I am feeling unsure as to whether or not I will get into PA school. I have a bachelor's degree in Public Health Science. My cumulative gpa is a 3.92 and my science gpa is a 3.8 with 61 science course credits. I have 1,000 hours of patient contact currently from working as a physical therapy aide during undergrad. I am taking a gap year and working 36 hours per week as a medical assistant and also taking weekend shifts as a physical therapy aid to reach approximately 3,000 hours when I apply next year. I also have about 200 hours of other related experience through working as a medical receptionist and volunteering and have 100 hours from shadowing. I have about 500 hours of volunteer experience from a service trip for income equity, a social justice student group, volunteering with a group that works to fix low-income health disparities, an LGBTQ+ community health clinic, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the philanthropy committee for my sorority. I am doing research with a nearby medical school and will have about 300 hours of research experience at the time I apply (this is a volunteer position). I was a teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology II for two years. I served as the president of a student organization and the vice president of the same organization, a program lead for a social justice organization, and I was the chair of philanthropy for my sorority. Other extracurricular involvements included Students Engaged in Public Health, Sigma Kappa Sorority, Maryland Public Interest Research Group, Maryland Leadership Education and Development, and Ballet Company M. I am mostly concerned that I have not taken enough science credits and do not have enough patient contact. Are there other things I should work on to strengthen my profile? Should I take more science classes? Should I consider a master's in a science field? I studied public health because I am truly passionate about approaching patient care from this perspective and want to work in health administration health policy in addition to patient care, and I plan to explain this in my personal statement.
I am applying to PA schools this year. Here are some statistics about me
3.0-3.1 Science GPA
3.5 Cumulative GPA
About 700 Volunteer Hours
60 Shadowing hours of PA (3 different specialities)
12 Hours of Shadowing a NP
2,500 Direct Patient Care Experience as a CNA
1st generation student (first to go to college)
Honors student, along with being a peer mentor.
How many schools do you think I should apply to?
Sadly, my science GPA is low because I received a C+ in genetics, and a D in ochem, now retaking Ochem and more than likely will receive anything in the C Range.
All my other pre-req's are all A's and Maybe 1 B or 2.
Attended Pre-PA conference.
Have not taken the GRE yet, but severely worried.
Input? If you have been participating in cycles, please include some of your stats and the outcomes.
Hey guys! I am currently a Nutrition Science major in undergrad and I am required to take organic chemistry II to graduate. I will probably end up with a C because the class is terrible and I don't understand anything. Is it worth retaking over the summer before applying to PA schools even though the programs that I am interested in do not require organic chemistry II as a prerequisite? I have a 3.7 GPA and my science GPA is a 3.5.