FAQ’s

As of June 22, 2010  updates regarding the BSN admission process will be posted on the School of Nursing Web site or will be available from your pre-nursing advisor.
If you have any questions concerning any updates or changes, please contact the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs or schedule an appointment with your Pre-Nursing advisor by calling the CAS Advising office: 205-934-6135. 


Why am I listed as a Health Related Programs - Nursing Interest Major instead of a Nursing Major?

All students who wish to graduate with a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) from the School of Nursing at UAB start off as Health Related Programs - Nursing Interest.  Pre-Nursing students work with an advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising to prepare to apply for admission to the School of Nursing. Once you have been admitted to the School of Nursing you will be listed as a Nursing major.


When can I apply to the School of Nursing?

Students are eligible to apply when they have successfully completed a minimum of 41 semester credit hours. Qualified students who have either completed the required pre-nursing courses or are in the last semester of pre-nursing courses will receive the School of Nursing (SON) BSN application from their assigned Pre-Nursing Advisor through a group meeting session or an individual appointment. Successful completion of all pre-nursing foundation courses with a "C" or above in each course must be met prior to matriculation into the nursing program. It also highly recommended that applicants complete 2 of these 3 courses by the time of application: Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology.

How are decisions made in determining admissions?

Admission is competitive and is based on space available. Decisions will be based on the applicant's academic record, BSN application, and supporting documents (resume, essay, and documentation of health care experience) at the time of the application deadline. Applicants must meet all admission requirements to be admitted to the School of Nursing. All grades (UAB and other colleges/universities) from previous terms must be posted on the applicant's UAB transcript by the application deadline.

Do I need to have work or volunteer experience to apply to the School of Nursing?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide proof of work/volunteer experience in a health-care setting as part of the application process. This experience is not required for admission but may factor into the admission decision. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide proof of work/volunteer experience in a health-care setting as part of the application process. The health-care work is to be documented by letters from a supervisor (on agency letterhead) and/or time sheets and must consist of a minimum of 60 hours of paid or volunteer work in a health-care setting. Completion of a nursing-skills course does not meet this criterion. Work and volunteer experience help Pre-Nursing students better understand careers in nursing, the health-care field in general, and gain insight and experience in the working world. Click here for more information on volunteering.

What are the admission requirements for the School of Nursing?

Admission requirements include meeting the minimum cumulative/overall GPA (a GPA of all transferable and accredited academic coursework), meeting the minimum Nursing Foundation GPA, providing a resume, providing an entrance essay, and completing the application to the SON. Students must be admitted to UAB as a degree-seeking student. Students offered admission to the School of Nursing who are enrolled in pre-nursing course work must make a "C" or better in every foundation course for the nursing major. The final minimum cumulative/overall Nursing Foundation Coursework GPA must be a 2.75 or greater. Your Pre-Nursing advisor will assist you in your progress toward meeting these requirements. Click here for admission requirements.

What sort of resume do I need to provide for admission?

A resume outlining health-care interest/experience, campus/community involvement, leadership, and employment is due by the application deadline. This resume should be topical rather than chronological, meaning that the most relevant experience to Nursing should be listed first on your resume.


What type of essay will I need to provide for admission?

An effective essay demonstrates positive answers to these questions- Do you know what nurses do? Do you want to do what nurses do? What is the single, most convincing factor that will get you selected for that last seat?

There are also additional issues you will want to address. Please click here for more information.

What is the minimum cumulative GPA for admission?

The minimum cumulative GPA for all traditional BSN applicants is 2.75 at the time of application (includes transfer students). A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing. Traditional Students are those students who seek to enter the undergraduate BSN program and are not a RN.
How do I calculate a GPA?


What is the minimum Nursing Foundation GPA for admission?

The minimum Nursing Foundation GPA for all traditional BSN applicants is 2.75 at the time of application (includes transfer students). The minimum Nursing Foundation GPA of 2.75 does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing. Traditional Students are those students who seek to enter the undergraduate BSN program and are not a RN.


What courses are in the Nursing Foundation?

Courses in the Nursing Foundation are Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Developmental Psychology, English Composition I, English Composition II, Pre-calculus Algebra or Finite Mathematics, Chemistry I (inorganic), Chemistry II (organic), and Human Nutrition. Click here for a full description of the nursing foundation courses.

 

Do I have to take courses other than the Nursing Foundation courses?

Yes. All Pre-Nursing students are required to complete Core Curriculum while completing Nursing Foundation courses. Click here for information on the Core Curriculum and Nursing Foundation courses. Applicants to the School of Nursing are strongly recommended to demonstrate a record of full-time study and a minimum number of course repeats/grade forgiveness options.

 

Do I have to take the Nursing Foundation and Core Curriculum courses in any certain order?

Yes. Several courses in the Nursing Foundation and Core Curriculum must be completed in a sequence. Some courses are pre-requisites for others. You and your advisor will work towards successful completion of these courses. Click here for information on the Core Curriculum and Nursing Foundation courses.


Do I have to be CPR certified or take a nursing skills course?

You do not have to take a nursing skills course for admission. CPR certification will be due prior to registration for upper-division courses once you have been admitted to the School of Nursing as a Nursing major. The following courses meet this requirement:

  • American Heart Association's Healthcare Provider Course (Course C or BLSC)
  • American Red Cross's Professional Rescuer Course

Do I have to have any kind of medical clearance to be admitted to the School of Nursing?

Medical clearance is required prior to registration for all upper-division nursing courses once a student has been admitted to the School of Nursing as a Nursing major. Click here for more information.


What is the UAB Nursing Scholars program?

The UAB Nursing Scholars program for entering freshmen is a special early-admission option for academically qualified high school seniors who have an ACT score of 25 or above or a composite SAT score of 1130, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. This option ensures admission to the nursing program as long as a minimum GPA of 3.2 is maintained in the BSN foundation courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is maintained. Click here for more information.


How much does it cost to be a Health Related Programs - Nursing Interest student? Are classes in the School of Nursing more expensive than the Pre-Nursing classes?

There are different costs for different classes at UAB. Please click here for more information.


Are there any scholarships available when I apply to the School of Nursing?

There are several scholarship opportunities available to nursing majors in the School of Nursing. Click here for more information.


Are there any scholarships available to me while I am Pre-Nursing?

There are no specific “Pre-Nursing” scholarships but there are several scholarships available to UAB students. Click here for more information. 

How do I know if classes taken somewhere else will transfer here?

Click on the links below to view more information on the transfer of courses. If you have any questions regarding a class not showing as equivalent, contact Academic Programs and Policies.