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CNA CLASSES IN ALABAMA

Alabama Nursing Schools

Alabama has a wealth of nursing programs for nurses of every type, from diploma programs to post-graduate programs. There are twenty-three separate practical nurse programs and forty registered nurse programs. Since Alabama is a pretty big state with a number of large hospitals as well as underserved rural medical centers, this probably shouldn’t be too surprising.

The world is facing a crisis when it comes to a shortage of nurses, and Alabama is no exception. Fortunately, the state has taken steps to ensure that it is able to enroll, educate, graduate, and license as many new nurses as possible. Many of Alabama’s nursing education programs have excellent pass rates on the NCLEX-PN exam (as much as 100% for many of them), which just goes to show the quality of nursing schools in Alabama.

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Career Opportunities for Alabama Nurses

Cities like Mobile have large hospitals with level 1 trauma centers, which employ plenty of nurses, but there are still loads of other career opportunities for RNs and LPNs that don’t necessarily want to go work in a large hospital. These include Smaller, community hospitals, Private practices, Mental health facilities, Nursing homes, and Hospice care companies. Alabama covers a broad range of economic and social areas, from affluent cities to poorer rural spots, so there is just as much variety in the type of work environments it offers.

 

Career & Salary Information for Alabama Nurses

Like nurses in many states, Alabama nurses can experience some variation in salary depending on where they choose to work. An RN in Tuscaloosa can expect to earn a median annual salary of $58,960. An RN in Birmingham can anticipate bringing in around $61,000. In Dothan, an RN will earn around $57,000. These are just examples of the median salaries in a range that spans all the way from the mid-$40,000s to the low $70,000s. All figures are from the BLS.

 

Alabama Board of Nursing

Alabama is unique in that it doesn’t participate in the Nurse Licensure Compact, so travel nurses will want to contact the Alabama Board of Nursing for information on working within Alabama. Other RNs, LPNs, and nursing students will want to contact the Board for information on licensing and examinations, changes to state nursing regulations, educational requirements, approved nursing programs, industry news, and more. The Alabama Board of Nursing can be reached at 770 Washington Ave., RSA Plaza, Ste. 250, Montgomery, AL, 36130-3900 or their website.

 

Alabama Nursing Degrees by Program

Use the quick links below to view detailed information on the specific nursing degree you are considering. Includes degree info and school options in your state.

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Alabama Nursing Scholarships and Grants

Residents interested in a nursing career have a plethora of Alabama nursing scholarships and grants available to help pay for their education.  Scholarships and grants are critical to nursing education which can be costly.

The following nursing scholarships and grants are for Alabama residents just beginning their nursing education as well as nursing students enrolled in Alabama colleges and universities pursuing undergraduate and post-graduate nursing degrees.

 

Alabama Student Assistance Program
If you are an undergraduate nursing student who is a resident of Alabama and attends one of the 80 participating Alabama schools or colleges, you may qualify for this grant.  This grant is based 100% on financial needs.  Awards range up to $2,500 for each year you attend college, and you can reapply annually.   To determine your eligibility, simply visit your school’s financial aid office and ask if they participate in the program.  If they do, complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA).

 

Alabama Student Grant Program
Concerned you may not qualify for a need-based grant?  This program provides merit-based grants to undergraduate nursing students at eligible independent liberal arts and faith-based colleges.  Grant awards vary but will not exceed $1,200 in any academic year.  Eligible schools with nursing programs are Birmingham-Southern College, Judson College, Oakwood College, Samford University, Spring Hill College, Stillman College, University of Mobile, and South University – Montgomery Campus.  Obtain current applications at your school’s financial aid office.  All requirements, including upcoming deadlines, are listed on the form.

Andalusia Health Services, Inc. Scholarship Program
Scholarships through this program are awarded to nursing students who are residents of Covington County, Alabama, and plan to pursue nursing careers in Covington County upon graduation.  Average nursing scholarship amounts range between $1,200 and $2,500 per semester depending upon the field of study.  Students planning to become nurse practitioners are eligible for the $2,500 scholarships.  Nursing students pursuing degrees to be registered, licensed practical, LBW RN mobility nurses or lab technicians are eligible for $1,200 per semester. All applicants must prove enrollment in an eligible field of study. Applications are accepted throughout the year but must be submitted by March to be considered for the following fall.  In addition to academic ability, the scholarship committee considers the character and leadership of candidates as well as the health care needs of the county when awarding scholarships.  For an application, submit a request to Scholarship Selection Committee, Andalusia Health Services, Inc., P.O. Box 56, Andalusia, Alabama 36420, or call (334) 222-3138.

 

Baptist Health Care Foundation
One of the best resources for Alabama nursing scholarships and grants is the Baptist Health Care Foundation.  Scholarships are generally grouped in two categories: (1) employee and employee family scholarships, and (2) general Alabama resident scholarships.

The Foundation offers approximately 10 scholarships and accepts applications during the first quarter of each year. Scholarship applicants need only submit one application – the scholarship committee considers applicants for every scholarship for which eligibility criteria are met.  This does not mean applicants will necessarily receive multiple scholarships.

To be eligible, you must either be accepted to or enrolled in college to be eligible for Foundation nursing scholarships. Most scholarships require at least one completed semester in a nursing program.  One scholarship is specifically for nursing students completing graduate programs. You must have at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.  Residency requirements vary from the city of Montgomery to statewide. Depending on the scholarship, the award may be contingent upon you working at Baptist Health Care upon graduation.

Award amounts range from $500 to two semesters of tuition, depending on the scholarship.  For current applications and deadlines contact the Foundation directly at (334) 273-4567.  Illegible and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  Mail applications to P.O. Box 241647, Montgomery, AL 36124 or hand deliver to the Foundation at DeBoer Bldg., Number 34G, 301 Brown Springs Rd., Montgomery, AL 36117.

East Alabama Medical Center Foundation
Nursing scholarships are by nomination only.  You must be a nursing student from east Alabama and your school must nominate you for a scholarship.  Average nursing scholarship awards are $500.  For nomination forms and instructions, write a letter of inquiry and mail it to the Foundation at 2000 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika, AL 36801-5452.

Internal Medicine Associates Scholarship Fund
Graduating high school seniors in Alabama who has been accepted into a nursing program are eligible for this scholarship. Scholarship applications and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Fund by the end of March. For application and submission requirements, write a letter of inquiry to the Scholarship Fund Chairman at 121 N. 20th Street, Opelika, AL, 36801-5449.

 

Two-Year College Academic Scholarship Program
Planning to begin your nursing education at a two-year college?  This scholarship program might be for you.  It is a 100% academic merit-based program.  Nursing students accepted to public two-year colleges in Alabama who have an excellent academic record are eligible for this scholarship. Contact your college’s financial aid office for current applications.

Educational Institute Nursing Scholarships
Nursing students accepted to or attending accredited nursing programs at schools in Alabama should visit the school’s financial aid office.  Ask specifically for nursing scholarships.  Each scholarship will detail eligibility requirements, deadlines, and award amounts.  The school’s nursing department staff may be able to provide additional information and guidance related to the scholarship application process.  Following is an example of institutional-based nursing scholarships and grants.

 

University of Alabama
With nearly 60 scholarships available, the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama has tuition assistance opportunities for nursing students at all levels.  Whether an incoming freshman or pursuing a post-graduate degree, nursing students are offered assistance from the school’s $5.2 million endowments.   Upwards of $500,000 are awarded in nursing scholarships each year.  To learn more about eligibility and application requirements related to these nursing scholarships and other tuition assistance available through the school, contact them directly at (205)934-5428.

Employer-Sponsored Nursing Scholarships
If you or your family members are employees at several major companies in Alabama, you may be eligible for nursing school tuition assistance.  In addition to the Baptist Health Care Foundation described above, employee-related scholarships are available through the Alabama Power Foundation, Inc.

 

Alabama Power Foundation, Inc.
Eligible recipients are dependent children of full-time Alabama Power employees who have worked for the company for at least one year.  Recipients must be enrolled in a four-year college or university.  Scholarships in the amount of $1,250 can be used to cover nursing school tuition, fees, books, or supplies.  Awards are based on need and can be renewed twice.  Contact the Foundation for application forms and guidelines.  Completed applications must be submitted by the end of February to ALPR Scholarship Program, c/o Scholarship Program Administrators, Inc., P.O. Box 23737, Nashville, TN 37202-3737.

Community-Based Nursing Scholarships
Communities throughout Alabama offer scholarships and grants to nursing students who are community residents.  Residency eligibility may be as limiting as graduating from a specific high school to living in a particular city.  To learn about community-based nursing scholarships, contact your high school guidance office and your city mayor’s office.  If there is a community foundation that serves your city, contact them for current scholarships as well.  The E. L. Gibson Foundation is an example of a foundation that offers community-based nursing scholarships.

 

E. L. Gibson Foundation
If you are a resident of Coffee County, AL, or bordering counties and pursuing a nursing education, you are eligible for nursing scholarships.  There are no deadlines for submitting applications. Nursing scholarship awards range from $500 to $1,000. To request information about their current nursing scholarships, send a letter of inquiry to the Foundation at 482 Oxford Way, Pelham, AL 35124-2862.

Alabama nursing scholarships and grants provide tuition and book assistance to students enrolled in approved Alabama colleges and universities.

 

List of Top Nursing Schools, Colleges & Accredited Programs in Alabama

Alabama Nursing Schools List

 

Alabama Southern Community College

Monroeville Campus
Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate of Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
PO Box 2000
2800 South Alabama Avenue
Monroeville, AL 36461
Phone:(251)575-3156 ext 8238
Fax:(251)575-8398
Website: www.ascc.edu
Alabama Southern Community College is a 2-year public institution.

 

Auburn University-Main Campus

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Post-Master of Science in Nursing Certificate
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama 36849
Website: www.auburn.edu
Auburn University is a 4-year, public institution.

 

Auburn University at Montgomery

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
P.O. Box 244023
7461 East Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117-3596
Phone: (334) 244-3658
Website: www.aum.edu
Auburn University at Montgomery is a 4-year public institution.

 

Bevill State Community College

Health Sciences Division
Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Licensed Practical Nursing Program (LPN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1411 Indiana Avenue
Jasper, AL 35501
Phone: (205)387-0511 ext 5763
Fax:(205)387-5175
Bevill State Community College is a 2-year public institution.

 

Bishop State Community College

Division of Health Related Professions, Department of Nursing
Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1365 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Central Campus
Mobile, AL 36603-5898
Phone: (251)405-4495
Fax:(251)405-4499
Bishop State Community College is a 2-year public institution.

 

Central Alabama Community College

Coosa Valley School of Nursing
Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Nursing Certificate less than one year
Nursing Certificate between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
34091 US Hwy 280
Childersburg, AL 35044
Phone:256-378-5576
Fax: 256-378-2027
Website: www.cacc.edu
Central Alabama Community College is a 2-year public institution.

 

Chattahoochee Valley Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN))
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: Alabama Board of Nursing
2602 College Drive,
Phoenix City, Alabama 36869
Phone: 334-291-4925
Website: www.cv.edu
Chattahoochee Valley Community College is a 2-year public institution.

 

Faulkner State Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing(ADN)
Associate Degree in Nursing to Licensed Practical Nursing (ADN to LPN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1900 Highway 31 South
Bay Minette, AL 36507
Phone: (251)580-2257
Fax:(251)580-2199
Website: www.faulknerstate.edu
Faulkner State Community College is a 2-year public institution.

 

Gadsden State Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
Helderman Hall, 1001 George Wallace Drive
Gadsden, AL 35902-0227
Phone: (256)549-8321
Fax:(256)549-8458
Website: www.gadsdenstate.edu
Gadsden State Community College is a 2-year public institution.

 

George C. Wallace Community College

Health Sciences Division of Practical Nursing
Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1141 Wallace Drive
Dothan, AL 36303-9234
Phone: (334)556-2433 ext 292
Fax:(334)983-3600
Website: www.wallace.edu
George C. Wallace Community College is a 2-year public institution.

 

George Corley Wallace Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway
PO Box 2530
Selma, AL 36702-2530
Phone: (334)876-9271
Fax:(334)876-9332
Website: www.wccs.edu
George Corley Wallace Community College is a 2-year public institution.

 

H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
PO Box 10048
1225 Air Base Blvd, Montgomery
Montgomery, AL 36108-3199
Phone: (334)420-4483
Fax:(334)420-4482
Website: www.trenholmstate.edu
H Councill Trenholm State Technical College is a 2-year public institution.

 

J F Drake State Technical College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
3421 Meridian St N
Huntsville, Alabama 35811
Phone:(256) 551-3115
Website: www.drakestate.edu
J. F. Drake State Technical College is a 2-year, public institution.

 

Jacksonville State University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Post-Master of Science in Nursing Certificate
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265
Phone:(256) 782-5781
Website: www.jsu.edu
Jacosonville State University is a 4-year, public institution.

 

Jefferson Davis Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
220 Alco Dr, Brewton
Alabama 36426
Phone:(251) 867-4832
Website: www.jdcc.edu
Jefferson Davis Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

 

Jefferson State Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
601 Carson Rd, Birmingham
Alabama 35215-3098
Phone: (205) 853-1200
Website: www.jeffstateonline.com
Jefferson State Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

 

John C Calhoun State Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN))
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
6250 US Highway 31 N
Tanner, Alabama 35671
Phone: (256) 306-2500
Website: www.calhoun.edu
John C. Calhoun State Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

 

Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
3060 Wilson Rd SW
Birmingham, Alabama 35221-1717
Phone: (205) 925-2515
Website: www.lawsonstate.edu
Lawson State Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

 

Lurleen B Wallace Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
1000 Dannelly Blvd
Andalusia, Alabama 36420-1418
Phone: (334) 222-6591
Website: www.lbwcc.edu
Lurleen B Wallace Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

 

Northeast Alabama Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
138 Highway 35
Rainsville, Alabama 35986
Phone: (205) 638-4418 x234
Website: www.nacc.edu
Northeast Alabama Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

 

Northwest-Shoals Community College-Muscle Shoals

Nursing Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two
years certificate; Associate degree
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
800 George Wallace Blvd
Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35661
Phone:(256) 331-5200
Website: www.nwscc.edu
Northwest-Shoals Community College-Muscle Shoals is a 2-year, public institution.

 

Oakwood University

Nursing Programs Offered: Associate degree; Bachelor degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master degree
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
7000 Adventist Blvd NW
Huntsville, Alabama 35896
Phone:(256) 726-7000
Website: www.oakwood.edu
Oakwood University is a 4-year, private institution, not-for-profit.

 

Reid State Technical College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
I65 and Hwy 83
Evergreen, Alabama 36401
Phone: (251) 578-1313
Website: www.rstc.cc.al.us
Reid State Technical College is a 2-year, public institution.

 

Samford University – Ida V Moffett School of Nursing

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Masters of Business Administration(MBA)
Nurse Anesthesia
Post-Masters of Science in Nursing Certificate
Registered Nurse to Masters of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama 35229-2240
Phone:(205) 726-2011
Website: nursing.samford.edu
Samford University is a 4-year, private institution. not-for-profit

 

Shelton State Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
9500 Old Greensboro Rd
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405-8522
Phone: (205) 391-2347
Website: www.sheltonstate.edu
Shelton State Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

 

Snead State Community College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
220 North Walnut Stree
Boaz, Alabama 35957-0734
Phone:(256) 593-5120
Website: www.snead.edu
Snead State Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

 

Southern Union State Community College

Nursing Programs Offered: Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years in Registered Nursing certificate; Associate degree
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Accreditation: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
750 Roberts St
Wadley, Alabama 36276
Phone:(256) 395-2211
Website: www.suscc.edu
Southern Union State Community College is a 2-year, public institution.

 

Spring Hill College

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Post-Master of Science in Nursing Certificate
Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
4000 Dauphin St
Mobile, Alabama 36608-1791
Phone:(251) 380-4000
Website: www.shc.edu
Spring Hill College is a 4-year, private institution. Not-for-profit

 

Troy University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Doctor of Nursing Practical (DNP)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Post-Master of Science in Nursing Certificate
Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
University Avenue
Troy, Alabama 36082-0001
Phone:(334) 670-3100
Website: www.troy.edu
Troy University is a 4-year, public institution.

 

Tuskegee University

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing(RN to BSN Mobility)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Kresge Center, 3rd Floor
Tuskegee, Alabama 36088-1920
Phone: (334) 727-8011
Website: www.tuskegee.edu
Tuskegee University is a 4-year, private institution. not-for-profit

 

The University of Alabama

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Ed D
Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN)/MA
Post-Master’s certificate
Registered Nurse to Master’s of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0166
Phone:(205) 348-6010
Website: www.ua.edu
The University of Alabama is a 4-year, public institution.

 

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Nursing Programs Offered:
Accelerated Master for Non-Nursing College Graduates
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Certificate Program between two and four years in Registered Nursing Transfer
Doctor of Nursing Practical (DNP)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Master of Public Health
PhD
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Post-Master of Science in Nursing Certificate
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0110
Phone:(205) 934-4011
Website: www.uab.edu
The University of Alabama at Birmingham a 4-year, public institution.

 

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Doctor of Nursing Practical (DNP)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Post-Master of Science in Nursing Certificate
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
301 Sparkman Dr
Huntsville, Alabama 35899
Phone: (256) 824-6120
Website: www.uah.edu
The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a 4-year, public institution.

 

University of Mobile

Nursing Programs Offered: Associate degree; Bachelor degree; Master degree
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
5735 College Parkway Drive
Mobile, Alabama 36613-2842
Phone: (251) 675-5990
Website: www.umobile.edu
The University of Mobile is a 4-year, private institution. not-for-profit

 

University of North Alabama

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Post-Master of Science in Nursing Certificate
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Harrison Plaza
Florence, Alabama 35632-0001
Phone:(256) 765-4100
Website: www.una.edu
The University of North Alabama is a 4-year, public institution.

 

University of South Alabama

Nursing Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Certificate Program less than one year
Certificate Program between one and two years in Registered Nursing
Certificate Program between two and four years in Registered Nursing Transfer
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Post-Master of Science in Nursing Certificate
307 N University Blvd
Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002
Phone:(251) 460-6101
Website: www.southalabama.edu
The University of South Alabama is a 4-year, public institution.

 

University of West Alabama

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Station One
Livingston, Alabama 35470
Phone: 205) 652-3400
Website: www.uwa.edu
The University of West Alabama is a 4-year, public institution.

 

Virginia College-Montgomery

Nursing Programs Offered:
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Certificate Program between two and four years in Registered Nursing Transfer
Practical Nursing Concentration
Practical Nursing Certificate
6200 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, Alabama 36117-2800
Phone:(334) 277-3390 x2901
Virginia College-Montgomery is a 2-year, private institution for-profit.

Bay Minette

Faulkner State Community College – Center for Professional Development

Website: www.faulknerstate.edu
Address: 1900 Highway 31 South, Bay Minette, Alabama 36507
Contact Email: cpd@faulknerstate.edu
Contact Phone: (251) 990-0445

 

Bessemer

Lawson State Community College

Website: www.lawsonstate.edu
Address: 1100 Ninth Avenue SW, Bessemer, AL 35022
Contact Name: Dorothy Young
Email: dyoung@lawsonstate.edu
Contact Phone: (205) 929-3461
Program Length: 5 weeks (4 credit hours)
Program Period: twice per semester
Weekly Schedule: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 4PM-10PM
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: $607 (tuition and fees), $50 (books) and other costs

 

Birmingham

Jefferson State Community College

Website: www.jeffersonstate.edu
Address 1: (Jefferson Campus) George Wallace Hall, Room 202
2601 Carson Road, Birmingham, AL 35215
Address 2: (Shelby-Hoover Campus) Health Sciences Building, Room 321, 4600 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, AL 35242
Contact Email: workforcedev@jeffersonstate.edu
Contact Phone: (205) 856-7710
Program Length: 110 hours including 20 hours of clinical experience at a long-term care facility
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: $899 (tuition), $150 (textbooks), $100 (CNA state examination), $25 (first aide CPR card and Malpractice insurance)

 

Boaz

Snead State Community College

Website: snead.edu
Address: 102 Elder Street, Boaz, AL 35957
Contact Name: Dr. Amy Langley
Contact Email: alangley@snead.edu
Contact Phone: (256) 840-4185

 

Decatur

Calhoun Community College

Website: www.calhoun.edu
Address: PO Box 2216, Decatur, AL 35609
Contact Name: Kenneth Kirkland
Contact Email: Kenneth.Kirkland@calhoun.edu
Contact Phone: (256) 306-2789
Program Period: a class each semester
Minimum Age Requirements: 17 years old
Estimated Costs: $135.90 (scrub top, bottom, patch), $52.75 (new textbooks), $71.50 (background check, drug screen), $60.25 (diagnostic kit including stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, pen light, CPR face shield and eye protection), $71.50 (background check and drug screen), etc.

 

Dothan

Wallace Community College’s Center for Economic and Workforce Development

Website: www.wallace.edu/home.aspx
Address: 5565 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303-1552
Contact Phone: (334) 556-2203
Program Length: 25 days
Classroom and Lab Instruction: Monday-Friday 5pm-9pm
Clinical Training: in last week of the program
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: $725

The community college also offers CNA classes in Eufaula, Alabama. Call (334) 556-2414 for more information.

 

Gadsden

Gadsden State Community College

Website: www.gadsdenstate.edu
Address: 1001 George Wallace Drive, Gadsden, AL 35903
Contact Phone: (256) 549-8200
Program Length: 2 semesters (14 credit hours of nurse aide course in the 1st semester, 14 credit hours of crossover training in the 2nd semester)
Main Courses: Fundamentals of Long Term Care, Medical Terminology, CPR, First Aid, Infection Prevention/Safety, Phlebotomy, Personal & Professional Development, Clinical

 

Montgomery

H. Councill Trenholm State Community College

Website: www.trenholmstate.edu
Address: 1225 Air Base Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36108
Contact Name: Shelia Massey
Contact Phone: (334) 420-4424
Program Length: 2 terms (23 credit hours and 656 contact hours)
Minimum Age Requirements: 17 years old
Main Courses: Fundamentals of Long Term Care and Home Health Care, CPR and First Aid, Introductory Mathematics, Vocational Tech Education, Clinical
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: $3,289 (tuition fees), $350 (books), $250 (supplies)

 

Muscle Shoals

Northwest-Shoals Community College

Website: www.nwscc.edu
Address: 800 George Wallace Boulevard, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
Contact Name: Cindy Tidwell
Contact Email: cindy@nwscc.edu
Contact Phone: (256) 331-5305
Program Length: 80 hours (classroom and lab instruction, and clinical rotation)
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: $544 (tuition), $81.75 (books), $53 (background check), $100 (CNA certification exam), $25 – $27.50 (liability insurance, student insurance), and other costs

 

North Huntsville

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College

Website: www.drakestate.edu
Address: 3421 Meridian Street, North Huntsville, AL 35811
Contact Name: Jan Hyman
Contact Email: jan.hyman@drakestate.edu
Contact Phone: (256) 551-3156
Application Deadline: 2 weeks before a class starts
Program Length: 10 days (80 hours)
Weekly Schedule: Monday to Friday 8AM-5PM
Clinical Training: on the 2nd week of the program
Financial Aid: No
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: $690 (tuition and fees), $74 (textbooks), $100 (state CNA exam), additional costs like Hepatitis B shot and TB skin test

 

Phenix City

Chattahoochee Valley Community College

Website: www.cv.edu
Address: 2602 College Drive, Phenix City, AL 36869
Contact Phone: (334) 291-4900
Program Length: 1 semester with 75 hours Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA)
Credit Hours: 4

 

Opelika

Southern Union State Community College

Website: www.suscc.edu
Address: 1701 Lafayette Parkway, Opelika, AL 36801
Contact Phone: (334) 745-6437
Program Length: 10 to 15 weeks in each semester
Credit Hours: 4
Accepted Students: 24 students
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: $544 (tuition), $126 (textbooks), $57 (drug screen and criminal background check), $20 (tuberculin skin test), $225 (Hepatitis B Injections), $90 (varicella vaccine), $20 (flu shot), $45 (cardiopulmonary resuscitation training), $100 (state CNA certification exam), $160 (uniforms, shoes, watch and stethoscope), other costs

The community college also offers nursing assistant training in Valley, Alabama.

 

Rainsville

Northeast Alabama Community College

Website: www.nacc.edu
Address: 138 AL-35, Rainsville, AL 35986
Contact Name: Julie George
Contact Email: georgej@nacc.edu

Tuscaloosa

Shelton State Community College

Website: www.sheltonstate.edu
Address: 9500 Old Greensboro Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Contact Email: ahenderson@sheltonstate.edu
Contact Phone: (205) 391-2204
Credit Hours: 25
Program Period: each semester
Estimated Tuition Fees and Costs: $557.50 (tuition and fees), $100 (books), $150 (uniforms/supplies), $100 (exam fee), $30 (pre-clinical screening fee), $13 (liability insurance), $18 (background check)

Step 2: Evaluate Training Costs

CNA training program costs can vary, depending on where the student chooses to complete training. For example, Easter Seals Central Alabama offers a 5-week CNA program that costs $1,400 and includes training, uniforms, shoes, textbook, supplies, CNA examination, drug screening, health exam and background check. In another example, Lawson State Community College charges $1,500 for tuition, fees and supplies for the CNA/Home Health Care Aide program, and $657 for tuition, fees and books for the CNA (only) program. Be sure to take all training costs into consideration.

Financial Aid and Reimbursement

Financial aid is often available, either through the school or a local career center offering workforce training funds. Also, it should be noted that CNAs who are employed by a Medicare or Medicaid funded skilled nursing facility within 12 months of passing the competency evaluation examination can be reimbursed for training and examination costs by the employer.

Step 3: Meet Prerequisites

Each CNA program has prerequisites. The specific prerequisites depend on the school or agency offering the classes. However, they generally will require:

  • Meeting college or technical school general admission requirements

  • Showing proof of a high school diploma or GED certificate

  • Being at least 16-18 years old (varies by school)

  • Submitting to a health physical

  • Showing proof of health insurance

  • Providing proof of immunizations for tuberculosis, hepatitis-B and possibly others like measles and influenza as required by the school or program

  • Showing proof of Healthcare Provider level CPR

  • Passing a criminal background check

  • Passing a drug test

Step 4: Complete CNA Training

The most important thing to keep in mind is that students should only take and pass an approved Certified Nurse Aide Training program in Alabama because it is assured of meeting federal and state CNA training requirements.

Minimum Training Hours

Nursing assistant students must successfully complete a minimum of 75 training hours with a minimum of 16 hours of supervised clinical training and a minimum of 16 hours of lab training included. State approved training is provided by an instructor with a current Alabama nursing license. Upon successfully completing the training, the program gives the graduate a Certificate of Completion.

What to Learn During Training?

The focus of CNA training is on ensuring CNAs contribute to the health and well-being of clients under their care. The training includes the following topics:

  • Infection control

  • Respecting resident rights

  • Emergency procedures

  • Taking and recording vital signs

  • Caring for the resident’s living area

  • Resident personal care skills

  • Responding to resident special needs

  • Caring for cognitively impaired residents

  • Assisting with basic restorative rights like range of motion maintenance

Step 5: Take and Pass the Certified Nurse Aide Examination in Alabama

The State of Alabama CNA exam is provided by the following testing organizations:

  • Pearson VUE – National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Examination

  • Prometric – Nurse Aide Competency Examination

Testing Sites

There are multiple approved testing sites located around the state. Examinations are given at nursing homes, training centers, regional test sites, technical and vocational schools, and community colleges. The approved testing sites depend on the testing organization delivering the exam. Testing sites and schedules are posted online.

What to Test

No matter which test provider is used, the testing process includes a Written or Oral Test and a Clinical Skills test. The Written or Knowledge Test consists of multiple-choice questions, usually delivered via computer. The Clinical Skills test is a timed test that test five skills like hand washing, and measuring and recording client weight.

Test-takers must pass the exam within 24 months of completing training and within three attempts. If failing to pass the examination within three attempts, or if the person does not pass the exam within 24 months, Alabama requires the person to be retrained before re-taking the examination.

Candidates are encouraged to take the nurse aide practice exams and self-assessment reading tests offered by the online test providers.

Step 6: Get Certified in Alabama

Once the CNA candidate successfully completes the Nurse Aide Competency Examination, the testing organization notifies the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry. At that point, state certification requirements have been met.

How to Keep CNA Certification Active in Alabama?

To keep CNA certification active, the CNA must be currently working in or have worked at least 8 hours within the past 24 months in a nursing home, home health agency, hospital, community mental health center and/or hospice. For purposes of maintaining CNA certification, work in assisted living facilities, private sitting arrangements and physician offices does not count. Active status in the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry is good for 24 months beyond the last date worked in a healthcare facility. If the CNA does not work the minimum number of hours within the 24 months at an appropriate facility, it is necessary to retrain and pass the exam again to renew CNA certification.

Is Renewal Process Required?

There is no certification renewal process required on the part of the CNA, unless the CNA has not worked during the 24 months. The employer is responsible for reporting employment status to the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry. However, skilled nursing facilities are required to provide CNAs 12 hours of mandatory continuing education per year. The year period is determined by the date of hire.

 

CNAs from Other States

Out of state CNAs can work in Alabama, as long as the person is active and in good standing in the other state’s registry. Good standing in Alabama and other states means there are no validated allegations of abuse, and all requirements for maintaining active status are met. To get on the Alabama registry when on another state’s registry, first find employment at a nursing home, home health agency, hospital, community mental health center and/or hospice.

The employer will verify the certification status and notify the Nurse Aide Registry to get the CNA’s name entered in the registry. This process does not apply to home health aides. If the person is not active in the out-of-state registry, he or she can complete an Alabama state-approved CNA program, pass the competency and evaluation examination and find employment. The employer then notifies the registry.

 

Salary and Job Outlook for CNAs in Alabama

Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual Alabama CNA salary as of May 2016 was $22,690 or $10.91 per hour. The long-term employment projection for the period 2014-2024 for Alabama indicates a 15.9 percent growth rate. Certified Nursing Assistants who chose one of the CNA educational tracks that also include training to become a Health Home Aide will find an even greater demand for their services. The projected growth rate for Home Health Aides for the same period for Alabama is 31.8 percent. | See Job Openings

A List of Nearby or Bordering States

You can find state-approved CNA programs in the following states bordering Alabama:

Certified Nursing Assistants enjoy a satisfying healthcare career helping some of the nation’s most vulnerable people, like the elderly, enjoy a higher quality of life. Many Nursing Aides discover they wish to complete additional nursing training to become a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. Becoming a CNA does not require lengthy or expensive training, offers excellent employment opportunities and leads to a career focused on helping others.