Alabama Master's Degree in Nursing

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Alabama MSN Programs

Nursing is a career that is in extremely high demand. Nurses provide a substantial foundation to the medical industry that determines the success of many other individuals in the medical field. The master's of science in nursing is one of the highest levels of education a nurse can receive, and MSN programs in Alabama are designed for people looking to hold important positions in this field. For those willing to take on a challenge, every hour of education is well worth the effort in the end.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

For someone living in Alabama, there are many ways to obtain an MSN degree. There are both online and traditional classroom options, which give the student a great deal of flexibility in choosing the program that best fits his or her life. A student may decide to choose an online program so that he or she is able to view lessons and take exams on his or her own time. This is option is often chosen by those who have to work full-time or have a family to take care because of the convenience it offers.

If a student is considering enrolling in an online MSN program, he or she may want to look into the University of Phoenix. This MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and like most traditional MSN programs, offers multiple specializations that students can select. The University of Phoenix offers programs such as Master of Health Administration/Informatics, Master of Health Administration, Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration/Health Care Management, and Master of Science in Nursing/Nursing/Health Care Education.

Admission Requirements

The requirements for being admitted to an MSN program differ depending on which program a student chooses. Common criteria include:

  • Having a BSN degree
  • Having graduated with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Currently holding an RN license
  • One year of work experience as an RN
  • Submitting an application and application fee

Tuition

All MSN programs cost different amounts to attend. For example, to attend the University of Phoenix online MSN program, an individual has to pay $20,065-$32,125. At Cappella University, tuition is $21,000 for the MSN Nurse Educator program. Tuition for Western Governors University costs an individual $3,250 for each 6 month term that he or she attends.

Graduates of MSN programs are able to get jobs as registered nurses and nursing instructors. The higher level of education that an individual with an MSN has achieved will often lead to higher pay.

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University of North Alabama
One Harrison Plaza
Florence, AL 35632
Troy University
P.O. Drawer 4419
Montgomery, AL 36103
Troy University
601 University Avenue
Troy, AL 36081

Alabama MSN Degree Prerequisites

Alabama nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by the Alabama Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Alabama, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Alabama and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Alabama RN to MSN programs

Those holding Alabama RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Alabama MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Alabama, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the Alabama Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Alabama grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Alabama, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Alabama.

Alabama MSN Degree Resources

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