Bachelor/Master of Science (BS/MS) in
Nursing (RN to BSN/MSN)
The RN to BSN/MSN program of study is an accelerated option for the experienced, highly qualified registered nurse who holds an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing.
Tuition Per HourBachelor'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 MSN degree is awarded after completion of all MSN requirements. The MSN degree has a concentration in Nurse Administrator.
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.
Courses for the program, including core courses with the exception of the sciences, are offered online. No campus attendance is required. Credit for 41 hours of nursing courses is awarded upon admission to the University as an RN to BSN/MSN student. All core requirements must be completed prior to enrolling in any nursing courses.
Please note that courses are subject to change.
UA Core Requirements
- English Composition I & II
- Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I & II
- Chemistry with Lab or Biology with Lab
- Microbiology with Lab
- Intro to Sociology or Approved Social Behavioral Science Elective
- General Psychology
- History/Literature (9 credit hours)1
- Fine Arts
- Human Growth and Development
- Humanities (Ethics preferred)
- 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 Administrator
- NUR 319 Nursing Informatics for Registered Nurses
- NUR 348 Role Transition in Baccalaureate Nursing
- NUR 449 Community Health for Registered Nurses
- NUR 507 Organizational and Systems Leadership
- NUR 514 Research and Evidence-Based Practice
- NUR 519 Health Policy and Finance
- NUR 465 Complex Client for RN
- NUR 503 Informatics in Healthcare
- NUR 500 Population Health
- 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
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 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 March 1.
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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