2023-2024 Samford University Graduate Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Samford University Graduate Catalog

Nursing (Doctoral)

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Doctoral Programs and Requirements

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) (Post-Master’s)
          Advanced Practice (D.N.P.) 
          Advanced Practice Emergency Nurse Practitioner (D.N.P.)  
          Advanced Practice Family Nurse Practitioner-Post Master’s (D.N.P.)  
          Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (D.N.P.)  
          Nursing Administration (D.N.P.) (Post-Master’s)  

Older Programs*
B.S.N to D.N.P Option (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
          Family Nurse Practitioner
                    Family Nurse Practitioner (B.S.N. to D.N.P.) 
                    Family Nurse Practitioner w/ENP Specialty (B.S.N. to D.N.P.) 
R.N. to Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)  (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
          Family Nurse Practitioner
                    Family Nurse Practitioner (R.N. to D.N.P. Option) 
                    Family Nurse Practitioner w/ENP Specialty (R.N. to D.N.P. Option) 
The Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing offers flexible, innovative options in a program leading to a doctor of nursing practice degree (D.N.P.). Graduates are prepared to practice in an advanced role to meet and/or manage health care needs of families across the life span. The graduate will be prepared to practice in a variety of settings with a functional focus in one of the following areas: emergency nursing, family nursing, psychiatric mental health, and nursing administration.

Through the B.S.N. to D.N.P. option, the School of Nursing provides students who currently hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing the opportunity to earn a D.N.P.in nurse anesthesia.
*These programs are under review and subject to change/closure/replacement. They are currently closed to new admits.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) (Post-Master’s)

The doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) program will fulfill a need within the profession for advanced practice nurses who can provide leadership in the healthcare system of the 21st century. The D.N.P. will be a visionary leader for the practice of nursing and the delivery of health care in all settings. This program prepares graduates to demonstrate competencies, including organizational and systems leadership, advanced clinical skills, the ability to mobilize interdisciplinary teams, the ability to establish collaborative relationships to solve complex clinical problems, and to initiate policy and programmatic changes. The D.N.P. program will prepare clinicians (nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists) and nurse administrators for leadership roles, evidence-based practice, and to fully implement the emerging science and practice innovations in health care.

The post-master’s doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) is a terminal degree in nursing that can be completed full-time study or part-time. The concentrations include nursing administration, advanced practice, advanced practice-emergency nurse practitioner, advanced practice-family nurse practitioner, and advanced practice-psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

D.N.P. Outcomes

Graduates with a doctor of nursing practice from the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing will be prepared to:

  1. Practice at the highest level of nursing by integrating nursing science and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, organizational and public health sciences to improve health, nursing and education outcomes;
  2. Integrate advanced critical reasoning and judgment in the management of complex clinical situations and systems;
  3. Assimilate ethical principles, personal beliefs, and Christian values to provide a framework for advanced nursing practice;
  4. Engage in scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice to effect optimal outcomes;
  5. Apply information systems and technology for the provision and/or transformation of health care delivery and nursing practice;
  6. Participate in interprofessional collaboration for the improvement of individual and population health outcomes;
  7. Advocate change in health care practice through policy development, implementation and evaluation.
Admission Requirements

Applications for the D.N.P. program are considered on a competitive basis by the School of Nursing; thus, applicants’ admission profiles are evaluated according to stated admission criteria. The applicant will be considered for admission to Samford University and the School of Nursing graduate program upon submission of the following required materials:

  1. Completion of application. For complete admission instructions, visit www.samford.edu/nursing.
  2. Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse.
  3. Applicants for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner must hold current national certification as a nurse practitioner.
  4. Applicants for Emergency Nurse Practitioner must hold current national certification as a family nurse practitioner.
  5. Master’s degree from an accredited and CCNE, CNEA, or an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited program in the area of advanced practice or administration.
  6. Master’s degree cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale.
  7. American citizens or permanent residents who learned English as a second language must score at least 575 (paper), or 90 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  8. Video interview.
  9. If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $750 is required to secure admission into the program. This fee is applied to the first semester’s tuition.
Transfer Credit

Graduate students are permitted to transfer a maximum of 12 graduate credits from an accredited and a CCNE, CNEA, or an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited college or university. To do so, students should complete a course substitution form and attach a copy of the syllabus. Transfer credits will be evaluated by the associate dean of the graduate program for applicability to the program.

Progression Policies

In order to progress in the doctoral program in the School of Nursing, the student must:

  1. Have a completed and updated Health Data Record (with all required immunizations) on file.
  2. Carry health insurance while enrolled at Samford. 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 his/her Samford account, a nursing student must provide proof of insurance by completing the insurance waiver at https://samford.myahpcare.com.

    International Students: Based upon federal regulations and University policy, all F and J visa holders are required to carry insurance that meets certain coverage requirements. Information about specific policy carries, minimum coverage, and premium costs is available from the Office of Global Engagement at (205) 726-4334.

  3. Provide current documentation of BLS certification
  4. Adhere to the Code of Ethical/Professional Conduct as specified earlier in the catalog.
  5. Possess a current unencumbered RN nursing license in your state of practice and in the state of all clinical rotations.
  6. Maintain licensure and certification. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing of any encumbrance that is placed on any license.
  7. Submit to background check and random drug testing.
  8. Make a grade of B or better in each required or prescribed course in the D.N.P. program. NOTE: A grade of C, D or F constitutes a failure in any prescribed or required course in the D.N.P. program. **Students must maintain a cumulative 3.00 GPA and may not earn a grade below B in any course to progress in the curriculum. Students must have a 3.00 cumulative GPA to graduate.
  9. Maintain a cumulative 3.00 GPA and may not earn a grade below B in any course to progress in the curriculum.
Academic Policies

Students who receive a grade below a B in any required or prescribed course or whose cumulative GPA falls below a 3.00 will be placed on academic probation and must:

  • Repeat any nursing course in which a grade received was below a B and receive a grade of B or better.
  • Be aware that a required nursing course can only be repeated one time.
  • Be aware that failure of the same course twice or failure of two separate courses constitutes dismissal from the program

Students who fail to successfully complete a required nursing course within one calendar year of the academic probation notification will be dismissed from the program.

Students must be aware that matters of plagiarism, unethical, unprofessional or unsafe conduct may result in immediate dismissal from the School of Nursing.

Program Interruptions

Students who need more than four years to complete the program may petition the School of Nursing graduate program to request an additional year for completion (a total of five years for completion).

Readmissions Policy

A student who has been dismissed from the Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing graduate program may apply through the Office of Graduate Student Services for readmission after an intervening period of not less than one semester. The appropriate graduate admission committee will consider such requests for readmission on presentation of substantial evidence of a responsible and successful period of work or study during the intervening period. There is no guarantee, however, that a student will be readmitted. The decision regarding readmission rests with the dean and is based upon the faculty’s evaluation of the likelihood of the applicant’s ability to perform successfully in graduate coursework.




      Nursing - Doctoral

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