Occupation: Physician Assistant, Community Health Network
College Majors: Health Sciences (undergraduate) and Master of Physician Assistant Studies (graduate)
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Krupa Dave ’12 and ’13 has always had a passion for the sciences, and knew she wanted to find a way to turn that passion into her career. And, she chose Butler for that very reason.
“I had a feeling I wanted to be a Physician Assistant, and Butler not only has a great undergraduate science program, but they also offer a Master in Physician Assistant Studies, which I hoped to attend once I graduated with my undergrad degree. When I was admitted as a high school senior, I knew it was the place for me.”
It wasn’t just the sciences that brought Krupa to Butler though. The small class sizes and general size of the University were big selling points, in addition to all of the other opportunities that come with being a Butler student.
“During my time at Butler, I was able to get involved with student organizations I was passionate about, including Timmy Global Health, the Biology Club, and the Physician Assistant Club, but I also had once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like cheering on the Dawgs in not one, but two Final Four championship games.”
Those types of opportunities can’t be found just anywhere, and it’s that mix of academic preparation and personalized attention found at a small school, paired with student life and athletics of a larger school that made Butler the perfect fit.
Her academic experience as a Health Sciences major and then as a Physician Assistant graduate student meant that she took rigorous classes—Organic Chemistry, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and Genetics, just to name a few—but her courses, along with experiential education opportunities, prepared her for her future career as a Physician Assistant.
“Butler’s curriculum was very tailored towards my career path. Because of this, I felt ahead of the curve when I started my clinical rotations and very well-prepared for my board exams, networking, and my job search. When it came time to start my first job, the transition from being a student to a professional was seamless.”
Krupa now serves as a Physician Assistant at Community Health Network in Indianapolis. She works in the Pulmonary Critical Care unit, helping patients who are suffering from acute respiratory diseases, including those with COVID-19.