In Alabama, it is necessary to pass various nursing examination to get into nursing career. There are separate courses for different category of nurses, such as License Practical Nurse or Vocational Nurse (LPN or LVN), Registered Nurse (RN) and Nurse Practitioner. Many nursing schools, colleges and university offers nursing training programs for the different aspirants of the nursing field.
LPN Degree Course
A LPN has to undergo nursing training program that lasts one year and includes both classroom and clinical training learning. After completing the training programs, LPN can work in long term care units, nursing homes and other health clinics, under the supervision of registered Nurse.
RN Degree Course
Generally there are three types of RN.
- Nurses who have completed 4 years Bachelors of Science in Nursing(BSN)
- Nurses with an Associated Nursing Degree of 2-3 years duration from community and junior college
- 3 years Nursing Diploma administered by a hospital
To get the degree in each field, RN should pass federal approved NCLEX-RN, which offers them opportunity to get multiple state licenses.
Every nursing school requires an entrance examination. Different schools have separate tests for the nursing students such as Registered Nurse Entrance Exam, Nursing Entrance Test, Psychological Services Bureau, Critical Thinking Entrance Exam and Test of Essential Academic Skills. These tests are designed to find out the knowledge of nursing student in basic facts.
The University of Alabama in Huntsville is the only institution in north Alabama offering both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, making it possible for the general college students to continue their nursing education from the same college.