BSN Admission Process:
To apply to the BSN program in the School of Nursing at UAB, two different application are submitted: UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the UAB School of Nursing BSN application. Current UAB Undergraduate students need to submit only the UAB School of Nursing BSN application.
Admission as a degree-seeking student through the UAB Office of Undergraduate admissions is the first step toward a major in nursing. Admission is based on high school and prior college course work, along with any necessary college-admission entrance exam scores. The online application for the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions is available at Application for UAB Undergraduate Admissions along with contact information.
Once admitted as an undergraduate student, the student is notified through an offer-of-admission letter to contact their assigned UAB Advisor. Advisement with the assigned advisor is a requirement for application to the School of Nursing.
At the scheduled appointment, the advisor will review the student’s academic record, including an evaluation of any previous college course work to establish a plan for the sequencing of the prerequisite courses that need to be completed before admission to the School of Nursing. The advisor will also explain the requirements and process for admission to the BSN Program.
When the student has either completed the required prerequisiste courses or is in the last semester of prerequisite courses, the student is issued the School of Nursing BSN application by their assigned advisor.
The student completes the School of Nursing application and submits it and all additional application materials to the School of Nursing Student Affairs Office by the application deadline.
The minimum cumulative GPA for all traditional BSN applicants is 2.75 at the time of application (includes transfer students). Admission is competitive and is based on space available. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing.
Students are eligible to apply when they have successfully completed a minimum of 41 semester credit hours. Successful completion of all pre-nursing foundation courses with a “C” or above in each course must be met prior to matriculation into the nursing program.
Students offered admission to the School of Nursing who are enrolled in prerequisite course work must make a “C” or better in every foundation course for the nursing major. The final minimum cumulative/overall and Nursing Foundation Coursework GPA must be a 2.75 or greater.
Admission decisions are competitive and based on the applicant’s academic record and application at the time of the application deadline. *All grades (UAB and other colleges/universities) from previous terms must be posted on the applicant’s UAB transcript by the application deadline.
A resume outlining health-care interest/experience, campus/community involvement, leadership, and employment is due by the application deadline.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide proof of work/volunteer experience in a health-care setting as part of the application process. The health-care work is to be documented by letters from a supervisor (on agency letterhead) and/or time sheets and must consist of a minimum of 60 hours of paid or volunteer work in a health-care setting. Completion of a nursing-skills course does not meet this criterion.
Applicants to the School of Nursing are strongly recommended to demonstrate a record of full-time study and a minimum number of course repeats/grade forgiveness options.
Admission decisions will be based on the applicant’s academic record, supporting documents, and BSN application at the time of the application deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide proof of work/volunteer experience in a health-care setting as part of the application process. This experience is not required for admission but factor into the admission decision.
Special Options for Traditional BSN Admission
The UAB Nursing Scholars program for entering freshmen is a special early-admission option for academically qualified high school seniors who have an ACT score of 24 or above or an equivalent composite SAT score, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. This option ensures admission to the nursing program as long as a minimum GPA of 3.2 is maintained in the BSN foundation courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is maintained.
Prior to Enrollment for Upper-Division Nursing Courses
-CPR certification will be due prior to registration for upper-division courses. The following courses meet this requirement.
– American Heart Association’s Healthcare Provider Course (Course C or BLSC)
– American Red Cross’s Professional Rescuer Course
-Medical clearance is required prior to registration for all upper-division nursing courses.
-An annual background check and drug screen will be completed once in nursing course work.
Applicants will receive an admissions decision a minimum of four weeks after application for the semester for which they are applying.
Future updates on the BSN admission process will be posted on the School of Nursing Web site, will be available from your advisor, and sent to your “@uab.edu” e-mail address. If you have any questions concerning these changes, please feel free to contact the School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs.
*Traditional Students are those students who seek to enter the undergraduate BSN program and are not a RN.