Samford University

Birmingham, AL

Samford University

Birmingham, AL

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A national pillar for educating with strength and purpose since 1841

Samford is #1 in Alabama
We’re over 175 years old. That’sover 175 years of consistency, persistence, and growth. We’ve had time to create 170 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations and time to refine those offerings into the #1 nationally ranked university in Alabama, according to the Wall Street Journal (2019). 

Founded in 1841 and located in Birmingham, Alabama, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and enrolls over 5,600 students from 44 states and 30 countries.

In response to the rapidly changing health care environment, Samford’sCollege of Health Sciences is revolutionizing health care education. Students can choose from more than 30 majors and programs across four schools—Ida Moffett School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, School of Health Professions, and School of Public Health—that prepare them for some of the fastest-growing and most satisfying jobs in the country. In fall 2016, the College of Health Sciences welcomed students to its new 223,000-sq. ft. facility dedicated to preparing students for today’s increasingly interprofessional health care environment. Students and faculty learn and serve across disciplines, building relationships and sharing knowledge that will make them uniquely suited to immediately contribute to health care teams upon graduation. Graduates leave with the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver exceptional patient care in a wide variety of settings.

Ida Moffett School of Nursing
It’s long been said that people are drawn to nursing, not in search of a career, but in response to a calling. For nearly 100 years, Ida Moffett School of Nursing has educated nurses whohave the wisdom, skills, and courage to serve our world. The School offers a number of degree programs, from a traditional BSN to a second-degree BSN for students who are making a career change. It also offers graduate degrees in specialties such as Family Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice, Health Systems Administration, and Nurse Anesthesia. All graduate programs, with the exception of Nurse Anesthesia, are offered online.

In 2017, Ida Moffett School of Nursing was designated as a Center for Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. Every year, Samford Nursing graduates pass their licensure and certification exams at rates far surpassing national averages, with a 92% NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate average over the past three years.

For students in the School, learning extends far outside the classroom. From disaster management simulations to inpatient acute care, students participate in extensive clinical experiences in more than 1,320 sites across 37 states. In addition, many students and faculty participate in medical missions at home and abroad.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy is more than dispensing medication from behind a counter. Now more than ever, pharmacists play an integral role in the health care team, helping influence the quality of patient outcomes. For over 90 years, McWhorter School of Pharmacy has combined scholarship, practice, and service to produce pharmacists who are committed to transforming the health of the nation and world through pharmacy. Students experience remarkable interprofessional education opportunities that uniquely prepare them for today’s health care environment. There are numerous opportunities for students to travel abroad as part of electives and pharmacy practice experiences.

In addition to the main Doctor of Pharmacy program, the School offers multiple dual-degree programs, including PharmD/MPH, PharmD/MBA, PharmD/MSHI, and PharmD/MS in Law with a Health Law and Policy concentration. On average, more than 94% of graduates receive a job offer within six months of graduation, and first-time NAPLEX pass rates consistently exceed the national averages.

For incoming freshmen, Samford’s Pre-pharmacy curriculum provides a fast track to earning your Doctor of Pharmacy in just six years. McWhorter School of Pharmacy offers students two fast-track options. Students can either apply and interview for the school’s Doctor of Pharmacy program as a high school senior (early assurance fast track) or during their sophomore year of college (traditional fast track).

School of Health Professions
For those called to a life spent caring for others, the School of Health Professions offers a vast array of specialties and fields of study. The School is made up of five departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies. Undergraduate majors include Communication Sciences and Disorders, Exercise Science (Pre-physical Therapy), Health Sciences, Sport Administration, and Sports Medicine (Pre-medicine). Graduate programs include Athletic Training, Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Speech Language Pathology.

A number of majors in the School of Health Professions prepare students for graduate and professional programs, including Dentistry, Optometry, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Speech Language Pathology. More than 93% of Health Professions students who apply to graduate or professional school are accepted.

School of Public Health
In the School of Public Health, students pursue a variety of disciplines focused on preventing disease and promoting improved health among entire communities and populations. Students work together to address some of the most difficult challenges concerning human health—from access to health care to violence and the return of infectious diseases. The School includes five departments: Nutrition and Dietetics, Health Informatics and Information Management, Healthcare Administration, Public Health, and Social Work. Undergraduate majors include Healthcare Administration, Health Information Management, Foods and Nutrition, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Public Health. Graduate programs are offeredin Healthcare Administration, Health Informatics, Nutrition, Public Health, and Social Work in addition to a Dietetic internship.

The problems that affect health and well-being are complex in nature, and their resolution requires professionals to collaborate in an interdisciplinary manner. School of Public Health students work in collaboration with students in other departments, learning to address the increasingly complex needs of the individuals and communities they serve. 


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#1 nationally ranked university in Alabama, according to the Wall Street Journal (2019)

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170 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations

#4 in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report (2019)

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