BSN Early Entry Option for Advanced Placement StudentsThe BSN Early Entry Option for Advanced Placement Students is designed for students who enter UAB with more than 15 credit hours of college credit awarded during their high school career, either through completion of advanced placement courses or through dual enrollment. Students who qualify may apply to enter the BSN program a semester earlier than is typical and complete the BSN degree in three and a half years. Application is limited to students who meet the criteria and have been selected as a Dean’s Nursing Scholar.
SelectionThe composite ACT or SAT score, the applicant's high school academic grade point average (computed on subjects required for undergraduate admission to UAB), number and scores on AP and DE courses and all additional application material will be used in the process of selecting the UAB Dean's Nursing Scholars for the BSN Early Entry Option.
CriteriaApplicants must have been awarded a minimum of 15 credit hours of college credit and meet all the requirements for the Dean’s Nursing Scholars program that include:
- Applicant is a high school senior;
- Achieved a composite ACT score of 24 or above or a composite SAT score of 1090 or above;
- Possess a minimum high school grade point average of 3.2;
- Be admitted to UAB through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions;
- Enroll at UAB directly from high school.
Application ProcessBy the posted deadlines, all applicants must:
- Complete the admission application through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions;
*Students with an ACT of 24 or higher should select the School of Nursing-Dean’s Nursing Scholar Option as part of your admission’s offer. All application materials are reviewed in the process of selection of students for the BSN Fast Track Option.
About the Jonas Scholars
The Jonas Nurse Scholar program supports doctoral nursing students pursing both PhD and DNP degrees. The goal of the Jonas Nurse Leaders Program is to increase the number of doctorally-prepared faculty available to teach in nursing schools nationwide, as well as the number of advanced practice nurses providing direct patient care. The Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program is a component of the Nurse Scholar Program that aims to increase the number of advanced practice nurses and faculty who are trained specifically in the unique needs of our veteran population.
Supported by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, both programs provide financial assistance, leadership development and networking support to expand the pipeline of future nurse faculty and advanced practice nurses. As part of their scholarship experience, all Jonas Scholar attend the Jonas Nurse Scholar Conference, a three-day event in Washington, DC, designed to convene the current Jonas Scholars for networking, mentoring and educational opportunities with prominent nurse educators, executives and policy experts in the field.
2015 Jonas Scholars
Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar
Timiya Nolan, CRNP, ANP-BC
Timiya S. Nolan is a two-time graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing (BSN-2008; MSN-2011). She holds certification as an adult nurse practitioner and teacher of nursing. Timiya's nursing background is in hematology/oncology and primary care. In these settings, she has been an active team member who effectively communicates, treats, collaborates, and establishes rapport. As a former full-time instructor of adult health at UAB, she has become skilled in the design of challenging, enriching, and innovative learning activities. She volunteers as nurse practitioner in the medical ministry of The Worship Center Christian Church and the PATH Clinic of Birmingham, Alabama. She is the Membership Chairperson within the Central Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association. Academically, Timiya is a full-time pre-doctoral fellow enrolled in UAB's Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program. Her research interest involves reduction of health-related disparities within breast cancer survivorship. Particularly, she is interested in understanding and bettering the survivorship of young African American breast cancer survivors with dissemination and implementation of age-specific and culturally-sensitive interventions. As a Jonas Scholar, she will use her research and teaching expertise to assist with the development and implementation of the Alabama Oncology Nursing Society’s semi-annual conference.
Jonas IV Veterans DNP Healthcare Scholar
Karen Thombley, C-NPT, NNP-BC, RNC-NIC
Karen Thombley's nursing career began in 1986 when she pursued an LPN degree. She graduated in 1988 and briefly worked as a charge nurse in a nursing home. She knew there was more and desired to continue her education. She moved to Oklahoma and returned to school to complete her BSN in 1991, after which she began working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Ms. Thombley had incredible medical and nursing mentors and soon learned that neonatal nursing was her passion. In 1995 she joined the US Air Force. Her 19-year career has all been spent in the neonatal specialty between three military treatment facilities: Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX-7.
Jonas IV Veterans PhD Healthcare Scholar
Chance Nicholson, MSN, BS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, RN-BC
Chance Nicholson, MSN, BS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, RN-BC, is a first year academic faculty member in the university setting who is also seeking his PhD at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) after receiving his MSN in 2013. Currently, he is investigating the role of the vagus nerve in HIV neurocognitive disorders. Furthermore, he is exploring the relationship between the vagus nerve and PTSD. His current faculty practice is through the Veterans Administration as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at an outpatient clinic in Bessemer, Alabama. The faculty practice was developed through a partnership with UAB where he has served as a clinical preceptor and instructor in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. The partnership is one of only four in the country. He is a recent recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau Rising Research Star award. Formerly, he worked as an RN in the psychiatric intensive care unit at UAB. In this role, he served as the president of the psychiatric nursing congress and it was in this this role where he developed a nutritional model at UAB hospital. For this work, he received an innovation award along with an award of clinical excellence. Furthermore, he served as the primary committee member of the psychiatric patient satisfaction team where the hospital improved its overall scores from the 20th percentile to the 90th percentile. Additionally, he has published in the arenas of addiction, game theory and healthcare, and personality disorders. Prior to nursing, he received a bachelor's degree in psychology where he researched in the field of clinical psychology and worked as an addiction counselor associate at Pine Grove Mental Health in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
UAB School of Nursing Dean's Nursing ScholarsThe Dean’s Nursing Scholar program is designed for academically talented high school seniors who are strongly considering a career in nursing. Scholars receive a number of benefits, including:
- Opportunities to visit the School of Nursing to attend special events designed for the Scholars to learn about nursing and the BSN program
- Priority admission to the highly ranked and competitive BSN nursing program as long as the Scholar:
- Enrolls at UAB directly from high school
- Successfully completes the required undergraduate pre-requisite foundation and core classes
- Achieves and maintains a 3.2 or higher GPA in the required nursing pre-requisite courses
- Maintains a minimum overall 3.0 GPA
Criteria for Selection
- Individuals selected for the Dean’s Nursing Scholars must:
- Be a high school senior
- Achieve a composite ACT score of 24 or above or a composite SAT score of 1090 or above
- Possess a minimum high school grade point average of 3.2
- Be admitted to UAB through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions
- All applications must be submitted by the posted deadline. All applicants must:
- Complete the admission application through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Applicants with an ACT score of 24 or higher should and a High School GPA of 3.2 or higher will be select as School of Nursing- Dean’s Nursing Scholar as part of your admission’s offer. All application materials are reviewed in the process of selection of Dean’s Nursing Scholars.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars
About the RWJF Scholars
The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a leadership program, spearheaded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), that is increasing the number of nurses holding PhDs around the country. More PhD-prepared nurses are needed to increase the number of nurse leaders, conduct nurse-led science and discovery, and educate the next generation of nurses, the Institute of Medicine has said. The Future of Nursing Scholars program provides grants to schools of nursing, so that they can provide scholarships to PhD candidates who will commit to completing the program in three years. Less than 1 percent of the nation’s more than 3 million nurses have PhDs in nursing or a related field. In addition, the average age at which nurses get their PhDs in the United States is 46—13 years older than PhD earners in other fields. This program provides an incentive for nurses to start PhD programs earlier, so that they can have long leadership careers after earning their PhDs.
2015 RWJF Scholars
Jacqueline Bui, BSN, RN
Jacqueline Bui, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in researching the cardiovascular effects of toxicities related to breast cancer treatment. There is a lack of knowledge about this area and Bui, she wants to ensure that breast cancer survivors receive the information they need to be aware of cardiovascular problems that may result from chemotherapy or radiation. Early diagnoses tend to lead to better prognoses.
Bui earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She works as a staff nurse in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit at UAB Hospital, where she has developed a passion for supporting long term ICU patients. She hopes to one day develop a group that helps these patients and their families cope with the emotional aspects of long-term stays in an ICU. She is particularly interested in working with the families of patients using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and ECMO patients during their bridge to heart and/or lung transplant recovery.
Anna Hoenig, BSN, RN
Anna Hoenig, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in improving neurocognitive functioning, particularly in traumatic brain injury patients with pre-existing conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a staff nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, AL.