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Welcome from the Chair and Program Director

Welcome to the Gardner-Webb University Physician Assistant Program webpage, and thank you for your interest in our program. In our brief existence, we have established a legacy of academic excellence, strong faculty educators and exceptional PA graduates who are members of healthcare teams nationwide. Our Program is a part of the growing College of Health Sciences at Gardner-Webb University where we have our state of the art facilities including a simulation suite among other technologically advanced educational opportunities. Our diverse faculty collectively bring years of medical practice in a variety of fields such as general and cardiothoracic surgery as well as dermatology, pediatric, and family practice.

Our program offers a small class size of 36 students with a motivated faculty and staff to invest in and guide students through their educational experiences. Accessibility of faculty is unparalleled and our focus on partnering with the community to deliver excellent, patient-centered care is sets our program apart. We are focused on delivery of healthcare to the underserved, and we are proud to provide multiple and diverse opportunities for our students to experience healthcare delivery within this population. We embrace the ethical values and human diversity of our team of faculty, students and patients. Our program aligns with the Gardner-Webb University mission of embracing faith and intellectual freedom, balancing conviction with compassion and inspiring a love of learning, service and leadership while focusing on developing knowledgeable and caring PAs who practice patient-centered care upon graduation.

We take great pride in our profession and value the art of medicine. Our commitment is to excellence, integrity and compassion. Our students benefit from the support of faculty and staff who genuinely extend these qualities to each student who bears the Gardner-Webb name.

We appreciate your interest in the Gardner-Webb University Physician Assistant Studies Program. We invite you to visit our campus, tour our facility and meet with our faculty and admissions liaisons. Sharing our program with you is our great pleasure.

Kind Regards,

Ami R. Steele, MMSc, PA-C
Associate Professor
Chair and Program Director
Department of Physician Assistant Studies