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Public colleges and universities are institutions of higher education that are financially supported by taxes or other public funds. Alabama's two largest public educational institutions are the Alabama Community College system and the University of Alabama system. Public colleges and universities offer a wide variety of traditional two-year and four-year nursing programs, and they typically charge lower tuition for state or county residents than private institutions.

Alabama's public nursing education system has 30+ campuses across the state. These schools fall into two broad categories. The elite "upper crust" is a collection of a dozen public four-year universities that specialize in baccalaureate and graduate-level nursing education. This group includes several campuses of the University of Alabama system (e.g., Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa) as well as Auburn University, University of South Alabama, Troy University, and several others. Supplementing this network is a collection of over 20 public community and technical colleges. These campuses focus their nursing program offerings on the one-year licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate and the two-year associate's degree in nursing (ADN).

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Top medical centers across Alabama are in constant search for nursing graduates from the state's public colleges and universities. Alabama's public education provides a cost-effective platform for launching a career with the Department of Veteran Affairs, VITAS, Genesis Healthcare, or a number of other local healthcare providers.

We’ve compiled below a complete list of Alabama's public nursing schools to help aspiring nurses kick-start their burgeoning careers.

Featured Schools

Birmingham

Bevill State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Jefferson State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lawson State Community College - Bessemer
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lawson State Community College - Birmingham
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Huntsville

J. F. Drake State Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
John C. Calhoun State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Mobile

Bishop State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
University of South Alabama
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Montgomery

Auburn University at Montgomery
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Troy University - Montgomery
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Other Alabama cities

Alabama Southern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Auburn University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
Central Alabama Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chattahoochee Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Gadsden State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
George C. Wallace State Community College - Dothan
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
George C. Wallace State Community College - Hanceville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
George C. Wallace State Community College - Selma
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Jacksonville State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Population Health Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
James H. Faulkner State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jefferson Davis Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College - MacArthur
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northeast Alabama Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest-Shoals Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Reid State Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shelton State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Snead State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southern Union State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Troy University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Alabama
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of North Alabama
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of West Alabama
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
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