Putting the Power of Innovation in the Hands of Nurse Administrators

Ida Moffett School of Nursing’s online Nursing Administration program prepares nurses for roles in health care and nursing leadership. Graduates earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) and are prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed at the highest levels of nursing practice and administration.

Nursing Administration prepares you to:

  • Influence the entire health care delivery system
  • Critically analyze health care outcomes and create innovative health care delivery models
  • Serve as an expert in fiscal management and strategic planning
  • Apply evidenced based leader principles to the complexities in the health care industry

Potential career paths include: chief executive officer, chief nursing officer, chief operating officer, consultant, director of nursing, nurse manager and service line director.

The D. N. P. is a terminal degree and graduates are prepared with the educational requirements necessary to sit for select national certification exams. The program’s unique plan of study is interprofessional and integrates courses from programs throughout Samford’s College of Health Sciences, including nursing, health care administration, informatics, and public health. 

Entrance into a program of study is based on educational preparation, admission requirements and criteria. There are multiple pathways to earning your D.N.P. in Nursing Administration.

Nursing Administration Pathways to the D.N.P.

Admission Requirements

Entry month: January 
Slate Application Deadline: August 1

Nursing Administration B.S.N. to D.N.P. Admission Criteria

  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • B.S.N. from CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) and regionally accredited program
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing courses
  • A video submission
  • 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 575 (paper) or 90 (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 Nursing 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

Plan of Study and Practicum Hours

B.S.N. to D.N.P. Plan of Study

This program requires students to complete a minimum of 1,000 post baccalaureate practicum hours. Post-master’s students can petition to have hours from their master’s program transferred in by filling out the Documentation of Advanced Clinical Practice Hours and Practicum Plan form. All students are required to complete this form.

Tuition and Fees

2018-2019 Nursing Administration Tuition and Fees
Fee Amount Term
Application Fee $50 Each application - Non-refundable
Tuition $850 Per credit semester/term
Admission Deposit $750 Non-refundable
University Technology Fee $175 Each semester/term
School of Nursing Technology Fee $150 Each semester/term
Online Course Fee* $100 Per online course
Drug Screening Fee $40 One-time charge
Additional Drug Screening Fee $40 Incurred
ESS Compliance Fee $90 One-time charge
Typhon Fee - NURG720 $90 One-time charge
Course Fee - HIIM502 $70 One-time charge per course
Course Fee - HIIM503 $70 One-time charge per course

*Does not include clinical or practicum courses.

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