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;
- 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.
UAB School of Nursing Honors ProgramThe 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.
EligibilityStudents 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
ApplicationTo 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.
RequirementsHonors 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)
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:
- 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 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
- 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.
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.
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