MSN Subspecialty Options


The UAB School of Nursing offers several subspecialty areas of coursework that may be completed as part of the MSN degree or as a non-degree Post-MSN option by practicing nurse practitioners who have already completed the MSN degree.

Applicants must meet the same admission standards as required for admission to the MSN program. Applicant MSN transcripts are evaluated to determine if required foundational level core and support courses required for the MSN degree (e.g., Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice Nursing) have been completed. Upon completion of the certificate the individuals is prepared to sit for certification in the subspecialty area.


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Nurse Educator

The Nurse Educator subspecialty coursework prepares nurses at the master’s or doctoral level to design, implement, and evaluate educational programs for populations that include nursing students and health system employees. Five, 3-credit hour courses are offered that together provide a strong foundation for employment in academic and health care settings.

To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the courses are 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.

Admission in both Summer and Fall.


For More Information Contact:

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Laura Steadman, PhD, RN
Nurse Educator
Subspecialty Coordinator

lstead@uab.edu

(205) 996-7670



Sample Course of Study1

Year 1
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
1NTC 650 Instructional Strategies in Teaching Nursing3
NTC 658 Simulation and Technologies for Student Learning3
2NTC 652 Curriculum and Program Development3
NTC 654 Evaluation of Instruction in Nursing3
3NTC 660 Foundations in Nursing Education3
Total Credit Hours15

1Course of study is subject to change.

Advanced Forensic Nurse

The Advanced Forensic Nurse is prepared to practice in a variety of forensic nursing settings to evaluate, diagnose, and manage commonly occurring trauma reactions of individuals and their families as they intersect with the legal system.

To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the courses are 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.

Admission is limited to Fall entry only.


For More Information Contact:

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Pat Speck, PhD, RN, CRNP
Advanced Forensic Nurse
Subspecialty Coordinator

pmspeck@uab.edu

(205) 934-6790



Sample Course of Study1

Year 1
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
1NFN 622 Advanced Forensic Nursing I3
2NFN 623 Advanced Forensic Nursing II3
Total Credit Hours6

1Course of study is subject to change.

Advanced Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner

The Advanced Palliative Care subspecialty coursework prepares nurse practitioners to work collaboratively with the Palliative Care Team in managing the holistic care of patients with life-limiting illnesses in a variety of settings.

To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the courses are 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.

Admission is limited to Fall entry only.


For More Information Contact:

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Rebecca Edwards, DNP, CRNP
Advanced Palliative Care
Subspecialty Coordinator

rledwards@uab.edu

(205) 975-0482



Sample Course of Study1

Year 1
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
1NPA 621 Advanced Palliative Care Nursing I3
2NPA 622 Advanced Palliative Care Nursing II3
Total Credit Hours6

1Course of study is subject to change.

Emergency Nurse Practitioner

The Emergency Nurse Practitioner subspecialty coursework prepares Family Nurse Practitioners to work collaboratively with interprofessional patient care teams to provide evidence-based emergency care for patients of all ages and acuities. The curriculum includes didactic and clinical practicum courses.

To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the courses are 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.

Admission is limited to Summer entry only.


For More Information Contact:

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David House, DNP, CRNP
Emergency Nurse Practitioner
Subspecialty Co-Coordinator

dthouse@uab.edu

(205) 975-1109

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Melanie Hallman, DNP, CRNP
Emergency Nurse Practitioner
Subspecialty Co-Coordinator

MelanieGHallman@uab.edu

(205) 934-6552



Sample Course of Study1

Year 1
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
1NEN 618 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization3
2NEN 621 Advanced Emergency Care Nursing I3
NEN 685 Practicum I: Advanced Emergency Care3
3NEN 622 Advanced Emergency Care Nursing II3
NEN 686 Practicum II: Advanced Emergency Care3
Total Credit Hours15

1Course of study is subject to change.

Registered Nurse First Assist

The Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) subspecialty prepares nurses to work collaboratively with surgeons to provide delegated medical functions during the perioperative phase of patient care.

To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the courses are 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.

Admission is limited to Fall entry only.


For More Information Contact:

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Tracie White, DNP, ACNP-BC, CRNFA
Registered Nurse First Assist
Subspecialty Coordinator

twhite220@uab.edu

(205) 996-5580



Sample Course of Study1

Year 1
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
1NFA 620 Surgical Techniques3
2NFA 621 Advanced Perioperative Nursing I3
3NFA 622 Advanced Perioperative Nursing II3
Total Credit Hours9

1Course of study is subject to change.

Oncology Nurse Practitioner - CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Oncology Nurse Practitioner subspecialty prepares nurse practitioners to work collaboratively with other health care providers to provide oncology health care to adults of all ages.

To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the courses are 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.

Admission is limited to Summer entry only.


For More Information Contact:

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Richard Taylor, DNP, CRNP
Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Subspecialty Coordinator

rataylor@uab.edu

(205) 934-5196



Sample Course of Study1

Year 1
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
1ONC 621 Advanced Practice Nursing for Oncology Care3
2ONC 622 Cancer Assessment, Diagnosis and Management2
ONC 685 Practicum I: Oncology Nurse Practitioner2
3ONC 623 The Effects of Cancer and Cancer Therapies3
ONC 686 Practicum II: Oncology Nurse Practitioner2
4ONC 692 Practicum II: Oncology Nurse Practitioner2
Total Credit Hours14

1Course of study is subject to change.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Hold an MSN degree (or be enrolled in the UABSON MSN program) from a regionally accredited institution, 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 graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or on the last 60 semester hours.
  • Students with a GPA less than 3.0 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;
  • Applicants should submit an official transcript from every college or university they have ever attended (even if for only one semester). Transcripts may be mailed or emailed electronically by the issuing institution to the UAB School of Nursing.

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: Summer 2020
Deadline: October 14, 2019
Entry Date: Fall 2020
Deadline: February 21, 2020


To Start the Application Process

Click here to apply for admission to the MSN Program.

Click here for detailed application instructions.

Tuition and Fees

  • The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2019-2020 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, 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 2019-2020
Resident
Charge ($)
Non-resident
Charge ($)
Subspecialty coursework (distance-accessible format per semester hour)656656
Fees - UAB School of NursingCost ($)
Educational Support and Technology Fee (per course)225
Other Related Expenses (Estimated)Cost ($)
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

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
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 MSN 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.

For Assistance with the Application Process, Contact:

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Charlene Bender, MPH
MSN Program Manager
Office of Student Success

cbender@uab.edu

(205) 975-7529