The University of Alabama
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.
|Campus LocaleSmall City|
|Number of Students38,563|
|Student to Faculty Ratio23:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
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.
- 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|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||9||50|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1050 to 1280|
|ACT||23 to 32|
|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).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$586/credit|
|In State Students||$586/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,336/credit|
|In District Students||$640/credit|
|In State Students||$640/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,470/credit|
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|
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.
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|
|Other Federal Grant||4%||$1,656|
|State Grant & Scholarships||1%||$614|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||57%||$17,343|
|Federal Student Loans||40%||$5,595|
$19,993Average Net Price
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|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Alabama state board of nursing.