RN to BSN

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Welcome to the Website for Registered Nurse (RN) students. I am pleased that you have chosen to consider The University of Alabama to complete the requirements for your advanced degree. We hope you will find this website helpful as you gather information to make the decision about where to pursue further education.

The Capstone College of Nursing offers two degree options for RN students. RNs that hold an associate degree or hospital diploma in nursing may enroll in either the RN to BSN or the RN to BSN/MSN track. Both programs of study are designed to allow nurses to continue working while completing the requirements for an advanced degree. All of the nursing courses are taught online and every effort is made to allow students to complete the clinical activities in an area close to their home.

Following completion of the core requirements, RN to BSN students may complete the nursing courses in three semesters of full-time study. We admit a new cohort of students 3 times a year, Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. A part-time plan of study is available for students who need a slower pace due to multiple demands on their time.

The RN to BSN/MSN track provides an accelerated option for students who choose to pursue an advanced degree as a nurse case manager or a clinical nurse leader. This track requires two years of nursing courses (seven semesters) following completion of the core requirements. The BSN degree is awarded at the completion of the fourth semester. The MSN degree is awarded at the end of the final semester following completion.

Michelle Cheshire, EdD, RN
RN Mobility Coordinator


Core Requirements/Prerequisites: 

Many of the prerequisites/ lower division courses can be completed in settings other than the traditional classroom. Some of the classes are available online through the University of Alabama Academic Outreach option. Most of the core courses are available at your local community college.
Core Requirements/ Prerequisites

  • English Composition I & II
  • Human Anatomy & 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 semester hours)*
  • Fine Arts
  • Statistics
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Humanities (Ethics preferred)
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

*All students are required to complete either a six-hour history or literature sequence. Students must also complete three hours in the area outside of their sequence (e.g., a student completing HY 101 and 102 must take a Literature course to satisfy degree requirements). If a student elects to complete two history courses, s/he must complete at least one additional HU/FA course to fulfill UA core requirements.

Note:  This program requires a field placement component and it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site for the field placement.

UA Core Requirements for SECOND DEGREE STUDENTS

The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes students with a baccalaureate degree in another field to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing degree or a master’s of science in nursing degree.
Core Requirements/ Prerequisites

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I & II
  • Chemistry with lab or Biology with lab
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Statistics
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Humanities (Ethics preferred)
  • Computer Science

Note:  This program requires a field placement component and it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site for the field placement.

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Program of Study: 

The RN Mobility Tracks offer two different online degree options to students.

Students may pursue either the RN to BSN option or the RN to BSN/MSN option.

RN to BSN
Online Nursing classes for the RN to BSN may be completed in three semesters after the completion of lower division requirements.

RN to BSN/MSN
RN students who have demonstrated academic and clinical excellence may also complete the BSN jointly with an MSN in Nursing Case Management or Nurse Administration. RN to BSN/MSN students may apply for promotion to the upper division for Summer admission only.

The Plan of Study for both programs is found in the UA Undergraduate Catalog.

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RN to BSN Admissions:

Eligibility requirements for the RN to BSN program are listed below.

  • satisfactory completion of all lower-division requirements (grade of C- or higher)
  • an overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale on the required lower-division courses
  • an overall grade point average of 2.0 on all required science courses
  • an unencumbered RN license in the state where clinical course requirements will be completed
  • graduation from an ACEN accredited school of nursing
  • applicants must reside and be licensed in one of the states in which the Capstone College of Nursing is authorized to provide online education. To view the list of approved states click here.

Admission is a two-step process. The first step is to apply for admission to The University of Alabama and declare “Educational Opportunity for Registered Nurses” (EORN) as the major on the application (Note: If applying for Fall 2019 or later, please select “Nursing, RN to BSN” as the major on the application). The application for admission is available at http://mybama.ua.edu/apply.html. Please read the following instructions before trying to create the application.

  • click on “First time user account creation” link
  • create a login ID and PIN
  • click on “Create a new admissions application” link
  • click on “Distance Programs” link (5th on the list)
  • click “Undergraduate Distance Learning Programs” link
  • click “Create new application”
  • choose “Transfer” in the application type section

College Transcripts should be mailed to:
UA Office of Records
Box 870134
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Students may have completed many lower division courses at another institution. Students who have questions related to the RN Mobility Track admission process should contact:

  • Katara Wilson, Coordinator of RN Mobility Student Services, at 800.313.3591 (toll-free), 205.348.6639 (direct), or katara.wilson@ua.edu.
  • Michelle Cheshire, RN Mobility Coordinator at 800.313.3591 (toll-free), 205.348.6318 (direct), or mcheshire@ua.edu.

The second step is to apply to the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) after completion of lower division coursework. To be admitted to the upper division of nursing, students must submit an application for promotion before enrolling in online nursing classes. This application is available by contacting Katara Wilson in the Office of Nursing Student Services.

  • Katara Wilson,  Coordinator of RN Mobility Student Services, at 800.313.3591 (toll-free), 205.348.6639 (direct), or katara.wilson@ua.edu.

RN to BSN students may apply for promotion to the upper division for Spring, Summer or Fall admission.

  • The application deadline for Spring admission is October 1.
  • The application deadline for Summer admission is March 1.
  • The application deadline for Fall admission is June 1.

If the application deadline has passed, please contact Andrea Foster or Katara Wilson. We accept late applications if seats are available in the class.


RN to BSN/MSN eligibility requirements:

Advanced degree opportunities for Registered Nurses

The Capstone College of Nursing has a pathway for RNs that hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing to attain their BSN and MSN degrees. The pathway is divided into two specific phases, undergraduate and graduate. Students who are accepted for this pathway will earn the BSN degree and the MSN degree upon successful completion of the plan of study. Available MSN concentrations are nurse case manager or nurse administrator.

This pathway requires 52-58 semester hours of lower-division coursework (see link above for Core Requirements/Prerequisites) in addition to undergraduate and graduate nursing upper-division coursework. Enrollment in this pathway is only considered for summer admission.

View the Plan of Study Outline to view the sequence of courses for phase 1 of the curriculum.

Eligibility requirements for this pathway:

  • satisfactory completion of all lower-division requirements
  • acceptance to the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs
  • an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the required lower-division courses
  • an unencumbered RN license in the state where clinical course requirements will be completed
  • graduation from an ACEN accredited school of nursing
  • applicants must reside and be licensed in one of the states in which the Capstone College of Nursing is authorized to provide online education. To view the list of approved states click here.

Admission to RN to BSN/MSN

This option requires application to both the undergraduate and graduate admissions office AND application to the Capstone College of Nursing. Students interested in this option should contact Katara Wilson prior to submitting any application.

RN to BSN/MSN students may apply for promotion to the upper division for Summer admission only.

  • The application deadline for undergraduate admissions and the Capstone College of Nursing is March 1.
  • The application deadline for graduate admissions is March 1.

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Health Requirements:

Students will be sent health requirement information upon admission to the RN Mobility program.

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Transfer Information:

An official review of transfer coursework will be conducted by the Records Office when a student is admitted to The University of Alabama.

Students who have questions related to the RN Mobility Track admission process should contact:

  • Katara Wilson, Coordinator of RN Mobility Student Services, at 800.313.3591 (toll-free), 205.348.6639 (direct), or katara.wilson@ua.edu.
  • Michelle Cheshire, RN Mobility Coordinator at 800.313.3591 (toll-free), 205.348.6318 (direct), or mcheshire@ua.edu.

For additional transfer information and to find course equivalents for junior and community colleges in the state of Alabama visit our Transfer Course Equivalency page.

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Scholarships/Financial Aid:

Several types of financial assistance are available to RN Mobility students. Students may apply both for merit scholarships and for need-based financial aid.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded through several sources. The Office of Nursing Student Services administers these scholarships. Applications are made available to students once they have been admitted to the RN Mobility Tracks.

RN Mobility students are also encouraged to apply for scholarship support through the College of Continuing Studies (CCS). CCS administers many awards that are available only to online students. Additional information is available at http://continuingstudies.ua.edu/scholarships.html.

Students typically apply for CCS scholarships approximately one year prior to beginning online study through the RN Mobility Tracks. Although deadlines may change from year to year, a December 1 deadline is customary.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is awarded through the Office of Student Financial Aid. This office administers federal and state programs that include both loan and grant assistance.

Students who wish to apply for need-based financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov) and send their results to The University of Alabama (institution code #001051). This application should be completed as soon after January 1 as is possible.

For more information about Student Financial Aid, visit http://financialaid.ua.edu.

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