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Gardner-Webb University: Physician Assistant

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Program: 28 months (116 credit hours), admits 36 students, and starts in January. 91% PANCE Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate

Application: Deadline is September 1st.

In-State Tuition (total): $87,241. This does not include additional costs/fees, which can range from $5,000 to over $12,000.

Admission Info:

  • Average GPA: info not listed
  • Average GRE Scores: info not listed
  • Average hours of health care experience: info not listed
  • Three letters of recommendation: Preference is given to applicants who have at least one reference from a healthcare professional


  • Human anatomy and physiology with lab (two semesters) (UNCW: BIO/L 240 and BIO/L 241)
  • General biology with lab (one semester) (UNCW: BIO/L 201)
  • Additional biology with lab (one semester) (UNCW: BIO/L 202)
  • Microbiology with lab (one semester) (UNCW: BIO/L 246 or BIO/L 425)
  • General chemistry with lab (one semester) (UNCW: CHM 101)
  • Additional chemistry with lab (one semester) (UNCW: CHM 102)
  • Organic chemistry with lab (one semester) (UNCW: CHM 211)
  • Statistics (one course) (UNCW: STT 210 or STT 215)
  • Psychology (one course) (UNCW: PSY 105)
  • Medical terminology (one course) (UNCW: ATR 470)

UNCW course recommendations: Student must verify the correct coursework needed for each program.


  • Bachelor's degree must come from a US regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. minimum
  • Prerequisites must be taken at a US regionally accredited institution and each course must meet a minimum 2.7 G.P.A. requirement.
  • Should a course be taken more than once, all grades are utilized in the overall cumulative GPA calculation and the last grade must be a minimum of 2.7 (B-) or higher.
  • We do not accept online lab courses.
  • We prefer that all prerequisite courses are taken within the last seven years. If your courses are older than that, know that we recommend refreshing them.
  • We encourage students to have taken anatomy and physiology within two years of the program application date; however, this is not a requirement.
  • All prerequisite work for an earned bachelor’s degree must come from US regionally accredited institutions. However, in addition, Gardner-Webb University requires students to submit a foreign transcript evaluation for any coursework completed through non-US institutions. This does not apply for study abroad credits earned through US institutions.
  • Applicants with up to two remaining prerequisites may apply provided they complete each - with a 2.7 or higher G.P.A. - before the first day of September (official transcripts must be received at Gardner-Webb University by October 1 or a selected candidate will relinquish their seat).
  • Survey courses (usually 100 or 101) will not meet the prerequisite course requirements.
  • We do not accept Animal or Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology courses.
  • Prerequisites can be met via Advanced Placement credit (college equivalent courses taken in high school), provided the official score report reflects a 4 or 5.
  • Courses can be taken at any regionally accredited institution, including community colleges. We prefer that all prerequisite courses be taken at a four-year institution.
  • The PA program does not accept College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit or credit by examination for any prerequisite requirements.