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The first Physician Assistant (PA) Studies cohort at Gardner-Webb University, set to graduate in May 2016, is earning honors from professional organizations and gaining respect from their supervisors in clinical rotations. Known as preceptors in medical circles, these supervisors are experienced medical professionals who support students during hands-on learning experiences in a variety of healthcare fields. Dean and Program Director Lawrence Herman, a certified PA himself, notes, “Our physician and PA preceptors rate each student on 18 different criteria, and the class average has been between 90 and 99 percent on every single metric. These are A to A-plus students. Dozens of preceptors have said glowing things about the high level of ability of these students. These students are incredibly well-prepared to hit the ground running upon graduation.”

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Gardner-Webb University


Boiling Springs


Joel Stiles, Lawrence Herman, medicine, Morgan Warthan, N.C Medical Society Leadership College, N.C. Association of Physician Assistants, Physician Assistant Education Association, Physician Assistant Studies, Sarah McManus

GWU Physician Assistant Students Set to Graduate as University’s First Top-Notch Cohort