The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree will prepare you for leadership positions in your career as a Registered Nurse (RN). Emphasizing holistic healthcare grounded in Christian values, the curriculum focuses on clinical competence, therapeutic relationships, and social awareness.
Approved by The North Carolina Board of Nursing, the ABSN program will equip you to manage and care for a diverse group of patients and understand the ethical and legal standards required for effective care. You will master the art of communication with patients, families, and colleagues as well as develop an understanding of evidence-based research, methodology, and theory. Through a full time, face-to-face, relational education experience, you will be prepared to lead within your field.
Gardner-Webb’s Hunt School of Nursing is inspired and grounded by an important mission – to make an impact on the health of our global community by preparing professionals to practice nursing from a holistic, value-centered mindset.
The Hunt School of Nursing provides simulation-based learning experiences in laboratory settings to give you hands on opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills. Students participate in educational preceptorships at community clinical sites where they receive one-on-one mentorship from a practicing RN. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
You can find employment at hospitals, medical centers, schools, nursing home, rehab centers, and more. With additional education, you can 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 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in education, administration, and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees.
The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program option combines your previous bachelor's degree with a nursing core to equal 128 credit hours of study. The nursing course requirements comprise 63 credit hours.
Curriculum topics include Intro to Nursing, Nursing Assessment, Pharmacology in Nursing Practice, Communication Skills in Nursing, Adult Health, Concepts in Professional Nursing, Maternal/Child Nursing, Essentials of Nursing Management/Leadership, Research for Evidence-Based Practice, Nursing Care of the Older Adult, Nursing Trends and Issues, and Essentials of Public Health and Community Nursing.
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 ABSN program option, 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:
- A completed DCP application
- Official transcripts of previous academic work beyond high school to be sent directly from each institution attended, including official transcripts indicating a BSN degree from a regionally-accredited institution
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. GPA calculation takes into account all college-level coursework attempted.
- Minimum SAT score of 1050 (with at least a 500 Critical Reading and 500 Math) if taken before 3/1/16 or minimum SAT score of 1130 (with at least a 530 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 530 Math) if taken after 3/1/16 OR minimum ACT score of 22 (with at least a 21 in English, 18 in Math, and 20 in Reading) OR satisfactory TEAS or Kaplan score in all areas.
- 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 (to be completed through CastleBranch, click place order, enter code ga99).
- Prerequisite courses: Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and a Religion course
- Supplemental ABSN application
Application deadlines are October 15 and January 15 for summer admission.
- CNA I certification is not a prerequisite to applying, but you must submit proof of certification by May 1.
- CPR certification through the American Heart Association (AHA) BLS is not a prerequisite to applying, but you must submit proof of certification before you begin nursing coursework (NURS 239). Please send a copy of your certification.