Veterans CAN!

The UAB School of Nursing offers a special initiative, Veterans Career Advancement in Nursing (Veterans CAN!), through a grant from the Health Research Services Administration (HRSA), to veterans, active duty, reservists, and those in the national guard to transition into a professional nursing career and earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing.  We also support the NECP program.

Fact Sheet


BSN Fact Sheet




  • Increase diversity of the professional nursing workforce
  • Recognize the experience and training of veterans who desire a career in nursing
  • Prepare BSN graduates who will be equipped to provide high quality care to rural and underserved populations in Alabama and surrounding states


  • Conditional acceptance into the BSN nursing program while completing prerequisites
  • Opportunity for academic credit with successful validation of skills
  • Dedicated advisors and mentors


  • Shadowing experiences
  • Simulation experiences
  • Peer support group
  • VCAN skills/study room
  • NCLEX-RN preparation



  • A veteran, currently serving on active duty, a Reservist, or a National Guard
  • Career goal of becoming a professional Registered Nurse
  • Provide a copy of DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
  • Completion of a minimum of 4 pre-requisite nursing courses with at least a 2.75 GPA

*Training and experience over 5 years will require a waiver and additional validation process

Getting Started


  • Students may apply to Veterans CAN! after completing a minimum of 4 pre-requisite courses with a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA to remain in the pre-nursing Veterans CAN!
  • All Veterans CAN! pre-nursing students must complete a separate application to UAB and apply to the UAB School of Nursing BSN program using the same process/deadline as all BSN applicants

Pre-Nursing Course Requirements


To view the pre-nursing course requirements please click here



To view VCAN! FAQs, please click here



To view VCAN! photos, click here

Contact Us


Kristi Smith
Veterans CAN! Program Manager

“This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under award number  1 UF1HP26483-01-00,
"Veterans to BSN Program". This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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