General | MSN | DNP



Q: What is the cost of the program?
Each distance education course is priced per semester hour. For current tuition rate per semester hour, go to Academic Outreach, and click on Prospective Students then Tuition/Financial Aid.

Q: Has this program been accredited?
Yes.  For more information, go to Accreditation.

Q: From what states does the College of Nursing accept applications for admissions?
Click Here to view the states from which the College of Nursing currently accepts applications for admission.

Q: Is financial aid available?
Yes. Students can apply for financial assistance through the UA channels that are available to all graduate students. If you are interested in seeking financial aid, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid. Or you may visit the Graduate School’s website for more information.

Q: Is an e-mail address required?
Yes. All students admitted to The University of Alabama receive a Crimson account. This will be the official method of communication. Students should check e-mail daily for important information.

Q: Can I access UA information electronically?
Yes. Some websites of interest are listed below:



Q: How many credit hours can be transferred into the program?
Students can transfer up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework, upon approval. For more information, see the MSN Transfer of Credit (see section above “Transfer of Graduate Credit”)

Q: How long will it take me to complete the program?

  • The Nursing Practitioner concentrations can be completed in approximately two- three years.
  • The Case Management and Clinical Nurse Leader program can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

Q: Do I need to write a thesis for the MSN program?
No, the thesis is optional. If you wish to write a thesis, appropriate support will be provided. Please note, however, that selecting the thesis option may require additional travel to campus.

Q: Will I get help registering and progressing through the program?
Yes, the CCN Graduate Program will assist you with advisement and registration throughout the program.

Q: Will I be able to apply to a MSN NP Concentration if I already hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing?

No, the NP concentrations are for post-baccalaureate student only.  However, you may apply to the post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) certificate programs.

Q: If I am admitted as an MSN student for the NP Concentration, will I be able to switch to another concentration or complete only one component of the MSN NP Concentration?

You may submit a request to switch concentrations to the Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison.  However, a switch in concentrations is not guaranteed.



Q: How many courses can be transferred into the program?
Students can transfer graduate-level coursework. For more information, see the DNP Transfer of Credit (see section above “Transfer of Graduate Credit”)

Q: How long will it take me to complete the program?
Full time students may complete the DNP degree in five semesters. Part time students may complete the DNP degree in eight semesters.

Q: Is the DNP Intensive a requirement?
Yes, students are required to attend one (1) DNP Intensive during the program.



Q: How do I register for classes?

All registration is done on-line. Call 205-348-HELP to set up a mybama account. They will give you a user name and password. You must have that before you can register.

Q: Where will classes be held?

Most of the classes will be held in Bibb Graves Hall (College of Education) or at the Capstone College of Nursing building. You will be notified before class of the exact room number. For a map of the campus, click here.

Q: Where can I stay if I require overnight accommodations?

Tuscaloosa offers a number of clean, safe hotels that are just minutes from campus. Your welcome packet includes most of the hotels and their phone numbers.

Q: When is orientation and what will I learn?

Orientation is held every fall and spring semester. During the first weekend visit to campus students will receive detailed information prior to orientation weekend.

Q: Where do I park for orientation and for future classes?

On orientation day students may park in the faculty/staff parking lot at the Capstone College of Nursing; arrangements have been made so that you will not be ticketed in that lot on that day. More information about parking will be given to you at orientation. For students coming to campus early who will be visiting other areas of campus you should refer to UA’s Visitor Parking Information and the Crimson Ride Route Information.

Q: Will I need textbooks?

Most classes have required texts which are available for purchase at the University SUPE Store or from most on-line booksellers (e.g., Barnes & Nobel, Amazon). You can visit the program website for additional course information. Required textbooks can be found on the class schedule listing during the registration period.