The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will prepare you for leadership positions in your career as a Registered Nurse. The BSN also provides an excellent academic and professional foundation if you choose to pursue a Master’s degree.

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing students

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 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.

Undergraduate Admissions

During your BSN education, 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.  Gardner-Webb’s Hunt 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 Hunt School of Nursing provides simulation-based learning experiences in laboratory settings to give students hands on learning experiences.  Students participate in educational preceptorships at clinical sites where they receive opportunities for one-on-one mentorship from a practicing RN.

 

Gardner-Webb maintains productive partnerships with community healthcare facilities, providing students with valuable opportunities for service learning. You’ll learn about  providing  patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

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), Physician Assistant Studies (PA), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees.

The BSN degree can be earned following successful completion 129-133 hours. Basic courses are comprised of 62-66 credit hours of General Education requirements. Nursing courses comprise of 63 credit hours.

 

Freshman Year: Fall Semester (16.5 hours)

ENGL 101

3

Composition

BIOL 105  

   or

BIOL 203

4

Microbiology

   or

A&P I

PSYC/HUS 201

3

General Psychology

UNIV 111

3

University Life

Gen Ed Course

3

From approved list

DIMS 111

0.5

Dimensions

Freshman Year: Spring Semester (16.5 hours)

ENGL 102

3

Composition II

BIOL 203

   or

BIOL 204

4

A&P I

   or

A&P II

PSYC 206

3

Developmental Psychology

Gen Ed Courses

6

From approved list

DIMS 112

0.5

Dimensions

Sophomore Year: Fall Semester (15.5 hours)

BIOL 204

   or

BIOL 105

4

A&P II

   or

Microbiology

Gen Ed Courses

6

From approved list

NURS 239

2

Nursing Assessment

NURS 240

1

Nursing Assessment Lab

NURS 339

2

Pharmacology in Nursing Practice

DIMS 113

0.5

Dimensions

Sophomore Year: Spring Semester (15.5 hours)

PHED

1

Physical Education (any)

Gen Ed Courses

6

From approved list

NURS 261

4

Intro to Nursing

NURS 262

1

Into to Nursing Lab

NURS 263

1

Into to Nursing Practicum

NURS 340

2

Nutrition in Nursing Practice

DIMS 114

0.5

Dimensions

Junior Year: Fall Semester (16 hours)

Gen Ed Courses

3

From approved list

NURS 307

3

Communication Skills in Nursing

NURS 342

1

Adult Health I Lab

NURS 343

2

Adult Health I Practicum

NURS 344

4

Adult Health I

NURS 345

3

Mental Health Nursing

Junior Year: Spring Semester (18 hours)

Gen Ed Courses

6

From approved list

NURS 361

6

Maternal/Child Nursing

NURS 362

1

Maternal/Child Nursing Lab

NURS 363

2

Maternal/Child Nursing Practicum

NURS 470

3

Research for Evidence Based Practice

Senior Year: Fall Semester (16 hours)

Gen Ed

6

From approved list

NURS 461

6

Adult Health II

NURS 462

1

Adult Health II Lab

NURS 463

3

Adult Health II Practicum

Senior Year: Spring Semester (15 hours)

NURS 300

2

Concepts in Professional Nursing

NURS 441

3

Nursing Care of the Older Adult

NURS 442

3

Nursing Trends and Issues

NURS 443

3

Public Health & Community Nursing

NURS 444

1

Public Health & Community Nsg Practicum

NURS 460

3

Nursing Management/Leadership

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. 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 ASN and BSN programs are as follows:

  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Students with less than 64 hours of college credit will have the cumulative GPA evaluated.  Students with more than 64 hours of college credit will have the last 64 hours of college credit evaluated for GPA.
  • Submission of one of the following standardized test scores.
    • SAT scores (if taken before 3/1/2016) of at least 1050 (minimum of 500 Reading and 500 Math) OR SAT scores (if taken after 3/1/2016) of at least 1130 (minimum of 530 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 530 in Math). Scores must be within the last five years. 

    • ACT composite scores of at least 22 (minimum of 21 English, 18 Math, 20 Reading). Scores must be within the last five years. 

    • TEAS (Version V) overall scores of proficient level at minimum. Scores must be within the last twelve months of admission review.

Students with an earned bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university are not required to submit test scores.

  • Completion of Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra with a minimum of “C” in high school or college.  These grades must be reflected in the transcripts the applicant provides with the application.  The most recent course attempt will be evaluated.

  • Satisfactory criminal background history results for all states of residence for the past ten years.  Criminal background history must be conducted within past 12 months of admission. All background checks are to be completed through CastleBranch using code: ga96.

In addition, the following criteria must be met before beginning nursing courses:

  • NA I - NA certification is not a prerequisite to applying, but must successfully complete a NA I course, or be listed on the registry before you begin nursing coursework. You must provide a transcript reflecting successful completion of a NA I course or you will be dismissed from the program.
  • 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 classes in the Fall semester for ASN and BSN students. 
American Red Cross certification will NOT be accepted. Please send a copy of your certification.
  • Satisfactory physical and mental health form.
  • Immunization records with verification of Hepatitis B, Varicella (Chicken Pox) and a 2 step Tuberculin test (PPD).
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