Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

When Day classes only. No summer coursework.
Average Time to Complete 2 years. This is a full-time program.

About the Program

RU | Bachelor’s | On-site – As a leader in nursing education, the Radford University School of Nursing provides students with the opportunity to excel in a field where the demand grows stronger each year. The program prepares professional nurses who can function in a variety of settings. This program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and has full accreditation by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education).

Graduates qualify to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination in the state of their choice. Membership in the Epsilon Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing is available to qualified students who demonstrate outstanding academic and leadership abilities. The Army ROTC has designated RU as a partner in Nursing Education.

The program in nursing is demanding both academically and physically. Students admitted to the upper division must meet the ethical and technical standards of professional nursing, health records, criminal background checks and urine drug testing are required. Due to the rigorous program, upper division students are discouraged from working outside of school for more than 10 hours per week.

Career Paths

Graduation from this program will result in the earning of the BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam (the national licensing exam for registered nurses), and entry level practice to any of a variety of fields in nursing.  It also is excellent preparation for graduate nursing education.

Courses & Requirements

123 credit hours needed to graduate.

60 (upper division) credit hours offered at the Roanoke Higher Education Center site.

Cost & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees Information

There are additional expenses that apply to nursing students.

Learn more about Financial Aid opportunities at Radford University.

Radford University FAFSA code is 003732.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

How to Apply

Application to upper division nursing on both the Radford and Roanoke campuses is limited and competitive.  Two (2) applications are required—application to Radford University and application to the Radford University School of Nursing (DEADLINE AUGUST 1 for spring admission).

There are numerous details students should be aware of as part of the admissions process.  Click here for additional admissions information for nursing students.

Spring admission only at Roanoke Higher Education Center. Upper Division Nursing (Junior and Senior level). Students who plan to enter this program through the VA Community College System should earn the A.S. Science (Health Sciences Specialization).

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