Traditional BSN Program

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


Time to Complete:
4 years


Modality Offered:


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Why North Alabama?

Experience an unmatched education for your future in nursing. UNA's Traditional BSN program is perfect for individuals 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.

Traditional BSN Curriculum

Area I (Written Composition) - 6 Credit Hours
EN 111 (120)
Freshman Comp I (3)
EN 112 (121)
Freshman Comp I (3)
Area II (Humanities and Fine Arts) - 12 Credit Hours
EN 211 - 212
or EN 221 - 222
or EN 231 - 232
Survey of British Literature I & II (6)
or American Literature Through Whitman & American Literature from Whitman to Present
or Literature of the Western World I & II (6)
COM 201
Fundamentals of Speech (3)
Art, Music, Theatre, Philosophy, Religion, or Foreign Language (3) 1
Area III (Natural Sciences and Mathematics) - 11 Credit Hours
MA 110 
Finite Mathematics (3)  2
CH 101
Intro Inorganic Chemistry & Lab (4)
BI 101
or BI 111

Introductory Biology & Lab
or Principles of Biology & Lab (4) 

Area IV (History, Social and Behavioral Sciences) - 12 Credit Hours
HI 101 - 102
or HI 201 - 202
Survey of World Civilization I & II (6)
or U.S. History I & II (6)
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 prepares you for comprehensive patient care while opening doors to a future in nursing. By completing your BSN, you’ll find great employment opportunities that allow you to focus your career in areas that interest you.

Admission Requirements

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 nursing courses are:

  • 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 previously enrolled 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 previously enrolled 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.
  • Possess a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) or higher in required BSN courses, including a “C” or higher in all required prerequisite courses as listed in the General Studies Component for nursing majors.
  • An admission cumulative index based on admission assessment exam scores, overall 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.

Early Admission Option

The Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions (ACONHP) will offer early admission (EAdm) to a select group of highly qualified high school seniors who plan to seek a career in nursing. Learn more...

Application Deadlines

Students may be accepted and enroll in the spring and fall semesters for the Traditional BSN program. Applications are available on the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions website.

  • Fall Admissions: For Fall admission, the application opens February 1st and is due by March 1st.
  • Spring Admissions: For Spring admission, the application opens September 1st and is due by October 1st.

Tuition and Aid

In-state: $340 per credit hour plus additional fees.

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

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