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I'm starting to look at PA schools and applications. I know I need a ton more hours, but I'm hoping for other advice/ideas on what could strengthen my application :)


Right now I’m finishing up my degree and plan to take a year off to work as an EMT for PCE.

Major: SLHS, Bachelor of Arts

GPA: 3.658


   Bio 1 & 2: A-

   Intro to Chem: A

   Chem 1: B

   Chem 2: B-

   Orgo 1: A-

   Orgo 2: A-

   Orgo lab: A- (it is it’s own class at my school)

   Psych 1: A

   Psych 2: A-

   A & P (2 semesters): B

   Med. Terminology: A

   Stat 1: A-

   Stat 2: B+

   Micro: B+


      Verbal: 156

      Quantitative: 152

      Writing: 4.0

HCE: 0

PCE: 164 hours as PCA; 200 as rad tech assistant 

Shadowing Hours:

      PA: 28

      D.O.: 220

Volunteer Hours: 430

Healthcare Certifications:

EMT, BLS, TCCC, Bleeding Control, Bleeding Control Instructor, AHA CPR Instructor


    PCA Manager

    Academic Professor

    Academic Professor

Teaching Experience:

Started monthly Bleeding Control classes at my university 

Assistant teach TCCC courses with local hospital

Currently becoming CPR instructor, planning to teach monthly BLS/Heartsaver classes once I’m certified in March

Taught grade school kids about local ecosystem through a year-long high school program

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53 minutes ago, PAhopeful011 said:

Thanks guys!

As far as getting hours, would it make more sense to focus all my time getting EMT hours or mix it up and do some scribing too? I know some schools don't accept scribe hours, but overall would it look better to have some variety?

I think more EMT hours >>>>> scribe hours for variety. You spent a lot of time shadowing a D.O. you may get asked about this in the future interviews 

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On 2/22/2018 at 5:13 AM, PAhopeful011 said:

Thanks guys!

As far as getting hours, would it make more sense to focus all my time getting EMT hours or mix it up and do some scribing too? I know some schools don't accept scribe hours, but overall would it look better to have some variety?

You took the words out of my mouth. I’m an EMT now and I have coworkers who do both. If I had a year to work as a scribe before school I absolutely would. Definitely wish I could go back in time and do it. Valid point above about already having shadowing but scribing is more than shadowing. You have the right priority with EMT. If you had to choose one, do EMT. But if you can, do both.

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