Legacy of Leadership

In 2009, the School of Nursing was named a Veterans Affairs Nursing Academy, one of just 15 nursing schools in the U.S. to be so designated.


In the mid-1970s, the UAB School of Nursing (SON) launched the first nursing doctoral program in the Southeast. More than 30 years later, the school continues to be a pioneer, training nurses to generate new knowledge through research—and find ways to put that evidence into practice. The SON’s Ph.D. in Nursing program, a national leader in research-intensive postgraduate nursing education, has in recent years added distance-learning options and accelerated pathways to help dedicated undergraduates work through the “pipeline” to a doctoral degree quicker than ever before. The school’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares students to speed the translation of research innovations from the laboratory bench to patients’ bedsides as quickly as possible. The program’s graduates also are prepared to assume leading roles in today’s team-based, interdisciplinary approach to health care and to critically evaluate health-care policies and techniques with the goal of continually improving patient care.



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