Message from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Karen FrithNursing is an exciting professional career choice for young adults from high school or for adults who have life experiences that lead them to the profession. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UAH gives students a rich collegiate experience where they can discover new ideas through scientific methods and apply nursing science to improve the health care experiences of people and communities. The College of Nursing is fortunate to have a student body and faculty who are diverse and committed to the core values of the College. We look forward to helping you find out what the College of Nursing has to offer you.

We offer two pathways to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree: a pathway for students who do not hold a nursing license (pre-licensure) and a pathway for students who have an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), called RN-BSN. Each pathway is designed for the needs of students.

In the pre-licensure pathway, students take general education courses and two nursing courses in the freshman and sophomore years, and then they apply to the nursing program. Acceptance into the nursing program is competitive; therefore, grades in the freshman and sophomore years (particularly sciences grades) are critical. For high achieving high school graduates, we offer the Early Promotion into the Nursing Program. To qualify, students must have a high school GPA of 3.5 and a composite ACT of 28 or higher. Those who meet these criteria, declare nursing as their major, and are admitted to UAH are guaranteed a slot in the nursing program as a freshman as long as they keep a 3.25 in prerequisite nursing courses and make a 80 on the admission assessment test.

In the RN-BSN pathway, students take nursing courses online. The program can be finished in one calendar year because of the credits from the ADN degree. For students who are interested in continuing their education in the Master of Science in Nursing degree, there is the RN-MSN option.

We welcome your inquiries. Please call Ms. Laura Mann at 256-824-6742 for information about the pre-licensure pathway or Mr. Charles Davis at 256-824-6669 for information about the RN-BSN pathway.

Sincerely,

Karen H. Frith, PhD, RN, NEA-BC