The Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) at The University of Alabama offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN.) CCN welcomes freshman, transfer students, and second degree students. The college is also committed to providing accessible educational options for registered nurses who want to return to school.
From the start, at the CCN, students have the opportunity to be mentored by nursing faculty. Students experience individualized attention from instructors in classes, labs, and clinical settings. Networked computers, multi-media classrooms, human patient simulators, and the learning resource center provide state of the art technology needed for a quality nursing education.
The ability to learn and practice nursing skills in a simulated environment is right here – all within the heart of Alabama’s beautiful residential campus. Excellent clinical facilities, from hospitals to home care agencies, health departments to public schools, are available in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding communities. In these settings students will learn to think, act, and practice as a nurse.
Leaders in health care have long recognized the nursing program at The University of Alabama as graduating students with a strong academic background and a well-rounded clinical experience. Students graduate with more than a degree; they have experience – a combination that opens doors to numerous career opportunities. CCN alumni are actively recruited by health care agencies in Alabama and across the nation.
Program of Study:
The BSN curriculum plan consists of lower and upper division courses. During the first four semesters of the curriculum plan, designated as lower division, students take required sciences, humanities, and other courses that help to prepare them to function as a professional nurse.
The upper division consists of five semesters of nursing courses that make up the professional component of the curriculum, with some that include theory and clinical lab components. Courses focus on providing students with essential knowledge and skills to provide care to persons in a variety of health care settings. Nursing courses are designed to build on preceding semesters; foster the development of critical thinking and progressively independent decision-making; and provide collaborative opportunities for students with other health care providers. Therefore, students must successfully complete all clinical and non-clinical courses in a semester before progressing to the next semester coursework. In addition, a variety of nursing elective courses, including opportunities for independent study, are offered at different times throughout the curriculum.
Students need to keep in mind that deviation from the scheduled program of studies may lengthen time spent in the curriculum. Upon progression to upper division, permission to depart from the clinical sequence must be obtained from the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs. Because of the limitations in clinical course spaces, departure from the sequence for any reason may significantly lengthen the time for program completion.
Students use knowledge gained in the classroom and other methods of learning as they provide nursing care to individuals, families and groups in a variety of health care settings.
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Students are admitted to the lower division of the Capstone College of Nursing when they meet The University of Alabama admission requirements and declare nursing as their major. The application for admission to UA is available at http://apply.ua.edu. The degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires the completion of the courses presented in the Undergraduate Program of Study. This consists of lower division prerequisite courses taken during the first 2 years of study. Promotion to the upper division, the nursing curriculum, occurs after the sophomore year and is competitive.
Upper Division Promotion:
The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes applications for promotion from current, transfer, and second degree students. CCN accepts students into the upper division three times per year, for the summer, fall, and spring. Promotion to the upper division is competitive, as spaces are limited.
Native UA students are defined as those who have completed 32 or more hours of the required lower-division coursework at UA or through Advanced Placement (AP) or Dual Enrollment courses completed in high school. Native UA students will receive preference for promotion to the upper division. Transfer students are defined as those students who have completed less than 32 hours of the required lower-division coursework at The University of Alabama or through Advanced Placement (AP) or Dual Enrollment courses completed in high school. Transfer students are not granted preference for promotion.
When the number of students seeking promotion to the upper division exceeds the number of spaces available, the most qualified applicants will be promoted. Those applicants who present the strongest academic records and who show the most promise for success in the upper division will be promoted.
Students applying for promotion must meet all minimum requirements to be considered. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee promotion to the upper division of the nursing curriculum. These requirements are:
- Admission to the University of Alabama with Nursing as the primary major.
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on required lower division classes.
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.75 on all required science classes.
- Completion of or current enrollment in all lower division courses at application deadline.
- Completion of the ATI TEAS admissions assessment.
In addition to the application requirements, those students promoted in 2018 must be available to attend the following upper division orientation dates. These dates are mandatory to maintain promotion.
- May 25, 2018 for summer promotion
- August 20, 2018 for fall promotion
ATI TEAS Admissions Assessment:
The Capstone College of Nursing requires the ATI TEAS, an admissions assessment, for students applying for the traditional BSN track. The TEAS is a widely used assessment tool that is used to determine readiness for admission to and success in nursing programs across the nation. Its purpose is to evaluate an applicant’s potential for successful program completion.
The assessment will be administered by The University of Alabama’s Testing Services on campus. This computerized exam is timed (approximately 4 hours) and will cost $79. Students must create an account with ATI before registering for the assessment by visiting www.atitesting.com. The campus code is U of AL Tuscaloosa. Once an account has been created, please visit www.testing.ua.edu to register for the ATI TEAS on the University of Alabama campus. The ATI TEAS is given on campus from January through May each year. The ATI TEAS may be taken twice per calendar year. Those students who wish to take the ATI TEAS by distance may register for it by clicking the link “Register for TEAS with PSI” at www.atitesting.com.
Application deadlines for promotion:
- March 1– Summer promotion (Application will be available online beginning January 15th)
- June 1– Fall promotion (Application will be available online beginning April 15th)
- September 15– Spring promotion (Application will be available online beginning August 15th)
You may apply to the upper division of the Capstone College of Nursing by visiting https://ua-app01.ua.edu/nursingAdmissions/public/. You must have access to MyBama in order to apply.
The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes students with a baccalaureate degree in another field to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing degree.
The lower division requirements are limited to those which provide a direct base for the upper division nursing courses. Applicants who complete at least one-half of the required lower-division coursework in residence at UA or those who have previously earned a degree from UA will be given preference for promotion.
Please see Upper Division Promotion for additional information on requirements and deadlines and to apply.
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The Capstone College of Nursing welcomes transfer students to apply to the upper division. Those who have previously been enrolled in another BSN program must provide a letter of good standing at promotion application time. We do not accept nursing courses from another BSN program.
Applicants who complete at least one-half of the required lower division coursework in residence at UA will be given preference for promotion to the upper division. Transfer students are defined as those students who have completed less than 32 hours of the required lower-division coursework at The University of Alabama. Transfer students are not granted preference for promotion. The Capstone College of Nursing baccalaureate program is a high demand, limited access program. Due to limited enrollment in the upper division and a large number of applications, many qualified transfer applicants are unable to be admitted to our upper division courses. The Capstone College of Nursing is unable to provide any predictions regarding the acceptance or denial of any applicant.
Please see Upper Division Promotion for additional information on requirements and deadlines and to apply.
Lower Division BSN Advising:
Advising is mandatory in the Capstone College of Nursing. Students are not permitted to register for courses until they have met with an advisor. Advising time slots fill very quickly and it is advised for students to call (205)348-6639 early in the semester to make an appointment. Those who do not see a professional advisor in the Office of Nursing Student Services will be required to see a faculty advisor during the mandatory advising period. Students are seen on a first come, first served basis during that time period.
The mandatory advising dates for the fall 2017 semester are October
Upper Division BSN Advising:
Upper Division students participate in a pre-registration group advising session facilitated by Undergraduate Clinical Course Leaders/designee during the designated pre-registration advising period in the fall and spring semester. Students are encouraged to talk with an academic adviser during pre-registration each semester to ensure that individual needs and career goals are being met.
In addition to expenses common to all students enrolled at The University of Alabama, there are additional expenses specific to the nursing program. These additional expenses are listed below to help students plan. The expenses of the first and last semesters in upper division are greater than those of intervening semesters.
The upper division consists of five semesters of nursing courses, with some that include theory and clinical lab components. Students provide knowledge gained in the classroom and other methods of learning as they provide nursing care to individuals, families and groups in a variety of health care settings.
Type of Expense
|Health Insurance–Students must provide evidence of adequate health insurance to cover long-term and emergency treatment or be prepared to pay for such services if the need arises.||Variable annual costs|
|Liability Insurance–All students enrolled in clinical nursing courses are required to have liability insurance coverage. The cost of this insurance is billed through the Bursar’s Office to the student each semester.||$15.00 Annual cost|
|Clinical Laboratory Fees–Fees for clinical nursing courses are assessed each semester and are included in the tuition and fees statement issued by the University. Cost is dependent on the course’s credit hours.||$15.00-$30.00 Semester cost|
|CPR Certification–Evidence of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that extends through the entire semester is required before a student begins a clinical nursing course. Fees charged by certifying agencies for initial certification and annual renewal vary.||$25.00 (may vary) Annual cost|
|Hepatitis B Vaccine–All students enrolled in the first upper division clinical nursing course are required to show evidence of immunization against the Hepatitis B virus. Costs associated with immunization are the student’s responsibility and vary with the provider.||One-time variable cost|
|Clinical Uniforms–Upon promotion to upper division, students are required to purchase items comprising the clinical uniform, which have been approved by the College. These items will be used throughout the professional component of the curriculum and include two uniforms purchased from the vendor on contract. The cost of these two uniforms ranges from $90.00 to $140.00. Also required are nametags that must be purchased prior to beginning the first and last clinical courses. Nametags cost approximately $25.00. A full-length lab coat, ankle-cut all white leather nursing shoes, and a watch with sweep second hand are also required. Lab coats cost approximately $40.00; shoes range in price from $30.00-$60.00; and the cost of the watch varies with personal preference.||$250.00-$500.00 One-time variable cost|
|Physical Assessment Equipment–Upon promotion to upper division students must purchase a complete set of physical assessment equipment/supplies. The set includes: stethoscope with bell and diaphragm, percussion hammer, retractable tape measurer, Snellen eye chart, pen light, bandage scissors, clear metric ruler, blood pressure cuff, tuning fork, china marking pen, transparent metric ruler, eye protection glasses, EKG ruler, and digital thermometer.||$70.00 One-time cost|
|Mobile Devices and Required Software –In the second semester of Upper Division, students at the Capstone College of Nursing are required to purchase software for their mobile device to be used in their coursework, clinicals and throughout the curriculum.Click here for more information, Recommended Handheld and Required Software.||$155.00 Approximate cost|
|Travel Expenses–Nursing students assume individual responsibility for their transportation to health care agencies. The amount of travel varies with each clinical course, and the cost increases when the students’ assignments are in rural areas or outside Tuscaloosa County.||Cost varies per semester|
|Textbooks and Packets–Each nursing course has a listing of required and recommended textbooks. Students are expected to have in their possession all books listed as required, and access to books identified as recommended.||Cost varies per semester|
|Standard Assessment Tests –Standardized tests are required periodically throughout the curriculum. Examination costs are billed to the student by Student Receivables.||$65.00 per semester|
|Student Review Materials –In order to enhance student outcomes, specialized educational tools and resources are used throughout the curriculum. These include content based assessments, skills improvement & remediation, and live review. Review costs are billed to the student by Student Receivables.||$105.00 per semester|
|Graduation Expenses for Generic Students–During the senior year, students need to plan for extra expenses related to graduation and application for the licensure examination for registered nurses. Expenses typically include the following:
||One-time cost $571 – $670|
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