Frequently Asked Questions

When do classes matriculate?
How long is the application cycle open?
What is the length of the program?
What degree will be awarded?
Does the program accept transfer credit from other PA programs?
Will the program require a background check and drug screening?
How many positions are available in each class?
What is the program stance on student employment while attending the program?
Do I need to have completed the prerequisite courses before I apply?
Is the program accredited?
What is meant by a “Rolling Admissions Process”?
Why is a background investigation required?
What would the profile of the “ideal” successful applicant look like?
Does GWU give preference for a certain type of undergraduate degree?
When should I apply?
If I do not meet one of your prerequisite GPA requirements, could I still be considered?

 

When do classes matriculate?
Classes begin for each cohort once a year in January. 

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How long is the application cycle open?
The application cycle will begin in mid-April and run through September 1 via CASPA.  GWU will not accept any applications outside of CASPA.  The program will start interviewing applicants in June.  Students will be accepted using a rolling admissions process. 

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What is the length of the program?
The program will run for seven consecutive semesters spanning 28 months. This includes 16 months of didactic work followed by 12 months of clinical learning experiences.

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What degree will be awarded?
Upon successful completion of the Physician Assistant Program, students will be awarded a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS).

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Does the program accept transfer credit from other PA programs? 

Advanced placement will not be granted under any circumstances. All students who enter the program must fulfill all program requirements. 

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Will the program require a background check and drug screening?
Prior to matriculation, all seated students must complete a drug test and background check. Additional screening (at additional cost) may be required prior to the onset of clinical learning experiences and as required by the preceptor clinic.

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How many positions are available in each class?
The Gardner-Webb PA program has provisional accreditation to accept 36 students in each cohort.

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What is the program stance on student employment while attending the program?
Due to the intensity and high standards of the program, it is advisable that students remain prepared and focused as they progress through the curriculum. Students are strongly discouraged from seeking or maintaining employment while enrolled in the program.

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Do I need to have completed the prerequisite courses before I apply?
Applicants may be “conditionally” accepted with up to two prerequisites pending; however, all the coursework must be completed and official transcripts received by GWU no later than September 15 just prior to the matriculation date. Furthermore, all coursework must meet grade requirements listed under application requirements. 
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When will the program be accredited?

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.

 

This is the status that ARC-PA typically confers on new programs until ARC-PA has completed their third program evaluation and site visit and a determination as to full accreditation is made. That next ARC-PA visit is scheduled for August of 2017.

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What is meant by a “Rolling Admissions Process?”
Interviews will begin in June and continue until the class is full or September 1, whichever comes first.  By using this approach it is possible to fill all available seats prior to the September 1 date.  Therefore, it is to your advantage to submit a completed application as early in the process as possible! With submission later in the process (even though prior to the deadline), you run the risk that no class seats will be available, or that only a few will remain. Once the class is full, remaining applications will be evaluated for an alternates list.

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Why is a background investigation required?
Clinical learning experience sites require background investigations for employees and students.

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What would the profile of the “ideal” successful applicant look like?
The “ideal” candidate will be well-rounded demonstrating excellent grades, hands-on patient care experience, outstanding and altruistic commitment to service and volunteerism, have a passion for medicine and the PA profession, and desire to serve as a primary care practitioner in a medically underserved area.

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Does GWU give preference for a certain type of undergraduate degree?
No. We value admitting a class with students who have a variety of different types of Bachelor’s degrees.

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When should I apply?
Applicants should apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). CASPA opens in mid-April of every year and continues until our September 1 deadline when all materials must be to CASPA. When you apply through CASPA, you are applying for the cohort that starts the following January (three months after the September 1 application deadline). We strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible because many interviews and admission decisions are made throughout the Summer months.

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If I do not meet one of your prerequisite GPA requirements, could I still be considered?
Applicants must adhere to all admission requirements. Unfortunately we cannot consider an applicant who does not meet our minimum pre-requisite GPA. In fact, that is a minimum GPA and does not in any way assure an interview. Applicants invited for interview tend to be the strongest applications so please judge accordingly. We publish our admission requirements and it would be unfair to make an exception to those minimum requirements.

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