Your Associate of Science in Nursing degree will prepare you for excellence in nursing practice as a Registered Nurse. The ADN also offers the strong academic foundation you’ll need to pursue your BSN. 

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An Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree will prepare you for excellence in nursing practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). The ASN also offers the strong academic foundation you’ll need to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Classroom education is combined with clinical experiences at local healthcare facilities, giving students reality-based skills in a diverse range of settings.

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During your ASN education, you will be challenged with a curriculum that is based on national standards and current best practices. You will learn how to offer compassionate care to individuals with healthcare needs.  The faculty is dedicated to providing our students with a nursing education that is grounded in Christian values of compassion and service. High-tech labs offer simulation to give you hands-on learning experiences. You’ll also precept and learn at clinical sites with opportunities for one-on-one mentorship from a practicing RN.

Gardner-Webb maintains productive partnerships with community healthcare facilities, providing students with valuable opportunities for service learning. You’ll learn about  providing  patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

After completing the curriculum requirements and successfully passing the NCLEX-RN test, you can find employment at hospitals, medical centers, schools, nursing home, rehab centers, and more. With additional education, you can also pursue careers in research or administration or choose to specialize in various nursing fields. Many of our students continue their education right here at Gardner-Webb, where we also offer the RN-BSN program, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in education, administration, and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees.

The ASN degree can be earned following successful completion of 72 credit hours. Basic course requirements are comprised of 29 hours of general education courses in addition to 43 credit hours of nursing courses.

 

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Traditional Associate of Science in Nursing program (ASN)

The best-qualified applicants are selected from those who apply to the Hunt School of Nursing.  Waiting lists for acceptance are established as necessary.  The Hunt School of Nursing Admissions Committee considers academic performance, courses completed, and other factors in determining qualified applicants.  Minimum criteria for admission to the ASN and BSN programs 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.
  • 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

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

  • NA I - Certification is not a prerequisite to applying, but a student must be listed on a state's nurse aid registry prior to beginning nursing courses in the Fall semester for ASN and BSN students.
  • 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.

Advanced Placement into the Associate of Science in Nursing program (ASN) for LPNs

  • 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.

 

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