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The University of South Alabama understands the life of a working nurse and understands that advancing your education can be difficult with a full-time job and families. Therefore, we have courses that are completed online as well as clinical requirements available within the community.
Beyond the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, our students have the option to take their education to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) level and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) level, as well as adding a Post-Graduate certificate in the chosen specialty field. Below are the programs broken down into all the offerings at the University of Alabama.
Attention: High School Students - You can be accepted to the College of Nursing EARLY
There are options at the University of South Alabama for high school junior and senior students. Qualified students may be accepted early into the Nursing program. There two options available:
High school Seniors: High school seniors can enter the program early for guaranteed admission.
Those who have completed their freshman year at USA - These students also get guaranteed admission into the school of Nursing. These students must have achieved a 3.2 GPA or above.
Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
With the traditional BSN degree, students take perquisite courses and nursing courses over the course of four years. In the end, a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) will be issued, as well as eligibility to take the Registered Nurse (RN) licensure NCLEX exam.
Pathway option from Associates and Diploma to BSN/MSN
For those students who have an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN/ASN) or Diploma, an accelerated BSN/MSN pathway is offered.
Pathway option from Bachelor’s in another field to BSN/MSN
Students who want to become nurses have the option to take their other Bachelor’s degree and apply it to the credit hours required for a BSN/MSN degree, shortening the length of the program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - With the design in compliance with the Essentials for Doctor of Nursing Practice programs as put forth by the American Association of College of Nursing, the DNP program is available for students as well. This is for those nursing students who want a higher degree to become prepared to care for the community and individuals at an advanced level. The focus is geared towards managing care of populations, managing systems, and developing policies.
- Pathways available for the DNP program include:
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to DNP Pathway
- Master of Science in Nursing to DNP Bridge Program for Clinical Nurse Leaders to Executive Nursing Administration Pathway
- BSN to DNP Pathway
Post-Graduate Certification - With compliance according to the individual National Certification requirements, the following post-graduate certificates are available to post-graduate students:
Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist
Clinical Nurse Leader
Dual Role (Family Nurse Practitioner/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner)
Executive Nursing Administration
Family Nurse Practitioner
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Post-Graduate Specialties- These specialties are not primary areas of advanced practice nursing but an additional Post-Graduate Certificate:
Clinical Lipidology Subspecialty
Nursing Education Subspecialty
Palliative Care Subspecialty