Get Credit for Your Military Experience in Civilian Health care

Ida Moffett School of Nursing's Veterans' B.S.N. program provides the opportunity to apply military experience toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program, designed for honorable or generally discharged service members, active duty service members, reservists, or guard members, bridges the gap between military culture and today's professional nursing culture. Our unique pathways to earning a B.S.N. allow veterans to receive credit for prior valuable hands-on learning experiences.

The Veterans' B.S.N. is perfect for you if you have military experience and training in health care. The hybrid program builds on your prior experience and training and a curricular pathway is tailored to your unique experiences and background. Military experience and training are evaluated for academic credit, and you will also have the opportunity to receive academic credit for successful completion of specific standardized exams.

B.S.N. Pathways (all begin in the summer semester)

  • Accelerated Second Degree: A 12-month, on-campus program ideal for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in a field of study other than nursing and desire a fast-paced program. The program is an intense classroom and clinical learning experience. Few of our students on this pathway work, though some do balance family responsibilities.
  • Second Degree: Ideal for individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree in a field of study other than nursing and desire a pace that allows them to balance career goals and personal responsibilities. Many students enrolled in this pathway have families or employment responsibilities.
  • Transfer: For individuals who began an academic career at another institution (including military education and training) and do not hold a bachelor's degree.

Why Samford?

There are a number of reasons to choose the Ida Moffett School of Nursing:

  • Receive credit for prior military experience and training in health care
  • Low student-to-teacher ratio in clinical settings
  • Excellent clinical opportunities in seven major health care agencies in metro Birmingham
  • Pass rates for the NCLEX-RN exam exceed state and national averages
  • Samford is a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Military and veteran friendly university (View our veterans' benefits here).
  • Employment rates of our graduates exceed the average and many graduates have opted to pursue advanced degrees upon completion of the program


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 to improve the quality of the workforce. Employment rates of our graduates exceed the average, and many graduates opt to pursue advanced degrees upon completion of the program.

Admission Requirements & Criteria


Admission into the nursing school is a two-part process. First, you must be admitted to Samford University and then you will apply for admission into the nursing school. Applicants to the Veterans' B.S.N. program should apply as an undergraduate transfer.

College credit may be awarded for your prior learning experience after an individualized evaluation of any of the following:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Joint service transcript
  • Community College of the Air Force transcript
  • CLEP exam scores

Admission Criteria for Veterans’ B.S.N.

Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Admission to Samford University. Apply now. (Be sure to apply as an Undergraduate Transfer and request a military transcript).
  • Successful completion of all required science courses within the last 10 years
  • Video interview
  • No ACT or SAT scores are required
  • If applying for the accelerated or second degree pathway, a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing from an accredited institution is also required.
  • International applicants or American citizens 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).

Transfer Equivalency

To learn more about how your courses from another academic institution will transfer to Samford, visit our Transfer Credit Equivalency Guide*. Military experience and training will be evaluated for academic credit. In addition, a student will have the opportunity to receive academic credit by successful completion of specific standardized exams.

Plan of Study

The Veterans’ B.S.N. program is designed to provide innovative pathways enabling service members to become BSN prepared nurses. Therefore, the plan of study is created according to the needs of each service member.

Please contact Trisha Stovall for more information about the plan of study.

Clinical Education

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 will not just learn nursing theory, you will apply what you know into practice. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the nation's most advanced health care communities, you will have clinical opportunities in a variety of health care facilities.