Frequently Asked Questions

Students may be accepted and enroll in the spring, summer, and fall semesters for the RN to BSN, RN to MSN Bridge, and MSN (Teaching Learning track and Leadership track) programs. We recommend that students complete their application for admission at least 2-3 months prior to their desired enrollment date in order to have time to submit all health documentation.

Students can be admitted in the Spring and Fall semesters for the MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner track. Applications are due by April 16, 2021 for students wishing to begin the program in the Fall 2021 semester.

RN to MSN Bridge students are allowed to take 9 credit hours of MSN coursework, while earning their BSN degree. Once they have graduated with a BSN degree, they can then apply for admission to the MSN program and if accepted, will already have one semester of graduate coursework complete, cutting the time to complete the MSN degree from five to four semesters of full-time study.

Only the BSN degree is awarded after completing the RN to MSN Bridge program, with 9 of those credit hours being eligible to apply towards an MSN degree as well.

Currently tuition is $300.00 per credit hour for undergraduate courses. 

Online undergraduate nursing course fees include:

  • $225 per 3 hour course 
  • $300 per 4 hour course 
  • $365 per 6 hour course

Currently tuition is $350.00 per credit hour for graduate courses. 

Online graduate nursing course fees include:

  • $225 per 3 hour course (all 3 hour MSN courses)
  • $300 per 4 hour course (all 4 hour MSN courses)
  • $320 per FNP track specific course (NU 640, 641, 642, 643, 644, & 645) *Total estimated cost for the FNP track (including tuition, fees, and books) is $20, 925.00. 
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Online students are not charged out of state tuition regardless of where they reside. 

Undergraduate nursing students will need to submit an application for admission to the university as well as their official transcripts from all colleges/universities they have previously attended. Applicants can be found online at

Once accepted to the university, the department will review the student's application and email an official welcome packet with further enrollment instructions, if the student is accepted.

For MSN, graduate students, the admissions application can be found online at Graduate students will also receive an emailed welcome packet after admission is complete, with enrollment and course advisement information. 

The core nursing curriculum for the RN to BSN and RN to MSN Bridge program is 30 credit hours. If attending full-time students can complete this in as little as 3 semesters; however, most students will also need to complete general education courses once they have transferred to UNA. 

The MSN- Teaching/Learning and Leadership tracks consists of 32 credit hours total, with two of those courses requiring a 90 hour clinical component each. These tracks are offered completely online and can be completed in 5 semesters if the student attends full-time.

The MSN: FNP track consists of 41 credit hours total, with five of those courses requiring a 120 hour clinical component each. The FNP track will also require two separate visits to UNA's campus for clinical intensive experiences. FNP track students are expected to take three courses (2 courses in the 1st 8 week term and 1 course in the 2nd 8 week term) in the Spring and Fall semesters and one course in each summer semester.

Yes, we allow students to attend part and full-time for all of the online nursing programs: RN to BSN, RN to MSN Bridge, MSN- Teaching/ Learning track and MSN- Leadership Track. MSN-FNP students are expected to attend full-time.  

This is different for each student. General education courses needed for the RN to BSN and RN to MSN Bridge programs can be found online at

General education classes can be taken at the same time as nursing courses once students are enrolled at UNA. General education courses do NOT have to be completed before taking nursing courses. 

No, online nursing courses do not require students to attend campus at any time. Both the RN to BSN. RM to MSN Bridge, MSN- Teaching/Learning, and MSN- Leadership tracks are offered completely online.

The MSN- FNP track will require students to attend UNA's campus at two separate times throughout the program.

For more information, contact:
Admissions: 256-765-4608 or (undergraduate admissions)
Graduate Admissions: 256-765-4447 or
Student Financial Services: 256-765-4278 or