1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
American University of Health Sciences hosted 100 prospective nursing students and their friends, family and loved ones who gathered at the BSN Open House last Saturday from 8 am-12 pm for an in-depth orientation about the School of Nursing (SON) program and to meet with the co-founder of AUHS. Prospects were shown how AUHS was unique from most nursing schools because it is a university that is inspired by Christian values and prepares students from diverse backgrounds to serve communities that are medically underserved. AUHS is a place that produces quality health care professionals whose ultimate goal is to preserve and nurture life.
Prospective students had the opportunity to listen to a presentation from Pastor Gregory Johnson, the co-founder of AUHS. Pastor Johnson discussed the mission, core values and community outreach events that are offered by the university. He talked about how it is AUHS’ mission to prepare its students to be culturally competent nurses and how the university not only calls for students to excel in academia, but to leave the university with a deeper appreciation for life. He emphasized how imperative it is for AUHS students to include God and Christian values into their medical services and code of ethics.
“Everything that we have and everything that we could possibly be is based on the grace of God,” said Pastor Johnson.
He began his presentation explaining to the prospective students how he and his wife, Kim Dang-Johnson, started AUHS in 1994.
“When my wife and I started this university, we didn’t start with money. We actually started with prayer and with fasting,” Pastor Johnson said, “We didn’t have money in the bank,
we didn’t borrow money, we didn’t go to investors. We slept on the floor of our office the first year.”
Pastor Johnson told prospects that nothing is impossible through the will of God and encouraged them to persevere even in the most difficult situations. “It’s not really about us, it’s about God. If you allow yourself to see yourself doing great things not just for yourself, but for God and other people, you will have more power and you will know more success,” Pastor Johnson said.
Pastor Johnson also announced how AUHS plans to include new curriculums in the near future. The university is planning on including a Masters in Health Sciences by the spring of 2017, an RN to BSN program and a Master of Science in Nursing program by the summer of 2017, a Doctor of Nursing Practice program by the fall of 2017, and a Pharm D program by 2018.
First time visitors also had the opportunity to meet with admissions advisors to discuss the SON admission requirements and program structure. Prospective students were told the length of the program, ideal start dates, course structure and schedule, tuition estimates, and informal career assessments.
Prospects were also able to meet with Mercy Popoola, the Dean for the School of Nursing. Popoola discussed the nature of the SON program and what the university expected from their new students. Popoola was impressed by the large turnout from the open house and called the prospects “very receptive” during her presentation. She hoped that her presentation helped inspire them to begin their nursing careers at AUHS.
Chantal Jura, the Director of Affiliation and Career Services, also presented to prospective students and discussed how her department helped AUHS students find job opportunities after graduation. Jura discussed how AUHS alumni have found careers at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and much more.
About American University of Health Sciences
AUHS is a Christian based, minority-serving university, which educates students for careers in the healthcare professions. AUHS emphasizes the values of faith in God, love of humankind, and belief that all people have a right to healthcare and deserve a good quality of life based on wellness of body, mind and spirit. The university celebrates diversity, and reaches out to groups currently underrepresented in healthcare and research. AUHS provides the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, hands-on practical training and supportive environment required to create competent and compassionate healthcare professionals.
American University of Health Sciences is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001.