For nearly 100 years, Ida Moffett School of Nursing has equipped graduates with knowledge, critical thinking and practice skills needed to effectively care for patients in a variety of clinical settings.
The Transfer Student Bachelor of Science in Nursing pathway is designed for individuals who began an academic career at another institution and do not hold a bachelor’s degree or current Samford students who want to change their major to nursing and apply to the nursing school.
- Excellent clinical opportunities in all major health care facilities in metro Birmingham, one of the nation’s most advanced health care communities
- Low student-to-teacher ratio in clinical settings
- Highly educated and experienced faculty who are readily available to you
- Named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by National League for Nursing
- Students study alongside other health care disciplines as part of Samford’s College of Health Sciences
- State-of-the art Experiential Learning and Simulation Center
- First-time pass rates consistently above the national average on the NCLEX-RN exam
- Opportunities for medical mission trips and study abroad
- Graduate employment rates exceed the average and graduates who opted to pursue advanced degrees upon completion of the program were recurrently successful
- 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. Graduates exhibit our school’s foundational pillars of academic excellence, caring, compassion and service.
Over the past three years, our graduates have achieved a 92% first-time pass rate average on the NCLEX-RN, a score well above the state and national average. Additionally, employment rates of our graduates exceed the average, with many students receiving job offers prior to graduation. Graduates are also set for success should the decide to pursue advanced degrees upon completion of the program.
Admission Requirements & Criteria
Ida Moffett School of Nursing requires a two-step application process. Prospective students must first apply for admission to Samford University and then must complete the additional Ida Moffett School of Nursing application.
Samford’s application cycle options on Sept. 1 of each year for the following year’s admission. Application deadline is June 1.
Admission Requirements for Transfer Applicants (24 or more credits):
- Admission to Samford University. Apply now.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Minimum science GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale in all 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
- All science courses must have been completed within the last five years
Curriculum Requirements Completed at Another Institution:
- Two English Composition (Clep score of 50 or higher; AP score of 4 or higher counts for English Comp 101)
- Two World Histories, two World Literatures or two Western Civilizations
- College Algebra or higher (Intermediate Basic Algebra does not count)
- General Psychology
- Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan
- Chemistry (intro or higher), with lab
- Anatomy (A & PI) with lab (no virtual labs)
- Physiology (A & PII) with lab (no virtual labs)
- Microbiology with lab
- Additional general academic electives (8-10 credits)
To learn more about how your courses will transfer to Samford, visit our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Nursing is a deeply personal profession, requiring hands-on care of your patients. At the Ida 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.