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Southern has long been recognized as a leader in nursing education.
- Southern Adventist University nursing students earn 2- and 4-year degrees on the undergraduate level. On the graduate level, students can earn a MSN or Doctorate degree. Incoming undergraduate freshman can earn an AS and continue all the way to a DNP nursing in one location.
- Admission to the nursing program is competitive with high academic standards. While the program is intense, students are encouraged to be involved in campus activities.
- Bachelors of Science students can sit for the RN licensure exam after their third year of study, which equips them to work as RNs.
- Students are encouraged to work on pre-nursing program classes at Southern as freshmen. Transfer students should plan at least one semester of classes at Southern to qualify for acceptance into nursing. Qualified Southern students are given first priority.
- Programs provide clear expectations to students with caring professors who work with students to facilitate successful learning.
- Our nursing programs are members of the National League for Nursing (NLN), fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
Students in Action
- Practical labs and real-life learning at local hospitals and clinics as well as peer tutoring are an integral part of the program.
- The Nursing Club offers spiritual, social, and service activities, such as health expo at housing projects.
- An elective Mission class prepares students to serve in developing countries.
- International mission trips are coordinated by Southern to offer medical assistance in countries such as Haiti, Brazil and Nicaragua.
- Meet the Firms and health career fairs give students opportunities to interact with prospective employers.
- The Rho Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society, meets on campus.
Marks of Distinction
- With a high percentage pass rate on both NCLEX-RN and NP certification exams, Southern's pass rates for these exams are well above the national average.
- Computer testing is administered to prepare graduates for the RN licensure exam (NCLEX).
- Our Christian philosophy, friendly environment, recognized leadership in nursing education, qualified faculty, well-equipped skills lab, and the Assisting Students to Achieve Professionally (ASAP) program provide academic excellence.
- Nursing students have opportunities for hands-on learning in the state-of-the-art skills and simulation lab. Students practice assessment on human patient simulators with life-like clinical functions.
Statistics to Note
- 70 percent of AS graduates continue in the BS program, and many work as registered nurses while completing coursework.
- Nearly 90 percent of students who begin the nursing program at Southern successfully complete the program.
- Barbara James, PhDDean and Professor
- Kerry Allen, MSNAssociate Professor, Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator
- Ronda Christman, PhDAssistant Professor
- Judy Dedeker, FNPAssociate Professor
- Bonnie Freeland, DNPProfessor
- Holly Gadd, PhDProfessor, Graduate Program Coordinator
- Pamela Gammenthaler, MSNAssociate Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
- Lorella Howard, MSNAssociate Professor
- Bonnie Hunt, MSNDirector of A.S.A.P.
- LaShawn Horton, PhDAssistant Professor
- Jaclynn Huse, PhDProfessor
- Cindy Johnson, MSNAssociate Professor
- Frances Johnson, DNPProfessor
- Dana Krause, MSNAssociate Professor
- Michael Liedke, DNPAssistant Professor
- Sylvia Mayer, MSAssociate Professor, Director of Nursing Admissions and Progressions
- Callie McArthur, MSNAssociate Professor, Simulation Coordinator
- Christine Moniyung, PhDAssociate Professor
- Cindy Rima, MSNAssociate Professor
- Christy Showalter, MSNAssociate Professor
- Beth Snyder, BSAssistant Professor
- Lilly Tryon, DNPAssistant Professor
- Maria Valenca, MDAssociate Professor
- Joelle Wolf, MSNAssistant Professor
- Sonia Wrate, MSNAssistant Professor
- Conni CashOffice Manager
- Linda LechlerFaculty Support Secretary and LRC Supervisor
- Victoria Otrich-EatonSupervisor, LRC
- Diane ProffittFaculty Support Secretary/MSN Enrollment Counselor
- Ruth SaundersLearning Resource Center Coordinator
“ Most of the professors
have worked in the nursing field.
They make the subject come alive. ”Sophomore
Classrooms and Labs
Florida Hospital Hall contains:
- skills labs
- simulation labs
- assessment labs
- learning resource center
- distance-learning classroom for online students
- high-tech classrooms
Careers in Nursing
- A nursing career offers the highest number of job opportunities in healthcare.
- Starting pay for an RN in the Chattanooga area is approximately $20 an hour.
- Nursing jobs provide flexibility in scheduling and a variety in work opportunities.
- Local and national recruiters inform students of job opportunities through campus visits and job fairs.
Contact the School of Nursing
Sylvia Mayer, Director of Admissions and Progresssions