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 102Computer 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.

Advanced degree opportunities for Registered Nurses

The Capstone College of Nursing has a pathway for RNs that hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing to attain their BSN and MSN degrees. The pathway is divided into two specific phases, undergraduate and graduate. Students who are accepted for this pathway will earn the BSN degree and the MSN degree upon successful completion of the plan of study. Available MSN concentrations are nurse case manager or nurse administrator.

This pathway requires 52-58 semester hours of lower-division coursework (see lower division courses above) in addition to undergraduate and graduate nursing upper-division coursework. Enrollment in this pathway is only considered for summer admission.

Click the “Plan of Study Outline” tab above to view the sequence of courses for phase 1 of the curriculum.

Eligibility requirements for this pathway:

  • satisfactory completion of all lower-division requirements
  • acceptance to the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs
  • an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the required lower-division 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

Hours
Summer 1
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur (W)4
NUR 505Advanced Health Assessment 23
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Fall 1
NUR 449Community Health For RNs (16 clinical hours) 15
NUR 500Population Health3
NUR 529Advanced Pathophysiology 23
Credit Hours Subtotal: 11
Total Hours21

Nurse Administrator

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 519Health Policy & Finance 23
Spring 1
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5
NUR 507Organizational & Systems Leadership 23
NUR 514Research and Evidence-Based Practice 23
Credit Hours Subtotal: 19
Complete BSN requirements; BSN awarded
Total Hours26

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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.