Statement on Accreditation

ARC-PA 5th ed Standard A3.12a

PA Studies programs are accredited by the only accrediting body for PA Studies programs in the U.S., the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). A PA must be a graduate of a program accredited or provisionally accredited program upon admission by ARC-PA to be eligible to take the national certifying examination. A PA graduate must pass the national certifying exam to practice in this country.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Gardner-Webb University Department of Physician Assistant Studies sponsored by Gardner-Webb University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2028. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. Specific questions regarding the Department and its plans should be directed to the department director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).