Becoming an LPN in Alabama

The state of Alabama strives to promote quality nursing by focusing on education, information, and leadership. This ensures the competency of healthcare workers, allowing them to provide safe, quality service for their patients and the healthcare community. Alabama expects jobs of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) to rise by 15% per year by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s recommended to apply for an LPN license via exam or endorsement to take advantage if of this growing-demand and ensure job placement in the state of Alabama.

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    2017 Best LPN Programs in Alabama

    Are you looking to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in Alabama? The school you choose is important when it comes to getting your license. Alabama's approved LPN schools are made of community colleges, technical centers, and private career schools-there are more than 20 schools across the state. After careful review of NCLEX-PN exam pass-rates over the past several years, we saved you some time and ranked the top 10.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)

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    Coastal Alabama Community College

    1900 U.S. 31, Bay Minette, AL 36507 - (251) 580-2100 - Visit Homepage

    Coastal Alabama Community College is a public two-year school located in Bay Minette, Alabama, with two other campuses located in Fairhope and Gulf Shores. CACC strives to provide a caring, well-qualified staff and comfortable environment conducive to learning that includes distance education and workforce development opportunities.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Coastal Alabama Community College
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    Chattahoochee Valley Community College

    2602 College Dr, Phenix City, AL 36869 - (334) 291-4900 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Chattahoochee Valley Community College
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    Herzing University

    280 W Valley Ave, Birmingham, AL 35209 - (205) 916-2800 - Visit Homepage

    Get all the program details by visiting the .

    Overall Score: 98.92
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    Wallace State Community College

    801 Main Street N.W., Hanceville, AL 35077-2000 - (356) 352-8198 - Visit Homepage

    Wallace State Community College (WSCC), located in Hanceville, Alabama, encourages student success by offering day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as courses online. WSCC is committed to the community by not only promoting an innovative and engaging environment, but also by providing teaching excellence, valuing diversity, and forging strategic partnerships to advance economic development to enrich the community.

    Overall Score: 98.07 - Request Info on Wallace State Community College
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    Lawson State Community College

    3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, AL 35221 - (205) 925-2515 - Visit Homepage

    Lawson State Community College (LSCC) is located in Bessemer, Alabama, with an additional campus located in Birmingham. LSCC is dedicated to promoting quality opportunities for lifelong learning, as well as providing a dynamic and engaging student life experience that will enhance overall quality of life.

    Overall Score: 97.83 - Request Info on Lawson State Community College
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    Central Alabama Community College

    1675 Cherokee Rd, Alexander City, AL 35010 - (256) 234-6346 - Visit Homepage

    Get all the program details by visiting the .

    Overall Score: 96.92 - Request Info on Central Alabama Community College
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    Northeast Alabama Community College

    138 Alabama 35, Rainsville, AL 35744 - (256) 228-6001 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 96.75 - Request Info on Northeast Alabama Community College
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    Gadsden State Community College

    1001 George Wallace Dr, Gadsden, AL 35903 - (256) 549-8200 - Visit Homepage

    Gadsden State Community College is located in Gadsden, Alabama, is an open-door two-year college that also provides continuing education and enrichment opportunities, as well as prepares students for local employment. Gadsden State prides itself on offering affordable education and an enlightening course of study that's sure to challenge students, offering terrific instructors and advanced technology.

    Overall Score: 96.14 - Request Info on Gadsden State Community College
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    Shelton State Community College

    9500 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 - (205) 391-2211 - Visit Homepage

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    Overall Score: 96.02 - Request Info on Shelton State Community College
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    Calhoun Community College

    6250 U.S. 31, Tanner, AL 35671 - (256) 890-4700 - Visit Homepage

    Calhoun Community College is located in Tanner, Alabama, with an additional campus located in Huntsville. This open-admission, comprehensive community college is dedicated to providing affordable education that is also high-quality and easily accessible to its four-county service area. It's also the largest two-year institution in the Alabama Community College System.

    Overall Score: 95.91 - Request Info on Calhoun Community College

    Continued List of All Programs in Alabama

    RankedProgramScoreDetails
    #11 Northwest Shoals Community College
    800 George Wallace Blvd, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
    (256) 331-5200 Visit Homepage
    95.91Request Information
    #12 Wallace Community College - Selma
    3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway, Selma, AL 36702-2530
    (334) 876-9227 Visit Homepage
    94.85Request Information
    #13 Wallace Community College
    1141 Wallace Drive, Dothan, AL 36303
    (334) 983-3521 Visit Homepage
    94.10Request Information
    #14 Trenholm State Community College
    1225 Air Base Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36108
    (334) 420-4415 Visit Homepage
    93.57Request Information
    #15 Bevill State Community College
    101 State St, Sumiton, AL 35148
    (205) 648-3271 Visit Homepage
    93.40Request Information
    #16 Bishop State Community College
    351 N Broad St, Mobile, AL 36603
    (251) 405-7000 Visit Homepage
    90.48Request Information
    #17 Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
    1708 N Main St, Opp, AL 36467
    (334) 493-3573 Visit Homepage
    85.85Request Information
    #18 Southern Union State Community College
    750 Roberts St, Wadley, AL 36276
    (256) 395-2211 Visit Homepage
    82.48Request Information
    #19 J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College
    3421 Meridian St N, Huntsville, AL 35811
    (256) 539-8161 Visit Homepage
    80.84Request Information
    #20 Reid State Technical College
    100 Alabama 83, Evergreen, AL 36401
    (251) 578-1313 Visit Homepage
    80.74Request Information
    #21 Alabama Southern Community College
    2800 S Alabama Ave, Monroeville, AL 36460
    (251) 575-3156 Visit Homepage
    79.46Request Information

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  • Alabama LPN Licensing Requirements

    Alabama has strict requirements for becoming an LPN in the state—the most important being attending a State Board-approved nursing program and passing the NCLEX exam.

    Apply for the NCLEX-PN Exam (https://abn.alabama.gov/abnonline/Examination.aspx)

    Along with a completed application for licensure, the applicant must submit:

    • Office transcript from state-approved nursing program.
    • Proof of US citizenship or lawful presence.
    • Receipt of NCLEX exam registration.

    On the job as an LPN, endurance may be a necessity. Long, extended periods on your feet and the ability to lift patients may be required daily.

    If an applicant holds a license in 1 of the other 50 US states, he or she can apply for an Alabama license by endorsement. Along with the required application and fee, the applicant must also submit:

    • Proof (verification) of license from another state.
    • Office school transcripts in a sealed envelope from state-approved school.
    • Proof of completion of 24 contact hours of continued education.
    • Proof of US citizenship or lawful presence.

    Applicants educated abroad can apply for a license in Alabama and must not only have passed the NCLEX, but he or she must also submit his or her official school transcripts for the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to perform a full course-by-course review and evaluate the credentials. The applicant must also have graduated from an approved nursing program that is equivalent to the state of Alabama and have a social security number.

    Alabama LPN licenses expire December 31st every even-numbered year, but the licensee can renew from September 1 to November 30th of the year their license expires—renewing between December 1 and 31st will incur a late fee. In addition, 24+ contact hours of board-approved continued education must also be completed during the 2 year licensing period.

    Additional AL Nursing Resources

    Alabama Board of Nursing

    770 Washington Avenue
    RSA Plaza, Suite 250
    Montgomery, AL 36130-3900
    Phone: (334) 242-4060
    Fax: (334) 242-4360
    https://www.abn.alabama.gov

    1. Alabama State Nurses Association (http://www.alabamanurses.org)

  • LPN Salary: Alabama vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015

    Alabama LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2015, the median income for LPN's in the state of Alabama was $36,000. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Alabama (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=01&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 15% increase in LPN jobs in Alabama by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 640 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)

    Alabama Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information organized by the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Alabama. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Birmingham, Hoover3,950$18.41$38,290
    Mobile1,090$16.98$35,320
    Huntsville1,060$17.52$36,430
    Tuscaloosa1,050$17.36$36,120
    Montgomery930$18.11$37,670
    Dothan670$16.22$33,740
    Gadsden390$16.22$33,730
    Florence, Muscle Shoals390$17.37$36,130
    Anniston, Oxford, Jacksonville390$17.44$36,280
    Daphne, Fairhope, Foley340$17.41$36,210
    Decatur290$16.59$34,500
    Auburn, Opelika270$16.63$34,590