5 Best Alabama Nurse Practitioner Programs + School Requirements

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 1,650 nurse practitioners (NPs) worked in Alabama in 2012. Their average annual salary stood at $87,430. Various areas within the state, including Mobile, Jefferson, Montgomery, Madison, Baldwin, Tuscaloosa, Etowah, Calhoun, Morgan and Lee, offer salaries above the average.

The Nurse Practice Act in the state has determined that an NP has to enter into a collaborative agreement with a physician. This means they cannot diagnose, treat or prescribe medication autonomously. Additionally, an NP is not able to prescribe medications that haven’t been reviewed and added to their formulary, nor can they prescribe controlled substances. Furthermore, they must take part in six pharmacology hours every two years in order to be able to renew their license.

If you want to become an NP in Alabama, you have a over 45 schools to choose from. It is very important that you contact at least three to determine which one suits you best. Below are the five best Alabama NP programs to help you get started in your search.

1. The University of Alabama at Birmingham

At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, students can take part in a range of different NP degrees. These include accelerated pathways for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing related field. Additionally, the school offers a range of different specialization options to ensure all nurses are able to get involved in the area they are interested in the most. Additionally, they offer a doctorate program for those who already have an MSN.

  • Campus: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Tuition: $476 per credit hour for in state students and $1,118 for out of state students.
  • Minimum time commitment: Varies depending on chosen pathway
  • Online availability: Some
  • Degree requirements: Varies depending on chosen pathway
  • Programs: MSN (BSN to MSN, 2nd degree students, ADN nurses with BS/BA degree) in varying specializations; DNP
  • School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid

2. Troy University

Troy University is in the south of Alabama. It offers a Family Nurse Practitioner track at the MSN level, which also includes a post-master’s FNP option. Furthermore, the school has a DNP program that students can take part in as well. Most of these courses are available online, although some campus attendance may be required. The clinical elements of the degree can be completed in a range of different settings.

  • Campus: Troy, Alabama
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Tuition: $488 per credit hour
  • Minimum time commitment: Varies depending on chosen track
  • Online availability: Yes
  • Degree requirements: Varies depending on chosen pathway
  • Programs: MSN FNP, post master’s FNP, DNP
  • School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid

3. Samford University

Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing is in a beautiful geographical location in Shade Valley. This is just outside of Birmingham, which is great for easy access. The school ensures much of its curriculum is offered online, although some physical attendance at school will be required as well. They offer both an FNP degree at master’s level and the DNP.

  • Campus: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Tuition: Varies, please inquire
  • Minimum time commitment: Varies depending on chosen track
  • Online availability: Some
  • Degree requirements: Varies depending on chosen track
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner and DNP
  • School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid
 

4. South University

At South University, students can take part in degree programs that are designed to ensure they can have the career they want in the field of health care. All programs include significant hands-on training and the curriculum is designed by medical and other health professionals. This allows all graduates to have the necessary technical, administrative, ethical and clinical skills required to be the best at what they do. The school offers both an MSN and DNP degree pathway.

  • Campus: Montgomery, Alabama
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Tuition: Varies, please inquire
  • Minimum time commitment: Varies depending on chosen pathway
  • Online availability: Some
  • Degree requirements: Varies depending on chosen pathway
  • Programs: MSN (BSN to MSN, RN to MSN) – Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care; DNP
  • School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid

5. University of South Alabama

The goal of the University of South Alabama is to make sure the state has the most highly educated nursing workforce in the country. As a result, they are offering a huge wealth of nursing specializations at MSN level, as well as the DNP. Furthermore, they ensure all entry methods for MSN are available.

  • Campus: Mobile, Alabama
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Tuition: Varies, please inquire
  • Minimum time commitment: Varies depending on chosen pathway
  • Online availability: Yes
  • Degree requirements: Varies depending on chosen pathway
  • Programs: MSN (Post BSN, post Master’s, RN to MSN, RN to BSN/MSN, Accelerated BSN/MSN) – Adult/Gerontology Acute Care, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care, Family, Family Psychiatric, Neonatal, Pediatric Acute, Pediatric Primary and Women’s Health NP
  • School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid

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