Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Baccalaureate preparation in nursing is the basic educational level for entry into professional nursing practice. This foundational education includes both academic and professional nursing courses that provide a base for clinical competence and informed judgments about health and patient care in a variety of settings.
These settings include, but are not limited to, home/community agencies, outpatient/ambulatory care, and hospital-based practice ranging from chronic to high acuity. Baccalaureate nursing education builds upon knowledge acquired from the humanities and biological, physical, social, and behavioral sciences. By engaging in state-of-the-art technologies, simulations, and other teaching strategies, the graduate is prepared to care for families and individuals of all ages. The integration of principles of nursing research and principles of leadership and management also assist the graduate to function as an informed member of an interdisciplinary health team. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse (RN).
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BSN StudentsTraditional Student
- First-time college students who complete the first two years at UAB and then apply for admission to the School of Nursing for the upper-division nursing curriculum
- Work with an assigned UAB Pre-Nursing Advisor during the first two years at the university
- Students who complete their prerequisites at UAB are eligible for priority consideration for admission to the upper-division nursing curriculum
- Students who transfer from another university or two-year community college and complete all foundation and prerequisite courses elsewhere, then apply first to UAB and then to the School of Nursing for the upper-division nursing major
- BSN foundational and general studies courses are the same as those taken by students who complete all course work at UAB
- Two separate applications are required: one to the university and the second to the School of Nursing
- Students in this option will be assigned a UAB Pre-Nursing Advisor who will assist them in determining eligibility for application into the upper-division nursing major
- Go to the Transfer Students page to learn more
- Students who have completed a previous undergraduate degree outside of the nursing discipline and who meet the UAB criteria for regular undergraduate admission
- Applicants must have at least a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing major that was earned at an accredited school or university, and the first degree must have been based upon at least 120 semester hours of earned credit
- Students in this option must first apply to UAB where they are assigned a UAB Pre-Nursing Advisor who will assist them in determining eligibility for application to the upper-division major
Special InitiativesThe Dean’s Nursing Scholar
This initiative 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
- Click here to learn more about The Dean's Nursing Scholars
The BSN Early Entry Option for Advanced Placement Students
This initiative 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. Click here to learn about The 3.5 Year Plan. Note that application is limited to students who meet the criteria and have been selected as a Dean’s Nursing Scholar.
The UAB School of Nursing Honors
This iniative 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. Click here to learn more about the Nursing Honors initiative.
An academic advisor is the first person of contact a student reaches out to with questions regarding their education. Upon admission to UAB, each student is assigned an advisor on their BlazerNet page, and pre-nursing advisors are located in the School of Nursing. Click here to learn more.
Advisors are available by appointment in-person, by phone and by email. Students who wish to discuss detailed or complex topics (such as registration planning, lifting advisor holds, declaring majors, etc.) should schedule an appointment.