUATE INVOLVEMENT: Vietnamese Student Organization (Public Relations Director), Sorority (Historian/Webmaster, Public Relations Chair, Recruitment Chair), Asian Kaleidoscope Month (Creative Director), Pre-Health Org (Health Panel Director), Pre-PA Club (Member)

OTHER: 1 semester as Microbiology Lab TA

LOR: 2 RNs, 1 PA, 1 Senior Lecturer from the Microbiology Department


APPLIED: (10 total) University of Florida, South University in Tampa, Florida State University, University of South Florida, Nova Southeastern University (Orlando, Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale, & Fort Myers), University of Southern California, Pennsylvania State University

INTERVIEW INVITES: (6 so far!) University of Florida, South University in Tampa, Florida State University, University of South Florida, Nova Southeastern University in Orlando, University of Southern California

WAITLISTED: South University in Tampa, University of South Florida, University of Southern California

REJECTED: University of Florida (Interviewed), Penn State, Nova Southeastern (Ft. Lauderdale)

ACCEPTANCES: South University in Tampa, Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University in Orlando, University of South Florida

ATTENDING: University of South Florida

STILL WAITING TO HEAR BACK: Nova Southeastern (Jacksonville, & Ft. Myers)

Will continue to update :-)

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Undergrad Ed School: Arizona State University

Major: Kinesiology BS (minor in Psychology)

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.4

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.32

Post-Bacc GPA: 3.8

Post-Bacc Science GPA: 3.8

Age at application time: 26

GRE: 158V 147Q 4.0

Direct Patient Care: 

3500 hours - clinical coordinator and research coordinator for an EP cardiologist

Total: 3500 hours

Health Care experience:

6500 hours: scribe/chief scribe for inner city hospitals in Phoenix, as well as startup program in Tennessee.

2500 hours: electrophysiology clinical coordinator

1000 hours: electrophysiology clinical research coordinator

Total: 10,000 hours


50 hours: Research Lab Tech

100 hours: Science Tutor

225 hours: Anatomy/Physiology Assistant TA

50 hours: volunteer at homeless-oriented local nonprofit organization

250 hours: youth baseball coach/manager

Total: 675 hours

Research: 1050 hours

Teaching Experience: 325 hours

Shadowing: 210 hours (192 hours EM, 18 hours FM/sports medicine)

Organizations: none

Letters of Rec: 5 - 1 A&P Professor, 3 ER Physicians, 1 ER PA

Schools Applied: 19 - PCOM PA, MCPHS Boston, Franklin Pierce University, Touro NY, MGH, Northeastern, UNM, Utah, Marquette, Quinnipiac, Towson, Arcadia, Campbell, Midwestern AZ, Midwestern Downers Grove, Barry University, Rosalind Franklin, Rocky Vista, South College

Application Submitted Date: 6/2/2017

Application Verified: 6/3/17

Interview Invites: 3 (Quinnipiac University, Rocky Vista University, Barry University)

Denied w/o interview: 13 (PCOM, MCPHS, MGH, Northeastern, UNM, Utah, Campbell, Marquette, Towson, Arcadia, Midwestern AZ, Rosalind Franklin)

Rejected after interview: none

Withdrew Application: 5 (Touro, Franklin Pierce, Midwestern Downers Grove, South College, Rocky Vista)

Waitlisted: 2 - Quinnipiac and Rocky Vista

Accepted: 2 - Barry University and Quinnipiac University (accepted off the waitlist)

Attending: Quinnipiac University

Attempt: 1st

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Undergrad Ed School: Texas A&M University
Cumulative Undergrad GPA: 3.39
Science Undergrad GPA: 3.51

Age at application time: 26

GRE: 1st attempt (2014): V- 149 (41%) Q- 148 (32%) W- 3.0 (15%)


         2nd attempt (2017) V- 154 (64%) Q-152 (47%) W- 4.0 (59%)

Healthcare experience: Medical scribe ~3400 hours in Internal Medicine; ICU Health Unit Coordinator ~400 hours; Family Medicine Clinic volunteer ~40 hours; Physical Therapy Clinic volunteer ~800hours


Shadowing: 400 hours shadowing neurosurgeon PA; 5 hours shadowing ENT PA


Awards: Dean's List (1 semester), Distinguished Student (2 semesters)


LOR: 2 MDs, one from my manager, and 1 from occupational health manager from a clinic that I worked at.


Schools Applied: South University (Savannah and Tampa), Oklahoma City University, Baylor, Gardner Webb, UTMB, UT Southwestern, Wake Forest, Texas Tech, Wichita State, UNTHSC, Barry University (Miami), Hardin Simmons, Wingate-Hendersonville, South College


Application Submitted Date: 6/1/17


Application Verified: 6/1/17

Interview Invites: Wingate-Hendersonville, Hardin Simmons, Barry University-Miami

Denied: Gardner Webb, Oklahoma University, Baylor, UTMB, UT Southwestern, Wake Forest, Texas Tech, Wichita State, UNTHSC

Withdrew Application: South College

Waitlisted: Wingate-Hendersonville, Hardin Simmons


Attempts: 4th



I'm so excited to finally post in this forum! This was my 4th time applying to PA school. It has been a very long journey to get here but I finally did it! Don't get me wrong there were times where I wanted to give up and try something else but I knew being a PA was what I wanted to do with my life. I hope my journey will inspire others who are in my shoes to keep applying to PA school. Retake courses you didn't do well in and/or retake the GRE. Just keep improving your application where you can. One day you will get accepted. Dont give up!! 

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Undergrad Ed School: 2 years community college + 3 years University of Michigan (Bachelors in Biology and Bachelors in Psychology)

Cumulative GPA: 3.51

Science GPA: 3.39

Age at application time: 25

GRE: 148V, 152Q, 4.0

Direct Patient Care: 2500 hours as a tech on the psych unit.

Health Care Hours: (in addition to direct patient care hours) 1440 and growing, current job as a genetics assistant to a medical geneticist, do other tasks within cancer center

Volunteer hours: 100 including soup kitchens, domestic violence home, elementary schools

Shadowing: 8 from a radiation oncology PA, 3 from dermatology PA

LORs: 1 from clinical nurse manager from psych unit, 1 from medical geneticist who I work closely with, 1 from radiation/oncology service line director, 1 from science professor

Certifications: BLS

Schools Applied: Eastern Michigan University, University of South Alabama, Anne Arundel Community College, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Arcadia University DE/PA, Le Moyne College

Other schools planning on applying to: Western Michigan University, EVMS, Concordia University Ann Arbor, Northern Arizona University

Interview Invites:  None yet

Denied w/o interview:  Arcadia University DE/PA, MGH Institute of Health Professions

Rejected after interview: 




Attempt: 1st


A few questions here. First off, should I even bother applying? I don't want to waste my time/money, and anyone else's time. Second, are there any schools anyone recommends applying to? Third, any help on anything would be very much appreciated!!!

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You are basically average in every category. I would apply to atleast 10-15 programs, and if you don’t get in anywhere this time, beef up your PCE, shadow a bit more, and retake any prerequisites with a B-/C+ or below and ace them (if you have any). 

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Undergrad Ed School: Austin College (undergrad), Richland College (post-bacc cc)

Major: English (minor in Spanish)

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.2

Science Undergrad. GPA: 2.6

Post-Bacc GPA: 3.8 (35 credit hours)

Post-Bacc Science GPA: 3.8 (32 credit hours)

Overall GPA: 3.3

Overall Science GPA: 3.1

Age at application time: 23

GRE: 155V 153Q 4.0A

Direct Patient Care: 

1860 hours as a Physical Therapy Aide

Health Care experience:

- Working with children and young adults with special needs for 9 weeks in Ecuador (270 hours)

- Volunteering for a week in Honduras in a transient clinic for an underserved community (42 hours)

- Volunteering for a month at a local, low-income Texas clinic (48 hours)

Total: 360 hours


- President of the Campus Activites Board

- Service Chair for Amnesty International

- Chair Member of yearly huge "big name musician" concert on campus committee

- Major Events and Weekends Chair for the Campus Activities Board

- Freshmen Reprentative for Student Assembly


- Local Special Olympics

- Green Light New Orleans

- Elementary school tutor

- Prairie Restoration

- Animal Shelter

- Safer Alternative Trick-or-Treating event for the children of the local elementary schools

Total: 146 hours


- Founder's Scholarship

- Global Outreach Fellowship

- Medical Experience in Mexico Internship

- Spring 2016 Dean's List

- Fall 2016 President's Honor Roll (post-bacc)

- Spring 2016 Vice-President's Honor Roll (post-bacc)

Teaching Experience: TA for freshman Cognitive Science/College Mentoring class

Shadowing: 153 hours (23 hours with PA in Pediatric Pre-Anesthesia, 90 hours with General Physician in underserved part of Mexico, 40 hours with Orthopedic Pediatricians)

Organizations: The only relevant one I listed on CASPA was Global Medical Brigades.

Letters of Rec: 3; A&P/Micro Post-Bacc Professor, Genetics Post-Bacc Professor, Pediatric PA

Schools Applied: 14 - Rutgers, UT Southwestern, Salus, PCOM: PA, Franklin Pierce, Touro Cali, Arcadia (Dual PA/MPH), UTMB, Yale, USC, UNE, DeSales, Albany Medical College, Le Moyne


Application Submitted Date: 5/30/2017

Application Verified: 5/31/17

Interview Invites: 3 (Rutgers, UTSW, Salus)

Denied w/o interview: 11 (PCOM: PA, Franklin Pierce University, Touro Cali, Arcadia <but accepted into their MPH program>, UTMB, Yale, USC, UNE, DeSales, Albany Medical College, Le Moyne)

Rejected after interview: 1 (Salus)

Withdrew Application: 0

Waitlisted: 0

Accepted: 2 (Rutgers, UTSW)

Attending: RUTGERS! ? My top choice!

Attempt: 1st


I hope that this serves as encouragement for other low-GPA applicants that you still can get into AMAZING programs as long as you put in the work. My biggest piece of advice is to cushion the weakest part of your application (GPA for me) with your strongest attributes. I worked on my PS for 6 months, had a great post-bacc GPA, amazing LORs, and great extracurricular/volunteering/leadership experiences! Please don't sell yourself short. I got into 2 out of my 3 reach schools and got rejected from schools that I thought I was a shoe-in at. Also APPLY EARLY and BE YOURSELF at your interviews. ?

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On 10/23/2017 at 9:32 PM, medlabscientist said:

Undergrad Ed School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.84

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.87

Post Bachelor GPA: 4.00

Age at application time: 23

1st GRE: V/152 (55%), Q/160 (76%), AWA/4.5 (82%)

2nd GRE: V/152 (55%), Q/162 (82%), AWA/4.5 (82%)


Direct Patient Care:

Medical Laboratory Scientist in a Stem Cell Laboratory (1 year at time of application, 2100+ hours)

Phlebotomist at a free clinic (1 month at time of application ~10 hours/month)

Volunteer/Research Activities:

ASD Climber Foundation (1 month ~4 hours/week)


Family Medicine, PA-C (12 hours)

Blood and Marrow Transplant, MD (12 hours)

Blood and Marrow Transplant, PA-C (6 hours)

Pediatric Urology, DNP, CPNP (9 hours)

Urgent Care, PA-C (8 hours)

Pulmonary Transplant, PA-C (6 hours)

Spinal Neurosurgery, PA-C (6 hours)

Gynecologic Oncology, PA-C (10 hours)

Neurosurgery, PA-C (18 hours)

Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology, PA-C (6 hours) 

Cardiology, PA-C (6 hours)

Cardiothoracic ICU, PA-C (30 hours)


Dean's List 8/8 semesters

Graduated with Highest Distinction

Letters of Recommendation:

1 PA I shadowed, 1 MD I shadowed who is also a the Medical Directors of the lab I work in, 1 Employer, 1 Professor, 1 Clinical Coordinator


Schools Applied: Duke, Wake Forest, Methodist, Elon, Wingate (Hendersonville), Yale, Cornell, Barry (St. Croix), University of Charleston

CASPA Application Submitted: 06/08/2017

CASPA Application Verified: 06/12/2017


Interview Invites: Cornell (08/17), University of Charleston (09/13-09/14), Wake Forest (09/20), Methodist (09/28), Duke (10/11), Yale (10/19), Wingate (Hendersonville, 10/20), Elon (11/13)

Withdrew Application: Wingate (10/03), Elon (10/23)

Denied: Wake Forest (10/12), Cornell (10/21)

Waitlisted: University of Charleston (09/20), Yale (11/16)

Accepted: Methodist (10/02), Duke (10/23), University of Charleston (accepted off waitlist 10/30)

Attending: Duke!!!!!


Attempts: first

Hi there! 

May I ask what your major was at unc chapel hill? 

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On 11/5/2016 at 1:04 PM, pabound2016 said:

I am thrilled to announce that I am finally done with the application cycle! I have gotten accepted to my number 1 school (DUKE!!!) and will be declining all of my future interviews. To be honest, I was quite surprised to see how many interviews and acceptances I received. Coming in, I applied to many programs due to my minimum direct patient hours and sub-par GRE scores. I also just graduated this past May, so I was afraid being a recent grad would hurt my chances. This was my first attempt in the cycle, so I did not want to risk having to do it all over again. I was fortunate enough to get interviews in some prestigious programs like Cornell, Yale, and Duke. I was able to really see what each one had to offer for their students. I want to say that most of my success in getting these interviews stemmed from my personal statement, recommendations, and responses to many of the supplemental essays. It's good to know that they (at least for many of the ones I applied to) do a holistic review on everyone. Good luck to everyone applying to PA school! 

Undergrad Ed School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Pre-Reqs: some were taken at a community college and others were taken at a university associated with early college credit, but the majority were taken at my undergrad
Age at application time: 22
Application Submitted: 6/27/16
Application Verified: 7/01/16

Cumulative GPA: 3.67
Science GPA: 3.63
Pre-req GPA: 3.74-3.97 (depending on the program)
GRE: V/152 (56%) Q/158 (71%) A/5.5 (98%)

Shadow Hours: 41 hrs shadowing PAs (from 3 different specialties)
Letters of Reference: 1 PA, 1 supervisor, 1 professor

Direct Patient Care: (1200 hrs total)

100 hrs Resident Care Associate at Senior Living Community
1100 hrs Nursing Assistant at Hospital

Research: 2 yrs as research assistant in two different labs mainly in plant biology

~90 hrs as hospital volunteer
~40 hrs volunteering in creating of self-sustainable farm in food-desert community
~75 hrs volunteering Habitat for Humanity

Awards: Dean's list (2 semesters)

-Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) Biological Honors Society
-Alpha Chi Sigma (Professional Chemistry Fraternity)
-Pre-PA Society at UNC
-American Red Cross Club at UNC

-Executive position in Tri-Beta
-Executive position in Alpha Chi Sigma

-Vice President for my rush class of Alpha Chi Sigma

Schools Applied (15 total): Arcadia, Campbell, Cornell, Drexel, Duke, ECU, MCPHS Boston, Methodist, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Philadelphia Uni, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Yale, Highpoint, Lenoir Rhyne, Chatham

Interview Invites (Format-> School (interview date): Lenoir-Rhyne (7/22), Arcadia (9/13), ECU (8/19), Cornell (9/15), Methodist (September 28), Chatham (October 1-did not attend), High Point (October 1), Duke (October 26), Yale (October 20), Wake Forest (Nov. 9-chose not to attend), MCPHS-Boston (January 20-chose not to attend), Campbell (November 10-chose not to attend, Stanford (January 24)

Acceptances: Lenoir-Rhyne (accepted same day as interview), Methodist (Sept 30), Arcadia (Sept 16), High Point (Oct. 7), Duke (Oct. 31), Yale (November 24), Stanford (February)


Withdrew Applications (after getting into my #1 pick): Campbell, Wake Forest, MCPHS-Boston

Denied: UNC-Chapel Hill, Cornell, Philly U, MGH Institute of Heath Professions-Boston Campus

Application Submitted Date: June 27, 2016
Application Verification Date: July 01, 2016 (1am)
Attempts: 1st

Attending: Duke!!! #1 choice!!! ?

Congrats on your hopeful progress towards clinicals! I am curious if you could please let me know your undergrad major at unc chapel hill?  Thanks in advance! 

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Undergrad Ed School: Millersville University

Major: Biology

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.54

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.48

Age at application time: 22

GRE: 300

Direct Patient Care: 

2400 hours- Dialysis Patient Care Technician (CNA-DT, CCHT)

Health Care experience:

ER Medical Scribe- 850 hours

Pharmacy Technician- 250 hours


Hospital Volunteer (Patient Aide)- 100 hours

Research: None

Teaching Experience: None

Shadowing: (Medical Scribe experience counted as shadowing for many schools)


Biology Club

Aesculapian Society

Letters of Rec: 3- one from a PA, one from an anatomy professor, 1 from a charge nurse

Schools Applied: 12: Slippery Rock, Salus, PCOM, South University-Richmond, Stony Brook, LeMoyne, NYIT, Marywood University, Mary Baldwin, Arcadia, Gardner Webb, University of Florida

Application Submitted Date: June 1, 2017

Interview Invites: 6

Denied w/o interview:  6

Rejected after interview: None

Waitlisted: Salus, PCOM, South-Richmond, Stony Brook

(did not attend interview at LeMoyne)

Accepted: 1- Slippery Rock University

Attending: Slippery Rock University ?

Attempt: 1st

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Undergrad Ed School: California Baptist University

Major: Public Health

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.81

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.70

Age at application time: 23


Direct Patient Care: 

2100 hours as a physical therapy aide

Health Care experience:

1140 hours as a medical scribe for a general and vascular surgeon


Church volunteer - 200 hours

Research: None

Teaching Experience: None

Shadowing: 200+ hours shadowing an internist

Organizations: N/A

Letters of Rec: 3- one from an MD, one from a general biology professor, 1 from my clinic director at my physical therapy clinic

Schools Applied: 9: California Baptist University, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Western, Colorado Mesa, Drexel, Lipscomb, OHSU, Thomas Jefferson - East Falls, UNE

Application Submitted Date: July 21, 2018

Interview Invites:  None yet

Denied w/o interview:  

Rejected after interview: 




Attempt: 1st

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Undergrad Ed School: Eastern Illinois University

Major: Biological Sciences minor Psychology

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.52

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.48

Age at application time: 22

GRE: 150V 152Q 4.0

Direct Patient Care: 

1200 hours as CNA in LTC

585 hours as PCT on ortho trauma

2080 hours as PCT on cardiac tele

Total: ~4000 hours


128 hours tutoring/mentoring

40 hours hospital volunteer

97 hours various events.. Special olympics, blood drives, girls on the run...

Total: 265 hours

Research: 67 hours

Organizations: none

Letters of Rec: 4 - 1 A&P Professor, 1 Professor, 1 PC PA, 1 clinical leader/charge nurse

Schools Applied: 12 - Rush, Methodist, Texas Tech, Harding, Mississippi College, NOVA jacksonville, Touro Cali, SIUC, University of New England, Our lady of the lake, Sullivan

Application Submitted Date: 6/0?/2017

Application Verified: 6/0?/2017

Interview Invites:9 Rush, Methodist, Nova Jacksonville, our lady of the lake, Barry, Mississippi College, Texas Tech, Sullivan, University of New England ..

Denied w/o interview: 0 

Rejected after interview: none

Withdrew Application: 11

Waitlisted: 0

Accepted: 1 - Methodist

Attending: Methodist

Attempt: 2nd

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Undergrad Ed School: University of North Florida

Major: Health Science/ Bio minor

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.4

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.7

Age at application time: 25

GRE: 150V 151Q     5.0

Direct Patient Care: 

~6,000 Physical therapy aide


~300 HR internship

Organizations: Society of Leadership and Success, Eta Sigma Gamma honorary society

Letters of Rec: 5

Schools Applied: UF, South U-Tampa, Nova (Jax, FtL, FTM, Orlando), Keiser, FSU, USF, FGCU, Barry U

Application Submitted Date: 6/02/18

Application Verified: 6/05/18

Interview Invites:

Denied w/o interview: UF

Rejected after interview:

Withdrew Application:




Attempt: 1st

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Undergrad Ed School: Arizona State University

Major: Nutrition

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.77

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.84

Age at application time: 33

Direct Patient Care: 10,000+ as a renal dietitian  

Volunteer/Leadership: 50 hours at a women's shelter

Letters of Rec: 3 (MD, manager who is an RN, and professor/director of nutrition program)

Schools Applied: University of Utah, EVMS, Pacific University, UNR, ATSU

Application Submitted Date: 7/15/18

Application Verified: 7/30/18

Attempt: 1st

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Undergrad Ed School: CSU- Dominguez Hills

Major: Cellular and Molecular Biology

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.55

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.47

Age at application time: 23

GRE: 149V 151Q     4.5

Direct Patient Care: 

~1400 Physical Therapist Aide

~110 Clinical Care Extender

Total: 1510 hours


~90 Blood Donor Ambassador

~15 Signature Gatherer for Animal Rights

~144 March of Dimes

~105 Spark of Love

~10 Raising money for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research

~4 Heal the Bay

Total: 368 hours


~ 468 Research Associate


~ 94 Pediatric Orthopedic PA

Organizations: Alpha Gamma Delta, California Academy of PAs

Letters of Rec: 4

Schools Applied: 14: Chapman, Touro Nevada, ATSU, Weill Cornell, Charles Drew, Dominican, Hofstra, SUNY Upstate, Cal Baptist, LIU Brooklyn, UC Davis, Marshall B Ketchum, LeMoyne, SCUHS

Application Submitted Date: 5/16-6/7

Application Verified: 5/16-6/7

Interview Invites: Dominican University, ATSU

Denied w/o interview: Touro Nevada

Rejected after interview: Dominican University

Withdrew Application:




Attempt: 1st

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Undergrad Ed School: Temple

Major: Kinesiology

Cumulative GPA: 3.55

Science GPA: 3.35 (red flags: C+, W, F in prereq courses)

Post-bacc GPA: 4.0 (biochem, graduate cell bio)

Age at application time: 22

GRE: 322

Direct Patient Care: 2650 hours at time of application (650 volunteer EMT-B, 100 volunteer medical mission,1050 peri-op critical care tech, 750 level 1 peds ED tech)

Health Care Experience: 2K hours assistant EMS chief, 250 hours volunteer/medical mission Leadership: 750 hours assistant EMS chief, 300 hours membership officer Volunteer: 150 hours miscellaneous (not including volunteer PCE) Research: ~1000 hours public health research, two posters and oral presentation Teaching: 800 hours certified CPR and EMT instructor

Shadowing: 40 hours PA, 60 hours other (MD, flight medic, nurse). Also worked closely with MDs/PAs/NPs during PCE.

Letters of Rec: Biochem professor, 2 physicians

Schools Applied: 16 (definitely too many in hindsight - I never expected the application cycle to go so well!) - Arcadia (both campuses), Albany Medical, Anne Arundel/UMB, Bryant, CCBC/Towson, Cornell, DeSales, Duke, GW, Marist, MGH, Rosalind Franklin, Penn State, Tufts, Temple, USF

Application Submitted Date: 5/23

Application Verified: 5/24

Interview Invites: 10 - Arcadia DE, Bryant, CCBC/Towson (declined), GW, Marist, MGH (declined), Rosalind Franklin, PSU, Tufts, Temple

Denied w/o interview: 1 - Albany Med

Rejected after interview: 1 - Arcadia DE

Withdrew Application: 5 (remaining)

Waitlisted: none

Accepted: 7 - Bryant, GW, Marist, Rosalind Franklin, PSU, Tufts, Temple

Attending: GW!!!!

Attempt: 2nd

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On 7/1/2018 at 7:38 PM, PAmethyst said:

Hi there! 

May I ask what your major was at unc chapel hill? 

Hi! It was Clinical Laboratory Science! Feel free to message me if you have any questions! Good luck!

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Undergrad Ed School: Public school in NJ 

Major: Chemistry

cGPA: 3.20

sGPA: 3.14 (undergrad science GPA was a 2.80...YIKES)

Master's GPA: 3.92 (all science credits), completed at Tulane University 

Age at application time: 25

GRE: 309

Direct Patient/Health Care Experience: combination of medical assistant in women's health, medical scribe in an ED, and research coordinator in neuro-oncology

Total: 3000-ish hours


Numerous volunteer experiences in education, health, and music festivals!

Teaching Experience: TA in epidemiology during MS program

Shadowing: obtained from scribing, in addition to shadowing an ortho PA

Letters of Rec: 3 - 1 PA from work, 1 manager, and 1 grad school professor

Schools Applied: 9 - South (Tampa), South (Richmond), Barry (Miami), Southern California University of the Health Sciences, Emory, University of Florida, Case Western, Rosalind Franklin University, Campbell University 

Application Submitted Date: 5/15/18

Application Verified: a couple days after

Interview Invites: 3 (University of Florida, Case Western, Campbell-declined interview)

Denied w/o interview: 2 (South Richmond and Emory)

Rejected after interview: none

Accepted: 2 - UF and Case Western


Attempt: 1st

I NEVER THOUGHT I'D MAKE IT!!!! I failed classes in undergrad and graduated with a terrible GPA. I couldn't even apply to PA schools because my GPA was too low, so I took a BUNCH of post bacc classes and completed a master's to push my GPA above a 3.0. It took A LOT OF HARD WORK. I CANT BELIEVE MY DREAMS CAME TRUE. I used this thread a lot to help figure out which schools to apply to, so thank you everyone!!!!!

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Hey all! I got accepted a few weeks ago, but I thought I would share my stats because I used this forum a ton to help me. Here it goes ? 

Undergrad Ed School: Purdue Univerisity in Indiana

Major: Health Science

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.54

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.48

Age at application time: 23

GRE: 309

Direct Patient Care: 2000 hours as a medical assistant at an urgent care

Shadowing: 60 hours shadowing a derm PA and a functional medicine PA

Letters of Rec: an M.D., a NP. and a PA I shadowed

Schools Applied: 12 schools 

Application Submitted Date: May 28

Interview Invites: 3 interview invites

Denied w/o interview: 4 denials

Rejected after interview: 0

Waitlisted: 2

Accepted: 1 -Indiana University 

Attending: Indiana University!!

Attempt: 1st

If you have any further questions, or you want to know what I used to help me prepare, feel free to message me! 

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Undergrad Ed School: NESCAC liberal arts college

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.5

Science Undergrad: GPA: 3.3

Age at application time: 26

1st GRE: 320 (160, 160, 5.0)

Direct Patient Care: ~2400 hours as an ED tech (level one trauma center)

Extracurricular/Research Activities: 2 years of clinical research, publication in a clinical chemistry journal, president of two undergrad clubs, 1.5 years volunteering at an urban health clinic, ~400 hours ER scribe, ~150 hours shadowing MDs and PAs in ICU

Schools Applied: Northeastern, Tufts, Cornell, Drexel, PACE, Yale, Rutgers, Arcadia, Bryant, Duke, GW, Hofstra, Rush, Stony Book, Rosalind Franklin

Application Submitted Date: 5/13/18

Interview Invites: Tufts, PACE, Arcadia, Bryant, Duke, GW, Rush, Stony Brook, Yale

Denied: Rutgers

Withdrew Application: Arcadia, Stony Brook

Waitlisted: Rush, Bryant

Accepted: Pace, Tufts, Yale, Duke, GW

Attending: GW

Attempt: 1st

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