The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
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The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs for nursing students. It is the oldest and largest public university in Alabama, founded in 1820. The main campus is in the heart of Tuscaloosa, giving students access to the city. While the campus has grown to include 1,970 acres of land, the layout is well-planned and easy to get around. Sports fans will also recognize that the University of Alabama is home to the Crimson Tide, which is the nickname of the NCAA Division I varsity football team at the college. While Alabama has a strong sports tradition, it also offers accredited nursing programs.

The nursing programs offered through the University of Alabama include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, along with several master’s programs. These programs are taught through the Capstone College of Nursing. Students can enroll part-time or full-time to complete the courses at their convenience. The University of Alabama also offers an RN to BSN program for a pathway to the MSN program. Students that prefer a flexible class schedule may enjoy the online enrollment options offered through this college. It should also be noted that certain nursing programs, including the Nurse Practitioner concentration, are only available to residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi.


Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students38,563
Student to Faculty Ratio23:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate87%

Nursing Programs

The University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing, masters program in nursing prepares post baccalaureate nurses seeking advanced nursing education. The college offers an MSN in Nursing Case Management for Rural Populations, Clinical Nurse Leader, as well as the dual degree (MSN/MA) program offered in partnership with the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.  

The program allows students to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing on a full time or part time enrollment basis. All classes in the MSN program have the option of being completed through a distance learning modality. Graduates from the MSN program are eligible to apply to sit for a range of certification exams.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from an accredited nursing program
  • Undergraduate Grade Point Average of 3.0 or more
  • Current unencumbered Registered Nursing license

The dual enrollment MSN/MA program requires applicants to present the official scores for the Valid Graduate Management Admission Test and Graduate Record Examination.

Applicants who fail to meet any of the admissions criteria for the program or have lower grade point averages than required may still be considered for the program on the basis of their qualifications if space permits.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 5 45
Doctor's degree - professional practice 9 50
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 94.3%

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48 miles away
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Auburn University at Montgomery
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University of North Alabama
110 miles away
Jacksonville State University
111 miles away
University of Alabama in Huntsville
117 miles away
Auburn University
127 miles away

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1897 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1050 to 1280
ACT23 to 32
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $40
Graduates $60

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$586/credit
In State Students$586/credit
Out of State Students$1,336/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$640/credit
In State Students$640/credit
Out of State Students$1,470/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $26,370 $26,370 $60,120
ADN 70 $41,020 $41,020 $93,520
BSN 125 $73,250 $73,250 $167,000
FNP 50 $32,000 $32,000 $73,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 81% of The University of Alabama's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 17% $4,472
Other Federal Grant 4% $1,656
State Grant & Scholarships 1% $614
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 57% $17,343
Federal Student Loans 40% $5,595
Private Loans 9% $22,653


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$18,628
$30,001 to $48,000$20,141
$48,001 to $75,000$22,688
$75,001 to $110,000$24,419
Over $110,000$25,088

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Alabama state board of nursing.
The University of Alabama
739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

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