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  • A New College, Designed for the Changing Health Care World

    Health care is an industry reinventing itself. Technology, politics, an aging population and medical advancements unimaginable 20 years ago are increasing the demand for health care, while forcing changes to the way we deliver care. More and more, the model for patient care is shifting to teams of professionals representing many disciplines working in collaboration to produce better patient outcomes.

    Across the nation, there is a growing shortage of health care professionals in almost every field. Demand for skilled workers is high, and the opportunities for new graduates are unprecedented. That shortage is compounded by a crisis in higher education, leading many people to ask the question, “Is a college degree worth the cost?”

    While health care is changing faster than at any time in our country's history, what hasn't changed, what will never change, is the need for skilled, compassionate caregivers who understand both the art and science of health care.

    The simple truth is that heath-related careers provide a high ROI, and our graduates continue to exceed national averages on professional exams and admittance into graduate programs. Employment rates for our graduates are strong, but we almost certainly can do more. That’s why we created the College of Health Sciences, to meet the demand for skilled, compassionate caregivers; to give more people access to high-quality education.

    In the College of Health Sciences, we are combining all of our health-related programs into four schools: the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, the School of Health Professions and the School of Public Health.

    Students Working Together

    Across all four schools and in every degree program, we focus on four aspects of the college experience to better prepare our graduates for the world that awaits after graduation:

    Rigorous academics.

    Together, our students and faculty pursue an academic program that challenges at every level. The results are clear. Our graduates are more than prepared, as they are consistently accepted into their preferred graduate programs and pass the licensure exams at rates far exceeding national averages.

    Clinical experience.

    It is our belief that you cannot graduate skilled, compassionate employable people without giving them hands-on, patient-care experience. In most of our programs, students earn considerably more clinical experience than required by the various accrediting organizations.

    Inter-disciplinary curriculum.

    Across all four schools, we have constructed out cirricula to foster inter-disciplinary collaboration to better prepare graduates to work on inter-disciplinary care-giving teams. Today, our nursing students are likely to be working on research projects with students in pharmacy. Nutrition majors may be working in collaboration with kinesiology students.

    Christian context.

    As part of Samford University, we exist to help further the University's mission. Meaning, everything we do is grounded in the Christian faith and community service. As a Christian university, it is our mission to foster each student's academic, career and ethical abilities, while encouraging social and civic responsibilities.

    While health care is changing faster than at any time in our country's history, what hasn’t changed, and what will never change, is the need for skilled, compassionate caregivers who understand both the art and science of health care. That is why the College of Health Sciences is here. Are you ready to answer the calling of your life?

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    Marian Carter, Ed.D.
    Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management & Student Services
    mwcarter@samford.edu
    205-726-2611