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GWU Hunt School of Nursing Receives National and State Top Rankings Recognizes School as No. 3 in Nation and No. 1 in State

nursing student on laptopBOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Hunt School of Nursing (HSON) at Gardner-Webb University has received  both national and state honors from, a nursing advocacy organization. The HSON Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Administration program is ranked No. 3 in the nation and No. 1 in North Carolina.

“The Hunt School of Nursing has a proud legacy of providing a faith-based nursing education within a close-knit, supportive learning environment,” noted Dr. Tracy Arnold, HSON director and associate professor of nursing. “We are honored to be recognized as a premier provider of nursing education. As a community of caring individuals, we believe that each person, made in the image of God, is unique and whole, deserving of love and respect. Our curriculum is designed to empower Bulldog Nurse leaders to advocate for patients and families from an advanced practice perspective. This designation from speaks to the commitment of our faculty in preparing Bulldog Nurse leaders to handle the complex leadership challenges nurses face in today’s healthcare settings.” assessed nursing administration programs on several factors that represent how well a program supports students during school, towards licensure, and beyond. They used data from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) and The Council for Community and Economic Research.

“Our team analyzed 76 qualifying Nurse Administrator programs in the nation, looking for the best,” observed Sally Worthington, outreach coordinator, “Gardner-Webb University’s MSN in Nursing Administration program came in high on our list at #3. The online program in designed with the working nurse in mind. Students benefit from the exceptional support and program structure. We are confident that graduates from this program will become exceptional nurse leaders and administrators.”

In recent years, Gardner-Webb’s HSON has received multiple honors for its online degree programs from such sources as College Choice, the U.S. News & World Report,, and

In recent years, Gardner-Webb’s HSON has received multiple honors for its online degree programs from such sources as College Choice, the U.S. News & World Report,, and


The members of are registered nurses who care deeply about the profession and provide the resources future nurses need to succeed. The organization helps bring those interested in nursing from the research phase to enrollment to landing that first RN job and beyond. For more information, visit

About the Hunt School of Nursing

For 55 years, the Gardner-Webb University Hunt School of Nursing has educated quality, highly-skilled nursing professionals. The school offers nursing degrees from the associate to doctorate levels. Accreditation is maintained through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN). For more information, visit

Located in the North Carolina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. Gardner-Webb emphasizes a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics to prepare students to become effective leaders within the global community. Ignite your future at

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