Your Associate of Science in Nursing degree will prepare you for excellence in nursing practice as a Registered Nurse. The ADN also offers the strong academic foundation you’ll need to pursue your BSN. 

GWU Hunt School of Nursing students

An Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree will prepare you for excellence in nursing practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). The ASN also offers the strong academic foundation you’ll need to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degreeClassroom education is combined with clinical experiences at local healthcare facilities, giving students reality-based skills in a diverse range of settings.

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During your ASN education, you will be challenged with a curriculum that is based on national standards and current best practices. You will learn how to offer compassionate care to individuals with healthcare needs.  The faculty is dedicated to providing our students with a nursing education that is grounded in Christian values of compassion and service. High-tech labs offer simulation to give you hands-on learning experiences. You’ll also precept and learn at clinical sites with 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.

After completing the curriculum requirements and successfully passing the NCLEX-RN test, you can find employment at hospitals, medical centers, schools, nursing home, rehab centers, and more. With additional education, you can also 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 the RN-BSN program, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in education, administration, and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees.

The ASN degree can be earned following successful completion of 72 credit hours. Basic course requirements are comprised of 29 hours of general education courses in addition to 43 credit hours of nursing courses.


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. To be considered for admission to the ADN and BSN Nursing Programs, applicants must apply for admission to the University, apply for admission to the Hunt School of Nursing, complete a criminal background check, and meet the minimum criteria below:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
    (For students with an earned bachelor's degree or higher, 3.0 for the last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate course work.)
  2. One of the following satisfactory standardized test scores*:
    • Minimum SAT score of 1050 (if taken before 3/1/2016) with at least a 500 Critical Reading and 500 Math or (a minimum SAT score of 1130 (if taken after 3/1/2016) with at least a 530 in Evidence-based Reading and Writing and 530 in Math.
    • Minimum ACT composite score of 22 (with at least a 21 in English, 18 in Math, and 20 in Reading). 
    • TEAS (Version V or above): Proficient Academic Preparedness Level or higher.  Scores must be in the last 12 months of the admission review.
  3. Completion of Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra with a minimum of a "C" in high school or college. These grades must be reflected in the transcripts you provide with your application.
  4. Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the STATE in which you reside AND any other state in which you lived during the past ten years. All background checks are to be completed through CastleBranch using code: ga96
  5. CNA I - CNA certification is not a prerequisite to applying, but a student must be listed on a state's nurse aid registry before beginning the ADN program (NURS 106) and before beginning their first nursing course (NURS 239) in the four-year BSN program.

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

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