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UACCN Ranks Among Best Online Nursing Programs for 2020

The Capstone College of Nursing at The University of Alabama is proud to announce its online programs have again been ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

CCN’s Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Administration was ranked No. 12 by the publication, and was the only program in Alabama and the Southeastern Conference to be ranked in this category. Additionally, the College’s MSN, Nurse Practitioner program was ranked No. 9, the only program in the state included in this category.

“Being included on this list is a high honor for The Capstone College of Nursing,” said Dr. Suzanne Prevost, Dean of CCN. “We at CCN strive to provide the best educational opportunities for practicing nurses in a flexible, online format. It is the passion of these lifelong learners, coupled with our enthusiastic and highly-qualified faculty and staff that contributes to our continued success.”

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Nursing Programs were determined based on the institution’s performance across five categories: engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion, services and technologies, and student excellence. For more information about the Best Online Programs methodology, click here.

CCN currently offers the following graduate programs: MSN Nurse Administrator; MSN Nurse Practitioner (Family and/or Mental Health); Doctor of Nursing Practice; Joint Online Nursing Science PhD program; and post-graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs. . The goal of all CCN degree programs is to prepare qualified and caring nurses to meet the needs of our state and nation.  For more information about CCN’s graduate programs, click here.


Mumba Awarded NIH Grant to Aid in Reversal of Opioid Crisis

Mercy Mumba: Assistant ProfessorDr. Mercy Mumba, Assistant Professor at the Capstone College of Nursing, and her team have received notice of an award from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the NIH for their proposal entitled “A Mindfulness and Peer Mentoring Program to Improve Adherence to Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders.”

This five-year project, funded through The Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative, is the only one funded from the state of Alabama. The trans-NIH research effort aims to improve treatments for chronic pain, curb the rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdose and achieve long-term recovery from opioid addiction.  Phase 1 of the project (R61 phase) is a two-year pilot study to test the feasibility and acceptability of this intervention, and phase 2 (R33 phase) is a three-year clinical trial. The approved budget for Phase 1 is $783,788, and the total budget for the five-year project is $2,793,879. The release of funds for Phase 2 will be contingent upon successful completion of Phase 1. The funded project is summarized below.

There is evidence that combining mindfulness-based interventions and peer recovery support services with medication-assisted therapy (MAT) to treat opioid use disorders (OUD) reduces substance use, cravings, symptoms of depression and anxiety and relapse rates. The intervention can also improve treatment retention and relationships with treatment providers and social supports. The goal of the present study is to determine the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based intervention that also uses peer mentors in addition to professional substance abuse therapists (the Minds and Mentors program [MiMP]) in improving adherence to MAT for OUD and reducing relapse rates in a sample of individuals with OUD. The study hypothesizes that participants in MiMP will demonstrate better adherence; reduced relapse and cravings (primary outcomes measures); reduced depression, anxiety, and stress; improved social support; and reduced cortisol levels and reactivity to drug cues.

Dr. Mumba is the principal investigator and program director. Her co-investigators include Drs. Andrea Glenn (Psychology), George Mugoya (Educational Counseling), Rebecca Allen (Psychology), David Albright (Social Work), Lori Davis (Tuscaloosa VAMC), Joshua Richman (Tuscaloosa VAMC) and Ms. Austin Butler (Alabama Community Care).

This award is one of 375 grant awards across 41 states made by the National Institutes of Health in fiscal year 2019 to apply scientific solutions to reverse the national opioid crisis.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R61AT010802. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

UA and UAH introduce state’s first joint Nursing Science Ph.D. program

The University of Alabama (UA) Capstone College of Nursing and The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s (UAH) College of Nursing are pleased to announce a new Nursing Science Ph.D. program. The program will be the first online Nursing Science Ph.D. program in the state of Alabama, and classes will begin summer 2019.

“This joint online program will provide a very flexible and student-friendly option for nurses who want to move into teaching, research, or senior administrative positions. Most nurses who return to graduate school carry a challenging load of responsibilities, including working as a nurse, caring for their families, and going to school. It’s not surprising that online programs are the preferred method for many graduate-level nursing students,” says Dean Suzanne Prevost from UA Capstone College of Nursing.

The program will have the support and resources of UA and UAH, which both have outstanding nursing education programs, high-impact research, and comprehensive student support services. Both Colleges of Nursing received distinction as Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing during the past year. The joint program will increase both institutions’ graduate-level programming and enrollment, while contributing to healthcare delivery and research productivity for the state of Alabama and the nation.

The flexibility of online learning will appeal to nurses throughout the country, who will be prepared upon graduation to educate the next generation of nurses and conduct research that targets rural and medically underserved populations. Graduates will also enjoy an employment advantage in the midst of the national shortage of nursing faculty and nurse researchers.

In addition to nursing research and theory courses, the program will cover a range of topics, such as ethical and legal issues, healthcare policy, epidemiology, statistics, genomics, teaching strategies, informatics, and healthcare technology.

“The UAH College of Nursing is very excited to be partnering with the UA Capstone College of Nursing to deliver a much-needed, high-quality online nursing science Ph.D. program,” says Dr. Marsha Howell Adams, dean of the UAH College of Nursing. “Only 23 percent of the 125 nursing Ph.D. programs in the U.S. are fully online. This program will meet the preferences and needs of a target population focused on an asynchronous delivery model.”

For more information or admission requirements, please contact Vickie Samuel ( or Charles Davis (

Mind, Body & Spirit: A Guide to Self-Care for Healthcare Professionals – March 6, 2020


The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing invites you to the 2020 Donna Cox Bridger Endowed Lectureship Mind, Body & Spirit: A Guide to Self-Care for Healthcare Professionals. Join us on March 6, 2020, in Capstone College of Nursing in Room 1008.

Established by Joseph C. Bridger to honor the memory of his wife and to promote awareness of current topics in the fields of nursing and health care from an interdisciplinary perspective. Lecture attendance is open to faculty, students, health care professionals, and the community.

The Lectureship is JA IPCE accredited and awarded 7.0 CEs for ACCME Physicians /ANCC Nurses /ASWB Social Workers /APA Psychologists / CE credit). All participants must register with the VA to receive Continuing Education credits. Details are provided after registration is completed; additional information can be found by visiting

Please register by March 1, 2020! 

$50 Registration Fee
$25 Student Registration Fee

To register online click here: (coming soon!)

To mail in your registration, download form here: Flyer and Registration Form


The Donna Cox Bridger Endowed Lectureship in Nursing and Healthcare
March 6, 2020 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sessions Include:

  • Overcoming Work Place Obstacles
    Mary Hanks, EdD, MSN, CNL, CNE
    Assistant Professor, Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing at The University of West Alabama
  • Creating a Positive Work Environment
    Sonya Guy, LPC, CEAP, NCC
    Viewpoint Counseling Professionals
  • Understanding Health Caregiver Stress
    Josh Eyer, PhD
    Assistant Professor, The University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing
  • Overcoming Stress through Mindfulness
    Audrey Austin, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
    April Jones, BAS
    Innovation Specialist, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
  • Breakouts:
    • Meditation Exercise
      Dr. Gibran Mancus, PhD
      Assistant Professor, UA Capstone College of Nursing
    • Labyrinth Exercise
      Abby Grammer Horton, MSN, RN
      Instructor, UA Capstone College of Nursing

Download Program Brochure Here