Physician Assistant Studies Program

Accreditation Status

Gardner-Webb University has received Accreditation-Provisional by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). This status was granted after an exhaustive review of University sponsorship, Institute processes, faculty and administrative credentials and didactic and clinical curriculum. The first cohort of students begin classes in January 2014.


Accreditation is required in order for graduates to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). This credential is required for state licensure. Those students completing studies in a provisionally accredited program are eligible to sit for the examination.


Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted by ARC-PA for a limited, defined period of time to a new PA program that has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education.


Gardner-Webb University embraces the opportunity to create a Physician Assistant Program, especially given the dire need for health care access. The program mission aims to develop knowledgeable and caring Physician Assistants who practice competent patient-centered primary care in diverse environments.


To accomplish this, the didactic year curriculum will include innovative approaches to education including essential skills training, the use of patient models (actors, task trainers, etc.), and problem-based and team-based learning. The didactic training will be followed by nine clinical experiential rotations (each lasting 3 to 6 weeks).


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