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Alabama Nursing Schools with Degree Program Overviews

Research nursing degrees in Alabama, which currently has about 50 schools offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, tuition info and program options for the 10 largest schools, and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Nursing programs in Alabama can prepare students to work as licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs) or advanced practice nurses (APNs). Bachelor's and master's degree programs are the most common, though doctoral degree, associate's degree and certificate programs are also available. Graduate degree programs often offer specializations.

Some schools offer programs in the evenings and on weekends. Additionally, some programs are available online; these are generally geared toward current RNs who already hold a degree. Credits for associate's degree programs might be transferable to 4-year schools.

Career Requirements

In Alabama, aspiring nurses must graduate from an accredited college or university in order to apply for licensure. Additionally, they must successfully complete the appropriate NCLEX examination. The 10 largest Alabama schools offering nursing programs are outlined below.


Auburn University

Located in Auburn, Alabama, this university's School of Nursing offers both bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing. Students will be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing examination upon completion of the bachelor's program. Prior to being admitted to the 5-semester upper-division portion of the undergraduate nursing program, students are required to complete a 4-semester pre-nursing curriculum. Master's students can choose to pursue a career in nurse education or as a primary care practitioner upon earning their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $9,446 (in-state); $25,190 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; small city

Calhoun Community College

Located in Tanner, Calhoun Community College offers a nursing program through its Division of Health. The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program prepares students for the NCLEX-RN examination over 5 semesters of study. There is also an Associate of Applied Science program that enables licensed paramedics to pursue a nursing degree in 3 semesters.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing,
    Paramedic to RN
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,990 (in-state); $7,260 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; rural fringe

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville State University is a 4-year school located about 85 miles northeast of Birmingham in the town of Jacksonville. JSU's College of Nursing offers both a bachelor's degree and master's degree. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares students for the NCLEX-RN exam. Those students who have already earned RN licensure can pursue Jacksonville State's RN-BSN program, which takes 1 year to complete and offers online classes. All graduate students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing at Jacksonville State must complete a community health nursing component, which teaches them to become responsible for healthcare on a large scale. A graduate certificate for nursing education is also available online from this school.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    RN to BSN,
    Master of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,360 (in-state); $12,720 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; small suburb

Jefferson State Community College

Jefferson State Community College, based in Birmingham, is a 2-year school that offers an associate's degree program in nursing education. Students can choose to pursue a 5-semester program, which takes place during the day, or a 7-semester program, which is available on nights and weekends. Both options prepare students for the national licensure examination or for transfer to a 4-year college or university. The nursing education program is offered on all 4 of the school's campuses; students can start in any semester on the Jefferson and Shelby-Hoover campuses, but students on the Pell City or Chilton-Clanton campuses can only begin in the spring semester.

  • Program Offered: Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Education
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $4,200 (in-state); $7,470 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; midsize city

Troy University

Troy University, located in Troy, Alabama, offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs through its School of Nursing. Both the Associate of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs prepare students for the state licensure examination. Master's and doctoral students can choose to pursue specific nursing tracks, such as clinical nurse specialist, nursing informatics specialist or family nurse practitioner.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing,
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    RN to BSN/MSN,
    Master of Science in Nursing,
    Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,844 (in-state); $12,820 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; distant town

University of Alabama

The Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Bachelor's degree students are trained for the NCLEX-RN examination. Master's students can pursue a concentration in case management for rural populations, which enables them to sit for a variety of case management certification exams upon graduation. A dual Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Arts in Management is available, and there is a new Master of Science in Nursing/Doctorate in Education program for those interested in pursuing a career in higher education.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Arts in Management (MSN/MA),
    Master of Science in Nursing/Doctorate in Education
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $9,200 (in-state); $22,950 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

University of Alabama at Birmingham

While the University of Alabama has campuses in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville, the School of Nursing on the school's campus in Birmingham offers the state's only PhD in Nursing and joint Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, in addition to BSN, RN-BSN and MSN programs. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing examination. The master's program is designed for students to prepare for advanced nursing roles or for entry into a doctoral program. Master's students can specialize in nursing practitioner, nursing education, nursing informatics or nursing and health systems management roles.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    RN to BSN,
    Master of Science in Nursing,
    Doctor of Nursing Practice,
    PhD in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,798 (in-state); $15,462 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

University of Alabama in Huntsville

The Huntsville campus of the University of Alabama also offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its College of Nursing. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed for both beginning nursing students and RNs who already hold a diploma or associate's degree. Undergraduate students are prepared for the NCLEX-RN examination. MSNs are available for aspiring family nurse practitioners, acute care nurse practitioners and adult clinical nurse specialists. An MSN for leadership in healthcare systems is also available online.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    ADN to BSN,
    Master of Science in Nursing (various specializations),
    Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $8,794 (in-state); $21,108 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama in Florence offers a BSN and MSN through its College of Nursing & Allied Health. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing consists of a 4-year curriculum and preparation for the NCELX-RN examination. Entirely online degree programs are available for those undergraduate students who already have earned RN licensure and for Master of Science in Nursing students.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    RN to BSN,
    Master of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,528 (in-state); $11,856 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; small city

University of South Alabama

The College of Nursing at the University of South Alabama is located in Mobile. Undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing while preparing for the NCLEX-RN examination. Master's students can choose between multiple nurse practitioner specializations or non-nurse practitioner options, such as clinical nurse leader and nursing informatics. A Doctor of Nursing Practice program is also available for BSN or MSN graduates.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing,
    Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,660 (in-state); $13,020 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Nursing Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees 2012-2013
Auburn University 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing
$9,446 (in-state)*
$25,190 (out-of-state)*
Calhoun Community College 2-year, public; rural fringe Associate of Applied Science in Nursing,
Paramedic to RN
$3,990 (in-state)*
$7,260 (out-of-state)*
Jacksonville State University 4-year, public; small suburb Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
RN to BSN,
Master of Science in Nursing
$6,360 (in-state)*
$12,720 (out-of-state)*
Jefferson State Community College 2-year, public; midsize city Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Education $4,200 (in-state)*
$7,470 (out-of-state)*
Troy University 4-year, public; distant town Associate of Science in Nursing,
Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
RN to BSN/MSN,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
$6,844 (in-state)*
$12,820 (out-of-state)*
University of Alabama 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Arts in Management (MSN/MA),
Master of Science in Nursing/Doctorate in Education
$9,200 (in-state)*
$22,950 (out-of-state)*
University of Alabama at Birmingham 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
RN to BSN,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice,
PhD in Nursing
$6,798 (in-state)*
$15,462 (out-of-state)*
University of Alabama in Huntsville 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
ADN to BSN,
Master of Science in Nursing (various specializations)
Doctor of Nursing Practice
$8,794 (in-state)*
$21,108 (out-of-state)*
University of North Alabama 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
RN to BSN,
Master of Science in Nursing
$6,528 (in-state)*
$11,856 (out-of-state)*
University of South Alabama 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
$6,660 (in-state)*
$13,020 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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