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Nursing: Accelerated Pre-Licensure

Bachelor's Degree

Program Overview

This accelerated program integrates traditional classroom work with laboratory, clinical and hands-on learning and is ideal for students looking to fast-track their careers. As one of the primary healthcare professionals to interact with patients, you will find that the profession is not just about administering medication and following orders; it’s about mastering technical skills, making quick decisions, understanding interdisciplinary methods and mastering the art of personal interaction with patients, family members, clinical team members and administrators. 

Your education will focus on the two core competencies: quality and safety within nursing healthcare environment. Our nurse-patient learning model will also emphasize patient-centered care, interprofessionalism, and critical thinking in an educational setting where classes are small and the student-to-faculty ratio does not exceed 10-to-1 in clinical settings.

What makes this program different? 

  1. Carilion Clinic. As a student at Radford University Carilion located in downtown Roanoke, Virginia, you will be part of a healthcare clinic that employs nearly 13,000 healthcare professionals and has facilities that span over 200 miles. You will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, national leaders in all areas of healthcare practice and administration, clinical rotations totaling 600 hours largely within Carilion Clinic facilities, and opportunities to learn in the company of medical students, doctoral students, mater's students and other undergraduates.
    Carilion Clinic has received Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center which is the highest honor a hospital can receive for the quality of its nursing professionals.
     
  2. Admitted to Your Program. As a new student, you will begin your studies immediately as a nursing student; not a pre-nursing student. With support from your faculty and classmates, we fully expect that you will rise to meet the program's demands and progress toward your degree.
     
  3. The Fast-track. In the Accelerated BSN program, you will complete your degree requirements in 16 months. You will demonstrate your dedication and commitment to prospective nurse employers; you will enter the workforce sooner than your peers and begin earning a salary two years ahead of those in four-year programs; you will learn in an intensive environment that most closely mimics the daily demands of practicing nurses.
     
  4. Interprofessionalism. We provide our students with opportunities to interact and learn beside a broad range of healthcare providers, so they’re prepared to collaborate across specialties from the start of their careers.
     
  5. Research and Adaptation. Nurses are lifelong learners who must be able to evolve with advances in technology, medicine and science. As a student at Radford University Carilion, you will spend time learning about medical and scientific research in coursework that will teach the habits of mind to allow growth throughout your entire healthcare career. 

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

NCLEX-RN 2020 first-time pass rate: 80.90%National average 90.29%   
NCLEX-RN 2021 first-time pass rate: 88.00%National average 82.50%   
NCLEX-RN 2022 first-time pass rate: 87.69%National average 79.90%   

Career Path

After receiving your BSN, you will take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to gain licensure to become a practicing nurse.

Many of our graduates have career jobs lined up prior to graduation, and they become successful healthcare professionals across a wide range of practice areas, including:

  • Hospitals (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Physician offices
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Home healthcare services
  • Employment services
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Government agencies
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Social assistance agencies
  • Educational institutions
  • Research institutions
  • Public health

Many of our ABSN students pursue careers as Nurse Practitioners, which ranks among the top 30 high-growth professions with a projected 10-year growth rate of over 36%, according to data recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This rate exceeds the average among the 30 high-growth professions and provides a clear indication that the career outlook in nursing is bright.

Admission Requirements

This four-semester, 16-month program is designed for students looking for an intensive, accelerated path to the BSN. Students entering are expected to have an earned bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and have the commitment to study full-time for 16 months, including fall, spring and summer semesters. It is a full-time program, and thus students are not encouraged to carry outside employment while enrolled as an ABSN student. We are looking for motivated students with backgrounds that demonstrate the ability to handle challenging work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  • Completion of the following pre-requisite coursework:


    4 credit Chemistry I and II (must include a lab)
    4 credit Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    4 credit Microbiology
    3 credit Nutrition
    3 credit Lifespan Development
    3 credit Introduction to Statistics
       
  • The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 5 p.m. January 15 for the Fall cohort and 5 p.m. September 15 for the Spring cohort.
  • Writing sample, one page or less, double-spaced, 12-font on the following topic:  Please describe your motivation for pursuing a BSN degree and why you want to do so at Radford University Carilion.
  • Resume documenting previous education and work experience.
  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework by the end of the semester preceding the cohort start.
  • Students seeking entry into the Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing program who have been program dismissed from another nursing program must wait for two years to be considered for admission at Radford University Carilion
  • Students who have failed one nursing course at another institution must submit a letter of good academic standing from their previous nursing institution.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing and master's degree programs in nursing at Radford University Carilion are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

The nursing pre-licensure degree programs are approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico Virginia 23233-1463.

Accelerated BSN Curriculum

Program of Study - Fall Cohort

Semester 1: Fall
Semester 2: Spring
INDS 100Introduction to Healthcare Delivery Systems1IPEH 200Foundamentals of Teamwork (online)1
NURS 300Pharmacology3NURS 317Nursing Process in Gerontology (online)2
NURS 301Dosage Calculation (online)1NURS 314Nursing Process in Psychiatric/Mental Health3
NURS 303Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice3NURS 362Nursing Research (online)3
NURS 340Health Assessment (with lab)3NURS 354Nursing Process Application for ABSN I3
NURS 351Professional Nursing Skills for ABSN4NURS 358CClinical Practicum for ABSN I4
TOTAL15TOTAL16
Semester 3: Summer
Semester 4: Fall
IPEH 350Interprofessional Healthcare Exploration (online)2NURS 423Community and Population Health3
NURS 334Nursing Process of the Childbearing Family2NURS 453Nursing Leadership (online)3
NURS 336Nursing Process for Children2NURS 457Transition to Licensure2
NURS 320Informatics and Technology in Health Care (online)3NURS 461Nursing Process Applications for ABSN III3
NURS 361Nursing Process Applications for ABSN II3NURS 479CClinical Practicum for ABSN III5
NURS 369CClinical Practicum for ABSN II4   
TOTAL16TOTAL16

Program of Study - Spring Cohort

Semester 1: Spring
Semester 2: Summer
INDS 100Introduction to Healthcare Delivery Systems1IPEH 200Foundamentals of Teamwork (online)1
NURS 300Pharmacology3NURS 314Nursing Process in Psychiatric/Mental Health3
NURS 301Dosage Calculation (online)1NURS 317Nursing Process in Gerontology (online)2
NURS 303Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice3NURS 320Informatics and Technology in Health Care (online)3
NURS 340Health Assessment (with lab)3NURS 354Nursing Process Application for ABSN I3
NURS 351Professional Nursing Skills for ABSN4NURS 358CClinical Practicum for ABSN I4
TOTAL15TOTAL16
Semester 3: FallSemester 4: Spring
IPEH 350Interprofessional Healthcare Exploration (online)2NURS 423Community and Population Health3
NURS 334Nursing Process of the Childbearing Family2NURS 453Nursing Leadership (online)3
NURS 336Nursing Process for Children2NURS 457Transition to Licensure2
NURS 361Nursing Process Applications for ABSN II3NURS 461Nursing Process Applications for ABSN III3
NURS 362Nursing Research (online)3NURS 479CClinical Practicum for ABSN III5
NURS 369CClinical Practicum for ABSN II4   
TOTAL16TOTAL16