Originally Posted by infamousJP
Before I was Pre-Dental and I changed recently to Pre-Physical Therapy. I am pretty much done with required classes and here are the grades:
Anatomy 1 = B
Anatomy 2 = taking it in Fall
Biology 1 = A
Biology 2 = A-
Gen Chem 1 = B+
Gen Chem 2 = B
Calc 1 = B-
Calc 2 = C+
Social Psyc = B-
Statistics = Taking it in Fall
Physics = Taking it in Fall
Nutrition = Taking it in Fall
Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 = B-
Human Population Genetics = A-
Medical Terminology = C+
With other classes and etc. My Cumulative GPA is 3.1
My Plan was to apply this year for Fall 2011 Entry to DPT but I feel like I am behind...and I don't have the entire application ready.
I recently started volunteering this summer at hospital in outpatient setting, total hours so far 21 hrs. Plus, I haven't started studying for GRE at all. I am graduating this December with a BS in Anthropology & Human Biology. Then study for GRE from January - March (I don't know how much time to spend studying) during that time, I will also gather my Personal Essay, Recommendation letter, build my volunteering hours. Then apply next July 15th 2011 for Fall 2012 entry.
I do not know if this is smart or not b/c I will be wasting an entire year. I know I should of planned accordingly but its life, things happened which made me change my career path....
My concern is, should I take the chance and risk applying this year and finish my "application" in a rush? I also haven't researched many DPT programs....I want to stay in Northeast part of US as i've been raised in MD and PA area, so if there is any suggestion with school/program I will gladly take your recommendation.
Doesn't sound like you are behind at all. Many DPT applicants are probably jealous of how 'ahead' of them you are.
You have most of the pre-reqs. The remaining you can easily finish before Summer or Fall of 2011.
You've started your volunteer hours already. Most programs don't require more than 40 or so hours. You're half done with that.
The biggest thing you need now is the GRE which you can schedule anytime.
I think it would be to your benefit to apply this Fall. If you apply to several programs (and there are at least 8 in Pennsylvania) you have a decent chance of being accepted.
The worst case scenario is you don't get accepted and reapply the following year. In which case, I think most schools look favorably on re-applicants if they've shown an effort at improving their application. And most programs will take the highest of your individual GRE scores if you end up wanting to take those again.
Seems like you have little to lose, but much to gain if you apply this cycle.
Good luck with whatever you decide!!!