Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree will prepare you for leadership positions in your career as a Registered Nurse (RN). The BSN also provides an excellent academic and professional foundation for those who choose to continue their educational career by pursuing a Masters degree.
You’ll benefit from an academic program that emphasizes holistic healthcare grounded in Christian values; the curriculum focuses on clinical competence, therapeutic relationships, and social awareness.
You’ll master the art of effective communication with patients, families, and colleagues. You’ll learn how to manage care for a large group of patients, and you’ll learn about ethical and legal standards. You’ll develop an understanding of evidence-based research and research methodology as well as the theory of nursing practice and research. You’ll build your leadership skills, preparing you to lead within your field.
The program follows a traditional classroom format comprising of 128-133 semester hours over four years of full-time study. Approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, the BSN program prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Gardner-Webb’s School of Nursing is inspired and grounded by an important mission: Making an impact on the health of our global community by preparing professionals to practice nursing from a holistic, value-centered mindset.
The School of Nursing provides simulation-based learning experiences in laboratory settings to give students hands-on learning experience. Students intern and learn at clinical sites with opportunities for one-on-one mentorship from a practicing RN.
GWU maintains productive partnerships with community healthcare facilities providing students with valuable opportunities for service learning. You’ll learn about patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
The best qualified applicants are selected from those who apply to the School of Nursing. Students are accepted as Freshman into the nursing program at GWU; however, students will not enroll in nursing courses until their sophomore year. Waiting lists for acceptance are established as necessary. The School of Nursing Admissions Committee considers academic performance, standardized test scores, and other factors in determining qualified applicants. Minimum criteria for full admission to the BSN program is as follows:
- Minimum high school/transfer GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Minimum SAT score of 1050 (with at least 500 in Critical Reading and 500 in Math) OR minimum ACT score of 22 (with at least 21 in English, 18 in Math, and 20 in Reading) OR satisfactory TEAS-v scores.
- CNA I- must be completed before fall enrollment in nursing courses.
- Minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in high school or college Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra. These grades must be reflected in the transcripts you provide with your application.
- Satisfactory Criminal Background History results for all states of residence for the past ten years.
In addition, the following criteria must be met before beginning nursing courses:
- Certified Nursing Assistant I (CNA-I).
- Satisfactory physical and mental health, immunizations required by the University and Hepatitis B, Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer showing immunity or documentation of Varicella immunization, Influenza vaccine, and a two-step Mantoux tuberculin skin test (purified protein derivative [PPD]).
- Any allegations or charges of a misdemeanor or felony that occur after the Criminal Background History results have been submitted must be reported to the School of Nursing immediately. Clinical sites have the right to deny student’s access based on their criminal background. This denial may result in the student’s inability to successfully complete the nursing program.
- Satisfactory 12-panel drug screening results. This is a requirement for the healthcare facilities where students complete the clinical components of the nursing program. Clinical sites have the right to deny a student based on their drug screening results.
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate from the BSN program will:
- Assess, analyze/diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care utilizing a hierarchy of needs theory to provide for the patient’s optimum level of wellness consistent with his/her coping abilities, teaching needs and capacity for self-care.
- Provide holistic nursing care characterized by critical thinking, clinical competence, utilization of therapeutic interpersonal skills, and attention to sociocultural forces, including technology, which impact health care and caring which is consistent with the Christian faith.
- Communicate with patients, their families and/or significant other and members of the patient’s interdisciplinary team in the planning and delivery of health services.
- Manage nursing care for groups of patients with health care needs in varied settings, which include hospitals, extended care facilities, and other community health care agencies.
- Practice nursing according to ethical and legal standards as a contributing member within the discipline of nursing and assume responsibility for his/her own practice and self-development.
- Utilize informatics in the participation and application of evidence-based research and quality improvement in daily nursing practice.
- Recognize and apply the theoretical underpinnings of nursing practice and research.
- Demonstrate knowledge of leadership theory and practice.
- Utilize research methodology in the provision of evidence-based practice to individuals, families and populations in a variety of settings.
- Employ knowledge of the political system in providing direct
and indirect care to clients.
Graduates of the BSN program will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of leadership theory and practice.
- Utilize research methodology in the provision of evidence-based practice to individuals, families, and populations in a variety of settings.
- Establish partnerships with interdisciplinary teams to meet health needs of clients in a diverse society.
- Employ knowledge of the political system in providing direct and indirect care to clients.
- Apply theoretical underpinnings to nursing practice and research.
- Be prepared to continue their education to achieve graduate education.
Sigma Theta Tau International
GWU’s School of Nursing is part of Sigma Theta Tau International, the only nursing honors society dedicated to improving global health. Phi Upsilon, our chapter, offers students and alumni opportunities for professional development and relationship-building in the field.
You will intern at various local healthcare facilities, gaining experience in a diverse range of clinical settings.
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 students choose to continue their studies and earn their MSN Degree at GWU.
There are many scholarships that are available to nursing students. You can find information about various nursing scholarships on the financial aid webpages. In addition, Campus RN scholarships are also available to qualified applicants. Visit here to find out more information.
General education course requirements include 64 – 70 semester hours (SH), dependent upon entering foreign language competency. For general education course descriptions, see the current GWU Undergraduate Catalog. ENGL 101 and 102 are pre-requisites to all major courses and a grade of “C” (2.00) or better is required for BIOL 105, 203, and 204. General education core requirements must be satisfied for the BSN degree, as well as 10 additional hours: BIOL 105, PSYC 201, and PSYC 206.
Nursing course requirements include 63 semester hours. Students begin taking nursing courses their sophomore year. For nursing course descriptions, see the current GWU Undergraduate Catalog.
NURS 239: Nursing Assessment (2 SH)
NURS 240: Nursing Assessment Lab (1 SH)
NURS 261: Introduction to Nursing (4 SH)
NURS 262: Introduction to Nursing Lab (1 SH)
NURS 263: Introduction to Nursing Practicum (1 SH)
NURS 300: Concepts in Professional Nursing (3 SH)
NURS 307: Communication Skills in Nursing (3 SH)*
NURS 339: Pharmacology in Nursing Practice (2 SH)
NURS 340: Nutrition in Nursing Practice (2 SH)
NURS 341: Adult Health I (6 SH)
NURS 342: Adult Health I Lab (1 SH)
NURS 343: Adult Health I Practicum (2 SH)
NURS 361: Maternal/Child Nursing (6 SH)
NURS 362: Maternal/Child Nursing Lab (1 SH)
NURS 363: Maternal/Child Nursing Practicum (2 SH)
NURS 441: Nursing Care of the Older Adult (3 SH)
NURS 442: Nursing Trends and Issues (3 SH)
NURS 443: Essentials of Public Health and Community Nursing
NURS 444: Public Health and Community Nursing Practicum
NURS 460: Essentials of Nursing Management/Leadership (3 SH)
NURS 461: Adult Health II (6 SH)
NURS 462: Adult Health II Lab (1 SH)
NURS 463: Adult Heath II Practicum (3 SH)
NURS 470: Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 SH)
Total: 128-133 Semester Hours
* Fulfills the 3 semester hours Oral Communication General Education Core Requirement