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Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows

The Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows, a graduate fellowship program, allows returned Peace Corps Volunteers to apply to the Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway (AMNP) program. The program offers financial assistance and opportunities for returned Peace Corps Volunteers to use the knowledge and skills they developed during their overseas service during their graduate work as they participate in service learning projects with underserved communities.

Located in one of the world’s largest academic health science centers, the internationally renown UAB School of Nursing’s legacy of nursing leadership is focused on the integration of research, education, and clinical practice. The UAB School of Nursing is ranked 13th - in the top 5% of nursing schools - nationwide by U.S. News and World Report, is 7th among publically funded colleges and universities and is the most affordable of all of the top-ranked schools of nursing. 

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Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway (AMNP)

About Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows 


Students in the UAB School of Nursing Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows program participate in the translation of global experience. This unique and intercollaborative program advances Peace Corps’ third goal, “to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans,” by providing opportunities for returned Peace Corps Fellows to engage in meaningful experiences with underserved communities in the Greater Birmingham area.

A key component of the Fellows program involves partnering with community organizations to provide opportunities for students to address selected community or health problems through their clinical practicum experiences. Fellows will address two major health issues during these community experiences: reduction of health disparities, and addressing the nursing shortage. 

Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Will:


  • Learn in a dynamic environment that gives them access to health disparities that impact urban and rural populations
  • Have a direct mentor in the program coordinator who is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and a graduate of an accelerated nursing program
  • Have opportunities to work closely with Greater Birmingham Returned Peace Corps Volunteers on community projects such as map murals, recruitment fairs and educational events

Andrea Kayne (Paraguay 2012; BSN 2015)


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"I started nursing school at UAB before I had even been back from PC Paraguay a full year, and being able to identify myself as a PC Fellow was a comfort and a pleasure. I made great connections with faculty that have carried on beyond graduation and I treasured sharing my service with prospective applicants and future nurses. As a new resident in Alabama, the UAB School of Nursing Peace Corps Fellows program gave me guidance, helped me integrate, and opened the door for professional opportunities."

Sarah Jayne Merrick (China 2012; MSN 2015)


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“There are many benefits of being a RPCV, one of them the Peace Corps Fellows program at the UAB School of Nursing. I initially chose the Accelerated Masters in Nursing Program for its affordability and quickness, but now I am glad I chose the program because I was exceedingly prepared for the nursing boards as well as to start working. The program placed me on a floor where I am currently working and wish to specialize in so I could not be in a better position to succeed in my education and career.”

For more information:

Karmie Johnson, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC 
Program Coordinator
205.975.4295 |