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Nursing employers are demonstrating a growing preference for applicants with a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in their chosen field. These advanced nursing degrees can be obtained through a four-year college or university. Four-year colleges confer a bachelor’s, or baccalaureate, degree as their highest undergraduate honor. A bachelor’s degree typically requires four to six years to complete. In addition to bachelor's degree programs, many universities offer graduate nursing education including a master's of science in nursing (MSN) degree program.

The path to a lucrative career in nursing in the state of Alabama begins with obtaining the proper education and training at an accredited nursing school. The state, which is home to an impressive population of more than 80,000 nursing professionals, also requires licensing, registration and/or certification, plus continuing education for every nursing career path. Some of the most common nursing career paths include certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN).

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