About AHU

Our mission, vision, and values are at the core of what we do. Our history is as dynamic and inspiring as our present.

Our Mission

Developing skilled professionals who live the healing values of Christ

AdventHealth University 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.

Our Vision

AdventHealth University will be a leader in healthcare education, transforming the science and practice of whole-person care and developing influential professionals of uncommon compassion.

Our Core Values

Nurture

AHU fosters nurture by creating a respectful, inclusive, supportive, and empowering environment for all.

Excellence

AHU expands excellence by advancing innovative teaching, experiential learning, and serious scholarship.

Spirituality

AHU cultivates spirituality by offering opportunities for all to grow in relationship with God.

Stewardship

AHU promotes stewardship by optimizing human potential, positive relationships, and valuable resources.

Our Heritage

AdventHealth University has a rich tradition associated with the pioneering healthcare (1866) and education (1872) reform movements started by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The church now operates one of the largest worldwide networks of healthcare and education facilities in the world.

The healthcare system extends the healing ministry of Christ to patients at 173 hospitals, 126 nursing homes, and 294 clinics around the world. The University campus is located next to AdventHealth Orlando – one of the largest medical facilities in the state – and for several years running the #1 rated hospital in Florida (U.S. News & World Report).

The education system extends the teaching ministry of Christ to students at 7,579 schools serving over 1.8 million students. AHU is one of 114 Adventist colleges and universities operating throughout the world. This educational system represents the largest operated by any Protestant Christian denomination.

Learn about our beliefs

We've been a spiritually-driven institution since the beginning.

The History of AHU

The history of the University’s Orlando campus extends back over a century. Nursing education began at Florida Hospital in 1913. Over the years, the hospital added programs in Radiography (1962), Practical Nursing (1964), and Sonography (1988). In 1992, those four programs were combined to form a new school, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences. The school became a baccalaureate-granting institution in 1998 with the addition of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In order to reach distant students across the nation, AHU in 2001 became an early adopter of online education. The University offers online baccalaureate programs in Radiologic Sciences, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing, and graduate degrees in Healthcare Administration. In 2008, AHU began its first graduate programs offering a master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesia. Other degrees followed: a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2011; a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration in 2013; a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2015; and the first doctoral degree in Physical Therapy in 2016. AdventHealth University, partnering with the Adventist Health System, has become an institution of excellence and innovation. Currently, the University is doing pioneering work on the delivery of mission through a variety of educational modalities. Our vision is for AHU graduates to extend the healing ministry of Christ. The University continues to advance the work of that small church born in the middle of the nineteenth century by bringing transformation, innovation, and good news to the lives of its students and patients. Building on its rich educational heritage, AdventHealth University continues to grow as an institution committed to developing skilled professionals who live the healing values of Christ.

Our History at ADU

These days, in more ways than one, we're part of something bigger.

AdventHealth is

  • 45 hospital campuses
  • More than 8,200 licensed beds
  • 9 states
  • Serves more than 5 million patients annually

Being affiliated with AdventHealth makes us one of the most well-connected healthcare universities in the nation.

Service to the Community

At AHU, we believe in Service. As part of the curriculum, our students engage in service activities with intentional academic goals and opportunities for reflection that connects to their academic discipline.

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We've got the highest standards in health education. Just ask our accrediting agencies.

Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

AdventHealth University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Certificates, Associate's, Baccalaureate's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees. Contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of AdventHealth University.

Note: SACSCOC is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

Institutional Summaries →

Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities

12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
Phone: 301-680-5068; Fax: 301-622-9627

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 887-6791; Fax: (202) 887-8476
www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300; Fax: 312-704-5304
Email: mail@jcert.org

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3449
Phone: 301-652-AOTA
www.aota.org
www.acoteonline.org

Joint Review Committe on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT)

820 W. Danforth Road, #B1
Edmond, Oklahoma 73003
Phone: 405-285-0546
Fax: 405-285-0579
E-mail: mail@jrcnmt.org
www.jrcnmt.org

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)

The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for Spring 2020.

222 South Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-4001
Phone: 847-655-1160
http://www.coacrna.org/

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

12000 Findley Road, Suite 150
Johns Creek, GA, 30097
Phone: (770)476-1224
www.arc-pa.org

At its July 2017 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the AdventHealth University (formerly Adventist University of Health Sciences) Physician Assistant program, sponsored by AdventHealth University, on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in June 2019.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director at pa.info@ahu.edu and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

More information about our PA program accreditation and our explanation can be found on the PA Program Accreditation Page.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703)706-3245
accreditation@apta.org

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at AdventHealth University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/ institution directly, please call (407) 303-9904 or email dptinfo@ahu.edu.

Joint Review Commission on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)

6021 University Blvd., Suite 500
Ellicott, MD 21043
Phone: (443)973-3251
Fax: (866)738-3444
Email: mail@jrcdms.org
www.jrcdms.org

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