University of North Alabama
The University of North Alabama (UNA) is a public university with both undergrad and graduate degree programs. It is the oldest public university in the state, and most of the campus is in Florence, which is a short drive from Memphis, Nashville, and Birmingham. Established in 1830, the university has grown over the years to accommodate over 10,000 students. The campus facilities are managed by an architectural firm, creating a beautiful campus for students. The area is known for its sprawling green lawns, beautiful fountains and sculptures, and shaded walkways. UNA offers 47 bachelor’s programs and 20 master’s programs through its five colleges, including the Anderson College of Nursing.
The UNA Anderson College of Nursing includes BSN, RN to BSN, and MSN programs. The Master’s program tracks include Nursing Education and Leadership in Healthcare Systems. Many of these programs, including the RN to BSN and master’s tracks, are offered entirely online so that students can learn from home.
The nursing programs are also ranked in the top 10 programs in the South. The college is approved through the Alabama State Board of Nursing and accredited by the CCNE. The college also recently broke ground on a new building to house the Anderson College of Nursing.
|Campus LocaleSmall City|
|Number of Students7,204|
|Student to Faculty Ratio18:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
The University of North Alabama RN to MSN program is accredited by the CCNE. The program is offered in two tracks in Nursing education and Nursing Leadership.
The first track (educator) is designed to prepare students with the tools to educate nursing students, health care personnel, and clients as well as being able to serve as part of the faculty of institutions of higher education and in the clinical environment.
The second track (leadership) is designed to prepare RN’s to offer advanced level health care administration and management. These programs is intended for applicants engaged or seeking to engage in the administrative or management elements of health care.
The program, both tracks, is offered completely online in an asynchronous format.
- BSN Degree from an accredited college or University(for MSN)
- Current and unencumbered license
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.0
- A year of practical experience as an RN (for the educators track only)
- Three professional references
- Personal Statement on professional goals
Applications for the MSN program are primarily accepted in the fall semester although a very small number of applicants are accepted in the spring and summer semesters.
For RN to MSN program students both BSN and MSN degree is awarded.
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges|
01/01/1934 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program|
04/01/1982 - 06/30/2006
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
04/08/2006 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
04/12/2008 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||970 to 1190|
|ACT||19 to 25|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|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||$277/credit|
|In State Students||$277/credit|
|Out of State Students||$554/credit|
|In District Students||$326/credit|
|In State Students||$326/credit|
|Out of State Students||$652/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, 98% of University of North 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||12%||$270|
|State Grant & Scholarships||1%||$283|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||71%||$4,798|
|Federal Student Loans||82%||$3,721|
$12,103Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$11,078|
|$30,001 to $48,000$11,033|
|$48,001 to $75,000$13,265|
|$75,001 to $110,000$14,339|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Alabama state board of nursing.