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Traditional BSN Program in Roanoke, Va.

  • As a Radford University nursing student in Roanoke, Virginia, you'll experience city life rather than the traditional setting of a college campus while having all the amenities you'd expect from Radford University. Living in Roanoke, you are also very close to hospitals and community sites where you will be traveling for clinical experiences in your junior and senior years of the nursing program!
  • You'll spend the first two years of the traditional BSN program at the Radford University Carilion (RUC) location focusing on your pre-requisites and general education requirements which prepare you for our intense nursing program. To maintain your enrollment in the nursing major, there are progression criteria that you'll need to meet at the end of each of your freshman and sophomore years. 
  • Once you've completed your first two years of the program, you'll spend the last two years immersed in nursing at our Roanoke Higher Education Center (RHEC) location just one mile down the road. There you'll have your nursing classes, skills labs, and clinical simulation experiences with your faculty on-site and there to assist you succeed.

Admissions Requirements

Freshman Admission

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 each semester 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 as space is available.

Admission Requirements

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

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 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 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


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.

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:

        a.     Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above

        b.     Grade of “C” or above on all prerequisite courses

        c.     No more than one (1) prerequisite course repeated due to unsuccessful completion (C-, D, F),                      not including withdrawals

        d.     Completion of prerequisites: 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


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.