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  • University of South Alabama (USA or South) College of Nursing

    The University of South Alabama (USA or South) College of Nursing is an affordable, accelerated option for qualified High school students. USA is also an option for nurses who are working and ready to complete a higher education without commuting too far from home.

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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 96
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
    • Location Mobile, Alabama
    • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, CNL, NP, Accelerated BSN, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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    The University of South Alabama, or South as it is called, is a public institution that was founded in 1963.

    Beyond the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, students at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing 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 South Alabama.


    High School Students

    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.

    High school seniors can enter the program early for guaranteed admission.

    Those who have completed their freshman year at USA 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.

    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.

    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.

    DNP Pathways

    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to DNP

    Master of Science in Nursing to DNP Bridge Program for Clinical Nurse Leaders to Executive Nursing Administration

    BSN to DNP

    Post-Graduate Certificate

    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

    Nursing Informatics

    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:

    Cardiovascular Subspecialty

    Clinical Lipidology Subspecialty

    Nursing Education Subspecialty

    Palliative Care Subspecialty

    Accreditation and Approval

    The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

    The University of South Alabama is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 

    The entry level baccalaureate program at the University of South Alabama is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.


    Forbes (2018)

    • #628 Top Colleges
    • #236 in Public Colleges
    • #247 in Research Universities
    • #156 in the South

    The University of South Alabama is ranked #230-#301 in National Universities by US News & World Report (2019).

    College Factual ranked the University of South Alabama #5 in their Best Colleges for the Money in Alabama (2018).

    Edited by Joe V


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