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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.
  • 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.


  • Barbara JamesBarbara JamesProfessor and Dean
  • Beth SnyderBeth SnyderAssociate Professor
  • Bonnie FreelandBonnie FreelandAssociate Professor
  • Callie MacArthurCallie MacArthurAssociate Professor
  • Christine MoniyungChristine MoniyungAssociate Professor
  • Christy ShowalterChristy ShowalterAssociate Professor
  • Cindy JohnsonCindy JohnsonAssociate Professor
  • Cindy RimaCindy RimaAssistant Professor
  • Dana KrauseDana KrauseAssociate Professor
  • Holly GaddHolly GaddProfessor
  • Jacklynn HuseJacklynn HuseProfessor
  • Jeff GatesJeff GatesAssociate Professor
  • Jillian WillsJillian WillsAssociate Professor
  • Joelle WolfJoelle WolfAssistant Professor
  • Kerry AllenKerry AllenAssistant Professor
  • Lorella HowardLorella HowardAssociate Professor
  • Maria ValenciaMaria ValenciaAssociate Professor
  • Michael LiedekeMichael LiedekeAssistant Professor
  • Pamela AhfieldPamela AhfieldAssociate Professor
  • Pamela GammenthalerPamela GammenthalerAssociate Professor
  • Frances JohnsonFrances JohnsonProfessor
  • Judith DedekerJudith Dedeker
  • Sylvia MayerSylvia Mayer

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

Anne Bourgis - Sophmore

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.


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