Welcome to the College of Health Sciences


The College of Health Sciences is pleased to report these achievements:

  • The College was established to bring all healthcare-related disciplines in one location;

  • Continuing accreditation for Master of Science in Nursing (2015) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (2017) programs;

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program began first cohort (summer 2017);

  • Annual Pediatric Simulation Day includes all PA, FNP and prelicensure nursing students;

  • Annual Mobile Health Screening in local community for diabetes, heart disease and depression and provide spiritual counseling;

  • PA program performs monthly Health Screening Clinic for patrons at the soup kitchen;

  • Nurse Practitioner students provide health screenings at homeless shelters.

  • Athletic Training students visited Shelby Middle School to provide injury prevention education to the students and will be bringing them to campus in November 2017.

Program Accreditation

The College of Health Sciences maintains program specific accreditations, approvals, endorsements, and memberships as follows:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN)
  • North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON)
  • National League for Nursing (NLN)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association - Education Recognition Program
  • The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Provost's Message

photo of Dr. Nicole Waters

Nicole Waters, DNP, RN
Associate Provost for the College of Health Sciences

Welcome to the website for the College of Health Sciences at Gardner-Webb University. The College of Health Sciences is situated in a beautifully renovated former hospital on the edge of the Gardner-Webb University campus.

Programs housed in the College of Health Sciences include the Hunt School of Nursing, the Physician Assistant Studies program, the Department of Exercise Science and the Department of Athletic Training.

Opportunities abound in the College for interprofessional collaboration between the various programs where innovation is key. The highly qualified faculty in each program is dedicated to the success of each student. Our class sizes are small which fosters close relationships with the faculty member. The Christian focus, service opportunities and community involvement are core links to the College of Health Sciences and Gardner-Webb University mission statements.

The Hunt School of Nursing offers the range of nursing programs from associate to the doctoral degrees. Pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) are consistently above the state and national averages.

For those who are fitness minded, the Exercise Science program offers opportunities for classroom, clinical and internship experiences. Graduates are prepared to take certification exams offered by several professional organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

The Physician Assistant Studies program prepares graduates to deliver competent patient-centered primary care in diverse environments. Pass rates on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) are compatible with the national average. Pass rates increased by 6 percentage points in one-years’ time, and our most recent 97% first-time pass rate will be validated at or above the national average for the 2017 year.

The Athletic Training program prepares graduates prepared for entry level positions within the Athletic Training profession. Graduates are also prepared to challenge the Board of Certification (BOC) examination. Pass rates on this certification exam are consistently above the national averages.

We welcome your questions and would love to have you visit our facility. I am sure you will be impressed with the modern simulation equipment and facilities as well as with the technology filled classrooms.