Accelerated BSN Program

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UNA's accelerated BSN is a low residency program launching in Spring 2023 that offers flexible online coursework with onsite skills, simulations, and clinical rotations held in Northwest Alabama. Contact us today to learn more! We'll help you navigate the admissions process and the pre-requisites needed to start this exciting program in Summer 2023.

    • The accelerated BSN is also eligible for UNA's New Start Scholarship.

      New students enrolled in any online bachelor’s degree, graduate program (online or on-campus), certificate, or micro-credential will automatically qualify to receive a waived application fee and a complimentary first course when enrolled in two or more courses. Start your degree with an extra boost—all compliments of a university that’s here to support and challenge you. 

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By earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Alabama, students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become a registered nurse at an accelerated pace. With a career in nursing, you’ll inspire change in your organization, community, and beyond. Upon completion of a BSN, students will be able to provide quality care in adult health, mental wellness, and pediatric care while demonstrating ethical decision-making.

The accelerated BSN option is a low residency program available for students who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree. After BSN undergraduate program prerequisites are complete, as listed in the catalog, students will begin clinical and non-clinical professional nursing courses. Once accepted into the nursing program, the didactic portion of the courses will be delivered in an online format. The face-to-face clinical component of the course will be two weekends a month (weekends are defined as Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) with the occasional Thursday at designated times and locations.


Time to Complete:
Professional nursing courses can be completed in 15 months


Modality Offered:
Low Residency -
Online courses with in-person clinical rotations in Northwest Alabama


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Why North Alabama?

Experience an unmatched education for your future in nursing. UNA's Accelerated BSN program is perfect for individuals with a previous baccalaureate degree who are aspiring to become a nurse. Faculty bring real-world experience to the classroom, which serves as the foundation for our program. If you’re ready to earn your BSN you will benefit from their hands-on patient stories and real-world examples—approaching health care with a new lens.

With a diverse student body and seasoned faculty, the University of North Alabama offers flexible course schedules, competitive pricing, and a highly reputable education that fits your life. As a leader in nursing education since 1973, UNA prepares you to demonstrate knowledge, competencies, and skills in advanced nursing practices that ensure quality care and ethical decision-making.

Accelerated BSN Curriculum

Area I (Written Composition) - 0 Credit Hours
None Required
Area II (Humanities and Fine Arts) - 0 Credit Hours
None Required
Area III (Natural Sciences and Mathematics) - 4 Credit Hours
CH 101
Intro Inorganic Chemistry & Lab (4)
Area IV (History, Social and Behavioral Sciences) - 6 Credit Hours
ED 299
Growth and Development (3)
PY 201 or SO 221
Introduction to Psychology (3) or Introductory Sociology (3)
Area V - 24 Credit Hours
BI 241
& BI 242
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
BI 302
  or BI 307
Clinical Microbiology (4)
MA 147
Elementary Statistics (3)
CNH 342
Nutrition (3)
NU 203W
or NU 203WR
Nursing Concepts (3)
NU 238
or NU 238R
Pathophysiology for the Professional Nurse (3)


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and post-graduate APRN certificate program in nursing at the University of North Alabama are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


You will learn from dedicated full-time faculty—most holding terminal degrees in their field.

View our Nursing Faculty/Staff here.

What can I do with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree better prepares you for more comprehensive patient care while opening doors to further your nursing career. By completing your BSN, you’ll find greater employment opportunities that allow you to focus your career in areas that interest you more.

Admission Requirements

Applications will be available in February and due March 1 of each year for admission to begin in the May intercession. Decisions will be made and students notified by April 1 of each year. Initial admission is based on requirements for admission to the University; however, admission to the University does not assure admission to the program in nursing. Admission to the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions is competitive, and meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the BSN program. Requirements for admission to the nursing program are:

  • Hold a bachelors degree in any discipline other than Nursing, from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Admission to the University of North Alabama.
  • Submit a formal application to the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions which includes an application fee.
  • Letter of Eligibility:
    • Students enrolled previously in another nursing program must provide a letter of eligibility to return to the program without stipulation by the dean or director. If ineligible to return to the program, student is ineligible to apply to the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions.
    • Students enrolled previously in healthcare related programs (other than nursing) must talk with their advisor. An eligibility letter may be required. 
  • Students must be eligible to participate in rotations in all clinical facilities to be eligible for admission to the program.
  • Students must be available to attend clinical at designated times and locations in Northwest Alabama.
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in either the first degree or on the completed prerequisite courses.
  • Possess a "C" or above in all required prerequisite courses listed. 
  • An admission cumulative index based on admission assessment exam scores, GPA, and completed coursework at UNA is used to determine admission to the upper-division nursing major.
  • Complete a criminal background check and negative drug screen and be in good standing with university student conduct as specified on the application for admission.

Application Deadlines

Students accepted must enroll in the May intercession for the Accelerated BSN option. The application is available February 1st and due March 1st. 

Tuition and Aid

$340 per credit hour plus additional fees.

Out of State: $680 per credit hour plus additional fees.

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