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Why Nursing?

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

  • Southern Adventist University nursing students can earn the A.S. degree in two and a half to three years, and the B.S. degree in one to one and a half additional years. On the graduate level, students can earn a M.S.N. or Doctorate degree. Incoming undergraduate freshman can earn an A.S. and continue all the way to a D.N.P. 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 the 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.
  • 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.

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 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.
  • The nursing building, Florida Hospital Hall, opened in January 2011. In addition a  spacious and up-to-date facility, students have improved opportunities for hands-on learning in the state-of-the-art skills and simulation lab. Students practice assessment on human patient simulators with lifelike clinical functions.

Statistics to Note

  • 70 percent of A.S. graduates continue in the B.S. 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 JamesBarbara JamesDean and Professor
  • Kerry AllenKerry AllenAssociate Professor, Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator
  • Ronda ChristmanRonda ChristmanAssistant Professor
  • Judy DedekerJudy DedekerAssociate Professor
  • Bonnie FreelandBonnie FreelandProfessor
  • Holly GaddHolly GaddProfessor, Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Pamela GammenthalerPamela GammenthalerAssociate Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
  • Lorella HowardLorella HowardAssociate Professor
  • Bonnie HuntBonnie HuntDirector of A.S.A.P.
  • Jaclynn HuseJaclynn HuseProfessor
  • Cindy JohnsonCindy JohnsonAssociate Professor
  • Frances JohnsonFrances JohnsonProfessor
  • Dana KrauseDana KrauseAssociate Professor
  • Michael LiedkeMichael LiedkeAssistant Professor
  • Sylvia MayerSylvia MayerAssociate Professor, Director of Nursing Admissions and Progressions
  • Callie McArthurCallie McArthurAssociate Professor, Simulation Coordinator
  • Christine MoniyungChristine MoniyungAssociate Professor
  • Cindy RimaCindy RimaAssociate Professor
  • Christy ShowalterChristy ShowalterAssociate Professor
  • Beth SnyderBeth SnyderAssistant Professor
  • Lilly TryonLilly TryonAssistant Professor
  • Maria ValenciaMaria ValenciaAssociate Professor
  • Joelle WolfJoelle WolfAssistant Professor
  • Sonia WrateSonia WrateAssistant Professor
  • Conni CashConni CashOffice Manager
  • Linda LechlerLinda LechlerFaculty Support Secretary and LRC Supervisor
  • Victoria Otrich-EatonVictoria Otrich-EatonSupervisor, LRC
  • Diane ProffittDiane ProffittFaculty Support Secretary/MSN Enrollment Counselor
  • Ruth SaundersRuth SaundersLearning Resource Center Coordinator

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