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Graduate Nursing Course Description(s)

NURS6000F Family Nurse Practitioner Orientation (0)

This course orients the student to the resources, procedures, online management systems and expectations of the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Designed to promote the success of the Advanced Practice Nurse student transition into online graduate level learning, clinical rotations, and residential labs. Prerequisites: Program admission required.

NURS6000L Leadership and Education Orientation (0)

This course orients the student to the resources, procedures, electronic operations and expectations of the MSN Leadership and Education Program. Designed to enhance the transition into online graduate level learning for the nurse and promote the success of the student. Prerequisites: Program admission required.

NURS6062 Research for Graduate Nursing (3)

Focuses on critical analysis of nursing and health care research and its application to advanced nursing leadership and education practice. Develops critical appraisal skills to synthesize research findings and translate new knowledge into practice. Addresses ethical issues in the design and conduct of research. Experiential Learning Activity required.

NURS6110 Leadership Perspectives for Advancing the Profession of Nursing (3)

Examines the process of advancing professionally in nursing, which includes life-long learning, modeling professionalism, and promoting advancement of the profession. Articulates the value and leadership role of the professional nurse in interdisciplinary healthcare teams. Focuses on personal professional development, including a formal plan for leadership. A professional e-portfolio and leadership inventory are required.

NURS6120 Population Health and Interprofessional Collaboration (3)

Examines the concept of population health in terms of health outcomes of a group of individuals, families or communities. Explores patterns of health determinants, and policies and interventions that link them together. The management of population health and outcomes will be explored using an interdisciplinary framework designed to build a variety of skills for effective interdisciplinary team leadership and management.

NURS6130 Healthcare Systems and Health Policy (3)

Emphasizes the organization, financing and policies of national and international healthcare systems. Analysis of the determinants of health issues and trends from a global perspective will be explored. Ethical and value frameworks that guide policy making in healthcare is examined. Experiential Learning Activity required.

NURS6150 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

Focuses on an understanding of normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease that serves as primary components of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Interpretation of changes in normal function, application and the development of appropriate advanced nursing care is the focus of this course. Educating patients about disease process and exploring innovative ways to teach pathophysiology are integral components of the course.

NURS6160 Advanced Pharmacology (3)

Pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents are reviewed and examined with a focus on clinical implications and client education. Roles and responsibilities in utilizing pharmacotherapeutics will be explored, including educating patients about medications and exploring innovative ways to teach pharmacology which are integral components of the course.

NURS6170 Advanced Health Assessment (3)

Prepares the nurse leader/advanced practice nurse in developing critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills needed in caring for the primary care patient. Focuses on motivational interviewing, interpretation of common screening, and diagnostic laboratory tests using professional guidelines, communication and documentation of information, and consideration of the patient as a partner in planning and delivery of care. Experiential Learning Activity required.

NURS7020 Assessment/Evaluation Strategies (3)

Develops an evaluation plan for nursing curriculum based on accreditation and/or professional nursing standards. Diverse assessment/evaluation methodologies and strategies are explored. Experiential Learning Activity required. Corequisites: NURS7060

NURS7042 Evidence-based Practice for Graduate Nursing (3)

Prepares the graduate student to analyze scientific evidence and to utilize the findings in providing quality patient care or improving nursing/education practice. Focus is on establishing evidence-based practice by weighing scientific evidence, expert opinion and patient preferences. An evidence based practice proposal is required. Experiential Learning Activity required. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: NURS6062

NURS7051A Nursing Education and Leadership Internship A (1)

Emphasis is on the role of the nurse educator in diverse settings. Engages the student in major aspects of the nurse educator role. Includes a specific focus on leadership including completion of internship hours in leadership within either nursing education leadership or nursing practice leadership. This internship utilizes the preceptor model. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: NURS7020, NURS7060, NURS7070 Corequisites: NURS7051B, NURS7042

NURS7051B Nursing Education and Leadership Internship B (2)

Emphasis is on the role of the nurse educator in diverse settings. Engages the student in major aspects of the nurse educator role. Includes a specific focus on leadership including completion of internship hours in leadership within either nursing education leadership or nursing practice leadership. This internship utilizes the preceptor model. Corequisites: NURS7051A

NURS7060 Principles of Teaching and Curriculum Development (3)

The principles of adult education and learning styles are examined as foundational to curriculum design and development. Philosophical and contemporary curriculum designs are explored. Development of an education portfolio is required. Experiential Learning Activity required.

NURS7070 Organization Leadership For Improving Health Outcomes (3)

Provides a foundation in facilitating/leading change through the measurement, evaluation and improvement of care delivery. Emphasis is on analyzing legal, regulatory, risk management, ethical and current issues, and integrating leadership, management, and administrative skills into the professional nursing administration practice role. Students are required to analyze change within organizational units and to apply knowledge of evidence based leadership and management practice to improve outcomes at the microsystem level. Change project is required. Fees: Additional fee required.

NURS7080 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)

Pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents are reviewed and examined with a focus on clinical implications and client education. Roles and responsibilities in utilizing pharmacotherapeutics will be explored including educating patients about medications and exploring innovative ways to teach pharmacology. Fees: Additional fee required.

NURS7090 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)

Focuses on an understanding of normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease that serves as one primary component of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Interpretation of changes in normal function, application and the development of appropriate advanced nursing care is the focus of this course. Educating patients about disease process and exploring innovative ways to teach pathophysiology are integral components of the course. Fees: Additional fee required.

NURS7100 Evidence Based Practice for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)

Uses critical appraisal skills to develop an evidence-based practice proposal for advanced practice nurses. Develops skills to create an individual practice question, integrate critically appraised existing knowledge and design a project to improve nursing practice and/or client outcomes. Includes Experiential Learning Activity. Fees: Additional fee required.

NURS7110 Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (4)

Prepares the nurse leader/advanced practice nurse in developing critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills needed in caring for the primary care patient. Focuses include motivational interviewing, interpretation of common screening and diagnostic laboratory tests using professional guidelines, communication and documentation of information, and consideration of the patient as a partner in planning and delivery of care. Residential hours – 50 Fees: Additional fee required.

NURS7120 Advanced Practice Theory (3)

This course focuses on advanced roles for professional nursing practice. Emphasis is on independent and collaborative practice, management, and the development of leadership skills for working with individuals and groups in advanced nursing practice. Specific leadership theories will be explored. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: NURS6110

NURS7130 Primary Care of the Family I (5)

The first primary care course focuses on analysis of family health. Students explore family concepts and theories for their relevance to nursing practice and research. Emphasis is placed on utilizing and application of advanced health assessment skills, preventive health care practices, and health promotion throughout the lifespan. The concepts of family systems, development, culture, environment, learning, and the objectives of Healthy People 2020, are integrated into the principles and practices of primary and secondary prevention. Experiences are provided in clinical decision-making and the implementation of scientifically based therapeutic regimens. Structured clinical laboratories and clinical projects will assist students to synthesize knowledge gained. Clinical hours - 100 Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: NURS7110

NURS7140 Primary Care of the Family II (5)

The second course in primary care of the family focuses on the theoretical and clinical basis for the advanced nursing management of health care problems common to families and family members of all ages. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of acute episodic conditions of families in the context of the primary/acute care setting and the community. The student’s collaborative role with other health care providers is promoted. Clinical experiences include a variety of primary/acute care settings under the supervision of preceptors. Structured clinical laboratories and clinical projects will assist students to synthesize knowledge gained. Clinical hours - 150, Residential Lab component - 32 hours. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: NURS7130

NURS7150 Professional Practice Issues (2)

This course will focus on advanced practice issues specific to the FNP role. Legal and ethical topics and their relationship to the advanced practice FNP role will be addressed. Prescriptive authority will also be examined. There will be integration of professional role and practice issues, and updates on legislation and health policy affecting nurse practitioners. Fees: Additional fee required.

NURS7160 Primary Care of the Family III (6)

This nursing practicum provides the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skill in developing advanced competency as a family nurse practitioner. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of chronic conditions of families in the context of the primary care setting and the community. The prevention, diagnosis and management of psychological/behavioral problems within the family will be explored. Student clinical experiences will be in a variety of settings with emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration. Structured clinical laboratories and clinical projects will assist students to synthesize knowledge gained in core, specialty, and elective courses. Clinical hours - 200, Residential Lab component - 32 hours Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: NURS7130, NURS7140

NURS7170 Primary Care of the Family IV (5)

This course is the final integration and synthesis of advanced practice in primary care of the family. There will be integration of professional role and practice issues, and updates on legislation and health policy affecting nurse practitioners. All necessary clinical experiences specified for Family Nurse Practitioner certification are completed. Individualized and selected family-centered practice settings are identified according to student needs. Faculty and preceptors provide guidance for this experience. Case presentation with evidence of role transition required. Clinical hours - 150, Residential hours – 32 Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: NURS7160