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Undergrad Ed School:  Temple University
Cumulative Undergraduate GPA: 3.79
Science Undergraduate GPA: 3.68
Post-Bac Prerequisites GPA: n/a
Graduate GPA: n/a


Degree: BS in Kinesiology

Age at application time: 21

 

Attempt: 1st time applicant!


1st GRE: 158Q, 146V, 3.5W

Direct Patient Care: (type & hours): 4,500 hrs as a patient orderly

 

Health Care Shadowing: 100 hrs with an ER PA-C


Other Health Care Experience:
Week-long medical brigader in Panama

75 hrs as NICU volunteer

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities: n/a

Schools Applied: UC Davis, Touro-CA, Barry-Miami, Wichita st, New England, Rutgers/umdnj, King's college, Drexel, Philly U, Arcadia, Thomas Jefferson, U of Sciences Philly, Salus, St Francis, Desales, PCOM

Application Submitted Date: CASPA Submitted: May 5th. Verified: May 8th.

Interview Invites: Rutgers/UMDNJ, Drexel, Desales, Philly U, Arcadia, Salus, St. Francis, Jefferson


Denied: Rutgers/UMDNJ, Touro CA, Wichita St

Withdrew Application:  
St. Francis, Arcadia, PCOM, U Sciences, Philly U


Waitlisted: n/a

Accepted: Desales!! Loved the program

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Cumulative Undergrad GPA: 3.48

Science GPA: 3.18
Age at application time: 24 
GRE: 153 Q (53%) ; 162 V (89%) ; 4.0 writing (54%)
Letters of Reference: 2 MD, 1 DO

 

Direct Patient Care (type & hours):

EMT-basic training-88 hours

Health Care experience:

Emergency room scribe-1400 hours

Hospital volunteer- 76 hours

Shadowing:

40 hours Family practice PA ; 30 hours emergency medicine PA/NP’s

Extracurricular/Volunteer:

Miscellaneous school organizations/clubs I was involved in

Schools Applied: 26 (I applied to 5 schools my first try, so I went all out the second try, although I hear that on average if you apply to 12 schools you should be ok)

Application Submitted Date: CASPA verified May 12th

 

Interview Invites: MCPHS-Manchester ; Lock Haven ; UTMB ; Harding ; Misericordia ; Barry-St. Petersburg ; St. Francis ; Baylor
Denied/No Interview: Nova Jacksonville ; W-La Crosse ; W-Madison ; Touro-Nevada ; South University ; Carroll University ; UC-Davis ; Desales ; Boston ; OK-Tulsa ; Kettering ; OKC ; UNT; UTSA ; and all the other's that would make up to 26:)

Withdrew: 3 programs

Denied: 2 programs
Wait-list: 2 programs, but pulled from 1 
Accepted: 2 programs 

Attempt: 2nd

 

Besides an increase in hours as a scribe the only thing that changed on my stats was who wrote my reference letters(this year they're much better& from doctors who'd known me for a year, and both schools that accepted me made mention of how great my references were) & of course I tweaked my narrative, so the intangibles are likely most important. But last year I was verified 9/3, so apply early is still good advice. 

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Cumulative Undergrad GPA: 3.54

Science GPA: 3.65

Age at application time: 30

GRE: 149 Q; 151 V ; 3.5 writing

Letters of Reference: 1 MD, 1 PA, 1 direct supervisor

 

Direct Patient Care (type & hours):

X-ray/ Cat Scan technologist: >15000 hours

Shadowing:

50 hours

Extracurricular/Volunteer:

Habitat for humanity, medical reserve corps

 

 

Schools Applied: 1

 

Application Submitted Date: July 2014

 

Interview Invites: University of Kentucky

Accepted: University of Kentucky

 

Attempt: 1st

 

I had planned to apply to other places if necessary, but since UK is in my hometown it was my primary choice.

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Cumulative Undergrad GPA: 3.55
Science GPA: 3.30
Age at application time: 27
GRE: 157 Q; 150 V ; 3.5 writing
Letters of Reference: 1 MD, 1 instructor, 1 direct supervisor

Direct Patient Care (type & hours):
Medical laboratory technician: >12000 hours
Shadowing: 8 hours ER PA
Extracurricular/Volunteer: nothing official, but tutored friends and plan to volunteer at animal shelter

Schools Applied: 4: West Liberty University, Duke, and Elon University (Added EVMS last-minute)

Application Submitted Date: July 30, 2014
Interview Invites: Duke, EVMS (invited in June 2015)

Waitlist for interviews: Elon

 

Denied: Duke
Accepted: not yet; Waiting for EVMS (interview invites don't happen until June)

Attempt: 1st

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Undergrad Ed School: Biola University, BS in Human Biology and a minor in Biblical Studies

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.82

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.65
Age at application time: 23
GRE: 160 Verbal, 156 Quant., 5.0 Writing

LORs: 1 general surgeon I scribe for, 1 PA-C I shadowed, and 1 anatomy professor I took the class from and worked as a TA for

Direct Patient Care: 1,000 hours as a medical scribe for podiatrist, GI, internist, and general surgeon. Recently promoted to Lead Scribe of my site. Also ~100 hours as a certified phlebotomist.
Extracurricular: Volunteered at an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Worked as an Anatomy TA and tutor, and a Parasitology TA. Habitat for Humanity volunteer. Operation Smile club leader at my school.

Shadowing: About 100 hours shadowing 4 PA's in the ED and 2 PA's in a family practice setting

Schools Applied: About 15 schools total. USC, Touro-CA, Midwestern-IL and AZ, Loma Linda U, DeSales, PhilaU, Cornell, Pace, Arcadia, UT Southwestern, NYIT, and a few others 
Application Submitted Date: June 6, 2014
Interview Invites: DeSales, PhilaU, U of Colorado, Arcadia-DE, UT Southwestern, Midwestern AZ and IL, NYIT, USC, Loma Linda University, Cornell, Pace
Denied: N/A
Withdrew Application (did not attend interviews): PhilaU, Arcadia-DE, Midwestern IL, NYIT, U of Colorado, Pace
Waitlisted: USC
Accepted: DeSales U, Midwestern AZ, UT Southwestern, Loma Linda U, Cornell

 

Attempt: 1st

 

To all those who are discouraged, don't be! I approached this application cycle with so much fear and anxiety. I really doubted myself, particularly because of my age and my lack of experience. But I was able to impress the adcom enough to be granted seats in some great programs! You guys can do it too :)

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Undergrad Ed School: Saint Martin's University
Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.62
Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.62
Graduate Ed School: (if applicable) 
Cumulative Graduate GPA: (if applicable)
Science Graduate GPA: (if applicable)

Age at application time :26

1st GRE: 150 Verbal, 156 Quant 
2nd GRE: (if applicable)

Direct Patient Care : (type & hours) 4160 hours of working as a Medical Assistant for private practices. 

Extracurricular/Research Activities: Completed a Clinical Research Certification and volunteer at a Research Facility. Also volunteer as EMT for the fire department for 6 months. 

Schools Applied:6 

Application Submitted Date: 4-25-14

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date)

Interview Invites:3

Denied: So far I haven't been denied 

Withdrew Application:

Waitlisted:1

Accepted: 2

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mcourt90

 

How hard was it to get a job as a medical assistant? Did you get a certificate? I'm a little hesitant to put on my resume that I have a B.S. degree because maybe they'll think that I don't plan to work as an MA for a long time...

 

When I graduated college, I started applying to jobs for medical assistant. I was not certified, and I had no experience. Still, I got a job as medical assistant, they trained me and I always told them that I was planning to go to PA school. Many doctors will be willing to train you, if you have a positive attitude and willing to work when they need you!. So just apply to jobs and best of luck!! Don't hide what your true dreams are and a lot of people is always willing to help you!

 

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Undergrad Ed School: Saint Martin's University

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.62

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.62

 

 

Age at application time :26

 

1st GRE: 150 Verbal, 156 Quant 3.5 Writing 

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hours) 4160 hours of working as a Medical Assistant for private practices. 

Shadowed: 20 hours  a DO and 8 derm practice. Volunteer in hospital at the emergency room. 

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities: Completed a Clinical Research Certification and volunteer at a Research Facility 100 hours. Also volunteer as EMT for the fire department for 6 months. 100 hours. 

 

Schools Applied: 10

 

Application Submitted Date: 4-25-14

 

Schools Received Application: GWU, Howard, JMU, Jefferson college, Mary Baldwin, EVMS, PCOM, Shenandoah, Drexel, Philly U. 

 

Interview Invites:3 SO FAR

 

Denied: So far I haven't been denied 

 

Withdrew Application:PCOM, HOWARD, Jefferson 

 

Waitlisted:1 Mary Baldwin 

 

Accepted: 2 EVMS, Philly U 

 

 

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Undergrad Ed School: LSU Geaux Tigers

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.39

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.3

Post Bacc School: Our Lady of the Lake College ( for prereqs and GPA purposes)

Post Bacc GPA: 4.0

 

Age at application time : 23

 

1st GRE: 155v 155q 4.5 writing

2nd GRE: (if applicable)

 

Direct Patient Care : ~40 hours shadowing, ~180 hours volunteer in pediatric ICU, 40 hours surgical observation with PAs [ surgical observation was via a class a took at our lady of the lake and included following patient care from presentation of disease to surgical intervention etc and was totally awesome I've seen a live beating heart, the brain, and other aspects of gross anatomy that I've never seen. I loved it. And the docs let us get as close as we'd like w/o touching of course :)]

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities: Pediatric ICU volunteer, Our Lady of the Lake Ambassador

 

Letters of Recommendation: 1 from science professor at LSU, 1 from Science instructor at OLOl - he's also one of the instructors for their PA school and a practicing physician and yes I totally planned this one lol, 1 letter from a current employer, and 1 from a practicing PA and graduate of OLOL PA program.

 

Schools Applied: Our Lady of the Lake Medical College (obviously this is my first choice, I carefully planned everything to make myself a shoe-in for this school! ), LSU Shreveport Health Sciences Center, Texas Tech

 

Application Submitted Date: Aug 15

 

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) Aug 15- OLOL ( I hand delivered this one, they aren't on CASPA plus I live in the city) others 9/1

 

Interview Invites: Our Lady of the Lake next Thursday!

 

Denied: 0

 

Withdrew Application: 0

 

Waitlisted: 0

 

Accepted: Our Lady of the Lake College

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Undergrad Ed School:  North Dakota State University
Cumulative Undergraduate GPA: 3.72
Science Undergraduate GPA: 3.97
Post-Bac Prerequisites GPA: 4.0
Graduate GPA: 3.85


Degree: BS in Dietetics/Nutrition, Minor Health Education

Age at application time: 27

1st GRE: 150V, 151Q, writing 4

Direct Patient Care: (type & hours): 9,160 and counting as a clinical dietitian

Health Care Shadowing: 
16 hrs PA-C

Other Health Care Experience:

ICU volunteer

NICU volunteer

Various food service/nutrition positions in hospitals

Extracurricular/Research Activities: N/A


Schools Applied: Towson/CCBC

Application Submitted Date: CASPA Submitted: June 20th. Verified: June 25th.

Interview Invites: Towson/CCBC

Denied: N/A

Withdrew Application: N/A

Waitlisted: N/A

Accepted: Towson/CCBC!

Attempt: 1st

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Undergrad Ed School: University of Maryland, College Park (Kinesiology)
Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.2
Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.0
Post Bacc School: Harford Community College/University of Maryland, Baltimore (Nursing)
Post Bacc GPA: 3.9

Age at application time : 25

GRE: NONE

Direct Patient Care : 500 hours student nurse extern, 1200 hours chiropractic assistant, 1000 hours PT tech, 2000 hours nursing

Extracurricular/Research Activities: Sigma Phi Epsilon (Exec Board member), Autism Speaks U @ UMD (Founder), Education Committee - Vascular Surgery, Order of Omega honor society, Triathlon coach

Letters of Recommendation: Nursing theory/clinical instructor, Orthopedic surgery PA, Towson Orthopedic PT Manager

Schools Applied: Quinnipiac, Rutgers, Towson, PhillyU, PCOM, Thomas Jefferson, Drexel

Application Submitted Date: May 28

Schools Received Application Date: May 31

Interview Invites: Rutgers, Quinnipiac

Denied: Towson, Philly U

Withdrew Application: Thomas Jefferson, PCOM, Drexel,

Waitlisted: None

Accepted: Quinnipiac, Rutgers

 

Attending: Quinnipiac

 

Attempt: 1st

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Undergrad: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (BS Microbiology)

Cumulative Undergrad GPA: 3.41

Science Undergrad GPA: 3.13

Post Bacc: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Post Bacc GPA: 4.0

 

Age at application: 26

 

GRE: Verbal 155 (66%) Quant 162 (84%) Analytical 4.5 (78%)

 

Experience: Nursing Aide for individuals with disabilities- 2000 hours and counting. Research technologist- 3500 hours (co-author on 3 journal papers). Volunteer in ER, VA, and Thoracic/Cardiac unit in Hospital- 270 hours. Shadowed PA in orthopedics and hematology/oncology

 

 

Letters of Recommendation- Hematology/Oncology PA, 2 supervisors from work experiences

 

Schools applied to: Augsburg, St. Kate's, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska, Marquette, UW-Madison, UW-Lacrosse, Western Michigan, Rosalind Franklin, Northwestern, Midwestern (IL), Yale, Quinnipiac, BU, Duke, Wake Forest, CU, Rush, Des Moines, GVSU, Toledo

 

CASPA complete: end of May

 

Interview Invites: Quinnipiac, Rosalind Franklin, Augsburg, Yale, Wake Forest .. still waiting to hear from many schools

 

Denied: None

 

Waitlisted: None

 

Accepted: will update

 

1st Attempt

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Undergrad Ed School:University of Mississippi Medical Center-  B.S.Cytology (1993)

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.3
Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.3


Post Bachelor GPA: 3.56 (36 credits)

Masters (Forensic Science) GPA: 4.0

Age at application time : 46

Direct Patient Care : (type & hours)

EMT- > 2000

 

SHADOWING:100+ hours in urgent care, family medicine, endocrinology and childrens ortho

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:
Community Volunteer, Food Bank, Spina Bifida of Texas, Arthritis Foundation

Schools Applied: UTHSCSA

Application Submitted Date: CASPA verified July 27

Interview Invites: UTHSCSA October 11th- TOMORROW

Denied: Will update

Withdrew Application: Will update

Waitlisted: Will update

Accepted: Will update

Attempt: 1st

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Undergrad Ed School: Cal State Long Beach, BS Kinesiology with Option in Exercise Science

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.37

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.31

Post Bachelor GPA: 3.50

 

Age at application time: 27

GRE: 306 (151 verbal, 155 quant, 4.5 analytical)

 

Direct Patient Care : (type & hours)

Physical Therapy Aide (~1500 hours)

Pediatric Therapy Aide (~30 hours)

EMT-B on Ambulance (~1000 hours)

ER Scribe (not really direct care, ~3000 hours, still accumulating)

 

Extracurricular/Research Activities:

CCE Volunteer (~60 hours)

Emergency Department Volunteer at LAC+USC Medical Center (379 hours)

Score Keeper for Youth Basketball League (~1650 hours)

International Student Volunteer (~80 hours)

Habitat for Humanity (16 hours, still accumulating)

 

Shadowing:

Emergency Room with a doctor (15 hours)

Allergist PA (15 hours)

Heme/Onc PA at VA Hospital (32 hours)

Free Sexual Health Clinic (10 hours)

Pediatric Clinic (3 hours, still accumulating)

 

Schools Applied: USC, Samuel Merritt, Touro-CA, University of Colorado, Nova Southeastern (Ft Lauderdale & Southwest FL), Emory, NYIT, Touro (Bay Shore & Manhattan), Long Island University, Pace, Hofstra, Drexel,  PCOM, Seton Hill, Thomas Jefferson University, UT Southwestern, Eastern Virginia Medical School

 

Application Submitted Date: August 12th

 

Schools Received Application Date: (approximate date) August 13th

 

Interview Invites: Pace University, Drexel

 

Denied: NYIT, UT Southwestern

 

Withdrew Application: Emory, Thomas Jefferson

 

Waitlisted: will update

 

Accepted: Pace University

 

Attempts: Second 

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Undergrad Ed School: Arizona State University, history major, minor in religious studies

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.40

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.60

Graduate GPA: 3.90
Age at application time: 38
GRE: 165 Verbal, 153 Quant., 3.0 Writing (not sure what happened here, I have most of a masters in history w 3.9 gpa, all writing papers)

Previous work: 17 year career in commercial real estate (property management, leasing, investment acquisitions)

Direct Patient Care: None
Extracurricular: Volunteered at Maricopa County Hospital ED for 120 hours and Hospice volunteer for 150 hours. Scoutmaster in Boy Scouts of America for past five years.

Shadowing: About 120 hours shadowing 8 PA's in the ED and 2 PA's in a family practice setting

Schools Applied: 13 schools total. Midwestern AZ, AT Still, Idaho, Rutgers, Salus, Phil U, USciences, Nova SE, Chatham, LMU-DCOM, Mount Union, Monmouth and St Francis. 
Application Submitted Date: June 10, 2014
Interview Invites: Chatham, Mount Union, Rutgers, LMU-DCOM
Denied: AT Still, Phil U, St Francis
Withdrew Application: N/A so far
Waitlisted: N/A
Accepted: LMU-DCOM. Still waiting to hear back from the others.

 

Attempt: 1st

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Undergrad Ed School: University of Colorado Denver, B.S. Biology

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.66

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.4

Age at application time: 23

GRE: 302 combined, 5 for writing

 

Previous work: Lab intern for Molecular Genetics Lab, Clinical Research Coordinator, Teaching Assistant for Biology Lab, Work Study Student in Clinical Research

Direct Patient Contact: Clinical Research Coordinator, Float Volunteer

Extracurricular: Volunteered for non-profit organization (CureSearch) for the past 2 years, Volunteered as an after school science club instructor

Shadowing: About 60 hours shadowing a PA in a Pediatric Oncology Clinic, 8 hours shadowing an MD in hand surgery

Schools Applied: 16 schools total. Midwestern AZ, AT Still, Rutgers, Nova FL, Keiser, Barry, Gardner Webb, MCPHS-Manchester, Methodist, OHSU, Red Rocks, U of Bridgeport, U of Colorado, U of Tennessee, Wingate, Yale

Application Submitted Date: June 6, 2014

Interview Invites: Rutgers, Keiser, U of Tennessee, Wingate, AT Still, U of Colorado, MCPHS-Manchester

Interviews Attended: Rutgers, Keiser, U of Colorado

Interviews I denied to attend: U of Tennessee, Wingate, MCPHS-Manchester and AT Still

Accepted: U of Colorado, Rutgers, Keiser

 

 

Attending: U of Colorado

 

Attempt: 2nd

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Didn't really want to post one of these but I know what it's like to have lots of anxiety and reading stats that were close to me helped put my mind at ease. PM me if questions.

 

Undergrad Ed School: Portland State University, major in Health Science minor in Chemistry

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.79

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.89

Age at application time: 23
GRE: Did not take

 

Previous work: Resident Assistant, Research Volunteer in a surgical simulation lab at a teaching hospital, Patient Care Coordinator at an HIV clinic.
Direct Patient Care: Polysomnographic Technologist (Registered) for a year full time at time of CASPA, CNA certification
Extracurricular: Executive board member for two years for the Pacific Islanders Club at my undergrad school

Shadowing: 200 hours shadowing a surgical PA and her MD in clinic and the OR, 50 hours HIV specialist (MD)

Schools Applied: 6 total: Rutgers, PCOM, Pacific University, Western U, MCPHS Boston, St. Johns U
Application Submitted Date: May 23rd, 2014


Interview Invites: Rutgers, PCOM, Pacific U
Denied: N/A
Withdrew Application: St. Johns U, MCPHS Boston, Western U
Waitlisted: N/A
Accepted: PCOM, Rutgers, waiting for Pacific U

 

Attempt: 1st

 

Leaning toward PCOM!! So excited. I hope this helps those still in the cycle!

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So happy I can post this! Feel free to PM me if you have questions 

 

Undergrad Ed School: Northeastern University, Health Science

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.79

Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.81

Age at application time: 21

GRE: 165 Verbal, 159 Math, 5.0 Writing

 

Previous work: Research Assistant for public health study

Direct Patient Contact: Ophthalmic Assistant (800 hours), Home Health Aide (200 hours), Migrant Farm Workers Clinic Volunteer (20 hours)

Extracurricular: Various volunteer work with my sorority

Shadowing: About 24 shadowing a neurology PA, 5 shadowing an ophthalmologist


Schools Applied: 10 total: Northeastern, MCPHS Boston, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Johnson and Wales, Quinnipiac, Yale, Phila U, Drexel, Penn State, Trevecca Nazarene
Application Submitted: July 8, 2014
Interview Invites: MCPHS Boston, JWU, Yale, Penn State, Trevecca Nazarene (declined interview)

Denied: Quinnipiac

Accepted: Penn State, Yale, JWU, MCPHS

Attending: Yale

 

Attempt: 1st

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Undergrad Ed School: The College of Idaho (Caldwell, ID)
Cumulative Undergraduate GPA: 3.67
Science Undergraduate GPA: 3.50
Post-Bac Prerequisites GPA: N/A
Graduate GPA: N/A

Age at application time: 26
1st GRE: 154 V (63%), 151 Q (44%), 5.0 Writing (93%)

Direct Patient Care Experience (type & hours):

Emergency Department Medical Scribe (5,500 hours +)

 

Other Health Care Experience:

Medical Records Abstractor and Pharmacy Clerk (1,440 hours)

 

Other Work Experience:

Barista, Tully’s Coffee (800 hours)

 

Health Care Shadowing:
PA-C, Family Medicine: 20 hours
PA-C, Emergency Medicine: 20 hours
PA-C, Pulmonology/Critical Care: 40 hours

MD, DO, NP, RT: 140 hours at Veterans Affairs Medical Center and St. Luke’s Health System

 

Research Experience:

Laboratory Volunteer/Project Assistant, The College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID

The Role of RUNX2 in Cadmium-Induced Apoptosis (560 hours)

 

Biology Field Researcher, The College of Idaho, Everglades, FL

Human Impacts on Coastal Marine Ecology (175 hours)

 

Community Service:

Lincoln Elementary School Volunteer (60 hours)

Youth Ministry Team Member, Holy Apostles Catholic Church (250 hours)

FitOne Challenge Volunteer (20 hours)

Children’s Miracle Network Volunteer (45 hours)

Huntsman Cancer Institute Volunteer (45 hours)

New York City Missions Trip (112 hours) 

 

Extracurricular Activities/Awards:

Campus Ministries and CORE Group Member

Cross Country and Track (NAIA Scholar & All Academic Team Award)

Sigma Chi Fraternity (Vice President, 2008)

Associated Students of The College of Idaho Senator

Cabaret Member (Improvisation Performance Group)

Commencement Senior Speaker, The College of Idaho (2010)

 

Schools Applied:

Midwestern University (AZ), Yale University, Nova Southeastern University, Emory University, The University of Iowa, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science, Boston (MCPHS), Duke University, Pacific University, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Arcadia University (Glenside, PA), King’s College, Saint Francis University, Thomas Jefferson University, Lock Haven University, and University of Utah (16 total).

Application Submitted Date: July 9, 2014

Interview Invites:  Thomas Jefferson University, Saint Francis University, Lock Haven University, MCPHS, Nova Southeastern University, Duke University, Yale University, Emory University, OHSU, and King's College.

 

Waitlisted Pre-Interview:  University of Utah

 

Interviews Attended: Thomas Jefferson University and Duke University.

Denied: Arcadia University, Pacific University, and University of Iowa.

 

Accepted: Thomas Jefferson University and Duke University

 

Waitlisted: N/A

 

Attending: Duke University
 
Attempt: 1st

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Cumulative Undergraduate GPA: 3.77
Science Undergraduate GPA: 3.80
Post-Bac Prerequisites GPA: 3.83
Graduate GPA: N/A

Age at application time: 23
1st GRE: 
Verbal - 163 (93%), Quantitative - 160 (81%), Writing - 4.0 (49%)

Direct Patient Care Experience (type & hours):

CNA in a hospital (2,500 hours+)

 

Other Experience:

Multiple leadership positions from undergrad, both extracurricular and work related

 

Health Care Shadowing: 
PA-C, Family Medicine: 16 hours
PA-C, Emergency Medicine: 8 hours

PA-C, Gastroenterology: 4 hours

PA-C, Dermatology: 4 hours

PA-C, Cardiology: 4 hours

PA-C, Neurosurgery: 4 hours

 

Research Experience:

N/A

 

Community Service:

150 hours with four organizations

 

Letters of Recommendation:

Anatomy Professor, Nurse Manager, Family Medicine PA 

 

Schools Applied:

Oregon Health & Science University, Pacific, Idaho State, University of Colorado, University of Utah, Samuel Merritt, Midwestern (AZ), MCPHS - Boston, University of New England, Tufts, Arcadia, DeSales, GWU, Duke, Yale (15 total - too many in hindsight)

Application Submitted Date: July 3rd, 2014 (CASPA verified), a
ll supplementals finished by the end of July.


Interview Invites:  OHSU, Pacific, Idaho State, University of Colorado, Midwestern (AZ), MCPHS - Boston, University of New England, Arcadia, DeSales, GWU, Duke, Yale

Denied: University of Utah, Tufts

Withdrew Application (did not attend interviews): Idaho State, Midwestern (AZ), MCPHS - Boston, University of New England, Arcadia, DeSales, Duke, Yale

Waitlisted: Pacific (committee hold post-interview)

Accepted: OHSU, University of Colorado, GWU

 

Attending: OHSU, my first choice from the beginning! 
 
Attempt: 1st

 

Word to the wise: put a lot of effort into writing a stellar essay and acquiring excellent letters of recommendation! Although stats are important, I really believe that these were the keys to my interview invitations.

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Undergraduate Degree:  Bachelor of Health Sciences Campbell University  GPA 3.33

 Post Bacc work at multiple colleges distance education and traditional

  BCP GPA 2.64

   Overall GPA 3.00

 

GRE Verbal 450

         Quant 410

       Written 4.5

 

Direct Patient Care 40,000 plus hours as a Navy Hospital Corpsman.  Including time in a hospital working labor and delivery, locked psychiatric unit,  Marine Infantry Battalions, aircraft carrier and outpatient clinics

11 International Health Care teams to countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Nigeria, Haiti and Brazil.

EMT for a small college campus

 

HCE Non-patient Care:  Leading Chief Petty Officer Critical Care Line; including ICU, PICU, SDU, Cardiac Cath Lab, Respiratory

                                       Organizing International Health Care teams including recruitment of team members, organizing donations of medical supplies etc.

 

PA Shadowing:  24 hours Primary Care

 

Research: None

 

Community Service:  Little League coach, Youth Leader at church, Adopt a Highway, Saturday Scholars,

 

Schools Applied to this cycle:  Bryant University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, MCPHS Manchester Campus

 

Application Submitted: June 6th.  (One reference was not completed until 6/10)

 

Interview:  Bryant University

 

Denied: MCPHS

 

Withdrew:  UM Eastern Shore

 

Accepted:  Bryant

 

Attending: Bryant

 

Attempts: 3  (Applied to one school 1st cycle; 13 school second cycle)

 

Age at time of application: 48  (Just turned 49)

 

Agree with rainyday;  write and rewrite and rewrite and rewrite an excellent essay.  Get great letters of reference.  If at all possible get your letters from PA,MD,NP that can speak to your clinical skills.  All of my letters came from people I worked with on International health care teams. 

 

If you think grades are the only way in, think again.  Look at my gpa.  Barely at the level that schools will even look at an application.

 

My thoughts if you are meant to be a PA you will be.  There is a program for you.  Find it.

 

In the words of Dorrie "Just keep swimming"

 

Not sure where this is from  "If they don't let you in the door climb in the window"

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I HAVE WAITED SO LONG TO POST THIS!  I'M GOING TO BE A PA

 

1st time applicant

 

Undergrad Ed School: Michigan Technological University (GO HUSKIES)

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.9
Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.9

Age at application time : 21

1st GRE: 158V 162Q 4.5W


Direct Patient Care : (type & hours): Hospital Oncology and Hospice CNA ~ 2 years Midnight Shift

Extracurricular/Research Activities: Lots of undergraduate involvement, ~5 student orgs, Hospice Volunteering, Quilting for Chemo patients

 

Shadowing: ~60 hours in Radiology, Family Practice, and Diabetes management

Schools Applied: Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley, Western Michigan, Duke

Application Submitted Date: May 27th


Interview Invites: Wayne State, Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley, Western Michigan
Denied: (haven't heard from Duke yet?)

Withdrew Application: Western

Waitlisted:

Accepted: Wayne State, EMU, GVSU

Attending: Wayne State University

 

 

 

I have read so many of these and couldn't wait for the day I could post my own. Thanks to everyone on the forum these past two years that inspired me and motivated me. It was all worth it. Good luck to everyone on their journeys! :)

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Reading this topic over the past year inspired me and gave me confidence that I'd get into a PA school and now its my turn! 

 

1st time applicant

 

Undergrad School: Seattle Pacific University

Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.50
Science Undergrad. GPA: 3.40

Age at application time : 23

1st GRE: 157V 151Q 4.0W

Shadow - 40 hrs in family practice, 40 hrs physical therapy

Volunteer - 200 at American cancer society

Applied: OHSU, Pacific, Samuel Merritt, UofC Denver, PACE, GW, Duke, UofFlorida, South University in Georgia, and Berry University Miami 

Caspa app Submitted: July 18th 

Interview Invites (in order received) : Berry, South, University of Colorado, University of Florida, Pace

Interviews attended: South, University of Colorado 

Interviews declined: Berry, Pace, University of Florida, 
Denied: OHSU 
Haven't heard from: Duke, Samuel Merritt, Pacific, GW

Waitlisted: none

Accepted: South (heard 3 days after interview) and the University of Colorado (heard 8 days after interview) 

 

Attending: The University of Colorado 

 

Im so excited to attend the University of Colorado - in fact I have already ordered tee-shirts and sweatshirts!! 

 

If you notice, my grades were not astronomical and I would consider myself as a very average applicant! In my opinion it all comes down to your personal statement and letters of recommendation! 

Good luck to all.

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