Nurture, Excellence, Spirituality, Stewardship
These four words describe the vision of Adventist University of Health Sciences, a vision with a century long heritage. The Florida Hospital School of Nursing operated on this site from 1913 until 1958, when Southern Missionary College (now Southern Adventist University) began sending nursing students from Tennessee to Orlando for clinical experience. In 1983, Southern Missionary College opened an Orlando Center, offering an associate degree in Nursing. Florida Hospital founded a School of Practical Nursing on this campus in 1964 and also offered certificate programs in Radiography (1962) and Sonography (1988).
In 1992, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences began with the merger of four programs: the Associate of Science degree in Nursing, Practical Nursing, Radiography, and Sonography, to form a new school. The University became a baccalaureate-granting institution in 1998 when it took over the Southern Adventist University Bachelor of Science Nursing Program. Since then, the University has added associate degree programs in Nuclear Medicine, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Pre-Professional Studies. Six baccalaureate programs have also been added: online-learning degrees in Radiologic Sciences, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Nursing and on-campus degrees in Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, and Nuclear Medicine. In 2008, the University began its first graduate program, offering a master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesia. The second, a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy began in the fall of 2011. The third, a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration began in the fall of 2013. The fourth, master’s degree in Physician Assistant began in the summer of 2015. The fifth, a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy is planned to begin in 2016. Building on its rich educational heritage, Adventist University of Health Sciences continues to grow as an institution with a commitment and passion for healthcare as ministry.