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According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, almost half of US nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree in registered nursing started out earning a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) initially. This underscores the significance of such a degree as an important step in the career path of full-fledged registered nurses across the country, including Alabama.

An ADN is a nursing program that takes two years to complete, usually offered by community colleges and nursing schools. The program typically includes general subjects, including english, physiology, anatomy, chemistry, and psychology. Subjects focusing on the specific nursing environment and clinical situations are introduced as the course progresses. For stay-at-home parents as well as working adults wishing to take up nursing, there are often opportunities to take evening classes.

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Completion of an ADN qualifies you to take the NCLEX-RN exam, which is necessary to pass to receive a license as a registered nurse. If you live in Alabama, you need to submit an application to the Alabama Board of Nursing, which will certify your eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN.

Nurses with an RN license earn anywhere from $43,600 to $63,970 a year. As mentioned before, many nurses choose to continue pursuing a bachelor’s in registered nursing to increase their future earning potential. Salary, however, is just one benefit of becoming an ADN graduate and registered nurse. RNs experience a great sense of job satisfaction working at the forefront of the country’s healthcare system as they serve the needs of families and their own communities.

Below is a directory of Alabama’s top schools with accredited ADN programs.

Featured Schools

Birmingham

Jefferson State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Bevill State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Lawson State Community College - Birmingham
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Herzing University - Birmingham
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Jefferson State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Bevill State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.3% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Lawson State Community College - Birmingham
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Herzing University - Birmingham
Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.8% 2009-10 to 2011-12

Huntsville

John C. Calhoun State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
John C. Calhoun State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.8% 2009-10 to 2011-12

Mobile

Bishop State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bishop State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.6% 2009-10 to 2011-12

Montgomery

Troy University - Montgomery
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Fortis College - Montgomery
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Troy University - Montgomery
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.9% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Fortis College - Montgomery
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Other Alabama cities

Coastal Alabama Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Coastal Alabama Community College - Monroeville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Wallace Community College Selma
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Southern Union State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Wallace State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Northwest-Shoals Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Northeast Alabama Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Gadsden State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Shelton State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
University of West Alabama
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Chattahoochee Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Coastal Alabama Community College - Brewton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Snead State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Central Alabama Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Wallace Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College - MacArthur
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 74.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Judson College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Coastal Alabama Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.9% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Coastal Alabama Community College - Monroeville
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.1% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Wallace Community College Selma
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.1% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Southern Union State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.4% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Wallace State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Northwest-Shoals Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Northeast Alabama Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.3% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Gadsden State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.9% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Shelton State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.2% 2009-10 to 2011-12
University of West Alabama
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.8% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Chattahoochee Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.0% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Coastal Alabama Community College - Brewton
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.2% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Snead State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.0% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Central Alabama Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.1% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Wallace Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.5% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College - MacArthur
Associate's Degree in Nursing 74.4% 2009-10 to 2011-12
Judson College
Associate's Degree in Nursing