Can I add the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework to this program?
Yes. It will take an extra year to complete your degree but it is possible. Because the DPD program has slightly different admission requirements it is recommended that prospective students speak with an Admissions Advisor about this consideration early in the application process.
Can I add the thesis coursework to this program?
Yes, although students should be aware that class-schedule conflicts could arise. Adding the thesis coursework would be an appropriate consideration for any students considering future doctoral programs.
Is the MSN/MACP program CACREP-accredited?
No. CACREP (Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) is an organization that aims to standardize licensure and education for mental health counseling since mental health licensure requirements vary substantially from state to state. Our program was designed to meet the Washington and California state mental health licensure requirements and to prepare students to take the National Counseling Examination, which certain states require for licensure. Since licensure is governed by each individual state, students are encouraged to inquire directly on the individual licensing requirements for their state.
What is the underlying psychological philosophy or emphasis of the program?
Bastyr University’s MSN/MACP program does not rely solely on one paradigm, though the program has a unique focus in health psychology and as such incorporates the biopsychosocial model across all areas of curriculum. The curriculum also incorporates an array of theories so students can decide as providers what to offer their clients. The program also includes attention to diversity issues across the curriculum.
Is the Certified Nutritionist credential recognized outside of the state of Washington?
The Certified Nutritionist (CN) credential and scope of practice is fairly unique to the state of Washington. Students planning to practice outside of Washington state following graduation are responsible for contacting the Department of Health or other governing agency for the state(s) in which they plan to practice, as each state may have unique requirements for attaining either licensure or certification in order to practice nutrition services. Prospective and current students may access the University’s listing of contact agencies by professional programs, “Professional Licensing/Certification Agencies by State or District.”
Will I be a licensed mental health counselor upon graduation?
No, you will be required to work as a mental health counselor with a supervisor signing off on your hours. In the state of Washington it is necessary to complete 3,000 post-graduate supervised hours before submitting an application to obtain licensure as a mental health counselor. However, you are eligible for employment as a counselor and to take the state licensing exam upon commencement.