If you are mid-way through your 2nd year without previous health care experience, then the only program you may qualify to apply to is McMaster’s Physician Assistant Program. There are a couple of considerations for why you would want to apply in your 2nd year or why you would want to wait. First and foremost, you CAN apply as long as you meet the minimum admission requirements.
It is not too ambitious to apply while you are in your second year of undergraduate studies. There’s a wide demographic of students that get into the PA program each year, during my year, the average age was approximately 27, and anecdotally each year that average age gets lower and lower. Many of the classes have students who have gotten into the program after completing 2 years of university and have done just as well as other students.
What if my GPA is low?
As long as you make the cut-off of 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA on the OMSAS scale for undergraduate studies completed so far, you can still apply. If your GPA does not meet the requirements, your application will not be considered. If your GPA is below 3.0, it may be worth waiting so that you can take courses to upgrade your GPA to meet the minimum requirements.
However, waiting for your GPA to go from a 3.3 to a 3.7 GPA doesn’t make you “any less qualified” to apply, in both instances you still meet the requirements and I would strongly encourage you to apply!
Keep in mind there are other aspects of the admissions process – the supplementary application and Multi-Mini Interview where you can use your soft skills/CanMEDS-PA competencies (communication, critical thinking, advocate, collaborator, leader, etc.) to stand out as a PA candidate.