Where your nursing ambition meets our faculty’s vast experience


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You want to learn from the best. At ADU, our expert faculty has decades of experience in both nursing and education. Their diverse specialties and practice backgrounds can serve as your sounding board throughout your online BSN. Their involvement in the nation’s leading nursing associations and advocacy groups informs their expansive perspectives that can help strengthen yours. The best part? Their commitment to evolving healthcare includes elevating nurses like you in a supportive online learning environment.

Tammy Stearns

Tammy Stearns is an adjunct professor for ADU. She is also a sonographer in the mission field, providing sonograms for the impoverished people of Nicaragua. She works alongside a Nicaraguan physician “angel,” Dr. Melba. The majority of exams that they perform are focused on women’s health. However, she never knows what she will encounter during a day in the field. Portable sonography allows them to visualize the unseen, assisting in a more effective diagnosis and treatment. Before moving to Nicaragua, she was the program director for CoxHealth’s School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography program for 11 years. The program was JRC-DMS-accredited in general, vascular, and cardiac sonography during her time there. She earned a Master of Science in Administrative Studies with an emphasis in communications from Missouri State University and holds ARDMS credentials in abdomen, OB/GYN, neurosonography, and vascular technology. She is also involved with the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS). She has served as an at-large director on the board of directors and is a member of the Government Relations, Finance, and Ethics committees. Currently, she serves as president-elect. She encourages each of you to decide early in your professional career to become involved in SDMS. The professional support along with the ability to contribute to your chosen profession is immeasurable.