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BSN Program Admission Requirements


Traditional Students
First-time college students who complete the first two years at UAB, then apply for admission to the School of Nursing for the upper-division nursing curriculum.

  • Work with an assigned UAB Advisor through the UAB Advising Office during the first two years at the university.
  • Students who complete their prerequisites at UAB are eligible for priority consideration for admission to the upper-division nursing curriculum.


Transfer Students
Students who transfer from another university or two-year community college and complete all foundation and prerequisite courses elsewhere, then apply first to UAB and then to the School of Nursing for the upper-division nursing major.

  • BSN foundational and general studies courses are the same as those taken by students who complete all course work at UAB.
  • Two separate applications are required: one to the university and the second to the School of Nursing.
  • Students in this option will be assigned a UAB Advisor who will assist them in determining eligibility for application into the upper-division nursing major.


Second Degree Students
Students who have completed a previous undergraduate degree outside of the nursing discipline and who meet the UAB criteria for regular undergraduate admission.

  • Applicants must have at least a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing major that was earned at an accredited school or university, and the first degree must have been based upon at least 120 semester hours of earned credit.
  • Students in this option must first apply to UAB where they are assigned a UAB Advisor who will assist them in determining eligibility for application to the upper-division major.


Current or Potential UAB Students

There is a special-entry program available for students who are currently enrolled or intend to apply for admission to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The UAB Dean's Nursing Scholars Program, is directed toward high school seniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a composite ACT score of 24 or an equivalent composite SAT score. Applicants who meet these criteria may be granted early admission to the upper-division nursing major.


Detailed Admission Instructions and Core Performance Standards

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