First, I would like to start off by introducing myself.
My name is Rylie Yager and I am a junior in my undergrad at Grand Valley State University. I am majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience, minoring in Psychology and Biology with a pre - PA emphasis.
Due to the competitiveness when it comes to admissions in to PA programs, I have been attempting to prepare to become the best possible applicant for when I apply to PA programs next summer (2022). It is stressful and beyond overwhelming - especially being that I am the first member of my family to be attending college, let alone grad school. I've had to figure out everything related to college on my own; from scheduling courses to managing everything that comes along with being a college student whom has to finically support themselves simultaneously. Thus far, I feel like I have been keeping up with the punches that this new journey has thrown my way. Now, I am on a new journey to become a PA - which is terrifying but also exciting. Being that I have been working along my education journey on my own, all I know is from research that I have done myself and contacting facility at my university. But I would like to receive more input and advise that could help me - and I am sure many others - on this journey of becoming a PA. Being how competitive it is to be admitted into a PA program, I am doing all that I can think of to become a worthy applicant - and would love advise from others who are on this journey and those who have surpassed it and are willing to give advise on how to get there.
I have listed some of the things that I have done/currently doing to help prepare me for my future in a PA program, and as a PA:
Server in a nursing home
Receptionist in a nursing home
Medical technician in a nursing home
Behavioral neuro technician in an inpatient facility
Mental health technician in a psychiatrics hospital (current)
Overall GPA: 3.678
BIO 328 SWS Biomedical Ethics
BIO 376 Genetics Laboratory
CHM 232 Biological Chemistry
CHM 232 Biological Chemistry Discussion
CHM 232 Biological Chemistry Lab
PSY 300S WS Research Methods in Psych
367 Health Psychology
AHS 100 Medical Terminology
BMS 212 Introductory Microbiology (RETAKE)
213 Laboratory in Microbiology (RETAKE)
PHY 200 Physics for the Life Sciences
PSY 400 Advanced Research in Psychology
BIO 121 General Biology II with lab
BIO 355 Human Genetics
CHM 231 Introductory Organic Chemistry with lab
PSY 303 Psychopathology
PSY 311 SWS Controversial Issues Psych
PSY 330 Foundations of Behav Neuroscience
BMS 212 Introductory Microbiology
BMS 213 Laboratory in Microbiology
BMS 251 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
PSY 324Developmental Psychopathology
WRT 219 Creative Writing Workshop
CHM 230 Intro to Organic and Biochem with lab
FIT 125 Performance Weight Training
HST 102 European Civilizations
PSY 364 Life Span Developmental Psych
WRT 150Strategies in Writing
BMS 250Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
CHM 109 Introductory Chemistry with lab
PHI 202 Ethics of Health
SOC 105 Social Problems
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
BIO 121 General Biology II
Writing portfolio utilized by writing department for grading scale
Community Food Bank Grand Rapids
Hi there, my name is Vanessa and I just graduated with my bachelor's in February. I am looking to pursue into a PA program but not quite sure where to start. I am currently studying for the GRE and have about 250 internship hours done at an ENT clinic with an audiologist. I'm not sure in what I am doing and need any guidance or suggestion in what to do.
I have browsing this forum for awhile and appreciate everyones time and advice.
To explain a little about my situation, I have a BA in Kinesiology that i completed in 2016. I became a personal trainer after school and really fell in love with client interactions, but felt as though I could do more for myself and my career. I went back to complete some science pre requisites for Physical Therapy school but realized DPT wasn't for me. I decided to leave my job at the commercial training job to work with partners/friends at a private training gym that we started together. This was tough at the time, and unfortunately COVID ruined our business, and lost my job.
I was lost, bitter and decided I no longer wanted to be a trainer anymore. I hate the business side of it after grinding in that sector for years, but love working with patients and healthcare. I wanted more for my life. My family is full of medical professionals and always loved the healthcare environment. I decided to go back to school online while locked down to keep me busy and learning more about health. I was accepted into an MS of kinesiology and have been realizing that its not as fun for me as it used to be since I want something different. I am fully intending to apply to PA school next year after I finish my masters and remaining pre-reqs this summer.
With that being said, I currently have the option to switch my graduate focus from MS Kinesiology to MS Health Sciences, which has courses in Epidemiology, Global Health, Theories and models of health behaviors, Program design and evaluation, etc.
I emailed my advisor to make the switch as I feel as though it will make my application stronger for PA school, but am now unsure if it will make a difference between MS Kine or Health Sciences.
Any thoughts or comments?
Thank you so much for your time
Hello! I’m currently a senior biology major working as a medical scribe for a bit over 1 year now. I have accumulated about 1100 hours so far and have a cGPA of 3.63 and a science GPA of 3.36. I also have volunteered at a food bank with about 100 hours during the weekends. As a scribe I chart many aspects of the patient visit including vitals, HPI, physical exam and future plans. I also occasionally assist the provider with small tasks such as cerumen flushing in internal medicine or taking an US in a rheumatology setting. I have been researching PA programs to apply to and focusing on those that list scribing as PCE. I am worried that this experience alone may not be enough as some schools don’t mention scribing as true PCE and I don’t feel I am able to gain another experience as I am currently studying for the GRE, working 3 times a week and will begin my next school semester soon. During my gap year after I apply I will have more time to find another part time job but this won’t be reflected on my application. Will I still have a chance at being accepted into a program next cycle and if not what else do you recommend I do prior to applying? Thanks for any help you can provide.