ADU's History & Beliefs

Adventist University of Health Sciences and ADU Online can trace their beliefs and history back to the healthcare and education reform movements begun by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the 1800s. In 1866, the church opened its first hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan, and began publishing “The Health Reformer.” In 1872, the church opened its first college in Battle Creek.

Today, the church operates Adventist Health System, one of the largest networks of education and healthcare facilities in the world.

The Adventist educational system extends the healing ministry of Christ to 1.8 million students at 7,579 schools worldwide. ADU is one of 114 Adventist universities and colleges operating around the world. The Adventist educational system is one of the largest operated by a Protestant Christian denomination.

ADU and ADU Online's History

ADU has been educating healthcare professionals for more than 100 years. In 1913, the seeds for what would later grow into ADU were planted when Florida Hospital started a nursing education program. Decades later, the hospital added programs in Radiography (1962), Practical Nursing (1964), and Sonography (1988).

In 1992, the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences was born when the four programs were combined. In 1998, the school added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, turning it into a baccalaureate-granting institution.

ADU began offering graduate degree programs in 2008. The first degree offered was a master’s in Nurse Anesthesia. In 2011, the University added a master’s program in Occupational Therapy. In 2013, the school added a master’s degree program in Healthcare Administration. A master’s degree program in Physician Assistant Studies followed in 2015. In 2016, ADU began offering its first doctoral degree, in Physical Therapy. In 2017, ADU received approval to offer, and in 2018, will offer a doctoral degree of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP).

ADU was one of the earliest adopters of online education, in 2001, when ADU Online was established. The school began offering online baccalaureate programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing, and Radiologic Sciences. ADU Online also offers master’s degrees in Nursing and Healthcare Administration.

We continue to advance the work started by that small church in the 19th century, bringing transformation, innovation, and good news to the lives of our students and patients. ADU Online has a rich educational heritage. Building on that heritage, we will continue to grow as an institution committed to developing skilled healthcare professionals who live the healing values of Christ.