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Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Answer your calling in Just 12 Months

 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. Because we see nursing as more than a job. It's a calling for those unique individuals who are compelled to caring for and improving the lives of others.

The accelerated second degree B.S.N. option is perfect for you if hold a bachelor's degree in a field of study other than nursing and desire a fast-paced program. The accelerated second degree program is an intense classroom and clinical learning experience. Few of our students on this track work, though some do balance family obligations.

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 wide variety of clinical settings. On the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), our graduates consistently achieve pass rates above national averages. Employment rates of our graduates exceed the average and many graduates have opted to pursue advanced degrees upon completion of the program.

Why Samford?+

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

  • Low student-to-teacher ratio in the classroom and 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 the program's inception, accelerated second degree B.S.N. students have held a 98% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam.

Admission Requirements & Criteria+

Admission Requirements for Accelerated Second Degree B.S.N.

Deadline: January 15 

Prospective students must first apply to Samford University.  Upon submission of your Samford application, you will receive a link to the School of Nursing application.  Please submit your nursing application and any related materials as soon as possible.

Admission Criteria for Accelerated Second Degree B.S.N.

Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Admission to Samford University. Apply now. (Be sure to apply as an Undergraduate Transfer.)
  • Minimum of a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing from an accredited institution at the time the degree was awarded.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in courses required for prior bachelor and/or graduate degree(s)
  • Minimum science GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale in all required college courses (anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry) at the time of enrollment. To be considered for conditional admission, a student must have a 2.5 in two of the four required courses. Additionally, a 2.5 or higher must be maintained to progress into nursing courses.
  • Must have completed all required science courses within the last five years.
  • Must have repeated no more than two of the required science courses one time each.
  • Submission of three recommendations that speak to the applicant's ability to successfully complete a rigorous academic program (link provided upon submission of nursing application)
  • Video interview 
  • International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Transfer Equivalency+

To learn more about how your courses will transfer to Samford, visit our Transfer Credit Equivalency Guide*.

Please note: 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 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+


The Accelerated Second Degree B.S.N. plan of study is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in a field of study other than nursing. Before enrolling in the first semester, students must have taken the following general education courses: Religion (Old or New Testament), College Algebra or higher, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry (Intro or higher), Psychology (Intro), Psychology (Developmental), and Statistics. 

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


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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Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing

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