Gardner-Webb University's, Hunt School of Nursing offers an Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Program, also known as a second degree nursing.

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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.

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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.

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 ABSN program 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: 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. 
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