Once accepted into the Gardner-Webb Physician Assistant Program, the following conditions must be met in order to matriculate into the program.
- Technical Standards form
- Health Information Release form
- Health Insurance documentation (policy statement from insurance provider)
- Immunization History form (via http://www.CertifiedBackground.com code GB55im)
- Tuberculosis Screening (via http://www.CertifiedBackground.com code GB55im)
- Certified Background check and Drug Screen (via http://www.CertifiedBackground.com code GB55)
- Transcripts (for course work completed since application)
- Compliance with all conditions of acceptance
All students must meet the minimum technical standards necessary to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies required of an entry-level physician assistant. Candidates offered a seat in the program are required to sign a statement verifying they meet the technical standards. This form can be found on page 91 of the student handbook.
The Gardner-Webb University (GWU) Physician Assistant Program has a per-matriculation immunization policy that is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immunization recommendations for health-care personnel. Prior to matriculation, all PA students are required to have the following immunization (or serology testing proving immunity) status verified through http://www.CertifiedBackground.com. The estimated cost of verifying immunization or immunity status is $20. Use code GB55im
- Hepatitis B: 3-dose vaccine series being administered on schedule and records of titer validating current immunity. If titer is negative, you must provide proof on one Hepatitis B booster vaccine.
- Mumps: Records of titer validating current immunity or a 2-dose vaccine series being administered on schedule.
- Rubeola: Records of titer validating current immunity or a 2-dose vaccine series being administered on schedule.
- Rubella: Records of titer validating current immunity or a 2-dose vaccine series being administered on schedule.
- Polio: Documentation of the completed primary series. There must be a record of at least 3 vaccinations.
- Varicella: Records of titer validating current immunity or a 2 vaccine series being administered on schedule. Note: History of previous infection is not sufficient evidence of immunity.
- Pertussis: Record of having received 1 dose Tdap within last ten years.
- Influenza: Record of having received viral influenza immunization during the fall semester preceding matriculation. Will be required to obtain influenza immunization annually while enrolled in the program.
Students who require one or more multi-dose-vaccine series to meet Immunization requirements must provide medical documentation that they have initiated the process at least six weeks before their first day of orientation. Students failing to do so will not be permitted to matriculate into the program. They must also provide medical documentation of completion of the process according to established CDC immunization timelines. Students failing to do so will be dismissed from the program.
Tuberculosis ScreeningAll students must have a PPD skin test within four (4) months of enrollment and yearly thereafter.
- All positive PPD tests must have a chest X-ray and be evaluated by the Health Department.
- If the chest X-ray is positive, the applicant/student will not be allowed to enter or continue training until treated and cleared by an infectious disease specialist.
- Positive PPD with history of negative chest x-ray (chest x-ray must be done for all positive PPD tests)
- BCG vaccine
- Applicant was born outside the U.S.
- If the IGRA is negative, the applicant/student is cleared to enter the program;
- if the IGRA is positive, the applicant/student must be evaluated and cleared (treated if necessary) by an infectious disease specialist before they begin or continue their PAS training.
Students are required to maintain personal health insurance during enrollment in GWU’s Physician Assistant Program. Proof of insurance coverage must be provided prior to matriculation. Students are responsible for all personal health care costs incurred enrolled in the PA program. These costs may include but are not limited to: immunization, illness, PPD testing, health evaluation post exposure to a communicable disease, or other accidental injuries sustained during program mandated training activities.
Certified Background Check and Drug Screen
Prior to matriculation, all PA students are required to have a certified background check through www.CertifiedBackground.com. Admittance to the Program is contingent upon a successful background check. A background check revealing information that would prohibit a student from participating in clinical rotations or prevent licensure will make him ineligible for the program. In addition, this evaluation includes a ten panel drug screen which must be negative to matriculate into the program. The estimated cost for the background check and drug screen is $100. Use code GB55
Immunizations, TB, Background, and Drug Screen Release
Each supervised clinical practice experiences site requires a copy of the student’s immunization history, tuberculosis screening results, background check, and drug screen. In order to facilitate provision of this information, the Physician Assistant Program requires admitted applicants to provide a release that authorizes the program to:
- Maintain a copy of this information in their program student record, and
- Release copies of this information to the clinical sites to which students are assigned for training
- Official transcripts of all course work including any courses that may have been completed since their program application was submitted
- Evidence of compliance with any other conditions noted in the applicant’s conditional letter of acceptance