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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. 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.

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, MSN, and DNP. Flexible scheduling, including asynchronous online delivery exists for some of the programs. Unique qualities of this program include the intentional integration of Christianity into learning experiences and the support services offered to our diverse student body.

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 boasts very high passing rates on NCLEX-RN and the nurse practitioner certification exams year after year!


The School of Nursing AS, BS, and MSN programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. The DNP program is in approved candidacy status. Full DNP program accreditation is based on a campus visit by ACEN prior to graduation of the first student cohort. All programs are approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing (TBN).


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.

1975 found 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.