Nursing Honors Program
Provide research experiences that engage students, faculty, and staff with the community to identify and meet community needs and to enhance academic engagement.
Acceptance into the Nursing Honors Program requires the student to:
*BSN, Second Degree BSN, and RN-BSN Mobility students are all eligible for participation in the Nursing Honors Program.
- 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
- Maintenance of a 3.00 GPA (UAB) and a 3.25 GPA in nursing courses through graduation
- Completion of a minimum of 7 credit hours designated for honors clinical courses/seminars
- Participation in three Honors seminars to include completion of an honors service learning project
- A formal written report in the form of a scholarly paper based on the honors service learning project
- An oral or poster presentation at a designated meeting in the School of Nursing, professional meeting or scientific session
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 seven credit hours, the Honors in Nursing Program involves no additional credit requirements. Instead, successful completion of the three courses substitutes for a required generic course in informatics and research and a required nursing elective course. During the three semesters of the honors sequence, students will participate in seminars that will a) explore the informatics and research content necessary to a nursing career; b) help them to identify a problem, issue, or concern that each student wants to examine in depth; and c) facilitate the planning and implementation of a project to address this personally-identified area of interest.
The strategy chosen for this enrichment opportunity is service learning, because the essential three elements to this approach strengthen and reinforce within each student the above developmental goals. As a part of enhanced academic learning, the Honors service learning experience offers students the opportunity to explore in depth the theories, concepts, literature and published research about the specific area of interest to the individual student. Students are guided with the help of faculty and mentors to integrate and apply knowledge from scholarly literature to the project area while providing meaningful service to a specific agency. The partner-agency generally provides services or resources to populations or target groups that have specific needs that relate to the student’s area of interest, and a broad range of non-profit agencies are potential candidates for partnership. The student works closely within the agency’s context to help the agency as it strives to provide, evaluate, and improve its services to its target group. In this collaborative effort, the student actively engages in purposeful civic learning as he or she participates in activities within and through the agency’s interaction with the larger community. This civic learning helps students explore the cultural, economic, and political factors influencing healthcare delivery.
For more information and/or admission to the Nursing Honors Program, please contact:
Shannon Morrison, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Honors in Nursing
UAB School of Nursing
Telephone: (205) 996-7841
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