Post-BSN to DNP Pathway for Nurse Practitioners

The BSN to DNP Pathway prepares nurse clinicians, leaders and aspiring administrators to achieve the highest level of practice expertise through advanced clinical skill and leadership development. Graduates are equipped to translate evidence into practice and lead health care change, making difference in health outcomes for all.

The BSN to DNP Pathway:

  • is for nurses who have completed the BSN degree or its equivalent.
  • is offered in a part-time, distance-accessible format designed for working nurses to be able keep working while they are in school.
  • is eligible for tuition assistance.
  • combines the DNP core curriculum with advanced practice core, support and specialty courses that include both didactic and clinical practicum coursework.
  • prepares graduates to sit for certification in their advanced practice specialty area.
  • Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track Options include:
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
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Admission Requirements

Prospective students must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • A BSN from a regionally accredited institution, equivalent to that offered by UAB School of Nursing.
  • Possess an unencumbered/unrestricted license to practice nursing in the state where coursework will be completed (didactic and clinical). Both UAB and the School of Nursing must have current authorization to operate in the state.
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale either cumulatively or on the last 60 semester credit hours.
  • Students with than a 3.2 GPA (last 60 hours undergraduate GPA or overall undergraduate GPA) are required to complete and submit scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), GMAT, or MAT. A combined score of 297 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or a score of 410 on the MAT or a 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. For more information on the Test Score Waiver process click here.
  • Applicants should submit an official transcript from every college or university they have ever attended (even if for only one semester). Transcripts may be emailed electronically by the issuing institution to the UAB Graduate School at or mailed to:
    • UAB Graduate School
      LHL G03
      1720 2nd Ave. S.
      Birmingham, AL 35294-0013
  • Three (3) letters of professional reference attesting to the applicant’s potential for graduate study.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
  • If admitted to the DNP program, students must show proof of completion of a descriptive statistics course, equivalent to UAB’s MA-180, before starting the program.


State Regulations Governing Distance Programs

Out-of-state applicants to any of our distance-accessible programs should become familiar with their state’s regulations governing distance accessible programs. Prospective students residing in states other than Alabama should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to students enrolled in out-of-state programs and are planning to conduct UABSON distance education in their home state. Only those students who reside in Alabama or those states where the UAB School of Nursing programs are available will be eligible to receive an offer of admission.

More information is available at the State Approval Website for Online Degree Programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Application for Admission/Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Entry Date: Fall 2021
Deadline: February 19, 2021
Entry Date: Summer 2022
Deadline: October 12, 2021
The UAB Graduate School will be transitioning to a new graduate application system starting summer 2022. We expect the new application to open up between May 15 – June 1, 2021

To Start the Application Process

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Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Post-BSN to DNP Pathway for Nurse Practitioners, students will be able to:

  • Synthesize scientific evidence for the development of clinical interventions for practice.
  • Evaluate policy, healthcare delivery, and organizational systems for current and future health care needs.
  • Translate scientific, theoretical, and ethical principles into healthcare for individuals, families, and populations.
  • Incorporate knowledge of current and emerging health technologies to improve healthcare delivery and organizational systems.
  • Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in healthcare.
  • Demonstrate intra- and inter-professional collaboration to address health disparities and to improve the quality of healthcare across diverse populations and cultures.
  • Assume complex leadership roles to advance clinical practice and healthcare delivery at the organizational and systems level and to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations.

Program of Study

Students are expected to follow the program of study.1,2

Year 1
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
1NUR 737Q Interdisciplinary Leadership and Role Development3
NUR 740Q Health Policy and Politics3
2NUR 731Q Philosophical, Theoretical, and Conceptual Foundations3
NUR 745Q Foundation for Scholarly Writing3
3NUR 735Q Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 733Q Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice3
Total Credit Hours18
Year 2
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
4NUR 612Q Advanced Pathophysiology3
NUR 700Q Clinical Data Management and Analysis3
5NUR 613Q Pharmacology and Therapeutics3
NUR 729Q Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation3
6NUR 614Q Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning3
NUR 743Q Evidence-Based Practice Strategies3
NXX 618QL Focus on Practice Specialization3
Total Credit Hours21
Year 3
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
7NXX 721Q Advanced Nursing I5
NXX 785QL Practicum I3
NUR 742Q Program Evaluation Methods3
8NXX 722Q Advanced Nursing II4
NXX786QL Practicum II3
NUR 738Q Project Seminar3
9NXX 723Q Advanced Nursing III5
NXX 792QL Residency4
NUR 739Q DNP Project2
Total Credit Hours32
Year 4
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
10NUR 739Q DNP Project5
NUR 701Q Writing for Publication3
Total Credit Hours8

1All students are required to attend an annual On-Campus Intensive.
2Program of Study is subject to change.

Tuition and Fees

  • The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2020-2021 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 a number of factors including state of residence, the number of credits taken in a semester, and whether the student attends class live or through a distance-accessible format. Fees vary by program and course.
Tuition and Fees
UAB School of Nursing 2020-2021
Charge ($)
Charge ($)
DNP Coursework (in classroom per semester hour)5721,363
DNP Coursework (distance-accessible format per semester hour)656656
Fees - UAB School of NursingCost ($)
Educational Support and Technology Fee (per course)235
Other Related Expenses (Estimated)Cost ($)
Travel/Lodging to Annual On-Campus DNP Intensive (annual estimate)800
Books and supplies (estimate per term)600
Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee1 (estimate per month)200
Background Check (annual estimate)88
1May be waived with documented proof of equal or greater coverage

Funding Your Education

UAB Financial Aid and Scholarships

Information on Financial Aid, University Scholarships and other funding opportunities is available at:

UAB Office of Financial AID
Phone: (205) 934-4011

UAB School of Nursing Scholarships

  • The School of Nursing at UAB has an excellent scholarship program that provides financial support to Alabama’s best and brightest nursing students.
  • Currently, the School’s scholarship portfolio consists of 76 endowed scholarships and 3 active sponsored scholarships.
  • The school currently has an $10.1 million endowed fund that supports nursing scholarships annually.
  • Scholarships are awarded twice a year – spring and fall semesters. The scholarship application process is simple. One application is needed to be considered for all undergraduate or graduate scholarships.
  • Application and additional information can be found at

For Information about School of Nursing Scholarships, Contact:

Photo: Stephanie Hamberger
Director of Student Engagement,
Recruitment, and Scholarships
Office of Student Success

Fellowship, Traineeship, and Other Funding for Graduate Programs

There are a limited number of Graduate Fellowships and Traineeships that are awarded through the UAB School of Nursing that require students to meet specific requirements, and are only awarded when funds are available. When such funds are available in a particular program, students enrolled in the program will be notified and provided information on how to apply. Contact Pam Kelley (email:, for more information.

Nurse Faculty Loan

Federal Nurse Faculty Loan Funds are available to all DNP students who intend to assume a faculty position in a school of nursing upon completion of the degree. These funds are limited to payment of tuition and fees and other reasonable educational expenses. Contact JoeAnn Kennedy (email:, for more information.

Information for International Students

NOTE: Prospective International students must first contact UAB International Admissions to determine eligibility to study in the U.S. and/or submit an application for admission to UAB.

UAB International Admissions
Phone: (205) 934-4686
Fax: (205) 934-8664

The table below provides information on eligibility requirements for the International Students.

F1 or J1 Visa AcceptableNot Eligible
College DegreeX - BSN Equivalent
Foreign Transcripts EvaluatedX
English ProficiencyX
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)X
Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the U.S.X
X = Requirement must be completed or condition met

Application Requirements

  • Prospective students must have a bachelors degree in nursing equivalent to that offered by a U.S. regionally accredited educational institution.
  • For Graduate Clinical Programs such as the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program, prospective students must also be licensed as a registered nurse in the U.S., in the state in which they will reside while completing the program.
  • International applicants must, as part of their application, provide a detailed course by course evaluation of their academic transcripts and verification of their academic credentials. Students may use one of the following firms for transcript evaluation; a report of the evaluation must be submitted directly to the UAB School of Nursing prior to admission decisions.
    • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
      P.O. Box 514070
      Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA
    • World Education Services
      Bowling Green Station
      P.O. Box 5087
      New York, NY 10274-5087 USA
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on prior college/university course work.
  • Applicants must complete and submit their scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as part of the application process. If the GRE was completed prior to application, only scores completed within the previous 5 years are accepted.
  • Completion of a formal admission interview.
  • Meet English language requirements. Students must submit scores on Tests of English Language (TOEFL or IELTS) and achieve the following minimum scores:
    • TOEFL iBT 80 and minimum of 18 in each of the 4 test sections, or
    • IELTS 6.5 and minimum of 6.0 in at least 2 of the 4 test sections.

For More Information Contact:

UAB International Admissions
Phone: (205) 934-4686
Fax: (205) 934-8664