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Full text of "Graduate Catalog 2008-2009"

Southern Adventist University 

Graduate Catalog 2008-2009 

Admissions Information: 

Nationwide: 1-800-768-8437 
(1-800-SOUTHERN) 

Mailing Address: 

Graduate Studies Office 
P.O. Box 370 

Collegedale, TN 37315-0370 
Ph.: 423-236-2694 
FAX: 423-236-1694 

E-mail: 

GraduateStudies@southern.edu 

Website: 

GraduateStudies.southern.edu 

All Other Inquiries: 

General Number: 423-236-2000 

School of Business & Management: 

Ph.: 423-236-2751 

FAX: 423-236-1527 

School of Education & Psychology: 

Ph.: 423-236-2496 

FAX: 423-236-1765 

School of Nursing: 

Ph.: 423-236-2940 

FAX: 423-236-1940 

School of Religion: 

Ph.: 423-236-2977 

FAX: 423-236-1976 

In publishing this catalog, every reasonable effort has been made to be factually accurate The publisher assumes 
no responsibility for editorial, clerical, or printing errors. The information presented is, at the time of printing, 
an accurate description of course offerings, policies, and requirements of Southern Adventist University The 
provisions of this catalog, however, are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the University 
and the student The University reserves the right to change any provision or requirement at any time, without 
prior notice. 



2 Table of Contents 

Contents 

Degrees Offered 4-5 

Academic Calendar 6 

This is Southern Adventist University 7 

Mission Statement 7 

Vision 7 

Core Values 7 

Educational Philosophy 7 

Institutional Goals 7 

Student Learning Goals 8 

Guiding Principles for Graduate Programs 9 

History 9 

Setting 9 

Accreditation and Memberships 10 

Facilities 10 

Admissions 12 

Admission Requirements 12 

Admission Categories 13 

Registrations 13 

Admission of International Students 14 

Academic Policies 16 

General Requirements for Master's Degree 16 

Enrollment 18 

Medical Records 18 

Online Programs 18 

Grade Policies 19 

Petition and Academic Grievance Procedures 20 

Financing Your Education 22 

Federal Stafford Loan Requirements and Disbursement 22 

Ability to Benefit 22 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Students Receiving 

Financial Aid 22 

Requirements 23 

Time Frame for Receiving Financial Aid 23 

Progress Review 23 

Fees and Charges 23 

Tuition 23 



Table of Contents 3 

Special Fees and Charges 23 

Financial Aid Budget 24 

Refunds 25 

International Student Deposit 25 

Credit Cards 25 

Summer Residence Hall 26 

University Apartments 26 

Books and Supplies 26 

Release of Transcripts or Diplomas 26 

Schools of Instruction 

Business and Management 27 

Education and Psychology 35 

Nursing 47 

Religion 67 

Course Descriptions 76 

Registry 110 

Graduate Instructional Faculty Ill 

Adjunct Faculty 112 



4 Degrees Offered 

Graduate Studies 

The Board of Trustees of Southern Adventist University has authorized master's degrees in 
the following areas: 

School of Business and Management 

Master of Business Administration 

- Accounting 

- Church and Nonprofit Leadership 

- Healthcare Administration (available online) 

- Management (available online) 

- Marketing Management 

Dual Degree— MSN and MBA (MBA component available online) 
Master of Financial Services 

Master of Science in Administration 

- Church Administration 

- Outdoor Education 

School of Education and Psychology 

Master of Science 

- Professional Counseling 

- School Counseling 

Master of Science in Education 

- Curriculum and Instruction 

- Educational Administration and Supervision 

- Inclusive Education (available online) 

- Literacy Education 

- Outdoor Teacher Education (available online) 

School of Nursing 

Master of Science in Nursing 

- Adult Nurse Practitioner 

- Family Nurse Practitioner 

- Nurse Educator 

Accelerated RN to MSN 

- Adult Nurse Practitioner 

- Family Nurse Practitioner 

- Nurse Educator 

Accelerated RN to MSN and MBA (MBA component available online) 
Dual Degree— MSN and MBA (MBA component available online) 

Post Master's Certificate 

- Adult Nurse Practitioner 

- Family Nurse Practitioner 

- Nurse Educator 



Degrees Offered 5 



School of Religion 

Master of Arts 

- Biblical and Theological Studies 

- Church Leadership and Management 

- Church Ministry and Homiletics 

- Evangelism and World Mission 

- Religious Studies 



6 Academic Calendar 

Academic Calendar 

2008-2009 

Summer 2008 

May 5-Jul 24 School of Business and Management classes begin and end 

May 5-23 School of Religion classes begin and end 

May 5-30 School of Education— Counseling classes begin and end 

Jun 2-26 School of Education and Psychology classes begin and end 

Jun 2-Jul 25 School of Education— Counseling classes begin and end 

Jun 9-27 School of Religion classes begin and end 

Jun 30-Jul 24 School of Education and Psychology classes begin and end 

Jul 7-25 School of Religion classes begin and end 

First Semester, Fall 2008 

Aug 28-Dec 17 School of Nursing classes begin and end 

Aug 28-Dec 17 School of Education— Counseling classes begin and end 

Aug 31-Sep 10 School of Education— Outdoor Education classes begin and end 

Sep 1-Nov 21 School of Business and Management classes begin and end 

Oct 1 Begin ordering December graduation regalia 

Oct 16-19 Mid-Semester Break 

Oct 23-26 Alumni Weekend 

Oct 31 Deadline to request Dec/may graduation at Records & Advisement Office 

Nov 3-14 Online Registration for W09 

Nov 26-30 Thanksgiving Break 

Dec 5 MSN Project/Thesis Presentation 

Dec 16-19 Semester Examination 

Dec 19 Commencement 7:00 p.m. lies Auditorium 

Dec 18-Jan 4 Christmas Vacation 

Second Semester, Winter 2009 

Jan 5-Apr 2 School of Business and Management classes begin and end 

Jan 5-Apr 30 School of Nursing classes begin and end 

Jan 5-Apr 30 School of Education— Counseling classes begin and end 

Jan 18-28 School of Education— Outdoor Education classes begin and end 

Jan 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day/no classes/Community Service Day 

Feb 6 Begin ordering May graduation regalia 

Feb 27-Mar 8 Spring Break 

Apr 27 MSN Project/Thesis Presentation 

Apr 27-May 1 Semester Exams and Registration for First Summer Session 

May 3 Commencement 9:30 a.m. Memorial Auditorium 

Note: 

1. Late registration fee applies the first day of class. 

2. Last day to add a course is two weeks for semester classes and two days for 
intensives. 

3. Last day to drop and receive a "W" is two-thirds of class days. After 90% of class 
days, students will receive a F. 

4. No tuition refunds after half of class term is over. 



This is Southern Adventist University 7 

This is Southern Adventist University 

Southern Adventist University is a co-educational institution established by the 
Seventh-day Adventist Church, offering master's, baccalaureate, and associate degrees, 
and one-year certificates. 

The Mission 

Southern Adventist University as a learning community nurtures Christ-likeness and 
encourages the pursuit of truth, wholeness, and a life of service. 

Vision 

Southern Adventist University, responsive to its diverse constituencies, will provide high 
quality education benefit, lead in the integration of faith and learning, and model 
academic and professional excellence. The institution will graduate servant leaders 
guided by faith and integrity, and committed to living balanced lives. 

Core Values 

• A Christ-centered, Seventh-day Adventist campus 

• Academic and professional excellence 

• Hospitality and service 

• Affordable education 

• Balanced lifestyle 

Educational Philosophy 

Rooted in its theological understanding of God and humanity, the educational philosophy 
of the Seventh-day Adventist church is summarized as follows: 

• God, the creator and Sustainer of the universe, is the Source of all knowledge. 

• Created in the image of God for the purpose of communion with Him, humanity 
has sinned and has separated from Him. 

• Through infinite love, God sent His Son to restore this relationship with us— a 
personal relationship that begins now and continues throughout eternity. 

Within the context of this theological understanding, education is viewed as an essential 
element of redemption, and must focus on developing the whole person. Through 
harmonious development of the physical, mental, and spiritual, and social dimensions, 
the individual becomes better equipped to bring wholeness to a broken world. 

Institutional Goals 

Southern Adventist University will 

• Learning Community 

nurture campus learning communities that engage students with ideas that 
mark educated persons, global and multicultural perspectives, and advanced 
technology to develop both ethical principles and intellectual flexibility. 



8 This is Southern Adventist University 

• Faculty and Staff 

hire and develop a competent and diverse faculty and staff who model balanced 
ethical lives, integrate faith and learning, demonstrate scholarship through 
teaching, research, and other scholarly and creative activities, and celebrate and 
energize the student spirit as they respect and support the different ways 
students develop their minds, their persons, and their citizenship. 

• Students 

recruit, retain, and support a capable, diverse student body. 

• Campus Environment 

provide a safe, nurturing learning community of faith for students, faculty, and 
staff. 

• Student Service 

enable every student to participate in local service and/or mission service 
activities. 

• Partnerships 

pursue and nurture partnerships with alumni, church, community, business and 
industry, civic organizations, and government in order to analyze, project, and 
respond to changing needs to help ensure that graduates are prepared for a life 
of service. 

• Stewardship 

steward resources entrusted to the university through effective fiscal 
management to fulfill its mission, vision and goals. 

Student Learning Goals 

Students of Southern Adventist University will 

• Spiritual 

grow in a vibrant relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, while integrating into 
their lives Bible-based beliefs and values as understood by the Seventh-day 
Adventist church. 

• Intellectual 

develop a commitment to life-long-learning and demonstrate a mastery of the 
cognitive skills of critical reasoning, independent thinking, reflective judgment, 
communication, and creativity needed to confront the issues, ideas, and values 
of historical and contemporary civilization. 

• Occupational 

exhibit excellence and moral leadership in their chosen field of study and/or 
profession. 

• Social 

develop socio-emotional maturity that will enable them to be effective leaders 
and contributing members of their churches, families, groups, and communities 
in a global society. 

• Physical 

take responsibility for their own well-being through a health-promoting lifestyle. 



This is Southern Adventist University 9 

Guiding Principles for Graduate Programs 

In keeping with the institutional mission statement, graduate education at Southern 
Adventist University provides an opportunity for motivated students to combine the 
acquisition of knowledge with refinement of their intellectual skills in the pursuit of truth. 
This experience extends beyond the transmission of information in the traditional 
disciplines. Rather, the learning environment consists of a community of scholars where 
students and professors jointly share dilemmas as well as discoveries and insights, 
resulting in a mutually fulfilling growth experience. Such opportunities motivate the 
student to engage in open dialogue, debate, critique, thoughtful query and independent 
thinking. Previous knowledge and understandings are examined, reconsidered, and 
synthesized in light of new learning; and accepted practices undergo the rigor of 
thoughtful analysis. 

Students study and integrate theory, research, and practice in specialized areas of 
expertise. Considerable emphasis is placed upon independent and collaborative projects, 
which require a complexity of skills, including problem identification, inquiry, problem 
solving, analysis, and synthesis. Depending upon the particular graduate program; 
comprehensive examinations, capstone seminars, portfolio, and thesis afford additional 
demonstrations of scholarship and the potential for contributions to the field. Sound 
scholarship is expected, and these projects may lead to formal papers, professional 
presentations, or publishable manuscripts. 

At Southern Adventist University, the quest for truth relates to matters of Christian faith. 
Because Biblical ideals lead to an appreciation of human dignity, participants in the 
community of scholars seek to apply theory in ways that preserve human worth. Christian 
education combines faith and learning, understanding and practice, erudition and 
service. 

History 

In 1892 the educational venture that developed into Southern Adventist University had its 
beginning in the small village of Graysville, Tennessee. The school became known as 
Graysville Academy. In 1896 the name was changed to Southern Industrial School and 
five years later to Southern Training School. 

In 1916, because of limited acreage available for further expansion of plant facilities, the 
school was moved to the Thatcher farm in Hamilton County, Tennessee. The name 
"Collegedale" was given to the anticipated community. At its new location, the school 
opened as Southern Junior College and continued as such until 1944 when it achieved 
senior college status, after which the name was changed to Southern Missionary College. 
In 1982 the name was changed to Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists. University 
status was achieved in 1996 when the name was changed to Southern Adventist 
University. 

Setting 

Southern Adventist University's 1,100 acre Collegedale campus is nestled in a valley 18 
miles east of Chattanooga. The quietness and beauty of the surroundings are in keeping 
with the University's educational philosophy. 



10 This is Southern Adventist University 

Accreditation and Memberships 

Southern Adventist University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the 
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 
30033-4097; telephone number 404.679.4501) to award one-year certificates, associate 
degrees, baccalaureate, and masters' degrees. It is also accredited by the Accrediting 
Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities. Additional 
information regarding the University may be obtained by contacting the State Board of 
Independent Colleges and Universities, Department of Education, Tallahassee, FL 32399 
(850.488.8695). The Master of Science degree in School Counseling is approved by the 
Tennessee State Board of Education. 

The Schools of the University are also accredited by various organizations. The School of 
Business and Management is accredited through the International Assembly for Collegiate 
Business Education (Olathe, KS 66221, telephone number, 913.631.3009). The School 
of Education and Psychology teacher education program is accredited by the National 
Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The University is approved by the 
Tennessee State Board of Education for the preparation of secondary and elementary 
teachers, and has received preliminary approval for Administrator PreK-12 licensure. The 
Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science degree programs in 
nursing are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (61 
Broadway, New York, NY 10006, telephone number, 212.363.5555 ext. 153). The 
School of Nursing is an agency member of the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher 
Degree Programs and the Council of Associate Degree Programs of the National League 
for Nursing. The School of Nursing is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. 

Facilities 

The following buildings house the academic and other activities of the University: 

• Brock Hall— Business and Management, English, History, Journalism and 
Communication, Visual Art and Design, WSMC FM90.5 

• Daniels Hall— Social Work and Family Studies 

• Hackman Hall— Religion 

• Hickman Science Center— Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Mathematics, Physics 

• J. Mabel Wood Hall— Music 

• Ledford Hall— Technology 

• Lynn Wood Hall— Advancement, Alumni, Development, Heritage Museum, 
Student Success Center/Counseling and Testing 

• Mazie Herin Hall— Nursing 

• McKee Library— Main Campus Library 

• Miller Hall— Modern Languages 

• Southern Online Campus 

• Summerour Hall— Education and Psychology, Teaching Materials Center, 21st 
Century Classroom 



This is Southern Adventist University 11 

• William lies Physical Education Center— Physical Education, Health, and 
Wellness, Swimming Pool 

• Wright Hall— Administration 

Other facilities on or near campus that may serve student needs: 

• Campus Services-security 

• Campus Shop— student bookstore and gift shop 

• Southern Village 

• Student Apartments 

• Talge Hall— men's residence hall 

• Thatcher Hall— women's residence hall 

• Thatcher Hall South— women's residence hall 

• University Health Center— health services 



12 Admissions 

Admissions 

Southern Adventist University welcomes applications from students who will commit 
themselves to an educational program that unites academic integrity and Christian 
principles. The University does not discriminate in admissions on the basis of age, gender, 
race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, or disability. 

Application for admission to graduate study, with the exception of the RN to MSN 
program, is open to any person with a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally 
accredited institution. Applicant must have a satisfactory grade point average (see 
requirement of individual Schools). All application materials become the property of the 
University and will not be forwarded or returned. Incomplete and inactive applications are 
maintained in an active file for 12 months, after which the file is purged. An applicant 
whose file has been purged will be required to resubmit all new application materials prior 
to the deadline dates for the term in which registration/enrollment is anticipated. 

Enrollment in a graduate program is a privilege, which may be withdrawn by the University 
if it is deemed necessary by the Dean of the Graduate Studies to safeguard the 
University's standards. 

Admission Requirements 

Applicants seeking admission should have a complete application on file by the following 
preferred dates: July 1 for the fall semester, November 1 for the winter semester, and 
April 1 for the summer session. These deadlines are for U.S. residents. International 
students should plan on submitting their paperwork at least two months prior to the 
deadlines for U.S. residents. 

Admission to a master's degree program in the School of Graduate Studies requires a 
3.00 undergraduate GPA (on a 4.00 scale). The following materials must be submitted 
before an applicant will be considered for admission: 

1. A completed application form. (Applications can be submitted electronically via the 
web at: http://graduatestudies.southern.edu ). 

2. Non-refundable application fee of $25. 

3. One official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework. 

4. Professional recommendations, as requested, by the respective School. 

5. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management 
Admission Test (GMAT) and/or entrance examination scores as required by the 
respective School. To register for the GRE and GMAT contact: Educational Testing 
Service at http://www.ets.org . 

6. Additional materials as required by the respective School. 

When all pertinent materials are received, the Graduate Studies Office will review the 
application and forward the materials to the respective School. No action is taken until a 
file is complete. The decision to admit or reject an applicant rests with the admissions 
committee of the respective School. The applicant will be notified by mail of any action 
taken. 



Admissions 13 

Admission Categories 

Admission to the graduate studies program is based on academic preparation and 
potential. Admission is denied to those applicants who do not qualify for one of the 
following categories of admission: 

Regular Admission 

An applicant granted regular admission is a degree-seeking student who meets all 
admission requirements (see Admission Requirements) to a degree program, and who 
meets any additional School requirements. [Refer to the respective School for specific 
requirements for admission to the degree program.] 

Provisional Admission 

This category of admission may be granted to an applicant who does not meet all of the 
criteria for regular admission requirements. A maximum of 12 semester hours may be 
taken on this basis. 

The provisional status will be removed after completion of 12 hours of graduate credit 
with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Failure to maintain a 3.00 while in this status will result in 
dismissal. 

Non-degree Admission 

Admission as non-degree seeking is designed for an applicant having a four-year 
bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent who needs 
additional time to fulfill application requirements or does not wish to pursue a degree 
program. 

An applicant who does not wish to pursue a graduate degree must submit the following 
materials to the Office of Graduate Studies: 

• A completed Non-degree Application form 

• Non-refundable application fee of $25 

• One official transcript from all colleges and universities attended 

A maximum of 12 graduate hours may be taken in graduate non-degree status. A non- 
degree student must maintain a 3.00 grade point average to continue enrollment in non- 
degree status (see Academic Policies). Admission to non-degree status does not 
constitute admission to a degree program. The student who seeks to enter a degree 
program will be directed to the appropriate School. An international student on a student 
visa may not enroll in the non-degree status. Some Schools do not permit non-degree 
students to register for graduate courses. 

Registrations 

All registrations may be done online. 

• Obtain a Southern email account by going to: access.southern.edu click on user 
name and password. 

• Using access.southern.edu, supply user name and password, click on 
Registration. 

• Grades may be obtained through access.southern.edu as well as academic 
history and degree audit. 



14 Admissions 

• Prior to web registration, financial arrangement must be cleared by Student 
Finance (423.236.2835). 

• Prior to web registration, health records (main campus only) must be cleared by 
Health Services (423.236.2713.) 

Note: 

1. Late registration fee applies the day after each registration. 

2. Last day to add a course is two weeks after each registration (intensives are two 
days). 

3. Last day to drop and automatically receive a "W" (equals two-thirds of the class 
days.) 

4. All withdrawals after two-thirds of course will receive an "F" (equals to 90% of class 
days.) 

5. No tuition refunds after half of class term is over. 

Admission of International Students 

An international applicant must have an equivalent four-year bachelor's degree with at 
least a "B" average on undergraduate coursework, and meet the admissions 
requirements for acceptance to a graduate program. 

The following items must be received before admission will be considered. 

1. A completed application form with a nonrefundable application fee of $25. 

2. Official or attested university records (including proof of all degrees received), with 
certified translations and evaluations if the records are not in English. 

3. Certification of English proficiency. Graduate students whose native language is not 
English must submit a score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 
(internet-based). Visit the TOEFL website at http://www.ets.org/toefl for the most up- 
to-date information and exam registration. 

4. Documented evidence of financial resources sufficient to support the student for the 
calendar year, in addition to a required US$3,000 international student deposit. 

5. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management 
Admission Test (GMAT), if required. 

6. Letters of recommendations or rating forms. 

Admission must be granted, and financial documentation and degree confirmation must 
be received prior to issuance of an 1-20 form needed to obtain a visa. 

The University will not enroll any student who has not been approved by the Immigration 
and Naturalization Service to attend Southern Adventist University. International students 
accepted for graduate study at Southern will receive a letter of acceptance from their 
program of study. This letter and the SEVIS 1-20 form furnished by the University must be 
presented to the consular officer of the United States to whom the student applies for a 
student visa. Southern will not accept visas issued for admission to other colleges or 
universities. International students admitted to graduate study are encouraged to arrive 
on campus two weeks prior to the beginning of classes and should contact the 
International Students Adviser as soon as they arrive. The office of Graduate Studies 
must be notified of any change in entering date after admission has been granted. All 



Admissions 15 

international students with student visas are required by current immigration laws to be 
enrolled in a full course study (a minimum of nine credit hours) for each semester in 
attendance. 

According to current immigration laws, international students with student visas may work 
on campus provided that employment is available and provided that the student is 
enrolled in a full course of study nine (9) hours for each semester in attendance and is 
making progress to the completion of a degree. On-campus employment is limited up to 
20 hours per week when there are regular classes held. Such employment may be full 
time (up to 40 hours per week) during school vacation periods. 

International students should not leave their homeland until they have in their 
possession: 

1. An admission letter of acceptance from Southern Adventist University 

2. Form 1-20 (from Southern Adventist University) 

3. A valid passport 

4. A valid visa to enter the United States 

5. Sufficient funds for the first year at Southern Adventist University 

International Transcripts 

Precise, word-for-word, English translations are required for all foreign language 
documents. Often the issuing institution will provide an English translation. Alternatively, 
the student may provide the translation. If the translation is anything other than the 
issuing institution's official document, an original language official transcript is still 
required from the issuing institution. Inclusion of the student's name in English on an 
original language transcript, by the issuing foreign school, helps identify the transcript. 

International Evaluations 

All international (non-US) transcripts must be submitted to one of the following evaluation 
services. Evaluations by companies other than those listed are not accepted and will 
necessitate the resubmission of foreign transcripts to one of the following evaluation 
services: 

• American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), 
http://www.aacrao.org/international/foreignEdCred.cfm 

• Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc (ECE), http://www.ece.org 

• World Education Services (WES), http://www.wes.org 

Results of the evaluation are to be sent to Southern directly from the evaluation service. 
All evaluation reports are advisory. Southern reserves the right to make final equivalency 
decisions. 

English Proficiency 

Regardless of nationality or citizenship, an applicant whose native language is not English 
and whose education has been given outside the U.S. will be exempt from taking the 
Graduate Record Exam, but must provide an official Test of English as a Foreign Language 
(TOEFL) score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet- 
based). TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. If it has been more than 
two years since the test taker last took the TOEFL, the test must be taken again to have 
the score reported. 



16 Academic Policies 

Academic Policies 

General Requirements for Master's Degree 

Admission, Progression and Degree Candidacy 

Students admitted under regular admission criteria are regarded as candidates for their 
declared degrees as long as they maintain a minimal grade point average of 3.00, 
including no more than two classes with a minimum grade of C. 

Applicants who do not satisfy the regular admission requirements may be permitted to 
enroll in specific classes as provisional status while completing such requirements. A 
maximum of twelve (12) semester hours may be taken in residence with a grade point 
average of 3.00 with no grade lower than C, including a maximum of one course with a 
grade of C. 

Credit and Course Requirements and Limitations 

Students are responsible for meeting the semester hour requirement for the chosen 
degree. 

A maximum of six semester hours taken for graduate credit from courses numbered 450 
or higher, under special circumstances, may be applied to a student's graduate program. 
Such courses must be approved by the student's School and carry grades of B or better. 
A student may receive credit for the course from only one program (ie. graduate or 
undergraduate). 

Only earned credit that applies to its graduate programs is recognized. Credit by validation 
exam is only permitted when a student has successfully completed a predefined 
structured course of study for which a validation exam has been established and 
approved by the School. Credit obtained by validation exam is considered earned credit. 
A maximum of 12 hours of credit may be obtained by validation exam. Credit for 
experiential learning, credit by challenge examination, and other categories of non- 
traditional credit may not apply to a graduate degree. Students may validate their 
knowledge in specific courses by waiver examinations but must also complete a 
commensurable number of hours in approved courses to meet the minimum amount of 
earned credit for graduation. 

Graduation Requirements 

In order to graduate, a candidate must: 

1. Complete an application to graduate which must be filed with the Records and 
Advisement Office two months prior to the anticipated graduation date. 

2. Complete all coursework with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no 
more than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade below a C will not 
be counted for credit toward the master's degree. 

3. Pass a comprehensive examination and/or a defense of a thesis/research project, 
portfolio, or case study, as may be required by the respective School. For additional 
graduate requirements, see the Catalog section on degree to be earned. 



Academic Policies 17 

Responsibilities of the Student 

Each graduate student is responsible for knowledge of all regulations and procedures 
published in this bulletin and in school entrance materials. Continued advancement in 
the program is contingent upon the adherence to the decisions of the Graduate Council 
and the policies and procedures as published in this catalog. The student must assume 
the initiative in such matters as securing approval of a program of study and arranging for 
required tests and examinations. Failure to do so may result in unnecessary delay or 
interruption of graduate studies. 

Second Master's Degree 

Degree programs for students who have already completed a master's degree will be 
arranged individually. The amount of applicable class work from the first degree will be 
determined by the age of previously earned credit and its appropriateness to the program. 
Ordinarily, theory courses that are more than ten years old and technology application 
courses that are more than five years old must be repeated or waived by a validating 
examination. Students must complete a minimum of two-thirds of the credits required for 
a second degree which may include independent study in residence. A thesis or research 
project may be required. The GRE/GMAT is not required for a student pursuing a second 
master's degree from a U.S. accredited institution. 

Thesis Requirement 

If the School requires a thesis, the student must secure the School's approval of the 
thesis topic and research design. Research and thesis preparation are under the direction 
of the student's School. 

Two copies of the approved thesis, one of which will be placed in the library, must be 
provided to the School. 

Time Requirement 

The time required to complete a degree is as follows: 

School of Years 

Religion 7 

Education & Psychology 7 

Business & Management & Nursing (MSN/ MBA) 6 

Business & Management 5 

Nursing (MSN) 5 

Ordinarily, theory courses that are more than ten years old and technology application 
courses that are more than five years old must be repeated or waived by a validating 
examination. 

Transfer Credit 

Transfer credits may be applied toward the requirements for a degree. Transcripts will be 
accepted from an officially accredited institution, and courses must carry grades of B or 
better and be approved by the School. A transfer student must complete seventy-five 
percent of the degree program at Southern Adventist University. 



18 Academic Policies 

Veterans Educational Benefits 

VA benefits will be terminated if the student's cumulative grade point average falls below 
3.00. Practical training or Internships required for graduation may be certified to VA and 
must meet the same standards of progress as students pursuing resident courses. 

Withdrawal from a Course 

The last day to drop and automatically receive a "W" equals two-thirds of the class days. 

Enrollment 

Advisement 

Each graduate student will be assigned an adviser who will provide academic counseling, 
approve course scheduling, and supervise research. 

Attendance 

Students are responsible for attending classes regularly and must comply with the 
attendance policies described in the course syllabi for courses in which they are enrolled. 

Course Load for Intensive Classes 

No more than one credit hour per week for any given course may be earned. For every 
week of class instruction a maximum of one credit hour may be earned. 

Enrollment Status 

Nine semester graduate hours constitutes full-time status and five semester graduate 
hours is equivalent to part-time status. The maximum number of hours for which 
graduate students may enroll is 12, unless special permission is given through the Dean 
of Graduate Studies. A mixture of graduate and undergraduate classes could jeopardize 
the student status with loan deferment and/or health insurance policies. Students 
enrolled in 12 undergraduate hours are classified as full-time. Six undergraduate hours 
constitutes half-time enrollment. Students should check with their health insurance 
provider or loan company for eligibility. 

Independent Study 

A maximum of six semester hours may be taken as independent study within the graduate 
degree. 

Medical Records 

All students attending classes on the university campus are required to submit a 
completed Health Information form. Forms are available at the University Health Center 
or on the website http://studenthealth.southern.edu . Failure to complete this form will 
delay registration. 

Online Programs 

Online graduate programs are available from the School of Business and Management 
and the School of Education and Psychology. These online programs provide the same 
quality of educational experience as that received by students on campus. For course 
availability and more information you may visit http://online.southern.edu or contact the 
Southern Online Office at 423.236.2087. 



Academic Policies 19 

Readmission 

A student who has not registered for graduate courses at Southern Adventist University for 
three consecutive terms (including summers), or in the case of summer intensives two 
consecutive summers, must apply for readmission. An admission application should be 
submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies at least two weeks prior to the desired reentry 
date. A student, who has attended another institution since enrollment at Southern 
Adventist University, must submit one official transcript showing all coursework and any 
degrees earned at that institution. The student will be notified when the School/program 
and the Office of Graduate Studies have taken action. 

Reclassification 

A student who wishes to change a major program of study must complete a Request for 
Change of Graduate Program form, which can be obtained online or from the Office of 
Graduate Studies. The form requires the signature of the Dean of the School in which 
admission was previously granted. No signature is needed if a student requests to 
change from non-degree status to a degree program or from one degree to another within 
the same School. The student must be in good standing for a revision to be processed. 
Acceptance into a new degree program is contingent upon review and recommendation by 
that School. If the student is not accepted into the program requested, he/she remains in 
the former program. The results of each request for program change are communicated 
to the student by mail. 

Registration 

Students must register for course work (online or regular) no later than the beginning of 
the second week of class. 

Reinstatement Policy 

A student may apply for reinstatement to a program when he/she has not met 
progression and candidacy requirements. The application will be considered by the 
Graduate Council. 

Repeated Courses 

A course may be repeated on the resident campus for the purpose of improving the GPA. 
A maximum of two courses may be repeated. This does not apply for provisionally 
accepted students. 

Second Emphasis 

Each emphasis must include a minimum of one-third the total hours required for the 
respective degree that do not overlap with any other emphasis. 

Grade Policies 

Grading System 

An institutional grading system is not followed as course syllabi describe methods of 
evaluating students' work and the grading system for each course. The following 
equivalencies are used: 



20 Academic Policies 



CR 


0.00 


Credit 


1 


0.00 


Incomplete 


IP 


0.0 


In Progress 


NR 


0.00 


Not Reported 


P 


0.00 


Pass 


S 


0.00 


Satisfactory 


W 


0.00 


Withdrawal 



A 4.00 grade points per hour 

A- 3.70 

B+ 3.30 

B 3.00 

B- 2.70 

C+ 2.30 

C 2.00 

F 0.00 

Minimum Grades 

A maximum of two courses with C grades may count toward a master's degree. Grades 
lower than C (2.00) are not applied toward completion of a graduate program. 
Provisionally accepted students may only have one C grade. 

Petition and Academic Grievance Procedures 

Academic Grievances 

The student, believing that he or she has been unfairly treated or disciplined, may enter 
into an academic grievance process. The student shall first discuss the grievance with the 
instructor, within two weeks, of the grievance in an informal conference. If the student 
believes that the solution is not appropriate, the student may submit the grievance, in 
writing, to the School's Dean within four weeks of the informal conference. If the student 
believes that the resolution facilitated by the School Dean is not appropriate, the student 
can appeal to the Dean of Graduate Studies within six weeks of the informal conference. 
The Dean of Graduate Studies will ask the Graduate Council to appoint a Grievance 
Committee according to the policies of the Employee Handbook. The decision of the 
Grievance Committee shall be final. 

Academic Integrity 

Students are expected to practice academic integrity in all instances. The penalties for 
dishonesty including plagiarism may include the following: 

1. Record a failing grade on the exam, assignment, or project. 

2. Assign a failing grade in the class. 

3. Allow the student to resubmit the assignment with a reduced value for the 
assignment. 

4. Assign the student a paper, project, or activity that improves the student's 
understanding of the value and nature of academic integrity. 

5. Dismissal from the University. 

Disability Services 

Southern is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and is 
dedicated to the elimination of architectural and prejudicial barriers which prevent any 
qualified person from attending. Southern has designated Disability Support Services 
(DSS), located on the third floor of Lynn Wood Hall, to provide academic disability services 
according to the provisions of applicable disability law. 



Academic Policies 21 

The University does not assume the responsibility of identifying students who qualify for 
accommodations or special services. The student must 1) voluntarily and confidentially 
identify to the Disability Services Coordinator (DSC) as having a qualifying disability and 2) 
provide appropriate documentation to be certified to receive accommodations. 

Students with physical or academic disabilities that could impact their learning 
experiences at Southern must contact DSS, by phone (423.236.2574) or in person (LWH 
308), to schedule an appointment with the DSC. It is expected that students with 
disabilities will make this contact no later than the first three weeks of the semester. 
Otherwise, the process of certifying eligibility and arranging for reasonable 
accommodations might not be completed in time to meet their needs before mid-term. 
Students who make initial contact with DSS after the first month of the semester should 
not expect to receive accommodations for that semester. 

To find out more about services, as well as the requirements and processes involved in 
qualifying for accommodations at Southern, please visit http://dss.southern.edu . 

Petitions 

Students may petition the Graduate Council for exceptions to policy. Petitions should 
include reasons for the request. The form may be obtained from the Records and 
Advisement Office. 



22 Finances 



Financing Your Education 



Southern Adventist University operates on the basis of each graduate student assuming 
the primary responsibility for his/her educational costs. Financial aid is available to U.S. 
citizens and permanent residents in the form of low interest federal and private 
educational loans. Repayment of these loans does not begin until after a student drops 
below half-time status. A limited number of private institutional scholarships and graduate 
assistantships are available for students in the Master of Business Administration, 
Education, Counseling, and Nursing programs. (Students may apply for these 
scholarships/assistantships through the school in which they are enrolled.) 

Students receiving a Seventh-day Adventist conference subsidy/assistance for tuition and 
living expenses may not be eligible for financial aid. Specific assistance may vary 
between the conferences, therefore tuition and expenses not covered by the subsidy must 
be paid at, or before, registration. International students are not eligible for U.S. federal 
financial aid. 

Federal Stafford Loan Requirements and Disbursements 

Students must register for, and attend, a minimum of five credit hours per semester to 
receive a Federal Stafford Loan. The first half of the loan amount will be credited to the 
student's account after the student's attendance in at least five credits has been verified. 

The amount that graduate students may borrow per year is up to $20,500 ($8,500 
Subsidized, $12,000 Unsubsidized Stafford Loan) or the cost-of-attendance, whichever is 
less, at an annual interest rate of 6.80%. Principal repayment begins six months after the 
student ceases to be enrolled in at least five credit hours. Students receiving a Federal 
Stafford Loan will need to complete and mail the Free Application for Federal Student Aid 
(FAFSA) and a loan application six to eight weeks prior to registration. Student borrowers 
may not receive anticipated loan funds unless the amount borrowed exceeds the direct 
costs, and the funds have been received by Southern. If extenuating circumstances 
occur, students may appeal to the Financial Appeals Committee. 

Ability to Benefit 

The federal government requires that the university have an official copy of the 
baccalaureate transcript from an accredited institution prior to disbursement of federal 
financial aid to graduate students. Therefore, students accepted provisionally will not 
receive their loan proceeds until an official of their baccalaureate transcript is received by 
the Records and Advisement Office at Southern. 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Graduate Students 
Receiving Federal Financial Aid 

Government regulations require all financial aid recipients to maintain satisfactory 
academic progress toward a degree, as measured both qualitatively and quantitatively, in 
order to receive financial aid, including federal loans. This requirement applies to the 
entire period of enrollment in Southern Adventist University's graduate program— including 
periods during which a student does not receive financial aid. Failure to comply with this 
requirement may result in a student becoming ineligible for financial aid. 



Finances 23 

Requirements 

A student must maintain a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 and 
complete at least 67.00% of attempted credit hours. 

"Attempted credits" are those credits for which a student registers and of which he/she 
attends at least two class periods. Aid is awarded based on these credits. {Incompletes, 
withdrawals, and failed classes count toward the total attempted credits. A repeated 
course counts as attempted credit each time it is taken.) 

"Completed credits" are those that apply to a student's degree and for which a passing 
grade is received. (Incompletes, withdrawals, failed classes, and audits do not count as 
completed credits.) 

Time Frame For Receiving Financial Aid 

The maximum time to receive financial aid is 150% of the established course length. A 
student may receive financial aid for up to two graduate degrees. 

Progress Review 

Student Finance will review each student's academic progress at least once per semester 
and will send a notice, in writing, if a student has not maintained satisfactory academic 
progress as outlined above. 

A student whose financial aid/loans have been suspended as a result of failing to comply 
with this policy, and who feels that unusual and unavoidable circumstances led to this 
suspension, may appeal to the Financial Appeals Committee. Student Finance will advise 
the student, in writing, of the committee's decision. 

Fees and Charges 2008-2009 

Tuition 

Southern Adventist University requires full payment of tuition at or before registration for 
each graduate course. Students receiving loans that are equal to or greater than their 
tuition expenses and are guaranteed by the lender prior to registration are not required to 
pay until the loan proceeds are received by Southern. 

Effective May 1, 2008, graduate tuition is $464 per credit hour. 

Special Fees and Charges 

The following special fees and charges are assessed individually as applicable: 

Add/Drop Fee $ 20.00 

Application fee 25.00 

Graduation fee 50.00 

Insufficient funds for check 25.00 

International Graduate Study Tours 1/3 regular tuition rate 

Lab fees: 

Lab fee 1 10.00 

Lab fee 2 15.00 

Lab fee 3 20.00 



24 Finances 

Lab fee 4 30.00 

Lab fee 5 60.00 

Lab fee 6 90.00 

Lab fee 7 120.00 

Lab fee 8 150.00 

Lab fee 9 180.00 

Lab fee 10 210.00 

Lab fee 11 240.00 

Lab fee 12 300.00 

Lab fee 13 325.00 

Lab fee 14 350.00 

Lab fee 15 400.00 

Late registration 50.00 

Parking fee 15.00 

Replacement of ID card 15.00 

Transcript fees: 

1-5 copies first class mail Free 

Each additional 5 copies 10.00 

FEDEX service 25.00 

International fax service 15.00 

Validation exam recording fee 35.00 

Financial Aid Budget 2008-2009 

Program Length 
Degree Programs (# of months/acad.yr.) 

Business (all emphases) 12 

Education (Outdoor Education emphasis) 12 

Education and Psychology (all Counseling emphases) 12 

Nursing (all emphases) 12 

Education (all emphases excluding Outdoor Education) 4 

Religion (all emphases) 4 









Finances 25 




(12 mos.) 


(8 mos.) 


(4 mos.) 


Tuition (9 credit hrs) 


$12,528 


$8,352 


$4,176 


Housing 


6,000 


4,000 


2,000 


Board 


3,000 


2,000 


1,000 


Books and Supplies 


1,200 


800 


400 


Personal/Transportation 


3,000 


2,000 


1,000 



Financial Aid Budget* $25,728 $17,152 $8,576 

*Estimate: Figures are estimated and will vary, depending upon individual needs and number of credit hours for 
which the student has enrolled. 

Refunds 

If a student officially withdraws during the course or semester, a refund of tuition for 
hours dropped is made according to the date on the withdrawal form. All required 
signatures must be obtained and the form must be filed with the Records and Advisement 
Office. 

Tuition refunds, when a student withdraws from a course, are calculated as follows: 

• during the first two class periods 100% 

• from the third class to course midpoint 50% 

• from midpoint to course ending date 0% 

International Student Deposit 

In addition to regular University charges, international students must provide an 
International Student Deposit of $3,000 U.S. This applies to all international students 
except documented permanent residents of the U.S. or residents of Canada. The deposit 
must be received by the Enrollment Services Office before a U.S. Immigration Form 1-20 is 
sent to the prospective student for entry to the U.S. Because mail service from many 
foreign countries takes time, this deposit should be sent at least eight weeks prior to 
enrollment. This deposit, once paid, remains untouched (with interest paid at the rate of 
two percent) until the student graduates, withdraws from Southern, or is unable to pay his 
or her student account, at which time the international deposit will be applied to the 
student's account. If the student's account has been paid in full, the deposit will be 
refunded after the final statement is issued. 

Credit Cards 

The Cashier's Office honors VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express cards for 
making payments on a student's account. No cash withdrawal service is available from 
the Cashier's Office. This service may be obtained from a local financial institution or 
ATM. 

When using a credit card to pay on an account, the following information must be 
supplied: 1) type of credit card being used, 2) cardholder's name, 3) credit card number, 
and 4) expiration date. 



26 Finances 

Summer Residence Hall 

A refundable deposit of $250 is required of each student. This deposit is held in reserve 
until the student permanently moves out of the residence hall. Seventh-day Adventist 
conference-sponsored students enrolled part-time in the summer program are exempt 
from this requirement. 

The rental charge per person for dual occupancy is $11 per day. When available, single 
occupancy is permitted at $17 per day. Room charges will be posted to a student's 
account monthly, based on the number of days a room was occupied/reserved during the 
month. 

Pets and children of students are not permitted to stay in the residence halls. 

University Apartments 

The University apartments are available on a first-come first-served basis. Rental 
arrangements are made with the office of the Vice President for Financial Administration. 
The first month's rent and a $250 housing deposit is required before a rental agreement 
is issued. An additional $5 per key deposit must be paid before keys to the apartment are 
issued. These deposits are fully refundable unless there are unpaid rental charges, 
cleaning charges and/or unreturned keys. Additional charges will be assessed if the 
deposit is insufficient to cover these costs. Semester rental charges will be posted to the 
student's account to be paid monthly. Subject to change without notice. 

Books and Supplies 

Textbooks, school supplies, and other class materials are available at the Campus Shop. 

Release of Transcripts or Diplomas 

It is the policy of the university to withhold transcripts, diplomas, certificates of 
completion, and other records if a student has an unpaid or past-due account at the 
school, any unpaid account for which the university has co-signed, or if a federal loan 
borrower has not completed a Federal Stafford Loan Exit Interview. 

When payment is made by personal check, the transcript will be held for up to ten working 
days to allow the check to clear. 

Any student that has an amount that has been written off due to an uncollectible account, 
settlement, or lost account must pay the written off amount prior to enrolling in any class 
or being accepted or re-accepted as a graduate student. 

Any student with an account that has not been paid in full due to a bankruptcy filing, must 
be paid in full before acceptance or enrollment unless (1) the student has received a 
hardship discharge from the bankruptcy court and provides a copy of the same to the 
University or (2) the student can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the University that his 
or her account falls outside of the educational benefit discharge exception of Section 
523(a)(8) of the Bankruptcy Code. 



School of Business and Management 27 

School of Business and Management 

Accredited by International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education 
Dean: Don Van Ornam 

Faculty: Michael Cafferky, H. Robert Gadd, Jan Haluska, Rob Montague, Cliff Olson, Don 
Van Ornam, Jon Wentworth 

Adjunct Faculty: Herbert Coolidge, Neville Webster, Greg Willett, Ben Wygal 

Mission Statement 

The mission of the School of Business and Management lies within the mission of 
Southern Adventist University. The mission of the School of Business and Management is 
to develop Christ-centered business leaders who integrate knowledge and application 
with high moral values. 

Objectives 

In order to carry out this mission, the Graduate School of Business and Management 
seeks to accomplish the following goals for each master emphasis: 

1. To give the student a broad background of knowledge of the free enterprise system 
within a framework of moral and ethical guidelines. 

2. To assist the student in developing a sound Christian philosophy toward our current 
economic environment and the ever-changing business world of the future. 

3. To provide the student with a quality academic program at the graduate level with 
skills required for today's job placement. 

4. To prepare the student to serve in a position of business leadership. 

5. To provide the necessary academic background for entrance into terminal degree 
programs in business or related areas of concentration and obtain professional 
degrees. 

Degrees Offered 

The School of Business and Management offers a Master of Business Administration 
(MBA), Master of Financial Services (MFS), and a Master of Science in Administration 
(MSA). In conjunction with the School of Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing/Master 
of Business Administration degree is offered (MSN/MBA). 

Online Program 

The Master of Business Administration (Management and Healthcare Administration 
emphases) degree program is available online. You may contact 

http://business.southern.edu or the School of Business and Management 
(423.236.2751) for more information. 



28 School of Business and Management 

Accreditation 

Southern Adventist University has received specialized accreditation for its business and 
business-related programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business 
Education (IACBE), Olathe, Kansas. The following degree programs are accredited by the 
IACBE: 

• Bachelor of Business Administration degree 

• Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration, Computer Information 
Systems, Corporate Community Wellness Management, Long-Term Care 
Administration, and Sports Studies 

• Master of Business Administration 

• Master of Financial Services 

• Master of Science in Administration 

Admission Requirements 

In addition to the admission requirements for graduate study, a candidate for a Master of 
Business Administration, Master of Financial Services, or a Master of Science in 
Administration will comply with the following requirements: 

1. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in any major. 

2. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher. 

3. A Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) taken within the past five years. 
Students will be admitted based on the following formula: GPA x 200 + GMAT = 
1000. An applicant with an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or 
university, and who has an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or above, or a GPA of 3.00 
and five years of full-time business-related management experience may be admitted 
without a GMAT score. 

4. International students must provide an official GMAT score as a prerequisite for 
acceptance. In addition they must have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper 
based)/250 (computer-based)/100 (internet-based), having taken the test within the 
past year or demonstrate proficiency in the use of the English language. 

Note: All graduate admission documents are to be sent to the Graduate Studies Office. 

Provisional Admission 

An applicant with a combined GPA/GMAT score of less than 1000 may be admitted 
provisionally. A student accepted provisionally will be admitted to regular status upon the 
completion of 12 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Students are not permitted 
to repeat courses in order to satisfy this requirement. Students who do not satisfy this 
requirement will not be permitted to continue in the program. 

Admission to the Programs 

Full-time students may be admitted into the program during the fall semester. Part-time 
students may enter the program at the beginning of any semester. (Fall, Winter, Summer) 



School of Business and Management 29 

Time Limits 

The programs are structured to meet the needs of the part-time as well as the full-time 
student. Normal progress through the programs for the full-time student will be four 
courses per semester. Normal progress for part-time students will be one or more 
courses per semester. The time allowed from enrollment to the graduate program to the 
conferring of the Master of Business Administration degree may not exceed five years. 
Application for an extension will be considered on an individual basis. 

Residence 

The last 30 semester hours (24 hours for the MFS) must be taken through the Southern 
Adventist University School of Business and Management. 

Progression 

1. A maximum of six semester hours with a minimum grade of B may be transferred into 
the program to satisfy graduation requirements provided they are equivalent to 
course requirements. 

2. A course may be repeated one time for the purpose of improving the GPA. A 
maximum of two courses may be repeated. 

Second Emphasis 

Each emphasis must include a minimum of 12 hours that do not overlap with any other 
emphasis. 

Criterion Lab Fee 

Because effective writing is essential for managers, emphasis is placed on the writing 
component throughout the graduate business programs. Each student will be charged 
lab fee 1 in all core graduate classes as listed in the Catalog for the use of the Criterion 
writing website. This website provides a way for students to check their written 
assignments for basic writing errors as required by professors. 

Graduation Requirements 

A candidate must: 

1. Complete an application to graduate, which must be filed with the Records and 
Advisement Office two months prior to the anticipated graduation date. 

2. Complete all coursework with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no 
more than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade below a C will not 
be counted for credit toward the master's degree. 

Master of Business Administration 

The Master of Business Administration program consists of 36 hours of courses. The 
regular schedule is a three semester regimen of four courses each. 

The emphases in the MBA are: 

• Accounting 

• Church and Nonprofit Leadership 

• Healthcare Administration (SAU Campus, Online) 



30 School of Business and Management 



• Management (SAU Campus, Online, Chattanooga) 

• Marketing Management 

Applicants without undergraduate accounting and finance courses will be required to 
complete prerequisite accounting and finance courses (see Admission Requirements). 

Courses for the Master of Business Administration 



Emphasis in ACCOUNTING 

ACCT 507, 508* Intermediate Accounting or equivalent 

FNCE 505* Principles of Finance 

BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 

BUAD 510 Accounting for Control and Decision Making 

BUAD 520 Financial Management 

BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 

BUAD 540 Marketing Management 

BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 

BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business 

BUAD 570 Strategic Decision Making 

ACCT Accounting Electives 



Total 

Emphasis in 

ACCT 505* 
FNCE 505* 
BUAD 505 
BUAD 510 
BUAD 520 
BUAD 530 
BUAD 540 
BUAD 555 
BUAD 562 
BUAD 570 
BEXM 505 
BHRM510 
NPLD 

Total 



CHURCH AND NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP 

Financial Accounting 

Principles of Finance 

Management in a Changing World 

Accounting for Control and Decision Making 

Financial Management 

Organizational Behavior 

Marketing Management 

Leadership and Change 

Integrating Faith and Business 

Strategic Decision Making 

Legal Framework of Decisions 

Human Resource Management 

Church and Nonprofit Electives 



Emphasis in HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION (available online) 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 

FNCE 505* Principles of Finance 

BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 

BUAD 510 Accounting for Control and Decision Making 

BUAD 520 Financial Management 

BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 

BUAD 540 Marketing Management 

BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 



Credit 

6 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
12 

*36-45 



3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
6 

*36-42 



3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 



*Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents. 



School of Business and Management 31 



BUAD 562 
BUAD 570 
BEXM 505 
BHRM 510 
HADM 

Total 

Emphasis in 

ACCT 505* 
FNCE505* 
BUAD 505 
BUAD 510 
BUAD 520 
BUAD 530 
BUAD 540 
BUAD 555 
BUAD 562 
BUAD 570 
BEXM 505 
BHRM 510 
BEXM 

Total 

Emphasis in 

ACCT 505* 
FNCE505* 
BUAD 505 
BUAD 510 
BUAD 520 
BUAD 530 
BUAD 540 
BUAD 555 
BUAD 562 
BUAD 570 
BEXM 505 
BHRM 510 
BMKT 

Total 



Integrating Faith and Business 
Strategic Decision Making 
Legal Framework of Decisions 
Human Resource Management 
Healthcare Administration Electives 



MANAGEMENT (available online) 

Financial Accounting 

Principles of Finance 

Management in a Changing World 

Accounting for Control and Decision Making 

Financial Management 

Organizational Behavior 

Marketing Management 

Leadership and Change 

Integrating Faith and Business 

Strategic Decision Making 

Legal Framework of Decisions 

Human Resource Management 

Management Electives 



MARKETING MANAGEMENT 

Financial Accounting 

Principles of Finance 

Management in a Changing World 

Accounting for Control and Decision Making 

Financial Management 

Organizational Behavior 

Marketing Management 

Leadership and Change 

Integrating Faith and Business 

Strategic Decision Making 

Legal Framework of Decisions 

Human Resource Management 

Marketing Management Electives 



3 
3 
3 
3 
6 

*36-42 



3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
6 

*36-42 



3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
6 

*36-42 



*Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents. 



32 School of Business and Management 

Master of Financial Services 

The Master of Financial Services is designed to meet the needs of three distinct groups of 
applicants: (1) applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree in accounting, 
(2) applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree in finance, (3) students 
pursuing a dual BBA-FS/MFS degree. Graduate admission requirements for each group is 
listed below. 

Applicants without an accounting or finance undergraduate degree will be required to 
complete prerequisite accounting and finance courses (see Admission Requirements). 

Admission Requirements 

In addition to the admission requirements for graduate study and SBM admissions 
requirements, a candidate for a Master of Financial Services will comply with the following 
requirement: 

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in accounting, finance, or financial 
services. Applicants with a bachelor's degree in another area are required to add ACCT 
505, ACCT 507, ACCT 508, and FNCE 505 to their programs unless they can show credit 
for such courses at the undergraduate level. 

Note: All graduate admission documents are to be sent to the Graduate Studies Office. 

Admission Requirements for Dual BBA-FS/MFS Degree Applicants (five-year 
program) 

1. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher. 

2. Successful completion of the following undergraduate courses: 

• ACCT 311, 312 (Intermediate Accounting I, II) 

• BUAD 221 (Business Statistics) 

• EC0N 224, 225 (Macro/Micro Economics) 

• FNCE 315 (Business Finance) 

• MATH 120 (Precalculus Algebra) 

Courses for the Master of Financial Services 

The program consists of 30 hours of courses. 

Core Courses Credit 

ACCT 507, 508* Intermediate Financial Accounting I, II 6 

FNCE 505* Principles of Finance 3 

ACCT 510 Accounting for Control and Decision Making 3 

BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 3 

BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business 3 

FNCE 510 Financial Management 3 

ACCT 564/ Financial Statement Analysis 3 
FNCE 564 

Core Subtotal *15-24 



School of Business and Management 33 

Electives Credit 

Select five (5) electives from the following: 

ACCT520 Accounting Theory 3 

ACCT 530 Controllership 3 

ACCT 550 Advanced Accounting 3 

ACCT 552 Auditing 3 

ACCT 556 Federal Taxation 3 

ACCT 557 Advanced Federal Taxation 3 

ACCT 558 Federal Tax Problems/Research 3 

ACCT 585 Contemporary Issues of Professional Practice 3 

ACCT 587 Accounting and Reporting in the SEC Environment 3 

BHRM 510 Human Resource Management 3 

BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 3 

FNCE520 Finance Theory 3 

FNCE 525 International Finance 3 

FNCE 545 Mergers and Acquisitions 3 

FNCE 552 Money and Banking 3 

FNCE 555 Fundamentals of Investments 3 

FNCE 561 Portfolio Management 3 

FNCE 585 Contemporary Issues in Finance 3 

Subtotal 15 

Total *30/39 

*Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents. 

Master of Science in Administration 

The Master of Science in Administration degree is designed for students with a non- 
business undergraduate background or who desire further preparation in leadership. 
Students with an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution may be 
accepted in the program without further prerequisites upon compliance with the 
admission requirements for graduate study. 

The emphases in the MSA are: 

• Church Administration 

• Outdoor Education 

Admission Requirements 

In addition to the admission requirements for graduate study, a candidate for a Master of 
Science in Administration will comply with the following requirement: 

In some instances a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) taken within the 
past five years may be required. In such situations students will be admitted based on 
the following formula: GPA x 200+GMAT=1000. 

Note: All graduate admission documents are to be sent to the Graduate Studies Office. 

Admission to the Program 

The program is designed for part-time students. Part-time students may enter the 
program at the beginning of any semester based on when courses are offered. 



34 School of Business and Management 

Courses for the Master of Science in Administration 

The program consists of 36 hours of courses including eight courses (24 hours) in the 
business area and the emphasis of four courses (12 hours) in the professional area. 
Select one of the areas of emphasis either in Church Administration or Outdoor Education. 

The Business Courses are as follows: 

Courses Credit 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 3 

BHRM 510 Human Resource Management 3 

BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 3 

BUAD 510 Accounting for Control and Decision Making 3 

BUAD 540 Marketing Management 3 

BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3 

BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business 3 

NPLD 530 Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations 3 

MBA (ACCT, BUAD, BEXM, BHRM, BMKT, FNCE 3 
(HADM, NPLD) Electives 

Business Courses Subtotal *24-27 

Emphasis in CHURCH ADMINISTRATION 

The following courses are required: 

RELP 513 Effective Church Leadership 3 

RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society 3 

Select six (6) hours from the course offerings in the School of Religion. 6 

Subtotal 

Total *36-39 

Emphasis in OUTDOOR EDUCATION 

Choose one of the following course combinations: 

EDOE 503/504 Principles and Concepts of Outdoor Education/Field Exp 
EDOE 523/524 Leadership in Outdoor Education/Field Experience 
EDOE 533/534 Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites/Field Experience 

Subtotal 3 

Select nine (9) hours from the elective course offerings in EDOE from the 
School of Education and Psychology 

Subtotal 9 

Business Courses Subtotal *24-27 

Total *36-39 

*Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents. 



School of Education and Psychology 35 

School of Education and Psychology 

Dean: Denise Dunzweiler 

Faculty: Krystal Bishop, Charles D. Burks, Myrna Colon, Robert Coombs, Alberto dos 
Santos, Denise Dunzweiler, lleana Freeman-Gutierrez, Carleton L. Swafford, John Wesley 
Taylor V, Ruth WilliamsMorris 

Adjunct Faculty: Jean Lomino 

Mission Statement 

The mission of the School of Education and Psychology at Southern Adventist University is 
to prepare students at both undergraduate and graduate levels who can function 
effectively in a culturally pluralistic society and who are dedicated to assisting individuals 
in reaching their maximum potential in service to God and humanity. 

Degrees Offered 

The School of Education and Psychology offers a Master of Science degree with two 
emphases in Counseling and a Master of Science in Education degree with five 
emphases. 

The emphases in Counseling are: 

• Professional Counseling 

• School Counseling 
The emphases in Education are: 

• Curriculum and Instruction 

• Educational Administration and Supervision 

• Inclusive Education (available online) 

• Literacy Education 

• Outdoor Teacher Education (available online) 

Online Programs 

The Master of Science in Education is available online in the following emphases: 
Outdoor Teacher Education and Inclusive Education. For course availability and more 
information you may visit http://online.southern.edu or contact the Southern Online office 
at 423.236.2087. 

Master of Science 

Professional Counseling and School Counseling 

Objectives 

1. Provide students with a thorough and comprehensive knowledge base in those areas 
of the social/behavioral sciences applicable to the profession of counseling. This 
includes emphasis on the multidimensional personal, familial, and societal issues 
that affect development throughout the human lifespan. 



36 School of Education and Psychology 

2. Aid students in the acquisition of counseling and related skills, such as individual 
counseling, couples and family counseling, supervision of counseling activities, 
testing, consulting, group work, interviewing, diagnosis, and assessment. 

3. Provide students with knowledge of the organization and administration of human 
service agencies or education institutions, as well as clarity regarding the role of the 
professional counselor in these settings. 

4. Educate students regarding research and evaluation tools relevant to the delivery of 
helping services in various settings. 

5. Introduce students to the wide scope of diverse populations they will encounter in 
their work settings, and aid them in developing sensitivity to difference and the skills 
to address differences appropriately. 

Prerequisites for Admission 

In addition to the admission requirements for graduate study, a candidate for the Master 
of Science program with emphases in Professional Counseling or School Counseling must 
comply with the requirements listed below. Students who wish to enroll prior to 
completing all prerequisites for regular admission may be granted non-degree student 
status. Students who have not met all requirements for regular admission upon 
completion of 9 semester hours will be prohibited from registering for additional credits 
until all requirements are satisfactorily completed. 

1. Academic records are examined to determine whether the applicant has established 
a firm basis for graduate work in the proposed field of study. The completion of a 
minimum of nine upper division semester hours in psychology or behavioral sciences 
on the undergraduate level or on the graduate level, including one class in research 
and/or statistics, is required. 

2. The absence of any felony or pending prosecution for felony. (Completion of form 
verifying such and background check are required). 

3. Three letters of recommendation, including one academic and one professional, from 
recent sources, are required. Letters are required and additional recommendation 
forms (to be attached to letters) are available from the Graduate Studies Office. 

4. An interview by counseling area faculty to assess the candidate's values, 
commitment to multiculturalism, attitudes, and communication skills. This interview 
will generally be conducted within one month of the student's initial enrollment. 

5. Prior to the faculty interview, candidates are asked to complete a written "Statement 
of Purpose" regarding their motivation for joining the counseling program. Guidelines 
are available from the School of Education and Psychology. 

6. In harmony with accepted academic practice for regular admission status, a 
minimum of 3.00 grade point average on the undergraduate level or on nine 
semester hours of graduate credit is required. Students with a grade point average 
less than 3.00 may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. 
Regular admission status may be granted if the student's GPA averages 3.0 or 
higher at the end of the first nine graduate semester hours, and all other regular 
admission requirements have been met. 

7. The results of the required Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test provide 
additional evidence of the applicant's aptitude and knowledge. Consideration is 
given to scholarly promise as well as achievement. The minimum required for 



School of Education and Psychology 37 

regular admission is a combined verbal and quantitative score of 900. International 
students whose language of education is not English will be exempt from taking the 
GRE, but must submit their score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language 
(TOEFL). A minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer- 
based TOEFL, or 100 on the internet-based TOEFL is required. 

8. 16 PF (personality test) results on record prior to completion of 9 semester hours of 
credit. 

The School of Education and Psychology reserves the right to revoke admission should a 
candidate be deemed inappropriate for a counseling degree. 

Graduation Requirements 

A candidate must: 

1. Complete an application to graduate, which must be filed with the Records and 
Advisement Office two months prior to the anticipated graduation date. 

2. Complete all coursework with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no 
more than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade below C will not 
be counted for credit toward the master's degree. 

3. Pass a written comprehensive examination designed by the faculty. 

4. Complete a final position paper and/or pass an oral defense of a video case 
presentation. 

Courses for Master of Science in Professional Counseling Emphasis 

The program includes 55 semester hours of courses and field practice. Additional 
semester hours may be required for candidates who need to remove deficiencies or who 
have particular interests. Candidates who wish to meet the requirements for the state 
licensure (LPC) exam need a minimum of five (5) additional hours to equal the required 
sixty (60) hours. 

The REQUIRED courses are as follows: 

Courses Credit 

COUN 510 Advanced Lifespan Development 3 

COUN 514 Drugs and Addictions 3 

COUN 516 Career Counseling 3 

COUN 520 Principles of Counseling 3 

COUN 521 Psychopathology 3 

COUN 526 Ethics and Legal Aspects of Counseling 2 

COUN 530 Assessment and Appraisal 3 

COUN 553 Group Therapy and Procedures 3 

COUN 556 Theories and Techniques of Psychotherapy 3 

COUN 561 Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3 

COUN 570 Counseling in Community Agencies 3 

COUN 575 Administration of Counseling Services 3 

COUN 582 Clinical Practicum I 1 

COUN 583 Clinical Practicum II: Professional Counseling 2 

COUN 584 Clinical Internship: Professional Counseling 6 

COUN 587 Statistics 2 

COUN 590 Marriage and Family Therapy I 3 



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COUN 593 Child and Adolescent Problems and Treatment 3 

COUN 598 Research and Program Evaluation 3 

Subtotal 55 

Electives 

To be eligible for state LPC licensure, candidates must select an additional five (5) hours 
from the following courses (courses in bold are recommended): 

Courses Credit 

COUN 551* Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3 

COUN 558 Crisis Counseling 2 

COUN 565 Topics in Counseling 1-3 

COUN 591 Marriage and Family Therapy II 3 

COUN 595 Independent Study 1-3 

Subtotal 5 

Total 60 

*C0UN 551 is offered in summer only 
NOTE: Availability of courses may vary 

Courses for Master of Science in School Counseling Emphasis 

The Master of Science degree in School Counseling is approved by the Tennessee State 
Board of Education. This program includes 51 semester hours of courses and field 
practice. Additional semester hours may be required of candidates who need to remove 
deficiencies or who have particular interests. Because of the State of Tennessee 
certification requirements, school counseling candidates without prior teaching 
experience will need to participate in a semester long orientation experience, including 
observation of, participation in, and analysis of classroom teaching in a school setting as 
an early part of their academic program. Candidates who wish to meet the requirements 
for School Counselor certification in Tennessee must complete their degree and pass the 
designated PRAXIS II exam. 

The REQUIRED courses are as follows: 

Courses Credit 

EDUC 541 Principles of Counseling 3 

COUN 503 Foundations of School Counseling 3 

COUN 510 Advanced Lifespan Development 3 

COUN 514 Drugs and Addictions 3 

COUN 516 Career Counseling 3 

COUN 526 Ethics and Legal Aspects of Counseling 2 

COUN 528 Learning and School Counseling Interventions 3 

COUN 530 Assessment and Appraisal 3 

COUN 553 Group Therapy and Procedures 3 

COUN 556 Theories and Techniques of Psychotherapy 3 

COUN 558 Crisis Counseling 2 

COUN 561 Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3 

COUN 577 Administration of School Counseling Services 3 

COUN 582 Clinical Practicum I 1 



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COUN 583 Clinical Practicum II: School Counseling 2 

COUN 584 Clinical Internship: School Counseling 6 

COUN 587 Statistics 2 

COUN 598 Research and Program Evaluation 3 

Total 51 

Master of Science in Education 

Objectives 

The goal of the Master of Science in Education program is to facilitate the comprehensive 
development of educators as servant leaders in their communities. 

This goal is realized by providing opportunities for candidates to become effective in the 
following roles: (a) a caring person, (b) an informed facilitator of learning, (c) a reflective 
decision-maker, and (d) a committed professional. These then lay the foundation for 
professional excellence and constitute the core objectives of the Master of Science in 
Education program. 

Prerequisites for Admission 

The School of Education and Psychology has received preliminary approval from the 
Tennessee State Board of Education to offer TN State Administrator licensure 
(Endorsement, Beginning Administrator PreK-12). To be eligible for this licensure, M.S.Ed, 
students must complete additional admission, program, and graduation requirements, 
shown in italics. 

In addition to the admission requirements for graduate study, a candidate for the Master 
of Science program in Education will comply with the following requirements: 

1. In harmony with accepted academic practice for regular admission status, a 
minimum of 3.0 grade point average on the undergraduate level or 3.0 average on 
12 semester hours of graduate credit is required. Students with a grade point 
average of less than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission on an 

individual basis. 

2. Academic records are examined to determine whether the applicant has established 
a firm basis for graduate work in the proposed field of study. Completion of a 
minimum of nine semester credits in education courses is required. Generally, 
candidates who have graduated from undergraduate education programs easily fulfill 
this requirement. Candidates for the Master of Science in Education with an Outdoor 
Education emphasis are exempt from this requirement. 

3. The results of the required Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test provide 
additional evidence of the applicant's aptitude and knowledge. The minimum 
required for regular admission is a combined verbal and quantitative score of 900. 
International students whose language of education is not English will be exempt 
from taking the Graduate Record Exam, but must submit their score on the Test Of 
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 600 on the paper-based 
test, 250 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 100 on the internet-based test is 
required. 

4. Two professional recommendations. Forms are provided. For Administrator 
licensure candidates, these will be used to assess leadership potential. 



40 School of Education and Psychology 

5. An interview by education area faculty to assess the candidate's values, professional 
commitment, attitudes, and communication skills. For Administrator licensure 
candidates, one or more practicing education administrators will assist with 
conducting the interview. 

6. Prior to the faculty interview, candidates are asked to complete a written "Statement 
of Purpose" regarding their motivation for choosing their emphasis area and what 
they hope to gain from their M.S.Ed, program. Guidelines are available from the 
School of Education and Psychology. 

7. For Administrator licensure candidates only: Two years successful teaching 
experience in a public school or non-public school, preK-12, that is approved by a 
recognized accrediting agency or approved by a state department of education; an 
institution of higher education approved by a regional accrediting association; U.S. 
Government teaching programs; teacher exchange programs; and teaching in the 
armed forces of the United States. Graduate students desiring recommendation by 
the School of Education and Psychology for the Beginning Administrator License 
must submit a completed and signed Experience Verification form. 

Progression 

In order to progress beyond 24 semester hours, a candidate must: 

1. Maintain a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.00. 

2. Obtain a Graduate Adviser Recommendation form (available from the School of 
Education and Psychology) from their area coordinator. 

3. Submit a Graduate Candidacy Self-Assessment form (available from the School of 
Education and Psychology). 

4. Complete a graduate research proposal (as part of EDUC 592, Educational Research 
course). 

Graduation Requirements 

A candidate must: 

1. Complete an application to graduate, which must be filed with the Records and 
Advisement Office two months prior to the anticipated graduation date. 

2. Completion of the program with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and no more than two 
courses with C grades (one C grade for students initially admitted provisionally). 

3. Pass a written comprehensive examination designed by the faculty or present a 
cumulative portfolio (available only to Outdoor Education emphasis) or complete a 
professional project (available only to Literacy Education emphasis). 

4. For Administrator licensure candidates only: Successful completion of the Praxis 
Series Specialty Test: School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA, ETS code 
11010). Note: Currently, successful completion requires a minimum score of 156. 



School of Education and Psychology 41 

Courses for the Master of Science in Education 

One of the following emphases is to be selected: 

Emphasis in CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION 
The REQUIRED courses are required as follows: 

Courses Credit 

EDCI 545 Foundations of Curriculum Development 3 

EDCI 546 Improving Instruction 3 

EDCI 560 Curriculum Design 3 

EDCI 570 Educational Assessment 3 

EDCI 580 Field Work OR 2 
EDCI 582 Master's Practicum* 

EDIE 502 Inclusive Education: History and Foundations 3 

EDUC 531 Technology and the Educator 3 

EDUC 587 Statistics 2 

EDUC 592 Educational Research 3 

Subtotal 25 

Select three (3) hours from the following courses: 

EDAD 545 Supervision of Instruction* 3 

EDCI 565 Seminar: Trends in Education 3 

EDCI 595 Independent Study in Curriculum and Instruction 1-3 

EDUC 577 Reading Assessment and Remediation 3 

EDUC 599 Master's Research Project 3 

Subtotal 3 

Select eight (8) hours of electives from EDAD, EDCI, EDIE, EDLE, 

EDOE or EDUC. At least six (6) hours must be from an area other than EDCI. 

OR 

For Beginning Administrator licensure candidates only:* 

EDAD 524 Foundations of Educational Administration 3 

EDAD 570 Personnel Administration 3 

EDAD 574 Legal Aspects of Education 3 

EDAD 579 School Finance 3 

Subtotal 8 

Total *36-40 

*Required for TN Beginning Administrator License 
NOTE: Availability of courses varies from year to year 

Emphasis in EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION & SUPERVISION 

The REQUIRED courses are as follows: 

Courses Credit 

EDAD 524 Foundations of Educational Administration 3 

EDAD 545 Supervision of Instruction 3 

EDAD 570 Personnel Administration 3 

EDAD 574 Legal Aspects of Education 3 



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EDAD 579 School Finance 

EDCI 545 Foundations of Curriculum Development 

EDUC 531 Technology and the Educator 

EDUC 587 Statistics 

EDUC 592 Educational Research 

Subtotal 

Select two to three (2-3) hours from the following courses: 

EDAD 575 

EDAD 576 

EDAD 578 

EDAD 582 

EDAD 595 

EDUC 599 

Subtotal 



Internship in Administration 

School Public Relations 

Educational Facilities Planning 

Master's Practicum* 

Independent Study in Educational Administration 

Master's Research Project 



Select eight (8) hours of electives from EDAD, EDCI, EDIE, EDLE, 

EDOE, or EDUC. At least six (6) hours must be from an area other than EDAD. 

Subtotal 

Total 



3 
3 
3 
2 
3 

26 

1-2 
2 

1 

2 

1-3 

3 

2-3 



36-37 



Emphasis in INCLUSIVE EDUCATION 
(Special Needs in the Regular Classroom) 

The REQUIRED courses are as follows: 



Courses 

EDIE 502 
EDIE 531 
EDIE 541 
EDIE 557 
EDIE 567 
EDIE 580 
EDIE 582 
EDUC 531 
EDUC 587 
EDUC 592 

Subtotal 

Select two to three (2-3) hours from the following courses: 

EDAD 545 Supervision of Instruction* 3 

EDIE 512 Counseling and Psychology of Exceptional Individuals and Their Families3 

EDIE 595 Independent Study in Inclusive Education 1-3 

EDUC 577 Reading Assessment and Remediation 3 

EDUC 599 Master's Research Project 3 

Subtotal 2-3 



Inclusive Education: History and Foundations 

Behavior Management of Exceptional Individuals 

Assessment of Exceptional Individuals 

Leadership in Inclusive Education 

Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Learning Differences 

Field Work OR 

Master's Practicum* 

Technology and the Educator 

Statistics 

Educational Research 



Credit 

3 

3 
3 
3 
3 
2 

3 
2 
3 

25 



School of Education and Psychology 43 

Select eight to nine (8-9) hours of electives from EDAD, EDCI, EDIE, EDLE, EDOE, or 
EDUC. At least six (6) hours must be from an area other than EDIE. 

OR 

For Beginning Administrator licensure candidates only:* 

EDAD 524 Foundations of Educational Administration 3 

EDAD 570 Personnel Administration 3 

EDAD 574 Legal Aspects of Education 3 

EDAD 579 School Finance 3 

Subtotal 8-9 

Total *36-40 

*Required for TN Beginning Administrator License 
NOTE: Availability of courses varies from year to year 

Emphasis in LITERACY EDUCATION 

The REQUIRED courses are as follows: 

Courses Credit 

EDLE 527 Implementing Reading Workshop 3 

EDLE 537 Implementing Writing Workshop 3 

EDLE 565 Critical Thinking in Content Literacy 3 

EDLE 567 Literacy Instruction in Primary Classrooms 3 

EDLE 580 Literacy Internship 2 

EDLE 585 Professional Applications in Literacy 2 

EDUC 531 Technology and the Educator 3 

EDUC 577 Reading Assessment and Remediation 3 

EDUC 587 Statistics 2 

EDUC 592 Educational Research 3 

Subtotal 27 

Select nine (9) hours of electives from EDAD, EDCI, EDIE, EDLE, 

EDOE, or EDUC. At least six (6) hours must be from an area other than EDLE. 

OR 

For Beginning Administrator licensure candidates only:* 

EDAD 524 Foundations of Educational Administration 3 

EDAD 545 Supervision of Instruction 3 

EDAD 570 Personnel Administration 3 

EDAD 574 Legal Aspects of Education 3 

EDAD 579 School Finance 3 

EDLE 582 Master's Practicum 2 

Subtotal 9 

Total *36-44 

*Required for TN Beginning Administrator License 
Note: Availability of courses varies from year to year 



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Emphasis in OUTDOOR TEACHER EDUCATION 

This program is designed for classroom teachers, outdoor professionals, youth workers or 
anyone who wants to use more effectively God's book of nature in teaching and outdoor 
programming. Generally, the classes and field experiences involve examining, evaluating, 
developing, and implementing outdoor education programs. Activities, such as canoeing, 
kayaking, backpacking, and rock climbing, are included as part of many of the courses, but are 
not the primary focus. Students can complete their coursework in three to four semesters, and 
may choose from two attendance options. Candidates applying to the Outdoor Teacher 
Education program must submit to a criminal background check, in addition to completing all 
other requirements for admission (see pp. 12-13). 

Option 1 : The Outdoor Professional Intensives 

These intensive sessions are designed for outdoor professionals (camp directors, 
naturalists, etc.) who need to continue working while enrolled in classes. To 
accommodate the work schedules of such professionals, each semester requires 
attendance of a ten-day intensive, with additional projects and/or assignments to be 
completed individually in an outdoor setting after the session. Participation in these 
intensive sessions represents a commitment to the outdoor education field and is an 
opportunity for students to test their skills, knowledge, desires, and career goals while 
sharing topics of discussion and interest with the instructors and each other. Students in 
this attendance option must be employed or have access to an outdoor facility in order to 
complete field experiences required. 

Option 2 : The Classroom Teacher Summer Field School 

The summer field school attendance option is designed for K-12 teachers who would like 
to use outdoor laboratories to enrich the classroom curriculum. Typically the student will 
attend three consecutive eight-week summer field school sessions in order to complete 
the degree. Some students may elect to do Independent Study or Internship as part of 
their coursework. Independent Study allows the teacher to develop outdoor units of study 
within their classrooms. Internships allow the teacher to network with outdoor 
professionals in their home community. Resources used for Internships typically include 
nature centers, parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, and government agencies offering 
outdoor education programming for teachers and schools. All students attending the 
summer field school should come prepared with outdoor appropriate clothing and basic 
camping gear. Suggested schedules for Summer Field School and a list of items typically 
required for classes are available from the School of Education and Psychology. 

The REQUIRED courses are as follows: 

Courses Credit 

EDOE 538 Technology in Outdoor Education 2 

EDOE 543 Environmental Ministries for Teachers and Youth Leaders 2 

EDOE 593 Adventure-based Counseling 2 

EDUC 592 Educational Research 3 

Subtotal 9 

Select twelve (12) hours from the following courses: 

EDOE 503 Principles and Concepts of Outdoor Education 2 

EDOE 504 Field Experience in Principles and Concepts of Outdoor Educ 1 

EDOE 513 Nature Study 2 



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EDOE 514 Field Experience in Nature Study 

EDOE 523 Leadership in Outdoor Education 

EDOE 524 Field Experience in Leadership in Outdoor Education 

EDOE 533 Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites 

EDOE 534 Field Experience in Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites 

EDOE 535 Outdoor Therapy: Design and Procedures 

EDOE 536 Field Experience: Outdoor Therapy 

Subtotal 



1 
2 
1 
2 
1 
2 
1 

12 



Electives 

Select thirteen (13) hours from any Master's-level Business, Counseling, or Education 
courses (must have pre-approval of Outdoor Education adviser). 

Eight (8) hours must be EDOE courses. Candidates seeking TN Beginning Administrator 
licensure must complete the following: 



Courses 

EDAD 524 
EDAD 545 
EDAD 570 
EDAD 574 
EDAD 579 
EDOE 582 

Subtotal 



Foundations of Educational Administration 

Supervision of Instruction 

Personnel Administration 

Legal Aspects of Education 

School Finance 

Master's Practicum 



Credit 

3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
2 

13 
* 34-45 



Total 

*Required for TN Beginning Administrator License 
Note: EDUC 599 Master's Research project is recommended 

Note: A Master of Science in Administration (MSA) with an Outdoor Education emphasis is available through the 
School of Business and Management (see p. 34) 

Suggested Schedules for OUTDOOR PROFESSIONAL INTENSIVES 

Winter Outdoor Site Development Intensive (even years) 

EDOE 513 Nature Study 2 

EDOE 514 Field Experience: Nature Study 1 

EDOE 528 Interpretation of Natural and Historical Resources 2 

EDOE 533 Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites 2 

EDOE 534 Field Experience: Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites 1 

EDUC 592 Educational Research 3 

Winter Outdoor Perspective Intensive (odd years) 

EDOE 503 Principles and Concepts of Outdoor Education 2 

EDOE 504 Field Experience: Principles and Concepts of Outdoor Education 1 

EDOE 538 Technology in Outdoor Education 2 

EDOE 539 Outdoor Recreation 1-2 

EDOE 593 Adventure-based Counseling 2 



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Fall Outdoor Leadership Intensive 

EDOE 523 Leadership in Outdoor Education 2 

EDOE 524 Field Experience: Leadership in Outdoor Education 1 

EDOE 543 Environmental Ministries for Teachers and Youth Leaders 2 

EDOE 563 Wilderness Stewardship 2 

EDOE 565 Nature Joumaling 1-2 



School of Nursing 47 

School of Nursing 

Dean: Barbara James 

Graduate Program Coordinator: Holly Gadd 

Faculty: Desiree Batson, Holly Gadd, Barbara James 

Mission Statement 

The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide a Christian learning environment that 
values academic excellence and fosters personal and professional growth to meet the 
diverse needs of individuals, families, and communities. 

The School of Nursing's graduate program is designed to provide opportunities for 
advanced practice and upward mobility within healthcare. The purpose of the graduate 
program is to provide an SDA Christian graduate nursing education for individuals who 
desire to serve the Seventh-day Adventist world church and local communities in 
advanced nursing roles. 

Degrees Offered 

The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with the following emphases: 

• Adult Nurse Practitioner 

• Family Nurse Practitioner 

• Nurse Educator 

The School of Nursing in collaboration with the School of Business and Management 
offers a dual degree: 

• Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA)— 
[MBA component available online] 

The School of Nursing offers an accelerated RN to MSN program for Registered Nurses 
with an Associate Degree or Diploma in nursing. The emphases include: 

• Adult Nurse Practitioner 

• Family Nurse Practitioner 

• Nurse Educator 

• Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA)— 
[MBA component available online] 

The School of Nursing offers post-Master's certificate programs with the following 
emphases: 

• Adult Nurse Practitioner 

• Family Nurse Practitioner 

• Nurse Educator 



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Master of Science in Nursing 

MSN Admission Requirements 

1. Completed graduate application. 

2. A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a recognized college or 
university with an accredited program. 

3. Current licensure as a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license 
with privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee. A Georgia license is 
recommended for nurse practitioner students. 

4. Three hours in statistics. 

5. An undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or better. If the candidate has previously taken 12 or 
more graduate credits from another college or university, the graduate GPA may be 
substituted for the undergraduate GPA. 

6. Applicants with less than a 3.00 grade point average may be admitted provisionally. 
Students initially granted provisional acceptance may progress through the program 
with a maximum of one C grade. 

7. Personal interview and two professional references. 

8. One year of nursing experience after graduation or recommendations from nursing 
faculty. 

9. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 
(computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) with testing within the past year. 

Admission to the Program 

Full or part-time students may be admitted to the program during the fall or winter 
semesters. Admission in the winter semester reduces the number of hours taken each 
semester and extends the length of the full time program by one semester. 

Application Process 

1. Submit completed SAU nursing graduate application and all required documents for 
University admission to the Graduate Studies Office prior to July 1 for fall admission, 
and by November 1 for winter admission. Priority is given to early applicants and 
applicants with current nursing work experience. Enrollment in the nurse practitioner 
emphasis is limited. 

2. Arrange for a personal interview with a School of Nursing graduate faculty prior to the 
application deadline. 

3. Provide proof of current Tennessee RN licensure or multistate RN licensure, current 
immunization, and Health Care Provider CPR certification to School of Nursing MSN 
Enrollment Counselor. 

4. A criminal background check is required of all students. Background checks are 
facilitated by the School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor and the Office of 
Human Resources and are charged to the student account upon enrollment. 

Time Limits 

The program is arranged to meet the needs of part-time and full-time students. Normal 
progression through the program for the full-time student requires registration for 9 to 12 



School of Nursing 49 

hours per semester and takes four regular semesters. Those beginning in a winter 
semester can expect to take five regular semesters to complete. Normal progression for 
the part-time student requires registration for a minimum of one course per semester. 
Time permitted from enrollment in the program to conferring of the MSN degree may not 
exceed five years. Application for an extension will be considered on an individual basis. 

Progression 

Progression in the program may be inhibited by a variety of circumstances. Adverse 
criminal background information is subject to faculty review and may affect progression. 

Student academic standing is monitored regularly for incomplete, in-progress, or 
unsatisfactory or low course grades and GPA. Students noted to have difficulties in any of 
these areas are subject to advisement and consideration regarding program progression. 
A student must withdraw from pre-registered courses if transcript record shows two or 
more incomplete or in-progress grades from the previous semester. 

Residence 

The last 30 semester hours must be taken through the Southern Adventist University 
School of Nursing. Seventy-five percent of program requirements must be completed at 
Southern Adventist University. Transfer courses must be taken at an accredited 
institution, carry grades of B or better, and be approved by the School of Nursing. 

MSN Graduation Requirements 

1. Completed application to graduate, to be filed with the Records and Advisement 
office a minimum of two months prior to expected graduation date. 

2. Complete all coursework with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no 
more than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade below C will not 
be counted for credit toward the master's degree. Students initially granted 
provisional admission are limited to one C grade. 

3. Successful completion of NRSG 598 with a minimum of four credit hours or NRSG 
596 with a minimum of three hours. 

Courses for the Master of Science in Nursing 

The CORE courses are as follows: 

Courses Credit 

NRSG 515 Theoretical Concepts of Nursing 2 

NRSG 520 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3 

NRSG 527 Nursing Research: Foundations of Evidence-based Practice 4 

NRSG 531 Research Seminar 1 

NRSG 541 Health Care Policy 2 

NRSG 596 Nursing Project OR 3 

NRSG 598 Thesis 4 

Core Subtotal 15-16 



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One of the following emphases is to be selected 
Emphasis in ADULT NURSE PRACTITIONER* 

Objectives 

The Adult Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who: 

1. Provide advanced nursing care for adults, families, and communities. 

2. Integrate theoretical knowledge as a guide for advanced practice. 

3. Promote holistic Christ-centered care for adults, families, and communities. 

4. Contribute to nursing knowledge through active involvement in research. 

5. Influence health care policy and the future direction of nursing. 

Courses Credit 

NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 

NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3 

NRSG 554 Advanced Physical Assessment 3 

NRSG 556 Family and Community Systems 3 

NRSG 561 Primary Care of Adults 3 

NRSG 562 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I 4 

NRSG 563 Primary Care Role Development 3 

NRSG 566 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults II 4 

Subtotal 26 

Core Subtotal 15-16 

Total 41-42 

*Successful completion of the program satisfies eligibility requirements for certification examination. 

Emphasis in FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER* 

Objectives 

The Family Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who: 

1. Provide advanced nursing care for infants, children, adolescents, adults, families, 
and communities. 

2. Integrate theoretical knowledge as a guide for advanced practice. 

3. Promote holistic Christ-centered care for infants, children, adolescents, adults, 
families, and communities. 

4. Contribute to nursing knowledge through active involvement in research. 

5. Influence health care policy and the future direction of nursing. 

Courses Credit 

NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 

NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3 

NRSG 554 Advanced Physical Assessment 3 

NRSG 556 Family and Community Systems 3 

NRSG 561 Primary Care of Adults 3 

NRSG 563 Primary Care Role Development 3 

NRSG 570 Primary Care of Children 3 



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NRSG 571 
NRSG 573 

Subtotal 

Core Subtotal 



Practicum: Primary Care of Families I** 
Practicum: Primary Care of Families II** 



5 
5 

31 

15-16 

46-47 



Total 

♦Successful completion of the program satisfies eligibility requirements for certification examination. 
**Substitution of NRSG 562, Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I, NRSG 566 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults II 
plus NRSG 572, Practicum: Primary Care of Children may be made. 

Emphasis in NURSE EDUCATOR 

Objectives 

The Nurse Educator program will prepare graduates who will: 

1. Demonstrate competency in curriculum development, classroom, and clinical 
education, evaluation, and use of instructional technology. 

2. Demonstrate expertise in a defined area of clinical interest. 

3. Utilize the process of scientific inquiry to validate and refine knowledge. 

4. Implement wholistic, Christ-centered education for students. 

5. Influence healthcare policy and the future direction of nursing. 

(See the School of Education and Psychology for EDUC course descriptions) 



Courses 

EDUC 520 
EDUC 531 
NRSG 550 
NRSG 556 
NRSG 576 
NRSG 581 
NRSG 583 
NRSG 585 
NRSG 591 

Subtotal 

Core Subtotal 

Total 



Theories of Learning 

Technology and the Educator 

Advanced Pathophysiology 

Family and Community Systems 

Assessment for Advanced Practice 

Nursing Curriculum Design 

Classroom Instruction and Evaluation 

Educator Role Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 

Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 



Credit 

2 

3 
3 
3 
2 
3 
3 
3 
2 

24 

15-16 

39-40 



Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration 

Objectives 

Graduates of the MSN/MBA program will: 

1. Demonstrate interdisciplinary expertise in nursing, business, and healthcare 
administration. 

2. Develop a wholistic Christ-centered nursing and business philosophy related to the 
dynamic healthcare arena. 



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3. Acquire a balance of nursing, administrative and business skills for service in 
positions of leadership and management. 

4. Contribute to nursing knowledge through active involvement in research. 

5. Influence healthcare policy and the future direction of nursing. 

Prerequisites for Admission 

The Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA) is 
designed for students with a baccalaureate degree in nursing and ability to demonstrate 
competency in healthcare management. Individuals with minimal or no 

business/management background may be required to demonstrate basic knowledge 
and/or skills in these areas. 

MSN/MBA Admission Requirements 

1. Submit completed SAU nursing graduate application and all required documents for 
University admission to the Graduate Studies Office prior to July 1 for fall admission, 
and by November 1 for winter admission. 

2. A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a college or university with an 
accredited nursing program. 

3. Current licensure as a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license 
with privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee. 

4. Three hours in statistics, equivalent to MATH 215. 

5. A Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) taken within the past five years. 
Students will be admitted based on the following formula: GPA x 200+GMAT = 1000. 
An applicant with an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or 
university, and who has an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or above, or a GPA of 3.00 
and five years of full-time business-related experience may be admitted without a 
GMAT score. 

6. One year of nursing experience after graduation or recommendations from nursing 
faculty. 

7. International students must provide an official GMAT score as a prerequisite for 
acceptance. In addition they must have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), 
250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) with testing within the past year. 

8. Personal interview with both the School of Nursing and School of Business and 
Management Graduate Program Coordinators. 

9. A criminal background check is required of all students. Background checks are 
facilitated by the School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor and the Office of 
Human Resources and are charged to the student account upon enrollment. 



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Provisional Admission 

An applicant with a combined GPA/GMAT score of less than 1000 may be admitted 
provisionally. A student accepted provisionally will be admitted to regular status upon the 
completion of 12 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Students are not permitted 
to repeat courses in order to satisfy this requirement. Students who do not satisfy this 
requirement will not be permitted to continue in the program. 

Admission to the Dual-degree Program 

Full-time or part-time students may be admitted to the MBA program during the fall, 
winter, or summer semesters and the MSN courses for the fall or winter semesters. Fall 
applications must be made by July 1 and winter applications by November 1. Students 
may choose to take the MSN core courses and MBA courses at the same time or 
complete one program of study prior to entering the other. 

Time Limits 

The programs are structured to meet the needs of part-time and full-time students. 
Normal progression through the dual-degree program for the full-time student requires 
registration for a minimum of 9 to 12 hours per semester. Normal progression for the 
part-time student requires registration for a minimum of one course per semester. Time 
permitted from enrollment in the dual-degree program to conferring of the MSN/MBA 
degrees may not exceed six years. Application for an extension will be considered on an 
individual basis. 

Progression 

Progression in the program may be inhibited by a variety of circumstances. Adverse 
criminal background information is subject to faculty review and may affect progression. 

Student academic standing is monitored regularly for incomplete, in-progress, or 
unsatisfactory or low course grades and GPA. Students noted to have difficulties in any of 
these areas are subject to advisement and consideration regarding program progression. 
A student must withdraw from pre-registered courses if transcript record shows two or 
more incomplete or in-progress grades from the previous semester. 

Residence 

The last 30 semester hours must be taken through the Southern Adventist University 
School of Nursing and/or the School of Business and Management. Seventy-five percent 
of MSN program requirements must be completed at Southern Adventist University. 
Transfer courses must be taken at an accredited institution, carry grades of B or better, 
and be approved by the School. 

MSN/MBA Graduation Requirements 

1. Completed application to graduate, to be filed with the Records and Advisement 
office a minimum of two months prior to expected graduation date. 

2. Complete all coursework with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no 
more than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade below C will not 
be counted for credit toward the master's degree. Students initially granted 
provisional admission are limited to one C grade. 



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3. Successful completion of NRSG 598 with a minimum of four credit hours or NRSG 
596 with a minimum of three hours. 

Courses for the Master of Science in Nursing/Master in Business 
Administration 



The Nursing CORE courses are as follows: 



Courses 

NRSG 515 
NRSG 520 
NRSG 527 
NRSG 531 
NRSG 541 
NRSG 596 
NRSG 598 

Core Subtotal 



Theoretical Concepts of Nursing 

Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 

Nursing Research: Foundations of Evidence-based Practice 

Research Seminar 

Health Care Policy 

Nursing Project OR 

Thesis 



Emphasis in HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION 

(See School of Business and Management for course descriptions) 



ACCT 505* 
FNCE505* 
BUAD 505 
BUAD 510 
BUAD 520 
BUAD 530 
BUAD 540 
BUAD 555 
BUAD 562 
BUAD 570 
BEXM 505 
BHRM 510 
NRSG 578 
HADM 

Subtotal 

Core Subtotal 

Total 

*Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents. 



Financial Accounting 

Principles of Finance 

Management in a Changing World 

Accounting for Control and Decision Making 

Financial Management 

Organizational Behavior 

Marketing Management 

Leadership and Change 

Integrating Faith and Business 

Strategic Decision Making 

Legal Framework of Decisions 

Human Resource Management 

Advanced Nursing Leadership and Role Development 

Healthcare Administration Elective 



Credit 

2 

3 
4 
1 
2 
3 
4 

15-16 



3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 

36-42 

15-16 

51-58 



Accelerated RN to Master of Science In Nursing 

The accelerated RN to MSN program allows the RN to move more quickly through the 
nursing requirements toward a professional career goal. In this program there is no BS 
degree. Instead the student moves through a combination of BS and MSN course work 
and is awarded only a MSN degree at completion of all MSN requirements. Students 
choosing not to complete the accelerated RN to MSN program may receive the BS degree 
in nursing only by completing the regular BS program requirements (see undergraduate 
catalog). 



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RN to MSN Admission Requirements 

1. Completed graduate application. 

2. An Associate degree or diploma with a major in nursing from a recognized college or 
university with an accredited program. 

3. Current licensure as a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license 
with privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee. A Georgia license is 
recommended for nurse practitioner students. 

4. Completion of all Southern Adventist University general education and cognate 
course requirements for the BS degree with a major in nursing, or an approved plan 
for concurrent completion of these requirements. 

5. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25. 

6. Applicants with less than a 3.25 grade point average may be admitted provisionally. 
Students initially granted provisional acceptance may progress through the program 
with a maximum of one C grade. 

7. One year of nursing experience after graduation or recommendations from nursing 
faculty. 

8. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 
(computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) with testing within the past year. 

Admission to the Program 

Full-time or part-time students may be admitted to the program during the fall or winter 
semesters after completion of BS general education and cognate requirements. 

Application Process 

1. Submit completed SAU nursing graduate application and all required documents for 
University admission to the Graduate Studies Office prior to July 1 for fall admission, 
and by November 1 for winter admission. Priority is given to early applicants and 
applicants with current nursing work experience. Enrollment in the nurse practitioner 
emphasis is limited. 

2. Arrange for a personal interview with a School of Nursing graduate faculty prior to the 
application deadline. 

3. Provide proof of current Tennessee RN licensure or multistate RN licensure, current 
immunization, and Health Care Provider CPR certification to School of Nursing MSN 
Enrollment Counselor. 

4. A criminal background check is required of all students. Background checks are 
facilitated by the School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor and of Office of 
Human Resources and are charged to the student account upon enrollment. 

Time Limits 

The program is arranged to meet the needs of part-time and full-time students. Normal 
progression through the program for the full-time student requires registration for a 
minimum of 9 to 12 hours per semester. Normal progression for the part-time student 
requires registration for a minimum of one course per semester. Time permitted from 
enrollment in the program to conferring of the MSN degrees may not exceed five years. 
Application for an extension will be considered on an individual basis. 



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Progression 

Progression in the program may be inhibited by a variety of circumstances. Adverse 
criminal background information is subject to faculty review and may affect progression. 

Student academic standing is monitored regularly for incomplete, in-progress, or 
unsatisfactory or low course grades and GPA. Students noted to have difficulties in any of 
these areas are subject to advisement and consideration regarding program progression. 
A student must withdraw from pre-registered courses if transcript record shows two or 
more incomplete or in-progress grades from the previous semester. 

Residence 

The last 30 semester hours must be taken through Southern Adventist University School 
of Nursing. Seventy-five percent of MSN program must be completed at Southern 
Adventist University. Transfer courses must be taken at an accredited institution, carry 
grades of B or better, and be approved by the School. 

Accelerated RN to MSN Graduation Requirements 

1. Completed application to graduate, to be filed with the Records and Advisement 
office a minimum of two months prior to expected graduation date. 

2 Complete all coursework* with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no 
more than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade below a C will not 
be counted for credit toward the master's degree. Students initially granted provision 
admission are limited to one C grade. 

3. Successful completion of NRSG 598 with a minimum of four credit hours or NRSG 
596 with a minimum of three hours. 

*BS level nursing, MSN core, and emphasis courses 

Substitutions for BS to MSN 

BS level courses 

NRSG 316 Applied Statistics for Health Professions 3 

NRSG 322 Transitions in Professional Nursing 3 

NRSG 328** Nursing Assessment 3 

Substitute NRSG 554, Advanced Physical Assessment (3 hrs) OR 

NRSG 576, Assessment for Advanced Practice (2 hrs) 
NRSG 340 Community Health Nursing 5 

NRSG 389* Nursing Pharmacology 3 

Substitute NRSG 552, Advanced Pharmacology 
NRSG 434** Pathophysiology 4 

Substitute NRSG 550, Advanced Pathophysiology 



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NRSG485*** Nursing Leadership and Management 3 

Substitute NRSG 578, Advanced Nursing Leadership & Role Development 
NRSG 492**** Senior Nursing Practicum 2 

Substitute MSN emphasis course 
NRSG 497**** Research Methods in Nursing 3 

Substitute NRSG 527, Nursing Research, Foundations of Evidence-based Practice 
and NRSG 531, Research Seminar 
NRSG**** Nursing Electives 2 

Substitute MSN emphasis course 

* Adult Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner emphases only 
**Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator Emphases only 
***MSN/MBAonly 

****AII emphases (Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and 
MSN/MBA) 

Courses for Accelerated RN to Master of Science in Nursing 
The Nursing CORE courses are as follows: 

Courses Credit 

NRSG 515 Theoretical Concepts of Nursing 2 

NRSG 520 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3 

NRSG 527 Nursing Research: Foundations of Evidence-based Practice 4 

NRSG 531 Research Seminar 1 

NRSG 541 Health Care Policy 2 

NRSG 596 Nursing Project OR 3 

NRSG 598 Thesis 4 

Subtotal 15-16 

One of the following emphases is to be selected 

Emphasis in ADULT NURSE PRACTITIONER (accelerated option)* 

Objectives 

The Adult Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who: 

1. Provide advanced nursing care for adults, families, and communities. 

2. Integrate theoretical knowledge as a guide for advanced practice. 

3. Promote holistic Christ-centered care for adults, families, and communities. 

4. Contribute to nursing knowledge through active involvement in research. 

5. Influence health care policy and the future direction of nursing. 



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Emphasis courses 

BS level nursing courses 

NRSG 316 Applied Statistics for Health Professions 

NRSG 322 Transitions in Professional Nursing 

NRSG 340 Community Health 

NRSG 485 Nursing Leadership and Management 



Master level 

NRSG 550 
NRSG 552 
NRSG 554 
NRSG 556 
NRSG 561 
NRSG 562 
NRSG 563 
NRSG 566 

Subtotal 

Core Subtotal 



nursing courses 

Advanced Pathophysiology 
Advanced Pharmacology 
Advanced Physical Assessment 
Family and Community Systems 
Primary Care of Adults 
Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I 
Primary Care Role Development 
Practicum: Primary Care of Adults II 



Credit 

3 

3 
5 
3 



3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
4 
3 
4 

40 

15-16 

55-56 



Total 

(Excluding general education and cognates) 

*Successful completion of the program satisfies eligibility requirements for certification examination. 

Emphasis in FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER (accelerated option)* 

Objectives 

The Family Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who: 

1. Provide advanced nursing care for infants, children, adolescents, adults, families, 
and communities. 

2. Integrate theoretical knowledge as a guide for advanced practice. 

3. Promote holistic Christ-centered care for infants, children, adolescents, adults, 
families, and communities. 

4. Contribute to nursing knowledge through active involvement in research. 

5. Influence health care policy and the future direction of nursing. 

Emphasis courses 



BS level nursing courses 

NRSG 316 Applied Statistics for Health Professions 

NRSG 322 Transitions in Professional Nursing 

NRSG 340 Community Health Nursing 

NRSG 485 Nursing Leadership and Management 



Credit 

3 

3 
5 
3 



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MSN level courses Credit 

NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 

NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3 

NRSG 554 Advanced Physical Assessment 3 

NRSG 556 Family and Community Systems 3 

NRSG 561 Primary Care of Adults 3 

NRSG 563 Primary Care Role Development 3 

NRSG 570 Primary Care of Children 3 

NRSG 571 Practicum: Primary Care of Families I** 5 

NRSG 573 Practicum: Primary Care of Families II** 5 

Subtotal 45 

Core Subtotal 15-16 

Total 60-61 

(Excluding general education and cognates) 

♦Successful completion of the program satisfies eligibility requirements for certification examination. 
**Substitution of NRSG 562, Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I, NRSG 566 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults II 
plus NRSG 572, Practicum: Primary Care of Children may be made. 

Emphasis in NURSE EDUCATOR (accelerated option) 

Objectives 

The Nurse Educator program will prepare graduates who will: 

1. Demonstrate competency in curriculum development, classroom, and clinical 
education, evaluation, and use of instructional technology. 

2. Demonstrate expertise in a defined area of clinical interest. 

3. Utilize the process of scientific inquiry to validate and refine knowledge. 

4. Implement wholistic, Christ-centered education for students. 

5. Influence health care policy and the future direction of nursing. 

Emphasis courses 

(See the School of Education and Psychology for EDUC course descriptions) 

BS level nursing courses Credit 

NRSG 316 Applied Statistics for Health Professions 3 

NRSG 322 Transitions in Professional Nursing 3 

NRSG 340 Community Health Nursing 5 

NRSG 389 Nursing Pharmacology 3 

NRSG 485 Nursing Leadership and Management 3 

MSN level courses 

EDUC 520 Theories of Learning 2 

EDUC 531 Technology and the Educator 3 

NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 

NRSG 556 Family and Community Systems 3 

NRSG 576 Assessment for Advanced Practice 2 

NRSG 581 Nursing Curriculum Design 3 

NRSG 583 Classroom Instruction and Evaluation 3 



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NRSG 585 Educator Role Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 3 

NRSG 591 Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 2 

Subtotal 41 

Core Subtotal 15-16 

Total 56-57 

Accelerated RN to Master of Science in Nursing/Master of 
Business Administration (mba available online) 

Objectives 

Graduates of the RN to MSN/MBA program will: 

1. Demonstrate interdisciplinary expertise in nursing, business and healthcare 
administration. 

2. Develop a wholistic Christ-centered nursing and business philosophy related to the 
dynamic healthcare arena. 

3. Acquire a balance of nursing, administrative and business skills for service in 
positions of leadership and management. 

4. Contribute to nursing knowledge through active involvement in research. 

5. Influence healthcare policy and the future direction of nursing. 

Prerequisites for Admission 

The accelerated RN to Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration 
(MSN/MBA) is designed for Registered Nurse students with the ability to demonstrate 
competency in healthcare management. Individuals with minimal or no 

business/management background may be required to demonstrate basic knowledge 
and/or skills in these areas. The accelerated RN to MSN/MBA program allows the RN to 
move more quickly through the nursing requirements toward a professional career goal. 
In this program there is no BS graduation. Instead the student moves through a 
combination of BS, MSN and MBA course work and is awarded both the MSN and MBA 
degrees at completion of all BS and MSN/MBA program requirements. Students choosing 
not to complete the accelerated RN to MSN/MBA program may receive the BS degree in 
nursing only by completing the regular BS program requirements (see Undergraduate 
Catalog). 

RN to MSN/MBA Admission Requirements 

1. Submit completed SAU nursing graduate application and all required documents for 
University admissions to the Graduate Studies Office prior to July 1 for fall admission, 
and by November 1 for winter admission. 

2. Personal interview with both the School of Nursing and School of Business and 
Management Graduate Program Coordinators. 

3. An Associate degree or diploma with a major in nursing from a college or university 
with an accredited nursing program. 

4. Current licensure as a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license 
with privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee. 



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5. Completion of all Southern Adventist University general education and cognate 
course requirements for the BS degree with a major in nursing, or a plan for 
concurrent completion of these requirements approved by both the School of Nursing 
and the School of Business and Management. 

6. One year of nursing experience after graduation or recommendations from nursing 
faculty. 

7. International students must provide an official GMAT score as a prerequisite for 
acceptance. In addition they must have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), 
250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) with testing within the past year. 

8. Personal interview with both the School of Nursing and School of Business and 
Management Graduate Program Coordinators. 

9. A criminal background check is required of all students. Background checks are 
facilitated by the School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor and the Office of 
Human Resources and are charged to the student account upon enrollment. 

Admission to the Dual-degree Program 

Full-time or part-time students may be admitted to the MBA program during the fall, 
winter, or summer semesters and to the MSN courses for the fall or winter semesters. 
Ideally, all BS general education and cognate courses are completed prior to admission 
and registering for graduate courses. Overlap between final BS courses and MSN core 
courses may occur. All baccalaureate courses must be completed prior to registering for 
any MBA courses (except for ACCT 505 and FNCE 505), unless approval for concurrent 
completion is granted by the School of Business and Management. 

Time Limits 

The programs are structured to meet the needs of part-time and full-time students. 
Normal progression through the dual-degree program for the full-time student requires 
registration for a minimum of 9 to 12 hours per semester. Normal progression for the 
part-time student requires registration for a minimum of one course per semester. Time 
permitted from enrollment in the accelerated dual-degree program to conferring of the 
MSN/MBA degrees may not exceed six years. Application for an extension will be 
considered on an individual basis. 

Progression 

Progression in the program may be inhibited by a variety of circumstances. Adverse 
criminal background information is subject to faculty review and may affect progression. 

Student academic standing is monitored regularly for incomplete, in-progress, or 
unsatisfactory or low course grades and GPA. Students noted to have difficulties in any of 
these areas are subject to advisement and consideration regarding program progression. 
A student must withdraw from pre-registered courses if transcript record shows two or 
more incomplete or in-progress grades from the previous semester. 



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Residence 

The last 30 semester hours must be taken through the Southern Adventist Univeristy 
School of Nursing and/or the School of Business and Management. Seventy-five percent 
of MSN program requirements must be completed at Southern Adventist University. 
Transfer courses must be taken at an accredited institution, carry grades of B or better, 
and be approved by the School. 

MSN/MBA Graduation Requirements 

1. Completed application to graduate, to be filed with the Records and Advisement 
office a minimum of two months prior to expected graduation date. 

2 Complete all coursework* with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no 
more than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade below a C will not 
be counted for credit toward the master's degree. Students initially granted provision 
admission are limited to one C grade. 

3. Successful completion of NRSG 598 with a minimum of four credit hours or NRSG 
596 with a minimum of three hours. 

*BS level nursing, MSN core, and emphasis courses 

Courses for Accelerated RN to Master of Science in Nursing/Master of 
Business Administration (MBA available online) 

BS level nursing courses Credit 

NRSG 316 Applied Statistics for Health Professions 3 

NRSG 322 Transitions in Professional Nursing 3 

NRSG 328 Nursing Assessment 3 

NRSG 340 Community Health Nursing 5 

NRSG 389 Nursing Pharmacology 3 

NRSG 434 Pathophysiology 3 

Subtotal 20 

The Master of Science in Nursing CORE courses are as follows: 

Courses 

NRSG 515 Theoretical Concepts of Nursing 2 

NRSG 520 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3 

NRSG 527 Nursing Research: Foundations of Evidence-based Practice 4 

NRSG 531 Research Seminar 1 

NRSG 541 Health Care Policy 2 

NRSG 596 Nursing Project OR 3 

NRSG 598 Thesis 4 

Subtotal 15-16 

Emphasis in HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 3 

FNCE 505* Principles of Finance 3 

BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 3 

BUAD 510 Accounting for Control and Decision Making 3 

BUAD 520 Financial Management 3 

BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior 3 



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BUAD 540 Marketing Management 3 

BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3 

BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business 3 

BUAD 570 Strategic Decision Making 3 

BEXM 505 Legal Framework of Decisions 3 

BHRM 510 Human Resource Management 3 

NRSG 578 Advanced Nursing Leadership and Role Development 3 

HADM Healthcare Administration Elective 3 

Subtotal *36-42 

BS Subtotal 20 

Core Subtotal 15-16 

Total 71-77 

(Excluding general education and cognates) (72-78 thesis) 

*Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents. 

Post-Master's Certificate Programs 

Prerequisites for Admission 

1. Completed graduate application. 

2. A master's degree with a major in nursing from a recognized college or university with 
an accredited program. 

3. Current license as a registered nurse in Tennessee or current multistate license with 
privilege to practice in the state of Tennessee. A Georgia license is recommended for 
nurse practitioner students. 

4. A graduate GPA of 3.00 or better. 

5. Applicants with less than a 3.00 grade point average may be admitted provisionally, 
but may progress through the program with a maximum of one C grade. 

6. Personal interview and two professional references. 

7. One year of nursing experience or recommendations from nursing faculty. 

8. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 
(computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) with testing within the past year. 

Admission to the Program 

Full or part-time students may be admitted to the program during the fall or winter 
semesters. 

Application Process 

1. Submit completed SAU nursing graduate application and all required documents for 
University admission to the Graduate Studies Office prior to July 1 for fall admission, 
and by December 1 for winter admission. Priority is given to early applicants and 
applicants with current nursing work experience. Enrollment in the nurse practitioner 
emphasis is limited. 

2. Arrange for a personal interview with a School of Nursing graduate faculty prior to the 
application deadline. 



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3. Provide proof of current Tennessee or multistate RN licensure, current immunization, 
and Health Care Provider CPR certification to School of Nursing MSN Enrollment 
Counselor. 

4. A criminal background check is required of all students. Background checks are 
facilitated by the School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor and the Office of 
Human Resources and are charged to the student account on enrollment. 

Time Limits 

The program is arranged to meet the needs of part-time and full-time students. Normal 
progression through the program for the full-time student requires registration for 9 to 12 
hours per semester. Normal progression for the part-time student requires registration for 
a minimum of one course per semester. Time permitted from enrollment in the program 
to conferring of the post-masters certificate may not exceed five year. Application for an 
extension will be considered on an individual basis. 

Progression 

Progression in the program may be inhibited by a variety of circumstances. Adverse 
criminal background information is subject to faculty review and may affect progression. 

Student academic standing is monitored regularly for incomplete, in-progress, or 
unsatisfactory or low course grades and GPA. Students noted to have difficulties in any of 
these areas are subject to advisement and consideration regarding program progression. 
A student must withdraw from pre-registered courses if transcript record shows two or 
more incomplete or in-progress grades from the previous semester. 

Residence 

The last 20 semester hours must be taken through the Southern Adventist University 
School of Nursing. Seventy-five percent of MSN program requirements must be 
completed at Southern Adventist University. Transfer courses must be taken at an 
accredited institution, carry grades of B or better, and be approved by the School of 
Nursing. 

Post-Master's Certificate Graduation Requirements 

1. Completed application to graduate to be filed with the Records and Advisement office 
a minimum of two months prior to expected graduation date. 

2. Complete all coursework with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no 
more than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade below C will not 
be counted for credit toward the master's degree. Students initially granted 
provisional admission are limited to one C grade. 

Courses for the Post-Master's Certificate 

One of the following emphases is to be selected: 

Emphasis in ADULT NURSE PRACTITIONER* 

Objectives 

The Adult Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who: 

1. Provide advanced nursing care for adults, families, and communities. 

2. Integrate theoretical knowledge as a guide for advanced practice. 



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3. Promote wholistic Christ-centered care for adults, families, and communities. 

4. Contribute to nursing knowledge through active involvement in research. 

5. Influence healthcare policy and the future direction of nursing. 

Courses Credit 

NRSG 520 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3 

NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 

NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3 

NRSG 554 Advanced Physical Assessment 3 

NRSG 556 Family and Community Systems 3 

NRSG 561 Primary Care of Adults 3 

NRSG 562 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I 4 

NRSG 563 Primary Care Role Development 3 

NRSG 566 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults II 4 

TOTAL (does not include core) 29 

♦Successful completion of the program satisfies eligibility requirements for certification examination. 
Emphasis in FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER* 

Objectives 

The Family Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who: 

1. Provide advanced nursing care for infants, children, adolescents, adults, families, 
and communities. 

2. Integrate theoretical knowledge as a guide for advanced practice. 

3. Promote wholistic Christ-centered care for infants, children, adolescents, adults, 
families, and communities. 

4. Contribute to nursing knowledge through active involvement in research. 

5. Influence healthcare policy and the future direction of nursing. 



Courses 

NRSG 520 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 

NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 

NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 

NRSG 554 Advanced Physical Assessment 

NRSG 556 Family and Community Systems 

NRSG 561 Primary Care of Adults 

NRSG 563 Primary Care Role Development 

NRSG 570 Primary Care of Children 

NRSG 571 Practicum: Primary Care of Families I** 

NRSG 573 Practicum: Primary Care of Families II** 



Credit 

3 

3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
5 
5 

34 



Total (does not include core) 

*Successfu/ completion of the program satisfies eligibility requirements for certification examination. 
**Substitution of NRSG 562, Primary Care of Adults I, NRSG 566 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults II plus NRSG 
572, Practicum: Primary Care of Children may be made. 



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Emphasis in NURSE EDUCATOR 

Objectives 

The Nurse Educator program will prepare graduates who will: 

1. Demonstrate competency in curriculum development, classroom, and clinical 
education, evaluation, and use of instructional technology. 

2. Demonstrate expertise in a defined area of clinical interest. 

3. Utilize the process of scientific inquiry to validate and refine knowledge. 

4. Implement wholistic, Christ-centered education for students. 

5. Influence healthcare policy and the future direction of nursing. 

(See the School of Education and Psychology for EDUC course descriptions) 

Courses Credit 

EDUC 520 Theories of Learning 2 

EDUC 531 Technology and the Educator 3 

NRSG 520 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3 

NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 

NRSG 556 Family and Community Systems 3 

NRSG 576 Assessment for Advanced Practice 2 

NRSG 581 Nursing Curriculum Design 3 

NRSG 583 Classroom Instruction and Evaluation 3 

NRSG 585 Educator Role Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 3 

NRSG 591 Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 2 

Total (does not include core) 27 



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School of Religion 

Dean: Greg A. King 

Faculty: Stephen Bauer, Michael G. Hasel, J. Douglas Jacobs, Greg A. King, Judson Lake, 
Donn W. Leatherman, Carlos G. Martin, Alan Parker, Edwin Reynolds, Philip G. Samaan, 
Douglas Tilstra 

Research Faculty: Norman Gulley 

Adjunct Faculty: Gordon Bietz, Jack J. Blanco, Ron E.M. Clouzet, Ganoune Diop, Mark 
Finley, Derek Morris, John S. Nixon 

Mission Statement and Purpose 

The mission of the School of Religion is to equip students to carry out the global mission 
of the Seventh-day Adventist Church more effectively. 

The Master of Arts is intended to provide quality graduate education in the areas of the 
five possible emphases available to students: 1) Biblical and Theological Studies; 2) 
Church Leadership and Management; 3) Church Ministry and Homiletics; 4) Evangelism 
and World Mission; and 5) Religious Studies. The emphasis in Biblical and Theological 
Studies is designed to provide a deeper knowledge of Scripture and theology while 
preparing students to enter an academic doctoral program. The emphasis in Church 
Leadership and Management is a joint program with the School of Religion and the School 
of Business and Management. It is designed to enhance the administrative and 
leadership skills of pastors and other church leaders. The emphasis in Church Ministry 
and Homiletics is designed to enrich the preparation of pastors for local church ministry. 
The emphasis in Evangelism and World Missions is designed to enrich the preparation of 
workers for gospel outreach to the world. The emphasis in Religious Studies is designed 
to provide a flexible graduate program in religion for those who want to enter an academic 
doctoral program in some area of religious knowledge or to enhance their religious 
education in a more general way. Overall, the Master of Arts program has the goal of 
enhancing the ability of students to serve a culturally diverse church and society from a 
biblical perspective and to deepen each student's personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Degree Offered 

The School of Religion offers a Master of Arts (MA) with the following five emphases: 

• Biblical and Theological Studies 

• Church Leadership and Management (with the School of Business and 
Management) 

• Church Ministry and Homiletics 

• Evangelism and World Mission 

• Religious Studies 

General Information 

The curriculum of the Master of Arts consists of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours 
beyond the baccalaureate degree. Electives must be approved by the School of Religion. 
A maximum of six semester hours of transfer credit are allowed from other institutions. All 
degree requirements must be completed within seven years from the time of 



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matriculation. Courses are offered primarily as intensive sessions during the summer. 
These courses generally require a pre-session reading assignment and a three-week 
intensive class session when the student must be in residence. Also, all courses require a 
research paper or major project, which is usually the post-session assignment for the 
class. 

Admission to Classes 

1. Registration for any graduate religion class is by permission of the School of Religion. 

2. A non-refundable commitment deposit of $100 per session is required to reserve a 
place in a graduate class. This deposit can be applied to tuition or other school 
expenses. 

3. Students are considered to/be admitted to classes on a non-degree basis until they 
are granted either regular or provisional acceptance into the MA program. 

4. Students can only take up to 12 hours of coursework before completing the 
admissions process and being formally accepted into the MA program. 

Course Audit 

With the approval of the School of Religion, students may register on an audit basis in 
courses for which they are qualified. Auditors may be admitted to classes if space is still 
available after all students who wish to enroll for credit have been accommodated. Class 
attendance is expected, but examinations, reports, and other assignments will be omitted, 
except as requested by the student and allowed by the professor. With the approval of 
the professor and School dean, the student may change a course registration from audit 
to credit or from credit to audit only during the first three days of the summer intensive 
classes. No credit may be given at any later time for courses audited. Courses taken for 
audit are charged at one-half of the regular graduate tuition charge. 

Admission to Program 

In addition to submitting the appropriate application and application fee for graduate 
study, the candidate comply with the following requirements in order to be accepted into 
the MA program: 

1. Two recommendations. If the applicant is employed by the Seventh-day Adventist 
Church, one of these recommendations must be from the applicant's employing 
organization. 

2. If applicable, a record of denominational employment indicating the places and dates 
of service, and the capacity/capacities in which the applicant was employed. 

3. Completion of the 16 Personality Factor Profile concurrently with the first course 
taken in residence at Southern Adventist University, or submission of results from a 
16PF taken not more than a year prior to the beginning of the student's first course. 

4. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00, or a GPA of 2.50-2.99 plus a 
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score which, when combined with the GPA x 200, is not 
less than 1400. A student who scores between 1300 and 1400 will receive only 
provisional admission into the program. 

5. Submission of a formal paper of at least ten pages that meets the following criteria: 

a) It is research based, demonstrating appropriate use of valid sources. 

b) It reflects the ability to write lucidly, with careful organization of ideas. 

c) It demonstrates care and consistency in format, style, and mechanics. 



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d) It meets the standards of at least a B letter-grade paper when compared with 
other research papers that are completed on the undergraduate level. 

6. Presentation of an official transcript with a completed bachelor's degree from an 
accredited institution. This transcript must include a minimum of 12 semester hours 
in religion. If some or all of these 12 hours have not been taken, they must be 
completed before the student begins graduate classes. (Other course prerequisites 
may apply to the specific emphases as stated below). 

7. Upon request, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 
600 (paper-based)/250 (computer-based)/100 (internet-based), for students for 
whom English is not the first language. 

8. International graduate students with TOEFL scores between 550 and 599 will be 
required to study English as a Second Language (ESL). If they maintain ESL grades 
of B or above for two semesters or when their TOEFL scores reach 600, they will be 
permitted to take a full courseload of graduate classes. 

9. Final decisions about acceptance into the program are made by the MA Program 
Committee of the School of Religion. 

Guidelines for Pre-Session and Post-Session Assignments 

1. Students should expect pre-session assignments for summer graduate intensives. 
Typical pre-session assignments include 1000-1200 pages of reading per intensive 
class, depending on other pre-session assignments. 

2. Pre-session assignments are due the first day of the intensive. Only assignments 
submitted on time will receive full credit. There will be no credit for pre-session 
assignments that are submitted following the completion of the intensive. 

3. Post-session assignments give the student opportunity to apply information learned 
during the intensive to the local ministry context for further research on the subject 
matter. Due dates for these assignments are listed in the course syllabus. 

Graduation Requirements 

1. File a completed graduate application with the Records and Advisement Office two 
months before the expected graduation date. 

2. Finish all coursework with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no more 
than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade below a C will not be 
counted for credit toward the master's degree. 

3. Pass a written comprehensive examination taken no earlier than three months and 
no later than twelve months after completion of the last class period of the student's 
final course in the program. A specific date for the examination will be proposed by 
the student for approval by the School of Religion. 

a) The examination is expected to last four and one-half hours. 

b) The candidate for graduation will need to give comprehensive answers to 
several questions drawn from a larger list of questions available for research 
and review at the end of his or her coursework. 

c) A score of 80% or above will constitute a passing grade. 

d) In case of failure, the examination may be repeated only once. A second 
failure will disqualify the student for graduation from the MA program. 



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Project and Thesis Procedure for Emphases in Biblical and Theological 
Studies and Religious Studies 

1. All MA students choosing the emphasis in Biblical and Theological Studies must 
complete a thesis, while students who choose the emphasis in Religious Studies 
must complete either a thesis or a project. 

2. The project must be done in conjunction with an adviser assigned by the MA Program 
Committee of the School of Religion. The adviser will work with the student to select 
a topic for the paper, plan the research, guide in the organization of the paper, and 
evaluate the result. 

3. The thesis must be done in conjunction with a three-person thesis committee chaired 
by an adviser and appointed by the MA Program Committee of the School of Religion. 
The student will select a topic in consultation with the adviser and prepare a thesis 
proposal to be submitted to the thesis committee for approval. After approval by the 
thesis committee, the student will complete the research, chapter by chapter, under 
the guidance of the adviser, submitting each chapter to the thesis committee for 
approval. The thesis committee must approve the final product. 

4. The project or thesis must conform to the style guidelines of the School of Religion, 
which are based on the footnote and bibliographic style of the latest edition of the 
Chicago Manual of Style and Turabian's Manual for Writers. 

Emphasis in BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL STUDIES 

Objectives 

1. To enhance the student's knowledge of biblical and theological issues. 

2. To prepare the student for academic studies at the doctoral level. 

3. To increase the student's facility in research and writing. 

4. To increase critical thinking skills and enlarge the student's awareness of the trends 
and secondary literature in biblical and theological studies. 

5. To increase the student's ability to interpret the Bible in harmony with sound 
principles of biblical hermeneutics. 

6. To establish a sound theological foundation for Christian faith and practice. 

Additional Prerequisites for Admission 

Six semester credits in a biblical language with a grade of C or higher. (This may be part 
of the 12 required credits in religion.) 

The CORE Courses are as follows: 

Biblical Studies courses Credit 

RELB 510 Archaeology and Bible Interpretation OR 3 

RELB 530 Archaeological Fieldwork OR 

RELB 565 Topics in Biblical Studies 

RELB 555 Studies in Daniel 3 

RELP 556 Studies in Revelation 3 

RELB 545 General Epistles OR 3 

RELB 546 Pauline Epistles 

Subtotal 12 



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Theological Studies courses Credit 

RELT 531 Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation 3 

RELT 542 Studies in Biblical Doctrines 3 

RELT 546 Doctrine of Salvation OR 3 
RELT 563 Contemporary Theological Issues 

RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society 3 

Subtotal 12 

Research courses 

RELG 600 Research Methods and Writing 3 

RELB 650 Thesis in Biblical Studies OR 6 

RELT 650 Thesis in Theological Studies 

Subtotal 9 

Electives 

Select three (3) semester hours from graduate courses in biblical or 
theological studies offered by the School of Religion 

Subtotal 3 

Total 36 

Emphasis in CHURCH LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT 

Objectives 

1. To develop a sound Christian leadership philosophy. 

2. To provide a broad knowledge of leadership and management theory skills. 

3. To provide the student with quality training required for new responsibilities in the 
church and ministry. 

Additional Prerequisites for Admission 

1. A minimum of three years of pastoral experience or as approved for admission by the 
School of Religion. 

2. Presentation of an official transcript from an accredited bachelor's degree program 
indicating successful completion of: (a) at least 12 semester hours in biblical and 
theological studies (18 quarter hours); and (b) at least one introductory course in 
biblical preaching. Students lacking preaching credits must take RELP 401, 
Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching, or an equivalent course to meet the necessary 
requirement. 

The CORE Courses are as follows: 

Ministry courses Credit 

RELP 513 Effective Church Leadership 3 

RELP 521 Time and Life Management 3 

RELT 520 Spirituality in Ministry 3 

RELP 515 Equipping Laity for Ministry OR 3 
RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society 

Subtotal 12 



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Management courses Credit 

BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World 3 

BHRM 510 Human Resource Management 3 

BUAD 555 Leadership and Change OR 3 
ACCT 505 Financial Accounting 

Subtotal 9 

Research course 

RELG 600 Research Methods and Writing 3 

Subtotal 3 

Electives 

Select twelve (12) semester hours from graduate courses offered by the following: 

• Select nine (9) hours from the School of Religion 

• Select three (3) hours from the School of Business and Management 
Subtotal 12 

Total 36 

Emphasis in CHURCH MINISTRY AND HOMILETICS 

Objectives 

1. To develop advanced skills in pastoral ministry oriented to the local church. 

2. To equip the local pastor with tools for enhancing his or her ministry. 

3. To provide the student with advanced training in expository preaching. 

4. To increase the student's ability to interpret the Bible in harmony with sound 
principles of biblical hermeneutics. 

Additional Prerequisites for Admission 

1. A minimum of three years of pastoral experience or its equivalent as approved by the 
School of Religion. 

2. Successful completion of at least one introductory course in biblical preaching (which 
can be part of the 12 required hours in religion). Students lacking the preaching 
course must take RELP 401, Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching, or an equivalent 
course, to meet the necessary requirement. 

Biblical and Theological courses Credit 

RELB 541 Preaching from the Old Testament Text OR 3 

RELB 551 Preaching from the New Testament Text 

RELT 520 Spirituality in Ministry 3 

RELT 525 Theology of Ministry 3 

RELT 531 Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation 3 

RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society 3 

Subtotal 15 



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Professional courses Credit 

RELP 501 Advanced Preaching Methods OR 3 

RELP 508 Expository Preaching 

RELP 513 Effective Church Leadership 3 

RELP 515 Equipping Laity for Ministry 3 

RELP 521 Time and Life Management 3 

RELP 561 Preaching to the Secular Mind OR 3 

RELP 591 Preaching Practicum 

Subtotal 15 

Electives 

Select six (6) semester hours from graduate courses offered by the School of Religion 

Subtotal 6 

Total 36 

Emphasis in EVANGELISM AND WORLD MISSION 

Objectives 

1. To enhance the student's skills in personal outreach and public evangelism. 

2. To introduce the student to new methods of evangelism and mission outreach for a 
rapidly changing, post-modern society in North American and the world. 

3. To increase the student's ability to interpret the Bible in harmony with sound 
principles of biblical hermeneutics. 

4. To enable the student to communicate the gospel in the context of the Three Angels' 
Messages of Revelation 14. 

5. To develop skills for societal analysis and interpersonal interaction. 

Additional Prerequisites for Admission 

A written list of church offices which the applicant has held (e.g., elder, deaconess, 
Sabbath School teacher, etc.) and outreach activities in which the applicant has engaged 
(e.g., Bible studies, Revelation seminars, health education seminars). 

The CORE Courses are as follows: 

Biblical and Theological courses Credit 

RELB 555 Studies in Daniel OR 3 
RELB 556 Studies in Revelation 

RELT 531 Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation 3 

RELT 552 Theology of Mission and Evangelism 3 

RELT 568 World Religions 3 

Subtotal 12 



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Professional courses 

RELP 524 Evangelistic Preaching OR 

RELP 561 Preaching to the Secular Mind 

RELP 532 Principles and Strategies for Church Growth OR 

RELP 537 Church Planting Strategies 

RELP 534 Personal Soul-Winning Skills 

RELP 542 Urban Ministry and Evangelism 

RELP 570 World Mission 

RELP 591 Preaching Practicum 

Subtotal 



Credit 

3 



3 
3 
3 
3 

18 



Electives 

Select six (6) semester hours from graduate courses offered by the School of Religion. 

Subtotal 6 

Total 36 

Emphasis in RELIGIOUS STUDIES 

Objectives 

1. To prepare the student for academic studies in religion at the doctoral level. 

2. To increase the student's facility in research and writing. 

3. To enhance critical thinking skills and enlarge the student's awareness of the trends 
and literature in religious studies. 

4. To provide resources for developing and implementing a biblical philosophy of life. 

5. To establish a sound theological foundation for Christian faith and practice. 

The CORE Courses are as follows: 



Biblical and Theological courses 

RELB 553 Studies in Romans OR 

RELB 546 Pauline Epistles 

RELB 555 Studies in Daniel OR 

RELB 556 Studies in Revelation 

RELT 531 Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation 

RELT 538 Prophetic Guidance in the Adventist Church OR 

RELT 563 Contemporary Theological Issues 

RELT 542 Studies in Biblical Doctrines OR 

RELT 546 Doctrine of Salvation 

RELT 568 World Religions 

RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society 

Subtotal 



3 

3 

3 
3 



3 
3 

21 



Research courses 



RELG 600 
RELB 620 
RELT 620 
RELB 650 
RELT 650 

Subtotal 



Research Methods and Writing 
Project in Biblical Studies OR 
Project in Theological Studies OR 
Thesis in Biblical Studies OR 
Thesis in Theological Studies 



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Credit 

3 
3 

6 
6-9 



Electives 

Select six (6) to nine (9) semester hours from graduate courses offered by the School of 
Religion 

Subtotal 6-9 



Total 



36 



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Course Descriptions 

Accounting Courses 

ACCT 505. Financial Accounting 3 hours 

An introduction to financial accounting. Emphasis is on uses of information 
contained in financial statements. Students are also introduced to the principles 
of managerial accounting. (ACCT 505 is required for students who have not taken 
two semesters of undergraduate accounting or can validate equivalent work 
experience approved by the dean or accounting professor.) 

ACCT 507. Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 505 or a course in Principles of Accounting I & II. 

An in-depth course in financial accounting. Topics include the accounting 
conceptual framework, the hierarchy of GAAP, accounting for assets, liabilities and 
owners' equity. (ACCT 507 and 508 are required for students who have not taken 
undergraduate intermediate accounting.) 

ACCT 508. Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 507. 

Continue an in-depth study in financial accounting. Topics include revenues and 
expenses, income taxes, leases, pensions, and financial statement reporting and 
disclosure requirements. (ACCT 507 and 508 are required for students who have 
not taken undergraduate intermediate accounting.) 

ACCT 510. Accounting for Control and Decision Making 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 505 or a course in Principles of Accounting I & II. 

This course is cross-listed with BUAD 510. A student may receive credit for this 
course from only one program. 

Review of basic financial accounting and financial statements. Study of the use of 
accounting for the planning and control of a firm, application of accounting 
techniques for budgeting, pricing, and decision making. Lab fee 1 will be 
assessed for this course. 

ACCT 520. Accounting Theory 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 508 or equivalent. 

This course provides a survey of theories applied to accounting. Emphasis is given 
to theories applicable to financial accounting and reporting, but other theories 
frequently used in managerial accounting, taxes, and accounting systems may 
also be introduced. These theories are then used to evaluate critically the U.S. 
accounting standard-setting process, both past and present. 

ACCT 530. Controllership 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 505 or equivalent. 

This course provides an advanced study of accounting techniques, concepts, and 
procedures as they relate to the functions and responsibilities of the controller. 
Topics will include planning and control functions, management reporting 
systems, and investment planning. 



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ACCT 550. Advanced Accounting 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 508 or equivalent. 

This course is cross-listed with ACCT 450 in the BBA program. A student may 
receive credit for this course from only one program. 

This course is an in-depth study of selected accounting topics such as 
consolidated financial statements, partnerships, business firms in financial 
difficulty, estates and trusts, foreign exchange, and segment reporting. 

ACCT 552. Auditing 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 550 or equivalent. 

This course is cross-listed with ACCT 452 in the BBA program. A student may 
receive credit for this course from only one program. 

This course is primarily a study of generally accepted auditing standards 
promulgated by various standard-setting bodies. It includes a study of the AICPA 
code of professional ethics, audit planning, and audit procedures. It also includes 
a consideration of various attest and other quasi-audit services. 

ACCT 556. Federal Taxation 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 505 or equivalent. 

This course is cross-listed with ACCT 456 in the BBA program. A student may 
receive credit for this course from only one program. 

This course is a study of the Federal tax system. The primary emphasis is the 
Federal income tax as it applies to individuals. A study of other federal taxes and 
the taxation of other entities is included. 

ACCT 557. Advanced Federal Taxation 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 556 or equivalent. 

This course is cross-listed with ACCT 457 in the BBA program. A student may 
receive credit for this course from only one program. 

This course is a continued study of the Federal tax system. The primary emphasis 
is the Federal income tax as it applies to for-profit and not-for-profit entities other 
than individuals. A study of other Federal taxes is included. 

ACCT 558. Federal Tax Problems/Research 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 557 or equivalent. 

This course is a study of tax law sources, tax research methodology, research 
documentation, and the preparation and presentation of research-based solutions 
to selected Federal tax problems. 

ACCT 564. Financial Statement Analysis 3 hours 

Prerequisites: ACCT 508, 550; FNCE 510 or equivalent. 

This course is cross-listed with FNCE 564. A student may receive credit for this 

course from only one program. 

A capstone class designed to synthesize financial information learned in previous 

courses. Utilizing information from financial accounting and finance courses, 

students analyze financial statements of various companies and make investing, 

lending, and management decisions based on the information provided in those 

statements. 



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ACCT 585. Contemporary Issues of Professional Practice 3 hours 

Using contemporary issues facing the accounting profession, the content for this 
course will vary each semester to include recent issues the accounting profession 
is facing. Topics may include professionalism, non-audit attest services, 
independence, practice organizational form, and non-attest services. 

ACCT 587. Accounting and Reporting in the SEC Environment 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 450 or 550. 

The course investigates accounting issues that arise in a SEC/environment, both 
from the perspective of the corporation functioning in a SEC environment and 
from the perspective of the public accounting firm auditing a SEC corporation. 

ACCT 595. Independent Study 3 hours 

Designed to develop specialized knowledge in an accounting topic, the student will 
perform individualized research into a selected topic chosen by the faculty adviser 
and the student. 

ACCT 597. Accounting Research 3 hours 

Designed to develop research skills, this course requires the student to conduct a 
research project under the supervision of a faculty member in the discipline. The 
research includes a review of literature, research design, data collection and 
analysis leading to a paper appropriate for professional publication and/or 
presentation. 

Management Courses 

BEXM 505. Legal Framework of Decisions 3 hours 

Examines the legal environment within which legislative bodies, courts, and 
administrative agencies act upon the operation of business and government. 
Contracts, judicial and legislative process, and administrative rule-making 
reviewed. 

BEXM 520. Corporate Intrapreneurship 3 hours 

Presents concepts, tools, and techniques for managing new business creations, or 
creating an environment of innovation/entrepreneurship within larger existing 
organizations. The spectrum of activities to be considered is broad including new 
ventures launched by both corporate and division managers in established and 
emerging businesses. 

BEXM 560. Seminar in Entrepreneurship 3 hours 

Examines the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and how the field fits 
traditional business models. A business plan is developed and presented, 
including market research, legal organization business forms, and a human 
resource plan. Includes case studies devoted to successful entrepreneurial 
business. 

BEXM 585. Contemporary Issues in Management 3 hours 

A seminar of open discussion and guest lectures relating to current issues 
developing within the science of management. Topics include key concepts in 
leadership, motivation, management of change, societal issues, community 
relations, and organizational development. 



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BEXM 595. Independent Study 3 hours 

Individualized research into a selected topic chosen by the faculty adviser and the 
student. 

BEXM 597. Management Research 3 hours 

A research project under the supervision of a faculty in the discipline, which 
includes review of literature, research design, data collection and analysis leading 
to a paper appropriate for professional publication and/or presentation. 

Human Resource Management Course 

BHRM 510. Human Resource Management 3 hours 

Provides a framework for understanding and thinking strategically about 
employment relations and the management of human resources in organizations. 
The course builds on insights from the social sciences to explore how employment 
relations are influenced by economic, social, psychological, legal, and cultural 
forces. Specific topics include: recruitment and selection; performance 
evaluation; compensation and benefits; promotion; job design; training; layoffs; 
retention and turnover; and the human resource implications of various strategies. 

Marketing Management Courses 

BMKT 550. International Marketing Management 3 hours 

Analyze international markets and development of strategic and tactical options 
for marketing across national boundaries. Cultural norms, behaviors and nuances 
are evaluated for appropriate marketing strategies and tactics. Develops 
students' knowledge of theoretical concepts and practical aspects of marketing 
for firms competing in countries with different cultural, legal, economic, and 
political environments. Designed for those who plan to work for multinational 
companies and those who want to enrich their knowledge of the international 
marketplace. 

BMKT 585. Contemporary Issues in Marketing Management 3 hours 

A seminar of open discussion and guest lectures relating to current issues 
developing within the healthcare industry. 

BMKT 595. Independent Study 3 hours 

Individualized research into a selected topic chosen by the faculty adviser and the 
student. 

BMKT 597. Marketing Research 3 hours 

Prerequisites: BUAD 540 and Statistics. 

Provides study of and experience in the systematic design, collection, analysis, 
and reporting of data relevant to a specific marketing situation facing an 
organization. Through a marketing research project students develop research 
objectives and a research plan, collect and analyze the data, and interpret and 
report the findings. 



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Business Administration General Courses 

BUAD 504. Communication Skills for Managers 3 hours 

The course analyzes basic models of communication applicable to the workplace. 
This analysis provides a theoretical framework for effective communication. 
Emphasis is placed on the connection between communication and the functions 
of management. Lab fee 2 will be assessed for this course. 

BUAD 505. Management in a Changing World 3 hours 

Presents an overview of the fundamental issues underlying a post-industrial 
society, such as the changing concepts of technology and knowledge. The impact 
of technological and workforce changes on society, on organizations, and on the 
role of the manager are explored in depth. The nature of organizations in a 
changing environment, the evolution of management thought and its relevance for 
modern managers. Organizational theory, structure, and design are emphasized. 
The relationships between individuals and organizations, the social responsibility 
of organizations and ethical issues for managers, workforce diversity, and the 
challenges of managing in today's complex organizational environment are 
studied. Lab fee 1 will be assessed for this course. 

BUAD 510. Accounting for Control and Decision Making 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 505 or a course in Principles of Accounting. 

This course is cross-listed with ACCT 510. A student may receive credit for this 
course from only one program. 

Review of basic financial accounting and financial statements. Study of the use of 
accounting for the planning and control of a firm, application of accounting 
techniques for budgeting, pricing, and decision making. Lab fee 1 will be 
assessed for this course. 

BUAD 520. Financial Management 3 hours 

Prerequisite: An introductory course in finance or FNCE 505. 

This course is cross-listed with FNCE 510. A student may receive credit for this 
course from only one program. 

Understanding and analyzing information for decision making. The financial 
environment, financial statement analysis, operating, cash and capital budgeting, 
working capital management, interest mathematics, and cost of capital are 
discussed. Lab fee 1 will be assessed for this course. 

BUAD 530. Organizational Behavior 3 hours 

Leadership, motivation, group dynamics, decision making, interpersonal relations, 
change. Designing and implementing the organizational structure: corporate 
divisions, departments, support groups. Organizing work: positions, specifications, 
performance standards and review, reward systems, program and project 
management. Lab fee 1 will be assessed for this course. 

BUAD 540. Marketing Management 3 hours 

The marketing process, product development, pricing, packaging, promotional 
strategy, development of channels of distribution integrated into a program for 
profit and nonprofit organizations. Contains a research component. Lab fee 1 will 
be assessed for this course. 



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BUAD 555. Leadership and Change 3 hours 

Examines theory and leadership practices in various types of organizations. 
Particular emphasis is placed on the strategic role of leaders in leading 
organizational development and change in an age of rapidly changing markets 
and technologies. Examines why organizational change efforts succeed or fail, 
and what leaders can do to anticipate and effect needed organizational changes 
successfully. Lab fee 1 will be assessed for this course. 

BUAD 562. Integrating Faith and Business 3 hours 

Explores influences on the integration of religious faith and business practice 
including the teaching of Judeo-Christian Scriptures on business and 
management, vocation, work as service and worship, models of expressing 
personal faith at the workplace, moral tensions that result from the conflict 
between business assumptions and religious beliefs, managing personal change, 
spiritual disciplines for managers, recognizing and managing spiritual crises at 
work. Lab fee 1 will be assessed for this course. 

BUAD 570. Strategic Decision Making 3 hours 

Prerequisites: BUAD 505, 510, 520, 540. Permission of dean or program coordinator if 

taken before completion of core curriculum. 

A capstone seminar in which the applied behavioral aspects and the impact of the 
continuous changes affecting post-industrialized society are linked to the key 
organizational function known as decision making. The course integrates previous 
course work. Focus is given to effective decision strategies, ensuring decision 
quality, differences between group and individual decision making, and a variety 
of constraints facing decision makers. Utilizing a case approach to integrate 
earlier course work, the course enhances decision making skill by providing 
students the opportunity to analyze the effects of various decision strategies on 
organizational outcomes. The use of technology to enhance research and 
decision making skills are key components. Lab fee 1 will be assessed for this 
course. 

BUAD 595. Independent Study 3 hours 

Individualized research into a selected topic chosen by the faculty adviser and the 
student. 

Counseling Courses 

COUN 500. Individual Study and Research 1-3 hours 

Individual study and research in psychology, especially designed to make up 
deficiencies in a student's undergraduate degree. This class is designed to make 
up deficiencies in a student's undergraduate preparation and is not applicable to 
the graduate degree program. 

COUN 503. Foundations of School Counseling 3 hours 

Provides a background for understanding the school setting, and how the diverse 
roles of the professional school counselor fit together in a comprehensive manner. 
History, philosophy, ethical and legal considerations, modes of intervention (e.g., 
direct services, consultation, curriculum), and current trends in school counseling 
are studied. 



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COUN 508. Sexuality: Issues in Therapy 3 hours 

Provides foundation of knowledge concerning basic human sexual functioning, 
knowledge of sexual diseases, awareness of sexual variance, knowledge of sexual 
dysfunction and an understanding of basic treatment and sex therapy techniques. 

COUN 510. Advanced Lifespan Development 3 hours 

Issues in development throughout the life cycle are studied. The impact of early 
physical, cognitive, and psychological developmental issues and the effects of 
significant periods of life changes are considered along with their impact on family 
and community systems. 

COUN 514. Drugs and Addictions 3 hours 

A comprehensive study of drugs and addictions. Particular focus will be placed on 
physiological functions related to the etiology and treatment of addiction in both 
therapeutic and educational settings, as well as on the Adventist perspective of 
holistic health. 

COUN 516. Career Counseling 3 hours 

Vocational and academic information; vocational theories, trends, and experiential 
approach to career choices; study of how changes in society and technology bring 
about changes in the academic and work world. Guidance centers, vocational 
interest testing, guidance technology, and materials are also considered. 

COUN 520. Principles of Counseling 3 hours 

A survey of trends and principles of effective counseling. The quality of the 
counselor's personality, the fundamental factors in the counseling relationship, 
basic behavioral dynamics such as ethics and multiculturalism and an 
introduction to practical approaches are also considered. 

COUN 521. Psychopathology 3 hours 

Prerequisite: COUN 520. 

The course emphasizes diagnostic criteria for the disorders included in DSM-IV. A 
descriptive approach is adopted. Mental disorders in terms of their behavioral 
signs and symptoms are defined and categorized on the basis of their shared 
characteristics. Cultural variations in symptoms are discussed with each disorder. 
Gender and age-related features of the disorders are also described. 

COUN 526. Ethics and Legal Aspects of Counseling 2 hours 

Analyzes counseling ethics and legal factors related to the counseling profession. 
Real case studies are considered. 

COUN 528. Learning and School Counseling Interventions 3 hours 

This course focuses on major theories of learning as they relate to the practice of 
school counseling. How learning theory informs effective guidance lesson 
planning and school counseling curriculum development is considered. Ability to 
apply knowledge from learning theories to identify learning problems and to 
facilitate exceptional students' growth and development through counseling, 
collaboration, and consulting activities is also studied. 

COUN 530. Assessment and Appraisal 3 hours 

Theoretical principles and practical applications of standardized instruments used 
in counseling and education. This course covers the selection, administration, 
interpretation and reporting of the results of appropriate instruments of 
assessment. Emphasis is placed on personality, aptitude, achievement, and 
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COUN 551. Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3 hours 

This course is cross-listed with EDIE 512. A student may receive credit for this 

course from only one program. 

See EDIE 512 for course description. (Summer) 

COUN 553. Group Therapy and Procedures 3 hours 

Prerequisite: COUN 520. 

Group therapy dynamics, leadership, stages are studied. Group populations and 
types of groups are discussed. Contains a requirement for practical experience 
(group facilitation) that involves additional time and work beyond the duration of 
class meetings and which may extend into the following semester. 

COUN 556. Theories and Techniques of Psychotherapy 3 hours 

Provides a comprehensive survey of the major contemporary theories of 
counseling and psychotherapy, as well as their implications for practice. Core 
topics such as historical background, key concepts, the therapeutic process, 
therapeutic techniques and procedures, multicultural perspectives, and evaluation 
are examined for each theory. Students are given the opportunity to conceptualize 
selected case studies, decide on appropriate counseling interventions, and 
practice a variety of techniques that are commonly used in the counseling 
practice. Students also begin the process of developing their own personal model 
of counseling. 

COUN 558. Crisis Counseling 2 hours 

A study of major theories and strategies for identifying and treating crises which 
affect individuals in both community agency and school settings. 

COUN 561. Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3 hours 

Study of contemporary issues related to multicultural settings. Aside from 
introduction to various cultures and their norms, this course also addresses 
theories of multicultural counseling and counseling interventions based on these 
theories as they are applied to various populations. In addition, attention is given 
to the counselor's role as a liaison or agent of change for the culturally pluralistic 
society in either the school or community setting. 

COUN 565. Topics in Counseling 1-3 hours 

Selected topics in counseling chosen from such areas as religion, ethics, child 
and/or youth counseling, practice of school counseling, etc. This course may be 
repeated with an appropriate change in topic. 

COUN 570. Counseling in Community Agencies 3 hours 

Emphasizes developmental and preventative modalities as indicated by the 
community counseling discipline, along with a noted emphasis on education, 
growth and short-term interventions. Professional identity issues will also be 
covered. 

COUN 575. Administration of Counseling Services 3 hours 

Prerequisite: Completion of at least 42 semester hours in degree program. 

The standards of counseling practice, procedures, paperwork, and issues related 
to private, group, and state facilities are studied. Emphasis is placed on the 
needs of the client and the professionalism of the service rendered. As the 
capstone course, this includes the completion of a position paper. 



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COUN 577. Administration of School Counseling Services 3 hours 

Prerequisite: Completion of at least 32 semester hours in the degree program. 

This is the capstone course for School Counseling. The development, 
implementation and evaluation of comprehensive school counseling programs are 
studied. Special consideration is given to the integration of the school counseling 
program into the total school community to facilitate successful development and 
achievement of all students. 

COUN 582. Clinical Practicum I 1 hour 

Orientation to the field experience. The student will be oriented through the use of 
books, videos, presentations, discussion, observation, and practice sessions. 

COUN 583. Clinical Practicum II: Professional Counseling 1-2 hours 

Prerequisites: COUN 510, 520, 521, 526, 553, 556, 561, 582; having obtained regular 

admission status in the Professional Counseling program. 

Supervised field experience in a psychological setting. A total of 100 clock hours 
(50 clock hours per semester hour) of direct observation, consultation in the 
clinical area, and practice of counseling skills is required. The student must 
attend a weekly hour-long individual supervision session with a supervisor and a 
weekly 1-1/2 hour group supervision. Videotaping of counseling sessions is 
essential. Applications for Fall Practicum II experiences must be submitted for 
approval by April 15 of the previous school year. Applications for Winter Practicum 
II experience must be submitted for approval by October 15. 

COUN 583. Clinical Practicum II: School Counseling 1-2 hours 

Prerequisites: EDUC 541; COUN 503, 516, 526, 553, 558, 561, 582; having obtained 

regular admission status in the School Counseling program. 

Supervised field experience in educational settings. A total of 100 clock hours (50 
clock hours per semester hour) of direct observation, consultation in the clinical 
area, and practice of counseling skills is required. The student must attend a 
weekly hour-long individual supervision session with a supervisor and attend a 
weekly 1-1/2 hour group supervision. Video-taping of counseling sessions is 
essential. Applications for Fall Practicum II experiences must be submitted for 
approval by April 15 of the previous school year. Applications for Winter Practicum 
II experience must be submitted for approval by October 15. 

COUN 584. Clinical Internship: Professional Counseling 1-6 hours 

Prerequisites: COUN 583; Completion of 40 semester hours in degree program. 

Supervised field experience in a community agency. A total of 6 semester hours 
and 600 clock hours of clinical work is required. At least 240 clock hours will be 
direct client contact in the capacity of a professional counselor. A wide range of 
clients will be chosen. This internship will be done under the direction of a 
certified or licensed professional and will also include consultation with an 
assigned faculty supervisor, research on clinical issues, and attendance at a 
weekly supervision group. Applications for Summer or Fall Internship experiences 
must be submitted for approval by April 15 of the previous school year. 
Applications for Winter Internship experience must be submitted for approval by 
October 15. 



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COUN 584. Clinical Internship: School Counseling 1-6 hours 

Prerequisites: COUN 583; Completion of 34 semester hours in academic program. 
Supervised field experience in a school setting. A total of 6 semester hours and 
600 clock hours of clinical work is required. This will include a variety of activities 
that a regularly employed school counselor is expected to perform. At least 240 
clock hours are required in direct client contact, individual counseling, group work, 
developmental classroom guidance, and parent/community conferences. This will 
be done under the supervision of a certified school counselor and will also include 
consultation with an assigned faculty supervisor, research on clinical issues, and 
attendance at a weekly supervision group. Applications for Fall Internship 
experiences must be submitted for approval by April 15 of the previous school 
year. Applications for Winter Internship experience must be submitted for 
approval by October 15. 

COUN 587. Statistics 2 hours 

This course is designed to provide the basic knowledge of descriptive and 
inferential statistics to be applied to psychological research: measure of central 
tendency and variability; correlation and regression; testing of hypothesis using 
the normal; binomial, t, F, and chi-square distribution. 

COUN 590. Marriage and Family Therapy I 3 hours 

An overview of major family therapy treatment models and their application 
utilizing case studies. Communications theory, structural, strategic, the Bowenian 
model, short-term brief, and other theories will be considered. Family counseling 
in schools is also discussed. 

COUN 591. Marriage and Family Therapy II 3 hours 

Prerequisite: COUN 590. 

Issues of marriage and family will be explored in the context of family systems. 
These will include an in-depth study of human sexuality, sexual dysfunction and 
treatment, crisis counseling, addictive disorders, orientation to AIDS education 
and therapy, and other issues. 

COUN 592. Marriage and Family Therapy III 3 hours 

Prerequisites: COUN 591; Completion of at least 30 semester hours in degree program. 
An intensive study of selected treatment techniques focusing on identifying a 
therapeutic style best suited for the individual learner. This course should be 
taken with the Clinical Internship as it requires the presentation of case work in a 
model. As the capstone course, this course contains an extensive 
research/position paper that will require additional time and work beyond the 
duration of class meetings and which may extend into the following semester. 

COUN 593. Child and Adolescent Problems and Treatment 3 hours 

A study of the major aberrant behavioral problems of children and adolescents. 
Appropriate interventions will be discussed and practiced. 

COUN 595. Independent Study 1-3 hours 

Individual study and research in psychological and/or counseling issues under the 
supervision of the graduate faculty members. A total of no more than six hours 
are allowed to apply toward a student's degree. 



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COUN 598. Research and Program Evaluation 3 hours 

Fundamentals of research and program evaluation relevant to the practice of 
clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. This course enables 
students to conduct research projects and to critically evaluate findings in order to 
improve treatment and program effectiveness in counseling. Principles, models, 
and applications of needs assessment and program evaluation are studied. 
Research methods such as qualitative, quantitative, single-case designs, action 
research and outcome-based research are also examined. Special emphasis is 
given to current ethical and culturally relevant strategies for interpreting and 
reporting the results of research and/or program evaluation in schools and 
community agencies. 

Educational Administration & Supervision Courses 

EDAD 524. Foundations of Educational Administration 3 hours 

This course discusses the purposes, organization, and administration of 
educational programs and institutions; the structure and control of school 
systems; the nature of administration; and conceptual foundations of educational 
administration. Special emphasis is given to servant leadership, diversity, biblical 
foundations of administration, spiritual dynamics within the organization and with 
the broader community, and the distinctive philosophy and mission of Christian 
educational programs. 

EDAD 545. Supervision of Instruction 3 hours 

Designed for principals, superintendents and instructional supervisors concerned 
with the improvement of teaching and learning through instructional leadership 
and professional supervision. 

EDAD 570. Personnel Administration 3 hours 

Explanations of personnel policy determination; procedures employed in 
recruitment, selection, appointment and induction of personnel; partnerships 
between personnel and community agencies; the formulation and administration 
of salary schedules; provisions for professional welfare and in-service 
improvement of personnel. 

EDAD 574. Legal Aspects of Education 3 hours 

Legal issues affecting teachers and educational administrators, including 
governmental relations, church-state issues, teacher employment, student control, 
children's rights, special services and school board operations and procedures. 

EDAD 575. Internship in Administration (by arrangement) 1-2 hours 

Planned administrative field experience in a school, school district, or educational 
agency; a practical or creative project dealing with an actual situation in an 
educational institution under supervision of a faculty member in the area of 
educational administration. Plan approval and permission of supervisor is required 
one semester in advance of registration. This course may be repeated. 

EDAD 576. School Public Relations 2 hours 

The interpersonal process in educational organizations, communications and 
group dynamics for educational administrators. A study of the means for securing 
cooperative educational planning through mutual understanding between the 
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EDAD 578. Educational Facilities Planning 1 hour 

A study of procedures in school plant planning: selecting a site, determining 
educational specifications for the building, selecting and working with an architect 
and managing school facilities. 

EDAD 579. School Finance 3 hours 

Financial and economic issues affecting educational institutions, including school 
support, costs of education, sources of school revenue and school budgeting 
processes. A study of school financial statements and budgets. 

EDAD 582. Master's Practicum 2 hours 

Planned administrative field experience in a school, school districts, or 
educational agency under supervision of a faculty member in the area of 
educational administration. Includes work with a mentor principal or supervisor of 
instruction. Note: Individuals who have completed the supervised practicum as a 
component of their graduate program may be recommended by the School of 
Education and Psychology for the TN State Beginning Administrator License. 

EDAD 595. Independent Study in Educational Administration 1-3 hours 

Individual research/study project in educational administration under the 
supervision of a graduate studies professor. This course may be repeated. 

Curriculum & Instruction Courses 

EDCI 535. Philosophy of Education 3 hours 

The study of philosophical concepts as they apply to education. Scriptural 
principles and Christian education principles as expounded by E. G. White are also 
covered. 

EDCI 545. Foundations of Curriculum Development 3 hours 

A study of philosophical, historical, psychological, and sociological foundations, 
principles, and issues of curriculum development. Emphasis is given to the 
biblical-Christian perspective. 

EDCI 546. Improving Instruction 3 hours 

The strength and effectiveness of teaching models are presented. Innovation in 
lesson preparation, delivery and assessment are studied as well as integrating 
technology in the classroom. Students develop their ability to reflect on their own 
teaching performance and become skilled in supporting other teachers. 

EDCI 560. Curriculum Design 3 hours 

Prerequisite: EDCI 545. 

This course is designed to help educators who seek to analyze, develop, and 
improve curricula at specific levels of schooling. 

EDCI 565. Seminar: Trends in Education 3 hours 

Trends and issues in curriculum and instruction are discussed, as well as ideas of 
educational reformers and recognized leaders, and their critics. 

EDCI 570. Educational Assessment 3 hours 

Designed to increase the student's understanding and application of traditional 
and innovative techniques of educational assessment including use of 
technological resources. Both learning and teaching assessment are covered. 



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EDCI 580. Field Work 2 hours 

Supervised curriculum and instruction experience in approved educational 
institutions and agencies. All areas from elementary to higher education may be 
considered. Arrangement for this course need to be made a minimum of three 
months ahead of time. 

EDCI 582. Master's Practicum 2 hours 

Planned curricular/administrative field experience in a school, school district, or 
educational agency under joint supervision of faculty members in the areas of 
curriculum and instruction and educational administration. Includes work with a 
mentor principal or supervisor of instruction. Note: Individuals who have 
completed the supervised practicum as a component of their graduate program 
may be recommended by the School of Education and Psychology for the TN State 
Beginning Administrator License. 

EDCI 595. Independent Study 1-3 hours 

Individual research/study project in curriculum and instruction under the 
supervision of a graduate professor. 

Inclusive Education Courses 

EDIE 502. Inclusive Education: History and Foundations 3 hours 

A survey of the history of inclusive education with attention to movements in 
educational philosophy, curriculum planning, and government legislation. 
Includes a comprehensive survey of the psychological and educational problems 
faced by exceptional children in the regular classroom. Consideration is given to 
exceptionalities such as hearing impairment, speech and language difficulties, 
mental retardation, learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, visual 
impairment, physical handicaps, and the gifted child. Procedures for including the 
exceptional child into the regular classroom are emphasized. 

EDIE 512. Counseling and Psychology of Exceptional Individuals 3 hours 

and Their Families 

This course is cross-listed with COUN 551. A student may receive credit for this 
course from only one program. 

Consideration and practice of counseling techniques for use with exceptional 
individuals and their families. Included is a discussion of the psychological 
aspects of exceptionality, including giftedness, and disabilities in language, 
sensory, physical, intellectual, perceptual, and emotional areas with implications 
for counseling and classroom learning. 

EDIE 531. Behavior Management of Exceptional Individuals 3 hours 

In-depth examination and administration of various models and techniques for the 
management of exceptional individuals within the classroom, home, and 
community. 

EDIE 541. Assessment of Exceptional Individuals 3 hours 

Examination and administration of assessment measures for exceptional 
individuals. On-site field experience required. Teachers will learn how to 
administer screening instruments and draw instructional implications from these. 
Case studies will be reviewed and teachers will be assisted in determining when a 
student should be referred for further professional testing. 



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EDIE 557. Leadership in Inclusive Education 3 hours 

A philosophical and practical course designed for teachers to develop leadership 
in organizational skills and planning strategies for inclusive classrooms and 
schools. Biblical Christ-centered/Servant leadership is emphasized throughout 
the course. A review of historical and current research in inclusive school 
communities and the Christian administration of these schools will be included. 

EDIE 567. Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Learning Differences 3 hours 

Planning, developing and implementing curriculum for exceptional students. Study 
will include the identification of students with special learning needs and 
strategies for inclusion in the multiage classroom. A special emphasis is given to 
cognitive studies. 

EDIE 580. Field Work 2 hours 

Prerequisite: Completion of 12 hours of Inclusive Education classes. 

Designed to meet the particular needs and interests of the individual participant. 
Action research forms the basis for field work. 

EDIE 582. Master's Practicum 2 hours 

Planned inclusive education/administrative field experience in a school, school 
district, or educational agency under joint supervision of faculty members in the 
areas of inclusive education and instruction and educational administration. 
Includes work with a mentor principal or supervisor of instruction. Note: 
Individuals who have completed the supervised practicum as a component of their 
graduate program may be recommended by the School of Education and 
Psychology for the TN State Beginning Administrator License. 

EDIE 595. Independent Study in Inclusive Education 1-3 hours 

Individual research/study project in special education in the regular classroom 
under the supervision of a graduate studies professor. Must be conducted at a 
school where exceptional children are in the regular classroom. 

Literacy Education Courses 

EDLE 527. Implementing Reading Workshop 3 hours 

A course designed to immerse the graduate student in the rationale and 
instructional structures of a Reading Workshop approach to the teaching of 
reading. Issues of diversity within the context of Reading Workshop will be 
addressed. The course includes a significant applications component designed to 
assist students in translating theory into practice. Offered concurrently with EDLE 
537, Implementing Writing Workshop. 

EDLE 537. Implementing Writing Workshop 3 hours 

A course designed to immerse the graduate student in the writing process as well 
as in the rationale and instructional structures of a Writing Workshop approach to 
the teaching of writing. Issues of diversity within the context of Writing Workshop 
will be addressed The course includes a significant applications component 
designed to assist students in translating theory into practice. Offered 
concurrently with EDLE 527, Implementing Reading Workshop so that students 
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EDLE 565. Critical Thinking in Content Literacy 3 hours 

Study given to the theoretical framework for teaching literacy in the content areas. 
Instructional strategies for facilitating critical thinking, particularly in the context of 
the Bible, are modeled and practiced. Strategies are also taught that are 
designed to enhance critical and creative thinking, as well as academic 
performance in reading, writing, listening, talking, viewing, and visual 
representation in all content areas. 

EDLE 567. Literacy Instruction in Primary Classrooms 3 hours 

An advanced course focusing on the literacy development of K-2nd grade 
students. Theory and research relevant to literacy instruction in the primary 
grades studied within the context of developmentally appropriate instructional 
approaches and practice. The course also examines the implications and 
practices for facilitating successful literacy instruction for English Language 
Learners. 

EDLE 580. Literacy Internship 2 hours 

Designed to meet the particular needs and interests of the student as those relate 
to classroom instruction in literacy. A proposal will be submitted by the student 
using action research as the design. 

EDIE 582. Master's Practicum 2 hours 

Planned literacy education/administrative field experience in a school, school 
district, or educational agency under joint supervision of faculty members in the 
areas of literacy education and educational administration. Includes work with a 
mentor principal or supervisor of instruction. Note: Individuals who have 
completed the supervised practicum as a component of their graduate program 
may be recommended by the School of Education and Psychology for the TN State 
Beginning Administrator License 

EDLE 585. Professional Applications in Literacy 2 hours 

Provides opportunity for individual students to identify an area of particular 
passion in literacy. In cooperation with the professor, students design a proposal 
specifying a plan for applying what has been learned within the context of the 
professional community rather than the individual classroom. This class will 
enable graduate students to work in collaboration with the university professor to 
enhance literacy development in a community or professional setting. 

EDLE 595. Independent Study in Literacy Education 1-3 hours 

Individual research/study project in literacy education under the supervision of a 
graduate professor. 

Outdoor Education Courses 

EDOE 503. Principles and Concepts of Outdoor Education 2 hours 

Co-requisite: EDOE 504. 

Basic concepts and the history of the outdoor education movement. Scope of 
contemporary programs in the U.S. and abroad. Examination of the teaching of 
learning processes relevant to outdoor and environmental education. Lab fee 7 
will be assessed for this course. 



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EDOE 504. Field Experience in Principles and Concepts of Outdoor Education 1 hour 

Co-requisite: EDOE 503. 

Experiences in this course are designed to support and supplement the theoretical 
foundations presented in Principles and Concepts of Outdoor Education (EDOE 
503) by on-site examinations of schools, nature centers, and residential camps. 

EDOE 513. Nature Study 2 hours 

Co-requisite: EDOE 514. 

A field course for teachers and outdoor leaders to increase their knowledge, 
confidence, and awareness of nature. Interpretation of urban and rural wildlife 
that could be encountered by the teacher and students in the outdoor classroom 
will be covered. Lab fee 7 will be assessed for this course. 

EDOE 514. Field Experience in Nature Study 1 hour 

Co-requisite: EDOE 513. 

The experiences in this course are designed to support and supplement the 
lectures presented in Nature Study (EDOE 513) and provide practical field 
experiences for helping outdoor teachers in using field keys, observing nature, and 
acquiring skills needed for studying plants and animals in a variety of habitats. 

EDOE 523. Leadership in Outdoor Education 2 hours 

Co-requisite: EDOE 524. 

This course is for outdoor leaders and gives training in planning, organizing, and 
implementing outdoor programs for children, youth, and adults. Experiences 
include evaluating the operations of camp, recreation and residential programs. 
Lab fee 8 will be assessed for this course. 

EDOE 524. Field Experience in Leadership in Outdoor Education 1 hour 

Co-requisite: EDOE 523. 

The experiences in this course are designed to support and supplement the 
theoretical foundations presented in Leadership in Outdoor Education (EDOE 523) 
and to provide opportunities to conduct on-site evaluations of outdoor education 
programs, their curricula, staffing, and financial management. 

EDOE 528. Interpretation of Natural and Historical Resources 2 hours 

This course will examine the fundamental principles of natural and historical 
interpretation. Students will research local resources in order to develop 
interpretive programs. Particular attention is given to contemporary methods of 
interpretation in parks, nature centers, camps, and other outdoor settings. Lab 
fee 4 will be assessed for this course. 

EDOE 533. Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites 2 hours 

Co-requisite: EDOE 534. 

This is an intensive seminar designed to provide practical field experience in 
developing a wide range of activities for the school yard, park or use in a resident 

facility. Participants in this seminar will develop materials in the evenings and 

implement them at a camp or environmental school site. Lab fee 7 will be 
assessed for this course. 



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EDOE 534. Field Experience in Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites 1 hour 

Co-requisite: EDOE 533. 

This course is designed to support and supplement Developing Outdoor Teaching 
Sites (EDOE 533) and to provide practical field experiences in developing 
curriculum, as well as trails, gardens, ropes courses, or other physical needs of an 
outdoor site. The students will complete a project at a camp, nature center, or 
school yard site. 

EDOE 535. Outdoor Therapy: Design and Procedures 2 hours 

Co-requisite: EDOE 536. 

An examination of design, procedure, and group therapy dynamics used as a 
therapeutic tool in the outdoor setting. Lab fee 8 will be assessed for this course. 

EDOE 536. Field Experience: Outdoor Therapy 1 hour 

Co-requisite: EDOE 535. 

The experiences in this course are designed to support and supplement the 
theoretical foundations presented in EDOE 535, Outdoor Therapy: Design and 
Procedures, and to provide hands-on training in outdoor therapeutic settings. 

EDOE 537. Lab Experience: Technology in Outdoor Education 1 hour 

Must be taken concurrently with EDOE 538. 

This course is designed to support and supplement Technology in Outdoor 
Education (EDOE 538) and to provide practical laboratory experiences in 
surveying, sampling, or collecting data for biological research. 

EDOE 538. Technology in Outdoor Education 2 hours 

This course will provide participants with knowledge in using various types of 
equipment used in surveying, sampling, or collecting data for biological research. 
Students will work with professionals in the field to develop the skills needed to 
use equipment, and then learn ways to involve their students in similar activities in 
the outdoor classroom. Lab fee 8 will be assessed for this course. 

EDOE 539. Outdoor Recreation 1-2 hours 

This course focuses on programming and leadership of adventure activities. 
Topics covered may include, but are not limited to backpacking, spelunking, 
canoeing, and wilderness living. It may be repeated with different skill emphases. 
It will be taught at a location suitable for the particular activity being offered. Lab 
fee 4 will be assessed for this course. 

EDOE 543. Environmental Ministries for Teachers and Youth Leaders 2 hours 

This seminar will focus on the use of nature study to lead children and youth to 
Christ. It is designed for teachers and youth leaders who want to learn more about 
using nature as a tool for witnessing. Participants will learn to use nearby and/or 
familiar locations for environmental understanding and inspiration. 

EDOE 553. Ecology Education 2 hours 

A study of the interrelationships of plants, animals, and their environment. Field 
work will introduce the teacher to actual activities and simple sampling techniques 
that can be reproduced in the classroom and outdoor teaching site. Lab fee 6 will 
be assessed for this course. 



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EDOE 563. Wilderness Stewardship 2 hours 

An intensive back country camping course to be taught entirely in the field. It will 
provide the student with basic knowledge and understanding of minimal 
environmental impact on nature while pursuing outdoor recreational activities. 
Professional reading will be required prior to the trip from writers such as 
Thoreau, Leopold, Muir, Carson and other voices of stewardship. Field trip fee will 
be charged for food and transportation. 

EDOE 565. Nature Journaling 1-2 hours 

This class will help the student explore the natural world through journaling. It 
focuses on writing and revising a journal. The following will be discussed: the 
creative process, and the elements of good writing, including the discovery 
process, writing introductions and conclusions, using concrete and specific 
language and appropriate style. Lab fee 4 will be assessed for this course. 

EDOE 568. Nature Photography 1-2 hours 

A theoretical and practical study of photography as a means of communicating 
and recording nature. Topics will include outdoor lighting, composition, exposure, 
color, and choosing equipment and film for nature photography. Students need 
their own cameras. Lab fee 5 will be assessed for this course. 

EDOE 573. Outdoor Curriculum and Methods, Grades 1-6 1-2 hours 

This course may focus on any of the following areas of emphasis: art, music, 
language arts, math, social studies, science, technology, health and physical 
education. The student will collect and organize a file of teaching materials 
appropriate for outdoor education and evaluate outdoor education activities. 
Twenty hours (20) of field experiences in selected outdoor schools and attendance 
at selected professional meetings are considered a part of this course. (One to 
two hours may be taken in each emphasis.) Lab fee 2 will be assessed for this 
course. 

EDOE 574. Outdoor Curriculum and Methods, Grades 7-12 1-2 hours 

This course may focus on any of the following areas of emphasis: English, history, 
math, social studies, science, technology, health and physical education. 
Students will collect and organize a file of teaching materials appropriate for 
outdoor education and evaluate outdoor education activities. Twenty (20) hours of 
field experience in selected outdoor schools and attendance at selected 
professional meetings are considered a part of this course. Lab fee 2 will be 
assessed for this course. 

EDOE 575. Internship in Outdoor Education 1-4 hours 

An internship designed to meet the particular needs and interests of the individual 
participant. Internship will be conducted in cooperation with a day or resident 
outdoor education facility. A minimum of forty (40) clock hours are required for 
each semester hour of credit. This course may be repeated for a maximum of four 
(4) semester hours total. 



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EDOE 582. Master's Practicum 2 hours 

Planned outdoor education/administrative field experience in a school, school 
district, or educational agency under joint supervision of faculty members in the 
areas of outdoor education and educational administration. Includes work with a 
mentor principal or supervisor of instruction. Note: Individuals who have 
completed the supervised practicum as a component of their graduate program 
may be recommended by the School of Education and Psychology for the TN State 
Beginning Administrator License 

EDOE 585. Workshop in Outdoor Education 1-4 hours 

Various topics in outdoor education, including nature study, adventure 
programming, curriculum, and wilderness medical certification may be covered. 
This course may be repeated with different topics. The class will be taught in a 
location suitable for the topic being covered. A minimum of lab fee 2 will be 
required. Additional lab fees may be assessed depending on credits. 

EDOE 593. Adventure-based Counseling 2 hours 

A survey course introducing teachers, camp professionals, and outdoor 
professionals to adventure-based counseling activities. Theoretical 
perspectives/foundations, activity implementation, and assessments will be the 
core of the instruction. Specific attention will be given to issues in group 
diversities including age, gender, ethnicity, and social economics. Lab fee 5 will be 
assessed for this course. 

EDOE 595. Independent Study in Outdoor Education 1-3 hours 

Prerequisites: EDOE 503 and consent of the School of Education and Psychology. 
Individual research/study project in outdoor education under the supervision of a 
graduate studies professor. May be conducted at a school or camp site. 
Independent studies must be limited to two, with a maximum of six semester 
hours of credit earned total. 

Education Courses 

EDUC 520. Theories of Learning 2 hours 

A Biblical view of the learner and the learning process is used to examine current 
approaches to learning theory. Behavioristic and cognitive-field learning theories, 
as well as adult teaching practices, are examined as they relate to theoretical 
perspectives. Theoretical principles are then used to devise practical adult 
teaching and learning methodologies. 

EDUC 531. Technology and the Educator 3 hours 

Study and analysis of the integration of technology in learning environments. The 
course examines technology-related issues from instructor, student and 
administrator perspectives. Issues include the philosophy of and need for 
technology, learning outcomes associated with the use of technology, 
implementation of and problems associated with technology in the instructional 
environment and technology related to administrative function and professional 
development. This course also seeks to provide the educator with an array of 
professional competencies so as to optimally leverage technology for instructional 
ends. This course incorporates a hands-on approach and assumes basic 
competencies in word processing, presentation software, Internet usage, and the 
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EDUC 541. Principles of Counseling 3 hours 

This course is cross-listed with COUN 520. A student may receive credit for this 

course from only one program. 

See COUN 520 for course description. 

EDUC 566. Seminar: Trends and Issues in Education 1-3 hours 

Analysis of current and emerging educational trends. Exploration of curricular 
concerns and/or instructional issues which shape the teaching/learning process. 

EDUC 573. The Art of Teaching Writing 3 hours 

This class designed for students wishing to immerse themselves in the study of 
living like a writer. This study will focus on an in-depth study of authors who share 
what it means to live like a writer as they craft writing. Children's literature will be 
studied in light of the writing craft. Students will also focus on applying the skills 
of conferring to assist child authors in crafting their writing. 

EDUC 577. Reading Assessment and Remediation 3 hours 

Examines the various causes of reading difficulties and the instructional 
procedures, strategies, and materials for remediating those difficulties. 

EDUC 587 Statistics 2 hours 

This course is designed to provide the basic knowledge of descriptive and 
inferential statistics to be applied to educational research: measure of central 
tendency and variability; correlation and regression; testing of hypothesis using 
the normal; binomial t, F, and chi-square distribution. 

EDUC 592. Educational Research 3 hours 

Fundamentals of action research methodology. Analysis, critical reading, 
evaluation, and application of research needed for development of skills in 
research proposals. Includes the presentation of a proposal and the carrying out 
of a research project under supervision. 

EDUC 595. Independent Study in Education 1-3 hours 

Individual research/study project in education under the supervision of a graduate 
studies professor. 

EDUC 599. Master's Research Project 3 hours 

This is a concentrated study on a problem or issue to be examined in the light of 
research. The student is urged to work closely with his/her advisor during each 
phase of the development of the research project. 

Finance Courses 

FNCE 505. Principles of Finance 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 505 or a course in Principles of Accounting I and II. 

A study of the fundamental principles of financial organization. Emphasis is on 
instruments of finance, policies of capitalization, problems pertaining to working 
capital, and corporate expansion and reorganization. 



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FNCE 510. Financial Management 3 hours 

Prerequisite: An introductory course in finance or FNCE 505. 

This course is cross-listed with BUAD 520. A student may receive credit for this 
course from only one program. 

Understanding and analyzing information for decision making. The financial 
environment, financial statement analysis, operating, cash and capital budgeting, 
working capital management, interest mathematics, and cost of capital are 
discussed. Lab fee 1 will be assessed for this course. 

FNCE 520. Finance Theory 3 hours 

Prerequisite: FNCE 510 or equivalent. 

This course provides a survey of theories applied to corporate finance. Emphasis 
is given to theories applicable to asset pricing models, theory of interest rates, 
financial markets and valuation of assets, decisions under uncertainty, efficient 
capital markets, and portfolio theory, but other theories frequently used in 
financial decision making may also be introduced. These theories are then used 
to critically evaluate current and past financial decision making behavior with 
empirical evidence from corporate settings. 

FNCE 525. International Finance 3 hours 

Prerequisite: FNCE 510 or equivalent. 

Covers a detailed examination of the foreign exchange market, exchange rate 
determination, international financial institutions, and the management of the 
risks associated with international business. 

FNCE 545. Mergers and Acquisitions 3 hours 

Prerequisite: FNCE 510 or equivalent. 

An examination of corporate acquisitions, including firm valuation, bidding 
contests, and defense mechanisms, financing the acquisition, and the corporate 
tax and legal environment. 

FNCE 552. Money and Banking 3 hours 

This course is cross-listed with FNCE 452. A student may receive credit for this 
course from only one program. 

Studies mediums of exchange, money and credit, banks and their services, the 
Federal Reserve System and other financial institutions, and the impact of 
monetary policy on financial business procedures and decisions. 

FNCE 555. Fundamentals of Investment 3 hours 

This course is cross-listed with FNCE 455. A student may receive credit for this 
course from only one program. 

A practical, as well as a theoretical, approach is taken for the potential investor of 
institutional or personal funds through the use of problems, readings, and cases. 
Topics covered will include stocks and bonds in the security market, real estate, 
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FNCE 561. Portfolio Management 3 hours 

Prerequisite: FNCE 555 or equivalent. 

This course is cross-listed with FNCE 461. A student may receive credit for this 
course from only one program. 

Includes consideration of investment instrument choices that are available to the 
investor and the purpose and operation of U.S. and global capital markets. The 
course also covers the methods of evaluation for current and future investment 
opportunities in the expansion of a portfolio of investments that satisfies an 
investor's risk-return goals. 

FNCE 564. Financial Statement Analysis 3 hours 

Prerequisites: ACCT 508, 550; FNCE 555 or equivalent 

This course is cross-listed with ACCT 564 . A student may receive credit for this 

course from only one program. 

See ACCT 564 for course description. 

FNCE 585. Contemporary Issues in Finance 3 hours 

A seminar format with guest lectures relating to current issues developing in 
Finance. 

FNCE 595. Independent Study 3 hours 

Individualized research into a selected topic chosen by the faculty adviser and the 
student. 

FNCE 597. Finance Research 3 hours 

A research project under the supervision of a faculty in the discipline, which 
includes review of literature, research design, data collection and analysis leading 
to a paper appropriate for professional publication and/or presentation. 

Healthcare Administration Courses 

HADM 520. Operations Management and the Clinical Professional 3 hours 

Concepts of decision models for planning, control, forecasting, scheduling, and 
analysis. Guest lecturers from clinical areas included. 

HADM 530. Healthcare Administration 3 hours 

The theory and practice of healthcare in Western culture. Different types of care 
delivery studied. Environments, services offered, process of entry into care 
systems. Health and quality of care, medical ethics, environmental health, and 
delivering of services addressed. Designed for all avenues of healthcare. HADM 
536. Advanced Nursing Leadership and Role Development 

HADM 536. Advanced Nursing Leadership and Role Development 3 hours 

Prerequisite: Permission of program coordinator. 

This course is cross-listed with NRSG 578 in the School of Nursing. A student may 
receive credit for this course from only one program. 
See NRSG 578 for course description. 

HADM 550. Entrepreneurship and the Healthcare Professional 3 hours 

Creates a focus toward valuing and growing new businesses. Learning how to be 
an entrepreneur by creating a business and learning to be a key player and leader 
of a business team are key outcomes. Discover how to build a meaningful 
business from seasoned professionals through guest corporate lectures, 
classroom experience, workshops, mentorships, and internships. 



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HADM 585. Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Administration 3 hours 

A seminar of open discussion and guest lectures relating to current issues 
developing within the healthcare industry. Included in the discussion will be topics 
in healthcare finance and legal issues. 

HADM 595. Independent Study 3 hours 

Individualized research into a selected topic chosen by the faculty adviser and the 
student. 

HADM 597. Healthcare Administration Research 3 hours 

A research project under the supervision of a faculty in the discipline, which 
includes review of literature, research design, data collection and analysis leading 
to a paper appropriate for professional publication and/or presentation. 

Church and Nonprofit Leadership Courses 

NPLD 530. Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations 3 hours 

The integration and application of strategic management principles, concepts, and 
practices in nonprofit organizations are discussed. The development of mission 
statements, goal-setting concepts, and strategy formulation and implementation 
approaches are included. Students are provided the opportunity to design 
organizational plans and strategies relevant to their specific needs and the needs 
of their organizations. 

NPLD 585. Contemporary Issues in Church and Nonprofit Leadership 3 hours 

A seminar format with guest lectures relating to current issues developing in 
nonprofit organizations. Key issues include the role of spiritual values, ethics, 
religious leadership, motivation, change, etc. 

NPLD 595. Independent Study 3 hours 

Individualized research into a selected topic chosen by the faculty adviser and the 
student. 

NPLD 597. Nonprofit Leadership Research 3 hours 

A research project under the supervision of a faculty in the discipline, which 
includes review of literature, research design, data collection and analysis leading 
to a paper appropriate for professional publication and/or presentation. 

Nursing Courses 

NRSG 500. Individual Study and Clinical Practice 1-3 hours 

Prerequisite: Permission of dean or program coordinator. 

Particularly designed to make-up deficiencies in a student's undergraduate 
program. Hours do not count towards MSN degree. This class is designed to 
make up deficiencies in a student's undergraduate preparation and is not 
applicable to the graduate degree program. 

NRSG 505. Directed Study and Research 1-3 hours 

Prerequisite: Permission of dean or program coordinator. 

Directed study and/or research in nursing designed to meet the needs of the 
individual student. 



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NRSG 515. Theoretical Concepts of Nursing 2 hours 

Prerequisite: Admission to the program or permission of dean or program coordinator. 
A survey of the theories and concepts of nursing science as applied to the 
increase in substantive nursing knowledge. A wholistic Christian perspective is 
taken on major issues involved in the development of nursing knowledge. Critique 
of theory is applied to the Neuman Systems Model and other selected models and 
theories. 

NRSG 520. Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3 hours 

Prerequisite: Admission to the program or permission of dean or program coordinator. 
A course emphasizing use of developmental psychological, sociocultural, 
physiological, and spiritual approaches to attain and maintain optimal health in 
the face of stressors inherent in a sinful world. Biblical principles and SDA-specific 
approaches to healthy lifestyle are examined. Change theory, nursing theories, 
learning theories, and health promotion principles and frameworks are used to 
design and evaluate interventions that enhance client's flexible line of defense. 

NRSG 527. Nursing Research: Foundations of Evidence-based Practice 4 hours 

Prerequisites: NRSG 316 or equivalent basic statistics and NRSG 515. 

Focuses on the steps of ethical quantitative research and on understanding and 
utilizing research studies as the basis for advanced practice. Application and 
interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics are included. Emphasizes 
integration of research (evidence) into care of individuals, families, and 
communities with potential or actual stressors and threats towellbeing. 

NRSG 531. Research Seminar lhour 

Prerequisite: NRSG 527. 

Research concepts are made practical by the development or refinement of a 
research project or thesis proposal. Students are guided through the process of 
IRB proposal and obtaining permission for specific research and project activities. 
Faculty mentoring facilitates readiness for NRSG 596 or 598. (Pass/Fail) 

NRSG 541. Health Care Policy 2 hours 

Prerequisite: Admission to the program or permission of dean or program coordinator. 
Examines health care policy issues affecting nursing education, administration, 
advanced clinical practice, clients, and client systems. Includes an overview of 
health care policy in the public and private sectors and provides the student with 
essential skills to understand and influence current health care policy formation 
as it relates to areas of interest for nurses such as clinical practice, health 
promotion and disease prevention and intervention at the primary, secondary, and 
tertiary levels. Lab fee 8 will be assessed for this course. 

NRSG 550. Advanced Pathophysiology 3 hours 

A study of alterations in physiologic systems frequently encountered in primary 
care, with in-depth analysis of risk factors, pathophysologic changes, and 
associated clusters of signs/symptoms. Pathophysiologic theories and research 
are presented as a basis for advanced practice. 



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NRSG 552. Advanced Pharmacology 3 hours 

Pre- or co-requisite: NRSG 550. 

Focuses on the appropriate clinical use of medications in the maintenance and 
strengthening of the client system's lines of resistance and defense. Emphasis is 
placed on therapeutic prescription/use of medications in common recurrent 
health problems. 

NRSG 554. Advanced Physical Assessment 3 hours 

Prerequisite: Enrollment in core courses or permission of dean or program coordinator. 
In-depth focus on history taking and assessment of the five variables of the client 
system. Builds on basic assessment skills through didactic and clinical 
applications. Includes advanced preparation in obtaining and interpreting ECGs 
and analyzing radiologic films. Includes a minimum of 60 hours clinical practice. 
Lab fee 9 will be assessed for this course. 

NRSG 556. Family and Community Systems 3 hours 

Prerequisite: NRSG 340. 

Perspectives of family composition, culture, values, ethics, development, growth, 
and behaviors that influence the well-being of the client in the framework of the 
community. Methods in assessment of family structure, dynamics, performance, 
epidemiology, and strengths/weaknesses furnish the basis for developing 
approaches for primary, secondary and tertiary interventions and improvement of 
family functions. 

NRSG 561. Primary Care of Adults 3 hours 

Prerequisites: NRSG 550, 554, 556; Pre- or co-requisite: NRSG 552. 

Comprehensive primary care course emphasizing primary, secondary, and tertiary 
care of well and ill individuals across the adult lifespan. Concepts of health 
promotion, pathophysiology, epidemiology, pharmacology, and physical 
assessment are integrated throughout as common and chronic health problems 
are studied. Diagnostic tests are reviewed. Differential and actual diagnoses are 
discussed based on client presentation. Management plans are formulated based 
on standards of practice and best evidence. 

NRSG 562. Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I 4 hours 

Pre- or co-requisite: NRSG 561. 

Clinical practicum in the differential diagnosis and management of common and 
chronic adult health problems. Includes intensives for clinical procedures and 
wound management. Precepted by nurse practitioners and other healthcare 
providers. Includes a minimum of 240 hours of clinical practice. Lab fee 9 will be 
assessed for this course. 

NRSG 563. Primary Care Role Development 3 hours 

Prerequisite: NRSG 561. 

A capstone course focusing on professional and complex clinical issues, advanced 
practice roles, relationships, legal and ethical frameworks for advanced practice, 
professional practice management, and preparation for advanced practice nurse 
practitioner certification. 



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NRSG 565. Graduate Studies - Topics in Nursing 1-3 hours 

Prerequisite: Permission of dean or program coordinator. 

Selected topics designed to meet the needs or interests of students in specialty 
areas of nursing not covered in regular courses. This course may be repeated for 
credit. 

NRSG 566. Practicum: Primary Care of Adults II 4 hours 

Prerequisite: NRSG 562; Pre- or co-requisite: NRSG 563. 

A continuation of clinical practicum with emphasis on the differential diagnosis 
and management of the more intensive common, acute, and chronic adult health 
problems. Precepted by nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers. 
Includes a minimum of 240 hours of clinical practice. Lab fee 9 will be assessed 
for this course. 

NRSG 570. Primary Care of Children 3 hours 

Prerequisites: NRSG 550, 554; Pre- or co-requisite NRSG 552, 556. 

Theoretical concepts in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in infants, 
children, and adolescents including the assessment, health promotion, diagnosis, 
and therapeutic management of common acute and chronic health problems. 
Emphasis is placed on developmental needs and the pathophysiologic stressors 
as well as the impact of the family on the health of the child. 

NRSG 571. Practicum: Primary Care of Families I 5 hours 

Pre- or co-requisite: NRSG 561, 570. 

Clinical practicum that promotes application of theoretical concepts and 
development of skills in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and 
healthcare across the lifespan. Diagnosis and therapeutic management of 
common acute and chronic health problems is precepted by nurse practitioners 
and other healthcare providers in a variety of adult, family, pediatric, outpatient, 
acute, and long-term care settings. Includes intensive for clinical procedures and 
wound management. A minimum of 300 hours clinical practice is required. Lab 
fee 9 will be assessed for this course. 

NRSG 572. Practicum: Primary Care of Children 2 hours 

Prerequisites: Permission of program coordinator, NRSG 562; Pre- or co-requisite: NRSG 

570. 

Clinical practicum that promotes application of theoretical concepts and 
development of skills in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in infants, 
children, and adolescents including the diagnosis and therapeutic management of 
common acute and chronic health problems. Includes a minimum of 120 hours of 
clinical practice. May be used in combination with adult practicum courses to 
fulfill practicum requirements for FNP emphasis. 

NRSG 573. Practicum: Primary Care of Families II 5 hours 

Prerequisite: NRSG 571; Pre- or co-requisite: NRSG 563. 

Clinical practicum that promotes competence for entry into advanced practice in 
health promotion/disease prevention; management of patient illness; nurse- 
patient relationships; teaching-coaching function; professional roles; managing 
and negotiating healthcare delivery; quality assurance; and meeting cultural and 
spiritual needs of families across the lifespan. Includes a minimum of 300 hours 
clinical practice. Lab fee 9 will be assessed for this course. 



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NRSG 576. Assessment for Advanced Practice 2 hours 

Prerequisite: Enrollment in core courses or permission of dean or program coordinator. 
Advanced studies in history taking and assessment of the five variables of the 
client system. Builds on basic assessment skills through didactic and clinical 
applications Not open to students in nurse practitioner emphasis. 

NRSG 578. Advanced Nursing Leadership and Role Development 3 hours 

Prerequisite: Permission of program coordinator. 

This course is cross-listed with HADM 536 in the School of Business and 
Management. A student can receive credit for this course from only one program. 
Examines the role of the nurse executive or manager within the managed care 
system through analyses of selected leadership, management, and nursing 
theories. The concepts derived from these analyses are applied to the various role 
functions (leader, strategic planner, organizer, facilitator, evaluator). Leadership 
principles, continuous quality improvement, human resources management, 
negotiation skills, marketing, and strategic planning are emphasized. The learner 
will complete a project focusing on one of the roles of the nurse leader under 
supervision of the course professor and a preceptor in a mid- to top-level 
administrative position at a health care facility. 

NRSG 581. Nursing Curriculum Design 3 hours 

Prerequisite: Enrollment in core courses or permission of dean or program coordinator. 
A study of educational philosophy, curriculum development, and design in nursing 
education. Theories and models for curriculum design and evaluation are 
examined. Curricular strategies that address the various domains of learning are 
analyzed. Accreditation implications for curriculum development are reviewed. 
(Fall, even years) 

NRSG 583. Classroom Instruction and Evaluation 3 hours 

Pre- or co-requisite: NRSG 581. 

Models, concepts, strategies, and technical innovations for classroom instruction 
and evaluation are examined. Test design, construction, blue printing, and 
analysis are included. Elements of this course are met through attendance at an 
off-site "boot camp" for new nurse educators. Lab fee 13 will be assessed for this 
course. (Winter, odd years) 

NRSG 585. Educator Role Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 3 hours 

Pre- or co-requisite: NRSG 581, 583. 

Opportunities for application of educational strategies in classroom and clinical 
settings that apply to the student area of clinical emphasis. Includes exposure to 
other educator roles in a variety of settings. (135 clock hours) 

NRSG 591. Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 2 hours 

An individualized clinical practicum in the specific area of clinical emphasis 
chosen by the student designed to foster growth in clinical expertise and enrich 
the nurse educator role. Ninety clock hours of practice. (Pass/Fail) Lab fee 5 will 
be assessed for this course. 

NRSG 595. Independent Study 1-3 hours 

Individual study and research under the supervision of the graduate faculty. Only 
two independent studies (a total of no more than six hours) are allowed to apply 
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NRSG 596. Nursing Project 3 hours 

Prerequisite: NRSG 531. 

The student addresses a practice problem, issue, or need within his or her area of 
emphasis by writing a proposal and carrying out activities directed to solving the 
problem, resolving the issue, or meeting the need. The project may involve 
research, producing a product, or instituting change in a practice setting, or any 
combination of these three. The student is supervised by a faculty mentor. The 
project should lead to a scholarly paper, a presentation, an implementation, a 
product usable by others, or a publishable manuscript. (Pass/Fail) Lab fee 5 will 
be assessed for this course. 

NRSG 598. Thesis 4 hours 

Prerequisite: NRSG 531. 

Student designed research under the supervision of a faculty committee 
culminating in a master thesis. (Pass/Fail) Lab fee 6 will be assessed for this 
course. 

Biblical Studies Courses 

RELB 500. Directed Study 1-3 hours 

Directed study is designed to make up deficiencies in a student's undergraduate 
degree. 

RELB 510. Archaeology and Bible Interpretation 3 hours 

A study of cultures, customs, languages, and religious practices that throw light on 
the understanding of Scriptures based on archaeological and other ancient 
material cultures found throughout the lands of the Bible. 

RELB 520. Middle East Study Tour 1-3 hours 

Sponsored by the School of Religion, the Middle East Study Tour focuses on the 
archaeological, historical, and geographical study of the region with an emphasis 
on the comparative study of cultures, locations, and events as they relate to the 
Bible. Students are responsible for tuition and trip expenses. 

RELB 530. Archaeological Fieldwork 1-6 hours 

In conjunction with the archaeological expeditions, sponsored by Southern 
Adventist University, qualified students obtain practical experience and training in 
archaeological fieldwork by assisting on the supervising of excavations, drawing, 
registering, reading of pottery, and related work. Students are responsible for 
tuition and trip expenses. 

RELB 540. Old Testament Themes 3 hours 

An introduction to the major theological concepts and themes of the Old 
Testament from the perspective of the Christian faith through the study of 
selected passages of the Old Testament text. The course also discusses the 
history of the discipline of Old Testament theology. 

RELB 541. Preaching from the Old Testament Text 3 hours 

Prerequisite: At least one introductory course in biblical preaching. 

An examination of the presentation and development of the major theological 
concepts and themes of the Old Testament from the perspective of the Christian 
faith. Course requirements include the preparation of both thematic and 
expository sermons based on the Old Testament. 



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RELB 545. General Epistles 3 hours 

A general background of New Testament history and the Book of Acts, plus 
exposition of Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, Jude, and 1, 2, and 3 John. 

RELB 546. Pauline Epistles 3 hours 

A study of Paul's epistles, including Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, 
Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, 
and Philemon. 

RELB 551. Preaching from the New Testament Text 3 hours 

Prerequisite: At least one introductory course in biblical preaching. 

This course engages the student in either a detailed study of selected New 
Testament themes or exegesis/interpretation of selected book(s) or passages of 
the New Testament. Emphasis is given to the preparation/preaching of sermons 
based on the New Testament themes or passages contained within the material 
under study. 

RELB 553. Studies in Romans 3 hours 

This course provides an in-depth study of Romans. It covers core issues regarding 
the righteousness of God, salvation in Christ, and the role of the Holy Spirit. Key 
topics are studied, such as the nature of the gospel, the identity of the believers in 
Christ, and the election of Israel in the plan of God. 

RELB 555. Studies in Daniel 3 hours 

A study of the prophecies and symbolism of Daniel to discover their meaning and 
relevance for today. 

RELB 556. Studies in Revelation 3 hours 

A study of the prophecies and symbolism of Revelation with their historical 
fulfillments. Special attention is given to discovering its special message for our 
day. 

RELB 565. Topics in Biblical Studies 3 hours 

This course covers selected topics of interest in the area of biblical studies. 

RELB 595. Independent Study 1-3 hours 

Individual study and research under the supervision of the graduate faculty. 

RELB 620. Project in Biblical Studies 3 hours 

Requires the writing of a major paper in the area of biblical studies. Project is to 
be completed in accordance with guidelines supplied by the School of Religion and 
under the supervision of the project adviser. 

RELB 650. Thesis in Biblical Studies 1-6 hours 

Requires the writing of a master's thesis in the area of biblical studies. Thesis is 
to be completed in accordance with guidelines supplied by the School of Religion 
and under the supervision of the thesis adviser. 

General Studies Courses 

RELG 600. Research Methods and Writing 3 hours 

A course dealing with techniques and tools, including library and online sources 
available for theological research for the construction and practice of writing 
research papers. Emphasis is given to expository and persuasive writing skills, 
documentation styles, and bibliography in various religious disciplines. 



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Professional Studies Courses 



RELP 401. Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching 3 hours 

This introductory course focuses on the preparation and delivery of expository 
sermons. The student learns and implements a ten-step method in preparing an 
expository sermon. This sermon is preached and analyzed in a peer-review 
setting. Only available to students with no formal preaching training. Credit will 
not be given towards a master's degree. 

RELP 500. Directed Study 1-3 hours 

Directed study is designed to make up deficiencies in a student's undergraduate 
degree. 

RELP 501. Advanced Preaching Methods 3 hours 

Prerequisite: At least one introductory course in biblical preaching. 

An exploration of various models of biblical preaching, with an emphasis on 
inductive method and extemporaneous delivery. Course requirements include 
preparation, delivery, and evaluation of sermons in a peer-review setting. 

RELP 508. Expository Preaching 3 hours 

Prerequisite: At least one introductory course in biblical preaching. 

An advanced course on the theology and construction of expository sermons. 
Attention is given to exegetical procedure, homiletical form, relevant illustration, 
and accurate application. The student learns strategies for developing exegetical 
outlines of biblical books or chapters and transforming these outlines into fresh, 
contemporary sermons for today's audience. Course requirements include 
preparation, delivery, and evaluation of sermons in a peer-review setting. 

RELP 513. Effective Church Leadership 3 hours 

Church leadership viewed from the perspective of character and effectiveness. 
Issues covered include visioning, local mission development, mentoring, effective 
administration, and decision making. Case studies and group interaction are used 
for learning purposes. 

RELP 515. Equipping Laity for Ministry 3 hours 

A biblical approach to the effective accomplishment of church ministry, with an 
emphasis on the discovery, development, and discipleship of lay ministry. The role 
of the pastor as facilitator of ministry in this paradigm is carefully examined. 

RELP 517. Pastoral Counseling 3 hours 

Counseling theory and practice in church related settings. Mental health programs 
and follow-up are studied. 

RELP 519. Church and Community Health Education 3 hours 

Based on principles outlined in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, this course 
deals with specific methods and programs designed to reach both church and 
community in areas of felt needs not ordinarily emphasized in the traditional 
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RELP 521. Time and Life Management 3 hours 

This course is a comprehensive study of time and life management. It explores 
the fundamentals of time and its management within a theological and pastoral 
context. Special consideration is given to articulating personal values, achieving 
goals, evaluating and implementing a time-management system, overcoming 
personal time-management weaknesses, and applying strategies of efficiency and 
effectiveness to everyday life. 

RELP 524. Evangelistic Preaching 3 hours 

Prerequisite: At least one introductory course in biblical preaching. 

This course concentrates on the development and delivery of Christ-centered, 
distinctively Adventist messages, with emphasis on soul-winning decisions and the 
use of multi-media. Instruction includes sermon preparation for an evangelistic 
series. 

RELP 525. Youth Ministry in the Local Church 3 hours 

This course emphasizes the understanding of the various youth groups in the 
local church and how each age level grows spiritually. The purpose of the course is 
to demonstrate how to develop effective youth leaders and to enable them to 
minister to, retain, and engage youth in the mission of the church. 

RELP 532. Principles and Strategies for Church Growth 3 hours 

This course focuses on the application of biblical principles of church growth to the 
North American church, as well as practical evangelistic strategies for the local 
Adventist congregation. These include year-long planning for community outreach, 
church planting, evangelistic preparation, and membership training. 

RELP 534. Personal Soul-Winning Skills 3 hours 

A study of the importance, principles, and methods of personal evangelism. The 
course focuses on the development of skills to help individuals make favorable 
decisions for Jesus Christ through one-on-one small group evangelism. Practical 
experience is gained in laboratory exercises and in the field. 

RELP 537. Church Planting Strategies 3 hours 

The course focuses on planting churches in a Seventh-day Adventist context. 
Biblical and historical models, various methods of church planting, and the current 
state of Adventist church planting is surveyed. Students learn how to develop a 
strategy for starting and multiplying congregations, how to integrate discipleship 
with church planning, and how to protect the personal life of the church pastor. 

RELP 542. Urban Ministry and Evangelism 3 hours 

A study of the city as the locus of mission and ministry. The course considers the 
forces which create cities, their development, and their ethos, with emphasis on 
the process of secularization and the church's holistic approach to the urban 
setting. Special attention is given to evangelism and church planting in the urban 
context. Students are exposed to various ministries dealing with the hungry, 
homeless, addicted, and the alienated. 

RELP 561. Preaching to the Secular Mind 3 hours 

Prerequisite: At least one introductory course in biblical preaching. 

The understanding of post-modern society and how to communicate the character 
of God and the truths of Scripture through effective sermons. Course 
requirements include preparation, delivery, and evaluation of sermons in a peer- 
review setting. 



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RELP 565. Topics in Professional Studies 3 hours 

This course deals with selected topics of interest in the area of pastoral studies. 

RELP 569. Sermon Designs for Biblical Preaching 3 hours 

Prerequisite: At least one introductory course in biblical preaching. 

The student explores a variety of sermon designs, such as inductive, narrative 
plots, and other audience-centered preaching forms. Delivery focus is on youth, 
secular people, and various ethnic congregations. Course requirements include 
preparation, delivery, and evaluation of sermons in a peer-review setting. 

RELP 570. World Mission 3 hours 

A broad introduction to Christian world missions. This course covers aspects of 
the theology of mission; the history of missions; various philosophies of mission, 
including the SDA perspective; and strategies for implementing missions in a 
variety of cultural settings. 

RELP 591. Preaching Practicum 3 hours 

Prerequisite: At least one introductory course in biblical preaching. 

The course is offered in connection with a field school of evangelism, in which 
students participate in supervised evangelistic preaching. Students must 
demonstrate adequate preparation in order to be considered for this course. 
Class requirements include preparation of a theoretical framework to be done, 
field supervision, and a final report. 

RELP 595. Independent Study 1-3 hours 

Individual study and research under the supervision of the graduate faculty. 

Theological Studies Courses 

RELT 500. Directed Study 1-3 hours 

Directed study designed to make up deficiencies in a student's undergraduate 
degree. 

RELT 520. Spirituality in Ministry 3 hours 

An examination of a biblical model for spiritual leadership and its implications for 
personal spiritual life and development. The objective of this course is to discover 
how to experience life and ministry that is "full of God's grace and power." 

RELT 525. Theology of Ministry 3 hours 

An in-depth study of the theology of ministry in the context of the church, clergy- 
laity roles, and the mission of the local congregation. 

RELT 531. Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation 3 hours 

An investigation into fundamental hermeneutical presuppositions and the 
formulation of both sound principles of biblical interpretation and proper methods 
of interpreting the writings of Ellen G. White, for use in preaching and ministry. 
Particular attention is paid to contemporary methods of interpretation and their 
impact on the authority and trustworthiness of Scripture. 

RELT 538. Prophetic Guidance in the Adventist Church 3 hours 

An in-depth study of the gift of prophecy as seen in the life and ministry of Ellen G. 
White. Controversial issues in revelation and inspiration are explored. An 
assignment answering objections is required. 



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RELT 542. Studies in Biblical Doctrines 3 hours 

An in-depth study of key biblical doctrines, such as salvation, the nature of God 
and man, the Great Controversy, and the final destiny of God's people. A 
significant research assignment is required. 

RELT 546. Doctrine of Salvation 3 hours 

The central purpose of this class is to study the plan of salvation/righteousness by 
faith. It focuses on building a biblically based understanding of salvation through 
the sanctuary and key soteriological books like Romans, Galatians, and John. 
Some time is also spent in examining and critiquing varying views of salvation 
from theologians such as Abelard, Calvin, Arminius, and Wesley. The significance 
of these views for Seventh-day Adventism is also explored. 

RELT 552. Theology of Mission and Evangelism 3 hours 

The biblical foundation for evangelism. A theological reflection of its essence, 
goals, motives, and strategies, with special emphasis on the mission of the SDA 
Church. The course provides a theological foundation for all courses in the area of 
evangelism, ministry, and missions. 

RELT 563. Contemporary Theological Issues 3 hours 

A study of contemporary theological issues that impact the Seventh-day Adventist 
Church with a view to assisting inquirers to respond appropriately. 

RELT 565. Topics in Theological Studies 3 hours 

This course covers selected topics of interest in the area of theological studies. 

RELT 568. World Religions 3 hours 

A study of several major representative Christian and non-Christian religions, 
including a survey of the history and the distinctive characteristics of each. This 
course also compares and contrasts these religions, considers areas of 
commonality between these religions and biblical Christianity, and provides 
insights as to how to share Christianity with practitioners of these religions. 

RELT 571. Renewal and Mission of the Church 3 hours 

A biblical study of ecclesiology as it relates to the mission of the church. Emphasis 
is placed on church renewal through worship, small groups, missional focus, and 
the empowering baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

RELT 573. Biblical Eschatology 3 hours 

A biblical evaluation of end-time movements, teachings, and events to prepare the 
church for Christ's soon return. 

RELT 581. Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society 3 hours 

An examination of the major ethical teachings of the Bible in light of their cultural 
and historical setting and in relation to contemporary moral issues. This course 
deals with how to approach ethical problems in ministry, as well as Christian 
strategies dealing with basic matters such as confidentiality, church-state 
relations, racism, sexual vulnerability, and marriage/divorce/remarriage. 

RELT 595. Independent Study 1-3 hours 

Individual study and research under the supervision of the graduate faculty. 

RELT 620. Project in Theological Studies 3 hours 

Requires the writing of a major paper in the area of theological studies. Project is 
to be completed in accordance with guidelines supplied by the School of Religion 
and under the supervision of the project adviser. 



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RELT 650. Thesis in Theological Studies 1-6 hours 

Requires the writing of a master's thesis in the area of theological studies. Thesis 
is to be completed in accordance with guidelines supplied by the School of 
Religion and under the supervision of the thesis adviser. 



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The Registry 



Board of Trustees 

*Gordon Retzer, Chair 
*Gordon Bietz 
John Boskind 
Benjamin Browne 
Michael Cauley 
Donald Chase 
Joan Coggin 
Jim Davidson 
Ken DeFoor 
Faith Durkin 
Mel Eisele 
Tom Evans 
Conrad Gill 
*Burton Hall 
Richard Hallock 
Inelda Hefferlin 
Heather Hilliard 
Scott Hodges 
Dan Houghton 
* Members of the Executive Board 



Lars Houmann 

Todd McFarland 

Bill McGhinnis 

*Ellsworth McKee 

Vanard Mendinghall 

*John Nixon 

Frank B. Potts 

Mark Schiefer 

Terry Shaw 

*Ron Smith, Vice Chair 

*Jeanette Stepanske 

Wllie Taylor 

Izak Wessels 

Jeff White 

GregWillett 

*Ed Wright 

DougZinke 

Vicky Zygouris-Coe 



Administrators 

Gordon Bietz, D.Min. (1997) 
Dale J. Bidwell, B.S. (1989) 
Cristopher Carey, B.S. (2005) 
Martin Hamilton, B.A., (1998) 
Volker Henning, Ph.D. (1989) 
Vinita Sauder, M.B.A. (1983) 
Carelton Swafford, Ph.D. (1992) 
William Wohlers, Ph.D. (1973) 
Robert Young, Ph.D., (2007) 



President 

Senior Vice President, Financial Administration 

Vice President, Advancement 

Associate Vice President, Financial Administration 

Associate Vice President, Academic Administration 

Vice President, Marketing and Enrollment Services 

Dean, Graduate Studies 

Vice President, Student Services 

Senior Vice President, Academic Administration 



Other Officials 

Kevin Penrod, B.S. (2007) 
Jeffrey Erhard, MAT. (1997) 
Pegi Flynt, M.A. (2007) 
Marc Grundy, M.B.A. (1996) 
Henry Hicks, M.B.A. (1998) 
John Nixon, D.Min (2006) 
Joni Zier, M.S.Ed. (1993) 
(Dates in parentheses indicate the beginningyear of employment at Southern Adventist University) 



Director, Campus Safety 

Director, On-Campus Housing 

Director, Online Campus 

Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services 

Executive Director, Information Systems 

Senior Pastor, University Church 

Director, Records and Advisement 



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Graduate Council 



Carelton Swafford Dean, Graduate Studies 

Director, Library 

Denise Dunzweiler Dean, School of Education and Psychology 

Marc Grundy Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services 

Barbara James Dean, School of Nursing 

Greg King Dean, School of Religion 

Vinita Sauder Vice President, Marketing and Enrollment Services 

Don Van Ornam Dean, School of Business and Management 

Bob Young Senior Vice President, Academic Administration 

Joni Zier Director, Records and Advisement 

Graduate Instructional Faculty 

(Dates in parentheses indicate the beginning year of employment at Southern Adventist University.) 

Desiree Batson— Ph.D., Professor of Nursing 

B.S., Southern Adventist University; M.S.N., University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ph.D., 
University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (1997) 

Stephen Bauer— Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religion 

B.A., Atlantic Union College; M.Div. and Ph.D., Andrews University. (1999) 

Krystal Bishop— Ed. D., Professor of Education 

B.S., Southern Adventist University; M.A., University of South Florida-Tampa; Ed.D., 
University of South Florida, Tampa. (1996) 

Charles D. Burks— Ph.D., Professor of Psychology 

B.A., Evangel College; M.S., University of Nebraska— Omaha; Ph.D., Florida State 
University. (1998) 

Michael Cafferky— Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Business and Management 

B.A., Atlantic Union College; M.Div., Andrews University; M.P.H., Loma Linda University; 
Ph.D., Southwest University. (2003) 

Myrna Colon— Ph.D., Professor of Education 

B.A. and MA, University of Puerto Rico; Ed.S. and Ph.D., Andrews University. (2001) 

Robert Coombs— Ph.D., Professor of Psychology 

B.A., Carson-Newman College; M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, D.Min., 
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 
(2004) 

Alberto dos Santos— Ed.D., Professor of Psychology 

B.A., University of South Africa; M.A. and Ed.D., Andrews University. (1995) 

Denise Dunzweiler— Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Education 

B.A., Loma Linda University-La Sierra; M.A., Sonoma State University; Ph.D., Andrews 
University. (1996) 



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lleana Freeman-Gutierrez— Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology 

B.A. and MA, Andrews University; Ph.D., Ball State University. (2005) 

H. Robert Gadd— Ph.D., C.P.A., Professor of Business and Management 

B.S., Southern Adventist University; M.B.A., University of Maryland at College Park; Ph.D. 
University of Texas at Arlington. (2000) 

Holly Gadd— Ph.D., F.N. P., Professor of Nursing 

B.S., Andrews University; M.S.N., Loma Linda University; F.N. P., Midwestern State 
University, Ph.D., Texas Woman's University. (2000) 

Norman Gulley— Ph.D., Research Professor of Systematic Theology 

Diploma in Theology, Newbold College; B.A., Southern Adventist University; M.A. and 
M.Div., Andrews University; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh. (1978) 

Jan Haluska— Ph.D., Professor of English 

B.S., Pacific Union College, M.A., Andrews University; Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 
Knoxville. (1981) 

Michael G. Hasel— Ph.D., Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology 

B.A. and M.A., Andrews University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Arizona. (1998) 

J. Douglas Jacobs— D.Min., Professor of Religion 

B.A., Southern Adventist University; M.Div. and D.Min., Andrews University. (2002) 

Barbara James— D.S.N., Dean and Professor of Nursing 

B.S., Southern Adventist University; M.S.N., University of Texas at Arlington; D.S.N., 
University of Alabama at Birmingham. (1991) 

Greg A. King— Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies 

B.A., Southern Adventist University; M.Div., Andrews University; Ph.D., Union Theological 
Seminary. (2004) 

Judson Lake— D.Min., Th.D., Professor of Pastoral Theology 

B.A., Southern Adventist University; M.Div., Andrews University; D.Min., Reformed 
Theological Seminary. Th.D., University of South Africa. (1997) 

Donn W. Leatherman— Ph.D., Professor of Old Testament Studies 

B.Th., Canadian Union College; M.Div., Andrews University; Ph.D., McGill University. (1992) 

Carlos G. Martin— Ph.D., Professor of Missions and Evangelism 

B.Div., River Plate College; M.A., Andrews University; M.Div. and Ph.D., Southwestern 
Baptist Seminary. (2001) 

Robert Montague— Ph.D., C.P.A., Professor of Business and Management 

B.S., Loma Linda University; M.B.A., University of Missouri; Ph.D., University of Iowa. 
(1999) 

Cliff Olson— Ph.D., Professor of Business and Management 

B.A., University of Northern Colorado; M.S., Colorado State University; Ph.D., Colorado 
State University. (1989) 



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Alan Parker— Th.D., Associate Professor of Missiology and Evangelism 

B.A., Andrews University; M.Th. and Th.D., Stellenbosch University. (2007) 

Edwin Reynolds— Ph.D., Professor of New Testament Studies 

B.A., B.S., and MA, Pacific Union College; M.A. and Ph.D., Andrews University. (2004) 

Philip G. Samaan— D.Min., Professor of Applied Theology and Evangelism 

B.A., Walla Walla College; M.Div., Andrews University; M.S.P.H., Loma Linda University; 
D.Min., Andrews University. (1998) 

Carleton L. Swafford— Ph.D., Graduate Dean and Professor of Education 

B.A., Southern Adventist University; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 
(1992) 

John Wesley Taylor, V— Ph.D., Ed.D., Professor of Education and Psychology 

B.A. and B.S., Weimar College; M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville; M.A. and Ph.D., 
Andrews University; Ed.D., University of Virginia. (2003) 

Douglas Tilstra— Ph.D., Associate Professor of Church Leadership 

B.A., Pacific Union College; M.Div., Andrews University; Ph.D., Capella University. (2000) 

Don Van Ornam— Ph.D., C.P.A., Dean and Professor of Business and 
Management 

B.A., La Sierra College; M.S., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Claremont 
Graduate University. (1997) 

Neville Webster— D. Comm., Professor of Business and Management 

B. Comm, M.Comm., and D.Comm, University of South Africa. (2002) 

Penelope Webster— Ph.D., Professor of Psychology 

B.A. and MA, University of South Africa; Ph.D., Andrews University. (2002) 

Jon Wentworth— M.Tx., Associate Professor of Business and Management 

B.A., B.S., Southern Adventist University; M.B.A., University of Tennessee, Nashville; M.Tx., 
Georgia State University. (1996) 

Ruth WilliamsMorris— Ph.D., Professor of Psychology 

B.A., Oakwood College; M.A., Andrews University; Ph.D., University of Minnesota. (2000) 

Adjunct Faculty 

Gordon Bietz— D.Min., President, Southern Adventist University 

B.A., Loma Linda University-La Sierra; M.Div. and D.Min, Andrews University; Merrill Fellow 
at Harvard University Divinity School. 

Jack J. Blanco— Th.D., Professor of Theology, Southern Adventist University 

B.A., Union College; M.A. and M.Div., Andrews University; M.Th., Princeton Theological 
Seminary; Th.D., University of South Africa. 

Ron E. M. Clouzet— D.Min., Director of NADEI and NAD Ministerial Secretary 

B.A., Loma Linda University — La Sierra; M.Div., Andrews University; D.Min., Fuller 
Theological Seminary. Th.D. Candidate, University of South Africa. (1993) 



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Herbert Coolidge— Ph.D., C.P.A., Professor of Business and Management, 
Southern Adventist University 

B.S., Southern Adventist University; M.B.A. and Ph.D., Michigan State University. 

Ganoune Diop— Ph.D., Professor of Religion, Oakwood College 

B.A. and MA, Saleve University; Diploma, Maitrise en Philologie et Histoire de L'Orient 
Ancien, Institut Catholique De Paris; Ph.D., Andrews University. 

Mark Finley— D.D., General Vice-President, General Conference of Seventh-day 
Adventist 

B.A., Atlantic Union College; M.A., Andrews University; D.D., Southwestern Adventist 
University. 

Jean Lomino— Ph.D., Director of Chattanooga Nature Center 

B.S., Southern Adventist University; M.A., La Sierra University; Ph.D., Andrews University. 

Derek Morris— D.Min., Pastor, Forest Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church 

B.A., Columbia Union College; M.Div. and D. Min., Andrews University; D. Min., Gordon- 
Conwell Theological Seminary. 

John S. Nixon— D.Min., Pastor, Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventist 

B.A., Oakwood College; M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary; D.Min., Andrews University. 

Neville Webster— D.Comm., Professor of Business and Management, 
Southern Adventist University 

B.Comm., M.Comm., and D.Comm., University of South Africa. 

Greg Willett-J.D., Attorney 

B.B.A., Southern Adventist University; J.D., Washington and Lee University. 

Ben Wygal— Ph.D., Assistant to the President, Southern Adventist University 

B.A., Texas Tech University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.