The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) announced last week that it has partnered with Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) to give students a head start on earning graduate degrees in nursing. The two schools signed a memorandum to bridge the baccalaureate degree at BSC with the master’s degree at UAB.
Doreen C. Harper, UAB School of Nursing dean and Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing, tells AL.com, “We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to BSC students whose diverse backgrounds and experiences in the liberal arts and sciences will continue to develop and grow the talent pool in nursing. And, we are proud the first school engaged with us in this endeavor is our neighbor, Birmingham-Southern.”
The new accelerated nursing program partnership works by allowing students who have completed almost three and a half years of work toward their bachelor’s degree at BSC to begin earning a master’s degree in nursing from UAB. Students also benefit from hands-on learning through internships, travel, and service-learning.
BSC seniors may begin UAB’s accelerated masters in nursing pathways program once they have completed 116 credit hours of undergraduate coursework. During the spring term of their senior year, students are enrolled at both BSC and UAB while taking their first semester of nursing coursework at UAB. At the end of the term, credits are transferred back to BSC so that they can graduate from Birmingham-Southern with their undergraduate degree.
To learn more about UAB and BSC’s accelerated nursing program partnership, visit here.