Health Care Insurance Requirements

ARC-PA 5th ed Standards A3.10; A3.19

Students are required to maintain personal health insurance during enrollment in GWU’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Proof of insurance coverage must be provided before matriculation. Students are responsible for all individual health care costs incurred while enrolled in the PA Studies Program. These costs may include but are not limited to: immunizations, illness, PPD testing, health evaluation post-exposure to an infectious disease, or other accidental injuries sustained during program mandated training activities.

Due to the potential for exposure to potentially infectious materials, insurance should cover screenings, diagnostics, treatments, and short-/long-term disability compensation that may result from any potential exposure. All screening, treatment, or disability maintenance costs that insurance does not cover will be the sole responsibility of the student. All covered, uncovered, or related costs are the exclusive responsibility of the student and not the responsibility of the student’s academic department, the GWU Department of Physician Assistant Studies, or Gardner-Webb University.

Community Health Care Options

University Health Services

For detailed information, please access University Health Services

Clinic Office Hours (Office and Virtual)

    Monday -Thursday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
    Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Closed from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM for medical staff’s lunch

Non-Emergent Community Health Care Options

Atrium Health Shelby Family Practice

  • Shelby Location
  • 1124 N. Washington St
  • Shelby, NC 28150
  • 980-487-1148
  • Boiling Springs Location
  • 708 McBrayer Homestead Rd.
  • Shelby, NC 28152
  • 980-487-2090

Kintegra Family Medicine – Dr. Robert M. Dorn, MD

  • 305 W. College Ave.
  • Shelby, NC 28152
  • 704-434-9686

CVS Minute Clinic – Boiling Springs

105 E. College Ave.
Shelby, NC 28017
Boiling Springs, NC 28017

CLECO Primary Care Network

808 Schenck Street
Shelby, NC 28150

Emergency Community Health Care Options

  • Dial 911 or 9-911 from any campus phone.
  • GWU University Police: 704-406-4444 or 911
  • Boiling Springs Police: 704-434-9691 or 911
  • Atrium Health Cleveland
  • 201 E. Grover Street
  • Shelby, NC 28150
  • 980-487-3000
  • Carolinas HealthCare Urgent Care – Shelby
  • 1010 E. Dixon Blvd
  • Shelby, NC 28152
  • 980-487-2900
  • NextCare Urgent Care
  • 419 Earl Road
  • Shelby, NC 28150
  • 704-481-0555

Student Health Status Restrictions

A student should notify the program director of any significant change in his/her health status (serious injury, prolonged illness, or other health-related needs that impact program progression) as soon as possible. The program director or designee and the student will determine if any restrictions or modifications of the student’s course work are necessary.

The department director or designee will:

  • Work with the student and faculty or preceptor to determine if appropriate accommodations can be made and still provide a suitable educational experience while ensuring safety for all concerned.
  • If accommodations cannot be made, the issue will be referred to the Academic Progression Committee (APC) for further evaluation and recommendations.

The student must:

  • Provide a written statement from his/her personal healthcare provider detailing necessary restrictions and, when appropriate, confirming the ability to continue with the program.
  • Inform the faculty of any change in health status and any possible limitations.

Faculty Healthcare Provider Policy

ARC-PA 5th ed Standard A3.09

The GWU PA Studies Department Director, Medical Director, all principal faculty, and staff are restricted from acting in the following capacities:  

  1. Participating as health care providers for students enrolled in the program
  2. Accessing any student health information other than that defined in the Department of PA Studies File Maintenance Policy.
  3. Providing care for a life-threatening emergency is the exception to this policy.