thekingofswing Posted November 27, 2015 Share Posted November 27, 2015 Hello, so this is my third time posting about this topic on the forum but as my stats have changed significantly I feel I need some new feedback and advice. Any feedback is appreciated! So this current cycle is my second time applying, I applied to 10 programs: Stony Brook, Wake Forest, Augsburg College, Madison, Marquette, Duke, Elon, Union College, Touro California and JCHS. So far I have not been invited to any interviews and have been denied by all but Touro, Wake Forst, Madison and Augsburg. My current stats are as follows: cGPA: 3.24, sGPA: 3.15, last 30hrs 3.74 GRE Scores: 157V, 147Q, 4.0AW Experience: 1000hrs CNA assisted living, 3000hrs CNA in hospital orthopedic unit Volunteer: church mission trip to Haiti 88hrs, physical therapy center volunteer 50hrs Shadowing: 35hrs shadowing PAs in various settings My LORs for this cycle were from a former biology professor and advisor, a director of nursing/former supervisor of a large urban hospital, and my church pastor who supervised the Haiti mission trip. If I choose to apply again next cycle my GPAs will be higher, cGPA 3.25 sGPA 3.20, as I am taking 2 science courses biomedical ethics and pathophysiology. I would also have 5 LORs from a NP who I work with, my nurse manager, my former professor/advisor, my pastor, and hopefully a physician I work with. I would also have more direct patient care experience as well as volunteer hours from volunteering at a homeless shelter. Given this situation do you think I should try to apply again next cycle with slightly improved stats or if I should throw in the towel for a while and go for a accelerated bsn/msn degree and attempt to apply later on in life for PA school when hopefully my grades are better? I just feel so defeated, I know my grades are holding me back and realistically there is no way to raise them significantly without attempting another degree. I feel nursing would allow me to gain higher quality experience as well as raise my GPA although it is not exactly what I want to do and my passion lies with becoming a PA. The reality of my situation is that CNAs do not make much money and applying to PA programs is expensive as is taking courses to boost my low GPA. I feel stuck and am not sure what to do and feel as though I will never get in to a school with my grades. Any feedback is appreciated and thank you! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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