RN to BSN in Alabama

Alabama registered nurses earn an average annual income of $56,470 working in a variety of settings, from hospitals to nursing homes and long term care facilities. The Alabama Department of Labor reports demand for registered nurses is so high that they are among the most sought after workers in the state. This gives RNs a range of choices when deciding whether they want to work in urban environments such as Birmingham and Montgomery, or one of the many rural settings throughout the state.

Recently, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill to establish a long-term care network that allows Medicaid recipients to remain at home rather than enter a nursing home. The bill will likely create a number of new opportunities for RNs throughout the state. The state’s colleges and universities offer a dozen different RN to BSN programs in Alabama, many of which are designed to allow professionals to continue working while earning their degree.

  1. Southern New Hampshire University

    Manchester, NH & Online : RN to BSN Online

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    • Ranked #1 most innovative school by US News in 2017!
    • Transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU
    • Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 9-week terms per year
  2. Saint Mary's University - Minnesota

    Minneapolis, MN & Online : Accelerated RN to BSN Online

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    • Accelerated learning. Earn your BSN in as little as one year.
    • Increase your earning potential. RNs with BSNs earn 43% more than those without a bachelor's degree according to the Nurses Journal.
    • Free iPad. All students receive an iPad to access classes from anywhere.
  3. Sacred Heart University

    Fairfield, CT & Online : Online RN-BSN

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    • Learn from a top nursing school. Sacred Heart University is recognized by U.S. News as a top university.
    • Build upon existing education. You can transfer up to 90 credits from previous college courses.
    • Get support on your schedule. Sacred Heart's classes are designed for working RNs and provide one-on-one support to online students.
  4. Capella University

    Minneapolis, MN & Online : RN to MSN - Nursing Leadership

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    • Ultimate flexibility. Capella's signature FLEXPATH curriculum lets you learn at your pace, maintain a full-time job and apply knowledge in the field immediately.
    • Simple, affordable tuition. You can earn your MSN in as little as 12 to 18 months and pay a flat tuition rate every 12 weeks, no matter how many classes you take.
    • Personalized support. Capella focuses on student success with FlexPath coaches, instructors and tutors every step of the way.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Alabama

We have compiled a comprehensive listing of RN to BSN programs in Alabama. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly narrow down your Alabama RN to BSN search.

Auburn University at Montgomery

$ 281 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

July 1st

  • The school is accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
  • Students with a bachelor's degree need only 30 credits to graduate.
  • The program may be completed in one year (3 semesters).
  • All previously earned credits from an accredited school are transferrable.
  • Hybrid students will be on campus 5-6 times per semester.
Hybrid and Online 7440 East Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117-3596

Jacksonville State University

$ 300 resident
$ 600 nonresident

Application Deadlines

August 1st, December 1st and April 1st

  • The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Students are able to receive up to 35 credits for RN experience.
  • Full and part-time programs are available.
  • New classes begin each spring, summer and fall.
N/A 700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265

Oakwood University

$ 678 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

December 1st

  • A total of 59 credits are required (not including prerequisites).
  • The school is accredited by the Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
N/A 7000 Adventist Blvd NW
Huntsville, AL 35896

The University of Alabama

$ 339 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

March 1st and June 1st

  • Courses begin each spring and summer.
  • RNs receive 41 credits for work experience.
  • No campus visits are required.
  • The school is accredited by the ACEN.
N/A 739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Troy University

$ 338 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

February 1st, April 1st, July 1st, September 1st and November 1st

  • The school is accredited by Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.
  • The nursing sequence may be completed in 2 semesters.
  • Approximately 50% of students move on to graduate nursing programs.
Online University Avenue
Troy, AL 36082-0001

Tuskegee University

$ 9,280 per term

Application Deadlines

March 1st and October 30th

  • The school is accredited by the ACEN (Commission for Education in Nursing).
  • Credits earned at other accredited colleges are transferrable to the program.
  • A total of 63 credits of professional study are required.
  • CLEP exam results are accepted.
Campus Kresge Center, 3rd Floor
Tuskegee, AL 36088-1920

University of Alabama at Birmingham

$ 363 resident
$ 363 nonresident

Application Deadlines

June 10th and October 9th

  • The school is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • The program is open to Licensed RNs only.
  • A total of 30 Upper level (nursing) credits required.
  • A modified program is available for students seeking to earn the MSN degree.
  • One day on-campus orientation.
Online Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, AL 35294-0110

University of Alabama in Huntsville

$ 359 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

March 1st and June 15th

  • The school is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.
  • The school is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • A total of 26 credits required for RN to BSN students.
  • A RN to MSN program is available.
N/A 301 Sparkman Dr
Huntsville, AL 35899

University of Mobile

$ 502 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling

  • The school is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • The school is a faith-based Christian university.
  • A total of 62 Credit hours are required for RNs to complete program.
  • Students can receive up to 30 hours of credit for nursing experience.
N/A 5735 College Parkway Drive
Mobile, AL 36613

University of North Alabama

$ 254 resident
$ 508 nonresident

Application Deadlines

July 1st

  • The school is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.
  • The program may be completed in one year.
  • Clinical requirements are completed within the students' community.
  • The courses are both flexible and asynchronous.
N/A One Harrison Plaza
Florence, AL 35632-0001

University of South Alabama

$ 420 per hour online

Application Deadlines

April 1st and August 1st

Tuition Notes

The University of South Alabama does not assess out-of-state fees for the UG WEB/Nursing courses for the RN-BSN Program.

  • The school is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and accredited by ACNE.
  • Professional coursework may be completed in one year.
  • The program consists of 9 courses totaling 31 credits.
  • Pre-professional credits from other accredited schools are fully transferable.
N/A 307 N University Blvd
Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Alabama that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Alabama that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Alabama has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative; we have outlined below the ways in which Alabama is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data
Education

What is being done to increase the number of Alabama RN’s with a BSN?

The Alabama Coalition has created the 80×20 Taskforce to, among other things, increase the number of RN’s with a BSN from the current 31.6%.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes. RN to MSN programs and other models.

Leadership

What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

Working with the University of North Alabama, the Coalition developed a survey to assess nurse involvement on nursing boards.

Practice & Care

How is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

No specific plans announced.

How are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

The Coalition has supported legislation for prescriptive authority which allows nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives to prescribe Schedule II-V substances.

Interprofessional Care

How is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

The AC is working to educate and engage new taskforce members. The Alabama Health Action Agenda (AHAA) was established at the 2014 Health Summit to support interprofessional care progress.

Diversity

How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

The AC is increasing the diversity of nursing students to meet the demands of a diverse population. The Coalition has applied for grants that would benefit recruitment and retention of underrepresented nursing students.

Data

What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

Alabama’s Action Coalition is building out and bolstering the health care data infrastructure and analysis process.

Contact Info

Lacy Gibson

Director of Human Resources, Collaborating Partner
Alabama Hospital Association

Kathleen A. Ladner

Past President
Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives (AlaONE), Alabama Nurse Leaders in Education and Practice

Carol J. Ratcliffe

Past President
Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives (AlaONE), Alabama Nurse Leaders in Education and Practice

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Alabama’s Action Coalition page.

Alabama Licensing

Alabama is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). An Alabama nursing license is only valid within Alabama. For licensing information, visit the Alabama Department of Health and Human Services.

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Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information


Other State RNtoBSN Information