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RN to BSN Online Degree Program

Prepare to advance in evidence-based nursing practice.

09/24/21 Next Application Due Date
10/11/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

Get to know our RN to BSN online program

As low as $12,200* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
26 Credit Hours

The RN to BSN online program at The University of Alabama in Huntsville 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 is only offered in a flexible, 100% online format you can complete in as few as 12 months while you continue your career.

Program Outcomes:

  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 online RN to 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.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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Tuition and Fees

Learn more about our affordable tuition

Tuition for our RN to BSN online is affordable and can be paid by the course. Financial aid may also be available for students who qualify.

As low as $12,200* Total Tuition

Application Fee: $30

Carrie Simmons

"The flexibility is big. Plus, the nursing professors are understanding and awesome. I like the online format. It's very user friendly."

Carrie Simmons, RN to BSN online student

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Calendar

See our application deadlines and class schedules

This RN to BSN online program features 7-week courses with six start dates a year so you can complete your degree flexibly on a full-time or part-time basis. View the full calendar to find upcoming deadlines for submitting your application, documents and tuition payment.

Now Enrolling:

09/24/21 Next Application Deadline
10/11/21 Start Classes

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Session Course Start Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Summer 2 06/23/21 06/04/21 06/11/21 06/23/21 Upon Registration 08/05/21
Fall 1 08/18/21 07/16/21 07/23/21 08/18/21 08/18/21 10/06/21
Fall 2 10/11/21 09/24/21 10/01/21 10/11/21 Upon Registration 12/10/21
Spring 1 01/10/22 12/01/21 12/15/21 01/10/22 01/10/22 TBD
Spring 2 TBD TBD TBD TBD Upon Registration TBD

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from The University of Alabama in Huntsville?

Admissions

Below are the qualifications for our online RN to BSN program

The RN to BSN online admission process is simple and streamlined to help you get started right away. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. Diploma nurses are encouraged to inquire about admission specifics.

Associate degree or diploma from a regionally accredited nursing program
Minimum grade of "C" on all required prerequisite coursework
RN license current and unencumbered

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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.

Transcripts

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

Courses

Read about our RN to BSN online course work

The RN to BSN online curriculum includes 7 courses totaling 26 credit hours (upper division nursing courses only). RN licensure must be maintained throughout the program.

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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.

Alabama Community College Transfer Courses
Area I (6 credit hrs):
ENG 101- English Comp I
ENG 102- English Comp II
Area II (12 credit hrs):
ART/THR/MUS- Fine Art
PHL 106, or 206, SPH 107
ENG 2XX - Literature
ENG 2XX or Fine Art/ Humanities elective
Area III (11 credit hrs):
MTH 110- Finite Mathematics or MTH 112- Pre-Calculus
CHM 104 or 111- Chemistry w/ lab
BIO 103- Biology w/ lab
Area IV (12 credit hrs):
HIS 1xx or 2xx - History
HIS 1xx or 2xx or SOC 200/ Social Behavioral Science
PSY 200- General Psychology
PSY 210- Lifespan Development
Area V (18 credit hrs):
BIO 220- Microbiology
BIO 201- A&P I w/ lab
BIO 202- A&P II w/ lab
BUS 271 or MTH 265- Statistics
Gen Ed- Example: SOC, ECN, PSC, CIS, etc.
The University of Alabama at Huntsville Courses
Area I (6 credit hrs):
EH 101- College Writing I
EH 102- College Writing II
Area II (12 credit hrs):
Fine Art (ARH, TH, MU, FMA)
Humanities (PHL, CM)
EH 207- Literature I
*EH 208-Literature II or Humanities/Fine Art
Area III (11 credit hrs):
MA 110-Finite Mathematics or MA 112-Precalculus Algebra
CH 151 & CH 155(lab)-General, Organic, Biochemistry w/ lab
BYS 109 or 119- Biology w/ lab
Area IV (12 credit hrs):
History I (HY 103, 104, 221 or 222)
*History II or Social Behavioral Science
PY 101- General Psychology I
PY 201- Life-Span Development
Area V (18 credit hrs):
BYS 214- Infection & Immunity w/ lab
BYS 215- Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/ lab
BYS 216- Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/ lab
Statistics (MSC 287, PY 300, SOC 303-lab not required)
General Transfer course (SOC, ECN, PSC, etc) (3hours)
*Take either 1 EH (Area II) + 2 HY (Area IV) OR 2 EH (Area II) + 1 HY (Area IV). Take no more than 6 hours in a single discipline in Area II or Area IV

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

The course examines the multi-dimensional role of the professional nurse in health systems. Through the analysis of a paradigm case and development of a personal philosophy of nursing, the student evaluates 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 are discussed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course examines health determinants and health disparities within the US as well as in the global community. The student will examine health disparities and the burden of disease within social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental contexts. Students will examine strategies aimed at risk reduction and improvement through outcomes.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

4 Course/1 Clinical: Designed to improve leadership in professional nursing practice, this course provides the basis for advancing health through leading and managing the care giver and care coordinator roles in a variety of culturally diverse healthcare systems. The exploration of the health care environment takes place within the context of organizational climate and culture, leading change and innovation and promoting excellence in professionalism. Students apply leadership principles through case study and the development of a clinical change project within indirect practice experiences.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

4 Course/1 Direct Practice Experience: This course is designed to provide the application of theoretical concepts related to primary, secondary, and tertiary care of families and aggregates in professional nursing practice. Emphasis is on application of the nursing process in assessing social determinants of health and promoting community health for diverse communities. Application of direct practice experience activities are designed to meet individual learning needs of the student in delivering and managing care of selected aggregate populations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

2 Course/1 Direct Practice Experience: The nursing process is applied to clients experiencing physiological health alterations requiring complex and collaborative nursing strategies and appropriate resource management. Direct practice experiences are focused on conducting comprehensive assessments and care planning with the interprofessional team.

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.


*Price subject to change for all programs. Tuition cost of RN to BSN reflects nursing courses only; does not include university and college fees, or cost of co-requisite courses. Tuition cost of DNP does not include an additional clinical course that may be required.

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