Admission Requirements

New freshmen entering Radford Univesrity

Students who enter Radford University as freshmen and declare nursing as a major are considered pre-nursing students. Students who entered as full-time freshmen with a declared pre-nursing major and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit at Radford University, have no prior history (either while a student at Radford University or prior to enrollment) of violations involving honor code, conduct, criminal charges or convictions, alcohol or substance violations, will receive a priority admit status at the end of the second semester of enrollment, contingent upon maintaining a 3.500 GPA, completing coursework according to the School of Nursing Guidelines [listed in the catalog] and having no infractions of the Radford University Honor Code, and completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or above:

CHEM 120. Chemistry of Life

PSYC 230. Lifespan Developmental Psychology

SOCY 110. Introduction to Sociology

FDSN 214. Introduction to Nutrition

STAT 200. Introduction to Statistics

BIOL 322. Anatomy and Physiology

BIOL 334. Microbiology

NURS 321. Pathophysiology


Students must apply for admission to the upper division nursing major. All students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above to apply to the upper division nursing major. However, the actual GPA required for admission may be significantly higher. Admission is competitive, with admission granted on a space available basis.

Transfer Students

Students who have earned 24 or more credit hours at Radford University, that GPA will be used for the admission process.  Students who have less than 24 hours at Radford University, the GPA will be calculated on all course work from all college(s) attended.  The Combined GPA will be used for the admission process.  Students with a baccalaureate degree will meet the university core curriculum requirements and only the pre-requisite courses will be considered in calculating the GPA for admission consideration. Credit may be earned for select courses by examination (CLEP, ACT-PEP).

*Applicants must be admitted to Radford University prior to admission to the upper division major.