Associate of Science in Nursing Academic Program

The Associate of Science in Nursing degree program (ASN) curriculum is a full-time campus-based two-year program with 71 semester hours of general education and nursing courses.

ASN Program Outcomes

The ASN program seeks to meet the following program outcomes:

  1. Student performance on the NCLEX-RN will be at least 80% for all first-time test takers during the same 12-month period.
  2. 45% of students entering the program will graduate within the length of the program.
  3. 80% of graduates will achieve employment as a RN within 6 months of graduation.
YearASN 1 Year First Time Pass RateASN 3 Year First Time Pass Rate% graduates in 1.5 timesGraduate within program length% employed within 6 months
2018-201997%83%60%N/A100%
2019-202094%91%66%N/A97%
2020-202190%93%52%N/A83%

ASN Student Learning Outcomes

The graduate of the ASN program will:

  1. Provide compassionate and coordinated care for diverse clients based on respect for client/family preferences, values, and needs.
  2. Collaborate effectively with clients, the client’s support persons, and the interdisciplinary team to achieve quality patient care. 
  3. Incorporate best practices based on current evidence, patient/family preferences, and values into delivery of optimal care.
  4. Use data to monitor outcomes and improve the quality of patient care.
  5. Employ a culture of safety to minimize risk of harm to patients and providers in a variety of health care systems.
  6. Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.
  7. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors consistent with the standards of practice and regulatory frameworks of the registered nurse.

General Education Course Requirements
General education courses include 29 semester hours. For course descriptions, see the current GWU Academic Catalog. General education courses requirements are as follows:

  1. Dimensions of Faith
    Choose one of the following: RELI 101 or RELI 102
  2. Dimensions of the Humanities
    ENGL 101 and ENGL 102
  3. Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry
    PSYC 201, PSYC 206, BIOL 105, BIOL 203, and 204
  4. Dimensions of Self
    Choose one course from the following: PHED 140-145, 150-159, 160-165, HPE 338
  5. Dimensions
    DIMS 111 and DIMS

Major courses include 42 hours of nursing courses, which are categorized at didactic, experimental, or application experiences. For course descriptions, see the current GWU Undergraduate Catalog.

Major course requirements are as follows:

  • Nursing 105: Pharmacology Concepts
  • Nursing 106: Fundamental Concepts in Nursing
  • Nursing 107: Fundamental Concepts Experiential Lab
  • Nursing 108: Application of Fundamental Concepts
  • Nursing 109: Basic Concepts in Health Assessment
  • Nursing 110: Health Assessment Experiential Lab
  • Nursing 115: Basic Concepts Experiential Lab
  • Nursing 116: Application of Basic Concepts
  • Nursing 117: Basic Concepts in Clinical Nursing
  • Nursing 118: Concepts in Psychiatric Nursing
  • Nursing 206: Nursing Concepts for Childbearing Families
  • Nursing 207: Childbearing Families Experiential Lab
  • Nursing 208: Application of Nursing for Childbearing Families
  • Nursing 209: Advanced Concepts of Clinical Nursing
  • Nursing 210: Advanced Concepts Experiential Lab
  • Nursing 211: Application of Advanced Concepts
  • Nursing 290: Transition to Practice

Nursing 290 fulfills the GWU information literacy requirement for graduation.

The Advanced Placement LPN option allows licensed LPNs to complete the ASN program in three semesters. Eligibility for advanced placement into the Associate of Science in Nursing program (ASN) for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) includes the following:

  1. Current unrestricted LPN license;
  2. Admission to Gardner-Webb University and to the Hunt School of Nursing;
  3. Successful completion of Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 203), Human Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 204), and General Psychology (PSY 201).

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who meets these requirements may be accepted into the second semester of the ASN program. Students in the Advanced Placement LPN option will take Pharmacology Concepts (NURS 105), 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. Students will be awarded credit for Fundamental Concepts (NURS 106), Fundamentals Concepts Lab (NURS 107), and Application of Fundamental Concepts (NURS 108). Availability of the Advanced Placement LPN option is contingent upon current enrollment and resources.

ASN Focused Client Care Experience

As mandated by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON), students in the ASN Program will participate in a focused client care experience in the final year of the program.  The NCBON defines a focused client care experience as a “clinical experience that simulates an entry-level work experience.  The intent is to assist the student to transition to an entry-level practice.”

The focused client care experience in the ASN Program consists of 120 hours in which students work one on one with an assigned Registered Nurse preceptor in the hospital setting.  Students will complete 120 hours in Nursing 211: Application of Advanced Concepts.  Students should refer to the Nursing 211 syllabus for learning outcomes and clinical activities specific to the focused client care experiences. 

ASN Program Course Sequence

Course Course Number Semester Hours
Human Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL 203 4
General Psychology PSYC 201 3
Pharmacology Concepts NURS 105 2
Fundamental Concepts in Nursing NURS 106 4
Fundamental Concepts Experiential Lab NURS 107 1
Application of Fundamental Concepts NURS 108 1
Basic Concepts in Health Assessment NURS 109 2
Health Assessment Experiential Lab NURS 110 1

Course Course Number Semester Hours
Human Anatomy & Physiology II BIOL 204 4
Developmental Psychology PSYC 206 3
Basic Concepts in Clinical Nursing NURS 117 4
Concepts in Psychiatric Nursing NURS 118 3
Basic Concepts Experiential Lab NURS 115 1
Application of Basic Concepts NURS 116 2

Course Course Number Semester Hours
Composition I ENGL 101 3
Composition II ENGL 102 3

Course Course Number Semester Hours
Microbiology BIOL 105 4
Nursing Concepts for Childbearing Families NURS 206 6
Childbearing Families Experiential Lab NURS 207 1
Application of Nursing for Childbearing Families NURS 208 2
Physical Education Select one PHED or HPE 338 1

Course Course Number Semester Hours
Religion RELI 101 or RELI 102 3
Advanced Concepts of Clinical Nursing NURS 209 6
Advanced Concepts Experiential Lab NURS 210 1
Application of Advanced Concepts NURS 211 3
Transition to Practice NURS 290 2