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

Our Core Values


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


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


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


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.

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

The History of AHU

AdventHealth University has a rich history that begins more than a century ago, beginning as Florida Hospital School of Nursing and growing into a Level V accredited university. Learn more about our origins, beliefs, history and heritage.

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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.


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)

655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 887-6791

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)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: 301-652-6611

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

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)

The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for Spring 2030.

222 South Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-4001
Phone: 847-655-1160

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

12000 Findley Road, Suite 150
Johns Creek, GA, 30097
Phone: (770)476-1224

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the AdventHealth University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by AdventHealth University. Accreditation- Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June 2029. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-adventhealth-university/.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22305-3085
Phone: (703)706-3245

CAPTE Accreditation Logo

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at AdventHealth University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; 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 City, MD 21043
Phone: (443)973-3251
Fax: (866)738-3444
Email: mail@jrcdms.org

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