Physician Assistant Studies Program
Gardner-Webb University’s Physician Assistant Studies Program has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Gardner-Webb anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2014, pending provisional accreditation in September 2013. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.
For details on the accreditation process and its impact on applying for a seat in Gardner-Webb’s inaugural class, read our detailed page describing the accreditation process.
Gardner-Webb University embraces the opportunity to create a Physician Assistant Program, especially given the dire need for health care access. The program mission aims to develop knowledgeable and caring Physician Assistants who practice competent patient-centered primary care in diverse environments.
To accomplish this, the didactic year curriculum will include innovative approaches to education including essential skills training, the use of patient models (actors, task trainers, etc.), and problem-based and team-based learning. The didactic training will be followed by nine clinical experiential rotations (each lasting 3 to 6 weeks).
For detailed information about our admission process, click on one of the following: Admissions, Technical Standards, Prerequisite Courses, Admission Requirements, Interview and Selection, Post-Acceptance Requirements, Program Costs, and Application Checklist.