Accepted!: Tally from - Touro University CA PA Student

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Undergraduate education: I majored in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health Science/Public health

Overall GPA: 3.46

Science GPA: 3.21

GRE: 303

Total HCE hours: 0

Total PCE hours: 3,000

Shadowing hours: 60

Other volunteer hours: 100

LORs: 4: one from a PA, one from an MD, one from a professor, and one from my office manager at the clinic where I got my PCE

How many times did you apply?:  1

Age: 23

Gender:  F

How many programs did you apply to? 8

How many programs did you interview with and what were the outcomes? Interviewed and accepted at 1

Any red flags on your application? I think the biggest red flag was that my science GPA was on the lower end. I got a C in physics and I didn't realize at the time that it would really count for anything because it wasn't a prereq. It definitely counted! But what I lacked in science GPA I made up for with a ton of PCE.  

Anything you found surprising about interviews? I actually really enjoyed the interview process and it wasn't as scary and intimidating as I thought it would be. My school really emphasized that they wanted to look at each applicant as a whole and they wanted us to feel comfortable during the process. There was even a light breakfast and lunch provided. 


Were there any helpful resources (books, websites, apps) you used to get through prerequisite courses, the application or interview process? I heavily utilized the PA Platform Blog and instagram! I also got advice from PA students and practicing PAs on instagram as well. Lastly, I used the book “How to Ace the Physician Assistant Interview” (Affiliate Link) by Andrew J. Rodican.  

Any other advice for other pre-PA students? My advice to Pre-PA students is to get involved in as many things as possible during undergrad. I know there is a lot of time being devoted to getting good grades and a good GRE score but PA schools want to see that you have other things that you’re passionate about. Aside from my volunteering and PCE, I designed and conducted my own research experiment. I didn't have the best GPA or GRE score but got accepted because I was really involved in a lot of different things. 

Where can we find you? (website, instagram, etc) You can find me at on instagram and

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