Kathleen, BS DMS Student

“I have been very, very pleasantly surprised with FHCHS* (now named Adventist University). I have been in various types of healthcare work for more than 30 years, but the curriculum is still able to push me really hard. I am learning things I didn’t previously even think about needing to know. I am working every day so hard as a clinician, trying to meet the needs of my patients, that I didn’t even realize that in this school I would be thinking out ways to restructure the healthcare system to survive the 21st century or how to read MRI images of the brain.

How can you ever know too much when you work in healthcare? Having changed from a job at a teaching hospital where resources are broken down into departments and divisions, I was unprepared for all of the non-cardiology work I would need to do with my patients in my current job. With the changing healthcare structure, we will all be wearing many hats very soon. I am very glad to know as much as I can learn.

The biggest surprise about FHCHS, however, has been their focus on spirituality. I am now even more focused on the spiritual needs of my patients and co-workers, and that is a very important aspect of healing for most patients. I would not have been surprised to take classes about how to nurture a patient’s spiritual needs. I was taken completely by surprise by how focused the FHCHS staff is on the spiritual needs of the students, without even asking. Just “poof” and there it is: a nice little treat or an email asking how our day has gone or giving us a theological boost.

It has been a delight to have been in that sort of atmosphere. It is so much a part of the way the school functions that it is palpable even to the online learners. How much better even it must be on the campus. BRAVO! ALL of the staff at FHCHS is always encouraging the students and cheering them on. Such a nice touch for those of us who are balancing so many different roles.”

*As of 8/13/12, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences officially changed its name to Adventist University of Health Sciences.

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