About Us

Southern Adventist University's School of Nursing is located in Collegedale, Tennessee and housed in Florida Hospital Hall, a beautiful state-of-the-art center for nursing education. The space includes well equipped classrooms, high-tech skills and assessment labs, Sim labs with high-fidelity simulators, and a 67-computer station Learning Resource Center. Overarching all programs within Southern Adventist University is the intentional integration of Christianity into learning experiences and the support services offered to our diverse student body.

In keeping with national trends, increasing numbers of students are making nursing their career choice. Additionally, a greater number of nurses are choosing to advance their career options by earning a graduate degree. The School of Nursing seeks to keep pace with these demands and offers four degree programs: AS, RN to BS, RN to MSN, MSN, and DNP. Southern Adventist University is excited to announce the development of a new Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Approval for the program is in process by the Accreditation Commission for Education of Nursing and the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Southern’s School of Nursing expects to begin enrolling students for this program for Winter 2018 once final approval has been given. Flexible scheduling, including asynchronous online delivery, exists for some of the programs.

A 21st century curriculum, computerized testing, clinical simulation experiences, tutorial assistance with the ASAP (assisting students to achieve professionally) program, well-qualified faculty, and clinical experiences at numerous agencies in the greater Chattanooga area are just some of the reasons why the School of Nursing continues to thrive.

Outcome data for various aspects of student achievement is important to share with our stakeholders. Completion rates for the various programs are AS—86 percent, BS—85 percent, MSN—86 percent, and DNP—100 percent. The first-time pass rate for NCLEX-RN is 82 percent for 2016; the certification pass rate for all Nurse Practitioner graduates ranges from 93 to 96 percent. Southern graduates are experiencing success finding jobs within the discipline. Undergraduate student job placement is 90%. Many also choose to advance their education. Graduates of the MSN and DNP programs have a job placement rate of 89%.


The School of Nursing AS, BS, MSN, and DNP programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. See http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

The BS, RN to MSN, MSN, and DNP programs are approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing; there will be no additional admissions to the AS program, per Board request, in 2017 and until the NCLEX-RN pass rate meets Tennessee's 85% passing standard. 

A new BSN program is in development pending ACEN and Tennessee Board of Nursing approval.


The nursing program at Southern Junior College began in1934 with a pre-nursing curriculum which qualified students to continue a diploma program in nursing at Florida Sanitarium and Hospital.

Florida Hospital phased out the RN diploma program in 1956, and Southern Missionary College (as it was now a four-year college) began the baccalaureate program in nursing with Ms. Mazie Herin as its first chair. The program received its initial Bachelor of Science National League of Nursing (NLN) accreditation in 1962. The first class to receive the bachelor of science in nursing graduated in 1960.

The associate of science in nursing program began in 1965. NLN accreditation and the first graduation occurred in 1967.

In 1975 the associate and baccalaureate nursing departments combined into one division of nursing offering the articulated associate to baccalaureate degree. University status resulted in becoming a school of nursing and adding a graduate nursing program in 1999. The first master’s graduate received her degree in 2002. The DNP program was added in 2012, with full accreditation received in the summer of 2014. The first six graduates of the program received their Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in May 2014.