Alabama Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide
The following guide is designed to provide you with essential information on the many nursing programs available in the state of Alabama. The colleges and universities in Alabama allow students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree online or on campus, with concentrations spanning such areas as family psychiatry, community health, and children’s health. If you need a more flexible option to earning a nursing degree, you may want to consider an online program from such schools as the University of South Alabama.
Nursing Program Stats
- 24 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
- 14 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
- 10 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
- 6 schools ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2017 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs: Auburn University (#92, MSN; DNP not ranked), Samford University (#92, MSN; #81, DNP), Troy University-Montgomery (#171, MSN; DNP not ranked), University of Alabama (#48, MSN; #34, DNP), University of Alabama-Birmingham (#13, MSN; #23, DNP), University of Alabama-Huntsville (#131, MSN; #116, DNP).
- Highest graduation rate: Samford University 74%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate: Auburn University-Montgomery 48%.1
- Highest net price: Samford University $28,578.1
- Lowest net price: Chattahoochee Valley Community College $1,287.1
- Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Alabama with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $10,112 – $28,414.2
Continue below to find profiles and more in-depth information about the nursing programs offered at Alabama’s leading colleges and universities.
NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in Alabama
The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit Alabama nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the Alabama Board of Nursing (https://www.abn.alabama.gov/).
|School||ADN or LVN Program||BSN Program||Graduate Nursing Program||ACEN/CCNE Accredited*||NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate**||Number Taking||NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate***||Number Taking||Net Price****|
|Auburn University Montgomery||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||80.6%||98||$13,445|
|Bevill State Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||97.4%||78||86.7%||158||$7,570|
|Bishop State Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||82.1%||28||68.3%||41||$5,436|
|Calhoun State Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||91.3%||23||92.2%||179||$5,358|
|Central Alabama Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||95%||20||72.3%||47||$5,798|
|Chattahoochee Valley Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||6||78.3%||23||$1,287|
|Coastal Alabama Community College (Formerly Alabama Southern)||Yes||No||No||ACEN||97.2%||36||87.5%||8||$5,241|
|Coastal Alabama Community College (Formerly Faulkner State)||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||27||98.4%||64||$6,880|
|Coastal Alabama Community College (Formerly Jefferson Davis)||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||77.3%||75||$4,030|
|Gadsden State Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||61||91.6%||83||$4,719|
|George C. Wallace State Community College-Dothan||Yes||No||No||ACEN||92.7%||96||88.3%||111||$3,263|
|George C. Wallace State Community College-Hanceville||Yes||No||No||No||100%||32||91.9%||149||$6,468|
|George C. Wallace State Community College-Selma||Yes||No||No||ACEN||86.7%||30||79.2%||24||$8,073|
|Jacksonville State University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||90.9%||110||$12,492|
|Jefferson State Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||84.8%||237||$9,113|
|J.F Drake State Community and Technical College||Yes||No||No||No||89.2%||37||N/A||N/A||$7,676|
|Lawson State Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||25||100.0%||21||N/A|
|Lurleen B. Wallace State Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||89.7%||29||76.9%||26||$7,015|
|Northeast Alabama Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||84.2%||19||86.1%||36||$3,117|
|Northwest Shoals Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||15||89.1%||64||$6,246|
|Reid State Technical College||Yes||No||No||No||81.8%||44||N/A||N/A||$4,096|
|Shelton State Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||95.5%||66||91%||67||$8,847|
|Snead State Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||97.3%||37||$5,879|
|Southern Union State Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||93.5%||31||82.6%||121||$7,325|
|Spring Hill College||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||100%||15||$20,376|
|Trenholm State Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||85.2%||27||N/A||N/A||$7,118|
|University of Alabama||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||95.2%||187||$18,814|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||96.7%||271||$15,772|
|University of Alabama in Huntsville||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||84.3%||172||$13,737|
|University of Mobile||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$20,214|
|University of North Alabama||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||85.3%||102||$10,848|
|University of South Alabama||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||85.3%||273||$13,284|
|University of West Alabama||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||88%||25||$12,884|
|Wallace State Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.4,5
**NCLEX-PN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing for the fiscal year between October 2015 and September 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing for the fiscal year between October 2015 and September 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).
Schools in Alabama with Nursing Degrees
Associate’s in Nursing Programs
Gadsden State Community College
Gadsden State Community college offers an associate’s degree in nursing that can be completed on the school’s Cherokee, Wallace Drive, or McClellan campuses. Admission to the program is competitive and is based on such factors as a prospective student’s GPA, ACT score, and completion of prerequisite courses. Once admitted to the nursing program students complete courses such as Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning, Advanced Nursing Concepts, and Anatomy and Physiology. Clinical placements are also completed as part of the curriculum. Graduates earn the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. Gadsden State’s nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.
Wallace Community College
The nursing program at Wallace Community College was founded in 1969 and today offers three flexible tracks for students interested in earning an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN): a traditional daytime track, an evening and weekend track, and an LPN to RN mobility track. Core nursing courses include Introduction to Pharmacology, Adult Nursing, and Maternal and Child Nursing. Students additionally complete extensive laboratory and clinical experience. Completion of the program leads to the award of an associate in applied science in nursing. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and apply for RN licensure in Alabama. Wallace Community College’s ADN program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs
University of Alabama
The University of Alabama allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The four-year undergraduate program requires students to complete core college requirements – such as math and English – during the first two years of study before gaining admittance to the nursing major. The nursing curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics including medication calculation, pharmacology, childbearing families, and community health. Nursing majors may network and become active in the college community by joining the Association of Nursing Students. Academically eligible students may also want to apply for membership to Sigma Theta Tau, an international honor society for nursing students. Graduates with a BSN are eligible to earn licensure as a registered nurse.
University of North Alabama
The University of North Alabama confers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the four-year, 128 credit program. The first two years of the undergraduate program require nursing majors to complete general college requirements before entering the major for the final two years. In addition to completing core nursing coursework, nursing majors will also gain valuable field experience through an internship and independent study. The BSN program covers a wide range of nursing topics, including health and aging, maternity nursing, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing, and pharmacology. Honors nursing students will round out their studies with a senior capstone project.
Master’s in Nursing Programs
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville State University features a 38 credit graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a focus on community health nursing. Students may attend on a part-time or a full-time basis and generally, will choose a vulnerable segment of the population – such as infants, the elderly and those with HIV – on which to concentrate their studies. The program requires four core courses, which students will complete online with the remainder of courses completed on campus. Graduates of the program are generally eligible to earn national certification as an advanced public health nurse. Applicants to the program must already hold a bachelor’s degree and possess a current registered nursing license. Students may begin the program in the fall, in the spring, or in the summer.
University of South Alabama
The University of South Alabama affords graduate students the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) by completing courses online and engaging in clinical experiences close to the student’s home. The program allows students to follow one of two tracks: the nurse practitioner track and the non-practitioner track. Within the nurse practitioner track, graduate students may concentrate in one of seven areas, including women’s health, adult gerontological, pediatric primary care, and family psychiatric. The non-practitioner option is for those students who want to work as a clinical nurse leader, clinical nurse specialist, or executive nurse administrator.
Auburn, AL 36849
Student Review: “Nursing school has probably been the most challenging time of my life. Let me explain my alumn experience while cursing Auburn University. Being organized has helped me a lot—there’s so much going on with my kids and assignments so it really helps me know what’s coming up and what I need to do to be ready, It also lets me work ahead so I don’t feel like I’m drowning. The most difficult thing for me about nursing school was waiting for my turn in the end-of-rotation clinical evaluation line. I was always worried that a clinical instructor was going to ding me for some fault that I was unaware of and hadn’t corrected, and that this would go into my permanent record. Fortunately, my instructors were reasonably fair- but waiting for my turn was hard. It also was hard waiting and studying while my friends from my previous round of college were buying cars and travelling. Had to keep my mind on the ultimate goal of qualifying for a worthwhile profession.” – Student at Auburn University
Coastal Alabama Community College (formerly Alabama Southern Community College)
Bay Minette, AL 36507
Student Review: “Alabama Southern is one of the best schools for nursing programs. The first week of enrollment was very challenging and intimidating. I quickly learned that this school program is unpredictable and each day is a different learning experience. The staff was extremely helpful from the begging and guided me through all the paperwork I had to submit. The campus itself is great. The teachers have become my mentors and have helped me overcome fears and obstacles. One of my teachers even offered me an internship in her own private office. The best thing about this school is that from the very begging you are thought how to be very independent yet always ready to help someone. The teachers are always encouraging us to work in groups.” – Student at Alabama Southern Community College
J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College
3421 Meridian St N
Huntsville, AL 35811
Student Review: “J.F Drake State Community and Technical College was a life changing experience for me, it had its ups and downs. The curriculum was challenging, but there were two professors from the LPN program that can over help teach program, when they did the program got very easy and understandable. I felt that I learned a Lot that I can apply to my future career. The professors were very approachable and most held office hours and after class session during the week so I and other fellow classmates could ask questions about concepts that I and other classmates didn’t understand. The program has pinning ceremonies every year. On my last semester I had the chance to get hands on experience through assign doctor office. On my first day of clinical it was a little nerve wrecking, because I had a nurse that didn’t like to train others, so basically I observe and learn. After couple days went by the nurse was shocked that I caught on super fast. With all this life changing event I still was able to pass my certification. The one aspect of the program that I felt could be improved is more hands on training.” – Student at Drake State Community and Technical College
Sandhills Community College
3395 Airport Rd
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Student Review: “I completed the Associates in Applied Science: Registered Nursing degree at Sandhills Community college in 2015. The nursing program was full of hands on learning experiences during the first year that allowed me to practice my skill in an environment that allowed for guidance and support prior to working with actual patients. During the second year, patient care experiences in hospitals and community nursing care environments provided the opportunity to match skill sets gained in hands-on lab courses with real-world application. The class sizes are small and the instructors care about each student that they send out as graduates in the nursing field. I would recommend this college and course of study to anyone looking to give back to the community in the field of healthcare.” – Student at Sandhills Community College
University of North Alabama
1 Harrison Plaza
Florence, AL 35632
Student Review: “I attended nursing school at the University of North Alabama and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2007. This was the greatest accomplishments of my life. Nursing school was very hard, but the staff at UNA made it the very best it could be. The professors were strict but fair. The classes were extremely difficult and each instructor was willing to answer any question I had, and there were many! They were willing to go out of their way to make sure I had the training I needed to succeed, in nursing school and later in the real world. They prepared me very well for my NCLEX. My only concern with the nursing school came when I began to work as an RN. I realized I didn’t have as much “hands-on” training as other new graduate nurses. Most of our studies were concentrated in the classroom. Despite this, I look back and treasure my time as a nursing student at UNA and would recommend this nursing program to anyone looking to become an RN. The college is beautiful and I received everything I needed there to become a successful RN.” – Student at University of North Alabama
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
3. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=AL&major=nursing&sort=best
4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
5. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): https://directory.ccnecommunity.org/reports/accprog.asp
6. Alabama Board of Nursing: http://www.abn.alabama.gov/nursing-programs/