Courses

509 Health Care Policy and Economics

510 Management of Care in the Environment

515 Quality, Safety and Informatics

516 Education in Practice

517 Advanced Pathophysiology

518 Advanced Pharmacology

522 Advanced Health Assessment

524 Advanced Practice Skills

530 Statistics in Advanced Practice Nursing

533 Evidence-Based Research

613 Leadership for Advanced Nursing

 

615 Management of Clinical Outcomes

631 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I

632 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II: Immersion

646 Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone

651 Advanced Role Development

654 Nutrition in Disease Management

655 Adult Primary Care I

656 Adult Primary Care II

657 FNP Clinical Practicum I

658 FNP Clinical Practicum II

660 FNP Clinical Practicum III

 

661 Pediatric Primary Care I

662 Pediatric Primary Care II

665 AGNP Clinical Practicum I

668 AGNP Clinical Practicum II

669 Complex Elderly Care

670 AGNP Clinical Practicum III

686 Evidence-Based Capstone

691 Nursing Independent Study

692 Nursing Independent Study

 

 

MSN Course Descriptions

Nursing (NURS)

 

NURS 509 Health Care Policy and Economics                         3 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This course will feature an analysis of the United States health care policy and finances.  Health care policy initiatives affecting nursing practice, patient outcomes, and the care environment will be scrutinized.  Emphasis will be placed on factors affecting cost, access to care, and society norms and how it relates to the implications of health care reform.  Current trends and issues in economic management of health care expenses along with its impact on patient care will be investigated.

This course is required for the Clinical Outcomes post-bachelor’s certificate and serves as a required core course for the master of science in nursing (MSN) degree.

 

NURS 510 Management of Care in the Environment                     3 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This course will focus on clinical leadership by infusing principles of care in the health care environment to enhance patient outcomes.  Health care outcomes of individuals and populations are analyzed in context of the overall organizational system. Principles of leadership and management are incorporated into the understanding of the interconnectedness of nursing to the interdisciplinary team.  Emphasis is on the role of delegations, negotiation, coordination, and utilization of resources as strategies to promote change in practice.

This course is required for the Clinical Outcomes post-bachelor’s certificate and serves as a required core course for the Clinical Nurse Leader track of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.  

 

NURS 515 Quality, Safety, and Informatics                         2 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This course will focus on principles and techniques of quality management in health care.  High-reliability concepts that help organizations achieve safety, quality, and efficiency goals will be analyzed. Techniques to measure performance to create high-quality services that result in satisfied patients and cost effective care are investigated. A comprehensive review of bioinformatics, medical and nursing informatics, and public health informatics is incorporated into this course.  The dynamic interrelationship among information technology, clinical functions and organizational functions are discussed. Implications of the 2010 health care reform law and other relevant federal mandates will be examined.

This course is required for the Clinical Outcomes post-bachelor’s certificate and serves as a required core course for the master of science in nursing (MSN) degree.

 

NURS 516 Education in Practice                             2 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This course explores principles of teaching and learning.  Foundations for course development, instructional design, learning style assessment, and the evaluation of learning outcomes will be examined. Teaching pedagogies, learning characteristics and the role of nurse as an educator in practice will be examined.

This course is required for the Clinical Outcomes post-bachelor’s certificate and serves as a required core course for the master of science in nursing (MSN) degree.

 

NURS 517 Advanced Pathophysiology                             3 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
In this course students will explore the complexity of physiological functions and the pathophysiological response to altered health conditions of individuals across the life span. The impact of disease process is examined at the molecular, cellular, organ, and body system level in relation to how it impacts the process of alteration, adaptation, and regulatory function of the body. Knowledge gained from this course will enhance the advanced practice nurse’s clinical reasoning and decision-making for providing care to individuals with health problems.

 

NURS 518 Advanced Pharmacology                             3 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This course will expand advanced clinical pharmacological management skills in providing care to patients across the life span and health care settings. Emphasis is placed on principles of drug classifications, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenomics, and biochemical properties.  Knowledge acquired in pathophysiological changes is applied to formulate basis for therapeutic use, side effects, adverse effects, drug interactions, contraindications for use, and nursing implications. Issues of physiologic and psychosocial variables will be addressed in relation to patient education and adherence to drug therapy. 

 

NURS 522 Advanced Health Assessment (co-requisite 524 for nurse practitioners only)     3 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This course builds knowledge and expertise for acquisition of skills to perform advanced health and physical assessments needed to formulate clinical reasoning and laboratory interpretation.  Comprehensive physical, psychosocial, genetics, spiritual, and cultural assessments of individuals across the life span are emphasized. Students will focus on clinical prevention and population health.  Attention is on developing skills to critically analyze data for sound diagnostic reasoning and differential diagnosing in order to establish an accurate assessment of health status. 

 

NURS 524 Advanced Practice Skills                                 1 credit 

Catalog Course Description:
This course features the application of advanced health assessment diagnostic techniques in the skills lab. The students will complete comprehensive health assessment and differential diagnosis of common health problems for diverse populations utilizing case-based patient simulations and standardized patients. In addition, students will integrate health promotion activities into lab assignments.  Students will learn principles and techniques to common procedures customary to the primary care setting. The course will focus on building competence and confidence in performing comprehensive assessments and diagnostic procedures while applying the theoretical knowledge gained from the Advanced Health Assessment course. The minimum requirement for this practicum is 40 hours of residency. This course requires a 3-day onsite residency that is schedule with the Health Assessment onsite residency.  

 

NURS 530 Statistics in Advanced Practice Nursing                     3 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This course will build knowledge and skills to critique research from nursing and health related fields as a basis for the delivery of evidence-based practice.  Emphasis is on understanding research methodology in order to evaluate nursing research. Attention will be on utilization and synthesis of research findings in relation to everyday healthcare practice and problems.  Course content combines principles of research design, evidence-based practice, and statistics to promote translation of scientific knowledge into advanced nursing practice interventions in order to evaluate health care outcomes.

 

NURS 533 Evidence-Based Research (pre-requisite 530)                   3 credits

Catalog Course Description:
This course will promote an evidence-based approach for addressing clinical problems by utilizing skills in assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of outcomes. The focus of this course will be on evaluating models of evidence-based practice; appraising aspects of quantitative and qualitative research in practice; promoting research utilization; and determining effective means for dissemination of findings.  Aspects of leadership with consideration of interprofessional perspectives are incorporated into the clinical decision-making process to improve patient, population, and health care outcomes.

 

NURS 613 Leadership for Advanced Nursing (40 practicum hours)            3 credits  

Catalog Course Description:
This course examines attributes and characteristics essential to the Clinical Nursing Leader (CNL) role.  The focus is on strategies that promote effective use of self for enhancing clinical discernment, care coordination, and horizontal leadership.  Emphasis is on the role of change agent using lateral integration during direct patient care to achieve better outcomes, improve quality, reduce costs, and mentor other health professionals. Students will complete 40 hours of practicum during which they will examine the CNL role components in relation to clinical problems identified in the microsystem.  

 

NURS 615 Management of Clinical Outcomes                        3 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This course emphasizes the incorporation of strategies that promote health and prevent/reduce disease in selected patients and populations across the life span.  The focus is on illness and wellness management for patients and aggregates within the framework of the health care environment. Theories of chronic illness are used to manage populations manifesting complex conditions.  Principles of epidemiology, biostatistics, and outcome measurements will be incorporated into the risk assessment process.  

 

NURS 631 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I                         1 credit

(Pre-requisite 517; 518; 522; 613; 160 practicum hours)            

Catalog Course Description:
This course is designed to provide a clinical/practicum experience made up of 160 clinical hours.  The focus of this clinical experience is to provide opportunities for role development of the Clinical Nurse Leader in care settings where management of clinical systems and patient outcomes can be assessed.  Emphasis is placed on integration of theory and research relating to the Clinical Nurse Leader role gained in other courses. The student will design a plan of care for a clinical problem that addresses the process for improving patient or population outcomes. Students will implement strategies that improve nursing care, reduce patient risk, prevent disease/illness, and promote health education.

 

NURS 632 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II: Immersion                 3 credits

(Pre-requisite 631; 300 practicum hours)      

Catalog Course Description:
This course is designed to provide a precepted clinical immersion experience made up of 300 clinical hours.  The focus of this clinical immersion experience is to allow for full implementation of Clinical Nurse Leader competencies in a chosen care environment(s) mentored by a nurse leader.  The emphasis is on the student’s ability to lead the design, coordination, and management of health care and systems appropriate to the patient or population. Integration of communication, collaboration, negotiation, delegation, coordination and evaluation skills within the health care setting will be critical to the experience.  Group discussions will provide opportunities for students and faculty to discuss issues and assess experiences related to implementation of this role.

 

NURS 646 Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone                          3 credits

(pre-requisite 533)

Catalog Course Description:
This course requires​ students to synthesize knowledge, skills, and dispositions acquired in their master’s course work within the perspective of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). There are three major course foci. The first is the development of ​a ​comprehensive written competency demonstration portfolio comprised of a self-analysis of how students meet the program outcomes  supported with evidence. The second is a peer-reviewed evidence-based practice capstone proposal designed to incorporate the CNL role. Finally, students will complete an evidence-based research project that leads to oral dissemination and publication of findings. This course requires a 1-day onsite residency to present practice project and competency.  

 

NURS 651 Advanced Role Development                         3 credits

Catalog Course Description:
This course features an in-depth understanding of the development of the Advanced Practice Nurse, with specific emphasis on the role of the Nurse Practitioner. Emphasis is on historical, theoretical, political, legal, social and ethical aspects of Advanced Practice Nursing. Leadership responsibilities, scope of practice, and regulation requirements are discussed in relation to the Advanced Practice Nurse. This course examines characteristics essential to the functional roles of the Advanced Practice Nurse, such as, primary health care provider, resource manager, leader, educator, negotiator, consultant, advocator, mentor, and change agent.  

 

NURS 654 Nutrition in Disease Management     (Pre-requisite 517)            2 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This course is designed to assist the student in acquiring knowledge and skill in the advanced practice of personalized nutrition assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and monitoring with the goal of promoting optimal health and preventing diet- and lifestyle-related disease.  The goal of this course is to provide practical nutrition assessment and clinical management skills for primary care professionals in order to deliver personalized care for chronic disease.

 

NURS 655 Adult Primary Care I (pre-requisite 517; 518; 522; 524)            3 credits

Catalog Course Description:
This course is designed to assist the student to acquire knowledge and skill in diagnosing and managing common and uncomplicated acute and chronic health problems of adults across the lifespan in primary care settings.  Emphasis is placed on managing these patients through health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, management of acute/chronic illness, and pharmacological agents. Skills developed from the theories and concepts of this course will be validated in subsequent clinical practicum courses. 

 

NURS 656 Adult Primary Care II (pre-requisite 655)                    3 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This course is the second of two didactic courses designed to assist the student to acquire knowledge and skill in diagnosing and managing more complex acute and chronic health problems of adults across the lifespan in primary care settings.  Emphasis is placed on managing these patients through health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, management of acute/chronic illness, and pharmacological agents. Skills developed from the theories and concepts of this course will be validated in subsequent clinical practicum courses. 

 

NURS 657 FNP Clinical Practicum I                            2 credits

(pre-requisite 517; 518; 522; 524; practicum hours 200/one day onsite residency)

Catalog Course Description:
This practicum is the first preceptor-supervised clinical field experience designed to provide opportunity for students to synthesize and apply advanced skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of care of individuals across the lifespan with stable, chronic, and acute illness in the primary care setting.  Students in the clinical setting will function under the guidance and in collaboration with their clinical preceptor. Students begin to develop knowledge and skills within the nurse practitioner role domains: 1) health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and treatment; 2) nurse practitioner-patient relationship; 3) teaching-coaching; 4) professional role; 5) managing and negotiating health care delivery systems; 6) monitoring and ensuring the quality of health care practice; 7) cultural competence  (NONPF, 2013). This course may require a 1-day on-campus competency. 

 

NURS 658 FNP Clinical Practicum II (pre-requisite 657; practicum 200 hours)        2 credits

Catalog Course Description:
This practicum is the second preceptor-supervised clinical field experience designed to provide opportunity for students to strengthen and apply their advanced skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of care for individuals across the lifespan with stable, chronic, and acute illness in the primary care setting.  Students in the clinical setting will begin to function more independently under preceptor supervision. Students continue to develop knowledge and skills within the nurse practitioner role domains: 1) health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and treatment; 2) nurse practitioner-patient relationship; 3) teaching-coaching; 4) professional role; 5) managing and negotiating health care delivery systems; 6) monitoring and ensuring the quality of health care practice; 7) cultural competence (NONPF, 2013).

 

NURS 660 FNP Clinical Practicum III (pre-requisite 658; practicum hours 200)         2 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This practicum is the third preceptor-supervised clinical field experience designed to provide opportunity for students to expand and apply their advanced skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of care for individuals across the lifespan with stable, chronic, and acute illness in the primary care setting.  Students in the clinical setting will function more independently under preceptor supervision. Students demonstrate competence within the nurse practitioner role domains of: 1) health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and treatment; 2) nurse practitioner-patient relationship; 3) teaching-coaching; 4) professional role; 5) managing and negotiating health care delivery systems; 6) monitoring and ensuring the quality of health care practice; 7) cultural competence (NONPF, 2013).

 

NURS 661 Pediatric Primary Care I                             2 credits 

(pre-requisite 517; 518; 522; 524)
Catalog Course Description:
This course is designed to assist the student to acquire knowledge and skill in diagnosing and managing normal pregnant women and common complications of pregnancy and postpartum; and diagnosing and managing the well child from birth through adolescence.  Emphasis is placed on managing these patients through nursing, medical and pharmacological focuses as well as health promotion and health maintenance. Skills developed from the theories and concepts of this course will be validated in subsequent clinical practicum courses. 

 

NURS 662 Pediatric Primary Care II (pre-requisite 661)                    2 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This course is designed to assist the student to acquire knowledge and skill in diagnosing and managing acute and chronic conditions of the pediatric population. Emphasis is placed on managing these patients through nursing, medical, and pharmacological focuses. Skills developed from the theories and concepts of this course will be validated in subsequent clinical practicum courses. 

 

NURS 665 AGNP Clinical Practicum I                             2 credits 

(pre-requisite 517; 518; 522; 524; 200 practicum hours/one day onsite residency)
Catalog Course Description:
This practicum is a clinical field experience designed to provide opportunity for students to synthesize, apply, and validate advanced skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of care for the adult and geriatric population with stable, chronic, and acute illness in the primary care setting.  Students in the clinical setting will function under the guidance and in collaboration with their clinical preceptor. This course may require a one-day on-campus competency.  

 

NURS 668 AGNP Clinical Practicum II                             2 credits 

(pre-requisite 665; 200 practicum hours)
Catalog Course Description:
This course is the second practicum clinical field experience designed to provide opportunity for students to strengthen and apply their advanced skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of care for the adult and geriatric population with stable, chronic, and acute illness in the primary care setting.  Students in the clinical setting will begin to function more independently under preceptor supervision. 

 

NURS 669 Complex Elderly Care                             3 credits 

(pre-requisite 517; 518; 522; 524)

Catalog Course Description:
This course is designed to assist the student to acquire knowledge and skill in diagnosing and managing the aging population.  Pathologies common to the elderly and advanced practice nursing interventions are examined. Common aging changes and issues specific to the gerontological population are explored.  Emphasis is placed on managing these patients through health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, management of acute/chronic illness, and pharmacological agents. Skills developed from the theories and concepts of this course will be validated in subsequent clinical practicum courses. 

 

NURS 670 AGNP Clinical Practicum III (pre-requisite 668, 200 practicum hours)        2 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This course is the third practicum clinical field experience designed to provide opportunity for students to expand and apply their advanced skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of care for the adult and geriatric population with stable, chronic, and acute illness in the primary care setting.  Students in the clinical setting will function more independently under preceptor supervision. 

 

NURS 686 Evidence-Based Capstone (pre-requisite 533)                    3 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
This course requires​ students to synthesize knowledge, skills, and dispositions acquired in their master’s course work within the perspective of the Nurse Practitioner (NP). There are three major course foci. The first is the development of ​a ​comprehensive written competency demonstration portfolio comprised of a self-analysis of how students meet the program outcomes supported with evidence. The second is a peer-reviewed evidence-based practice capstone proposal designed to incorporate the NP role. Finally, students will complete an evidence-based research project that leads to oral dissemination and publication of findings.  This course requires a 1-day onsite residency to present practice project and competency.  

 

NURS 691 Nursing Independent Study                             1-6 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
The course allows a student to individually pursue a specific problem or area of study within the healthcare field with faculty guidance. 

Supervised graduate-level project of readings, research, mentorship, or additional practicum experiences developed in cooperation with a graduate faculty advisor and approved by the Dean of Graduate Nursing. 

This course is an elective for students enrolled in the Masters of Science in nursing (MSN) degree program.

 

NURS 692 Nursing Independent Study                             1-6 credits 

Catalog Course Description:
The course allows a student to individually pursue a specific problem or area of study within the healthcare field with faculty guidance. 

Supervised graduate-level project of readings, research, mentorship, or additional practicum experiences developed in cooperation with a graduate faculty advisor and approved by the Dean of Graduate Nursing. 

This course is an elective for students enrolled in the Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degree program.