Published on June 15, 2015 by Katie Stripling  

Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing has received the maximum 10 years of continuing accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) following an extensive self-study and fall 2014 accreditation visit. CCNE notified the school of nursing that all accreditation standards for the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, and the post-graduate APRN certificate program were met with no compliance concerns.   

“This is a significant accomplishment for our school and a testament to the extraordinary work that our faculty and staff have invested in continuing to ensure that our academic programs meet the highest standards in nursing education,” said nursing school dean Eleanor V. Howell. 

CCNE accreditation is a nongovernmental peer review process that operates in accordance with nationally recognized standards established for the practice of accreditation in the United States. Accreditation by CCNE is intended to hold nursing programs accountable to the communities of interest and to one another by ensuring that programs have mission statements, goals and outcomes that are appropriate to prepare individuals to fulfill their expected role; to evaluate the success of a nursing program in achieving its mission, goals and outcomes; to assess the extent to which a nursing program meets accreditation standards and to foster continuing improvement in nursing programs and professional practice.  

“The affirmation of accreditation for our nursing programs acknowledges a decades-long tradition of rigorous nursing education and preparation,” said Samford President Andrew Westmoreland. “This assures that we can continue to prepare professionals to meet the growing health care demands around the world. I commend the faculty, staff and students of our Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing for this latest achievement.”

Samford’s nursing school has maintained continuous accreditation since 1955, when the school, formerly known as the Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, was the first program in Alabama to receive national accreditation. Currently, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing offers a traditional and accelerated second-degree B.S.N., an M.S.N. with family nurse practitioner, nurse educator and nurse anesthesia options, an RN to M.S.N. program and the Doctor of Nursing Practice. 

The next accreditation review for Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing will be in 2025. 

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.