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Graduate & Certificate Programs: College of Health Sciences

School of Health Masters Programs

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

You should follow your Degree Audit for your program course sequence. Should you have any questions about possible adjustments to your sequence, please contact your Student Success Advisor. Please know that many courses have prerequisites associated with them, so a petition request to alter sequence may not be approved.

How many courses do I take each quarter?

Your first quarter will consist of just one class, but in your following quarters, you will take two courses at a time. After your first quarter, if you wish to take only one course in a term, you may do so by contacting your Student Success Advisor to request a drop.

Before you adjust your registration, you should contact the Financial Aid (finaid@mail.waldenu.edu) office to see how your proposed changes may impact your financial aid award.

How long are my courses?

The courses in your program are 11 weeks in length.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

Students in the Masters in Public Health program are automatically registered for their courses each quarter by our Registrations department provided students do not have any holds on their account that prevent registration. If you are not registered at least four weeks prior to the next quarter start, and you do not have a hold on your account, please contact Student Success Advising for assistance in getting registered.

My Degree Audit says a class is “Unavailable” – what does that mean?

When a Degree Audit says that a course is unavailable, it means that course is currently not available for online registration. It does not necessarily mean that registration for that course is not possible. If a course shows as unavailable in your Degree Audit, please send a written request to your Student Success Advisor who can verify the availability of the course and process your request if the course is available.

Can I work when I’m completing my practicum?

Yes, students can keep working while completing their practicum. For more information about your practicum and any applicable policies, please review your practicum manual, which is available on the Field Experience website.

Does Walden have APHA accreditation?

The university is seeking Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) program accreditation. According to their website www.ceph.org , should have a decision by September 2018.  For more information about Walden’s accreditations, please visit Walden’s accreditation information page.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

You should follow your Degree Audit for your program sequence. Should you have any questions about possible adjustments to your sequence, please contact your Student Success Advisor. Please know that many courses have prerequisites associated with them, so a petition request to alter sequence may not be approved.

How many courses do I take each quarter?

You will take two courses per quarter in the MHA program. If you wish to take just one course in a quarter, please email your advisor to request a drop of the second course.

Before you adjust your registration, you should contact the Financial Aid office (finaid@mail.waldenu.edu) to see how your proposed changes may impact your financial aid award.

How long are my courses?

All courses in your program will be 11 weeks in length.  Students taking the foundations course, MMHA 6000: Foundations of Healthcare Administration, can complete it in 11 or 6 weeks.

Can I change my specialization or add a second one?

Please contact your Student Success Advisor if you are interested in changing your current specialization or changing from the general program to a specialization. Adding a specialization to your program will increase your required credits for the program by 15 credits.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

Students in the Masters in Healthcare Administration program are automatically registered for their courses each quarter by our Registrations department provided students do not have any holds on their account that prevent registration. If you are not registered at least 4 weeks prior to the next quarter start, and you do not have a hold on your account, please contact Student Success Advising for assistance in getting registered.

My Degree Audit says a class is “Unavailable” – what does that mean?

When a Degree Audit says that a course is unavailable, it means that course is currently not available for online registration. It does not necessarily mean that registration for that course is not possible. If a course shows as unavailable in your Degree Audit, please send a written request to your Student Success Advisor who can verify the availability of the course and process your request if the course is available.

Will the recent program upgrade impact my catalog?

Please contact your Student Success Advisor for questions regarding the recent change in MHA program for more information about the new quarter-based program and how it might impact your program.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

You should follow your Degree Audit for your program sequence. Should you have any questions about possible adjustments to your sequence please contact your Student Success Advisor. Please know that many courses have prerequisites associated with them so petition request to alter sequence may not be approved.

How many courses do I take each semester?

Your program is designed to be taken two courses per semester, back-to-back. One class will run the first half of the semester and the other will run the second half.

How long are my courses?

All courses in your program will be eight weeks in length.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

You will be automatically registered for your courses each quarter by our Registrar’s Office provided you do not have any holds on your account that may prevent registration. If you are not registered at least four weeks prior to the next term start and you do not have a hold on your account please contact Student Success Advising for assistance in getting registered.

My Degree Audit says a class is “Unavailable” – what does that mean?

When a Degree Audit says that a course is unavailable it means that course is currently not available for online registration. It does not necessarily mean that registration for that course is not possible. If a course shows as unavailable in your Degree Audit please send a written request to your Student Success Advisor who can verify the availability of the course and process your request if the course is available.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

You should follow your Degree Audit for your program course sequence. Should you have any questions about possible adjustments to your sequence, please contact your Student Success Advisor. Please know that many courses have prerequisites associated with them, so a petition request to alter sequence may not be approved.

How many courses do I take each quarter?

Your first quarter will consist of just one class, but in your following quarters, you will take two courses at a time. After your first quarter, if you wish to take only one course in a term, you may do so by contacting your Student Success Advisor to request a drop.

Before you adjust your registration, you should contact the Financial Aid (finaid@mail.waldenu.edu) office to see how your proposed changes may impact your financial aid award.

Can I declare a specialization?

Yes, if you would like to select a specialization you can do so. Please know that taking a specialization will add additional courses to your list of required courses, as compared to the General program.

Can I change my specialization?

Yes, you are able to change your specialization. Student Success Advising recommends making any changes prior to starting your specialization courses as courses from one specialization may not transfer to another. If you have been taking two courses per quarter, your specialization courses will start in your fifth quarter.

If you’d like to change your specialization please contact your Student Success Advisor for assistance.

How many courses are associated with a specialization?

If you are in a specialization, you will need to complete three specialization courses. In some cases, a specialization may have more than three course options. In this case, please contact your Student Success Advisor before each term start to indicate which specialization course you’d like to take.

How long are my courses?

The courses in your program are 11 weeks in length.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

Students in the Masters in Health Education and Promotion program are automatically registered for their courses each quarter by our Registrations department provided students do not have any holds on their account that prevent registration. If you are not registered at least four weeks prior to the next quarter start, and you do not have a hold on your account, please contact Student Success Advising for assistance in getting registered.

My Degree Audit says a class is “Unavailable” – what does that mean?

When a Degree Audit says that a course is unavailable, it means that course is currently not available for online registration. It does not necessarily mean that registration for that course is not possible. If a course shows as unavailable in your Degree Audit, please send a written request to your Student Success Advisor who can verify the availability of the course and process your request if the course is available.

Do I have a practicum?

No, your program does not have a practicum.

Can I take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam or the Master-level Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)?

Graduates of this program are qualified to sit for the national exam to become a Certified Health Education Specialist or, depending on their experience in the field, a Master-level Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). If you have questions about the CHES exam, please contact CHES directly.

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

You should follow your Degree Audit for your program sequence. Should you have any questions about possible adjustments to your sequence, please contact your Student Success Advisor. Please know that many courses have prerequisites associated with them, so a petition request to alter sequence may not be approved.

How many courses do I take each semester?

Your program is designed to be taken two courses per semester, back-to-back. One class will run the first eight weeks of the semester, and the other will run the second eight weeks. If you wish to drop one of your courses in a semester, please email your Student Success Advisor to request a drop of the second course.

Before you adjust your registration, you should contact the Financial Aid office (finaid@mail.waldenu.edu) to see how your proposed changes may impact your financial aid award.

How long are my courses?

All courses in your program are eight weeks in length.

Do I need to initiate registration for my courses?

You will be automatically registered for your courses each semester by our Registrar’s Office provided you do not have any holds on your account that prevent registration. If you are not registered at least four weeks prior to the next term start, and you do not have a hold on your account, please contact Student Success Advising for assistance in getting registered.

My Degree Audit says a class is “Unavailable” – what does that mean?

When a Degree Audit says that a course is unavailable, it means that course is currently not available for online registration. It does not necessarily mean that registration for that course is not possible. If a course shows as unavailable in your Degree Audit, please send a written request to your Student Success Advisor who can verify the availability of the course and process your request if the course is available.

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School of Nursing Masters Programs

Is there an order in which I should be taking my courses? Can I make any changes to that order?

There is an order for your program (typically outlined on your program of study or Degree Audit), but if you have any questions about your course sequence, please contact a Student Success Advisor.

Students in nurse practitioner programs (FNP, AGNP, AC-AGNP) can alter their sequence at practicum but should speak to their Student Success Advisors about their options.

How many classes do I take each quarter?

Students take two courses each quarter. Students may take one course per quarter.

Before you adjust your registration, you should contact the Financial Aid office (finaid@mail.waldenu.edu) to see how your proposed changes may impact your financial aid award.

Do I find my own practicum site?

You will find your own preceptor and practicum site. For more information, please review practicum manual on the Field Experience department’s website.

When should I finalize my practicum information?

The deadline to submit the practicum application is either 1 or 2 quarters prior to starting the practicum. Please contact your field training coordinator for your specific requirements.

Who can I talk to about licensing questions related to my program?

Students can contact nurslicensure@mail.waldenu.edu for questions related to their licensure.

How long are my classes?

  • If you enter the MSN program without a BSN, your courses will be either six or 11 weeks in length.
  • If you have your BSN degree, you will have only 11-week courses.

Can I change my specialization or add a second one?

Any student in the MSN program may change their specialization but are not able to add a second specialization. Advising would recommend students make the change prior to starting specialization courses.

Most specialization changes can be made within Student Success Advising, but students who are moving from one specialization into the Family Nurse Practitioner specialization will work with an Enrollment Advisor to process this request.

My Degree Audit says a class is “Unavailable” – what does that mean?

When a Degree Audit says that a course is unavailable, it means that course is currently not available for online registration. It does not necessarily mean that registration for that course is not possible. If a course shows as unavailable in the degree audit, please send a request to Student Success Advising who can verify the availability of the course and process your request if the course is available.

Is there an honor society for my program? How can I join or who can I contact?

Invitations to join the International Nursing Honor Society, Phi Nu –  a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International – are sent twice a year. Students must be invited to join. For more information, please visit their website.

Can I work when I’m completing my practicum?

Balancing work responsibilities and the required hours for practicum can be challenging. Please visit the field experience website for more information about the hours required for your specialization. We also recommend using a time management tool before the course starts to proactively manage your time.

When I complete my Nurse Practitioner degree, what are my next steps to receive my certification?

Nurse Practitioner students should contact their state board. You may also want to review the information online at the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) website.

If I need a form certified for the Credentialing Center, who can I contact at Walden?

You should provide your forms to the Director of Compliance and Licensure at nurslicensure@mail.waldenu.edu. When doing so, please remember to include your student ID number with any email correspondence.

How long is the Post-Masters Certificate program?

Post-Master’s Certificates in Nursing are designed so that students can earn a certificate in 7 to 9 months. Time to completion depends on a student’s individual progress through the certificate program.

How do I register?

Students are automatically registered for courses, unless they have a bursars hold on their account which would prevent registration.

How many certificates programs are offered in the Post-Masters Certificate program?

The School of Nursing offers three certificates at the post-master’s-degree level:
Nursing Education Certificate; Nursing Informatics Certificate; and Nursing Leadership and Management Certificate.  These certificates provide the opportunity for nurses prepared at the master’s level to pursue specialized content.

Is there a practicum requirement?

The practicum is a requirement for the Informatics certificate.  Both Leadership and Management and Education have optional practicum experiences.  

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