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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

To become a nurse, your best first step is earning a degree or certificate from an accredited nursing program. A full-term bachelor of science in nursing degree, or BSN, is your optimal choice if you’re interested in a long and financially rewarding nursing career. However, this path is expensive and requires at least a four-year commitment.

If time or money will impact your choice, you might want to consider other options that involve lower costs and less time to finish. Earning certification as a nursing aide (CNA) is the fastest and least expensive way to launch a nursing career, taking an average of six weeks of classroom instruction and clinical training. If you have more time, then you should consider becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN). These programs last 12-18 months, including time to review and prepare for a licensure exam.

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An associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) is the next logical option if a full-term BSN degree is too much of a time or financial commitment. The program takes a minimum two years of classroom instruction and clinical exposure. Earning an ADN qualifies you to take the NCLEX-RN, the licensure exam for registered nurses. Moreover, the units you earn in your ADN could be used as credits toward a BSN, if you eventually decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

All of these nursing positions are in high demand in various healthcare centers in Birmingham, Alabama, including hospitals, out-patient clinics, and elderly homes. Below is a directory of the top colleges and universities offering accredited nursing programs in Birmingham.

Birmingham nursing schools by NCLEX score

Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive | Birmingham, Alabama 35229
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
Lawson State Community College - Bessemer
1100 Ninth Avenue SW | Bessemer, Alabama 35021
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Bevill State Community College
1411 Indiana Avenue | Jasper, Alabama 35501
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Jefferson State Community College
2601 Carson Road | Birmingham, Alabama 35215
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1720 Second Avenue South | Birmingham, Alabama 35294
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
Herzing University - Birmingham
280 West Valley Avenue | Birmingham, Alabama 35209
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 73.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Lawson State Community College - Birmingham
3060 Wilson Road SW | Birmingham, Alabama 35221
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Fortis Institute - Birmingham
100 London Parkway, Suite 150 | Birmingham, Alabama 35211
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 70.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2011-12)
Virginia College - Birmingham
488 Palisades Boulevard | Birmingham, Alabama 35209
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 47.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2011-12)
ITT Technical Institute - Bessemer
6270 Park South Drive | Bessemer, Alabama 35022
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
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