Nursing (RN to BSN)


Program Overview

The RN to BSN program of study allows registered nurses who hold an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing to pursue an advanced degree in a convenient online format.

*Credit hours are for nursing courses.

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The Future Is in Your Hands

Faculty from UA’s Capstone College of Nursing bring their expertise and experience into the classroom to provide students with the training they need to be successful health care providers.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at The University of Alabama is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

  • Application DeadlineAugust 1 for fall admission; October 1 for spring admission; March 1 for summer admission
  • Required For EntranceRN licensure
  • PracticumYes


Students may complete the core curriculum courses, with the exception of the sciences, online at The University of Alabama. The required nursing courses are also offered online. The online format makes it convenient for working students. Credit for 41 hours of nursing courses is awarded upon admission to the University as an RN to BSN 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
  • Statistics
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Humanities (Ethics preferred)
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

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

Required Nursing Courses – RN to BSN

  • NUR 319 Nursing Informatics for Registered Nurses
  • NUR 329 Inquiry for Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing for Registered Nurses
  • NUR 348 Role Transition in Baccalaureate Nursing
  • NUR 449 Community Health for Registered Nurses
  • NUR 455 Leadership and Management Roles for Registered Nurses
  • NUR 465 Complex Client Systems for Registered Nurses

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.

Total credits required for graduation = 126 credit hours


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

  • Unencumbered RN license in the United States
  • 2.5 GPA in lower-division courses
  • 2.0 GPA in science courses
  • Graduate from an ACEN accredited associate’s degree program or from a diploma nursing program

Applications for admission are accepted year-round. Deadlines are:

  • Fall semester – August 1 (Please note that applications submitted after July 15 are subject to processing time available)
  • Spring semester – October 1
  • Summer semester – March 1

Students enroll in nursing courses after meeting core curriculum requirements and upon acceptance into the Capstone College of Nursing.

Before applying, contact Katara Wilson at or (205) 348-6639 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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Ginger Whaley is a graduate of the online BSN degree program at The University of Alabama through UA Online. Hear about her experience as a student and how it has moved her career forward.

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