BSN Early Entry Option for Advanced Placement Students

 
The 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.

Selection

 
The 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.


Criteria

 
Applicants 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 Process

 
By the posted deadlines, all applicants must:
  • Complete the admission application through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions;
  • Complete the BSN Early Entry Option Application;
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a high school administrator, counselor or teacher describing your suitability for a career in nursing;
  • Write a one-page essay on your selection of nursing as a career and your future professional goals;
  • Submit an official high school transcript;
  • Submit official ACT or SAT scores.
*Students with an ACT of 28 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.

UAB School of Nursing Honors Program

 
The UAB School of Nursing Honors Program provides unique experiential learning opportunities in research where students are introduced to basic research concepts and provided the opportunity to complete defined research activities as part of a faculty research team. Students will have the opportunity to explore the role and career path of a nurse scientist. All undergraduate nursing students are eligible to apply for admission to the Nursing Honors Program, including BSN and RN-BSN Mobility students.

Eligibility

 
Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for acceptance into the Nursing Honors Program:
  • A minimum 3.40 GPA in BSN Foundation courses
  • A minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA for courses completed at UAB and at other Universities

Application

 
To apply for admission to the UAB School of Nursing Honors Program, interested students must:
  • Complete and submit the Honors Program Application Form
  • Write a one-page essay on how the Honors Program will contribute to the achievement of your future professional goals
  • Complete an interview with an Honors Program Selection Committee

All application materials are reviewed in the process of selection of Nursing Honors Program participants.

Requirements 

 
Honors Program participants must:
    • Maintain a minimum overall UAB GPA of 3.00, and a minimum 3.25 GPA in completed nursing coursework
    • Complete the required six credit hours of Nursing Honors Program Courses (NUR 450, NUR 451, and NUR 452)

Special Recognition

 

Students who successfully complete the Nursing Honors Program will receive a certificate of acknowledgement at the UAB Honors Convocation and will graduate “With Honors in Nursing.” Students who participate in both the UAB Honors Program and the School of Nursing Honors program will graduate “With University Honors in Nursing.”

For More Information:

Angela Jukkala, PhD, RN
Honors in Nursing Coordinator
205.996.6136 |  jukkalaa@uab.edu 

      We acknowledge the Endowed Fund that provides support to the Nursing Honors Program that was established by Celia A. Wallace on February 4, 2005 to honor Kristen Celia and Gerald Leon Wallace, Jr.

UAB Dean's Nursing Scholars

 
The 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


    Application Process

     
        All applications must be submitted by the posted deadline. All applicants must:

        • Complete the admission application through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions
        • Complete the UAB Nursing Scholars application
        • Submit one letter of recommendation from a high school administrator, counselor or teacher describing your suitability for a career in nursing
        • Write a one-page essay on your selection of nursing as a career and your future professional goals
        • Submit an official high school transcript
        • Submit official ACT or ACT scores

    Applicants with an ACT score of 28 or higher should select the 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.

     

    Application deadline is December 1 for priority consideration, and applications will be accepted through May 1 of a student’s senior year of high school, on a space available basis.

     

Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway

The Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway (AMNP) provides an option for students who have a bachelor's degree or higher in a field other than nursing and are not registered nurses, to pursue a nursing degree. It has been developed in response to the growing need for well-educated, highly skilled professionals who can manage complexity within clinical environments. This unique category of students is eligible for master's level admission to this graduate program once prerequisite nursing foundation course requirements are met.

The Program is divided into two phases: (I) the Pre-licensure phase and (II) the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), specialty phase. Students in the Phase I must be prepared to dedicate 40 hours or more a week to the coursework and clinical for this program. Students find that it is not feasible for them to work while completing Phase I of this program. Phase I is not a distance accessible program, whereas Phase II may be distance accessible depending on your master’s specialty option.

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Accelerated Master's In Nursing Pathway Overview

 

Phase I-The Pre-licensure Phase:

Phase I consists of 50 Credits and 1395 contact hours. It encompasses 12 months of full time study in which students complete the required courses and clinical experiences equivalent to a BSN degree and are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse. Phase I will be an intense learning experience and students will emerge with the knowledge and skills required to function as a registered nurse. Upon successful completion of Phase I requirements, the UAB University Registrar will send a certified letter to the Alabama Board of Nursing stating that students have successfully completed requirements equivalent to a BSN degree, without a BSN degree being awarded, and are eligible to take the National Certification Licensure Exam for RNs (NCLEX-RN). Students who successfully complete the NCLEX-RN may apply for licensure and for employment as a Registered Nurse.

Phase II-The Master of Science Specialty Phase:

Phase II consists of four or more semesters of part time study via distance education through the School of Nursing and clinical work as a registered nurse. The typical programs of study are listed on each of the specialty track’s individual Fact Sheet. To see the list of all MSN specialty Tracks, go to the UABSON MSN site. The spring admission into a master’s specialty track will provide you with an estimate length to complete your Master of Science in Nursing degree. Successful completion of Phase II leads to a Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) with eligibility to take a board certification exam in most specialties. 

 

Information Session

 

There is an AMNP information session each Wednesday from noon-1 p.m. Check in at Room 1002 in the UAB School of Nursing Building, 1701 University Blvd. 


Doctoral Education

 

A Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) from UAB 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 to prepare graduates to practice at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care or nursing education; or the School’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program, which prepares nurses as scholars, leaders and researchers who will make a substantive contribution to the body of knowledge for the discipline of nursing and thereby improve health outcomes for those who receive nursing care.


For more information:

Jennan Phillips, PhD, RN
Program Director
205.996.9829 |  japhil@uab.edu 

 

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