Edyth T. James Department of Nursing

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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 Christ-Centered baccalaureate nursing education. The Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

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, and Adventist Home Health. Furthermore, we have clinical sites in the Nation’s Capital such as MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Hospital, and Washington DC VA Medical Center. In addition, we utilize the University of Maryland Capital Region Health and other various skilled nursing facilities. Mission, Program Goals, and Philosophy of the Department of Nursing are aligned to meet and exceed the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) and The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation requirements.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree expands the nurses’ view of society’s health needs. Employment opportunities extend beyond hospitals to community health agencies, health maintenance organizations, private industry, educational institutions, missions, and international.

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 degree program in nursing that includes the RN to BSN, the RN to MSN Nursing and Business Leadership (MSN), and Nurse Education (MS).

Nursing Admissions Packet

The 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 the nursing program, and more. Please review the nursing admissions packet content carefully.

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®.

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: 2022-2023- Fall 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 2021 successfully interviewed for nurse resident positions with Adventist Health Care System, Maryland and Advent Health Network, USA.

The Fall 2021 Education Career Fair held in October 2021 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 2021 Veterans Plaza

Our nursing students participated in the University’s Fall Service Learning Day. The students went to Veterans Plaza and educated the community on COVID, eating disorders, nutrition, seasonal allergies, sexually transmitted infections, and pain. In addition, the nursing students conducted eye exams, blood pressure checks, weight, and BMI calculations. 

Supports Local SDA Churches’ Outreach Programs

The WAU nursing program supports local churches with outreach programs such as the Takoma Park Health Fair and the Living Legend program with COVID temperature screening.


Department Contact

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

Associate Director of Nursing:
Dr. Dhaya Nandipamu
Phone: 301-891-4157
E-mail: dnandip@wau.edu 

Admissions and Progressions Coordinator:
Phone: 301-891-4546
E-mail: nursing@wau.edu

Office Manager:
G. Nicole Mattox
Phone: 301-576-0118
E-mail: gnmattox@wau.edu

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

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Our programs are designed to fit the needs of licensed nurses in various stages of their careers.