Online Nursing Programs & Degrees

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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

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.

Professional Licensure

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 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 College of Nursing does not currently accept students residing in the following states:

  • New York
  • South Dakota

Available Online Nursing Programs

RN to BSN Pathway

RN to MSN Pathway

Online MSN Programs

Adult-Gerontological Acute Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist

Adult-Gerontological Adult-Gerontological Acute Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care)

Dual Role (Family Nurse Practitioner Adult-Gerontological Acute Care) Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Dual Role (Family Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner) (MSN)

Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Clinical Nurse Leader

Executive Nursing Administration (MSN)

Nursing Informatics (MSN)

Online DNP Programs

Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 

Dual Role (Family Nurse Practitioner/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care) Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Dual Role (Family Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner) (DNP)

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Executive Nursing Administration (DNP)

Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Nursing Informatics (DNP)

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Public Health Administration

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP)

Online Post-Graduate Certificates

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.