Hi everyone! This is my first post so be forgiving if I don't have proper forum etiquette lol. So I am extremely nervous to apply this cycle, 2021-2022, because I feel as though my application is not going to be that strong. Here's what I have (keep in mind that I am a junior in college, so I have some more classes to take):
sGPA: right now I have a 3.1, but after this semester I am thinking that it will be around a 3.3
HCEs: over 2,000 as a CNA
I haven't asked for LORs yet, but I am sure that those I ask will highly recommend me (crossing my fingers!).
I don't have as many volunteer hours as I would like, around 50, but I am currently working on them.
I am also involved on campus as an Orientation Leader, I am the President of Nature Club, the treasurer of a History club, and I am also apart of many other clubs, I am just not holding any positions in them. I don't know if this is relevant or not but I also take juijistu classes off campus.
I did have some mishaps happen throughout college, I earned a C- in human A&P, and I had to retake biochemistry. I'm not sure if I should retake human A&P to raise my grade and GPA or let it go. I am going to apply this cycle to programs that do not have a minimum letter grade, but I am honestly so worried that these schools won't even look at my application because of my GPA and my A&P grade.
Any and all recommendations are welcome, thank you!
I graduate in May with my BS in Health Sciences.
My cGPA is a 3.70
My sGPA is a 3.65
I have about 1,050 PCE hours. About 700 are as a physical therapy aide, and about 350 as a dermatology medical assistant.
I have 250 HCE hours as a dietary aide in a hospital
150 volunteer hours as a nutrition aide, 30 volunteer hours as a patient transporter
I take the GRE at the end of May
LORs: Dermatologist I work for, Chem 2 professor, Ochem professor
Shadowing: 19 hours- Vascular surgery PA (6) Family Medicine (13)
I would love to get some guidance of previous or current Canadians applying to PA schools in USA.
Thank you! 🙂
I am having a great deal of anxiety and stress regarding applying to schools this coming month. As I am sure a ton of Pre-PA students are, I am finding myself wondering if I am "good enough" or have done enough to stand out to PA programs. I have tried to make myself a well rounded candidate and any recommendations on how to improve would be greatly appreciated! My stats and details are below.
Undergraduate degree: Kinesiology and Health Promotion
Undergraduate GPA 3.6
Science GPA: 3.6
A&P I & II w/ Lab
General Chem I & II w/ lab
Organic Chem I w/ lab
General Biology I w/ lab
Microbiology w/ lab
General psych and Sociology
GRE: 298 & 3.5
Experience: ED Scribe 2,000 hrs
ED technician: 100 hours (just started)
PT Aide: 500 hours
Shadowing: 75 hours ED PA's
50 Hours Orthopedic PA & Surgeon in clinic and OR
Volunteer hours: 55
Collegiate Involvement: College baseball student athlete and team captain
Kinesiology Club treasurer
I'm currently in my undergrad program taking my prerequisites for PA school. I plan on graduating in the Spring of 2023 and applying for PA school that same year.
As I begin my PA school research, I keep having self-doubts on my ability to learn the content in PA school, which questions my ability to "make it" as a PA.
While I am doing well in my undergrad/prerequisite courses, I fear I am not genuinely learning the information - just merely memorizing and doing well on exams. My question is: Will I/How badly will I struggle in PA school if I don't remember/didn't efficiently learn the coursework from prerequisites like Biology/A&P/Chemistry?
I do not fear applying for PA school/getting accepted (aware that it may not happen the first time I apply), but my current GPA is 3.8 and I've been working full-time as a medical assistant for 3 years (plenty of PCE, HCE & shadowing). However, I fear getting into PA school and having the feeling of "what did I get myself into". I've had PAs that I work for all tell me that I can do it, but I keep having this lingering self-doubt that my ADHD brain and I will not be able to grasps concepts like others will due to my lack of deep understanding during prerequisites (and just having recently been diagnosed with ADHD & still learning what medication works best for me).
Is this feeling normal?
Thank you to whoever can give me some honest insight!