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2ndchance in Atlanta, Georgia

81 months ago

Nancy in Santa Barbara, California said: Hi, right now I have a 2.9 science gpa, currently doing an internship at a hospital. I work two jobs and baby sit on the weekends just to make ends meet. DO I HAVE A CHANCE OF GETTING INTO PA SCHOOL?

Hi Nancy,
Just remember in PA school they recommend not to work while you are in school, because the program is so intense. It is going to be like a full-time job. Classes 8-5 everyday, exams 2-3 a week.

What kind of internship are you doing at the hospital, I am planning to do an internship.

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2ndchance in Atlanta, Georgia

81 months ago

Bigz in Terre Haute, Indiana said: that is so ture just to give you an example my friend just got a 30 on his mcat and has a 3.8 gpa and is planning on applying to a PA program because he dosnt want to leave his city but thats his stupidity but you are competing against people who did not get accepted in medical schools so 3.4 will not get you in a PA school and thats a fact unless you have a good clinical background or just did an excellent job on your interview...my advise would be study for the MCAT try to get a good score..because the MCAT score can back up your gpa very well.

Whats the MCAT? Is that another exam we need to take for PA school. I thought we have to take only the GRE?

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JC123 in Staten Island, New York

81 months ago

Hey, so I feel really stuck right now... I applied to 6 different PA schools in NY during the 09'-10' cycle and didn't get into any of the schools. I have a 3.1 science GPA according to CASPA and a 3.09 cumulative GPA. I messed up my freshman year of college and then did postbac at a community college after I graduated. I called 2 of the programs because I wanted to know what I could possibly do to better my chances in getting in. Both schools had told me that their applicant count is around 1000s,2000s and they only have 40-50 seats every year. Why does it seem almost impossible to get a seat... ugh. I'm thinking of re-taking chem and organic chem because I got a C in those classes but I don't want to waste money if I won't get in anyway. Does anyone know of any programs in the NY-NJ area that perhaps accept a larger group of applicants? I also had around 1000 hours of direct patient care as a medical assistant which I'm currently working as now too... Now I started to study for GRE's too because it seems if you do really well on those then it'll give you a little bit of an advantage. I don't want to give up because I really want to become a PA but this whole process is so discouraging and there are never any guarantees... I was even thinking about re-routing into nursing (and then possibly going for NP) but because of this disappointment I feel like I'm just as scared I won't get into a nursing program either. Any advice??

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2ndchance in Atlanta, Georgia

81 months ago

Perhaps your should try other schools? Are you willing to relocate? Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia (Atlanta) has a new PA program. They are now accepting new students. It is an excellent program.

Good luck.

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TINAXRIS1987 in Sacramento, California

80 months ago

vitD in San Jose, California said: i'd like to disagree to one of your comments. not all people who apply to PA school are people who could not get into med school. believe it or not, many people who apply to PA school actually want to go to PA school and not med school. it might be a touchy subject for some, so i just wanted to clear that up. i also have a 3.0-3.3 gpa, and got into a well known california school. so, Kaleb48..i agree with accepted, rack up some hce hours, study for the GRE and you'll have a good shot! good luck!

Hi,
I'm applying to Stanford and UCDavis. I have a 3.38 overall and a 3.6 in science. I'm a LVN but I am in a RN program and will complete the program by fall semester this year. Do you have any tips for me; what I can do to make my applications stand out or more competitive? I want this really bad but I am fearful of the competitive nature of PA programs. Any information could help.

Thanks
christina.douglass@yahoo.com

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sebin in Newark, New Jersey

80 months ago

Hi,
I am a senior graduating from Rutgers Newark this May with a BA in Bio. I have a 2.89 gpa and a 2.8 science. I also work as an EMT with over 1500 hours of health care experience (By the time I apply I will have 2000 hours, 1400 of volunteer and 600 paid). After I graduate I'm taking 3 extra classes non-matriculating at Rutgers, Shadowing a PA (which I can get a good rec letter from), and taking an internship at Johnson and Johnson. My letters of rec come from my captain at EMS, professor for my AnP classes, Dean of Student Affairs (campus life stuff), PA I'll shadow, and one from the internship. My number one school to go to is Seton Hall. What should I do to improve my chances of getting into any PA program?

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Carolyn in Atlanta, Georgia

80 months ago

Hi Robby,
I understand exactly what you are going thru. I am about 185 lbs,
5'3, 47 years old. I justed started weight watchers on Monday, my goal is to drop about 40 lbs. I think it very important as healthcare worker to be a good example to our patients.

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softballchicky4 in Bakersfield, California

80 months ago

Hey Everyone. So I have a 3.0 science gpa and 3.3 overall gpa. I am a Kinesiology major. Mostly because I play Division 1 softball and the Kines classe fit more with my schedule. I wish my coach would have let me been a Bio major. So that may hurt my chances of getting into PA school. Anyways I have about 1500 hours of health care volunteering. THe statistics of getting in are really overwhelming and sometimes discouraging. I did not get into any schools this year so I am reapplying. Does anyone have advice to improve my application. what are you guys writing about in your essays? I do not really have a catchy story, I just know the passion and drive I have for the field of medicine.

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ChaCha800 in Stony Brook, New York

80 months ago

Hello everyone ..I am currently graduating with a 2.9 gpa and a science gpa of about 2.7 I am entering the paramedic program (which is a year) so that i can obtain about 1000 hours of direct patient care..and will be taking a few classes as well..I am really discouraged because it seems as if everyone around me has amazing GPAs and i just don't know if i will be able to get into a New York PA school. I was planning to apply this coming fall while i am in the paramedic program..but i will be willing to work an extra year as a paramedic if it increases my chances...does anyone have pointers as a better solution? I would really appreciate it :-)

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vitD in San Jose, California

80 months ago

TINAXRIS1987 in Sacramento, California said: Hi,
I'm applying to Stanford and UCDavis. I have a 3.38 overall and a 3.6 in science. I'm a LVN but I am in a RN program and will complete the program by fall semester this year. Do you have any tips for me; what I can do to make my applications stand out or more competitive? I want this really bad but I am fearful of the competitive nature of PA programs. Any information could help.

Thanks
christina.douglass@yahoo.com

Hey, Christina. I think you have a pretty good shot with your GPA. Your lvn experience will be extremely valuable, and so will your work as an rn. have you considered NP school? I just figure that it would be the next logical step for an RN (though I know a few RNs who decided to pursue PA instead for various reasons). I suggest racking up those health care hours, and finish up your RN program with a strong gpa. if you have time, consider volunteering. UCD and Stanford are both competitive programs. from my understanding, many of their applicants have years and years of experience..so those are the types of people you would be competing against. my coworker recently got accepted to the stanford proram..she received her masters in dietetics and worked many years as an RD. She retook all the pre-reqs since they were old, and received a 4.0. Hope that gives you an idea of your competition..good luck!

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Alijandro in Hope Mills, North Carolina

80 months ago

JC123 in Staten Island, New York said: Hey, so I feel really stuck right now... I applied to 6 different PA schools in NY during the 09'-10' cycle and didn't get into any of the schools. I have a 3.1 science GPA according to CASPA and a 3.09 cumulative GPA. I messed up my freshman year of college and then did postbac at a community college after I graduated. I called 2 of the programs because I wanted to know what I could possibly do to better my chances in getting in. Both schools had told me that their applicant count is around 1000s,2000s and they only have 40-50 seats every year. Why does it seem almost impossible to get a seat... ugh. I'm thinking of re-taking chem and organic chem because I got a C in those classes but I don't want to waste money if I won't get in anyway. Does anyone know of any programs in the NY-NJ area that perhaps accept a larger group of applicants? I also had around 1000 hours of direct patient care as a medical assistant which I'm currently working as now too... Now I started to study for GRE's too because it seems if you do really well on those then it'll give you a little bit of an advantage. I don't want to give up because I really want to become a PA but this whole process is so discouraging and there are never any guarantees... I was even thinking about re-routing into nursing (and then possibly going for NP) but because of this disappointment I feel like I'm just as scared I won't get into a nursing program either. Any advice??

What were your grades like after you graduated...did you do well your last 60 credits? What is your health care experience...how many hours?

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Alijandro in Hope Mills, North Carolina

80 months ago

sprinkles in Navarre, Florida said: Arcadia just rejected me today due to a noncompetitive GPA and I have a 3.4. Best of luck to you guys though!

What was your major..How did you do your last 60 credits of undergrad..what kind of health care experience did you have and how many hours did you have. You have to give a little bit more detail because they look at everything

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rana in Hope Mills, North Carolina

80 months ago

ChaCha800 in Stony Brook, New York said: Hello everyone ..I am currently graduating with a 2.9 gpa and a science gpa of about 2.7 I am entering the paramedic program (which is a year) so that i can obtain about 1000 hours of direct patient care..and will be taking a few classes as well..I am really discouraged because it seems as if everyone around me has amazing GPAs and i just don't know if i will be able to get into a New York PA school. I was planning to apply this coming fall while i am in the paramedic program..but i will be willing to work an extra year as a paramedic if it increases my chances...does anyone have pointers as a better solution? I would really appreciate it :-)

How did you do your last 60 credits of undergrad? Was it mostly A's and B's because they look at upward trend. What was your major and what classes did you take junior and senior year? It would help to know these things before I give you an opinion

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rana in Hope Mills, North Carolina

80 months ago

Monica in Piscataway, New Jersey said: I'm currently a second semester junior at Rutgers University. I've only recently discovered PA profession and have been set on this course. My GPA is a low at the moment. It's a 3.03. But I'm doing everything I can to raise it up by the time I graduate. I hope to graduate with a 3.3

I'm afraid that with my low GPA, i might not have a good chance of getting into a PA school. Can you please give me any advice so I can be a better candidate for the PA program? I already plan on volunteering at the ER as a scribe and I've been told that this counts at hours for patient-care experience. I also plan on taking a year off after graduation so I can work and gain more hours and experience. I currently have 2 jobs, one at a doctor's office and one at a biotech company. Will this give me an edge over other applicants because I do have experience and plan on getting more experience in health care?

I really hope to get into UMDNJ PA program but it's so competitive. I applied for the dual program but got rejected. I am going to apply with the larger pool. How does my chances look?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Provide me with some information ...What is your major...how did you do your last 60 credits of undergrad..what classes are you taking junior and senior year.

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papa in Kansas City, Missouri

80 months ago

hey, i am planning to apply in a PA school in Missouri but my GPA is low at 2.0 at one school, at 3.8 at another school and 3.5 at another school. how would i get my commulative GPA. Also will retaking some of my classes to get an A grade be a good idea and do i have a chance. I have 8yrs managemnent experience and i am planning to get into the CNA program to get some hours before year...Any suggestions

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rana in Hope Mills, North Carolina

80 months ago

papa in Kansas City, Missouri said: hey, i am planning to apply in a PA school in Missouri but my GPA is low at 2.0 at one school, at 3.8 at another school and 3.5 at another school. how would i get my commulative GPA. Also will retaking some of my classes to get an A grade be a good idea and do i have a chance. I have 8yrs managemnent experience and i am planning to get into the CNA program to get some hours before year...Any suggestions

So I am guessing that your last 60 credit gpa is around 3.7? What kind of classes did you take when you were making better grades. Were they upper level biology or chemistry courses?

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papa in Kansas City, Missouri

80 months ago

Actually i took three five hour classes to get a better GPA which include micro biology,chem 2 and general biology all five hour classes with lab. I am planning to take organic Chem this summer and anatomy and physiology and striving to get an A in both classes. My concern is my 2.0 GPA from the school i will be graduating from this december. i had about four science classes that i got C and D grades and just killed my GPA which include Botany,human anatomy, biological litrature and general biology.I have already retaken the general Bio class in another school with A grade.

I need advice since i am planning to quite my job and go full time school this summer and also retake some science classes. I am so ready to do this but i am also very scared that i would loss my $60,000 job and not make it into a PA school next year.
I am open to any feedback

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rana in Hope Mills, North Carolina

80 months ago

papa in Kansas City, Missouri said: Actually i took three five hour classes to get a better GPA which include micro biology,chem 2 and general biology all five hour classes with lab. I am planning to take organic Chem this summer and anatomy and physiology and striving to get an A in both classes. My concern is my 2.0 GPA from the school i will be graduating from this december. i had about four science classes that i got C and D grades and just killed my GPA which include Botany,human anatomy, biological litrature and general biology.I have already retaken the general Bio class in another school with A grade.

I need advice since i am planning to quite my job and go full time school this summer and also retake some science classes. I am so ready to do this but i am also very scared that i would loss my $60,000 job and not make it into a PA school next year.
I am open to any feedback

Hey, your are on the right track in the fact that you are retaking classes in which you scored a C. Which schools do you plan on applying? Some schools have different prereq classes but for the most part they are the same. Try to get all As in prereq gpa. Also take more science courses and get an A and have an upward trend going to prove to them that your are a different student now. Also, you need alot of healthcare hours before apply, go to the school's website and find out how many hours you need and what kind of health care experience counts. Usually a majority of schools take CNA, EMT-B, EMT-I, EMT-paramedic, PA shadowing, volunteering, etc..you have to check with different schools. A 2.0 overall gpa is really low for these programs, and you will have to work hard and it may take more years to boost your gpa and get some health care experience.

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superstar123 in Boston, Massachusetts

80 months ago

i have around 2.8 overall gpa and my science gpa is lower. i am going to be a senior this coming semester. i really want to get into PA school. i have been doing some PA shadowing and have about 800 hours of health care experience (work as a nurse's aid and will continue to get more hours). i will be taking the GREs this summer. my school does not allow you to retake classes unless you've failed them which i have not. i just have B's and some C's. i was wondering if i should retake some of the classes at a state school. would that help/make my application look better? ANY SUGGESTIONS?

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rana in Hope Mills, North Carolina

80 months ago

superstar123 in Boston, Massachusetts said: i have around 2.8 overall gpa and my science gpa is lower. i am going to be a senior this coming semester. i really want to get into PA school. i have been doing some PA shadowing and have about 800 hours of health care experience (work as a nurse's aid and will continue to get more hours). i will be taking the GREs this summer. my school does not allow you to retake classes unless you've failed them which i have not. i just have B's and some C's. i was wondering if i should retake some of the classes at a state school. would that help/make my application look better? ANY SUGGESTIONS?

What schools are you applying to? What is your science gpa? Most PA schools rather see a high science gpa. You should retake the prerequisite classes and try to get all A's there. I would continue to get as many hours I can as a nurse's aid. The more hours you acquire, it may compensate for your low gpa.

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Danielle in Binghamton, New York

79 months ago

Has anyone applied or gotten in to pace in manhattan? thats my top choice and the min is a 3.0 but im trying to figure out the average gpa that people have gotten in with

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MountainGirl in Colorado Springs, Colorado

79 months ago

Does anyone have some great PA schools in mind that do not focus solely on GPA alone? I have a BS from a four year college and a 3.3 overall. My experience is what I am hoping will carry me through when it comes down to the interviews (I work as a caregiver/CNA for a ventillator dependant individual as well as working as a childcare specialist for children with mental and physical disabilities). To say the least Org. 1 and 2 shot my GPA down quite nicely and I'm feeling very discouraged.

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rana in Godwin, North Carolina

79 months ago

MountainGirl in Colorado Springs, Colorado said: Does anyone have some great PA schools in mind that do not focus solely on GPA alone? I have a BS from a four year college and a 3.3 overall. My experience is what I am hoping will carry me through when it comes down to the interviews (I work as a caregiver/CNA for a ventillator dependant individual as well as working as a childcare specialist for children with mental and physical disabilities). To say the least Org. 1 and 2 shot my GPA down quite nicely and I'm feeling very discouraged.

Google PA student forum, make a user name and password. People have posted their gpa, work experience hours, what schools they applied to, if they got an interview, if they got accepted, etc. You will see that many many people have gotten in with 3.3 gpa, even 2.9 gpa. If you look at different schools and their prereqs, if organic is one of them i would retake it and try to get an a. Having over 1500 hours as cna would be nice too.

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Christina in Sacramento, California

79 months ago

Only have biology and biotech AA degree and a few certificates. Have 3.7 gpa. Wanna go to Stanford. CNA for 9 months and lab assist (phlebotomist) 1 year. What are my chances?

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amayia in Fairfield, New Jersey

79 months ago

sprinkles in Gainesville, Florida said: Shenae! I just wanted to let you know that I've been accepted to Nova-Orlando!!! There is hope!!! : )

Are you still in this program?

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sabikun in Hamtramck, Michigan

79 months ago

hey everyone my name is sabikun and I am from michigan. I am 19 years old and I want to go to PA school after I get my BS in PSY. rightn ow I am at a community college taking some of my pre-req for the PA prog and also taking class for BS. I plan on finishing my BS the summer of 2012. I dont know where to start of to apply for PA school if any one one can help me it would been really helpfull for me. thank you

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Tsana Mattice

79 months ago

Hey guys, I am currently working on my B.S.N (RN) and would like to move on and become a PA but im worried about the admissions. I have a 3.9 G.P.A but all the schools ive reasearch only accept 40 applicants out of hundreds...the lady in admissions even said people have been waiting for years. Does anyone have any suggestions of schools with easy admissions. or interview tips?

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Troy in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts

79 months ago

Hi every one, It's really interested informations. I am working as Medical Interpreter in one of the health center in Boston. I speak 2 languages and I am learning the third one. I have B.s in Mechanical engineering from outside the USA. I'm concern if I will evaluate it, I will get low GPA. I don't know how I can evaluate my degree. I'm really interested in PA. Does anyone tell me the pre-requisite for PA? I need something common because I need to apply to more than one school. Do you thing languages will help? Do you think working as medical interpreter will consider as health care experience? Do you have any tips for me; what I can do to make my applications stand out or more competitive?

Thank you all

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sooner in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

78 months ago

Well I see a lot of people that are discouraging on here! I am almost afraid to ask a question.
I am wanting to go to PA school. My GPA is far worse than most on here. I was young and dumb! POINT BLANK! I think it is a case by case situation. I talked to the PA advisors and they told me that it just depends and you need to take graduate classes to show you can do the work. 2.75 is the min at the college that I am looking into. I have 2.... and I am going for it. My undergrad was not a science degree. I had a lot of medical issues that hindered my college career. Therefore they told me that the last 60 hours are really important and when I take my interview that I need to explain. I must to a complete turn around. Also for those that do not believe people can change, why are you wanting to be in the medical field?

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sooner in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

78 months ago

Tsana Mattice said: Hey guys, I am currently working on my B.S.N (RN) and would like to move on and become a PA but im worried about the admissions. I have a 3.9 G.P.A but all the schools ive reasearch only accept 40 applicants out of hundreds...the lady in admissions even said people have been waiting for years. Does anyone have any suggestions of schools with easy admissions. or interview tips?

I know people that have got in with a 3.2
I know people in medical school that got in with a 3.0
You can get in just gotta show how bad you want it. And having a 3.9 what are you worried about gesh

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Ann in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

77 months ago

I recently found out about the PA profession and lately that's all I can think about. I want this so bad, unfortunately my GPA is 3.0 and my science GPA is a low 2.0. My freshman and sophomore years were very trying for me due to a death in my family. I took Anatomy and Physiology several times and never left with any higher than a C. In my junior and senior years I managed to get better grades and I currently attend graduate school for Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University and I have a 3.7 GPA. Will my graduate school GPA help me even though it is not affiliated with any sciences? I plan on taking my classes over and taking the other prerequisites but it will still be difficult to raise my science GPA to a 3.0. I would like to get into Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. I have worked at a psychiatric hospital for two years, I'm wondering if this will fulfill the health care experience criteria.

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RascalPA in Baltimore, Maryland

77 months ago

Sean in Marlton, New Jersey said: A lot of people don't realize that PA school is as competitive to get into as medical school. PA schools, especially in my area, get 1000s of applications for around 100 seats. The great majority of students that get accepted into med school have a 3.7 or above and all the students who couldn't get into med school apply for PA programs. Therefore the PA schools get a ton of applicants with the 3.6-3.7 gpa range and if your down by 3.0-3.3 you really don't have a chance. For those who have been rejected their shot at PA school, I would suggest trying an accelerated route nursing program. You'll most likely have all the pre reqs covered already and the program is only 1 year long.

Obviously, you are right. I agree with you, there is many and many applicants has 3.8- 3.9 GPA''s. Because, PA programs accepts students from any kind Bachlor's degree. So, who has science degree they have low GPA, But who has sociology degree they have high GPA, at this point if both students has just prereq's!!! good to go.

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RascalPA in Baltimore, Maryland

77 months ago

Christina in Sacramento, California said: Only have biology and biotech AA degree and a few certificates. Have 3.7 gpa. Wanna go to Stanford. CNA for 9 months and lab assist (phlebotomist) 1 year. What are my chances?

I am sorry to say that: but you need to have Bachelor's degree to apply PA program.

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Meg in Flushing, New York

77 months ago

Eric willard in Lansing, Michigan said: hey im in michigan right and have a GPA of a 3.0 i also have 4 years as a combat medic for the united states marines also known as a corpsmen. How mutch will my 4 years of medical experince help me get into a PA school. any one have some good recemendations for PA schools that are not big on GPA

Even though the 3.0 may not be as impressive as some other applicatnts given the limited seats in most, if not all schools given the huge applicant rate, its not an aweful grade either (as a caviat, im no pro at this, I've never looked into any of this before aside from 2 days ago. I have looked into other very competitive programs before though and can only assume its not very far off.) Point is I've been around enought to know that being a combat medic is extremely impressive, espescially if you play it up right with a good essy or work it into the interview. It may seem cheezy to you but admissions eats that stuff up. Besides you should be really proud of that. It speak volumes about your character and can imply a lot of good qualities and abilities, So much so that I felt inclined to tell you. The only other thing I can recomend is any grade you're not proud of, and that you know the school's you're applying to are going to scrutinize, retake for a better grade. do what you feel you need to do to put yourself in a more comfortable standing. good luck!!!

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kim in Flushing, New York

77 months ago

crystal34 in High Point, North Carolina said: Was wondering if someone has this same issue. I've struggled with my weight all my life and the past couple years have been trying to get a handle on it because I feel like I will be looked over as a worthy applicant if I'm overweight. I was interviewed last year at 230lbs (although I felt I dressed well) however couldn't get away from the fact that I was the heaviest of all the interviewees there. I wasn't accepted (which made me wonder why...) however I actually got another interview in Jan 2010 at the same school which I was ecstatic about. Since last year I've lost about 17 pounds, not a lot but I'm afraid it will hurt my chances again. I've worked so hard all my life in school and work, and I'm afraid that even though I have the papers to prove it, they'll pass on me because of my weight. Anyone ever had experience with this? Anyone have words of encouragement? Thanks

look im gonna try and make this short, it could be partially true, you never know there are always jerks in the world. My sis is really overweight and also exceptionally beautiful. she just graduated from a rad tech progeam wher she was class pres, and won and with mony for best pt care and most reliable. she now has several jobs lined up at that her teachers got for her and none of her other classmates. just be yourself and be happy about it and confident. My sister is trying to lose weight cause really no one wants to be fat, but there is a part of it she loves. Shes super strong, stronger than her bf. she can literally squatt me on one shoulder and im prob like 115. its been really convenienient for her job/school for ambulating and positioning pts. so i dont think you should worry. Of course keep on track and do what makes you happy and healthy be try to embraces the benefits lol

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Someone in Flushing, New York

77 months ago

wow alot of people from flushing posting here, haha. maybe we can all meet up on a study session or something. :D

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edaless in Gainesville, Florida

76 months ago

Is there a major that would make an applicant more likely to be accepted to physician assistant school?

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Bill in Lancaster, California

75 months ago

So Im wandering if anyone thinks I have a chance at getting into PA school. My undergrad grades were as bad as it gets, around a 2.3, that was over ten years ago. Since graduating, i taught in an underserved school, worked at a major Biotech company, worked as a surgical sales rep and then joined the military as a combat medic. I got out last year and have been going to school, my GPA now is 3.8 in my pre-reqs and this is my last semester of pre-reqs. I did struggle in math this year but my science grades were all A's. Any thoughts? Just hoping a school will overlook what happed over ten years ago and take a very solid work history into consideration.

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MIKED in Tampa, Florida

75 months ago

sprinkles in Gainesville, Florida said: Shenae! I just wanted to let you know that I've been accepted to Nova-Orlando!!! There is hope!!! : )

My science gpa is a 2.7.. im also looking at Nova in Orlando as well as UF.. do you think my gpa is too low to get in

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Kim in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

75 months ago

accepted in Gainesville, Florida said: Hey Scott--I just wanted to let you know I submitted Oct 2009 as well and I was contacted for an interview in November and accepted in December. Have you called and checked to see if they are missing anything? Good luck! Oh and also, my GPA is lower than yours...

Hi - What did they ask you on the interview?

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TrevTampa in Tampa, Florida

74 months ago

I have a 2.9 overall GPA and a 3.2 science GPA. I still need Orgo, Bio2, and my Chem 1&2 labs.

Lets say i get A's in those classes and i have a 3.0 Overall and a 3.35 Sci GPA.

I have a 1040 on the GRE.

I have 2 years of payed work as a Mental Health Technician at a hospital doing patient care (Roughly 2000 to 3000 hours)

I have 150 volunteer hours in Physical Therapy

I have 1000 hours in a Payed internship in Marine Biology as a Dolphin trainer (I know its not patient care, but it looks good on an ap).

If i were to retake the GRE and score around a 1200, how competitive is my application? My only worry is my overall GPA.

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Nse in West Bloomfield, Michigan

73 months ago

Hey you guys, I'm currently trying to get into medical school but I'm starting to think that PA school is probably a better way to go for me since the work is less than a Dr. and you still get paid well. It's nothing really to do with grades--I probably have a better chance getting into medical school since their are so many schools overseas that practically take anyone.

My real concern is if I do PA school, my cumulative GPA is only about a 3.4 and I do not have much direct patient care experience. I worked in a pharmacy for 3 years, have been doing breast cancer research for about a year, have only about 100 hours of volunteering at a hospital and around 400-500 hours of shadowing a doctor. What are my chances of getting into PA school?

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Jeff in Marietta, Ohio

73 months ago

Each program is going to have slightly different requirements. Some I've seen don't require the GRE, some require direct care. Every one I've seen requires all your science courses to be completed within 10 years of applying. I've also seen a lot of BS runarounds from programs too.

A friend of mine is retaking microbiology because the PA school said the one she had didn't come from a accreditted school. But they are accepting her other classes FROM THE SAME FREAKING SCHOOL!! I've heard a lot of other similar stories so it seems to me the programs are actively looking to weed people out rather than help you get in.

And no disrespect to anyone, but the GPA reqs are there for a reason. If someone's GPA shows closer to 3.0 it is very, very unlikely that person can get through a graduate medical program. That position could have been given to a much better student (on paper at least) and had a successful completion and licensing. That type of thing matters greatly to these programs.

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Lisa in Greenville, North Carolina

73 months ago

For those of you that are worrying about a low GPA, I would just like to let you know that I am currently finishing my first semester of PA school :) and I was accepted with a GPA of 2.97. One thing I must express to you is that if you are serious about becoming a PA, you must GET THAT POINT ACROSS during the interview and PERSISTENCE IS KEY. I applied to that same ONE school twice, was granted an interview twice, and on the second try, I got in! I just made sure I was as genuine as possible, and I demonstrated that I was deadset on getting in to THAT school, I even let them know that I applied nowhere else.
I'm not extremely beautiful, I'm not from an affluent family, and I'm certainly not rich, haha. They accepted me because I was friendly, genuine and mature. All applicants have these qualitities (well, most) so if you're dealt a rejection the first time around, try again! I knew that this career was PERFECT for me, so I made up my mind that I would apply EVERY year until I got in.
I hope this gives some of you some hope! It will happen! Keep on trying!

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Fran E in Brooklyn, New York

73 months ago

Lisa in Greenville, North Carolina said: For those of you that are worrying about a low GPA, I would just like to let you know that I am currently finishing my first semester of PA school :) and I was accepted with a GPA of 2.97. One thing I must express to you is that if you are serious about becoming a PA, you must GET THAT POINT ACROSS during the interview and PERSISTENCE IS KEY. I applied to that same ONE school twice, was granted an interview twice, and on the second try, I got in! I just made sure I was as genuine as possible, and I demonstrated that I was deadset on getting in to THAT school, I even let them know that I applied nowhere else.
I'm not extremely beautiful, I'm not from an affluent family, and I'm certainly not rich, haha. They accepted me because I was friendly, genuine and mature. All applicants have these qualitities (well, most) so if you're dealt a rejection the first time around, try again! I knew that this career was PERFECT for me, so I made up my mind that I would apply EVERY year until I got in.
I hope this gives some of you some hope! It will happen! Keep on trying!

Thanks for your post Lisa. This is my second cycle applying for a PA program in the NY/NJ Area and I received 3 rejection letters so far out of 7 programs. I felt very discouraged and at the same time lost. My husband keeps telling me to keep going but sometimes you know when you've worked so hard to earn good grades you feel let down. I am taking more science courses this semester to prove that I can consistently get high grades in my classes because in the past I did really bad in my Chemistry courses esp. my first semester in CHEM 1 and Org 1 and Orgo 2 while I was in the pre-med track. Since last cycle, I have compelted A&P 1, 2, Micro and next year I am planning on taking Orgo 1 again, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and some schools require Abnormal Psych in my area. What other classes do you recommend? Thanks for your positive advice.

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Lisa in Greenville, North Carolina

73 months ago

No problem! I decided 4 years ago that the PA career was right for me, and it took me 1.5 years of night community college classes WHILE WORKING FULL TIME just to get the credits I needed to apply. A lot of people took most of the classes already in their undergrad, well my degree was from overseas (I'm American but studied abroad) and I hadn't taken ONE of the prereqs while in school. But I put my mind to it and decided to take EVERY SINGLE one of those prereqs, because I knew that if I wanted to be a PA, then that's what I'd have to do, otherwise it's working a crappy 3rd shift job for the rest of my life!
I was VERY upset the first time I got rejected, but I was prepared for it because PA school is VERY hard to get into. At my school, they interview about 150 people (out of a total 700ish applicants) and only 30 get in. But you have to tell yourself that every year you reapply, admissions will notice. They like people with desire and persistence.

As far as classes go, what I was required to have was 2 semesters of chemistry, A&P 1+2, Medical Terminology, Genetics, Statistics, Micro, Psychology...I'm sure there's more but they're not coming to me, haha. One thing I will say is that my school seemed to put a lot of emphasis on genetics for some reason. They were grilling people at the interviews if they had anything less than an A in genetics. Lucky for me, I had found a wonderful teacher at my community college that helped me through because I have always found genetics a vague area, and I got an A :) (thank goodness)

Also, for when you do get into school, really remember that anatomy. I'm about to have my anatomy finals and they are BRUTAL (but I'm sure you've heard all about that!:)

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lalita

73 months ago

@Lisa in Greenville - I'm so curious - where are you going to school? ECU?

Good luck with your finals! :)

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Lisa in Greenville, North Carolina

73 months ago

lalita said: @Lisa in Greenville - I'm so curious - where are you going to school? ECU?

Good luck with your finals! :)

Thanks! Yes, I'm at ECU - love it, great school, even better tuition - compared to other schools :)

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Lisa in Greenville, North Carolina

73 months ago

lalita said: @Lisa in Greenville - I'm so curious - where are you going to school? ECU?

Good luck with your finals! :)

Thanks! Yes, I'm at ECU - love it, great program, even better tuition - compared to other schools :)

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Levynook in Salt Lake City, Utah

73 months ago

I've graduated with my 4-year degree in Spanish, I'm just about done with my pre-reqs, i have an over-all GPA of about 3.0, and I have about 3,900 hours of healthcare experience. Can anyone shed some light on what kind of a chance they think I might have?

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