GWU Hunt School of Nursing Adds New Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs in August 2019

Print Friendly

Degrees will be Offered in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Image contains two women. On the right is a Gardner-Webb Family Nurse Practitioner Student taking the blood pressure of the other lady.BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Hunt School of Nursing (HSON) at Gardner-Webb University is pleased to announce the beginning of new entry level post baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice programs for Family Nurse Practitioners (DNP-FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (DNP-PMHNP). The DNP-FNP will be a transition of the currently offered Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner to a doctoral entry level program.

Pending approval by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN), the new programs will enroll their first cohort of students in August 2019.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice – Leadership program has been offered in the HSON since 2010. The DNP-FNP and DNP-PMHNP will continue the school’s tradition of leadership in nursing education programs and further the HSON distinction of preparing healthcare providers in a community of faith and learning.

“The addition of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program to the Hunt School of Nursing builds upon the strong foundation of our current Family Nurse Practitioner Program,” observed HSON Dean Nicole Waters. “We will continue to strive to provide an advanced practice nursing education in a caring and faith-based environment. The PMHNP will meet the current needs of our community partners and expand mental health services within our community.”

The HSON has achieved several recognitions for its nursing education programs. Recently the school’s online programs were ranked ninth in the nation by Additionally, the Master of Science in Nursing program has also received multiple honors from such sources as College Choice, the U.S. News & World Report and

While providing an exceptional learning experience, faculty and staff promote the school’s mission 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 student population that promotes academic excellence within a Christian, private, liberal arts setting utilizing teamwork and community engagement.”

For additional information on the proposed new programs, please contact the Gardner-Webb University Graduate Admissions Office at or visit:

Located in the North Carolina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a place where Christian compassion meets critical thinking. A private, Christian, liberal arts university, Gardner-Webb emphasizes a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics to prepare students to become effective servant-leaders within the global community. Ignite your future at