In the Department of Nursing at Southwestern Adventist University, we aim to prepare you to become the best leader you can be within the healthcare field.


You will experience:


  • Small class sizes with dedicated professors
  • Personalized mentoring
  • A development of comprehensive patient assessment skills and clinical judgment


We are proud that our nursing students have a NCLEX pass rate above the national average. This past year, our 2019 graduates had a pass rate of 92 percent.


This means you will enter the profession prepared to engage with co-workers embrace change and optimize 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.



Seven members of the nursing faculty proudly wear their white coats as they stand side by side and smile

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


Nursing Program Admission


In the past, SWAU has traditionally accepted 1 class each year. We are now pleased to begin accepting 2 classes every year.


Freshman Students

Freshmen who enter SWAU as a nursing major usually begin nursing courses in the second semester of their sophomore year. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing can complete their courses in just 5 semesters!


Transfer Students

To be accepted into the SWAU Nursing Program, you must first Apply Online. For your convenience, you may also apply directly through NursingCas. To complete the registration process, visit the Nursing Admission Requirement page.


Guaranteed Admission

Prospective students are eligible with the following qualifications:

  • Admitted to Southwestern Adventist University
  • Enrolled as a full-time freshman
  • Declared nursing as your intended major
  • Successfully completed all nursing pre-requisite courses
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Achieve an overall proficient level or above on the TEAS nursing admission test


Does this sound like the perfect career choice for you? Let’s chat!

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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 SWAU'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

Department of Nursing
AdventHealth Endowed Chair of Nursing

Jean Alway, MSN, CNE

Department of Nursing
Associate Professor

Terri Gibson, DNP, MSN

Department of Nursing
Associate Professor

Lakicia Foster, DNP, MPH, RN-BC

Department of Nursing
Assistant Professor

Rima Seaman, Ed.D, MSN

Department of Nursing
Associate Professor

Marcia Azevedo, MS, RNC-OB, RNC-MNN

Department of Nursing
Assistant Professor

Joyce Melius, EdD, MSN, CCRN-K

Department of Nursing
Assistant Professor

Katherine Davis, MSN

Department of Nursing
Assistant Professor

Elisane Grellman Almeida, MSN

Department of Nursing
Assistant Professor

Candy Harvey, MBA

Department of Nursing
Office Manager/Clinical Coordinator

Enny Infante, BME

Department of Nursing
Administrative Assistant