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Hi guys! I applied to PA school on this cycle on 7/9/2019 to 8 schools and got one interview and waitlist (Arcadia) and rejected from the rest. I have a feeling it is my GPA (3.4 overall, 3.2 science), but I'm not sure how to overcome that -- the only way I can think of that will significantly boost my GPA is by attending a post-bacc program, but most programs are full time and I am living on my own and need to work.

 

For my patient care hours, I have 4000+ hours working full time for 2 and 1/2 years at a hospital on a pediatrics unit. I have the opportunity to move and learn outside of my comfortable patient care bubble where I am now. Would it be helpful for me to continue working in some different patient care setting, or do you think it would be beneficial for me to work as a scribe and learn that way -- and hopefully get a nice LOR from a provider? 

Thanks in advance!

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Work on your science gpa is my recommendation. You needn’t do a program that interferes with your job. Just take isolated classes and do well!


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I’ll jump in for some encouragement- I worked full time during my post bacc and took classes a la carte. Tons of people do it and manage to apply/receive an acceptance every cycle. There’s no need to quit your job and do an expensive post bacc program! I’d recommend doing your research on nights and weekend classes at local universities if you work a 9-5 (like I do).If you have weekdays free, you’re in an even better position to do it. Good luck!

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You don't specifically mention what your job is on the peds unit.  Depending on what that role is, that could be an additional area to improve in addition to classes to improve your GPA.

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@MT2PA Sorry, you're right! I'm a CNA. I just did a quick calculation of my most recent hours worked, and it puts me at 4281.

 

I'm just feeling a bit discouraged. I've been taking classes since I graduated in 2016 to improve my GPA while building up my patient care hours. I think maybe I need to just take classes at CCs to try to boost my GPA as best as I can and try not to worry about these Pre-Health prep classes ... And maybe wait until 2021 to reapply ...

 

Do you all think it would be a good plan for me to try to find scribe work with a different patient population to diversify my application and get a provider LOR? This cycle, I had recommendations from my microbiology teacher, who is the biology department head, my nurse manager, and a clinical coordinator who I had also worked with as a floor nurse. 

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