Become a Nurse in Alabama - Licensure & Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Alabama Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/1/2020

Licensing Requirements - Alabama
Nursing Licenses in Alabama Master's Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife Yes
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Yes
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Alabama Nursing Salaries

Alabama Nursing Salaries
AL Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Birmingham-Hoover Annual Mean Wage Montgomery Annual Mean Wage Mobile Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $38,230 $41,520 $40,730 $38,540
Registered Nurse $59,470 $61,920 $65,790 $57,640
Nurse Practitioner $95,970 $98,620 $105,140 $84,540
Nurse Anesthetist $161,780 $161,560 Not Available $159,510

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Alabama in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Alabama. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Alabama, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Alabama nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Alabama, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

As of January 1, 2020, Alabama is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Alabama

The Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code outlines that certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNP) who have completed coursework in pharmacology or evidence of the integration of pharmacology theory and clinical application within the nurse practitioner curriculum. CRNPs must work in collaboration with a physician to be granted prescriptive authority.

CRNPs and CNMs may apply for the Limited Purpose Schedule Permit (LPSP) for schedule II prescriptions or the Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (QACSC) for privileges on schedules III, IV, and V.

According to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy, CRNPs and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) may prescribe non-controlled RX drugs, Controlled Substances (CS) at II with limited authority, and CS III - V. All prescriptions must show the name, address, and telephone number of the collaborating physician.

Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) in Alabama

Education: Master’s degree or higher with a curriculum focused on preparing nurse midwives.

Examination: CNM Exam tell from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)

Certification Required: Certified Nurse-Midwife from the AMCB

Fees:

  • $175 Application
  • $200 Physician’s Collaborative Practice Fee, and
  • $500 Certification Examination Fee
  • $50 Annual Fee for AMCB Certificate Maintenance Program

Additional Information: An active registered nurse license is required for application.

Renewal:

CNMs renew licenses every two years on the last day of the nurse’s birth month. CNMs renew after the successful completion of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) certificate maintenance program.

Please note that the certificate maintenance program must be completed every five years, but the annual fee must be paid every year in addition to the state RN renewal. CNMs with prescriptive rights must complete five continuing education units (CEUs) in pharmacology specific to their practice area during each licensing period.

Learn more on how to become a certified nurse midwife.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in Alabama

Education: Master’s degree or higher from a nurse anesthetist program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

Examination: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Exam from the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)

Certification Required: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist from the NBCRNA

Fees:

  • $175 for initial approval
  • $725 certification examination fee

Additional Information: An active registered nurse license is required for application.

Renewal: License renewal is required through the Alabama Board of Nursing every two years at the same time as RN licensure renewal. Any national certifications also need to be maintained in addition to paying the registered nurse (RN) renewal fees.

Learn more on how to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) in Alabama

Education: Master’s degree or higher from an approved nurse practitioner program

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: Certification as a nurse practitioner in the specialty consistent with nurse practitioner education from a national certifying body recognized by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

Fees:

  • $175 for initial approval
  • $100 Physician’s Collaborative Practice Fee, and
  • Certification Examination Fee Varies Dependent on Specialty

Additional Information: An active registered nurse license is required for application.

Renewal: Renewal requirements for nurse practitioners are dependent on the national certifying body and specialty entered.

Learn more on how to become a nurse practitioner.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Alabama

Education: Master’s degree or higher from an approved clinical nurse specialist program.

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: Certification as a clinical nurse specialist from a national certifying body recognized by the Alabama Board of Nursing: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).

Fees:

  • $175 for initial approval
  • Certification Examination Fee Varies Dependent on Specialty

Additional Information: An active registered nurse license is required for application.

Renewal: Clinical Nurse Specialists must renew advanced licenses when renewing RN license and must also renew their national certifications. Renewal deadlines and requirements will vary for different Certifications.

Learn more on how to become a clinical nurse specialist.

Information for the advanced practice nursing careers: certified nurse midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist, certified registered nurse practitioner, and clinical nurse specialist was retrieved from the Alabama Board of Nursing - Advanced Practice Nursing, as of January 2020.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Alabama

Education: Has successfully completed an educational program in a school of nursing approved by the board

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $100 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee
  • $50 Temporary Permit
  • $100 Renewal Fee

Renewal: Every even year beginning on September 1st

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Alabama

Education: Educational program of at least one year’s duration in a school of practical nursing, approved by the board

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $100 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee
  • $50 Temporary Permit
  • $100 Renewal Fee

Renewal: Every odd year beginning on September 1st

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information for the nursing careers above: registered nurse and licensed practical nurse was retrieved from the Alabama Board of Nursing - Requirements for RN and LPN, as of January 2020.

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Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

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