Traditional BSN on Main Campus

On the Main Campus in Radford, the program is structured as a traditional journey to a degree, with most 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.

Some exceptional Pre-Nursing applicants may receive direct admission to the Nursing major as a result of high academic achievements. These achievements are determined by the School of Nursing each academic year, and eligible students are notified directly.

ADMISSION TO THE MAIN CAMPUS TRADITIONAL BSN PROGRAM

Main Campus Admission Requirements for Pre-Nursing Students

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above (competitive GPA for admission will likely be considerably higher)
  • At the time of the application deadline, students may have no more than two (2) of the following science courses to complete:                      CHEM 120, BIOL 310, 311, & 334.
  • Before starting the Nursing major, all pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above; exception: BIOL 334 must be completed with a grade of "B-" or above.
  • Students offered admission to the Nursing major must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.80 in order to start upper-division courses in Nursing.

Direct Admission for Select Pre-Nursing Applicants

  • Some exceptional Pre-Nursing applicants may receive direct admission to the Nursing major as a result of high academic achievements. These achievements are determined by the School of Nursing each academic year, and eligible students are notified directly. Students will be selected from the pool of Pre-Nursing applicants during admission reviews, and students will be notified directly by Admissions.

 

Pre-requisite Grade Requirements

Before students can start the Nursing major, the student must earn a grade of "C" or above except BIOL 334 in which a "B-" or above must be earned. These are the accepted grades for entry as a Nursing major. 

  • Fall Admission. Students offered admission to the Nursing major for Fall semester must complete all pre-requisite courses taken during the Spring and/or Summer semesters with an acceptable grade for Nursing. An offer of admission can be revoked by the School of Nursing if a student does not earn an acceptable grade or who withdraws from pre-requisite courses prior to the fall semester.
  • Spring Admission. Students offered admission to the Nursing major for Spring semester must complete all pre-requisite courses taken during the Fall semester with an acceptable grade for Nursing. An offer of admission can be revoked by the School of Nursing if a student does not earn an acceptable grade or who withdraws from pre-requisite courses prior to the Spring semester.
  • If an offer of admission is revoked, the School of Nursing will notify the student by e-mail or by phone call. 

 

Application Deadlines for Direct Admission, Pre-Nursing and Transfer Students

  • Fall admission: November 15 by 5 p.m.
  • Spring admission: August 1 by 5 p.m.
Apply to the Traditional BSN Main Campus

TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSION TO THE MAIN CAMPUS TRADITIONAL BSN PROGRAM

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.

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 area demonstrates the applied learning and culmination of skills during the nursing program.

R AREA - Scientific and Quantitative REASONING

Course #                     Title                                                        Credits

CHEM 120                    Chemistry of Life                                       4    

   or CHEM 111 & 112        Chemistry I & Chemistry II             8 (4 each)

STAT 200                     Introduction to Statistics    

   or STAT 130                 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 the selected minor or the student must complete 15 credits of E-designated courses for a general education minor.

A AREA - Cultural or Behavioral Analysis

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 #                     Title                                                        Credits

NURS 451                   Community Health Nursing                      5

NURS 454                  Nursing Practicum                                    4

Additional Required Pre-Requisite Courses

BIOL 334                    Microbiology                                             3

NURS 321                    Pathophysiology                                      3

TRADITIONAL BSN 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