Yadira Zuniga

Yadira Zuniga

East Carolina University

I graduated from East Carolina University with my heart set on attending PA school. Subsequently, I spent the next two years working as a nursing assistant (NA) for a pediatric office in my hometown, which was an amazing learning experience and one that led me to the Methodist University Physician Assistant Program (MUPAP). As a NA, I witnessed firsthand the level of knowledge and professionalism that the MUPAP instills in their students through my interactions with PA students during their rotation and when working alongside a recent graduate of the program. It was clear to me that Methodist holds a reputation for producing competent yet compassionate PAs, so I decided to research the program a little further. Immediately, I was impressed by the consecutive outstanding PANCE pass rate and job placement rates, which I viewed as a testament of the academic and clinical preparation students receive in this program. On interview day, Ms. Mish’s endless guidance, the faculty’s genuineness, and the student panel’s sincereness all created a welcoming and relaxed environment that surpassed my experience with any other school. Upon acceptance, I cancelled the remainder of my interviews.

The faculty and staff at MU are extremely knowledgeable and truly committed to the success of their students. “40 in 40 out” is the motto and every day, they go the extra mile to ensure that we are receiving the education and guidance that will prepare us for our practice as adept PAs. Today, I have no doubt that I chose the right program and am thankful to have been giving the opportunity to join the amazing, supportive family of MU.