Hi guys! I’m new to the site, and I figured this would be the best place to voice my questions on getting into a PA school, since I have virtually no one in person who has the answers that I need (even at my school).
I am a current junior at Skidmore College, with a double major in Spanish and Human Health and Physiology, with a minor in Chinese. I am hoping to follow a PA track, but I don’t have any particular schools in mind yet (ideally, on the East coast). My main concerns are what I’m going to have to do to be a competitive candidate in the admissions process. My parents have always pushed me to learn languages (due to a natural gift), but I have been interested in the sciences for a while. Unfortunately, I have just now convinced my parents to let me follow this track, so I’m concerned that I am a little behind. I have very little clinical experience, but I am hoping to take a year between graduation and application to PA schools to get at least 100 hours under my belt.
I am currently proficient in around 7 languages (English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, and Norwegian), and I am a native speaker of both Spanish and English. I have done a three-month program in southern China working with the few remaining speakers of a language called Nushu, or “women’s language”. I am wondering if PA schools will consider that a bonus? I know that what they’re mainly looking for is clinical experience, but I am hoping that it will at least make them take a second look.
My GPA isn’t extraordinary, but I’m going to try to raise it to at least a 3.45 (due to family issues I had a bit of a bad semester that lowered my GPA).
Thank you so much in advance, and all the best!