Pre Physician Assistant Program Testimonials

Participating in a Pre Physician Assistant program is a life-changing experience, but you don’t have to take our word for it – check out what graduates have to say about our Pre Physician Assistant Program and mentorship opportunities below:

I am very grateful for the opportunities and experience that the program has provided….I saw a variety of patients, and at least ten patients at the outpatient clinic.

“Everything has gone well from my end of the Excell experience and I am very grateful for the opportunities and experience that the program has provided….I saw a variety of patients, and at least ten patients at the outpatient clinic (the same amount that the doctors and PA’s examined) I was told by the doctors and PA’s present that I did very well as they double checked my diagnosing and my recommended drug prescriptions. I would give full credit to Miss Maya Mann and EXCELL for that outcome. So I would say that EXCELL has been a very positive experience!”

- Kristin, 2017

My PA mentor still inspires me to this day and I am so grateful for all he has done for me!

“The mentoring that my PA mentor provided for me was really exceptional. It was great knowing that he would always make time for me to answer any questions i might have had – it’s really rare to find this while shadowing a PA in any other setting because they are so wrapped up in their work and get really busy, so they can’t always answer every question….he really motivated me to do more and be better.”

- Jennifer, 2016

The EXCELL Education Pre-Physician Assistant Clerkship changed my life in many ways, and it was an incredible experience I will never forget. I truly believe it was a major factor in my acceptance into Seton Hall. I know I am ready for both PA school and starting my career as a certified physician assistant, and I have EXCELL to thank for that.

“The EXCELL Education Pre-Physician Assistant Clerkship strengthened my resolve to become a physician assistant in more ways than one. Before beginning this program, I had only a vague idea of the role a physician assistant has in the field of healthcare. I did not have much experience in patient care, and did not feel prepared to take on the academic rigor of physician assistant schooling. After completing the clerkship, I feel more than qualified to take on the position of a PA. Completing the Quality of Life survey week after week with the same patients built rapport that I could not have gained otherwise. I developed close relationships with many patients and always looked forward to engaging in conversation with them. Nothing is more rewarding than knowing you are the cause of joy in someone’s life, and EXCELL greatly helped me to achieve this.

In addition to building patient rapport, becoming a member of a healthcare team and working with professionals to improve patient experience at the facility taught me invaluable leadership skills. It gave me a sense of pride to know that my reports helped to make a positive change in the facility and put dissatisfied patients at ease. My perception of myself certainly changed after completing the EXCELL Clerkship. I feel much more confident in my abilities and almost feel as though I am a physician assistant already. I have had a wide range of patient experiences and feel prepared to take on the role of a healthcare professional. I have the mindset and mentality of a physician assistant, and now all that is left is the proper education and certification to match.

The EXCELL Education Pre-Physician Assistant Clerkship changed my life in many ways, and it was an incredible experience I will never forget. I truly believe it was a major factor in my acceptance into Seton Hall University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program. I know I am ready for both PA school and starting my career as a certified physician assistant, and I have EXCELL to thank for that.”

- Kristen, 2015

“My mentor demonstrated a clear intention to give me the best opportunity to see what the professional entails, and also erased any doubts, making me feel I can achieve my goal becoming a PA.

- Chris, 2015

“At first I was apprehensive about a tuition-based program because my advisor gave me a lot of other options, but after doing my own research and trying it, I am super satisfied and would do it again regardless of the price tag. The part that i enjoyed the most was the patient contact experience. You gain a lot of knowledge from shadowing, but learning it is different from being able to apply it on your own – you get to work independently and talk to patients, and it’s a really great opportunity to just dive in!

I want to actively recommend this to other people – I really want to encourage everyone to look into this option!

The benefit of having a mentor rather than just someone to shadow is that you have this individual who can give you a really good idea of what you can achieve and how you can pursue it and ideas of how you can really get where you are going. Having that pa mentor who can just be that second voice to say “remember why you started this, remember why you’re doing this, and once you’re in there and once you graduate and once you have your job you’ll look back on this and realize it was all worth it.”
-Tori ’14

“It would be hard to pick one thing that prepared me the most for my PA interview because the program as a whole really prepared me – it wasn’t any one thing. But I would say my interaction with patients and shadowing which gave me concrete examples that I can use during my interview to show the admissions committee that I do know more about the PA profession and what it’s like to be part of a healthcare team.

A past student told me it was a “Wax On, Wax Off” experience like in the Karate Kid – and it really is! Every part of the program is beneficial.

I enjoyed completing the quality of stay surveys and the time I got to spend with the patients – it allowed me to build relationships with them and it was a unique experience because I was able to help the patients – I took the time to listen to them and make them feel important, and I did make a difference in the facility.

The mock interviews were helpful because I knew it was something I needed a lot of work in, and I knew I would be very nervous so it definitely helped prepare me in a stressful situation. The critique and video were really helpful because you can definitely see your mistakes and work to improve them.

I would definitely recommend the program to prospective PA students – there is nothing else out there like the EXCELL program, and it definitely is unique and will help prepare the student for PA school. The whole program was very beneficial and I definitely am not only prepared to be a PA student but I feel like I grew as a person and truly feel it will make me a better PA in the future.
-Donna ’14

“I found the pre PA program by chance. I asked a physician assistant that I met once his advice about the best type of experiences to get before PA school and how to find those types of experiences. He directed me to this pre PA program and it was the best advice I’d ever gotten. This pre Physician Assistant program is unlike any other out there. I had done some shadowing in hospitals beforehand and while I got to experience being in an operating room, it does not compare to the experience I had with this pre PA program. During my six months of mentorship, I got to do and see so many things I never imagined I’d be able to experience before attending PA school. I not only learned how to take vital signs, but I became extremely comfortable walking into patient’s rooms by myself and interacting with them. I believe this skill will allow me to be much more relaxed when I begin PA school.

This program has made me much more confident going into Physician Assistant school, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about becoming a PA.

But the patient interaction is just one element of the pre PA program… the preceptors involved in this program care so much about student education and understanding. Another aspect of the pre PA program is being able to talk to other physician assistants who have recently graduated from PA school. The speakers come to talk to us about their experiences and the students get to ask questions about anything and everything possible. This also allows you to understand better what kind of things Physician Assistants do in different specialties, which is not something you get to do by shadowing just one PA. This program has made me much more confident going into Physician Assistant school, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about becoming a PA.”
-Kasey ‘13

The EXCELL Pre- PA Program has surpassed my expectations. I felt from the start that if I was serious about attending PA School, a Pre- PA program like this would be essential to my success.

I enjoyed the fluid nature of the Pre- PA program. Thanks in large part to the patient setting as well as frequent interaction with the staff, the program works on many levels and was never boring. I especially enjoyed the tension releaser with the Trampoline Park.

Not only have I received valuable health-care experience, but EXCELL mentally prepared me for the application process and subsequent interview – I enjoyed it all and patient interaction stood out the most.

The EXCELL Pre- PA Program allowed me the opportunity to accumulate personal interactions with patients that I will be able to draw from and discuss in my interviews. In addition, the interview prep helps to align the best experiences and opens it up for critique. EXCELL’s step-by-step approach allowed me to become better acclimated to the interview process while not having to dedicate all of my time to it – the act of improving feels more natural.

I am a fan of the EXCELL Pre-PA Program – you guys are great, and the benefits are obvious from so many perspectives. EXCELL helps others grow – Thank you for the opportunity.

- Rob, ’14

“Mentoring from EXCELL has given me a priceless resource for endless information. Whether it be trying to get into PA school, being in PA school, or being a PA itself it really just reinforced my dream of wanting to be a PA.

The mentoring I received through EXCELL was more than just exceptional, it truly was life changing.

My mentor worked with someone like me who had no confidence, and made me feel so much more confident – like i could interact with every patient. That’s huge because without that, you may not even get into PA school – but I felt so much better after this program, I really felt like I was meant to be a PA.”

- Lauren, ’12

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