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Prospective Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Students who enter Radford University as freshmen and declare nursing as a major are considered a pre-nursing students. Students who entered RU as full-time freshmen with a declared pre-nursing major and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit at RU and who have no honor code violations will receive a priority admission status to upper division School of Nursing at the end of the second semester of the enrollment, contingent upon maintaining a 3.2 GPA, having no honor code or substance abuse infractions, and completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or above:

  • CHEM 102. General Chemistry OR
  • CHEM 103. General Chemistry OR
  • CHEM 120. Living Systems
  • PSYC 230. Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • SOCY 110. Introduction to Sociology
  • FDSN 214. Introduction to Nutrition
  • STAT 200. Introduction to Statistics
  • BIOL 322. Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL 334. Microbiology
  • NURS 321. Pathophysiology

Propective Nursing students must take the Kaplan Nursing Admissions Exam [PDF] (KNAT) starting with applications for admision in Fall of 2012.

Students must apply for admission to the upper division nursing major application [PDF]. All students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above to apply to the upper division nursing major. However, the actual GPA required for admission may be significantly higher. Admission is competitive, with admission granted on a space available basis.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are advised that after 24 credit hours are earned at Radford University, the Radford GPA is used for admission. Transfer students who have earned less than 24 hours at Radford University are advised that the combined GPA for all course work is considered. Credit may be earned for select courses by examination (CLEP, ACT-PEP).

*Applicants must be admitted to Radford University prior to admission to the upper division major.


Prospective Graduate Admission Requirements

How to apply to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program

Admissions Criteria

We're honored that you are considering applying to our program. This page is a resource for guiding you through the application process. Remember, our staff is here to assist you at any time and we are more than happy to help.

See the links to the right for more in-depth resources and requirements.

Applying — a ten step overview:

1. You apply directly through Radford University's College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

2. Application must be received by April 1 to be considered for admission to the fall semester. Admission is competitive and enrollment is limited.

3. Provide three letters of reference. Your letters of reference should be from professional contacts that address the applicants potential for advanced practice nursing. At least one should come from a former faculty member.

4. Provide three recommendation forms. Note: may be the same three contacts used to provide letters of reference.

5. Have GRE scores (if required) sent to the college (and report these scores in your application).

6. Have official transcripts sent from previous institutions.

7. Write a letter describing your career goals and how a graduate credential will assist in meeting those goals. Ideally, the potential for practice in a rural area should be addressed.

8. Provide a resume that includes education and professional practice, documenting a minimum of one year of full-time, or the equivalent, of 12 months of clinical nursing practice within the last three years.

9. After the materials are received, additional information will be requested such as your licenses and certifications.

10. Qualified applicants who meet admission requirements will be interviewed by School of Nursing Graduate Coordinator.