I'm looking into PA school requirements and have seen that most require Human Anatomy & lab, and Human Physiology & lab. My current university (UCSD) only offers a Human Physiology lecture course. Most of the city colleges I'm looking into in order to fulfill this pre-req only offer Human Anatomy or Human Physiology as a single course of lecture and lab, rather than having separate lecture and lab courses. Do PA schools accept lecture & lab combination courses or do they want each lecture and lab to be a separate course?
So my particular PA school uses the PACKRAT to determine if students are ready to take the PANCE or not at the end of clinical year (this is new and never counted like this before). This year's most recent PACKRAT version national average is apparently a 167, 20 points higher than the last 3 averages on PAEA's website and 40 points higher than last years national average of 128 (according to my PA school). They have informed us that if we do not get within the 2 point standard deviation, they will not allow us to take the PANCE until we reach an adequate grade on the PACKRAT. Can they legally do this?
According to PAEA, the PACRAT can be done open book so these scores are skewed and shouldn't count for my class.
There is nothing in our program handbook about the PACKRAT being a requirement for graduation.
So I graduated with a bachelors in biology in 2013 and since then I've unsuccessfully applied to PA school 3 times. Since then I've been working on getting more health care experience - I worked as a medical scribe for about 2 years and now I've been working as an MA for about 6 (some of the time I was working as a scribe/MA). Life stuff happened that kept me from continuing to apply / taking more classes/ etc but I'm coming around the time where I need to stop working as an MA and actually go back to school.
Nevertheless, its been a while since I graduated and now a lot of my classes are expiring/expired (depending on programs requirements). On top of that, my degree never required I take biochemistry and a lot of the programs require that... and CASPA calculated my science GPA as 2.98 (unfortunate because I had to retake a science class, and CASPA averages those grades).
Anyways, given the expiration date on my classes (and that I need to take biochem), and my science GPA needs a good boost, it is obvious I need to take more classes. A lot of classes... and that's expensive, and still not a guarantee I'll get into PA school. I'm looking into getting a masters degree in something else (something that might be easier to get accepted into, my undergrad GPA is good, its just my science GPA as calculated by CASPA that's bad). But I would like it to be a masters degree that would:
a) have the prerequisites I need (or at least most of them)/would look good on my application
b) could potentially stand-alone if I don't get into PA school so I can move on to finding a job that would give me more experience than being an MA (like something in clinical research, for example).
I considered getting a masters in health care administration but other than helping me find a job with a better income, I don't think health care administration is for me, nor would it help my science GPA so I can continue to apply to PA school - which is what I really want to do. I've also considered a post-baccalaureate degree but I am not sure how that would help me outside of applying to PA school and how different it would be from just taking the classes that I need.
Any suggestions / ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Hoping someone can provide some insight. In your experience, do most schools look at pre req GPA's or sGPAs? With my cGPA and pre req GPA, I meet the minimum for most schools however, my overall sGPA falls below so I am trying to re-navigate and research more into schools that I meet the requirements for. Thank you in advance.
Hello, I am Chase Bernardy, a current 3rd Year at CSUSB - Cal State San Bernardino as Kinesiology Allied Health Major with a minor in Biology and overall GPA of 3.7. I am in desperate need to shadow in order to graduate on time. I work as an EMT and Phlebotomist, and am taking more medical classes this summer. Any help would be appreciated, I understand the difficulty with COVID, but I am not afraid of the task. Have a good day!