Admission Requirements

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Admissions Requirements
Criminal Background Check
TEAS Test Information

 

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Admission to the pre-licensure Associate Degree Nursing Program and the traditional Four Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is a three-step process:


Admission to the University (Apply Online)
Admission to the School of Nursing (Application completed & mailed)
Instructions for Criminal Background Check


University admission does not guarantee acceptance into the School of Nursing. To be considered for admission to the ADN and BSN Nursing Programs, applicants must meet the criteria listed below. Admission is competitive, and the minimum requirements for full admission are as follows:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • GPA calculation takes into account all college level course work attempted. Only official transcripts should be sent. 
  • Minimum SAT score of 1050 (with at least a 500 Critical Reading and 500 Math) OR 
  • Minimum ACT score of 22 (with at least a 21 in English, 18 in Math, and 20 in Reading) OR 
  • Minimum Satisfactory TEAS score in all areas. 
  • Completion of Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra with a minimum of a "C" in high school or college. 
  • 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. 
  • CNA -I certification is not a pre-requisite 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.

 

RN to BSN (Degree Completion)

Admission to the RN to BSN Nursing Program is a two-step process:

  1. Admission to the University Goal Program (Goal Online Application
  2. Instructions for the Criminal Background Check

 

Admission to the GOAL Program does NOT guarantee acceptance into the RN to BSN Nursing Program. To be considered for full admission to the RN to BSN Nursing Program applicants must meet the criteria listed below:

  • Completion of an associate degree with a major in nursing or a hospital diploma nursing program as evidenced by official transcript. (Graduates of ADN and diploma nursing programs may earn a maximum of 40 hours of nursing credit (25 hours applied as basic to baccalaureate nursing courses and 15 hours of nursing electives) upon successful completion of nine hours of nursing through Gardner-Webb University.) 
  • Current unrestricted RN licensure. 
  • One year of nursing experience within the past five years or completion of a nursing program within the past year. 
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 as evidenced by official transcripts. 
  • Immunizations as required by the University and the School of Nursing. 
  • 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 five years.

 

Students will be required to submit a twelve panel urine drug screen prior to enrolling in courses with clinical or preceptor experiences.

 

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is a two-step process:

  1. Admission to the Graduate School (Apply Online
  2. Instructions for the Criminal Background Check

 

Application for admission to the MSN Program and the DNP Program should be made through the Graduate School. Application to the MSN/MBA Program should be made to the Graduate School and the Graduate School of Business. The School of Nursing strives to enroll students from a variety of backgrounds with the greatest potential for successful completion of their graduate studies.

 

To be considered for full admission to the MSN Program applicants must meet the criteria listed below:

  • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited program. 
  • Current unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse. 
  • GPA of 2.70 on all undergraduate work as evidenced by official transcripts. 
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). (GRE required for the MSN/MBA Program.) as evidenced by official scores. 
  • Three letters of reference. 
  • 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 five years. 
  • Immunizations as required by the university and the School of Nursing.
  • Completion of a graduate or undergraduate general statistics course which included probability theory, inferential statistics, and descriptive statistics;

 

RN applicants with a Baccalaureate Degree in another field may be considered for acceptance upon completion of additional required pre-requisites, including:
  • A course in nursing health assessment;
  • A course in community health nursing.

 


Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)

Application for admission to the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program should be made through the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies. The following criteria for acceptance will be used.
  •  A Baccalaureate Degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program
  • Current unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse
  • GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Transcripts of all previous college studies
  • Three letters of reference
  • 2 years of active Registered Nurse practice over the past 3 years with a Statement of Description of work experience
  • Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the current state of residency AND any other state lived in during the past ten years
  • Immunizations as required by the university
  • Completion of a graduate or undergraduate general statistics course which included probability theory, inferential statistics, and descriptive statistics;

 

RN applicants with a Baccalaureate Degree in another field may be considered for acceptance upon completion of required pre-requisites, including:
  • A course in nursing health assessment;
  • A course in community health nursing.

 

2014-15 Admission Deadlines:

 

  • Post-Master's FNP Certificate:
    • Spring 2015 Start
    • September 30, 2014 - Deadline for completed application
  • Masters of Science in Nursing - FNP
    • Fall 2015 start
    • March 1, 2015 - Deadline for completed applications

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Admission to the DNP Program is competitive, and the minimum requirements for full admission are as follows:

 

Application for admission to the DNP Program is made through the Gardner-Webb University Graduate School. In order to enroll students from a variety of nursing backgrounds with the greatest potential for successfully completing the program, the following criteria will be used for consideration of acceptance:

  1. Completed application with $40.00 non-refundable application fee. (May Apply Online). 
  2. Current unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse (verified online by Graduate Admissions). 
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.20 on all previous graduate coursework as evidenced by official graduate transcripts. 
  4. MSN Degree from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited program as evidenced by official graduate transcripts. 
  5. Certifications in practice area (if applicable). 
  6. Verification of immunizations submitted on provided form. 
  7. Three letters of recommendation (professional and academic) submitted on the provided form.
  8. Verification of the number of hours of supervised practicum hours completed in MSN Program or Post-Master's Certificate Program (Please use Verification of Practicum Hours in MSN Program/Post Master's Certificate Program form). Verification may be submitted only if additional hours are needed to count toward the requirements of 1,000 practicum hours.
    *Supervised practicum hours completed in MSN Program or Post-Master's Certificate Program are counted toward the requirement of 1,000 practicum hours for completion of the DNP degree.  A minimum of 400 practicum hours must be completed whole enrolled in the DNP Program.
    **Hours in supervised practice completed in a Post-Master's program are counted toward the requirement of 1,000 practicum hours for completion of the DNP degree. Supervised practice hours in a clinical or administrative position are calculated as 30 hours of practice for each 40 hour work week.  Supervised practice hours in academia are calculated as 30 hours per week (Fall and Spring are considered to be 15-week semesters and Summer is considered to be a 10-week semester).  A minimum of 400 practicum hours must be completed while enrolled in the DNP Program.
  9. Verification of the number of post-master's employment hours in nursing (please use provided form).
  10. Current curriculum vitae.
  11. Written essay addressing your goals related to doctoral education in nursing including description of a practice research interest.
  12. Current, statewide, felony and misdemeanor Criminal Background Check results from the STATE in which you reside AND any other state lived during the past 10 years.

 

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
P.O. BOX 7308
GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY
BOILING SPRINGS, NORTH CAROLINA 28017

 

Upon receipt of your Application Packet, official GRE scores, and Criminal Background Check results by Graduate Admissions your documents will be reviewed by the School of Nursing Admission Committee for admission consideration. The highest qualified applicants will be invited to participate in interviews with the School of Nursing Admission Committee. Applicant folders must be complete for consideration by the committee.


Criminal Background Check

All applicants to the School of Nursing must submit a statewide criminal background history for all states of residency during the past ten years. The purpose of this is to meet requirements of clinical agencies in which our students learn and practice nursing.

 

A criminal background history must be submitted prior to admission to the School of Nursing.

 

A student having had residency in more than one state in the past ten (10) years must submit statewide criminal background histories for each state of residency during that period.

 

International students are required to submit an international criminal background history.

 

Any change from the student's initial criminal background history must be reported to the School of Nursing. Failure to report any change will result in withdrawal of acceptance to the program.

 

Information received from the student's criminal background history will become part of the student's confidential academic file.

Source for obtaining Criminal Background Histories

Gardner-Webb University endorses the following particular source for obtaining criminal background histories:

CertifiedBackground.com

 

Instructions:

  1. Go to CertifiedBackground.com.      
  2. In “Place Order” enter package code for your school (Undergradauate-GA96, Graduate-GA98, RN-BSN- GA99)
  3. Click “Go” and follow instructions.

TEAS Test Information

The TEAS test consists of four areas: Reading, Science, Math and English. The cost is $40.00 payable with a debit/credit card online the day of testing. There are TEAS test preparation materials online at www.atitesting.com, which include practice exercises and sample tests.  TEAS test is administered once a month.

 

To register for the TEAS test, contact Susan Jenkins by phone at (704)406-4360 or by email sjenkin2@gardner-webb.edu.

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2.       In “Place Order” enter package code for your school (Undergradauate-GA96, Graduate-GA98, RN-BSN- GA99)
3.       Click “Go” and follow instructions.

Contact

School of Nursing

P.O. Box 7309

Boiling Springs, NC  28017

Phone: (704) 406-4360