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Traditional BSN Program in Roanoke, Va.

  • Radford University Carilion (RUC) pairs mountain views with a more urban environment as compared to Radford's main campus. At RUC, traditional BSN students enter the nursing program upon admission and maintain qualification requirements to progress to upper-division nursing courses in the third year.
  • As a student at Radford University Carilion, you will work with a healthcare clinic that employs nearly 13,000 healthcare professionals and has facilities that span over 200 miles. 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.

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

NCLEX-RN 2020 first-time pass rate: 85.7% National average 90.29%    

Admissions Requirements

Freshman Admission

Students admitted to Radford University Carilion (RUC) prelicensure B.S.N. program will begin as freshmen, taking all of their course work at the RUC location in Roanoke. All students admitted to pre-licensure nursing tracks are placed in a cohort - a group of students who are eligible to take the same courses on the Program of Study and progress through the Nursing program together.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall admission: March 15 by 5 p.m.
  • Spring admission: November 15 by 5 p.m.

Applications will be accepted past these dates if space is available.

Admission Requirements

Freshman applicants for the B.S.N. program at RUC must meet the following requirements to be considered for direct admission:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Completion of 1 Biology & 1 Chemistry course or Anatomy & Physiology course with a C or higher

Transfer applicants may be offered admission if space permits.

Students who have failed one nursing course at another institution must wait two years before enrolling in the B.S.N program.


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

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


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 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
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      
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