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Hey everyone, just another thread on what my chances are. I went to the University of Washington as an undergraduate and have NOT taken the GRE. I have only applied to schools that don't require the GRE. 

 

 

-Bachelor's of Science in Biology

-BCP GPA: 3.34

-Science GPA: 3.4

-Cumulative Undergrad: 3.3

 

-CNA/BLS/First Aid/CPR Certified

-2,500 hours as a CNA/Med Tech at a long term care facility working with patients from assisted living to severe dementia. Was delegated to pass all meds including narcotics, etc. Able to check blood sugars, administer insulin, etc. 

-1,000 hours as a CNA in large hospital 

-Have other healthcare related experiences including pharmacy asistant, 

-20 Hours shadowing a family practice/general practice PA-C

-Volunteer for Children's hospital, emergency department, and escort volunteer at UWMC.

- LORs from: Anatomy and Phys professor, PA that I shadowed, MD I worked with, and the executive director of my old job.

 

Do I have any realistic chance at a school like UOP in California that doesn't require the GRE?

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I think you're in a great standing to apply to PA school. Your GPA is average. I think from here you need to find something that will help you stand out. Focus on writing a stellar personal statement. Look out for community service activities. It does not have to be healthcare related. Having extra-curricular activities outside of the healthcare field can help you stand out, especially if you can somehow tie it in cleverly in your PS. It should be something you can commit to until you apply (may that be 1-2 times a week).

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Why not take the GRE? I only suggest this because it will vastly increase the number of programs to which you can apply. I got a prep book and studied for a few months and was easily able to score above average. Remember, the GRE is more of a formality so you don't have to ace it. Your stats look average, which is good, but if you are serious about getting in this cycle I suggest applying broadly and early. 

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Hey guys, I just want to say thank you so much to each and every one of your responses. It has given me some great information and plenty more things to think about in order to improve my chances for PA school. Believe it or not, I gained alot of information from your guys' posts. Thanks again, and wish everyone luck in the future!

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I would agree to what future_pa 6135 said. In my experience and from reading many other readers' posts, it takes minimal preparation to score at least a 300 combined score (>150 each subsection; most programs' required GRE minimum). You do not have to send in your scores if you're not satisfied with it, but like what the previous poster said, it's one of those checkpoints that many have to just check off. It would widen up the net of possible interviews you can catch.


Good luck in your endeavor in getting into PA school. It's a long and stressful journey, but it'll all be worth it! 

 

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Hey Guys, I have a couple of questions that are pretty unrelated.

First one is, is it true that I have to get new LORs every year for CASPA? For example, I started on my application this cycle but i'm expecting to apply for the 2018 start class as well. Does that mean I have to ask all of my writters for new letters/evaluations?

Second. I agree that the GRE would open up so many more possibilities for me. So I guess my question is how long would you recommend studying for it? is 4 weeks a sufficient amount of time? Thank again for everyone's advice!

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...is it true that I have to get new LORs every year for CASPA? For example, I started on my application this cycle but i'm expecting to apply for the 2018 start class as well. Does that mean I have to ask all of my writters for new letters/evaluations?

 

Letter of recommendations do not transfer into the new cycle. So yes, you'll have to request your writers to re-upload their recommendation.

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A daily prep routine for one month should be fine. The math portion was high school math for me. I focused more in prepping for the verbal portion. Sharpen on your vocabulary, which most prep guides can give you some insight to. Again, it is not necessary to do exceptionally well in it. It would help ourt app if you scored >90th percentiles, but completely not necessary.

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