Course Catalog

School of Nursing


Dean: Rebecca Beck-Little, RN, PhD.


Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Chair: Candice Rome, RN, DNP


Associate Degree Nursing Program Chair: Linda Wines, RN, MSN


Professors: J. Carlton, C. Miller Assiociate Professors: M.A. Hodge

Assistant Professors: R. Serafica, V. Walker, L. Wines

Instructors: T. Arnold, A. Garlock, S. Creed-Hall, S. Lane, C. Rome, R. Schoenfeldt, N. Waters, K. Williams


The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program and the Associate Degree Nursing Program are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Rd, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone 404-975-5000, and approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.



The mission of the School of Nursing is to enhance the health status of the global community by preparing individuals to practice holistic and professional nursing through the provision of student centered programs of study for a diverse population of students that promotes academic excellence within a Christian, private, liberal arts setting utilizing teamwork and community engagement.



  1. Establish a liberal arts educational environment based on Christian values fostering academic excellence, integrity, and a commitment to lifelong learning.
  2. Provide student-centered programs of study based on current national competencies of nursing practice to meet the global health care needs of individuals, groups and communities in which holistic nursing practice, Christian caring, critical thinking, and professionalism are modeled.
  3. Engage in partnerships with community health care facilities in the provision of service learning opportunities for students that includes patient-centered care, evidence based practice, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  4. Graduate a diverse population of students who are prepared to practice patient centered nursing care that is culturally competent, holistic and professional within the context of a global environment in a manner that influences nursing and health care policy and practice.



Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing Program and the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program will:


  1. Assess, analyze/diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care to provide for the patient’s optimum level of wellness consistent with his/her coping abilities, teaching needs, and capacity for self-care;
  2. Utilize a hierarchy of needs theory as a framework for prioritizing psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual needs and provide individualized nursing care for patients in various stages of the lifespan;
  3. Provide holistic nursing care characterized by critical thinking, clinical competence, utilization of therapeutic interpersonal skills, attention to sociocultural forces, including technology, which impact health care, and caring which is consistent with the Christian faith;
  4. Communicate with patients, their families and/or significant others, and other care providers in the planning and delivery of health services;
  5. Manage nursing care for groups of patients with health care needs in varied settings which include hospitals, extended care facilities, and other community health care agencies;
  6. Practice nursing according to ethical and legal standards as a contributing member within the discipline of nursing, and assume responsibility for his/her own practice and self-development;
  7. Utilize informatics in the participation and application of evidenced based research and quality improvement in daily nursing practice; and
  8. Recognize the theoretical underpinnings of nursing practice and research.


Associate Degree Nursing Student Learning Outcomes


In addition to the above, graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing Program will:


  1. Be prepared to continue their education to achieve Baccalaureate education.


Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Student Learning Outcomes


In addition to the above, graduates of the Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program will:


  1. Demonstrate knowledge of leadership theory and practice;
  2. Utilize research methodology in the provision of evidence-based practice to individuals, families, and populations in a variety of settings;
  3. Establish partnerships with interdisciplinary teams to meet health needs of clients in a diverse society;
  4. Employ knowledge of the political system in providing direct and indirect care to clients;
  5. Apply theoretical underpinnings to nursing practice and research;and
  6. Be prepared to continue their education to achieve graduate education.



The school offers two programs of study preparing students for licensure as a Registered Nurse:

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)



None offered.




The best qualified applicants are selected from those who apply to the School of Nursing. Waiting lists for acceptance are established as necessary. The School of Nursing Admissions Committee considers academic performance, courses completed, and other factors in determining qualified applicants. Minimum criteria for full admission to the ADN and BSN programs are:


  • Minimum high school/transfer GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum SAT score of 1050 (with at least 500 in Critical Reading and 500 Math) OR
  • Minimum ACT score of 22 (with at least 21 in English, 18 in Math and 20 in Reading) OR
  • Satisfactory TEAS V score
  • CNA I - Must be completed before fall enrollment in nursing courses.
  • Minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in high school or college Biology, Chemistry and Algebra. These grades must be reflected in the transcripts you provide with your application.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Background History results for all states of residence for the past ten years.


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


  • Satisfactory physical and mental health, immunizations required by the University and Hepatitis B, Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer showing immunity or documentation of Varicella immunization and 2 step Tuberculin test (PPD),annual influenza immunizaton.
  • Any allegations or charges of a misdemeanor or felony that occur after the Criminal Background History results have been submitted must be reported to the School of Nursing immediately. Clinical sites have the right to deny a student’s access based on criminal background. This denial would result in the student’s inability to successfully complete the nursing program.
  • Satisfactory drug screening. This is a requirement for the healthcare facilities where students complete the clinical components of the nursing program. Clinical sites have the right to deny a student’s access based on a drug screening.
  • CPR certification.


Students transferring in any required courses are required to meet all of the admission criteria in regard to standardized test scores and must also have a GPA of at least a 3.0 on all previously taken college-level course work (subject to Gardner-Webb’s transfer credit policy).


Priority admission for current Nursing Intended students enrolled at Gardner-Webb University is at the discretion of the Admission Committee and based on meeting full admission criteria and completion of recommended general education courses. Progression criteria for currently enrolled students in the School of Nursing are listed in the Pre-licensure Handbook.


Eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse includes clinical, mental, and physical competence and freedom from conviction of felonious or other serious legal acts, including substance abuse, as outlined in the North Carolina Nursing Practice Act 2007. Note: all states have similar stipulations. Students enrolled at Gardner-Webb University who wish to enroll in the nursing program must apply through the Admissions Office. Students who wish to be readmitted to the program must reapply through the Admissions Office. Students must have a minimum 2.8 grade point average to be considered for readmission into the pre-licensure programs.



BASIC CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS (64-70 Depending on student’s entering foreign language competency):


  • General Education Core requirements for BSN must be satisfied.
  • ENGL 101 and 102 are prerequisites to all major courses.
  • A grade of “C” (2.00) or better is required for BIOL 105, 203, and 204




  • BIOL 105
  • PSYC 201
  • PSYC 206




  • NURS 239 Nursing Assessment (2 SH)
  • NURS 240 Nursing Assessment Lab (1 SH)
  • NURS 261 Intro to Nursing (4 SH)
  • NURS 262 Intro to Nursing Lab (1 SH)
  • NURS 263 Intro to Nursing Practicum (1 SH)
  • NURS 300 Concepts in Professional Nursing (3 SH)
  • NURS 307 Communication Skills in Nursing (3SH) (fulfills the 3 SH Oral Communication General Education Core Requirement)
  • NURS 339 Pharmacology in Nursing Practice (2 SH)
  • NURS 340 Nutrition in Nursing Practice (2 SH)
  • NURS 341 Adult Health I (6 SH)
  • NURS 342 Adult Health I Lab (1 SH)
  • NURS 343 Adult Health I Practicum (2 SH)
  • NURS 361 Maternal/Child Nursing (6 SH)
  • NURS 362 Maternal/Child Nursing Lab (1 SH)
  • NURS 363 Maternal/Child Nursing Practicum (2 SH)
  • NURS 441 Nursing Care of the Older Adult (3 SH)
  • NURS 442 Nursing Trends and Issues (3 SH)
  • NURS 443 Essentials of Public Health and Community Nursing (3 SH)
  • NURS 444 Public Health and Community Nursing Practicum (1 SH)
  • NURS 460 Essentials of Nursing Management/Leadership (3 SH)
  • NURS 461 Adult Health II (6 SH)
  • NURS 462 Adult Health II Lab (1 SH)
  • NURS 463 Adult Health II Practicum (3 SH)
  • NURS 470 Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 SH)


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BIOL 105, 203 and 204 (12 SH)

PSYC 201 and 206 (6 SH)

ENGL 101 and 102 (6 SH)

RELI 101 or 102 (3 SH)

Any PHED activity course (1 SH)




NURS 106 Fundamental Concepts in Nursing (5 SH)

NURS 107 Fundamental Concepts Experiential Lab (1 SH)

NURS 108 Application of Fundamental Concepts (1 SH)

NURS 109 Basic Concepts in Health Assessment (2 SH)

NURS 110 Health Assessment Experiential Lab (1 SH)

NURS 114 Basic Concepts in Clinical Nursing (7 SH)

NURS 115 Basic Concepts Experiential Lab (1 SH)

NURS 116 Application of Basic Concepts (2 SH)

NURS 206 Nursing Concepts for Childbearing families (7 SH)

NURS 207 Childbearing families Experiential Lab (1 SH)

NURS 208 Application of Nursing for Childbearing families (2 SH)

NURS 209 Advanced Concepts in Clinical Nursing (6 SH)

NURS 210 Advanced Concepts Experiential Lab (1 SH)

NURS 211 Application of Advanced Concepts (3 SH)

NURS 290 Associate Degree Nursing Practice in Contemporary Society (3 SH)


Enrollment in a pre-licensure program (ADN or BSN) requires a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in each nursing and science course for progression in the program. No more than one nursing or one science course may be repeated. A second grade of less than a “C” (2.00) in any nursing or science course will result in dismissal from the respective program.




Eligibility for advanced placement into the Associate degree nursing program (ADN) for licensed practical nurses (LPN) includes the following:


  • Current unrestricted LPN license
  • Admission to Gardner-Webb University and application to the SON
  • Transfer courses leading to licensure as a Practical Nurse
  • Successful Completion of Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 203), General Psychology (PSY 201), Basic Concepts of Health Assessment (NUR 109) and Health Assessment Experiential Lab (NUR 110)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all transfer courses


All Licensed Practical Nurses who meet these requirements may be accepted into the second semester of the ADN program based on available space. The course of study will begin with the regular nursing sequence of courses scheduled for a second semester first year ADN student.


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