Samford University

Birmingham, AL 35229

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 LocaleSuburb: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio12:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate89%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Accelerated BSN
  3. Doctoral degrees (DNP)
  4. Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  5. Family Nurse Practitioner
  6. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)

    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.

    Admission Requirements

    • 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 - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 92
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 13
Nursing Administration Master's degree 2
Nurse Anesthetist Master's degree 25
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 84
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 30

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Samford University

Judson College
65.12 miles away
Oakwood University
89.52 miles away
Tuskegee University
94.93 miles away
LaGrange College
105.17 miles away
Shorter University
106.58 miles away
Berry College
108.03 miles away
Martin Methodist College
120.67 miles away
Emory University
143.53 miles away
Southern Adventist University
147.72 miles away
Lee University
160.6 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading520 to 620
SAT: Math500 to 618
SAT: Writing500 to 610
ACT Composite23 to 29
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Considered but not required
Recommendations 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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$22,498
30k to 48k$31,440
48k to 75k$27,761
75k to 110k$30,207
Over 110k$31,226
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $955.00 $955.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $789.00 $789.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

University of Alabama School of Nursing Scholarships

The School of Nursing at UAB several scholarship programs. The School's scholarship portfolio consists of 59 scholarships. 

Samford University - National Merit Scholarship

Applicant must be a National Merit Finalist who has designated Samford University as his or her first-choice institution when completing the scholarship application. Applicants may change their [...]

Samford University - Tuition Waiver Exchange Program

The program allows the children of faculty members, staff and administrators of Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) affiliated colleges to attend a CCCU-affiliated college [...]

George V. Irons Scholarships

Applicants must be incoming freshmen or current students at Samford University. STudents must be majoring in history and demonstrate scholarship and need.

Nursing Scholarships for Graduate Students

Applicants must be pursuing graduate nursing degrees from the University of South Alabama.

More scholarships

Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Alabama state board of nursing
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

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