As a Moffett & Sanders nurse, you will be prepared to deliver exceptional care

As 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 & Sanders nurses: compassion and courage combined with deep knowledge and exceptional clinical skills. We see nursing as more than a job. It's a calling for those unique individuals who are compelled to care for and improve the lives of others.

In Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing, we've been preparing those called to our profession for  100 years, giving our graduates the knowledge, critical thinking and practice skills they need to effectively care for patients in a 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.

The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing option is designed for incoming freshmen students without a prior bachelor's degree.

Why Samford?

There are a number of reasons to choose Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing:

  • Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing is a designated Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing
  • Samford has been nationally ranked for the engagement of its students
  • Excellent clinical opportunities in all major health-care facilities in the metro Birmingham area
  • Low student-to-teacher ratio in clinical settings
  • State-of-the art patient simulation center and skills lab
  • NCLEX-RN pass rates consistently above the national average
  • Excellent employment rates at graduation
  • Students study alongside other health care disciplines as part of Samford’s College of Health Sciences
  • Opportunities for medical mission trips and study abroad
  • Opportunities to get involved with many campus activities, including sororities, Student Government Association, student recruitment, leadership roles, athletics, student ministries and more 
  • Notification of early acceptance as an entering freshman into Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing


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.

In 2021, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing graduates have achieved a 95% average pass rate on the NCLEX-RN.

Admission Requirements & Criteria

Traditional 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Application Deadline:

Freshmen: May 1
Transfers: June 1

Prospective students must first apply to Samford University.  Upon submission of your Samford application, you will receive a link to the School of Nursing application.  Please submit your nursing application and any related materials as soon as possible.

Admission Criteria for Traditional BSN

To be considered for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, you should meet the following criteria:

Freshman applicants:

  • Admission to Samford University. Apply now.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale which includes: 
    • Four units of English
    • Two units of math
    • Two units of lab science with a grade of C (2.00) or better
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 21 or a minimum composite SAT score of 1060; scores may be no more than five years old

Admission to the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing is competitive. Meeting minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Plan of Study

Clinical Education

Nursing is a deeply personal profession, requiring hands-on care of your patients. At Moffett & Sanders 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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Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting Accessibility and Accommodations at 205-726-4078 or or visiting Accessibility and Accommodations webpage.