May 28, 2022  
2020-2021 Student Handbook 
2020-2021 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Center for Academic Achievement

The Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) believes that students should study smarter, not harder. That’s why the CAA helps students in the areas of Academic Advising, Coaching, and Tutoring. The CAA is also the place where students can register and sign up for various exams and tests prior to starting their studies. For detailed information on any of the areas the CAA specializes in, or to reserve a spot for a test, please call 407-303-7643.


AdventHealth University values the importance of helping students succeed in the courses they study in. Tutoring provides the necessary tools, knowledge, and encouragement to help empower students. Free group and individual tutoring sessions are available. Appointments are required.  

University Tutoring Center (UTC)

The University Tutoring Center (UTC) at AdventHealth University (AHU) is a learning center that provides tutoring as an academic support, free to all AHU students.  Whether its reviewing material previously discussed in class, understanding a concept, or even reviewing for a test, the learning center has peer and professional tutors on staff who are trained to tutor and to create an open atmosphere for learning, providing the best possible experience that will help students become confident, capable, independent learners.  The University Tutoring Center offers a wide selection of tutoring for general education courses as well as select courses in professional programs.  Tutoring sessions range from one-on-one, to small groups, to even large group sessions.  

Connect with the Tutoring Center by visiting

Nursing Tutoring Center

The Nursing Tutoring Center consists of professional and peer tutors that are specifically trained to deliver tutoring services for the nursing courses offered at AHU.  Services include individual tutoring, small group tutoring, large group tutoring, and additional study skill sessions.  Tutors act as support for the nursing faculty to provide additional review of topics and practice with test-taking on material taught in class.  To sign up for nursing tutoring sessions, visit .  Additional information can be found on the self-enroll CANVAS course, Nursing Tutor Space or by contacting the Nursing Tutoring Coordinator at 407-303-6922.


The University Testing Center is located in the Center for Academic Achievement.  For more info, see

ACCUPLACER CollegeBoard Placement tests for both math and English are designed to help a student succeed academically by placing a student in an appropriate math or English level course. Students must schedule by emailing . Students please note that placement exams can only be taken once.

American College Test Residual (ACT) is an application requirement unless the student has 24 or more University credits from a regionally accredited school. The ACT Residual covers four areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. AdventHealth University is a Residual Testing Center, meaning the scores stay at the University and will not be sent anywhere else. Dates for this exam are posted per trimester at, and the exam is offered once a month. If a student is applying to get into a professional program, it is the responsibility of the student to take note of professional program deadlines and take the ACT Residual in adequate time.

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is an admission application requirement for the Nursing program. The TEAS measures basic essential skills in the areas of Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language usage. Students may register and schedule at ; the exam is offered on computer or paper. If a student is applying to get into a professional program, it is the responsibility of the student to take note of professional program deadlines and take the TEAS in adequate time.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests are examinations that are computerized, comprehensive assessments that demonstrate college-level achievement in specific content areas. By achieving a passing American Council on Education (ACE) score of 50 or higher, students will receive college credit for the equivalent AdventHealth University course. A list of available tests that are offered can be found in the CAA, as well as  Study Guides can be found at Students please note that CLEP exams cannot be repeated, if failed.

Challenge Exams for CPTR 103 and CPTR 105 - Introduction to Microcomputers– are also offered via canvas in the University Testing Center. This is like taking the final exam for the course to get credit for the course, rather than enrolling in the course.  Students must register to challenge this course before enrolling in the course.

Academic Advising

Most new incoming, general studies students will be assigned to an Academic Advisor located in the CAA. Advisors in the CAA practice holistic advising. This means that a CAA advisor does more than just help a student select courses and create an academic plan. They will also discuss with the student how to make him or herself as competitive as possible for the professional program he or she is applying to.

Academic Success Program

Sometimes the study skills that bring a person to an academic setting may not be the same skills that keep him or her there. For instance, if a student enters AHU and was an “A” student before, those same study habits and routines may not work as well in a new setting. If students would like to be proactive in their success at the University, they can make an appointment to work with the Academic Success Manager located in the CAA. After meeting and talking with the Academic Success Manager, a customized, individual study plan will be created to help the student achieve the success he or she envisions.

Philosophy of Healthcare

The Philosophy of Healthcare (POH) class is designed to help shape the lens through which students at AHU will view their roles in faith-based healthcare settings. It is the goal of this class to help students understand that working in healthcare is more than a job. In real ways, each student is the hands and feet of God, helping patients through difficult times and knowing how to continue to sharpen and hone their critical thinking and communication skills. The class is intended to encourage students to examine the way their faith, outlook, assumptions and their own life stories can contribute to, or impede the care they give. In addition, Philosophy of Healthcare is also a First Year Experience class introducing students to the learning resources of AHU.

Each student taking POH will meet with an Academic Coach in the CAA for 30 minutes for a total of three sessions during the term he or she is taking POH. These meetings will help to further unpack the topics of class discussions and readings, and design an individualized academic success plan for the student. In order to achieve these goals, the coaches will use a variety of assessments, learning style inventories, and study skills when working with students.