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Why Nursing?

Southern has long been recognized as a leader in nursing education.

  • The School of Nursing offers four degree programs: AS*, RN to BS, RN to MSN, MSN, and DNP all of which are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). 
  • Southern Adventist University is excited to announce the development of a new Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program (approvals in process)!
  • 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.

    * The AS program has conditional state board approval. The 2017 AS cohorts have already been accepted, and the next anticipated AS admission is Fall 2018.  

Interesting Facts

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 90%


  • Barbara James, PhDBarbara James, PhDDean and Professor
  • Kerry Allen, MSNKerry Allen, MSNAssociate Professor, Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator
  • Ronda Christman, PhDRonda Christman, PhDAssistant Professor
  • Judy Dedeker, FNPJudy Dedeker, FNPAssociate Professor
  • Holly Gadd, PhDHolly Gadd, PhDProfessor, Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Pamela Gammenthaler, MSNPamela Gammenthaler, MSNAssociate Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
  • Lorella Howard, MSNLorella Howard, MSNAssociate Professor
  • Bonnie Hunt, MSNBonnie Hunt, MSNDirector of A.S.A.P.
  • LaShawn Horton, PhDLaShawn Horton, PhDAssistant Professor
  • Jaclynn Huse, PhDJaclynn Huse, PhDProfessor
  • Cindy Johnson, MSNCindy Johnson, MSNAssociate Professor
  • Frances Johnson, DNPFrances Johnson, DNPProfessor
  • Dana Krause, MSNDana Krause, MSNAssociate Professor
  • Michael Liedke, DNPMichael Liedke, DNPAssistant Professor
  • Sylvia Mayer, MSSylvia Mayer, MSAssociate Professor, Director of Nursing Admissions and Progressions
  • Callie McArthur, MSNCallie McArthur, MSNAssociate Professor, Simulation Coordinator
  • Christine Moniyung, PhDChristine Moniyung, PhDAssociate Professor
  • Cindy Rima, MSNCindy Rima, MSNAssociate Professor
  • Christy Showalter, MSNChristy Showalter, MSNAssociate Professor
  • Beth Snyder, BSBeth Snyder, BSAssistant Professor
  • Lilly Tryon, DNPLilly Tryon, DNPAssistant Professor
  • Maria Valenca, MDMaria Valenca, MDAssociate Professor
  • Joelle Wolf, MSNJoelle Wolf, MSNAssistant Professor
  • Sonia Wrate, MSNSonia Wrate, MSNAssistant Professor
  • Conni CashConni CashOffice Manager
  • Linda LechlerLinda LechlerFaculty Support Secretary and LRC Supervisor
  • Victoria Otrich-EatonVictoria Otrich-EatonSupervisor, LRC
  • Ruth SaundersRuth SaundersLearning Resource Center Coordinator
  • Linda Peoples, PhDLinda Peoples, PhDAssociate Professor

Most of the professors
have worked in the nursing field.
They make the subject come alive.  Anne BourgisSophomore

Anne Bourgis - Sophmore


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