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LAST UPDATED: June 27th, 2019

The University of Alabama (UAB) Nursing Program’s mission is to be the national leader in the practice of professional nursing and innovation and is focused on improving quality in its pursuit to deliver the highest quality care for every patient.  

The UAB Nursing Program has a blended orientation model that ensures both new and more experienced nurses are prepared to handle any situation. 

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The Good

  • Nursing Specialties
  • Unique Student Opportunities
  • The Dean’s Nursing Scholar
  • Nationally Ranked

Nursing Specialties

UAB Medicine allows its students to explore many different career paths, challenge their skills, and work with a variety of patients. There are over 14 nursing specialties available so that students can find their niche:

  • Ambulatory Care and Clinics
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Critical Care
  • Cardiovascular
  • Emergency
  • Medical
  • Neuroscience
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Perioperative
  • Psychiatric
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgical
  • Transplant
  • Trauma
  • Women & Infants

Unique Student Opportunities

UAB Nursing allows student several unique opportunities for its students:

  • Veterans Administration Initiatives: Students can learn more about the VA Nursing Academic Partnership, VA National Quality Scholars, Veterans CAN! and other veteran-centered initiatives and educational opportunities
  • Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows: A graduate fellowship program that allows returned Peace Corps volunteers to apply to either the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program as a second-degree student or to the Accelerated Master’s in Nursing Pathway (AMNP) program
  • Graduate Nursing Education Primary Care Scholars (GNEPCS): Current nurse practitioner students planning on providing primary care in one of Alabama’s rural-designated counties upon their graduation

The Dean’s Nursing Scholar

High school seniors who are actively considering a career in the nursing field will receive several benefits from The Dean’s Nursing Scholar:

  • Visit the School of Nursing and attend special events designed for scholars to learn more about the nursing and BSN program
  • Priority admission to the competitive BSN program (scholar must enroll at UAB directly from high school)

Nationally Ranked

The University of Alabama Nursing was featured in the 2019 US News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools. The school ranked:

  • 8th for its MSN program
  • 8th for its DNP program
  • 2nd for Nursing Administration
  • 7th for Clinical Nurse Leader
  • 12th for Pediatric Primary Care
  • 15th for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Bad

  • Career Resources

Career Resources

The UAB Nursing website offers lots of information about the courses and the many unique opportunities available to the students. However, there wasn’t a career resource page. A career resource page provides helpful information to students who are close to graduating or who have recently graduated and are looking for open positions.  


The Bottom Line

The University of Alabama is an excellent choice for students looking to enter the nursing field. The school has several nationally ranked programs and plenty of nursing specialties to select from. Additionally, The Dean’s Nursing Scholar is a great option for high school students who want to become a nurse. Overall, the University of Alabama is a solid choice in the industry. 

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