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Nurses with postgraduate degrees, such as a master’s degree in registered nursing (MSN), are vital not just to fill managerial positions, but also to replenish the growing number of nurses with MSN degrees who, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are retiring in the next five years.

A master’s degree in nursing opens the door to many executive nursing positions. Aside from clinical positions, postgraduate nurses are also needed in academia to teach and inspire young nursing students. Depending on your interests, undergraduate courses, and work experience, there is a wide range of specializations from which to choose.

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Postgraduate nursing programs require a commitment of two to four years, depending on your academic load and chosen specialty. If you decide to pursue a non-clinical program, like management or education, you can expect to have lower credit requirements than a program that revolves around clinical procedures, such as advanced emergency nursing, nurse anesthetists, pediatric primary care, neonatal care, and women’s health.

In order to encourage more registered nurses to take up postgraduate studies, the state of Alabama, along with some private local universities, offers academic scholarships for qualified applicants. The government, through the Alabama Board of Nursing, grants postgraduate scholarships to qualified Alabamians, while private foundations like the Alabama Nurses Foundation Scholarship offer partial scholarships to encourage registered nurses to pursue postgraduate studies.

Below is a list of schools in Alabama that offer the best master of science in nursing programs.

Birmingham

Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive | Birmingham, Alabama 35229
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1720 Second Avenue South | Birmingham, Alabama 35294
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist

Huntsville

University of Alabama in Huntsville
301 Sparkman Drive | Huntsville, Alabama 35899
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing

Mobile

Spring Hill College
4000 Dauphin Street | Mobile, Alabama 36608
Programs offered: Master's in Clinical Nurse Leader
University of Mobile
5735 College Parkway Drive | Mobile, Alabama 36613
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
University of South Alabama
307 North University Boulevard | Mobile, Alabama 36688
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing

Montgomery

Auburn University at Montgomery
7440 East Drive | Montgomery, Alabama 36117
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
South University - Montgomery
5355 Vaughn Road | Montgomery, Alabama 36116
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing

Other Alabama cities

Auburn University
107 Samford Hall | Auburn, Alabama 36849
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North | Jacksonville, Alabama 36265
Programs offered: Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing
The University of Alabama
739 University Boulevard | Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
Troy University
400 Pell Avenue | Troy, Alabama 36082
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
University of North Alabama
One Harrison Plaza | Florence, Alabama 35632
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
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