mpisano12 Posted January 18, 2012 Share Posted January 18, 2012 Hello all, and thank you for taking the time to try and help my dilemma. So I have applied to my first cycle for PA school this past year and am waiting to hear back on what will likely be a rejection. I'm not pessimistic I have no misconceptions of my competitiveness in this field. I have a less than stellar GPA (2.5) at this point which is barely enough to allow me to apply any institutions. I have been working at hospital in admitting/patient accounts for the past couple years but with little hands on experience with patients. I have always wanted to be a part of the healthcare field and care for others, initially as doctor, but I feel I got lost in exactly where I wanted to go. However, after taking some time off I have gravitated towards the profession of PA. I feel it is everything I have wanted in a career, and just out of my grasp at this point. I have been retaking classes and trying to shadow PA's as often as I can while working full time. I graduated with a BS in psychology after some undergrad bio and chem courses took their toll on my gpa early on. However, after some recent advisement from an admissions counselor, it seems it may be quite a long road back to the standards that both admissions and I hold. Along with retaking classes, I have been considering gaining a certification such as EMT. However, in my research, I found a niche that I feel I would be perfect for in PA specializing in psychology. So, my question is...do you have any thoughts about attempting to complete a masters in psychology as part of rebuilding my qualifications? My thinking I would be advancing myself in the field I am interested and want to pursue as well as proving my ability to handle the workload at the graduate level. Also, this would likely open avenues for patient care experience while also providing a solid back up plan for my future. Could this be a good idea and a way to somehow negate my previous academic history? Or, would I better advised to get certified and just keep retaking classes? Any and all thoughts and advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks again! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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