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Non-Trad Low GPA start.

36PT

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    Hey everyone,

    First off I have a super low overall GPA 2.74.
    Graduated 2013, and the only science class included in the overall is BIO/L, which I'll have to retake anyways because I took them 10 years ago.

    I was wondering since I still have to take all my prereqs again, if I still have a chance at applying to a PT school.
    Wondering if:
    1. Do well and get a high gpa in my prereqs
    2. Start working at a PT Clinic/ hospital now as aide for about two years to gain hours.
    3. Rock my GRE
    Would this scenario suffice my chances in applying to PT School?
    Ideally I want to do well to apply to get into UNLVPT.

    I appreciate any feedback and advice!
     

    stemaba

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      Hey everyone,

      First off I have a super low overall GPA 2.74.
      Graduated 2013, and the only science class included in the overall is BIO/L, which I'll have to retake anyways because I took them 10 years ago.

      I was wondering since I still have to take all my prereqs again, if I still have a chance at applying to a PT school.
      Wondering if:
      1. Do well and get a high gpa in my prereqs
      2. Start working at a PT Clinic/ hospital now as aide for about two years to gain hours.
      3. Rock my GRE
      Would this scenario suffice my chances in applying to PT School?
      Ideally I want to do well to apply to get into UNLVPT.

      I appreciate any feedback and advice!

      Hey! Every school is different - but I know programs can look at all aspects of the application, but weight them differently. Say you have a low GPA, but everything else is great - including AWESOME letters of rec and essay, high GRE, and a ton of observation hours? I'd say you have a shot. But I know some programs will automatically boot you if you don't fit the prereq of (commonly) a 3.0 GPA. There are a lot of pre-reqs for PT, so hopefully you could boost your GPA! Good luck! <3
       

      CareerSwitcheroo

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        I thought I wouldn't have a chance either but I was just accepted to a program and will be starting PT school in Jan. I'm a non-trad who graduated college back in 2010 with a 2.3 GPA. I had some mental health issues at the time. My overall in PTCAS is somewhere around a 2.9 I think. I only applied to programs that look at your prereq GPA or last 60 credits (so for those I had a 3.7/3.5, respectively). It is possible but you have to be selective of where you apply!
         
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          1. Do well and get a high gpa in my prereqs
          2. Start working at a PT Clinic/ hospital now as aide for about two years to gain hours.
          1. My undergrad GPA was somewhere around 2.7-2.8. I took all prereqs (and a little bit more to get to prereqs level) , had 3.7-3.8 GPA fro about 60 units which increased my cumulative GPA to very low 3.0s.
          2. You do not need to work 2 years as a aide unless you want to. It is better to get observation hours in 3-4 different settings, 50-100h in each. If you do work as an aide, you still need to get 50-100h in a couple of more settings.
          Look for schools that consider last 60 units or something like that - you will have a better chance then (if your prereqs GPA is good).
           

          dobsonek

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            I thought I wouldn't have a chance either but I was just accepted to a program and will be starting PT school in Jan. I'm a non-trad who graduated college back in 2010 with a 2.3 GPA. I had some mental health issues at the time. My overall in PTCAS is somewhere around a 2.9 I think. I only applied to programs that look at your prereq GPA or last 60 credits (so for those I had a 3.7/3.5, respectively). It is possible but you have to be selective of where you apply!
            Do you happen to have a list of these schools?
             

            kdubz7w7

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              Hey everyone,

              First off I have a super low overall GPA 2.74.
              Graduated 2013, and the only science class included in the overall is BIO/L, which I'll have to retake anyways because I took them 10 years ago.

              I was wondering since I still have to take all my prereqs again, if I still have a chance at applying to a PT school.
              Wondering if:
              1. Do well and get a high gpa in my prereqs
              2. Start working at a PT Clinic/ hospital now as aide for about two years to gain hours.
              3. Rock my GRE
              Would this scenario suffice my chances in applying to PT School?
              Ideally I want to do well to apply to get into UNLVPT.

              I appreciate any feedback and advice!
              Side note, some schools don't mind if your sciences are over 10 years old (mine didn't thank god)....so if you have some good science grades in there, you could save yourself some time and money and only retake the ones dragging your GPA down...but obviously look at the schools you plan on applying to just in case...just a thought!
               

              CareerSwitcheroo

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                Do you happen to have a list of these schools?
                This list is 4 years old - there are probably others that have popped up since then (Baylor is one).

                 
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