RN Mobility (RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN)

Registered nurses who enroll at The University of Alabama may opt to pursue one of two tracks toward the completion of a higher degree or degrees. Students may enroll in either an RN to BSN or RN to BSN/MSN track. Both programs of study allow students to continue working while completing coursework online.

RN to BSN Track

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 an RN to BSN student, credit for 41 hours of NUR courses is awarded.

Hours
UA Lower-Division Requirements
BSC 215
BSC 216
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology II
8
BSC 242Microbiology And Man4
CH 104Introductory Chemistry (Or Other Approved Biology 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 223 or Medical Ethics (Or Other Approved Humanities)3
PHL 292 Introduction to Ethics
PY 101Intro To Psychology3
SOC 101 or Intro To Sociology (Or Other Social Behavioral Science)3
ANT 102 Intro Cultural Anthropology
Select one of the following Fine Art courses:3
Intro To Visual Arts
Survey Of Art I
Survey Of Art II
Survey Of Art III
Intro To Listening
Creativity
Intro To The Theatre
TCF 112
Literature and History 19
Select one of the following Statistics courses:3
Educational Statistics
Elem Statistical Methods
Statistical Data Analysis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 55
Required RN to BSN Courses
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
NUR 329Inq. Evidence Based Pract RNS3
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur4
NUR 449Community Health For RNs 25
NUR 455Leadership & Management Roles 25
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 25
Total Hours80
1

All students are required to complete a six-credit-hour sequence in either History or Literature. Students opting to enroll in the Literature sequence must also complete an approved three-credit History course. Students opting to enroll in the History sequence must also complete an approved three-credit Literature course. If students take two history courses and one literature course, one additional literature, humanities or fine arts course is required to satisfy the 12-hour humanities core requirement.

2

These courses require a field placement component and it is the student's responsibility to secure a site for the field placement. 

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 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

RN to BSN/MSN Track

The RN to BSN/MSN program of study is an accelerated option for the experienced, highly-qualified RN who holds an associate degree or diploma in nursing. RNs who meet MSN program admission criteria can apply for early admission to the Graduate School while completing the BSN requirements. The program of study includes 6–11 semester hours of credit in each of the seven semesters required of the track. The BSN degree is awarded after completion of all BSN requirements in the fourth semester. The MSN degree is awarded after completion of all MSN requirements. Two options are available for the RN to BSN/MSN student: nursing case manager or clinical nurse leader.

Promotion to Upper Division

The most qualified applicants will be selected each year for promotion to upper division for the RN to BSN/MSN track. The number of applicants promoted is dependent on the educational resources available to support this track. Every effort will be made to promote all applicants who meet the criteria. The application for promotion is due in the Office of Nursing Student Services by March 1 for summer promotion. Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered. The application for the graduate school is due by April 1.

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
  • 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.
Hours
Lower-Division Courses — RN to BSN/MSN Track
BSC 215
BSC 216
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology II
8
BSC 242Microbiology And Man4
CH 104Introductory Chemistry (Or Other Approved Biology 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 223 or Medical Ethics (Or Other Approved Humanities)3
PHL 292 Introduction to Ethics
PY 101Intro To Psychology3
SOC 101 or Intro To Sociology (Or Other Approved Social Behavioral Science)3
ANT 102 Intro Cultural Anthropology
Select one of the following Fine Art courses:3
Intro To Visual Arts
Survey Of Art I
Survey Of Art II
Survey Of Art III
Intro To Listening
Creativity
Intro To The Theatre
TCF 112
Literature and History 19
Select one of the following Statistics courses:3
Educational Statistics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 55
Elem Statistical Methods
Statistical Data Analysis
Upper-Division and MSN Curriculum — RN to BSN/MSN Track
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur4
NUR 449Community Health For RNs5
NUR 505Advanced Health Assessment3
NUR 529Advanced Pathophysiology3
NUR 581Research and Statistics for Health Professional3
CHS 520Basic Epidemiology3
NUR 522Human Relations Management3
NUR 580Fiscal Resource Management3
NUR 521Advanced Pharmacology3
NUR 501Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice with Rural Populations3
NUR 502Issues in Community Health for Rural Populations2
NUR 503Nursing Informatics in Healthcare3
NUR 520 or Evidence-Based Practice Role and Processes for Case Manager4
NUR 525 Evidence-Based Practice Role and Processes for the CNL
NUR 530 or Case Management Practicum6
NUR 535 Clinical Immersion Experience
Credit Hours Subtotal: 51
Total Hours106
1

All students are required to complete a six-credit-hour sequence in either history or literature. Students opting to enroll in the literature sequence must also complete an approved three-credit history course. Students opting to enroll in the history sequence must also complete an approved three-credit literature course. If students take two history courses and one literature course, one additional literature, humanities or fine arts course is required to satisfy the 12-hour humanities core requirement.

Admission to Graduate School

By April 1, students can apply for early, expedited admission to the MSN program, contingent on completion of the first semester of BSN coursework with a GPA of at least 3.0 and completion of all undergraduate core requirements.

Spring Admission (Full-Time)

Spring 1

Hours
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur (W)4

Summer 1

Hours
NUR 329Inq. Evidence Based Pract RNS (W)3
NUR 449Community Health For RNs (16 clinical hours)5

Fall 1 (Graduating semester)

Hours
NUR 455Leadership & Management Roles (45 clinical hours)5
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5

Summer Admission (Full-Time)

Summer 1

Hours
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur (W)4

Fall 1

Hours
NUR 329Inq. Evidence Based Pract RNS (W)3
NUR 449Community Health For RNs (16 clinical hours)5

Spring 1 (Graduating semester)

Hours
NUR 455Leadership & Management Roles (45 clinical hours)5
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5

Spring Admission (Part-Time)

Spring 1

Hours
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur (W)4

Summer 1

Hours
NUR 329Inq. Evidence Based Pract RNS (W)3

Fall 1

Hours
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5

Spring 2

Hours
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3

Summer 2

Hours
NUR 449Community Health For RNs (16 clinical hours)5

Fall 2 (Graduating semester)

Hours
NUR 455Leadership & Management Roles (45 clinical hours)5

Summer Admission (Part-Time)

Summer 1

Hours
NUR 348Role Tran in Baccalaureate Nur (W)4

Fall 1

Hours
NUR 329Inq. Evidence Based Pract RNS (W)3

Spring 1

Hours
NUR 465Complex Client Sys RNs5

Summer 2

Hours
NUR 319Nrsg Informatics for RNs3

Fall 2

Hours
NUR 449Community Health For RNs (16 clinical hours)5

Spring 2 (Graduating semester)

Hours
NUR 455Leadership & Management Roles (45 clinical hours)5

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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.

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