Encourage the professional development of students and faculty.

Professional Development

A. MPAS 531 Professional Development, MPAS 536 Intro to EBM & Public Health, and MPAS 538 Healthcare Law and Ethics are professional topic-driven courses introducing and integrating principles of professionalism, ethics, the business of medicine/medical practice, healthcare disparities, provider sensitivity to cultural diversity, socioeconomic differences and the impact of these differences on health and wellness. All students within the 2016-2021 cohorts have completed these courses successfully.

Committee & Organization Involvement

B. PA student involvement in program and college committees.

C. PA student involvement in state and national PA organizations.

D. Faculty involvement in national, state, and local/regional organizations.
(Based on the participation of eight 1.0 FTE faculty)


American Academy of
Physician Assistants
Physician Assistant
Educators Association
American Academy of
Family Physicians


North Carolina Academy
of Physician Assistants
North Carolina Medical
North Carolina Academy of
Family Physicians


  • Rutherford Regional Health System Board of Trustees
  • CLECO Primary Care Network Board of Directors
  • Blue Ridge Community Health Services
  • Prisma Health Volunteer
  • Caromont Regional Medical Center
  • Cleveland Regional Medical Center

All Professional Affiliations/Organizations Include:

  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
  • American Association for Physician Leadership
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)
  • Metrolina Association of Physician Assistants (MAPA)
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP)
  • Rutherford County Chapter of NCMS
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
  • The Carolinas Center (TCC)
  • Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)
  • Hospice of the Carolina Foothills
  • SPOCUS (Society for Point of Care Ultrasound)

Professional Development

E. Faculty Attendance of Professional Development Workshops / Conferences.

Gardner-Webb University is committed to the professional development of program faculty. Seventy-one percent of the PA faculty are members of AAPA, 100% are members of PAEA, 57% are members of the state chapter of NCAPA. Twenty-nine percent are members of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and one faculty member serves as an essential member of Rutherford Regional Health System leadership.

The University meets the institutional responsibilities defined in ARC-PA Standard 1.03 by providing the PA faculty with the funds and time to complete their annual CME requirements and participate in at least one PA-education-related professional development conference or workshop minimally. Each year, PA faculty attend the PAEA Forum and/or PAEA Workshops and the NCCPA PA Program Educator Workshops.

The Center for Excellence and Teaching (CETL) is a resource for professional development in teaching. Annual workshops are available for faculty to attend and the provision of web-based resources to support individualized support in the area of teaching and learning for the faculty’s specific needs.

Clinical Practice

F. Faculty Clinical Release for ongoing Clinical Practice.

The GWU PA Studies faculty are granted a clinical release day each week to encourage the ongoing clinical practice by the PA faculty. PA program faculty are actively practicing medicine each week in various medical fields, including underserved family medicine, orthopedics, laboratory medicine, and hospice/palliative care.