Doctor of Physical Therapy student, Megan Jackson, shares how HOSA fostered skills and provided a wealth of knowledge

“HOSA gave me the necessary skills needed for both undergraduate school and graduate school. If I had any advice for high schoolers that are interested in any healthcare profession, I would say join HOSA!”


Name: Megan Jackson

Program: Doctor of Physical Therapy

Anticipated graduation: 2025

Undergrad: B.S. Science in Kinesiology with a Minor in Biology, Campbell University

Why did you choose CPHS and what benefits do you believe you gained/are gaining from attending Campbell? Did you / do you connect with the “Campbell family?” I chose CPHS and Campbell because I love the school’s faith-based ideals and the fact that it truly feels like home. I have been here since 2019 and Campbell has always fostered a sense of belonging and community.

Please summarize your personal, business, and academic journey: I started my undergraduate degree at Campbell in 2019. I obtained my B.S in kinesiology, with a minor in biology and an added concentration in special education. During my time at Campbell, I was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the president of the exercise science club, and a high merit winner at the Wiggins Memorial Library Educational Symposium. My senior year, I was also awarded the outstanding senior kinesiology major award. Outside of school, I was able to have an internship at an ACL specific rehab company, that later turned into a job.

Additional accomplishments: Before coming to Campbell, I was highly involved in HOSA – Future Health Professionals. During my time in HOSA, I was a state officer, representing the Sandhill Region of North Carolina, I was a 4-time State Finalist in the Sports Medicine competition, and represented North Carolina at the International Leadership Conference by competing in Sports Medicine. HOSA gave me the necessary skills needed for both undergraduate school and graduate school. For example, HOSA allowed me to become more comfortable talking to people in a professional manner and being comfortable answering hard questions. It also gave me invaluable friendships, life lessons and a new perspective on the healthcare field.

At Campbell we believe in purposeful lives and meaningful service. What legacy are you leaving/do you hope to leave? I want to leave a legacy that represents not only my love for the healthcare profession but also shows my faith. I want to be remembered by the grace and love that I show others.

Reasons why prospective students should choose Campbell over other Graduate and Professional Schools: The DPT program has amazing faculty members that allow themselves to be open and available at all times for students. Not only that, but the DPT program fosters an environment of learning and growth that reaches beyond the classroom.

Tell us about your HOSA experience: I was in HOSA – future health professionals, from August of 2015 to May of 2019. I served as the Union Pines High School Chapter President, District Vice President, and Sandhills Region Representative. I not only held leadership positions, but I also competed in the Sports Medicine Competition, which comprised of a written test and a skills test. I placed 1st in the region, top three in the state and represented North Carolina at international competition all four years of high school in Sports Medicine. I have represented North Carolina HOSA in Tennessee, Florida, and Texas. Aside from competitions and leadership events, I also received the Barbra James Service Award for my community service, as well as a HOSA scholarship my senior year. My time in HOSA did not go by the wayside once I came to Campbell. The skills that I have acquired during my four years in the organization continued to grow and evolve. HOSA gave me the confidence to speak in front of a crowd, interview, and network with others, just to name a few. I also am thankful for the relationships that HOSA provided me, allowing me to have friends across the state and nation. Now that I am in PT school, I reflect on the years of knowledge and personal growth that HOSA gave me and I am a firm believer that HOSA gave me necessary skills to succeed at the professional level. If I had any advice for high schoolers that are interested in any healthcare profession, I would say join HOSA! HOSA will open more doors than you will ever realize for your future. I am thankful that I came to a university that helped foster those skills that HOSA provided me and that they continue to be involved in the organization.

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