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, Simulation labs with high-fidelity simulators, and a 68-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 the following degree programs: AS, BSN, RN to BS, MSN, RN to MSN, DNP and BS to DNP. There is an LPN bridge into both AS and BSN 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—77 percent, BS—83 percent, MSN—92 percent, and DNP—100 percent. The first-time pass rate for NCLEX-RN is 92 percent for 2018; the reported certification pass rate for Nurse Practitioner graduates for 2018 is Acute Care AGNP = 100 percent; Primary care–FNP = 93 percent; Primary care–Psych/Mental Health = 100 percent. Southern graduates are experiencing success finding jobs within the discipline. Undergraduate student job placement is 95 percent. Many also choose to advance their education. Graduates of the MSN and DNP programs have a job placement rate of 89 percent. Rates are based on a January–December calendar.


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 School of Nursing programs also have full approval by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.


The nursing program at Southern Junior College began in 1934 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.

Mission Statement

The School of Nursing provides a Christian learning environment that nurtures a culture of integrity and academic excellence, and prepares caring, competent professionals to serve the diverse healthcare needs of individuals, families, and communities within a global context.

Dean's Message

The School of Nursing at Southern has been educating caring Christian nurses since the first class of baccalaureate students was admitted to the Collegedale campus in 1956. Following those first graduates of 1960, more than 4,300 Southern nursing alumni have served or are currently serving in numerous capacities around the globe. We have full accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Nursing in the 21st century retains the same core values as in the past. It is a blend of art and science that requires not only a full requisite of scientific clinical knowledge and skills, but a caring attitude with the willingness to serve others.

Our current nursing majors, over 800 in number, are a passionate, energetic, and integral part of the student body at Southern Adventist University. Our facilities are designed to facilitate maximum learning experiences. More importantly, our dedicated faculty and staff seek to provide a positive, nurturing environment and transmit values that exemplify the tradition of excellence in Christian nursing education.

Holly Gadd, Dean School of Nursing

Save The Date: October 27, 2020
Florence Oliver Anderson Lecture Series: Dr. David Levy

David Levy, MD, author of Gray Matter: a neurosurgeon discovers the power of prayer...one patient at a time, will present "Why praying for patients is life-giving" on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 8:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Iles P.E. Center. For more information email andersonjenifer@southern.edu or call Jenifer at (423)236-2155.     


Nursing Newsletter Summer 2018

Nursing Newsletter Summer 2019

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