Hey! If anyone has any questions regarding PA school or their application please don't hesitate to let me know!
I applied to 9 schools, got accepted to 1, waitlisted at 4 schools and denied to 4 schools.
When I was applying there were not many resources to find other students who were accepted with low GPAs to see what they have done, so I just want to help out as much as possible. This is a very stressful part of an individual's life and having someone to relate to can definitely help out.
If anyone feels uncomfortable commenting their questions on here or need a super fast response, feel free to message me on my instagram as well: Naisphan
Right now, I'm a volunteer pre-pa mentor for two community colleges in my neighborhood.
I don't want to make this a super long post but a quick overview of my statistics:
Last 60 credit hours: 3.8
Shadowing Hours: 144
GRE: Did not take
There is so so so much more than just the numbers. I really mean that. I have spoken with a whole bunch of PA admissions committee members directly at multiple schools about my application and also what they're looking for in potential applicants. I've also spoken to many students and pre-pa mentors as well to help me throughout the process.
With my low GPA, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to make it into school but with the help of my mentors I was able to craft a great application.
Don't be discouraged at all, there are so many things to do to make your application much better!!! It really is a holistic application and as long as you reach the minimums, anything is possible from there. Again, AMA either here or on my instagram page!!!
I have 2 Bachelors in Sciences.
Bioscience & Medical Lab Scientist (Dual Degree) - Cum Laude
Science Technology& Society (concentration in health and wellness) - Cum Laude
My cGPA is 3.61 with a sGPA of 3.52.
My PCE hours are as a PT aide at a rehabilitation center and working as a MA at a clinic for a total of 1,275.
I have 200 hours shadowing a PA in internal medicine.
I have 250 hours volunteering at a place of worship, where I helped prepare and served food to the congregants.
I have 4 recommendation letters
PA that I shadowed
MD that i worked for
Molecular Biology professor
I have received good feedback on my personal statement as well.
I plan to submit by June 5th.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT MY CHANCES ARE!
I am freaking out!
Last cycle I applied to 3 schools, interviewed at all of them, and ended up getting rejected at all three. Then one of the schools ended up adding me to their waitlist, but I still didn't plan on getting in. Fast forward to yesterday, they call me and offer me a seat for their program that begins in 3 weeks in a completely new city. However, I am so confused on what to do. I graduate on April 27th and I was so extremely ready and excited to take a year off and work. Especially after this semester, I have been so burned out and in need of a break. I am also in need of money as I have been barely working... I know people might say I'd be an idiot to not accept, but I do not think I would be happy taking it. I feel that a break would be so beneficial to me at this point in my life and starting PA school in three weeks honestly sounds awful. It was my least preferred choice as well.
I talked to an advisor at my top school and she said if I just practice my interview more, she thinks I can get in next year for sure. I currently have a 3.98 overall GPA and a 4.0 Science GPA and around 3500 hours. I obviously can't guarantee that I will get in somewhere next year, but I'm hoping that if I practice my interviews (which I didn't prepare for last cycle), I can get a spot somewhere and I will be much more ready to start such a rigorous program. I just need advice on whether it would be completely ridiculous to not accept this seat, or that if taking an honestly needed year off would be a smart idea. Thanks!