Overview

Prospective International students are asked to first contact International Recruitment and Student Services at Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone:  (205) 934-3328 Fax:  (205) 934-8664 to determine eligibility in order to submit an application into any academic program listed below.

 * 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 School of Nursing, Office of Student Affairs at (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/undergraduate-admissions/

VISA


F1 or J1 Visa (Student Visa) Acceptable


In order to comply with Federal Regulations, students with a F1 or J1 Visa must be enrolled as a full time student with no more than three credits of on-line format courses per semester.  For the undergraduate programs, twelve semester credit hours equates to full time and nine semester credit hours must be in live course work each semester.  For the graduate programs nine semester credit hours is full time and six semester credit hours must be in live course work each semester.  Due to the distance nature of several of our programs, international students would not qualify under the F1 and J1 Visas for live course work in our RN-Mobility, MSN, DNP, and PhD programs.  International students may participate in our distance programs under other types of Visas to include work Visa. If a student loses their previous Visa and converts to a F1 or J1 Visa, they would no longer qualify under Federal Regulations to remain in a distance accessible program. Please check with our International Recruitment and Student Services at Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Phone:  (205) 934-3328 Fax:  (205) 934-8664.

Degree

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

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                
     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

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

GRE


Achieve a standardized test score of at least a minimum combined score of 1,000 or a combined score of 297 (new exam) on 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.


US RN License

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.abn.state.al.us

They will send you the appropriate information.