Smaller Campus, Closer Community
"UE is great because it offers more of a personal experience. The faculty need us as much as we need them. I just like the feeling of being a part of the UE community."
Majors: Physician Assistant Science '19
Health Services Administration '14
Earning her undergraduate and master degrees at UE
Kelsey earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in health services administration from University of Evansville. Both degrees required her to complete an internship, so for her undergraduate degree requirement, she worked as an auditor for Orthopaedic Associates. For her master's degree, she interned as an intake representative. Upon graduation, Kelsey worked as a medical assistant in Austin, Texas, in a clinical capacity before deciding to apply to physician assistant programs. This job helped Kelsey realize that she was more interested in the clinical aspect of health care rather than simply the administrative work.
Returning for a Master of Physician Assistant Science degree
Kelsey, originally from Dallas, Texas, returned home after leaving Orthopaedic Associates to look for PA programs. She toured several campuses in Texas, but she said they didn't live up to her UE experiences. After six months of searching, UE announced it would be offering a Master in Physician Assistant Science program, and Kelsey jumped at the chance to apply.
Strong relationships with all PA Professors
Kelsey had a hard time picking a favorite professor as "they are all wonderful!" She finds Michael Roscoe's jokes funny, Sean Harper's stories entertaining, and Gina Neimeier's lectures engaging. Kelsey also appreciates the teaching methods that Andy Lampkins, PhD, uses in his curriculum. She enjoys participating in "Friday Pharmday" during class with Lampkins. In this activity, the class submits questions each week, and then Lampkins presents those questions to the class to answer in teams. This really helps Kelsey and her peers as they study for exams and learn new materials.
UE is a community
Kelsey really appreciates the strong community and relationships she has found at UE. "I feel like the connections I have here, not just with the students, but also with the faculty is incredible. My professors really care if I do well." She knows that her professors want her to succeed both as a student and in her personal life. Kelsey also finds the City of Evansville to be a very welcoming community. "Growing up in Dallas and living in Austin, you don't know everyone. I was constantly meeting new people, but here in Evansville, everybody knows everybody and the community is really close."