A high GPA is an important aspect of your application for PA school. However, a high GPA alone won't get you in the door. It is important to work hard to keep your GPA up, in addition to taking all required prerequisite courses.
All of the PA schools nationwide require documented patient care hours, which are otherwise known as clinical experience. This experience will allow you to ensure that you enjoy working with patients and that you are well suited for a career in healthcare. To be competitive, most PA schools recommend between 1,000 and over 3,000 clinical hours, and some schools require them to be paid. This is equivalent to a year of working experience at a minimum.
Most schools only require their prospective students to take the GRE, the Graduate Record Examination, but some schools may require the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) as well, or they recommend reporting your MCAT score if you performed well too. The GRE is equivalent to the MCAT for medical schools. (Check out the MCAT information located on the "Medical" resource tab) It is a standardized test given to prospective postgraduate school students. It allows PA schools to compare students on a single medium since so many different students from so many different universities and majors apply to PA school. If you know what to study, and how to prepare, the GRE can seem a lot less intimidating.