Frequently Asked Questions

When do classes matriculate?
How long is the application cycle open?
What is the length of the program?
What degree will be awarded?
Does the program accept transfer credit from other PA programs?
Will the program require a background check and drug screening?
How many positions are available in each class?

What is the program stance on student employment while attending the program?

Do I need to have completed the prerequisite courses before I apply?
Is the program accredited?
What is meant by a “Rolling Admissions Process”?
Why is a background investigation required?
What would the profile of the “ideal” successful applicant look like?
Does GWU give preference for a certain type of undergraduate degree?

 

When did the inaugural class matriculate?
The inaugural class matriculated in January 2014.

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How long is the application cycle open?
The application cycle will begin in mid-April and run through October via CASPA.  GWU will not accept any applications outside of CASPA.  The program will start interviewing applicants in June.  Students will be accepted using a rolling admissions process. 

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What is the length of the program?
The program will run for seven consecutive semesters spanning 28 months. This includes 16 months of didactic work followed by 12 months of clinical learning experiences.

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What degree will be awarded?
Upon successful completion of the Physician Assistant Program, students will be awarded a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS).

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Does the program accept transfer credit from other PA programs? 

Advanced placement will not be granted under any circumstances. All students who enter the program must fulfill all program requirements. 

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Will the program require a background check and drug screening?
Prior to matriculation, all seated students must complete a background check and drug screening.  The cost for both is $100 and the service must be done through www.certifiedbackground.com.  Additional screening (at additional cost) may be required prior to the onset of clinical learning experiences and as required by the preceptor clinic.

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How many positions are available in each class?
24 seats in the first year, 30 in the second year, and 36 in subsequent years.

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What is the program stance on student employment while attending the program?
Due to the intensity and high standards of the program, it is advisable that students remain prepared and focused as they progress through the curriculum. Students are strongly discouraged from seeking or maintaining employment while enrolled in the program.

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Do I need to have completed the prerequisite courses before I apply?
Applicants may be “conditionally” accepted with up to two prerequisites pending; however, all the coursework must be completed and meet grade requirements prior to September 1 just prior to the matriculation date.  Candidates must provide transcripts as evidence of completion as described in the Admissions Policy (no later than October 1 of that same year).

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When will the program be accredited?

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Gardner-Webb University Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program.

 

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

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What is meant by a “Rolling Admissions Process?”
Interviews will begin in June and continue until the class is full or October 1, whichever comes first.  By using this approach it is possible to fill all available seats prior to the October 1 date.  Therefore, it is to your advantage to submit a completed application as early in the process as possible! With submission later in the process (even though prior to the deadline), you run the risk that no class seats will be available, or that only a few will remain. Once the class is full, remaining applications will be evaluated for an alternates list.

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Why is a background investigation required?
Clinical learning experience sites require background investigations for employees and students.

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What would the profile of the “ideal” successful applicant look like?
The “ideal” candidate will be well-rounded demonstrating excellent grades, hands-on patient care experience, outstanding and altruistic commitment to service and volunteerism, have a passion for medicine and the PA profession, and desire to serve as a primary care practitioner in a medically underserved area.

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Does GWU give preference for a certain type of undergraduate degree?
No. We value admitting a class with students who have a variety of different types of Bachelor’s degrees.

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