UAB Nursing Community College Partnership (UABNCCP) Joint Enrollment Pathway


The UAB School of Nursing (UABSON) has partnered with Wallace State Community College (WSCC) and Jefferson State Community College (JSCC) to offer the new Joint Enrollment Pathway.

This new pathway allows for students to enroll in both the associate degree in nursing program and the UABSON RN to BSN Pathway so that they earn the BSN degree at the same time they are completing the associate degree in nursing.

Students enrolled at UAB who complete the general education and nursing pre-requisites courses required for the bachelor’s degree can apply for the Joint Enrollment Pathway. This allows the UAB student to remain enrolled at and graduate from UAB with the bachelor’s degree.

Learn more about the Joint Enrollment Pathway Visit our Joint Enrollment Virtual Open House
Talk with our faculty and staff.
Next Open House: Thursday, February 17th, 2022
From 4 to 5 PM Central Time


Why a Joint Enrollment Pathway?

Since 2010, the Nursing profession has adopted a mission of achieving a more highly educated nursing work force, with the goal of 80% of the nursing workforce achieving a Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) by the year 2020.

Today, a BSN degree is required for many nursing positions and even for employment in some hospitals.

A BSN degree is also required for admission to graduate programs that prepare nurses for more advanced roles such as nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse administrator, nurse educator, or nurse researcher.

The Joint Enrollment Pathway eliminates many of the barriers to achieving the BSN degree, including:
  • Nurses prepared at the associate degree level must complete many general education and nursing pre-requisite courses required for a bachelor’s degree before they can to gain entry into an RN to BSN program, which significantly delays their achievement of their career goals.
  • Many qualified individuals are denied admission to traditional BSN programs each year because of the limited number of seats available.

How Joint Enrollment Works

The Joint Enrollment Pathway is designed to eliminate some of the barriers to achieving a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Through collaboration among UAB, WSCC, and JSCC, the advantages of the Joint Enrollment Pathway include:

  • Students enrolled at WSCC or JSCC can complete all the general education and nursing prerequisite courses required for the bachelor’s degree and Joint Enrollment at their home campus.
  • UAB students who have completed the general education and nursing prerequisite courses required for the bachelor’s degree can apply for the Joint Enrollment option and remain enrolled in and graduate from UAB.
  • The Joint Enrollment Pathway curriculum can be completed in five semesters of full-time study.
  • Students admitted to the Joint Enrollment Pathway will complete both the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and the RN to BSN Pathway coursework and earn the AAS and BSN degrees at the same time.
  • The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS) coursework is offered on the community college campus and the RN to BSN coursework is offered in an online format through UAB School of Nursing.

Joint Enrollment Pathway Prerequisites

Applicants to the UABNCCP Joint Enrollment Pathway must complete all general education requirements for the bachelor’s degree as well as nursing prerequisite courses.

A grade of C or better is required in all Area I and Area V courses.

UAB Students applying for the Joint Enrollment Pathway must have completed the following general education and nursing pre-requisite courses prior to Pathway enrollment:

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)
Fine Art3
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
Descriptive Statistics3
Additional
Pre-Nursing Requirements
3 hours total
General Elective3
Total: 59 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).

Joint Enrollment Pathway Admission Requirements

Joint Enrollment Admission Criteria

  • Achieve a minimum grade of “C” or higher in all required general studies and nursing pre-requisite courses (See Joint Enrollment Pre-requisites).
  • A minimum ACT composite score of 20 (official ACT scores must be submitted to our community college partners and your ACT score must be taken within 5 years of the application deadline)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA for all college work of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Joint Enrollment Pathway Admission Overview

  • Individuals interested in the Joint Enrollment Pathway contact the UABSON RN to BSN Joint Enrollment Pathway Program Manager at
    (205) 975-7529 or by email at gmholmes@uab.edu prior to submitting an application to the Joint Enrollment Pathway.
  • After students have completed admission to the partner community college, they must apply separately to both the Community College Nursing Program (Wallace State Community College or Jefferson State Community College) and the UABSON RN to BSN Pathway to be considered for the Joint Enrollment Pathway.
  • Applicants must first be admitted to the Community College Nursing Program and qualify for Joint Enrollment in order to be admitted to the UABSON RN to BSN Pathway.
  • Please refer to the Application for Admission / Application Deadlines section on this page for specific application steps and important deadlines.

CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS


Application for Admission/Application Deadlines

Joint Enrollment requires the applicant to be admitted to both the Community College and to the community college nursing program at either WSCC or JSCC, as well as to the RN to BSN Pathway at the UAB School of Nursing.

In addition, the students must be admitted to the associate degree nursing program before admission to the RN to BSN Pathway can be confirmed.

Because Joint Enrollment requires completion of several applications, the table below is designed for the coordination of applications.

Steps to Application

Current UAB Students

  • Contact the UAB SON Joint Enrollment Pathway Program Manager at (205) 975-7529 or by email at gmholmes@uab.edu to discuss the application process and pathway eligibility.
  • Submit an admission application to a Joint Enrollment Partner Community College (Wallace State Community College or Jefferson State Community College) by the appropriate application deadline (see chart below).
  • For Wallace State Community College admission process information click here.
  • For Jefferson State Community College admission process information click here.
  • After admission to the Joint Enrollment Partner Community College, apply separately to the community college nursing program (Wallace State Community College or Jefferson State Community College) by the appropriate program deadline (see chart below).
  • Apply to the UABSON RN to BSN Program by the appropriate deadline (see chart below). Email the UABSON Joint Enrollment Pathway Program Manager for application instructions.

All Other Applicants

  • Contact the UAB SON Joint Enrollment Pathway Program Manager at (205) 975-7529 or by email at gmholmes@uab.edu to discuss the application process and pathway eligibility.
  • Apply to UAB as a degree-seeking student at least one month prior to the UABSON RN to BSN Pathway application deadline.
    To apply to UAB click here.
  • Submit an admission application to a Joint Enrollment Partner Community College (Wallace State Community College or Jefferson State Community College) by the appropriate application deadline (see chart below). Note: Currently enrolled Wallace State Community College and Jefferson State Community College applicants may skip this step).
  • For Wallace State Community College admission process information click here.
  • For Jefferson State Community College admission process information click here.
  • After admission to the Joint Enrollment Partner Community College, apply separately to the community college nursing program (Wallace State Community College or Jefferson State Community College) by the appropriate program deadline (see chart below).
  • Apply to the UABSON RN to BSN Program by the appropriate deadline (see chart below). Email the UABSON Joint Enrollment Pathway Program Manager for application instructions.

UABNCCP Joint Enrollment

Coordination of Application Deadlines – Students Enrolled at UAB

  Spring 2022 Fall 2022
WSCC JE Application Deadline October 1 May 15
UAB JE Application Deadline October 15 May 17
  Spring 2022 Fall 2022
JSCC JE Application Deadline October 13 May 15
UAB JE Application Deadline October 15 May 17

Joint Enrollment Pathway Sample Program of Study

Green – Courses to be complete at UAB

Semester 1 Joint Enrollment
NUR 112 (CC)Fundamentals of Nursing7
NRN 401 (UAB)Professional Nursing Concepts for RNS4
NUR Elective (UAB)Nursing Elective3
Fifth Term Total14
Semester 2 Joint Enrollment
NUR 113 (CC)Nursing Concepts I8
NRN 406 (UAB)Applied Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for RNs3
NRN 405 (UAB)Evidence-Based Nursing Practice and Informatics for RNs3
Sixth Term Total14
Semester 3 Joint Enrollment
NUR 114 (CC)Nursing Concepts II8
NUR 115 (CC)Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning2
NRN 402 (UAB)Professional Leadership Development for RNs3
Seventh Term Total13
Semester 4 Joint Enrollment
NUR 211 (CC)Advanced Nursing Concepts7
NRN 404 (UAB)Quality and Patient Safety for RNs4
NRN 407 (UAB)Transitional Care Coordination Across the Lifespan for RNs3
Eighth Term Total14
Semester 5 Joint Enrollment
NUR 221 (CC)Advanced Based Clinical Reasoning7
NRN 408 (UAB)Population Health for RNs4
NRN 403 (UAB)Systems Leadership for RNs3
Ninth Term Total14
 
General Education and Nursing Foundation Courses Total Credits (Completed at UAB)61
BSN Program Total Credits (Completed at UAB)30
WSCC/JSCC Nursing Credits39
UABNCCP Total Credits130

Joint Enrollment Pathway Outcomes

The RN to BSN Curriculum builds on the Associate in Applied Science Nursing Program Curriculum, which together meet the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice.

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 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.

Tuition and Fees for Joint Enrollment

For courses completed at the community college, please refer to the published tuition and fees at WSCC and/or JSCC.

For Courses Completed at UAB:

  • 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, 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 2020-2021
Resident
Charge ($)
Non-resident
Charge ($)
Undergraduate coursework (internet-based distance learning; each semester hour)505505
Fees - UAB School of NursingCost ($)
Educational Support and Technology Fee (per course - undergraduate and pre-licensure)185
Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee1 (per month)200
Student Dental Fee1 (per term)39
Other Expenses (Estimated)Cost ($)
Books and supplies (estimate per term)600
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
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


State Regulations Governing Distance Education

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.