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.

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 Inorganic Chemistry4
CH 107/108 Organic Chemistry14
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).
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 (see UAB Pre-Nursing Advisor for details).
(All Pre-Nursing Prerequisite Coursework)