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Nursing Courses and Course Descriptions

Course Name and Title
NURS 501: Orientation and Transition in to the FNP Advanced Practice Role This course is taken by permission of the program director as part of the Post Graduate FNP Certificate program. The course allows certificate program students to supplement their existing clinical hours sufficient to meet the required hours needed to begin the certificate program. Students are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if this course is necessary.
NURS 510: Healthcare Delivery Systems: Political Social, and Economic Influences (3 cr) This theory course is designed to further develop the knowledge, skills, values, meaning, and experiences necessary for assuming a leadership role in health care delivery services.  The focus is on an in-depth assessment of socially and culturally diverse populations.  Students explore the physiological and psychological variants in health, which influence client outcomes.  Content includes the analysis of common health disparities and the identification of evidence-based strategies to effect change.  Health services delivery systems are analyzed for appropriateness in meeting the dynamic and ever-changing health profile of clients.  This is the last course in the RN-to-BSN sequence, and is held as graduate credit on the graduate transcript.
NURS 512: Theoretical Foundation in Nursing (3 cr) This course focuses on evaluating the factors and issues influencing the development of theory in nursing.   Theoretical terminology and criteria for the evaluation of theories are examined. Linkages applied between theory, practice, and research is explored. Pre-requisite: NURS 510. Co-requisite: NURS 510.  
NURS 514: Research Methods for Health Professionals I (3 cr) This course provides a survey of research in nursing with a focus on evaluating nursing research for usability in practice.   A major focus will be on quantitative research. Pre-requisite: NURS 512
NURS 516: Research Methods for Health Professionals II (3 cr) This course focuses on critiquing research as a method in evaluating evidence-based practice standards and guidelines. A major focus will be on qualitative research and outcomes. Pre-requisite: NURS 514.
NURS 518: Grant Writing (3 cr) This course focuses on the formulation of a fundable project of study, identification of potential funding sources, and development of the elements in a proposal.   Students will finalize a complete funding proposal, including problem statement, work plan, resource plan, evaluation methods, and budget. Pre-requisite: NURS 512 & 514. Co-requisite: NURS 514.  
NURS 530: Nursing Leadership Internship I (4 cr) A practicum experience designed for application, demonstration, and synthesis of theory and competencies related to the roles of administrator or leader.  Learning experiences are planned and negotiated to meet individual learning goals in the context of preceptor-supervised experiences. Pre-requisite: Permission of instructor required to enroll.
NURS 532: Nursing Leadership Internship II (5 cr) A practicum experience designed for application, demonstration, and synthesis of theory and competencies related to the role of nurse administrator or leader. Learning experiences are planned and negotiated to meet individual learning goals in the context of preceptor-supervised experiences. Pre-requisite: Permission of instructor required to enroll.
NURS 540: Advanced Health Assessment Throughout the Lifespan(4 cr) This course focuses on refining and strengthening advanced health assessment and clinical judgments across the lifespan and provides a foundation for planning therapeutic interventions for well and ill patients. A problem-focused and comprehensive database is developed and communicated through oral, written, and practicum methods.   This included complete functional, spiritual and family assessment, health history, physical examination and appropriate laboratory and diagnostic data. Cultural and developmental variations of their patient will be emphasized. This course includes 50 hours of lab practicum. Pre-requisite: NURS 510.   Co-requisite: NURS 510.
NURS 541: Advanced Pathophysiology (3 cr) This course provides an advanced understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying human disease processes. The manifestation of pathophysiologic alterations will be analyzed in a systems approach as well as common diagnostic testing and pathologic processes. Pre-requisite: NURS 540.  Co-requisite: NURS 540.  
NURS 542: Advanced Pharmacology(3 cr) This course focuses on the application of pharmacological agents (prescription and over the counter) used to treat acute and chronic health problems of vulnerable populations across the lifespan. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics principles and current research form the foundation for discussion of selected drug groups. Emphasis is given to indications, mechanisms of action, dosages, adverse side effects, cost containment, and patient education.   Pre-requisite: NURS 541. Co-requisite: NURS 541.  
NURS 543: Diagnostic Reasoning (2 cr) This course is designed to further develop the advanced diagnostic reasoning skills necessary for advanced practice nurses through the use of case studies and simulation experiences. Co-requisite: NURS 541.  
NURS 544: Genetics for the Healthcare Provider (3 cr) This course provides an introduction to the clinical applications of genetics, providing the student with the most recent scientific knowledge as well as assisting them in applying this to their practice as an advanced practice nurse.   Pre-requisite: NURS 541
NURS 545: Primary Care – Women’s Health (3 cr; includes 60 practice hours) This course provides an opportunity for participation in the management of common acute (or episodic) and chronic conditions, which promote the health of women through advanced practice interventions. This course includes 60 practice hours. Pre-requisite: Permission of instructor required to enroll.
NURS 546: Primary Care – Peds and Family (4 cr; includes 120 practice hours) This course provides an opportunity for participation in the management of common acute (or episodic) and chronic conditions, which promote the health of children and families through advanced practice interventions. This course includes 120 practice hours.   Pre-requisite: NURS 545.
NURS 547: Primary Care – Adult I (3 cr; includes 120 practice hours) This course provides an opportunity for participation in the management of common acute (or episodic) and chronic conditions, which promote the health of adults through advanced practice interventions. This course includes 120 practice hours. Pre-requisite: Permission of instructor required to enroll.
NURS 548: Primary Care – Adult II(4 cr; includes 180 practice hours) This course provides an opportunity for participation in the management of common acute (or episodic) and chronic conditions, which promote the health of adults through advanced practice interventions. This course includes 180 practice hours. Pre-requisite: NURS 547.
NURS 549: Primary Care – Gerontology (2cr; includes 60 practice hours) This course provides an opportunity for participation in the management of common acute (or episodic) and chronic conditions, which promote the health of older adults through advanced practice interventions. This course includes 60 practice hours. . Pre-requisite: NURS 547. Co-requisite: NURS 547.
NURS 550: Role Transition (2 cr) This course focuses on promoting role development and role satisfaction of the advanced practice nurse. Emphasis is placed on role adjustment, the advance practice nurse’s role in primary care, regulatory regulations, and marketing skills. . Pre-requisite: All NURS 500-level courses.
NURS 570: Foundations of Psychotherapy (3 cr) This course serves as an introduction to the applied practice of psychotherapy. The student will explore the historical underpinnings of psychotherapeutic theories, principles, and research. Emphasis is placed on the core skills necessary for the development and maintenance of the therapeutic relationship, managing emotional content, therapeutic structure and the use of supervision as a learning tool. Attention will be given to utilizing psychotherapeutic strategies that demonstrate an understanding of integrated practice models and the use of theory to guide practice. This course will prepare the advanced practice nurse to link mental health disorders to both external and internal factors in order to make evidence supported treatment decisions utilizing a biopsychosocial approach to improve mental health outcomes.
NURS 581: Psychiatric Mental Health Care for Individuals across the Lifespan I (180 hours Clinical) (5 cr) This course introduces the student to the historical roots of psychiatric advanced practice nursing in order to develop a foundation for clinical practice. The course will instruct students about the impact of health care systems, bioethical principles, legal, regulatory, economic, environmental, social and policy influences on mental health care across the lifespan. The student will develop the skills necessary to assess, diagnose, and utilize biopsychosocial therapies for psychiatric mental health patients in a variety of settings. Pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions focus on individuals. Attention will be given to incorporating treatments that demonstrate an understanding of integrated practice models. This course includes 2 didactic credits and 3 clinical credits (180 hours).
NURS 590: Neuroscience and psychopharmacology (3 cr) This course serves as an introduction to neuroscience, neuropathology and psychopharmacology in order to develop a foundation for recognizing the lived experience of persons struggling mental health disorders across the lifespan. This course will prepared the advanced practice nurse to link mental health disorders to both external internal factors in order to make evidence supported treatment decisions utilizing a biopsychosocial approach to improve mental health outcomes.
NURS 591: Assessment and Management of Addiction for the Advanced Practice Nurse (2 cr) This course is designed to prepare the advanced practice nurse to identify risk factors, early warning signs and symptoms of substance use disorders and addiction. Students will develop an understanding of medically, assisted treatment interventions for the management of addiction. Emphasis is placed on providing collaborative interventions that incorporate community resources that are congruent with age, health status, culture, occupation, and legal-ethical concerns. Students will also learn how substance use and addiction impact individuals, families, groups, and communities.
NURS 583: Management of Complex/MH: Children and Adolescence (60 hour Clinical) (3 cr) This course builds on knowledge from foundational courses as applied to assessment, diagnosis, pharmacological and non-pharmacological collaborative management of child and adolescent behavioral and psychiatric mental helath problems in a variety of settings. Attention will be given to best practices, legal, ethical, regulatory and policy impacts on behavioral and psychiatric management of the child and adolescent. In the clinical setting students apply knowledge gained from didactic courses to the development of skills in assessment, diagnosis, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of child and adolescent behavioral and psychiatric mental health problems in a variety of settings. Patient encounters focus on children and adolescents with common behavioral and psychiatric mental health problems. Non-pharmacologic interventions focus on individual psychotherapy modalities. The clinical component for this course includes 60 clinical hours in a child/adolescent practice setting.
NURS 584: Psychiatric Mental Health Care for Groups and Families across the Lifespan II (120 hour clinical) (4 cr) This course addresses the management of patients with psychiatric mental health problems encountered in a variety of settings across the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on integrated care treatment team models of practice. Patient encounters focus on advanced knowledge of psychiatric mental health problems across the lifespan. Pharmacologic and Non-pharmacologic interventions focus on groups and families. Attention will be given to incorporating an understanding of best practices, the legal, ethical, regulatory, and policy impacts on care management with a special focus on the needs of vulnerable persons in rural settings. The course includes 2 didactic credits and 2 clinical credits (120 hours).
NURS 585: Advanced Mental Health Treatment Synthesis and Practice Integration (180 hours Clinical) (3 cr) This course is designed to provide the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with advanced knowledge, skills, and experiences in relation to diagnosis, differential diagnosis, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for the treatment of mental health disorders. The student will learn to identify resources necessary to function in a variety of practice areas while preparing for certification and licensure. Biopsychosocial factors that influence patient adherence are addressed with emphasis on shared decision-making and patient centered care. The student will work collaboratively with health care providers using integrated practices that improve access, quality and cost-effective care. The clinical component for this course includes, 120 direct patient care hours with 1 hour each week for clinical supervision.
NURS 610: Introduction to Health Informatics and Systems Thinking (3 cr) Introduction to the field of nursing informatics, current state of the science, major issues for research and development.   Includes theoretical models of nursing informatics; nursing roles; information processing and data management; data acquisition and data representation; information system standards, system architecture, and networking; evaluation; and ethical/social issues in healthcare informatics. The course will also include information on the delivery of consumer health information; Internet-based information delivery, access to patient information, and privacy issues; quality of consumers’ health information health literacy; design and development of consumer health information resources; consumer access to clinical information; and current research. Pre-requisite: Permission of instructor required to enroll.
NURS 612: Translating Research into Practice I (3 cr) This course focuses on advanced applications of evidence-based practice. The course emphasizes foundational and advanced concepts of evidence-based practice and requires application of principals of EBP, thorough literature searches, appraisals of literature and formulation of plans. Clinical problems will be the basis of EBP literature searches and analyses. Pre-requisite: NURS 610.   Co-requisite: NURS 610.
NURS 614: Translating Research into Practice II (3 cr) Synthesis of knowledge regarding implementation models and strategies used for translating evidence into practice is the focus of this course. Students explore organizational aspects of change influencing innovation, quality improvement, and program evaluation. Developing and preparing to implement and evaluate a translational science project is a component of the course. Pre-requisite: NURS 612.  
NURS 616: Health Behaviors Leading to Disparities in Vulnerable Populations(3 cr) This course focuses on an in-depth analysis of the theoretical and research literature that supports health behavior change in vulnerable populations. Students will have the opportunity to critically evaluate theories/models applicable to health behavior and to complete an intensive analysis of a health behavior relevant to their area of research. Pre-requisite: NURS 610.   Co-requisite: NURS 610.
NURS 618: Healthcare Systems Quality and Improvement (3 cr) This course provides an application of measurement, data management, and statistical analysis principles to quality improvement and patient safety challenges.   The focus is on the importance and design of effective measures, the selection of appropriate analysis tools, and their application to quality and safety improvement challenges in healthcare. Pre-requisite: NURS 610, 612. Co-requisite: NURS 614, 620.
NURS 620: Strategic Resource Management in Nursing and Health Systems (3 cr) The design and execution of strategies to manage human and financial resources within complex health systems. The course has two central themes: (1) How to think systematically and strategically about managing an organization’s human and financial assets, and (2) How to implement these strategies to achieve the organization’s objectives. Co-requisite: NURS 614, 618.
NURS 622: Emerging Diseases and Population Health This course focuses on integration and synthesis of clinical prevention and population health for individuals and populations utilizing advanced nursing practice strategies for the promotion of health and prevention of disease across the life span. Pre-requisite: NURS 616.
NURS 624: Leadership in Complex Health Systems (3 cr) This course focuses on the analysis and evaluation of theories and research that influence leadership in complex systems.  Leadership is explored in the complex system domains of health service, research, informatics, and public policy. Internal and external sources of knowledge are evaluated and used to enhance leader behavior/s.  Core competencies and strategies for leadership effectiveness are examined and evaluated. Pre-requisite: NURS 614, 616, 618.
NURS 626: Statistical Inferences for Evidence-based Practice (3cr) This course provides the student an opportunity to perform statistical analysis appropriate for use in evidence-based practice. Pre-requisite: NURS 614.
NURS 630: DNP Practicum Project (1-3 cr; may be split into 2 semesters, 180 practice hours) This course provides the student with an opportunity to investigate a clinical problem of relevance to the student’s practice setting. Students work under the direction of a faculty committee to prepare a written and oral report of their findings. This course is taken during the last semester of the student’s academic program. Pre-requisite: Permission of instructor required to enroll.
NURS 632: DNP Practicum (1-6 cr; may be split into 2 semesters, 360 practice hours.) The course provides the opportunity for the student to have a mentored experience, under faculty supervision, where the DNP competencies can be explored and mastered in an area of the student’s choice. This course is taken during the last semester of the student’s academic program. Pre-requisite: Permission of instructor required to enroll.
NURS 650: Change, Transition and Resiliency This course will enhance the skills of those individuals who support people on their life journey. The course will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to guide, mentor, and support others through their own transition, recovery and growth. Emphasis is placed on the development of therapeutic communication skills that enable individuals to gain insight into their own abilities to cope and develop resilience. Students will learn mindfulness techniques and motivational interviewing skills while facilitating access to community resources through networking and advocacy.

Non-Nursing Courses and Course Descriptions

Course Name and Title Course Description
MBA 511: Health Administration and Strategy (3 cr) Examines the structure and functions of the health care industry, the concepts and processes of health illness, the institutional and individual providers of health services, and related concepts.   It also focuses on the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of strategy in health care financing of organizations. The course emphasizes concepts dealing with health programs to sustain competitive advantage.
MBA 512: Health Policy (3 cr) Focuses on current health policy and political ideology as they impact care in health organizations.   The impact of national and state health policy decisions on clinical and managerial processes and outcomes are explored.
MBA 513: Health Economics and Finance (3 cr) A theoretical and practical study of organizations and functions of health care financial and economic administration. Emphases are on institutional fiscal policies, reimbursement, and internal/external resource limitations/expansion possibilities.
MBA 514: Health Law (3 cr) Examines the basic principles and practices of law affecting health facilities and medical practice, patient care and treatment and medical and health employment. Also explores the common ethical situations encountered by healthcare leaders.
MBA 517: Human Resources (3 cr) A study of manpower planning, recruitment, selection, and development of employees. Examines compensation, employee appraisal, job analysis, collective bargaining, arbitration, and labor relations. Studies how global competition and rapid technological advances accelerate trends such as shared service centers, outsourcing, and just-in-time training.   Case studies undertaken.

Pre and Co-Requisite Courses for the DNP Curriculum

Course # Pre-Requisite Co-Requisite
NURS 501
NURS 510
NURS 512 NURS 510 NURS 510
NURS 513 NURS 512
NURS 518 NURS 512
NURS 530 Permission of instructor
NURS 532 Permission of instructor
NURS 540 NURS 510 NURS 510
NURS 541 NURS 540 NURS 540
NURS 542 NURS 541 NURS 541
NURS 543 NURS 541
NURS 544 NURS 541
NURS 545 Permission of instructor
NURs 546 NURS 545
NURS 547 Permission of instructor
NURS 548 NURS 547
NURS 549 NURS 547 NURS 547
NURS 550 All NURS 500 level courses
NURS 570 NURS 510
NURS 581 All core courses
NURS 583 All core courses
NURS 584 All core courses and 581
NURS 585 All core courses and 581, 583, & 584
NURS 690 All core courses
NURS 591 All core courses
NURS 612
NURS 614 NURS 612
MURS 616 NURS 610
NURS 618 NURS 612 NURS 614 and NURS 620
NURS 620 NURS 614 and NURS 618
NURS 622 NURS 616
NURS 624 NURS 614, NURS 616, NURS 618
NURS 626 NURS 614
NURS 630 Permission of instructor
NURS 632 Permission of instructor

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