Bachelor/Master of Science (BS/MS) in
Nursing (RN to BSN/MSN Nurse Executive)


Program Overview

The RN to BSN/MSN program of study is an accelerated option for the experienced, highly qualified registered nurse who holds an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The MSN degree has a concentration in Nurse Executive.

  • Program Format

  • Credit Hours

  • Tuition Per Hour

    Bachelor's, $385; Master's, $440

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Registered nurses who meet MSN program admission criteria can apply for early admission to the Graduate School while completing the BSN requirements. The RN to BSN/MSN track decreases the time required to complete both the BSN and MSN degree programs. The BSN degree is awarded after completion of all BSN requirements in the fourth semester. The Master of Science in Nursing with a Nurse Executive concentration is awarded after completion of all MSN requirements.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at The University of Alabama are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

  • Application DeadlineMay 1 for summer admission
  • Required For EntranceRN licensure
  • PracticumYes
  • Are test scores required?ACT and SAT scores are not required through the Fall 2024 entry term


Courses for the program, including core courses with the exception of the sciences, are offered online. No campus attendance is required. Credit for 40 hours of nursing courses is awarded upon admission to the University as an RN to BSN/MSN student. As a rule, students are required to complete the entire core curriculum before beginning Nursing coursework. We can, however, allow students to begin the nursing courses with 1-2 outstanding or pending prerequisites with departmental approval.

Please note that courses are subject to change.

UA Core Requirements

  • English Composition I & II
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I & II
  • Biology with Lab (or Chemistry with Lab)
  • Microbiology with Lab
  • Intro to Sociology or Approved Social Behavioral Science Elective
  • General Psychology
  • History/Literature (9 credit hours)1
  • Fine Arts
  • Statistics
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Humanities (Ethics preferred)
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

1History/Literature Note: All students are required to complete either a 6-credit-hour history or literature sequence. Students opting to enroll in the literature sequence must also complete an approved 3-credit-hour history course. Students opting to enroll in the history sequence must also complete an approved 3-credit-hour 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.

These programs require a field placement component. It is the student’s responsibility to secure a site for the field placement.

Required Nursing Courses – RN to BSN/MSN Nurse Executive

  • NUR 319 Nursing Informatics for Registered Nurses
  • NUR 348 Role Transition in Baccalaureate Nursing
  • NUR 449 Community Health for Registered Nurses
  • NUR 737 Interdisciplinary Leadership & Role Development for Practice Excellence*
  • NUR 727 Foundations of IS and EBP*
  • NUR 740 Health Policy & Politics*
  • NUR 465 Complex Client for RN
  • NUR 735 Population Health*
  • NUR 733 Informatics for Advanced Practice Nursing*
  • NUR 549 Roles & Leadership in Nursing Administration
  • NUR 550 Roles & Leadership in Nursing Administration Practicum (180 clinical hours)
  • NUR 551 U.S. Health Care Systems and Quality & Safety
  • NUR 552 U.S. Health Care Systems and Quality & Safety Practicum (180 clinical hours)
  • NUR 553 Advanced Financing & Strategic Planning in Health Care
  • NUR 554 Advanced Financing & Strategic Planning in Health Care Practicum (180 clinical hours)
  • NUR 599 Optional Thesis

Total credit hours in upper division and MSN program = 50-56

*Effective Summer 2024

View more information about this program through the University’s catalog.


To be considered for admission to the RN to BSN/MSN track, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Unencumbered RN license in the United States
  • Graduate from an ACEN or CNEA accredited associate’s degree program or from a diploma nursing program
  • Completion of the lower-division requirements (core curriculum) with a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in lower-division courses
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 grading scale) for the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work

Students must apply for admission to the Graduate School by May 1.

Before applying, contact Sanitria Armistad at Or you may call (205) 348-2616 or (800) 313-3591.

If you reside or intend to seek professional licensure outside of the state of Alabama, please review the requirements for that state prior to applying to this program.


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