Samford University is the top-ranked private university in Alabama, with a growing student body and several nursing programs. It is a not-for-profit school with on-campus housing and 4-year degrees. Established in 1841, Samford is also one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the US. Samford is a Christian college and offers 30 different degree programs and 166 concentrations. Samford University is in Homewood, a beautiful suburb of Birmingham with great views of Red Mountain. The campus is located about five miles south of downtown Birmingham, providing convenient access to the central region of Alabama.
Samford University provides several tracks for those interested in a nursing career, through their Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. Programs include Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Nurse Anesthesia, and Nurse Management. While they offer a simulation center and skills lab, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing allows students to complete their clinical work at major health-care facilities in the greater Birmingham area. Samford University also has several key statistics that help make it an attractive option for prospective nurses. Samford boasts a 97% employment rate for undergraduates within six months of graduation. They also offer a great student to faculty ratio of 13:1. Nursing graduates also regularly achieve pass rates that exceed the state and national average.
|Campus LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Number of Students5,509|
|Student to Faculty Ratio12:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
|On Campus HousingYes|
The Samford University, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing offers a MSN Degree in a flexible online setting.The program prepares its graduates to practice in an advanced capacity to meet patient needs and to manage a range of health care settings.
The program offers different tracks including Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, and Nurse Management.
The Family Nurse Practitioner tracks prepares students to offer primary care after successful completing the national certification exams while the Nurse Anesthesia program prepares graduates to sit for the nurse anesthesia national certification examination. The nurse educator track is intended for those who are interested in becoming clinical or academic educators and the management track trains students for entry and mid-level managers.
- A BSN degree from a program accredited by the CCNE or NLNAC
- Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0
- GRE or MAT scores (taken within the last five years)
- The GRE requirement is waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.20 or postgraduate GPA of 3.00 or above.
Applicants are also required to have a C grade or higher in at least one undergraduate course in nursing research and a B grade or higher in one undergraduate health assessment course.
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||1||30|
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges|
01/01/1920 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels|
04/04/2011 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
03/03/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
03/03/2000 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels|
05/17/2003 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1080 to 1280|
|ACT||23 to 29|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Considered but not required|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Considered but not required|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Considered but not required|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$991/credit|
|In State Students||$991/credit|
|Out of State Students||$991/credit|
|In District Students||$813/credit|
|In State Students||$813/credit|
|Out of State Students||$813/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of Samford University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||7%||$960|
|State Grant & Scholarships||18%||$1,149|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||97%||$14,174|
|Federal Student Loans||32%||$6,059|
$30,017Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$22,537|
|$30,001 to $48,000$24,258|
|$48,001 to $75,000$27,927|
|$75,001 to $110,000$30,035|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Alabama state board of nursing.