Physician Assistant Program Accreditation

The purpose of accreditation is to establish and maintain standards of quality. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) is the only agency authorized to accredit PA Educational Programs.

The Gardner-Webb University Physician Assistant Studies Program has been awarded Accreditation-Probation.  This is a temporary, status of accreditation, limited to two years, granted when a program holding an accreditation status of accreditation-provisional or accreditation-continued does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.  Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having its accreditation withdrawn.

The status of Accreditation-Probation will be reviewed for a change in status in March 2020 by the ARC-PA. 

The Gardner-Webb University Physician Assistant Studies Program is committed to academic excellence.  We will continue to focus on developing knowledgeable, caring, competent, and compassionate Physician Assistants and identify areas of ongoing improvement as we maintain our relationship with the ARC-PA.

Additional information and frequently asked questions can be found on the ARC-PA website.