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Course Descriptions for Post BSN to DNP Track

 

YEAR 1

NURS 7321 Nursing Theory for Advanced Practice

Introduction to nursing theorists. Analysis and comparison of selected theories from nursing and other disciplines, and evaluation of the theories for use in nursing education, administration, and practice. Theories discussed within the context of the research process, the development of nursing knowledge, and the advancement of scientific practice. Focus is on theories that have specific application to health disparities.

 

NURS 7325 Advanced Pathophysiology

An advanced study of pathophysiologic problems of the major body systems. Examples of alterations in physiological function are related to commonly encountered clinical situations. Includes study of the major organ systems with particular emphasis on the physical, biological, and integrating mechanisms. Prerequisites: None

 

NURS 7350 Family Systems for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course focuses on the role of the advanced practice in the application of family system theory to provide family-centered nursing care to families across the life span. 

 

NURS 7341 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing

Application of pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, pharmacologic, and pharmacotherapeutic principles in drug therapy management as required of nurses in advanced practice.

 

NURS 7220 Advanced Health Assessment

The course is required for CNS and CNL students in the master’s program and for post graduate MSN students in the CNS program. This course provides the student with knowledge and skills for comprehensive health assessment across the adult lifespan. The course includes laboratory skills, lab, and a practicum experience. 

 

NURS 7220 Family Behavioral Health

This course focuses on the role of the advanced practice nurse in providing family centered behavioral healthcare.  Emphasis is on and the value of evidenced-based treatment and recovery oriented systems for families affected with mental illness or substance abuse disorders across the lifespan.

 

NURS 7480 FNP I: Primary Care of Adults (Diagnosis & Management) with Chronic & Acute Conditions

This course focuses on advanced practice nursing, in the diagnosis and management of adults and older adults in diverse populations. This course includes 64 supervised clinical hours.

 

MATH 7363 Research Statistics 
This course will enable students to interpret and use descriptive statistics, properties of the normal curve, parametric hypothesis tests (single-sample and two-sample), analysis of variance, correlation, simple linear regression, and introductory non-parametric tests. The course will emphasize application and will incorporate the use of a computer package (SPSS) in statistics.

 

NURS 7381 Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Professional Roles

This course focuses on the role development of the advanced practice nurse prepared at the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree level with an emphasis on core competencies and professional behaviors. 


YEAR 2

NURS 7482 FNP II: Primary Care of Adults (Diagnosis & Management) with Chronic & Acute Conditions

This is the second of two courses with a continued and more advanced focus on the diagnosis and management of chronic and acute conditions of adults.  This course includes 64 supervised clinical hours.

 

NURS 7355:  Research for Evidence Based Practice in Health Care

Overview of qualitative and quantitative research processes and designs. Prepares nurses to read, interpret and synthesize current knowledge into a proposal for evidence-based nursing practice, to include outcome evaluation.

 

NURS 7340 Theoretical Issues with Culturally Diverse and Vulnerable Population Groups

Provides an opportunity to analyze social and cultural factors affecting health using the concepts of the gradient effect in health and social capital. Students will identify a health issue or problem of interest affecting a specific sub-population and analyze the social and cultural factors (such as ethnic/racial/economic disparities, medical bureaucracies, migration) affecting health in the target population and examine one legislative policy affecting the population of interest.

 

NURS 7335 Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

The course will focus on advanced principles of epidemiology and the use of epidemiological techniques and analysis by doctorally prepared nurses in monitoring population health and evaluating delivery of care to promote optimal health care outcomes.

 

NURS 7484 FNP III: Primary Care of Women (Diagnosis & Management) with Chronic & Acute Conditions

This course addresses female clients and their gender specific care needs. Beginning with the well-woman and preventive care practice, the course incorporates further assessment, diagnosis, and management of common gynecological conditions and reproductive needs. This course includes 128 of supervised clinical hours.

 

NURS 7290 Informatics in Health Care

Introduction to the study of informatics focuses on the management of information in the modern healthcare system. Students will be introduced to the breadth of informatics, information management, and history and future of informatics in healthcare.

 

NURS 7486 FNP IV: Primary Care of Children & Adolescents (Diagnosis & Management) with Chronic & Acute Conditions

This course addresses acute and chronic conditions of the child and adolescent, including growth, development, and anticipatory guidance within a family context. This course includes 128 supervised clinical hours.

 

NURS 7345 Foundations of DNP I: Scientific Underpinnings

Analysis and application of complex adaptive systems theory to the health care delivery system with emphasis on nursing leadership. This course includes 64 supervised clinical hours.

 

NURS 7315 Resource Management for Nurse Leaders

Emphasis is on the management and fiscal resources in the context of planning, delivering, and evaluating health care. Leadership skills for working with interdisciplinary teams within complex systems are addressed. 


YEAR 3

NURS 7650 Evidence Based Methods and Practice I

Foundations of evidence-based practice methods and skills in the clinical role. This course includes 128 supervised clinical hours.

 

NURS 7384 Interprofessional Management of Clients with Multiple Chronic Conditions I

This course addresses interprofessional practice within the context of interventions for individuals with multiple chronic conditions. Emphasis is placed on gaining expertise within the domains of Interprofessional Education /Practice, use of systematic and patient-centered approaches with individuals with multiple chronic conditions, and advancement of evidence based practice related to multiple chronic conditions.  This course includes 64 supervised clinical hours.

 

NURS 7655 Evidence Based Practice and Methods II: Clinical Residency

Further development and implementation of the clinical leadership role of the advanced practice nurse in a patient-centered complex health care delivery system. This course includes 192 supervised clinical hours.

 

NURS 7385 Interprofessional Management of Clients with Multiple Chronic Conditions II

This course focuses on the continued development of expertise in all IPE domains, systematic/patient-centered approaches for individuals/families with multiple chronic conditions, and refinement of evidence-based practice related to multiple chronic conditions. This course includes 64 supervised clinical hours.

 

NUR 7388 Family Nurse Practitioner Residency

This residency prepares students for independent, entry level FNP practice with a focus on the synthesis of previously gained knowledge and skills in the provision of advanced nursing care to individuals, families, and groups. This course includes 192 supervised clinical hours.

 

NURS 7360 Health Policy Analysis

Designed to be taken concurrently with DNP II-Capstone. Students will be paired with a preceptor for a 32-hour practicum within a setting in which health policy is developed and/or implemented (e.g., professional organization or health advocacy group; local, state or federal official). An outcome of the course is the preparation of a health policy brief based on analysis and alternative recommendations for bettering the health of citizens.

 

NURS 7365 Doctor of Nurse Practice II: Capstone

This course is the capstone course for the DNP program: implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of an evidence based scholarly project specific to a population of interest within an organization of the health care delivery system. This course includes 128 supervised clinical hours.