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The chart below is designed to help you determine which nursing programs you may be qualified to pursue your education in nursing.  The left hand column lists the current level of education you have or soon will be completing. Select the link on the right to learn more about the programs we offer in nursing based upon your level of education listed in the left column.

Education Level

Program Options

High school student

Bachelor of Science (BSN)

College transfer student

Bachelor of Science (BSN)

Student with a
non-nursing
bachelor’s degree

Bachelor of Science 2nd Degree (BSN)
or 
Accelerated Master’s in Nursing Pathways (AMNP)

Student with an
accredited diploma or
associate degree
in nursing

RN-BSN / RN-BSN-MSN

Bachelor of Science
in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
or
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

Master of Science
in Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
or
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
or
Post Masters

Core Performance Standards for BSN Admission and Progression
Didactic Course Standards 
Issue Standard Some Examples of Necessary Activities (not all inclusive)
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment Identify safety issues in simulated clinical situations, develop nursing care plans
Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds Establish rapport with colleagues; work in groups on course activities
Communication Communication abilities (hearing, speaking, reading, and writing) sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form Able to complete written assignments, participate in classroom discussion/activities, complete group projects.  Can focus on class without disruptive interruptions.
Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room  Attends class, able to sit during class period and take notes
Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to complete class assignments Able to access and use a computer
Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to hear class presentations and participate in classroom activities Able to participate in class lectures/discussions
Visual Visual ability sufficient to attend class and participate in classroom activities Observes colleagues/faculty responses; audio-visual aids in class/LRC
Tactile NA NA
Practicum/Lab Course Standards
Issue Standard Some Examples of Necessary Activities (not all inclusive)
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment Identify cause/effect relationships in clinical situations, develop nursing care plans, ability to make safe judgments when planning and implementing all psychomotor nursing prescriptions
Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from diverse backgrounds Establish rapport with patients and colleagues
Communication Communication abilities (hearing, speaking, reading, and writing) sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient responses
Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces Move around in patients’ rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas, administer CPR, assist in ambulation, have sufficient mobility and stamina to function over an 8-12 hour period in a hospital setting
Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care Calibrate and use equipment (blood pressure cuffs, syringes), position, lift, and transfer patients, ability to lift 40-50 pounds
Hearing  Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs Hear verbal exchanges among health care personnel and patients, monitors alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help
Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care Able to read handwritten documents (chart data), able to see small calibrations on syringes, sphygmomanometer, thermometers, observe patient responses to interventions and/or health problems, ability to detect subtle color changes
Tactile Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment  Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g., pulse, body parts, temperature of skin or fluids
Distance-Accessible Course Standards
Issue Standard Some Examples of Necessary Activities (not all inclusive)
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgement Synthesize reading assignments, able to write course assignments
Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds Interact with classmates and course instructors on course related subjects, able to work with other students on a group project
Communication Communication abilities (hearing, speaking, reading, and writing) sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form Communicate with faculty and other students via e-mail and electronic threaded discussions
Motor Skills Physical abilities sufficient to use a computer. Complete written assignments and examinations by typing on the computer
Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to complete class assignments Listen to online audiovisual presentations
Visual Visual ability sufficient to participate in course activities Complete reading assignments and watch audiovisual presentations


BSN Admission Process

To apply to the BSN program in the School of Nursing at UAB, two different application are submitted: UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the UAB School of Nursing BSN application. Current UAB Undergraduate students need to submit only the UAB School of Nursing BSN application.

Admission as a degree-seeking student through the UAB Office of Undergraduate admissions is the first step toward a major in nursing. Admission is based on high school and prior college course work, along with any necessary college-admission entrance exam scores. The online application for the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions is available at Application for UAB Undergraduate Admissions along with contact information.

Once admitted as an undergraduate student, the student is notified through an offer-of-admission letter to contact their assigned UAB Advisor in the UAB Advising Office at 205-934-6135 for academic advisement. Advisement with the assigned advisor is a requirement for application to the School of Nursing.
At the scheduled appointment, the advisor will review the student's academic record, including an evaluation of any previous college course work to establish a plan for the sequencing of the prerequisite courses that need to be completed before admission to the School of Nursing. The advisor will also explain the requirements and process for admission to the BSN Program.

When the student has either completed the required prerequisiste courses or is in the last semester of prerequisite courses, the student is issued the School of Nursing BSN application by their assigned advisor.
The student completes the School of Nursing application and submits it and all additional application materials to the School of Nursing Student Affairs Office by the application deadline.

Admission Requirements

The minimum cumulative GPA for all traditional BSN applicants is 2.75 at the time of application (includes transfer students). Admission is competitive and is based on space available. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing.

Students are eligible to apply when they have successfully completed a minimum of 41 semester credit hours. Successful completion of all pre-nursing foundation courses with a "C" or above in each course must be met prior to matriculation into the nursing program.

Students offered admission to the School of Nursing who are enrolled in prerequisite course work must make a "C" or better in every foundation course for the nursing major. The final minimum cumulative/overall Nursing Foundation Coursework GPA must be a 2.75 or greater.

Admission decisions are competitive and based on the applicant's academic record and application at the time of the application deadline. *All grades (UAB and other colleges/universities) from previous terms must be posted on the applicant's UAB transcript by the application deadline.

A resume outlining health-care interest/experience, campus/community involvement, leadership, and employment is due by the application deadline.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide proof of work/volunteer experience in a health-care setting as part of the application process. The health-care work is to be documented by letters from a supervisor (on agency letterhead) and/or time sheets and must consist of a minimum of 60 hours of paid or volunteer work in a health-care setting. Completion of a nursing-skills course does not meet this criterion.

Applicants to the School of Nursing are strongly recommended to demonstrate a record of full-time study and a minimum number of course repeats/grade forgiveness options.

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions will be based on the applicant's academic record, supporting documents, and BSN application at the time of the application deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide proof of work/volunteer experience in a health-care setting as part of the application process. This experience is not required for admission but factor into the admission decision.

Special Options for Traditional BSN Admission

The UAB Nursing Scholars program for entering freshmen is a special early-admission option for academically qualified high school seniors who have an ACT score of 24 or above or a composite SAT score of 1130, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. This option ensures admission to the nursing program as long as a minimum GPA of 3.2 is maintained in the BSN foundation courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is maintained.  

Prior to Enrollment for Upper-Division Nursing Courses

-CPR certification will be due prior to registration for upper-division courses. The following courses meet this requirement.
       -  American Heart Association's Healthcare Provider Course (Course C or BLSC)
       - American Red Cross's Professional Rescuer Course

-Medical clearance is required prior to registration for all upper-division nursing courses.

-A background check and drug screen will be completed.


Applicants will receive an admissions decision a minimum of four weeks after application for the semester for which they are applying.

Future updates on the BSN admission process will be posted on the School of Nursing Web site, will be available from your advisor, and sent to your "@uab.edu" e-mail address. If you have any questions concerning these changes, please feel free to contact the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs.

*Traditional Students are those students who seek to enter the undergraduate BSN program and are not a RN.