Physician Assistant Studies Program
Greg Davenport, D.H.Sc., PA-C
Dean and Director
Physician Assistant Studies
In 2014, this crisis will most likely worsen when 1,600,000 uninsured North Carolina citizens will have insurance and seek out a primary care provider. In an already stressed community, who will meet this primary care demand? Although the answer is multifaceted and complicated, a Christ-centered and service oriented physician assistant program (at Gardner-Webb University) could be part of the solution.
Our students will spend 16 months in didactic (classroom, small groups, and lab) followed by 12 month of clinical rotations. Our didactic curriculum will use a traditional classroom setting augmented with problem and team based learning modules and hands on skills training. This will be followed by nine clinical rotations (experiential education). Rotation sites include family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, women's health, emergency medicine, general surgery, mental health, and one elective. In addition, students will rotate through an under served U.S. Community.
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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