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.
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 comprise 29 hours of the program in addition to 43 credit hours of major course requirements.
Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.
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 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:
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. GPA calculation takes into account all college-level coursework 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 or Kaplan 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 prerequisite 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.