Muscle Shoals has a general population of 11,924 and an overall student population of 4,520. Approximately 4,520 of Muscle Shoals's students are enrolled in schools that offer nursing programs.
Of the 1 nursing schools in Muscle Shoals, the largest nursing school, by student population, is Northwest Shoals Community College-Muscle Shoals. In 2010, Northwest Shoals Community College-Muscle Shoals graduated approximately 101 students with credentials in nursing.
In 2010, 117 students graduated with a nursing degree in Muscle Shoals. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $6,980 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Muscle Shoals nursing schools was an average of $9,110 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,300 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a nursing program in Muscle Shoals. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $1,800 per year, on average, for room and board at Muscle Shoals-based nursing schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $7,820.
If you plan on staying in Muscle Shoals after graduating from nursing school, you should know that job prospects for nurses in Muscle Shoals, which is the most popular nursing profession, are good. In 2010, of the 42,570 nurses in Alabama, 1,370 were working in the greater Muscle Shoals area. The government projects that the number of nurses in Muscle Shoals will increase by 18% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for nurses.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a nurse in Muscle Shoals is $47,100 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for nurses.