University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level programs to start and/or advance your nursing education. There are a variety of courses that are taught 100% online in a virtual classroom with online courses and live face-to-face sessions. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a public institution that was founded in 1969. The UAB School of Nursing was chartered as the University of Alabama School of Nursing (UASON) in 1950.

The School of Nursing offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs including the PhD in Nursing degree and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, which offers BSN, MSN and Nurse Anesthesia Pathways. Also, there are more than 15 specialty and subspecialty nurse practitioner tracks, dual degree options, advanced nursing executive majors in administration and informatics, and an Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway (AMNP) program for students who already have one degree.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional Student

  • First-time college students who complete the first two years at UAB and then apply for admission to the School of Nursing for the upper-division nursing curriculum
  • Work with an assigned UAB Pre-Nursing Advisor during the first two years at the university
  • Students who complete their prerequisites at UAB are eligible for priority consideration for admission to the upper-division nursing curriculum
  • Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and then be eligible for state licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Registered Nurse Mobility (RN-BSN)

This program is available for the student who has currently obtained a Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN/ASN) and is licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in their individual state. Clinical practicum will be undertaken in the state of licensure. Time to completion varies from two semesters (full-time students) to 3 to 5 semesters (part-time students).


The RN Mobility RN to MSN Plan (Second Degree)

The program is designed for the RN who possesses an ADN/ASN and seeks the MSN.  Part of the focus of the program is to prepare the nurse for advanced nursing practice.

Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway (AMNP)

This program is available for nurses who currently have a degree and are looking to move forward with a Master's in Nursing.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is for the advanced learner who wishes to specialize in their field of nursing. This program offers more than 17 specialty tracks, including a variety of nurse practitioner options, clinical nurse leader, nurse anesthesia, nursing education, nursing informatics, and nursing and health systems administration.

MSN Specialty Tracks

  •  Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  •  Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  •  Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  •  Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  •  Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  •  Pediatric Primary & Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  •  Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
  •  Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
  •  Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
  •  Nurse Educator (NE)
  •  Nursing Health Systems Administration
  •  Nursing Informatics

MSN Subspecialty Tracks

  •  Advanced Forensic Nurse
  •  Advanced Palliative Care NP
  •  Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP)
  •  Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA)
  •  Oncology NP

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse Anesthesia

Nurse Anesthesia Post-BSN Admission (not all inclusive)

  • BSN from regionally accredited institution
  • Active, unencumbered RN License in the state where student will be completing didactic and clinical
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Minimumj 3.0 GPA on science prerequisite courses
  • Grade of 'C' or higher in all science pre-requisite courses
  • At least one-year RN experience in a critical care setting including: CCU, CVICU, MICU, Neuro ICU, SICU, Burn/Trauma ICU, Pediatric ICU; the following areas are not considered: PACU, Neonatal ICU, Cardiac Step Down, Bone Marrow Transplant, Telemetry, or Emergency Room
  • 3 letters of professional reference
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (no waiver process); no minimum score
  • Personal interview with the selection committee

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)

The PhD in Nursing offers a dual-format, distance accessible or live format, that includes required on-campus meetings (approximately one week per semester) and the use of on-line technology.

Coursework can be completed in 2 years by a full-time student. The graduate school requires that all students complete the entire program, including the dissertation, within seven years of matriculation.


The Baccalaureate, Master's, and PhD in Nursing and joint Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Post-BSN to DNP Pathway for Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Rankings and Awards

US News & World Report (2020)

  • #23 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #12 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #80 (tie) in Top Public Schools
  • #18 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #16 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #9 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans
  • #11 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans
  • #6 (tie) in Clinical Nurse Leader
  • #10 (tie) in Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Acute Care
  • #9 (tie) in Nurse Practitioner: Family
  • #8 (tie) in Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric, Primary Care
  • #6 in Nursing Administration
  • #65 (tie) in Nursing-Anesthesia
  • #112 (tie) in Best Education Schools
  • #157 (tie) in National Universities
  • #159 Best Global Universities

NICHE (2019)

  • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #32 of 599
  • Top Public Universities in America #45 of 672
  • Best Colleges in America #152 of 1,647
  • Best College Locations in America #586 of 1,553
  • Best Value Colleges in America #623 of 1,590
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in Alabama #1 of 25
  • Best Colleges in Alabama #2 of 26
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Alabama #2 of 24
  • Top Public Universities in Alabama #2 of 13
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in Alabama #2 of 10
  • Best College Campuses in Alabama #5 of 24
  • Best College Locations in Alabama #6 of 26
  • Best Value Colleges in Alabama #6 of 26
  • Best College Dorms in Alabama #6 of 24
  • Most Liberal Colleges in Alabama #7 of 9
  • Best Colleges in Birmingham Area #1 of 6
  • Best Value Colleges in Birmingham Area #3 of 6

Princeton Review (2018-2019)

  • The Best 384 Colleges
  • Best Southeastern
  • Green Colleges

Forbes (2019)

  • #394 Top Colleges
  • #135 in Public Colleges
  • #171 in Research Universities
  • #78 in the South
  • #272 America's Best Value Colleges

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been ranked the top young university in the United States and No. 10 worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.

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