Online Nursing Programs & Degrees
Recognizing that students in all programs except our traditional and accelerated BSN program are already RNs, the University of South Alabama was an early adopter in offering fully online RN to BSN, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), RN to MSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees, and fully online Post-Graduate certificate options.
But studying online does not mean you’re studying on your own. While you work in your home region, faculty members are on campus, answering emails, refining course work and conferring with colleagues to optimize online learning opportunities.
All online students are paired with preceptors or mentors at the approved clinical facility, or students have the option of completing clinical requirements at a University of South Alabama Health affiliated hospital or clinical facility.
Graduate students seeking credentials in specific specialty options come to campus for intensive skills training, becoming more adept at skills and competencies required for the specialty option. The clinical skill intensive opportunities are held at the state-of-the-art USA Simulation Lab.
University of South Alabama College of Nursing State Authorizations
The University of South Alabama participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). As a member of NC-SARA, we offer fully online courses in any NC-SARA state. We are exempt in Massachusetts and California.
For more information about NC-SARA, please visit https://nc-sara.org/.
Supervised Field Experiences
NC-SARA also governs student placements in other States. The College of Nursing programs require internship/clinical placements and other supervised field experiences. Field experience placements may occur in states other than Alabama.
If you are a prospective student considering enrolling in a concentration within the College of Nursing graduate or post-graduate certificate program which is regulated by a state board of nursing, we recommend that you contact the appropriate licensing body in your home state and practicing state for guidance PRIOR TO admission to the College of Nursing at USA as licensure requirements may vary from state to state.
For more information regarding these requirements visit:
The College of Nursing does not currently accept students residing in the following states:
- New York
- South Dakota
The University of South Alabama College of Nursing is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing to offer clinical experiences in Louisiana for MSN, DNP, and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate programs for specific concentrations.
The University of South Alabama College of Nursing is currently accepting LPN to BSN (online program) students who reside in Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, or Kentucky. Students who reside in states other than those listed may be considered for admission but must commit to completing clinical rotations in one of these states.
Available Online Nursing Programs
Online MSN Programs
Online DNP Programs
Online Post-Graduate Certificates
Online MSN or DNP Subspecialties
Subspecialties are specialty areas not considered primary areas of advanced practice nursing. Students in all programs can add these subspecialties if they are pursuing any appropriate area of advanced practice nursing.