The Prelicensure BSN Pathway


The BSN Pathway is built on a traditional four-year undergraduate curriculum that provides a foundational education that includes both academic and professional nursing courses essential for clinical competence and informed judgments about health and patient care in a variety of settings with families and individuals of all ages.

Graduates of the BSN Pathway are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and become a registered nurse.


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Pre-Nursing Advising

All students are assigned an advisor upon admission to UAB. Information about your assigned advisor is provided on your BlazerNet page. The advisor is the first person to contact with questions about your education.

How to make an appointment with a Pre-Nursing Advisor?

  • Current UAB Students can make an appointment by clicking here or by accessing the "MyAppointment" button from their BlazerNet homepage on the right ride.
  • Prospective Students should contact the Office of Student Success to make an appointment with a Pre-Nursing Advisor at (205) 975-7529.

Pre-Nursing Advising Prior to Application to the Prelicensure BSN Pathway

  • All individuals interested in applying to the Prelicensure BSN Pathway must meet with one of the UAB School of Nursing pre-nursing advisors.
  • The pre-nursing advisors will help you navigate to application and admission process by:
    • Helping you to identify your goals and develop educational plans to reach them.
    • Helping you to understand degree requirements, course selection, and schedule planning.
    • Helping you to complete the application for admission and meet application deadlines.
    • Providing unofficial evaluation coursework to determine if they meet prerequisite requirements.

Prior to applying, contact one of the UAB School of Nursing Pre-Nursing Advisors:

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Jessica Bumpus, PhD
Pre-Nursing Advisor
Last Names: A - K

jgriff@uab.edu

(205) 975-7529

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Dan Roberts, MSEd
Pre-Nursing Advisor
Last Names: L - Z

drberts@uab.edu

(205) 975-7529



BSN Nursing Prerequisites

  • Your nursing education at UAB begins with the foundation courses in the arts, sciences, and humanities that provide the base for the upper division courses in nursing completed during the junior and senior years.
  • Applicants to the BSN Nursing Program must earn a minimum grade of “C” in the pre-nursing courses and an overall GPA of at least 2.75 to be considered for the BSN program.

Pre-Nursing Course Requirements

Area I:
Written Composition
6 hours total
EH 101 English Composition I3
EH 102 English Composition II3
 
 
Area II:
Humanities and Fine Arts
12 hours total
Literature13 (or 6)
Arts3
Humanities3
Area II Elective3
Area III:
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
11 hours total
CH 105/106 Inorganic Chemistry4
CH 107/108 Organic Chemistry24
MA 105 or 110 Pre-Calculus or Finite Math3
 
Area IV:
History, Social & Behavioral Sciences
12 hours total
PY 101 Psychology3
PY 212 Developmental Psychology3
History13 (or 6)
Area IV Elective3
Area V:
Additional Pre-Nursing Requirements
18 hours total
BY 115 Human Anatomy4
BY 116 Human Physiology4
BY 261 Microbiology4
NTR 222 Nutrition3
Descriptive Statistics3
Additional
Pre-Nursing Requirements
2 hours total
NUR 100 or other approved FYE Course2
Total: 61 Credit Hours
1Students need either a 6-hour sequence of literature or history.
2Students may take any additional science with lab (excluding Geology and Astronomy, and Environmental Science).

BSN Admission Requirements

Prospective students must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the BSN Program:

  • Have applied for and been admitted to UAB. Applicants must be admitted to the university as an undergraduate degree-seeking student no later than one month prior to the School of Nursing BSN application deadline.
  • Students are admitted to the BSN program twice each year, in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Applicants must be admitted to the university as an undergraduate degree-seeking student no later than one month prior to the School of Nursing BSN application deadline.
  • Complete all Pre-Nursing prerequisite requirements.
  • Earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required pre-nursing pre-requisites.
  • Achieve an overall GPA of at least 2.75, which must be maintained through the admission cycle.
  • Complete advisement with an assigned pre-nursing UAB Advisor. To apply to the BSN Program, applicants must first receive clearance from a UAB Advisor.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not constitute admission to the BSN Program.

Admission decisions are based on your academic record, supporting documents, and your application to the BSN Program.

Application/Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Entry Date: Spring 2020
Deadline: September 6, 2019
Entry Date: Fall 2020
Deadline: April 10, 2020


  • Applicants must be first cleared by a UABSON Pre-Nursing Advisor.
  • Complete the BSN application provided by the Pre-Nursing Advisor and submit to the Office of Student Success in the School of Nursing.
  • All application materials must be received by posted deadlines to be considered for admission. Incomplete files will not be considered.

Steps to Application

Step One:

  • Apply to UAB Undergraduate Admissions and submit required application materials:
    • A completed UAB Application.
    • $30 application fee (non-refundable).
    • Submission of Official Transcripts:
      • High School Students - Submit your high school transcript directly to UAB.
      • Transfer Students and Second Degree Students - Submit transcripts from all universities/colleges attended to UAB.
      • Your official ACT or SAT scores submitted from ACT or College Board to UAB, only if below 24 credit hours.

Step Two:

  • Apply to UAB School of Nursing:
    • Applicants must first meet with a School of Nursing Pre-Nursing Advisor prior to receiving the BSN application.
    • Complete the BSN application provided by the Pre-Nursing Advisor and submit to the Office of Student Success in the School of Nursing.
    • All application materials must be received by posted deadlines to be considered for admission. Incomplete files will not be considered.

Information for High School Students

Why choose the UAB School of Nursing?

  • The UAB School of Nursing is one of the top ranked and most affordable schools of nursing in the country.
  • The UAB School of Nursing is part of an Academic Health Sciences Center that includes the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Health Professions and Public Health.
  • Students in the UAB School of Nursing have learning experiences in one of the nation’s largest hospitals and highly ranked academic medical centers.
  • The School of Nursing is centrally located within two blocks of UAB Hospital, The Birmingham VA Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, and the Lister Hill Library for the Health Sciences.
  • All undergraduate students participate in interprofessional learning experiences with students from other schools in the University (e.g., medicine, public health, social work).
  • Learn in technologically advanced classrooms, clinical skills labs and simulation laboratories.

Timeline for Applying to the UAB School of Nursing

Your timeline to graduate with a BSN degree begins your senior year of high school:

  • August - September: schedule a campus visit and tour the School of Nursing. A visit can be scheduled on the Special Interest Session tab on the campus visit web page.
  • Apply for admission to UAB before December 1st to meet deadline for University Scholarships.
  • Students receiving a university scholarship attend a UAB Scholarship Reception.
  • February: Submit housing information and apply for housing scholarships.
  • March: Sign up for Summer Orientation (the sooner the better).
  • May – August: Attend UAB’s Goin’ Green Orientation where you meet with your advisor and register for classes. Make sure you register for the School of Nursing required Freshman Year Experience Course (FYE)
  • Once you start your first semester at UAB you will want to meet with your advisor each term to discuss classes, the nursing application process and your journey through college.
  • Sophomore – Junior (Until admitted to School of Nursing)
    • Students typically apply for admission to nursing during their sophomore or junior year, depending on completion of all nursing prerequisites.
    • Upon receiving notification of admission to nursing, submit Scholarship Application to School of Nursing.
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Information for Transfer Students

  • Students who transfer from another 4-year university/college or two-year community college and complete all foundation and prerequisite courses elsewhere, must apply and be accepted to UAB before they can be considered for admission to the BSN Program.
  • Applicants must apply and be admitted to UAB as a degree-seeking student before they can apply to the nursing program.
  • Transfer students will be assigned a UAB Pre-Nursing Advisor who will assist them in determining eligibility for application into the BSN Program.

As a Transfer Student:

  • Individuals qualifying for transfer to UAB and apply for the BSN program include:
    • Those transferring from another 4-year university/college or two-year community college and have completed all or some foundation and nursing pre-requisite courses elsewhere.
    • Those with an Associate's Degree in Nursing are eligible to apply for admission to the RN to BSN Pathway - Please refer to our RN to BSN Pathway page for application and admission information.

Steps to Application

Step One:

  • Apply to UAB Undergraduate Admissions and submit required application materials:
    • A completed UAB Application.
    • $30 application fee (non-refundable).
    • Official high school transcript submitted directly from your high school to UAB.

Step Two:

  • Apply to UAB School of Nursing:
    • Applicants must first meet with a School of Nursing Pre-Nursing Advisor.
    • Complete the BSN application provided by the Pre-Nursing Advisor and submit to the Office of Student Success in the School of Nursing.
    • All application materials must be received by posted deadlines to be considered for admission. Incomplete files will not be considered.

Information for Second Degree Students

  • Students who have completed an undergraduate degree outside of the nursing discipline and who meet the UAB criteria for regular undergraduate admission may apply for admission to the BSN Program or to the Accelerated Masters in Nursing Pathway (AMNP). For more information on the AMNP Pathway, click here.
  • Students in this option must first apply to UAB where they are assigned a UAB Pre-Nursing Advisor who will assist them in determining eligibility for application to the upper-division major.

Important Considerations for Second Degree Students:

  • The curriculum is identical to the traditional BSN Program, but the prerequisites are slightly different from the traditional program.
  • The Program is not an accelerated program.
  • The Program is five consecutive semesters, requires full-time study, and it is not designed for students that need to work while in school.

BSN Program Outcomes

The BSN Curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for entry into professional nursing practice. This foundation offers both academic and professional nursing courses that provide the base for clinical competence and informed judgments about health care situations and care of patients in both in- and out-patient settings.

The curriculum prepares nurses to:

  • Apply knowledge from diverse liberal arts educational content to generalist nursing care principles and practice experiences.
  • Incorporate a basic understanding of organizational systems and the application of knowledge and skills needed to provide safe, quality care to individual patients and to function as part of an interprofessional team.
  • Participate in and utilize structure, process, and outcome measures to evaluate the implementation of patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of the evidence-based practice and participates in the retrieval, appraisal, and application of best practices.
  • Demonstrate skills in the ethical use of healthcare information communication technology (ICT) and how technology supports safe practice and examination of patient data for outcome analysis.
  • Demonstrate understanding of healthcare policy, advocacy, global health, legal, and regulatory issues as factors that may influence healthcare delivery and practice.
  • Utilize effective intra and interprofessional communication skills to advocate for evidence-based, holistic care as a member of the healthcare team.
  • Assess determinants of health in relation to multiple factors (genetics, environmental exposure, family history, individual health, and health preferences) to guide and advocate for the delivery of health promotion/disease prevention strategies.
  • Apply knowledge of nursing history, nursing standards, and one’s own beliefs and values to the application of professional nursing behaviors, communication, and actions.
  • Practice safe, evidence-based, compassionate, holistic, and patient and family centered care applying knowledge of leadership and healthcare delivery for individuals and communities.

BSN Sample Program of Study

The BSN Program offers a full-time Program of Study that can be completed in five semesters. Students that successfully complete the program requirements will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.

Semester 1
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
NUR 310Concepts of Professional Nursing3
NUR 311LNursing Skills Development I2
NUR 312LHealth Assessment Across the Lifespan2
NUR 313LConcepts of Professional Nursing Practicum2
NUR 315Population Focused Health Care2
NUR 318Pathophysiologic Concepts3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 2
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
NUR 321LNursing Skills Development II1
NUR 322Concepts of Behavioral Health Nursing3
NUR 323LConcepts of Behavioral Health Nursing Practicum2
NUR 326Concepts in Adult Health Nursing I3
NUR 327LConcepts in Adult Health Nursing I Practicum2
NUR 328Pharmacotherapy I2
NUR 336Leadership2
Total Credit Hours14
Semester 3
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
NUR 388Concepts in Adult Health Nursing II 3
NUR 389LConcepts in Adult Health Nursing II Practicum 2
NUR 338Pharmacotherapy II 2
NUR 409QHealth Care & Information Technology 2
NUR 428Concepts of Community & Public Health Nursing 2
NUR 429LConcepts of Community & Public Health Nursing Practicum2
Total Credit Hours13
Semester 4
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
NUR 392Concepts of Maternal Child Health Nursing4
NUR 393LConcepts of Maternal Child Health Nursing Practicum3
NUR 410Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing2
NUR 426Concepts of Complex Nursing2
NUR 427LConcepts of Complex Nursing Practicum2
NUR 431LNursing Skills Development III1
Total Credit Hours14
Semester 5
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
NUR 447LSynthesis and Assimilation Practicum4
NUR 449Synthesis Review1
NUR 448Transition to Professional Nursing2
NURNursing Elective3
Total Credit Hours10
Please Note:
Students may deviate from this curriculum plan only with permission of the Assistant Dean for BSN Education.
Q = Web-based
L= Lab or Clinical

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 ($)
Non-resident
Charge ($)
Undergraduate coursework (classroom; each semester hour)4211,005
Undergraduate coursework (internet-based distance learning; each semester hour)505505
Fees - UAB School of NursingCost ($)
Educational Support and Technology Fee (per course - undergraduate and pre-licensure)175
Campus Dining Fee1 (undergraduate only)225
Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee2 (per month)200
Student Dental Fee2 (per term)39
Other Expenses (Estimated)Cost ($)
Uniforms3350
Books and supplies (estimate per term)600
Lab Kit3 (undergraduate, upon admission)225
Background Check (annual estimate)88
Room and Board (on campus, per term, cost varies depending on dorm)2,800
1 Flat fee per semester, excluding the summer term, for students taking 12 or more hours.
2 May be waived with documented proof of equal or greater coverage.
3 These must be purchased upon initial enrollment in the School of Nursing and should be planned for in the student budget.

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
Email: FinAid@uab.edu
Phone: (205) 934-4011
Website: www.uab.edu/students/paying-for-college


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:

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


Dean’s Scholars Program

The Dean’s Nursing Scholars Program is designed for academically talented high school seniors who are strongly considering a career in nursing.

Scholars receive a number of benefits, including:

  • Opportunities to visit the School of Nursing to attend special events designed for the Scholars to learn about nursing and the BSN program.
  • Priority admission to the highly regarded and competitive BSN nursing program as long as the Scholar:
    • Enrolls at UAB directly from high school.
    • Successfully completes the required undergraduate pre-requisite foundation and core classes.
    • Achieves and maintains a 3.2 or higher GPA in the required nursing prerequisite courses (Area V courses).
    • Maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Criteria for Selection

  • Individuals selected for the Dean’s Nursing Scholars Program must:
    • Be a high school senior.
    • Achieve a composite ACT score of 25 or above or an equivalent composite SAT score.
    • Possess a minimum high school grade point average of 3.2.
    • Be admitted to UAB through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
    • For priority consideration, admission applications to UAB must be submitted by December 1 of the applicant’s high school senior year.

Nursing Honors Program

The UAB School of Nursing Honors Program provides unique experiential learning opportunities in research where students are introduced to basic research concepts and provided the opportunity to complete defined research activities as part of a faculty research team.

Students have the opportunity to explore the role and career path of a nurse scientist. All undergraduate nursing students are eligible to apply for admission to the Nursing Honors Program.

Students who successfully complete the Nursing Honors Program will receive a certificate of acknowledgement at the UAB Honors Convocation and will graduate “With Honors in Nursing.” Students completing both the UAB Honors Program and the School of Nursing Honors Program will graduate “With University Honors in Nursing.”

The Nursing Honors Program is supported by an endowed fund established by Celia A. Wallace in 2005 to honor Kristen Celia and Gerald Leon Wallace, Jr.

Eligibility

Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for acceptance into the Nursing Honors Program:

  • A minimum 3.4 GPA in BSN foundation courses.
  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for all coursework completed.

Requirements

To remain in the Nursing Honors Program, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum overall UAB GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.25 GPA in nursing coursework.
  • Complete the required six credit hours of Nursing Honors Program Courses (NUR 450, NUR 451, and NUR 452).

Application

To apply for the Nursing Honors Program, applicants must:

  • Complete and submit the Honors Program Application Form.
  • Write a one-page essay on how participation in the Honors Program will contribute to achievement of your future professional goals.
  • Complete an interview with an Honors Program Selection Committee.

For More Information Contact:

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Sigrid Ladores, PhD, RN
Nursing Honors Program Co-Director

sladores@uab.edu

(205) 934-6835

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Allison Jones, PhD, RN
Nursing Honors Program Co-Director

arjones3@uab.edu

(205) 934-6607



Information for Veterans

The UAB School of Nursing supports initiatives in support of our military, including the AECP/MECP/NECP program.

Veterans CAN!

The UAB School of Nursing offers a special initiative, the Veterans Career Advancement in Nursing (Veterans CAN!), for our military veterans, active duty members, reservists and those in the national guard, to transition into a professional nursing career and earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Goals of Veterans CAN:

  • Increase diversity of the professional nursing workforce.
  • Recognize the experience and training of veterans and members of the military who desire a career in nursing.

Highlights:

  • Early admission review for qualified applicants.
  • Opportunity for academic credit for select coursework based on military training and experience completed within the past 5 years (training and experience completed longer than 5 years ago will require a waiver and additional validation process).
  • Dedicated advisors and peer support.

Eligibility:

  • For military veterans, active duty reservists, and those in the National Guard.
  • Must be admitted to UAB prior to applying for the Veterans CAN program.
  • Career goal is become a registered professional nurse.
  • Provide a copy of DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
  • Completion of the general education and nursing prerequisites courses required for the BSN degree which are listed under the BSN Nursing Prerequisites tab above.

For Information Contact:

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Rhonda McLain, PhD, RN
Veterans CAN! Program Director

rho211@uab.edu

(205) 996-5343



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

All applicants must meet the BSN Program Admission Requirements. The following are additional requirements for International applicants.

The information below provides information on eligibility requirements:

  BSN RN-BSN
F1 or J1 Visa AcceptableXNot Eligible
College Degree X - ADN Equivalent
Foreign Transcripts EvaluatedXX
English ProficiencyXX
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)  
Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. X
X = Requirement must be completed or condition met

Application Requirements

  • Meet English language requirements. Scores on Tests of English Language (TOEFL or IELTS) are used to determine English language proficiency. Applicants must meet minimum scores to be considered for admission:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL
      • Score of 500 or higher on the written examination.
      • Score of 173 on the computer-based version.
      • Score of 80 on the Internet-based version.
    2. International English Language Testing System, IELTS
      • Score of 5.5 overall bandwidth with no less than 5.0 on any module.
      • *All scores must be sent directly to UAB from the testing agency.
      • *The scores should be no more than two years old.

For More Information Contact:

UAB International Admissions
Email: IntlAdmin@uab.edu
Phone: (205) 934-4686
Fax: (205) 934-8664