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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-804. Advanced Care Management B: Adult, Seminar. Assessment, diagnosis, and management of middle age and older adults with common chronic and complex conditions within the context of their families, social environment, and culture. Includes study of applicable epidemiology, pathophysiology, symptom complexes and evidence-based treatments, as well as age-appropriate education resources and protocol development. Emphasis is on age-appropriate primary and secondary prevention and risk-reduction strategies using evidence-based guidelines. Scope of practice issues is considered throughout. Prerequisite: Advanced Pathophysiology, Behavioral Health Therapeutics, and Advanced Clinical Assessment & Reasoning: Adult. Pre/Coreq: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 1 s.h. (0,1,0)

NRDNP-806. Advanced Care Management B: Practicum. Assessment, diagnosis, and management of middle age and older adults with common chronic and complex conditions within the context of their families, social environment, and culture. Includes study of applicable epidemiology, pathophysiology, symptom complexes and evidence-based treatments, as well as age-appropriate education resources and protocol development. Emphasis is on age-appropriate primary and secondary prevention and risk-reduction strategies using evidence-based guidelines. Scope of practice issues is considered throughout. Practicum provides opportunities for the assessment, diagnosis, and management using evidence-based guidelines and interventions for middle age and older adults. Prerequisite: Advanced Pathophysiology, Behavioral Health Therapeutics, and Advanced Clinical Assessment & Reasoning: Adult. Co-Req: Must be taken with Advanced Care Management B: Adult, Seminar. Pre/Coreq: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3 s.h. (0,0,3)

NRDNP-816. Advanced Care Management E: Child, Seminar. Assessment, diagnosis, and management of school-age children with common acute and chronic conditions within the context of their families, social environment, and culture. Includes study of applicable epidemiology, pathophysiology, symptom complexes and evidence-based treatments, as well as age-appropriate education resources and protocol development. Emphasis is on age-appropriate primary and secondary prevention and risk-reduction strategies using evidence-based guidelines. Scope of practice issues is considered throughout. Prerequisite: Advanced Pathophysiology, Behavioral Health Therapeutics, and Advanced Clinical Assessment & Reasoning: Child. Pre/Corequisite: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 1 s.h. (0,1,0)

NRDNP-818. Advanced Care Management E: Practicum. Assessment, diagnosis, and management of school-age children with common acute and chronic conditions within the context of their families, social environment, and culture. Includes study of applicable epidemiology, pathophysiology, symptom complexes and evidence-based treatments, as well as age-appropriate education resources and protocol development. Emphasis is on age-appropriate primary and secondary prevention and risk-reduction strategies using evidence-based guidelines. Scope of practice issues is considered throughout. Practicum provides opportunities for the assessment, diagnosis and management using evidence-based guidelines and interventions for school-age children. Prerequisite: Advanced Pathophysiology, Behavioral Health Therapeutics, and Advanced Clinical Assessment & Reasoning: Child. Co-requisite: must be taken concurrently with Advanced Care Management E: Child, Seminar. Pre/Corequisite: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3 s.h. (0,0,3)

NRDNP-824B. Advanced Specialty Practicum. (Nurse Practitioners) Students identify specialty area of concentration and develop individualized learning objectives that are approved by course instructor. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 2 - 5 s.h. (0,0,2-5)

NRDNP-830. Applied Health Care Economics & Finance. An introduction to the financial structures that support nursing practice. Focuses 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. Examination of methods to evaluate costs and cost effectiveness of care. 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, 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. In-depth study of normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease across the lifespan providing a foundation for advanced clinical assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and management of common, episodic and chronic conditions. Emphasis on the interpretation of diagnostic laboratory data as it reflects both normal function and pathological changes that result in signs and symptoms of disease.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP-842. Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics. This course focuses on the study of basic pharmacologic principles including cellular response with an emphasis on pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and therapeutic uses of broad categories of drugs including controlled substances. Prepares the graduate to prescribe drugs safely and cost effectively to diverse patient populations across the lifespan.  Includes analysis of ethical, legal, and policy issues pertinent to advanced practice nurses who prescribe drugs for patients with common acute and chronic conditions. Prerequisite: Advanced Pathophysiology. 4 s.h. (4,0,0)

NRDNP-846. Frameworks for Leadership & Interprofessional Collaboration. Study of knowledge and principles of organizational leadership and advanced communication skills that improve quality of care delivery, health outcomes, and safety of patient populations. Examination of consultative and leadership strategies that facilitate interprofessional collaboration toward common goals and outcomes. Analysis of effective strategies for the resolution of ethical and legal issues in the delivery of care. Knowledge from ethics and organizational, leadership, and communication theories will be integrated 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 sometime leader of, and interprofesional team. Through continured clinical experience, students demonstrate increased responsibility and accountability for performance as an advanced practice nurse and clinical scholar, synthesizing knowledge of illness and disease managment to provide evidence-based care, perform risk assessments, and design holistic, patient-centered plans of care culminating in preparation for certification and licensure.
Prerequisites for Admission Prior to Fall 2012:
AGNP Students:  NRDNP: 822, 838, 842 and at least two clinical courses
PNP Students:  NRDNP: 820, 822, 838, 842 and at least two clinical courses
FNP Students:  NRDNP: 820, 822, 838, 842 and at least two clinical courses 
Prerequisites for Fall 2012 admissions and later: Advanced Care Management I, II, III
4 s.h. (0,1,3) or 7 s.h. (0,1,6)

NRDNP-850. Organizational Theory & Health Care Management. Study of organizational and management theories and evidence base that guide effective policy development and advanced practice. Emphasis is placed on the study of organization structures and processes in delivery of health care and programs. Major functions of management (planning, organizing, directing and controlling) are examined, including the principles and processes of risk management and continuous quality improvement for measurement and management of patient outcomes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP-854. Scientific Underpinnings for Practice. Knowledge translation emanating from diverse disciplinary perspectives will be evaluated based on its impact on improving service delivery, changing patient/provider behavior, enhancing access to appropriate health care and evaluating health care delivery and outcomes. Health care systems change will be examined from a variety of viewpoints with a focus on nursing’s evolution as a practice discipline and profession. 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, and genetic assessments. Practice of age-appropriate developmental screening and anticipatory guidance for well visits and health teaching for common illnesses. Students refine and strengthen increasingly complex skills in listening, history taking, screening, documentation, and clinical reasoning. Additional methods will be used to practice and validate skill competencies. 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 improving health outcomes through integration and dissemination of new knowledge. Graduates will be prepared to provide leadership for designing, implementing and evaluating quality improvement projects and safety initiatives to guide practice and improve outcomes. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP-860. Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Health Care. An overview of epidemiologic principles and biostatistical methods for evaluation and implementation of evidence based changes in clinical practice to enhance quality of care and predict and analyze outcomes. Emphasizes the application of epidemiologic concepts and models to identify contributing factors (determinants) to health status and to plan/evaluate care delivery models and strategies to address contributing factors. Applies descriptive and inferential statistics to explore, analyze and disseminate aggregate and population health data, and utilizes inference to identify relationships among contributing epidemiological factors, as well as policy implications encountered in Advanced Nursing Practice. 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. 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 clinical courses is on 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 a 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 to assess, diagnose, and manage patients 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 clinical courses is on 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 a 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 to assess, diagnose, and manage patients 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 clinical courses is on 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 a 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 to assess, diagnose, and manage patients 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. A three-semester practice immersion experience that enables synthesis of the cumulative knowledge from nursing, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences. Students increase their expertise in a selected specialization to the highest level by integrating theoretical perspectives with evidence-based knowledge, skill competencies, and intra/interprofessional collaboration. Includes implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based, scholarly capstone project in own advanced practice specialization in partnership with a selected agency or organization that addresses identified needs of a group, target population, or community and determines best practices, solves a practice problem, or improves health, educational, or performance outcomes. Prerequisites: Prior to Fall 2012 - Pre/corequisites: All other courses in plan of study. Fall 2012 and after: Prerequisites: All DNP 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. 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 and evaluate components of leadership necessary for public health improvement. Students will participate in a selected health policymaking 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)

 
Last Published with Edits:January 31, 2014 4:10 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: Fall 2013
 
 
 

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