Registered nurses who enroll at The University of Alabama may opt to pursue one of two options toward the completion of a higher degree or degrees. Both programs of study allow students to continue working while completing coursework online.

RN to BSN

The RN to BSN program of study is specifically designed for the registered nurse student to earn a bachelor’s degree. The program consists of 52-58 semester hours of required lower-division coursework and 25 semester hours of upper-division coursework. Lower-division studies include courses that meet University Core Curriculum requirements for a bachelor’s degree. All lower-division hours must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in upper-division courses. Upon admission to the University as a RN to BSN student, credit for 40 hours of NUR courses is awarded.

RN to BSN

Hours
Lower Division courses
BSC 215
BSC 216
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology II
8
BSC 242Microbiology And Man4
CH 104Introductory Chemistry (or other approved Natural Science course)4
CS 102Microcomputer Applications3
EN 101
EN 102
English Composition
and English Composition
6
HD 101Life Span Human Development3
MATH 110Finite Mathematics (or higher)3
PHL 223Medical Ethics (or other approved Humanities course)3
PY 101Intro To Psychology3
SOC 101Intro To Sociology (or other approved Social Behavioral Science course)3
Fine Arts 13
Literature and History 29
Statistics3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 55
Upper Division courses
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
NUR 329Inq. Evidence Based Pract RNS3
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur4
NUR 449Community Health For RNs 35
NUR 455Leadership & Management Roles 35
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 25
Total Hours80

Promotion to Upper Division

Every effort will be made to promote all applicants who meet the criteria. The number of applicants promoted is dependent on the educational resources available to support this track. The application for promotion is due in the Office of Nursing Student Services by March 1 for summer promotion, June 1 for fall promotion and October 1 for spring promotion. Applications submitted after the deadlines may be considered. 

Promotion Criteria

To be eligible for promotion to the upper division, a registered nursing student must have the following:

  • satisfactory completion of all lower-division requirements (grade of C- or higher)
  • an overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on the required lower-division courses
  • an overall grade point average of 2.0 on all required science courses
  • an unencumbered RN license in the state where clinical course requirements will be completed
  • graduation from an ACEN accredited school of nursing
  • applicants must reside and be licensed in one of the states in which the Capstone College of Nursing is authorized to provide online education. To view the list of approved states click here.

RN to BSN Plans of Study

Spring Admission (Full-Time)

Hours
Spring
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur (W)4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7
Summer
NUR 329Inq. Evidence Based Pract RNS3
NUR 449Community Health For RNs 15
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Fall (graduating semester)
NUR 455Leadership & Management Roles 15
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Total Hours25

Summer Admission (Full-Time)

Hours
Summer
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur (W)4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7
Fall
NUR 329Inq. Evidence Based Pract RNS3
NUR 449Community Health For RNs 15
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Spring (graduating semester)
NUR 455Leadership & Management Roles 15
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Total Hours25

Fall Admission (Full-Time)

Hours
Fall
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur (W)4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7
Spring
NUR 329Inq. Evidence Based Pract RNS3
NUR 449Community Health For RNs 15
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Summer (graduating semester)
NUR 455Leadership & Management Roles 15
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Total Hours25

Spring Admission (Part-time)

Hours
Spring 1
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur (W)4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Summer 1
NUR 329Inq. Evidence Based Pract RNS3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Fall 1
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Spring 2
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Summer 2
NUR 449Community Health For RNs 15
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Fall 2 (graduating semester)
NUR 455Leadership & Management Roles 15
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Total Hours25

Summer Admission (Part-time)

Hours
Summer 1
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur (W)4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Fall 1
NUR 329Inq. Evidence Based Pract RNS3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Spring 1
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Summer 2
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Fall 2
NUR 449Community Health For RNs 15
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Spring 2 (graduating semester)
NUR 455Leadership & Management Roles 15
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Total Hours25

Fall Admission (Part-time)

Hours
Fall 1
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur (W)4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Spring 1
NUR 329Inq. Evidence Based Pract RNS3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Summer 1
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Fall 2
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Spring 2
NUR 449Community Health For RNs 15
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Summer 2 (graduating semester)
NUR 455Leadership & Management Roles 15
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Total Hours25

RN/BSN Pathway to MSN (Phase One)

Click here to view the Phase Two plan of study

Nurse Case Manager and Clinical Nurse Leader

Hours
Summer 1
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur (W)4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7
Fall 1
NUR 449Community Health For RNs (16 clinical hours) 15
NUR 521Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR 529Advanced Pathophysiology3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 11
Spring 1
NUR 581Research and Statistics for Health Professional3
NUR 522Human Relations Management (60 clinical hours) 13
CHS 520Basic Epidemiology3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Summer 2
NUR 505Advanced Health Assessment3
NUR 580Fiscal Resource Management (60 clinical hours) 13
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Complete BSN requirements; BSN awarded
Total Hours33

Nurse Administrator

Hours
Summer 1
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7
Fall 1
NUR 449Community Health For RNs (16 clinical hours) 15
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Spring 1
NUR 522Human Relations Management (60 clinical hours) 13
NUR 581Research and Statistics for Health Professional3
CHS 520Basic Epidemiology3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Summer 2
NUR 502Issues in Community Health for Rural Populations2
NUR 580Fiscal Resource Management (60 clinical hours) 13
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Complete BSN requirements; BSN awarded
Total Hours31

Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Schools, Higher Education, Government Policy Development, Home Health, Public Health Departments, Physicians Offices, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Leaders, Case Management, Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Types of jobs Accepted

Many of our graduates accept positions in hospitals to begin with. From there, they will go on to graduate programs or other areas of practice. The career opportunities are limitless.