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. 

School of Nursing

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

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


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.


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.


High-tech labs offer simulation to give you hands-on learning experiences. You’ll also intern and learn at clinical sites with opportunities for one-on-one mentorship from a practicing RN.


The program follows a traditional classroom format with two years of full-time study. Approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, the program will prepare you for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses.


Admissions Criteria

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, standardized test scores, 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 scores or Kaplan Admission Test scores.
  • 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.
  • Application deadlines are January 15th and May 15th. 


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 two-step Tuberculin test (PPD)
  • 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 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.
  • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers CPR card.


ADN Program Outcomes

The ADN program seeks to meet the following program outcomes:

  1. Meet educational needs of eligible residential and commuting students who desire to pursue associate nursing education at a small, private, liberal arts, Christian university.
  2. Maintain first time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN at or above the national mean.
  3. Graduate no less than 70% of students entering the program within 1.5 times the length of the program.
  4. Eighty percent of graduates will:
    1. Express satisfaction with the Associate Degree in Nursing Program.
    2. Become employed in nursing.
    3. Demonstrate satisfactory nursing practice to their employers.
  5. Maintain full approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
  6. Maintain continuing accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from the pre-licensure Nursing Programs will:

  1. Assess, analyze/ diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care utilizing a hierarchy of needs theory to provide for the patient’s optimum level of wellness consistent with his/her coping abilities, teaching needs, and capacity for self-care.
  2. Provide holistic nursing care for patients in various stages of the life span characterized by critical thinking, clinical and cultural competence, and utilization of therapeutic interpersonal skills, with attention to sociocultural forces which impact health care, and caring which is consistent with the Christian faith.
  3. Communicate with patients, their families and/or significant others, and other care providers in the planning and delivery of health services.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Utilize informatics in the participation and application of evidence-based nursing research and quality improvement in daily nursing practice.


Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing Program will:

  1. Recognize the theoretical underpinnings of nursing practice and research.
  2. Be prepared to continue their education to achieve Baccalaureate education.


Sigma Theta Tau International

GWU’s School of Nursing is part of Sigma Theta Tau International, the only nursing honors society dedicated to improving global health. Phi Upsilon, our chapter, offers students and alumni opportunities for professional development and relationship-building in the field.



You will intern at various local healthcare facilities, gaining experience in a diverse range of clinical settings.



You can find employment at hospitals, medical centers, schools, nursing home, rehab centers, and more. With additional education, you can pursue careers in research or administration or choose to specialize in various nursing fields.



Many students choose to continue their studies in the program and earn their BSN at GWU. Others pursue employment as Registered Nurses.

There are many scholarships that are available to nursing students. You can find information about various nursing scholarships on the financial aid webpages. In addition, Campus RN scholarships are also available to qualified applicants. Visit here for more information.


Course Requirements

Basic Course Requirements (29 semester hours)

            BIOL 105: Microbiology for Health Sciences (4 hrs.)

            BIOL 203: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 hrs.)

            BIOL 204: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 hrs.)

            PSYC 201: General Psychology (3 hrs.)

            PSYC 206: Developmental Psychology (3 hrs.)

            ENGL 101: Composition I (3 hrs.)

            ENGL 102: Composition II (3 hrs.)

            RELI 101: Introduction to the Old Testament (3 hrs.) OR

    RELI 102: Introduction to the New Testament (3 hrs.)

            Any PHED activity course (1 hr.)

            Dimension (1 hr.)

Major Course Requirements (43 semester hours)

            NURS 106: Fundamental Concepts in Nursing (5 hrs.)

            NURS 107: Fundamental Concepts Experiential Lab (1 hr.)

            NURS 108: Application of Fundamental Concepts (1 hr.)

            NURS 109: Basic Concepts in Health Assessment (2 hrs.)

            NURS 110: Health Assessment Experiential Lab (1 hr.)

            NURS 114: Basic Concepts in Clinical Nursing (7 hrs.)

            NURS 115: Basic Concepts Experiential Lab (1 hr.)

            NURS 116: Application of Basic Concepts (2 hrs.)

            NURS 206: Nursing Concepts for Childbearing Families (7 hrs.)

            NURS 207: Childbearing Families Experiential Lab (1 hr.)

            NURS 208: Application of Nursing for Childbearing Families (2 hrs.)

            NURS 209: Advanced Concepts of Clinical Nursing (6 hrs.)

            NURS 210: Advanced Concepts Experiential Lab (1 hr.)

            NURS 211: Application of Advanced Concepts (3 hrs.)

            NURS 290: Transition to Practice (3 hrs.)

Total: 72 semester hours



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