University of North Alabama

Florence, AL 35632
Write a Review

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.


Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students7,204
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate76%

Nursing Programs

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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 19 136
Master's degree 4 33
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 92%

Compare Schools

Frequently compared schools

Auburn University at Montgomery
offers 4 nursing programs
Jacksonville State University
offers 5 nursing programs
University of West Georgia
offers 4 nursing programs
Morehead State University
offers 4 nursing programs
Murray State University
offers 4 nursing programs
Nicholls State University
offers 5 nursing programs
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
offers 6 nursing programs
Pittsburg State University
offers 4 nursing programs
Western Carolina University
offers 5 nursing programs
Austin Peay State University
offers 3 nursing programs


Institutional Accreditations
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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT970 to 1190
ACT19 to 25
Admission considerations
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).
Application fee
Undergrads $35
Graduates $50

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$277/credit
In State Students$277/credit
Out of State Students$554/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$326/credit
In State Students$326/credit
Out of State Students$652/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 $12,465 $12,465 $24,930
ADN 70 $19,390 $19,390 $38,780
BSN 125 $34,625 $34,625 $69,250
FNP 50 $16,300 $16,300 $32,600
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, 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
Pell Grant 40% $4,549
Other Federal Grant 12% $270
State Grant & Scholarships 1% $283
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 71% $4,798
Federal Student Loans 82% $3,721
Private Loans 5% $9,638


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$11,078
$30,001 to $48,000$11,033
$48,001 to $75,000$13,265
$75,001 to $110,000$14,339
Over $110,000$14,118

Calculate your net price

Student Population













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

Reviews (0)

If you are a current or former student of this school, please help out prospective students by sharing your experience with the school. We also welcome faculty members and staff members to leave a review and answer students questions.

Overall Rating
Value for Money
You can leave a review using your real name or an alias.
If you want us to contact you when your review receives a comment, leave an email address here. Your email will not be published.
Enter the name of the degree program you are attended at this school.
Minimum 100 characters. Tell others about your experience. What did you like about this school?

Your review will be reviewed and published if approved. Review guideline.

Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Alabama state board of nursing.
University of North Alabama
One Harrison Plaza
Florence, AL 35632

Find nursing programs near you