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GWU Hunt School of Nursing Receives Recognition for Academics and Student Success

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Nursing Schools Almanac Ranks GWU Among Top Programs in North Carolina

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The research team at Nursing Schools Almanac, an educational resource that ranks nursing programs, has recognized Gardner-Webb University Hunt School of Nursing for its academics and student success. After collecting and reviewing data from numerous N.C. schools, the team awarded the nursing school No. 8 for all of its programs. Further, GWU ranked No. 3 in North Carolina for its prelicensure BSN program.

The Almanac evaluates schools in three areas:

  • The institution’s academic prestige and perceived value.
  • The breadth and depth of nursing programs offered.
  • Student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination.

The Hunt School of Nursing offers several levels of nursing education including an associate degree, three pathways to a bachelor’s degree (traditional, accelerated second degree, RN-to-BSN), a master’s degree with several specialty tracks (education, administration, family nurse practitioner), and a doctor of nursing practice (post-masters DNP, family nurse practitioner, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner).

In addition, the school offers a post-baccalaureate certificate in nursing education and post-master’s certificates in both MSN specialty areas. The DNP program also offers post-doctoral certificates in both nurse practitioner specialties. Undergraduates consistently perform well on their licensure exams. ADN graduates have averaged a 90 percent pass rate on the NCLEX exam over the past seven years, while their counterparts in the BSN program have scored an exceptional 97 percent pass rate during that timeframe.

The North Carolina rankings are available here, and the prelicensure BSN rankings can be found here.

Gardner-Webb University is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A Carnegie-Classified Doctoral/Professional University, GWU is home to six professional schools, 14 academic departments, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and a world-class faculty. Located on a beautiful 225-acre campus in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb prepares graduates to impact their chosen professions, equips them with the skills to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and inspires them to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Ignite your future at

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