Health Systems and Administration

Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing’s online RN to DNP and BSN to DNP in Health Systems and Administration offers three unique concentrations: Health Systems and Administration, Transformation of Care, and Informatics.  The plans of study are inter-professional and integrate courses from programs within the College of Health Sciences (CHS) to include Nursing, Public Health, Healthcare Administration, and Informatics. 

Health Systems and Administration-Health Systems and Administration Concentration

The Health Systems and Administration concentration prepares nurses to provide leadership in nursing and health systems. In this increasing complex healthcare environment, nurse leaders need holistic, analytical, and inter-professional preparation.  This concentration prepares nurses to plan for as well as respond effectively to rapidly-changing healthcare settings and an evolving healthcare system.  Upon completion of this DNP program concentration, you will meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for select national certification exams such as a nurse leader, healthcare management, and lean Six Sigma.  National certification exams have additional eligibility requirements based on experience.

Health Systems and Administration- Transformation of Care Concentration

The Transformation of Care Concentration prepares nurses to provide leadership in coordination of care across the continuum in any healthcare setting as a nurse navigator, case manager, transition manager, care coordinator, care coach, and patient advocate.  Nurses prepared with this concentration will provide health education and risk reduction services to patients, coordinate and complete referrals to community partner agencies, and participate in interdisciplinary efforts to ensure safe, effective, and efficient care across all settings, as well as patient self-sufficiency and medical regime adherence. Upon completion of this DNP program concentration, you will meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for select national certification exams such as a nurse leader, healthcare management, and case manager. National certification exams have additional eligibility requirements based on experience.

Health Systems and Administration – Informatics Concentration

The Informatics Concentration prepares nurses to provide leadership in informatics in any healthcare setting.  This concentration prepares nurses to lead in the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) and the planning, design, evaluation, and optimization of health information technology.  Emerging nursing informatics leadership roles are critical to engage in the necessary transformational activities and bridge the new care delivery models into clinical practice with the right technology solutions.  Upon completion of this DNP program concentration, you will meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for select national certification exams such as a nurse leader, healthcare management, and nursing informatics. National certification exams have additional eligibility requirements based on experience.

Why Samford?

  • Earn a graduate degree online without having to relocate
  • Participate in cutting edge, web-based learning with clinical experiences close to home
  • Access all coursework and resources anywhere, anytime and from any internet-connected electronic device
  • Receive close, personal attention from highly educated and experienced faculty who are readily available to you
  • Experience a rich traditional of high academic standards and quality education practices

Admission Requirements and Criteria

Entry month: January 

Slate Application Deadline: October 1

Health Systems Administration Admission Criteria:

  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • B.S.N. from CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited program
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing courses
  • A video submission (link to this site will be provided when application has been submitted.)
  • One undergraduate course in nursing research with a grade of C (2.0) or better
  • One undergraduate health assessment course with a grade of B (3.0) or better
  • International applicants (applicants who are not United States citizens or Permanent Residents) must contact the director of graduate student services for detailed program requirements
  • American citizens or Permanent Residents 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).
  • If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $750 is required to secure admission to the program. This fee is applied to the first semester's tuition.
  • Should any of the above conditions not be met, the applicant may be considered on an individual basis.

Application Process

Applications to the Health Systems and Administration program are submitted online through Slate.

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Transcripts can be sent electronically to admission@samford.edu or by mail to:

Office of Admission
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Plans of Study and Clinical Requirements

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