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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.

AMNP 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. Phase I is not distance accessible, whereas Phase II may be distance accessible depending on your master’s specialty option.

Printable PDF Factsheet 


Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway

AMNP Overview


Phase I-The Pre-licensure Phase:

Phase I consists encompasses 12 months of full time study in which
Combs BryanthumbnailBryan Combs, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNL, ATC 
MSN 2010
FNP 2012

"The AMNP was the best option for me to adjust my career path...This program allowed me to be at the bedside caring for patients within one year as I continued to work on my master’s in nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty."

Read more about why Bryan chose the UAB School of Nursing

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 the Student Success Office near the UAB Learning Resource Center (LRC). If you need directions, click Here.

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), 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, 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.


The master's program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.