Veterans CAN! Program

The UAB School of Nursing is offering a special program, Veterans Career Advancement in Nursing Program (Veterans CAN!), through the Health Research Services Administration (HRSA), to veterans who served as a LPN or medic/corpsman in the military to transition into a professional nursing career and earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

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Program Overview


  • Increase diversity of the professional nursing workforce
  • Recognize the experience and training of veterans who desire a career in nursing
  • Prepare BSN graduates who will be equipped to provide high quality care to rural and underserved populations in Alabama and surrounding states


  • Conditional acceptance into the BSN nursing program while completing prerequisites
  • Opportunity for academic credit with successful validation of skills
  • Dedicated advisors and mentors 


    • Professional and Peer Mentors
    • Shadowing Experiences
    • Simulation Experiences
    • Peer Study Groups
    • Bridge Course
    • Online Social Network
    • NCLEX-RN Preparation

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing at UAB is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.



  • Career goal of becoming a professional Registered Nurse
  • Served as LPN or medic /corpsman in the military within the last 5 years*
  • Provide a copy of DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
  • Completion of a minimum of 4 pre-requisite nursing courses with at least a 2.75 GPA.

*Training and experience over 5 years will require a waiver and additional validation process

Getting Started

Getting Started

  • Students may apply to the Veterans CAN! program after completing a minimum of 4 pre-requisite courses with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  • Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA to remain in the pre-nursing Veterans CAN! program.  
  • All Veterans CAN! pre-nursing students must apply to the UAB School of Nursing BSN program using the same process/deadline as all BSN applicants.
  • For information about pre-requisite requirements, please view the BSN Fact Sheet located here:

Pre-Nursing Course Requirements

Pre-Nursing Course Requirements

To view the pre-nursing course requirements please click here

Contact US

Contact Us

Kristi Smith

Veterans CAN! Program Manager