Mission Statement

The mission of the Hunt School of Nursing is to educate individuals to be professional nurses who lead lives of service for God and humanity by promoting health and healing within a diverse global community.

Davis RN-BSN Academic Program

The Davis RN-BSN Program at Gardner-Webb University, a degree completion program offered through the DCP Program, is designed to allow registered nurses to achieve their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The Davis RN-BSN Program prepares registered nurses to practice professional nursing in a variety of settings and provides the foundation for graduate study in nursing. The Davis Nursing Program for RN students is offered online through the Blackboard Learning Program. The length of time required to complete the Davis RN-BSN Program varies for each individual due to differences in educational backgrounds. The Davis RN-BSN Nursing Program serves to:

  1. Provide baccalaureate nursing education in a Christian environment to registered nurses with varying educational, experiential and cultural backgrounds.
  2. Prepare a generalist who can deliver professional and holistic nursing care in a variety of settings.
  3. Prepare a nurse who is accountable to the profession and society.
  4. Provide the foundation for graduate education in nursing.

Davis RN-BSN Program Outcomes

The Davis RN-BSN program seeks to meet the following program outcomes:

  1. 54% of students entering the program will graduate within 1.0 times the length of the program.
  2. 57% of students will maintain employment as a RN following graduation.  
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Completion Rate54%53%69%68%83%

Davis RN-BSN Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, students will:

  1. Use clinical judgement to provide care to clients, families, and diverse populations.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration with healthcare professionals, clients, and family to deliver high quality and safe care.
  3. Integrate current evidence and patient/family preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes.
  4. Apply concepts of leadership to promote quality improvement and patient safety.
  5. Utilize information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality patient care.
  6. Plan self-development to uphold ethical and legal standards to maintain professional nursing practice.
  7. Provide population focused care incorporating concepts of health promotion and illness prevention.
  8. Distinguish financial and regulatory healthcare policies that directly and indirectly influence the nature and functioning of the healthcare system.

Davis RN-BSN Curriculum

Refer to Academic Catalog for course descriptions.

  1. Dimensions of Humanities
    1. Composition
      1. English 101 = English 111
      2. English 102 (or 300) = English 112/113/114

      Everyone accepted for admission to DCP will present evidence of completion of a year of English course work (freshman English) from a community college or senior institution. Students not meeting the requirement for English 102 may be admitted and can take English 300 (Composition and Literary Interpretation) at GWU. This course will be in addition to all other graduation requirements.

    2. Oral Communication
      Most students have the competence through previous course work in speech, business communications, or other similar courses. For those who have not met the competency, the advisor will ensure that the student enrolls in appropriate courses at GWU which emphasize oral and visual presentation. Drama, speech, debate, business communications, teaching, preaching, or other approved courses will meet this competency. NUR 304 allows students to meet this requirement.
    3. Literature – One Course
      1. English 311 – British Literature Survey I
      2. English 312 – British Literature Survey II
      3. English 331 – American Literature Survey I
      4. English 332 – American Literature Survey II
      5. English 351 – World Literature I
      6. English 352 – World Literature II
    4. Information Literacy
      1. Lib 301 – Information Literacy
  2. Dimensions of Faith – Two courses
    1. Religion 300 – Old Testament Survey
    2. Religion 301 – New Testament Survey
  3. Dimensions of Heritage – Two Courses (one course must be History)
    1. Social Science 305 – Global Understanding
    2. History 301 -Western Civilization I
    3. History 302 -Western Civilization II
    4. History 319 – 20th Century U.S. History
    5. Political Science 302- U.S. Government
  4. Dimensions of Self – Two Courses
    1. Health & Physical Education 338 – Health Maintenance, Promotion, and Wellness
    2. Aesthetics – One Course
      1. Art 307 – Art Survey
      2. Music 320 – Survey of Music
      3. Theatre 235 – Theatre Survey
      4. French 300 – Aspects of French Culture and Language
      5. Spanish 300 – Aspects of Spanish Culture and Language
      6. German 300 – Aspects of German Culture and Language
  5. Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry – Two Courses
    1. Science 302 – Physical Science
    2. Science 303 – Human Biology
    3. Science 322 – Environment
      Two regular college courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, etc. may be used to satisfy the requirement.
  6. The Quantitative Dimension
    Mathematics – A course in probability & statistics, finite math, or a higher level course such as college algebra, trigonometry, or calculus.

    1. Math 316 – Probability and Statistics
    2. Math 320 – Math for the Liberal Arts

As with all DCP majors, approximately half of the Nursing track consists of our Core Curriculum of Liberal Arts (see Core Curriculum), providing 30 hours towards the 128 hours needed to graduate (Nursing 304 satisfies the DCP Core requirements for oral/visual communication and for computer literacy). A student must complete 30 hours in the Nursing Studies Major.

Electives may be selected to meet the 128-semester hour requirement for graduation as needed.

The classes particular to the Nursing Studies major, consist of the following:

  1. NUR 308 Concepts of Professional Nursing (may substitute NURS 500 Theoretical Basis for Advanced Practice) (3SH)
  2. NUR 301 Research in Nursing (3SH)
  3. NUR 312 Advanced Health Assessment (2SH)
  4. NUR 303 Trends in Health Care (may substitute NURS 501 Nursing and Health Care Systems and Issues) (3SH)
  5. NUR 304 Communication Skills in Nursing (3SH)
  6. NUR 402 Nursing Care of the Older Adult (3SH)
  7. NUR 403 Leadership/Management in Nursing (4SH)
  8. NUR 409 Senior Seminar (3SH)
  9. NUR 412 Community and Public Health Nursing (4SH)
  10. NUR 415 Community and Public Health Nursing Practicum (2SH)

RN to BSN 8-Week Course Rotation

Fall Spring Summer
First Half:
NUR 304F (3)
NUR 308F (3)
NUR 412F (4)
NUR 415F (2)
First Half:
NUR 304F (3)
NUR 308F (3)
NUR 301F (3)
NUR 402F (3)
10-week Session:
NUR 301 (3)
NUR 303 (3)
NUR 402 (3)
NUR 409 (3)
Second Half:
NUR 303S (3)
NUR 312S (2)
NUR 403S (4)
NUR 412S (4)
NUR 415S (2)
NUR 409S (3)
Second Half:
NUR 312S (2)
NUR 403S (4)
NUR 412S (4)
NUR 415S (2)
NUR 409S (3)
  • NUR 412 is a pre/corequisite for NUR 415
  • NUR 409 must be taken in your last semester of the nursing program
  • NURS 500 and/or NURS 501 (graduate level courses) may be substituted for two BSN level for exceptional students – consult with your advisor for more information

RN-BSN Academic Procedures

Applying to the MSN Program

Students in the Davis RN-BSN program who wish to pursue their MSN at GWU should consult with their current academic advisor for direction. The faculty encourages students to continue their education in nursing. Additional education in nursing broadens one’s knowledge and career options. The MSN program is administered through the Graduate School.

Students who graduate from any BSN Program option at GWU with a GPA of 2.7 are automatically accepted into the MSN Program at GWU if enrolling within one year of graduation. GWU HSON graduates are not required to complete an application or supply references. GWU HSON graduates must contact Graduate Admissions to update personal information.


The Davis RN-BSN program is offered in the online format. There is one practicum course (NUR 415) in the curriculum. Students should refer to the practicum course syllabus for the most current information, expectations, and guidelines.