Honors & Scholars Programs

Honors and Scholars Programs

The School of Nursing provides opportunities to engage and challenge those students who wish to pursue a more demanding academic experience, and to identify and reward those students who begin their college career at the university. These programs are taught by faculty members who are known for their excellence in teaching, research, and service.


Nursing Honors Program

Nursing Honors Program


Purpose

Provide research experiences that engage students, faculty, and staff with the community to identify and meet community needs and to enhance academic engagement.


Eligibility

Acceptance into the Nursing Honors Program requires the student to:

  • Earn a 3.40 GPA in BSN Foundation courses
  • Earn a 3.00 GPA UAB and overall
  • Submit the Honors Program Application Form
  • Be selected by Honors Committee from application, transcript evaluation, and interview
*BSN, Second Degree BSN, and RN-BSN Mobility students are all eligible for participation in the Nursing Honors Program.

 
Requirements 

  • Maintenance of a 3.00 GPA (UAB) and a 3.25 GPA in nursing courses through graduation
  • Completion of a minimum of 6 credit hours designated for honors clinical courses/seminars
  • An oral or poster presentation at a designated meeting in the School of Nursing, professional meeting or scientific session

 
Benefits 

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of acknowledgement at the UAB Honors Convocation and will graduate “With Honors in Nursing”.  Students who participate in both the UAB Honors program and the School of Nursing Honors program will graduate “With University Honors in Nursing”.

The UAB Honors in Nursing Program endeavors to offer specific students enrichment opportunities beyond the traditional courses. Comprised of three courses that encompass six credit hours, the program adds three additional credit hours to the standard curriculum. A detailed explanation of the three semester hours of coursework include:

A focus on the introduction to nursing research, research ethics and the fundamentals of research critique.  In addition, research groups are created and assigned to an established/funded research teams (most congruent with the students identified research interest when possible). While students do not actively particpate in the research team until semester three of the program, each student group completes an annotated bibliography specific to the reserach question of their team.

  1. A focus on the introduction to nursing research, research ethics and the fundamentals of research critique.  In addition, research groups are created and assigned to an established/funded research teams (most congruent with the students identified research interest when possible). While students do not actively participate in the research team until semester three of the program, each student group completes an annotated bibliography specific to the research question of their team.

  2. Additional research education that includes research terminology, design, strengths/limitations of select designs, sampling principles, data interpretation, and dissemination.  At the conclusion of semester two, each group builds upon the annotated bibliography to complete a review of the literature paper specific to the primary research question of the team.

  3. Completion of a 90-hour practicum as a member of their assigned research team and engagement in activities across the research spectrum.  Each group develops an abstract and presents a poster at the UAB Undergraduate Research Expo that highlights the specific work completed during the practicum.

For more information and/or admission to the Nursing Honors Program, please contact: 

Shannon Morrison, PhD, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor and Nursing Honor's Program Coordinator
Phone:  205-996-7841
Email:  samorris@uab.edu


We acknowledge the Endowed Fund for Nursing Undergraduate Honors in honor of Kristen Celia and Gerald Leon Wallace, Jr. established by Celia A. Wallace, February 4, 2005


Dean's Nursing Scholar Program



UAB Dean's Nursing Scholar Program

Designed for academically talented high school seniors who are strongly considering a career in nursing

Insures admission
to the world-class UAB School of Nursing for:

  • Entering Freshman
  • Successful completion of the required undergraduate prerequisite foundation and core classes
  • A minimum BSN Foundation GPA of 3.2
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 is required for entry into the upper division nursing courses


Qualifications

  • A high school senior with a composite ACT score of 24 or above or a composite SAT score of 1090
  • A minimum high school grade point average of 3.2  
  • Admission through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions


Application Process

    • Complete admission process through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    • UAB must receive the official high school transcript by the posted deadline
    • UAB School of Nursing will confirm qualifications with the university admissions office
    • Qualified applicants will receive an offer of admission and a letter for the Dean's Nursing Scholars program 
    • Note: Students that retake the ACT/SAT or increase their high school grade point average to meet the Dean’s Scholar requirements will receive a letter to become a Dean’s Scholar once the official test scores or grade documents arrive.

 

Selection

The composite ACT or SAT score, the applicant's high school academic grade point average (computed on subjects required for undergraduate admission to UAB), and all additional application materials will be used in the selection process for the UAB Dean's Nursing Scholars Program.


3.5 Year Plan



3.5 Year Nursing Plan


- For students applying for the UAB Dean's Nursing Scholars Program
- For High School students with more than 15 credit hours of AP or Dual Enrollment credit taken in High School

Application to UAB before December 1st for priority consideration, and applications will be accepted through May 1st of a student’s senior year of high school on a space-available basis.


Selection

The composite ACT or SAT score, the applicant's high school academic grade point average (computed on subjects required for undergraduate admission to UAB), number and scores on AP and DE courses and all additional application material will be used in the selection process for the UAB Dean's Nursing Scholars 3.5 Year Program.