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The UAB School of Nursing offers a special initiative. The Veterans Career Advancement in Nursing (Veterans CAN!) is for our military veterans, active duty reservists and members of the National Guard who wish 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 AMEDD 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 Crimsynn Dover at cdover@uab.edu. For information on VCAN!, contact Rachel Sasser at rmshaw@uab.edu.

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 to 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
  • Students transferring in less than 24 credit hours to UAB will follow the Blazer Core curriculum. Students transferring 24 or more credit hours into UAB can select between the Blazer Core curriculum or the Core Curriculum (AGSC).

Pre-nursing Course Requirements

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

Core Curriculum (AGSC)
(Transfer students with 24 or more credits)
Blazer Core Curriculum
(New freshmen or transfer students with less than 24 credits)
Pre-Nursing Foundation CoursesCredit HoursPre-Nursing Foundation Courses
Core Area I: Written CompositionEH 101 English Composition I3EH 101 English Composition IFirst Year Writing
EH 102 English Composition II3EH 102 English Composition II
Core Area III: Natural Sciences and MathematicsMA 105 Pre-Calculus or
MA 110 Finite Math
3MA 105 Pre-Calculus or
MA 110 Finite Math
Quantitative Literacy
CH 105/106 Intro to Chemistry I4CH 105/106 Intro to Chemistry IScientific Inquiry
CH 107/108 Intro to Chemistry II14CH 107/108 Intro to Chemistry II1
Core Area II: Humanities and Fine ArtsFine Arts3Creative Arts courseCreative Arts
Humanities3Communicating in the Modern World courseCommunicating in the Modern World
Area II Elective3Reasoning courseReasoning
Literature23\63History & Meaning courseHistory & Meaning
Core Area IV: History, Social & Behavioral SciencesHistory23\6
PY 101 Psychology3PY 101 PsychologyHumans & Their Societies
Area IV Elective3City as ClassroomCity as Classroom
Area V: Pre-NursingBY 115 Human Anatomy4BY 115 Human AnatomyNursing Foundation
BY 116 Human Physiology4BY 116 Human Physiology
BY 261 Microbiology4BY 261 Microbiology
NTR 222 Nutrition3NTR 222 Nutrition
Descriptive Statistics3Descriptive Statistics
PY 212 Developmental Psychology3PY 212 Developmental PsychologyHumans & Their Societies
UAB: FYENUR 100 or other approved FYE Course323NUR 100 or other approved Local Beginnings Course3Local Beginnings
(All Pre-Nursing Prerequisite Coursework)
(All Pre-Nursing Prerequisite Coursework)
1 Students may take an additional approved science with lab (see UAB Pre-Nursing Advisor for eligible substitutions).
2 Students need either a 6-hour sequence of literature (Area II) or history (Area IV) under AGSC.
3 Exceptions may apply for transfer students. Students transferring 24 or more credit hours into UAB are not required to complete an FYE course.
Note: Pre-nursing foundation courses are listed in blue.


Crimsynn Dover

Crimsynn Dover


BSN Program Manager
Office of Student Success



Rachel Sasser

Rachel Sasser


Co-Director, Veterans CAN!



Randy Moore

Randy Moore


Co-Director, Veterans CAN!