I need advice please


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5+ Year Member
Dec 21, 2011
  1. Pre-Rehab Sci [General]

    I'm a Molecular and Microbiology student and I am a senior. I do not have the best GPA/ Science GPA in the world. I am standing at a 3.0 overall, 2.6 for my science GPA, prerequisite is a 3.0. I have the PT hours required and all, but I think the only thing that is weighing me down is my GPA.

    I'm trying to decide what I should do after I graduate. I applied this year, but have no hopes of getting in, so I"m looking towards "plan B".

    I'm wondering if I should do a post-bacc. to improve my GPA or do a masters instead.

    I really want to get into a PT program, but what is the best way to improve my chances of getting in.

    Thanks in advance for your help :)


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    Jul 23, 2011
    1. Pre-Rehab Sci [General]
      I would suggest retaking the prereqs that you got C's in to boost your GPA. I also think that enrolling in a Master's program to boost your GPA would be helpful. I had a classmate who did a Master's in Kinesiology to boost his GPA and increase his chances of getting into PT school, and he got accepted earlier this year. I think he boosted it to around 3.6 or something, though. Also, how are your GRE scores? Getting excellent scores in all components of the test will make your application look better.

      Also, one other thing I would suggest is to work as a PT aide if you haven't already. The reason why I suggest this is because it's the best way (as opposed to just volunteering at PT clinics) to form relationships with PTs. That way, they will end up writing you exceptional letters of recommendation, and this will make your application stand out. Work with your teachers outside of the classroom also so they can write you stellar letters, as well.


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      7+ Year Member
      Nov 4, 2010
      1. DPT / OTD
        I would take an extra year to retake the pre-requisites. You were exactly where I was a year ago. I had a bunch of outstanding pre-requisites and hadn't done exceptional in the classes I had completed. In one year, with diligence and perserverance, you can definitely raise that GPA. I now I have a 3.7 overall and 3.7 or 3.8 pre-requisite GPA. I'm not a genius either. You'll be amazed at one year can do.



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        May 23, 2011
        1. Pre-Rehab Sci [General]
          Your stats are about what mine are and I have been accepted to one of 9 applied to so far........rejected from none/ holding breath for in-state acceptances (2011-12 cycle) My plan B is/was to retake the prereq Cs at a community college if I didn't get in this year. Not sure why someone would want to pay grad cost towards an MS when PT school is so expensive. PT aid job would be great but they are not easy to find. Most places want the PTA cert. /lisc applicant. Good Luck
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