Course Descriptions

 

HHP 620 Epidemiology in Public Health (3 credit hours):  This course covers basic concepts and methods of epidemiology and demonstrates how these can be applied to improve population health and reduce health inequities. Key epidemiological concepts such as association, bias and confounding will be covered. Epidemiological study designs such as case-control, cohort, observational, experimental; double-blind randomized studies will be covered. This course may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit. 

NURS 903  Advanced Health Assessment (2 credit hours): This course is designed to assist student to refine history taking, psychosocial assessment, and physical assessment skills. Content focuses on assessment of individuals throughout the lifespan.  Emphasis is placed on detailed health history taking, differentiation, interpretation, and documentation of normal and abnormal findings.  The course includes lecture, discussion, and demonstration of history taking and an integrated physical assessment.

NURS 903L Advanced Health Assessment Lab (1 credit hour): This lab is for advanced skill in comprehensive physical, psychosocial, and developmental assessment across the lifespan.  Analysis and synthesis of this data in order to develop critical thinking skills and diagnostic reasoning is evaluated.

NURS 904  Pharmacokentics and Pharmacodynamics (1 credit hour): General principles of pharmacology, including pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics, are discussed. The principles for understanding drug selection, use and monitoring are examined. The course is designed to provide an overview of drug action in the treatment of patients. Emphasis is placed upon the application of basic pharmacology and pharmacokinetics principles to patient care Students will be asked to apply basic pharmacology and pharmacokinetics principles to problems commonly encountered in various clinical settings.

NURS 905  Advanced Pharmacology (3 credit hours): This course focuses on appropriate drug therapy and product selection for treatment of selected health problems in primary care settings.  The nurse’s responsibility in prescribing and monitoring pharmacological therapies is discussed. This course assumes the pre-requisite knowledge of basic understanding of pathophysiology, physical assessment, pharmacology, and pharmacokinetics.

NURS 906  Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credit hours): This course explores an in-depth scientific knowledge base relevant to selected pathophysiologic states confronted in primary care. This information provides a basis for the foundation of clinical decisions related to diagnostic tests and the initiation of therapeutic regimens. Age specific and developmental alterations are correlated with clinical diagnosis and management. Application is made through age appropriate examples.

NURS 808  Advanced Statistics (3 credit hours): This course addresses collecting, classifying, analyzing, utilizing, and making inferences about statistical data applications regarding healthcare phenomena.

NURS 810  Developing Nursing Theories (3 credit hours): The theory-research-practice relationship is examined as key to professional advanced nursing. Theory development in nursing is explored using selected criteria. Process and practice of nursing theory evaluation is considered.

NURS 912  Primary Health Promotion (2 credit hours): Primary health promotion and wellness of individuals and families    throughout the life span are examined within a community context.      

NURS 814  Healthcare:  Policy/Politics/Organization/Cost (2 credit hours): This course will foster the development of advanced nursing capabilities to analyze health policy, finances, politics, and delivery systems to design strategies enhancing health outcomes for diverse populations.

NURS 916  Nurse Practitioner Roles in Primary Care (2 credit hours): The course is designed to explore various advanced practice nursing roles.  The advanced practice role is analyzed from a historical perspective and includes theoretical, research, ethical, legal, political and economic issues of the nurse practitioner. Current trends and future directions of the nurse practitioner are examined within the context of a diverse, global healthcare environment.

NURS 918  Primary Care of Family and Community (2 credit hours): This course is an introduction to primary care of families and communities from the nurse practitioner perspective.  This course prepares the family nurse practitioner to build on a family science knowledgebase from a global perspective in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating nurse practitioner healthcare delivery for families and communities.

NURS 919  Family & Community Preceptorship (1:5) (1 credit hour): This practicum course provides an introduction to the clinical primary care of families and communities from the nurse practitioner perspective. This practicum prepares the family nurse practitioner to build on a family science knowledge base to incorporate a global perspective in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nurse practitioner healthcare delivery for families and communities.

NURS 921  Primary Care I (3 credit hours): This course is the management of common health problems seen in individuals and families throughout the life span are discussed in this first of two sequential courses. Applications of current research and theory based interventions appropriate for management by Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner’s will be stressed. Strategies and protocols to manage common problems, in urban and rural patients, interventions to restore individual's and family's levels of pre-illness health, and positive behaviors will be emphasized.

NURS 924  Primary Care I Preseptorship(1:5) (3 credit hours): This course develops competency in implementing the nurse practitioners role in health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment.

NURS 925  Primary Care Diagnostics and Procedures (1 credit hour): This course will assist the advanced practice nurse attain a level of proficiency in ordering, understanding and interpreting commonly used diagnostic studies and procedures  specific to age, gender, and condition. Emphasis will be placed on performance of Primary care procedures in laboratory and clinical settings.

NURS 926  Diagnostics and Procedures Preceptorship (1:5) (1 credit hour): This clinical course will assist the advanced practice nurse attain a level of proficiency in ordering, understanding and interpreting commonly used diagnostic studies and procedures  specific to age, gender, and condition. Emphasis will be placed on performance of Primary care procedures in laboratory and clinical settings.  

NURS 932  Primary Care II (3 credit hours): This course focuses on the management of complex health problems seen in individuals/families throughout the life span. Applications of current research and theory based interventions appropriate for management by advanced registered nurse practitioners are analyzed. Strategies and protocols to manage complex problems, in urban/rural clients/families. Interventions to included pharmacological therapies to restore individual/family levels of pre-illness health, including secondary and tertiary prevention, are emphasized.

NURS 934  Primary Care II: Preceptorship (1:5)  (3 credit hours): This practicum develops competency in implementing the nurse practitioners role in health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment.    

NURS 935  Primary Care Across the Lifespan (2 credit hours): This course is designed to prepare primary care Nurse Practitioners for advanced nursing practice healthcare of the individual from birth through older adult. Advanced assessment and management of the client’s health needs are explored using theories from nursing and other disciplines, disease processes, and health maintenance strategies.          

NURS 936  Primary Care Across the Lifespan Preceptorship (1:5)  (2 credit hours): This clinical course is designed to prepare primary care Nurse Practitioners for advanced nursing practice healthcare of the individual from birth through older adult. Advanced assessment and management of the client’s health needs are explored using theories from nursing and other disciplines, disease processes, and health maintenance strategies. 

NURS 952  Foundations for the Doctoral Leader (3 credit hours): This course is an introductory course to the DNP program. Students will review the various roles of the DNP. They will examine the DNP essentials and understand options related to the DNP capstone.   

NURS 872  Informatics in Health Care Systems (3 credit hours): The focus of this course is to use technological methods to improve patient care. Students will explore data mining, patient safety, privacy, and security. Point of care applications will be examined in an effort to improve quality care.

NURS 895  Research in Nursing (3 credit hours): This course introduces the student to graduate research and examines methods of nursing research in practice, administration and in education.

NURS 953  Evidence Based Practice and Scholarly Tools (3 credit hours): Students will appraise evidenced based practice and evaluate its’ application in practice settings.  The course will build on NURS 895 as student investigate research problems and explore appropriate research designs to solving clinical questions.

NURS 954  Advanced Nursing Leadership (3 credit hours): This course will incorporate leadership theories and communication techniques necessary be an effective leader in a health care setting. Students will evaluate professional ethics in advanced nursing leadership roles and understand skills necessary for organization systems leadership.

NURS 955 Evaluation and Management in Health Care Systems (3 credit hours): This course will incorporate evaluation methods in healthcare systems with financial management skills necessary for the nursing leader. Students will evaluate organizational structures and the impact that both finances and structure play on quality patient care. They will further examine the role of quality improvement and accreditation in primary care.          

NURS 956  DNP Research Methods (3 credit hours): This course will incorporate a clinical research problem requiring data collection, data management and data analysis. Students will review processes for scholarly dissemination.

NURS 957  DNP Project I (200 clinical hrs) (3 credit hours): This course is the first of three clinical capstone courses that prepares advanced practice nurses for a clinical doctorate. Students in this course will identify a clinical problem and synthesize journal articles from a literature review. They will analyze ethical dilemmas related to their identified problem and explore options for data collection and analysis.       

NURS 958  DNP Project II (200 clinical hrs) (2 credit hour): This course is two of three scholarly capstone courses that prepares advanced practice nurses for a clinical doctorate. During this course student will further define their problem of interest while conducting professional peer reviews. They will evaluate grant options and demonstrate possible sources for funding through completed grant applications. Students will review and evaluate the purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and complete the IRB process.

NURS 959  DNP Project III (200 clinical hrs) (2 credit hours): This course is the third course in a three part series of DNP capstone courses. In this course students will implement a clinical research project. Students will collect and analyze clinical data. They will cumulate their doctoral education through a completed capstone project that utilizes theory, research and practice. It will be disseminated into scholarly manuscript.

NURS 960  DNP Residency I  (1 credit hour): This course is an advanced residency course aimed at increasing student knowledge and skills in a specialty area. Students will implement advanced practice skills in health assessment, health promotion, pharmacology, diagnosis and treatment in a specialty setting. The clinical setting of choice is determined by the interests of the student. Clinical experiences may be performed in acute care, a specialty clinic, family practice, community setting, long-term care or a hospital setting. Students will devise course goals with their instructor.

NURS 961  DNP Residency II  (1 credit hour): This course is a rural residency course. Students will implement advanced practice skills in health assessment, health promotion, pharmacology, diagnosis and treatment in a rural setting. For the purpose of this course a rural setting is defined as a rural community less than 5,000 people. The clinical setting of choice is determined by the interests of the student. Clinical experiences may be performed in acute care, family practice, an area of specialty, community setting, long-term care or a hospital setting. Students will devise course goals with their instructor.

 

For the MSN to DNP program, course credit hours and descriptions include:

HHP 620    Epidemiology in Public Health (3 credit hours): This course covers basic concepts and methods of epidemiology and demonstrates how these can be applied to improve population health and reduce health inequities. Key epidemiological concepts such as association, bias and confounding will be covered. Epidemiological study designs such as case-control, cohort, observational, experimental; double-blind randomized studies will be covered. This course may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit.

NURS 814  Healthcare:  Policy/Politics/Organization/Cost (2 credit hours): This course will foster the development of advanced nursing capabilities to analyze health policy, finances, politics, and delivery systems to design strategies enhancing health outcomes for diverse populations.

NURS 952  Foundations for Doctoral Leader (3 credit hours): This course is an introductory course to the DNP program. Students will review the various roles of the DNP. They will examine the DNP essentials and understand options related to the DNP capstone.   

NURS 872  Informatics in Health Care Systems (3 credit hours): The focus of this course is to use technological methods to improve patient care. Students will explore data mining, patient safety, privacy, and security. Point of care applications will be examined in an effort to improve quality care.

NURS 953  Evidence Based Practice and Scholarly Tools (3 credit hours): Students will appraise evidenced based practice and evaluate its’ application in practice settings.  The course will build on NURS 895 as student investigate research problems and explore appropriate research designs to solving clinical questions.

NURS 954 Advanced Nursing Leadership (3 credit hours): This course will incorporate leadership theories and communication techniques necessary be an effective leader in a health care setting. Students will evaluate professional ethics in advanced nursing leadership roles and understand skills necessary for organization systems leadership.

NURS 955  Evaluation and Management in Health Care Systems (3 credit hours): This course will incorporate evaluation methods in healthcare systems with financial management skills necessary for the nursing leader. Students will evaluate organizational structures and the impact that both finances and structure play on quality patient care. They will further examine the role of quality improvement and accreditation in primary care.

NURS 956  DNP Research Methods (3 credit hours): This course will incorporate a clinical research problem requiring data collection, data management and data analysis. Students will review processes for scholarly dissemination.

NURS 957  DNP Project I (200 clinical hrs) (3 credit hours): This course is the first of three clinical capstone courses that prepares advanced practice nurses for a clinical doctorate. Students in this course will identify a clinical problem and synthesize journal articles from a literature review. They will analyze ethical dilemmas related to their identified problem and explore options for data collection and analysis.

NURS 958 DNP Project II (200 clinical hrs) (2 credit hour): This course is two of three scholarly capstone courses that prepares advanced practice nurses for a clinical doctorate. During this course student will further define their problem of interest while conducting professional peer reviews. They will evaluate grant options and demonstrate possible sources for funding through completed grant applications. Students will review and evaluate the purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and complete the IRB process.

NURS 959  DNP Project III (200 clinical hrs) (2 credit hours): This course is the third course in a three part series of DNP capstone courses. In this course students will implement a clinical research project. Students will collect and analyze clinical data. They will cumulate their doctoral education through a completed capstone project that utilizes theory, research and practice. It will be disseminated into scholarly manuscript.

NURS 960 DNP Residency I  (1 credit hour): This course is an advanced residency course aimed at increasing student knowledge and skills in a specialty area. Students will implement advanced practice skills in health assessment, health promotion, pharmacology, diagnosis and treatment in a specialty setting. The clinical setting of choice is determined by the interests of the student. Clinical experiences may be performed in acute care, a specialty clinic, family practice, community setting, long-term care or a hospital setting. Students will devise course goals with their instructor.

NURS 961  DNP Residency II  (1 credit hour): This course is a rural residency course. Students will implement advanced practice skills in health assessment, health promotion, pharmacology, diagnosis and treatment in a rural setting. For the purpose of this course a rural setting is defined as a rural community less than 5,000 people. The clinical setting of choice is determined by the interests of the student. Clinical experiences may be performed in acute care, family practice, an area of specialty, community setting, long-term care or a hospital setting. Students will devise course goals with their instructor.

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