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2018-2019 Student Handbook 
2018-2019 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


This Handbook is designed to provide important information. Students are required to read the entire document and abide by the policies herein.

Mission Statement

AdventHealth University (AHU) is a Seventh-day Adventist institution specializing in healthcare education in a faith-affirming environment. Service-oriented and guided by the values of nurture, excellence, spirituality, and stewardship, the University seeks to develop leaders who will practice healthcare as a ministry

Vision Statement

AdventHealth University embraces the benefit of whole person care as demonstrated in the life and ministry of Christ. The University is dedicated to developing skilled professionals who live the healing values of Christ. Graduates who live these values effectively extend the healing ministry of Christ.


AdventHealth University will be an institution that encourages the personal and professional growth of its students, faculty, and staff by nourishing their spiritual development, fostering their self-understanding, and encouraging a zeal for knowledge and service.


AdventHealth University will be an institution whose programs are built upon an optimal blend of superior pedagogy, technology, and spiritual values, a blend designed to lead to the highest level of professional practice by its graduates.


AdventHealth University will be an institution where Christian professionalism is such an integral part of its programs and practices that it becomes the distinguishing characteristic of the organization.


AdventHealth University will be an institution where the wise stewardship of its human, intellectual, financial, and physical resources enables the University to achieve outcomes consistent with its mission.

Spiritual Foundation

Students at AdventHealth University are encouraged to take the opportunity to explore the spiritual dimensions of their lives.  The faculty, staff, and administration are committed to providing a spiritual environment.  This commitment grows out of beliefs and values, some of which are held in common with other Christian organizations and some that are unique to this institution.

At the core of who we are is the belief in a loving, creating, redeeming God.  As His children, we are all the recipients of His care and are the objects of His saving power.  This fact gives great value to each of us.  It is out of this knowledge that self-worth grows and is the basis for the respect extended to every person.  This value also calls each of us to a high level of integrity and honesty in our dealings with self and others.

These beliefs manifest themselves in several important ways in a Seventh-day Adventist University.  In honor of God’s finished work of creation, we celebrate the Sabbath as a weekly reminder of that act of love.  School facilities are closed from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday to allow those who wish to enjoy a weekly Sabbath.  In honor of God’s finished work of salvation at the cross, we encourage you to find your spiritual rest in Him.

Out of respect for our bodies, minds, and spirits as wonders of God’s creation, AdventHealth University promotes a positive, balanced lifestyle.  This includes encouraging regular exercise, a healthy diet, and the avoidance of substances which impair the optimal functioning of body, mind, and spirit.

Finally, the faculty, staff, and administration of AdventHealth University believe that God has a plan for your life.  We are committed to helping you find and fulfill that plan.  As you do so, join us in becoming instruments of God’s love.  Let’s make a difference in our world!

Non-Discrimination Statement

AdventHealth University maintains a policy of equal education opportunity for all applicants without regard to sex, race, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, color, or national or ethnic origin. AdventHealth University does not discriminate in its educational or admission policies, financial affairs, employment programs, student life, or services in any University-administered program.

This notice is provided as required by the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forward to the Title IX Coordinator, Starr Bender at:

AdventHealth University
Attn: Starr Bender
671 Winyah Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
Ph. (407) 303-5765



Undergraduate Programs

Associates of Science Programs

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Pre-Professional Studies

Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Bachelor of Science Programs

Biomedical Sciences

Conductive Education

Health Sciences

Healthcare Administration

Nuclear Medicine Technology


Graduate Programs

Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Conductive Education

Master of Healthcare Administration

Master of Occupational Therapy

MS Nurse Anesthesia

MS Physician Assistant Studies

Doctor of Physical Therapy*

AHU Online

B.S. Diagnostic Medical Sonography

B.S. Nursing (RN-BSN Option)

B.S. Radiologic Sciences

Executive Master of Healthcare Administration

Master of Healthcare Administration in Strategy and Innovation

Advanced Imaging Certificate in Vascular Interventional Radiography

Advanced Imaging Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Advanced Imaging Certificate in Computed Tomography

Learning Outcomes

AdventHealth University strives to create an educational environment that fosters the inculcation of its four core values: Nurture, Excellence, Spirituality, and Stewardship. From those four ideals the University has identified seven learning outcomes which inform its curricular and extracurricular endeavors with the goal that they be manifested in the lives of its graduates.


The AHU graduate will be a caring professional who possesses a willingness to nurture other individuals in the context of healthcare as a ministry.


The AHU graduate will be an effective communicator who possesses appropriate verbal, nonverbal and written skills in the practice of healthcare as a ministry.

Critical Thinking

The AHU graduate will be a critical thinker who gathers relevant information and analyzes and uses that knowledge in practicing healthcare as a ministry.


The AHU graduate will exhibit the characteristics of a Christian professional: treating everyone with respect and dignity in the context of healthcare as a ministry.

Professional Expertise

The AHU graduate will demonstrate professional expertise by passing appropriate professional examinations and exhibiting proficiencies within the context of healthcare as a ministry.

Service to the Community

The AHU graduate will be one who fulfills their social, civic and environmental responsibilities in their involvement of healthcare as a ministry.

Lifelong Learning

The AHU graduate will be a lifelong learner who pursues excellence and the ongoing acquisition of knowledge and professional expertise.

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

AdventHealth University believes that assessment of learning outcomes and general education competencies should include:

  • Both direct and indirect measures
  • Assessments at the class level where a variety of techniques can be employed
  • Student self-assessment
  • Alumni self-assessment
  • Use of nationally normed instruments where appropriate and available.


Accrediting Bodies

Inquiries about AdventHealth University accreditation* should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.


*Effective November 11, 2015, AdventHealth University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.