Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-08-19



New undergraduate and graduate students in Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing are arriving in phases during August for orientation sessions that will prepare them for a successful fall semester.

The new enrollees will join current students to form an anticipated record 676-member student body for the Samford nursing school. Nursing enrollment is expected to include some 400 undergraduate and 276 graduate students.

New students in the nursing school’s accelerated second degree program attended orientation on August 18 to prepare for their 15-month sequence of courses. The 22 new students, all of whom have prior bachelor’s degrees in a field other than nursing, hail from 10 states and Australia.

About 45 new and transfer students in will attend orientation for Samford’s traditional bachelor of science in nursing degree curriculum on August 28.

Fifty  new Master of Science in Nursing students from 13 states will attend orientation on August 22. Graduate-level orientation included sessions for 31 Doctor of Nursing Practice degree students who attended a week-long program August 8-12.

For the master’s and doctor of nursing students, orientation is one of the few times they will be on campus before returning for graduation. Most Samford nursing graduate level coursework is completed online.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.