Admission Guidelines

The upper division includes the clinical component of the nursing curriculum. Students must apply and be admitted to the nursing program to be eligible to enroll in upper division or level 300 and 400 courses.

Admission to the upper division is highly competitive and spaces are limited. When the number of students applying to the upper division exceeds the number of spaces available, the most qualified applicants will be admitted. Those applicants who present the strongest academic records and who show the most promise for success in the upper division will be admitted. UAH students who have completed 30 or more hours at UAH will be given priority consideration for admission over transfer students.

The Early Promotion into UAH Nursing Program (EPNP) is an exciting new Nursing Honors Program being offered by The University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing. Highly qualified students who enter UAH as freshmen declaring Nursing as their major, take all lower division Nursing coursework as listed in the BSN lower division program of study on the UAH campus, and meet the requirements will be guaranteed a slot in the upper division Nursing courses.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Admission – Application period is open from January 5 – March 15, deadline of March 15 (Application Packet )
  • Spring Admission – Application period is open from April 5 – June 15, deadline of June 15 (Application Packet)

Admissions Policy

Enrollment into the University (pre-professional/lower division component) as a nursing major does not assure the student admission to the Professional (upper division) Component. Enrollment in the upper division nursing component is limited and competitive. Students are admitted without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or qualified disability.

Please Note: Students Must Be Accepted to the University Before Applying to the College of Nursing!

Students are admitted every fall and spring semester. Applications are available in the Office of Undergraduate Programs in the College of Nursing and here:

Applications are reviewed carefully to determine that students have satisfied all pre-nursing requirements. Students are selected based upon the following factors:

  1. Admission to the University prior to the application deadline
  2. Submission of a completed nursing application by posted deadlines
  3. ACT/SAT score: minimum score of 18 or 940
  4. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all nursing prerequisite courses
  5. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all required science courses
  6. A minimum grade of "C" in all nursing prerequisite courses
  7. A minimum cumulative score of 70% on the Elsevier HESI Admission Assessment (A2) exam (To schedule on the UAH campus:


ACT/SAT score: minimum score of 18 or 940 is required.

Please NOTE: Admission may be forfeited if any admission criteria is not met.

The UAH College of Nursing reserves the right to select the applicants best qualified for and most likely to succeed in the study of nursing. Failure to comply with legal, moral, and legislative standards for licensure to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Alabama merits immediate dismissal from the nursing program. In keeping with the dynamic changes in the nursing and health field, the baccalaureate curriculum may undergo change. Changes in curricula and/or admission requirements will be published as far in advance as possible.

All interested students are strongly encouraged to meet with or contact a UAH College of Nursing advisor when applying to the program.

Additionally, if you have attended any previous nursing program you must be in good standing and able to progress to be considered eligible for our program.Failure out of another program or failure of a nursing class renders you ineligible for our program.

Prerequisite /Lower Division coursework: 60 Semester Hours

UAH Students: Complete lower division courses as advised by the Office of Undergraduate Programs, following the pattern of courses required by the university and the College of Nursing.

Transfer Students: UAH participates in the Alabama Articulation Agreement with Alabama junior and community colleges. Students participating in the Articulation Agreement should follow the program guide and contact the UAH Office of Student Affairs for guidance on specific courses.