The RN to MSN (Second Degree) option is an alternate pathway into the existing Master’s in Nursing (MSN) degree for applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing, who are currently licensed registered nurses, and who seek MSN preparation.

The RN to MSN option is available to ADN graduates, and is specifically designed for RNs who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing and declare their intention to obtain an MSN degree. The RN-MSN curriculum prepares nurses for advanced nursing practice and generalist practice.

MSN graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of roles in a health care system requiring advanced knowledge of patient/client care delivery and a high level of critical thinking. In addition, MSN graduates have a foundation for future doctoral study in nursing.

Printable PDF Factsheet




gockle"I went to undergrad here, and I know there are a lot of neat opportunities for students. It’s easy for students to get involved in different things…"
Erin Gockel, BSN, RN,
BSN 2012
MSN Student, Graduate Nursing Education Primary Care Scholars

Read more about why Erin chose the UAB School of Nurising

Flexible Scheduling


Students are admitted into the RN-MSN program in the fall and summer terms. Students follow a part-time program of study. Students desiring full-time study must be admitted in the fall. Students follow a prescribed program of study that prepares the ADN prepared nurse for success in the MSN program. All courses and selected specialty courses are offered via distance education.

Clinical Schedule


Clinical experiences for the MSN student are designed on an individual basis. The student contracts to work with a clinical preceptor who is a certified registered nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, or a physician. The total number of clinical hours required varies depending on the option that is selected. Students must have a current RN license in the state where they do their clinical practica prior to enrolling in the advanced practice courses.

About the MSN program


The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program features more than 17 specialty tracks, including a variety of nurse practitioner options, clinical nurse leader, nurse anesthesia, nursing education, nursing informatics, and nursing and health systems administration.

US News & World Report, in its survey of the Best Nursing Schools for 2016, has ranked the UAB School of Nursing 13th in the nation. This represents a significant leap for the School, which was listed 21st in the 2012 rankings, the last time Schools of Nursing were included in the Best Graduate Schools edition.

Additionally, three of the School's MSN Specialty Tracks were ranked on reputation -- Nursing Health Systems Administration is listed 9th, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 12th and Family Nurse Practitioner 14th.

Located in one of the world’s largest academic health centers, the MSN program at UAB prepares nurses for advanced specialty practice in advanced nursing roles and offers countless opportunities to develop advanced practice innovations both locally and globally.

The MSN program also prepares graduates for entry into doctoral studies in nursing, in either the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, a practice-focused terminal degree that prepares graduates to practice at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care or nursing education; or in the School’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Nursing program.

The PhD in Nursing at UAB is the only such program in the state of Alabama that prepares nurses as researchers, scholars and leaders who make substantive contributions to the science of nursing.

Graduates employ abilities and skills learned in the MSN Program to form collaborative partnerships; assume leadership roles in clinical practice, nursing administration, nursing education and nursing informatics; interpret clinical and management-related research; and make data-driven decisions to enhance the utilization of resources. 

Review the MSN specialty track options to determine the best fit for your future. It is also possible to obtain a second master’s degree in an area of your choice. Definitions, functions, and career opportunities for each of the focal areas and specialty tracks are listed on those individual pages.

The master's program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.


RN-Mobility Home

Why the RN Mobility Program?

The RN Mobility Program (RNMP) is designed for registered nurses with either an associate's degree or diploma in nursing. The RNMP is open to any RN who has submitted evidence of successful completion of a nursing program and who is licensed to practice as an RN and meets admission requirements.


RN Mobility Information Sessions:

1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m.

2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.

Check-in at room 1002 of the Nursing Building

Program Fact Sheet
(Printable-two page program summary) 



 * See the MSN admission requirements for this program


The baccalaureate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.


Admission Requirements

Contact the Nurse Recruiter in the Office of Student Success at 205-934-3534 PRIOR to applying to UAB (Strongly Recommended). 

Unofficial Transcript Review

  Please submit the following form with your transcripts:  Transcript Review Request

Admission Requirements to RNMP

  • Admission to UAB as an RN Mobility student through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions: Once accepted, students need to apply to the School of Nursing; contact Student Success at 205-934-5491 for an application.
  • Admission grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A grade of at least "C" in human anatomy, human physiology, microbiology, descriptive statistics, and an elective (Area V courses).
  • Evidence of successful completion of an accredited diploma or associate degree nursing program and a current license to practice as a registered nurse in the state in which you will do your student practicum.
  • – NOTE: General studies does not need to be completely done to apply to the RNMP program. Students may begin nursing courses if six or less semester hours of general studies requirements are to be completed; all general studies courses must be completed before the last semester in the program.

Admission Process

  • Admission to UAB as an RN Mobility student through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions: Once accepted, students need to apply to the School of Nursing; contact Student Success at 205-934-3534 for an application.
  • Students may begin nursing courses if six or less semester hours of general studies requirements are to be completed; all general studies coursed must be completed before the last semester in the program.
  • The student completes the SON application and submits the application to the SON Student Success Office by the application deadline. Admission decisions will be based on the applicant's academic record and the BSN application at the time of the application deadline.

Prior to Enrollment

  • CPR certification as a health-care professional
  • Medical clearance from UAB Student Health Services



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.



Entry Date



Fall 2016 June 10, 2016 Must meet with RN_Mobility Advisor (in the School of Nursing) before applying.
Spring 2017 October 7, 2016 Must meet with RN_Mobility Advisor (in the School of Nursing) before applying.
*Students must be admitted to the university as an undergraduate student no later than one month prior to the School of Nursing application deadline 


Honors & Scholars Programs

The School of Nursing provides opportunities to engage and challenge those students who wish to pursue a more demanding academic experience, and to identify and reward those students who begin their college career at the university. These programs are taught by faculty members who are known for their excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Honors Program


Tuition, Fees, and Funding Opportunities


Scholarships & Financial Aid

The School of Nursing at UAB has excellent scholarship, traineeship, fellowship and loan programs in which many students participate.


Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2015-2016 academic year. Tuition and fees and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE annually based on approval from the University of Alabama Board of Trustees and/or university. The estimates below are based on the costs listed at the UAB Office of Planning and Analysis Web site (Tuition and Fees). Each student’s costs will vary depending upon state of residence, the number of credits taken in a semester, whether the student attends class live or through distance-accessible class, and several other factors. Fees vary with program or type of student, and certain fees may be waived.

Tuition and University Fees School of Nursing (SON)

Cost ($)

Undergraduate SON (in-state, Each semester hour) 409
Undergraduate SON (out-of-state, Each semester hour) 938
University Tuition (per semester)(included in tuition)
Total cost for Tuition  = Undergraduate SON tuition cost per semester hour x total number of semester hours for that semester

Fees - School of Nursing

Cost ($)

Undergraduate and Graduate—Online Fee per each online course (per course if the course is designated with a ‘Q’ in the section code, e.g. NUR 604 Q ) 250
Educational Support and Technology Fee (Undergraduate)(per course) 175
Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee (per year)** 1,776
Student Dental Fee (per term)** 39

Special Fees Paid (When Applicable)

Cost ($)

Graduation Fee 50

Expenses (Estimated)

Cost ($)

Uniforms (undergraduate and AMNP students)* 350
Books and supplies (per term) 600
Lab Kit (undergraduate, upon admission)* 225
Electronic handheld device (one-time fee; select programs—BSN, AMNP, MSN)* 350
Room and Board (on campus, per term, cost varies depending on dorm) 2,800
* These must be purchased upon initial enrollment in the School of Nursing and should be planned for in student budgets.
** May be waived with proof of equal or greater coverage that can be documented.



Program Outcomes

  • Apply theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, scientific, and humanistic disciplines to make evidence-based practice decisions.
  • Participate in quality improvement processes to provide high-quality, safe nursing care in a variety of settings.
  • Engage in critical inquiry to improve the nursing care of individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Use information technology and patient data for ethical, clinical decision-making.
  • Advocate for the health-care needs of society in a changing economic, demographic, and cultural environment.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills with patients and interprofessional teams to improve health-care outcomes.
  • Provide professional nursing care to individuals and populations that includes health promotion and maintenance, illness care, end-of-life care, restoration, and rehabilitation.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional nursing values, ethical practice, and life-long learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to independently and collaboratively apply the problem-solving process to facilitate patient, family, and community adaptation to internal and external environmental variables for the purpose of achieving maximum health.



Q: What is the application process for an associate’s degree prepared registered nurse, RN?
A: This student would first apply for undergraduate admission to the university. Once accepted into the university, the student submits their application to the School of Nursing.

Q: How does a student apply for the RN-BSN-MSN program?
A: The application process is similar to RN-BSN through the undergraduate courses. During the last term of the BSN, the student applies to the master’s program.

Q: How are my prerequisites determined?
A: If you can obtain unofficial copies of your transcript(s), the recruiter would be happy to review to determine what, if any, general studies requirements you might need to complete before beginning the RN Mobility program. Contact information:

Gail Holmes
Recruiter / Program Manager
UAB School of Nursing - NB 201B
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL  35294-1210
Phone: 205-934-3534
Fax: 205-934-5490

Q: Do you have an LPN-BSN program?
A: We do not have a LPN-BSN program.

Q: Can you take courses online?
A: If you have completed all pre-requisites, the RN Mobility courses are all online. If you need to complete any prerequisites, we offer some of the courses online and will work with you to find classes in your area or available online at other universities.

Contact US


For students in the
RN-BSN Program

please contact:

Program Director
Gary Milligan, DNP, RN

Prospective students
please contact:

Program Manager

Gail Holmes, MEd