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Nursing Questions and Answers – May 15, 2014


  1. What is the University’s Maryland Board of Nursing status?
    Washington Adventist University’s (WAU) baccalaureate nursing program’s action plan for program revitalization was approved at the May 27 meeting of the Maryland Board of Nursing. The program was placed on a warning status by the Board earlier this year when the National Council (of State Boards of Nursing) Licensure Examination (NCLEX) scores for first-time test takers did not reach the expected benchmark in 2013. The University remains committed to do all that can be done to regain the program’s reputation of excellence in learning and distinctive service.
  2. What is The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing status?
    WAU Nursing Program retains its approved status by The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), however, they voted to deny continuing accreditation of the baccalaureate nursing program. The University has begun the appeal process and ACEN has acknowledged receipt of our intent to appeal. The amount of time for the appeal processes is still to be determined. While WAU is in the appeal process, ACEN shall maintain the prior accreditation status until the disposition of the appeal.
  3. What happens if ACEN denies WAU’s appeal?
    WAU In addition, the University will be seeking accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency contributing to the improvement of the public’s health to ensure the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. Schools including Loma Linda University and The Catholic University of America are accredited by CCNE.
  4. How are new and current Nursing students impacted?
    The ACEN’s decision to deny continuing accreditation impacts only the baccalaureate nursing program. Students who graduate from a state approved program, like WAU’s, can take the NCLEX examination in the state of Maryland, become licensed nurses, and attend graduate school.
  5. Which universities do NOT require ACEN or CCNE accreditation?
    The accreditation emphasis for admission to MSN programs is based on a universities’ regional or national accreditation. WAU is regionally accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    Universities that offer the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and do NOT require applicants to have graduated from a discipline accredited (e.g. ACEN or CCNE) program as part of their admissions requirements include but are not limited to: John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Towson University, Towson, MD; Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD; Stevenson University, Stevenson, MD; Bowie State University, Bowie, MD; The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA; James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA; and Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN.
  6. What can I do to help?
    On behalf of our students and the legacy of healing that has been experienced since 1904, the University continues to encourage your championship, goodwill, prayer, and support. Currently, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Admissions are seeking Alumni Ambassadors to share their positive experiences with prospective students and churches. To get involved, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 301-891-4151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  7. What if I have additional Nursing questions?
    If you have additional questions regarding the Department of Nursing, contact the Dean of the School of Health Professions Science and Wellness, Dr. Karen Marshall at 301-891-4030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You may also reach the Office of the Provost at 301-891-4116 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Please direct all other questions or concerns to the Director of Corporate Communications, Angie Crews, at 301-891-4134 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .