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2015 - 2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015 - 2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, B.S.N.

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All course requirements for nursing majors are outlined below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (43-45 credits)

(See here .)

Nursing majors are required to take the following prerequisite courses and are advised to take them as part of their Core Curriculum requirements: (Note that transfer students who transfer in the following: BIOL 322  (or BIOL 310  and BIOL 311 ) and BIOL 334  do not need to take BIOL 105 , which is a prerequisite at RU for BIOL 322  and BIOL 334 .)

Total Credits Needed for Degree 123

RN-BSN Track

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). Students complete 26 credits but are awarded 50 credits for prior learning and work experience through successful completion of the transition courses. Up to 60 transfer credits are awarded towards the Core Curriculum requirements for a B.S.N., thus completing a total of 123 semester hours at the baccalaureate level. Students are admitted each fall. The RN-BSN curriculum is as follows:


*Number in parenthesis indicate credits awarded for prior learning and work experience.

An individual may be admitted to the post-licensure track based upon the following eligibility criteria if he/she:

  • Holds an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing from a state-approved program;
  • Holds an active Registered Nurse license with the Virginia Board of Nursing or a Nurse Licensure Compact state or hold an active Registered Nurse license in another state and be eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Has practiced as an R.N. for a minimum of six (6) months and/or plans to practice concurrently while enrolled;
  • Has completed all but nine (9) or less credit hours of the Core Curriculum required for the B.S.N.;
  • Has completed all of the following nursing prerequisites or their transfer equivalencies with a grade of “C” or better: BIOL 322 - Human Anatomy and Physiology for Pre-Nursing Majors , BIOL 334 - Microbiology , NUTR 214 - Introduction to Nutrition , PSYC 230 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology , SOCY 110 - Introduction to Sociology , and STAT 200 - Introduction to Statistics  (post-licensure students do not complete NURS 321 - Pathophysiology  as it is included in a transition course; postlicensure students select one natural science instead of the biology/chemistry combination);
  • Has at least a 2.50 G.P.A. on all nursing courses attempted;
  • Has at least a 2.80 G.P.A. on all cumulative college work attempted or on the last twenty-four (24) credit hours attempted;
  • Has been admitted to Radford University.

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