Why the AMNP?

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. 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 has been developed in response to the growing need for well-educated, highly skilled professionals who can manage complexity within clinical environments. Upon completion of the pre-licensure phase of the program, students apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Students may work as an RN while completing requirements for the MSN degree.

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. 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. Only after successful completion of a board certification exam may the RN use the corresponding designation as part of their professional title.


Program Fact sheet




AMNP Information Session

Every Wednesday
Noon to 1:00 p.m. 

Check-in at room 1002 of the Nursing Building 


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


Admission Requirements  

Requirements for admission in good standing for the AMNP degree include the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (graduates of baccalaureate degree programs in countries other than the United States must have their baccalaureate degree transcripts evaluated by the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. organization)
  • Combined score of 1,000 or a combined score of 297 (new exam) on verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or score of 410 on the MAT or score of 480 on the GMAT. Test scores submitted to UAB from the GRE, GMAT, or MAT must not be more than five years old. International students must achieve a TOEFL examination score of at least 500
  • Click GRE/GMAT/MAT Waiver Process for degree-seeking MSN students for more information.
  • Completion of AMNP foundation courses


Application Requirements


Three Letters of professional reference attesting to the applicant's potential for graduate study


AMNP Foundation Courses
Courses Credit Hours Courses Credit Hours

BY115 Human Anatomy


BY116 Human Physiology


BY261 Microbiology


CH105/106 Inorganic Chemistry


CH107/108 Chemistry *


MA105 or 110 Pre-calculus or Finite Math


PY212 Developmental Psychology


NTR222 Nutrition


Descriptive Statistics


(*Applies only to students who take microbiology at UAB; otherwise may take any 2nd science with a lab excluding geology or astronomy)

  • Minimum required score on one of the following standardized admission tests: MAT 410; GMAT 480; or GRE combined score of 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative sections
  • Submission of application by published deadline with fee


For International Students:

Along with the requirements listed above, international students will also have to: 

  • Prospective international students are asked to first contact International Recruitment and Student Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (205), 934-3328, FAX 934-8664 to determine eligibility in order to submit an application into any academic program
  • Have all foreign transcripts evaluated by the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc OR the World Education Services, sent from the evaluators directly to the School of Nursing
  • Have earned a degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited educational institution in the United States
  • Score of 500 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL
  • Achieve a standardized test score of at least a minimum combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).


Entry Date      Deadline       Notes
Spring 2015 Sep 18, 2014  Bachelor’s degree and prerequisites must be complete prior to starting spring term.


Scholarships & Financial Aid

The School of Nursing at UAB has excellent scholarship, traineeship, fellowship and loan programs in which many students participate.


Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2013-2014 academic year. Tuition and fees and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE annually based on approval from the University of Alabama Board of Trustees and/or university. The estimates below are based on the costs listed at the UAB Office of Planning and Analysis Web site (Tuition and Fees). Each student’s costs will vary depending upon state of residence, the number of credits taken in a semester, whether the student attends class live or through distance-accessible class, and several other factors. Fees vary with program or type of student, and certain fees may be waived.



Tuition and Presidential Fees School of Nursing (SON) Cost ($)
Graduate SON (in-state, Each semester hour) 457
Graduate SON (out-of-state, Each semester hour) 1074
University Tuition (per semester) 207
Total cost for Tuition  = University Tuition + (Undergraduate SON tuition cost per semester hour x total number of semester hours for that semester)
Fees - School of Nursing
Cost ($)
Undergraduate and Graduate—Online Fee per each online course (per course if the course is designated with a ‘Q’ in the section code, e.g. NUR 601 QL ) 250
For all courses designated with a 'L' in the course number, e.g. NUR 355L, a Lab and Assessment Fee will apply. The fees are listed below.) 
Lab Fee (per clinical course) 50
Assessment Fee (per clinical course) 150
Campus Dining Fee (undergraduate only) (flat fee per semester—excluding the summer term—for students taking 12 or more hours) 225
Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee (per year)** 1,776
Student Dental Fee (per term)** 39
Special Fees Paid (When Applicable) Cost ($)
Graduation Fee 50
Expenses (Estimated) Cost ($)
Uniforms (undergraduate and AMNP students)* 300
Books and supplies (per term) 500
Lab Kit (undergraduate, upon admission)* 200
Electronic handheld device (one-time fee; select programs—BSN, AMNP, MSN)* 350
Room and Board (on campus, per term, cost varies depending on dorm) 2,700
* These must be purchased upon initial enrollment in the School of Nursing and should be planned for in student budgets.
** May be waived with proof of equal or greater coverage that can be documented.




Program Outcomes

  • Synthesize research, theoretical formulations, and principles of scientific inquiry to provide evidence-based practice.
  • Assume leadership in managing and evaluating continuous quality-improvement processes.
  • Use information systems/technology to evaluate programs of care, outcomes of care, and care systems.
  • Advocate and implement health-care policies that improve access, equity, efficiency, and social justice in the delivery of health care.
  • Design innovative educational programs for patients, nursing staff, and nursing students using teaching and learning principles.
  • Provide ethical, culturally sensitive care in an advanced nursing role independently and collaboratively with professionals from multiple disciplines.
  • Monitor the quality of one's own nursing practice based on professional practice standards and relevant statutes and regulations.
  • Apply theories and principles of marketing, economics, consultation, management, and leadership to comprehensively perform an advanced nursing role.



Q: How are my prerequisites evaluated as part of my transcript review?
A: Once you have submitted your application to the School of Nursing, one of our AMNP course coordinators reviews your transcripts and determines the courses you will need to complete.

Q: What is the length of the program?
A: The entire program can be completed in three years. The first year, or three semesters will prepare the student to take the RN certification exam, NCLEX. The second year completes the master’s level course work in an advanced nursing specialty.

Q: What are the advanced specialties?
A: The advanced specialties are listed on the Master of Nursing fact sheets. (Currently AMNP students are not eligible for the Nurse Anesthesia specialty track. Additionally, the neonatal specialty track requires two years of neonatal nursing expereince and is not recommended as a specialty track option.)

Q: What are the employment opportunities after graduation?
A: Once you complete the first-year course work and successfully pass the certification exam, NCLEX, you may begin work as a staff nurse in Alabama.

Q: Why should a student choose the AMNP program over the BSN for second-degree?
A: Although the first year of the AMNP program is demanding and usually does not leave much time for outside activities, you will be able to sit for your RN licensure exa and begin working as a nurse, while you complete the second phase of the program. Additionally, you will be earning a graduate level degree and many students with a bachleors degree have used most or all of their Federal funding at the undergraduate level, where the AMNP degree allows the student to used their graduate level Federal funding.

Q: Can I work while in the program?
A: Most students find that the demands of the course, especially during the first semester, does not allow for outside activities. Some student may be able to balance a few hours of part-time work during the first three semester. Once you enter Phase II the program is designed for a working nurse to complete the advanced specialty courses.

Q: How can I get more information about the AMNP option?

A: The School of Nursing holds informational sessions covering the AMNP application process every Wednesday from noon to 1 pm.  Check-in at room 1002 in the School of Nursing building.


Contact Us




Program Director
Amy Brooks, MSN, RN

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General information about
the application process
please contact:

Program Manager

Jacqueline Lavier, M.Ed

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