Veterans CAN! Program

The UAB School of Nursing is offering a special program, Veterans Career Advancement in Nursing Program (Veterans CAN!), through the Health Research Services Administration (HRSA), to veterans who served as a LPN or medic/corpsman in the military to transition into a professional nursing career and earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

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Program Overview


  • 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 


    • Professional and Peer Mentors
    • Shadowing Experiences
    • Simulation Experiences
    • Peer Study Groups
    • Bridge Course
    • Online Social Network
    • NCLEX-RN Preparation

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing at UAB is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

“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.



  • Career goal of becoming a professional Registered Nurse
  • Served as LPN or medic /corpsman in the military within the last 5 years*
  • 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

Getting Started

  • Students may apply to the Veterans CAN! program 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! program.  
  • All Veterans CAN! pre-nursing students must apply to the UAB School of Nursing BSN program using the same process/deadline as all BSN applicants.
  • For information about pre-requisite requirements, please view the BSN Fact Sheet located here:

Pre-Nursing Course Requirements

Pre-Nursing Course Requirements

To view the pre-nursing course requirements please click here

Contact US

Contact Us

Kristi Smith

Veterans CAN! Program Manager


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