Overview

 
Prospective International students are asked to first contact UAB's Office of International Student and Scholar Services for a determination of eligibility for the academic program listed below.
Email: isss@uab.edu
Phone: 205-934-3328
Fax: 205-934-8664 

 * See details on the items listed in the table below.

 

BSN

RN-Mobility

MSN

DNP

PhD

  F1 or J1 Visa Acceptable

x

  College Degree

x- ADN equivalent

x- BSN equivalent

x- MSN equivalent or higher

x- MSN equivalent or higher

  Foreign Transcripts Evaluated**

x

x

x

x

x

  English Proficiency

x

x

x

x

x

  GRE

x

x

x

  U.S. RN License

x

x

x

 
x = Requirement must be completed or condition met 

If you are seeking a fellowship or visiting scholar experience, exemptions to the above steps may apply.  Please feel free to contact the UAB School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs, 205-975-7529 if you need additional assistance.

NOTE:  The University of Alabama at Birmingham admissions process has additional information for International Students at https://www.uab.edu/students/admissions/apply

VISA

 

Planning to come on an F1 or J1  Student Visa?

Federal regulations require individuals planning to enter the US in F-1 or J-1 status to enroll as full-time students with certain minimum in-class requirements. Undergraduate students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester to be considered full-time enrolled; at least 9 of those credit hours must be in face-to-face, in-person classroom instruction each semester. Students in graduate programs must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to be considered full-time enrolled; at least 6 of those credit hours must be in face-to-face, in-person classroom instruction each semester. Because of these federal in-person classroom instruction requirements, international applicants are ineligible for student visas to attend the RN-Mobility, MSN, DNP, and PhD programs at the School of Nursing, since they are offered largely through distance (online) learning. For more information on online course restrictions for international students, please visit this page.

However, if you are in (or plan to enter) the US in an immigration status other than F-1 or J-1 (such as H-1B, H-4, L-1, L-2, E-1, E-2, TN, green card holder, etc.), you can enroll in any of our programs—whether in-person or via distance (online) learning. If you change status within the US to F-1 or J-1, you will not be eligible to continue enrollment in a distance accessible program. Please contact UAB’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services at isss@uab.edu for additional information.

College Degree

 

For Pre-Licensure Graduate Program (AMNP) - requires a degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited educational institution in the United States.

For Graduate Programs (MSN) - requires a bachelor’s degree in nursing that is equivalent to a regionally accredited educational institution in the United States.

For Graduate Programs (DNP or PhD) - a master’s degree in nursing that is equivalent to a regionally accredited educational institution in the United States.

Foreign Transcripts Evaluated

 

1. Reports must be sent from the evaluators directly to the School of Nursing.   Additionally, international students must provide (as part of their student application) a detailed course by course evaluation of all international transcripts prior to consideration for admission. The School of Nursing does not evaluate international transcripts; therefore, an outside firm approved by UAB must evaluate the transcripts. The cost of transcript evaluation is the responsibility of the applicant.  Listed below are the two companies that can evaluate your transcript(s).

 

A)  Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.                
     P.O. Box 514070                
     Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470  USA               
     Phone Number: (414) 289-3400               
     Fax: (414) 289-3411               
     Email: eval@ece.org               
     Website: www.ece.org       

B)  World Education Services               
     Bowling Green Station               
     P.O. Box 5087               
     New York, NY  10274-5087  USA
     Phone Number:  (212) 966-6311               
     Fax:  (212) 739-6100               
     Website: www.wes.org

 

2. The course work must be articulated into the university.  This step requires syllabi and course outlines for each course in order to determine the course equivalency.  These documents must be submitted in English.

English Proficiency

 


Applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide evidence of English language proficiency.  To demonstrate proficiency, applicants must meet a minimum score on at least one of the following tests:

1. Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL

                Score of 500 or higher on the written examination
                Score of 173 on the computer-based version
                Score of 80 on the Internet-based version

2. International English Language Testing System, IELTS

                Score of 5.5 overall bandwidth with no less than 5.0 on any module

                *All scores must be sent directly to UAB from the testing agency
                *The scores should be no more than two years old

GRE

 

Achieve a standardized test score of at least a minimum combined score of 297 on the verbal and quantitative sections, and a minimum writing score of 4.0 on the GRE. Test scores submitted to UAB from the GRE must not be more than two years old.

U.S. RN License

 

Submit a notarized copy of your nursing license.

* Foreign students accepted for admission to the School of Nursing are required to be licensed to practice nursing in the State of Alabama. 

* Graduates of foreign nursing schools seeking a non-immigrant occupational preference visa (H-1) are required to pass the Commission on Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Examination.

* PhD Students are not required to have a U.S. License but must meet eligibility for license

Foreign students accepted for admission to the School of Nursing are required to be licensed to practice nursing in the State of Alabama.  Graduates of foreign nursing schools seeking a non-immigrant occupational preference visa (H-1) are required to pass the Commission on Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Qualifying Examination.  Examination applications and guidebooks for applicants are available from:

CGFNS

3600 Market Street- Suite 400
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19104-2651
USA.
(215) 349-8767
E-Mail: info@cgfns.org
Website: www.cgfns.org

Applications and guidebooks are also available from U.S. Embassies and National Nurses' Association in foreign countries.  A foreign student, who has passed the CGFNS Qualifying Examination, should contact the Alabama Board of Nursing to obtain information on the examination for licensure in the State of Alabama.  You may contact the Alabama Board of Nursing at:

RSA Plaza

Suite 250
770 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama  36130-3900
USA
(334) 242-4060
E-Mail: abn@abn.state.al.us
Website: www.abn.state.al.us

They will send you the appropriate information.