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RN MOBILITY

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 B.S.N. or RN to B.S.N./M.S.N. track. Both programs of study allow students to continue working and to complete the majority of required coursework, on the Web, or by other means of distance education.

RN TO B.S.N. TRACK

The RN to B.S.N. program of study is specifically designed for the registered nurse student to earn a baccalaureate degree. The program consists of 65–67 semester hours of lower-division coursework and 27 semester hours of upper-division coursework. Lower-division studies include courses that meet University Core Curriculum requirements for a baccalaureate degree. All lower-division hours must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in upper-division courses.

UA CORE REQUIREMENTS

Upon admission to the University as an RN to B.S.N. student, credit for 38 hours of NUR courses is awarded.

CoursesCredit Hours
BSC 215 and BSC 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II8
BSC 242 Microbiology and Man4
CH 104 Introductory Chemistry with laboratory4
CH 105 Introductory Organic Chemistry with laboratory4
EN 101 and EN 102 English Composition I and II6
HD 101 Human Development3
MATH 110 Finite Mathematics or MATH 112 Precalculus Algebra3
NHM 101 Introduction to Nutrition3
PHL 204 Medical Ethics or PHL 200 Introduction to Ethics3
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology or
    ANT 102 Introduction to Anthropology
3
Arts (ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 254; MUS 121; NEW 212; TH 114;
    or TCF 112)
3
Computer science or foreign language6 or 8
Literature or history*9
Statistics (BER 345, PY 211, or ST 260) 3
Total: 65–67

*All students are required to complete either a six-hour history or literature sequence. Students must also complete three hours in the area outside or their sequence (e.g., a student completing HY 101 and HY 102 must take a literature course to satisfy degree requirements).

REQUIRED NURSING COURSES

NUR 314 Human Pathology for Registered Nurses3
NUR 309 Nursing Infomatics (CS)3
NUR 323 Pharmacology for Registered Nurses3
NUR 328 Introduction to Nursing Research (W)3
***NUR 342 Health Assessment for Registered Nurses3
NUR 343 Role Transition in Baccalaureate Nursing (W)3
**NUR 449 Community Health for Registered Nurses4
**NUR 455 Leadership and Management Roles for
    Registered Nurses
5
Total: 27

**Clinical Course
***Laboratory Course

Total credit required for graduation = 128 semester hours

Each of the courses above requires time additional to class meeting times (e.g., library work, clinical time, or meetings with faculty and student groups).

Promotion to Upper Division

The most qualified applicants will be selected each year for promotion to upper division for the RN to B.S.N. 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 no later than June 15 prior to each fall semester.

Promotion Criteria: RN to B.S.N. Track. To be eligible for promotion to the upper division, a registered nurse student must have the following:

RN TO B.S.N/M.S.N. TRACK

The RN to B.S.N./M.S.N. program of study is an accelerated option for the experienced, highly qualified RN who holds an associate degree or diploma in nursing and who wants to obtain an advanced degree in nursing. RNs who meet M.S.N. program admission criteria can apply for early admission to the Graduate School while completing the B.S.N. requirements. The RN to B.S.N./M.S.N. track decreases the time required to complete both the B.S.N. and M.S.N. degree programs. The program of study includes six to eight semester hours of credit in each of the six semesters required of the track. The B.S.N. degree is awarded after completion of all B.S.N. requirements in the fourth semester, and the M.S.N. degree is awarded after completion of all M.S.N. requirements in the sixth semester.

Promotion to Upper Division

The most qualified applicants will be selected each year for promotion to upper division for the RN to B.S.N./M.S.N. 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 no later than June 15 prior to each fall semester.

Promotion Criteria: RN to B.S.N./M.S.N. Track. To be eligible for promotion to the upper division, a registered nurse student must have the following:

Admission to Graduate School

By October 15 of fall I of the program of study, students can apply for early, expedited admission to the M.S.N. program, contingent on completion of the first semester of B.S.N. coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and completion of all undergraduate core requirements.

LOWER-DIVISION COURSES—RN TO B.S.N./M.S.N. TRACK

CoursesCredit Hours
BSC 215 and BSC 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II8
BSC 242 Microbiology and Man4
CH 104 Introductory Chemistry with laboratory4
CH 105 Introductory Organic Chemistry with laboratory4
EN 101 and EN 102 English Composition I and II6
HD 101 Human Development3
MATH 110 Finite Mathematics or MATH 112 Precalculus Algebra3
NHM 101 Introduction to Nutrition3
PHL 204 Medical Ethics or PHL 200 Introduction to Ethics3
PY 101 General Psychology3
SOC 101 or ANT 102 Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology3
Arts (ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 254; MUS 121; NEW 212; TH 114;
    or TCF 112)
3
Computer science or foreign language6 or 8
Literature or history*9
Statistics (BER 345, PY 211, or ST 260) 3
Lower-Division Total: 74–76

*All students are required to complete either a six-hour history or literature sequence. Students must also complete three hours in the area outside or their sequence (e.g., a student completing HY 101 and HY 102 must take a literature course to satisfy degree requirements).

UPPER-DIVISION AND M.S.N. CURRICULUM—RN TO B.S.N./M.S.N. TRACK

Fall I
CourseSemester Hours
NUR 343 Role Transition in Baccalaureate Nursing3
NUR 449 Community Health for Registered Nurses4
Total: 7
Spring I
CourseSemester Hours
1NUR 5__ Advanced Nursing Research3
CHS 520 Basic Epidemiology3
NUR 502 Issues in Community-Based Care for Rural Populations2
Total: 8
Summer I
CourseSemester Hours
1NUR 580 Fiscal Resource Management for Case Managers3
NUR 505 Advanced Health Assessment3
Total: 6
Fall II
CourseSemester Hours
NUR 501 Theoretical Models for Advanced Nursing Practice
    with Rural Populations
2
1NUR 522 Human Relations Management3
2NUR 5___ Pathophysiology3
Total: 8
Spring II
CourseSemester Hours
NUR 520 Case Management Role and Processes4
NUR 592 Clinical Research Practicum3
Total: 7
Summer II
CourseSemester Hours
NUR 530 Case Management Practicum.6
Total: 6
Upper-Division and M.S.N. Curriculum Total: 42

1Courses count toward completion of B.S.N. and M.S.N. degree requirements.
2These courses may be taken at UAB or UAH if available and transferred to UA.

See your faculty advisor for other options.

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