Admission Requirements

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Admissions Requirements
Criminal Background Check

 

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Admission to the pre-licensure Associate Degree Nursing Program and the traditional Four-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is a three-step process:

University admission does not guarantee acceptance into the Hunt School of Nursing. To be considered for admission to the ADN and BSN Nursing programs, applicants must meet the criteria listed below. Admission is competitive, and the minimum requirements for full admission are as follows:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • GPA calculation takes into account all college level course work attempted. Only official transcripts should be sent. 
  • Minimum SAT score of 1050 (with at least a 500 Critical Reading and 500 Math) OR 
  • Minimum ACT score of 22 (with at least a 21 in English, 18 in Math, and 20 in Reading) OR 
  • Minimum Satisfactory TEAS score in all areas. 
  • Completion of Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra with a minimum of a "C" in high school or college. 
  • Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the STATE in which you reside AND any other state in which you lived during the past ten years. 
  • CNA -I certification is not a pre-requisite to applying, but a student must be listed on a state's nurse aid registry before beginning the ADN program (NURS 106) and before beginning their first nursing course (NURS 239) in the four year BSN program. Please send a copy of your license.
  • American Heart Association (AHA) BLS-AHA BLS certification is not a pre-requisite to applying but a student must submit an AHA BLS certificate before starting course work in the ADN program or prior to beginning their first nursing course (NURS 239) in the four-year BSN program. Please send a copy of your certification.

Second Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

Admission to the Second Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) is a three-step process:

 

University admission does not guarantee acceptance into the Hunt School of Nursing. To be considered for admission to the Second Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, applicants must meet the criteria listed below. Admission is competitive, and the minimum requirements for full admission are as follows:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum SAT score of 1050 (with at least a 500 in Critical Reading and 500 Math) OR
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 22 (with at least a 21 in English, 18 in Math, and 20 in Reading) OR
  • Satisfactory Kaplan or TEAS score in all areas
  • CNA-1 – CNA certification is not a prerequisite to applying, but a student must be listed on a state’s nurse aid registry before starting coursework in the ABSN program. Please send a copy of your license
  • Prerequisite courses – Anatomy and Physiology I; Anatomy and Physiology II; Microbiology; General Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Religion course.
  • American Heart Association (AHA) BLS – AHA BLS certification is not a prerequisite applying but a student must submit an AHA BLS certificate before starting coursework in the ABSN program. Please send a copy of your certification.

 

RN to BSN (Degree Completion)

Admission to the RN-to-BSN Nursing program is a two-step process:

  1. Admission to the University Degree Completion Program (DCP) (DCP Online Application
  2. Completion of a Criminal Background Check

 

Admission to the DCP does NOT guarantee acceptance into the RN-to-BSN Nursing Program. To be considered for full admission to the RN-to-BSN Nursing program applicants must meet the criteria listed below:

  • Completion of an associate degree with a major in nursing or a hospital diploma nursing program as evidenced by official transcript. (Graduates of ADN and diploma nursing programs may earn a maximum of 40 hours of nursing credit (25 hours applied as basic to baccalaureate nursing courses and 15 hours of nursing electives) upon successful completion of nine hours of nursing through Gardner-Webb University.) 
  • Current, unrestricted RN licensure. 
  • One year of nursing experience within the past five years or completion of a nursing program within the past year. 
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 as evidenced by official transcripts. 
  • Immunizations as required by the University and the Hunt School of Nursing. 
  • Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the STATE in which you reside AND any other state in which you lived during the past five years.

 

Students will be required to submit a twelve panel urine drug screen prior to enrolling in courses with clinical or preceptor experiences.

 

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Master of Science in Nursing - Education and Administration Tracks 

Application for admission to the MSN Program - Education and Administration - should be made through the School of Graduate Studies. Application to the MSN/MBA Program should be made to the School of Graduate Studies and the Graduate School of Business. The following criteria for acceptance will be used: 

  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited program. (Applicant with a baccalaureate degree in another field may be accepted with conditions). 
  • Current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse. 
  • GPA of 2.70 on all undergraduate work. 
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). (GRE required for the MSN/MBA Program.) 
  • Three letters of reference. 
  • Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the current state of residence AND any other state lived in during the past 10 years. 
  • Immunizations as required by the university and the Hunt School of Nursing.
  • Completion of a graduate or undergraduate general statistics course which included probability theory, inferential statistics, and descriptive statistics with a grade of C or better.

 

RN applicants with a baccalaureate degree in another field may be accepted but must meet additional requirements during the first year of enrollment. The requirements include:
  • NUR 312 Advanced Health Assessment - for all students
  • One of the following based on area of concentration; NUR 412 Community and Public Health Nursing for students in the nursing education track or NUR 403 Leadership/Management in Nursing - for students in the nursing administration track.

 
Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)
 

Application for admission to the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program should be made through the School of Graduate Studies. The following criteria for acceptance will be used.
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program
  • Current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse
  • GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Transcripts of all previous college studies
  • Three letters of reference
  • Two years of active Registered Nurse practice over the past three years with a Statement of Description of Work Experience
  • Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the current state of residency AND any other state lived in during the past ten years
  • Immunizations as required by the University
  • Completion of a graduate or undergraduate general statistics course which included probability theory, inferential statistics, and descriptive statistics.

 

RN applicants with a baccalaureate degree in another field may be considered for acceptance upon completion of required prerequisites, including:
  • A course in nursing health assessment;
  • A course in community health nursing.

 

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The following criteria will be used for consideration of acceptance: 

  1. Current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse. 
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.20 on all previous graduate coursework. 
  3. MSN degree from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited program. 
  4. Certifications in practice area (if applicable). 
  5. Verification of immunizations submitted on provided form. 
  6. Three letters of recommendation (professional and academic) submitted on the provided form.
  7. Verification of the number of hours of supervised practicum hours completed in MSN program or Post-Master's Certificate Program (Please use Verification of Practicum Hours in MSN Program/Post Master's Certificate Program form). 
    *Supervised practicum hours completed in MSN program or Post-Master's Certificate Program are counted toward the requirement of 1,000 practicum hours for completion of the DNP degree.  A minimum of 500 practice hours must be completed while enrolled in the DNP program.
  8. Current curriculum vitae.
  9. Written essay addressing your goals related to doctoral education in nursing including description of a practice project interest.
  10. Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the current state of residence AND any other state lived in during the past 10 years.

 Criminal Background Check

All applicants to the Hunt School of Nursing must submit a statewide criminal background history for all states of residency during the past ten years. The purpose of this is to meet requirements of clinical agencies in which our students learn and practice nursing.

 

A criminal background history must be submitted prior to admission to the Hunt School of Nursing.

 

A student having had residency in more than one state in the past ten (10) years must submit statewide criminal background histories for each state of residency during that period.

 

International students are required to submit an international criminal background history.

 

Any change from the student's initial criminal background history must be reported to the Hunt School of Nursing. Failure to report any change will result in withdrawal of acceptance to the program.

 

Information received from the student's criminal background history will become part of the student's confidential academic file.

Source for Obtaining Criminal Background Histories

Gardner-Webb University endorses the following particular source for obtaining criminal background histories:

CastleBranch.com

 

Instructions:

  1. Go to CastleBranch.com.      
  2. In “Place Order” enter package code for your school (Undergraduate-GA96, Graduate-GA98, RN-BSN- GA99).
  3. Click “Go” and follow instructions.
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Contact
 

School of Nursing
P.O. Box 7309
Boiling Springs, NC  28017
Phone: (704) 406-4360