Ali Burley | Physicians Assistant Doctoral Program | Presbyterian College | Clinton SCAli Burley

PA Student
Class of 2021

Hometown: Lexington, S.C.


Ali graduated from Clemson University in 2015 with a degree in health science. She was a member of the Delta Omega Honors Society.

After graduating, Ali went to USC to earn a master’s degree in public health. She also worked as a scribe and a medical technician at an urgent care clinic.

Ali volunteered at the Rosa Clark Medical Clinic in Seneca, S.C., while attending Clemson.

“I started volunteering at this clinic because I wanted to get more medical experience and learn about ways to increase access to medical care,” she said.

She wants to be a PA to work with those who have limited access to health care.

“I want to be a PA to help to increase accessibility to health care,” she says.

“I want to work in pediatrics to help children and their parents understand more about their health. I want to empower children to make healthy decisions early in life.”

Ali chose PC because of its welcoming feel.

“I felt that I would be more than a number,” she said. “The professors appeared to truly want to get to know us as individuals and want what’s best for our futures.”