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A Place for Transformation

Learn about our commitment to making AHU a place for transformation for ourselves and for those who come here to fulfill their dream to serve.

Our Beliefs

AdventHealth University welcomes students of all religious backgrounds.

AHU invites students on a journey exploring the meaning of life, their relationship with God, and the difference they can make. Aligning with our Adventist heritage, this Statement of Belief identifies Biblical principles that undergird the AHU mission.

We believe:

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Healthcare as a Ministry

At AdventHealth University, we prepare students to extend the healing ministry of Christ by

  • Affirming faith
  • Advancing knowledge
  • Transforming learning
  • Cultivating uncommon compassion

Our Heritage

Adventist Healthcare

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

Adventist Education

Adventist education 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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Our History

The rich history of AdventHealth University extends more than a century.

The origins of this vibrant institution begin with the Florida Hospital School of Nursing, operated for many decades on the current site starting in 1913. Southern Missionary College (now Southern Adventist University) sent nursing students from Tennessee to Orlando for clinical experience. Over the years, the hospital added programs in Radiography (1962), Practical Nursing (1964), and Sonography (1988).

In 1992, those four programs, along with a fifth in Radiation Therapy, were combined to form a new school, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences.

The College became a baccalaureate-granting institution in 1998 when it took over the Southern Adventist University Bachelor of Science Nursing Program.

In 2008, the College began its first graduate program, a master's degree in Nurse Anesthesia.

Looking to expand its valuable healthcare ministry, the university established Denver location in 2009, where degrees in nursing, radiography, and sonography are offered.

During 2012, the College changed its name to Adventist University of Health Sciences and continued to grow the degree programs offered by the former Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences. AHU became a Level V degree granting institution in 2016 when it offered its first doctoral degree in Physical Therapy.

In 2018, the university's sponsoring organization (Adventist Health System) rebranded its name to AdventHealth. To align with AdventHealth, the university adopted AdventHealth University. Building on its rich educational heritage, AdventHealth University continues to grow as an institution with a commitment and passion for healthcare as ministry developing professionals who live the healing values of Christ.