The RN to MSN (Second Degree) option is an alternate pathway into the existing Master’s in Nursing (MSN) degree for applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing, who are currently licensed registered nurses, and who seek MSN preparation.
The RN to MSN option is available to ADN graduates, and is specifically designed for RNs who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing and declare their intention to obtain an MSN degree. The RN-MSN curriculum prepares nurses for advanced nursing practice and generalist practice.
MSN graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of roles in a health care system requiring advanced knowledge of patient/client care delivery and a high level of critical thinking. In addition, MSN graduates have a foundation for future doctoral study in nursing.
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Students are admitted into the RN-MSN program in the fall and summer terms. Students follow a part-time program of study. Students desiring full-time study must be admitted in the fall. Students follow a prescribed program of study that prepares the ADN prepared nurse for success in the MSN program. All courses and selected specialty courses are offered via distance education.
Clinical experiences for the MSN student are designed on an individual basis. The student contracts to work with a clinical preceptor who is a certified registered nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, or a physician. The total number of clinical hours required varies depending on the option that is selected. Students must have a current RN license in the state where they do their clinical practica prior to enrolling in the advanced practice courses.
About the MSN program
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program features more than 17 specialty tracks, including a variety of nurse practitioner options, clinical nurse leader, nurse anesthesia, nursing education, nursing informatics, and nursing and health systems administration.
MSN Specialty Track LinksFamily NP
- Palliative Care Subspecialty
- Forensic Nurse Subspecialty
Adult-Gero Primary Care NP
- Women’s Health Subspecialty
- Oncology Subspecialty
Adult-Gero Acute Care NP
- RN First Assist Subspecialty
Psychiatric/Mental Health NP
Pediatric Primary Care NP
Pediatric Primary & Acute Care NP
Clinical Nurse Leader
Nursing Health Systems Administration
US News & World Report, in its survey of the Best Nursing Schools for 2016, has ranked the UAB School of Nursing 13th in the nation. This represents a significant leap for the School, which was listed 21st in the 2012 rankings, the last time Schools of Nursing were included in the Best Graduate Schools edition.
Additionally, three of the School's MSN Specialty Tracks were ranked on reputation -- Nursing Health Systems Administration is listed 9th, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 12th and Family Nurse Practitioner 14th.
Located in one of the world’s largest academic health centers, the MSN program at UAB prepares nurses for advanced specialty practice in advanced nursing roles and offers countless opportunities to develop advanced practice innovations both locally and globally.
The MSN program also prepares graduates for entry into doctoral studies in nursing, in either the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, a practice-focused terminal degree that prepares graduates to practice at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care or nursing education; or in the School’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Nursing program.
The PhD in Nursing at UAB is the only such program in the state of Alabama that prepares nurses as researchers, scholars and leaders who make substantive contributions to the science of nursing.
Graduates employ abilities and skills learned in the MSN Program to form collaborative partnerships; assume leadership roles in clinical practice, nursing administration, nursing education and nursing informatics; interpret clinical and management-related research; and make data-driven decisions to enhance the utilization of resources.
Review the MSN specialty track options to determine the best fit for your future. It is also possible to obtain a second master’s degree in an area of your choice. Definitions, functions, and career opportunities for each of the focal areas and specialty tracks are listed on those individual pages.
The master's 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.
Why the RN Mobility Program?
The RN Mobility Program (RNMP) is designed for registered nurses with either an associate's degree or diploma in nursing. The RNMP is open to any RN who has submitted evidence of successful completion of a nursing program and who is licensed to practice as an RN and meets admission requirements.
RN Mobility Information Sessions:
1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Check-in at room 1002 of the Nursing Building
Program Fact Sheet
|Fall 2016||June 10, 2016||Must meet with RN_Mobility Advisor (in the School of Nursing) before applying.|
|Spring 2017||October 7, 2016||Must meet with RN_Mobility Advisor (in the School of Nursing) before applying.|
|*Students must be admitted to the university as an undergraduate student no later than one month prior to the School of Nursing application deadline|
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.
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