In our Alabama RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Alabama RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of Alabama, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Alabama RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN ProgramsADNBSN
Number of Nursing Programs2715
Average NCLEX Passing Rate81.88%87.72%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range50.23% to 98.75%68.65% to 95.77%
Average Net Price$8,410.92$17,341.20
Average Net Price Range$2,651.00 to $22,526.00$10,292.00 to $27,477.00
Average Student Loan$9,357.82$19,579.07
Average Student Loan Range$1,325.00 to $25,000.00$9,500.00 to $27,475.00
Best Ranked School DetailsADN Rankings for Alabama StateBSN Rankings for Alabama State

Best Ranked RN Programs in Alabama

Best Ranked RN Programs in AlabamaTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Alabama and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 26 ADN degree programs and 15 BSN degree programs in Alabama. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Alabama to provide our state rankings. View our methodology

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98.79 ADNCoastal Alabama Community College (James H Faulkner State)112 Bay Minette

Coastal Alabama Community College is located in Bay Minette, Alabama and is known to have one of the lowest tuition rates in Alabama. They offer a number of nursing programs – an LPN program, a nursing mobility program (LPN to RN), and an RN program. Nursing graduates from Faulkner State Community College are prepared to be critical thinkers, practicing safely and effectively in a variety of healthcare settings.

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93.40 ADNGeorge C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville2162 Hanceville

Wallace State Community College is located in Hanceville, Alabama, and they offer both an LPN and an RN program. The Wallace State Department of Nursing’s goal is to produce nursing graduates “who are dedicated and exceptional healthcare providers committed to transforming the lives of patients, families, and the community.”  Wallace State Community College also has an articulation agreement with University of Alabama, which allows its graduates to pursue their bachelor’s or master’s degree of nursing.

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93.26 ADNAlabama Southern Community College3168 MonroevillePublicCampusSee School Details
93.26 ADNLawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus3168 Birmingham

Lawson State Community College is located in Birmingham, Alabama; there is also a campus in Bessemer, Alabama for an evening RN program.  The school boasts that their nursing program is competitive and prestigious – and difficult to gain entrance.  Although their is a minimum GPA requirement, it is recommended to maintain a high GPA and perform at a high level in all science courses.  It is even recommended that their students take additional biology classes to ready themselves for their nursing program – classes that are not required for the nursing program.

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92.24 ADNHerzing University-Birmingham4210 BirminghamPrivate For-ProfitCampus, OnlineSee School Details
92.20 ADNCalhoun Community College5211 TannerPublicCampusACENSee School Details
91.77 ADNGeorge C Wallace State Community College-Selma6228 SelmaPublicCampusACENSee School Details
91.34 ADNJefferson State Community College7244 BirminghamPublicCampusACENSee School Details
90.99 ADNSnead State Community College8258 BoazPublicCampusACENSee School Details
90.15 ADNNortheast Alabama Community College9291 RainsvillePublicCampusACENSee School Details
88.24 ADNBevill State Community College10356 JasperPublicCampusACENSee School Details
88.17 ADNNorthwest-Shoals Community College11357 Muscle ShoalsPublicCampusACENSee School Details
88.01 ADNChattahoochee Valley Community College12365 Phenix CityPublicCampusACENSee School Details
87.96 ADNTroy University13368 Troy

Troy University is located in Troy, Alabama.  Their RN to BSN program also offers a pathway for students to enter directly into an MSN program, allowing the nurse to continue to their advanced nursing degree immediately following completion of their BSN degree.  Students can also take the majority of their coursework online.

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87.57 ADNGeorge C Wallace State Community College-Dothan14383 DothanPublicCampusACENSee School Details
86.89 ADNShelton State Community College15414 Tuscaloosa

Shelton State Community College is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  They offer both a traditional RN program and an LPN to RN program; they also offer an LPN program.  Shelton State Community College prides itself on being the first full-time and evening practical nursing program in the state of Alabama.  The college also advertises it’s SOAR institute – Student Opportunities for Achievement and Resources.  This institute housed within the college assists students with general education courses and offers the use of computers for student use.

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85.56 ADNSouthern Union State Community College16465 Wadley

Southern Union State Community College has multiple campuses in Alabama- Wadley, Opelika, and Valley.  The RN school is housed on the Opelika campus.  Their RN program is unique in that it offers mobility programs for not just LPNs seeking to become RNs, but also paramedics seeking to become RNs.

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84.67 ADNJefferson Davis Community College17491 BrewtonPublicCampusSee School Details
83.40 ADNBishop State Community College18527 MobilePublicCampusACENSee School Details
81.87 ADNUniversity of West Alabama19564 LivingstonPublicCampusACENSee School Details
79.80 ADNGadsden State Community College20595 GadsdenPublicCampusACENSee School Details
78.77 ADNLurleen B Wallace Community College21615 AndalusiaPublicCampusACENSee School Details
78.33 ADNCentral Alabama Community College22623 Alexander CityPublicCampusACENSee School Details
67.98 ADNJudson College23701 MarionPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
61.63 ADNVirginia College-Montgomery24716 MontgomeryPrivate For-ProfitCampus, OnlineSee School Details
51.56 ADNFortis College-Montgomery25727 MontgomeryPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
100.00 BSNSpring Hill College11 Mobile

Spring Hill College is located in Mobile, Alabama.  Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third oldest Jesuit college in the US.  They boast that their student to faculty ratio is 13:1.  In addition, nursing students comprise 9% of their student population, which is pretty outstanding when their are 46 majors available.

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96.41 BSNTroy University258 Troy

Troy University is located in Troy, Alabama.  Their RN to BSN program also offers a pathway for students to enter directly into an MSN program, allowing the nurse to continue to their advanced nursing degree immediately following completion of their BSN degree.  Students can also take the majority of their coursework online.

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95.27 BSNThe University of Alabama383 Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  They boast that they were the first public college of Alabama, founded in 1831.  They are also proud to say that their NCLEX-RN pass rate has been between 96% and 100% since it began in 1976.  They offer an RN to BSN program and an RN to BSN/MSN program.

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94.46 BSNUniversity of Mobile4116 MobilePrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
93.71 BSNAuburn University5145 Auburn

Auburn University is located in Auburn, Alabama.  Its BSN program was formed in 1979, graduating its first group of students in 1981.  Per their website, admission into their nursing program is extremely competitive; it does require a minimum GPA of 2.5 but in reality, the minimum GPA is most likely much higher.  In addition, applicants must undergo an interview process in order to be accepted into the program.

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93.44 BSNUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham6155 Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is located in Birmingham, Alabama.  Their RN-BSN program is unique in that it can be tailored to fit the needs of the student.  If the student chooses to attend school full-time, it can be completed in two semesters.  However, for the student who may have to work full-time, they can opt for a decelerated program and attend for as long as five semesters.  In addition, the bulk of the coursework can be completed online, with professors being accessible via the Internet as well.

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93.13 BSNUniversity of North Alabama7168 FlorencePublicCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
92.85 BSNUniversity of South Alabama8178 MobilePublicCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
92.79 BSNJacksonville State University9179 JacksonvillePublicCampusCCNESee School Details
92.16 BSNSamford University10206 Birmingham

Samford University is located in Birmingham, Alabama.  Their Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing was originally founded as a diploma nursing program in 1922.  It was the first nursing program in Alabama to be accredited by the National League of Nursing.  The school merged with Samford University in 1973, and moved to its campus in 1988.  To date, the school has graduated more than 5,000 RNs.

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91.10 BSNSouth University-Montgomery11238 MontgomeryPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
89.57 BSNTuskegee University12281 TuskegeePrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
87.27 BSNUniversity of Alabama in Huntsville13341 HuntsvillePublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
83.65 BSNAuburn University at Montgomery14422 MontgomeryPublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
70.74 BSNOakwood University15521 HuntsvillePrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusSee School Details