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Nurses come with different academic preparations and clinical training. Some are graduates of a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program, while others complete programs that require fewer academic units and classroom hours, such as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and those with an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN). Approximately half of practicing registered nurses in the US hold a BSN and are thus qualified to take on a wider range of nursing responsibilities.

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recommends that 80% of nurses in the US hold a bachelor’s degree by the year 2020. The healthcare industry has taken this recommendation to heart, as its recruitment process now centers on hiring more competent and educated nurses to face the complex challenges of a growing and aging population. This invariably means giving preference to registered nurses with BSN degrees.

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Since many aspiring nurses start with an ADN program – a shorter alternative to the BSN that is less expensive – healthcare employers encourage these RNs to continue their education by offering top positions and higher wages to BSN degree holders. Most nursing schools have thus adopted new RN-to-BSN programs for working nurses that offer flexible class schedules.

With so many nursing schools offering these programs, it’s important to know which ones provide the best education. Below is a list of the top nursing schools with accredited RN-to-BSN programs in Alabama.

Birmingham

Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive | Birmingham, Alabama 35229
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1720 Second Avenue South | Birmingham, Alabama 35294
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Huntsville

Oakwood University
7000 Adventist Boulevard NW | Huntsville, Alabama 35896
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Alabama in Huntsville
301 Sparkman Drive | Huntsville, Alabama 35899
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Mobile

University of Mobile
5735 College Parkway Drive | Mobile, Alabama 36613
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of South Alabama
307 North University Boulevard | Mobile, Alabama 36688
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Montgomery

Auburn University at Montgomery
7440 East Drive | Montgomery, Alabama 36117
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Alabama cities

Concordia College Alabama
1712 Broad Street | Selma, Alabama 36701
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North | Jacksonville, Alabama 36265
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Troy University
400 Pell Avenue | Troy, Alabama 36082
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Tuskegee University
Kresge Center, Third Floor | Tuskegee, Alabama 36088
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Alabama
739 University Boulevard | Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of North Alabama
One Harrison Plaza | Florence, Alabama 35632
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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