University of South Alabama
The University of South Alabama (USA) is a public university located in Mobile. Established in 1963, the university now encompasses ten colleges and schools and provides a wide range of undergrad and graduate degree programs. Besides nursing, these colleges provide degrees in medicine, basic medical sciences, and physical therapy. It is one of two state-supported medical schools.
The university has a large student body, with nearly 17,000 students enrolled annually, and a large faculty, making it one of the largest employers in Mobile. However, the school also maintains a quality online learning system for students that want to learn off-campus.
The University of South Alabama College of Nursing offers both online and on-campus learning. When taking online classes, students gain the opportunity to work at local health care facilities within their own communities to complete their clinical requirements. The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs are accredited by the CCNE. For students who have already completed their RN certification, USA College of Nursing offers an RN to BSN pathway and an RN To BSN/MSN pathway. With the online MSN program, students have access to a large selection of Nurse Practitioner specializations, including Family Practitioner, Neonatal NP, Adult-Gerontological Acute NP, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Nursing Informatics.
|Campus LocaleMidsize City|
|Number of Students15,569|
|Student to Faculty Ratio18:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
The program is fully accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. The program prepares students for advance nursing practice and further post graduate work. Students in the program are prepared to synthesize and implement advance theories and to conduct research in a specialized area of nursing practice.
The program offers several tracks and opportunities for specialized options within the scope of the MSN program. The course-works are completed completely online and clinical hours to be completed at an approved health center in your area.
- BSN degree from an accredited college or university
- No letters of reference required
Clinical practice components of the program require students to submit to a range of requirements including criminal background check, travel costs, health examinations, etc. Students are also responsible for financial requirements for test monitoring and proctoring as well as authentication of identity as required.
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||13||83|
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges|
01/01/1968 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels|
05/05/2016 - Current
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||1010 to 1200|
|ACT||20 to 26|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Neither required nor 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||$313/credit|
|In State Students||$313/credit|
|Out of State Students||$626/credit|
|In District Students||$421/credit|
|In State Students||$421/credit|
|Out of State Students||$842/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, 95% of University of South 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||10%||$4,939|
|State Grant & Scholarships||2%||$1,311|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||61%||$5,413|
|Federal Student Loans||57%||$10,295|
$12,968Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$10,939|
|$30,001 to $48,000$12,893|
|$48,001 to $75,000$16,295|
|$75,001 to $110,000$19,401|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Alabama state board of nursing.