BSN, Pre-licensure program requirements

Students completing the lower division general studies (prerequisite courses) of the program at UAH should follow the program of study outlined below. 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 & STARS). Students transferring from other institutions are encouraged to complete courses equivalent to those listed below:

Area I: Freshman Composition3-6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING I W/STUDIO
COLLEGE WRITING II
ACCELERATED COLLEGE WRITING
HONORS ENGLISH SEMINAR
Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts*12
Fine Arts3
ARH SUR: ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SUR: RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR: WORLD ART
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature3-6
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL I
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL 2
LITERATURE WITHOUT BORDERS
MYTHOLOGY
PROTEST LITERATURE
HEROES &/OR MONSTERS
LOVE &/OR ROMANCE
SPECULATIVE REALITIES
Humanities and Fine Arts3-6
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:RUSSIAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:GERMAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG: JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTERM FORGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRO WOMENS/GENDER/SEXLTY STU
ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WORLDS
ARH SUR: ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SUR: RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR: WORLD ART
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Area III: Mathematics and Sciences11-12
Mathematics3-4
NATURE OF MATHEMATICS
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
Natural Sciences (Lab)8
SURVEY OF ASTRONOMY
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
and LABORATORY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
and ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY LAB
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
GENERAL, ORGANIC, BIOCHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
Area IV: History and Social and Behavioral Sciences*12
History3-6
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences6-9
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO TO CRIMINOLOGY
 

CH 151 and CH 155 are the preferred Chemistry courses.

*Take either 1 EH (Area II) + 2 HY (Area IV) <OR> 2 EH (Area II) + 1 HY (Area IV). Take no more than six hours in a single discipline in Area II or Area IV.

 
Pre Professional Courses18
INFECTION & IMMUNITY
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II
HEALTH PROMOTION NUR MAJORS
Choose one:
PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS
STATISTICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES
BUSINESS STATISTICS I
INTRO SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTIC
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.

Pre-licensure Courses:

NUR 001NURSING TESTING BLOCK0
NUR 301Professional Concepts in Nursing3
NUR 303HEALTH ASSESSMENT5
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 HLTH ALTERTNS8
NUR 308LCLINICAL0
NUR 310PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE NURS I6
NUR 310LCLINICAL0
NUR 311CLINICAL CALCULATIONS1
NUR 312GERO NURSING CARE3
NUR 312LCLINICAL0
NUR 321PHARMACOLOGY IN NURS3
NUR 401NURS CARE CRITICALLY ILL ADULT5
NUR 401LCLINICAL0
NUR 403MATERNAL INFANT NURSING4
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

CH 151 and CH 155 are the preferred Chemistry courses.

*Take either 1 EH (Area II) + 2 HY (Area IV) <OR> 2 EH (Area II) + 1 HY (Area IV). Take no more than six hours in a single discipline in Area II or Area IV.

Admission Policies

Students interested in pursuing the pre-licensure baccalaureate degree in nursing must meet the general entrance requirements of the University. Students should schedule advising as early as possible to ensure that the correct prerequisite courses for the pre-licensure program are completed as required. Students are also encouraged to meet with a nursing advisor each semester to monitor their progress. All lower-division general studies (prerequisite) courses must be completed to be eligible to enroll in upper-division nursing courses. For information and assistance, contact the College of Nursing Office of Undergraduate Programs (256.824.6742).

Admission to the Upper Division BSN Pre-licensure program

Students must apply and be admitted to the upper-division nursing pre-licensure program to be eligible to enroll in 300 and 400 level nursing courses with clinical labs. Admission into the upper-division pre-licensure nursing program is competitive and spaces are limited. A separate nursing application (found on the UAH CON website) for the upper-division pre-licensure program must be submitted by the published dates. When the number of students applying to the upper-division pre-licensure program exceeds the number of spaces available, the most qualified applicants will take priority. Enrollment at UAH as a nursing major in the lower-division courses does not assure admission to the upper-division courses. Students admitted into the Early Promotion into Nursing Program (EPNP) as freshmen are exempt from the application process unless they do not maintain their eligibility requirements for EPNP. 

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.

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 and application fee 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 course
    6. A minimum cumulative score of 75% on the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) Exam. 

      An 80% or higher is required on the HESI A2 for EPNP students.

  2. Once students have been selected for promotion to the upper division, grades in 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 course is found missing 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 eligible for continued enrollment in that 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. Students who were dismissed from another nursing program or failed any equivalent upper-division nursing courses are not eligible for admission to the UAH College of Nursing BSN  pre-licensure program. 

Early Promotion into UAH Nursing Program (EPNP)

Highly qualified students who enter UAH as freshmen, declare Nursing as their major, complete all lower-division nursing coursework on the UAH campus, and meet the requirements listed below will be enrolled in the EPNP and guaranteed acceptance in the upper-division nursing courses. 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 http://www.uah.edu/honors/application-forms.

High school students who meet the following criteria automatically qualify for the EPNP:

  • A high school GPA of 3.5.*

In order to maintain good standing status for continuation into the upper division of nursing, EPNP students must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on all required lower-division (prerequisite) courses.
  • Complete all identified required courses at UAH.
  • Achieve an overall cumulative score of at least 80% on the HESI Admissions Assessment (A2) exam.

         Students who do not maintain these criteria may be eligible for admission but will need to apply and will be considered with the competitive pool of applicants.

* Requirements and conditions are subject to change.

Progression Standards

I. Grading Scale:

The College of Nursing grading scale for the upper-division nursing (NUR) courses in the pre-licensure BSN program 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 successfully complete the clinical component of all clinical nursing courses. Students who are unsatisfactory in the clinical component of a clinical nursing course will receive a failing grade (F) in the course. 
  3. 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.
  4. Throughout the program, students must meet the Core Performance Standards, the requirements identified in the Health and Other Requirements, and 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 must repeat the class before progressing in the program. The student must meet with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs or BSN Program Coordinator to develop a revised program of study based on space availability and progression constraints. Before considering the 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 (except NUR 311 and NUR 408), in either the same course or in separate courses, at any time during the program will be dismissed from the College of Nursing. 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 Undergraduate Nursing Programs office. Readmission into the upper-division nursing program is not guaranteed; availability of space in a cohort and the information submitted in the petition for readmission are considerations. 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. Students may withdraw from the same course twice. After the second withdrawal, the student either earns a grade or withdraws from the program. Any student who withdraws from a course must meet with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs or BSN Program Coordinator to develop a revised program of study based on space availability and progression constraints. Before considering the 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.
  2. Students who are unsatisfactory in the clinical component of a clinical nursing course are ineligible for withdrawal.

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 the UAH CON 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 clearinghouse, or by the UAH Student Health Center. Students who fail to complete and submit their health requirements by any designated deadline may not be allowed to begin classes or clinical until all health requirements are met.  

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 the practice of registered nurses 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 standards 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 Nursing's regulations governing the review of candidates for eligibility for initial and continuing licensure.

Core Performance Standards

Core Performance Standards may also be referred to as essential functions that 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 the level of educational preparation. Examples (not all-inclusive) of necessary activities include identifying cause-effect relationships in clinical and classroom situations, use of the scientific method in developing patient care plans; evaluation of the effectiveness of nursing interventions.
  2. Professional relationships, Interpersonal skills are 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; the capacity to engage in successful conflict resolution; peer accountability.
  3. Communication adeptness is 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 such as physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces. Examples (not all-inclusive) include moving around in clients' rooms, workspaces, and treatment areas; and administering cardiopulmonary procedures.
  5. Gross and fine motor abilities are 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 abilities that are sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Examples (not all-inclusive) include hearing basic conversations; monitoring alarms, emergency signals, and auscultatory sounds; and hearing cries for help.
  7. Visual abilities that are sufficient for observation and assessment as necessary for patient care. Examples (not all-inclusive) include reading documents (printed and electronic) 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 physical/physiological changes, nonverbal communication, and responses to treatments.
  8. Tactile abilities that are sufficient for physical assessment. Examples (not all-inclusive) include performing palpation, percussion, temperature changes, necessary for complete physical examinations, and other activities related to therapeutic interventions.
  9. Behavioral/Social abilities that are sufficient to demonstrate emotional stability, maintenance or composure under stress, development of mature, empathetic, and effective nurse-patient relationships, and the use of sound and unimpaired judgment in classroom and clinical activities.

These core performance standards are not intended to be a 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 clinical agency requirements may lead to exclusion from required clinical educational experiences and prevent completion of the program.

Upper Division Program of Study: 

Semester 1Semester Hours
NUR 001NURSING TESTING BLOCK 0
NUR 301Professional Concepts in Nursing 3
NUR 303HEALTH ASSESSMENT 5
NUR 303LCLINICAL 0
NUR 304APP PATHOPHYSIOLOGY LIFESPAN 3
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 HLTH ALTERTNS 8
NUR 308LCLINICAL 0
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Semester 4
NUR 001NURSING TESTING BLOCK 0
NUR 401NURS CARE CRITICALLY ILL ADULT 5
NUR 401LCLINICAL 0
NUR 403MATERNAL INFANT NURSING 4
NUR 403LCLINICAL 0
NUR 404FAMILY-CENTER NUR CARE CHILDRE 4
NUR 404LCLINICAL 0
 Term Semester Hours: 13
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