Traditional BSN on Main Campus

Our Traditional BSN program is offered at two locations:

  • At main campus in Radford, Va. where students enter as freshman as Pre-Nursing majors on the main campus;
  • The semester of admission to the SON will determine the campus where upper division classes will be primarily taken: Fall admission is to the Radford University main campus, and Spring admission is to the Roanoke Higher Education Center campus. Admission to the upper division on both campuses is limited and competitive. This path allows students to explore academic opportunities and enjoy a traditional college life on campus.
  • At Radford University Carilion (RUC) in Roanoke, Va. where students enter the university as Nursing majors.
 

Traditional BSN at Main Campus

On the main campus in Radford, the program is structured as a traditional journey to a degree, with students entering as Pre-Nursing majors during their first year, then applying to the School of Nursing (SON) during their sophomore year for the following semester.

Main Campus Admission Requirements for Pre-Nursing Students

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above (competitive GPA for admission may be considerably higher)
  • At the time of application deadline, students may have no more than two (2) of the following science courses to complete: Chemistry 120, Biology 334 Microbiology, Biology 310 A&P and Biology 311 A&P.
  • All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above before students can start the nursing major.
  • Students offered admission to Nursing must maintain the 2.80 GPA in order to start the nursing major.

Priority Admission

Students who enter Radford University as full-time freshmen with a declared pre-nursing major who maintain the following requirements will receive a priority admit status at the end of the second semester of enrollment:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.50 on a minimum of 24 semester hours credit at Radford University
  • No prior history (either while a student at Radford University or prior to enrollment) of violations involving honor code, conduct, criminal charges or convictions, alcohol or substance violations
  • Completing coursework according to the School of Nursing Guidelines (listed in the catalog).

The School of Nursing Admission Progression & Graduation (APG) Committee reserves the right to revoke a student’s priority admission status any time additional information is provided that would indicate a violation of the above-mentioned selection criteria.

Pre-requisite Grade Requirements

All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above before students can start the nursing major.

  • Students offered admission to the Nursing major Fall semester, must earn a grade of “C” or above on pre-requisite courses taken during Spring or Summer semesters. If student earns a grade of “C-“ or below or withdraws from pre-requisite courses prior to Fall semester, the offer of admission can be revoked by the School of Nursing.
  • Students offered admission to the Nursing major Spring Semester, must complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or above at the end of the Fall semester. If a student earns a grade of “C-“ or below or withdraws from pre-requisite courses during the Fall semester, the offer of admission will be revoked by the School of Nursing.
  • If offer of admission is revoked, the School of Nursing will notify student by e-mail or phone call. 

Application Deadlines for the Main Campus Traditional B.S.N. Program

  • Fall admission (Main campus in Radford): November 15 by 5 p.m. for following the following fall
  • Spring admission (Roanoke Higher Education Center): August 1 by 5 p.m. for the following spring
Apply to the Traditional BSN Main Campus
School of Nursing Application [PDF]

Traditional BSN for Main Campus Transfer Students

TRANSFER FROM ANOTHER UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE

  • GPA for pre-requisite courses only may be for admission consideration.
  • Students with prior BA/BS degree: an official transcript from the institution conferring the
    degree is required.
  • Two semesters of Chemistry (CHEM 111 and 112) are required in order to receive credit for CHEM 120 at Radford University.

STUDENTS FROM OTHER NURSING PROGRAMS

  • Students who have been unsuccessful in a previous nursing program may apply to the School of Nursing if it has been at least two years since last enrollment in the program in which the student was unsuccessful.
  • The student must not have had any conduct or honor code violations and must provide a letter of good standing from the previous nursing program director.
  • The student should provide a letter with the application explaining the previous experience in the nursing program and how the student plans to be successful in the future.
  • All transcripts from the previous nursing program must be supplied. If the student is accepted, the student will be required to take all nursing courses.
  • The School of Nursing may request further documentation from previous nursing program.
Apply to Radford University as a Transfer Student
School of Nursing Application [PDF]

REAL General Education Curriculum for Nursing

The Nursing major fulfills the R, A, and L areas of the REAL curriculum. The Nursing R and A areas fulfill the pre-requisites for the foundational knowledge necessary for the nursing profession. These include a focus on the sciences and the understanding of human behavior. The Nursing L areas demonstrates the applied learning and culmination of skills during the nursing program.

R AREA - Scientific and Quantitative REASONING 
Course # Course Title Credits
CHEM 120 or CHEM 111 & 112  Chemistry of Life
General Chemistry I & General Chemistry II (4 credits each) 
4
STAT 200 or STAT 130  Introduction to Statistics
Understanding Statistics in Society
3
BIOL 310 Human Structure and Function I 4
BIOL 311 Human Structure and Function II 4

E AREA – Humanistic or Artistic EXPRESSION

  • Minor to be selected by the student.
  • 9 credits to complete selected minor or 15 credits for general education minor 
A AREA - Cultural or Behavioral ANALYSIS 
Course # Course Title Credits
SOCY 110 Introduction to Sociology  3
PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 230 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3
NURS 352 Mental Health Nursing 5
L AREA - Applied LEARNING   
Course # Course Title Credits
NURS 451 Community Health Nursing 5
NURS 454 Nursing Practicum 4
Additional Required Courses 
Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 334 Microbiology 3
NURS 321 Pathophysiology 3

Curriculum

Year One
Semester 1 Semester 2
ENGL 111 Foundational Writing 3 xxx Writing Intensive Course 3
xxx Foundational Math 3 SOCY 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology 4 BIOL 310 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CHEM 120 Chemistry of Life 4 xxx E course for minor 3
xxx E course for minor 3 xxx Elective/Open Credit 3
Total 16 Total 16
Year Two
Semester 3 Semester 4
PSYC 230 Developmental Psychology 3 BIOL 334 Microbiology 4
BIOL 311 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 STAT 200 Statistics (or 130) 3
NUTR 214 Nutrition 3 NURS 321 Pathophysiology 3
xxx E course for minor 3 xxx Elective/Open Credit 3
xxx Elective/Open Credit 3 xxx Elective/Open Credit 2
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 16
Year Three
Semester 5 (Level 1 Nursing) Semester 6 (Level 2 Nursing)
NURS 340 Health Assessment 3 NURS 362 Nursing Research 3
NURS 345 Found. of Nursing Practice 6 NURS 364 Nursing of the Adult I 6
NURS 352 Mental Health Nursing 5 NURS 366 Nursing-Childbearing Family 5
NURS 368 Pharmacology 3      
TOTAL 17 TOTAL 14
Year Four
Semester 7 (Level 3 Nursing) Semester 8 (Level 4 Nursing)
NURS 443 Nursing of Children 5 NURS 451 Community Health Nursing 5
NURS 444 Gerontological Nursing 5 NURS 453 Leadership in Nursing 3
NURS 448 Nursing of the Adult II 5 NURS 454 Nursing Practicum 4
      NURS 457 Transition to Licensure 2
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 14