Policy for Correctional Facility SCPEs

Correctional Facility Medical Centers may be utilized as SCPE sites for PA students. However, the student is not placed at correctional facilities without prior approval from the student. In addition, the student must complete mandatory facility-specific training regarding emergencies in the correctional facility before beginning any patient care experience.

SCPE Housing Policy

The Gardner-Webb University Department of PA Studies does not provide financial assistance for housing during the clinical year.  The GWU Department of PA Studies does not approve, inspect, or certify housing affiliated with SCPE or AHEC sites. The program strongly discourages students from staying with preceptors as a housing option. 

GWU PA students are responsible for arranging their SCPE accommodations during the clinical year.   Some SCPE sites may provide student housing for a fee, and some NC AHEC regions make housing options available at the student’s own expense. 

GWU PA students are encouraged to review the “Housing” section in the SCPE course on Blackboard for more information on potential housing. However, there is no guarantee that housing information will be provided.

The student bears all responsibility for housing expenses related to SCPE location and mandatory callback day on-campus activities.

SCPE Travel & Transportation Policy

While attending SCPEs, the student must be prepared to travel throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and occasionally to other states. therefore, the student must have reliable transportation.  Failure to attend an SCPE due to lack of transport is not an excused absence and will require the student to make up the missed time and may contribute to significant delays in completing the program.

The student bears all responsibility for transportation expenses related to SCPE location and mandatory callback day on-campus activities.