Katie Wenzel, Class of 2021: Thank you for everything over the years. I chose Rutgers because I trusted the education I would receive here. The program was difficult, as any PA program is, but I never wavered in my belief that it would prepare me well for the PANCE and more importantly for being an excellent PA. I would choose Rutgers all over again when it’s all said and done.
Natalie Amato, Class of 2008: “The Rutgers University PA program was an amazing educational career experience for me. As a career change, the faculty embraced my prior experiences and used them to prepare me as a PA. They truly care about each student in program & make each experience unique. As a successful Cardiothoracic Surgery PA since graduating the Rutgers University PA program, I can attest that the rigorous curriculum instilled the notion that being thorough & organized is the key to success! I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!”
Laine Butler, Class of 2016: “Moving from California to New Jersey, it was important to me that I ended up at a PA school with a good reputation, successful graduates, and most importantly, welcoming and supportive faculty. And that is exactly what I’ve found here.”
Phillip Carhart, Class of 2010: “I am a graduate of the 2010 UMDNJ (Rutgers) PA program and I cannot recommend it enough to aspiring PAs. By the end of my three years there I felt over-prepared for the PANCE, and had an easy time passing it. The rotation sites include many top notch hospitals in New Jersey, with some of the highest educational and clinical standards (e.g. Morristown Medical Center). The reputation of the program also precedes your employment, as I was specifically scouted while still in PA school by a hospital and had a job before I graduated. The staff is excellent, and take a personal interest in your success and education, with regular advisor meetings and convenient office hours. Overall, this program more than prepared me for life as a PA, and if I ever had kids interested in being PAs I will send them here.”
Lisa Cohen, Class of 2012: “I entered the PA program through the Rutgers BA/MS 3+3 Program – though very challenging, this was a great way to get on the fast track to an excellent PA education. I have nothing but good things to say about this program – the curriculum provided me with a great basis for an entry level job in primary care. From day 1 the faculty are great about creating unity between classmates as well as students and faculty, fostering a supportive learning environment.”
Eric Covert, Class of 2017: “Something we heard early on was to put our faith in the program’s experience and to “trust the process”. That was a hard pill to swallow as there are moments, in any PA program I suspect, where you feel overwhelmed. But placing faith in the hands of faculty, some who have been working in PA education for decades, meant we could trust their expertise and follow in their footsteps towards a successful career as a PA. Being a non-traditional student who had worked for nearly 10 years prior to PA school, I had to heavily weigh the 3-year format. I ultimately chose Rutgers for its longevity and outstanding reputation. I have been most impressed by the breadth of knowledge that we have covered throughout the program. Starting from the fundamentals of A&P and biochemistry, we have progressed to complex medical management plans and running simulated codes, all with careful guidance from accomplished faculty members. Without a doubt, Rutgers PA grads will be prepared to enter the workforce with a leg up on the competition and the three-year curriculum allowed for it.”
Ashley Day, Class of 2012: “What attracted me to the UMDNJ/Rutgers PA program was the investment that the faculty and staff made into each individual student. The program is invested in making sure students succeed on a personal and professional level. I felt everyone in the program cared about helping me become the best PA I could be.”
Gabi DiMarco, Class of 2018: “I chose Rutgers PA program because I felt confident that the strong background in science and medicine, exposure to reputable hospitals and excellent medical facilities and extended length of clinical rotations would best train me to treat patients and be a competent PA. However, it was not only the medical training, but the investment of the program and faculty in the personal development and enlightenment of their