What Alumni & Students Have to Say
“I decided on Shenandoah because of its excellence in pass rates, the inviting and friendly atmosphere from the staff and students, and the emphasis they place on outreach and global missions. I believe this university integrates my two passions: medicine and serving others through missions. They provide a comprehensive foundation for primary care and present many volunteer opportunities, preparing me to pursue my skills in any location or setting. Throughout my time at school, I constantly feel welcomed, encouraged, and confident that I chose the best career.” Joshua Harris (Class of 2015)
“I chose SU because of their superior dedication to provide medical service in rural or underserved communities. The facility, atmosphere, and welcoming faculty and students further led to my choice to attend SU. I believe this program can assist in taking my aspirations to serve the less fortunate groups of people to the next level, and I am incredibly happy with my decision. “ Emily Engel (Class of 2014)
“Attending physician assistant school at Shenandoah University has allowed me to participate in three international trips and experience learning in new ways. The beautiful surroundings and activities in the area are a perfect balance for an intense curriculum. While a student, I had incredible opportunities to become connected with well-respected providers in their fields, and gained a true appreciation of my profession.” Shea Dempsey (Class of 2012)
“SUPA allowed me opportunity to grow both academically and professionally. While studying occupied much of my time, I also participated in the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) nationally. I attended the AAPA national conference two years in a row, and was elected to several positions that showed me the inner workings of our most important professional organization. I was well prepared to join the Air Force when I graduated.” Ricky Martin (Class of 2011)
“I researched many PA schools around the country during my initial planning process of applying to Physician Assistant schools. I wanted a program that was small, personal and highly ranked in the academic community. In 2011, Shenandoah University ranked 22 out of over 123 PA schools by U.S. News and World Report. Our class size was 43, talk about personal attention!
When I interviewed at Shenandoah University, I fell in love with the personal environment and the faculty’s passion for teaching their students. All of the faculty members are certified physician assistants that practiced medicine before they began teaching. Throughout your training, you will hear personal stories and lessons learned during their time as practicing PAs to enrich your learning experience. This program has an annual mission trip to Nicaragua that is an amazing opportunity to practice medicine as an early student.
The education you receive from Shenandoah University will set you apart from your colleagues. The faculty will push you to perform at your highest potential. When you graduate from this program, you WILL be prepared for whatever field of medicine you choose. I currently work as an emergency medicine physician assistant in North Carolina and I couldn’t be happier.” Jessica Elder PA-C (Class of 2010)
“Shenandoah University was my only choice for PA school! Approaching my senior year in college, I found myself wondering what would be my next step. Although I had majored in chemistry, I knew I wanted a career in medicine. Shenandoah University offered a friendly group of faculty and staff that encouraged an environment of learning. Despite the tough journey through PA school, it was all worth it. Not only did I attain a degree to practice medicine, but I also experienced the wonders of mission work in Nicaragua. During my second year, I served a vital role on the women’s health team treating patients and mentoring first year students. I currently work at the National Institutes of Health in the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, which requires a broad range of knowledge. I have no doubt in my mind that Shenandoah University has been the best choice in preparing me for my career.” Candice Moreland PA-C (Class of 2010)
“I was attracted to Shenandoah’s program because of the personal teaching environment that was very much the opposite of the large lectures I encountered during my undergraduate education. The University’s location provides a small town feel but is still in close proximity to Washington D.C. The Physician Assistant program provides many opportunities for students and having classes at Winchester Medical Center allows interactions with doctors, PAs, and patients at one of the top hospital centers in the country. Through the student society I serve as the House of Delegate’s representative in the AAPA and have the opportunity to represent Shenandoah University at the national conference. I am very happy with my decision to attend the Physician Assistant program at Shenandoah, and am certain that the program will give me all I need and more to succeed as a Physician Assistant.” Marilyn Radcliffe PA-C (Class of 2009)
“When I began researching PA programs I knew that I wanted to go somewhere that had experienced professors, excellent resources, and was close to the northern VA area. After I began classes at Shenandoah I realized I had all of the above plus much more. -The small class size created a strong bond between the students and professors and there are always volunteer opportunities within the community as well as overseas through our medical mission trips. So far I have had the chance to travel to Matagalpa, Nicaragua and Juarez, Mexico, which have been two of the most rewarding experiences of my life. If I had to do it all again, there is no doubt that I would pick Shenandoah University’s physician assistant program. It has not only prepared me academically to become a PA, but also culturally as well.” Natalie Nyren PA-C (Class of 2008)
“After earning my undergraduate degree, my heart was set on becoming a physician assistant. I knew Shenandoah University was the right choice for me after researching the program and speaking with SU faculty and students at my interview session. I respected the program’s mission to support job placement in underserved communities, and its honorable first time pass rate on the national certification examination. Throughout my time at SU, the faculty and staff were always willing to assist me in any time of need. I am proud to have been a part of the PA program at SU!” Whitney Morris (PA-C) (Class of 2008)
“During my interviews for PA school, I fell in love with Shenandoah University The faculty, staff and students were so kind, caring, and willing to answer any questions that I had. Shenandoah University became my first choice. After being accepted into the program, I quickly learned that Shenandoah University would change my life. With the help of my professors and peers, I was able to gain the knowledge and skills that I needed in order to become a successful PA. I was also able to expand my knowledge even further on a medical mission trip to Leon, Nicaragua. Upon graduation I felt prepared for the working world. I now work in a primary care office in rural southwest Virginia. My patients and colleagues feel comfortable with my clinical knowledge. I would definitely recommend Shenandoah University to anyone looking to become a PA!” Jaime Few PA-C (Class of 2008)
“The comfortable setting at my interview, along with the tour of the facility, helped me realize that Shenandoah was the only place I wanted to be. So far, the program has offered me a positive learning environment and a supportive network of peers.” Kelly Grubb PA-C (Class of 2007)
The curriculum at Shenandoah University provided me with all the skills I needed to feel confident entering the work force. I was able to obtain a position in the field of my choice prior to graduation knowing I would be ready for the responsibilities of patient care.”
Rebecca Rosemann PA-C (Class of 2004)