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Higher Education in Maryland
Academic Program Proposal
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Walden University

Program Proposal(pdf)

Multiple  OOS Initial Application (DNP and MSN (with 5 AOCs) Yes 7/24/2013  Approved  7/22/2013 

OOS Initial Application (DNP and MSN (with 5 AOCs)  Program Description

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program builds on the student’s knowledge and expertise to strengthen advanced nursing practice, augment healthcare delivery and improve patient outcomes. Upon completion of the program students are able to translate research findings into direct evidence based nursing practice and develop organizational system changes for quality improvement in healthcare delivery in response to local and/or global community needs. The M.S. in Clinical Psychology program provides a broad background in clinical psychology with the opportunity to complete an optional counseling specialization. In addition, this program offers students an opportunity to complete a graduate degree that is more practitioner-focused and less research-focused and includes a broader survey of the topics in clinical psychology.The M.S. in Forensic Psychology program prepares individuals to work within settings that integrate psychology and the legal system. It is geared toward professional interested in career advancement and enhancement. This program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional. The doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.) is designed to evaluate the theory and practice of counseling through quantitative and qualitative research and to prepare educators and leaders in the profession of counseling. This program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed counseling professional.The M.S. in Addiction Counseling program focuses on the skills needed to support people that are dealing with substance abuse and addictive behaviors related to gambling, exercising, technology and pornography. Students examine the factors that put individuals at risk for developing addictions, and they study how to treat addictions that may coexist with other mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive behavior. The M.S in Career Counseling program is designed to prepare students to serve as career development counselors, specialists and consultants in a variety of settings. Students gain the opportunity to use their training to foster the development of individuals and groups around issues of career decision making, career transitions and career development. This program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed counseling professional.The M.S. in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling program is designed to provide students with the skills for entry level professional counseling careers who specialize in preventing and remediating conflicts or crises in and fostering the development of individuals, marriages, couples and families. The program trains individuals to work in a variety of settings including community agencies, hospitals and private practice. This program is not a licensure program; however it is designed to prepare students to sit for licensing exams.The M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to identify and address the need for culturally and contextually relevant counseling and social change for individuals, communities and society. This program is accredited by CACREP. The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Education Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) program prepares principle candidates to manage complex educational issues, evaluate and improve instructional programs, develop diverse school personnel, and create a shared strategic vision. The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program fosters the development of professional public health values, concepts and ethical practices through the preparation of practitioners with specialized knowledge, skills and competencies in health promotion, disease prevention and management who are able to identify and assess the needs of diverse populations. The M.S. in Health Informatics program is designed for current and aspiring informatics professionals. It facilitates the development and advancement of eHealth initiatives and other emerging information technologies to improve healthcare quality. The Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A) program provides both current and future healthcare administrators and managers with the skills required for assuming leadership roles in a variety of settings. The curriculum is aligned to healthcare management content areas as defined by national healthcare administration standards. Specific emphasis is placed on providing an understanding of clinical service delivery through analysis of the day to day operations in clinical support service activities. The M.S. in Clinical Research Administration program is designed to provide students with the required skills for effective clinical research administration and management. The program is designed for students who have a broad social science or health background and little or no clinical trials experience. A practicum provides field experiences in a clinical trial setting. The B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies program provides adult students with an opportunity to create flexible career options through the use of “emphases” that are drawn from other degree programs in the university to obtain an understanding and the skills needed in profession of interest.The Master of Science (M.S.N) in Nursing program prepares students to focus their practice on the identified health needs of society. This program offers five specializations: adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, education, family nurse practitioner, leadership management, and nursing informatics. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.N.) in Nursing completion program provides current registered nurses who have a diploma or associate degree in nursing the opportunity to earn a BSN. The program is designed to provide students with evidence-based practices that can be applied at their current work site. The Master of Arts (M.A.T.) in Teaching (Teacher Preparation) program is designed to prepare candidates to become P-12 classroom teachers with the skills to work in diverse settings. This program offers three areas of concentration: early childhood education, special education emotional/behavioral disorders (K-12), and special education learning disabilities (K-12). Students are instructed to apply for Maryland certification as an out-of-state graduate from a teacher preparation program.The Endorsement in Special Education program is designed to prepare current teachers to become K-12 classroom special education teachers of children with learning disabilities or emotional/behavioral disorders. The program has an optional Master of Science in Education.The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program is designed to prepare students to serve individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities as social work practitioners. Each student in the program will complete coursework, clinical skills training, and supervised field experience and will receive support designed to prepare them for ethical and competent practice as professional social workers.

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