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    • By ttnPA
      Hi guys, 
      I am currently an undergrad about to graduate in May with a bachelor of science in Neuroscience. I'm hoping to get some advice/insight on my application and stats. 
      cGPA: 3.4
      sGPA: 3.2
      Last 60 hrs: 3.7
      PCE: 
      ER scribe: 2000+ (I understand not all school accepts this as PCE but the schools I will be applying to does)  MA?: 700 hrs. (I worked at a Chiropractor office about 2 years ago. I didn't have a job title but my duties included triage, assisting physician in minor procedures, and acting as a medical translator between the patient and the physician) Would this still count?  Medical Assistance: About to begin this job in May at a local urgent care near my house. Will be train on the spot and hopefully get certified in a few months. Volunteer: 
      Children Hospital: 60+ hours Volunteer at local hospital in high school: 50 hours (Don't know if this would still count) Shadowing:
      30+ hours ER PA (2 separate PA) 10 hours cardiology PA pending shadowing with ICU PA  LOR:
      ER physician  ER Physician ER PA Cardiology PA GRE: taking in May 
      So, I understand both of my GPA is on the lower side. I did dual enrollment as a high school student and my transfer GPA after starting college was 3.8. Sadly, something very unfortunate happened in my life a week before my first semester and it became really tough balancing school, my life, and my mother's medical issue. I was also a Biology major and very confused about what I wanted to do in my life during this time. Took a bunch of classes I never needed (wasted money) and made B's on most of them and 1 C. Then, the following year my mother's health worsened and stupidly during this time I decided to take O-chem while all of this was happening.  I ended up failing my first class ever with a D. It took a while for me to bounce back but I eventually did and passed O-chem the second time I retook it. Since then, I've changed my major to Neuroscience (LOVE IT) and have made A's in most of my classes and 2-3 B's in others. 
      Is there anyway to improve my application? I am planning to apply this cycle regardless just to get familiar with the process and hopefully I get an offer or two. However, I am prepare to accept the fact that I may not get in this year so that means I might have a "gap" year to improve myself. I would appreciate any advice/insight! Thank you for taking your time to read this!
    • By KellyBeth
      Hi everyone,
      I really really want to be a physician assistant, but I don't have the most outstanding test scores or grades. I was wondering if you all could give me your opinion on if I have any chance at all of getting into a PA program. My overall GPA was a 3.30 and my science GPA was a 3.27. I took the GRE and got a 155 on verbal, but only a 145 on the quantitative section, and a 4.0 on the writing section. I will have 1,720 hours of healthcare experience working as a CNA by the time I am planning to apply to physician assistant programs. I also have 24 hours of shadowing PAs as experience. Please let me know if you think I have any chance of being accepted into a PA program. Also, if any of you have any recommendations on PA programs that would be best for me to apply to based on my stats I would greatly appreciate that!
      Thanks in advance for any and all responses!
    • By samweres
      Hi everyone. I am planning on applying for my second time this upcoming April 2019. This past cycle i decided to apply in June 2018 and didn’t get my apps in until late July. I just applied to two programs that i already qualified for. I think my main error last cycle was applying so late and to so few schools.  I should’ve just waited until this cycle, but it is okay because now i am more prepared and have a bulkier application. If anyone could give me advice on areas to improve on that’d be great! 
      Bachelors in Respiratory Care (2017)
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      sGpa:3.4 (Casap 2018 calculation)
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      25 volunteer hours from various events in college
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      4 years of being on college dance team.
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      LOR: 1 PA I shadowed, 1 from my Respiratory Care Manager, and one from my Resporatory peogram director/professor(?). I can probably do another PA if that would look better, but I know some schools require a professor  
      Any criticism would be helpful! My goal is to apply before May 15th this cycle to about 7 schools! Thanks in advance everyone!
       
    • By whitecoatrosegold
      Hello all. Hoping for some insight on my stats for getting interviews and just a SINGLE acceptance to PA school.
      Major: Dual B.S. Biological Sciences & B.S. Criminology from Virginia Tech cGPA: 3.43 sGPA: 3.32 PCE: 5,000+ as an EMT-B in a few different settings (volunteer 911 ambulance, beach first-aid station, horse show on-site EMT) HCE: organized and ran 3 bone marrow registry drives on campus, volunteer in hospital ER (roughly 30 hours), deputy section planning chief for HSEEP compliant exercise  Shadowing: 60 hours between 2 PAs in 2 EDs Volunteer: 3,000 as volunteer EMT, volunteer in hospital, Dominican Republic mission trip Leadership: appointed historian for fraternity and next year elected master of ceremonies (executive position in charge of running all events) Certifications: EMT, BLS, CEVO, quite a few FEMA certifications Research: undergraduate research 1 semester in bacteriophage genome LORs: academic advisor/professor/research instructor, PA, lead paramedic at volunteer EMS organization, chief of department of volunteer EMS organization, riding instructor (coach)
    • By ZackDpa
      I am in the final few weeks of my freshman year of college. I came in pre-nursing but realized I wasn't cut out for it. I got a 3.16 GPA first semester, and second semester has been a complete disaster, Biology, and anatomy I am barely passing, but nutrition and psychology I should be able to 4.0. I plan on retaking bio and anatomy, but with a 3.0 GPA freshman year is it possible to build up my GPA enough to get into PA school? Also, I am deciding what major to choose for my undergrad since Pre-nursing isn't a major, I was thinking kinesiology but I'm not sure.  I am trying to work as a CNA in the summer and working with a non-profit to put on my apps. Sorry for the information overload but I am scared I won't be able to get in any programs and be stuck with a useless degree. Any words of encouragement or advice is greatly appreciated!
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