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Nursing Questions and Answers – August 18, 2014

  1. What is the University’s Maryland Board of Nursing status?
    Washington Adventist University’s (WAU) baccalaureate nursing program has been approved with warning status by the Maryland Board of Nursing because 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 Department of Nursing faculty has instituted various strategies designed to improve future NCLEX scores.
  2. How are new and current nursing students impacted?
    Students who graduate from WAU’s program can take the NCLEX examination, become licensed nurses, and attend graduate school.
  3. What opportunities do WAU nursing graduates have?
    The accreditation emphasis for admission to MSN programs is based on a university’s regional or national accreditation. WAU is regionally accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  4. Do other universities that offer masters in nursing require applicants to have graduated from a discipline-specific program?
    No. As a matter of fact, the following programs do not: 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.
  5. 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
  6. What if I have additional nursing questions?
    If you have additional questions, please contact one of the following individuals:

    Dr. Jo Ann Mackey
    Chair for the Edyth T. James Department of Nursing
    Washington Adventist University
    Phone: 301-891-4546

    Dr. Karen Marshall
    Dean of the School of Health Professions Science and Wellness
    Washington Adventist University
    Phone: 301-891-4030

    Dr. Cheryl Kisunzu
    Washington Adventist University
    Phone: 301-891-4116

    Angie Crews
    Interim Director for Corporate Communications
    Washington Adventist University
    Phone: 301-891-4134


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