SDZayas Posted July 11, 2017 Share Posted July 11, 2017 Hey everyone; I'm brand new to this site, and I've been doing some research into the other Pre-Pa topics available, but I wanted to see if I could get some customized feedback from the rest of the community. c: A bit of background: I'm a sixth-year undergrad, with a ton of credits under my belt; this is because over the course of my college career, I was unsure of what I wanted to go into, other than that I wanted to do something in the sciences. I originally started out with the intention of going to med school, then I played with the idea of doing a Bioengineering degree (which resulted in me taking upper level math and physics courses which I didn't do well on). Some time ago, I finally realized with substantial clarity that I wanted to go into the PA profession, after I was exposed to it by a coworker of mine. My poor grades were due to a variety of factors, from family issues, to finances, to not having a reliable advisor -- BUT, of course, my grades were my responsibility, so in the past several years I really changed my behavior to grind out good grades; since then, I've had all A's, with a few B+ and maybe a B. I've exhibited that upward curve, so that's good. However, I'm still at a 2.7 overall GPA (not sure about my science GPA), with at least two semesters left, because I have to take Anatomy & Physiology 1 + 2 (with labs). So, the first question is: What are some thoughts on how much I can increase my GPA within those two semesters? Should I take more time in school, taking more upper level science courses to boost the GPA (I've been getting A's in my upper level science courses btw). The second question relates to the process of working as an EMT to accumulate PCE/HCE for PA programs. I know the PCE hours differ between PA Programs, but what are some recommendations on how many PCE/HCE hours I should look into accumulating as an EMT-B, considering the low GPA? Do EMT-Bs work 40 hours per week? I don't mind taking extra time off before applying to PA school to accumulate the hours (that is, more than the average applicant with better GPA). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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