Adventist University of Health Sciences Nursing School Review

Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU), formerly known as the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences (FHCHS), is a university focused on educating students in health professions. The college was founded in 1992 as a merger of associates degree and certificate programs. Today the college enrolls over 2,000 students and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and is operated by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The college also has a campus based in Denver.

Students at Adventist University of Health Sciences benefit from the institution’s close relationship with Florida Hospital in Orlando, where many students can complete their nursing education. ADU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Students on campus can participate in assemblies, drama, music and other co-educational programs to develop friendships with other like minded students.

Review of Adventist University of Health Sciences Nursing Degree Programs

The Department of Nursing at the Adventist University of Health Sciences provides nursing education within the Christian context. The program views nursing as an art, science and expression of Christian service. Faculty guide nursing students through a curriculum based on providing holistic care. Undergraduate nursing programs at ADU are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commissions (NLNAC) and licensed by the Florida State Board of Nursing.

Adventist University of Health Sciences Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Nurses who complete the ADN program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination) national certification exam to become a registered nurse. Students in the associate’s degree program are educated to become entry level nurses and also prepared for further education at the bachelor’s degree level. The program requires two years to complete. Students can apply while completing nursing course prerequisites, but must submit their application at least three months before they would like to begin.

Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Program

Students seeking to earn a bachelors degree in nursing may enter as a registered nurse (RN) or with no prior nursing experience. Graduates of the BSN program are prepared to be nursing leaders, using nursing theory and research to implement patient care programs.

Students who are registered nurses are enrolled in the Completion Option, the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree program. The Completion Option (for RNs) is delivered completely online in collaboration with Embanet-Compass Knowledge Group, LLC. So it is a fully accredited online RN to BSN program.

Students who have no prior nursing experience are admitted to the Four-Year Option (FYO), which will include education and training to become an RN and sit the NCLEX-RN exam as well as earn the BSN degree. The FYO is a hybrid program including online, clinical and classroom components.

Adventist University of Health Sciences Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Science (MS) in Nurse Anesthesia

Students in the MS Nurse Anesthesia program will develop understanding, knowledge and skills necessary to successfully treat patients requiring anesthesia for an operation. Nurses interested in this program should hold a bachelor’s degree and at least 1 year of experience in a critical care setting. The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program (COA). The program is 3 years and upon completion students will receive a MS in Nurse Anesthesia and eligibility to sit the nurse anesthetist national certification exam.

Adventist University of Health Sciences Nursing Honors Programs

Nurses earning an ADN or BSN degree with a 3.5 or higher GPA (in nursing courses) are eligible to earn honors on their degree. Nurses must have a grade of “C” or better in all nursing courses to earn this distinction.

Adventist University of Health Sciences
671 Winyah Drive
Orlando, FL 32803

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