The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) prepares graduates for the professional practice of nursing. The college is a national innovator in clinical simulation in nursing education, utilizing simulators and telehealth technology in teaching, research and health care delivery. We partner with a variety of well-respected health care facilities to provide clinical experiences that ease the transition into the working world and prepare graduates for challenges after school.

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In addition to a traditional BSN program, CCN has online and blended degree programs that offer practicing nurses the opportunity to advance their education. Programs include an RN Mobility track leading to a BSN or MSN, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees, a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and a Doctorate of Education in Nursing (EdD).

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at The University of Alabama are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Doctor of Nursing Practice consortium program at the Joint DNP Program University of Alabama (consortium of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and The University of Alabama) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

The Capstone College of Nursing proudly equips our nursing graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for lifelong learning within a rapidly changing health care system.

History

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The University of Alabama’s involvement in nursing education dates to the mid-1900s. It was the first public institution for higher education in the state to recognize the vital need for a baccalaureate program to prepare graduates for the professional practice of nursing. An undergraduate program was established by legislative action in 1950. For almost two decades, this program resided on the Tuscaloosa campus. However, in 1969, the nursing program moved to the medical center in Birmingham. The void created by the school’s move escalated the impending nursing shortage in West Alabama and surrounding areas. The University of Alabama listened to the needs of the people and responded.

In 1975, a new baccalaureate program was officially established in Tuscaloosa at The University of Alabama in response to validated community need. Since The University has historically been referred to as the “Capstone” of learning in Alabama, the name was endearingly given to the newly established nursing program. The Capstone College of Nursing graduated its first class in 1978.

The Capstone College of Nursing has continued the University’s tradition of responding to the needs of its constituents. Since these first graduates, our student enrollment has continued to grow. The college has expanded its programs and constantly updates its curriculum to keep pace with advances in health care delivery. We offer an exceptional nursing education on the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at The University of Alabama are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Doctor of Nursing Practice consortium program at the Joint DNP Program University of Alabama (consortium of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and The University of Alabama) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

The Capstone College of Nursing announces the Public Notice of Upcoming CCNE Accreditation Review

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