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Department of Nursing

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide quality nursing education within a Christian liberal arts university that prepares the professional nurse to contribute service and leadership to diverse communities.

Healing hands and caring hearts

Spring Arbor University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program blends the liberal arts and nursing science to lay a foundation for communication, leadership and critical-thinking. Begin your journey in nursing with our undergraduate BSN program, or continue your education with Nursing completion programs or MSN program. Our nursing program are CCNE accredited and flexible to fit your learning style and schedule. Choose SAU for a holistic learning experience in nursing from day one.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Spring Arbor University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Department Administration

Alvin Kauffman, DNP, MSN/MSBA, RN — Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Mindy Rice, DNP, MSN, RN — Chair of Pre-Licensure BSN track

Dawn Day, EdD, MSN, RN — Chair of Graduate Nursing Programs

Michelle Heriford — Director of Nurse Practitioner Tracks

Shuba Samuel — Assistant Director of Graduate Nursing Programs

Carolyn Watson — Coordinator of Faculty Services 

Gary Mason, M.Div — Major Advisor

Candy Robinson — Major Advisor

Kim Rysztak — Major Advisor