Use our detailed school listings to evaluate the relative merits of each program, including the cost, completion time, and admission requirements. Skim through the checklist of points to consider about online Alabama RN to MSN programs. Or evaluate the cheapest RN to MSN programs in Alabama.
You can even start planning your future after graduation! We’ve compiled resources on Alabama nursing jobs & wages and provided links to useful AL nursing organizations. You can even learn what local universities are doing to address Alabama’s healthcare issues.
Online RN to MSN Programs in Alabama
To accommodate the schedules of working professionals, all of the Alabama colleges & universities in our school listings offer online or hybrid RN to MSN programs. A few things to note as you consider your options:
- Spring Hill College: SHC’s MSN is a mix of online courses and clinical integration with local preceptors. Check with the program coordinator to see if you can take any of the undergraduate bridge courses online.
- University of Alabama Birmingham: UAB’s online RN to MSN programs are often practice-based. Undergraduate coursework is online, but the MSN portion frequently includes on-campus intensives.
- University of North Alabama: Because UNA’s RN to MSN programs do not involve practitioner work, they are 100% online (undergraduate and graduate). You’ll be able to fulfill any clinical components in your own community.
- University of South Alabama: Bridge courses and graduate coursework at USA are online. But please check each individual MSN specialty to see what is required in the way of campus visits (e.g. clinical orientations, final exam and presentations, etc.). Nurse practitioner specialties usually have detailed campus components.
Cheapest RN to MSN Programs in Alabama
This ranking of the most affordable Alabama RN to MSN programs is based on per credit graduate tuition rates. These are ballpark figures! You’ll need to factor in the total number of credits, any additional fees (especially for online/distance learning), and undergraduate tuition rates for bridge coursework. Remember, too, that you may be able to transfer credits or ask for a portfolio review on selected courses.
- University of North Alabama: In-State & Out-of-State—View Tuition Rates
- Spring Hill College: View Tuition Rates
- University of South Alabama: In-State & Out-of-State—View Tuition Rates
- University of Alabama Birmingham: In-State and Out-of-State—View Tuition Rates
Alabama’s Healthcare Landscape
As a hard-working RN, you’ll already be aware of Alabama’s healthcare challenges. Faced with high rates of Medicaid coverage and threatened closure, rural hospitals have been struggling to survive. Rising obesity rates and poor nutrition remain major areas of concern in public health. Firearm deaths, homicide statistics, and infant mortality rates exceed the national average. And the ASNA continues to advocate for positive interventions in nurse safety, domestic violence, mental health, and the opioid epidemic.
Fortunately, some Alabama institutions have been working hard to remedy the situation. UA System schools have a number of initiatives in play to improve rural healthcare & patient access (e.g. UA’s Pickens County Partnership). Birmingham’s Office of Peace and Policy and community groups are taking steps to reduce gun violence. The state has instituted an Alabama Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative. And providers are using a coordinated approach to treate addiction and improve mental health (e.g. UAB Medicine’s Addiction Recovery Program). Newly qualified APRNs will be able to make a difference in a number of realms.
Jobs for Alabama RN to MSN Graduates
Career Outlook for RN to MSN Graduates
- One look at the job maps will tell you that Alabama has a particularly high concentration of NPs, particularly in the Florence-Muscle Shoals area—home of the North Alabama Medical Center (NAMC), Shoals Hospital, and Helen Keller Hospital.
- Thanks to the presence of UAB and UAH (and their affiliated hospitals), Birmingham and Huntsville are well-known employment hubs for both categories.
- In particular, Huntsville has been experiencing a population boom, which has led to a continued expansion of services at places like Huntsville Hospital and WellStone.
What’s more, in 2019 Alabama passed a law that allows the state to opt into the Nurse Licensure Compact. This means nurses who don’t have an Alabama nursing license can still work with a multi-state license. The state is hoping to see increased employment in rural areas and help in emergency situations where nurses need to cross state lines.
Career Resources for Future APRNs
Alabama Nursing Job Boards
- ASNA Career Center: Job listings for Alabama nurses
- CANPA Career Center: Job listings for Alabama nurse practitioners
- UAB Medicine Open Nursing Jobs
Alabama APRN Salary & Wage Data
- Annual Mean Wages for Alabama Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: Listed under “Nurse Practitioners” and “Nursing Instructors & Teachers, Postsecondary”
- AANP National Compensation Survey: Available to AANP members
Alabama Nursing Organizations
State Board of Nursing
AL Nursing Associations & Coalitions
- Alabama Coalition of Nursing Organizations (ACNO)
- Alabama Health Action Coalition (AL-HAC)
- Alabama National Association of Hispanic Nurses (Alabama NAHN)
- Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA)
- Birmingham Black Nurses Association (BBNA)
- Central Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association (CANPA)
- Montgomery Black Nurses Association (MBNA)
- Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA)
AL Nursing Specialty Organizations
- Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists (ALANA)
- Alabama Association of Nursing Students (AANS)
- Alabama Association of School Nurses (AASN)
- Alabama Association of Perianesthesia Nurses (ALAPAN)
- Alabama League for Nursing (ALN)
- Alabama Organization for Nursing Leadership (AlaONL)
- Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives (AlaONE)
- American College of Nurse-Midwives – Alabama Affiliate (Alabama ACNM)
- American Psychiatric Nurses Association – Alabama Chapter (APNA Alabama)
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses – Alabama (AWHONN – Alabama)
- Healthcare Educators of Alabama (HEAL)