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University of North Alabama

University of North Alabama

One Harrison Plaza
Florence, Alabama 35632

(800) 825-5863
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Nursing Programs Offered

Accelerated BSN
BSN Programs
MSN Programs
RN Programs
RN to BSN Programs

RN to BSN Program Details

Today’s RN requires flexible educational options! UNA’s College of Nursing is committed to providing those flexible options! Students enrolled full-time in the Flex-Track online program complete professional coursework in one year! Clinical requirements are arranged in the student’s own community. The online degree program is completely web-based. Students set their own schedule, never worry about travel, parking, or babysitters, and enjoy the multitude of resources available online. All professional nursing courses are completed online.

BSN Program Details

Students choosing the Traditional BSN Option complete 128 semester credit hours of general education and professional nursing courses.

The first two years of the curriculum include courses in the humanities and biological, physical and behavioral sciences to provide a foundation for growth in the nursing major.

The 3rd and 4th years include clinical and non-clinical professional nursing courses and electives.

MSN Program Details


The Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of North Alabama is a post-baccalaureate degree program consisting of two tracks: “Nursing in Teaching-Learning Environments” and “Nursing Leadership in Organizational Environments.” The program is completely online in an asynchronous format.

The "Teaching-Learning" track will equip registered nurses with tools that will enable them to facilitate the education of nursing students, health care clients, and health care colleagues. The graduate will be qualified to serve as a faculty member in an institution of higher learning and serve as an educator in the clinical environment. The program will allow students to select a clinical area of interest (adult health, women’s health, pediatrics, etc.) upon which to focus during his/her matriculation.

The "Leadership" track will prepare registered nurses who will function at an advanced level in the health care environment regarding politics and legislation, budgeting and economics, and leadership and management, such that these nurses may positively impact the management aspects of nursing and health care in society.

There are two clinical courses for each option. Clinical experiences with approved preceptors may take place in the student’s geographical location. Students must hold a current unencumbered license to practice nursing in the state in which the clinical experiences occur. Through a partnership with Jacksonville State University (JSU), some courses will be taught through JSU’s online nursing program.


The Teaching-Learning option seeks applicants who wish to assume teaching positions in both collegiate and non-collegiate academic settings, as well as in clinical settings (hospitals, home health, clinics, hospices, etc.). Students will receive education with a theoretical basis in teaching methodologies, learning assessment, evaluation of learning, and other components of effective education. Additionally, students will learn to develop curricula and create other teaching projects. Clinical practice will take place in both academic and health care settings with approved preceptors in the student’s geographical area. Clinical courses will focus on a particular area of nursing (adult health, pediatrics, psychiatric, etc.) chosen by the student.

The Leadership option seeks applicants who are currently in management, administrative, or executive positions in health care or those who wish to seek such positions. Students will learn sound, theoretically based economic and management principles that will allow them to function efficiently in the business aspects of the health care system and make informed, evidence-based decisions. Clinical practice will take place in health care settings with an approved preceptor in the student’s geographical area.


Unconditional Admission

Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from a professionally accredited institution in the U.S.
Unencumbered license to practice nursing in the United States
Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater
1 year full-time experience as a registered nurse (Required for Nursing in Teaching-Learning Environments track only)
Three references from professional sources
Completed College of Nursing admission application (available at
Written statement of professional goals and the role of graduate education in achieving those goals
For international students, a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL.
Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

Please send transcripts, professional goals statement, and letters of reference to: College of Nursing and Allied Health, ATTN: Cindy Mashburn, UNA Box 5127, Florence, AL 35632-0001.

Conditional Admission
Conditional admission may be considered on a case-by-case basis for the applicant who does not fully meet admission requirements. The conditionally admitted student must have three years of full-time experience as a registered nurse. Conditionally admitted students may be required to take either the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The applicant with a GRE score of 1000 or greater or MAT score of 410 or greater qualifies for unconditional admission to the MSN program regardless of undergraduate GPA.

Clinical Health Requirements
All students are expected to have a physical examination, proof of hepatitis B and other immunizations, current tuberculosis screening, a current Basic Life Support card, a notarized felony affidavit, and current student liability insurance prior to beginning clinical courses. Students must also hold current licensure (unencumbered) in the state(s) in which clinical experiences will be completed. The appropriate forms with these items documented are to be submitted by a specified deadline date.

RN to MSN Program Details

-Completely online program

-24/7 accessible & flexible online delivery

-Clinicals arranged in your own locale

-Reduces the length of time required to attain the Master’s Degree by one semester (9 hours)

-Both BSN and the MSN diplomas are awarded

How to begin? Follow the steps below to get started!

-Apply to UNA’s RN to BSN program.
-Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
-After completing at least 12 hrs of nursing courses, students must confer with advisor regarding intent to pursue the RN to MSN Option.*
-Successfully complete designated graduate courses (9 hrs.)
NU501- Advanced Nursing Research
NU503 - Advanced Theory
NU601 - Health Policy and Social Issues.

Apply to the MSN program. **

*Prerequisites for enrollment in Graduate Courses as an undergraduate:

-Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA after completing at least 12 credit hours of undergraduate nursing courses at UNA.
-Must have advisor permission prior to enrollment.

Accelerated BSN Program Details

-Designed for individuals with a Bachelors degree from an accredited University in any discipline, except Nursing
-A 15 month program beginning May Intersession each year
-Same pre requisites as the Traditional BSN Option

Admissions Requirement

-Acceptance to UNA
-Traditional BSN admissions requirements with the exception of the ACT score and PLUS
-Evidence of a 3.0 GPA in either the first degree or on the completed pre requisite courses

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