The Hunt School of Nursing has a rich history of graduating quality, highly skilled nursing professionals.
The Hunt School of Nursing at Gardner-Webb University offers one of the most comprehensive nursing programs in North Carolina. Our full spectrum of nursing degrees allows students to progress seamlessly to achieve their career and educational goals. 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.
GWU’s Hunt School of Nursing provides excellent, high quality, student-centered programs based on current national competencies of nursing practice. Our diverse student population is taught to meet the global health care needs of individuals, groups and communities. Holistic nursing practice, Christian caring, critical thinking and professionalism are modeled by each nursing faculty member.
Nursing Education at GWU began in 1965 with the establishment of the Associate Degree Nursing program under the direction of Mrs. Grace C. Lee, who became the first program director. The GWU Nursing Department became the School of Nursing in 1995 with Dr. Shirley Toney serving as the first Dean.
The School of Nursing currently houses four nursing degree programs. In 1982 the RN to BSN Completion program was established. The program was named the Davis Nursing Program in 1995 after becoming affiliated with the Davis Hospital Foundation. A Master of Science in Nursing degree with tracks in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration was established in 2000 with the addition of the Family Nurse Practitioner track in 2013. In 2010 the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs were added. In 2017 the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program was added.
In 2014, Dr. Jack and Mrs. Ruby Hunt, noted public servants and community supporters, established the Hunt School of Nursing.
The person, made in the image of God, is unique and whole, deserving of love and respect. Person is viewed as an individual, family, or population seeking or entitled to optimal health and well-being.
Nursing education is a lifelong process based on a foundation of science and liberal arts, enhanced by a faith-based environment. The nurse, as an independent provider of health care and part of the healing environment, uses science and the caring arts to nurture and promote human wholeness.
Nursing practice reflects a spirit of inquiry that utilizes the knowledge and science emerging from research to translate scholarship to improve healthcare delivery and health outcomes in a variety of clinical settings.
Working collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team, the nurse continually evaluates the quality of care, serves as a leader in the healthcare community, and persistently strives for personal and professional growth.
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.
Gardner-Webb has caring, tough and highly motivated professors to help you be the best you can be.”
I knew Gardner-Webb would become my ‘home away from home,’ a place that would allow me to grow in my faith and my education.”
The instructors were always available and always supportive. They encouraged and guided along the way. They kept you motivated and the coursework made you challenge yourself.”