The RN Mobility program is specifically designed for the registered nurse student to further their education. The RN to BSN option allows registered nurses the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a convenient online format. Both general education courses and nursing courses are offered online. The RN to BSN/MSN option allows students to complete both a BSN and an MSN in just two years of study saving time and money. The University of Alabama is proud to offer you a way to pursue your degree without completely disrupting your personal and professional life.

Eligibility requirements for the RN to BSN program:

  • graduation from an ACEN or CNEA accredited school of nursing
  • a grade of C- or higher for all lower division prerequisites
  • a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all lower division prerequisites
  • a GPA of 2.0 for science prerequisites
  • an unencumbered RN license in the applicant’s state of licensure
  • 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.

Prerequisite Courses

Many of the prerequisites 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 prerequisite courses are available at your local community college.

View the list of prerequisites

  • English Composition I & II
  • IHuman 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.

Prerequisites 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.

  • 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

Program of Study

The RN Mobility program offers two different online degree options to students. Students may pursue either the RN to BSN option or the RN to BSN/MSN option.

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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 a MSN in 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.

Apply for RN to BSN

Admission is a two-step process. The first step is to apply for admission to The University of Alabama and declare “Nursing, RN to BSN” as the major on the application.

The second step is to apply to the Capstone College of Nursing upon completion of the prerequisites (lower division) coursework. Students must submit a departmental application for promotion before enrolling in online nursing (upper division) coursework.

Learn about applying

Step One:

Admission to The University of Alabama starts the process of becoming an RN to BSN student. The application for admission is available at https://admissions.ua.edu/apply/. Please read the following instructions before creating the application.

  1. Visit https://admissions.ua.edu/apply/ and scroll down to the Transfer section.
  2. Click Apply with the UA standard app.
  3. Create a New Account and fill in the required information to submit.
  4. Click Create New Application to select Bachelors Level, your enrollment status, and Online.
  5. Click Submit and complete the sections with your personal information to proceed to the payment site.

Students may have completed many lower division courses at another institution. College transcripts should be officially emailed from other institutions to transfercredit@ua.edu or mailed to UA Office of Records, Box 870134, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.

Step Two:

Upon completion of lower division prerequisites, RN to BSN students may apply for promotion to the upper division for Spring, Summer or Fall admission. The upper division application link will be sent directly from the department a few weeks before the deadline.

  • Upper division application deadline for Spring admission is October 1.
  • Upper division application deadline for Summer admission is March 1.
  • Upper division 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.

Following promotion to the upper division, students are required to submit to a drug screen and background check which must be renewed annually. Costs for background check and drug screen are billed directly to the student by a third party vendor. Instructions regarding this process will be sent upon promotion to the upper division.

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.

Information on scholarships and 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 program.

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 https://online.ua.edu/tuition-financial-aid-scholarships/scholarships/ccs-scholarships/.

Students typically apply for CCS scholarships approximately one year prior to beginning online study through the RN Mobility program. 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 https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa) 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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I am a registered nurse. I would like to pursue a BSN, but I can’t quit my job.

The majority of students work full-time as RN’s while completing our program.

Who is eligible to apply for RN Mobility?

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for promotion into the RNto BSN program:

  • Successful completion of all lower division coursework
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 on lower division coursework
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in science courses
  • Graduation from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited associate’s degree program or from a diploma nursing program
  • Unencumbered RN license or eligibility for licensure in the state where clinical requirements will be completed.

Are your courses available online?

Yes. All required Nursing classes are available online. All core curriculum classes are available online. These courses may be completed at another institution (such as a community college) and transferred into The University of Alabama.

In what states does the The College of Nursing accept applications for admissions?

Click here to view the states in which The College of Nursing currently accepts applications for admission.

May I enroll in Nursing classes before I finish the core curriculum?

No. As a rule, students are required to complete the entire core curriculum before beginning Nursing coursework.

Am I required to come to campus for any reason?

No. RN Mobility students are never required to visit campus. However, you are always welcome to arrange a visit.

Is it possible to complete a degree through the RN Mobility program if I do not live close to Tuscaloosa?

Yes. We have RN Mobility students who live in states throughout the US and also students who live outside of the continental US. There is no out-of-state tuition for students enrolled in a distance learning program at UA.

When can I begin enrollment in the RN Mobility program?

The sequence of Nursing classes begins in Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. You may begin work on core curriculum courses during any semester.

Am I able to transfer the core curriculum into The University of Alabama from a community college?

Yes. RN Mobility students often transfer the core curriculum.

I have been out of school for many years. Will my credits still be recognized?

Yes. Course credits do not “expire” with The University of Alabama. Your course work will be evaluated in the same way that it would have been evaluated at the time of completion.

For questions about course transferability, contact Andrea Foster, Program Assistant, at 205-348-9873 (direct) or email acfoster1@ua.edu or Katara Wilson, Coordinator of RN Mobility Student Services, at 205-348-6639 or katara.wilson@ua.edu.

Will I receive any academic credit for my experience as an RN?

Yes. RN Mobility students receive 40 hours of nursing credit in recognition of their RN licensure.

How long does it take to finish my BSN online?

RNs who have completed the entire core curriculum may complete their BSN in one year of online study.

How long does it take to finish my BSN/MSN online?

RNs who have completed the entire core curriculum may complete the BSN/MSN in 7 semesters.

How much does it cost?

Tuition varies based on the number of credit hours per semester. For online classes, there is NO additional charge for out-of-state tuition.

Tuition rates change regularly. For the most updated tuition schedule for online coursework, visit https://studentaccounts.ua.edu/cost/.

When do I apply?

Application to the RN Mobility program is a two-step process. Students must first be accepted into The University of Alabama. Students must then apply to the Capstone College of Nursing for promotion into the upper-division of the nursing curriculum.

Interested students should contact:

Andrea Foster, Program Assistant, at 205-348-9873 (direct) or email acfoster1@ua.edu or Katara Wilson, Coordinator of RN Mobility Student Services, at 205-348-6639 or katara.wilson@ua.edu

Our Team

Michelle Cheshire

Michelle Cheshire, EdD, MSN, RN

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs,
RN Mobility Coordinator

Katara Wilson

Katara Wilson

Coordinator of RN Mobility Student Services

Andrea Foster - Program Assistant to RN Mobility Program

Andrea Foster

Program Assistant