Terri  Cahoon
Professor and Chair, Department of Nurse Anesthesia
Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
1547 CHS Building 1
Terri Cahoon truly believes the words of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "I am a part of all that I have met." Since coming to Samford University in 2003 after being recruited by two professors who were starting the nurse anesthesia program, Cahoon has worked to make a difference. "I know that I have been shaped by so many people I have been blessed to know. I cherish the fact that others have shared themselves with me and made me what I am. I realize the responsibility to honor their generosity by paying it forward and helping shape the lives of those around me. I also like to remind our students that many preceptors, family members, supporters and others have contributed to their education. I encourage them to pay it forward," she said.

Degrees and Certifications

  • DNP, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • MSN, University of Central Arkansas
  • BS, nurse anesthesia, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • BSN, Auburn University


  • Anesthesia pharmacology, simulation and non-technical skills, patient safety and service learning


  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation Scholarship Committee
  • Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • AANA Foundation Advocate, contributing editor,
  • Hunter Street Baptist Church, middle school Sunday school teacher
  • Clinical practice at St. Vincent's and Brookwood Medical Center
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life, volunteer