Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When do classes begin?
  2. How long is the application cycle open?
  3. What is the length of the program?
  4. Does the program accept transfer credit from other Nursing programs?
  5. Will the program require a background check and drug screening?
  6. How many seats are available in each class?
  7. What is the program stance on student employment while enrolled in the Hunt School of Nursing?
  8. Do I need to have completed the prerequisite courses before I apply?
  9. Is the program accredited?
  10. Why is a background investigation required?
  11. When should I apply?
  12. If I do not meet one of your prerequisite requirements, could I still be considered?
  13. Do you have a waiting list?
  14. I have been accepted to GWU. Since I put nursing down on my application as my intended major, does that mean I am accepted into nursing?
  15. What do I need to do to enter your nursing program?
  16. What if I am not accepted into the nursing program?
  17. How much does the program cost?
  18. What are your pass rates?
  19. What kind of electronic device do I need?
  20. What is the job placement rate for your graduates?

When do classes begin?

Classes for the ADN and BSN programs begin for each cohort once a year in August. Advanced Placement option for LPN's begin in January. Classes for the ABSN program begin for each cohort once a year in May.

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How long is the application cycle open?

The application cycle for the ADN/BSN programs will begin in September for the following year.The Hunt School of Nursing has specific deadlines of November 15, January 15 and May 15 of each year. Only completed applications received by each deadline will be reviewed. Students must be accepted to the University prior to applying to the Hunt School of Nursing.

The application cycle for the ABSN will begin in August for the following year. The ABSN program has specific deadlines of October 15 and January 15 of each year. Only completed applications received by each deadline will be reviewed. Students must be accepted to the University prior to applying to the Hunt School of Nursing.

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What is the length of the program?

The ADN program is completed in four semesters. Upon completion, students may enroll in the Degree Completion Program to finish their BSN degree in as little as one year depending on the amount of core courses remaining. The Advanced Placement option for LPN's is completed in three semesters.

The BSN program is completed in eight semesters.

The ABSN program is completed in four consecutive semesters.

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Does the program accept transfer credit from other nursing programs?

No, transfer credit is not awarded to courses taken in other nursing programs. Students must complete all nursing courses through the Hunt School of Nursing. All students who enter the program must fulfill all GWU program requirements.

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Will the program require a background check and drug screening?

All students must complete a background check when applying to a pre-licensure program. Drug screenings (at additional cost) will be required once accepted to a pre-licensure program and will be completed on campus the first week of nursing classes.

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How many seats are available in each class?

The North Carolina Board of Nursing governs the number of seats in each pre-licensure program. The ADN program is approved for 140 nursing students, resulting in approximately 60-75 students being accepted into the program each year. The BSN/ABSN program is approved for 150 nursing students, which results in approximately 35 traditional BSN students and 30 ABSN students being accepted into the program each year.

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What is the program stance on student employment while enrolled in the Hunt School of Nursing?

Due to the intensity and high standards of the pre-licensure programs, it is advisable that students remain prepared and focused as they progress through the curriculum. Students are strongly discouraged from seeking or maintaining employment while enrolled in a pre-licensure program.

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Do I need to have completed the prerequisite courses before I apply?

ABSN, ADN and BSN applicants who meet all other admission requirements, may be considered for admission contingent upon completion of a prerequisite course (Biology, chemistry, etc.); however, all coursework must be completed and official transcripts received by GWU prior to the start of nursing courses.

Furthermore, all coursework must meet the minimum grade requirement of a "C" or better. Students who do not submit needed pre-requisite course grades with the minimum grade requirement by the due date, will not be accepted.

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Is the program accredited?

Accreditation for the Hunt School of Nursing is maintained through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN). Information can be found on the ACEN website.

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Why is a background investigation required?

Clinical learning experience sites require background investigations for employees and students.

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When should I apply?

Applicants should apply to the University prior to applying to the Hunt School of Nursing. Admission to the Hunt School of Nursing is competitive; therefore, we strongly recommend that you apply to the earlier deadlines as seats fill up quickly.

The nursing program has specific deadlines of November 15, January 15 and May 15 of each year for ADN/BSN. The nursing program has specific deadlines of October 15 and January 15 of each year for ABSN.

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If I do not meet one of your admission requirements, could I still be considered?

Applicants must adhere to all admission requirements. Unfortunately, we cannot consider an applicant who does not meet our minimum admission requirements. All minimum admission requirements are available on the Hunt School of Nursing web page and on the application.

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Do you have a waiting list?

A waiting list will be established for each program following the January application deadline for the ABSN program and following the May application deadline for the ADN and traditional BSN programs. As seats become available, students will be contacted. The waiting list will be effective until the respective program begins. Students that are not accepted from the waiting list are encourage to reapply for the next year.

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I have been accepted to GWU. Since I put nursing down on my application as my intended major, does that mean I am accepted into nursing?

No. You must complete a separate Hunt School of Nursing application and indicate to which program you are applying.

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What do I need to do to enter your nursing program?

After applying to the University, students must complete a Hunt School of Nursing application. Students must meet the following admission criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. GPA calculated take into account all college-level work attempted.(If not met, students with an earned bachelor's degree or higher, will have their last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework evaluated)
  • One of the following satisfactory standardized test scores*:
    • Minimum SAT score of 1050 (if taken before 3/1/2016) with at least a 500 in Critical Reading and 500 in Math or a minimum SAT score of 1130 (if taken after 3/1/2016) with at least a 530 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 530 in Math. Scores must be within the last five years.
    • Minimum ACT composite score of 22 (with at least a 21 in English, 18 in Math, and 20 in Reading). Scores must be within the last five years.
    • TEAS (Version V or above) Proficient Academic Preparedness Level or higher. Scores must be in the last 12 months of the admission review.
  • ADN and BSN students must complete the following pre-requisite courses - Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra with a minimum of a “C” in high school or college. These grades must be reflected in the transcripts you provide with your application.
    • Students applying for the Advanced Placement option for LPN's must also complete the following pre-requisite courses: Anatomy and Physiology I; Anatomy and Physiology II; and General Psychology with a minimum grade of a "C" or better.
  • ABSN students must complete the following pre-requisite courses: Anatomy and Physiology I; Anatomy and Physiology II; Microbiology; General Psychology; Developmental Psychology; and Religion course with minimum grade of a "C" or better.
  • 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. All background checks are to be completed through www.CastleBranch.com, using code: ga96 for the ADN/BSN programs and ga99 for the ABSN program.
  • NA I - Certification is not a prerequisite to applying; however, a student must be listed on a state's nurse aid registry before beginning the first nursing course in the ADN program (NURS 109) and before beginning the first nursing course (NURS 239) in the traditional BSN and ABSN programs. LPN's are NOT required to have a NA I license.
  • American Heart Association BLS Health Care Provider Certification – BLS is not a prerequisite to applying; however, a student must submit proof of certification before beginning the first nursing course in the ADN and (NURS 109) and before beginning the first nursing course (NURS 239) in the traditional BSN and ABSN programs. American Red Cross certification will NOT be accepted.

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

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What if I am not accepted into the nursing program?

If you are not admitted to the ADN or BSN program due to limited number of seats or inadequate admission criteria, you may be accepted into the University as a nursing intended student. If you enroll full time at Gardner-Webb, you will be given priority review for the following year, provided that you have met the minimum requirements at the time of the application deadline. You will also be required to submit a new application for the following year in which you wish to be considered by the application deadline.

If you are not admitted to the ABSN or LPN program due to limited number of seats or inadequate admission criteria, you may be re-apply for the following year or apply for the ADN program in the Fall if admission criteria is met.

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How much does the program cost?

Tuition and Fees for both the ADN and BSN programs can be found online. Please note the ABSN program does not follow the traditional flat rate tuition fee, but is charged per credit hour. In addition to tuition, fees, books, and general college expenses, students can expect to pay $150 per course for nursing clinical fees and additional expenses of approximately $700 throughout the program. These expenses include, but are not limited to: uniforms, liability insurance, achievement tests, drug screens, online document manager and NCLEX-RN review software and programs.

All pre-licensure nursing students will need:

  • Solid black shoes. These may be professional nurse shoes or all black, low top, leather tennis shoes with a closed toe.
  • Dual head stethoscope.
  • Bandage scissors.
  • Watch with second hand.
  • Students must have a laptop or tablet (laptop preferred).

ADN Program:

ItemCost
Skills lab fee (billed through tuition)$15 per lab class
Nursing uniform (uniform company will come to campus for fitting and ordering)$100+
Nursing textbooks and Nurse Packs (varies each semester)$300 - $500
Testing and study materials (billed each semester)$135
Electronic device (laptop, iPad, tablet, etc.)$300+
GWU Clinical fee, nursing liability insurance (billed each semester)$166
CastleBranch immunization tracker$35
Annual drug screening (on campus)$35

Four Year BSN Program

ItemCost
Skills lab fee (billed through tuition)$15 per lab class
Nursing uniform (uniform company will come to campus for fitting and ordering)$100+
Nursing textbooks and Nurse Packs (varies each semester)$300 - $500
Testing and study materials (billed each semester)$108
Electronic device (laptop, iPad, tablet, etc.)$300+
GWU Clinical fee, nursing liability insurance (billed each semester)$166
CastleBranch immunization tracker$35
Annual drug screening (on campus)$35

Accelerated BSN Program

ItemCost
Skills lab fee (billed through tuition)$70 per lab class
Nursing uniform (uniform company will come to campus for fitting and ordering)$100+
Nursing textbooks and Nurse Packs (varies each semester)$300 - $500
Testing and study materials (billed each semester)$135
Electronic device (laptop, iPad, tablet, etc.)$300+
GWU Clinical fee, nursing liability insurance (billed each semester)$166
CastleBranch immunization tracker$35
Annual drug screening (on campus)$35

These are all approximate Nursing Expenditures. Costs are subject to change.

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What are your pass rates?

Pass Rates for the NCLEX-RN exam can be found on the North Carolina Board of Nursing website.

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What kind of electronic device do I need?

Students must have a laptop or tablet (laptop preferred) with the following minimum system requirements listed below.

  • Mac OS X 10.9 (64-bit recommended) OR Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit recommended)
  • Intel Core i5 or equivalent
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • Intel graphics (3000 or higher)
  • Adobe Flash player
  • Internet access

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What is the job placement rate for your graduates?

Verbal reports from our graduates reflect a 100% job placement for BSNs and 83% job placement for ADNs.

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