Southwestern Adventist University's nursing program will prepare you to become a leader in health care. Small class sizes with dedicated professors mean personalized mentoring as you develop wholistic thinking, comprehensive patient assessment skills, and clinical judgment. Our nursing students have a NCLEX pass rate above the national average. You will enter the profession prepared to engage with co-workers and embrace change, optimizing patient outcomes by addressing not just the physical but all aspects of health.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Southwestern Adventist University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The nursing program is fully approved by the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas, 333 Guadalupe #3 - 460, Austin, TX 87801, 512-305-7400.

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Guaranteed Nursing Program

Nursing Faculty Accomplishments

  • Faculty Doctoral research project: Creating evidence-based initiatives to improve population health outcomes
  • Full Plate Living and Reversing Diabetes grant-funded community research project:  faculty-led, with student involvement
  • Depression screening protocol: Creation with implementation in a community
  • Membership in Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society
  • Board certification in area of nursing practice
  • Participation in a 3-day mega-clinic (Your Best Pathway to Health) in Fort Worth: all faculty and students
  • Use of innovative, evidence-based teaching-learning strategies inside and outside the classroom
  • Faith Community Nursing education certificate
  • Certified in CPR and ACLS instruction
  • Certified Mental Health First Aid instruction

News & Events

Nursing Transfer Day

Flattening the Curve | Creation Health Principles

Pre-Nursing at Southwestern Adventist University = Guaranteed Admission into Nursing

Award Winning Alumni

New AdventHealth Endowed Chair of Nursing at Southwestern Adventist University

Southwestern Adventist University Strategizes for the Future 

Nurse Practitioner

Prepared for My Future

Nursing Faculty Going the Extra Mile

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Larry R. Moore Nursing and Administration Building Positively Impacts Students

Southwestern Adventist University Students Impact Lives On Mission Trips

Southwestern Adventist University to Host Keene Chamber Business Expo

Brenda Brightman Joins Southwestern Adventist University Through Influence of Youtube

Southwestern Adventist University Ranks in Nursing School Almanac

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New Grant from Ardmore Institute of Health

Your Future


A degree in nursing opens the door to one of the fastest growing and most-in-demand career fields.  Research supports the increase in quality outcomes when nurses have a bachelor's degree (BSN) and many hospitals are hiring with a goal of all BSN nurses.  Many of Southwestern’s graduates work in specialty areas, leadership and management positions, nursing education, or specialty areas. Many others have completed graduate programs and become nurse practitioners, midwives, or nurse anesthetists. BSN graduates have greater opportunities for career advancement and expanded access to over 100 specialty nursing roles.


  • Staff Nurse
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Educator
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Flight Nurse
  • Mental Health Clinician
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Case Manager
  • Nursing Director
  • Operating Room Nurse

>1 million

RN job openings nationwide
expected by 2024

Faculty Profiles

Kerrie Kimbrow, DNP, MS

Nursing Department
AdventHealth Endowed Chair of Nursing

Ron Mitchell, PhD, MS

Nursing Department

Jean Alway, MSN, CNE

Nursing Department
Associate Professor

Terri Gibson, DNP, MSN

Nursing Department
Associate Professor

Lakicia Foster, MPH

Nursing Department
Assistant Professor

Rima Seaman, Ed.D, MSN, RN

Nursing Department
Associate Professor

Marcia Azevedo, MSN

Nursing Department
Assistant Professor

Candy Harvey, MBA

Nursing Department
Office Manager/Clinical Coordinator

Joyce Melius, RN

Nursing Department
Assistant Professor