I posted this on another forum type platform but just wanted get some more thoughts and suggestions. Also It looks like "What are my chances here?" is not the right question, thus I re-titled my post. Any suggestions on how I can increase my competitiveness? That's the real question I am getting at. Really thankful for any responses 🙂
Major: Poli Sci + Minor: Genetics
Bachelors at top 25 college (7 years ago): 2.75
Two really bad quarters
Hitched rides to travel back and forth to home to care for disabled mom, hence skipped classes
My educational background was in a underserved and Low SES community. -- Has your teacher ever watched soap operas in class? Mine did lol -- Beat up for being one of a few studious kids in the school? I was lol
Was dismissed but came back and graduated
Significant Upward GPA Trend
Freshman year (1 F, 1 D) & CB's
Sophomore year (1 F, 1 D+) & CB's
Junior year (1 C, 1 C+) & ABs
Senior year (1 C) & ABs
Post Bacc (1B, 1 A-) & As
Cumulative / Overall: 3.02 GPA
BCP: 3.31 GPA
2 year - Post Bacc: 3.87 GPA
Overall Science: 3.28 GPA
Failed Chem in freshman year and sophomore year. Retook in post bacc. All other preqs except genetic classes completed in post bacc for the first time.
Chem A (Retake), Chem B (Retake), Chem: A, A, A
Bio A, Bio B, Bio: A, A-, A
Organic Chemistry I: A
Human Anatomy: B
Human Physiology: A
General Microbiology: A
Genetics: -A (Completed in BA)
Medical Issues in Genetics: B - (Completed in BA)
General, Developmental Psychology: A, A
PCE/ HCE - - ~2700 Hours (Back Office Medical Assistant + Biometric Screener collecting blood samples from patients)
Genetic Biotech Research - ~6700 Hours
Personal Statement - Strong, Finalized, Grammatically correct (Sorry late night post lol)
LORs - Doctor - Chem Professor - Supervisor
I work full-time and volunteer sporadically when I can.
I'm really too poor. Can't take on the additional debt at this point to get a Master's in something that I am not interested in. Also, I low-key don't think it's fair for me to take a spot for which someone might really want to utilize that Masters degree.
Planning to take some more rigorous courses like Pharmacology and Biochemistry. But it was suggested it won't uplift my gpa
Planning to shadow PA's and volunteer regularly (tough during COVID-19 at this point)
Overall, really interested in primary care in underserved communities. I want to go back to the hood to change a few things at local clinics. Love interacting with people of all walks of life (happy or angry lol)
Thanks for your help and additional suggestions.
I feel like I'm seeing more and more current college students and recent grads on here, knowing that they want to pursue PA right out of the gate (which is awesome!)
I'm curious what the breakdown is of pre-PA folks here who are pursuing a career pivot to PA vs those who are pursuing PA as their first career (or whose PCE/HCE job was chosen specifically to meet PA school requirements)?
(I've been a certified athletic trainer for 7 years and have had my sights set on PA for about 4 years -- had to spruce up the ol' GPA prior to applying -- this year is my first application cycle! I've absolutely loved being and ATC, and plan to keep my certification active as a PA, but have reached the point where I really want to be able to do more for my patients. I know, cliche... but true.)
Does anyone know if thomas jefferson university do a Holistic Review or do they automatically reject those that do not have a 3.2 science GPA? I have already emailed the program admissions about this but I have not received a reply and I do not want pay the application fee if they will automatically reject me? Please I need answers asap.
So I was thinking of taking 4 science classes this upcoming Fall semester and one GE class. I slacked off my first year and a half in college, and recently noticed how many interesting/ useful courses are taught at my university that seem to be beneficial for PA school, but I am already a senior. I am used to taking 3 science classes, but do not know if I should try for 4. Right now, I have biochemistry 1, evolution, genetics + lab, and microbiology + lab plus my GE class. Microbiology is fully online and the other 3 are remote due to Covid 19. The reason I am trying to push myself for four is because I want to take Anatomy in the spring which requires a lot of self studying, but also Immunology + Serology, which is the same way. Immunology + Serology is not required for me to graduate, but seems beneficial. Should I just take anatomy and microbiology Spring semester and not take immunology + serology at all? The reason I can't take some during the Fall is because of schedule conflicts or some courses aren't taught in the Fall.
What are your thoughts?
When I graduated with my Master's degree over the summer I gifted myself a pair of morganite and diamond earrings to "celebrate" by success. With SARS-CoV-2 among us there wasn't much else to do to celebrate other than gifting myself something. I'm thinking when I gain acceptance to a PA program I am going to celebrate a bit more creatively with a tattoo cover-up I've been eyeing.
Future PAs - what will you do to celebrate when you get that wonderful acceptance email or phone call?
PA-S and PA-C folks - how did you celebrate acceptance or graduation, for that matter?