In our Alabama RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Alabama RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of Alabama, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Alabama RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 27 15
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 81.88% 87.72%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 50.23% to 98.75% 68.65% to 95.77%
Average Net Price $8,410.92 $17,341.20
Average Net Price Range $2,651.00 to $22,526.00 $10,292.00 to $27,477.00
Average Student Loan $9,357.82 $19,579.07
Average Student Loan Range $1,325.00 to $25,000.00 $9,500.00 to $27,475.00
Best Ranked School Details ADN Rankings for Alabama State BSN Rankings for Alabama State

Best Ranked RN Programs in Alabama

Best Ranked RN Programs in AlabamaTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Alabama and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 26 ADN degree programs and 15 BSN degree programs in Alabama. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Alabama to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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98.79 ADN Coastal Alabama Community College (James H Faulkner State) 1 12 Bay Minette

Coastal Alabama Community College is located in Bay Minette, Alabama and is known to have one of the lowest tuition rates in Alabama. They offer a number of nursing programs – an LPN program, a nursing mobility program (LPN to RN), and an RN program. Nursing graduates from Faulkner State Community College are prepared to be critical thinkers, practicing safely and effectively in a variety of healthcare settings.

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93.40 ADN George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville 2 162 Hanceville

Wallace State Community College is located in Hanceville, Alabama, and they offer both an LPN and an RN program. The Wallace State Department of Nursing’s goal is to produce nursing graduates “who are dedicated and exceptional healthcare providers committed to transforming the lives of patients, families, and the community.”  Wallace State Community College also has an articulation agreement with University of Alabama, which allows its graduates to pursue their bachelor’s or master’s degree of nursing.

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93.26 ADN Alabama Southern Community College 3 168 Monroeville Public Campus See School Details
93.26 ADN Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus 3 168 Birmingham

Lawson State Community College is located in Birmingham, Alabama; there is also a campus in Bessemer, Alabama for an evening RN program.  The school boasts that their nursing program is competitive and prestigious – and difficult to gain entrance.  Although their is a minimum GPA requirement, it is recommended to maintain a high GPA and perform at a high level in all science courses.  It is even recommended that their students take additional biology classes to ready themselves for their nursing program – classes that are not required for the nursing program.

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92.24 ADN Herzing University-Birmingham 4 210 Birmingham Private For-Profit Campus, Online See School Details
92.20 ADN Calhoun Community College 5 211 Tanner Public Campus ACEN See School Details
91.77 ADN George C Wallace State Community College-Selma 6 228 Selma Public Campus ACEN See School Details
91.34 ADN Jefferson State Community College 7 244 Birmingham Public Campus ACEN See School Details
90.99 ADN Snead State Community College 8 258 Boaz Public Campus ACEN See School Details
90.15 ADN Northeast Alabama Community College 9 291 Rainsville Public Campus ACEN See School Details
88.24 ADN Bevill State Community College 10 356 Jasper Public Campus ACEN See School Details
88.17 ADN Northwest-Shoals Community College 11 357 Muscle Shoals Public Campus ACEN See School Details
88.01 ADN Chattahoochee Valley Community College 12 365 Phenix City Public Campus ACEN See School Details
87.96 ADN Troy University 13 368 Troy

Troy University is located in Troy, Alabama.  Their RN to BSN program also offers a pathway for students to enter directly into an MSN program, allowing the nurse to continue to their advanced nursing degree immediately following completion of their BSN degree.  Students can also take the majority of their coursework online.

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87.57 ADN George C Wallace State Community College-Dothan 14 383 Dothan Public Campus ACEN See School Details
86.89 ADN Shelton State Community College 15 414 Tuscaloosa

Shelton State Community College is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  They offer both a traditional RN program and an LPN to RN program; they also offer an LPN program.  Shelton State Community College prides itself on being the first full-time and evening practical nursing program in the state of Alabama.  The college also advertises it’s SOAR institute – Student Opportunities for Achievement and Resources.  This institute housed within the college assists students with general education courses and offers the use of computers for student use.

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85.56 ADN Southern Union State Community College 16 465 Wadley

Southern Union State Community College has multiple campuses in Alabama- Wadley, Opelika, and Valley.  The RN school is housed on the Opelika campus.  Their RN program is unique in that it offers mobility programs for not just LPNs seeking to become RNs, but also paramedics seeking to become RNs.

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84.67 ADN Jefferson Davis Community College 17 491 Brewton Public Campus See School Details
83.40 ADN Bishop State Community College 18 527 Mobile Public Campus ACEN See School Details
81.87 ADN University of West Alabama 19 564 Livingston Public Campus ACEN See School Details
79.80 ADN Gadsden State Community College 20 595 Gadsden Public Campus ACEN See School Details
78.77 ADN Lurleen B Wallace Community College 21 615 Andalusia Public Campus ACEN See School Details
78.33 ADN Central Alabama Community College 22 623 Alexander City Public Campus ACEN See School Details
67.98 ADN Judson College 23 701 Marion Private Not-For-Profit Campus See School Details
61.63 ADN Virginia College-Montgomery 24 716 Montgomery Private For-Profit Campus, Online See School Details
51.56 ADN Fortis College-Montgomery 25 727 Montgomery Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
100.00 BSN Spring Hill College 1 1 Mobile

Spring Hill College is located in Mobile, Alabama.  Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third oldest Jesuit college in the US.  They boast that their student to faculty ratio is 13:1.  In addition, nursing students comprise 9% of their student population, which is pretty outstanding when their are 46 majors available.

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96.41 BSN Troy University 2 58 Troy

Troy University is located in Troy, Alabama.  Their RN to BSN program also offers a pathway for students to enter directly into an MSN program, allowing the nurse to continue to their advanced nursing degree immediately following completion of their BSN degree.  Students can also take the majority of their coursework online.

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95.27 BSN The University of Alabama 3 83 Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  They boast that they were the first public college of Alabama, founded in 1831.  They are also proud to say that their NCLEX-RN pass rate has been between 96% and 100% since it began in 1976.  They offer an RN to BSN program and an RN to BSN/MSN program.

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94.46 BSN University of Mobile 4 116 Mobile Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
93.71 BSN Auburn University 5 145 Auburn

Auburn University is located in Auburn, Alabama.  Its BSN program was formed in 1979, graduating its first group of students in 1981.  Per their website, admission into their nursing program is extremely competitive; it does require a minimum GPA of 2.5 but in reality, the minimum GPA is most likely much higher.  In addition, applicants must undergo an interview process in order to be accepted into the program.

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93.44 BSN University of Alabama at Birmingham 6 155 Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is located in Birmingham, Alabama.  Their RN-BSN program is unique in that it can be tailored to fit the needs of the student.  If the student chooses to attend school full-time, it can be completed in two semesters.  However, for the student who may have to work full-time, they can opt for a decelerated program and attend for as long as five semesters.  In addition, the bulk of the coursework can be completed online, with professors being accessible via the Internet as well.

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93.13 BSN University of North Alabama 7 168 Florence Public Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
92.85 BSN University of South Alabama 8 178 Mobile Public Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
92.79 BSN Jacksonville State University 9 179 Jacksonville Public Campus CCNE See School Details
92.16 BSN Samford University 10 206 Birmingham

Samford University is located in Birmingham, Alabama.  Their Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing was originally founded as a diploma nursing program in 1922.  It was the first nursing program in Alabama to be accredited by the National League of Nursing.  The school merged with Samford University in 1973, and moved to its campus in 1988.  To date, the school has graduated more than 5,000 RNs.

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91.10 BSN South University-Montgomery 11 238 Montgomery Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
89.57 BSN Tuskegee University 12 281 Tuskegee Private Not-For-Profit Campus See School Details
87.27 BSN University of Alabama in Huntsville 13 341 Huntsville Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
83.65 BSN Auburn University at Montgomery 14 422 Montgomery Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
70.74 BSN Oakwood University 15 521 Huntsville Private Not-For-Profit Campus See School Details