RN to MSN Programs in Alabama

Find Online Master of Nursing Programs in Alabama

There are 15 Master of Science in Nursing Programs in Alabama in our online directory, with 12 programs being CCNE accredited, and 1 program being ACEN accredited. 80% of the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are CCNE accredited.

The following CCNE accredited schools offer online Master of Science in Nursing programs in Alabama. Alabama requires that online programs be accompanied by a minimum of 500 clinical hours.

Jacksonville State University

The MSN programs at Jacksonville State University are focused on study regarding the role of nursing within vulnerable populations. Students will choose a particular population or community as their point of study throughout their curriculum, and they will study data analysis, program implementation and intervention, and community needs assessment. Jacksonville offers three tracks within the MSN program: Population Health Nursing, Population Health with a Concentration in Nursing Education, and Population Health with a Concentration in Emergency Management. Both full-time and part-time options are available.

- George Mason University: MSN-FNP
- Campbellsville University: Online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Simmons University: Doctor of Nursing Practice

University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama offers three tracks for MSN students: Nursing in Teaching-Learning Environments, Nursing Leadership in Organizational Environments, and Family Nurse Practitioner Track. The MSN coursework is conducted online, though Family Nurse Practitioner students are required to participate in two on-campus intensives. The course instructor will support students in finding a qualified preceptor to oversee required clinical practice hours.

University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama offers a uniquely extensive collection of specialties that can be pursued online: Adult-Gerontological Acute Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult-Gerontological Adult-Gerontological Acute Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care), Dual Role (Family Nurse Practitioner Adult-Gerontological Acute Care) Nurse Practitioner, Dual Role (Family Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner), Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader, Executive Nursing Administration, and Nursing Informatics. In addition to the online coursework, students will be paired with qualified preceptors at an approved clinical facility to complete their required clinical hours. Students may also choose to complete these clinical hours at hospital or clinic affiliated with the University of South Alabama.

Typical Curriculum for a Master's in Nursing

A full-time student can typically complete a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2 years, though most schools offer a part-time option. Nursing programs generally require students to complete a core curriculum before delving into the nursing specialty of their choice.

This core curriculum tends to cover topics relating to research methods, foundational theories of nursing roles (including ethical and legal considerations), nursing informatics, healthcare policy, pharmacology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology.

Following these initial semesters of coursework, students will learn advanced material relevant to the track of their choice. The latter part of a Master's in Nursing will likely integrate practical clinical experience with classroom study, allowing students to both learn from and apply their skills to real-life situations.

Nursing Licensure in Alabama

After attending an ADN or BSN program recognized by the Alabama Board of Nursing, applicants must earn a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and then apply online with the Alabama State Board of Nursing for licensure to practice in Alabama.

Alabama Nursing Licensure Requirements

Alabama requires that nurses renew their licenses every two years (note that RN renewal occurs only in even-numbered years in this state). Nurses must complete 24 contact hours of Continuing Education prior to each renewal, and four mandatory (as opposed to elective) classes are required for the first license renewal.

Advanced Practice Nurses must include six hours of pharmacology study in their continuing education coursework. Alabama is one of 32 states currently enrolled in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows nurses in NLC states to practice in other NLC states without obtaining additional licensure.

After completing their Master’s study, Alabama nurses can apply for and obtain an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license and should seek accreditation from a national certification institution approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

Nurses should find an entity associated with their specialty, such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the National Board of Certification and Re-certification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), the National Certification Corporation (NCC), or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Salary Information for Nurse Practitioners in Alabama

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2018 the annual mean salary for nurse practitioners in Alabama was $95,970 (lower than the national estimate, which is $110,030). Alabama registered nurses earned an annual mean salary of $59,470 (the national average was estimated to be $75,510) and nursing anesthetists in Alabama earned $161,780 (compared to an estimated national average of $174,790).

All Accredited Schools with MSN Degrees in Alabama

Online Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Auburn University Montgomery
Montgomery
  • MSN - Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PCNP) - College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PCNP) program at AU prepares students for the management of common acute and chronic health care problems. The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner provides care to people in health promotion and disease prevention.
  • MSN - Nurse Educator (NE) - College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • The Nurse Educator (NE) program at AU prepares students to provide patient centered, culturally competent, evidence-based education to patients, families, staff, and nursing students.
  • MSN - Dual Option – PCNP/NE - College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • The Dual Option (PCNP/NE) prepares students to treat common acute and chronic health care problems in patients and also educate patients, families and other nursing staff.
  • MSN - Health Systems Leader - College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • The Health Systems Leader program at AU prepares students to act in clinical and leadership situations. The graduates will provide proven bedside practice while ensuring safety.
  • MSN - Nurse Informatics - College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • The Auburn University Nursing Informatics program is for students ready to lead in the informatics role in health related services.
Auburn University
Auburn University
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • The AU/AUM Joint MSN Program is for registered nurses who desire advanced education in nursing. The program offers two fields of study as well as a Dual Track degree.
Herzing University-Birmingham
Birmingham
NA
  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) ONLINE
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program at Herzing University teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage patient-centered primary care and health and illness problems of patients of all ages. This program is accredited by the CCNE and is only available online.
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville
CCNE
  • MSN - Population Health - Department of Nursing
  • The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program in Population/Health Nursing is accredited by the CCNE. The program prepares students to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities as they currently exist as well as in the future.
  • MSN - Population Health with a Concentration in Nursing Education - Department of Nursing
  • The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Concentration in Nursing Education degree program assists advanced population health nurses with the knowledge and skills in population and community needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, and health planning.
  • MSN - Population Health with a Concentration in Emergency Management - Department of Nursing
  • The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Concentration in Emergency Management degree prepares advanced population health nurses to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities. 
Samford University
Birmingham
CCNE
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Samford University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited and completed online and on campus.
  • RN to M.S.N. - Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
  • The RN to M.S.N. program at Samford University prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program is accredited and available online and on campus.
South University-Montgomery
Montgomery
NA
  • MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
  • South University, Montgomery’s Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited and completed on campus.
Spring Hill College
Mobile
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Department of Nursing
  • The MSN program at Spring Hill College prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program is accredited and a concentration in Clinical Nurse Leader is available.
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Department of Nursing
  • The MSN Program at UAB prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE and offers concentrations in Family NP, Adult-Gero Primary Care NP, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP, Nurse Educator, and many more.
Troy University
Troy
ACEN
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • The Nursing Program at Troy University prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The offers concentrations in Nursing Informatics Specialist, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Family Nurse Practitioner.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - College of Nursing
  • The MSN Program at UAB prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers concentrations in Adult/Gerontological NP, Nurse Anesthesia, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP, Clinical Nurse Leader and many more.
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - School of Nursing
  • The MSN Program at UAH prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers concentrations in Adult/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Leadership in Health Care Systems, and an RN to MSN option.
University of Mobile
Mobile
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing, M.S.N.
  • The M.S.N. program at UMKC prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program is accredited and offers the option in Nursing Education/Administration.
University of North Alabama
Florence
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)  - School of Nursing
  • The MSN program at the University of North Alabama prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE and available online.
University of South Alabama
Mobile
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - College of Nursing
  • The MSN program at The University of South Alabama prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers concentrations in Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and more.