int135, where are you from? I currently live in VA, but I'm originally from AL and am moving back to be closer to my family. I was also deciding between the 2nd degree BSN or AMNP program. I'll try to explain a little about my experience and hope that it makes sense!
In regards to how competitive it is, I was told that the BSN program gets around 280 applications and 120 are accepted, but about 50 of those spots are reserved for current UAB honors students. For the AMNP program, they said around 150 apply, 80 are offered interviews and 40-50 are accepted. In the info. session that I went to about the AMNP program, they said they look at grades, whether you've repeated courses, course load, essay, experience, that you know what a nurse does and have a desire to do what nurses do. I guess they look at all of that and then offer interviews and then look at everything again along with the interview to determine who to accept. I don't know for sure that this is how it works, I'm just assuming based on the information I've gotten. When I first started looking into the programs, I was told that applicants are notified about 4 weeks after the application deadline.
As far as my experience, I applied to UAB in January with the intention of applying to the 2nd degree BSN program starting Fall 2011 and was assigned a pre-nursing advisor. Since I already had all but one of the prerequisites completed, my advisor told me that I had what I needed to apply to the BSN program and he would email me the application once it was made available. Apparently they don't release the BSN application until the week before the deadline, but they release it earlier if you're out of state. The deadline was April 22 and he emailed the application in early April and I mailed it in the week before the deadline, but anyone inside the state had to hand deliver theirs on one of three designated dates the week of the deadline.
I think we were supposed to hear if we were accepted into the BSN program at the end of May, but someone from the AMNP program called me in mid-May and asked if I'd like to interview for the AMNP program that starts in Spring 2012. She explained some of the differences between the two programs and it seemed like the AMNP program was a better fit for me.
Do you still have prerequisite courses to take?