Designed for academically talented high school seniors who are strongly considering a career in nursing

Insures admission
to the world-class UAB School of Nursing for:

  • Entering Freshman
  • Successful completion of the required undergraduate prerequisite foundation and core classes
  • A minimum BSN Foundation GPA of 3.2
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 is required for entry into the upper division nursing courses


  • A high school senior with a composite ACT score of 24 or above or a composite SAT score of 1090
  • A minimum high school grade point average of 3.2  
  • Admission through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Application Process

  • Complete admission process through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Complete the UAB Nursing Scholars Program application
  • One letter of recommendation from a high school administrator, counselor or teacher describing your suitability for a career in nursing
  • Write a one-page essay on your selection of nursing as a career and your future professional goals
  • Official high school transcript
  • UAB must receive the official high school transcript by the posted deadline
  • UAB School of Nursing must receive a completed UAB Nursing Scholars Program application, recommendation, and an essay by the posted deadlines


The composite ACT or SAT score, the applicant's high school academic grade point average (computed on subjects required for undergraduate admission to UAB), and all additional application material will be used in the selection process for the UAB Dean's Nursing Scholars Program.

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2008 Awards:

2008 Nu Chapter STTI Research Award, Laura Chamlee, A Collaborative Approach to Assess and Improve the Emotional Well-Being of Orphan Children in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras

2008 Undergraduate Framework Grants, Sparkman Center for Global Health, UAB

a. Laura Chamlee, A Collaborative Approach to Assess and Improve the Emotional Well-Being of Orphan Children in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras

b. Larry Slater, HIV Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Caring for HIV/AIDS Patients and Families Among Nursing Students In Honduras

2008 Student Paper Competition, Health Sciences Section, Alabama Academy of Science, 1st place winner-Larry Slater, 2nd place winner Heather Simechak Mullin

2008 Award winning paper and podium presentation, Roy Adaptation Association, Annual Conference, Boston, MA, September 27, 2008: Blaire W. Jones, Adolescents Recovering from Bone Marrow Transplant: Quality of Life in Four Adaptive Modes.

May 2008 Class Graduation Banner Carrier: Ashleigh Collins
May 2008 Class Outstanding BSN Student: Heather Mullin
2008 Class Dean's Award: Larry Z. Slater

2007 Awards:

2007 Center for Aging Honors Scholarship, Katherine Tilden, Process and Meaning in Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Decision-making

December 2007 Class Outstanding BSN Student: Amy Little
December 2007 Class Florence Nightingale Award: Amy Little

2007 Sigma Theta Tau International New Member Pillar of Leadership Award: Sylvia Waweru. Presented at the 39th Biennial Convention, Baltimore, MD, presented November 6th, 2007.

2006 Awards:

Rebecca Fanguy (1st) and Jeannie Laurance (3rd) won awards in 2006 Alabama Academy of Science annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, Student Paper Competition for Health Sciences Section.

Jeannie Laurance 2nd place, Health and Social Sciences, University of Alabama System Honors Research Day, April 14, 2006, Tuscaloosa

Sylvia Waweru, "Perceptions of children in two comparison populations: Self-concept and emotional indicators: Phase II (Kenya)" a recipient of a 2006 UAB Undergraduate Global Health Experience Grant awarded through the UAB Framework Program for Global Health/Sparkman Center for Global Health.

Sasha Ramini, 2005 Honors in Nursing graduate, won the Best Poster Award for the 7th Annual Roy Adaptation Association Conference, held June 15-16, 2006, at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles.

2008 Published Articles (* peer-reviewed journals):

*Waweru, S.M., Reynolds, A. & Buckner, E.B. (2008). Perceptions of Children with HIV/AIDS from USA and Kenya: Self-concept and Emotional Indicators. Pediatric Nursing, 34 (2) 117-124.

*Ramini, S. K., Brown, R. & Buckner, E.B. (2008). Embracing Changes: Adaptation by Adolescents with Cancer. Pediatric Nursing, 34 (1) 72-79.

*Gwin, L.A., Jr. (2008). Fragmentation of Health Care in the Lives of Transitional Cerebral Palsy Patients: A Preliminary Case Analysis of the Relationship between Functional Social Support and Self-Care Agency. Self-Care, Dependent-Care & Nursing, 16 (1) 8-13.


Abstracts published:

Noland, C. N. and Buckner, E.B. (2008). Domestic Violence Perceptions of Women in Urban and Rural Areas. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 123-124.

Ray, K. (2008). Effects of State-Trait Anxiety on Pain Perception in Children with IV Insertions. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 124.

Slater, L. (2008). Perceptions and experiences of HIV-Positive, African-American women from HIV diagnosis to primary care. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 126.

Jones, B.M. W. and Buckner, E. B. (2008). Quality of Life in Adolescents Post-Bone Marrow Transplant. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 127.

Clark, N. (2008). Sex Education: What is it Good For? Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 127.
Mullin, H. S. and Buckner, E.B. (2008). Sexual History and Follow Up: What Drives Practice? A Comparison of USA and Honduras. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 128.

Tilden, K. B. (2008). Process and Meaning in Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Decision-making. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 129.

 2007 Published Articles (* peer-reviewed journals):

*Andison, M., Moss, J. (2007) What Nurses Do: Use of the ISO Reference Terminology Model for Nursing Action as a Framework for Analyzing MICU Nursing Practice Patterns. Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium, Chicago.

* McClendon, H. N., & Buckner, E.B. (2007). Distressing Situations in ICU: A Descriptive Study of Nurses' Responses. DCCN: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 26 (5), 199-206.


2006 Published Articles (* peer-reviewed journals):
*Reebals, J. F., Brown, R. & Buckner, E.B. (2006). Nurse practice issues regarding sperm banking inadolescent male cancer patients. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 23 (4) 182-188. .

*Hernández, A. R., Padilla, O.N.M., Harrison, L.L. (2006). Perspectivas Sobre la Investigación enEnfermería en Guatemala (Translation in English: Perspectives about Nursing Research in Guatemala).Enfermería Global, 8, May 2006, Link to Journal:  

*Papagni, K. & Buckner, E. (2006). Doula support and attitudes of intrapartum nurses. Journal ofPerinatal Education, 15(1) 11-18. Also chosen for feature by press release and as selected article for free distribution to membership of the Lamaze Childbirth Association for February.

*Godfrey, B., Parten, C. & Buckner, E.B. (2006). Identification of Special Care Needs: The Comparisonof the CICU Patient and Nurse," DCCN: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, Nov/Dec (in press).

*McAllister, S., White-Williams, C., Ross, J.A. & Buckner, E. B. (2006). Medication Adherence Post-HeartTransplant: Adolescents and Their Issues. Progress in Transplantation (in press).

*Sanders, L. & Buckner, E.B. (2006, in press). The Newborn Behavioral Observations System as aNursing intervention to Enhance Engagement in First-Time Mothers: Feasibility and Desirability. Family Matters column in Pediatric Nursing, in press, scheduled for September 2006.

Nursing Honors Program


Provide service-learning experiences that engage students, faculty, and staff with the community to identify and meet community needs and to enhance academic and civic learning.


Acceptance into the Nursing Honors Program requires the student to:

  • Earn a 3.40 GPA in BSN Foundation courses
  • Earn a 3.00 GPA UAB and overall
  • Submit the Honors Program Application Form
  • Be selected by Honors Committee from application, transcript evaluation, and interview

*BSN, Second Degree BSN, and RN-BSN Mobility students are all eligible for participation in the nursing honors program.


  • Maintenance of a 3.00 GPA (UAB) and a 3.25 GPA in nursing courses through graduation
  • Completion of a minimum of 7 credit hours designated for honors clinical courses/seminars
  • Participation in three Honors seminars to include completion of an honors service learning project
  • A formal written report in the form of a scholarly paper based on the honors service learning project
  • An oral or poster presentation at a designated meeting in the School of Nursing, professional meeting or scientific session


Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of acknowledgement at the UAB Honors Convocation and will graduate “With Honors in Nursing.” Students who participate in both the UAB Honors program and the School of Nursing Honors program will graduate “With University Honors in Nursing.”


The UAB Honors in Nursing Program endeavors to offer specific students enrichment opportunities beyond the traditional courses. Comprised of three courses that encompass seven credit hours, the Honors in Nursing Program involves no additional credit requirements. Instead, successful completion of the three courses substitutes for a required generic course in informatics and research and a required nursing elective course. During the three semesters of the honors sequence, students will participate in seminars that will a) explore the informatics and research content necessary to a nursing career; b) help them to identify a problem, issue, or concern that each wants to examine in depth; c) facilitate the planning and implementation of a project to address this personally identified area of interest.


The strategy chosen for this enrichment opportunity is service learning, because the essential three elements to this approach strengthen and reinforce within each student the above developmental goals. As a part of enhanced academic learning, the Honors service learning experience offers students the opportunity to explore in depth the theories, concepts, literature and published research about the specific area of interest to the individual student. Students are guided with the help of faculty and mentors to integrate and apply knowledge from scholarly literature to the project area while providing meaningful service to a specific agency. The partner-agency generally provides services or resources to populations or target groups that have specific needs that relate to the student’s area of interest, and a broad range of non-profit agencies are potential candidates for partnership. The student works closely within the agency’s context to help the agency as it strives to provide, evaluate, and improve its services to its target group. In this collaborative effort, the student actively engages in purposeful civic learning as he or she participates in activities within and through the agency’s interaction with the larger community. This civic learning helps students explore the cultural, economic, and political factors influencing healthcare delivery.


For more information and/or admission to the Nursing Honors Program, please contact:

Teena McGuiness, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
Professor and Coordinator of Honors in Nursing
UAB School of Nursing
Telephone: (205) 934-0630




We acknowledge the Endowed Fund for Nursing Undergraduate Honors

in Honor of Kristen Celia and Gerald Leon Wallace, Jr.

Established by Celia A. Wallace, February 4, 2005