Student Testimonials

Class of 2020

Ben Aregbesola

Ben Aregbesola

Lagos, Nigeria
Ben Aregbesola
Ben Aregbesola

Lagos, Nigeria

University of Texas Medical Branch

My decision to pursue a second career after working as a RN for four years was a difficult choice. Some of the factors I considered while deciding what schools to apply to were: a well-established PA school, a school with high PANCE pass rate, a school that is located in a small town, conducive for learning, small class size, a small faculty to student ratio, and a program that truly cares about the success of its students. Methodist University stood out to me earlier in the application process, by the timely manner that the admissions director was responding to my e-mails, which some of the other schools I was applying to responded late to messages and seemed aloof in their responses. When I came for the interview, I was able to experience first-hand the student-first environment that the program seemed to cultivate, and also, I was able to perceive the flexibility of the faculty, and how easy it was to communicate with them. I was particularly impressed by the structure of the interview process, and quickly noticed that the program’s goal was not to intimidate applicants, but to simply get to know us better as individuals. Knowing this early during the interview process, helped me feel at ease throughout the interview.

My experience so far has been nothing short of amazing. The wealth of diversity, ideas, and talent in my class has certainly made me better in some of the areas that I was not necessarily strong in. My class in particular, cultivates an environment where everyone cares and helps the next person, and it strongly discourages competition among classmates. I strongly recommend the MUPAP to aspiring PAs!

Tyler Beaman

Tyler Beaman

Fayetteville, NC
Tyler Beaman
Tyler Beaman

Fayetteville, NC

Methodist University

My decision to attend Methodist Universities Physician Assistant Program was made fairly early in my life. Being a Fayetteville native, I went to a high school a few miles from Methodist. I was a part of the Academy of Emergency Medical Services (AOEMS) in high school and that really bridged the gap to what I really wanted to do as my profession. Prior to graduation from high school, I was accepted into the admissions preference program for Methodist’s PA program. This acceptance was very influential in my decision to attend Methodist to complete my bachelor’s degree. Methodist affords small class sizes and personable professors who truly care for your education and future success.

Going into my PA interview, I was extremely nervous, like all applicants are. The MUPAP staff made sure to make it as comforting and relaxed as possible. The interviews are very open and they truly want to get to know you.  Our faculty are all highly skilled clinicians who love to share their knowledge and push you to become competent health care providers in short, but tough 2.5 years. MUPAP is a very unique program and I have never doubted my decision to attend here!

Laura Bird

Laura Bird

Prospect, NC
Laura Bird
Laura Bird

Prospect, NC

University at North Carolina at Pembroke

My journey to PA school started when I heard Ms. Mish speak at one of UNC-Pembroke’s health professions meetings. I was lucky. I was only able to attend two of these meetings due to being a student-athlete and the first meeting I attended was about Methodist University’s PA program. Ms. Mish brought along a current PA student to talk about the program. The student was excited about her experience at Methodist. She spoke about how great the professors and staff were and how they created a great learning environment. She noted that at Methodist she was enjoying her time in a high stress environment.

After my undergraduate studies, I devoted 2 years to a program called MedServe. MedServe places its Fellows in rural, medically underserved areas in North Carolina to work as a medical scribe or assistant. I knew I wanted to find a PA program that had a similar passion for medically underserved areas. During my second year, I began applying to PA schools. I’ll admit, Methodist was not my top choice. However, that quickly changed as I researched the program (how can you miss the high PANCE pass rate percentages?) and even as I read the student testimonials.

Methodist became my absolute first choice the day of my interview. I was shocked at how welcoming each faculty and staff member were. The current PA students seemed genuinely excited about their experience at Methodist. The interactions between the faculty, staff, and current PA students was evidence that Methodist knew their students.

Methodist’s mission aligned with my heart for medically underserved areas. I know firsthand that Methodist is true to their mission statement. They want to foster competent, compassionate PA’s in a supportive and engaging environment!

Sara Bladon

Sara Bladon

Greensboro, NC
Sara Bladon
Sara Bladon

Greensboro, NC

Methodist University

I became interested in Methodist University while I was visiting the campus with my high school. At that time I had no idea I would end up spending almost seven years of my life here. When it came time to apply for undergraduate, I knew that I wanted to be a PA, but that the programs are very competitive and that there was a lot of work and time ahead of me before I would be applying to graduate school. That said, I always kept my goals in sight.

When my interview day came I was so nervous, but I knew that this was what I was meant to do and I felt prepared for what was to come. All of the students and faculty I met during my interview day made me feel at home because they were so approachable and friendly. One of the reasons I chose to attend Methodist was because the faculty really tried to get to know me as an individual before I stepped into the interview. That made me feel that they cared about me and my success, but also that they cared about the class dynamic.

My classmates are all amazing people and they have made my PA school experience infinitely better, and the environment is extremely supportive. If a student is struggling in or outside of class, he/she knows that there are 39 other students and the faculty available to help them through it. Everyone is very approachable and happy to help however they can.

I am so grateful to be here and I am extremely proud to be part of this program. I am positive that I made the right choice for myself and my medical career by attending Methodist.

Jennifer Bruckstein

Jennifer Bruckstein

Berkeley Heights, NJ
Jennifer Bruckstein
Jennifer Bruckstein

Berkeley Heights, NJ

College of New Jersey

When I was applying to PA programs, I never thought that I would end up attending the one that was the furthest away from home. Before beginning the application process, I knew I was looking for a program where I would have the support of my peers and professors, which I felt was essential to succeeding in a very rigorous program. Methodist University’s PA program website felt so much more personable than some of the websites for various other schools that I had visited. From the student and faculty testimonies to the tips about how to write a personal statement, I gained the sense that the Methodist University PA program was one big family, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Out of all of the PA program interviews which I attended, the one at Methodist University was the only one where the welcoming and friendly nature of the students and faculty made me feel comfortable enough to be myself. It was that feeling of comfort and support which I received from the professors and students on the day of my interview, that ultimately made me decide to leave New Jersey, where I had been residing for my entire life to make Fayetteville, NC my new home.

Teddy Combs

Teddy Combs

Vero Beach, FL
Teddy Combs
Teddy Combs

Vero Beach, FL

University of Florida

Initially, Methodist University was not even on my list of schools to apply to. I had outstanding prerequisites that needed to be completed if I were to be accepted and I would have to relocate my family in order to attend. Reflecting back, applying to Methodist was one of the best decision I have ever made.

The PA school application process can feel like an overwhelming task. Each interview serves as another reminder that you are just one of many students who are all competing for the same slot. When you’re constantly being compared to your peers, it’s hard not to feel like you’re just another number. My experience at Methodist, however, was completely different.

During my Methodist interview, the faculty and staff took the time to look beyond the four corners of my application and truly get to know me as a person. The atmosphere was very calming and you could tell they really wanted to pick the right person for their program. For the first time in months, I wasn’t being defined by my GPA or GRE scores. Instead, the interviewers treated me like a future physician assistant. I left my interview feeling reinvigorated and excited to begin my PA school journey. On the drive home I called my wife and told her how I really wanted to attend school there. The next day when I got my acceptance letter I immediately put in my deposit to reserve my seat and withdrew all of my other applications. I have never questioned that decision and am proud to be a member of the PA program.

Janelle Dabrowski

Janelle Dabrowski

Coon Rapids, MN
Janelle Dabrowski
Janelle Dabrowski

Coon Rapids, MN

College of St. Scholastica

After finishing my undergraduate degree in 2012 from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, I started to look at potential jobs in healthcare not knowing fully what I wanted to do. Once I decided being a Physician Assistant was the career for me, I started to look at schools across the US. What drew me to Methodist was the very successful PANCE pass rate that the program has held, and the small class size. Coming from a small undergrad institution I wanted to find a small program where my professors would know my name. After interviewing at multiple schools, I felt an instant connection when I walked into my interview at Methodist. From being greeted by name, to a welcome breakfast, to having a current student with me the entire day, Methodist stood out to me. After learning more about the program I made the decision that if I was accepted this is the only school I wanted to attend. My experience here has been nothing short of amazing despite the stress of a rigorous program. With each class I feel more confident that I will be able to take care of my future patients well, and have made a new family since starting this program.

Jordan De Lay

Jordan De Lay

Davison, MI
Jordan De Lay
Jordan De Lay

Davison, MI

Maranatha Baptist University

Throughout my academic journey, I have always been a part of a smaller class size. As I was determining what I was looking for in choosing PA school, continuing this theme was high on my list in addition to excellent academics, reputation, resources, etc. However, I tried not to get my hopes up as I was going through the interviewing process by telling myself that I would have to compromise on something. When I received the invitation from Methodist for an interview, I was excited because, on paper, everything looked very appealing to me: excellent PANCE pass rates, full utilization of a cadaver lab, an excellent reputation in the community, and a small class size. One thing I did a few days prior to my interview was to read through the student testimonials. Every single testimonial seemed to highlight all the important factors on my list for schools which got me even more anxious for my interview.

The deciding factor for my decision to attend Methodist was my interview. From beginning to end, the faculty, staff, and students portrayed a learning environment that I wanted to join.  The faculty demonstrated a true interest and desire in seeing their students’ academic growth. Students had nothing but high praise for the program. But most importantly, the interactions between the students, faculty, and staff produced this close-knit, contagious environment. After seeing this camaraderie, I knew I wanted to be a part of the program. When I got my acceptance letter, I was so humbled to have this honor extended to me from such an exemplary program. Since classes have started, all my preconceived notions about the greatness of the program has been verified. I am thoroughly convinced I am getting the best education here in the MU PA program!

Simi Dhaliwal

Simi Dhaliwal

Mesa, AZ
Simi Dhaliwal
Simi Dhaliwal

Mesa, AZ

Elon University
Arizona State University (M)

I was fortunate to have lived in North Carolina for four years while doing my undergraduate degree at Elon University. I went back to Arizona State for my master’s degree, but missed the East Coast. I chose Methodist University for the feeling I had the moment I came to campus. The faculty and staff want to get to know YOU as a person, not just your CV/GPA. You are not just another number in this program. I felt this during the entire interview process and still continue to feel this way throughout my first year in this program. PA school is tough, and the faculty and staff do everything to make it easier for us. We have our own building, a tight-knit class of 40 students, our own cadavers in the anatomy lab, and our faculty is SO accessible. This program wants YOU to succeed and will offer opportunities to do so. At Methodist, we are able to mix inter-professionally with the other programs like PT, OT, and nursing. Some of us even meander to the undergraduate campus for the library and intramural sports! This program puts emphasis on being a whole, healthy person in order to be a good provider for your patients. They continually reinforce that being a GREAT provider is being a compassionate human. I love that advice because that simple thought can be forgotten among the hundreds of tests we take on our journey to becoming a PA-C! The Methodist faculty has a ton of experience in their fields and majority are currently practicing within the community. Methodist PA program is a strong and highly recognized part of this community.  This is a special place with amazing people, and I feel humbled to be a part of the MUPAP family!

Amelia Frye

Amelia Frye

Asheboro, NC
Amelia Frye
Amelia Frye

Asheboro, NC

North Carolina State University
Eastern Virginia Medical School (M)

Throughout the application process, I was initially attracted to the Methodist University PA program’s comprehensive educational experiences, diversity, small class size, service opportunities, and community focus. I strongly revered the PA program’s incorporation of individualized “hands-on” learning and the high standard of medical education delivered. My decision to attend Methodist was further solidified on my interview day. I genuinely felt welcomed and comfortable with all of the faculty and students I met. Even now as a student, I can attest the program helps cultivate students to not only excel, but to become leaders in the PA profession. Additionally, I believe having a smaller class has helped build stronger relationships with both the faculty and my classmates. Overall, the positive learning environment promoted by the program truly helps prepare and challenge students, so as future practitioners we can be patient advocates who strive to provide the best possible care.

 

Amanda Geertgens

Amanda Geertgens

Snellville, GA
Amanda Geertgens
Amanda Geertgens

Snellville, GA

State University of New York at Oneonta

“You are going to love the Methodist Physician Assistant Program!” This was a common response I received from people after revealing my acceptance to Methodist, and they were indeed right. I applied to Methodist while living in upstate New York after hearing about their outstanding reputation from my aunt who lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina. I took a change in direction and decided to move down from New York to North Carolina, where I was able to hear more wonderful things about the Methodist University PA Program.

My interview with Methodist is what set them apart from other PA interviews, and my exact words after I was finished were “That was the most comfortable and pleasant interview I’ve had”. Not only was I very impressed with their faculty, but I thoroughly enjoyed talking to some of the current students of the program during my interview, who had nothing but great things to say about their experience at Methodist! MUPAP has a “PA Buddy” support system in place where they partner you up with a 1st year student when you accept a seat in the program. This is a valuable way for prospective students to receive advice and support from someone who has walked the same path!

The faculty does a fantastic job of preparing us for future patients and they sincerely want to see us excel in our future careers as PAs. We each have different backgrounds and experiences that led us to Methodist and are able to help one another based on that.  The journey to becoming a physician assistant is strenuous and takes a significant amount of dedication and focus, but is also very rewarding and yes, at times is very fun!

Amy Hannah

Amy Hannah

Fayetteville, NC
Amy Hannah
Amy Hannah

Fayetteville, NC

Methodist University

As a member of the Fayetteville community and as a previous health care provider at Cape Fear Valley Medical center I had the pleasure of working with many Methodist PA graduates.  The knowledge, skill and caring nature that I saw portrayed by all of them encouraged me to return to school and also pushed me towards attending Methodist University PA Program.  I submitted my application to several different PA schools, but only chose to interview at Methodist.

From the moment I showed up for my interview, I knew I had made the right choice to only interview at Methodist. The faculty was extremely welcoming and were interested in finding out more about each candidate. This reassured me that they were interested in finding candidates that were a good fit for the program and that they were vested in their students. Throughout the interview process, I noted many reasons that Methodist was the place for me to include a large cadaver lab dedicated solely for the PA students and two other buildings devoted solely to the program.  I saw many of the current students utilizing the different study areas, and the students seemed excited to be learning, and some of the current students were included in the interview process to allow the candidates opportunity to ask questions. At the end of the interview I left 100% sure that Methodist PA program was the place for me and luckily, they thought the same.

The excitement of learning in an amazing atmosphere with a very supportive faculty was exactly what I was looking for when I decided to go back to school, and Methodist PA program provides this and more.  I am honored to be a part of MUPAP!

Trevor Hendricks

Trevor Hendricks

Fayetteville, NC
Trevor Hendricks
Trevor Hendricks

Fayetteville, NC

Methodist University

The Methodist University PA program has surpassed all of my greatest expectations. As a native of Fayetteville, I have frequently heard about the PA program here. I have always heard about how great the faculty are, how intelligent the students are, and how graduates of this program are regarded with high esteem. I also attended Methodist University for undergraduate and truly enjoyed that experience as well. I knew that if I wanted to become a PA that one of the best programs for it was just a few miles away. Methodist’s PA program had all of the things that I was looking for regarding the PANCE pass rates, the smaller class sizes, the outstanding reputation in the community, and an environment that is conducive to student success. I knew I was going to enjoy the PA program here and learn a ton, but the program has surpassed all of my expectations. The faculty and staff are all very committed to our common goal here. The faculty are all very intelligent, empathetic, and put learning at the forefront. The smaller class size of 40 truly does allow for a close family-like atmosphere that is very conducive to the success of all students. This small class size has helped contribute to my success largely in part because of our shared goals and our willingness to support each other through some of the more difficult times.

The program has been challenging, rewarding, yet enjoyable. I truly believe that choosing to continue my educational journey at Methodist’s PA program was one of the best decisions that I have made!

Megan Hitchcock

Megan Hitchcock

Greensboro, NC
Megan Hitchcock
Megan Hitchcock

Greensboro, NC

Wake Forest University
USC School of Medicine Biomedical Certificate Program

My story is a little different from some of my classmates.  My undergraduate career at Wake Forest proved insanely difficult for me academically. High school was easy; I was top of my class, a scholarship recipient, and actively involved. Upon entering Wake, I was introduced to group of people similar to me academically. However, there was this environment of competition, one where getting the grade was all that mattered, and you were pretty much on your own. That environment was hard for me.

After graduation, I applied for PA schools for three terms before getting an interview, let alone an acceptance. By my last term, I had nearly given up. I tried every way I could research and think of to set my application apart and fix some weaknesses. I emailed back and forth with many programs, including Methodist, about ways to improve my chances. Jennifer Mish was the only one I had conversed with that was realistic, but also kind and positive. Even with her encouragement, three previous cycles of no interviews made applying a fourth time hard for me. I thought maybe this wasn’t the profession for me, and started researching other medical careers. Then one day in January, I got the email that I had been selected for an interview. The interview day came, and I knew I was home. The professors present for my interview were kind and excited. Any sort of nerves I had were immediately turned into excitement. The faculty here truly want to help you succeed. The class has become like a family as well, and the sense of competition is gone. I know I am in the right place at Methodist University.

Anna Ingram

Anna Ingram

Goldsboro, NC
Anna Ingram
Anna Ingram

Goldsboro, NC

University of Mount Olive

I completed my undergraduate biology degree at a small private university located in the “pickle capital” of the world in Mount Olive, North Carolina. As a sophomore, I decided to pursue a career in the healthcare field. As a way to “get my foot in the door” I completed an EMT basic course, received my certification, and was able to gain medical experience while attending classes. As I began my senior year of undergrad, I decided to pursue my dream career of becoming a Physician Assistant. I visited information sessions about multiple programs including the one at Methodist University and decided to complete an application. The program was close to home and had a 100% PANCE pass rate!

I was graciously given the opportunity to interview with the program and needless to say, I fell in love. The morning of my interview, I was greeted by name and I felt an immediate sense of comfort. The program not only presented with fantastic pass rates and was close to home, but also exhibited a family-based atmosphere that reminded me of the undergraduate program I had been involved in and loved. Following interview day, I knew that if accepted, Methodist was the right program for me! I began the program in August of 2018, and I know now that I made the best decision for myself and my future. The faculty truly care about teaching and continuously offer support when needed. I know that they are always striving to mold each of us into the best future providers that we can be! The Methodist PA program is truly an honor to be a part of!

Olive Leke

Olive Leke

Fayetteville, NC
Olive Leke
Olive Leke

Fayetteville, NC

University of Buea, Cameroon

Fayetteville is home. Since moving to the US in 2011, I have lived and worked in Fayetteville NC. My husband has an established business here and with three children, we plan to be in Fayetteville for a very long time. So, relocating for studies was not an option for me.

When I decided to become a PA, I enrolled at Methodist University to take prerequisite courses for the PA program. During that time, I had the opportunity to talk to current students and graduates of the PA program. They spoke highly of the program.  I was elated when I finally got an invitation for an interview. My goal was to impress the admission community. On the contrary, I was impressed by the overall interview process. The faculty and students were warm and friendly. Methodist PA program had all the resources to guarantee my success academically, physically and mentally.

I am now in my second semester and I am proud to say I participate actively in my children’s education and extracurricular activities, carryout my duties as a mother and a wife and still keep up with my studies. The daily class schedule has been convenient. My classmates and staff have been very encouraging. I thank the Methodist PA program for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming a PA and still being able to be there for my family.

Mark Lucas

Mark Lucas

Geneva, NY
Mark Lucas
Mark Lucas

Geneva, NY

Clarkson University

Being stationed at Fort Bragg in the US Army made the decision to stay in Fayetteville for PA school an easy one. I was very familiar with Methodist, but my experience with all of the students and faculty during my interview made Methodist my number one choice for me. Methodist’s PA program has a family atmosphere and the faculty are genuinely invested in our future as Physician Assistants.

While I was volunteering at a local clinic prior to my acceptance into the program, I was able to meet and work with some of the students out on their clinical rotations in the Fayetteville area.  It always seemed that the Methodist students were well prepared to work in the clinic setting and expand the knowledge that they had learned in the classroom. I believe that Methodist will give me the tools I need to be successful in my clinical year and as a medical provider after I graduate.

PA school is very challenging no matter what background you come from, but at Methodist you really do form a team with your classmates. As a class, we have worked through the course load together to ensure that we all make it through. My background is less traditional than most PA students, in the sense that this is a second career for me; but in my experience with medical providers in the US Army and in the Fayetteville area, I was steered toward PA school when I fulfilled my commitment to the Army. Methodist PA program graduates are held in very high regard in the North Carolina area.

Ryan Magalis

Ryan Magalis

Stephens City, VA
Ryan Magalis
Ryan Magalis

Stephens City, VA

College of William and Mary

After completing my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, I knew I wanted to work in health care, but wasn’t sure what role was going to be the right fit for me. While spending a gap year working as a critical care tech in my hometown, I soon realized I wanted to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. I began researching schools in Virginia and neighboring states when I came across the program at Methodist University. I was immediately impressed by the curriculum, 100% PANCE pass rates, and the testimonials of past and present students all alluding to the camaraderie between the students and faculty. Having come from an undergraduate university with an extremely competitive atmosphere, I knew I wanted to find a PA program that was dedicated to facilitating a positive environment focused on student success. For that reason, applying to Methodist was one of the easiest application decisions I made. I was thrilled to be offered an interview and eventually accepted!

Now that I am almost finished with my second semester of didactic year, I can attest to everything I read in those student testimonials. Our class is like one big family who all want to see each other succeed in school and in life. Beyond that, our faculty members have a combined hundreds of years of clinical experience in various fields of medicine and are always willing to work with students to meet academic and professional needs. I am confident MUPAP is not only going to prepare my class to pass the national certifying exam, but more importantly, train us in medicine as an art which encompasses excellent clinical skills with compassionate patient-centered care. I can’t wait to see what my future holds as a result of choosing Methodist University’s Physician Assistant Program!

Erin McKeon

Erin McKeon

Albany, NY
Erin McKeon
Erin McKeon

Albany, NY

University of Connecticut

I applied to Methodist University (MU) because, having attended large state schools for my undergraduate degree and prerequisite courses, I knew I wanted a smaller school experience and feel.  I also did my clinical experience hours at a large, tertiary care center, so I knew I wanted to learn in an area without immediate access to more unique specialties.  I also wanted a program which was not attached to a larger medical school.

I decided to attend Methodist because of how immediately at home I felt during the interview.  I have only continued to feel more and more at home at MU while attending.  I actually wanted to cancel the other interview I had scheduled at another school after my MU interview because I just knew MU was where I belonged.

The faculty was so friendly and repeatedly acknowledged that while PA school would be hard and demanding, they also recognized everyone also has a life and responsibilities outside of PA school too and emphasized the importance of balance.  The faculty interview portion of the day didn’t even feel like an interview, it felt like a conversation with a friend.  The students all got along so well and seemed so relaxed and friendly as well.  All of this really impressed me and I knew Methodist was a place that valued the balance between work and life.

I can’t say enough nice things about the faculty here, they are all incredibly knowledgeable and helpful with a wealth of experience.  I also cannot say enough nice things about the other students in my class, it is wonderful to be surrounded every day by people who are hungry to learn, positive, enthusiastic, and who truly care about each other.

Karla Medrano

Karla Medrano

Oklahoma City, OK
Karla Medrano
Karla Medrano

Oklahoma City, OK

University of Oklahoma

My interaction with Methodist PA program from the second I turned in my application has been nothing short of exceptional. I feel like a broken record when I say that, but it’s true. From emailing with Mrs. Mish during the application process to arriving for the interview, and all the interactions from that point forward, I felt like the faculty and staff had my best interest in mind. That statement remains true to this day, wrapping up my second semester of our first year. Every single faculty member is genuinely caring and knowledgeable. Coming from across the country, I was worried about moving somewhere so far and not knowing anyone. But, the community that this program has developed is something I couldn’t ask more from. It’s more than just my classmates and professors.

It’s one thing to get accepted to a PA program and it’s another thing to make it through. I knew I wanted a program that would stand by my side and made sure I made it through the end. Methodist’s numbers speak for themselves with 3 consecutive years of 100% pass rates on the PANCE. Applicants may think that it’s too much to ask from a program: to be caring/have your best interest and also to fully prepare you for your career. But I can say that Methodist’s PA program excels at the two. You’re going to study more than you thought you were capable of and you’re going to doubt yourself, but Methodist and their faculty and staff will be there to guide and help you through it.

Megan Newton

Megan Newton

Jacksonville, FL
Megan Newton
Megan Newton

Jacksonville, FL

Berry College

After completing the prerequisites needed for entry into PA school, I began one of the most exciting, yet rigorous parts of the application process: researching programs.  It was during my research that I happily discovered Methodist University.  I was impressed by their high PANCE pass rates, an anatomy dissection lab, and the student testimonials on their website.  After interviewing at multiple programs, it finally came time for my interview at Methodist.  As soon I walked through the door, I immediately sensed the family atmosphere that set this program apart from the other schools.  After leaving the interview, I knew this is where I wanted to spend my two years of PA school so when I received my acceptance, I was more than ecstatic!  I am in my second semester of PA school at Methodist and I could not be any happier to have chosen to attend this program!

Troy Piorkowski

Troy Piorkowski

Nazareth, PA
Troy Piorkowski
Troy Piorkowski

Nazareth, PA

Methodist University

I am thankful to offer insight of my experience within Methodist University from not only the perspective of a current student, but an alumnus of their undergraduate chemistry department. What is most appealing out about this program, which paralleled the undergraduate level, is the level of investment the faculty has  in our success as students, clinicians, and eventual peers. From our first week of lecture they showed how invested they were through their excitement to pass on their vast amounts of knowledge and experience; which persisted throughout the entirety of our didactic phase. The faculty took the time to let us know that we were not just another number in a seat. In addition, their record of academic excellence is well reflected in their PANCE scores which is an important factor in any investment such as PA school.

Ellie Ramsey

Ellie Ramsey

Raleigh, NC
Ellie Ramsey
Ellie Ramsey

Raleigh, NC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Being a North Carolinian born and raised, I knew that I wanted to return to my home state for PA school. I applied everywhere with a PA program, which in NC, is a fair amount of schools. When researching the Methodist program, I found many extraordinary features that made this school stand out for me. The near-perfect PANCE pass rate was the first thing that caught my attention. It showed to me that Methodist University does an excellence job of preparing its students for the certification exam. A good school environment was another necessity for me. I had completed my undergraduate studies at a large university, and though I did well in that setting I wanted a smaller/ more intimate setting for graduate school. Methodist University in general and the PA program specifically fit this description and all my interactions with people associated with the university confirmed this impression.

My experience during the interview reinforced that this PA program was a good choice. The interviewers and staff worked hard to be welcoming and the remove stress from the process. Current students were present to show us around the campus and answer questions we had about their experiences. Though it was a stressful day, it was also a fun one. I felt confident after meeting everyone that the Methodist PA program would do an equally outstanding job making the experience of PA school enjoyable and educational.

I had no second thoughts when I received an invitation to be a PA student at Methodist University. My collective research and experiences with the University made me confident that it was the right fit for me. I send my acceptance in the very same day.

Morgan Rice

Morgan Rice

Detroit, MI
Morgan Rice
Morgan Rice

Detroit, MI

Michigan State University

If I was asked two years ago whether or not I envisioned myself moving across the country to a new city without family or friends to attend PA school, I wouldn’t have considered it possible.

I found Methodist University by chance, and I consider myself very lucky for that. Methodist initially stood out to me for many reason, but what really drew me in were the amazing things that current students had to say about their experiences in the program.

From the moment I submitted my application to Methodist, the admissions staff was extremely organized and prompt with their communication in a way that many other programs lack. They provided clear expectations and helpful recommendations for interview day.  The entire admissions process is extremely reassuring, and a reflection of the program’s professionalism and success as a whole. My interview day was no different. The faculty and current students were extremely warm and welcoming. It was clear that they already thought highly of us, and the goal of interview day was to get to know us for who we really are, in a low stress environment. It was very clear that the students here fostered great relationships with each other and with faculty, and it gave me a really good feeling that there is a strong sense of community and support within MUPAP. I left the interview confident that if accepted, I would not only receive a great education at Methodist, but I would be part of an amazing community.

The coursework has been challenging and rewarding, and the faculty here push us to be the best providers that we can be. Our success as future PAs is very important to MUPAP, and its student’s success rates speak volumes!

Katie Salloum

Katie Salloum

Pinehurst, NC
Katie Salloum
Katie Salloum

Pinehurst, NC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I have always known about Methodist’s Physician Assistant Program. Its proximity to home is what initially drew me to the program, but it wasn’t until I began the application process before I realized how much Methodist stands out among the many other schools in the state.

The night before my interview at Methodist, I was completely overwhelmed by my nerves. However, my anxiety vanished almost immediately after walking in. I was greeted by the admissions director, faculty members, and current students—and every single one of them treated me as if I were an old friend rather than a prospective student.

I can attest even more to the family atmosphere of this program. From day one, the faculty continuously stressed that my classmates and I had made it to PA school and should no longer view each other as competition. Our mission is not to agonize over being top of our class, but rather strive to become a better provider...40 in, 40 out, is our motto.

I have been blown away by the dedication of the faculty to training the next generation of health care providers. Many of our faculty members split their time between teaching and practicing in the community, which only further shows their commitment to their careers as both practitioners and professors. PA school really does feel like you’re drinking information directly out of a fire hydrant at all times. The faculty is preparing us for more than just a written exam. They work just as hard as my classmates and I do, preparing us for that day we step into a patient’s room and become responsible for making critical medical decisions. I am 100% confident that we will be well-prepared when that day finally comes.

Anthony Shaheen

Anthony Shaheen

Belmont, NC
Anthony Shaheen
Anthony Shaheen

Belmont, NC

Appalachian State University

Being from North Carolina, I was most interested in schools that would provide me an opportunity to get out of state.  Fayetteville had not even crossed my mind until someone recommended I look at the program at Methodist. After seeing the student performance upon graduation and the amount of time the program has been in existence, I knew it was one to bump up the list. The school has a proud tradition of fostering well equipped providers throughout the area, and higher performing graduates than the majority of programs I was looking at. The faculty’s communication is prompt, organized, professional, and thorough. What I encountered while at my interview was an amazing atmosphere that the faculty exuded without intention. The whole experience felt like family. I felt that the faculty genuinely wanted me here. I couldn’t shake the impression that they were well equipped to help me along in my journey to becoming a well prepared provider. Since being in the program I can say that those impressions are 100% true. My class functions as a family to ensure we all succeed. The motto “40 in 40 out” has been adopted for our class.

As a non-traditional student, the transition back to school presented enough challenges to life. The community here around campus is the perfect learning environment.  One of the big selling points for me that Methodist offered was a rotation abroad. As a provider I hope to volunteer in clinics abroad, and a rotation in Belize is an amazing learning opportunity to do so.

I know I made the right choice to come to Methodist because I am led by a talented, caring faculty, and will walk out of the program as a qualified and competent PA!

Heidi Smith

Heidi Smith

Richmond, VA
Heidi Smith
Heidi Smith

Richmond, VA

University of Louisville

I began my journey to Methodist by attending the University of Louisville in Kentucky. I worked hard balancing Division 1 lacrosse as well as graduating with a B.S. in Biology. It took me until my senior year for me to decide that I wanted to pursue a career as a PA. I knew that I wanted to be closer to my family and thus was focused on schools primarily in VA and NC. I had never heard of Methodist University, nor Fayetteville. However, the PANCE pass rate and testimonials online made me think that Methodist might be a good fit for me. I was absolutely blown away by the staff and program on my interview! I was shocked by how much the staff knew about me and how welcoming each of them were. When I left Methodist University, I left feeling wanted and welcomed.

Regardless of my stress, I am still so happy that I chose to come to Methodist. Our class has really become a family. We support one another by sharing study materials and helping those who may be struggling in one subject or another. Our philosophy is “40 in and 40 out.”

Every faculty member is approachable, caring, and knowledgeable. Their teaching style is not only preparing us to pass the PANCE, but to be the best practicing PAs we can be. The professors are very supportive and realize life happens. I lost a close grandparent my first semester, and all of the faculty were very supportive of my needs.

I have never felt more support living away from home. I have grown as a person in the past year and have learned more than I thought was possible in such a short amount of time!

Jonathan Smith, Jr.

Jonathan Smith, Jr.

Atlanta, GA
Jonathan Smith, Jr.
Jonathan Smith, Jr.

Atlanta, GA

University of West Georgia

Prior to PA school, I worked as a medical assistant in cardiology. I enjoyed providing care to my patients, but felt limited in my scope of practice and aspired to take the next step in my career. When I began to research PA programs, I focused on those with exceptional PANCE pass rates, continued accreditation status, program longevity, as well as an emphasis placed on diversity and minority representation within the PA profession. With an impressive combination of each of these factors, I quickly found Methodist at the top of my list. I was impressed from the very beginning by the excellent communication from the admissions department and was elated to receive an interview. Upon arrival to my interview, I was truly impressed by the welcoming nature of the faculty, staff, and current students. Unlike other programs with which I had interviewed, Methodist fostered an environment that immediately put my mind at ease. I left my interview session feeling as though I could truly see myself attending Methodist’s PA program.

Currently in my second semester at Methodist, I could not be happier with my decision to attend this program. I can now attest to the level of commitment and excellence displayed by the faculty and staff and am confident that they will provide me with the tools necessary to become a competent clinician. The bonds I have formed with fellow classmates are unparalleled, as we collectively support one another through the most difficult portions of the program. We understand our individual strengths and weaknesses and use those to help each other when it is needed the most. It is evident that the success of each student is important to the faculty, as they are always available when needed. I look forward to continuing my journey through this

Kendall Smith

Kendall Smith

Kernersville, NC
Kendall Smith
Kendall Smith

Kernersville, NC

North Carolina State University

During undergrad, I knew that I wanted to work in the medical field, but did not know which route I wanted to take. While working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Cary, NC, I had several conversations with a PA who worked in the office, who happened to be a graduate of MUPAP. I began researching the profession and realized that the versatility it offers would be a perfect fit for me. As a student-athlete during undergrad, I enjoyed being part of a team and knew that I desired some autonomy in my career.

During my interview, I was extremely impressed with the staff as well as the facilities that this program has to offer. The PANCE pass rate and the decades of experience shared with the staff members made Methodist stand out in my mind. I was especially drawn to the fact that MUPAP students are able to dissect their own cadavers, and do not have to share them with other programs! The PA buildings are towards the edge of campus, so it seems like we are in our own little world where we can all focus on our studies as a class. I had interviews and was accepted to other programs in NC, but something just felt right about Methodist during my visit, so I went with my gut feeling!

I am extremely happy with the decision that I made.  As difficult and challenging as this program has been for me, the faculty and my classmates are very supportive, and I am sure that I will be reaching out to them for help and advice in the future. I am so thankful that I have found my path, and I look forward to serving my community!

Jamaica Sykes

Jamaica Sykes

Portsmouth, VA
Jamaica Sykes
Jamaica Sykes

Portsmouth, VA

Virginia Tech University
North Carolina State University (M)

I was first introduced to the role of a Physician Assistant (PA) when I began working as a medical scribe in the UNC ED. Because I fell in love with NC upon moving here, I decided I wanted to stay here long term and began researching the PA programs in the state which is when I initially discovered the Methodist University PA Program (MUPAP). During my time as a scribe, I had coworkers who were accepted and began school at MUPAP. The two of them spoke very highly of the program, the professors, and it’s high first time PANCE pass rate. It seemed that the online representation of the school was accurate, and moved the program to the top of my list. I knew that this was a school I really wanted to attend so I made the decision to schedule a meeting with the program admissions director. As the students admitted, Mrs. Mish was kind and answered all of my questions. The atmosphere around the school caused me to leave that meeting feeling like I belonged here. Thankfully, within the next few weeks I was offered an interview and within the next month I was accepted!

Everything that you have heard or read about this program is fact true. Outside of an amazing cadaver lab experience, the program gives you access to resources such as online resources, which most PA students have to pay for. I know each person involved in the MUPAP genuinely cares about my learning, development, and future practice as a PA—while also making it fun. PA school is HARD but the nurturing environment we have here has made it a rewarding experience thus far!

Rachel Wallace

Rachel Wallace

Morganton, NC
Rachel Wallace
Rachel Wallace

Morganton, NC

East Carolina University

When looking for a physician assistant program, I knew was that I wanted to be in a place where I could feel at home. I was raised in a small, rural town in NC and decided to try a large university for my undergrad.  Luckily enough, the Pre-PA club at ECU exposed me to a variety of PA schools within the state. Methodist was a place I had not heard of until I came with the Pre-PA club to take a tour. When I arrived, something just felt comfortable. The staff and students were very welcoming, and it was clear that everyone was invested in the betterment of this program.

I applied to PA school after my junior year of undergrad so that I could begin immediately after I graduated. I was fortunate enough that Methodist offered me an interview before any other school. Despite being nervous on my interview day, the students and staff made me feel incredibly comfortable. They asked questions that made me feel like they truly wanted to know who I was. I attended other interviews, but was disappointed at each one after the experience I had at Methodist. No other program put in as much effort to get to know me.

Now that I am a current student, I can confirm that all of my initial feelings about this program hold true. The students and staff really do care about one another and they show it all the time. Collectively we make up a family of support that I believe is essential to surviving PA school. I am so grateful to be able to call such a wonderful program my home.

Christine Warner

Christine Warner

Whispering Pines, NC
Christine Warner
Christine Warner

Whispering Pines, NC

Medical College of Georgia

As a nontraditional student perusing a second career in my 30s, it was important for me to find a PA program that would be a good fit for me and my busy family life.  Methodist University is a well-known school with exceptional graduates from their PA program, likely due to the commitment of its staff.  At Methodist, the professors listen to students feedback and make changes accordingly to improve the curriculum.  Furthermore, in a smaller class of 40 students, I always felt that my voice could be heard.  For this reason, I know that I made the right decision to attend Methodist University PA Program.  Although the program is academically intense and emotional exhausting at times, I trust the process and their ability to help me achieve my dream to be a great PA.

Amber Watkins

Amber Watkins

Kannapolis, NC
Amber Watkins
Amber Watkins

Kannapolis, NC

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Methodist University has been such a light in my life. From when I was first interviewing to now, I have never felt better about the decision to attend. From the beginning, Methodist displayed values that were so intertwined with mine. They focused on providing excellent care to patients and the basic principles of what it takes to be a good PA. During my interview, I felt like I had truly found a place that I could learn and grow. The small class sizes and idea that I would be recognized as an individual, not just a number, were the main things that excited me.

I started my first semester and I was terrified of what was to come. However, as the days went on, I noticed that I was slowly but surely being molted into what I always aspired to be. Each day is a new experience with new adventures. The faculty are so knowledgeable about their field and truly make an effort to connect with each and every student on an individual basis.

Methodist also offers a great gateway into meeting diverse people from different backgrounds. For instance, the students in my cohort all differ in some way; no one took the same path to get here. Some are older students fulfilling a second career, while others are freshly off the graduation stage from undergrad. Some students have 10+ years’ experience of being a nurse, while others have only worked in a nursing home. Whatever the background, MU PA Program sees them as individuals with the ability to learn and succeed.

Methodist has truly made a mark on my life and I cannot wait to see where I end up at the end of this crazy journey.

Katelyn Watkins

Katelyn Watkins

Kannapolis, NC
Katelyn Watkins
Katelyn Watkins

Kannapolis, NC

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

It feels just like yesterday as I began my journey of applying to PA school. I researched numerous schools, both in North Carolina and out of state. I paid special attention to each programs class size, PANCE pass rate, facilities, and location. Methodist checked off everything on my list of a desirable program. I ended up applying to Methodist, along with several other schools. As I attended interviews at other schools none of them felt quite right, leaving me feeling uneasy. Feeling very unsure about the whole process I came to my interview at Methodist University. Immediately I knew that the Methodist PA program was the right fit for me. From the start of the interview until the end I felt a sense of community. Both the faculty and the students were so welcoming, friendly, compassionate, caring, and really put me at ease. I left the interview thinking to myself, “This place feels like home.”

I am currently in my second semester of PA school and I can confidently say I made the right decision. The faculty and the staff are incredible and are fully invested in the students’ success and future. My classmates and I are like one big family whom encourage, support, and help one another. PA school is definitely challenging, but I have grown so much in my knowledge. I cannot express enough how grateful I am to be a part of the MU PA program and for them believing in me.

Andew Wilz

Andrew Wilz

Portland, OR
Andew Wilz
Andrew Wilz

Portland, OR

Clark University

Prior to applying for PA school, my career path had gone in a few directions. After graduating in 2005 I landed a fantastic job in research. The position taught me about epilepsy and stroke, and offered me some wonderful opportunities. After five years, however, I felt a pull towards the clinical side of things and found a position as a neuro-diagnostic technologist at a Level I Trauma hospital. That was when I realized I belonged in the clinical world.

Over the next five years, I had frequent encounters with physician assistants of the various departments and clinics. A particular neuro-ICU PA and I reached enough rapport that we would often talk about how the patients’ EEG results corresponded to the MRI, CT, or sequelae of disease. After similar encounters with PAs in other departments, it became clear that the scope of the profession was vast and the possibilities almost endless. I truly wanted to become that integral piece in the patient care process, so I went back to school for more prerequisite courses after having been out for a considerable amount time.

Methodist initially caught my eye because of the smaller class size, the PANCE rates, and the cadaver lab, but honestly what makes me love it now are the incredible faculty, fellow students, and the diverse and caring environment. You will find that they look at each student from a holistic perspective. I had a few other options during the application process, but immediately knew it was Methodist after my interview, which is rare because I am usually indecisive. You will find that they already know how you look on paper, but are truly interested in a chance to get to know you as a person.

Elizabeth Wise

Elizabeth Wise

Godwin, NC
Elizabeth Wise
Elizabeth Wise

Godwin, NC

Methodist University

I went through undergrad at Methodist, so I already knew our program’s reputation. When I went for my interview, I remember all of the other interviewees remarking on how friendly everyone was. I agreed that the staff and students made the interview extremely relaxing and fun. However, this family atmosphere is innate to Methodist as a whole, so I was already used to it. Because we are such a small program/school, education can be further tailored to each student. The professors know you by name, they care about your life outside of school, and they are constantly working toward making your life easier. PA school is difficult. There is no doubt about that. But you will not find another program that works as hard for you as this one does. Prospective students may overlook this program because it is not a big school or a world-renowned school. However, it is a place that trains some of the best providers in the country, to not only know how to diagnose and treat, but to also know how to treat a person like he/she matters. Give Methodist a chance, you will thank me later.

Larry Witt

Larry Witt

Vancouver, WA
Larry Witt
Larry Witt

Vancouver, WA

North Carolina State University

After 12 years in the Marine Corps I opted for a career change where I could focus on saving and preserving life. I chose a Physician Assistance program because this profession stands out with its unique skillset, compassion, and extraordinary efforts to go above and beyond. Additionally, this particular field of medicine comes with an exceptional work-life balance, flexibility to work within various specialties, and most of all for me, fosters teamwork and collaboration roles as well as responsibilities encompassing patient care.

I befriended multiple MUPAP alumni along the way of gaining the necessary clinical experience in becoming competitive for applying and gaining acceptance into a PA program. These PAs were astute, passionate, and committed to patient care in a way that set them apart from other PAs. I chose Methodist University because of these interactions and how proudly they spoke of the program and its faculty members. During my initial interview, I experienced this unique atmosphere and the kindheartedness of the faculty of which was so proudly spoken. From past PANCE scores to the superiority of the program, school, and community, there is no other program that is so rewarding.

Here at MU you are surrounded by other students who want not only to help patients, but also to help one another. The mentality here is one of teamwork and collaboration. I encourage everyone interested in pursuing the exciting career of Physician Assistant to visit Methodist University so you too can witness the program’s innovative teaching facilities and dedicated faculty.

Lucas Woodall

Lucas Woodall

Athens, GA
Lucas Woodall
Lucas Woodall

Athens, GA

Lander University

Why Methodist University? The people here, small class size, PANCE rates, cadaver lab, and much more. My interview at Methodist was my first & favorite of the application cycle. After being given a checklist from the program to prep for the interview and being directed to check out the student testimonials, I felt skeptical that my interview experience would be as great as students claimed. I was immediately wrong. The faculty and students were professional, incredibly knowledgeable, welcoming, and fun. I interviewed at other schools that were very professional and impressive, but Methodist made the biggest impact on me. MU also brings together diverse students from many areas who support each other with prior experience and insights. Coming from a background as a medical screener & phlebotomist, yoga instructor, and former volunteer board member at a Georgia FQHC, I’ve had many opportunities as a learner and leader, but hearing from EMTs, RNs, and others in different medical fields helps tremendously.

Academically, the pace is very intense, but you will eventually understand how intelligently the course sequence overlaps to reinforce material AND to shape you into a great future clinician.

The leap from acceptance to first semester and beyond takes a lot of work. The faculty and upper-class students reminded us of that on day one and continue to do so. The ‘family feel’ of the program comes through with the consistent collaboration and encouragement throughout our didactic year. Between the friendships made during your interview & first semester, the faculty surprising you with a movie and snacks tossed into the lecture hall, or the faculty cooking the entire class pancakes before final exams, you will have a great time at MU, even with all the challenges of PA school.

Mylinda Worthy

Mylinda Worthy

Monroe, LA
Mylinda Worthy
Mylinda Worthy

Monroe, LA

Louisiana State University

Just before I submitted my CASPA application, I decided that I wanted to open up my PA program options to schools in NC. I had always planned on moving from my home-state, but the reality was a bit scarier than I initially thought. Once I received an invitation to interview at MU, I felt nervous, eager, and excited all at once. Most PA program websites will advertise their friendly and welcoming environments, but at Methodist, it was true! The interview process was smooth and felt as if the faculty just wanted to get a better idea of who I was as a student and as a person. Outside of the high PANCE rates and a cadaver lab the location, community, resources, support, and faculty are top notch. Coming from a large university, choosing a PA program where I would not feel like I was just another number, was important for me.

The faculty here see the potential in all 40 students and consistently encourage us to grow. Its amazing at how much you can learn in such a short amount of time! Every faculty member and class is unique, but the anatomy lab exceeded my expectations. Our instructor is a respected general surgeon who has so much knowledge. Having those types resources have helped keep me motivated and excited about learning medicine.

The other students in my class feel like a huge family, which is great for the students who are choosing to move away from home. Methodist puts effort into choosing a class cohort that is diverse and bring something unique into the PA profession. I am grateful that I ended up here and grateful for the opportunity to learn and become a part of such an exciting profession!

Robert Young

Robert Young

Raleigh, NC
Robert Young
Robert Young

Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University

My journey to obtaining an education at Methodist University (MU) was a very direct and concerted effort. I matriculated from an undergraduate education directly to MU’s physician assistant program (MUPAP), and so my experience may be different from others. I had certain parameters in mind which I looked to fill. I knew I wanted a school within North Carolina, a school with an anatomy/cadaver lab, a school with a receptive, caring, and experienced staff, and ultimately a school with a great PANCE pass rate. Methodist University possessed all of these attributes at the time that I applied and this has continued to hold true throughout my time here.

Methodist University’s location, situated near Fort Bragg and other military establishments, offered opportunities I was looking for in the armed forces. The cadaver lab is excellent in and of itself, but is elevated even further by the teachings of a general surgeon and PA with decades of experience each. The staff are constantly asking for feedback on course content, scheduling, and overall morale. Yet most importantly, my colleagues and I feel prepared and energized to begin our rotations and eventually begin practicing as efficacious, thoughtful, and genuine providers.

In all, my time at MU has fostered a drive to be the best practitioner I can be, rather than simply passing the exams and practicals. The change I’ve noticed in who I was a year ago compared to who I am now still baffles me, and I believe the rest of my class would say the same. I’m looking forward to seeing further positive change over the next year and urge anyone looking into the PA profession to find a program that gives them the same positive outlook on each semester.