I'm 30 years old and looking to apply to Wayne State Uni's PA program for Fall of 2013. I have a BS in genetics from MSU with an abysmal GPA of 2.87 -- I just wasn't disciplined enough for the challenging curriculum.
Right after graduating I moved to NYC and got an amazing job at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a research clinical assistant. I round up path collections in both my GYN and breast oncology clinics, work alongside the MD and RN during clinical rounds and also gather radiology reports for the new patients. I consider the job I've kept here for the last 8 years to be my saving grace. I have amazing recommendation letters and a solid work ethic. I am more than sure school will be very different for me this time around.
Wayne's program does not require GRE and says that the GPA minimum must be a 2.5 so I guess I'm kind of safe but my GPA is just not competitive at a 2.8. Do you think my work experience at MSK for 8 years and strong recommendations give me a shot? Does having that experience give me a leg up or is that GPA really going to haunt me for life?