Jun 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Department of Nursing



Interim-Dean of Nursing: Arlene Johnson, Ph.D., ANP-BC, FNP-BC, RN 

Assistant Dean/Program Director, DNAP: Karen Gomez, DNP, CRNA, APRN

Assistant Program Director, DNAP: Jill Mason, EdD, DNAP, MSN, CRNA, APRN

Assistant Dean, RN-BSN, MSN (AHU Online): Lynelle F. Callender, DNP, RN, INS

Assistant Dean, DNP (AHU Online): Arlene Johnson, Ph.D., ANP-BC, FNP-BC, RN

Assistant Dean, BSN (Orlando): Nel Thomas, PhD, RN

Assistant Dean, BSN (Denver): Sarah Romero, MSN, RN

Assistant Dean, ASN (Orlando): Leesuk Ferencsik, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE

Assistant Dean, ASN (Tampa): Elizabeth Arroyo, Phd, RN


Faculty: Aixa Catala-Beauchamp, Lynelle Callender, Barbara Cheuvront, Jennifer Clark, Patricia Clayton-Levasseur, Melissa Douglas, Shaneka Dumas, Leesuk Ferencsik, Shirley Flores, Kim Forbes, Carolyn Fore, Jozie Gold, Angelina Graham, Stacey Hawes, Angelica Hernandez, Julia Hill Alvarez, Arlene Johnson, Phoebe Johnson, Theresa Kyle, Janice Lowden-Stokley, Nicole Luther, Christina Mandalis-Defour, Kimberly Martin,Danette Mondary, Sydney Moran, Barbara Nelson, Georgina Nunez, Victor Pareja, Karie Poelman, Carolyn Ramsey, Ebony Rollins, Sarah Romero, Lynn Rowe, Sharda Sukhu-Gafoor, Nel Thomas, Rachel Thompson

Part time Faculty: Ada de la Osa

Mission Statement

In harmony with the mission of the AdventHealth University, 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 (BSN and RN-BSN) and MSN programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001. P: (202) 887-6791, F: (202) 887-8476. The ASN Program is a Candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000 http://www.acenursing.com/candidates/candidacy.asp.

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia 

The DNAP Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program (“COA”), 10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906, Rosemont, IL 60018-5603; phone: 224-275-9130. The COA website is: http://coacrna.org. The  Program’s previous review was completed in 2020 and granted until Spring 2030. The COA is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (“CHEA”) and the U.S. Department of Education. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (“SACSCOC”), 866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; phone: 404-679-4500. Pursuant to its SACSCOC accreditation, the University is authorized to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. 

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The AdventHealth University Department of Nursing offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) designed to prepare nurses for the highest level of professional nursing practice, equipping them to transform patient care in contemporary and highly complex healthcare settings. Organizational Leadership focuses on health policy, finance, information technology, evidence-based practice focusing on translational research, implementation science, and patient safety are emphasized. Advanced knowledge and skills in patient treatment, diagnosis, and evaluation through graduate-level education will prepare the advance practice registered nurse in the acute and primary care settings which are emphasized in the Family Nurse Practitioner track. 

Master of Science in Nursing

The AdventHealth University Department of Nursing offers the online MSN degree program designed to prepare RNs to assume leadership roles to meet the growing need of the industry on local, national, and international levels. Obtaining an MSN opens the door for career advancement and enables RNs to become specialized experts in theirs fields. AHU offers two areas of emphasis in the MSN program. The Administration and Leadership emphasis provides RNs with education on public and private sectors of the U.S. Healthcare system, strategic quality management, healthcare finance, and healthcare informatics, tracking RNs for leadership and managerial roles. Those choosing the Education emphasis will hone their skills in learning theory, curriculum development, instructional design, and assessment, preparing RNs to serve as Nurse Educators in clinical or academic settings. 

Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing

The AdventHealth University 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 Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BSN) for the beginning (pre-licensure) student.
  2. RN-BSN Completion Program for the Associate or Diploma Registered Nurse.

Associate of Science Degree Nursing 

The AdventHealth University Department of Nursing offers an Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASN) designated to prepare competent, entry-level nurses to provide wholistic nursing care to individuals, families, and communities in a structured environment.  The program is grounded in Christian principles, organized in a progressive manner, and built on a foundation of arts and sciences.  The program provides the educational foundation for those who choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN).  The curriculum for the Associate of Science in Nursing Degree requires five trimesters (20 months) of full-time study.  Upon completion of the ASN requirements, students are eligbile to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).  

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration & Leadership

AdventHealth University’s (AHU) Online Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Administration and Leadership is designed for nurses looking to expand their administrative expertise and leadership skills. The program meets the needs of complex healthcare settings in the current, globalized world. Courses can be completed 100% online…anytime, anywhere.

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

AdventHealth University’s (AHU) Online Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Education is designed for nurses looking to expand their expertise and skills in the design and delivery of nursing education. The program meets the needs of complex healthcare settings in the current, globalized world. Courses can be completed 100% online…anytime, anywhere.

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 AdventHealth 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.

Clinical Placements  


Associate of Science

Bachelor of Science

Master of Science


Doctor of Nursing