Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway

The Accelerated Masters in Nursing Pathway (AMNP) is an entry level nursing pathway for individuals with bachelor’s degrees (or higher) in a non-nursing field who desire a career change to nursing.

The accelerated curriculum provides pre-licensure course work leading to a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in only three semesters.

Course work and clinical learning experiences are completed on campus.

Graduates of the AMNP pathway are eligible to sit for the National Certification Licensure Exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) and become a registered nurse.

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AMNP Admission Requirements

Prospective students must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university.
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Combined score of 297 on the 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. For more information on the Test Score Waiver process click here.
  • Completion of AMNP foundation/pre-requisite courses (table below) with at least a 3.0 GPA and a “C” or better in each course.
BY 115 Human Anatomy24
BY 261 Microbiology4
BY 116 Human Physiology24
CH 105/106 Intro to Chemistry I4
CH 107/108 Intro to Chemistry II14
PY 212 Developmental Psychology3
Descriptive Statistics3
MA 105 Pre-Calculus
MA 110 Finite Math
NTR 222 Nutrition3
1Only applies to students who take microbiology at UAB; otherwise students may take any other science with a lab excluding Geology or Astronomy.
2Anatomy and Physiology coursework must have been taken within the last 7 years.
  • Check the equivalency of transfer credit at UAB .
  • Three letters of professional reference attesting to the applicant's potential for graduate study.
  • 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 to or mailed to:
    • UAB Graduate School
      LHL G03
      1720 2nd Ave. S.
      Birmingham, AL 35294-0013
  • A personal interview.
  • Submission of application by published deadline with fee.
  • Submission of application published deadline with fee. For those applying to the Priority Deadline, all application documents must be received by June 1. Consideration will be given to a limited number of fully qualified applicants. Applicants must at a minimum have met the stated admission requirements and completed a significant portion or all of the prerequisite coursework. Priority applicants may be selected for an interview, moved to the regular fall review, or denied an offer of admission.


Application for Admission/Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Entry Date: Spring 2023
Priority Deadline1: June 1, 2022
Regular Deadline: September 6, 2022

1For those applying to the Priority Deadline, all application documents must be received by June 1. Consideration will be given to a limited number of fully qualified applicants. Applicants must at a minimum have met the stated admission requirements and completed a significant portion or all of the prerequisite coursework. Priority applicants may be selected for an interview, moved to the regular fall review, or denied an offer of admission.

AMNP Outcomes

Upon completion of the Accelerated Masters in Nursing Pathway, students will be able to:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Program of Study

The program of study for the AMNP is accelerated and can be completed in three semesters.

Graduates are qualified to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam at which time they may apply for employment as a professional nurse.

Year One - First Term: Spring Credit Hours
NUR 520 Foundational Competencies for the Professional Nurse 3 hours
NUR 521L Foundational Skills for the Professional Nurse 3 hours
NUR 526 Adult Health Nursing I: Managing Chronic & Episodic Health Cond. 2 hours
NUR 527L Nursing Practicum with Adults I 2 hours
NUR 524 Pharmacology for AMNP 3 hours
NUR 528 Pathophysiology for AMNP 2 hours
NUR 522 Mental Health Nursing 3 hours
Total Credit Hours 18
Year One - Second Term: Summer Credit Hours
NUR 556 Adult Health Nursing II: Managing Acute Health Conditions 4 hours
NUR 537L Nursing Practicum with Adults II 3 hours
NUR 552 Nursing Care of Women and Children 4 hours
NUR 553L Nursing Practicum with Women and Children 2 hours
NUR 538 Pathophysiology for AMNP II 2 hours
NUR 542 Health Promotion, Prevention, Population, and Policy 3 hours
NUR 559Q Concepts of Transitional Care Coordination 4 hours
Total Credit Hours 22
Year One - Third Term: Fall Credit Hours
NUR 546 Adult Health Nursing III: Managing Complex Health Conditions 2 hours
NUR 549 Synthesis Review Course 1 hours
NUR 551L Nursing Practicum with Vulnerable Populations 2 hours
NUR 550 Professional Leadership and Role Transition 4 hours
NUR 558L Clinical Synthesis and Role Immersion 5 hours
NUR 519Q Evidence-Based Nursing and Health Care Technology 4 hours
Total Credit Hours 18

Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2022-2023 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.

Each student’s costs will vary depending upon a number of factors including state of residence, the number of credits taken in a semester, or 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 (SON) 2022-2023
Charge ($)
Charge ($)
AMNP Coursework (classroom; each semester hour) 595 1,418
Fees - UAB School of Nursing Cost ($)
Educational Support and Technology Fee (per course) 235
Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee (per month) 2 200
Expenses (Estimated) Cost ($)
Uniforms 1 350
Books and supplies (estimate per term) 600
Lab Kit 1 225
Smart Phone or Electronic handheld device to access internet 1 350
Room and Board (on campus, per term, cost varies depending on dorm) 3,600
Background Check (annual estimate) 88
1 These must be purchased upon initial enrollment in the School of Nursing and should be planned for in student budgets.
2 May 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 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:

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Stephanie Hamberger, MPA
Director of Student Engagement, Recruitment and Scholarships
(205) 934-5483

Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows

The Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows is a graduate fellowship program for Peace Corps Volunteers admitted to the Accelerated Masters in Nursing Pathway (AMNP):

  • The AMNP is specially designed for individuals desiring to enter a nursing career who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field.
  • The full-time program of study can be completed within four semesters; in the 4th semester students sit for the NCLEX-RN exam required for licensure and may begin working as a licensed registered nurse.
  • Students graduate at the end of the 4th semester with a master’s of science in nursing degree (MSN).

The Peace Corps Graduate Fellows Appointment Qualifies Students for:

  • the in-state tuition rate.
  • a one-time scholarship of $5,000
  • the opportunity to apply for other scholarships available to AMNP students.
  • Application Form

Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows at UAB will:

  • Participate in the translation of their global experience to advance the Peace Corps’ third goal “to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans” by engaging in meaningful experiences with underserved communities in the Greater Birmingham area.
  • Partner with community organizations to provide opportunities for students to address selected community or population health problems through their clinical practicum experiences in the AMNP.
  • Fellows will address two major health issues during these community experiences: reduction of health disparities and preparing the nursing workforce to impact health disparities.
  • Have opportunities to work and collaborate with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers residing in the Greater Birmingham area on community projects targeting underserved populations with health disparities.
  • Learn in a dynamic environment with access to populations with health disparities that impact both urban and rural populations.
  • Be mentored by a faculty who has both served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and entered nursing via the Accelerated Masters in Nursing Pathway.

For more information, contact:

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Karmie Johnson, DNP, CRNP
Peace Corps Fellows Coordinator
(205) 975-4295

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 AMNP Program.

F1 or J1 Visa Acceptable 
College DegreeX - Bachelors Equivalent
Foreign Transcripts Evaluated**X
English ProficiencyX
U.S. RN License 
X = Requirement must be completed or condition met

Application Requirements

  • Prospective students must have a bachelors degree in a non-nursing field equivalent to that offered by a U.S. regionally accredited educational institution.
  • 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.