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2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Nursing



Department Chair: Alicia Franco, PhD, RN 

Vice-Chair, GBSN Option: Janice Lowden-Stokley, MSN, RN

Vice-Chair, Denver: Barbara Nelson, EdD, RN

Interim Vice-Chair, RN-BSN Option: : Lynelle F. Callender, DNP, RN, INS, PHN, MPH, C


Faculty: Angelina Bean, Lynelle Callender, Patricia Clayton, Daisy Dalegowski, Deborah Edgerton, Pilar Erstling, Leesuk Ferencsik, Kim Forbes, Wanda Forbes, Carolyn Fore, Ashley Gauthier, Stacey Hawes, Dusanka Hristic, Chris Lorentz, Sydney Moran, Carolyn Ramsey, Maddie Sawin, Nel Thomas, Carla Toth, Marlene Watson, Marika Whitaker.

Part time Faculty: Jennifer Clark, Rilla Taylor

Mission Statement

In harmony with the mission of the Adventist University of Health Sciences, the Department of Nursing provides educational experiences within a Christian environment designed to promote excellence in nursing.


The faculty believes that the discipline of nursing is both an art and a science that promotes health through the delivery of wholistic care to individuals, families, and communities. Through the profession of nursing, we extend the healing ministry of Christ.

The practice and teaching of nursing is a calling to exercise God’s gifts in a life of service to humanity. Faculty and students, guided by Christian principles, achieve personal and professional excellence through quality education and lifelong learning.

Curriculum Framework

The nursing curriculum is based on the clinical model and the content flows from simple to complex. The content in the clinical courses is based on the Neuman Systems Model that focuses on the provision of wholistic healthcare. 

Licensure and Accreditation

The BSN Program (GBSN and RN-BSN) in Orlando campus are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326; Phone (404) 975-5000, Fax (404) 975-5020. 

Program Description

Students may enter the program at one of two levels:

  1. Student taking general college courses, or
  2. Registered Nurse seeking to complete the Bachelor’s degree requirements.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing

The Adventist University of Health Sciences Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) designed to prepare professional nurses to provide wholistic healthcare to individuals, families, and communities. The program is grounded in Christian principles and integrated with courses from the arts and sciences that enrich the course of study and contribute to the development of a broad worldview of nursing. A graduate from this program is prepared to use theory and research-based knowledge as a designer, coordinator, and manager of wholistic healthcare in diverse settings. The program provides a foundation for the graduate to enhance professional growth, facilitate career mobility, and establish a foundation for graduate studies.

This program is structured to provide two plans of study leading to the BS Nursing degree:

  1. The Generic Bachelor of Science in Nursing Option (GBSN) for the beginning (pre-licensure) student.
  2. RN-BSN Completion Option (CO) for the Associate or Diploma Registered Nurse.

Nursing Honors

The Department of Nursing grants nursing honors upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree. Nursing honors will be awarded to nursing students whose cumulative Adventist University GPA in nursing courses is 3.50 or above. Students with a failing grade (below a grade of “C”) in any of the bachelor-level nursing courses will not be eligible for nursing honors.