Graduate Nursing Courses (NURS)

  1. 509 Health Care Policy and Economics
  2. 510 Management of Care in the Environment
  3. 515 Quality, Safety and Informatics
  4. 516 Education in Practice
  5. 517 Advanced Pathophysiology
  6. 518 Advanced Pharmacology
  7. 522 Advanced Health Assessment
  8. 524 Advanced Practice Skills
  9. 530 Statistics in Advanced Practice Nursing
  10. 533 Evidence-Based Research
  11. 613 Leadership for Advanced Nursing
  12. 615 Management of Clinical Outcomes
  13. 631 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I
  14. 632 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II: Immersion
  15. 646 Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone
  16. 651 Advanced Role Development
  17. 654 Nutrition in Disease Management
  18. 655 Adult Primary Care I
  19. 656 Adult Primary Care II
  20. 657 FNP Clinical Practicum I
  21. 658 FNP Clinical Practicum II
  22. 660 FNP Clinical Practicum III
  23. 661 Pediatric Primary Care I
  24. 662 Pediatric Primary Care II
  25. 665 AGNP Clinical Practicum I
  26. 668 AGNP Clinical Practicum II
  27. 669 Complex Elderly Care
  28. 670 AGNP Clinical Practicum III
  29. 686 Evidence-Based Capstone
  30. 691 Nursing Independent Study
  31. 692 Nursing Independent Study

509 Health Care Policy and Economics

3 Credits

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.

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510 Management of Care in the Environment

3 Credits

This course focuses 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.   Evaluation of patient care is established on evidenced-based research and outcomes with discernment between the provider and the process in the care environment.  Principles of leadership and management are incorporated into the understanding of the interconnectedness of nursing to the interdisciplinary team.  Expertise in delegation, negotiation, coordination and utilization of resources are utilized when promoting change in practice.

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515 Quality, Safety and Informatics

2 Credits

This course focuses on principles and techniques of quality management in health care.  High-reliability concepts that help organizations achieve safety, quality and efficiency goals are 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 the 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 are examined. 

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516 Education in Practice

2 Credits

Principles of teaching and learning are explored.  Foundations for course development, instructional design, learning style assessment and the evaluation of learning outcomes are examined. Teaching pedagogies, learning characteristics and the role of nurse as an educator in practice are examined.

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517 Advanced Pathophysiology

3 Credits

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.

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518 Advanced Pharmacology

3 Credits

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. Issues of physiologic and phychosocial variables will be addressed in relation to patient education and adherence to drug therapy.

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522 Advanced Health Assessment

3 Credits

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.

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524 Advanced Practice Skills

1 Credit

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. 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.

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530 Statistics in Advanced Practice Nursing

3 Credits

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. Course content combines principals 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.

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533 Evidence-Based Research

3 Credits

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 the course will be on evaluating models of evidence-based practice; appraising aspects of quantitative and qualitative research in practice; promoting search utilization and determining effective means for dissemination of findings.

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613 Leadership for Advanced Nursing

3 Credits

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 CNL role components in relation to clinical problems identified in the microsystem.

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615 Management of Clinical Outcomes

3 Credits

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 menifesting complex conditions. Principles of epidemiology, biostatistics and outcome measurements will be incorporated into the risk assessment process.

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631 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I

1 Credit

This course is designed to provide a clinical 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 patiend outcomes can be assessed. The student will design a plan of care for a clinical problem that addresses the process for improving patient or population outcomes.

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632 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II: Immersion

3 Credits

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. Group discussions will provide opportunities for students and faculty to discuss issues and assess experiences related to implementation of this role.

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646 Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone

3 Credits

This course requires the student to synthesize knowledge, skills and dispositions acquired in their master's course work in the form of an oral comprehensive examination. The oral comprehensive exam will include an analysis of a focused clinical problem related to their clinical setting appropriate to the Clinical Nurse Leader role. This course will focus on the studen'ts ability to design and implement a clinical scholarly project with the collaboration of a faculty member.

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651 Advanced Role Development

3 Credits

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 ehical aspects of Advanced Practice Nursing. 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.

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654 Nutrition in Disease Management

2 Credits

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.

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655 Adult Primary Care I

3 Credits

This course is designed to assist the student to acquire knowledge and skill in diagnosing and managing common and uncomplicated acute and chronic health proglems 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.

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656 Adult Primary Care II

3 Credits

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.

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657 FNP Clinical Practicum I

2 Credits

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.

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658 FNP Clinical Practicum II

2 Credits

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 continue to develop knowledge and skills within the nurse practitioner role domains.

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660 FNP Clinical Practicum III

2 Credits

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.

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661 Pediatric Primary Care I

2 Credits

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.

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662 Pediatric Primary Care II

2 Credits

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.

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665 AGNP Clinical Practicum I

2 Credits

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.

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668 AGNP Clinical Practicum II

2 Credits

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 cary setting.

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669 Complex Elderly Care

3 Credits

This course is designed to assist the student to acquire knowledge and skill in diagnosing and managing the aging population. 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.

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670 AGNP Clinical Practicum III

2 Credits

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.

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686 Evidence-Based Capstone

3 Credits

This course requires the student to synthesize knowledge, skills and dispositions acquired in their master's course work in the form of an oral comprehensive examination. The focus is on the student's ability to design and implement an evidence-based capstone project with the collaboration of a faculty mentor.

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691 Nursing Independent Study

1-6 Credits

This course allows a student to individually pursue a specific problem or area of study within the healthcare field with faculty guidance. This course is an elective for students enrolled in the Masters of Science in nursing (MSN) degree program.

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692 Nursing Independent Study

1-6 Credits

This course allows a student to individually pursue a specific problem or area of study within the healthcare field with faculty guidance. This course is an elective for students enrolled in the MSN degree program.

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