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Graduate Nursing Programs | Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are listed in numerical sequence. The course numbering system gives the department code followed by the course number. The number of semester hours is designated by s.h. Visual display of course credit hour allocations are standardized by lecture/didactic hours, seminar hours, and clinical/lab hours in the following format: 4 s.h. (2,0,2). Contact hours per credit will be a ratio as follows: lecture/didactic 1:1, seminar 2:1, and clinical/lab 3:1.

NURSM-615. Methodology of Online Teaching. Study and application of the knowledge in creating an online course utilizing design rubrics.  Methodologies of online instructions as well as evaluation will be included.  Students will be introduced to course management platforms and other technology support systems.  Opportunity for application of evidence-based strategies with an online educational offering. Prerequisite: Instructional Processes. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NURSM-703. Instructional Processes. Development of a variety of teaching methodologies to enhance learning outcomes of diverse populations in the classroom, simulation, and clinical settings.  Study of theories, principles, frameworks, and pedagogies for healthcare education. Examination of teaching strategies, learning activities, and evaluation strategies for the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs. Opportunity for application of evidence-based instructional and evaluation strategies in classroom, clinical, and simulation settings.  Prerequisite: graduate standing. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NURSM-713. Curriculum Design and Develop. Study of philosophical foundations and essential components of curriculum development. Examination of selected curriculum frameworks from philosophical and contextual perspectives. Construction of a curriculum package for diverse learners in a classroom, clinical, or simulation setting that reflects paradigmatic and contextual influences. Curriculum assessment and evaluation are discussed in the content of program, course, and student outcomes and objectives. Prerequisite: Instructional Processes. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP-830. Applied Health Care Economics & Finance. This course provides an introduction to the financial structures that support nursing practice. The focus is on economic principles, financial management methods, and business strategies that form the foundation for balancing productivity with quality of care and designing effective and realistic care delivery systems that optimize performance, minimize costs, and enhance outcomes. Students will examine methods to evaluate costs and cost effectiveness of care using knowledge regarding health equity and diversity.  This course provides graduates with the tools to plan, monitor, and evaluate the acquisition, use, and outcomes of fiscal resources for practice and program initiatives. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP-836. Informatics in Health Care Delivery. Study of information science concepts, principles, and methods with application in the support, improvement, and evaluation of nursing interventions, outcomes of care, and delivery systems. Focuses on the development of knowledge and technical skills to use data management systems and technological resources for decision-making, implementation of quality improvement initiatives, and evaluation of patient care technologies.  Includes use of systems analysis, decision theory, and consideration of ethical, regulatory, social, health equity, diversity, and legal issues. Clinical and administrative data sources will be used to evaluate the efficacy of patient care technology appropriate to a particular area of practice. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP-838. Advanced Pathophysiology. This course is designed to present an orientation to disease as disordered physiology, within integrated biological systems, mediated by cognitive, behavioral, emotional, cultural, and social determinants of health. The course provides the advanced practice nurse with a foundation for advanced clinical assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical decision-making in the management of common, episodic, chronic and heritable/genetic conditions. Pathophysiological mechanisms of disease, including signs and symptoms of prototypical illnesses, variations in expression, and selected screening/diagnostic evaluative methods will be discussed with an emphasis on attainment and maintenance of full health potential as a goal of health equity.    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP-842. Advanced Pharmacology. This course focuses on the knowledge and application of advanced pharmacotherapeutic principles organized in a system-based approach, to prepare students to design individualized pharmacotherapeutic plans for disease prevention and commonly encountered illnesses, demonstrating an understanding of drug classes, individual drugs, and complementary alternatives. Methods for screening, risk stratification, and monitoring for clinical effectiveness will be addressed. Emphasis is placed on pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics and biochemical pathways as the basis for understanding the mechanism of drug actions.  Side effects, contraindications, and toxicities, as well as factors relating to adherence, compliance, patient education and collaborative practice are discussed to facilitate safe practice and promote successful patient outcomes to achieve and maintain full health potential. Rationales for therapeutic choices are based on current, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines with consideration to special variables affecting selection of drug therapies such as age, gender, reproductive status, ethno-cultural variations, provider biases, financial, and personal preference.  Special attention is given to professional practice including statutory regulations related to prescribing, with an emphasis on controlled substances.  Students utilize problem-solving skills and current point of care technology as a means to integrate pharmacological principles with clinical guidelines to plan safe and effective care for patients with acute and chronic clinical conditions.   Prerequisite: Advanced Pathophysiology. 4 s.h. (4,0,0)

NRDNP-846. Frameworks for Leadership & Interprofessional Collaboration. This course incorporates the study of knowledge and principles of organizational leadership and advanced communication, mentoring, and team building skills that improve quality of care delivery, health outcomes, and safety of patient populations. Examination of consultative and leadership strategies that facilitate intra-and interprofessional collaboration that promotes equity in diverse populations (toward common goals and outcomes). Students will analyze effective strategies for the resolution of ethical and legal issues in the delivery of care. Students will synthesize knowledge from ethics, and organizational, leadership, and communication theories with nursing science as a framework for organizational assessment, diagnosis of systems issues, and facilitation of system-wide practice initiatives. Graduates will be prepared to assume leadership in addressing complex practice and organizational issues. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP-848B. Role Practicum-Nurse Practitioners. With a focus on role integration, students synthesize knowledge from previous courses to solidify the nurse practitioner role within their population foci. Students will further develop the unique role of the advanced practice nurse as part of, and potential leader of, and interprofessional team.  Through continued clinical experience, students demonstrate increased responsibility and accountability for performance as an advanced practice nurse and clinical scholar, synthesizing knowledge of pathophysiology and disease management, evidence-based guidelines, anticipatory guidance, models of provider-patient communication, and provision of educational resources.  Combined with awareness of social determinants of health, health disparities, and ethics, they will become competent at designing holistic, patient-centered plans of care. Preparation for certification and licensure will be discussed.
Advanced Care Management I, II, III
7 s.h. (0,1,6)

NRDNP-850. Organizational Theory & Health Care Management. In this course, students will study of organizational and management theories and evidence based research that guide effective organizational and policy development, as well as advanced practice.  Emphasis is placed on the study of organization structures and processes in delivery of health care and related health programs. Major functions of management (planning, organizing, directing and controlling, root cause analysis) are examined, including the principles and processes of risk management and continuous quality and patient safety improvement, impact of health disparities and diversity, measurement and management of organizational effectiveness and effects of organization development on costs and patient outcomes.  As an organization is a microcosm where many different social and cultural factors intersect, it is imperative to be proficient in recognizing and functioning effectively as an advanced practice nurse within the organization’s cultural beliefs, practices, resources and needs represented while attending to and advocating for its consumers and the community. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP-854. Scientific Underpinnings. This course addresses the scientific underpinnings that provide a framework for advanced nursing practice including theories from nursing and the behavioral and social sciences, quality improvement models, and evidence-based practice as they affect the quality and safety of health care and health disparities. Change is a predominant theme in this course at both the individual level in terms of improving patient outcomes and at the system level focused on improving healthcare outcomes. Skills to facilitate change and align stakeholders will be examined from a variety of viewpoints.  3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP-856. Advanced Clinical Assessment & Reasoning. Study of advanced clinical assessment and reasoning skills through the lifespan with emphasis on differentiating normal from abnormal findings in the domains of physical, psychosocial, behavioral, and genetic assessments. Practice of age-appropriate developmental screening and anticipatory guidance for well visits and health teaching for common illnesses and disease prevention. Students refine and strengthen increasingly complex skills in listening, history taking, screening, documentation, and clinical reasoning utilizing fair, inclusive, and respectful treatment of all people and monitoring for biases and stereotypes. Prerequisite: Advanced Pathophysiology. 6 s.h. (5,0,1)

NRDNP-858. Evidence Based Practice, Quality and Safety. This course provides the foundation for evaluating current evidence based research and practice to develop a quality improvement project, implementing evidence of best practices after a thorough search of the literature and other evidence, and formulating a cogent argument of need based upon a critical appraisal. Guided experience of the critical appraisal process provides the foundation for determining best practices, solving practice problems, insuring patient safety, and considering health disparities.  Emphasis will be placed on integration and dissemination of new knowledge and the effect on equitable health outcomes. Graduates will be prepared to provide leadership for designing, implementing and evaluating quality improvement projects and safety initiatives to guide practice and improve outcomes. 4 s.h. (4,0,0)

NRDNP-860. Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Health Care. This course provides an overview of epidemiological and biostatistical methods for use by clinical practitioners to enhance the quality of healthcare practice.  The focus is on common study designs found in descriptive, observational, and experimental research, as well as measures of association and procedures for data collection, management and analysis. It provides an opportunity for students to apply descriptive and inferential statistics to explore, analyze and disseminate aggregate health data. The course also highlights methods for the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based changes in clinical practice. The utilization of data to examine variability and disparities in population trends, practice patterns and systems of care is also emphasized.  4 s.h. (4,0,0)

NRDNP-862. Practice Inquiry and IRB. Provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize previous learning about the implementation and evaluation of system level change through the full development of an evidence-based practice improvement project. The project is a culmination of the knowledge gained in the DNP coursework with the primary objective of improving healthcare outcomes in the practice setting. These evidence-based projects may include changes in the healthcare delivery system, organizational changes that impact healthcare at the local, regional and/or national level, or legislation and health care policies that reduce healthcare disparities. The DNP Project requires student engagement in partnership building with inter-professional colleagues, consumers, and /or faculty to examine a clinical question or issue that involves translating evidence to everyday practice in health care systems, and ultimately informs and influences health care delivery and health equity.  Integral to the project is a strong evaluation component and the preparation of a manuscript that will be submitted to a professional journal for publication consideration.  In addition, emphasis will be placed on ethical considerations and human subjects protection through the process of fully developing and submitting an Institutional Review Board (IRB) application. Prerequisites: Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Health Care; Evidence Based Practice, Quality and Safety, and Scientific Underpinnings. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP-864. Advanced Care Management I. The focus of the first clinical courses is on novice-level assessment, diagnosis, and management of common episodic and chronic medical, behavioral, and psychosocial conditions that includes pharmacotherapy for the specific population foci within the context of their families, social environment, genetics, and culture. Emphasis is on generating sound healthcare decisions within the scope of APRN practice that are grounded in evidence-based health promotion, prevention and risk-reduction recommendations, epidemiology, and knowledge of symptom complexes as they relate to pathophysiology. Knowledge of social determinants of health, health disparities, palliative care, and ethics provides the foundation for developing an unbiased, comprehensive plan of care that incorporates evidence-based guidelines, anticipatory guidance, models of provider-patient communication, and provision of educational resources. The practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific population foci at the novice level to assess, diagnose, and manage pathophysiologic states, developing initial as well as ongoing treatment plans using evidence-based guidelines.
Prerequisites: Advanced Pathophysiology and Advanced Clinical Assessment & Reasoning. Pre/Coreq: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics. 6 s.h. (0,2,4)

NRDNP-865. Advanced Care Management II. The focus of the second clinical courses is on the advanced-beginner-level of assessment, diagnosis, and management of common episodic and chronic medical, behavioral, and psychosocial conditions that includes pharmacotherapy for the specific population foci within the context of their families, social environment, genetics, and culture. Emphasis is on generating sound healthcare decisions within the scope of APRN practice that are grounded in evidence-based health promotion, prevention and risk-reduction recommendations, epidemiology, and knowledge of symptom complexes as they relate to pathophysiology. Knowledge of social determinants of health, health disparities, palliative care, and ethics provides the foundation for developing an unbiased, comprehensive plan of care that incorporates evidence-based guidelines, anticipatory guidance, models of patient-provider communication, and provision of educational resources. The practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific population foci at the advanced-beginner level to assess, diagnose, and manage pathophysiologic states, developing initial as well as ongoing treatment plans using evidence-based guidelines.
Prerequisites: Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Clinical Assessment & Reasoning; Advanced Care Management I. 6 s.h. (0,2,4)

NRDNP-866. Advanced Care Management III. The focus of the third clinical courses is on developing competence in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of common episodic and chronic medical, behavioral, and psychosocial conditions that includes pharmacotherapy for the specific population foci within the context of their families, social environment, genetics, and culture. Emphasis is on generating sound healthcare decisions within the scope of APRN practice that are grounded in evidence-based health promotion, prevention and risk-reduction recommendations, epidemiology, and knowledge of symptom complexes as they relate to pathophysiology. Knowledge of social determinants of health, health disparities, palliative care, and ethics provides the foundation for developing an unbiased, comprehensive plan of care that incorporates evidence-based guidelines, anticipatory guidance, models of patient-provider communication, and provision of educational resources. The practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific population foci to develop competence in assessing, diagnosing, and managing pathophysiologic states, developing initial as well as ongoing treatment plans using evidence-based guidelines.
Prerequisites: Advanced Pathophysiology; Advanced Clinical Assessment & Reasoning; Advanced Care Management I. 6 s.h. (0,2,4)

NRDNP-890. Residency. This multi-semester intense clinical or administrative experience enables synthesis of the cumulative knowledge from nursing, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences. Students demonstrate increasing competency in nursing administration, population-focused primary care, or specialty care. Students integrate theoretical perspectives with evidence-based knowledge, as they collaborate with intra/interprofessional teams. Residency includes implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based, scholarly practice improvement project in an area of advanced practice in partnership with a selected agency or organization that solves a practice problem or improves population health, educational, or performance outcomes. Students develop and present a poster to faculty and peers describing outcomes of their scholarly improvement project and prepare a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. During Residency, students will synthesize and apply the Cultural Effectiveness Model to their project and clinical or administrative practice. Prerequisites: Prior to Fall 2012 - Pre/corequisites: All other courses in plan of study. Fall 2012 and after: Prerequisites: All students: Practice Inquiry & IRB; Post-BSN DNP Students: Advanced Care Management I, II, III and Role Practicum. 1-10 s.h. (0,0,1-10)

NRDNP-891. Independent Study. The purpose of an independent study is to provide an opportunity for a student to have an individualized learning experience under the direction of a faculty member. An independent study is designed to supplement required course work with learning which is either an extension of that covered in a course or in an area not covered in an existing course, or to provide an opportunity for research in an area of the student's interest. 1-6 s.h.

NRPHD-708. Advanced Health Policy and Advocacy. This course equips students with the skills necessary to develop, evaluate, and provide leadership in improving the health of the public through health policy development and the education of policy makers regarding nursing and patient outcomes recognizing the critical need for health equity in services and outcomes. Students will evaluate the health policy making processes and the disparities in both the US and international health care delivery systems. Students will use policy theory to critically evaluate the current and historic policies, laws, and financial incentives that affect health care delivery and nursing practice. They will explore how health services research can motivate change in public health and policy-making. They will apply principles of organizational change, cultural effectiveness and evaluate components of leadership necessary for public health improvement. Students will participate in a selected health policy-making process. Prerequisite: Graduate standing 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRPHD-800 Mentored Teaching. Demonstration of synthesis of knowledge gained in previous coursework by participating in all phases of the teaching role including classroom sessions, online learning activities, clinical experiences, or simulation laboratory. In this synthesis course students are mentored by experienced educators in either an academic or practice setting.  3 s.h. (0,0,3)

  
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