University of South Alabama

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Name: Degree Type:
M.S.N in Nursing masters
D.N.P in Nursing doctorate
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

The USA College of Nursing has an excellent reputation for preparing outstanding professional nurses who are well prepared to assume leadership positions. The College offers students the opportunity to study and learn in a supportive environment that recognizes the special needs and commitments of the adult learner. Students will find that the faculty are caring and committed professionals. Our faculty add a richness to the learning experience because of their diverse interests and backgrounds.

School type Public
Online grad programs CCNE accredited Yes
Online grad programs NLNAC accredited No
Terms Semester

Program Offerings

Online master's in nursing degree programs 2
Concentrations offered
Nursing practitioner Nursing administration/leadership
Clinical nurse specialist Informatics
Clinical nurse leadership Nursing education
More specialized departments/concentrations offered
Adult/geriatric – acute Palliative care
Adult/geriatric – primary Pediatric – acute
Emergency room/trauma Pediatric – primary
Family/primary care Psychiatric/mental health
Neonatal Women's health

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 81


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 88 full-time; 32 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 74% full-time; 38% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 7
Average experience teaching online courses 5 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 4 full-time; 0 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 25
Maximum class size 200

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely abroad N/A
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus students No instructor preference
Students enroll as online students Yes, they are bound to courses as online students after enrollment
Credits earned online equal earned on-campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus Majority
Same curricula for online and campus students All


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 3.0 years
Program target time to graduate 3 years
Required time to earn degree 7 years

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