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Private colleges and universities are institutions of higher education that are not financially supported by taxes or other public funds; they are instead entirely funded through private monies. Like their public counterparts, private colleges and universities offer a wide variety of traditional two-year and four-year nursing programs, with the added benefits of smaller class size and greater prestige. Smaller class size improves the educational experience by enabling personalized assistance and educative care. Greater prestige helps the graduates of private institutions gain employment at a faster clip and a higher pay grade.

Alabama is home to over 15 private colleges and universities that offer nursing education. Traditional four-year powerhouses like University of Mobile, Samford University, and Spring Hill College focus their educational offerings on bachelor’s and master's degree programs. More recently, the market has seen new private entrants like Herzing University in Birmingham, ITT Technical Institute (three campuses), and Virginia College (three campuses). These upstarts have expanded the state's access to entry-level nursing education by providing licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate and associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs.

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Candidates with a degree from a private university are sought after across the state. Alabama's registered nurses earn a median annual wage of $54,490, with top-performing RNs earning almost $64,000 per year. The highest-paying nursing profession, nurse anesthetist, requires a master's degree and generates over $144,000 in annual earnings. Prospective careers at Brookwood Medical Center, VITAS, or Genesis Healthcare are open to students with the necessary qualifications.

To assist those looking to advance their nursing career, we've compiled below a complete list of Alabama's private nursing schools.

Birmingham

Fortis Institute - Birmingham
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Herzing University - Birmingham
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Bessemer
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Samford University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
Virginia College - Birmingham
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Huntsville

ITT Technical Institute - Madison
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Oakwood University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Mobile

ITT Technical Institute - Mobile
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Spring Hill College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Clinical Nurse Leader; Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Leader
University of Mobile
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Virginia College - Mobile
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Montgomery

Fortis College - Montgomery
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
South University - Montgomery
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Virginia College - Montgomery
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Other Alabama cities

Judson College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Stillman College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Tuskegee University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
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