Edyth T. James Department of Nursing

The Edyth T. James Department of Nursing at Washington Adventist University(WAU) is among the first nursing programs established in the state of Maryland and is committed to providing quality baccalaureate Christian nursing education. The Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Accreditation of Nursing Programs

The Edyth. T James Department of Nursing curriculum has been designed for individuals to develop professional competence in the scholarly practice of nursing. The program of study offers interrelated theoretical and clinical learning experiences. Multiple agencies are utilized for clinical experience including Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center and Shady Grove Medical Center, Adventist Behavioral Health, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Hospital, Washington DC VA Medical Center, University of Maryland Capital Region Health, Adventist Home Health, and other various skilled nursing facilities. Mission, Program Goals and Philosophy of the Department of Nursing

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science degree in nursing expands the nurse’s view of society’s health needs. Employment opportunities extend beyond hospitals to community health agencies, health maintenance organizations, private industry, educational institutions, missions, and foreign services.

The program’s broad integrated perspective develops interpersonal theoretical and clinical competence and prepares the student for graduate study in nursing. Nurses with graduate degrees in nursing find increased employment opportunities in research, practice, and education.

Programs Offered

The Edyth T. James Department of Nursing offers a 4-year baccalaureate program and graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. Please see the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Progression Plan for an overview of the courses that are offered.

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers a hybrid master’s program that includes RN to MSN, Nursing and Business Leadership (MS) and Nurse Education (MS).

Nursing Admissions Packet

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The Nursing Application Packet Nursing Application Packet contains all of the information needed to apply to the nursing program. The packet includes information and forms such as the program overview, procedure for admissions, deadlines for application to nursing program and more. Please review the nursing admissions packet content carefully.

Application deadlines:

May 15: Fall admission (August )

October 1: Spring Admission (January)

Financial Aid and Scholarships

WAU encourages University applicants to apply for financial aid. To be considered, you must submit the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at http://fafsa.ed.gov. Filing the FAFSA® will enable WAU’s Student Financial Services to consider you for all types of need-based aid. Student Financial Services reviews the family financial circumstances of each admitted student and determines your financial need based on information supplied by the FAFSA®.

For more information about financial aid at WAU, email finaid@wau.edu, or call 301.891.4005 or 1-800-835-4212 to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor.

More Infomation on Scholarships here: Scholarships

Grants and Awards: Information on Grants and Awards

Uniform Requirements

Once you are accepted into the Nursing Program, please visit the Flynn O’hara website to view and order the required clinical uniforms.

Course Descriptions

Descriptions of the core nursing courses can be found in the Academic Bulletin. The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify courses of instruction or to change instructors or class times as may be needed.

Nursing Student Handbook

The Nursing Student Undergraduate Handbook delineates policies, procedures, and protocols adopted by the Department of Nursing. Here is the link to the handbook: 2021-2022- Nursing Student Handbook

WAU Nursing News

Student Nurse Externship Program

Students receive hands-on experience and build their confidence during student nurse externship programs at healthcare institutions. The externship is usually a paid, full-time job shadowing and training program that takes place over eight weeks during the summer between their junior and senior year, and is offered to our students by our clinical partners – Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center and Shady Grove Medical Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and University of Maryland Capital Region Health.

Nurse Residency Program Partnerships | Career Fairs Program

Seniors graduating in December 2019 successfully interviewed for nurse resident positions with Adventist Health Care System, Maryland and Advent Health Network, USA.

The Fall 2019 Education Career Fair held in October 2019 provided opportunities for our students to apply for various healthcare positions. Recruiters from Adventist HealthCare, Children’s National Hospital, Washington DC VA Medical Center, University of Maryland Capital Region Health, Second Family and Brooke Grove Nursing Center.


Nursing Students Link Scholarship With Service

Fall 2019 Service Learning Day

Our nursing students participated in the University’s Fall Service Learning Day.  The students went to Prince George’s Plaza and educated the community on eating disorders, nutrition, seasonal allergies, sexually transmitted infections, and pain.

Summer 2019: Mission Trip to Jamaica and Puerto Rico

During summer break, some of our university students traveled on a mission trip to Jamaica and Puerto Rico along with our director Dr. Griffin. The students provided health screening services to school children and educated on health promotion activities consisting of oral hygiene, proper handwashing techniques, and choosing a healthy diet.


Department Contact

Director of Nursing:
Dr. Tijuana Griffin
Phone: 301-891-4157
E-mail: tgriffin@wau.edu

Associate Director of Nursing:
Dr. Helen John Wilson
Phone: 301-891-4147
E-mail: hjwilson@wau.edu

Admissions and Progressions Coordinator:
Brendon Albury
Phone: 301-891-4546
Email: balbury@wau.edu

Office Manager:
G. Nicole Mattox
301 576 0118

Main Office:
Health Science Building, 2nd Floor
Phone: 301-891-4144
E-mail: nursing@wau.edu