Patient-centered primary care with compassion for the underserved.

Gardner-Webb University’s Physician Assistant program is built on a commitment to respect, ethical behavior, and integrity in personal and professional service. Ultimately, these are established on the foundation of Christian values and faith. We are training the next generation of care providers – a challenging and rewarding pursuit that requires depth of knowledge, compassion, and a vision for reaching the communities most in need.

What will I study?

Professional program requirements vary widely. Be sure to check all programs you are considering applying to early during your undergraduate studies for specific prerequisites needed to apply to that school’s program.

Within Gardner-Webb’s pre-professional employment track, you will want to review the Biology major and Exercise Science Pre-professional concentration four-year plan if interested in Physical Therapy.

Each applicant must have completed the following required courses:

  • Human anatomy and physiology with lab (two semesters or equivalent)
  • General biology with lab (one semester or equivalent)
  • Additional biology with lab (one semester or equivalent)
  • Microbiology with lab (one semester or equivalent)
  • General chemistry with lab (one semester or equivalent)
  • Additional chemistry with lab (one semester or equivalent)
  • Organic chemistry with lab (one semester or equivalent)
  • Statistics (one course)
  • Psychology (one course)
  • Medical terminology.

The cumulative prerequisite GPA requirement is 3.0.  Courses with a grade below a B- will not be accepted.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.


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What can I do with this degree?

The Gardner-Webb University Department of Physician Assistant Studies prepares graduates with the competencies needed for entry into clinical PA practice. We place great emphasis on opportunities among underserved populations throughout our program.

A PA is a nationally-certified and state-licensed medical professional. PAs practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. They practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and the uniformed services.


The vast majority of accredited PA Studies programs require applicants to hold a bachelor’s degree and complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE®) at least a semester prior to the program deadline. A few PA Studies programs accept applicants after the completion of 60 to 90 credits of undergraduate coursework. Each PA program has different deadline requirements and prerequisites for entry. Please contact the schools to which you are applying to determine their entry requirements.

Apply early to ensure your application is verified and on time. Begin the application process at least three months prior to program-specific deadlines. Requests often stipulate that official transcripts be sent directly to your specific programs at least 10 weeks prior to deadlines. A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required by the vast majority of PA programs, with preference given to letters from healthcare professionals. While PA programs require a range of direct patient contact hours for admissions, the median number of direct patient contact hours of matriculates for CASPA-participating programs was 1,428 hours.