University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL 35294
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) started off as a medical college, established in 1859. In 1969 it became an independent institution and has expanded to provide a variety of undergrad and graduate programs. While it has gone through many changes, the UAB is now a major university with a nationally recognized academic health center. The UAB is a popular school, with enrollment reaching a record high for the third year in a row. The school also recently formalized a partnership between the UAB health system, school of nursing, and hospital to expand the nursing educational opportunities offered at the UAB. Students have access to the latest technologies and techniques in the healthcare community.


Nursing programs available through the University of Alabama at Birmingham includes a BSN degree, an RN to BSN pathway, and a selection of MSN program tracks. Specializations offered through the MSN programs include Nursing Education, Nurse Practitioner Care, Nursing and Health Systems Management, and Nursing Informatics. MSN applicants must possess a BSN degree with a minimum of 3.0-grade point average. As these programs receive a high number of applicants, the admission process is competitive. However, the UAB gives students the chance to complete their clinical labs at the university-run health center. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students20,902
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate84%

Nursing Programs

If you have completed all pre-requisites, the RN Mobility courses are all online.

The University of Alabama RN-to-MSN/MSN program at Birmingham is designed to train students for specialized advanced nursing roles and to serve as an entry for doctoral study in the field.

The program offers the following four areas of specialization under the MSN: Nursing  Education, Nursing and Health Systems Management, Nurse Practitioner (in primary or acute) care and Nursing informatics. Most of the tracks offer most of their course work online.

Admission Requirements

  • A BSN Degree from a accredited program
  • Minimum of 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average for at least the final 60 semester hours of undergraduate level coursework
  • GRE (Combined 1000, or 297 new exam for verbal and quantitative sections) MAT (410) or GMAT (480) scores
  • Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a RN
  • Successfully complete a basic statistics course at the undergraduate level from an accredited institution

Admission to program is competitive for most of the specialty tracks

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 53 285
Master's degree 17 12
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 1 4
Doctor's degree - professional practice 9 49
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 96.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
07/01/1970 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
04/12/2010 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
03/03/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
03/03/2000 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
07/10/1981 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT990 to 1370
ACT21 to 28
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $30
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$347/credit
In State Students$347/credit
Out of State Students$793/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$437/credit
In State Students$437/credit
Out of State Students$995/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $15,615 $15,615 $35,685
ADN 70 $24,290 $24,290 $55,510
BSN 125 $43,375 $43,375 $99,125
FNP 50 $21,850 $21,850 $49,750
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 94% of University of Alabama at Birmingham's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 40% $4,750
Other Federal Grant 10% $1,421
State Grant & Scholarships -- $5,337
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 74% $8,005
Federal Student Loans 55% $6,117
Private Loans 6% $11,330


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$15,280
$30,001 to $48,000$16,707
$48,001 to $75,000$18,890
$75,001 to $110,000$19,830
Over $110,000$19,666

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Alabama state board of nursing.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, AL 35294

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