In an agreement signed by Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), nursing graduates have direct access to earn bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degrees.
Phyllis Eaton, dean of the Beazley School of Nursing, said, “This agreement with Radford University is an exciting opportunity for TCC nursing students as it continues to open doors in the seamless progression toward their BSN.”
Radford University’s BSN program provides online learning opportunities for students, including those who are graduates of community colleges and are licensed RNs. The curriculum accommodates nurses who are employed or involved with family, community and other responsibilities. The program enrolled more than 30 students in 2013, and aspires to double that enrollment in three years.
Under the new agreement, the program will begin admitting the first community college students this fall.
Upon completion of an associate degree, students at one of the state’s 23 community colleges will be granted admission into the Radford program. Once accepted, students will complete 26 credits and may be awarded 56 credits for prior learning and work experience. Up to 51 transfer credits are awarded towards the core curriculum requirements for a bachelor of science in nursing degree, thus completing a total of 133 semester hours at the baccalaureate level.