Alabama Nursing Certification and Licensing
Nursing Licensing in Alabama
All nursing school graduates, including those from Alabama, must take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) before a nursing license will be issued. The test is scored as it is completed, but according to the Alabama Nursing Board, no results will be given at the test site. The test is reviewed at the site, then again by the testing company- Pearson VUE. Results are mailed to the student's home after one month of review. The license issued is good for two years and must be renewed at the end of the two year term. If a nurse's license lapses, they do not need to retake the exam, but will need to pay a fee for it to be reinstated as determined by the board.
Types of Nurses in Alabama
Alabama has two basic types of nurses: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Registered Nurse (RN). An LPN performs duties that a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) may not - such as pass narcotic containing medications and perform medical treatments (wound care). RNs perform higher duties that LPNs may not, including the supervision of other nursing staff in a facility.
Online Nursing Courses for Alabama Residents
In Alabama, you may not use an online training course to fulfill all of the course requirements for your nursing degree. You can use online training and college courses to fulfill prerequisites for your course: math, English, and other related prerequisites. For a full list of these required courses, you must contact the school you plan to attend. Some of these schools may offer online training, though you will be unable to perform clinical training in this manner.
Alabama Nursing Schools
As mentioned above, there are two types of nurses in Alabama: LPN and RN. The LPN course requires one year of classes and includes clinical (hands on) training. RN training requires two years of training and includes clinicals. Every program will differ slightly in length based on the program you choose- full time, part time, day classes, or night school. You may choose between different degrees: Associates (ADN) or Bachelor's (BSN).