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LPN to RN Programs in Alabama

Alabama's goal is to educate competent nurses and to provide  the best healthcare possible to patients. To become an RN in the state of Alabama, nurses must expand their ability to help patients and build on the knowledge they have gained from school or as a practicing CNA or LPN. Alabama RN programs require completion of the following classes:
  • Community nursing in elderly populations
  • Health promotion
  • Nursing theories and the family
  • Ethics in nursing
  • Psychiatric and mental health nursing
  • Nursing research
  • Nursing leadership
  • Medical and informational technologies
All of these classes offer unique information that will help  enrich knowledge and growth as a nurse.

 

Alabama RN Licensing Requirements

Each state requires an examination or endorsement  in order to obtain licensure. In some cases, nurses can be trained abroad and do a number of things in order to attain licensure.

RN License by Exam

The state of Alabama has strict requirements set for becoming an LPN. The most important requirement is attending a State Board-approved nursing program and passing the NCLEX exam. Apply for the NCLEX Exam (https://www.abn.alabama.gov/Content.aspx?id=1) In addition to the completed application, the applicant must also submit: - Official transcript from state-approved nursing program. - Proof of US citizenship or lawful presence. - Receipt of NCLEX exam registration.

RN License by Endorsement

Applicants who hold a license in one of the other 50 states can apply for an Alabama license by endorsement. With the application and fee, the applicant must also provide: Proof (verification) of license from another state. Official school transcripts in a sealed envelope from a state-approved school. Proof of completion of 24 contact hours of continued education. Proof of US citizenship or lawful presence.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Applicants educated abroad can apply for a license in Alabama and must not only have passed the NCLEX, but he or she must also submit his or her official school transcripts for the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to perform a full course-by-course review and evaluate credentials. The applicant must also be a graduate from an approved nursing program that is equivalent to the state of Alabama and have a social security number.

RN License Renewal

Applicants who are looking to renew a relapsed license must submit the following documentation:
  • A completed application for reinstatement
  • Payment of the reinstatement fee
  • Applicants have 24 contact hours in order to reinstate. Contact hours can be obtained in a variety of ways: workshops, seminars, classrooms, webcasts, internet, intranet, home study, continuing education journals, and podcasts. All contact hours must be more recent than 24 months from the date of the application. CE certificates can be faxed to 334-293-5201 Attn: Javonda Kennedy

Alabama Nursing Resources

Alabama Board of Nursing

770 Washington Avenue RSA Plaza, Suite 250 Montgomery, AL 36130-3900 Phone: (334) 242-4060 Fax: (334) 242-4360

Total Schools: 31

Ranked Schools: 30

Ranked: 1 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.9385198.77%

James H Faulkner State Community College

1900 US Hwy 31 S, Bay Minette, AL - 36507-2698 (251) 580-2100

James H Faulkner State Community College is located in Bay Minette, Alabama and is known to have the lowest tuition rate in Alabama.  They offer various types of nursing programs – an LPN program, a nursing mobility program (LPN to RN), and an RN program.  Nurses who are graduates of Faulkner State Community College are prepared to be critical thinkers, practicing safely and effectively in a variety of healthcare settings.

Campus: Bay Minette, AL
Net Price: $7,385.00
Enrollment: 4,362
Transfer Out Rate: 57.70%
Loan Default Rate: $16.20
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $76.76%
Graduation Rate: 10.00%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.9065198.13%

Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus

3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, AL - 35221-1717 (205) 925-2515

Lawson State Community College is located in Birmingham, Alabama; there is also a campus in Bessemer, Alabama for an evening RN program.  The school boasts that their nursing program is competitive and prestigious – and difficult to gain entrance.  Although their is a minimum GPA requirement, it is recommended to maintain a high GPA and perform at a high level in all science courses.  It is even recommended that their students take additional biology classes to ready themselves for their nursing program – classes that are not required for the nursing program.

Campus: Birmingham, AL
Net Price: $7,375.00
Enrollment: 3,028
Transfer Out Rate: 41.40%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $35.72%
Graduation Rate: 18.50%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.48189.60%

George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville

801 Main St NW, Hanceville, AL - 35077-2000 (256) 352-8000

Wallace State Community College is located in Hanceville, Alabama.  They offer both an LPN and an RN program on their campus.  Their RN program prepares its graduates for any entry level nursing position.  Ultimately, the Wallace State Department of Nursing’s goal is to produce graduates “who are dedicated and exceptional healthcare providers committed to transforming the lives of patients, families, and the community.”  Wallace State Community College also has an articulation agreement with University of Alabama, which allows its graduates to pursue their bachelor’s or master’s degree of nursing.

Campus: Hanceville, AL
Net Price: $6,381.00
Enrollment: 5,281
Transfer Out Rate: 21.80%
Loan Default Rate: $21.30
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $2.18%
Graduation Rate: 19.50%
Median Borrowing: 8,000.00%
Median Payment: 83.53%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.465189.30%

Shelton State Community College

9500 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL - 35405-8522 (205) 391-2211

Shelton State Community College is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  They offer both a traditional RN program and an LPN to RN program; they also offer an LPN program.  Shelton State Community College prides itself on being the first full-time and evening practical nursing program in the state of Alabama.  The college also advertises it’s SOAR institute – Student Opportunities for Achievement and Resources.  This institute housed within the college assists students with general education courses and offers the use of computers for student use.

Campus: Tuscaloosa, AL
Net Price: $8,666.00
Enrollment: 5,068
Transfer Out Rate: 24.40%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $17.03%
Graduation Rate: 8.20%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2935185.87%

Southern Union State Community College

750 Roberts St, Wadley, AL - 36276 (256) 395-2211

Southern Union State Community College has multiple campuses in Alabama- Wadley, Opelika, and Valley.  The RN school is housed on the Opelika campus.  Their RN program is unique in that it offers mobility programs for not just LPNs seeking to become RNs, but also paramedics seeking to become RNs.

Campus: Wadley, AL
Net Price: $8,146.00
Enrollment: 4,805
Transfer Out Rate: 20.10%
Loan Default Rate: $22.60
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $30.09%
Graduation Rate: 14.30%
Median Borrowing: 5,491.00%
Median Payment: 57.33%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.23184.60%

Herzing University-Birmingham

280 West Valley Ave, Birmingham, AL - 35209 (205) 916-2800
Campus: Birmingham, AL
Net Price: $22,526.00
Enrollment: 320
Loan Default Rate: $16.90
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $13.08%
Graduation Rate: 17.80%
Median Borrowing: 14,471.00%
Median Payment: 151.09%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2215184.43%

Bishop State Community College

351 North Broad Street, Mobile, AL - 36603-5898 (251) 405-7000
Campus: Mobile, AL
Net Price: $5,105.00
Enrollment: 3,896
Transfer Out Rate: 9.00%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $55.12%
Graduation Rate: 11.00%
Median Borrowing: 1,325.00%
Median Payment: 13.83%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.21184.20%

Northwest-Shoals Community College

800 George Wallace Blvd, Muscle Shoals, AL - 35661 (256) 331-5200
Campus: Muscle Shoals, AL
Net Price: $4,871.00
Enrollment: 3,854
Transfer Out Rate: 21.60%
Loan Default Rate: $26.50
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-4.77%
Graduation Rate: 12.70%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2184.00%

Bevill State Community College

1411 Indiana Avenue, Jasper, AL - 35501 (205) 387-0511
Campus: Jasper, AL
Net Price: $8,219.00
Enrollment: 3,490
Transfer Out Rate: 22.30%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $9.85%
Graduation Rate: 13.90%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1185182.37%

Jefferson Davis Community College

220 Alco Dr, Brewton, AL - 36426 (251) 867-4832
Campus: Brewton, AL
Net Price: $4,108.00
Enrollment: 1,091
Transfer Out Rate: 15.50%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $45.06%
Graduation Rate: 29.50%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1085182.17%

Jefferson State Community College

2601 Carson Rd, Birmingham, AL - 35215-3098 (205) 853-1200
Campus: Birmingham, AL
Net Price: $8,355.00
Enrollment: 8,542
Transfer Out Rate: 25.10%
Loan Default Rate: $16.60
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $0.35%
Graduation Rate: 6.50%
Median Borrowing: 4,500.00%
Median Payment: 46.99%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.0935181.87%

George C Wallace State Community College-Selma

3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway, Selma, AL - 36703-2808 (334) 876-9227
Campus: Selma, AL
Net Price: $8,571.00
Enrollment: 1,745
Transfer Out Rate: 6.70%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-9.23%
Graduation Rate: 24.80%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.075181.50%

George C Wallace State Community College-Dothan

1141 Wallace Drive, Dothan, AL - 36303-9234 (334) 983-3521
Campus: Dothan, AL
Net Price: $2,651.00
Enrollment: 4,686
Transfer Out Rate: 12.80%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $3.88%
Graduation Rate: 14.90%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.0685181.37%

Troy University

University Avenue, Troy, AL - 36082-0001 (334) 670-3100

Troy University is located in Troy, Alabama.  Their RN to BSN program is unique in that they have a pathway that segues the nurse directly into an MSN program, allowing the nurse to continue for their advanced degree immediately following completion of their BSN degree.  Also unique is that the student has the option of taking the majority of their coursework online.

Campus: Troy, AL
Net Price: $10,292.00
Enrollment: 16,316
Transfer Out Rate: 34.70%
Loan Default Rate: $13.20
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $3.36%
Graduation Rate: 35.50%
Median Borrowing: 21,204.00%
Median Payment: 221.39%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 15 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.04180.80%

Chattahoochee Valley Community College

2602 College Drive, Phenix City, AL - 36869 (334) 291-4900
Campus: Phenix City, AL
Net Price: $1,565.00
Enrollment: 1,837
Transfer Out Rate: 0.40%
Loan Default Rate: $14.90
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $567.16%
Graduation Rate: 13.40%
Median Borrowing: 3,913.00%
Median Payment: 40.86%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 16 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.0235180.47%

University of West Alabama

Station One, Livingston, AL - 35470 (205) 652-3400
Campus: Livingston, AL
Net Price: $13,231.00
Enrollment: 1,999
Transfer Out Rate: 34.40%
Loan Default Rate: $9.60
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $6.81%
Graduation Rate: 29.80%
Median Borrowing: 14,000.00%
Median Payment: 146.18%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 17 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4180.00%

Snead State Community College

102 Elder Street, Boaz, AL - 35957-0734 (256) 593-5120
Campus: Boaz, AL
Net Price: $4,670.00
Enrollment: 2,295
Transfer Out Rate: 18.10%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $23.19%
Graduation Rate: 32.20%
Median Borrowing: 2,250.00%
Median Payment: 23.49%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 18 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.935178.70%

John C Calhoun State Community College

6250 U S Highway 31 N, Tanner, AL - 35671 (256) 306-2500
Campus: Tanner, AL
Net Price: $4,864.00
Enrollment: 11,186
Transfer Out Rate: 15.50%
Loan Default Rate: $23.40
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-7.16%
Graduation Rate: 13.30%
Median Borrowing: 5,501.00%
Median Payment: 57.44%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 19 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.9165178.33%

Lurleen B Wallace Community College

1000 Dannelly Blvd., Andalusia, AL - 36420-1418 (334) 222-6591
Campus: Andalusia, AL
Net Price: $8,715.00
Enrollment: 1,570
Transfer Out Rate: 21.50%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $85.43%
Graduation Rate: 20.60%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 20 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.8035176.07%

Gadsden State Community College

1001 George Wallace Dr, Gadsden, AL - 35903 (256) 549-8200
Campus: Gadsden, AL
Net Price: $5,341.00
Enrollment: 5,797
Transfer Out Rate: 14.60%
Loan Default Rate: $28.50
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $2.77%
Graduation Rate: 14.40%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 21 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.6915173.83%

Central Alabama Community College

1675 Cherokee Rd, Alexander City, AL - 35010 (256) 234-6346
Campus: Alexander City, AL
Net Price: $6,821.00
Enrollment: 1,906
Transfer Out Rate: 29.10%
Loan Default Rate: $26.30
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $115.99%
Graduation Rate: 9.10%
Median Borrowing: 8,000.00%
Median Payment: 83.53%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 22 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.6635173.27%

Virginia College-Montgomery

6200 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL - 36117-2800 33427713
Campus: Montgomery, AL
Net Price: $11,763.00
Enrollment: 656
Loan Default Rate: $22.20
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-15.42%
Graduation Rate: 7.90%
Median Borrowing: 12,541.00%
Median Payment: 130.94%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 23 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.6615173.23%

Northeast Alabama Community College

138 Highway 35, Rainsville, AL - 35986 20563813
Campus: Rainsville, AL
Net Price: $2,717.00
Enrollment: 2,834
Transfer Out Rate: 14.50%
Loan Default Rate: $22.60
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $84.33%
Graduation Rate: 24.00%
Median Borrowing: 3,500.00%
Median Payment: 36.54%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 24 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.5885171.77%

Alabama Southern Community College

2800 South Alabama Avenue, Monroeville, AL - 36460 25157513
Campus: Monroeville, AL
Net Price: $4,553.00
Enrollment: 1,349
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $30.98%
Graduation Rate: 23.40%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 25 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.1765163.53%

Virginia College-Birmingham

488 Palisades Blvd., Birmingham, AL - 35209 20580213
Campus: Birmingham, AL
Net Price: $11,302.00
Enrollment: 3,741
Transfer Out Rate: 2.20%
Loan Default Rate: $22.20
Institution Accreditation: ACICS
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-49.37%
Graduation Rate: 57.30%
Median Borrowing: 12,541.00%
Median Payment: 130.94%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 26 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 2.695153.90%

Judson College

302 Bibb St, Marion, AL - 36756 (334) 683-5100
Campus: Marion, AL
Net Price: $17,329.00
Enrollment: 347
Loan Default Rate: $11.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $1.84%
Graduation Rate: 40.50%
Median Borrowing: 18,387.00%
Median Payment: 191.98%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 27 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 2.625152.50%

ITT Technical Institute-Bessemer

6270 Park South Drive, Bessemer, AL - 35022 (205) 497-5700
Campus: Bessemer, AL
Net Price: $22,795.00
Enrollment: 538
Loan Default Rate: $22.40
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $8.35%
Graduation Rate: 33.10%
Median Borrowing: 23,217.00%
Median Payment: 242.41%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 28 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 2.5150.00%

Fortis College-Montgomery

3470 Eastdale Cir, Montgomery, AL - 36117 (334) 244-1827
Campus: Montgomery, AL
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 29 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 2.4425148.85%

ITT Technical Institute-Madison

9238 Madison Blvd, Ste 500, Madison, AL - 35758 (256) 542-2900
Campus: Madison, AL
Net Price: $23,735.00
Enrollment: 372
Loan Default Rate: $22.40
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $7.13%
Median Borrowing: 23,217.00%
Median Payment: 242.41%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 30 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 1.3525127.05%

ITT Technical Institute-Mobile

3100 Cottage Hill Rd Bldg 3, Mobile, AL - 36606 (251) 472-4760
Campus: Mobile, AL
Net Price: $22,891.00
Enrollment: 690
Loan Default Rate: $22.40
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $11.04%
Graduation Rate: 28.60%
Median Borrowing: 23,217.00%
Median Payment: 242.41%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Alabama

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A University of Mobile N/A Mobile, AL CCNE

LPN to BSN Programs in Alabama

Are you looking to become Registered Nurse with a BSN in Alabama? The school you choose is important when it comes to getting your license. Alabama's approved BSN schools are colleges and universities located across the state. After careful review of NCLEX-RN exam pass-rates over the past several years, we saved you some time and ranked the top 15.

 

Alabama RN Licensing Requirements

Each state requires an examination or endorsement  in order to obtain licensure. In some cases, nurses can be trained abroad and do a number of things in order to attain licensure.

RN License by Exam

The state of Alabama has strict requirements set for becoming an LPN. The most important requirement is attending a State Board-approved nursing program and passing the NCLEX exam. Apply for the NCLEX Exam (https://www.abn.alabama.gov/Content.aspx?id=1) In addition to the completed application, the applicant must also submit: - Official transcript from state-approved nursing program. - Proof of US citizenship or lawful presence. - Receipt of NCLEX exam registration.

RN License by Endorsement

Applicants who hold a license in one of the other 50 states can apply for an Alabama license by endorsement. With the application and fee, the applicant must also provide: Proof (verification) of license from another state. Official school transcripts in a sealed envelope from a state-approved school. Proof of completion of 24 contact hours of continued education. Proof of US citizenship or lawful presence.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Applicants educated abroad can apply for a license in Alabama and must not only have passed the NCLEX, but he or she must also submit his or her official school transcripts for the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to perform a full course-by-course review and evaluate credentials. The applicant must also be a graduate from an approved nursing program that is equivalent to the state of Alabama and have a social security number.

RN License Renewal

Applicants who are looking to renew a relapsed license must submit the following documentation:
  • A completed application for reinstatement
  • Payment of the reinstatement fee
  • Applicants have 24 contact hours in order to reinstate. Contact hours can be obtained in a variety of ways: workshops, seminars, classrooms, webcasts, internet, intranet, home study, continuing education journals, and podcasts. All contact hours must be more recent than 24 months from the date of the application. CE certificates can be faxed to 334-293-5201 Attn: Javonda Kennedy

Alabama Nursing Resources

Alabama Board of Nursing

770 Washington Avenue RSA Plaza, Suite 250 Montgomery, AL 36130-3900 Phone: (334) 242-4060 Fax: (334) 242-4360

Total Schools: 16

Ranked Schools: 15

Ranked: 1 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7535195.07%

Troy University

University Avenue, Troy, AL - 36082-0001 (334) 670-3100

Troy University is located in Troy, Alabama.  Their RN to BSN program is unique in that they have a pathway that segues the nurse directly into an MSN program, allowing the nurse to continue for their advanced degree immediately following completion of their BSN degree.  Also unique is that the student has the option of taking the majority of their coursework online.

Campus: Troy, AL
Net Price: $10,292.00
Enrollment: 16,316
Transfer Out Rate: 34.70%
Loan Default Rate: $13.20
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $3.36%
Graduation Rate: 35.50%
Median Borrowing: 21,204.00%
Median Payment: 221.39%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.675193.50%

The University of Alabama

739 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL - 35487-0166 (205) 348-6010

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  They boast that they were the first public college of Alabama, founded in 1831.  They are also proud to say that their NCLEX-RN pass rate has been between 96% and 100% since it began in 1976.  They offer an RN to BSN program and an RN to BSN/MSN program.

Campus: Tuscaloosa, AL
Net Price: $19,042.00
Enrollment: 29,440
Transfer Out Rate: 22.10%
Loan Default Rate: $8.10
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $17.15%
Graduation Rate: 66.70%
Median Borrowing: 21,250.00%
Median Payment: 221.87%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6435192.87%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Administration Bldg Suite 1070, Birmingham, AL - 35294-0110 (205) 934-4011

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is located in Birmingham, Alabama.  Their RN-BSN program is unique in that it can be tailored to fit the needs of the student.  If the student chooses to attend school full-time, it can be completed in two semesters.  However, for the student who may have to work full-time, they can opt for a decelerated program and attend for as long as five semesters.  In addition, the bulk of the coursework can be completed online, with professors being accessible via the Internet as well.

Campus: Birmingham, AL
Net Price: $13,745.00
Enrollment: 11,502
Transfer Out Rate: 23.60%
Loan Default Rate: $8.00
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $2.78%
Graduation Rate: 53.50%
Median Borrowing: 16,966.00%
Median Payment: 177.14%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6015192.03%

Samford University

800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL - 35229-2240 (205) 726-2011

Samford University is located in Birmingham, Alabama.  Their Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing was originally founded as a diploma nursing program in 1922.  It was the first nursing program in Alabama to be accredited by the National League of Nursing.  The school merged with Samford University in 1973, and moved to its campus in 1988.  To date, the school has graduated more than 5,000 RNs.

Campus: Birmingham, AL
Net Price: $25,626.00
Enrollment: 3,013
Loan Default Rate: $1.30
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $13.86%
Graduation Rate: 69.20%
Median Borrowing: 26,000.00%
Median Payment: 271.47%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5465190.93%

Spring Hill College

4000 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL - 36608-1791 (251) 380-4000

Spring Hill College is located in Mobile, Alabama.  Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third oldest Jesuit college in the US.  They boast that their student to faculty ratio is 13:1.  In addition, nursing students comprise 9% of their student population, which is pretty outstanding when their are 46 majors available.

Campus: Mobile, AL
Net Price: $20,757.00
Enrollment: 1,292
Loan Default Rate: $8.10
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $14.36%
Graduation Rate: 56.30%
Median Borrowing: 25,000.00%
Median Payment: 261.03%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5165190.33%

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama, Auburn University, AL - 36849 (334) 844-4000

Auburn University is located in Auburn, Alabama.  Its BSN program was formed in 1979, graduating its first group of students in 1981.  Per their website, admission into their nursing program is extremely competitive; it does require a minimum GPA of 2.5 but in reality, the minimum GPA is most likely much higher.  In addition, applicants must undergo an interview process in order to be accepted into the program.

Campus: Auburn University, AL
Net Price: $17,014.00
Enrollment: 19,799
Transfer Out Rate: 22.40%
Loan Default Rate: $6.10
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $20.78%
Graduation Rate: 67.90%
Median Borrowing: 20,500.00%
Median Payment: 214.04%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3735187.47%

University of Alabama in Huntsville

301 Sparkman Dr, Huntsville, AL - 35899 (256) 824-6120
Campus: Huntsville, AL
Net Price: $13,208.00
Enrollment: 5,696
Transfer Out Rate: 31.40%
Loan Default Rate: $7.70
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $0.40%
Graduation Rate: 48.40%
Median Borrowing: 18,000.00%
Median Payment: 187.94%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3335186.67%

University of North Alabama

One Harrison Plaza, Florence, AL - 35632-0001 (256) 765-4100
Campus: Florence, AL
Net Price: $10,370.00
Enrollment: 5,881
Transfer Out Rate: 36.10%
Loan Default Rate: $13.40
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $27.99%
Graduation Rate: 32.20%
Median Borrowing: 13,000.00%
Median Payment: 135.73%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2785185.57%

Auburn University at Montgomery

7440 East Drive, Montgomery, AL - 36117-3596 (334) 244-3000
Campus: Montgomery, AL
Net Price: $11,726.00
Enrollment: 4,322
Transfer Out Rate: 37.70%
Loan Default Rate: $13.10
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $21.34%
Graduation Rate: 27.10%
Median Borrowing: 11,525.00%
Median Payment: 120.33%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.245184.90%

University of South Alabama

307 N University Blvd, Mobile, AL - 36688-0002 (251) 460-6101
Campus: Mobile, AL
Net Price: $11,105.00
Enrollment: 11,307
Transfer Out Rate: 19.10%
Loan Default Rate: $7.10
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $34.31%
Graduation Rate: 33.20%
Median Borrowing: 14,855.00%
Median Payment: 155.10%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.205184.10%

Jacksonville State University

700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, AL - 36265 (256) 782-5781
Campus: Jacksonville, AL
Net Price: $12,020.00
Enrollment: 7,588
Loan Default Rate: $11.30
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.53%
Graduation Rate: 30.80%
Median Borrowing: 17,500.00%
Median Payment: 182.72%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.07181.40%

University of Mobile

5735 College Parkway Drive, Mobile, AL - 36613-2842 (251) 675-5990
Campus: Mobile, AL
Net Price: $18,204.00
Enrollment: 1,481
Loan Default Rate: $3.50
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $5.55%
Graduation Rate: 49.30%
Median Borrowing: 25,000.00%
Median Payment: 261.03%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.0665181.33%

Tuskegee University

Kresge Center, 3rd Floor, Tuskegee, AL - 36088-1920 (334) 727-8011
Campus: Tuskegee, AL
Net Price: $27,477.00
Enrollment: 2,584
Transfer Out Rate: 13.70%
Loan Default Rate: $13.00
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $21.77%
Graduation Rate: 43.80%
Median Borrowing: 27,475.00%
Median Payment: 286.87%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.6815173.63%

Oakwood University

7000 Adventist Blvd NW, Huntsville, AL - 35896 (256) 726-7000
Campus: Huntsville, AL
Net Price: $26,808.00
Enrollment: 1,861
Loan Default Rate: $10.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $5.59%
Graduation Rate: 36.80%
Median Borrowing: 25,911.00%
Median Payment: 270.54%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 15 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 2.31146.20%

South University-Montgomery

5355 Vaughn Rd, Montgomery, AL - 36116 (334) 395-8800
Campus: Montgomery, AL
Net Price: $22,724.00
Enrollment: 599
Transfer Out Rate: 2.00%
Loan Default Rate: $23.10
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-15.60%
Graduation Rate: 7.80%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Alabama

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A Stillman College N/A Tuscaloosa, AL NCATE

Alabama RN Licensing Requirements

Each state requires an examination or endorsement  in order to obtain licensure. In some cases, nurses can be trained abroad and do a number of things in order to attain licensure.

RN License by Exam

The state of Alabama has strict requirements set for becoming an LPN. The most important requirement is attending a State Board-approved nursing program and passing the NCLEX exam. Apply for the NCLEX Exam (https://www.abn.alabama.gov/Content.aspx?id=1) In addition to the completed application, the applicant must also submit: - Official transcript from state-approved nursing program. - Proof of US citizenship or lawful presence. - Receipt of NCLEX exam registration.

RN License by Endorsement

Applicants who hold a license in one of the other 50 states can apply for an Alabama license by endorsement. With the application and fee, the applicant must also provide: Proof (verification) of license from another state. Official school transcripts in a sealed envelope from a state-approved school. Proof of completion of 24 contact hours of continued education. Proof of US citizenship or lawful presence.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Applicants educated abroad can apply for a license in Alabama and must not only have passed the NCLEX, but he or she must also submit his or her official school transcripts for the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to perform a full course-by-course review and evaluate credentials. The applicant must also be a graduate from an approved nursing program that is equivalent to the state of Alabama and have a social security number.

RN License Renewal

Applicants who are looking to renew a relapsed license must submit the following documentation:
  • A completed application for reinstatement
  • Payment of the reinstatement fee
  • Applicants have 24 contact hours in order to reinstate. Contact hours can be obtained in a variety of ways: workshops, seminars, classrooms, webcasts, internet, intranet, home study, continuing education journals, and podcasts. All contact hours must be more recent than 24 months from the date of the application. CE certificates can be faxed to 334-293-5201 Attn: Javonda Kennedy

Alabama Nursing Resources

Alabama Board of Nursing

770 Washington Avenue RSA Plaza, Suite 250 Montgomery, AL 36130-3900 Phone: (334) 242-4060 Fax: (334) 242-4360

Alabama LPN Jobs by City

Alabama RN Job Outlook

According to the Alabama Department of Labor, nursing is a “high demand” career field. It was listed as the industry with the largest necessity to fill, on average 1,525 jobs annually. When you obtain your RN degree, you will have a better chance of getting a job because you will have shown initiative in furthering your education. BSN nurses are commonly hired over nurses with an Associates degree. The average yearly nursing salary for an Alabama RN is over $55,000. Hospitals are the largest employers in Alabama's health care industry. As of this moment, there are twenty-six licensed hospitals within twenty Alabaman communities. Many other hospitals and health care networks are among the top employers in Alabama. As of 2013, Alabama has 4,860 registered nurses. Approximately half of the nurses in Alabama work in hospitals and ambulatory care. Forty-two percent of new RNs in Alabama graduate with a bachelors degree in nursing.

Alabama Registered Nursing Salaries

Montgomery has the highest annual median wage and hourly median wage across the state of Alabama. However, the Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area have the highest number of registered nurses.
Area name Employment Hourly median wage Annual median wage
Anniston-Oxford, AL 930 $23.90 $49,710
Auburn-Opelika, AL 840 $26.41 $54,940
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 15,240 $27.26 $56,700
Decatur, AL 910 $23.31 $48,490
Dothan, AL 1,950 $24.57 $51,110
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 1,120 $21.93 $45,620
Gadsden, AL 1,090 $25.08 $52,160
Huntsville, AL 4,340 $26.97 $56,090
Mobile, AL 4,300 $25.99 $54,060
Montgomery, AL 3,150 $27.84 $57,900
Tuscaloosa, AL 2,400 $27.45 $57,110
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data