Supplies & Medical Equipment

The following supplies are required of all PA students:

  • Watch with the ability to track seconds
  • Personal laptop computer with wireless Internet access and a cable and adapter to connect to Ethernet port
  • Two short white lab coats with the GWU PA Studies logo. These should not be purchased in advance.  
  • Two pairs of surgical scrubs with the GWU PA Studies logo. These should not be purchased in advance.

Medical Equipment:  Depending on the exact equipment model or style chosen, the average cost of medical equipment will be $750 to $1,500. Students may purchase equipment before matriculation; however, a medical supply company representative will set up an equipment display during the first week of classes. Students will be able to view and assess the equipment and have the option to make purchases through the vendor. See the Diagnostic Medical Equipment list below.

Required Diagnostic Medical Equipment

  • Diagnostic set (3.5v otoscope, ophthalmoscope, re-chargeable handle, case, disposable otoscope speculums)
  • Stethoscope (cardiology grade adult stethoscope with a separate bell and diaphragm with adult and pediatric convertible bell/diaphragm pieces)
  • Sphygmomanometer (regular adult cuffs)
  • Tuning forks C-128 and/or C-512
  • Taylor reflex hammer
  • Snellen pocket eye chart with the ruler
  • Tape measure – standard and metric increments
  • Penlight
  • Bandage scissors
  • Protective eyewear
  • Medical equipment bag
  • EKG calipers
  • Surgery suture skin

Recommended Diagnostic Medical Equipment

  • Insufflator bulb
  • Goniometer

Textbooks for Department of PA Studies

When appropriate, the textbooks required for the program will be available online through the Gardner- Webb University Library database at no additional charge to enrolled students. These include Access Medicine and UpToDate.

Any required text unavailable electronically via the library must be purchased by the student no later than the first day of class. Failure to utilize textbooks is considered a violation of professionalism.