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RN to BSN Online

Complete Coursework: in as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 26 Tuition with fees: $10,088*

Program Overview

The RN to BSN program at The University of Alabama in Huntsville is only offered 100% online (nursing courses only). This flexible format is designed to give you the foundational tools you need to improve quality and safety in patient care and create real change in healthcare. Taught by the same nursing faculty who teach on campus, this program can be completed in as few as 12 months, while you continue your career.

Program Objectives:

  1. Practice nursing as a generalist using scientific, ethical, legal, and professional standards as a basis for clinical judgment.
  2. Translate research and utilize evidence-based practice to promote quality healthcare across diverse, vulnerable populations and cultures.
  3. Examine healthcare policy, care delivery models, and organizational systems for current and future healthcare needs within the clinical setting.
  4. Demonstrate characteristics of leadership and accountability to promote effective intra– and inter–professional communication and collaboration in healthcare systems.
  5. Display proficiency in the use of patient care technologies, healthcare information systems, and communication devices to support safe and competent nursing practice.
  6. Engage in lifelong learning and participate in professional activities that enhance the nursing profession.
  7. Appraise health determinants to include personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence the health of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.

The program focuses on:

  • Translating research and use evidence-based practice to promote quality healthcare across diverse, vulnerable populations and cultures
  • Understanding healthcare policy, care delivery models, and organizational systems for current and future healthcare needs within clinical settings
  • Displaying proficiency in the use of patient care technologies, healthcare information systems, and communication devices to support safe and competent nursing practice
  • Applying nursing leadership concepts through experiential settings

The UAH College of Nursing RN-BSN program aligns with the following professional nursing standards and guidelines:

  • The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008)
  • The American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses (ANA, 2015)
  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN, 2018)

The RN to BSN program is for individuals who already have an Associate Degree in Nursing and a registered nurse license. If you do not have a registered nursing license, please visit the UAH Traditional BSN program.


To earn your RN to BSN online degree at UAH, you will complete 7 nursing courses totaling 26 credit hours. RN licensure is required for the RN to BSN program and must be maintained throughout the program. Our 7-week courses allow you to complete your coursework on a full-time or part-time basis.

To see the full list of RN to BSN online courses and including general education corequisites, view courses.


The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree at UAH. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. Applicants to the RN to BSN online program must hold a current RN license, along with an associate degree from a regionally accredited nursing program and a minimum grade of ā€œCā€ on all required corequisite coursework. Diploma nurses are encouraged to inquire about admission specifics.

To learn more about our RN to BSN online admission requirements, view admissions.


UAH prides itself on offering a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Our pay-by-the-course tuition cost for the RN to BSN online degree program is affordable and priced with the working student in mind. Financial aid may also be available for students who qualify.

To learn more about our RN to BSN online tuition, view tuition.


UAH offers multiple start dates throughout the year, so you can begin coursework at a time that is best for you. You should consider all relevant deadlines, such as the application date and required documents deadline for admission.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the RN to BSN online, view calendar.



The RN to BSN online curriculum includes 7 courses totaling 26 credit hours (upper division nursing courses only).

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General education requirements may be taken concurrently with nursing courses. You may complete your corequisite courses online at UAH or locally at a community college. Students enrolled at UAH that elect to complete corequisite courses at another institution must obtain prior written approval from UAH.

EH101 English Composition 1
EH102 English Composition 2
PHL, SPH Philosophy, Logic, Ethics, Speech
ART/MUS/THR Fine Arts Elective
ENG* Literature I
ENG* Literature II, Arts/Human Elective
MA110, MA112 Finite Math, Pre-Calculus Algebra
CH104 Chemistry w/lab
BYS103 General Biology w/lab
PSY200 General Psychology
SOC200 Introduction to Sociology
HIS* History I
HIS* History II or Social Science Elective
BIO220 Microbiology w/lab
BIO201 Human A&P 1 w/lab
BIO202 Human A&P 2 w/lab
MTH265 Statistics
PSY210 Human Growth & Development

All 18 corequisite courses identified above must be completed with a "C" or higher.

*Sequence Requirement: Students must complete a two course sequence in Literature or History

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce information management, including decision support systems. The use of information management nomenclature is integrated into the learning activities. The role of the nurse as an advocate in improving patient outcomes using data management is explored. Safety, ethical, and legal concerns are addressed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

For the registered nurse student, designed to synthesize previous experiences in nursing with selected theoretical knowledge. Examines the multi-dimensional role of the professional nurse in health systems. Through analysis of paradigm case(s) and development of a professional portfolio, the student evaluates his/her professional practice and develops goals designed to guide learning and professional development. Philosophical, social, political, legal, and ethical issues inherent in the practice of professional nursing in health systems.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course investigates factors related to increased vulnerability arising from threats to well-being for selected populations. Factors will include individual characteristics and conditions (such as profound and chronic illnesses, genetic factors, health behaviors), those attributable to group identify (such as age or socioeconomic status), and those due to environmental exposures (such as high risk occupations, exposure to toxins and pollution, and occurrences of nature). Students will examine strategies aimed at risk reduction and improvement in disparities in outcomes. Relevant professional and agency/organizational resources are explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

Designed for registered nurse students, this course focuses on the development and enhancement of leadership skills for the professional nurse in a variety of culturally diverse healthcare systems. Exploration of theories related to organizational models, change, and critical thinking; leadership in directing and controlling care; ethical, legal, and political influences on leadership; and enhancing self-awareness of leadership styles. Students are provided indirect/direct practice experience opportunities to apply nursing leadership concepts through a case study experience and in a clinical practice setting by conducting a clinical project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

This course is designed for registered nurses to apply theoretical concepts related to primary, secondary, and tertiary care of families and aggregates. Emphasis is on application of the nursing process in promoting community health for at-risk populations. Application of direct/indirect practice experience activities are designed to meet individual learning needs of the registered nurse student in delivering and managing care of selected families with emphasis on the aggregate.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The nursing process is applied to clients experiencing physiological health alterations requiring complex and collaborative nursing strategies and appropriate resource management. Direct experiences are focused on conducting comprehensive and focused assessments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course fosters the application of the best clinical evidence into practice in order to promote improvement in healthcare experiences and patient outcomes. Various modes of scientific inquiry used in the development of nursing science are incorporated into a survey of research techniques, methodologies, and ethical concerns. This will enable students to select and evaluate appropriate information relevant to evidence-based practice. Students will develop skills in the use of electronic databases to facilitate acquisition of current information. Emphasis is placed on the critical analysis of evidence to be used in formulating nursing decisions and the design of client care guidelines.

Note: NUR 000 Validation Credit (up to 42 hours) will be awarded after completion of NUR 410 with C or higher.



The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • Minimum grade of "C" on all required prerequisite coursework.
  • Completion of all lower division general studies (prerequisite) course requirements as listed under Baccalaureate Program of Studies, with a minimum of 59 hours of credit by the end of the program.
  • Associate degree or diploma from a regionally accredited nursing program.
  • Status of good academic standing.
  • Unencumbered nursing license.

Students must also submit the following document requirements prior to the first day of class:

  • Criminal background check and drug testing
  • Physical/health exam
  • Tetanus Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
  • PPD skin test, chest x-ray, or QuantiFERON TB Gold
  • Immunization records for Hepatitis B, Varicella, MMR, and Influenza
  • CPR certification
  • Student consent forms and policies
  • Cultural Diversity, OSHA, and HIPAA certifications
  • Liability Insurance
  • Licensure
  • Current health insurance

Please note, The University of Alabama in Huntsville accepts transfer credit only from regionally accredited institutions.

Registered nurse students must be licensed or eligible for licensure at the time of application. Licensure must be obtained prior to beginning the program. If a student is permitted to meet course clinical requirements in a state other than Alabama, the student must be licensed in that state. Registered nurse students will not be allowed to continue in the program if any nursing license is placed on probation, suspended, or revoked. Licensure must be maintained throughout the program.


Send your official transcripts to UAH through an electronic delivery service such as Docufide/Parchment, E-Scrip, or Student Clearinghouse. If your school does not have access to these services, you can request that they send your official hard-copy transcripts to:

UAH Admissions
301 Sparkman Drive
SSB, Suite 106
Huntsville, AL 35899


The University of Alabama in Huntsville is committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education.

RN to BSN Online Program Tuition and Fees

Tuition shown below includes nursing courses only; it does not include cost of co-requisite courses.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Program
RN to BSN $388 $10,088*

Application Fee: $30



At UAH, we offer multiple start dates to accommodate busy schedules. Here you can find deadlines for your application, documents and tuition payment.

Session Course Start Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
2019 Summer I 5/6/2019 4/16/2019 4/23/2019 4/24/2019 5/6/2019 6/21/2019
2019 Summer II 6/17/2019 5/30/2019 6/6/2019 6/14/2019 6/17/2019 8/1/2019
2019 Fall I 8/21/2019 7/19/2019 8/2/2019 8/17/2019 8/21/2019 10/9/2019
2019 Fall II 10/14/2019 9/27/2019 10/4/2019 10/9/2019 10/14/2019 12/13/2019
2020 Spring I 1/6/2020 11/15/2019 12/6/2019 1/2/2020 1/6/2020 2/21/2020
2020 Spring II 2/24/2020 2/7/2019 2/14/2019 2/19/2020 2/24/2020 4/29/2020
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