Veterans CAN!

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

UAB School of Nursing also supports the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program (NECP) and AEMD Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP). For information on UAB School of Nursing eligibility requirements and the processes for applying for NECP/AECP at the School, contact Ms. Crimsynn Dover at

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.


  • Early admission review for qualified applicants
  • Dedicated advisors and peer support.
  • 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).


  • For military veterans, active duty reservists, and those in the National Guard
  • Must be admitted to UAB prior to applying for Veterans CAN
  • 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 a minimum of eight nursing pre-requisite courses, including a minimum of two science courses and an English composition course equivalent to EH 101 with a minimum 2.75 GPA

Pre-nursing Course Requirements

The following courses must be completed prior to entering BSN Program:

Pre-Nursing Foundation Courses
Core Area I:
Written Composition
Credit Hours
EH 101 English Composition I3
EH 102 English Composition II3
Core Area III:
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
MA 105 Pre-Calculus or MA 110 Finite Math3
CH 105/106 Intro to Chemistry I4
CH 107/108 Intro to Chemistry II14
Area V:
BY 115 Human Anatomy4
BY 116 Human Physiology4
BY 261 Microbiology4
NTR 222 Nutrition3
PY 212 Developmental Psychology3
Descriptive Statistics3
1 Students may take an additional approved science with lab (see UAB Pre-Nursing Advisor for eligible substitutions).
2Denoted as a second-degree BSN applicant pre-nursing foundation course prerequisite.
Additional Core/General Studies Requirements
Core Area II:
Humanities and Fine Arts
Credit Hours
Literature23 (or 6)
Fine Arts3
Area II Elective3
Core Area IV:
History, Social & Behavioral Sciences
PY 101 Psychology3
History23 (or 6)
Area IV Elective3
2 Students need either a 6-hour sequence of literature (Area II) or history (Area IV).
Additional Pre-Nursing Requirements
NUR 100 or other approved FYE Course32
3 Exceptions may apply for transfer students. Students transferring 24 or more credit hours into UAB are not required to complete an FYE course.
(All Pre-Nursing Prerequisite Coursework)