About AHU

We are a fully accredited health sciences university, committed to reflecting the image of God through education and healing. Our history is as dynamic and inspiring as our present.

When it comes down to it, our mission, vision, and values are at the core of what we do.

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


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


AHU 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.


AHU 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.

Learning Outcomes

Caring | Communication | Critical Thinking | Professional Expertise | Ethical/Moral | Service to the Community | Lifelong Learning

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Our Promise

AHU provides meaningful opportunity to support student success through a strong trust with outstanding faculty. This two-way relationship aligns and engages the student in mission and academic excellence. As a faith-based institution, AHU is privileged to promote a culture of high expectations in all AHU’s premier academic programs because AHU faculty and staff are accountable to One greater than themselves. This same philosophy is evident in all Adventist healthcare facilities. Student experience is further enhanced by small class sizes, individual mentoring, and research opportunities. AHU extends this invitation to partner toward success to every student.

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25 Years of Mission

AHU is built on a rich tradition where world class professionals are developed with the skill to heal and the spirit to care. We are more than academics. We are a university with a unique mission - A mission to develop skilled professionals who live the healing values of christ.

Learn more about our 25 years dedicated to educating our students, serving our community, and living our mission.

Wondering where we got such a profound notion?

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 Florida Hospital – one of the largest medical facilities on earth – 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.

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.

Adventist Health System is

  • 45 hospital campuses
  • Nearly 8,300 licensed beds
  • 10 states
  • More than 4.5 million patients annually

Being founded by Florida Hospital and the Adventist Health System 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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Over the past few years, our community has expanded beyond Orlando.

Online Education

For those looking to learn remotely, we offer affordable, convenient online degree programs that are geared toward the working professional.

The following program pages provide further detail on each online program available.

Want to know if online education is right for you?

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)

One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 887-6791; Fax: (202) 887-8476

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

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 2020.

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

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@adu.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

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org, is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Effective November 11, 2015, AdventHealth University (formerly Adventist University of Health Sciences) has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the CAPTE. 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.

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

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

Now that you know all about us, we'd love to get to know you.