Published on March 20, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. by Katie Stripling  
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Graduate programs in Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing are ranked among the best in the country in the 2019 U. S. News & World Report graduate rankings released March 20. Rankings are based on a variety of factors, including reputation, faculty credentials, student engagement and selectivity.

Samford’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program was ranked 58th nationally, a significant increase from its 2018 ranking of 81st nationally. Master’s degree programs in nursing were ranked 78th, a move up 14 spots from the 2018 ranking.

“The latest rankings affirm our position as a leader in nursing education and are a testament to the strength of our programs and the commitment of our faculty,” said Nena F. Sanders, vice provost of Samford’s College of Health Sciences and nursing school dean.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Samford’s D.N.P. program and according to Sanders, the program has never been stronger. “Throughout our history, we’ve worked diligently to evolve our academic offerings to meet the needs of our students and today’s health care environment,” said Sanders. “We offer a number of unique pathways and concentrations for nurses interested in advancing their career by earning a D.N.P.”  

Pathways to the D.N.P. are offered for registered nurses with an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or master’s degree. Concentrations are available in Family Nurse Practitioner, Dual Nurse Practitioner (Family/Emergency), Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing Administration and Nursing Informatics. With the exception of Nurse Anesthesia, all graduate nursing programs are offered online.

Sanders added that the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) funding is available for eligible post-master’s D.N.P. and B.S.N. to D.N.P. Health Systems and Administration students who are committed to careers in nursing education. To learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements, visit our website

The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings continue a trend of national recognitions for Samford’s academic programs. Samford is nationally ranked for academic quality, affordability and value by a variety of other major rankings, including Forbes Inc., The Economist, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Wall Street Journal.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.