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    Answer your calling in five semesters

    Ida V. Moffett once said, "It takes courage to care, to open the heart and act with sympathy and compassion." It's a defining characteristic of Moffett nurses: compassion and courage combined with deep knowledge and exceptional clinical skills. Nursing is more than a job. It's a calling for those unique individuals who are compelled to caring for and improving the lives of others.

    For students who've already completed a degree in something other than nursing, we offer the five-semester second degree B.S.N. option. This program begins with each fall and runs five semesters; students do not attend during the summer session. Many students enrolled in this program have family responsibilities and find the pace appropriate for helping balance career goals and personal responsibilities.

    We've been preparing those called to our profession for more than 90 years, giving our graduates the knowledge, critical thinking and practice skills they need to effectively care for patients in wide variety of clinical settings. On the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), our graduates consistently achieve pass rates above the state and national averages.

    Employment rates of our graduates exceed the average and many graduates have opted to pursue advanced degrees upon completion of the program.

    Why Samford?+

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

    • Low student-to-teacher ratio in clinical settings
    • Excellent clinical opportunities in all major health-care facilities in the metro Birmingham area
    • State-of-the art patient simulation center and skills lab
    • Pass rates consistently above the national average on the NCLEX-RN exam
    • Opportunities for medical mission trips and study abroad
    • Employment rates of our graduates exceed the average and many graduates have opted to pursue advanced degrees upon completion of the program
    • Opportunities to get involved with Samford University Association of Nursing Students (SUANS), School of Nursing Diplomats, and other leadership opportunities.


    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. Employment rates of our graduates exceed the average, and many graduates have opted to pursue advanced degrees upon completion of the program.

    Admission Requirements & Criteria+

    Admission Requirements for Second Degree (Five-Semester) B.S.N.

    Deadline: June 1 (Fall Admission Only)

    You must first apply to Samford University and then apply to the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing.

    Admission Criteria for Second Degree (Five-Semester) B.S.N.

    Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing applicants should meet the following criteria:

    • Minimum of a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing
    • Admission to Samford University. Apply now.(Be sure to apply as an Undergraduate Transfer.)
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted
    • Minimum science GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale for required college courses (anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry) or to be considered for conditional admission, a student must have a 2.3 in two of the four required courses. Additionally, a 2.3 or higher must be maintained to progress into nursing courses.
    • Video interview (link provided upon submission of nursing application)
    • No ACT or SAT scores are 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 will transfer to Samford, visit our Transfer Credit Equivalency Guide*.

    Please note: In order to receive credit for Samford's Biol 217 Human Anatomy-Allied Health Sci and Biol 218 Human Physiology-Allied Health Sci, Anatomy and Physiology I, and Anatomy Physiology II courses have to be completed. At present, no online labs will be accepted for required science courses.

    *If you have taken courses for which Samford has no equivalent course defined, you may submit a catalog description or syllabus to nurs-transfer@samford.edu for an UNOFFICIAL review for possible substitution or course equivalency for the general education courses required in the School of Nursing. Typically courses with a NURS prefix do not transfer. Please allow 5-7 business days for a response to your request. The catalog description or course syllabus must include the name of the university, credits for the course under unofficial evaluation. Official evaluations occur when students are admitted to Samford University.

    Plan of Study+

    Download the plan of study.

    The five-semester second degree B.S.N. curriculum is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in a field of study other than nursing. In order to progress into the nursing program, students must have successfully completed College Algebra or higher, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry (Intro or higher), Introduction to Psychology and Developmental Psychology. The following courses may be transferred in or taken during the program: Religion (Old or New Testament), Microbiology, and Statistics.

    Fall 1 courses include: Professional Nursing Concepts and Health Assessment (4 credits), Pathophysiology (4 credits), Healthcare Trends/Issues (2 credits) and Medication Dosage Calculation for Nurses (1 credit).

    Spring 1 courses include: Foundations for Clinical Nursing Practice (8 credits), Pharmacology in Nursing (3 credits) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (4 credits).

    Fall 2 courses include: Nursing Process in Adult Health (8 credits) and Childbearing Family (5 credits).

    Spring 2 courses include: Childrearing Family (5 credits), Community Health Nursing (5 credits), and Research Basic to Nursing Interventions (3 credits).

    Fall 3 courses include: Management for Nurses (5 credits), Principles for Critical Care Nursing (6 credits), Senior Seminar (2 credits) and Clinical Preceptorship (3 credits).

    Clinical Education+

    Nursing is a deeply personal profession, requiring hands-on care of your patients. At the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, your education will include extensive clinical experiences working with patients in a variety of settings. You won't just learn nursing theory, you'll put what you know into practice from the very beginning. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the nation's most advanced health care communities, you'll have clinical opportunities in a variety of health care facilities.

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    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing

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