University of South Alabama

Mobile, AL 36688
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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.


Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students15,569
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate78%

Nursing Programs

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.

Admission Requirements:

  • 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
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 44 243
Master's degree 106 685
Doctor's degree - professional practice 13 83
Post-master's certificate 6 70
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 89.1%

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Institutional Accreditations
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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1010 to 1200
ACT20 to 26
Admission considerations
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).
Application fee
Undergrads $35
Graduates $35

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$313/credit
In State Students$313/credit
Out of State Students$626/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$421/credit
In State Students$421/credit
Out of State Students$842/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 $14,085 $14,085 $28,170
ADN 70 $21,910 $21,910 $43,820
BSN 125 $39,125 $39,125 $78,250
FNP 50 $21,050 $21,050 $42,100
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, 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
Pell Grant 37% $4,468
Other Federal Grant 10% $4,939
State Grant & Scholarships 2% $1,311
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 61% $5,413
Federal Student Loans 57% $10,295
Private Loans 3% $11,309


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$10,939
$30,001 to $48,000$12,893
$48,001 to $75,000$16,295
$75,001 to $110,000$19,401
Over $110,000$19,702

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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Alabama state board of nursing.
University of South Alabama
307 N University Blvd
Mobile, AL 36688

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