Jump to content

Chances of Getting in PA school

Recommended Posts

Hello All!

I have seen a few of these posts on here and on Reddit. This is my first time applying and I am curious how I look as an applicant. Just looking for a few general opinions, I know that it will vary from applicant to applicant 

Graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Applied to 12 different schools in New England . Did not take GRE, applying to schools that do not require it 


Overall GPA 3.56; BCP total 3.19; Overall science GPA 3.21; Non science GPA 3.92 


Medical Assistant 1200 hours; EMT 240 hours; Medical mission trips to Peru and Mexico 64 hours; Caregiver for dementia patients 48 hours


320 hours over a semester doing research in two different classes


ER M.D. -14 hours ; Oncologist M.D 4 hours; Shadowing animal surgery 20 hours; Chiropractor 4 hours; family nurse practitioner 4 hours 


Cancer Hope Lodge 12 hours; Running mentorship for school kids 8 hours; Cooking and feeding for the homeless 40 hours; animal shelter 8 hours 


Big downfall is that i do not have any PA shadowing hours. I have wanted to get those this year but have been unable to due to COVID. I will be getting those at an Orthopedic as soon as possible 


Edited by mabowen1
adding volunteer hours
Link to comment
Share on other sites

As someone who already went through a professional school, I am a pharmacist, there is no way to tell if anything you listed will get you in or not. 

I have a BS in biology, MS in neuroscience, 4 years of clinical research experience, 2 publications both of them second authors, and 5 years of experience as a pharmacist. Do my gpas even matter at this point? lol Im going to say some schools will think I am over qualified or some schools may not even look at my application due to low under grad gpa, 3.2, and think I am not a good candidate even though my post grad pre-req pga is 4.0. Who knows. 

Good luck! 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi! I saw your post and just wanted to say I think you have a great shot at getting in-- but the only thing is I would definitely try to get PA shadowing hours. Even if it's 8 hours, I think committees would be worried that you wouldn't know what the role of a PA is if you havent seen them in action. OTHERWISE, keep the faith alive, you'll be great 🙂 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I would say you are an average applicant in terms of stats, which is not a bad thing but it also means you really wanna shine with your personal statement, letters of recommendations, and during interviews.

I would additionally recommend applying to a good number of programs, maybe around 8-12, and make sure that you seem to be a good fit overall for those programs. Always contact your programs with questions if you don't fully understand a requirement or need more information.

Also, there is an essay where you can mention parts of your application that were cancelled due to COVID-19, so I would definitely mention your planned shadowing experiences there. 

Best of luck! 🙂 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to the Physician Assistant Forum! This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn More