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Nursing employers are demonstrating a growing preference for applicants with a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in their chosen field. These advanced nursing degrees can be obtained through a four-year college or university. Four-year colleges confer a bachelor’s, or baccalaureate, degree as their highest undergraduate honor. A bachelor’s degree typically requires four to six years to complete. In addition to bachelor's degree programs, many universities offer graduate nursing education including a master's of science in nursing (MSN) degree program.

Alabama has an abundance of education options for individuals pursuing nursing careers, with over 20 four-year colleges and universities across the state. Roughly half of these schools are public institutions like The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, University of South Alabama in Mobile, and Troy University. These public universities offer a broad array of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs with a wealth of nursing specializations. The other half of these schools are private colleges. Private institutions often focus more squarely on baccalaureate education, and several of Alabama's private schools also provide two-year associate's degree programs as an intermediate stepping stone.

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A bachelor’s or master’s degree from a top four-year institution can qualify a candidate for employment at one of the state's major nursing employers, including Brookwood Medical Center or the Department of Veteran Affairs. Job openings are frequently available for the positions of registered nurse, RN care coordinator, and nurse practitioner, and these spots are often filled by candidates educated at the state's best four-year colleges and universities.

To help aspiring nurses jumpstart their careers, we've compiled below a complete list of Alabama's four-year nursing schools.

Birmingham

Herzing University - Birmingham
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Associate's in Registered 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
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Doctor's in Nursing Science; 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
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Practice

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
University of South Alabama
Programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Registered Nursing

Montgomery

Auburn University at Montgomery
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
South University - Montgomery
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Troy University - Montgomery
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Other Alabama cities

Auburn University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing
Jacksonville State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Public Health and Community Nursing
Judson College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Stillman College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
The University of Alabama
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
Troy University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Administration
Tuskegee University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
University of North Alabama
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
University of West Alabama
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
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