Auburn University Nursing School Review

Auburn University (AU) was established as East Alabama Male College in 1856. The name was changed to Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama in 1872, and then changed again in 1899 to Alabama Polytechnic Institute. It was in 1960 that the name Auburn University was adopted and kept. AU has advanced into one of Alabama’s largest universities with over 120 degrees for students to choose from to achieve personal and professional goals.

Auburn University School of Nursing (AUSON)

Auburn University School of Nursing (AUSON) was established in 1979 and had only five professors in the first year. The first students were recruited from a pre-nursing program the University offered at the time. Auburn University School of Nursing is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The school offers two nursing programs. Below are the programs and what the student can expect to take from each.

BSN Program

In this undergraduate program, students are prepared for the stimulating career in health care. The program plants within the students who enter it the knowledge, skill, ethics, and passion that it takes to be a nurse in the constantly evolving world of medicine. Upon completion, graduates will be awarded their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and are then qualified to take the NCLEX-RN in order to obtain their registered nurse license. Students applying for admission to the professional program are required to participate in a pre-professional program in Nursing Science. This is a four year program, of which the first two years are labeled as Pre-Nursing (PNUR).  In order for students to complete the Professional Nursing Curriculum (NURS) they must go through 5 semesters of classroom time, labs, and clinical time in a medical field setting. 

MSN Program

The Master of Science in Nursing degree offered at the Auburn University School of Nursing is collaboration between the School of Nursing and Auburn University Montgomery. This collaboration allows students to participate in more activities and become more diversified in their studies. Most of the classes for this particular program are offered online, but may require some on-campus time. The main objective of this program is to improve upon the knowledge and communication of patients and nursing professionals, as well as other health care staff, to constantly advance the distribution of care and learn about the advancing technology in this field. It provides the graduate with the concepts and principles to design teaching materials for families, patients, and other health care professionals to lean new terms and technologies commonly used in the work force. The program integrates cultural lessons into the curriculum for the graduates to establish trusting relationships with the multitude of clientele they will meet along their professional journey.  Admissions into this program are extremely competitive. Applicants must meet all standards for Graduate School admission and should talk to their advisor about any additional requirements they school has for admissions to this program.


Auburn University
108 Mary Martin Hall
Auburn, AL 36849

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