About Our School

Dean Harper 40 RT            Doreen C. Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN,
        Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing
Welcome to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing. Professional nursing continues to be a rewarding lifetime career with many opportunities for advancement. As the challenges and demands in health care intensify, the demand for an educated nursing workforce increases. Since 1950, the UAB School of Nursing has been building on a vision to sustain nursing leadership worldwide.

The UAB School of Nursing is an outstanding choice for pursuing your education as the next step in developing yourself as a nursing leader:

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a city campus with rich academic, health, cultural, athletic and recreational resources;
  • An innovative interdisciplinary research university and world-renowned academic health center, UAB is ranked fifth in the world for its collaborative science and clinical work in the areas of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions, optometry and public health;
  • UAB is engaged with the community in discovering and applying the latest research and evidence to promote the highest quality and best clinical care for patients and their families;
  • The UAB School of Nursing is ranked among the top 10 public nursing schools nationwide, by U.S. News and World Report;
  • The UAB School of Nursing is home to leading nurse scientists and interprofessional researchers with funded studies in oncology, pediatrics, minority health, international nursing, HIV/AIDS care, occupational health, and aging and palliative care.
The UAB School of Nursing offers innovative bachelor'smaster's, and doctoral programs. Among these are the state’s premier and most honored PhD in Nursing degree and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree which offers BSN, MSN and Nurse Anesthesia Pathways, more than 15 specialty and subspecialty nurse practitioner tracks, dual degree options, advanced nursing executive majors in administration and informatics, and an Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway (AMNP) program for students who already have one degree. Some courses are taught completely in a distance-accessible format, where students can complete course requirements without traveling to the campus and some courses have online content combined with live, on-campus sessions.

The UAB School of Nursing offers students opportunities to learn and investigate with interprofessional faculty and student teams from nursing, medicine, dentistry, health professions, public health and optometry. Students and faculty have options for substantial scholarships, fellowships and grant awards to support undergraduate and graduate study. 

Through the school’s Pan American World Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for International Nursing and the Sparkman Center for Global Health, students and faculty are exposed to interdisciplinary clinical and research opportunities on UAB's campus and across the globe. Students and faculty find their work is strengthened through partnerships with one of America’s best academic health-science centers, presenting exceptional clinical resources and experiences. UAB’s nursing legacy is found in the more than 16,000 alumni who live and work throughout the United States and the world. Our graduates serve as expert clinicians, executive nurse leaders, deans and directors of nursing programs, nurse scientists, faculty, advanced-practice registered nurses, university presidents, board members and other professional leaders.

The UAB School of Nursing is committed to your success. Here you will have the opportunity to excel in professional and advanced nursing in UAB’s academic health center using the latest learning systems, as well as team and clinical simulation training.

Join our inspiring, collegial faculty and our talented alumni leaders who are vested in helping you become a compassionate nursing leader who contributes to improving the health and quality of care for individuals, families and populations.

Doreen C. Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing