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In Alabama, there is an exceptional range of nursing education programs available. Large public universities are an affordable way to obtain higher-level education with specific discounts for studying in-state or in-county. A bachelor’s or master’s degree from a public institution opens a vast range of nursing careers and often a higher pay bracket.

Community, vocational, or career colleges offer affordable certificates and associate’s degrees for those seeking a fast track to nursing career employment. Through these schools, a student can complete a licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate program within 12-18 months or a registered nurse (RN) associate's degree program within two years. Community colleges often offer night or weekend classes to accommodate different schedules.

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Private colleges offer a wide variety of traditional two-year and four-year nursing programs, with the added benefits of smaller class size and greater prestige. These small private colleges have limited enrollment and a more intimate learning environment; this often enhances the quality of education and provides better access to school resources. The heightened prestige of elite private colleges will help candidates gain employment with a simpler hiring process and a higher pay grade.

Whether you're considering large public universities, community colleges, or intimate private colleges, Alabama has a broad spectrum of nursing school programs available. To help aspiring nurses find the right school for them, we've compiled below a list of the best nursing schools in Alabama and ordered them from largest class size to smallest class size.

Alabama nursing schools: Largest to smallest

University of South Alabama
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 284 students during the 2011-12 period
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 244 students during the 2011-12 period
Jefferson State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 237 students during the 2011-12 period
John C. Calhoun State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 214 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2011-12 period
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 178 students during the 2011-12 period
University of Alabama
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 162 students during the 2011-12 period
George C. Wallace State Community College - Dothan
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 130 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85 students during the 2011-12 period
Southern Union State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 129 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 31 students during the 2011-12 period
Bevill State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 128 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88 students during the 2011-12 period
George C. Wallace State Community College - Hanceville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 120 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2011-12 period
Shelton State Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 103 students during the 2011-12 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71 students during the 2011-12 period
Gadsden State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 99 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 46 students during the 2011-12 period
Troy University - Montgomery
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98 students during the 2011-12 period
Jacksonville State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96 students during the 2011-12 period
Auburn University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91 students during the 2011-12 period
University of North Alabama
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89 students during the 2011-12 period
Samford University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87 students during the 2011-12 period
Northeast Alabama Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 68 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 31 students during the 2011-12 period
Bishop State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2011-12 period
Northwest-Shoals Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 9 students during the 2011-12 period
Herzing University - Birmingham
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 60 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 38 students during the 2011-12 period
Jefferson Davis Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 60 students during the 2011-12 period
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College - MacArthur
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 54 students during the 2011-12 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 45 students during the 2011-12 period
J. F. Drake State Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 51 students during the 2011-12 period
Troy University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 50 students during the 2011-12 period
George C. Wallace State Community College - Selma
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 49 students during the 2011-12 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 40 students during the 2011-12 period
Central Alabama Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 47 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 22 students during the 2011-12 period
James H. Faulkner State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 46 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 16 students during the 2011-12 period
Lawson State Community College - Birmingham
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 46 students during the 2011-12 period
University of West Alabama
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 46 students during the 2011-12 period
Snead State Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 45 students during the 2011-12 period
Fortis Institute - Birmingham
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 41 students during the 2011-12 period
Alabama Southern Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 38 students during the 2011-12 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 25 students during the 2011-12 period
Auburn University at Montgomery
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 33 students during the 2011-12 period
Virginia College - Birmingham
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 33 students during the 2011-12 period
H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2011-12 period
Reid State Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 26 students during the 2011-12 period
University of Mobile
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 26 students during the 2011-12 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 20 students during the 2011-12 period
Oakwood University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 22 students during the 2011-12 period
Spring Hill College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 18 students during the 2011-12 period
Virginia College - Mobile
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 17 students during the 2011-12 period
Chattahoochee Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 15 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 9 students during the 2011-12 period
Lawson State Community College - Bessemer
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2011-12 period
Virginia College - Montgomery
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 15 students during the 2011-12 period
Tuskegee University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 7 students during the 2011-12 period
South University - Montgomery
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 4 students during the 2011-12 period
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