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Graduate Catalog 

2010-2011 




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Power for Mind & Soul 



Southern Adventist University 




ADMISSIONS INFORMATION 
GRADUATE STUDIES 

PHONE 

1.800, SOUTHERN (1.800,768.8437) 
423,236.2694 

EMAIL 

graduatestudies@southern.edu 

WEB 

graduatestudies.southern.edu 

FAX 

423.236.1694 

MAILING ADDRESS 

PO Box 370 
Collegedale, TN 37315-0370 



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 

Contents 2 

Graduate Studies 4 

Academic Calendar 7 

This is Southern Adventist University 9 

The Mission 9 

Vision 9 

Core Values 9 

Educational Philosophy 9 

Institutional Goals 9 

Student Learning Goals 10 

Guiding Principles for Graduate Programs 11 

History 11 

Setting 11 

Accreditation and Memberships 12 

Facilities 12 

Admissions 15 

Admission Requirements 15 

Admission Categories 16 

Admission of International Students 17 

Financing Your Education 20 

Federal Stafford Loan Requirements and Disbursements 20 

Ability to Benefit 20 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Receiving Federal Financial Aid 20 

Requirements 21 

Time Frame for Receiving Financial Aid 21 

Progress Review 21 

Fees and Charges 2010-2011 21 

Payment Plans 22 

Financial Aid Budget 2010-2011 22 

Estimated Expenses 23 

Refunds 23 

International Student Deposit 23 

Credit Cards 23 

Summer Residence Hall 24 

University Apartments 24 

Books and Supplies 24 

Release of Transcripts or Diplomas 24 

Academic Policies 26 

General Requirements for Master's Degree 26 

Enrollment 28 

Grade Policies 29 

Petition and Academic Grievance Procedures 30 

School of Business and Management 33 

School of Education and Psychology 43 

School of Nursing 57 

School of Religion 81 



Table of Contents 3 

School of Social Work 92 

Course Descriptions 98 

The Registry 139 

Graduate Instructional Faculty 140 

Adjunct Faculty 143 



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 

- Customized 

- Healthcare Administration (Southern campus, online) 

- Management (Southern campus, online) 

- Marketing Management 

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

Master of Science in Administration 

- Church Administration 

- Customized 

- Leadership 

- Outdoor Education 

School of Education and Psychology 

Master of Science 

- Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

- School Counseling 

Master of Science in Education 

- Inclusive Education (hybrid) 

- Instructional Leadership 

- Literacy Education 

- Outdoor Education (hybrid) 

School of Nursing 

Master of Science in Nursing 

- Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 

- Adult Nurse Practitioner 

- Family Nurse Practitioner 

- Nurse Educator 

Accelerated RN to MSN 

- Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 

- Adult Nurse Practitioner 

- Family Nurse Practitioner 

- Nurse Educator 

Accelerated RN to MSN and MBA 

Dual Degree— MSN and MBA (available online) 



Degrees Offered 5 



Post Master's Certificate 

- Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 

- Adult Nurse Practitioner 

- Family Nurse Practitioner 

- Nurse Educator 

School of Religion 

Master of Arts 

- Biblical and Theological Studies 

- Religious Studies 

Master of Ministry 

- Church Leadership and Management 

- Church Ministry and Homiletics 

- Evangelism and World Mission 

School of Social Work 

*Master of Social Work 

- Child and Family Advocacy and Treatment 

- International Social Work 

- Marital Therapy and Stability 

- Older Adult Enrichment 

- Trauma and Emergency Response 

*See page 91 for accreditation status 



Academic Calendar 




Academic Calendar 7 



Academic Calendar 



2010-2111 

Summer 2010 

Online registration for summer opens April 26, 2010'' 



School of Education & Psychology 
Counseling 

May 3- 27 
Jun 1-24 
Jun 28 - Jul 23 
Education 

Jun 1-24 
Jul 6 -23 



School of Business & Management 

May 3 - Jun 10 
Jun 14 - Jul 22 
School of Nursing 
May 3 -Jun 25 (Online) 
May 3 -Jul 9 (Online) 
School of Religion 
Jun 1-18 
Jul 6 -23 

First Semester, Fall 2010 

Aug 26-Dec 15 School of Education & Psychology— Counseling classes begin and end 

Aug 29-Dec 13 School of Social Work classes begin and end 

Aug 30-Nov 18 School of Business & Management classes begin and end 

Aug 30-Dec 15 School of Nursing classes begin and end 

Aug 31-0ct 27 Begin ordering December graduation regalia— www.cbgrad.com 

Sep 5-16 School of Education & Psychology— Outdoor Educ classes begin and end 

Oct 21-24 Mid-Semester Break 

Oct 29 Deadline to request Dec/May graduation at Records & Advisement Office 

Nov 9-19* Online Registration for Winter 2011 

Nov 24-28 Thanksgiving Break 

Dec 13-15 Semester Examination 

Dec 15 Commencement 7:00 p.m. lies Auditorium 

Dec 16-Jan 3 Christmas Vacation 

Second Semester, Winter 2011 

Jan 3-Mar 31 School of Business & Management classes begin and end 

Jan 3-Apr 18 School of Social Work classes begin and end 

Jan 4-Apr 27 School of Nursing classes begin and end 

Jan 4-Apr 27 School of Education & Psychology— Counseling classes begin and end 

Jan 16-27 School of Education & Psychology— Outdoor Educ classes begin and end 

Jan 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day/no classes/Community Services Day 

Jan 7-Mar 25 Begin ordering May graduation regalia— www.cbgrad.com 

Feb 25-Mar 6 Spring Break 

Mar 22-Apr 1* Online Registration for Fall 2011 

Apr 25-27 Semester Exams and Registration for First Summer Session 

May 1 Commencement 9:30 a.m. Chattanooga Convention Center 



*Late registration fee applies the first day of class, and the last day to add a course is two 
weeks for semester classes and two days for intensives 



This is Southern Adventist University 




This is Southern Adventist University 9 

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 educational 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. 



10 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 11 

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. 



12 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 to award one-year certificates, associate 
degrees, baccalaureate degrees, and master's degrees. Contact the Commission on 
Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for 
questions about the accreditation of Southern Adventist University. 

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 (3343 
Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326). 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. The School of Social Work is pending 
accreditation status (see page 91). 

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 

• Hackman Hall— Religion 

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

• Hulsey Wellness Center— Physical Education, Health and Wellness 

• 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 

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

Century Classroom 



This is Southern Adventist University 13 

• William lies Physical Education Center— Physical Education, 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 



Admissions 




Admissions 15 



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 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. Applicants must have a satisfactory grade point average (see 
requirement of individual Schools). All application materials become the property of the 
University and are not forwarded or returned. Incomplete and inactive applications are 
purged after 12 months. An applicant whose file has been purged must reapply by the 
deadline dates for the term in which enrollment is anticipated. 

Enrollment in a graduate program is a privilege that may be withdrawn at the discretion of 
the Dean of the Graduate Studies if the integrity of university standards is jeopardized. 

Admission Requirements 

A GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required for regular admission to a master's program. 

Applicants must submit the following materials to be considered for admission: 

1. Graduate application form (available online at www.graduatestudies.southern.edu ). 

Non-refundable application fee of $25. 

Official transcript from the undergraduate school granting the undergraduate degree. 

Professional recommendations as requested by the respective School. 

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

Additional materials as required by the respective School. 

Once all pertinent materials are received by Graduate Studies, the application is reviewed 
and forwarded to the respective School. Applicants are accepted at the discretion of each 
School's admissions committee and are notified by mail once an action is taken. 



6. 



Deadlines 

Application materials should be submitted to Graduate Studies by these dates: 



TERM U.S. RESIDENTS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 


Fall 


Julyl 


May 1 


Winter 


November 1 


September 1 


Summer 


April 1 


February 1 



16 Admissions 

School of Nursing application deadlines are as follows: 



TERM 


U.S. RESIDENTS 


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 


Fall 


May 1 


March 1 


Winter 


October 1 


August 1 



Admission Categories 

Admission to the graduate programs is based on academic preparation and potential. 
Applicants who meet the admission requirements may be accepted under one of three 
categories. 

Regular Admission 

Regular admission status is granted to degree-seeking students meeting all admission 
criteria, including program-specified requirements. 

Provisional Admission 

Provisional admission status may be granted to an applicant whose GPA or test scores do 
not meet the minimum academic requirements. 

Under provisional admission, students may take a maximum of 12 graduate hours and 
must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00. Regular admission status is granted once this 
requirement is met; students not meeting the GPA requirement are not eligible to take 
additional classes. 

Non-degree Admission 

Non-degree admission status may be granted to applicants who meet the academic 
requirements, but who are not pursuing a degree or who have not fully completed the 
admissions process (see Admissions Requirements, p. 15). 

Under non-degree admission, students may take a maximum of 12 graduate hours and 
must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00. Non-degree admission does not guarantee 
acceptance into a degree program. International students on student visas are not 
eligible for non-degree status. 

Applicants who are not pursuing a degree may be granted non-degree status upon 
submitting these items to Graduate Studies: 

• Non-degree Application form. 

• Non-refundable application fee of $25. 

• Official transcript from the undergraduate school granting the undergraduate 

degree. 



Registrations 

Students may register online for both on-campus and online classes. 
Student Finance (423.236.2835) is required in order to register, 
students, University Health Center clearance is required (423.236.2713). 



Clearance from 
For on-campus 



Admissions 17 

To begin the registration process: 

• Click on Current Students and under Account Management, click on Create 

Account. 

• To register go back to www.southern.edu , click on Current Students and under 

Academics, click on Register for Courses. Follow the directions of Registration. 

Late Registration and Withdrawal 

Late registration and withdrawal include: 

• A late-registration fee applied the first day of each semester. Courses may be 

added up to two weeks after the first day of the semester. Intensive courses 
may be added up to two days after the first day of class. 

• Withdrawals during the first two-thirds of the class days automatically receive a 

"W". 

• Withdrawals after the first two-thirds of the class days receive an "F". 

Admission of International Students 

International applicants must have a four-year bachelor's degree equivalent with a 
minimum GPA of 3.00 and meet the admissions requirements for acceptance. 

The following items must be submitted before admission is considered. 

1. A completed application form and nonrefundable 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. Students whose native language is not English 
must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based). 
TOEFL information and registration are available online at www.ets.org/toefl . 

4. Documented evidence of financial resources sufficient to support the student for the 
calendar year, in addition to an international student deposit of $3,000 (USD). 

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

6. Letters of recommendations or rating forms. 

After admission is granted and financial documentation and degree confirmation are 
received, Southern Adventist University issues the 1-20 Form for obtaining a visa. 

Only students approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service may enroll at 
Southern Adventist University. The University issues a letter of acceptance and the 1-20 
Form, which are to be presented to the U.S. consular officer when applying for a student 
visa. Southern will not accept visas issued for admission to other institutions. 

International students admitted to graduate study are encouraged to arrive on campus 
two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. They should contact the international 
student adviser as soon as they arrive. Graduate Studies must be notified of any change 
in the entering date after admission has been granted. All international students with 
student visas are required by current immigration laws to be enrolled in a full course study 
(a minimum of nine graduate credit hours) for each semester in attendance. 



18 Admissions 

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) graduate hours for each semester in attendance 
and is making progress to the completion of a degree. On-campus employment is limited 
to 20 hours per week while classes are in sessions and 40 hours per week during 
university vacation days. 

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

1. An admission letter of acceptance from Southern Adventist University. 

2. 1-20 Form issued by Southern Adventist University. 

3. A valid passport. 

4. A valid visa to travel to 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 non-English 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 non-U. S. transcripts must be submitted to one of the following approved evaluation 
services: 

• American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO): 

www.aacrao.org/international/foreignEdCred.cfm . 

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

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

Evaluations are to be sent directly to Southern by the service. All evaluation reports are 
considered to be 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 
must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based). TOEFL 
scores are valid for two years from the test date. After two years, the test must be retaken 
and the new score submitted. 



Financing Your Education 




20 Finances 



Financing Your Education 



Graduate students assume the primary responsibility for their 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 begins after a student drops 
below half-time status. Some private institutional scholarships and graduate 
assistantships are available for students in the Master of Business Administration, 
Education, Counseling, Nursing, and Social Work programs. Students may apply for 
scholarships and assistantships through the respective schools. 

Students receiving Seventh-day Adventist conference assistance for tuition and living 
expenses may not be eligible for financial aid. 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 is credited to the 
student's account when part-time attendance has been verified. 

Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 per year ($8,500 Subsidized, $12,000 
Unsubsidized Stafford Loan) or the cost of attendance, whichever is less, at an annual 
interest rate that will not exceed 6.8 percent. Principal repayment begins six months after 
the student ceases to be enrolled in a minimum of five credit hours. Students receiving a 
Federal Stafford Loan must 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 arise, 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 undergraduate transcript from an accredited institution prior to 
disbursement of federal financial aid to graduate students. Therefore, provisionally 
accepted students will not receive loan proceeds until an official copy of their 
undergraduate transcript is submitted to the Graduate Studies office. 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Receiving Federal 
Financial Aid 

Government regulations require 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 a graduate program at Southern Adventist University— including 
periods during which a student does not receive financial aid. Failure to comply with this 
requirement may result in ineligibility for financial aid. 



Finances 21 

Requirements 

To be eligible for receiving financial aid, students must maintain a minimum cumulative 
GPA of 3.00 and complete a minimum of 67 percent of attempted credit. 

Attempted credits are those for which a student registers and 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 apply to a student's degree and receive a passing grade. 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 percent of the established course 
length. A student may receive financial aid for up to two graduate degrees. 

Progress Review 

Enrollment Services reviews each student's academic progress at least once per 
academic semester and sends written notice if satisfactory academic progress in not 
maintained. 

A student whose financial aid has been suspended as a result of failing to comply with 
this policy, and who believes that unusual and unavoidable circumstances led to this 
suspension, may appeal to the Financial Appeals Committee. Enrollment Services 
advises the student in writing of the committee's decision. 

Fees and Charges 2010-2011 

Effective May 1, 2010, graduate tuition is $504 per credit hour. 

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 check fee and penalty 25.00 

Lab fees: 

Lab fee 1 10.00 

Lab fee 2 15.00 

Lab fee 3 20.00 

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 



22 Finances 

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 

Lab fee 16 500.00 

Lab fee 17 600.00 

Lab fee 18 700.00 

Lab fee 19 800.00 

Lab fee 20 900.00 

Lab fee 21 1,000.00 

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 

Payment Plans 

Southern Adventist University offers a three-percent discount for students enrolled at 
least half-time who pay with cash or check their full expenses prior to the start of classes; 
or a one-percent discount to those enrolled at least half-time who pay by credit card their 
full expenses prior to the start of classes. Southern offers a monthly payment plan option 
for any charges that are not paid in full before the semester begins or that are not already 
covered by federal loans. Students receiving federal 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. 

Financial Aid Budget 2010-2011 

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

Business and Management (all emphases) 12 

Education and Psychology 

• Counseling emphases 12 

• Education emphases 12 



Finances 23 

• Outdoor Education emphasis 12 

Nursing (all emphases) 12 

Religion (all emphases) 4 

Social Work (all emphases) 12 

Estimated Expenses 





(12 mos.) 


(8 mos.) 


(4 mos.) 


Tuition (9 credit hrs) 


$13,608 


$9,072 


$4,536 


Housing 


9,000 


6,000 


3,000 


Board 


3,000 


2,000 


1,000 


Books and Supplies 


1,500 


1,000 


500 


Personal/Transportation 


6.000 


4,000 


2,000 



Financial Aid Budget* $33,108 $22,072 $11,036 

*Estimate: Figures are estimated and wiil 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, an international student deposit of $3,000 (USD) 
is required. (Canadians and documented permanent residents of the U.S. are not 
required to pay the international student deposit.) The deposit must be received by 
Enrollment Services before an 1-20 Form is sent to the prospective student for entry to the 
U.S. This deposit is held until the student graduates, withdraws from Southern, or is 
unable to pay his or her student account, at which time the international deposit is 
applied to the student's account. If the account has been paid in full, the deposit is 
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 student accounts. No cash withdrawal service is available from the 
Cashier's Office. This service may be obtained from a local financial institution or ATM. 



24 Finances 

The following information is required for paying an account with a credit card: 1) type of 
credit card, 2) cardholder's name, 3) credit card number, and 4) expiration date. 

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 $14 per day. When available, single 
occupancy is permitted at $21 per day. Room charges are posted monthly to the student 
account based on the number of days a room is occupied/reserved. 

Pets and/or children are not permitted to stay in the residence halls. 

Arrangements for summer residence hall housing are made through the Talge Hall office 
manager (423.236.2990). 

University Apartments 

The University apartments are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Rental 
arrangements are made in Financial Administration (423.236.2529). The first month's 
rent and a $250 housing deposit is required before a rental agreement is issued. An 
additional $5 deposit for each key is required before apartment keys are issued. These 
deposits are fully refundable unless there are unpaid rental charges, cleaning charges 
and/or unreturned keys. Additional charges are assessed if the deposit is insufficient to 
cover these costs. Semester rental charges are posted to the student's account to be 
paid monthly. Rates are 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 

Transcripts, diplomas, certificates of completion, and other records are withheld 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 is held until the check clears. 

Students with 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 as a graduate student. 

Accounts that have not been paid in full due to bankruptcy 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. 



Academic Policies 




26 Academic Policies 

Academic Policies 

General Requirements for Master's Degree 

Admission, Progression and Degree Candidacy 

Students under regular admission criteria are considered degree-seeking candidates and 
must maintain a minimal grade point average of 3.00, earning a minimum grade of C in 
no more than two courses. 

Students under provisional admission status may be permitted to enroll in specific 
classes until admission requirements are met. Under provisional status, students may 
take up to twelve (12) semester hours and must maintain a minimum grade point average 
of 3.00 earning a minimum grade of C in no more than one course. 

Credit and Course Requirements and Limitations 

All master's degrees require a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit. Students are 
responsible for meeting the semester hour requirement for the chosen degree. 

Under special circumstances the School may allow a maximum of six semester hours 
from courses numbered 450 or higher to be applied to a graduate program. A minimum 
grade of B is required, and students may not receive both undergraduate and graduate 
credit for any given course. 

Credit obtained by validation examination is considered earned credit and maybe 
permitted only as part of an established course of study by validation exam. 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 demonstrate proficiency by waiver 
examinations but must also complete a commensurable number of hours in approved 
courses to meet the minimum requirements for graduation. 

Graduation Requirements 

In order to graduate, a candidate must: 

1. Submit an application to graduate which must be filed with Records and Advisement 
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 are not 
counted 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. Specific 
requirements for each degree are listed under the School. 

Responsibilities of the Student 

Students are responsible for regulations and procedures published in this bulletin and in 
school entrance materials. 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. To avoid unnecessary delay or interruption of study, the student 



Academic Policies 27 

must assume the initiative in such matters as securing approval of a program of study 
and arranging for required tests and examinations. 

Second Master's Degree 

Courses of study for students already holding a master's degree are arranged individually. 
Some class work from the previous degree maybe applicable to the current program. 
Southern Adventist University requires that theory courses taken ten years previously and 
technology application courses taken five years previously must be repeated or waived by 
a validating examination. A minimum of two-thirds of the credits (including independent 
study) required for a second degree must be completed at Southern either online or on 
campus. 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 

When a thesis is required, the topic and research design must be approved and 
supervised by the School. 

Student must submit to the School, two copies of the approved thesis, one of which will 
be placed in the McKee Library. 

Time Limit for Degree Completion 

The time allowed for degree completion is listed for each school/degree in the table 
below. 



YEARS SCHOOL/DEGREE 


7 


Religion 


7 


Education and Psychology 


6 


Business and Management Nursing (MSN/MBA) 


5 


Business and Management 


5 


Nursing (MSN) 


5 


Social Work 


3 


Post-Master's Certificate 



Transfer Credit 

Transfer students must complete 75 percent of the degree program at Southern Adventist 
University. Transfer credit for courses with a minimum grade of B may be applied toward 
the degree requirements upon approval of the School. 

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 

Withdrawals during the first two-thirds of the class days automatically receive a "W". 
Withdrawals after the first two-thirds of the class days receive an "F". 



28 Academic Policies 

Enrollment 

Advisement 

Each graduate student enrolled under regular and provisional admission status is 
assigned an adviser who provides academic counseling, approve course scheduling, and 
supervises research. 

Attendance 

Students must comply with the attendance policies 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 

A semester load of nine graduate hours constitutes full-time status; five hours constitutes 
part-time status. Graduate students may enroll in a maximum of 12 hours unless special 
permission is obtained by petition to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Enrolling in a 
combination of graduate and undergraduate classes may affect compliance with status, 
loan deferment, and health insurance policies. 

Independent Study 

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

Medical Records 

Students attending on-campus classes are required to submit a completed Health 
Information form available at the University Health Center or online at 
www.southern.edu/universitv/health . Registration is not complete until this form is 
submitted. 

Online Programs 

Graduate programs are available online from the School of Business and Management 
and the School of Education and Psychology. Course offerings and their information are 
available at online.southern.edu or by calling Southern Online Office at 423.236.2087. 

Readmission 

A Southern graduate student who has not registered for courses at Southern for three 
consecutive terms (including summers), or two consecutive terms for summer intensives, 
must apply for admission. An admission application should be submitted to the Office of 
Graduate Studies at least two weeks prior to the desired reentry date. An official 
transcript showing all coursework taken in the interim at other institutions is required. The 
student is notified when Office of Graduate Studies and the School have taken action. 

Reclassification 

A student who wishes to change a program of study must submit a Request for Change of 
Graduate Program form, which is available online at graduatestudies.southern.edu . 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 



Academic Policies 29 

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 or 
email. 

Registration 

Students must register online or on campus no later than the beginning of the second 
week of class. 

Reinstatement Policy 

Students not meeting progression and graduation candidacy requirements may appeal to 
the Graduate Council for reinstatement to a program. 

Repeated Courses 

Up to two courses may be repeated for the purpose of improving the GPA. This does not 
apply to students under provisional admission status. 

Second Emphasis 

Courses may be taken online or on campus toward a second emphasis; transfer credit 
does not apply. Each emphasis consists of additional credits totaling at least one-third 
the amount of credits required for the degree. Refer to the School for clarification. Credit 
hours may apply to only one emphasis. 

Grade Policies 

Grading System 

Course syllabi describe evaluation methods and the grading system for each course. The 
following equivalencies are used: 



GRADE POINTS PER HOUR 


4.00 


A 


0.00 


CR-Credit 


3.70 


A- 


0.00 


1— Incomplete 


3.30 


B+ 


0.00 


IP— In Progress 


3.00 


B 


0.00 


NR-Not Reported 


2.70 


B- 


0.00 


P-Pass 


2.30 


C+ 


0.00 


S— Satisfactory 


2.00 


C 


0.00 


W-Withdrawal 


0.00 


F 







30 Academic Policies 

Minimum Grades 

Grades below C do not count toward graduate earned credit. A maximum of two courses 
with earned C grades may count toward a master's degree. Students accepted under 
provisional status are permitted one C grade providing the overall GPA is 3.00 or above. 

Petition and Academic Grievance Procedures 

Academic Grievances 

The student who believes 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 Dean of the School within four weeks of the informal 
conference. If the student believes that the resolution facilitated by the 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. The penalties for dishonesty 
including plagiarism may include the following: 

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

2. Receive a failing grade in the class. 

3. Resubmit the assignment with a reduced value for the completed work. 

4. Complete 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. 

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. Students are to 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 



Academic Policies 31 

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. 

More information about services, as well as the requirements and processes involved in 
qualifying for accommodations at Southern, are available online at dss.southern.edu . 

Petitions 

Students may petition the Graduate Council for policy exceptions. Petitions should 
include reasons for the request. Petition forms are available online at 
www.southern.edu/records or at the Records and Advisement Office. 



School of Business and Management 




School of Business and Management 33 

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, 
Dennis Steele, Don Van Ornam, Jon Wentworth 

Adjunct Faculty: John Hunnicutt, Harry W. Miller III, Doug Tilstra, Neville Webster, 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 Management (MFM), 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. 



34 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, Corporate Community 

Wellness Management, Long-Term Care Administration, Nonprofit Management, 
and Sports Studies 

• Master of Business Administration 

• Master of Financial Management 

• Master of Science in Administration 

Prerequisites for Admission 

Students with a non-business undergraduate background may be required to take specific 
courses in accounting and/or finance. 

Admission Requirements 

In addition to the admission requirements for graduate study, a candidate for a Master of 
Business Administration, Master of Financial Management, 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. 

Provisional Admission 

An applicant with a combined GPA/GMAT score of less than 1000 may be admitted as 
scholastic provisional. A student accepted on this basis may be admitted to regular 
status upon the completion of 12 credit hours taken through Southern with a minimum 
grade of "B" in each course. 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. 

The above provision does not apply to students accepted provisionally for other reasons. 

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 35 

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 MFM) must be taken through the Southern 
Adventist University School of Business and Management. 

Transfer Credit and 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. 

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 (24 core 
and 12 emphases). The regular schedule is a three semester regimen of four courses 
each. 

The emphases in the MBA are: 

• Accounting 

• Church and Nonprofit Leadership 

• Customized 

• Healthcare Administration (Southern Campus, Online) 

• Management (Southern Campus, Online) 

• Marketing Management 

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



36 School of Business and Management 

A customized emphasis is available to students who have a clearly defined academic 
objective not covered by existing emphases. This program must be worked out with the 
Dean in advance. 

Courses for the Master of Business Administration 

CORE Courses for all MBA Emphases Credit 

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 

BUAD 540 Marketing Management 3 

BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3 

BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business 3 

BUAD 570 Strategic Decision Making 3 

Core Subtotal 24 

Emphasis in ACCOUNTING 

Select twelve (12) hours from the following courses: 
ACCT Accounting Electives 

Subtotal 12 

Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents* 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 3 

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

FNCE 505* Principles of Finance 3 

Subtotal 12 

Core Subtotal 24 

Total 36-48 

Emphasis in CHURCH AND NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP 

Select twelve (12) hours from the following courses: 
BEXM 505 Legal Framework of Decisions 

BHRM 510 Human Resource Management 

NPLD Nonprofit Electives 

Subtotal 12 

Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents* 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 3 

FNCE 505* Principles of Finance 3 

Subtotal 6 

Core Subtotal 24 

Total 36-42 



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Emphasis in Customized (must be approved in advance with the dean) 

Select twelve (12) hours from the following courses: 
ACCT, BEXM, BMKT, BUAD, FNCE, HADM or NPLD 

Subtotal 12 

Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents* 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 3 

FNCE 505* Principles of Finance 3 

Subtotal 6 

Core Subtotal 24 

Total 36-42 

Emphasis in HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION (also available online) 

Select twelve (12) hours from the following courses: 
BEXM 505 Legal Framework of Decisions 

HADM Healthcare Administration Electives 

Subtotal 12 

Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents* 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 3 

FNCE 505* Principles of Finance 3 

Subtotal 6 

Core Subtotal 24 

Total 36-42 

Emphasis in MANAGEMENT (also available online) 

Select twelve (12) hours from the following courses: 
BEXM 505 Legal Framework of Decisions 

BHRM 510 Human Resource Management 

BEXM Management Electives 

Subtotal 12 

Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents* 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 3 

FNCE 505* Principles of Finance 3 

Subtotal 6 

Core Subtotal 24 

Total 36-42 



38 School of Business and Management 

Emphasis in MARKETING MANAGEMENT 

Select twelve (12) hours from the following courses: 
BEXM 505 Legal Framework of Decisions 

BHRM 510 Human Resource Management 

BMKT Market Management Electives 

Subtotal 12 

Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents* 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 3 

FNCE 505* Principles of Finance 3 

Subtotal 6 

Core Subtotal 24 

Total 36-42 

Master of Financial Management 

The Master of Financial Management 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-FM/MFM 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 Management will comply with the 
following requirement: 

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in accounting, finance, or financial 
management. 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. 

Admission Requirements for Dual BBA-FM/MFM 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 (Macroeconomics/Microeconomics) 

• FNCE 315 (Business Finance) 

• MATH 120 (Precalculus Algebra) 



School of Business and Management 39 



Courses for the Master of Financial Management 

The program consists of 30 hours of courses. 



Core Courses 

ACCT 510 
BUAD 505 
BUAD 562 
FNCE510 
ACCT 564/ 
FNCE 564 

Core Subtotal 

Select fifteen 
ACCT 520 
ACCT 530 
ACCT 550 
ACCT 552 
ACCT 556 
ACCT 557 
ACCT 558 
ACCT 585 
ACCT 587 
FNCE 515 
FNCE 525 
FNCE 550 
FNCE 552 
FNCE 553 
FNCE 555 
FNCE 561 
FNCE 562 

Subtotal 



Accounting for Control and Decision Making 
Management in a Changing World 
Integrating Faith and Business 
Financial Management 
Financial Statement Analysis 



(15) hours from the following courses: 
Accounting Theory 
Controllership 
Advanced Accounting 
Auditing 
Federal Taxation 
Advanced Federal Taxation 
Federal Tax Problems/Research 
Contemporary Issues of Professional Practice 
Accounting and Reporting in the SEC Environment 
Applied Corporate Finance 
International Finance 
Working Capital Management 
Financial Markets, Rates, and Flows 
Financial Institutions 
Fundamentals of Investments 
Portfolio Management 
Derivatives 



Credit 

3 

3 
3 
3 
3 

15 

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

15 



Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents* 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 

ACCT 507, 508* Intermediate Financial Accounting I, II 

FNCE 505* Principles of Finance 

Subtotal 

Total 



3 
6 
3 

12 

30-42 



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 with minimum prerequisites upon compliance with the admission 
requirements for graduate study. 



40 School of Business and Management 

The emphases in the MSA are: 

• Church Administration 

• Customized (See below) 

• Leadership 

• 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. 

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. 

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 in Church Administration, Customized, Leadership, or 
Outdoor Education. 

The CORE Courses for all MSA Emphases Credit 

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 550 Leadership in Organizations 3 

NPLD 570 Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations 3 

Core Subtotal 24 

Emphasis in CHURCH ADMINISTRATION 

Select twelve (12) hours of electives from RELB, RELP, or RELT 

Subtotal 12 

Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents* 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 3 

Subtotal 3 

Core Subtotal 24 

Total 36-39 



School of Business and Management 41 

Emphasis in CUSTOMIZED (must be approved in advance with the dean) 

Select twelve (12) hours from the following courses: 

ACCT, BEXM, BHRM, BMKT, BUAD, COUN, EDAD, EDCI, EDIE, EDLE, EDOE, EDUC, FNCE, 

HADM, NPLD, NRSG, RELB, RELP, or RELT 

Subtotal 12 

Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents* 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 3 

Subtotal 3 

Core Subtotal 24 

Total 36-39 

Emphasis in LEADERSHIP 

Select six (6) hours from ACCT, BEXM, BHRM, BMKT, BUAD, FNCE, HADM, NPLD 
electives. 

Select an additional six (6) hours from ACCT, BEXM, BHRM, BMKT, BUAD, COUN, 
EDAD, EDCI, EDIE, EDLE, EDOE, EDUC, FNCE, HADM, NPLD, NRSG, RELB, RELP, or 
RELT in consultation with your adviser 

Subtotal 12 

Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents* 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 3 

Subtotal 3 

Core Subtotal 24 

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 3 

EDOE 523/524 Leadership in Outdoor Education/Field Experience 3 

EDOE 533/534 Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites/Field Experience 3 

Subtotal 3 

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

Subtotal 9 

Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents* 

ACCT 505* Financial Accounting 3 

Subtotal 3 

Core Subtotal 24 

Total 36-39 



School of Education and Psychology 




School of Education and Psychology 43 

School of Education and Psychology 

Dean: John Wesley Taylor V 

Faculty: Risper Awuor, Krystal Bishop, Charles D. Burks, Myrna Colon, Robert Coombs, 
lleana Freeman-Gutierrez, Colleen Mitchell, Carleton L. Swafford, John Wesley Taylor V, 
Ruth WilliamsMorris 

Mission Statement 

The mission of the School of Education and Psychology at Southern Adventist University is 
to prepare effective Christian professionals who demonstrate a commitment to the 
pursuit of truth, wholeness, and a life of service in a diverse society. 

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 four 
emphases. 

The emphases in Counseling are: 

• Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

• School Counseling 

The emphases in Education are: 

• Inclusive Education (hybrid) 

• Instructional Leadership 

• Literacy Education 

• Outdoor Education (hybrid) 

Delivery Formats 

Most graduate courses in the School of Education and Psychology are offered in a face-to- 
face format. Certain courses, however, are offered in online, hybrid, and/or intensive 
seminar formats. For online course availability and more information visit 
http://online.southern.edu or contact the Southern Online office at 423.236.2087. 

General Information 

Admission 

1. GPA Requirement: A minimum of 3.25 grade point average on the undergraduate 
level or a 3.00 average (with no grade lower than a B-) on a minimum of 9 semester 
hours of graduate credit is required. 

2. TOEFL: International students whose language of education is not English 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 test, or 100 on 
the internet-based test is required for regular admission. 

3. Statement of Purpose Requirement: Prior to the faculty interview (see program- 
specific requirements), candidates are to complete a written "Statement of Purpose" 



44 School of Education and Psychology 

regarding their motivation for joining the particular graduate program and what they 
hope to gain from the program. Guidelines are available from the School of 
Education and Psychology. 

4. Self-Assessment: Applicants are to complete a self-assessment of the proficiencies 
embedded in the Conceptual Framework. This form is available from the School of 
Education and Psychology. 

5. Background Check: Applicants must submit evidence of having passed a 
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) background check and affirm that they are 
not registered sex offenders on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. Legal 
declaration and waiver forms are available from the School of Education and 
Psychology. If the applicant is currently working in a state other than Tennessee, a 
TBI-comparable background check from that state must be submitted. 

6. Admission Approval: Receive program admission approval from the SEP Graduate 
Council. 

Regular admission may be granted when the applicant meets all admission requirements, 
including program-specific requirements. Individuals who lack a general graduate or 
program-specific requirement may be considered for provisional admission on an 
individual basis. In terms of GPA, individuals with an overall undergraduate grade point 
average of less than 3.25 may be considered for provisional admission if the grade point 
average of their upper division (300- and 400-level) courses exceeds a 2.75. Provisional 
acceptance may not extend beyond 9 credit hours, and is not extended to international 
students. 

Transfer students seeking admission to a graduate program in the School of Education 
and Psychology may be granted provisional status if their incoming graduate GPA meets 
the minimum criterion of 3.00. Regular admission status may be granted upon 
successful completion of six hours in the area of emphasis (with a 3.00 average GPA and 
with no grade lower than a B-) and upon recommendation of the emphasis coordinator. 

Credits taken while an individual is under "non-degree status" will be counted as "transfer 
credit" toward a graduate program in the School of Education and Psychology. 

Admission to Candidacy 

In order to enroll in Clinical Internship, MS in Counseling students must be admitted to 
candidacy. MSEd students must be admitted to candidacy in order to progress beyond 
the completion of 24 credit hours in their program. In order to be admitted to candidacy, 
a graduate student must fulfill the following requirements: 

1. Application: Submit an application to candidacy. 

2. GPA: Maintain a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.00. 

3. Self-Assessment: Submit a completed Candidacy Admission Self-Assessment of the 
proficiencies embedded in the Conceptual Framework. This form is available from 
the School of Education and Psychology. 

4. Program Survey: Submit a completed Program Survey. This form is available from 
the School of Education and Psychology. 

5. Dispositions Assessment: Obtain from the area of emphasis coordinator an 
evaluation of proficient or higher on each of the core areas identified on the 
Dispositions Assessment form. 



School of Education and Psychology 45 

6. Research Proposal: Receive a score of proficient or higher on each of the 
components of the research proposal developed in the corresponding graduate 
research course. 

7. Professional Membership: Present documentation of membership in a professional 
organization. 

8. Admission Approval: Receive approval for Admission to Candidacy from the SEP 
Graduate Council. 

Program Completion 

In addition to general Southern graduate admission requirements and any program- 
specific requirements, candidates must fulfill the following School of Education and 
Psychology requirements in order to attain program completion: 

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

2. GPA: Complete all coursework with a minimum GPA 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. Self-Assessment: Submit a completed Program Completion Self-Assessment of the 
proficiencies embedded in the Conceptual Framework. This form is available from 
the School of Education and Psychology. 

4. End of Program Survey: Submit a completed End of Program Survey. This form is 
available from the School of Education and Psychology. 

5. Dispositions Assessment: Obtain from the area of emphasis coordinator an 
evaluation of proficient or higher on each of the core areas identified on the 
Dispositions Assessment form. 

6. Position Paper: Receive a score of proficient or higher on each of the components of 
the program-specific position paper. 

7. Internship Evaluation: Receive a score of proficient or higher on each of the 
components of the Fieldwork/lnternship Evaluation. 

Master of Science 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling 

Goal and Objectives 

The goal of the Master of Science in counseling program is to facilitate the comprehensive 
development of counselors as servant leaders in their communities. This goal is further 
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. 

The objectives of the Master of Science in counseling program are to: 

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. 



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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 educational institutions, as well as clarity regarding the role of 
the professional counselor within 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 differences and the 
skills to address differences appropriately. 

Admission to the Program 

In addition to Southern and School of Education and Psychology admission requirements 
for graduate study, a candidate for the Master of Science program with emphases in 
Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling must comply with the following 
requirements in order to be admitted in regular standing: 

1. Prerequisite Coursework: The completion of a minimum of 6 credits in psychology 
or behavioral sciences on the upper-division undergraduate or graduate level plus 
one class in research and/or statistics is required. [Note: If taken at the graduate 
level, these courses will not be counted as part of the graduate program.] 

2. Recommendations: 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. 

3. Interview: An interview by Counseling area faculty to assess the candidate's values, 
commitment to multiculturalism, attitudes, and communication skills. This interview 
will be conducted prior to the candidate's regular admission. 

4. Dispositions Assessment: Obtain from the area of emphasis coordinator an 
evaluation of each of the core areas identified on the Dispositions Assessment form. 

5. Personality Test: Results from the 16 PF must be on record prior to completion of 
faculty interview. 

Progression 

Progression in the program may be inhibited by a variety of circumstances. Regular 
evaluations of students' personal and professional dispositions are conducted by the 
program faculty, Practicum/lnternship supervisors, course instructors, assistantship 
supervisors, and/or others involved with students' training. Student academic standing is 
also monitored regularly via course grades and GPA. 

Should any aspect of an evaluation indicate that a student needs improvement in a given 
area, the student is subject to advisement and consideration regarding program 
progression. Additional information regarding student evaluations and due process can 
be found in the Counseling Student Handbook, available from the School of Education 
and Psychology. The School of Education and Psychology reserves the right to deny or 
revoke admission should a candidate be deemed inappropriate for a counseling degree. 



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Candidacy Requirements 

MS in Counseling students cannot progress to Clinical Practicum II without being admitted 
to candidacy. In addition to the general requirements for admission to candidacy listed in 
the School of Education and Psychology section of the Graduate Catalog, the applicant to 
candidacy must receive a passing score in the MS Counseling case study. 

Field Experiences 

Students must apply for Practicum II and Internship before the end of the semester prior 
to when they register for the class. (They will not be required to re-submit an application 
to Internship for each semester in which they register.) Notification of approval/denial of 
Practicum ll/lnternship application will be done in writing by the chair of the SEP Graduate 
Council. 

Students must complete Practicum II prior to registering for and/or accruing hours for 
Internship. No counseling students can accumulate clinical internship hours unless they 
have received written notification of approval from the SEP Graduate Council, are 
registered for internship, and have received corresponding approval from the faculty 
supervisor. If students need to extend sessions with clients and have completed the 
necessary Practicum II requirements and prerequisites for Internship, they may, however, 
register for 1 credit of Internship and begin collecting hours toward completion of 
Internship, provided that the appropriate supervision is available. 

To register for internship, a minimum of 29 credits must be completed for School 
Counseling, and 42 credits for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. A student who is 
seeking a double-emphasis degree must complete separate fieldwork (e.g., Practicum II 
and Internship) settings for each emphasis. 

Program Completion 

To graduate from a Master of Science program in counseling, a candidate must complete 
all Southern and School of Education and Psychology graduation requirements. In 
addition, the candidate must complete the following requirements: 

1. Comprehensive Exam/Thesis Defense: Pass a written comprehensive examination 
designed by the faculty, or successfully defend a Master's thesis. If a comprehensive 
exam, the responses will be evaluated in terms of accuracy of information, breadth 
and depth of knowledge, and written communication skills. Note: All comprehensive 
exams must be written on-campus, as scheduled (once each semester). Students 
with a double emphasis will need to perform two sittings of the comprehensive— one 
for each area of emphasis. 

2. Field Experience Diversity (School Counseling candidates only): Submit a 
completed Field Experience Diversity form. This form is available from the School of 
Education and Psychology. 

3. Praxis Exam (School Counseling licensure candidates only): Successfully complete 
the Praxis Series Specialty Test: School Guidance and Counseling. 



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Courses for Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Emphasis 

The program includes 56 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 state 
licensure (LPC) exam will need to take additional hours in order to meet the required 60 
hours. 



The REQUIRED courses are as follows: 



Courses 

COUN 510 
COUN 514 
COUN 516 
COUN 520 
COUN 521 
COUN 526 
COUN 530 
COUN 553 
COUN 556 
COUN 561 
COUN 570 
COUN 575 
COUN 582 
COUN 583 
COUN 584 
COUN 588 
COUN 590 
COUN 593 
COUN 598 

Subtotal 

Electives 

To be eligible for state LPC licensure (60 credits minimum), candidates must select 
additional hours from the following courses (courses in bold are offered regularly): 



Advanced Lifespan Development 

Drugs and Addictions 

Career Counseling 

Principles of Counseling 

Psychopathology 

Ethics and Legal Aspects of Counseling 

Assessment and Appraisal 

Group Therapy and Procedures 

Theories and Techniques of Psychotherapy 

Multicultural Issues in Counseling 

Counseling in Community Agencies 

Administration of Counseling Services 

Clinical Practicum I 

Clinical Practicum II: Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

Clinical Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

Statistics 

Marriage and Family Therapy I 

Child and Adolescent Problems and Treatment 

Research and Program Evaluation 



Credit 

3 

3 
3 
3 
3 
2 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
1 
2 
6 
3 
3 
3 
3 

56 



Courses 
COUN 507 

COUN 551* 
COUN 565 
COUN 591 
COUN 595 
COUN 599 

Subtotal 



Sexuality: Issues in Therapy 

Psychology of the Exceptional Child 
Topics in Counseling 
Marriage and Family Therapy II 
Independent Study 
Master's Thesis 



Total 

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



2-3 

3 
1-3 

3 
1-3 

6 

4 
60 



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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 50 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. According to 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 

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 520 Principles of 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 561 Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3 

COUN 577 Administration of School Counseling Services 3 

COUN 582 Clinical Practicum I 1 

COUN 583 Clinical Practicum II: School Counseling 2 

COUN 584 Clinical Internship: School Counseling 6 

COUN 588 Statistics 3 

COUN 598 Research and Program Evaluation 3 

Total 50 

Optional courses (courses in bold are offered regularly): 

Courses 

COUN 507 Sexuality: Issues in Therapy 2-3 

COUN 551* Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3 

COUN 565 Topics in Counseling 1-3 

COUN 591 Marriage and Family Therapy II 3 

COUN 595 Independent Study 1-3 

COUN 599 Master's Thesis 6 

Total 50-56 

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



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Master of Science in Education 

Goals and 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. 

Admission to the Program 

In addition to the University and School of Education and Psychology admission 
requirements for graduate study, an applicant to the Master of Science in Education 
program will comply with the following requirements in order to be admitted in regular 
standing: 

1. Prerequisite Coursework: Completion of a minimum of nine semester credits in 
undergraduate education courses (or in a graduate education courses which will not 
be counted as a part of the graduate program). Applicants to the Master of Science 
in Education with an Outdoor Education emphasis are exempt from this requirement. 

2. Recommendations: Submission of two professional recommendations. Forms are 
available from the Graduate Studies Office. 

3. Educational Experience (Instructional Leadership Only): Verification of 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; or 
teaching in the armed forces of the United States. 

Admission to Candidacy 

MSEd students cannot progress beyond the completion of 24 credit hours in their 
program requirements without being admitted to candidacy. In addition to the 
requirements for admission to candidacy are listed in the general section of the graduate 
School of Education and Psychology, the applicant to candidacy must receive an overall 
score of proficient or higher on the Professional Portfolio. 

Field Experiences 

Candidates in the MSEd programs are required to conduct research as a component of an 
internship or practicum. The proposal will typically be developed as part of the graduate 
research course. The results of the research study are to be made available as a 
resource for faculty and colleagues. 

Candidates engaged in a MSEd internship or practicum must document impact on 
student learning, typically evidenced through analysis and reflections on pre- and post- 
assessments results. Furthermore, all candidates involved in field experiences are to 
complete the Diversity Form, available from the School of Education and Psychology. 



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External supervisors of internship or practicum must meet the following criteria: (a) three 
years experience, (b) licensure in respective area, and (c) recommendation by the school 
or agency administration. 

Program Completion 

To graduate from a Master of Science program in counseling, a candidate must complete 
all Southern and School of Education and Psychology requirements. In addition, the 
candidate must: 

1. Portfolio: Submit and receive approval on a Professional Portfolio containing specific 
evidences as indicated in the Professional Portfolio Handbook for Advanced 
Programs. In order to be approved, the portfolio must receive a score of proficient or 
higher on each element of the Advanced Professional Portfolio Evaluation. 

2. Research Implementation: Receive a score of proficient or higher on each of the 
components of the Research Implementation Evaluation. 

3. Field Experience Diversity: Submit a completed Field Experience Diversity form. This 
form is available from the School of Education and Psychology. 

4. Comprehensive Questions: Successfully respond to comprehensive questions. 
Candidates will respond to a general question, as well as three questions specific to 
the area of emphasis. The responses to the comprehensive questions are 
incorporated into the Professional Portfolio and will be evaluated in terms of 
accuracy of information, breadth and depth of knowledge, and written 
communication skills. 

Courses for the Master of Science in Education 

One of the following emphases is to be selected: 

Emphasis in INCLUSIVE EDUCATION 

This Master of Science emphasis in Inclusive Education is designed to give classroom 
teachers expertise in differentiating instruction so that all learners will experience 
success. Students in this program will learn to recognize and respond in a sensitive 
manner to the differentiated needs of all learners. Skill will be developed in using 
assessments that will inform appropriate interventions, remediation, and strategies for 
addressing a broad range of student exceptionalities in the inclusive classroom. 

The REQUIRED courses are as follows: 

Courses Credit 

EDIE 502 Inclusive Education: History and Foundations 3 

EDIE 531 Behavior Management of Exceptional Individuals 3 

EDIE 541 Assessment of Exceptional Individuals 3 

EDIE 557 Leadership in Inclusive Education 3 

EDIE 567 Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Learning Differences 3 

EDUC 531 Technology and the Educator 3 

EDIE 584 Internship 3 

EDUC 588 Statistics 3 

EDUC 592 Educational Research 3 

Subtotal 27 



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

EDAD 545 Supervision of Instruction* 3 

EDIE 512 Counseling & Psychology of Exceptional Individuals & Their Families 3 

EDIE 595 Independent Study in Inclusive Education 1-3 

EDUC 577 Reading Assessment and Remediation 3 

Subtotal 2-3 

Select six to seven (6-7) hours of electives from EDAD, EDCI, EDIE, EDLE, EDOE, 
or EDUC. 

Subtotal 6-7 

Total 36-37 

NOTE: Availability of courses varies from year to year. 

Emphasis in INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP 

The emphasis in Instructional Design and Delivery seeks to prepare candidates to be 
exemplary teachers, while allowing the incorporation of content area knowledge. 
Candidates will be equipped with a wide repertoire of research-based teaching strategies 
and with the knowledge and skill to design and deliver instruction to meet the needs of 
diverse student populations. 

The REQUIRED courses are as follows: 

Courses Credit 

EDAD 520 Foundations of Instructional Leadership 3 

EDCI 584 Internship OR 3 

EDAD 584 Internship 

EDCI 546 Improving Instruction 3 

EDCI 561 Instructional Design 3 

EDUC 531 Technology and the Educator 3 

EDUC 588 Statistics 3 

EDUC 592 Educational Research 3 

Subtotal 21 

Select eighteen (18) hours from an area (e.g. EDAD, EDIE, EDLE, EDOE, or other 
content area, such as math, science, English, or history). This program allows 
the transfer of up to 18 graduate credits in a specific content area from an 
accredited institution of higher education. The candidate must present a rationale 
for the inclusion of these courses in his or her program of study, which must then 
be approved by the program coordinator. 

The EDAD area is recommended for prospective superintendents and school 
principals. These individuals should also complete the EDAD, rather than the 
EDCI, internship. 

Subtotal 18 

Total 39 

Note: Availability of courses varies from year to year. 



School of Education and Psychology 53 

Emphasis in LITERACY EDUCATION 

The Master of Science emphasis in Literacy Education is designed to empower classroom 
teachers to keep learners at the heart of all literacy instruction, while responding to the 
demands of research-based pedagogical practice mandated by federal initiatives such as 
No Child Left Behind. The Literacy Education program focuses on enhancing classroom 
pedagogy with a goal of teaching differently. Because most courses contain a significant 
application component, teachers are given ample opportunities to translate theory into 
practice. 

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 581 Literacy Internship 3 

EDLE 586 Professional Applications in Literacy 3 

EDUC 531 Technology and the Educator 3 

EDUC 577 Reading Assessment and Remediation 3 

EDUC 588 Statistics 3 

EDUC 592 Educational Research 3 

Subtotal 30 

Select six (6) hours of electives from EDAD, EDCI, EDIE, EDLE, EDOE, or EDUC. 

Subtotal 6 

Total 36 

Note: Availability of courses varies from year to year. 

Emphasis in OUTDOOR EDUCATION 

The emphasis in Outdoor Education is designed for outdoor professionals, youth workers, 
classroom teachers, or anyone who wants to more effectively use 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. 

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 at a ten-day intensive, with additional projects and/or assignments to be 
completed individually in an outdoor setting after the session. Online coursework is also 
utilized. 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 by or have access to 
an outdoor facility in order to complete the field experiences required. 



54 School of Education and Psychology 

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 summer field school sessions in order to complete the degree. 
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. Some students may also elect to do Independent Study. 
Independent Study allows the teacher to develop outdoor units of study for use in their 
classrooms. 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 2 

EDOE 593 Adventure-Based Counseling 2 

EDOE 576 Outdoor Intensive Lab-Fall OR 

EDOE 577 Outdoor Intensive Lab-Winter OR 

EDOE 578 Outdoor Intensive Lab-Summer 

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 Education 1 

EDOE 513 Nature Study 2 

EDOE 514 Field Experience in Nature Study 1 

EDOE 523 Leadership in Outdoor Education 2 

EDOE 524 Field Experience in Leadership in Outdoor Education 1 

EDOE 533 Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites 2 

EDOE 534 Field Experience in Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites 1 

EDOE 535 Outdoor Therapy: Design and Procedures 2 

EDOE 536 Field Experience in Outdoor Therapy 1 

Subtotal 12 

Electives 

Select a minimum of fifteen (15) 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. 

Subtotal 15 

Total 36 

Note: EDUC 598 Master's Thesis is recommended 

Note: A Master of Science in Administration (MSA) with an Outdoor Education emphasis is avaiiabie through the 
School of Business and Management 



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Suggested Schedules for OUTDOOR PROFESSIONAL INTENSIVES 

Winter Outdoor Site Development Intensive (even years) 

EDOE 513 Nature Study 2 

EDOE 514 Field Experience in Nature Study 1 

EDOE 533 Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites 2 

EDOE 534 Field Experience in Developing Outdoor Teaching Sites 1 

EDOE 577 Outdoor Intensive Lab-Winter 

EDUC 592 Educational Research 3 

Electives (up to 3 credits) 1-3 

Winter Outdoor Perspectives Intensive (odd years) 

EDOE 503 Principles and Concepts of Outdoor Education 2 

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

EDOE 538 Technology in Outdoor Education 2 

EDOE 577 Outdoor Intensive Lab-Winter 

EDOE 593 Adventure-Based Counseling 2 

Electives or Internship 2-5 

Fall Outdoor Leadership Intensive 

EDOE 523 Leadership in Outdoor Education 2 

EDOE 524 Field Experience in Leadership in Outdoor Education 1 

EDOE 543 Environmental Ministries 2 

EDOE 563 Wilderness Stewardship 2 

EDOE 576 Outdoor Intensive Lab-Fall 

Electives or Internship 2-5 



School of Nursing 57 

School of Nursing 

Dean: Barbara James 

Graduate Program Coordinator: Holly Gadd 

Faculty: Desiree Batson, Holly Gadd, Barbara James, Frances Johnson 

Adjunct Faculty: Michael Cafferky, H. Robert Gadd, Jan Haluska, John Hunnicutt, Harry 
W. Miller III, Robert Montague, Cliff Olson, Dennis Steele, Douglas Tilstra, Don Van Ornam, 
Neville Webster, Jon Wentworth, Ben Wygal 

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 local communities and the Seventh-day Adventist world church in 
advanced nursing roles. 

Degrees Offered 

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

• Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 

• 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)— 

[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: 

• Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 

• Adult Nurse Practitioner 

• Family Nurse Practitioner 

• Nurse Educator 

• Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA)— 

[available online] 

The School of Nursing offers a post-Master's certificate in the following emphases: 

• Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 

• Adult Nurse Practitioner 



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• Family Nurse Practitioner 

• Nurse Educator 

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. A minimum of one year (2,000 hours) of current nursing experience. Acute care 
nurse practitioner program applicants must have a minimum of two years (4000 
hours) of nursing experience and have substantive experience in critical care or a 
related area, and submit documentation of critical care skill set with application. 

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 Southern nursing graduate application and all required 
documents for University admission to the Graduate Studies Office prior to May 1 for 
fall admission, and by October 1 for winter admission. Priority is given to most 
qualified applicants based on level of education, work experience, and completion of 
all items of the application process. 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 
immunizations, recent physical examination, and healthcare provider CPR 
certification to School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor. 



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Applicant Notification of Admission Status 

1. Files of applicants who have completed the application process (steps 1 - 3 above) 
will be considered for program admission by the School of Nursing Graduate 
Admissions Committee at scheduled meetings in May and October. 

2. Applicants will be notified in writing of the Admissions Committee's decision within 
one month following the published application deadline (typically by June 1 or 
November 1). 

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 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 

A criminal background check and drug screen are required of all students upon 
enrollment. Background checks are paid for and completed by the student online. Drug 
screens are facilitated by the School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor and University 
Health Services. Additional screening may be done at random. Progression may be 
adversely affected by negative background or drug screen reports. 

Student academic standing is monitored regularly for incomplete, in-progress, 
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. 
In general the following rules apply to progression: 

1. No more than one C or C+ grade is allowed during the MSN program. 

2. A grade of C- or below must be repeated. 

3. Only one course may be repeated in the MSN program. 

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 one class with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade of C- or below will 
not be counted for credit toward the master's degree. 

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



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Courses for the Master of Science in Nursing 
The 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 



Credit 

2 
3 
4 
1 
2 
3 
4 

15-16 



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

Objectives 

The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who: 

1. Provide primary care for adults and families experiencing complex acute, critical, and 
chronic health problems. 

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

3. Promote wholistic Christ-centered care for adults and families experiencing complex 
acute, critical, and chronic health problems. 

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

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



Courses Credit 

NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 

NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3 

NRSG 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4 

NRSG 556 Family and Community Systems 3 

NRSG 561 Primary Care of Adults 3 

NRSG 562 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I 4 

NRSG 567 Acute Care Concepts and Skills 4 

NRSG 568 Acute Care Role Development 3 

NRSG 574 Practicum: Acute Care of Adults 5 

Subtotal 32 

Core Subtotal 15-16 

Total 47-48 

"Successful completion of the program satisfies eligibility requirements for certification examination 



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Emphasis in ADULT NURSE PRACTITIONER* 

Objectives 

The Adult Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who: 

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

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

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. 



Advanced Pathophysiology 
Advanced Pharmacology 
Advanced Health 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 
4 
3 
3 
4 
3 
4 

27 

15-16 

42-43 



Courses 

NRSG 550 
NRSG 552 
NRSG 555 
NRSG 556 
NRSG 561 
NRSG 562 
NRSG 563 
NRSG 566 

Subtotal 

Core Subtotal 

Total 

"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 primary 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 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 

NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 

NRSG 555 Advanced Health 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 



Credit 

3 

3 
4 
3 
3 
3 
3 



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

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

Subtotal 32 

Core Subtotal 15-16 

Total 47-48 

"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 Credit 

EDUC 521 Theories of Learning 3 

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 

NRSG 585 Educator Role Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 3 

NRSG 591 Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 2 

Subtotal 25 

Core Subtotal 15-16 

Total 40-41 

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 Southern nursing graduate application and all required 
documents for University admission to the Graduate Studies Office prior to May 1 for 
fall admission, and by October lfor 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: GPAx 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. A minimum of one year (2000 hours) of current nursing experience. 

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. 

Provisional Admission 

An applicant with a combined GPA/GMAT score of less than 1000 may be admitted under 
scholastic provisional status. A student accepted on this basis may be admitted to 
regular status upon the completion of 12 credit hours taken through Southern with a 
minimum grade of "B" in each course. 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. 

The above provision does not apply to students accepted provisionally for other reasons. 



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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 May 1 and winter applications by October 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 

A criminal background check and drug screen are required of all students upon 
enrollment. Background checks are paid for and completed by the student online. Drug 
screens are facilitated by the School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor and University 
Health Services. Additional screening may be done at random. Progression may be 
adversely affected by negative background or drug screen reports. 

Student academic standing is monitored regularly for incomplete, in-progress, 
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. 
In general the following rules apply to progression: 

1. No more than one C or C+ grade is allowed during the MSN program. 

2. A grade of C- or below must be repeated. 

3. Only one course may be repeated in the MSN program. 

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 one class with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade of C- or below will 
not be counted for credit toward the master's degree. 

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



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

Nursing CORE courses: 

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 

Nursing Core Subtotal 15-16 

Prerequisite courses required for students who have not taken undergraduate 
equivalents 

ACCT 505 Financial Accounting 3 

FNCE 505 Principles of Finance 3 

Prerequisite Subtotal 6 

MBA Core Courses 

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 

BUAD 540 Marketing Management 3 

BUAD 555 Leadership and Change 3 

BUAD 562 Integrating Faith and Business 3 

BUAD 570 Strategic Decision Making 3 

MBA Core Subtotal 24 

Emphasis in HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION 

(See School of Business and Management for course descriptions) 

NRSG 578 Advanced Nursing Leadership and Role Development 3 

Select Nine (9) hours of electives from the following: 9 

BEXM 505 Legal Framework of Decisions 

HADM Healthcare Administration Elective 

Emphasis Subtotal 12 

Total 51-58 

^Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents. 

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 



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in nursing only by completing the regular BS program requirements (see undergraduate 
catalog). 

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. A minimum of one year (2000 hours) of current nursing experience. Acute care 
nurse practitioner program applicants must have a minimum of two years (4000 
hours) of nursing experience and have substantive experience in critical care or a 
related area, and submit documentation of critical care skill set with application. 

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 Southern nursing graduate application and all required 
documents for University admission to the Graduate Studies Office prior to May 1 for 
fall admission, and by October 1 for winter admission. Priority is given to most 
qualified applicants based on level of education, work experience, and completion of 
all items of the application process. 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 
immunizations, recent physical examination, and healthcare provider CPR 
certification to School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor. 

Applicant Notification of Admission Status 

1. Files of applicants who have completed the application process will be considered for 
program admission by the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee at 
scheduled meetings in May and October. 



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2. Applicants will be notified in writing of the Admissions Committee's decision within 
one month following the published application deadline (typically by June 1 or 
November 1). 

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. 

Progression 

A criminal background check and drug screen are required of all students upon 
enrollment. Background checks are paid for and completed by the student online. Drug 
screens are facilitated by the School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor and University 
Health Services. Additional screening may be done at random. Progression may be 
adversely affected by negative background or drug screen reports. 

Student academic standing is monitored regularly for incomplete, in-progress, 
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. 
In general the following rules apply to progression: 

1. No more than one C or C+ grade is allowed during the MSN program. 

2. A grade of C- or below must be repeated. 

3. Only one course may be repeated in the MSN program. 

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 one class with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade of C- or below will 
not be counted for credit toward the master's degree. 

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 RN to MSN 

BS level courses 

NRSG 316**** Applied Statistics for Health Professions 3 

May substitute MATH 215, Statistics (3 hrs) or equivalent 



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NRSG 322**** Transitions in Professional Nursing 3 

Substitute MSN core 

NRSG 328 Nursing Assessment 3 

NRSG 340 Community Health Nursing 5 

NRSG 364** Transcultural Nursing 2 

Substitute NRSG 556, Family and Community Systems 

NRSG 389* Nursing Pharmacology 3 

Substitute NRSG 552, Advanced Pharmacology 

NRSG 434** Pathophysiology 4 

Substitute NRSG 550, Advanced Pathophysiology 

NRSG 485*** Nursing Leadership and Management 3 

Substitute NRSG 578, Advanced Nursing Leadership & Role Development 

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 3 

Substitute MSN emphasis course 

*Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner 

emphases only 

**Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and 

Nurse Educator Emphases only 

***MSN/MBAonly 

****AII emphases (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, 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 

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

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 



Credit 

2 

3 
4 
1 
2 
3 
4 

15-16 



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

Objectives 

The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who: 

1. Provide primary care for adults and families experiencing complex acute, critical, and 
chronic health problems. 

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

3. Promote wholistic Christ-centered care for adults and families experiencing complex 
acute, critical, and chronic health problems. 

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

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



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BS level nursing courses 

NRSG 316 Applied Statistics for Health Professions (or MATH 215) 3 

NRSG 322 Transitions in Professional Nursing 3 

NRSG 340 Community Health 5 

NRSG 485 Nursing Leadership and Management 3 

Master level nursing courses 

NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 

NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3 

NRSG 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4 

NRSG 556 Family and Community Systems 3 

NRSG 561 Primary Care of Adults 3 

NRSG 562 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I 4 

NRSG 567 Acute Care Concepts and Skills 4 

NRSG 568 Acute Care Role Development 3 

NRSG 574 Practicum: Acute Care of Adults 5 

Subtotal 46 

Core Subtotal 15-16 

Total 61-62 

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

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 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. 

Emphasis courses 

BS level nursing courses Credit 

NRSG 316 Applied Statistics for Health Professions (or MATH 215) 3 

NRSG 322 Transitions in Professional Nursing 3 

NRSG 340 Community Health 5 

NRSG 485 Nursing Leadership and Management 3 

Master level nursing courses 

NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 

NRSG 552 Advanced Pharmacology 3 

NRSG 555 Advanced Health Assessment 4 

NRSG 556 Family and Community Systems 3 

NRSG 561 Primary Care of Adults 3 

NRSG 562 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I 4 



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NRSG 563 Primary Care Role Development 3 

NRSG 566 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults II 4 

Subtotal 41 

Core Subtotal 15-16 

Total 56-57 

(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 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. 



Emphasis courses 

BS level nursing courses 

NRSG 316 Applied Statistics for Health Professions (or MATH 215) 

NRSG 322 Transitions in Professional Nursing 

NRSG 340 Community Health Nursing 

NRSG 485 Nursing Leadership and Management 



MSN level courses 



NRSG 550 
NRSG 552 
NRSG 555 
NRSG 556 
NRSG 561 
NRSG 563 
NRSG 570 
NRSG 571 
NRSG 573 

Subtotal 

Core Subtotal 



Advanced Pathophysiology 

Advanced Pharmacology 

Advanced Health Assessment 

Family and Community Systems 

Primary Care of Adults 

Primary Care Role Development 

Primary Care of Children 

Practicum: Primary Care of Families I** 

Practicum: Primary Care of Families II** 



Credit 

3 

3 
5 
3 



3 
3 
4 
3 
3 
3 
3 
5 
5 

46 

15-16 

61-62 



Total 

(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. 



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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 healthcare 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 (or MATH 215) 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 521 Theories of Learning 3 

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 

NRSG 585 Educator Role Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 3 

NRSG 591 Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 2 

Subtotal 42 

Core Subtotal 15-16 

Total 57-58 

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. 



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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 Southern nursing graduate application and all required 
documents for University admissions to the Graduate Studies Office prior to May 1 
for fall admission, and by October 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. 

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. A minimum of one year (2000 hours) of current nursing experience. 

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 



School of Nursing 73 

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 

A criminal background check and drug screen are required of all students upon 
enrollment. Background checks are paid for and completed by the student online. Drug 
screens are facilitated by the School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor and University 
Health Services. Additional screening may be done at random. Progression may be 
adversely affected by negative background or drug screen reports. 

Student academic standing is monitored regularly for incomplete, in-progress, 
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. 
In general the following rules apply to progression: 

1. No more than one C or C+ grade is allowed during the MSN program. 

2. A grade of C- or below must be repeated. 

3. Only one course may be repeated in the MSN program. 

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 one class with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade of C- or below will 
not be counted for credit toward the master's degree. 

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 



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



BS level nursing courses 

NRSG 316 Applied Statistics for Health Professions (or MATH 215) 

NRSG 322 Transitions in Professional Nursing 

NRSG 328 Nursing Assessment 

NRSG 340 Community Health Nursing 

NRSG 364 Transcultural Nursing 

NRSG 389 Nursing Pharmacology 

NRSG 434 Pathophysiology 

Subtotal 

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



Courses 

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

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 



Prerequisite courses required for students who have not taken undergraduate 
equivalents 

ACCT 505 Financial Accounting 

FNCE 505 Principles of Finance 

Prerequisite Subtotal 

MBA Core Courses 

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 



Credit 

3 

3 
3 
5 
2 
3 
3 

22 



2 
3 
4 
1 
2 
3 
4 

15-16 



3 
3 

6 

3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 
3 



MBA Core Subtotal 



24 



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Emphasis in HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION 

(See School of Business and Management for course descriptions) 

NRSG 578 Advanced Nursing Leadership and Role Development 3 

Select nine (9) hours of electives from the following: 9 

BEXM 505 Legal Framework of Decisions 

HADM Healthcare Administration Electives 

Emphasis Subtotal 12 

Total (excluding baccalaureate general education and cognate courses) 73-80 

^Required for students who have not taken undergraduate equivalents. 

Post-Master's Certificates 

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. Personal interview and two professional references. 

6. A minimum of one year (2,000 hours) of current nursing experience. Acute care 
nurse practitioner program applicants must have a minimum of two years (4,000 
hours) of nursing experience and have substantive experience in critical care or a 
related area, and submit documentation of critical care skill set with application. 

7. 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 during the fall or winter semesters. 

Application Process 

1. Submit completed Southern nursing graduate application and all required 
documents for University admission to the Graduate Studies Office prior to May 1 for 
fall admission, and by October 1 for winter admission. Priority is given to most 
qualified applicants based on level of education, work experience, and completion of 
all items of application process. Enrollment in practitioner emphases 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 or multistate RN licensure, current immunization, 
recent physical examination, and healthcare provider CPR certification to School of 
Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor. 



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Applicant Notification of Admission Status 

1. Files of applicants who have completed the application process will be considered for 
admission by the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee at scheduled 
meetings in May and October. 

2. Applicants will be notified in writing of the Admissions Committee's decision within 
one month following the published application deadline (typically by June 1 or 
November 1). 

Time Limits 

MSN programs are arranged to meet the needs of part-time and full-time students. 
Normal progression 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 to completion of 
post-master's certificate requirements may not exceed three years. Application for an 
extension will be considered on an individual basis. 

Progression 

A criminal background check and drug screen are required of all students upon 
enrollment. Background checks are paid for and completed by the student online. Drug 
screens are facilitated by the School of Nursing MSN Enrollment Counselor and University 
Health Services. Additional screening may be done at random. Progression may be 
adversely affected by negative background or drug screen reports. 

Student academic standing is monitored regularly for incomplete, in-progress, 
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. 
In general the following rules apply to progression within a certificate program: 

1. Grades C+ or below must be repeated. 

2. One course may be repeated one time during the certificate program. 

Residence 

Certificate requirements will vary depending on the student's academic record, clinical 
experience, and objectives. Equivalent transfer courses may be used to fulfill some 
program requirements. 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 Completion 

1. All coursework for an individual certificate must be completed with a minimum grade- 
point-average of 3.00, and no grades below B-. 

2. Students completing post-Master's certificate work are not eligible to participate in 
University commencement exercises. 

3. Official transcripts of coursework may be obtained from the Records Office for 
certification and credentialing purposes. 

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Courses for the Post-Master's Certificate 

Programs of study are individually determined, but must include acceptable transfer 
credits or enrollment at this institution for each of the courses listed within an emphasis. 
One of the following emphases is to be selected. 

Emphasis in ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER* 

Objectives 

The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program will prepare graduate nurses who: 

1. Provide primary care for adults and families experiencing complex acute, critical, and 
chronic health problems. 

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

3. Promote wholistic Christ-centered care for adults and families experiencing complex 
acute, critical, and chronic health problems. 

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

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



Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 
Advanced Pathophysiology 
Advanced Pharmacology 
Advanced Health Assessment 
Family and Community Systems 
Primary Care of Adults 
Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I 
Acute Care Concepts and Skills 
Acute Care Role Development 
Practicum: Acute Care of Adults 



Courses 

NRSG 520 
NRSG 550 
NRSG 552 
NRSG 555 
NRSG 556 
NRSG 561 
NRSG 562 
NRSG 567 
NRSG 568 
NRSG 574 

Total 

^Successful completion of the program satisfies eligibility requirements for certification examination 

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 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 

NRSG 520 
NRSG 550 
NRSG 552 
NRSG 555 
NRSG 556 



Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 
Advanced Pathophysiology 
Advanced Pharmacology 
Advanced Health Assessment 
Family and Community Systems 



Credit 

3 
3 
3 
4 
3 
3 
4 
4 
3 
5 

35 



Credit 

3 
3 
3 
4 
3 



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NRSG 561 Primary Care of Adults 

NRSG 562 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults I 

NRSG 563 Primary Care Role Development 

NRSG 566 Practicum: Primary Care of Adults II 

TOTAL (does not include core) 

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



3 
4 
3 
4 

30 



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 555 Advanced Health 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 
4 
3 
3 
3 
3 
5 
5 

35 



Total (does not include core) 

"Successful 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. 

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) 



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Courses 

EDUC521 Theories of Learning 

EDUC 531 Technology and the Educator 

NRSG 520 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 

NRSG 550 Advanced Pathophysiology 

NRSG 556 Family and Community Systems 

NRSG 576 Assessment for Advanced Practice 

NRSG 581 Nursing Curriculum Design 

NRSG 583 Classroom Instruction and Evaluation 

NRSG 585 Educator Role Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 

NRSG 591 Practicum: Area of Clinical Emphasis 



Credit 

3 

3 
3 
3 
3 
2 
3 
3 
3 
2 



Total (does not include core) 



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School of Religion 




School of Religion 81 

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 

The School of Religion offers biblical, theological, and practical courses to help its 
students experience a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, understand His teachings in 
the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and live ethical lives in harmony with the 
Scriptures. It provides quality graduate training with emphases in Church Leadership and 
Management, Church Ministry and Homiletics, Evangelism and World Missions, Biblical 
and Theological Studies, and Religious Studies, so its graduates, solidly grounded in 
Scripture and with a clear burden for others' salvation, become instruments in God's 
hands to impact the world. 

Degrees Offered 

The School of Religion offers two graduate degree program— one professional and one 
academic: 

The Master of Ministry (MMin) with the following three emphases: 

• Church Leadership and Management 

• Church Ministry and Homiletics 

• Evangelism and World Mission 

The Master of Arts (MA) with the following two emphases: 

• Biblical and Theological Studies 

• Religious Studies 

General Information 

The Master of Ministry program, with emphases in Church Leadership and Management, 
Church Ministry and Homiletics, and Evangelism and World Mission, is designed to 
provide quality professional graduate education in church leadership, church ministry, 
preaching, outreach, evangelism, and world mission. The emphasis in Church Leadership 
and Management is specifically designed to prepare church leaders and administrators 
with training in the principles of business management, as well as to equip them with 
leadership ministry training skills. The emphasis in Church Ministry and Homiletics is 
specifically designed to enrich the preparation of pastors for local church ministry. The 
emphasis in Evangelism and World Mission is specifically designed to enrich the 
preparation of workers for gospel outreach to the world. The MMin degree prepares 
students to enter a Doctor of Ministry degree program. 



82 School of Religion 

The Master of Arts program, with emphases in Biblical and Theological Studies and in 
Religious Studies, is designed to provide quality academic graduate education in biblical, 
theological, and religious studies. The emphasis in Biblical and Theological Studies is 
specifically designed to prepare students for entering an academic doctoral program in 
biblical or theological studies. The emphasis in Religious Studies is specifically designed 
to provide a flexible graduate program in religion for those who want to enter an academic 
doctoral program in religious studies or to further their religious education in a more 
general way. 

The purpose of all of these programs is to enhance 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. 

Curriculum for the MMin and MA Degrees 

The curriculum for the MMin and MA degrees consists of a minimum of 36 semester 
credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. A maximum of six (6) semester hours of 
transfer credit may be allowed from other institutions (see p. 27). All degree requirements 
must be completed within seven years from first enrollment. Courses are offered 
primarily as intensive sessions during the summer. Requirements for successful 
completion of a given course generally consist of a pre-session reading assignment, 
attendance and participation in a three-week intensive class session in residence, and a 
post-session research and writing assignment. All courses require a research paper or 
major project, which is generally the post-session assignment for the course. 

Admission to Classes 

1. Students are considered to be admitted to classes (see "Admission Requirements" in 
the front of the Catalog) on a non-degree basis until they are granted either regular or 
provisional acceptance into one of the degree programs from the School of Religion. 

2. Students can only take up to 12 hours of coursework before completing all 
prerequisites for admission and being formally accepted into one of the degree 
programs. 

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

4. A commitment deposit of $100 per session is required, which can be applied to 
tuition or other expenses. 

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. 



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Guidelines for Pre-Session and Post-Session Assignments 

1. Students should expect pre-session assignments for summer graduate intensives. 
Typical pre-session assignments include 1,000-1,200 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 and to do further research on the 
subject matter. Due dates for these assignments are listed in the course syllabus. 

Master of Ministry 

Prerequisites for Admission 

In addition to submitting the appropriate application and application fee for graduate 
study, the candidate must submit the following materials or meet the following 
requirements in order to be accepted into the MMin 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. 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. 

4. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00. For an undergraduate GPA of 
2.50 to 2.99 the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required with a combined 
verbal and quantitative score of at least 1000 and a minimum analytical writing 
score of 4. 

5. Submission of a formal paper of at least 3,000 words that meets the following 
criteria: 

• It is research-based, demonstrating appropriate use of valid sources. 

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

• It demonstrates care and consistency in format, style, and mechanics. 

• 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. 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. 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 course load of graduate 
classes. 



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

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 minimum letter grade of C (see page 29). 

3. Pass an exit examination with a minimum score of 80%. The examination will consist 
of writing essays for two hours on major issues from one key area of the student's 
emphasis which has been determined in advance by the MMin Program Committee. 
The exam should be completed not less than one month or more than three months 
after completing the last period of the last course in the student's program. In case of 
failure, the exam may be repeated only once. A second failure will disqualify the 
student for graduation from the MMin program. 

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 quality training required for new responsibilities in the church and 
ministry. 

4. To establish a solid spiritual and ethical foundation for Christian faith and practice. 
CORE Courses: 

Ministry courses Credit 

RELP 513 Effective Church Leadership 3 

RELP 521 Time and Life Management 3 

RELP 532 Principles and Strategies of Church Growth 3 

RELT 520 Spirituality in Ministry 3 

RELP 515 Equipping Laity for Ministry OR 3 

RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society 

Subtotal 15 

Management courses 

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 

BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior OR 3 

NPLD 570 Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations 

BEXM 585 Contemporary Issues in Management OR 3 

NPLD 585 Contemporary Issues in Church and Nonprofit Leadership 

Subtotal 15 



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Electives 

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

Subtotal 6 

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 advanced training in expository preaching. 

4. To provide tools and training for interpreting 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. At least one introductory undergraduate 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. 

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 

Professional courses 

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 Evangelistic Preaching Practicum 

Subtotal 15 

Electives 

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

Subtotal 6 

Total 36 



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Emphasis in EVANGELISM AND WORLD MISSION 

Objectives 

1. To enhance skills in personal outreach and public evangelism. 

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

3. To provide tools and training for interpreting the Bible in harmony with sound 
principles of biblical hermeneutics. 

4. To emphasize the communication of 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 

1. 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., conducted Bible studies, worked in Revelation seminars, assisted with 
health education seminars). 

2. At least one introductory undergraduate 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. 

CORE Courses: 

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 

Professional courses 

RELP 524 Evangelistic Preaching OR 3 

RELP 561 Preaching to the Secular Mind 

RELP 532 Principles and Strategies for Church Growth OR 3 

RELP 537 Church Planting Strategies 

RELP 534 Personal Soul-Winning Skills 3 

RELP 542 Urban Ministry and Evangelism 3 

RELP 570 World Mission 3 

RELP 591 Evangelistic Preaching Practicum 3 

Subtotal 18 

Electives 

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

Subtotal 6 

Total 36 



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Master of Arts 

Prerequisites for Admission 

In addition to the general application and application fee requirements for graduate study, 
the candidate will comply with the following requirements: 

1. Two recommendations. If the applicant works for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 
a recommendation from the applicant's employing organization is required. 

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

3. Presentation of an official transcript from an accredited bachelor's degree. Other 
prerequisites may apply to the specific emphases. 

4. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25. For an undergraduate GPA of 
2.75 to 3.24, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required with a combined 
verbal and quantitative score of at least 1080 and a minimum analytical writing 
score of 4.5. 

5. Submission of a formal paper of at least 3,000 words that meets the following 
criteria: 

• It is research-based, demonstrating appropriate use of valid sources. 

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

• It demonstrates care and consistency in format, style, and mechanics. 

• 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. 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. 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 course load of graduate 
classes. 

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

Graduation Requirements 

1. File a completed graduate application with the Records and Advisement Office not 
less than two months before the expected graduation date. 

2. Finish all coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.25, including no more 
than two classes with a minimum letter grade of C. 

3. Pass a written comprehensive examination taken no earlier than 3 months and no 
later than 12 months after completion of the last period of the student's last course 
in the program. Specific examination dates will be posted by the School of Religion. 

• The examination is expected to last 4 1/2 hours. 

• 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. 



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

• In case of failure, the examination may be repeated only once. A second failure 

will disqualify the student for graduation from the MA program. 

Project and Thesis Procedure 

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. The adviser will work with the student to select a topic, 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. 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 bibliography style of the latest edition of the 
Chicago Manual of Style or 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.) 

CORE Courses: 

Biblical Studies courses Credit 

RELB 510 Archaeology and Bible Interpretation OR 3 

RELB 530 Archaeological FieldworkOR 

RELB 565 Topics in Biblical Studies 

RELB 555 Studies in Daniel 3 

RELB 556 Studies in Revelation 3 



School of Religion 89 

RELB 545 General Epistles OR 3 

RELB 546 Pauline Epistles 

Subtotal 12 

Theological Studies courses 

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 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. 

CORE Courses: 

Biblical and Theological courses Credit 

RELB 553 Studies in Romans OR 3 

RELB 546 Pauline Epistles 

RELB 555 Studies in Daniel OR 3 

RELB 556 Studies in Revelation 

RELT 531 Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation 3 

RELT 538 Prophetic Guidance in the Adventist Church OR 3 

RELT 563 Contemporary Theological Issues 

RELT 542 Studies in Biblical Doctrines OR 3 

RELT 546 Doctrine of Salvation 



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RELT 568 World Religions 3 

RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society 3 

Subtotal 21 

Research courses 

RELG 600 Research Methods and Writing 3 

RELB 620 Project in Biblical Studies OR 3 

RELT 620 Project in Theological Studies OR 

RELB 650 Thesis in Biblical Studies OR 6 

RELT 650 Thesis in Theological Studies 

Subtotal 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 



School of Social Work 




92 School of Social Work 

School of Social Work 

Dean: Rene Drumm 

Associate Dean and MSW Program Director: Sharon Pittman 

MSW Associate Program Director: Samson Chama 

MSW Field Director: Stanley Stevenson 

Faculty: Evie Nogales Baker, Samson Chama, Rene Drumm, Sharon Pittman, Cornel 
Rusu, Stanley Stevenson 

Southern Adventist University maintains compliance with the Southern Association of 
Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges of the (SACS-COC) and the Council on 
Social Work Education (CSWE) policies through the appropriate and timely reporting on 
areas of substantive change. A complete program prospectus has been submitted to 
SACS for degree approval for Fall 2010. An application has been submitted to CSWE and 
the pre-candidacy steps are in place for the Fall 2010 visit. At the time of publication of 
this Catalog the Master of Social Work is pending approval of both of these organizations. 
However, with the excellent BSW program already in place on campus and the full 
university accreditation status with SACS, the program is expected to be in full operation 
for the Fall Semester 2010. 

Mission Statement 

The mission of Southern Adventist University's School of Social Work is to advance 
inclusive and innovative education that impacts our world today and for eternity. 

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program aims to prepare practitioners in a Christian 
learning environment for excellence and leadership across systems, and in advanced 
autonomous social work practice. 

Degrees Offered 

The School of Social Work offers a Master of Social Work degree with the following 
emphases: 

• Child and Family Advocacy and Treatment 

• International Social Work 

• Marital Therapy and Stability 

• Older Adult Enrichment 

• Trauma and Emergency Response 

Master of Social Work 

MSW Admission Requirements 

The MSW Program provides two levels of admission: Regular (Two-Year) Placement and 
Advanced Placement. Students who are accepted into Regular Placement (59 credits) 
may complete the program with full-time enrollment in four semesters over two years, or 
part-time over three or four years. Students who are accepted into Advanced Placement 



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(31 credits) complete the program in three semesters over 12 months with full-time 
enrollment, or in 24 months on a part-time basis. Applicants seeking admission to the 
MSW Program must meet the basic requirements stipulated by the School of Social Work 
as follows: 

MSW Regular Two-Year Placement 

Applicants to the MSW Regular Placement Program must: 

1. Complete a graduate application. 

2. Have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 

3. Provide an official transcript that demonstrates coursework with a strong liberal arts 
background. 

4. Possess an overall GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate 
coursework. Any lower GPA will require that the student be considered for provisional 
admission status. 

5. Submit a professional resume documenting related experience and a personal 
statement describing applicant's aptitude for and interest in the field of social work. 
Past practice experience strengthens all MSW student applications; however, 
academic credit is not given for life experience. 

6. Submit two professional reference forms. The Admissions Committee may request a 
personal interview, third reference and/or other information when there is a question 
on aptitude for a career in social work. 

MSW Advanced Placement 

In addition to the requirements for admission into Regular Placement, students seeking 
admission into Advanced Placement standing must: 

1. Have completed a bachelor's degree in Social Work from a recognized college or 
university program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. 

2. Possess an overall GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate 
coursework with no more than one "C" in a core social work course. Any lower GPA 
will require that student be considered for provisional admission status. 

3. Submit one letter of reference reflecting past satisfactory practice experience from 
the applicant's field placement faculty liaison, field instructor, or current human 
service job supervisor. 

MSW Admission Procedures 

Inquiries about the MSW program come to the Graduate Studies Office or directly to the 
School of Social Work Admissions Coordinator. From either office or online, the applicant 
receives an admissions packet specifically designed for MSW applicants. The Graduate 
Studies Office collects the application materials, verifies the transcripts, and sends the 
materials on to the School of Social Work. After receiving the application materials, the 
School of Social Work's Admission Committee makes a determination of the type and 
level of acceptance and notifies the Graduate Studies Office of their findings. 

The MSW admissions procedures were designed to interface with existing university 
graduate admissions protocols. When the Graduate Studies Office and/or the School of 
Social Work receives the applicant's package, they will: 

1. Determine whether required admission documentation is complete. 



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2. Establish whether the applicant meets the requirements for advanced, two-year 
program, and/or provisional admission. 

3. Attach the application content analysis cover sheet. 

The School of Social Work's Admissions Coordinator completes an admissions evaluation 
form using the quantitative and qualitative information such as transcript, GPA, and score 
of the professional statement among other admissions eligibility resources. The 
Admissions Coordinator creates a program applicant file and circulates the qualitative 
materials for evaluation by two faculty members from the Admissions Committee. These 
materials include the applicant's official transcript(s), resume and personal statement, 
and the required recommendations. These files are then returned to the Admissions 
Coordinator who then schedules a full applicant review with the Admissions Committee, 
where an admission decision is made. Finally, the MSW Program Director sends a letter 
informing the applicant of his/her acceptance or denial. An applicant denied admission 
to the MSW program may reapply or may appeal the denial decision in person and/or in 
writing to the Admission Committee. 

Application Notification 

Students are notified of their acceptance status within three weeks of the School of Social 
Work receiving their completed application materials. The student will be notified by 
email followed by a posted letter. 

Time Limit 

The time limit for completing the program will be five years. 

Reapplication 

In the event an applicant is not granted admission to the program, he or she may reapply 
after 12 months. 

Admission Cycle 

The MSW program will use a rolling admission process until a cohort of up to 25 graduate 
students in each admission level has been selected out of the pool of applicants over 
each academic year. 

Transfer Students 

Students/applicants wishing to transfer to the Southern MSW program from another 
accredited college or university must follow the same application procedure for program 
acceptance as other students. Transfer graduate students must complete 75% of the 
Advanced Placement requirements at Southern. Transfer grades must be "B" or higher. 
Southern does not transfer "P" grades. If the student would like to transfer credit for a 
core social work course, it must be from a CSWE accredited graduate program to be 
considered. Transfer students may be required to extend their program because some 
social work courses are taken in sequence, following a prescribed timeline. 

Academic Credit for Life Experience 

Field experience courses are required of every social work student and no academic credit 
is given for life experience or previous work experience. No course credit in the 
professional foundation or advanced curriculum is waived because of previous 
employment. 



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MSW Graduation Requirements 

1. Complete application to graduate, to be filed in 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 one class with a grade below "B-". Classes with a grade of "C-"or below 
will not be counted for credit toward the master's degree. 

Courses for the Master of Social Work 

The FOUNDATIONAL courses for regular placement are as follows: 



Courses 

SOCW 510 Social Work Practice I 

SOCW 511 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 

SOCW 512 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 

SOCW 515 Social Work Practice II 

SOCW 533 Social Welfare Issues and Policies 

SOCW 535 Generalist Practicum I 

SOCW 536 Generalist Practicum II 

SOCW 541 Generalist Integrative Seminar I 

SOCW 542 Generalist integrative Seminar II 

SOCW 597 Research Methods 

Foundational Subtotal 

One of the following emphases is to be selected: 

• Child and Family Advocacy and Treatment 

• International Social Work 

• Marital Therapy and Stability 

• Older Adult Enrichment 

• Trauma and Emergency Response 

The ADVANCED courses are as follows: 



Credit 

4 
3 
3 
4 
3 
1 
5 
1 
1 
3 

28 



Courses 

SOCW 610 
SOCW 615 
SOCW 616 
SOCW 635 
SOCW 636 
SOCW 641 
SOCW 642 
SOCW 650 
SOCW 651 
SOCW 652 

Subtotal 

Foundational Subtotal 



Advanced Field Readiness 

Advanced Practice I 

Advanced Practice II 

Advanced Practicum I 

Advanced Practicum II 

Advanced Integrative Seminar I 

Advanced Integrative Seminar II 

Advanced Integrated Specialization Foundation 

Advanced Integrated Specialization I 

Advanced Integrated Specialization II 



Credit 

3 

6 
6 
1 
4 
1 
1 
3 
3 
3 

31 

28 



Total 



59 



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Suggested Schedule for Two-Year Regular Placement: 



Fall Courses 

SOCW 510 
S0CW511 
SOCW 541 
SOCW 597 



Winter Courses 

SOCW 512 
SOCW 515 
SOCW 533 
SOCW 535 
SOCW 542 



Social Work Practice I 

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 

Generalist Integrative Seminar I 

Research Methods 



Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 

Social Work Practice II 

Social Welfare Issues and Policies 

Generalist Practicum I 

Generalist integrative Seminar II 



Summer Course 

SOCW 536 Generalist Practicum II 

Foundation Regular Total 



Credit 

4 

3 

1 

_3 

11 

3 
4 
3 
1 
_1 
12 



5 
28 



Suggested Schedule for Advanced Placement: 



Fall Courses 

SOCW 610 
SOCW 615 
SOCW 635 
SOCW 641 

Winter Courses 

SOCW 616 
SOCW 636 
SOCW 642 

Summer Courses 

SOCW 650 
SOCW 651 
SOCW 652 



Advanced Field Readiness 
Advanced Practice I 
Advanced Practicum I 
Advanced Integrative Seminar I 



Advanced Practice II 
Advanced Practicum II 
Advanced Integrative Seminar I 



Advanced Integrated Specialization Foundation 
Advanced Integrated Specialization I 
Advanced Integrated Specialization II 



Credit 

3 

6 
1 

_1 
11 



6 
4 

_1 
11 

3 

3 

_3 

9 



Advanced Placement Total 



31 



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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 221, 222 or 505. 

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 311, 507 or equivalent. 

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 221, 222 or 505. 

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. 

ACCT 520. Accounting Theory 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 312, 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 221, 222 or 505. 

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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ACCT550. Advanced Accounting 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 312, 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 450, 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 221, 222 or 505. 

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 456, 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 457, 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 312 or 508; FNCE 510 or BUAD 520. 

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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ACCT585. 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, 550 or equivalent. 

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. 



Course Descriptions 101 

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. 

BHRM 530. Human Resource Development and Training 3 hours 

Prerequisite: BHRM 510. 

Human Resource Development is the guiding force in developing a high quality 
workforce from the executive level through the production worker. The human 
worker is capable of being developed and trained to perform optimally. Topics 
covered are needs assessments, setting training goals and objectives, and 
training effort assessment. 

BHRM 560. Compensation and Benefits 3 hours 

Prerequisite: BHRM 510. 

This course is cross-listed with MGNT 460. A student may receive credit for this 
course from only one program. 

Part one of the course covers employee and executive compensation components, 
theory, and strategies. Compensation is an integral part of attracting and 
retaining organizational talent. Part two of the course covers executive and 
employee benefits and strategies. In the climate of expensive medical coverage, 
emphasis will be given to cost containment strategies. Great organizations offer 
benefits that satisfy a wide range of employee needs and delivers competitive 
advantage in attracting and retaining a quality employee base. 

BHRM 585. Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management 3 hours 

A seminar of open discussion and guest lectures relating to current issues 
developing in human resource management. Topics will include key concepts in 
compensation systems, development and training, benefits, motivation of 
employees, and other related issues. 

BHRM 595. Independent Study 3 hours 

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



102 Course Descriptions 

BHRM 597. Human Resource 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. 

Marketing Management Courses 

BMKT 520. Integrated Marketing Communications 3 hours 

Prerequisite: BUAD 540. 

Principles and practices of managing promotional activities including advertising, 
sales promotion, public relations, and other subtle methods companies use to 
communicate with their customers. Provides an approach to management that is 
thoughtful, sophisticated, and state-of-the-art, while being practical and relevant to 
"real world" communications, planning, decision-making, and control. 

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. 

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. 



Course Descriptions 103 

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. 

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. 

BUAD 520. Financial Management 3 hours 

Prerequisite: FNCE 315, 505 or equivalent. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 



104 Course Descriptions 

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. 

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. 

BUAD 595. Independent Study 3 hours 

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

Counseling Courses 

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., 
individual student planning, responsive services, guidance program management), 
school counselor professional identity, and current trends in school counseling are 
studied. 

COUN 507. Sexuality: Issues in Therapy 2-3 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 change are considered. Theories of individual and family 
development are studied, as well as counseling interventions appropriate to 
facilitate optimal development and wellness. 



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COUN 514. Drugs and Addictions 3 hours 

A comprehensive study of drugs and addictions. Particular emphasis 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 

Provides understanding of career development theories and decision-making 
models; career counseling processes; career, vocational, educational, 
occupational, and labor market information resources; career development; 
program management at PreK-12 grade levels; and assessments and techniques 
relevant to career planning and decision-making in a global economy. 

COUN 520. Principles of Counseling 3 hours 

History and philosophy, professional roles and credentialing, and ethical and legal 
considerations of the counseling profession are studied. Professional 
development and personal characteristics of the counselor, as well as basic 
counseling and consultation skills are emphasized. 

COUN 521. Psychopathology 3 hours 

Prerequisite: COUN 520. 

This course emphasizes diagnostic criteria for the disorders included in the 
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Revised 
Text (DSM-IV-TR). Mental disorders are defined and categorized in terms of their 
manifestations and symptoms. Cultural variations in symptoms and gender and 
age-related features of the disorders are also considered, as well as empirically- 
based treatments currently available for each condition. 

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 are also studied. 

COUN 530. Assessment and Appraisal 3 hours 

Provides an understanding of the 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 used in clinical settings and PreK-12 
schools. Emphasis is placed on personality, aptitude, achievement, and 
pathological testing. 

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) 



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COUN 553. Group Therapy and Procedures 3 hours 

Prerequisite: COUN 520. 

Provides understanding of group therapy processes from both theoretical and 
experiential perspectives. Group counseling, leadership, and facilitation styles are 
studied. Contains a requirement for direct experience in which students 
participate as group members and leaders in small group activities for a minimum 
of 10 clock hours over the course of the semester. Group leadership 
responsibilities 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 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 clinical mental health agencies and PreK-12 schools. 

COUN 561. Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3 hours 

Study of contemporary issues related to multicultural counseling. 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 both school and clinical mental health settings. 

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 

This course examines the history, philosophy, and current trends of counseling in 
community agencies. Roles and functions of clinical mental health counselors 
and professional issues, such as credentialing, core provider status, expert 
witness status, and practice privileges within managed care systems are studied. 
This course emphasizes the importance of family, social networks, and community 
systems in the treatment of mental and emotional disorders. Prevention, 
intervention, consultation, education, and advocacy in community agencies are 
also studied. 



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COUN 575. Administration of Counseling Services 3 hours 

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

The management of mental health services and programs, including areas such 
as administration, finance, accountability, public mental health policy, and 
regulatory processes, is examined. Students become familiar with the range of 
mental health service delivery— such as inpatient, outpatient, partial treatment 
and aftercare, and the operation of programs and networks that promote mental 
health in a multicultural society. As the capstone course, this includes the 
completion of a position paper. 

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 

This course is an orientation to field experience. The student will be oriented 
through the use of books, videos, presentations, discussion, observation, and 
practice sessions. 

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

Prerequisites: COUN 520, 521 (taken concurrently), 526, 553 (taken concurrently), 556, 
582; having obtained regular admission status in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
Program. 

This course consists of supervised field experience in a clinical mental health 
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 1.5 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: COUN 503 (taken concurrently), 520, 526, 528 (taken concurrently), 553 
(taken concurrently), 556, 582; having obtained regular admission status in the School 
Counseling Program. 

This course consists of supervised field experience in PreK-12 school 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 a weekly 1.5 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. 



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COUN 584. Clinical Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling 1-6 hours 

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

admission to candidacy. 

This course consists of supervised field experience in a community agency. A total 
of 6 semester hours and 600 clock hours of clinical work are 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. 

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

Prerequisites: COUN 583; Completion of 29 semester hours in degree program; 

admission to candidacy. 

This course consists of supervised field experience in a school setting. A total of 6 
semester hours and 600 clock hours of clinical work are 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 experiences must be submitted for approval by October 15. 

COUN 588. Statistics 3 hours 

This course is designed to provide a basic knowledge of descriptive and inferential 
statistics to be applied to psychological research. Topics covered include 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 

This course provides 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. 
Issues covered include an in-depth study of human sexuality, sexual dysfunction 
and treatment, crisis counseling, addictive disorders, orientation to AIDS 
education and therapy, and others. 



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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. 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 

Emphasizes the etiology, symptomatology, assessment, and treatment of 
psychological problems that children and adolescents present in clinical mental 
health agencies. The matrix of factors (i.e., constitutional, environmental, cultural) 
that may lead to the derailment of children's/adolescents' progressive 
maturational trajectory is considered. Interview techniques, therapeutic 
approaches, and community prevention programs that provide an environment 
responsive to the needs of children/adolescents with various clinical disorders are 
included. 

COUN 595. Independent Study 1-3 hours 

This is an option for students to extend their learning beyond what is available in 
planned courses. It is a cooperative learning experience involving a student and a 
faculty member. Approval from the student's adviser as well as a faculty 
committee must be obtained before the study is initiated. A total of no more than 
six Independent Study hours are allowed to apply toward a student's degree. 

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 are covered. This course 
requires the completion of a research proposal. It also 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 
ethical and culturally relevant strategies for interpreting and reporting the results 
of research and/or program evaluation in schools and community agencies. 

COUN 599. Master's Thesis 1-6 hours 

A body of original scholarly work by an individual student. Involves the preparation 
of a research proposal, under the guidance of a thesis adviser, and its subsequent 
implementation. The final report will consist of the following sections: (1) Focus of 
the Study, (2) Review of the Literature, (3) Methodology of the Study, (4) Results of 
the Study, and (5) Discussion of the Findings. Both the proposal and the final 
report must be approved by a thesis committee, consisting of the thesis adviser 
and two other faculty members. The thesis committee must be approved by the 
School of Education and Psychology. In addition, the student must complete an 
oral defense of the thesis before their thesis committee, School of Education and 
Psychology Director of Graduate Studies, the Dean of the School of Education and 
Psychology, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. The oral defense will typically 
consist of a visual presentation, followed by a question/answer session. Note: 
This course must be taken for a total of 6 hours prior to thesis defense. 



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Educational Administration & Supervision Courses 

EDAD 520. Foundations of Instructional Leadership 3 hours 

This course discusses the purposes, organization, and administration of 
educational programs and institutions; the structure and control of school 
systems; and conceptual foundations of instructional leadership. 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 

This course includes 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 are covered. 
These include governmental relations, the church-state relationship, teacher 
employment, student control, children's rights, special services, and school board 
operations and procedures. 

EDAD 576. School Public Relations 2 hours 

A study of the means for securing cooperative educational planning through 
mutual understanding between the school and its public. The interpersonal 
process in educational organizations, communications, and group dynamics for 
educational administrators are also studied. 

EDAD 578. Educational Facilities Planning 1 hour 

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

EDAD 579. School Finance 3 hours 

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

EDAD 584. Internship 3 hours 

Prerequisite: EDUC 592. 

Planned administrative field experience in a school, school district, or educational 
agency under supervision of a faculty member in the area of education 
administration. Includes work with a mentor, principal, or supervisor of 
instruction. Research activates form an important component of this field 
experience. Arrangements for this course should be made with the faculty adviser 
while the student is enrolled in EDUC 592. 



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

Prerequisite: Consent of the School of Education and Psychology. 

Individual research/study project in educational administration under the 
supervision of a graduate studies professor. This course may be repeated. A total 
of no more than six Independent Study hours are allowed to apply toward a 
student's degree. 

Curriculum & Instruction Courses 

EDCI 535. Philosophy of Education 3 hours 

In-depth study of the philosophical foundations of education. Reviews the 
major schools of philosophic thought and theories of education. Explores 
connections between philosophy, education theory, and educational practice; 
probes current issues and reforms. Scriptural frameworks and Christian 
education principles as expounded by E.G. White are incorporated. 

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 561. Instructional Design 3 hours 

The candidates analyze, develop, and improve instructional designs at the 
elementary or secondary level. Topics will include foundations of curriculum 
development, curriculum mapping, understanding by design, and 4MAT, among 
others. 

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. 

EDCI 584. Internship 3 hours 

Prerequisite: EDUC 592. 

Designed to meet the particular needs and interests of the candidate as these 
relate to instructional design and classroom teaching. A site supervisor and 
course professor will collaborate with each other to mentor the candidate. 
Research activities form an important component of this field experience. 
Arrangements for this course should be made with the faculty adviser while the 
student is enrolled in EDUC 592. 



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EDCI 595. Independent Study in Curriculum and Instruction 1-3 hours 

Prerequisite: Consent of the School of Education and Psychology. 

Individual research/study project in curriculum and instruction under the 
supervision of a graduate professor. A total of no more than six Independent 
Study hours are allowed to apply toward a student's degree. 

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 in 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. 

This course involves 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 

This course provides an opportunity for 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 

This course provides an opportunity for examination and administration of 
assessment measures for exceptional individuals. On-site field experience is 
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. 

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 is the 
focus of this course. 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. 



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EDIE 584. Internship 3 hours 

Prerequisite: EDUC 592. 

Designed to meet the particular needs and interests of the candidate as these 
relate to instructional design and classroom teaching. A site supervisor and 
course professor will collaborate with each other to mentor the candidate. 
Research activities form an important component of this field experience. 
Arrangements for this course should be made with the faculty adviser while the 
student is enrolled in EDUC 592. 

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

Prerequisite: Consent of the School of Education and Psychology. 

Individual research/study project in special education in the regular classroom 
under the supervision of a graduate studies professor. All fieldwork components 
must be conducted at a school where exceptional children are in the regular 
classroom. A total of no more than six Independent Study hours are allowed to 
apply toward a student's degree. 

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 see 
the interconnectedness of reading and writing. 

EDLE 565. Critical Thinking in Content Literacy 3 hours 

Study is 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 are 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. 



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EDLE 581. Literacy Internship 3 hours 

Prerequisite: EDUC 592. 

Designed to meet the particular needs and interests of the candidate as these 
relate to instructional design and classroom teaching. A site supervisor and 
course professor will collaborate with each other to mentor the candidate. 
Research activities form an important component of this field experience. 
Arrangements for this course should be made with the faculty adviser while the 
student is enrolled in EDUC 592. 

EDLE 586. Professional Applications in Literacy 3 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 

Prerequisite: Consent of the School of Education and Psychology. 

Individual research/study project in literacy education under the supervision of a 
graduate professor. A total of no more than six Independent Study hours are 
allowed to apply toward a student's degree. 

Outdoor Education Courses 

EDOE 503. Principles and Concepts of Outdoor Education 2 hours 

Co-requisite: EDOE 504. 

This course covers the basic concepts and the history of the outdoor education 
movement. Scope of contemporary programs in the U.S. and abroad are also 
addressed. The course also includes the examination of the teaching of learning 
processes relevant to outdoor and environmental education. Must be taken 
concurrently with Outdoor Intensive Lab. 

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) through the 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. Must be taken concurrently with Outdoor Intensive Lab. 

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 to help outdoor teachers use field keys, observe nature, and acquire 
skills needed for studying plants and animals in a variety of habitats. 



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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. 
Must be taken concurrently with Outdoor Intensive Lab. 

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 for students to conduct on-site evaluations of outdoor 
education programs, and 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. Must 
be taken concurrently with Outdoor Intensive Lab. 

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 and implement them at 
a camp or environmental school site. Must be taken concurrently with Outdoor 
Intensive Lab. 

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. Must be taken concurrently with Outdoor Intensive Lab. 

EDOE 535. Outdoor Therapy: Design and Procedures 2 hours 

Co-requisite: EDOE 536. 

This course provides opportunity for an examination of group design, procedure, 
and dynamics used as a therapeutic tool in the outdoor setting. Lab fee 8 will be 
assessed for this course. Must be taken concurrently with Outdoor Intensive Lab. 

EDOE 536. Field Experience in Outdoor Therapy 1 hour 

Co-requisite: EDOE 535. 

The experiences in this course are designed to support and supplement the 
theoretical foundations presented in Outdoor Therapy: Design and Procedures 
(EDOE 535), 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. 



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EDOE 538. Technology in Outdoor Education 2 hours 

This course will provide participants with knowledge of various types of equipment 
used in surveying, sampling, or collecting data for biological research. Participants 
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. Must be taken concurrently with Outdoor Intensive Lab. 

EDOE 543. Environmental Ministries 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. Must be 
taken concurrently with Outdoor Intensive Lab. 

EDOE 563. Wilderness Stewardship 2 hours 

An intensive backcountry camping course to be taught entirely in the field. It will 
provide the student with basic knowledge and understanding of minimal 
environmental impact 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. Must be taken concurrently with 
Outdoor Intensive Lab. 

EDOE 564. Special Topics 1-4 hours 

Topics of current significant and interest in outdoor education are covered. This 
course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. Must be taken concurrently 
with Outdoor Intensive Lab. 

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 creative process and the elements 
of good writing, including the discovery process, writing introductions and 
conclusions, using concrete and specific language and appropriate style will be 
discussed. 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 3 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, or physical 
education. The student will collect and organize a file of teaching materials 
appropriate for outdoor education and evaluate outdoor education activities. 
Twenty (20) hours of field experiences in selected outdoor schools and attendance 
at selected professional meetings are considered a part of this course. The 
course may be repeated with different emphases. Lab fee 2 will be assessed for 
this course. 



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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 or physical education. Students 
will collect and organize a file of teaching materials appropriate for outdoor 
education and will 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. The course may be repeated with 
different emphases. 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 residential 
outdoor education facility. A minimum of forty (40) clock hours is required for 
each semester hour of credit. Arrangements for this course should be made with 
the faculty adviser while the student is enrolled in EDUC 592. This course may be 
repeated for a maximum of four (4) semester hours total. 

EDOE 576. Outdoor Intensive Lab— Fall hours 

This is required 10-day lab for any student attending a Fall Outdoor Education 
Field Intensive session. Lab fee 19 will be assessed for this course. 

EDOE 577. Outdoor Intensive Lab— Winter hours 

This is a required 10-day lab for any student attending a Winter Outdoor Education 
Field Intensive session. Lab fee 15 will be assessed for this course. 

EDOE 578. Outdoor Intensive Lab— Summer hours 

This is a required 10-day lab for any student attending a Summer Outdoor 
Education Field Intensive session. Lab fee 12 will be assessed for this course. 

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 diversity 
including age, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomics. Must be taken concurrently 
with Outdoor Intensive Lab. 

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. A 
maximum of six Independent Study hours are allowed to apply toward a student's 
degree. 



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Education Courses 

EDUC 521. Theories of Learning 3 hours 

A Biblical view of the learner and the learning process is used to examine current 
approaches to learning theory. Behaviorist and cognitive 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 
Windows operating system. Lab fee 5 will be assessed for this course. 

EDUC 565. Topics in Education 1-3 hours 

Selected topics in education. This course may be repeated with an appropriate 
change in topic. 

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

Analysis of current and emerging educational trends. This course also involves 
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 is 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 

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

EDUC 588. Statistics 3 hours 

This course is designed to provide the basic knowledge of descriptive and 
inferential statistics to be applied to educational research. Topics covered include 
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 research methodology. This course examines the forms, 
methods, and tools of scholarly research. Includes the presentation of a research 
proposal and the critique of published research. 



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EDUC 595. Independent Study in Education 1-3 hours 

Prerequisite: Consent of the School of Education and Psychology. 

Individual research/study project in education under the supervision of a graduate 
studies professor. A total of no more than six Independent Study hours are 
allowed to apply toward a student's degree. 

EDUC 598. Master's Thesis 3-6 hours 

A body of original scholarly work by an individual student. Involves the preparation 
of a research proposal, under the guidance of a thesis adviser, and its subsequent 
implementation. The final report will consist of the following sections: (1) Focus of 
the Study, (2) Review of the Literature, (3) Methodology of the Study, (4) Results of 
the Study, and (5) Discussion of the Findings. Both the proposal and the final 
report must be approved by a thesis committee, consisting of the thesis adviser 
and two other faculty members. The thesis committee must be approved by the 
School of Education and Psychology. In addition, the student must complete an 
oral defense of the thesis before their thesis committee, the school of Education 
and Psychology Director of Graduate Studies, the Dean of the School of Education 
and Psychology, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. The oral defense will typically 
consist of a visual presentation, followed by a question/answer session. Note: 
This course must be taken for a total of 6 hours prior to thesis defense. 

Finance Courses 

FNCE 505. Principles of Finance 3 hours 

Prerequisite: ACCT 221, 222 or 505. 

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. 

FNCE 510. Financial Management 3 hours 

Prerequisite: FNCE 315, 505 or equivalent. 

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. 

FNCE 515. Applied Corporate Finance 3 hours 

Prerequisite: BUAD 520 or FNCE 510. 

This course utilizes a case study format to apply financial theory, tools, and 
techniques in analyzing and addressing business decisions. The type of business 
decisions addressed include valuation of cash flows, capital budgeting, risk, and 
return, cost of capital, working capital, and leasing issues. 



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FNCE 520. Finance Theory 3 hours 

Prerequisite: BUAD 520 or FNCE 510. 

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: BUAD 520 or FNCE 510. 

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 550. Working Capital Management 3 hours 

Prerequisite: FNCE 315 or 505. 

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

Includes topics addressing short-term financial management. In addition, the 
course covers the cost to benefit trade-offs of liquidity, management of working 
capital, management and budgeting of cash, and short-term investing and 
financing issues. 

FNCE 552. Financial Markets, Rates, and Flows 3 hours 

Prerequisite: FNCE 315, 505 or equivalent. 

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

This course looks at the relations between interest rates, market conditions, and 
risk management. In addition, it considers mediums of exchange, money and 
credit, the structure of debt securities, and the impact of public policies on the 
credit environment. 

FNCE 553. Financial Institutions 3 hours 

Prerequisite: FNCE 510 or equivalent. 

This course considers the role, management, and impact of financial institutions 
on the financial market system. Topics include such items as the operating and 
regulatory environment of financial institutions and their function as 
intermediaries. Other issues include the management of interest rate risk, 
liquidity risk, and credit risk for depository institutions. Finally, topics related to 
non-depository financial institutions such as mutual funds, insurance companies, 
and security firms, etc. are covered. 

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, 
and fixed equipment investments. 



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FNCE 561. Portfolio Management 3 hours 

Prerequisite: FNCE 315, 505 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 562. Derivatives 3 hours 

Prerequisite: FNCE 315, 505 or equivalent. 

This course covers the origin of derivative instruments, valuation, and application 
by financial institutions to manage risk and speculate. Derivatives come by their 
name honestly in that they derive their value from some underlying asset, such as 
equity securities, debt securities, currencies, and commodities, etc. Topics related 
to the following derivative contracts will be covered: options, forwards, future 
contracts, and swaps. 

FNCE 564. Financial Statement Analysis 3 hours 

Prerequisites: ACCT 312 or 508; BUAD 520 or FNCE 510. 

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 lectures 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. 



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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 545. Healthcare Policy 3 hours 

Healthcare policy supports the delivery and financing of healthcare. This course 
reviews the policy analysis process, the push and pull of specific healthcare goals, 
the constraining effects of resource limitations, and the resulting healthcare 
system in the United States. Benefits and drawbacks associated with healthcare 
systems both within and outside of America will be considered. 

HADM 552. Healthcare Marketing and Human Resources 3 hours 

The provision of healthcare within the United States includes features that are 
unique with respect to the marketing of healthcare services. Additionally, 
healthcare professionals operate within an environment that recognizes superior 
human resource knowledge and skills. This course addresses marketing for 
healthcare facilities, and human resource opportunities and realities that exist 
within the healthcare industry. Legal and cooperative relationships within the 
industry will be explored. 

HADM 555. Communication and Professional Relationships 3 hours 

The healthcare industry typically involves many semi-autonomous groups 
coalescing around individual patients in order to provide services. The 
professionalism with which these groups are communicated and partnered, 
determines, in part, the quality of the rendered services and the operational 
health of the providing institution. This course explicitly identifies certain of the 
professional relationships which exist within healthcare and provides strategies for 
effectively meeting the needs of other professional groups, especially with respect 
to communication. 

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. 

Nondepartmental 

NOND 500. Facilities Use hours 

Required for the student not otherwise registered during any semester when 
student uses university facilities and/or faculty time before degree is completed. 
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only. Repeatability: May be 
repeated. Credit Restriction: May not be used toward degree requirements. 



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Church and Nonprofit Leadership Courses 

NPLD 550. Leadership in Organizations 3 hours 

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

This course is a non-quantitative exploration of leadership allowing students to 
engage in an in-depth study of how they can develop as successful organizational 
leaders. The strengths and weaknesses of various leadership approaches 
(including Great Man, behavioral, contingency, transformational, servant 
leadership and shared leadership) are compared. Other course topics may 
include the Biblical teaching on leadership, conflict management and/or 
approaches to leading organizational change. Students are required to obtain 
hands-on leadership experience during the semester outside of class as part of 
the course requirements. 

NPLD 552. Christian Missionary Entrepreneurship 3 hours 

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

This course familiarizes students with the complex range of decisions and 
activities that arise in the initiation and operation of a nonprofit organization. This 
is accomplished by an immersive academic experience that involves students 
directly in service for others within the context of the Seventh-day Adventist faith. 
In addition to real-world challenges, participants study text, online, and periodical 
material to provide an intelligent consideration of corporate forms, sources of 
revenue, constituencies, operational considerations, and nonprofit products and 
services. This class includes exploring relevant readings from E. G. White. 

NPLD 555. Managing Nonprofit Policies, Power, and Politics 3 hours 

This course analyzes and evaluates the presence of policies, power, and politics in 
nonprofit organizations from a Christian ethics perspective. Topics include the 
dynamics of organizational influence, the development and impact of 
organizational policies, functional and dysfunctional organizational politics, and 
the Christian's responsibilities with respect to the use of influence and 
organizational political behavior. 

NPLD 560. Nonprofit Governance and Ethics 3 hours 

This course explores the internal and external governance process for nonprofit 
organizations, the importance of trust and trustworthiness in organizations, the 
work of the board of trustees as an oversight body, the relationship between 
trustees and the NPO administrator, the fundamental governance problems that 
NPOs face, and the ethical issues that individuals involved with governance face 
as they fulfill their oversight responsibilities. 

NPLD 570. 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. 



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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. 

Personalized study designed to make up deficiencies in a student's 
undergraduate program. Hours do not count towards MSN degree. 

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. 

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. Lab fee 5 will be assessed for this course. 

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. 

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 to wellbeing. 



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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 healthcare policy issues affecting nursing education, administration, 
advanced clinical practice, clients, and client systems. Includes an overview of 
healthcare policy in the public and private sectors and provides the student with 
essential skills to understand and influence current healthcare 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. 

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 555. Advanced Health Assessment 4 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 

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. 



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NRSG 561. Primary Care of Adults 3 hours 

Prerequisites: NRSG 550, 555, 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, acute, 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. 

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 physical, 
psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and developmental 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 567. Acute Care Concepts and Skills 4 hours 

Prerequisite: NRSG 550, 555, 556. Pre- or co-requisite: NRSG 552, 561. 

Comprehensive acute care course emphasizing complex concepts and skills 
needed to care for the acutely ill hospitalized adult. Builds on concepts from 
advanced pathophysiology, assessment, pharmacology, and primary care of adults 
with acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on management of 
complex respiratory, cardiac, hematologic, neurologic, endocrine, renal, 
gastrointestinal, nutritional and infectious disease processes. Includes practice of 
skills such as airway intubation and ventilation management, arterial and venous 
access, hemodynamic monitoring, chest tube placement, lumbar puncture, etc. A 
minimum of 60 hours of clinical skills-focused practice is required. Lab fee 12 will 
be assessed for this course. 



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NRSG 568. Acute Care Role Development 3 hours 

Pre- or co-requisites: NRSG 561, 567. 

A capstone course focusing on acute care management of special populations, 
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. 

NRSG 570. Primary Care of Children 3 hours 

Prerequisites: NRSG 550, 555; 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 acute chronic 
physical, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and developmental needs of 
families. Includes a minimum of 300 hours clinical practice. Lab fee 9 will be 
assessed for this course. 



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NRSG 574. Practicum: Acute Care of Adults 5 hours 

Prerequisite: NRSG 562; Pre- or co-requisite: NRSG 568. 

Clinical practicum that promotes competence for entry into advanced acute care 
practice utilizing the roles of health promotion/disease prevention; management 
of complex acute and chronic illness; nurse-patient relationships; teaching- 
coaching functions; professional roles; managing and negotiating healthcare 
delivery; quality assurance; and meeting physical, psychological, sociocultural, 
spiritual, and developmental needs of patients and their families who are 
experiencing complex acute, critical, or chronic illness. Includes a minimum of 
300 hours of clinical practice. Lab fee 9 will be assessed for this course. 

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 healthcare facility. 

NRSG 579. Practicum Continuance 1 hour 

Prerequisite: Registration for one semester for any of the following practicum courses: 

NRSG 562, 566, 571, 572, 573, 574, 578, 585, or 591. 

Mandatory course for the student requiring additional time beyond one semester 
to complete clinical practicum hours for any MSN practicum course. The student 
must register for this course each semester until the practicum course 
requirements are met and a grade has been issued. (Pass/Fail) 

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. 
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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 
toward a student's degree. 

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 597. Project/Thesis Continuance 1 hour 

Prerequisite: NRSG 596 or 598. 

Mandatory course for the student requiring additional time beyond one semester 
to complete Nursing Project or Thesis. The student must register for this course 
each semester until the project or thesis course requirements are met and a 
grade has been issued. (Pass/Fail) 

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. 



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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. 

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 
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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 Course 

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. 

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. 



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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 
evangelistic approach. 

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. 



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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. 

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. 



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RELP 591. Evangelistic Preaching Practicum 3 hours 

Prerequisite: At least one introductory course in biblical preaching and must be officially 

accepted into a School of Religion graduate program. 

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. 

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. 



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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. 

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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Courses 

SOCW 510. Social Work Practice I 4 hours 

Provides students will the theoretical framework for generalist social work 
practice. Topics include the establishment of relationship, assessment, contracts, 
intervention, and utilization of resources, social work values, and ethics. Work 
with individuals and families, primarily the micro and meso dimensions of social 
work practice, are emphasized. (Fall) 

SOCW 511. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3 hours 

First of a two-course HBSE sequence is a study on the reciprocal relationships 
between human behavior and the social environment from birth through young 
adulthood. Content will include empirically-based theories and knowledge that 
focus on the biological, sociological, cultural, psychological, and spiritual 
development of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The course will 
follow a life cycle model from a systems perspective. (Fall) 

SOCW 512. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3 hours 

Prerequisite: SOCW 511. 

The second of a two-course HBSE sequence this course focuses on the reciprocal 
relationships between human behavior and the social environment from middle to 
later adulthood. Content will include empirically-based theories and knowledge 
that focus on the biological, sociological, cultural, psychological, and spiritual 
development of middle and later adults. The course will follow a life cycle model 
from a systems perspective. (Winter) 

SOCW 515. Social Work Practice II 4 hours 

Prerequisites: SOCW 510 and 511. 

This course spans the mezzo and macro dimensions of social work practice. 
Building on skills introduced in Practice I, students will engage in practice with 
small groups, organizations, and communities. (Winter) 

SOCW 533. Social Welfare Issues and Policies 3 hours 

A study of contemporary issues and policies that influence the delivery of social 
services. Course requirements include a comprehensive policy analysis of specific 
social policies, lobbying efforts with local elected officials, and interactions with 
community residents and stakeholders. A mandatory four day policy study tour to 
Washington D.C. serves as the capstone experience for this course. (Winter) 

SOCW 535. Generalist Practicum I 1 hour 

Prerequisite: Admission to the Social Work Program. 

Co-requisite: SOCW 541. 

This course provides opportunity for students to apply practice theory and to 
develop skills for generalist social work practice. Through participation in the 
social service delivery for generalist social work practice system, the student 
comprehends agency structures, functions, and programs. A minimum of 200 
clock hours will be spent working in an agency setting. (Winter) 

SOCW 536. Generalist Practicum II 5 hours 

Prerequisites: SOCW 535 and Admission to the Social Work Program. 

This course builds on the experiences of the first semester practicum and 
progresses to more difficult and varied tasks. (Summer) 



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SOCW 541. Generalist Integrative Seminar I 1 hour 

Co-requisite: SOCW 535. 

Generalist Foundation Seminar I is the companion course to be taken in 
conjunction with the Practicum I field-based course. This course is designed to 
provide a forum for providing mutual support, developing the professional 
portfolio, exploring on-going practice concerns in the field practicum, and creating 
an arena in which peer learning takes place. Thus, it provides a vital link between 
the theoretical knowledge, skills, and values derived from the social work course 
work and the practice of the field practicum. (Fall) 

SOCW 542. Generalist Integrative Seminar II 1 hour 

Prerequisite: SOCW 541. 

Generalist Foundation Seminar II is the companion course to be taken in 
conjunction with Generalist Practicum II field-based course. It builds on the 
learning experiences provided by Generalist Seminar I which culminates in 
portfolio completion. (Winter) 

SOCW 597. Research Methods 3 hours 

This course examines the basic research design and methodologies commonly 
used in the social sciences. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches are 
examined along with relevant data analysis techniques. Ethical considerations for 
doing research with human subjects and vulnerable populations are explored. 
(Fall) 

SOCW 610. Advanced Field Readiness 3 hours 

This course lays the theoretical foundation for advanced social work practice. 
Students learn and use theories that extend across the micro, meso, and macro 
levels of practice. (Fall) 

SOCW 615. Advanced Practice I 6 hours 

This course develops skills intervening in complex situations when providing 
services to individuals, families, groups, organizations, or communities. Students 
acquire abilities in psychotherapeutic assessment and intervention, supervision 
and organizational skills, and practice-based research and evaluation to work 
autonomously in social work leadership positions. (Fall) 

SOCW 616. Advanced Practice II 6 hours 

Prerequisite: SOCW 615. 

This course builds on and expands the skills introduced in the Advanced Practice I 
course. Additional skills include: psychotherapeutic skills with families and 
groups, multi-level assessment, policy practice, knowledge and resource 
development, and program evaluation. (Fall) 

SOCW 635. Advanced Practicum I 1 hour 

This course provides opportunities for students to apply practice theory and to 
develop skills under the supervision of an advanced practitioner. Through 
participation in a social service agency, the student demonstrates skills for 
autonomous social work practice. (Fall) 



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SOCW 636. Advanced Practicum II 3 hours 

Prerequisite: SOCW 635. 

This course continues in advancing the student's skills for advanced social work 
practice. Through participation in the social service agency in an advanced 
setting, the student demonstrates skills for autonomous social work practice. 
(Winter) 

SOCW 641. Advanced Integrative Seminar I 1 hour 

This seminar provides an opportunity for students to integrate previous course 
work with their experience in social work agencies. Classroom discussion will 
emphasize the interrelatedness of the various components of social work 
education. This course offers tools and feedback for professional portfolio 
development. (Fall) 

SOCW 642. Advanced Integrative Seminar II 1 hour 

Prerequisite: SOCW 641. 

Advanced Integrative Seminar II is the companion course to be taken in 
conjunction with Advanced Integrative Practicum II field-based course. It builds on 
the learning experiences provided by Advanced Integrative Seminar I which 
culminates in portfolio completion. (Winter) 

SOCW 650. Advanced Integrated Specialization Foundation 3 hours 

This course provides advanced theoretical knowledge in a specialized area of 
social work practice. Best-practice models will be emphasized throughout. 
(Summer) 

SOCW 651. Advanced Integrated Specialization I 3 hours 

This course highlights skill-building in the advanced specialization area. Skills 
spanning the micro to macro continuum in the specialization area are 
emphasized. (Summer) 

SOCW 652. Advanced Integrated Specialization II 3 hours 

This second course continues skill-building in the advanced specialization area. 
Skills spanning the micro to macro continuum in the specialization area are 
emphasized. (Summer) 



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Board of Trustees 

*Gordon Retzer, Chair 
Tim Bainum 
*Gordon Bietz 
John Boskind 
Michael Cauley 
Donald Chase 
Joan Coggin 
Jim Davidson 
Ken DeFoor 
Helen Durichek 
Faith Durkin 
Dana Edmond 
Mel Eisele 
Conrad Gill 
*Burton Hall 
Steve Haley 
Heather Hilliard 
Scott Hodges 
Danny Houghton 

* Members of the Executive Board 



Lars Houmann 
Ruth Liu 
Todd McFarland 
Bill McGhinnis 
*Ellsworth McKee 
Vanard Mendinghall 
Hubert Morel 
*John Nixon 
Frank B. Potts 
*Randy Robinson 
Mark Schiefer 
Terry Shaw 

*Ron Smith, Vice Chair 
*Jeanette Stepanske 
Christine Waldrop 
Izak Wessels 
Jeff White 
GregWillett 
*Ed Wright 
Doug Zinke 



Administrators 

Gordon Bietz, D.Min. (1997) President 

Tom Verrill, M.B.A. (2008) Senior Vice President, Financial Administration 

Christopher Carey, B.S. (2005) Vice President, Advancement 

Martin Hamilton, B.A., (1998) Associate Vice President, Financial Administration 

Volker Henning, Ph.D. (1989) Associate Vice President, Academic Administration 

Vinita Sauder, Ph.D. (1983) Vice President, Marketing and Enrollment Services 

Carleton Swafford, Ph.D. (1992) Dean, Graduate Studies 

William Wohlers, Ph.D. (1973) Vice President, Student Services 

Robert Young, Ph.D. (2007) Senior Vice President, Academic Administration 

Other Officials 

Kevin Penrod, B.S. (2007) Director, Campus Safety 

Jeffrey Erhard, M.A.T. (1997) Director, On-Campus Housing 

Pegi Flynt, M.A. (2007) Director, Online Campus 

Marc Grundy, M.B.A. (1996) Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services 

Henry Hicks, M.B.A. (1998) Executive Director, Information Systems 

John Nixon, D.Min. (2006) Senior Pastor, University Church 

Joni Zier, M.S.Ed. (1993) Director, Records and Advisement 

(Dates in parentheses indicate the beginning year of employment at Southern Adventist University.) 



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Graduate Council 

Carleton Swafford Dean, Graduate Studies 

Rene Drumm Dean, School of Social Work 

Holly Gadd Graduate Program Coordinator 

Marc Grundy Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services 

Barbara James Dean, School of Nursing 

Greg King Dean, School of Religion 

Josip Mocnik Director, Library 

Elaine Plemons Dean, Academic Technology 

John Wesley Taylor V Dean, School of Education and Psychology 

Don Van Ornam Dean, School of Business and Management 

Robert 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.) 

Risper Awuor— Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work 

B.A. and M.A., Andrews University; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State 
University. (2010) 

Evie Nogales Baker— M.S.W., Assistant Professor of Social Work 

B.A. and B.S.W., Southern Adventist University; M.S.W., University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 
(2005) 

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., 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— D.B.A., Associate Professor of Business and Management 

B.A., Atlantic Union College; M.Div., Andrews University; M.P.H., Loma Linda University; 
D.B.A., Anderson University. (2003) 

Samson Chama— Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work 

B.A., University of Zambia; M.S.W., University of Georgia; Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth 
University. (2009) 



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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) 

Rene Drumm— Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Social Work 

B.S., Andrews University; M.S.W., Michigan State University; Ph.D., Texas Woman's 
University. (2003) 

lleana Freeman-Gutierrez— Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology 

B.A. and M.A., 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., Chair and 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) 

Frances Johnson— D.N. P., N.N. P., Professor of Nursing 

B.S., University of Texas at Arlington; M.S., Andrews University; D.N. P., Rush University. 
(2008) 

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) 



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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; MA, Andrews University; M.Div. and Ph.D., Southwestern 
Baptist Seminary. (2001) 

Colleen Mitchell— Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology 

B.A., Oakwood College; School Psychology certification, Loma Linda University; M.A. and 
Ph.D., Loma Linda University. (2008) 

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) 

Alan Parker— Th.D., Associate Professor of Missiology and Evangelism 

B.A., Andrews University; M.Th. and Th.D., Stellenbosch University. (2007) 

Sharon Pittman— Ph.D., C.S.W.M., Associate Dean and Graduate Program 
Director of Social Work 

B.S.W and M.S.W., University of Missouri; Ph.D., University of Illinois. (2010) 

Edwin Reynolds— Ph.D., Professor of New Testament Studies 

B.A., B.S., and M.A., Pacific Union College; M.A. and Ph.D., Andrews University. (2004) 

Cornel Rusu— M.S.W., Assistant Professor of Social Work 

B.A., Babes-Bolyai University, Romania; M.A., Newbold College; M.S.W., Andrews 
University. (2009) 

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) 

Dennis Steele— Ph.D., C.P.A., Associate Professor of Business and 
Management 

B.B.A., Southern Adventist University; M.B.A., Kennesaw State University; Ph.D., 
Mississippi State University. (1999) 

Stanley Stevenson— M.S.W., Associate Professor of Social Work 

B.A., MA, and M.S.W., Andrews University. (2003) 

Carleton L. Swaf ford— 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) 



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Douglas Tilstra— Ph.D., 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) 

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— Tii.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) 

Ganoune Diop— Ph.D., Professor of Religion, Oakwood College 

B.A. and M.A., 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. 

John Hunnicutt— M.D., Pathologist, Transfusion Medicine, and Apheresis 
Consultant, Brook Army Medical Center. 

B.S., Southern Nazarene University; M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center. 

Harry W. Miller III— J.D., Attorney at Law, Law Office of W. Thomas Bible, Jr. 

B.S., Southern Adventist University; M.B.A., University of Tennessee— Knoxville; J.D., 
Nashville School of Law. 

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. 



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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. 

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.