Programs of Study for Lower Division Courses for UAH and Transfer Students

Students completing the lower division general studies (prerequisite courses) of the program at UAH should follow the program of study outlined below. All transfer students seeking admission to UAH should read and follow the Admissions Information section of this catalog. Specific UAH courses that satisfy admission requirements are listed under the degree description.  Students transferring from Alabama two-year colleges should follow the general studies curriculum approved by the Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC). A copy of this curriculum is available in the UAH Office of Admissions. Students transferring from other institutions are encouraged to complete courses equivalent to those listed below:

First Year Experience1
CHARGER SUCCESS
Freshman Composition6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING I W/STUDIO
COLLEGE WRITING II
HONORS ENGLISH SEMINAR
Humanities and Fine Arts12
12 hours of Humanities and Fine Arts chosen from the following categories below
Fine Arts: Choose one3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
THEATRE APPRECIATION
Literature: Two sequential courses required6
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
MYTHOLOGY
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL I
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL 2
Humanities: Choose one3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS (Preferred)
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
Any WLC 100 or 200 level 1
Mathematics and Natural Sciences11
Mathematics: Choose one * Higher level courses accepted3
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
Natural Sciences: *Higher level courses accepted8
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
History and Social and Behavioral Sciences12
12 hours of History and Social and Behavioral Sciences chosen from the following categories below
History: Choose one 3
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WORLDS
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PY 101GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I (Required)3
PY 201LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT (Required)3
Choose one:3
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (Preferred)
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
Pre Professional18
Additional lower division BSN requirements
INFECTION & IMMUNITY
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
HEALTH PROMOTION NUR MAJORS (Required)
Choose one:
PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS (Preferred)
STATISTICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES (Preferred)
BUSINESS STATISTICS I
Total Lower Division Semester Hours60

Upper Division Courses

The following upper Division courses are required for a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Contact the College of Nursing Office of Undergraduate Programs for the most current information.

For Pre-Licensure Students: 

NUR 001NURSING TESTING BLOCK0
NUR 301CONCEPTS IN NURSING3
NUR 303HEALTH ASSESSMENT3
NUR 303LCLINICAL0
NUR 304APP PATHOPHYSIOLOGY LIFESPAN3
NUR 305NUR PROC MENTAL HLTH/ILLNESS4
NUR 305LCLINICAL0
NUR 307INQRY TO EVIDNC BASED NURS PRC3
NUR 308NURS CARE ADULTS ALTER HLTH I9
NUR 308LCLINICAL0
NUR 309CLINICAL INFORMATICS2
NUR 310PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE NURS I6
NUR 310LCLINICAL0
NUR 311CLINICAL CALCULATIONS1
NUR 312GERO NURSING CARE3
NUR 312LCLINICAL0
NUR 321PHARMACOLOGY IN NURS3
NUR 401NURS CARE ADULTS ALTER HLTH II4
NUR 401LCLINICAL0
NUR 403FAM CENTER/PARENT-INFANT NUR4
NUR 403LCLINICAL0
NUR 404FAMILY-CENTER NUR CARE CHILDRE4
NUR 404LCLINICAL0
NUR 405COMMUNITY HEALTH NURS4
NUR 405LCLINICAL EXPERIENCE0
NUR 407PROF PRACTICE IN NURSING II8
NUR 407LCLINICAL EXPERIENCE0
NUR 408PROF PRAC IN NURS III SEMINAR2
Total BSN Semester Hours126

Admission Policies

Admission as a Freshman

Entering UAH freshmen interested in nursing as a career must meet the general entrance requirements of the University. Each student in the lower division (freshman and sophomore years) interested in nursing as a career is advised in the College of Nursing Office of Undergraduate Programs. Students enrolled in the lower division of the College should meet with an advisor in planning a program of study. The program of study will ensure that each student registers for the correct prerequisite courses for the upper division major. Students are encouraged to meet with a nursing advisor each semester. Students must complete all lower division general studies (prerequisites) courses prior to enrolling in the upper division of nursing. For information and assistance, call the College of Nursing Office of Undergraduate Programs 256.824.6742.

Early Promotion into UAH Nursing Program (EPNP)

Highly qualified students who enter UAH as freshmen, declare Nursing as their major, take all lower division Nursing coursework as listed in the BSN lower division program of study on the UAH campus, and meet the requirements listed below will be guaranteed a slot in the upper division Nursing courses as long as they continue to meet the criteria for EPNP. Since students will also be eligible to enroll in the UAH Honors College, students enrolling in the EPNP should consider applying for the UAH Honor's College.

Enrollment in the UAH Honors College, provides students an opportunity to have enriched freshman and sophomore years and additional academic support in preparation for admittance into upper division Nursing. Students may apply online at http://www.uah.edu/honors/application-forms. The combined EPNP/Honors College is not an accelerated Nursing program. It expects students to spend four years as an undergraduate Nursing Student. Rather, the EPNP assures highly motivated undergraduates promotion into the UAH College of Nursing after successful completion of lower division Nursing program of study while maintaining a 3.25 GPA and scoring an 80 or higher on the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam.

University merit scholarships are available for in-state and out-of state students who meet the criteria. Additional scholarships are available for in-state students who meet the requirements and conditions of the program and are Alabama residents who have completed their high school education in Alabama. Scholarship support can be used to cover tuition and fees. The following requirements and conditions are to be met by UAH EPNP students in order to maintain good standing status for promotion into the upper division of Nursing:

  • A high school GPA of 3.5.*
  • A minimum composite ACT score of 28.*
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on all lower division Nursing and Charger Foundations required courses given in the BSN lower division program of study.
  • Successful completion of the required BSN lower division program of study for promotion into upper division Nursing courses.
  • An overall cumulative score of at least 80% on the HESI Admissions Assessment (A2) exam (comprised of seven required parts).
  • Students who do not meet these criteria are eligible for admission, but they are placed in the pool of applications.

* Requirements and conditions are subject to change.

Admission as a Transfer Student

All transfer students seeking admission to UAH should read and follow the Admissions Information section of this catalog. Specific UAH courses that satisfy admission requirements are listed under in the degree description. All transfer students are encouraged to complete courses equivalent to those listed in that summary. Students transferring from Alabama two-year colleges should follow the general studies curriculum approved by the Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC). You may visit UAH Office of Admissions online to access the Transfer Equivalency page to see how the courses you have taken at your previous institution may transfer here at UAH. For information and assistance, call the College of Nursing Office of Undergraduate Programs 256.824.6742.

Admission to the Upper Division BSN Program

Students must apply and be admitted to the nursing program to be eligible to enroll in upper division or level 300 and 400 courses with clinical labs. Admission into the upper division nursing major is competitive, and spaces are limited. A separate application for the upper division of the nursing major must be submitted by published dates, on forms provided by the College of Nursing. Each year's junior class is selected from all applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements. When the number of students applying to the upper division exceeds the number of spaces available, the most qualified applicants will be admitted. Those applicants who present the strongest academic records and who show the most promise for success in the upper division will be admitted. Enrollment at UAH as a nursing major in the lower division component does not assure admission to the upper division/professional component. Students admitted into the Early Promotion into Nursing Program (EPNP) as freshman are exempt from these criteria unless they do not maintain their eligibility for EPNP. Students will be notified within four weeks of the application deadlines of admission status.

Enrollment in the upper division nursing component is limited and competitive. Students are admitted without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or qualified disability.

The criteria for admission are shown below.

 Admission Criteria

  1. Students must meet the following criteria to be considered eligible for admission:
    1. Admission to the University prior to the application deadline.
    2. Submission of a completed nursing application by posted deadlines.
    3. A minimum cumulative calculated nursing GPA of 3.0 on all nursing prerequisite courses.
    4. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all required science courses.
    5. A minimum grade of "C" in all nursing prerequisite courses.
    6. A minimum cumulative score of 70% on the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam (comprised of seven required parts).
  2. Once students have been selected for promotion to the upper division, grades on prerequisite courses are checked just prior to the start of the semester for which they were accepted. Promotion to the upper division will be forfeited if any prerequisite is found lacking or less than a "C" is earned.
  3. Students seeking transfer from the upper division of another nursing education program must submit a letter of good standing indicating that the student is in good standing and eligible for continued enrollment in that program. Students who were dismissed (failed out) of another nursing program are not eligible for admission to the UAH College of Nursing undergraduate program. Nursing courses requested for transfer will be reviewed individually for equivalency by the College of Nursing. Transfer requests are to be submitted to the College of Nursing Office of Undergraduate Programs.
  4. The nursing application requires evidence of eligibility listed above in 1.a - 1.f. plus a professional statement and application fee. Applications are accepted twice a year for fall or spring entry into the upper division nursing curriculum.
  5. Changes in curricula and/or admission requirements will be published as far in advance as possible. Refer to admission application for details of admission criteria.

Advising in the Upper Division BSN Program

Once students are admitted to BSN Program and enroll in upper division nursing courses, they meet with faculty who will provide guidance for future academic success, educational endeavors, and employment opportunities. Group advising occurs each semester in upper division for general academic progression.

Progression Standards

I. Grading Scale (to be implemented fall 2019):

The faculty of the College of Nursing adopted a grading scale for the upper division nursing courses in the traditional BSN program, which is consistent with major universities across the United States. The scale is listed below:

A = 90 - 100

B = 80 - 89

C = 75 - 79

D = 60 - 74

F <60

II. Students must follow the program of study (POS) under which they were admitted (see A below). Students who withdraw or fail courses must follow the policies outlined in sections B-D below.

A. Progression according to the Program of Study (POS):

  1. A grade of "C" or above must be earned in all required nursing courses.
  2. Students must meet standards of professional conduct as described in the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses, the Alabama Board of Nursing Practice Act, and standards of student behavior as described in the UAH Undergraduate Student Handbook.
  3. Throughout the program, student must meet health and other requirements as identified in the Health and Other Requirements, as well as requirements specified in clinical agency contracts.

B. Failure of One Course:

  1. A student who receives a grade below "C" in a required nursing course may repeat the course only once and must meet with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs to develop a revised program of study based on space-availability and progression constraints. Before considering placement of any students who have not succeeded in a course, preference for spaces will be given to those applicants who meet all progression criteria. Any alteration of the initial program of study will lengthen the student's program. A progression agreement may be required.

C. Dismissal from Nursing Program:

  1. A student who receives two or more grades below "C" in required nursing courses, in either the same course or in separate courses, at any time during the program will be dismissed from the College of Nursing (except NUR 311 and NUR 408). Students may petition for readmission to the College of Nursing by following the policy and completing the form found in the College of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook and submitting it to the Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Advisement in the College of Nursing. Readmission into the upper division nursing program is not guaranteed and is based on the availability of space in a cohort and on the information submitted in the application. Students who are readmitted and subsequently earn another grade below "C" in any nursing course will be permanently dismissed from the program.
  2. Academic dismissal from the College of Nursing precludes progression in the nursing curriculum. Retroactive withdrawal or other related progression decisions from courses after academic dismissal from the nursing program does not result in a reversal of the dismissal.

D. Withdrawal from Nursing Program:

  1. Any student who withdraws from a course must meet with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs to develop a revised program of study based on space-availability and progression constraints. Before considering placement of any students who have not succeeded in a course, preference for spaces will be given to those applicants who meet all progression criteria. Any alteration of the initial program of study will lengthen the student's program. A progression agreement may be required.

E. Graduation from the Nursing Program:

  1. Students are required to take national standardized examinations in selected courses. These examinations are counted as a portion of the overall course grade for each course. Remediation will be required if scores fall below UAH Nursing passing standard.
  2. An overall "C" (2.0) grade point average (GPA) on all courses taken at UAH is required for graduation.

Health and Other Requirements for Students in Upper Division Nursing Courses

Clinical agencies require students to meet various health related requirements. Students must complete and maintain currency of all health documentation requirements prior to enrollment in upper division level courses and throughout the program for progression. Students are responsible for maintaining original health records.  Some of these records will be managed by the Office of Undergraduate Programs, an external clearing house, or by the UAH Student Health Center.  The following are required as part of admission, enrollment, and progression in the upper division nursing major:

  1. Physical examination: within the past three (3) months prior to starting the upper division curriculum. Any medical or mental health status change from the time of enrollment in the nursing program must be shared with the Associate Dean and documentation of release from healthcare provider for program progression. If a status change is not reported in a timely manner, the student may not be allowed to progress in the program. 
  2. Hepatitis B: Three (3) doses of vaccine or titer results demonstrating immunity. For initial enrollment a minimum of first 2 immunizations is required prior to entry to the upper division curriculum.
  3. Evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), and varicella (chickenpox/VZV). 
  4. Evidence of negative for tuberculosis (TB/PPD). Each student is required to have a 2-step tuberculin (TB) skin test or a T-spot less than three months prior to the first day of class of upper division nursing courses. Instead of skin testing, students may provide evidence of a blood test indicating negative for tuberculosis. If the skin test or the blood test is positive, a chest x-ray is required and possible other medical evaluation may be requested. An annual one-step TB renewal test is required while enrolled in the Nursing Program.
  5. Annual Influenza Vaccination (Flu): Students are required to provide evidence of influenza vaccination each year while enrolled in the Nursing Program.
  6. Current health insurance: Students are required to provide evidence of current health insurance each year while enrolled in the Nursing Program.
  7. CPR certification: Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider through the American Heart Association while enrolled in the Nursing Program.
  8. Drug testing and criminal background check: Students are required to submit to drug testing and criminal background checks upon admission and annually. In addition, drug testing and criminal background checks can be administered for reasonable suspicion of drug/alcohol use and as required by affiliating clinical agencies while enrolled in any Nursing Program. The College of Nursing Undergraduate and Graduate Student Handbooks provide detailed policies. Violations of the policies are serious and will result in dismissal of students from the College of Nursing.
  9. Other health requirements may be implemented based on community or clinical agency requirements.

Standards of Conduct and Accountability

The nursing student shall comply with legal, moral, and legislative standards that determine unacceptable behavior of the nurse and that may be cause for denial of a license to practice as a registered nurse, in accordance with the Alabama law regulating practice of registered and nursing as provided below.

The Alabama Board of Nursing may deny a license and/or temporary permit by examination or endorsement based on Alabama rule 610-x-8-.02 and rule 610-x-8-.03. Examples of grounds for denial and discipline of a license may include:

  1. Engaging in fraud, misrepresentation, deception, or concealment of a material fact in applying for or securing licensure or taking any examination required for licensure.
  2. Having engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with good moral character such as having a criminal history or pattern of illegal conduct or disregard for the law.
  3. Having disciplinary action pending or having had a license, registration, or certification for any health-related profession denied, conditionally issued, fined, reprimanded, censured, restricted, limited, placed on probation, suspended, revoked, voluntarily surrendered, or otherwise encumbered in any state, territory or country.

  4. Having been court-martialed or administratively discharged by a branch of the United States Armed Forces for any act or conduct that would constitute grounds for discipline Alabama under Rule 610-X-8-.03.

  5. Any other reasons authorized by law.

Failure to comply with any of the Alabama Board of Nursing rules while in the nursing program constitutes grounds for dismissal from the program.

Completion of the nursing program does not guarantee licensure based on the Alabama Board of Nursling's regulations governing review of candidates for eligibility for initial and continuing licensure.

Core Performance Standards

Core Performance Standards may also be referred to as essential functions define selected attributes and behaviors necessary for students to demonstrate in order to successfully complete their education and subsequently enter nursing practice. These essential functions are determined to be required for initial and continued enrollment in the College of Nursing. Students must be able to perform each of the following essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

  1. Critical thinking ability for effective clinical reasoning and clinical judgment consistent with level of education preparation. Examples (not all inclusive) of necessary activities include identifying cause-effect relationships in clinical and classroom situation, use of scientific method in developing patient care plans; evaluation of effectiveness of nursing interventions.
  2. Professional relationships, Interpersonal skills sufficient for professional interactions with a diverse population of individuals, families, and groups. Examples (not all inclusive) include the ability to establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues; capacity to engage in successful conflict resolution; peer accountability.
  3. Communication adeptness sufficient for verbal and written professional interaction. Examples (not all inclusive) include explaining treatment procedures, initiating health teaching, and documenting and interpreting nursing actions and patient/client responses.
  4. Mobility as physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces. Examples (not inclusive) include moving around in clients' rooms, work spaces and treatment areas; and administering cardiopulmonary procedures.
  5. Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care. Examples (not all inclusive) include completing examinations/evaluations by writing, typing or demonstration; calibrating and using equipment, and therapeutic positioning of clients.
  6. Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Examples (not all inclusive) include hearing basic conversation; monitoring alarms, emergency signals and auscultatory sounds; and hearing cries for help.
  7. Visual abilities sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in patient care. Examples (not all inclusive) include reading documents such as patient charts and laboratory reports, reading calibrations on syringes, sphygmomanometers, and thermometers, and equipment outputs such as waves, printouts, and digital readings; and accurately observing client behaviors such as color changes and nonverbal communication and responses to treatments.
  8. Tactile abilities sufficient for physical assessment. Examples (not all inclusive) include performing palpation, percussion, temperature changes, complete physical examinations and other activities related to therapeutic interventions.
  9. Behavioral/Social abilities sufficient to demonstrate emotional stability, maintenance or composure under stress, development of mature, empathetic and effective nurse-patient relationships and use of sound and unimpaired judgment in classroom and clinical activities.

These core performance standards are not intended to be complete listing of all nursing behaviors, but they are a sampling of the types of abilities needed by nursing students to meet program objectives and requirements. The College or its affiliated agencies may identify additional critical behaviors or abilities. The identified core performance standards are revised and adopted from the Americans with Disabilities Act implications for Nursing Education (revised 2008).

Responsibility Compliance with Clinical Agencies

Students are responsible for complying with policies and procedures required by clinical agencies. The College of Nursing may not be able to provide alternative placements for students. Failure to meet this requirement may lead to exclusion from required clinical educational experiences and prevent completion of the program.

For Pre-Licensure (Basic) Students: 

Semester 1Semester Hours
NUR 001NURSING TESTING BLOCK 0
NUR 301CONCEPTS IN NURSING 3
NUR 303HEALTH ASSESSMENT 3
NUR 303LCLINICAL 0
NUR 304APP PATHOPHYSIOLOGY LIFESPAN 3
NUR 309CLINICAL INFORMATICS 2
NUR 311CLINICAL CALCULATIONS 1
 Term Semester Hours: 12
Semester 2
NUR 001NURSING TESTING BLOCK 0
NUR 310PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE NURS I 6
NUR 310LCLINICAL 0
NUR 312GERO NURSING CARE 3
NUR 321PHARMACOLOGY IN NURS 3
 Term Semester Hours: 12
Semester 3
NUR 001NURSING TESTING BLOCK 0
NUR 305NUR PROC MENTAL HLTH/ILLNESS 4
NUR 305LCLINICAL 0
NUR 307INQRY TO EVIDNC BASED NURS PRC 3
NUR 308NURS CARE ADULTS ALTER HLTH I 9
NUR 308LCLINICAL 0
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Semester 4
NUR 001NURSING TESTING BLOCK 0
NUR 401NURS CARE ADULTS ALTER HLTH II 4
NUR 401LCLINICAL 0
NUR 403FAM CENTER/PARENT-INFANT NUR 4
NUR 403LCLINICAL 0
NUR 404FAMILY-CENTER NUR CARE CHILDRE 4
NUR 404LCLINICAL 0
 Term Semester Hours: 12
Semester 5
NUR 405COMMUNITY HEALTH NURS 4
NUR 405LCLINICAL EXPERIENCE 0
NUR 407PROF PRACTICE IN NURSING II 8
NUR 407LCLINICAL EXPERIENCE 0
NUR 408PROF PRAC IN NURS III SEMINAR 2
 Term Semester Hours: 14
 Total Semester Hours: 66