Academic Catalog 2020-2021

RN to BSN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Hours may vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Davis Nursing Online RN to BSN Program will:

1. Use clinical judgment to provide care to clients, families, and diverse populations.

2. Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration with healthcare professionals, clients, and family to deliver high-quality and safe care.

3. Integrate current evidence and patient/family preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes.

4. Apply concepts of leadership to promote quality improvement and patient safety.

5. Utilize information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality patient care.

6. Plan self-development to uphold ethical and legal standards to maintain professional nursing practice.

7. Provide population focused care incorporating concepts of health promotion and illness prevention.

8. Distinguish financial and regulatory healthcare policies that directly and indirectly influence the nature and functioning of the healthcare system.

Admission Requirements

Students applying for admission to the Davis Nursing Online RN to BSN Program must apply through the Digital Learning enrollment office.

Program admission criteria include the following:

  1. Completion of an associate degree with a major in nursing or a hospital diploma nursing program. Graduates of diploma/associates 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;
  2. Current, unrestricted RN licensure;
  3. One year of nursing experience within the past five years or completion of a nursing program within the past year;
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students with 64 or more college credit hours will only have their last 64 hours of GPA calculated for admissions. Students with less than 64 will have their cumulative GPA evaluated for admission; and
  5. Proof of satisfactory criminal background check.

For detailed information on admission, transfer credit, and advanced placement for the Davis Nursing Online RN to BSN Program, contact:

Digital Learning Enrollment Office

Gardner-Webb University

P.O. Box 1896

Boiling Springs, NC 28017

Phone: (704) 406-4625

Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline are eligible for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program. See the Graduate section of this catalog for information or contact Graduate Admissions at 704-406-3987.

Transition from BSN Program to MSN Program

Students who graduate from any BSN Program option at Gardner-Webb University with a GPA of 2.7 are automatically accepted into the MSN program at Gardner-Webb University if enrolling within one year of graduation. HSON graduates are not required to complete an application or supply references. HSON graduates must contact Graduate Admissions to update personal information.

Program Requirements

Required Major Hours (30 hours)

NUR 301Research in Nursing


NUR 303Trends in Healthcare


NUR 304Communication Skills in Nursing


NUR 308Concepts in Professional Nursing


NUR 312Advanced Health Assessment


NUR 402Nursing Care of the Older Adult


NUR 403Leadership/Management in Nursing


NUR 409Senior Seminar


NUR 412Community and Public Health Nursing


NUR 415Community and Public Health Nursing Practicum


Total Credit Hours: 30

As with all Online Program majors, approximately half of the Nursing degree consists of the General Education curriculum (see General Education Requirements). (NUR 304 satisfies the Online Undergraduate Program General Education requirements for oral/visual communication and for computer literacy). A student must complete 30 hours in the Nursing major.