Top Alabama Schools of Nursing for RNs and LPNs

Study Nursing in AL

Alabama is home to around 3 dozen accredited schools of nursing, including practical nurse, diploma, associates, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing degree programs.

  • 23 Practical Nurse programs are approved by the Alabama State Board of Nursing most offered through the technical and community colleges. A few boast 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam, as well.
  • 40 Registered Nurse programs (approved by the ABN) are provided by community colleges and universities within the state.

Major metro areas such as Mobile, Birmingham offer large hospitals in which hundreds of RNs and LPNs of every specialty go to work. Level I Trauma Centers—University of Alabama-Birmingham, Huntsville Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, and University of South Alabama Medical Center-Mobile—offer Emergency Nurses, Trauma Nurses and Flight Nurses fantastic challenges at the same time they provide a constant influx of unique patients to the various healthcare systems.

Alabama State Board of Nursing

The Alabama Board of Nursing maintains a website where you may find information on the following:

  • Alabama LPN and RN licensure
  • Advanced practice guidelines
  • Nurse Practice Act
  • Alabama state nursing regulations
  • Current industry news and issues relevant to AL LPNs and RNs
  • Continuing Education requirements and approved providers
  • Student nurse temporary licenses and guidelines
  • Approved RN and LPN schools in the state (does not necessarily mean “accredited”) and much more.

Alabama does not participate in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). For travel nurses seeking employment from outside the state you will need to apply for a standalone Alabama nursing license and conversely, for RNs with Alabama RN licenses looking to work outside the state, you must contact that particular state’s board of nursing for licensure. For immediate questions you can access a real-time online chat.

Scholarships for Nurse Educators are available through the Alabama Board of Nursing and are made possible in partnership with the Alabama Education Trust Fund. Eligible applicants must be willing to teach at a college of nursing within the state to qualify.

Alabama Nursing Associations

Alabama State Nurses Association and the Alabama Association of Student Nurses comprise the mainstream industry organizations. Look to them for professional and educational support, industry news, national conferences and networking opportunities.

Salaries for Alabama Nurses

Average salary range for a staff RN in Birmingham is $52,500 to $63,000 and for an LPN, $33,700 to $40,700.*

List of Accredited Campus-Based Nursing Schools in Alabama

  • Alabama Southern Community College
  • Auburn University
  • Auburn University-Montgomery
  • Bevill State Community College
  • Bishop State Community College
  • Calhoun Community College
  • Central Alabama Community College
  • Chattahoochee Valley Community College
  • Faulkner State Community College
  • Gadsden State Community College
  • George C. Wallace Community College
  • George Corley Wallace Community College
  • H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College
  • Jacksonville State University
  • Jefferson Davis Community College
  • Jefferson State Community College
  • Lawson State Community College
  • Lurleen Wallace Community College
  • Northeast Alabama Community College
  • Northwest-Shoals Community College
  • Oakwood College
  • Samford University
  • Shelton State Community College
  • Southern Union State Community College
  • Spring Hill College
  • Troy University
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • University of Alabama-Huntsville
  • University of Mobile
  • University of North Alabama
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of West Alabama
  • Wallace State Community College


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