From the Students: Christian University at Gardner-Webb

Gardner-Webb's Christian foundation is important to students
in unique ways. Hear from current students about what it means to them.




Jonathon Rhyne, Freshman Marketing/Journalism

“I know that on my bad days, I am loved by a bunch of people who I don’t even know… Here, people do care about you, and they don’t even have to know your name.” (More)


 

 

Hannah Ray, Sophomore English

“Everything falls under that umbrella of 'Why are we doing this?' and a Christian University has the responsibility to do it because they’re trying to glorify God in all that they’re doing.” (More)



 

Jeremiah Hamby, Senior Psychology

“It’s more than going to Church on Sunday; it’s living in a community of Christian believers in everyday life and being intentional, being vulnerable with them, and the atmosphere at Gardner-Webb has really shown me that…” (More)

 

Caitlyn Brotherton, Senior ASL

“That’s what college is all about: figuring out what you want to do and who you want to be, and when everyone around you is pointing you towards Christ, it’s a lot easier to be focused on him.” (More)

Small Class Size in GWU Physician Assistant Program Enhances Student Learning

Physician Assistant Studies

Lauren Embry (’18)

Lauren Embry (’18) Masters Physician Assistant Studies

“We learn the different diseases, presentations, symptoms, management, and treatment options, which gives us the information that we need for our hands-on scenarios. During our hands-on activities, we have both standardized patients and mannequins that we perform exams on.”

Lauren Embry (’18) of Rock Hill, S.C., came to the Physician Assistant Studies program at Gardner-Webb University after graduating with her bachelor’s degree from a large university, where she felt like a face in the crowd. “I have truly valued the class size at GWU and the availability to get to know my teachers,” she reflected. “Having smaller classes allows the teachers to know your name and also different aspects about your life that don’t happen at larger universities. I have truly valued the friendships that I have made with both classmates and teachers.”

Students are required to learn a ton of information and do so through a combination of lectures and practice. “We learn the different diseases, presentations, symptoms, management, and treatment options, which gives us the information that we need for our hands-on scenarios,” Embry explained. “During our hands-on activities, we have both standardized patients and mannequins that we perform exams on.”

Students receive hundreds of PowerPoint slides a week, which requires them to study outside of class. “The teachers can only do so much explaining during class, so a lot of time it is our responsibility to really learn and figure out the material outside of class,” Embry assessed. “With that being said, the teachers have an open door policy. They are always available, during business hours, to sit down and explain anything that we ever have questions on. Whether it’s a five-minute question or an hour-long question, they will stop what they are doing in order to help their students learn.”

One PA studies faculty member who has influenced her the most is Assistant Professor Jamie Camp. She appreciates his work ethic and Christian influence. “I can’t thank him enough for all of the effort he has put into our education. He works above and beyond his required hours to create the best learning experiences possible for students,” Embry affirmed. “He tries so hard to make realistic scenarios for us so we are ready for clinicals and real life. At the beginning of class, he does a quick devotion. By him taking time to pour into our spiritual lives, it shows that he cares about us as a whole person.”