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This four-year Traditional Pre-Licensure program integrates traditional classroom work with laboratory, clinical and hands-on learning. Radford University Carilion nurse-patient learning model emphasizes patient-centered care, interprofessionalism and critical thinking in an educational setting.

What makes this program different?

  • Radford University Carilion (RUC)- pairs mountain views with a more urban environment. This location allows traditional BSN students to enter the nursing program from day one of admission, with a qualification requirement to enter upper division nursing in the third year.    
  • Carilion Clinic- As a student at Radford University Carilion, 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.
  • Admitted to Your Program- As a new student, you will immediately begin your studies as a nursing student; not a pre-nursing student. Our retention and success rates are high, and you can enroll with the confidence that the BSN is within your reach.
  • 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.
  • Research and Adaptation- Nurses are lifelong learners who must be able to evolve with advances in technology, medicine and science. 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: 85.7% National average 90.29%    

Career Path

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

While you may return to your previous employer with your new degree, you should also know that 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

Admissions Requirements

Freshman Admission

Students admitted to Radford University Carilion (RUC) prelicensure B.S.N. program will begin as freshman, 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 cohort is defined as a group of students who are eligible to take the same courses on the Program of Study and progress through the Program of Study together.

Admission Dates

Pre-licensure traditional B.S.N. students at RUC are admitted in both the Fall and Spring semesters.

  • 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 – Applicants for the direct admission B.S.N. program at RUC are required to possess the following in order to be considered for 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 Admission – Space available only

Admission Requirements – Applicants for the direct admission B.S.N. program at RUC are required to possess the following in order to be considered for admission:

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Completion of a Biology, General Chemistry I or Anatomy & Physiology I with a C or higher

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


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.

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

R AREA - Scientific and Quantitative REASONING 
Course # Course Title Credits
CHEM 120 or CHEM 111 & 112  Chemistry of Life
General Chemistry I & General Chemistry II (4 credits each) 
STAT 200 or STAT 130  Introduction to Statistics
Understanding Statistics in Society
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 selected minor or 15 credits for general education minor 
A AREA - Cultural or Behavioral ANALYSIS 
Course # 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 # Course Title Credits
NURS 451 Community Health Nursing 5
NURS 454 Nursing Practicum 4
Additional Required Courses 
Course # Course Title Credits
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