2022-2023 Samford University Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Samford University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing

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Melondie R. Carter, Dean; Professor, and Distinguished Chair, Nursing
Jill L. Cunningham, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs;
     Chair, Family Nurse Practitioner Program; Professor
Lora R. Shelton, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Program; Professor
Stephanie D. Wynn, Associate Dean for Scholarly Activity; Professor
Cynthia G. Berry, Chair, Undergraduate Program; Professor
Terri M. Cahoon, Chair, Nurse Anesthesia; Professor


Amy Branyon Bigham, Professor
Ellen Banks Buckner, Professor
Jennifer J. Coleman, Professor
Andrea W. Collins, Professor
Cynthia G. Cortes, Professor
Lisa E. Gurley, Associate Professor
Lisa E. Herbinger, Associate Professor
Mary Annette Hess, Associate Professor
Kristen C. Johnston, Associate Professor
Moniaree Parker Jones, Associate Professor
Jillyn N. Pence, Associate Professor
Johnny R. Tice, Associate Professor
Shannon M. Ashe, Assistant Professor
Amanda L. Barron, Assistant Professor
Kelli R. Burdette, Assistant Professor
Heidi H. Callighan, Assistant Professor
Sherri H. Chatman, Assistant Professor
Kimberly French, Assistant Professor
Christy Greenhalgh, Assistant Professor
Lee M. Hardin, Assistant Professor
Lori H. Harrison, Assistant Professor
Julie A. Head, Assistant Professor
Jill B. Hightower, Assistant Professor
Betty Key, Assistant Professor
Megan Kuklinski, Assistant Professor
Hannah E. Landgrave, Assistant Professor
Maria D. Ledbetter, Assistant Professor
Megan R. Mileski, Assistant Professor
Christa Moore, Assistant Professor
Tonya D. Shanahan, Assistant Professor
Amy C. Snow, Assistant Professor
Courtney E. Spells, Assistant Professor
Ashley McLeod Turner, Assistant Professor
Angela Wilson, Assistant Professor
Ashley B. York, Assistant Professor
Chloe’ E. Chapman, Instructor
Havilah S. Couvillion, Instructor
Rebekah Duvall, Instructor
Melanie Wise Henningsen, Instructor
Kyteria E. Holmes, Instructor
Lauren H. Jones, Instructor
Sandra L. McMichael, Instructor
Hannah S. Pope, Instructor
Sarah Stone, Instructor
Laura E. Wynn, Instructor


Rich in tradition, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing was founded in 1922 by the Birmingham Baptist Association as a hospital-based diploma program. In 1955, the school became the first program in Alabama to achieve national accreditation and it has remained fully accredited throughout its existence. The nursing program transferred to Samford University in 1973 following a merger agreement with the Baptist Health System to offer associate and baccalaureate degrees in nursing. The school currently resides within the College of Health Sciences facilities on the east side of Samford’s campus. Extraordinary growth and transformation have occurred since the school’s inception, but the school’s objective remains unchanged - prepare students to provide exceptional, compassionate, patient-centered care. Pass rates for graduates taking national licensure and certification examinations exceed national averages. Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing offers a variety of pathways and concentrations for obtaining a bachelor of science in nursing, a master of science in nursing, or a doctor of nursing practice degree. Advanced practice registered nurse certificates are also available.

Accreditation and Approval

The bachelor of science in nursing, master of science in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice degrees at Samford University are accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001; phone (202) 887-6791. In addition, the nurse anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 South Prospect Avenue, Suite 304, Park Ridge, Illinois, 60068-4010; phone (847) 692-7050. The School of Nursing is also approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

Curricular Options

The Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing offers a unique curricular approach that allows students several choices in pursuing their graduate education. These options are:

  • A.D.N./A.S.N. to M.S.N. - Associate degree to master’s degree.
  • B.S.N. to M.S.N. - Bachelor’s degree to master’s degree.
  • B.S.N. to D.N.P. - Bachelor’s degree to doctoral degree.
  • M.S.N. to D.N.P. - Master’s degree to doctoral degree.
  • Post-Graduate APRN Certificate (APRN=Advanced Practice Registered Nurse)

Program Goals

The goals of the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing are as follows:

  1. Recruit qualified nurse educators and staff who are committed to the mission and philosophy of Samford University and the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing.
  2. Promote professional development of faculty through mentoring and collegial relationships and administrative support.
  3. Recruit and retain qualified students who have demonstrated high standards of scholarship, outstanding personal character, and serious educational aims.
  4. Maintain a qualified and diversified student body by mentoring students and providing financial aid support.
  5. Provide an environment that promotes scholarship, critical thinking, and responsiveness to community needs.
  6. Create a Christian environment in which diverse student populations may develop an academic and social network that supports their uniqueness and promotes professionalism and lifelong learning.
  7. Integrate the liberal arts, sciences, and professional nursing education in order for graduates to make positive contributions to society.
  8. Develop individuals who are competent in the application of knowledge and skills and who possess values and attitudes consistent with the nursing profession.
  9. Prepare graduates to contribute to the advancement of professional nursing and the improvement of the health care system.
Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct

Students in the School of Nursing must adhere to standards of conduct specified in the Samford University Student Handbook as well as the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook, and certain standards of behavior appropriate for all health professionals. Students shall comply with legal, moral, and legislative standards that determine acceptable behavior of the nurse. Noncompliance may be cause for suspension/dismissal from the nursing school.

Students documented to have demonstrated unethical, unprofessional, or unsafe conduct merit immediate probation or dismissal from the nursing school.

NCLEX-RN=National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses

School of Nursing Expenses

In addition to tuition, fees, and room and board costs (if applicable), students are responsible for other costs associated with nursing courses. Costs include uniforms/lab coats, books, medical equipment, yearly physical examinations, required immunizations, required drug testing, background checks, certification in basic life support, a personal laptop computer (with webcam and microphone), testing software, software for electronic medical records, and required health insurance. Students are responsible for providing transportation to and from clinical experiences.

Personal Health Insurance

Students in the School of Nursing are required to provide proof of current personal health insurance coverage. Each semester, students in the  Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing are automatically enrolled in the university-sponsored student health insurance plan. There is a charge for this coverage. To have the charge removed from their Samford account, nursing students must provide proof of insurance by completing the insurance waiver at: http://www.firststudent.com/school_page/samforduniversity/home-samford-university/

Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance is provided by Samford University. Personal professional liability insurance for clinical practice, while not required, is highly recommended for all nursing students. Nurse anesthesia students are not covered under the Samford University insurance and must purchase their own professional liability coverage through the AANA insurance program.

Clinical Resources

A wide variety of agencies are utilized for graduate student experiences including, but not limited to primary care facilities, schools of nursing, acute care facilities, and managed care organizations.

Required Health Data

The student must have completed and submitted all necessary documentation required by the university, the School of Nursing, and all clinical agencies before starting clinical courses. The following health data must be current: 

  1. Health Form: Prior to starting a clinical course, or registering for graduate courses, students must have a completed College of Health Sciences health form on file.
  2. Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification: BLS is a requirement for all clinical nursing courses. The School of Nursing does not accept online courses. Certification must be updated every two years. This certification must be obtained through the American Heart Association. This certification must include one-rescuer and two-rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) of adult, child, and infant. Evidence of a current card issued by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross is required. 
  3. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella: Each student must submit proof of immunity or documentation of the vaccination.
  4. Varicella (Chicken Pox): Each student must submit proof of immunity or documentation of the vaccination.
  5. Influenza Immunization: Each student must submit an influenza immunization, annually, in the fall semester.
  6. Hepatitis B: Each student must submit proof of immunity or documentation of the vaccination.
  7. Mantoux Tuberculin Test: The School of Nursing requires each student to have a tuberculin test upon admission. Students who test positive must meet current CDC guidelines.
  8. Tdap: Each student must submit documentation of the vaccination or booster within the last 10 years.
  9. Drug Testing and Background Checks: All graduate nursing students are drug tested and background checked at the beginning of the program. Nurse anesthesia students are required to submit to a background check prior to admission. Additionally, all students may be tested for cause or clinical affiliation requirements. Students are responsible for all costs associated with the background check. (See School of Nursing Student Handbook for Substance Abuse Policy and Procedure.)
  10. Additional Requirements: Clinical agencies may place additional health requirements on students affiliating with that agency. Clinical agencies and/or faculty will notify students when applicable. If a student refuses a vaccination, a waiver form must be completed, signed, and submitted.

Departments and Program Offerings

Nursing (Graduate)

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Certificate - Graduate

Nursing (Doctoral)

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Nurse Anesthesia (Doctoral)

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