Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway

The Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway (AMNP) provides an option for students who have a bachelor's degree or higher in a field other than nursing and are not registered nurses, to pursue a nursing degree. It has been developed in response to the growing need for well-educated, highly skilled professionals who can manage complexity within clinical environments. This unique category of students is eligible for master's level admission to this graduate program once prerequisite nursing foundation course requirements are met.

AMNP provides pre-licensure course work leading to a Master of Science in Nursing, MSN, degree.  Students should be prepared to dedicate 40 hours or more a week to coursework and clinicals.  Students find that it is not feasible for them to work while completing course work and clinicals. AMNP is live and not distance accessible. 

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Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway

AMNP Overview


The pre-licensure:

Consists of 16 months of full-time study in which students complete the required courses and clinical experiences and are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse.  Students emerge with the knowledge and skills required to function as a registered nurse through an intense learning experience. Upon successful completion of pre-licensure requirements, the UAB University Registrar sends a certified letter to the Alabama Board of Nursing stating that students have successfully completed requirements and are eligible to take the National Certification Licensure Exam for RNs (NCLEX-RN). Students who successfully complete the NCLEX-RN may apply for licensure and for employment as a Registered Nurse.

The Master of Science in Nursing:

The MSN degree provides an entry-level focus in healthcare technology and transitional care while allowing for further graduate nursing education into multiple pathways of graduate nursing studies.

Information Session


There is an AMNP information session each Wednesday from noon-1 p.m. Check in at the Student Success Office (Room 1002) on the first floor of the School of Nursing building.

Doctoral Education


A Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) from UAB prepares graduates for entry into doctoral studies in nursing, in either the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a practice-focused terminal degree to prepare graduates to practice at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care or nursing education; or the School’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing, which prepares nurses as scholars, leaders and researchers who will make a substantive contribution to the body of knowledge for the discipline of nursing and thereby improve health outcomes for those who receive nursing care.


The Master's Degree Program in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (