Curriculum Overview

ARC-PA 5th ed Standards A3.12d, A3.13, A3.15; B3.03

For the curriculum overview, see MPAS100 Program Overview on Blackboard (Bb). Student assessments are both formative and summative throughout all phases of the program, with a final summative exam before graduation.


Due to the intensity and high standards of the program, it is advisable that students remain prepared and focused throughout the curriculum. To meet with success, the following must be a primary focus of GWU PA students:

  • Professionalism
  • Punctuality
  • Respect
  • Flexibility
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Focus and determination
  • Perseverance
  • Teamwork
  • Dedication
  • Kindness to others
  • Clear and appropriate communication
  • Strict adherence to the student conduct policy

As an intense graduate medical education program, it is anticipated that students will quickly become independent learners, managing their time and multiple responsibilities to complete their coursework effectively. It is the student’s responsibility to problem solve, question what they do not understand, and handle conflict with respect and maturity. When interacting with faculty and staff, do so with respect and use appropriate titles (i.e., Director, Professor, Doctor, Ms., and Mr.)

Overview of the PA Studies Program

ARC-PA 5th ed Standard A3.12d

The first 16 months of the curriculum are based on course instruction provided at the Gardner-Webb University College of Health Sciences (CoHS). During these months, the student will be learning virtually or in the classroom with a schedule that routinely includes multiple hours of class daily. The subsequent 12 months places students in supervised clinical practice experiences located in diverse geographical areas with call-back days to campus.