Mission Statement and History

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing is to nurture students while providing quality nursing education in a Christian environment that prepares caring, competent and compassionate graduates with a commitment to service, scholarship, life-long learning, and professional practice.  


Rich in tradition the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing (IVMSON) was founded in 1922 by the Birmingham Baptist Association as a hospital-based diploma program.  In 1955, IVMSON became the first program in Alabama to achieve accreditation by the National League for Nursing; the school has remained fully accredited throughout its existence.  The nursing program transferred to Samford University in 1973 following a merger agreement with the Baptist Health System to offer associate and baccalaureate degrees in nursing.  In 1988, IVMSON moved to its current home in the Dwight and Lucille Beeson Center for Healing Arts on the Samford University campus.  Extraordinary growth and transformation have occurred since the school's inception, all while remaining focused on preparing students to provide exceptional, patient-centered care.   

IVMSON is recognized across the country as a premiere school of nursing.  In 2005, IVMSON was designated a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing for "creating environments of learning that promote innovative student learning and professional development."  Based on the vision and passion of legendary nurse Ida V. Moffett, four major pillars serve as the foundation for the IVMSON – academic excellence, compassion, caring, and service.  The school is highly regarded for an outstanding program of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral research that involves intensive student-faculty collaboration; innovative and resourceful teaching strategies and program design (i.e. interactive learning strategies, problem-based learning, computers and technology in the classroom and clinical setting) and faculty engagement in student learning.  

Over the last ten years IVMSON has grown by more than 170%, from 253 students in 2001 to more than 700 students in 2012.  Students in IVMSON programs come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and 28 states.  The faculty is comprised of 41 highly educated and experienced nurse educators.  The number of faculty with an earned doctorate has increased from six faculty in 2000 to 20 in 2010 with an additional six faculty currently enrolled in doctoral study.  The pass rates for licensure examinations significantly exceed national averages.  The pass rate for the NCLEX-RN and the Nurse Anesthesia Certification exam consistently remain above 95%; for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination, pass rates are consistently at or near 100%.  The graduation rate for all programs exceeds 85% and despite the troubling economy, the employment rate for our graduates has remained near 100%.   

IVMSON offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree that prepares graduates as registered nurses.  The undergraduate program has three options for degree completion—generic baccalaureate, second degree and accelerated second degree.  The goal of the program is to prepare graduates to practice as a registered nurse (RN).  IVMSON students use knowledge, critical thinking skills and practice skills, obtained from both nursing and liberal arts to provide professional care in a variety of health care settings.  The second degree and accelerated second degree programs provide students who already hold a baccalaureate degree in a field of study other than nursing to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing.  The traditional second-degree program takes 24 months to complete; the accelerated program is completed in 15 months.   

IVMSON also offers Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees.  The MSN program has four specialty tracks—Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Educator, Nurse Manager and Nurse Anesthesia.  There is also an RN to MSN option that allows students with an Associate Degree or Diploma to earn a master's degree.  The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in a variety of health care, business and government organizations.  Depending upon the degree and track pursued, graduates will be prepared to practice as an advanced nurse in a clinical, educational, managerial, and administrative or nurse anesthesia role in an array of health care settings.  

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