Graduate Program - Admissions

The Capstone College of Nursing

Admission Requirements for Masters Programs

  1. Regular admission, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall [based on 4.0 grading scale] or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work. For conditional admission, a grade point average of at least 2.5 overall (based on 4.0 grading scale) for undergraduate work, and a score of at least 900 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or at least in the 40th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  2. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
  3. Current RN licensure in the state in which the student will practice while in the program.

For specific directions on applying to the Capstone College of Nursing click on How to Apply.

Admission Requirements for the MSN/MA – Dual Enrollment Program

  • An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing
  • Current RN licensure in the state in which the student will practice while in the program
  • Valid Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of at least 500 or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of at least 1000

Admission Requirements for the Ed.D. for Nurse Educators

To be admitted into the program, students will meet the criteria for admission to The University of Alabama Graduate School and the Colleges of Nursing and Education. An admissions committee composed of both nursing and education faculty will select students to be admitted to the programs. The doctoral degree is a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership.

General Unconditional Admission Requirements:
  • Acceptable Graduate School Entrance examination for either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE)
  • An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, a 3.0 average for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program, or a 3.0 or higher in a completed graduate degree program
  • For the MSN/EdD program, a BSN degree from an accredited institution. For the Ed.D. program, an MSN degree from an accredited institution.
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the state in which the student will practice.
  • Complete the Graduate School application process: http://graduate.ua.edu/applicants.html

Note: the Graduate School application process includes an online application, application fee and an online statement of purpose. Before being admitted into the Graduate School, all official transcripts must be sent to the Graduate School, as well as current (within the last 5 years) MAT or GRE scores.

Conditional Admission:

Applicants who do not meet the GPA or admissions test criteria may be considered based on a review of the applicant’s qualifications and space available in the program.

Students applying for either the MSN/EdD or the EdD must FIRST contact:

Pat McCullar
Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison
Capstone College of Nursing
205.348.8163
pat.mccullar@ua.edu

Admission Requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice

Three Steps:
First Steps in Graduate School Process Admission Process:
  • Complete the Graduate School application process: http://graduate.ua.edu/applicants.html
  • Statement of Purpose: Completed on line with application at http://graduate.ua.edu/applicants.html
  • Verify that you have Masters preparation in Nursing from an accredited institution and that you have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher in a completed graduate nursing degree program. If you do, you are not required to take the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). If your GPA is less than 3.0, you will be required to take the MAT or GRE and score in at least the 40th percentile rank (MAT) or obtain a score of 1200 on the GRE. Arrange for official transcripts from all higher education courses/programs attempted be mailed to: University of Alabama Graduate School, Box 870118, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
Second Set of Steps in Graduate School Admission Process:
  • Verify current and active RN license with Assistant Dean of the Graduate Program and submit advanced specialty certification where available.
  • Verify total number of clinical practice hours in your M.S.N. or Post-Master’s certificate program by submitting Verification of Post-Baccalaureate Clinical and Practice Hours form to the Assistant Dean of the Graduate Program.
  • Provide two satisfactory references from former faculty or professional colleagues and mail to: Assistant Dean of the Graduate Program, Capstone College of Nursing, Box 870358, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
  • Submit a writing sample outlining a potential scholarly project (two pages; typed double-spaced).
  • Arrange an interview with a DNP faculty member (In person or by phone).
Third Set of Steps:

Upon admission, you will receive written verification of admission from the Dean of the Graduate School. You will also receive a letter outlining requirements for your final entry in the DNP from the Assistant Dean of the Graduate Program at CCN. Upon admission you will need to:

  • Provide verification of current CPR certification; compliance with health requirements including a recent physical exam, a two-step TB test; proof of immunizations; completion of an OSHA briefing on Bloodbourne Pathogens; and, proof of current professional liability insurance coverage.
  • Sign the Substance Abuse Policy Notification & Disclosure Statement. The forms to be signed will be mailed to you with the admission packet.
  • Sign a statement that you will comply with HIPPA requirements in relation to patient information. The forms to be signed will be mailed to you with the admission packet.

All of the materials listed in the third set of steps will be mailed to: Assistant Dean of the Graduate Program, Capstone College of Nursing, Box 870358, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487

The letter provided upon admission from the College of Nursing will include the forms listed above as well as outline computer requirements for the online program completion, information on financial aid, procedures for advisement and enrollment, as well as procedures for obtaining your bama mail account.

For more details about the admission processes for Graduate Programs at the Capstone College of Nursing, please contact:

Pat McCullar
Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison
Capstone College of Nursing
205.348.8163
pat.mccullar@ua.edu