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

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.

Birmingham

Bevill State Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Fortis Institute - Birmingham
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Jefferson State Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Lawson State Community College - Bessemer
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Lawson State Community College - Birmingham
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Huntsville

J F Drake State Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
John C Calhoun State Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Mobile

Bishop State Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Virginia College - Mobile
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Montgomery

Fortis College - Montgomery
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
H Councill Trenholm State Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Virginia College - Montgomery
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Other Alabama cities

Alabama Southern Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Central Alabama Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Chattahoochee Valley Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Gadsden State Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
George C Wallace State Community College - Dothan
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
George C Wallace State Community College - Hanceville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
George C Wallace State Community College - Selma
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
James H Faulkner State Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Jefferson Davis Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Lurleen B Wallace Community College - MacArthur
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Northeast Alabama Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Northwest-Shoals Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Reid State Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Shelton State Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Snead State Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Southern Union State Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
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