Which Alabama Schools Offer Nursing Degrees?

Learn about nursing schools in Alabama. See degree and specialization options, program requirements, and course offerings as well as school information. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

In Alabama, associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs in nursing are available. Here you can discover which program is right for you and where you can go to find it.

What You Need to Know

You could start your nursing career by earning an associate's degree at a local college. Most of these programs take two years, and they include nursing classes and general education courses.

You could also start in the field by earning a bachelor's degree. Bachelor's degree programs take about four years if you have no prior college experience, although some bachelor's programs are structured to build on the skills you obtained in your associate's degree program.

A master's degree program could prepare you to work as a nurse practitioner in a number of specialties, and the length of the program depends on the specialty you choose. Master's programs are also available for those interested in teaching aspiring nurses or managing a nursing department.

Associate's Degrees at Alabama Nursing Schools

Troy University

Troy University's nursing associate's degree program is offered at the Montgomery campus. You'll learn the basics of nursing with courses covering hospital measurements, pharmacology, nutrition, and nursing concepts. Courses and clinical practice in mother and infant care, child nursing, and gerontological nursing will prepare you for your career, as will courses and practicums in advanced nursing concepts and psychosocial nursing concepts. All clinical sites are within 50 miles of Montgomery.

  • Program Name: Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 5 semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,924 per year for in-state students; $14,812 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: English composition, psychology, math, anatomy, and anatomy lab
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 19,041 students (15,114 undergraduates)

University of West Alabama

The Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing at the University of West Alabama offers an associate's degree in nursing to students who complete 30 hours of general education courses and 42 hours of nursing instruction that begin in their second semester. You'll learn the basic principles of nursing and study various types of nursing, such as maternal-child nursing, critical care nursing, and mental health nursing. You'll get hands-on experience through clinical practice in area health care facilities. All of West Alabama's nursing students are members of the Student Nurses Association, which is involved in university and community activities.

  • Program Name: Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 6 semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,734 per year for in-state students; $15,878 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Secondary or post-secondary biology
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 3,989 students (1,922 undergraduates)

Bachelor's Degrees at Alabama Nursing Schools

Auburn University

You must complete a pre-nursing program before applying to the school of nursing. If you hold a bachelor's degree in another subject, you can apply directly to the nursing program. You'll study chronic conditions and acute care across the life span and learn about nursing in different populations. There is a course in leadership and theoretical concepts. You'll practice what you've learned in class during clinical experiences at area health care facilities. You may have the opportunity to earn credit and get a first-hand look at the health care system in another country through a summer study abroad trip.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 2 years, pre-nursing; 5 semesters, professional nursing curriculum
  • Tuition and Fees: $10,424 per year for in-state students; $28,040 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: English composition, pre-calculus, anatomy, microbiology, chemistry, psychology, nutrition, statistics for biology, health ethics, humanities, foundations of nursing
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 25,912 students (20,629 undergraduates)

Troy University

The bachelor's degree program in nursing is taught at the main Troy University campus with clinical work at health care facilities in Troy and surrounding communities. You'll study such topics as nutrition and leadership as well as learning skills, like calculating drug doses and using information systems. Nursing courses in mental health nursing, child health, and nursing concepts are backed up with clinical experience in the real world.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,924 per year for in-state students; $14,812 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Completion of general studies course
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 19,041 students (15,114 undergraduates)

Master's Degrees at Alabama Nursing Schools

Auburn University

Auburn's master's degree in nursing is offered jointly between the main campus in Auburn and the Montgomery campus. However, most classes are taught online, so you'll only have to visit the campus once or twice a semester. Core curriculum courses include pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology and evidence-based practice. You'll have to complete an evidence-based project. Other courses and practicums depend upon the specialty you choose.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
  • Specializations: Primary care practitioner, clinical nurse specialist: adult health, nurse educator
  • Program Length: 6 semesters
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,802 per year for in-state students; $26,406 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Requirements: BSN from an accredited college or university; undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0; three letters of recommendation
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 25,912 students (20,629 undergraduates)

University of Alabama at Birmingham

The master's degree program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's school of nursing offers a wide variety of specialty options. You can choose clinical work as a nurse practitioner in one of 11 specialty practice tracks or look to the administrative side of nursing in the nursing and health systems administration program. Beginning in the fall of 2012, UAB will offer nurse anesthetist training. If you hold a master's degree in a major other than nursing, you can enroll in the Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway, which will admit you to the master's program once you've completed the prerequisite nursing foundation courses.

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
  • Specializations: Nurse practitioner (NP) in neonatal care, pediatric primary care, pediatric acute and primary care, adult primary care, adult/women's health primary care, adult with secondary specialization in occupational health, family primary care, psychiatric-mental health primary care, pediatric acute and continuing care, adult acute and continuing care, adult acute and continuing care with specialization in registered nurse first assistant; dual degree MSN and master of public health; certified registered nurse anesthetist; nursing and health systems administration; nursing informatics; nurse educator; clinical research management; clinical nurse leader
  • Program Length: Depends on specialty
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,340 per year for in-state students; $16,628 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Requirements: BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution; cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0; three letters of recommendation; combined score of 1,000 or a combined score of 297 (new exam) on verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or score of 410 on the MAT or score of 480 on the GMAT
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 18,698 students (11,679 undergraduates)

Students can choose from several 4-year public schools in Alabama, such as Troy University, the University of West Alabama, Auburn University, or the University of Alabama at Birmingham, to earn their associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree in nursing.

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