Feb 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Nursing

Dr. Wendy Downey, Interim Dean of School of Nursing


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

The B.S.N graduate:

  • promotes health to individuals, families, groups and communities
  • implements evidenced-based interventions when health is altered
  • works in a variety of health care and community settings
  • is prepared to pursue graduate education

There are three programs at Radford University School of Nursing with which to earn a B.S.N. degree: Traditional B.S.N. (TB.S.N.), Accelerated B.S.N. (AB.S.N.), and RN-to-B.S.N. (fast track, online). Each has its own program of study, and these are not designed for students to transfer between tracks. Students in the TB.S.N. and AB.S.N. programs need to maintain continuous registration for nursing major courses.

Undergraduate Pre-Licensure Traditional B.S.N. (TB.S.N)

The undergraduate nursing program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This major includes the development of a broad foundation in liberal arts and the physical, behavioral, and social sciences obtained through completion of the REAL Curriculum for general education. Pre-licensure nursing courses are concentrated in the junior and senior years (upper division) of the four-year academic program and include classroom, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences.

Undergraduate Pre-Licensure Accelerated B.S.N. (AB.S.N)

This four-semester, 16-month program is designed for students looking for an intensive, accelerated path to the B.S.N.. Students entering are expected to have an earned bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and have committed to study full-time during fall, spring and summer semesters. Students are not encouraged to carry outside employment while enrolled due to the fast-paced nature of the program.

Undergraduate Post-Licensure RN-to-BSN (Fast Track - Online)

The post-licensure track of the undergraduate nursing program, or “RN-to-BSN,” provides flexible online learning opportunities for students who are graduates of community college or diploma schools and are licensed Registered Nurses (RN). Co-enrollment options are available for Virginia Community College students.  Students complete 30 credit hours in specific nursing courses at Radford University and transfer credit hours are awarded for prior work from regionally accredited institutions per the transfer policy.

BSN Program Offered with two site locations:

Radford University (Radford)

Undergraduate Pre-licensure Traditional BSN

Undergraduate Post-licensure RN-BSN (online)


Radford University Carilion (Roanoke)

Undergraduate Pre-licensure Traditional BSN

Undergraduate Pre-licensure Accelerated BSN