Mission, Values, and Goals

Gardner-Webb University Mission Statement

Gardner-Webb University, a private, Christian, Baptist-related university, provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate education that is strongly grounded in the liberal arts while offering opportunities to prepare for various professions. Fostering meaningful intellectual thought, critical analysis, and spiritual challenge within a diverse community of learning, Gardner-Webb is dedicated to higher education that integrates scholarship with Christian life. By embracing faith and intellectual freedom, balancing conviction with compassion, and inspiring a love of learning, service, and leadership, Gardner-Webb prepares its graduates to make significant contributions for God and humanity in an ever-changing global community.


Physician Assistant Mission

Develop knowledgeable and caring Physician Assistants who practice competent patient-centered primary care in diverse environments.


Physician Assistant Goals

Faith – Foster a commitment to Christian values, ethics, and integrity in personal and professional service as a physician assistant.

Service – Emphasize a servant-leadership lifestyle, which prepares graduates to serve in underserved communities, domestically and abroad.

Leadership – Develop a solid professional value system, committed to life-long learning, professional development, and advocacy for the profession.

Knowledge – Cultivate high quality graduates committed to self-discovery and self-assessment and committed to the application of critical thinking and analysis of research.

Gardner-Webb University and its Physician Assistant Studies Program are committed to these goals and will communicate them through our teaching, role modeling, and clinical practice.