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    Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    As a Moffett nurse, you will be prepared to deliver exceptional care

    As Ida V. Moffett once said, "It takes courage to care, to open the heart and act with sympathy and compassion." It's a defining characteristic of Moffett nurses: compassion and courage combined with deep knowledge and exceptional clinical skills. We see nursing as more than a job. It's a calling for those unique individuals who are compelled to care for and improve the lives of others.

    In the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, we've been preparing those called to our profession for more than 90 years, giving our graduates the knowledge, critical thinking and practice skills they need to effectively care for patients in a wide variety of clinical settings. On the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), our graduates consistently achieve pass rates above the state and national averages. Employment rates of our graduates exceed the average and many graduates have opted to pursue advanced degrees upon completion of the program.

    The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing option is designed for incoming freshmen or transfer students without a prior bachelor's degree.

    Why Samford?+

    There are a number of reasons to choose the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing:

    • Low student-to-teacher ratio in clinical settings
    • Excellent clinical opportunities in all major health-care facilities in the metro Birmingham area
    • State-of-the art patient simulation center and skills lab
    • Pass rates consistently above the national average on the NCLEX-RN exam
    • Opportunities for medical mission trips and study abroad
    • Notification of early acceptance as an entering freshman into the School of Nursing
    • Employment rates of our graduates exceed the average and many graduates have opted to pursue advanced degrees upon completion of the program
    • Opportunities to get involved with many campus activities, including sororities, Student Government Association, student recruitment, leadership roles, athletics, student ministries and more


    Our nursing graduates are prepared to use the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and practice skills they learned in our program to provide professional nursing care in a variety of clinical settings. Employment rates of our graduates exceed the average, and many graduates have opted to pursue advanced degrees upon completion of the program.

    Since 2005, School of Nursing graduates have achieved a 95 percent average pass rate on the NCLEX-RN.

    Admission Requirements & Criteria+

    Traditional 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Application Deadline:

    Freshmen: May 1
    Transfers: June 1

    Prospective students must first be accepted to Samford University. Once accepted, you then apply to the school of nursing.

    Admission Criteria for Traditional B.S.N.

    To be considered for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program, you should meet the following criteria:

    Freshman applicants:

    • Admission to Samford University. Apply now.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale which includes:
      • Four units of English
      • Two units of math
      • Two units of lab science
    • Minimum composite ACT score of 21 or a minimum composite SAT score of 1000; scores may be no more than five years old

    Transfer applicants:

    • Admission to Samford University Apply now.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for students with 24 credits or more (No ACT or SAT required if you have a 3.0 or higher) OR a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 with a minimum ACT score of 21 or minimum SAT score of 1000 that is no more than five years old
    • Minimum science GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale for required college courses (anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry) or to be considered for conditional admission, a student must have a 2.3 in two of the four required courses. Additionally, a 2.3 or higher must be maintained to progress into nursing courses.
    • Video interview (link provided upon submission of nursing application)
    • Click here for the Transfer Credit Equivalency Guide*.
    • *In order to receive credit for Samford's Biol 217 Human Anatomy-Allied Health Sci and Biol 218 Human Physiology-Allied Health Sci, Anatomy and Physiology I, and Anatomy Physiology II courses have to be completed. At present, no online labs will be accepted for required science courses. If you have taken courses for which Samford has no equivalent course defined, you may submit a catalog description or syllabus to nurs-transfer@samford.edu for an UNOFFICIAL review for possible substitution or course equivalency for the general education courses required in the School of Nursing. Typically courses with a NURS prefix do not transfer. Please allow 5-7 business days for a response to your request. The catalog description or course syllabus must include the name of the university, credits for the course under unofficial evaluation.  Official evaluations occur when students are admitted to Samford University. 

    Plan of Study+

    Download a printable version of the B.S.N. plan of study.

    Download a printable version of the B.S.N. plan of study for transfer students.

    In our B.S.N. program, the academic plan of study challenges students with both nursing and liberal arts courses.

    Freshman year courses include: Communication Arts I (4 credits), Cultural Perspectives I (4 credits), General Psychology (4 credits), General Chemistry (4 credits), General Biology (4 credits) Anatomy (4 credits), Communication Arts II (4 credits) and Cultural Perspectives II (4 credits).

    Sophomore year courses include: Physiology, (4 credits) Contemporary Math or Pre-Calculus (4 credits), Biblical Perspectives (4 credits), Fitness & Health (2 credits), Microbiology (4 credits), Developmental Psychology (4 credits), Professional Nursing Concepts and Health Assessment (4 credits), Pathophysiology (4 credits), Healthcare Trends/Issues (2 credits) and Medication Dosage Calculations for Nurses (1 credit).

    Junior year courses include: Foundations for Clinical Nursing Practice (8 credits), Pharmacology in Nursing (3 credits), Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (4 credits), Nursing Process in Adult Health (8 credits), Childbearing Family (5 credits) and Statistics for Healthcare Professionals (3 credits).

    Senior year courses include: Childrearing Family (5 credits), Community Health Nursing (5 credits), Research Basic to Nursing Interventions (3 credits), Management for Nurses (5 credits), Principles of Critical Care Nursing (6 credits), Senior Seminar (2 credits), Clinical Preceptorship (3 credits) and a nursing elective (3 credits).

    To graduate, you must complete 54 general education credits and 74 nursing education credits.


    Clinical Education+

    Nursing is a deeply personal profession, requiring hands-on care of your patients. At the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, your education will include extensive clinical experiences working with patients in a variety of settings. You won't just learn nursing theory, you'll put what you know into practice from the very beginning. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the nation's most advanced health care communities, you'll have clinical opportunities in a variety of health care facilities.

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