Feb 08, 2023  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Adult and Professional Studies

Dean Jim Jessup
Programs Supported Adult Evening Program; NU Online; Church Partnership Program; Extension Campuses; Concurrent Credit; Prior Learning Assessment; Associate in Arts; Business Management; Elementary Education and the Humanities; Information Technology; Interdisciplinary Studies; Ministry Leadership; Nursing; Organizational Management; Psychology; Public Safety Administration; Online Programs

College of Adult and Professional Studies programs serve adult, online, and extension site students, offering academic programs in nontraditional hours and formats that enable working professionals to remain in their career while fulfilling their educational goals. The Program also serves other students by coordinating several nontraditional educational service programs, such as Prior Learning Assessment.

The College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS), is located in the Davis Administration Building on the Kirkland campus. The College delivers courses and academic majors through evening and weekend programs on the Kirkland, Salem, and Sacramento campuses. CAPS also delivers online courses through the NU Online program. In addition, the College facilitates the Church Partnership Program which partners with internship programs throughout the country. CAPS also serves students in many Christian high schools enabling students to earn college credits that satisfy the requirements of both their high school towards graduation and college degree.

The College of Adult and Professional Studies partners with the other Northwest University colleges to offer the following majors:

  • Certificate – Ministry Leadership
  • Associate – Associate in Arts, Associate in Ministry Leadership
  • Bachelor – Business Management, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Information Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Ministry Leadership, Organizational Management, Psychology, and Public Safety Administration
  • Graduate – Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Ministry Leadership

Northwest University students are able to obtain credit for prior learning through several methods, all facilitated by the Office of the Provost and the College of Adult and Professional Studies. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) covers credit earned via Certified Prior Learning as approved by the American Council on Education or the University, or submission of a Portfolio as outlined in the Prior Learning Assessment Guide. Please contact the College of Adult and Professional Studies for further information.

Students interested in any of the programs listed above should contact the College of Adult and Professional Studies Enrollment Office.

Credit Load limit for Adult Evening students

A semester academic load of 15 credits in the accelerated Adult Evening program is very challenging. Students who desire to enroll in 17 or more credits in a semester must carry a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, and have transferred in 60 credits or completed two semesters at NU as a full-time student.

Church Partnership Program  


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Associate in Arts

Associate in Ministry Leadership