Can I get in to PT School? I am reapplying NEED ADVICE!!

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So the issue is that I applied to two graduate schools this past year didn't get into one and withdrew my application from the other because I realized I needed to improve my application.
I have a 3.5 cum GPA. In
Chem: I B
Chem II I had to retake it and received a C.
Biology I:A
Biology II: C
Physics I : B
Physics II: in progress
Stats: A
Med Term: A
Physiology: Over the summer 2013
Anatomy: A

This summer I am retaking my GRE, retaking Bio II, and taking physiology. I also just got a job as a PRN rehab tech and start full time in August. I have also done research at UIC for their Summer Research Opportunities Program with a DPT professor. I am also an Undergraduate Research Assistant to a DPT professor at my institution, and I am completing a research capstone for my honors program that involves PT. I have 105 hours in pt (55 inpatient, 50 pediatric).

I am trying to really improve my application. I do not know if retaking chemistry is worth it? I also just really need any advice that can help me improve my application!

Thank you!!

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If you have the money and the time, then you should definitely retake the classe that you got a C in.

If you don't have one or either, then you are better off focusing your time on substantially improving your GRE score and acquiring more acute care hours.

With how competitive DPT schools are now, it's always worth it to improve your raw numbers.

Acute care hours are generally more valuable because you see a wider variety of pathologies and therapies and your average applicant usually has a billion out patient hours and ~40 acute.

You're in good shape if you pull everything together and stay focused.

Best of luck
 
I do not believe I will have the time to retake the chemistry course unfortunately.
 
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I do not believe I will have the time to retake the chemistry course unfortunately.

You've got to find a way. A few years ago you may have gotten away with it, but this was the most competitive year to date. It will only get worse for upcoming cycles. With all other things (observation hours, lor's, gre...) equal, it may come down to pre req gpa and if you have a c and someone else has an a...well you get the idea. Again, I'm not saying you won't get accepted because you have c's, but you're definitely not doing yourself any favors. A lot of schools filter applications based on gpa and gre scores.
 
Yikes maybe I'm out of the loop, but I would have said dont bother retaking that Chem class.

I am a few days from graduating from a Texas school that takes (on average) about 25 students per year. Last year they took 18, because there literally were no more qualified applicants who needed a spot. With the addition of three new Texas schools, I guess the applicant pool was spread over more available seats? Because we couldnt even take the minimum number. Maybe things have changed...
 
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Yikes maybe I'm out of the loop, but I would have said dont bother retaking that Chem class.

I am a few days from graduating from a Texas school that takes (on average) about 25 students per year. Last year they took 18, because there literally were no more qualified applicants who needed a spot. With the addition of three new Texas schools, I guess the applicant pool was spread over more available seats? Because we couldnt even take the minimum number. Maybe things have changed...

I'm guessing you go to a school that doesn't do PTCAS? It's common for most of them to get less applicants than a PTCAS school because mailing out separate apps for those schools is a pain in the ass lol.
 
Your resume looks good, with experience in inpatient and pediatric settings. The research experience, and your job as a PT tech are also advantages. But you need to get rid of those C's, get at least a B in Physics II, and get an A in Physiology.

Kevin
 
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