R.N.-M.S.N. Nursing Program Option

Implemented in Fall 2015 | Pending MHEC approval

The R.N.-M.S.N. program provides students with a bridge process before moving on to earn a master’s degree. The  R.N.-M.S.N. program is for registered nurses who have already earned an associate degree in nursing or have a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing and wish to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Before students are admitted to the R.N.-M.S.N. program, they will be admitted to the university to complete a series of bridge courses. Upon completion of the bridge requirements with a cumulative average of 3.0 or better, students will progress into the M.S.N. track of their choice.

If a student has not achieved a 3.0 cumulative grade point, the student will need to take the GRE and achieve scores of Verbal 150; Quantitative Reasoning 150; Analytical Writing 3 in order to progress into the master’s concentration.

Currently students may choose either an M.S.N. track in either education or business leadership. The overall graduate nursing program is consistent with the professional nursing standards and guidelines found in The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) publication.

The total undergraduate credits required to enter the R.N.-M.S.N. program is 91 credits and this includes the bridge courses. The undergraduate courses accepted will mirror WAU’s current undergraduate nursing program.

Undergraduate courses that will be accepted can be found below. In order to be accepted, a grade of “C” or better is required. The total number of credits for the R.N.-M.S.N. program is 136 (91 undergraduate and 45 graduate credits).

All core courses must be taken in the order listed with the exception of advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment. These three courses may be taken any time, but must be completed before starting any of the concentration/specialization courses.

All core courses must be completed with a “B” or better in order to progress into a concentration. In addition, all specialization courses must be completed with a “B” or better. 

Admission

Admission to the R.N.-M.S.N. program for any concentration requires:

  1. Earned Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) from a state board of nursing approved program with regional accreditation or a baccalaureate degree in another discipline.
  2. R.N. licensure in Maryland or District of Columbia.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on all cognates.
  4. Completion of a statistics course with a grade of “C+” or better.
  5. Current CPR and health requirements prior to the start of any practicum.
  6. Acceptance of application to the nursing program.
  7. Evidence of recent employment as a registered nurse.
  8. Written statement of career objectives.
  9. Current professional resume and two professional letters of reference.
  10. Completion of the following prerequisites:

Admission

41 hours

Prerequisites

   
ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGL 102 Research and Literature 3
BIOL 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology  II 4
CHEM 114 Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biochemistry 4
NUTR 260 Nutrition 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
BIOL 201 or Biology course or elective 4
BIOL 150 Microbiology 4
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
CPTR 105 Introduction to Computers 3
SOCI 105 General Sociology 3
  Nursing Credits 24
  Total 65

Bridge Courses

25 hours

NURS 389R Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 423R Nursing Leadership and Management 3
NURS 446R Public Health Nursing and Population Health 5
MATH 110 Probability and Statistics* (take before Research)             3
  History elective (upper division) 3
  Literature elective (upper division) 3
  Religion elective (upper division) 6

 

 

Liberal Studies: Elementary/Special Education (BA)

Education / Liberal Studies

Professional Studies Program
Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Studies: Early Childhood
Education/Special Education
Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Studies: Elementary Education/
Special Education
Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Studies: Early Childhood
Care and Education
Contact:  Jamesa Lewis | 301-891-4130
jalewis@wau.edu

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Professional Studies Program

Early Childhood Education/Special Education | Birth – Third Grade

Leads to dual teacher certification in Early Childhood Education (pre-K through third grade) and Special Education (birth through age 8) for adult students who enter with 56 semester credit hours or more.

I. Unified Theme — Professional Education

51 hours

EDEC 206 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 220 Collaboration and Communication in Early Childhood 2
EDEC 245 Early Childhood Health, Nutrition and Safety 3
EDUC 308 Social Studies Methods 2
EDEC 309 Material and Methods for Teaching Math/Science 3
EDEC 315 Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 317 Integrated Arts in Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 320 Positive Behavior Support Strategies in Early Childhood 2
EDEC 352 Methods of Instruction in Reading 3
EDEC 353 Material for Teaching Reading 3
EDEC 354 Methods for Assessment of Reading 3
EDEC 390 Working with Young Children, Families and Community 3
EDEC 424 Observation/Assessment in Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 450 Teaching Internship 3
EDUC 130 Professional Skills Development 1
EDUC 321 Techniques for Integrating Educational Technology in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom 3
EDUC 341 Processes and Acquisition of Reading 3
EDUC 499 Senior Internship Seminar 1-2
Note: Courses may overlap between Unified Theme and Cultural, Scientific and Societal studies. Courses may not overlap between General Education requirements and the major requirements.

 

II. Liberal Studies Themes

29 hours

Cultural Studies 9 hours
EDUC 120 Educational Philosophy and Trends 3
EDUC 301 Issues in Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 418 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth 3
Scientific Studies   8 hours
BIOL Biology elective 4
If student takes BIOL 140 at WAU, the health elective is waived.
MATH Mathematics elective 4
Societal Studies 9 hours
EDUC 242 Human Learning 3
HIST 125/126 World History 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
Required Cognate 3 hours
HIST 275/276 United States History I or II 3

 

III. General Education Requirements

41 hours

NOT to be repeated in major.  
CHEM/BIOL/PHYS Science elective 4
COMM 105 Introduction to Oral Communication 3
INSY 110/CPTR 105 Introduction to Computers 3
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
ENGL 102 Research and Literature 3
GEOG  Geography elective 3
HLSC/NUTR Health elective 2
HMNT Humanities elective 3
INTD 315 Ethics in Modern Society 3
INTD 327 Issues in Religion and Culture 3
LITR Literature elective 3
MATH Mathematics elective 4
PEAC Physical Education activity elective 1
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
Upper-division courses must total at least 36 hours.

Total

121 hours

Elementary/Special Education | Grades 1 – 6

Leads to dual teacher certification in Elementary Education (first through sixth grade) and generic Special Education. Program for adult students who enter with 56 semester credit hours or more.

I. Unified Theme — Professional Education

46 hours

EDSP 425 Applied Measurement and Assessment for Exceptional Students 2
EDSP 440 Instructional Methods for Students with Disabilities 3
EDSP 450E Student Teaching – Elementary Internship I 5
EDUC 130 Professional Skills Development 1
EDUC 305 Health/Science Methods 3
EDUC 308 Elementary Social Studies Methods 2
EDUC 319 Mathematics Methods 3
EDUC 320 Classroom Management 3
EDUC 321 Techniques for Integrating Educational Technology in the Classroom 3
EDUC 341 Processes and Acquisition of Reading 3
EDUC 352 Methods of Instruction in Reading 3
EDUC 353 Material for Teaching Reading 3
EDUC 354 Methods for Assessment of Reading 3
EDUC 424 Educational Assessment 3
EDUC 450E Student Teaching Internship 5
EDUC 499 Senior Internship Seminar 1-2
Note: Courses may overlap between Unified Theme and Cultural, Scientific and Societal studies. Courses may not overlap between General Education requirements and the major requirements.


II. Liberal Studies Themes

33 hours

Cultural Studies 9 hours
EDUC 120 Educational Philosophy and Trends 3
EDUC 301 Issues in Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 418 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth 3
Scientific Studies   12 hours
MATH Elective   4
MATH Elective   4
BIOL Biology elective* 4
  *If student takes BIOL 140 at WAU, Health elective is waived.  
Societal Studies 9 hours
EDUC 242 Human Learning 3
HIST 125/126 World History 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
Required Cognate 3 hours
HIST 275/276 United States History I or II 3

 

III. General Education Requirements

41 hours

NOT to be repeated in major.  
BIOL/CHEM/PHYS Science Elective 4
COMM105 Introduction to Oral Communication 3
INSY 110/CPTR 105 Introduction to Computers 3
ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGL 102 Research and Literature 3
GEOG Geography elective 3
HLSC/NUTR Health elective 2
INTD 315 Ethics in Modern Society 3
INTD 327   Issues in Religion and Culture 3
MATH Mathematics elective 4
LITR Literature elective 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
PEAC Physical Education activity elective 1
HMNT Humanities elective 3
Upper-division courses must total at least 36 hours.


Total                                                                                      122 hours

Early Childhood Care and Education | Birth – Age 8 | Non-Certification

I. Unified Theme — Professional Education

49 hours

EDEC 206 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 220 Collaboration and Communication in Early Childhood 2
EDEC 245 Early Childhood Health, Nutrition and Safety 3
EDEC 302 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 2
EDUC 305 Promoting Literacy and Language in Young Children 2
EDEC 309 Material and Methods for Teaching Math/Science 3
EDEC 310 Teaching Experiences 5
EDEC 311 Programming and Planning for Primary Aged Children 3
EDEC 312 Programming and Planning for Preschoolers 3
EDEC 313 Programming and Planning for Infants and Toddlers 3
EDEC 315 Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 317 Integrated Arts in Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 320 Positive Behavior Support Strategies in Early Childhood 2
EDEC 390 Working with Young Children, Families and Community 3
EDEC 424 Observation/Assessment in Early Childhood Education 3
EDUC 130 Professional Skills Development 1
EDUC 321 Techniques for Integrating Educational Technology in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom 3
Note: Courses may overlap between Unified Theme and Cultural, Scientific and Societal studies. Courses between General Education requirements and the major requirements may not overlap.

 

II. Liberal Studies Themes

33 hours

Cultural Studies 9 hours
EDUC 120 Educational Philosophy and Trends 3
EDUC 301 Issues in Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 418 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth 3
Scientific Studies   12 hours
MATH Elective Mathematics elective 4
MATH Elective Mathematics elective* 4
BIOL Biology elective 4
  *If student takes BIOL 140 at WAU, Health elective is waived.  
Societal Studies 9 hours
EDUC 242 Human Learning 3
HIST 125/126 World History 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
Required Cognate 3 hours
HIST 275/276 United States History I or II 3

 

III. General Education Requirements

38 hours

NOT to be repeated in major.  
ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGL 102 Research and Literature 3
COMM 105 Introduction to Oral Communication 3
INSY 110/CPTR 105 Introduction to Computers 3
INTD 315 Ethics in Modern Society 3
INTD 327 Issues in Religion and Culture 3
LITR Literature elective 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
GEOG Geography elective 3
PEAC Physical Education activity elective 1
HLSC/NUTR Health elective 2
HMNT Humanities elective 3
  Electives 5
Upper-division courses must total at least 36 hours.

Total

120 hours

NURSING AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP | M.S.N.B.L.

NURSING AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP | M.S.N.B.L.

The Master of Science in Nursing and Business Leadership (M.S.N.B.L.) degree is offered to provide an opportunity to develop advanced nursing administration and management skills. A career-changing degree, the M.S.N.B.L. provides a cutting-edge education that combines the educational background of both the M.S.N. and business leadership.

Applications and registrations for the M.S.N.B.L. degree are processed by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Admission, academic testing and graduation eligibility are determined by the university's Admissions office and Office of the Registrar.

Admission

  1. Admission to the M.S.N.B.L. program is based on: Completion of an accredited B.S.N. degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students who do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement must submit minimum GRE scores of Verbal 150; Quantitative Reasoning 150;
  2. Analytical Writing 3 in order to be considered for admission.
  3. Current nursing license in Maryland or the District of Columbia.
  4. Professional resume and two letters of recommendation.
  5. Written statement and possible interview.

All applications and transcripts must be sent directly to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

 

Master of Science in Nursing and Business Leadership

 

The curriculum consists of 42 hours of study, and provides a solid foundation in major nursing administration and management functional areas. The following undergraduate courses serve as prerequisites to core M.S.N.B.L. courses:
ACCT Principles of Accounting Course(s)
ACCT 211 and 212 in traditional program, ACCT 211 in SGPS
3
ECON Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, or a combination course
ECON 265 and 266 in traditional program, ECON 375 in SGPS
3

 

Courses in Nursing  

24 hours

NURS 500 Fundamental Skills for MSN-M.B.A. Graduate Study 2
NURS 510 Nursing Problem-solving Skills Development 3
NURS 520 Applied Research Techniques 3
NURS 530 Nursing Operations and Delivery Systems 3
NURS 540 Nursing Leadership as a Change Agent 3
NURS 545 Professional Ethics in Health Care 3
NURS 550 Practicum: Management in Health Care Organizations 3
MGMT 689/
MSBL 600
Seminar in Health Care Strategic Management 4

 

Courses in Business 

18 hours

ACCT 610/615 Accounting Theory 3
ACCT 620/625 Financial Accounting for Nurses 3
ECON 528 Managerial Economics and Development 3
MGMT 621 Group Behavior and Team Building 3
MGMT 630 Managing Human Capital 3
MKTG 676 Marketing Management 3

Total

42 hours

Accreditation of Nursing Programs

Washington Adventist University’s nursing programs are approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.  The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has accepted our application for initial accreditation of the baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing and our site visit will be in April, 2016.  Washington Adventist University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).  The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  The University is also accredited by The Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities.

PSYCHOLOGY | Masters of Arts

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies, in conjunction with WAUís Department of Psychology, offers two Master of Arts degree programs, one in Professional Counseling Psychology (L.C.P.C. or L.C.A.D.C.) and the other in counseling psychology. The Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology prepares the student to function as a counseling psychologist under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

Admission

Admission to the Master of Arts degree program requires that a student have a bachelorís degree in psychology or a related field (social work, mental health, etc.) Applicants who do not meet the minimum 2.75 GPA requirement, but whose grade-point averages fall between 2.60 and 2.74, must also submit GRE scores of at least 550 on the subject area Psychology examination in order to be considered for admission.

Students who possess a bachelorís or masterís degree but in a unrelated area will be required to complete nine hours of upper-division psychology courses with a ìBî or better before being admitted to the Master of Arts program. It is recommended that the student select from the following undergraduate psychology courses: Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Psychological Testing, Theories of Personality and Abnormal Psychology.

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) program | 60 hours

Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (L.C.A.D.C.) program | 60 hours

The Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling Psychology prepares the student to be a counseling psychologist and to operate an independent practice. It is identical to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an additional 21 hours completed after Field Experience I. The student will be eligible to take the state of Maryland licensure exam for the L.C.P.C. or L.C.A.D.C.  upon completion of the Master of Arts degree and 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience.

 

Required Courses

60 hours

CPSY 510*   Advanced Lifespan Development 2
CPSY 520* Psychopathology 3
CPSY 530* Systems and Theories of Psychotherapy 3
CPSY 540* Counseling Techniques 3
CPSY 550 Field Experience (125 hours). 3
CPSY 560 Group Therapy 3
CPSY 571 Ethical, Legal and Substance Abuse Issues for Counselors 3
CPSY 580 Career Counseling 3
CPSY 590 Evaluation and Appraisal 3
CPSY 610 Research in Counseling     3
CPSY 620 Marriage and Family Counseling 3
CPSY 630 Alcohol and Drug Counseling 3
CPSY 640 Multicultural Counseling 3
CPSY 645**  Alcohol and Drug Dependency  
CPSY 655**  Addiction Counseling Theories and Approaches  
CPSY 660** Psychopharmacology  
CPSY 665** Psychotherapy in Alcohol and Drug Disorders  
CPSY 680† Practicum (275 hours)  
CPSY 690‡ Advanced Counseling Techniques  
CPSY 699A‡*** Clinical Internship (150 hours)  
CPSY 699B‡*** Clinical Internship (150 hours)  
CPSY 699C‡*** Clinical Internship (150 hours)  
CPSY 699D‡*** Clinical Internship (150 hours)  
  * Core program prerequisites must be met  
  ** LCADC requirement  
  *** LCPC requirement  
  † Prerequisites: Field Experience  
  ‡ Prerequisites: Field Experience and Practicum  

Additional Requirement:

Before students are permitted to graduate with a Master of Arts in professional counseling psychology (60 hr.), they must provide documented evidence to indicate they have completed five hours of personal counseling before starting CPSY 680 Practicum. This requirement is considered a part of the student’s professional education program to become a highly effective counselor. Students need to be aware of their own mental health issues in order to function in a competent and ethical manner.

Education / Liberal Studies

Professional Studies Program

Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Studies: Early Childhood
Education/Special Education

Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Studies: Elementary Education/
Special Education

Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Studies: Early Childhood
Care and Education

Contact:  Jamesa Lewis | 301-891-4130
jalewis@wau.edu

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Professional Studies Program

Early Childhood Care and Education | Birth – Age 8 | Non-Certification

 

I. Unified Theme — Professional Education

49 hours

EDEC 206 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 220 Collaboration and Communication in Early Childhood 2
EDEC 245 Early Childhood Health, Nutrition and Safety 3
EDEC 302 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 2
EDUC 305 Promoting Literacy and Language in Young Children 2
EDEC 309 Material and Methods for Teaching Math/Science 3
EDEC 310 Teaching Experiences 5
EDEC 311 Programming and Planning for Primary Aged Children 3
EDEC 312 Programming and Planning for Preschoolers 3
EDEC 313 Programming and Planning for Infants and Toddlers 3
EDEC 315 Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 317 Integrated Arts in Early Childhood Education 3
EDEC 320 Positive Behavior Support Strategies in Early Childhood 2
EDEC 390 Working with Young Children, Families and Community 3
EDEC 424 Observation/Assessment in Early Childhood Education 3
EDUC 130 Professional Skills Development 1
EDUC 321 Techniques for Integrating Educational Technology in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom 3
Note: Courses may overlap between Unified Theme and Cultural, Scientific and Societal studies. Courses between General Education requirements and the major requirements may not overlap.

 

II. Liberal Studies Themes

33 hours

Cultural Studies 9 hours
EDUC 120 Educational Philosophy and Trends 3
EDUC 301 Issues in Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 418 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth 3
Scientific Studies   12 hours
MATH Mathematics elective 4
HLSC Mathematics elective* 4
BIOL Biology elective 4
  *If student takes BIOL 140 at WAU, Health elective is waived.  
Societal Studies 9 hours
EDUC 242 Human Learning 3
HIST 125/126 World History 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
Required Cognate 3 hours
HIST 275/276 United States History I or II 3

 

III. General Education Requirements

38 hours

NOT to be repeated in major.  
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
ENGL 102 Research and Literature 3
COMM 105 Introduction to Oral Communication 3
INSY 110/CPTR 105 Introduction to Computers 3
INTD 315 Ethics in Modern Society 3
LITR Literature elective 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology 3
GEOG Geography elective 3
PEAC Physical Education activity elective 1
HLSC/NUTR Health elective 2
HMNT Humanities elective 3
  Electives 5
Upper-division courses must total at least 36 hours.

 

Total

120 hours