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The Joint Enrollment Pathway is for students who are interested in earning their BSN while still enrolled in their associate degree program. This allows students to earn both degrees at the same time and receive two diplomas from both their community college and UAB.

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.

The UAB School of Nursing has partnered with Wallace State Community College, Jefferson State Community College and Bevill State Community College to offer the UAB Nursing Community College Partnership (UABNCCP) Joint Enrollment Pathway.

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Next Open House: Thursday, August 1, 2024
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Program Information

  • 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, graduate nursing programs and even for employment in some hospitals; however, many qualified students are not admitted to traditional BSN programs across the country each year because of the limited number of seats available.

    The Joint Enrollment Pathway was developed to overcome barriers to achieving the BSN degree for ADN-prepared nurses by having students complete all the general education and nursing pre-requisite courses for the BSN degree in their first two years at the community college; then they can apply to the 5-semester Joint Enrollment Pathway where they complete required nursing coursework for both the associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing.

    This allows students to remain in their home communities while completing both degrees within 4 years, similar to students enrolled in traditional 4-year BSN programs.

  • Advantages of Joint Enrollment

    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, JSCC and BSCC the advantages of the Joint Enrollment Pathway include:

    • Joint Enrollment students can complete all the general education and nursing prerequisite courses required for the bachelor’s degree at their respective community college campus.
    • Joint Enrollment students will complete both the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and the RN to BSN Pathway coursework and earn an AAS and BSN degree 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.
    • 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.
  • Joint Enrollment 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:

    Pre-requisite Course Requirements

    Area I: Written Composition6 hours total
    EH 101 English Composition I3
    EH 102 English Composition II3
    Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts12 hours total
    Literature13 (or 6)
    Area II Elective3
    Area III: Natural Sciences and Mathematics11 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 Sciences12 hours total
    PY 101 Psychology3
    PY 212 Developmental Psychology3
    History13 (or 6)
    Area IV Elective3
    Area V: Additional Pre-Nursing Requirements18 hours total
    BY 115 Human Anatomy4
    BY 116 Human Physiology4
    BY 261 Microbiology4
    Descriptive Statistics3
    Area V Elective3
    Overall Total: 59 Credit Hours
    1Students need either a 6-hour sequence of literature or history. If the student elects to complete a history sequence, the student can take an Area II elective. If the student elects to complete a literature sequence, the student can take an Area IV elective.
    2Applies to students who take Microbiology at UAB. Students may otherwise take any additional science with lab (excluding Geology, Astronomy, and Environmental Science).
  • 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 Admission Overview

    • Individuals interested in the Joint Enrollment Pathway should contact Gail Holmes 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 (WSCC, JSCC or BSCC) 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 before their admission to the RN to BSN Pathway can be confirmed.
    • Please refer to the Application for Admission/Application Deadlines section below for specific application steps and important deadlines.


  • Application for Admission/Application Deadlines

    The Joint Enrollment Pathway requires applicants to be admitted to both the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and to one of our community college partners (WSCC, JSCC or BSCC), as well as their respective community college nursing program and the UAB School of Nursing RN to BSN Pathway.

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

    Because admission requires the coordination and completion of several applications, please follow the list below when applying to the Joint Enrollment Pathway.

    Steps to Application

    1. Contact the UABSON Joint Enrollment Pathway Manager at 205.975.7529 or by email at gmholmes@uab.edu to discuss the application process and pathway eligibility.
    2. Submit an admission application to UAB as a degree-seeking student at least one month prior to the UABSON RN to BSN Pathway application deadline. Note: Currently enrolled UAB applicants may skip this step.
    3. Submit an admission application to a Community College Partner (WSCC, JSCC or BSCC) by the appropriate application deadline listed below. Note: Currently enrolled Wallace State, Jefferson State and Bevill State applicants may skip this step.
    4. Once admitted to a community college partner (WSCC, JSCC or BSCC), apply separately to their community college nursing program by the appropriate program deadline (see chart below).
    5. Once admitted to UAB, email the UABSON Joint Enrollment Pathway Manager at gmholmes@uab.edu for application instructions to apply to the RN to BSN Program by the appropriate deadline listed below.

    UAB School of Nursing/Community College Joint Enrollment Pathway

    Coordination of Application Deadlines – Students Enrolled at UAB

     Fall 2024Spring 2025
    WSCCMay 15, 2024October 1, 2024
    UABMay 15, 2024October 1, 2024
     Fall 2024Spring 2025
    JSCCMay 21, 2024October 13, 2024
    UABMay 21, 2024October 13, 2024
     Spring 2025
    BSCCSeptember 15, 2024
    UABSeptember 15, 2024
  • Sample Program of Study

    Students are expected to follow the program of study.1

    Course Color Legend:
    Courses to be complete at UABCourses to be complete at Community College
    Semester 1 Joint Enrollment
    NUR 112 (CC)Fundamentals of Nursing7
    NRN 401 (UAB)Professional Nursing Concepts for RNS4
    NUR 306 (UAB)Joint Enrollment Success3
    Semester 2 Joint Enrollment
    NUR 113 (CC)Nursing Concepts I8
    NRN 402 (UAB)Professional Leadership Development for RNs3
    NRN 405 (UAB)Evidence-Based Nursing Practice and Informatics for RNs3
    Semester 3 Joint Enrollment
    NUR 114 (CC)Nursing Concepts II8
    NUR 115 (CC)Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning2
    NRN 403 (UAB)Systems Leadership for RNs3
    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
    Semester 5 Joint Enrollment
    NUR 221 (CC)Advanced Based Clinical Reasoning7
    NRN 406 (UAB)Applied Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for RNs3
    NRN 408 (UAB)Population Health for RNs4
    General Education & Nursing Pre-requisite61
    UAB Nursing Credits30
    WSCC/JSCC/BSCC Nursing Credits39
    UABNCCP Total Credits130

    1Program of Study is subject to change.

  • Joint Enrollment 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

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

    The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2023-2024 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 2023-2024
    Charge ($)
    Charge ($)
    Undergraduate coursework (internet-based distance learning; each semester hour)525525
    Fees - UAB School of NursingCost ($)
    Educational Support and Technology Fee (per course - undergraduate and pre-licensure)185
    Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee1 (per month)270
    Student Dental Fee1 (per term)39
    Other Expenses (Estimated)Cost ($)
    Books and supplies (estimate per term)600
    Background Check (annual estimate)92
    1 Estimate based on one student. 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 https://www.uab.edu/nursing/home/scholarships-financial-aid

    For Information about School of Nursing Scholarships, Contact:

    Photo of Stephanie Hamberger
    Stephanie Hamberger, MPA
    Director of Student Engagement, Recruitment and Scholarships
  • 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.


Gail Holmes

Gail Holmes


RN to BSN Pathway Manager
Office of Student Success


Nancy Claus

Nancy Claus


RN to BSN Pathway Director