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Requirements* for admission in good standing for the MSN degree include:

  • BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution, equivalent to the one offered by the UAB School of Nursing;
  • Possess a nursing license to practice in the state where you plan to conduct your clinical practicum;
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or on the last 60 semester hours (graduates of baccalaureate degree programs in countries other than the United States must have their baccalaureate degree transcripts evaluated by the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. organization www.ece.org OR the World Education Services www.wes.org);
  • A combined score of 1,000 or a combined score of 297 (new exam) on verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, or a score of 410 on the MAT or score of 480 on the GMAT. Test scores submitted to UAB from the GRE, GMAT, or MAT must not be more than five years old. International students must achieve a TOEFL examination score of at least 500. Click GRE/GMAT/MAT Waiver Process for degree seeking MSN students for more information;
  • Three Letters of professional reference attesting to the applicant's potential for graduate study;
  • One official copy of all transcripts from previous educational programs (mailed directly to UAB School of Nursing);
* Individual specialty tracks may have additional experience requirements, please review the specialty track application information listed under MSN Specialty Tracks.

Please note: Applicants who are not admitted for a specific term may reapply to be considered for a later term. The same is true for an applicant who is admitted for a particular term but fails to enroll that term. For test information and registration, please visit the sites below.


Distance Accessibility

Applicants to any of our distance-accessible programs should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Prospective students residing in states other than Alabama should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to completion of clinical learning experiences in that state when enrolled in a distance accessible program. The ability to conduct course work is only guaranteed for student is Alabama and in states with an established agreement.

*** State Approval Website for Online Degree Programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham ***   

International Students

Along with the requirements listed above, international students will also have to 

  • Prospective international students are asked to first contact International Recruitment and Student Services at isss@uab.edu , (205), 934-3328, FAX 934-8664 to determine eligibility in order to submit an application into any academic program
  • Have all foreign transcripts evaluated by the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc www.ece.org OR the World Education Services www.wes.org, sent from the evaluators directly to the School of Nursing
  • Have earned a degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited educational institution in the United States
  • Score of 500 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL
  • Achieve a standardized test score of at least a minimum combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Possess a nursing license to practice nursing in the state where you plan to conduct your clinical practicum
  • Submit a notarized copy of your nursing license


Core Performance Standards for MSN Admission and Progression

Didactic Course Standards 

Issue Standard Some Examples of Necessary Activities (not all inclusive)
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for appraisal of theoretical content. Analyze theories for application to advanced nursing practice.
Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, faculty, and groups from a variety of social, cultural, emotional, and intellectual backgrounds. Interpersonal skills sufficient to establish collaborative relationships for class discussions and projects with students, faculty, and others.
Communication Communication abilities (hearing, speaking, reading, and writing) sufficient for interaction with others in written and verbal form. Communication abilities sufficient for professional interaction with peers and faculty; the ability to complete written assignments effectively.
Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to gain access to computer-based resources and/or classrooms. Physical abilities sufficient to utilize computers to attend class and gain access to library/internet resources with or without the use of support persons or devices.
Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to complete assignments. Motor skills sufficient to utilize computer software to retrieve information and to prepare written assignments with or without the use of support persons or devices.
Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to participate in required course activities. Auditory skills sufficient to understand audio portions of class content with or without the use of support persons or devices.
Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and viewing assignments. Visual abilities sufficient to read course assignments and prepare written assignments with or without the use of support persons or devices.
Tactile Tactile ability sufficient to complete assignments. Tactile ability sufficient for accurate use of a computer with or without the use of support persons or devices.


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 judgment in clinical situations, develop clinical notes, employ diagnostic reasoning.
Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, faculty, and groups from diverse backgrounds. Establish rapport with patients to interact with individuals, faculty, colleagues, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
Communication Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Explain treatment and diagnostic procedures in verbal and written form, initiate health teaching, document and interpret patient/client responses to acute and chronic illness.
Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces. Move around in patients’ environment, examination rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas; administer needed procedures.
Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care. Utilize instruments specific to the clinical specialty; perform physical and developmental assessment maneuvers.
Hearing  Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Hear verbal exchanges among health care personnel and patients, monitor alarms, auscultatory sounds, cries for help, evaluate percussion tones. 
Visual Visual ability sufficient for the observation and assessment necessary in nursing care. Observe patient responses. Assess client visual acuity. Visually inspect skin and body structures.
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 judgment 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