Published on January 25, 2022 by Sara Roman  

In its 2022 rankings released on January 25, U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford University’s Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing 51st nationally, 2nd in Alabama, for its online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) programs.

 “Seeing our online programs climb in ranking is a wonderful accomplishment and I believe it speaks directly to the determination and commitment displayed by our faculty,” said Melondie Carter, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing dean and professor. “We are proud of the exemplary programs we have developed and the positive graduate outcomes the programs produce.” 

In 2003, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing transitioned its graduate programs to online delivery and became the first school on Samford’s campus to offer online education.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on five criteria: engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion, services and technologies, and student excellence.

“We believe a Moffett & Sanders nurse is distinct and we are proud to offer a variety of pathways and programs for nurses called to pursue an advanced practice degree,” said Carter. “Our online programs continue to be a great avenue for our students to enhance their practice.”

Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing offers a variety of online M.S.N. programs including: a RN to M.S.N. bridge program, family nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner with emergency specialty and family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Samford also offers a variety of Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) programs. Doctoral programs were not factored in the latest rankings.

The M.S.N. programs are eligible for the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing Nurse Faculty Loan Program which provides up to 85% loan forgiveness to eligible students.

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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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.