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Why the UAB School of Nursing?


  • Nationally ranked programs
  • Preparation for entry into professional nursing practice (RN license preparation)
  • Multiple clinical sites close to campus
  • State of the art clinical simulations
  • More than 100 faculty members
  • Guaranteed spot in the School of Nursing for students who meet the Dean’s Scholar Criteria
  • UAB Dean’s Nursing Scholars Information
  • Nursing Honors Program

Provide for clinical competence to:

  • Make informed judgments on health care
  • Effect the care of patients

Program Fact Sheet
(Printable-two page program summary) 


BSN 2nd Degree



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The baccalaureate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.


BSN Program Admission Requirements

Traditional Students

First-time college students who complete the first two years at UAB, then apply for admission to the School of Nursing for the upper-division nursing curriculum.

  • Work with an assigned UAB Advisor through the UAB Advising Office during the first two years at the university.
  • Students who complete their prerequisites at UAB are eligible for priority consideration for admission to the upper-division nursing curriculum.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer from another university or two-year community college and complete all foundation and prerequisite courses elsewhere, then apply first to UAB and then to the School of Nursing for the upper-division nursing major.
  • BSN foundational and general studies courses are the same as those taken by students who complete all course work at UAB.
  • Two separate applications are required: one to the university and the second to the School of Nursing.
  • Students in this option will be assigned a UAB Advisor who will assist them in determining eligibility for application into the upper-division nursing major.

Second Degree Students

Students who have completed a previous undergraduate degree outside of the nursing discipline and who meet the UAB criteria for regular undergraduate admission.

  • Applicants must have at least a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing major that was earned at an accredited school or university, and the first degree must have been based upon at least 120 semester hours of earned credit.
  • Students in this option must first apply to UAB where they are assigned a UAB Advisor who will assist them in determining eligibility for application to the upper-division major.

Current or Potential UAB Students

There is a special-entry program available for students who are currently enrolled or intend to apply for admission to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The UAB Dean's Nursing Scholars Program, is directed toward high school seniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a composite ACT score of 24 or a composite SAT score of 1090. Applicants who meet these criteria may be granted early admission to the upper-division nursing major.


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Entry Date



(All materials must be received by posted deadlines to be considered for admission. Incomplete files will not be considered.)

UAB Dean's Nursing Scholars

(previously called the High School Nursing Scholars)

Fall 2016

Dec 1, 2015

Space available deadline
May 1, 2016

Dec 1, 2015 is also the deadline to apply
qualify for UAB Scholarships

*Jan 27, 2016 - Confirmation of completed packet

May 1, 2015 - Notification of acceptance

BSN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing

*Students must be admitted to the university as an undergraduate student no later than one month prior to the School of Nursing application deadline.

  Spring 2016


Sep 11, 2015

Apr 8, 2016

To apply to the BSN program in the School of Nursing at UAB, students must first receive clearance from a UAB Advisor

Honors & Scholars

Honors & Scholars Programs

The School of Nursing provides opportunities to engage and challenge those students who wish to pursue a more demanding academic experience, and to identify and reward those students who begin their college career at the university. These programs are taught by faculty members who are known for their excellence in teaching, research, and service.  


Tuition, Fees, and Funding Opportunities

Scholarships & Financial Aid

The School of Nursing at UAB has excellent scholarship, traineeship, fellowship and loan programs in which many students participate.

Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2015-2016 academic year. Tuition and fees and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE annually based on approval from the University of Alabama Board of Trustees and/or university. The estimates below are based on the costs listed at the UAB Office of Planning and Analysis Web site (Tuition and Fees). Each student’s costs will vary depending upon state of residence, the number of credits taken in a semester, whether the student attends class live or through distance-accessible class, and several other factors. Fees vary with program or type of student, and certain fees may be waived.

Tuition and University Fees School of Nursing 

Cost ($)

Undergraduate SON (in-state, Each semester hour) 363
Undergraduate SON (out-of-state, Each semester hour) 852
University Tuition (per semester) 223
Total cost for Tuition = University Tuition + (Undergraduate SON tuition cost per semester hour x total number of semester hours for that semester)

Fees - School of Nursing

Cost ($)

Undergraduate and Graduate—Online Fee per each online course (per course if the course is designated with a ‘Q’ in the section code, e.g. NUR 601 QL ) 250
For all courses designated with a 'L' in the course number, e.g. NUR 355L, a Lab and Assessment Fee will apply. The fees are listed below.)
Lab Fee (per clinical course) 50
Assessment Fee (per clinical course) 150
Campus Dining Fee (undergraduate only) (flat fee per semester—excluding the summer term—for students taking 12 or more hours) 225
Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee (per year)** 1,776
Student Dental Fee (per term)** 39

Special Fees Paid (When Applicable)

Cost ($)

Graduation Fee 50

Expenses (Estimated)

Cost ($)

Uniforms (undergraduate and AMNP students)* 300
Books and supplies (per term) 500
Lab Kit (undergraduate, upon admission)* 200
Electronic handheld device (one-time fee; select programs—BSN, AMNP, MSN)* 350
Room and Board (on campus, per term, cost varies depending on dorm) 2,700
* These must be purchased upon initial enrollment in the School of Nursing and should be planned for
in student budgets.
** May be waived with proof of equal or greater coverage that can be documented.


BSN Program Outcomes

  • Applies knowledge from diverse liberal arts educational content to generalist nursing care principles and practice experiences.
  • Incorporates a basic understanding of organizational systems and the application of knowledge and skills needed to provide safe, quality care to individual patients and to function as part of an interprofessional team.
  • Participates in and utilizes structure, process, and outcome measures to evaluate the implementation of patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the basic elements of the evidence-based practice and participates in the retrieval, appraisal, and application of best practices.
  • Demonstrates skills in the ethical use of healthcare information communication technology (ICT) and how technology supports safe practice and examination of patient data for outcome analysis.
  • Demonstrates understanding of healthcare policy, advocacy, global health, legal, and regulatory issues as factors that may influence healthcare delivery and practice.
  • Utilizes effective intra and interprofessional communication skills to advocate for evidence-based, holistic care as a member of the healthcare team.
  • Assesses determinants of health in relation to multiple factors (genetics, environmental exposure, family history, individual health, and health preferences) to guide and advocate for the delivery of health promotion/disease prevention strategies.
  • Applies knowledge of nursing history, nursing history, nursing standards, and one’s own beliefs and values to the application of professional nursing behaviors, communication, and actions.
  • Practices safe, evidence-based, compassionate, holistic, and patient and family centered care applying knowledge of leadership and healthcare delivery for individuals and communities.



Q: What are the steps in the application process to university as an undergraduate straight out of high school?

A: A high school student applies to the university as a pre-nursing major at Undergraduate Admissions.


Q: Does a transfer student apply to UAB the same way as a high school student?

A: A transfer student applies to the university and receives similar advising from the pre-nursing advisors.


Q: Does pre-nursing advisement occur after admission to UAB by the Exploratory Studies Department?

A: When students attend the summer orientation, they receive their first meeting with the pre-nursing advisors to determine their courses for registration.


Q: How does a student apply for the UAB Nursing Scholars Program (high school students)?  

A: UAB students sign up for the program with their pre-nursing advisor and follow the same qualification criteria as the high school scholars.


Q: Do most students live in on-campus housing?

A: The university houses more than half of the freshmen in on-campus housing. Some students commute to campus each day, and others live in the surrounding community. A visit to campus will allow you to see the great facilities and growing campus.


Q: Where does a nursing student attend their clinical?

A: The nursing students attend clinical in a variety of clinical settings and the clinical experience is part of a matching course involving the classroom instruction. 


Q: What is the nursing certification exam, NCLEX, pass rate?

A: The UAB School of Nursing first-attempt pass rate is currently exceeds a ninety percent pass rate.


Q: What are the employment opportunities after graduation?

A: After graduation, a typical class has a handful students pursuing a BSN to PhD education and almost every other student lined up for a nursing position after passing the NCLEX.


Q: How long is the bachelor’s in nursing program?

A: Once accepted into the upper division as a nursing student, the program is typically five continuous semesters long. This includes summer session.


Q: Do you provide preparation for NCLEX?

A: The school has purchased the ATI program to help prepare our nursing students for the NCLEX. The ATI provides sample questions that equate to the level required for the NCLEX.


Q: What is the minimum grade point average, GPA, required for admission?

A: For application to the School of Nursing, a student must have an overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.


Q: What test is required for admission?

A: For admission into the university, either the ACT or SAT are acceptable entrance exams. For admission into the School of Nursing, no specific test is required.


Q: Can I attend the undergraduate nursing program as a part-time student or in the evening?

A: The undergraduate bachelor’s nursing program is a full-time program that meets primarily during the day both in classrooms and clinical sites.


Q: Can I apply to the School of Nursing if I am currently enrolled in my last semester of prerequisite classes?

A: Students may apply if they are completing their last semester of prerequisites. The grades for the classes must be submitted to the School of Nursing the day the grades post at the end of the semester, prior to being allowed to start nursing school.

Contact Us

  Currently admitted UAB
students interested in applying
to the School of Nursing

please contact:

Pre-Nursing Advisor

Students currently admitted
to the School of Nursing
and prospective
please contact:

Program Manager
Gail Holmes, MEd
Hataway Connie 4 Program Co-Director
Connie Hataway, MSN, RN
 Stover Lynn 1 Program Co-Director
Lynn Stover, PhD, RN, BC, SANE