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Vocational, career, and community colleges offer job-specific technical training for students launching careers in the so-called “white collar” disciplines. One of the tremendous benefits of these two-year institutions is that they provide a streamlined, rapid path to nursing employment versus a traditional four-year college. Within 12-18 months, candidates can complete a licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate program; within two years, they can complete an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) program. This enables students to be career-ready with technical, hands-on experience as quickly as possible.

Alabama is home to almost 30 vocational, career, and community colleges with nursing programs. Most of these are public institutions such as George C Wallace State Community College (three campuses), Lawson State Community College (two campuses), Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, and Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham. In recent years, several private two-year colleges have launched to fill the surging demand for qualified nurses, including Virginia College (two campuses) and Fortis College / Institute (two campuses). Whether public or private, these two-year institutions focus their nursing education offerings on the LPN certificate and ADN degree programs cited above.

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A wealth of nursing job openings at top medical centers across Alabama are open to graduates of the state's community and career colleges. These quick, effective educational platforms prepare students for roles like admissions nurse at VITAS, registered nurse (RN) at Genesis Healthcare, or emergency room RN at the Department of Veteran Affairs.

To help aspiring nurses kick-start their careers, we’ve listed below each one of Alabama's vocational, career, and community colleges that offer an accredited nursing program.

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Birmingham

Bevill State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Fortis Institute - Birmingham
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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
School City Programs offered
Bevill State Community College Jasper
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Fortis Institute - Birmingham Birmingham
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jefferson State Community College Birmingham
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lawson State Community College - Bessemer Bessemer
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Birmingham
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

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
School City Programs offered
J. F. Drake State Technical College Huntsville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
John C. Calhoun State Community College Tanner
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Mobile

Bishop State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Bishop State Community College Mobile
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Montgomery

Fortis College - Montgomery
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Fortis College - Montgomery Montgomery
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College Montgomery
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Alabama cities

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
Coastal Alabama Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Coastal Alabama Community College - Brewton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Coastal Alabama Community College - Monroeville
  • 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
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
Wallace Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wallace Community College Selma
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Wallace State Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Central Alabama Community College Alexander City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chattahoochee Valley Community College Phenix City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Coastal Alabama Community College Bay Minette
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Coastal Alabama Community College - Brewton Brewton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Coastal Alabama Community College - Monroeville Monroeville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Gadsden State Community College Gadsden
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College - MacArthur Opp
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northeast Alabama Community College Rainsville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest-Shoals Community College Muscle Shoals
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Reid State Technical College Evergreen
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Shelton State Community College Tuscaloosa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Snead State Community College Boaz
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southern Union State Community College Wadley
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wallace Community College Dothan
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Wallace Community College Selma Selma
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Wallace State Community College Hanceville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing