National Praise and Worship Institute


MARK HOSNY, Director, Praise and Worship Program; Instructor of Music, 2012—

BMEd, Louisiana State University, 1990; MM, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1995.

Praise and Worship Program General Information

The National Praise and Worship Institute (NPWI) offers an Associate of Arts in Praise and Worship, a one-year certificate, and a two-year advanced certificate. The curriculum is built on a pyramid model where students follow the same curriculum track and have the option to choose five hours of specialized courses in their second year that coincide with their specific interest of study (songwriting, performance, worship leader, or worship pastor). Students participate in internships throughout the program with a final one during the spring semester (2nd year only) where they are placed either in a church or another environment where they can apply everything they have learned in a real-world scenario. Students who complete the advanced certificate or associate degree have the opportunity to be represented for ministry placement based on the Director’s evaluation during advising sessions. First-time freshmen are required to enroll in INT 1100 Life Calling and Purpose during their first semester. For more information, visit the NPWI website (

Mission Statement

The goal of the Praise and Worship Program is to provide a creative environment that trains and equips students who desire to be worship pastors, worship leaders, Christian artists, or songwriters for the local church and the church at large. Our curriculum models real-world practicums that engage students in a learning environment and that places the band at the center of that training.

Student Learning Outcomes

Praise and Worship Certificate holders will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate sound Biblical principles in theology and develop a heart to serve the body of Christ.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to lead a band, a choir, or a congregation in a contemporary worship setting.
  3. Demonstrate practical skills as a performer, songwriter, and arranger for the modern 21st century contemporary church.
  4. Demonstrate skills in the area of leadership, planning, and management that show self-sufficiency in employment.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in areas of theory, production, arranging, guitar, and piano.
  6. Demonstrate solid skills in their specialized area (Second Year Certificate students only).

Program Regulations

Students must successfully complete all coursework and the required proficiencies: completing the first-year certificate requires passing one of the two required proficiencies (piano or guitar); completing the second-year certificate or associate degree requires passing both required proficiencies (piano and guitar). Additional placement procedures include proficiency examinations in music theory (written and aural), guitar, and functional keyboard skills. Placement in the appropriate theory classes, guitar class, and keyboard class will be based on these examinations.