Admission Requirements

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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

  1. Admission to the University (Apply Online)
  2. Completion of a Criminal Background Check (code: ga96)

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

  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Students with less than 64 hours of college credit will have the cumulative GPA evaluated.  Students with more than 64 hours of college credit will have the last 64 hours of college credit evaluated for GPA. GPA calculation takes into account all college level course work attempted. Only official transcripts should be sent.
  • Submission of one of the following standardized test scores*:
    • SAT scores (if taken before 3/1/2016) of at least 1050 (minimum of 500 Reading and 500 Math) OR SAT scores (if taken after 3/1/2016) of at least 1130 (minimum of 530 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 530 in Math). Scores must be within the last five years. 

    • ACT composite scores of at least 22 (minimum of 21 English, 18 Math, 20 Reading). Scores must be within the last five years. 

    • TEAS (Version V) overall scores of proficient level at minimum. Scores must be within the last twelve months of admission review.

      *Students with an earned bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university are not required to submit test scores

  • Completion of Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra with a minimum of “C” in high school or college.  These grades must be reflected in the transcripts the applicant provides with the application.  The most recent course attempt will be evaluated.

  • Satisfactory criminal background history results for all states of residence for the past ten years.  Criminal background history must be conducted within past 12 months of admission. All background checks are to be completed through CastleBranch using code: ga96.

University admission does not guarantee acceptance into the Hunt School of Nursing. To be considered for admission to the ASN and BSN Nursing Programs, applicants must apply for admission to the University, apply for admission to the Hunt School of Nursing, complete a criminal background check, and meet the minimum criteria below:

  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Students with less than 64 hours of college credit will have the cumulative GPA evaluated.  Students with more than 64 hours of college credit will have the last 64 hours of college credit evaluated for GPA.
  • Submission of one of the following standardized test scores*:
    • SAT scores (if taken before 3/1/2016) of at least 1050 (minimum of 500 Reading and 500 Math) OR SAT scores (if taken after 3/1/2016) of at least 1130 (minimum of 530 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 530 in Math). Scores must be within the last five years. 

    • ACT composite scores of at least 22 (minimum of 21 English, 18 Math, 20 Reading). Scores must be within the last five years. 

    • TEAS (Version V) overall scores of proficient level at minimum. Scores must be within the last twelve months of admission review. 

*Students with an earned bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university are not required to submit test scores. 

  • Completion of Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra with a minimum of “C” in high school or college.  These grades must be reflected in the transcripts the applicant provides with the application.  The most recent course attempt will be evaluated.

  • Satisfactory criminal background history results for all states of residence for the past ten years.  Criminal background history must be conducted within past 12 months of admission. All background checks are to be completed through CastleBranch using code: ga96.
  • LPN- must have a current unrestricted licensed practical nurse license. LPN'S are NOT required to have a NA I certification.
  • CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers through American Heart Association: Must be completed prior to beginning nursing classes in the Fall semester for ASN and BSN students. American Red Cross certification will NOT be accepted. Please send a copy of your certification.

All Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who meet these requirements may be accepted into the second semester of the ASN program based on available space. Students will take Basic Concepts of Health Assessment (NURS 109) and Health Assessment Experiential Lab (NURS 110), while concurrently enrolled in the regular nursing sequence of courses scheduled for a second semester first year ASN student.

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:

  1. Admission to the University (Apply online through the Degree Completion Program (DCP
  2. Admission to the Hunt School of Nursing (Separate Application)
  3. Completion of a Criminal Background Check (code: ga99)

 

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:

  • A bachelor’s degree, in any area of study, from an accredited institution.  The degree must be conferred prior to the admission application deadline.
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework.
  • Completion of the following pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of “C” in college: Microbiology (BIO 105), Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 203), Human Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 204), General Psychology (PSY 201), Developmental Psychology (PSY 206), and a Religion course (REL).  Only courses recognized as equivalent courses by the university will satisfy this pre-requisite requirement.
  • Satisfactory criminal background history results for all states of residence for the past ten years. All background checks are to be completed through CastleBranch using code: ga99.

In addition, the following criteria must be met before beginning nursing courses:

  • NA I: Must be completed prior to beginning nursing courses in the Summer semester for ABSN students.
  • Satisfactory physical and mental health, immunizations required by the University and Hepatitis B, Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer showing immunity or documentation of Varicella immunization, 2 step Tuberculin test (PPD), and annual influenza immunization.
  • Satisfactory drug screening: This is a requirement for the healthcare facilities where students complete the clinical components for the nursing program. Clinical sites have the right to deny a student’s access.  Drugs screens older than 30 days from the start of nursing coursework will not be accepted.
  • CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers through American Heart Association: Must be completed prior to beginning nursing courses in the Summer semester for ABSN students. American Red Cross certifications will NOT be accepted. 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 (Apply online through the Degree Completion Program (DCP
  2. Completion of a Criminal Background Check (code: ga99)

 

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 ASN 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. Students with less than 64 hours of college credit will have the cumulative GPA evaluated.  Students with more than 64 hours of college credit will have the last 64 hours of college credit evaluated for GPA.
  • Immunizations as required by the University
  • Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the current state of residence AND any other state lived in during the past 10 years, using package code ga98.

 

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)

Admission to the all MSN programs is a one-step process:

  1. Admission to the University (Apply online through graduate admissions

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 OR GPA of 2.7 for last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate work
  • 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, using package code ga98.
  • Immunizations as required by the University
  • 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 OR GPA of 3.0 for last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate work
  • Transcripts of all previous college studies 
  • Three letters of reference
  • Two years of full-time active RN practice (2,040 hours per year) 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 residence AND any other state lived in during the past 10 years, using package code ga98.
  • Immunizations as required by the University
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Satisfactory 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 accepted but must meet additional requirements prior to admission. The requirements include completion of:
  • An undergraduate or graduate statistics course
  • Nursing Health Assessment course
  • Nursing Community Health course.
    A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in each course in order to meet requirements.

 

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The following criteria will be used for consideration of acceptance: 

  • Current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse. 
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.20 on all previous graduate coursework as evidenced by official graduate by official graduate transcripts.
  • MSN degree from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited program. 
  • Certifications in practice area (if applicable). 
  • Immunizations as required by the University
  • Three letters of reference
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Written essay addressing goals related to doctoral education in nursing, including description of a practice project interest
  • Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the current state of residence AND any other state lived in during the past 10 years, using package code ga98.
  • Validation of the number of hours of nursing practice completed post-baccalaureate as part of a supervised academic program submitted on the provided form
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Contact
School of Nursing
P.O. Box 7309
Boiling Springs, NC  28017
Phone: (704) 406-4360 (Pre-licensure programs)
Phone: (704) 406- 2567 (Post-licensure programs)