MSN Nurse Practitioner Pathway


The UAB School of Nursing MSN Nurse Practitioner Pathway equips nurses for advanced nursing practice roles in nine different nurse practitioner specialties. Nurse Practitioners are critical providers in the health care system, filling the growing need for providers to address the complexity of care needed by patients, an aging population, and growing disparities in care among populations.

Nurse practitioners care for patients in a variety of settings, including private practices, clinics, hospitals and community agencies. Their work also can go beyond bedside care, helping solve real-world health care issues by working collaboratively with other health care professionals to address changing health care needs across communities. Graduates are prepared to apply to sit for certification in their chosen specialty.

The Pathway is offered in a distance accessible format that combines on-line dialectic coursework with on-campus intensives. During the last four semesters of the program, students are required to participate in four on-campus intensives.

Two of the School's nine specialities are ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2023: Family Nurse Practitioner 7th and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 7th.

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  • Family Nurse Practitioner

    Graduates of the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Specialty are educated to care for individuals and families across the lifespan. As advanced primary care specialists, Family Nurse Practitioners diagnose and manage commonly occurring episodic and chronic health problems while promoting health and wellness for individuals, families and communities.

    To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the curriculum is offered via a part-time program of study delivered through a distance accessible format that combines synchronous online classes with on-campus intensives, where students participate in planned laboratory and simulation experiences designed to promote mastery of essential skill sets.

    The curriculum is accomplished through 45 credit hours of course work, with 35 credit hours of didactic coursework and 10 credit hours of clinical practica, that is completed in six or seven successive semesters depending on the semester of entry.

    For more information, contact:

    Sample Program of Study1,2

    Year 1
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    1NUR 737 Interprofessional Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence3
    NUR 612 Advanced Pathophysiology3
    2NUR 735 – Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing3
    NUR 613 Pharmacology and Therapeutics3
    3NUR 729 – Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation3
    NUR 614 Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Nursing Practice3
    NFH 618 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization3
    Year 2
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    4NFH 621 Advanced Family Nursing I5
    NFH 685 Practicum I: Family Nurse Practitioner3
    5NFH 622 Advanced Family Nursing II4
    NFH 686 Practicum II: Family Nurse Practitioner3
    6NFH 623 Advanced Family Nursing III5
    NFH 692 Practicum III: Family Nurse Practitioner4
    Total Credit Hours45

    1Program of Study is subject to change.
    2Program of Study varies depending on semester of admission. Students admitted in a summer semester complete coursework over 7 semesters and fall semester over 6 semesters.

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

    Graduates of the MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty are educated to care for adolescents and young adults to older adults and their primary care needs including assessment, diagnosis, and management of commonly occurring episodic and chronic health problems while promoting health and wellness.

    To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the curriculum is offered via a part-time program of study delivered through a distance accessible format that combines synchronous online classes with on-campus intensives, where students participate in planned laboratory and simulation experiences designed to promote mastery of essential skill sets.

    The curriculum consists of 45 credit hours of course work, with 35 credit hours of didactic coursework and 10 credit hours of clinical practica under the supervision of primary care advanced practice providers that is completed in six or seven successive semesters.

    For more information, contact:

    Sample Program of Study1,2

    Year 1
    Semester Course Title Credit Hours
    1 NUR 737 Interprofessional Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence 3
    NUR 612 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
    2 NUR 735 – Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing 3
    NUR 613 Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
    3NUR 729 – Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation 3
    NUR 614 Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
    NAH 618 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization 3
    Year 2
    Semester Course Title Credit Hours
    4 NAH 621 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Nursing I - Primary Care 5
    NAH 685 Practicum I: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care 3
    5 NAH 622 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Nursing II - Primary Care 4
    NAH 686 Practicum II: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care 3
    6 NAH 623 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Nursing III - Primary Care 5
    NAH 692 Practicum III: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care 4
    Total Credit Hours 45

    1Program of Study is subject to change.
    2Program of Study varies depending on semester of admission. Students admitted in a summer semester complete coursework over 7 semesters and fall semester over 6 semesters.

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

    Graduates of the MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty are prepared for advanced nursing practice in a variety of acute and critical care settings. As advanced acute care specialists, Adult Gerontology Acute care Nurse Practitioners diagnose and manage complex health conditions of short and long term duration for young adult (including late adolescents), adult, and older adult (including frail older adults) populations.

    To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the curriculum is offered via a part-time program of study in a distance accessible format that combines synchronous online classes with on-campus intensives, where students participate in planned laboratory and simulation experiences designed to promote mastery of essential skill sets.

    The curriculum consists of 45 credit hours of course work, with 35 credit hours of didactic coursework and 10 credit hours of clinical practica under the supervision of acute and critical care advanced practice providers, that is completed in six or seven successive semesters, depending on the semester of entry.

    Students admitted to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track may elect to also complete the RNFA subspecialty as part of their program of study. This option is only available for those students admitted for a summer semester entrance.

    For more information, contact:

    Photo of Somali Nguyen
    Somali Nguyen, DNP CRNP
    Specialty Track Co-Coordinator
    205.975.0650
    Photo of Sabrina Kopf, DNP CRNP
    Sabrina Kopf, DNP CRNP
    Specialty Track Co-Coordinator
    205.996.2800

    Sample Program of Study1,2

    Year 1
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    1NUR 737 Interprofessional Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence3
    NUR 612 Advanced Pathophysiology3
    2NUR 735 – Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing3
    NUR 613 Pharmacology and Therapeutics3
    3NUR 729 – Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation3
    NUR 614 Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Nursing Practice3
    NCA 618 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization3
    Year 2
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    4NCA 621 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Nursing I - Acute Care5
    NCA 685 Practicum I: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care3
    5NCA 622 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Nursing II - Acute Care4
    NCA 686 Practicum II: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care3
    6NCA 623 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Nursing III - Acute Care5
    NCA 692 Practicum III: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care4
    Total Credit Hours45

    1Program of Study is subject to change.
    2Program of Study varies depending on semester of admission. Students admitted in a summer semester complete coursework over 7 semesters and fall semester over 6 semesters.

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA)

    Students enrolled in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty may also elect to complete additional coursework for the Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA).

    A Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) is prepared to practice in a variety of acute or critical care settings. The RNFA, in collaboration with the surgeon, provides continuous and comprehensive patient care throughout the perioperative period. The RNFA provides direct patient care management; admits and discharges patients from surgical areas; performs pre and post-operative assessments; analyzes clinical data; assist in orders and or performance of necessary diagnostic tests or procedures; develops, implements, and evaluates the therapeutic regimen; provides pre-and post-operative teaching; minimizes fragmentation by coordinating care; manages transitions of patients to other units and serves as patient advocate.

    Admission Requirements: Students applying to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with RNFA track must have at least two of the three required letters of reference needed for the application for admission be from individuals attesting to the applicant’s experience as an RN and the applicant’s knowledge, judgment, and skills specific to perioperative patient care. Students must be first admitted to this track to register for RNFA courses.

    For more information, contact:

    RNFA Program of Study1,2

    The RNFA is only an option for students with a summer admission.

    Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP students who are approved to complete the RNFA will add the following courses to their program of study:

    Year 1
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    FallNFA 620 Surgical Techniques3
    SpringNFA 621 Advanced Perioperative Nursing I3
    SummerNFA 622 Advanced Perioperative Nursing I Practicum3
    Total Credit Hours9

    1Program of Study is subject to change.
    2Program of Study varies depending on semester of admission. Students admitted in a summer semester complete coursework over 7 semesters and fall semester over 6 semesters.

  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Graduates of the MSN Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty provide mental health care in a variety of primary care settings with populations that represent the full life span. As advanced primary care specialists, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners assess, diagnose and manage commonly occurring mental health conditions in collaboration with other primary health care providers.

    To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the curriculum is offered via a part-time program of study delivered through a distance accessible format that combines synchronous online classes with on-campus intensives, where students participate in planned laboratory and simulation experiences designed to promote mastery of essential skill sets.

    The curriculum consists of 45 credit hours of course work, with 35 credit hours of didactic coursework and 10 credit hours of clinical practica under the supervision of psychiatric/mental health advanced practice providers, that is completed in six or seven successive semesters depending on the semester of entry.

    For more information, contact:

    Sample Program of Study1,2

    Year 1
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    1NUR 737 Interprofessional Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence3
    NUR 612 Advanced Pathophysiology3
    2NUR 735 – Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing3
    NUR 613 Pharmacology and Therapeutics3
    3NUR 729 – Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation3
    NUR 614 Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Nursing Practice3
    NPN 618 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization3
    Year 2
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    4NPN 621 Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing I5
    NPN 685 Practicum I: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner3
    5NPN 622 Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing II5
    NPN 686 Practicum II: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner3
    6NPN 623 Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing III4
    NPN 692 Practicum III: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner4
    Total Credit Hours45

    1Program of Study is subject to change.
    2Program of Study varies depending on semester of admission. Students admitted in a summer semester complete coursework over 7 semesters and fall semester over 6 semesters.

  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

    Graduates of the MSN Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty are prepared for advanced nursing practice in a variety of settings with populations of infants, children and adolescents. As advanced primary care specialists, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioners assess, diagnose and manage commonly occurring episodic and chronic health problems while promoting health and wellness.

    To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the curriculum is offered via a part-time program of study delivered through a distance accessible format that combines synchronous online classes with on-campus intensives, where students participate in planned laboratory and simulation experiences designed to promote mastery of essential skill sets.

    The curriculum consists of 45 credit hours of course work, with 35 credit hours of didactic coursework and 10 credit hours of clinical practica under the supervision of pediatric primary care advanced practice providers that is completed in six or seven successive semesters depending on the semester of entry.

    For more information, contact:

    Sample Program of Study1,2

    Year 1
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    1NUR 737 Interprofessional Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence3
    NUR 612 Advanced Pathophysiology3
    2NUR 735 – Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing3
    NUR 613 Pharmacology and Therapeutics3
    3NUR 729 – Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation3
    NUR 614 Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Nursing Practice3
    NPE 618 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization3
    Year 2
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    4NPE 621 Advanced Pediatric Nursing I - Primary Care5
    NPE 685 Practicum I: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care3
    5NPE 622 Advanced Pediatric Nursing II - Primary Care4
    NPE 686 Practicum II: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care3
    6NPE 623 Advanced Pediatric Nursing III - Primary Care5
    NPE 692 Practicum III: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care4
    Total Credit Hours45

    1Program of Study is subject to change.
    2Program of Study varies depending on semester of admission. Students admitted in a summer semester complete coursework over 7 semesters and fall semester over 6 semesters.

  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

    Graduates of the MSN Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty are prepared for advanced nursing practice across the continuum of care settings with populations of infants, children and adolescents. As advanced acute care specialists, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioners assess, diagnose and manage acute and chronic complex health problems.

    To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the curriculum is offered via a part-time program of study delivered through a distance accessible format that combines synchronous online classes with on-campus intensives, where students participate in planned laboratory and simulation experiences designed to promote mastery of essential skill sets.

    The curriculum consists of 45 credit hours of course work, with 35 credit hours of didactic coursework and 10 credit hours of clinical practica under the supervision of pediatric acute care advanced practice providers, that is completed in six or seven successive semesters depending on semester of entry.

    For more information, contact:

    Sample Program of Study1,2

    Year 1
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    1NUR 737 Interprofessional Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence3
    NUR 612 Advanced Pathophysiology3
    2NUR 735 – Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing3
    NUR 613 Pharmacology and Therapeutics3
    3NUR 729 – Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation3
    NUR 614 Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Nursing Practice3
    NCC 618 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization3
    Year 2
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    4NCC 621 Advanced Pediatric Nursing I - Acute Care5
    NCC 685 Practicum I: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care3
    5NCC 622 Advanced Pediatric Nursing II - Acute Care4
    NCC 686 Practicum II: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care3
    6NCC 623 Advanced Pediatric Nursing III - Acute Care5
    NCC 692 Practicum III: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care4
    Total Credit Hours45

    1Program of Study is subject to change.
    2Program of Study varies depending on semester of admission. Students admitted in a summer semester complete coursework over 7 semesters and fall semester over 6 semesters.

  • Dual Pediatric Acute and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

    Students enrolled in the Dual Pediatric Acute/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty are prepared for advanced nursing practice in both acute and primary care settings with populations of infants, children and adolescents. Students complete a program of study that incorporates acute and primary care didactic and clinical coursework. Clinical practica occur in both acute and primary care settings under the supervision of clinically expert advanced practice providers employed at the setting.

    To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the curriculum is offered via a part-time program of study delivered through a distance accessible format that combines synchronous online classes with on-campus intensives, where students participate in planned laboratory and simulation experiences designed to promote mastery of essential skill sets.

    The curriculum consists of 69 credit hours of course work, with 49 credit hours of didactic coursework and 20 credit hours of clinical practica that is completed in nine successive semesters.

    For more information, contact:

    Sample Program of Study1,2

    The Dual Pediatric track is only an option for students with a summer admission.

    Year 1
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    1NUR 737 Interprofessional Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence3
    NUR 612 Advanced Pathophysiology3
    2NUR 735 – Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing3
    NUR 613 Pharmacology and Therapeutics3
    3NUR 729 – Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation3
    NUR 614 Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Nursing Practice3
    NDP 618 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization3
    Year 2
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    4NPE 621 Advanced Pediatric Nursing I - Primary Care5
    NPE 685 Practicum I: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care3
    5NPE 622 Advanced Pediatric Nursing II - Primary Care4
    NPE 686 Practicum II: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care3
    6NPE 623 Advanced Pediatric Nursing III - Primary Care5
    NPE 692 Practicum III: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care4
    Year 3
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    7NCC 621 Advanced Pediatric Nursing I - Acute Care5
    NCC 685 Practicum I: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care3
    8NCC 622 Advanced Pediatric Nursing II - Acute Care4
    NCC 686 Practicum II: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care3
    9NCC 623 Advanced Pediatric Nursing III - Acute Care5
    NCC 692 Practicum III: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care4
    Total Credit Hours69

    1Program of Study is subject to change.
    2Program of Study varies depending on semester of admission. Students admitted in a summer semester complete coursework over 7 semesters and fall semester over 6 semesters.

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

    Students enrolled in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Specialty are prepared for advanced nursing practice to diagnose and manage the health problems of newborns, infants and toddlers up to the age of two years, who are acutely ill or have long term health problems of the neonatal population.

    To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the curriculum is offered via a part-time program of study delivered through a distance accessible format that combines synchronous online classes with on-campus intensives, where students participate in planned laboratory and simulation experiences designed to promote mastery of essential skill sets.

    The curriculum consists of 45 credit hours of course work, with 35 credit hours of didactic coursework and 10 credit hours of clinical practica, that is completed in six successive semesters. For those interested in applying to the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner track, you will be required to have at least two years of RN experience in a Level III NICU or higher by the end of your third semester.

    For more information, contact:

    Sample Program of Study1,2

    Year 1
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    1NUR 737 Interprofessional Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence3
    NUR 612 Advanced Pathophysiology3
    2NUR 735 – Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing3
    NUR 613 Pharmacology and Therapeutics3
    3NUR 729 – Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation3
    NUR 614 Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Nursing Practice3
    NNE 618 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization3
    Year 2
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    4NNE 621 Advanced Neonatal Nursing I5
    NNE 685 Practicum I: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner3
    5NNE 622 Advanced Neonatal Nursing II4
    NNE 686 Practicum II: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner3
    6NNE 623 Advanced Neonatal Nursing III5
    NNE 692 Practicum III: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner4
    Total Credit Hours45

    1Program of Study is subject to change.
    2Program of Study varies depending on semester of admission. Students admitted in a summer semester complete coursework over 7 semesters and fall semester over 6 semesters.

  • Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner

    Students enrolled in the MSN Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty are prepared for advanced nursing practice to deliver primary health care with specialized knowledge of women’s health. As advanced primary care specialists, Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioners diagnose and manage commonly occurring episodic and chronic health problems while promoting health and wellness.

    To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the curriculum is offered via a part-time program of study delivered through a distance accessible format that combines synchronous online classes with on-campus intensives, where students participate in planned laboratory and simulation experiences designed to promote mastery of essential skill sets.

    The curriculum consists of 45 credit hours of course work, with 35 credit hours of didactic coursework and 10 credit hours of clinical practica under the supervision of women's health advanced practice providers, that is completed in six successive semesters.

    For more information, contact:

    Photo of Lisa Pair
    Lisa Pair, MSN, CRNP
    Specialty Track Coordinator
    205.996.0096

    Sample Program of Study1,2

    Year 1
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    1NUR 737 Interprofessional Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence3
    NUR 612 Advanced Pathophysiology3
    2NUR 735 – Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing3
    NUR 613 Pharmacology and Therapeutics3
    3NUR 729 – Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation3
    NUR 614 Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Nursing Practice3
    NWH 618 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization3
    Year 2
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    4NWH 631 Advanced Women’s Health Care Nursing I5
    NWH 685 Practicum I: Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner3
    5NWH 632 Advanced Women’s Health Care Nursing II4
    NWH 686 Practicum II: Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner3
    6NWH 633 Advanced Women’s Health Care Nursing III5
    NWH 692 Practicum III: Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner4
    Total Credit Hours45

    1Program of Study is subject to change.
    2Program of Study varies depending on semester of admission. Students admitted in a summer semester complete coursework over 7 semesters and fall semester over 6 semesters.

  • MSN Admission Requirements

    Prospective students must meet the following requirements for admission:

    • Hold a BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and a nationally accredited nursing program (CCNE or CNEA accreditation), equivalent to the one offered by the UAB School of Nursing.
    • Possess an unencumbered and unrestricted nursing license to practice in the state where you plan to conduct your clinical practicum.
    • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or on the last 60 semester hours.
    • Students with less 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; only scores completed within the previous 5 years are accepted. Minimum required scores are a combined score of 297 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, or a score of 410 on the MAT or score of 480 on the GMAT. Applicants who have successfully completed a graduate degree from a regionally accredited academic institution may receive a waiver for this requirement if they achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their previous graduate degree program. The following individuals are not eligible for the GRE waiver process: International applicants, non-native English speaking applicants, and Dual degree seeking applicants (e.g., MSN/MPH). For more information on the Test Score Waiver process click here.
    • Submit three letters of professional reference attesting to the applicant’s potential for graduate study. For those applying to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with RNFA track only, at least two of the three required letters of reference should be from individuals attesting to the applicant’s experience as an RN and the applicant’s knowledge, judgement, and skills specific to perioperative patient care.
    • 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 gradschool@uab.edu or mailed to:
      • UAB Graduate School
        LHL G03
        1720 2nd Ave. S.
        Birmingham, AL 35294-0013
    • If admitted to the MSN program, students must show proof of completion of a descriptive statistics course, equivalent to UAB’s MA-180, before starting the program.

    CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

  • 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 Term: Summer 2023
    Priority Deadline: October 11, 2022
    Regular Deadline: October 31, 2022
    Entry Term: Fall 2023
    Regular Deadline: February 15, 2023
  • MSN Program Outcomes

    Upon completion of the MSN Program, 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.
  • 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 website.

    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 2022-2023
    Resident
    Charge ($)
    Non-resident
    Charge ($)
    MSN Coursework (distance-accessible format per semester hour)682682
    Fees - UAB School of NursingCost ($)
    Educational Support and Technology Fee (per course)235
    Other Related Expenses (Estimated)Cost ($)
    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 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 https://www.uab.edu/nursing/home/scholarships-financial-aid

    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

    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 Katrina Staffney (email: KatrinaStaffney@uab.edu), for more information.

    Nurse Faculty Loan

    Federal Nurse Faculty Loan Funds are available to MSN 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: joeann@uab.edu), 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
    Email: IntlAdmin@uab.edu
    Phone: (205) 934-4686
    Fax: (205) 934-8664

    The table below provides information on eligibility requirements for the MSN Program.

      MSN Post Masters
    F1 or J1 Visa Acceptable Not Eligible Not Eligible
    College Degree X - BSN Equivalent X - MSN Equivalent or higher
    Foreign Transcripts Evaluated X X
    English Proficiency X X
    Graduate Record Exam (GRE) X X
    Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. X 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
        Website: www.ece.org
      • World Education Services
        Bowling Green Station
        P.O. Box 5087
        New York, NY 10274-5087 USA
        Website: www.wes.org
    • 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.