Programs

Focus

Albany State University’s focus for it’s online programs is to assist students with developing and gaining marketable leadership skills in a collegiate environment. We are proud to offer regionally accredited online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a variety of disciplines. So see yourself succeeding in one of ASU’s online degree programs. The benefits of earning your online degree here are endless.

Undergraduate

Description:

The Fire Services Administration program is designed to provide students with opportunities to acquire skills, experiences, and knowledge that facilitate the attainment of administrative and supervisory positions within fire service departments and agencies.  Developing critical thinking and communication skills are also emphasized. The new program was developed in partnership with Albany Technical College and the other technical colleges in Georgia, so that technical college graduates with Associate Degrees in Fire Science can seamlessly articulate to ASU to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Requirements:

  • The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher to be admitted to the program.
  • The student must complete 30 hours of business courses beyond Area F requirements plus an additional 30 hours of Fire Services concentration.
  • The student must complete a minimum of 125 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 in overall program, and a grade of “C” or above in all business courses.
  • The student must complete the Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) as a part of course requirements for MGMT 4199.
  • This degree is a continuation of the A.A.S. in Fire Science Technology transferred in from an approved technical college in the state of Georgia. The program guide sheet will note transferable courses from Albany Technical College with the letters “ATC”.

Advisors:
Dr. Michael Rogers
229.430.4784
michael.rogers@asurams.edu

Careers and occupations:
Fire Chiefs, Fire Services Administrator, Fire Investigator, Fire Fighter II, Company Officer, Public Administrators, Fire Marshals, Educators.

Description:

The Business Information Systems program integrates information technology, people and business.  The program provides professional preparation for persons who are interested in coordinating, facilitating and expediting functions of the office in business, industrial and governmental organizations.

Focus is on the development of computer operation skills for text processing, human-computer interaction, technical and professional personnel, office environment management, processing of unstructured tasks, and the utilization of small systems. Interpersonal communication and organizational understanding are important skills that are developed.  Career options are available in database administration, telecommunications, data communications, and management of business and office information.

Courses in BIS build a rich knowledge of information systems theory and application.  Students are introduced and taught to use and interact with contemporary technology (BIS Program Review, 2006, pg. 4).  Students are engaged in a wide-range of hands-on courses that build their understanding of application-system software, database management systems, systems analysis and design, management information systems, human-computer interaction and e-Commerce, to name a few.

Requirements:

  • The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher to be admitted to the program.
  • The student must complete 30 hours of business courses beyond Area F requirements plus an additional 30 hours of information systems concentration.
  • The student must complete a minimum of 125 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 in overall program and a grade of “C” or above in all business courses.
  • The student must complete the Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) as a part of a course requirement for MGMT 4199.

Advisors:
Dr. Kathaleena Monds
229.430.4777
kathaleena.monds@asurams.edu

Dr. Cynthia Bennett
229.430.4786
cynthia.bennett@asurams.edu    

Careers and occupations:
Business Systems Analyst II, Technical Analyst, IT Project Manager, IT Systems Administrator, Financial Analyst IS, IT Project Portfolio Administration, Associate Data Security Analyst, Infrastructure Analyst, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Information Technology Director.

Description:

The RN to BSN Degree Program provides the nursing graduate, following completion of the state licensing exam for Registered Nurses, the knowledge to function as a beginning nurse, nurse manager or leader in various health care settings online. Students must have their nursing licenses before they can enroll in the RN to BSN online program.

Requirements:

Completion of 125 semester hours in the required program of study. A grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. Each student must maintain a “C” average in order to progress in the nursing major. The minimum score for obtaining a “C” is 75. A student who fails a nursing course will be allowed to repeat this nursing course one time when it is offered again in the curriculum; however, this failure means that the student will be unable to progress in the nursing program until the same course is satisfactorily completed. A second failure of a nursing course will constitute grounds for dismissal from the nursing program. (An appeal for readmission may be initiated after five (5) years. A 2.75 nursing core GPA is required to enter the undergraduate generic nursing program. A 3.0 GPA is required to enter the second degree accelerated program. A 3.0 GPA is required to enter the RN-MSN program.

Advisors:
Dr. Cathy Williams
229.430.4724
cathy.williams@asurams    

Dr. Zelda Peters
229.420.7061
zelda.williams@asurams.edu         

Possible occupations:
Registered nurse, nurse educator, nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse, neurosurgical nurse, nurse anesthetist.

Graduate Programs

Description:
The Masters of Science (M.S) degree program in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students for professional careers within the criminal justice system. Theoretical, methodological and philosophical understanding of the criminal justice system is stressed during the matriculation process. As a result students are well prepared for careers in criminal justice. Those seeking advanced graduate education beyond the Master’s degree level, will be able to compete successfully with graduates from other schools and disciplines. The M.S. in Criminal Justice program requires a 30 hours of classroom study and thesis research. In addition all students must successfully complete a comprehensive exam.

Requirements:
All applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, which include completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and submission of official copies of transcripts forwarded from degree-granting institutions with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 out of the 4.0 quality points for all courses taken in the last degree program. Applicants whose undergraduate degree was not in criminal justice may be required to complete six semester hours in undergraduate criminal justice courses. Three semester hours must be completed in research or statistics and three hours in criminology or social theory. Students seeking admission to the Master of Criminal Justice program must submit the results of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Regular admission for MAT- a score of 44 (402). Provisional MAT score of 27-43 Regular admission for GRE – a score of 300 (verbal and quantitative). Provisional GRE score of 270. Applicants who do not fully meet the requirements for regular admission because of grade-point average or standardized test score may be considered for provisional admission. Upon completion of the first nine semester hours of study with a grade of ‘B’ or better, the provisional student is granted full admission to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program. Otherwise, the student’s enrollment is terminated.

Advisors:
Dr. Charles Ochie
229.430.4864
charles.ochie@asurams.edu

Careers and occupations:
College Professor, ATF agents, CIA agents, computer forensic scientist or technician, Corrections officers, Crime scene investigators, criminalist, Criminologists, DEA Special Agents, FBI agent. Forensic scientist, Forensic psychologist, Homeland Security, INS agent, Police detective, Policer officers, Private investigator, Probation officers, Secret service special agent, Sheriffs, U.S. Marshall.

Description:

The graduate program in Nursing is built on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The program is designed to prepare students who are highly knowledgeable in advanced clinical nursing and whose education will enable them to make significant contributions to health care. The Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing.

The purposes of the Master’s program are to prepare students who are:

  • Advanced practice nurses: family nurse practitioners or nurse educators.
  • Beginning researchers.
  • Highly knowledgeable individuals who are capable of influencing policy-making that impacts health care delivery.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing degree, the graduate will be able to:

  • Engage in professional and scholarly activities that promote the profession of nursing and individual development in advanced practice nursing through implementation of evidenced based practice for both direct and indirect patient care.
  • Integrate synthesized knowledge of behavioral and natural sciences, humanities, technology, and nursing science to perform advanced practice nursing roles to improve patient care and decrease healthcare cost.
  • Exhibit expertise in the advanced-practice nursing role of clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, nurse administrator or nurse educator while incorporating scientific and ethical principles to improve health care outcomes for a diverse population.
  • Assume advanced leadership roles, including collaborating with members of interdisciplinary teams, and influencing policy-making that impacts positively on health care delivery.
  • Participate as a researcher and a consumer of research in advancing nursing science and practice in disease prevention and promotion and maintenance of optimal health across the life span.
  • Critically analyze health care data in order to promote optimal health.

Requirements:

To enter the program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree, Family Nurse Practitioner, or Nurse Educator, the student must meet the requirements established by the Graduate Admissions Office of Albany State University. The prospective student should contact the Graduate Admissions Office or the Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program well in advance of the planned entry date. In addition, the applicant should have the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing for students seeking the MSN.
  • An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0.
  • A current RN license to practice in Georgia.
  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal score of 146 or better and a Quantitative score of 140 or better, or a Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of 402 (44) or better.
  • Two letters of reference regarding professional accomplishments and academic potential.
  • Completed prerequisite undergraduate courses in statistics, pathophysiology, nursing research and health assessment.

Advisors:
Dr. Cathy Williams
229.430.4724
cathy.williams@asurams

Dr. Zelda Peters
229.420.7061
zelda.williams@asurams.edu

Careers and occupations:
Registered Nurse, Advanced nurse practitioner, Nursing Administrator, Professors, Clinical nurse specialists, Nurse consultant, Nurse anesthetists, Nurse midwives, Policy development and marketing for pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and insurance companies.

Description:

This program leads to the T-5 certification in Early Childhood Education and is designed to prepare master teachers to work with children in grades PreK-5. This program also provides knowledge and skills for teachers to serve in leadership roles in curriculum development, supervision and research in the field of Early Childhood Education. Graduates become master teachers who are poised for administrative positions in all fields of education.

The purpose of the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is to sanction leadership for PreK-5 populations. Candidates complete 36 hours of courses designed to augment resourceful and imaginative problem-solving skills for K-5 populations. All classes implement the College of Education’s conceptual framework; Reflective transformative practitioner, culturally-responsive practitioner, and technologically-competent practitioner. Candidates have to be admitted by the Graduate Admissions Office before being admitted into the program.

Requirements:

Admission to the Early Childhood Education Program requires an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education, or the equivalent, from an accredited college, and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test. When students lack a sufficient background in Early Childhood Education, they may be required to take additional undergraduate courses before beginning the M.Ed. program in Early Childhood Education. Students are also governed by the general admission procedures and requirements for the M.Ed. degree program, and they may matriculate in the Early Childhood Education program under the same categories for admission.

Advisors:
Dr. Dorene Medlin
229.430.7020
dorene.medlin@asurams.edu

Possible occupations:
Childcare/Preschool Administrator, Elementary Teacher, Postsecondary, Director of Educational Program, Private School with Preschool Division Teacher, Grant Writer for Foundation (entry level), Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Early Childhood Educator for Public Charter School, Education Specialist Instruction, Autistic Support Teacher.

Description:

The M.Ed. degree programs in Special Education lead to T-5 certification in Special Education General Curriculum or Special Education Adapted Curriculum. Any person who has T-4 certification in special education may pursue the master’s –level programs.

The Special Education Program provides professional educators an opportunity to enhance their ability to respond positively, creatively and proactively and develop teaching strategies and curriculum skills to enable students with disabilities to access the standard curriculum and address areas of functional and independent living skills. As the candidates progress through the program they will take away knowledge of research-based best practices in their core content areas, strategies for making data-driven decisions, and skills for improving student achievement through action research.

Requirements:
Admission to the Special Education Program requires an undergraduate degree in Special Education, or the equivalent, from an accredited college, and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test. When students lack a sufficient background in Special Education, they may be required to take additional undergraduate courses before beginning the M.Ed. program in Special Education. Students are also governed by the general admission procedures and requirements for the M.Ed. degree program, and they may matriculate in the Special Education program under the same categories for admission.

Advisor(s):

Dr. Dorene Medlin
229.430.7020
dorene.medlin@asurams.edu

Careers and occupations:

Childcare/Preschool Administrator, Elementary Teacher, Postsecondary, Director of Educational Program, Private School with Preschool Division Teacher, Grant Writer for Foundation (entry level), Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Early Childhood Educator for Public Charter School, Education Specialist Instruction, Autistic Support Teacher, Remedial Skills Instructor, Curriculum Specialist, Educational Technologist, Librarian, School Administrator, School Counselor, Psychometrist.

 

 

 

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