Physician Assistant Studies

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The Gardner-Webb PA Program is deeply committed to developing within each student a strong foundation in the basic medical, clinical and psychosocial sciences. This provides our graduates with the education to treat patients and enables them to meet the life-long challenges inherent in the practice of medicine.

In our brief existence, we have established a legacy of academic excellence, strong faculty educators and exceptional PA graduates who are members of healthcare teams nationwide. Our Program is a part of the growing College of Health Sciences at Gardner-Webb University where we have state of the art facilities including a simulation suite among other technologically advanced educational opportunities. Our diverse faculty collectively bring years of medical practice in a variety of fields such as general and cardio-thoracic surgery, dermatology and aesthetics, women’s health, pediatrics, urology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, and family practice.

We are focused on delivery of healthcare to the underserved, and we are proud to provide multiple and diverse opportunities for our students to experience healthcare delivery within this population. We embrace the ethical values and human diversity of our team of faculty, students and patients. Our program aligns with the Gardner-Webb University mission of embracing faith and intellectual freedom, balancing conviction with compassion and inspiring a love of learning, service and leadership while focusing on developing knowledgeable and caring PAs who practice patient-centered care upon graduation.

Mission, Values and Goals

The mission of the PA program is to develop knowledgeable and caring physician assistants who practice competent patient-centered primary care with a focus on underserved populations. Our values reflect a commitment to respect, ethical behavior, and integrity in personal and professional service that are established upon the foundation of Christian values and faith, in agreement with the Gardner-Webb University mission.

PA Program Values

The values of the GWU PA Studies Program reflect a commitment to respect, ethical behavior, and integrity in personal and professional service that are established upon the foundation of Christian values and faith, in agreement with the Gardner-Webb University mission.

PA Program Goals and Outcomes

  1. Admit highly qualified applicants capable of successfully completing the Gardner-Webb University Physician Assistant Studies Program
  2. Deliver curriculum that prepares students for entry-level clinical practice
  3. Cultivate a commitment of service to medically underserved populations
  4. Encourage the professional development of students and faculty
  5. Strive to achieve and maintain PANCE pass rates equivalent to or exceeding the national average

Gardner-Webb University and its Physician Assistant Studies Program are committed to these goals and will communicate them through our teaching, role modeling, and clinical practice.

Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Gardner-Webb University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Gardner-Webb University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2028. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.