Physician Assistant Studies Program
This is a very exciting time in PA Education and Gardner-Webb’s Physician Assistant Studies Program. Our faculty and staff have spent considerable time preparing a Christ-Centered program aimed at closing the gap between patient demand and access to care. Pending accreditation – provisional, our students will spend 16 months in didactic (classroom, small groups, and lab) followed by 12 month 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 practice, 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.
Gardner-Webb University’s Physician Assistant Program has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Gardner-Webb anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2014, pending provisional accreditation in September 2013. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.