A Healthcare Experience

Explore GWU’s Physician Assistant Studies Program

A team of students learns the human anatomy by exploring three-dimensional images in a virtual lab on campus. Those same students provide care to real people with desperate medical needs by sewing machete wounds, delivering babies and washing the feet of the homeless for medical examinations.

Gardner-Webb University’s Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program empowers students to experience healthcare education through both a robust didactic curriculum in a modern facility and an intensive rotation of clinical training opportunities in a variety of medical settings.

The master’s degree program begins with 16 months of instruction through traditional classroom, small group and lab opportunities in Gardner-Webb’s College of Health Sciences. The curriculum offers individualized instruction in small classes as well as numerous hands-on experiences, such as the study of the human body through the University’s Virtual Cadaver Lab.

The PA Studies program concludes with 12 months of experiential education in clinical rotations such as family medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine and general surgery. Every student completes at least one rotation in a medically-underserved community, which provides myriad service-learning opportunities as well as skills to prepare for PA careers in a variety of healthcare settings.

“Through their training these students are adaptable, flexible and nimble in a way that no other healthcare provider is,” explains Larry Herman, professor, dean and director of GWU Physician Assistant Studies.

For excellence in classroom and clinical education, GWU’s PA students receive praise throughout the medical community, and program graduates consistently secure jobs in an array of rural and urban medical settings prior to graduation.

Explore more of Gardner-Webb’s Physician Assistant Studies program.