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 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 new to this forum and desperately need the help of people who has knowledge of what it takes to become a PA! I'm a current undergrad student, a sophomore majoring in Global Public Health with a possible minor in Biology. I'm on the road to obtaining all my prerequisites, but I'm really struggling with the patient care experience hours needed. Most schools I'm viewing need 1,000 plus hours which seems insane to me. I feel like most of the jobs acceptable for direct patient care contact are things that need even more schooling, such as an MA or EMT. I've applied many places to become a Medical Scribe, or PT Aide but haven't heard back. Am I doomed to take a gap year after I get my bachelor's? I don't know how to get the needed experience without prior experience. I wrote on all my applications I'm open to complete volunteer work but still nothing.
Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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!