Jacksonville State University Nursing School Review

Jacksonville State University (JSU) is located in the hills of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeast Alabama.

Founded in 1883 as Jacksonville State Normal School, Jackson State University has gone through a number of name changes including Jacksonville State Teachers College, Jacksonville State College and finally began operating under the name Jacksonville State University in 1967.   Jacksonville State University has been daubed by the NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) as “The Friendliest Campus in the South”, so is a prestigious and pleasant environment for those who wish to study nursing.

Jacksonville State University offers nursing programs through the Lurleen B. Wallace College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) which was founded in 1967.  The CNHS delivers programs that included a traditional full time Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN, a Registered Nurse to BSN (STEP), and a Master of Science in Nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is offered at the Lurleen B. Wallace College of Nursing and Health Sciences. After applying, this program allows the graduate to take the Registered Nurse (RN) national examination. To begin the nursing program the student must take academic and requirement courses. To be admitted to the clinical portion of nursing the student must file a separate request. Students that are admitted to clinical of nursing will do so in the spring and fall of each year.

The Step program RN-BSN

Individuals holding an associate degree or diploma in nursing will be supported by the Lurleen B. Wallace College of Nursing and Health Sciences for career mobility. The college developed any way possible for registered nurses to obtain the BSN Degree. Strategic Teaching for Enhanced Professional Preparation (STEP) is to allow students to complete their goals.

Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This program is designed to train nurses to assess the needs of populations as they currently exist. Students acquire multiple assets in this program. They include knowledge and skills in community needs assessment, health planning, analysis of combined data, and program development and evaluation. The program allows students to identify populations that focus on health promotions and prevention, such as cardiology, infectious disease, and women’s health. In the curriculum disaster management is incorporated into the courses. For this program 33 required hours in nursing and 3 hours of an elective are required equaling 36 total semester hours. JSU has four online courses which equal 11 hours through a partnership with Troy University (TROY). This partnership offers unique education in Alabama. All courses are done in an online format. Full time and part time options are available; the students can enter the program at the beginning of the semester, which is fall, spring, or summer. An examination is necessary at the final semester and will be given on campus. Clinical section is individualized and given in settings that provide experiences that are compared with the student’s goals. With this program the student can help plan public health training, learning, supervision, meetings and study.

Graduate certificate in Nursing Education (Non-degree)

This program is intended to prepare nurses to instruct other nurses in different settings, such as, health certified programs, health care establishments and organizations within the community. The Graduate Certificate provides the student with knowledge and skills to properly educate other nurses to promote programs for teaching, program improvement, assessment, clinical coaching and many more parts of the process. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.


Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602
(256) 782-5781

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