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RN to BSN Track

Photograph of RN to BSN coordinator with an Rn to BSN student.

Postlicensure BSN Track – “RN-to-BSN”

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 colleges or diploma schools and are licensed Registered Nurses (RN).  This curriculum is designed to accommodate RNs who are employed and/or involved with family, community, and other responsibilities.  Students complete 26 credits but are awarded 51 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, and part-time enrollment is possible.


Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing comply with regulations governing baccalaureate degrees at Radford University.  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 nursing prerequisites or their transfer equivalencies with a grade of “C” or better.

•           Has at least a 2.50 G.P.A. on all nursing courses attempted.

•           Has not withdrawn from any two nursing courses, earned a grade of “C-“ or below in any two nursing courses, or have a combination of one nursing course grade of “C-“ or below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 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.

RN-to-BSN fact sheet (PDF)

Guaranteed Admissions Agreement Between Radford University and Virginia Community College System

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