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Adventist University of Health Sciences: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

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About Adventist University of Health Sciences

Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) was known as the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences until changing its name in June 2012. ADU is a 4-year, private, not-for-profit health professions school located close to downtown Orlando, Florida. This institution is associated with Florida Hospital and offers programs focused on nursing education and allied health. An additional campus is located in Denver, Colorado, with clinical experience offered at Denver's Porter Hospital.


ADU administers 14 degrees divided among six departments in diagnostic medical sonography, health and biomedical sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, radiologic sciences, and nurse anesthesia. Degrees are offered at the associate's, bachelor's, and master's levels. The radiologic technology bachelor's program is the most popular based on enrollment, followed by the registered nursing program.

Students gain clinical experience at Florida Hospital, located near the ADU campus. In addition to traditional campus learning, three programs are offered exclusively online, including a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences.


Prospective students need to turn in their applications for the fall semester by July first each year. November first is the application deadline for the spring semester, and March first is the application deadline for the summer semester. The first step is admission to the general college. Students must have a high school diploma from a regionally accredited high school, official transcripts from a regionally accredited college, 12 hours of credit from a regionally accredited college, or GED test scores. They also need a minimum GPA of 2.5 and ACT or SAT test scores.

Applications are submitted online by creating a user account and filling out the electronic application. Transcripts must be sent directly from the school itself, signed by the appropriate school official, stamped with the school seal, and received in a sealed envelope. The school accepts CLEP and AP scores for credit and placement. All applicants must then pass a background check before admission. The school accepted 96% of those who applied in 2011. Approximately 30% of those students enrolled.

Once admitted to the general college, students are required to apply to a professional program. Preference for professional program admission is given to students with at least 12 credit hours completed at ADU. Professional program admission deadline dates vary by program.

The student population is heavily slanted towards female undergraduates, with 80% female students and 20% male students. In 2011, there were 2,596 undergraduates compared to only 72 graduate students enrolled in the fall semester. The majority of students are white (51%), while the remainder of the population includes African-Americans (16%), Hispanics/Latinos (16%), Asians (5%), American Indians or Alaskan Natives (1%), Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders (1%), two or more ethnicities (1%), non-resident aliens (1%), and unknown or unreported ethnicities (8%).

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition for 2011-2012 was $9,450 for two trimesters. Books and supplies were approximately $2,310. Tuition payment plans are available; however, a minimum of 50% of total semester tuition and fees must be paid during registration. Academic and health specialties scholarships are available as well as federal and state financial aid programs and scholarships. Graduate student tuition does not vary by program.

Expenses for food and board for living on-campus for 2011-2012 were an average of $5,564 per year, compared to an off-campus price of $11,270. Additional living expenses both on- and off-campus were approximately $4,620 per school year.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's*
Religious Affiliation Seventh Day Adventists**
Academic Calendar Trimesters**
School Setting Midsized city*
Student Body 72 graduate students, 2,596 undergraduates in 2011*
Schools and Programs Six departments, 14 degrees**
Student-Faculty Ratio 11 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's - Registered Nursing (126)
Bachelor's - Radiologic Technology/Science (199)
Master's - Nurse Anesthetist (16)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students starting in the fall of 2005:
16% in four years
38% in six years*
Admission Rate 96% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 2,596 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 93% for full-time students, 100% for part-time students*
Application Due Date July 1st for fall semester, November 1st for spring semester, March 1st for summer semester**
Tuition (2011) $16,547 for two trimesters (for 2011-2012; includes estimated student expenses)
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Federal grants (77%), state/local grants or scholarships (81%), institutional scholarships or grants (8%), federal loans (56%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 96% in 2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **Adventist University of Health Sciences.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Enrollment Services, Adventist University of Health Sciences, 671 Winyah Drive, Orlando, FL 32803-1226
  • Phone: (800) 500-7742
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