Jul 25, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, B.S.N. - Main Campus


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). Co-enrollment options are available as well.  Students complete 31 credit hours but are also awarded additional credits for prior learning and work experience.  Transfer credit hours are awarded towards the Core Curriculum requirements for a B.S.N., thus completing a total of 123 credit hours at the baccalaureate level. Students are admitted each fall and spring. 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:

  • Option 1:
    • 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;
  • Option 2:
    • Enrolled in an Associate of Applied Science Nursing Program in any VCCS school;
    • Within two semesters of completing the AAS in Nursing;
    • Have a letter of recommendation for AAS Nursing faculty (that student has the ability to be successful in second year of AAS along with a BSN program)
  • Has completed the following degree requirements or their transfer equivalencies with a grade of “C” or better: BIOL 322 , BIOL 334 , PSYC 230 , and STAT 130  or STAT 200  (some may be taken concurrently with nursing courses with SON approval);
  • Has at least a 2.50 G.P.A. on all nursing courses attempted and on all cumulative college work;
  • Has not withdrawn from any two nursing courses, earned a grade of “C” or below in any two nursing courses, or have a combination of one nursing course grade of a “C-” or below and one withdrawal from a nursing course at any nursing program; the only exception to this policy is withdrawal from a nursing program for documented extenuating circumstances (i.e. medical withdrawal);
  • Has been admitted to Radford University.