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Physician Assistant Studies Program



Our students will spend 16 months in didactic (classroom, small groups, and lab) followed by 12 months 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 medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, women's health, emergency medicine, general surgery, mental health, and one elective. In addition, students will rotate through an underserved U.S. community.


To learn more about our application process, click on this link or contact graduate admissions at (local) 704-406-4723, (toll free) 877-498-4723, or e-mail


Accreditation Status

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 granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.


Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status.  Accreditation-Provisional is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.


Accreditation-Provisional remains in effect until the program achieves accreditation-continued after its third review, closes or withdraws from the accreditation process, or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.  


Ms. Brittney Blanton

Assistant to the Dean/Admissions Liaison

Phone: (704) 406-2017

Fax: (704) 406-2370



Ms. Melissa Hamrick

Program Secretary

Physician Assistant Studies

Phone: (704)406-2369

Fax: (704)406-2370


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