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Southern has long been recognized as a leader in nursing education.
- The School of Nursing offers the following degree programs: AS, RN to BS, BSN, RN to MSN, MSN, BS to DNP, and DNP all of which are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).
- Southern Adventist University is excited to offer a new four-year, pre-licensure Bachelor
of Science in Nursing (BSN)!
- 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.
Students in the articulated AS/BS program can sit for the RN licensure exam after completing the embedded AS degree at the end of 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. Qualified Southern students are given first priority.
- Programs provide clear expectations to students with caring professors who work with
students to facilitate successful learning.
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 School of Nursing has a local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International: Rho Iota.
Marks of Distinction
- Florida Hospital Hall includes well equipped classrooms, high-tech skills and assessment labs, Sim labs with high-fidelity simulators, and a 68-computer station Learning Resource Center.
- Computer testing is administered to prepare graduates for the RN licensure exam (NCLEX) or nurse practitioner certification exams.
- 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
- Graduates of the MSN and DNP programs have a job placement rate of 89%
- Undergraduate student job placement is 95%
- Barbara James, PhDProfessor and Dean
- Kerry Allen, MSNAssociate Professor, Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator
- Nicholas Beaumonte, MSNAssociate Professor
- Jill Buchholz, DNPAssociate Professor
- Ronda Christman, PhDAssociate Professor
- Judy Dedeker, MSNAssociate Professor
- Holly Gadd, PhDProfessor, Graduate Program Coordinator
- Pamela Gammenthaler, MSNAssociate Professor, AS and co-BSN Coordinator
- LaShawn Horton, PhDAssociate Professor
- Lorella Howard, MSNAssociate Professor
- Cynthia Johnson, MSNAssociate Professor
- Frances Johnson, DNPProfessor, DNP Program Coordinator
- Dana Krause, MSNAssociate Professor
- Michael Liedke, DNPAssistant Professor
- Sylvia Mayer, MSAssociate Professor, Director of Nursing Admissions and Progressions
- Christine Moniyung, PhDProfessor
- Linda Peoples, PhDAssociate Professor
- Beckie Retzer, MSNAssistant Professor
- Cindy Rima, DNPAssociate Professor
- Beth Scott, PhDProfessor
- Christy Showalter, MSNAssociate Professor
- Christina Shrode, MSNAssociate Professor
- Lilly Tryon, DNPAssociate Professor
- Maria Inez Valenca, MDProfessor
- Holly Walker, MSNAssociate Professor
- Joelle Wolf, MSNAssociate Professor, BS and co-BSN Program Coordinator
- Sonia Wrate, MSNAssociate Professor, Simulation Coordinator
- Jennifer Fisher, MSNGraduate Clinical Coordinator
- Bonnie Hunt, MSNAssociate Professor Emerita, Director of A.S.A.P.
- Beth Snyder, MSAssistant Professor, Nutrition
- Conni CashOffice Manager
- Linda LechlerFaculty Support Secretary and LRC Supervisor
- Victoria Otrich-EatonLRC Supervisor
- Ruth SaundersLearning Resource Center Coordinator
- Jamie ThompsonGraduate Enrollment Counselor
“ 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