Traditional BSN on Main Campus

Beginning in Fall 2023, incoming freshman have the opportunity to receive direct admission to the Nursing major and will remain in the Nursing major by continuing to meet progression requirements.

Transfer students, students who do not receive direct admission, and those requesting a change of major to Nursing will be enrolled as Pre-Nursing students and are eligibile to apply to the major during the second semester of sophomore year. Applicants must meet all Nursing major progression requirements. Admission to the the Nursing major will be limited to space available.


Admission and Progression Requirements for Nursing Students

Progression Requirements in the Nursing Major

Students must meet all first and second year requirements to continue as a Nursing major and prior to taking upper division Nursing courses. Students who do not meet progression requirements will be changed to a Pre-Nursing major and are eligible to apply during the second semester of the sophomore year once the application requirements are met.

  • Year 1. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above at the end of their 2nd semester of freshman year to progress in the Nursing program.
  • Year 2.
  1. Students must meet all of the following criteria in order to progress into upper division nursing:
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Grade of “C” or above on all prerequisite courses
    • No more than one (1) prerequisite course repeated due to unsuccessful completion (C-, D, F), not including withdrawals
    • Completion of prerequisites for nursing: NUTR 214, STAT 200 or 130, CHEM 120 or equivalent, SOC 110, PSYC 230, BIOL 310 & 311, BIOL 334, NURS 321
  2. Students eligible for progression to upper division nursing courses are required to complete a criminal background check and drug screening during the term prior to upper division courses and every semester thereafter. If there are any areas of concern on the criminal background check or student conduct violations that would prohibit the student from attending clinical rotations, the student may not be able to continue in the Nursing program and would thus be dismissed from the program. Students with a positive drug screen will be dismissed from the program. If an offer of admission is revoked, the School of Nursing will notify the student by e-mail or by phone call.
  • Years 3 & 4. Once in upper division nursing courses, two (2) NURS course failures and/or withdrawals will result in program dismissal
  • Beginning Fall 2023, newly admitted freshman can receive direct admission to the Nursing major on Main Campus if they meet both of the following criteria: 
    1. Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, AND
    2. Have received high school / college credit for either a) Anatomy and Physiology or b) Biology and Chemistry
  •  Nursing majors will not be required to reapply to upper division courses once admitted but are required meet the progression requirements below.




Radford University students who wish to pursue Nursing who did not receive direct admission can enter the Pre-Nursing program and apply for admission into the BSN program once application requirements have been met. Students considering changing their major to Pre-Nursing should meet with their advisor in the Highlander Success Center. See application Eligibility Requirements below.


Students who are directly admitted to the BSN program but who are unsuccessful in meeting the progression criteria may 1) choose to pursue another major, or 2) pursue Nursing through the Pre-Nursing program and apply for admission into the BSN program once application Eligibility Requirements have been met.



  • Transfer students must be admitted to Radford University and submit official transcripts from all previous institutions in order to apply for the Nursing program. See Eligibility Requirements below.
  • Students with a prior BA/BS degree may demonstrate meeting the REAL curriculum requirements by submitting an official transcript from the institution conferring the degree.
  • Two semesters of Chemistry (CHEM 111 and 112) are required in order to receive credit for CHEM 120 at Radford University.


  • 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. They must be admitted to Radford University and meet the Eligibility Requirements below.
  • 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.



Radford University students who apply for admission to the BSN program must meet the following eligibility requirements:  

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale on all college level courses.  
  • The GPA required to be competitive for admission may be considerably higher than a 2.8. Students offered admission to the nursing program must maintain a cumulative GPA of fails to maintain the required GPA or is unsuccessful in completion of pre-requisites.  
  • All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above before students can start the nursing major.  
  • All foundational education courses (Fundamental math and fundamental writing) must be completed before the student can start the nursing major.  
  • The student must be within 6 credits of meeting additional general education/REAL requirements.  

The pre-requisite course are listed below:

  • CHEM 120 - Chemistry of Life  
  • Psychology 230 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology  
  • Sociology 110 - Introduction to Sociology  
  • Nutrition 214 - Introduction to Nutrition  
  • Statistics 130 - Understanding Statistics in Society or STAT 200 Intro to Statistics  
  • Biology 310 and 311 Human Structure and Function 1 & 2 (Anatomy & Physiology 1&2) 
  • Biol 334 - Microbiology  
  • NURS 321 - Pathophysiology  

*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 334, Biol 310, Biol 311.  

Apply to the Traditional BSN Main Campus

Application Acceptance Window for Pre-Nursing and Transfer Students

  • Fall admission: January 1st - 20th
  • Spring admission: August 12th-31st


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


Year One
Semester 1Semester 2
ENGL 111Foundational Writing3xxxWriting Intensive Course3
xxxFoundational Math3SOCY 110Introduction to Sociology3
PSYC 121Introduction to Psychology4BIOL 310Anatomy & Physiology I4
CHEM 120Chemistry of Life4xxxE course for minor3
xxxE course for minor3xxxElective/Open Credit3
Year Two
Semester 3Semester 4
PSYC 230Developmental Psychology3BIOL 334Microbiology4
BIOL 311Anatomy & Physiology II4STAT 200Statistics (or 130)3
NUTR 214Nutrition3NURS 321Pathophysiology3
xxxE course for minor3xxxElective/Open Credit3
xxxElective/Open Credit3xxxElective/Open Credit2
Year Three
Semester 5 (Level 1 Nursing)Semester 6 (Level 2 Nursing)
NURS 340Health Assessment3NURS 362Nursing Research3
NURS 345Found. of Nursing Practice6NURS 364Nursing of the Adult I6
NURS 352Mental Health Nursing5NURS 366Nursing-Childbearing Family5
NURS 368Pharmacology3   
Year Four
Semester 7 (Level 3 Nursing)Semester 8 (Level 4 Nursing)
NURS 443Nursing of Children5NURS 451Community Health Nursing5
NURS 444Gerontological Nursing5NURS 453Leadership in Nursing3
NURS 448Nursing of the Adult II5NURS 454Nursing Practicum4
   NURS 457Transition to Licensure2