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Post-BSN -DNP Courses

  • NURS 9131 Biometrics for Advanced Practice Nursing: 3-0-3 Course provides foundation for the application of statistical analysis to investigate underlying relationships in health care data relevant to advanced practice nursing. Students will gain an understanding of when and why to use biostatistical techniques as well as how to apply them with confidence and interpret their output, using statistical computer software.
  • NURS 9231 Advanced Nursing Practice and DNP Role Transition: 3-0-3  The course explores the theoretical and scientific underpinnings that provide the foundation for the advanced practice nurse (APN) in the Doctor of Nursing Practice role. A variety of advanced practice role-related topics will be covered that highlight leadership, scholarship, advocacy, evidence based practice, and professional development. Practice issues, settings, and models of care will be examined along with influencing factors.
  • NURS 9134 Health Care Organization, Financing and Policy Development: 3-0-3 The relationship of economics to policy development and to health outcomes are examined from regional, state, national and global perspectives. Students will explore the American governmental superstructure of the health care system, relevant laws and regulations, and its influence on practice. Fundamental principles of micro and macro economics are related to health care delivery systems. Quantitative decision making models are examined, compared and contrasted with intangible aspects of decision making and policy development. Emphasis is given to financial management skills including project analysis, budgeting, variance reporting, revenue estimation, and financial risk management. Ethical inquiry addresses access to health care and utilization and dispersion of scarce resources.
  • NURS 9137 Clinical Scholarship I: Theory, Scientific Underpinnings, and Evidence-Based Practice: 3-0-3 This course explores scientific underpinnings and theories for knowledge development for the discipline of nursing. It provides the foundation to prepare students for the highest level of evidence-based practice.
  • NURS 9138 Clinical Scholarship II: Theory, Scientific Underpinnings, and Evidence-Based Practice: 3-0-3 This course synthesizes concepts from nursing and other sciences to prepare students to analyze, appraise, synthesize, disseminate, and apply evidence to practice to improve health outcomes for individuals, families, and populations.

 

Advanced Practice Core Courses

  • NURS 5210/5210G Lifespan Advanced Health Assessment Clinical: 0-1-1 Group discussions provide the opportunity for learning synthesis. 90 clinical hours are required in settings which provide experience for health, developmental and diagnostic assessments; and histories and physical examinations of adults, pregnant women, children and newborns. On-campus seminar and laboratory practice and off-campus experiences in ambulatory settings with laboratory facilities serving diverse populations are required. Students taking course for graduate credit will complete additional assignments. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do. Corequisite: NURS 5230/5230G.
  • NURS 5230/5230G Lifespan Advanced Health Assessment for APN: 3-0-3 This health assessment course builds on basic assessment to evaluate persons across the life span within a transcultural context. Principles and techniques necessary to complete a total health history, developmental assessment, nutritional evaluation, physical examination and documentation of findings to form a data base on the individual, pregnant female and newborn are included. Recognition of pathological signs and symptoms associated with illness and assessment of health promotion needs are emphasized. Selected diagnostic procedures are covered. Students taking course for graduate credit will complete additional assignments. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do. Corequisite: NURS 5210/5210G.
  • NURS 6134 Differential Diagnosis and Pathophysiology: 3-0-3 Explores advanced concepts of pathophysiology that alter and/or disrupt body system functioning in adults and children. Knowledge of pathophysiology concepts provide the foundation for determining differential diagnosis(es) related to presenting patient problems.
  • NURS 6135 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing: 3-0-3 Builds upon the pharmacological knowledge base of the student in an advanced practice nursing major. Pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics for selected drug classifications and prototype drugs used in primary care settings are explored. Selected primary care disorders are discussed related to appropriate pharmacological management.
  • NURS 6230 Epidemiology and Transcultural Issues for APN: 3-0-3 Course provides introduction to the principles of epidemiology and transcultural healthcare competence as applied to patient populations served by advanced practice nurses (APN). Emphasis is placed on preparing APNs to utilize the principles of epidemiology to assist vulnerable populations in achieving a higher level of wellness within their cultural and environmental contexts.
  • NURS 8136 Family Theory and Issues Management: 3-0-3 Family theoretical frameworks are used to explore the influence of psychological, cultural, and social aspects of rural/urban life on health. Health care problems and issues of concern to advanced practice nursing providing care to rural and urban families will be compared and contrasted. Techniques for screening at-risk families to facilitate early case finding and strategies for health maintenance and health promotion are included.

 

Specialty Core Courses

FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

  • NURS 7231 Primary Care I: Women: 3-0-3 This course explores the role of the nurse practitioner in the provision of primary health care to women in rural/urban ambulatory care settings presenting for gynecological care. Emphasis is placed on health maintenance/promotion and the management of women’s health concerns within the transcultural context of family/community.
    • Prerequisites: NURS 5230G, NURS 5210G, and NURS 6134.
    • Corequisites: NURS 6135 and NURS 7224.
  • NURS 7224 Primary Care Clinical I: Women’s Health: 0-2-2 This course requires the application of theoretical concepts relative to the provision of health care to the female client within the scope of practice of the family nurse practitioner. Group discussions will provide the opportunity for student learning synthesis while incorporating transcultural strategies for the client, family, and community. A total of 180 hours of clinical experience in a primary care obstetrical/gynecological setting providing care to women experiencing reproductive or lifestyle concerns and pregnancy or gynecological conditions is required.
    • Prerequisites: NURS 5230G, NURS 5210G, and NURS 6134.
    • Corequisites: NURS 6135 and NURS 7231.
  • NURS 7233 Primary Care II: Pediatrics: 3-0-3 This course explores the role of the family nurse practitioner in the provision of primary health care to the pediatric client in rural/urban ambulatory care settings. Emphasis is placed on health maintenance/promotion and the management of pediatric health within a transcultural context of the family/community.
    • Prerequisites: NURS 5230G, NURS 5210G, NURS 6134, and NURS 6135.
    • Corequisite: NURS 7225.
  • NURS 7225 Primary Care Clinical II: Pediatric Health: 0-2-2 This course requires the application of theoretical concepts relative to the provision of health care to the pediatric client within the scope of practice of the nurse practitioner. Group discussions will provide the opportunity for student learning synthesis while incorporating transcultural strategies for the client, family, and community. A total of 180 hours of clinical experience in pediatric ambulatory primary care setting providing care to the pediatric population is required. ]
    • Prerequisites: A minimum grade of “B” in NURS 5230G, NURS 5210G, NURS 6134, and NURS 6135.
    • Corequisite: NURS 7233.
  • NURS 7235 Primary Care III: Adult/Gero: 3-0-3 This course requires the application of theoretical concepts relative to the provision of health care to the adult and gerontological client within the scope of practice of the family nurse practitioner. Group discussion will provide the opportunity for students learning synthesis while incorporating trans-cultural strategies for the client, family, and community. A total of 180 hours of clinical experience in a rural or urban ambulatory primary care setting providing care to the adult and gerontological population is required.
    • Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “B” in NURS 5230G, NURS 5210G, NURS 6134, NURS 6230, NURS 6135, NURS 7224, NURS 7225, NURS 7231, NURS 7233, NURS 8136, NURS 9131, NURS 9132, NURS 9135, NURS 9137, NURS 9138, and NURS 9231.
    • Corequisite(s): NURS 7226.
  • NURS 7226 Primary Care Clinical III: Adult/Gero: 0-4-2 This course requires the application of theoretical concepts relative to the provision of health care to the adult and gerontological client within the scope of practice of the family nurse practitioner. Group discussion will provide the opportunity for students learning synthesis while incorporating trans-cultural strategies for the client, family, and community. A total of 180 hours of clinical experience in a rural or urban ambulatory primary care setting providing care to the adult and gerontological population is required.
    • Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “B” in NURS 5230G, NURS 5210G, NURS 6134, NURS 6135, NURS 7224, NURS 7225, NURS 7231, NURS 7233; Corequisite(s): NURS 7235.
  • NURS 7890 Independent Study Nursing: (1-3)-0-(1-3) Course allows the graduate student the opportunity to investigate an area of interest under the direction of a faculty member.
    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
  • NURS 7999 Thesis Nursing: (0-3)-(0-3)-(1-3) Thesis hours are elective to the graduate nursing program of study. A thesis provides the opportunity to pursue research in an area of interest within the major under faculty direction. The student is required to demonstrate evidence of critical thinking in the development of the research design and analysis of the findings. The thesis requires a defense of design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of the findings. The thesis is completed utilizing a standard format prescribed by the College of Graduate Studies.
    • Prerequisites: NURS 6140 and permission of instructor.

Last updated: 11/2/2017

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