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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NSG 500. ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT
THREE CREDITS

This course presents an overview of the full and comprehensive health assessment of patients across the life span. Emphasis on multiple aspects of assessment including physical, functional, and mental health assessment along with transcultural variations, will prepare the student for advanced nursing practice.  Students are given the opportunity to practice their assessment skills in a residency..

Prerequisite: Graduate standing

NSG 501. THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING SCIENCE
THREE CREDITS

This course emphasizes the systematic process of theory development in nursing. The role of traditional science in relation to other ways of knowing is explored. Students will describe, analyze, and evaluate current theories of nursing. The relationship of research and practice to theory is discussed.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.


NSG 502. ADVANCED NURSING RESEARCH
THREE CREDITS

This course builds on knowledge and skills developed in undergraduate research and statistics courses. Skills in the analysis and evaluation of nursing research are further developed. Students analyze the contributions of the empirical approach to the development of nursing science. Selected research designs and methodologies which are used to advance nursing knowledge are examined. Students are given the opportunity to critique and synthesize current research for its application to an identified problem in nursing practice.

Prerequisite: Undergraduate Statistics; Graduate standing


NSG 504. ADVANCED ROLE DEVELOPMENT IN NURSING

THREE CREDITS

Examines the role development process and its applicability to the advanced practice role in nursing. The historical, theoretical, and conceptual basis of role development, advanced practice, and evaluation are explored. A framework for practice, which includes the sub-roles of direct care provider, educator, researcher, manager and consultant, is examined.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing


NSG 505. HEALTH CARE POLICY AND MODELS OF CARE
THREE CREDITS

Analysis of issues relative to advanced nursing practice. Assessment of proposed approaches to the resolution of issues, based on current literature and research findings, is done collaboratively in a seminar format.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing


NSG 506. ADVANCED PRACTICE IN ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL I
THREE CREDITS

Advance practice nursing students integrate theories from nursing and other sciences that are evidence-based and sensitive to cultural and ethical issues. Promoting quality outcomes in the adult-gerontology population across the spectrum of young adults, adults, and older adults is the focus of this clinical experience in primary care settings.  Advanced health assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and development of therapeutic interventions for self-limiting conditions occurs. Opportunities for interdisciplinary experience and collaborative practice are provided.  The seminar component of the course is designed to develop critical-thinking and clinical decision-making skills through case presentations. (Seminar, Residency and 250 clinical practice hours).

Prerequisites: NSG 500, 530, 533 and 550 (NP's only)


NSG 515. ADVANCED PRACTICE IN ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL II
THREE CREDITS

Advanced Practice nursing students integrate theories from nursing and other sciences that are evidence-based and sensitive to cultural and ethical issues. Promoting quality outcomes in the adult and gerontology population across the spectrum of young adults, adults, and older adults is the focus of this clinical experience in primary care settings.  Advanced health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and development of therapeutic interventions for complex health conditions occurs. Opportunities for interdisciplinary experience and collaborative practice are provided.  The seminar component of the course is designed to develop critical-thinking and clinical decision-making skills through case presentations. (Seminar, Residency and 250 clinical practice hours)

Prerequisites: NSG 500, 530, 533 and 550 (NP's only)

 

NSG 526. CLINICAL MODALITIES IN ADVANCED PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING PRACTICE
THREE CREDITS

This course provides a foundation in the major systems of therapy for individuals and groups used in advanced psychiatric mental health nursing and other disciplines engaged in mental health practice. Focus will be on therapeutic modalities such as brief psychotherapy, group processes and practices, milieu therapy and crisis intervention as they relate to advanced nursing practice in mental health.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing


NSG 527. PSYCHOPATHOLOGY, THEORIES, AND ADVANCED CLINICAL MODALITIES
THREE CREDITS

This course focuses on the most frequently observed pathologies in psychiatry and mental health, the various conceptual models and theories related to the practice of psychiatric mental health nursing, and the most advanced clinical modalities congruent with the analysis of the best evidence.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing


NSG 530. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE

THREE CREDITS

The course presupposes an understanding of human anatomy and physiology at an undergraduate level. At an advanced practice level the course will explore pathophysiology, assessment, and diagnosis of adults with selected episodic / chronic health problems

Prerequisite: Graduate standing


NSG 533. PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING
THREE CREDITS

This course explores the basic concepts of clinical pharmacokinetics and their application in drug regime design and monitoring. Pharmacotherapy for major diseases is emphasized. The course provides the student with a strong background in pharmacological agents and basic pharmacological principles. The course highlights major drug categories, purpose of action, common interactions and contraindications. Nursing and pharmacy practice faculty work collaboratively to provide the student with case studies that allow students to demonstrate their understanding of applied pharmacotherapy within the parameters of advanced practice nursing.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing


NSG 535. ADVANCED PRACTICE IN PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING I
THREE CREDITS

This foundational clinical course introduces students to advanced practice psychiatric nursing in a variety of mental health settings. Students acquire skills in completing comprehensive mental health assessments. Students identify and apply concepts, theories, and principles to the practice of individual, family, and group psychotherapy, with emphasis on process dynamics. Considerations and challenges in providing psychotherapy to culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups are explored and discussed. Skills are gained in assessing psychopathological symptoms across the lifespan and in implementing planned interventions. Students integrate theory and practice of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse in a supervised clinical practicum (Total: Residency and 250 practice hours).

Prerequisites: NSG 500, 530, 533, and (NSG 550 and 552 NP concentration only)


NSG 536. ADVANCED PRACTICE IN PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING II
THREE CREDITS

This clinical course focuses on refining assessment, diagnosis, and pharmacological and psychosocial management of individuals of all ages with mental illness. Individual, family, and group psychotherapies are refined. Students gain skills in identifying individuals/populations at risk for mental illness and primary prevention in mental health. Mental health needs of culturally diverse, rural, and underserved populations are explored.  Leadership and advocacy roles of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse as an agent of healthcare policy change are emphasized. Students integrate theory and practice of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse in a supervised clinical practicum (Total: Residency and 250 practice hours).

Prerequisite: NSG 500, 530, 533, and (NSG 550 and 552 NP concentration only)


NSG 540. THE NURSING CURRICULUM: DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION
THREE CREDITS

This course provides a foundation to understand the core of knowledge of educational processes which undergird nursing education. Competencies needed by nurse educators are explored; principles, philosophies and theories of learning, curriculum development, professional socialization, and accreditation as well as legal requirements for nursing programs are discussed. The relationship between curricular design and accreditation standards is described.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing

 

NSG 541. TEACHING METHODOLOGIES AND STRATEGIES IN NURSING
THREE CREDITS

Building on knowledge of curriculum and learning, approaches to classroom and clinical teaching are explored. Learning outcomes as they relate to instructional teaching/learning interventions are developed. The use of instructional technology is included.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing


NSG 542. EVALUATION IN NURSING EDUCATION

THREE CREDITS

Evaluation methodologies from selection of applicants through the meeting of graduation requirements will be explored. Testing strategies and test reliability will be discussed. Classroom and clinical achievement will be included. Faculty evaluation as well as student measurement will be discussed.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing

 

NSG 544. CLINICAL PRACTICE IN EDUCATION I
THREE CREDITS

Nursing 544 and 545 are practicum courses that provide an opportunity to actively participate in a faculty role within an educational setting. The first semester will focus on classroom teaching; the second semester will focus on teaching in a clinical setting. One hundred hours of practice are required in each semester. (Seminar plus 100 practice hours)

Prerequisites: NSG 540, 541, 542


NSG 545. CLINICAL PRACTICE IN EDUCATION II
THREE CREDITS

Nursing 544 and 545 are practicum courses that provide an opportunity to actively participate in a faculty role within an educational setting. The first semester will focus on classroom teaching; the second semester will focus on teaching in a clinical setting. One hundred hours of practice are required in each semester. (Seminar plus 100 practice hours)

Prerequisite: NSG 544

 

NSG 550. DIAGNOSTIC REASONING FOR NURSE PRACTITIONERS
TWO CREDITS

The nurse practitioner will develop processes for formulating differential diagnoses of acute and chronic physical and mental illnesses in the primary care setting across the life span. A case-study approach is integrated to prepare students for management of health status of patients through the implementation of strategies specific to the synthesis of data from multiple sources that promote quality of care outcomes for patients.

Prerequisite: NSG 500, NSG 530, NSG 533.


NSG 551. MENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES OF CULTURALLY DIVERSE, RURAL, AND UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS
TWO CREDITS

This course is designed to examine the mental health perspectives of culturally diverse, rural, and underserved populations. Topics include, but are not limited to: cultural competence, cultural bound syndromes, cultural assessment, challenges faced by PMH-NPs in the mental health care of minorities, immigrants, refugees, and other underserved populations, and factors influencing mental health care and services in rural settings. In addition, this course will examine how health care reform will affect diverse individuals with mental illnesses. Knowledge gained from this course can be integrated into clinical practice.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing

 

NSG 552. PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY
TWO CREDTS

This course is designed to assist the P-MH nurse practitioner to develop competence in prescribing and monitoring psychopharmacological agents used in the treatment of common psychiatric-mental health disorders across the lifespan. This course will examine the major classes of psychopharmacological agents on neurobiological function with a particular emphasis on the clinical management of target psychiatric symptoms. Drugs of abuse, side effects, issues of polypharmacy, and management of advanced practice prescriptive privileges are also explored.

Prerequisite:  NSG 533

 

NSG 553. ADULT HEALTH PERSPECTIVES OF CULTURALLY DIVERSE, RURAL, AND UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS
TWO CREDITS

The course is designed to introduce the advanced practice nursing student to the issues of culturally diverse, rural and underserved populations. The theory can be integrated into clinical practice for adult-gerontology patients and families to promote understanding of differences and issues that impact comprehensive planning of health care services.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing


NSG 554. ADVANCED PRACTICE IN ADULT-GERONTOLOGY I
THREE CREDITS

This course is designed to prepare advanced practice nursing students to provide acute primary health care to the adult-gerontology population.   The course integrates nursing theories that are evidence-based with health assessment and diagnostic reasoning of acute primary care health problems. Health promotion, protection and disease prevention interventions are provided with consideration of culturally diverse populations.

Prerequisite: NSG 500, 530, 533 and 550 (NP's only)


NSG 555. ADVANCED PRACTICE IN ADULT-GERONTOLOGY II
THREE CREDITS

This course is designed to prepare advanced practice nursing students to provide chronic primary health care to the adult-gerontology population.   The course integrates nursing theories that are evidence-based with health assessment and diagnostic reasoning of chronic, primary health care problems. Health promotion, protection and disease prevention interventions are provided with consideration of culturally diverse populations.

Prerequisite: NSG 500, 530, 533 and 550 (NP's only)

NSG 560. HEALTHCARE OPERATIONS FOR THE NURSE EXECUTIVE
THREE CREDITS

This course prepares the nursing executive by examining the multiple administrative areas necessary for success at an executive level.  The differences between US health care policy and the health care policies of various other countries will be explored.   An analysis of select health care administration topics through the use of both individual and collaborative learning will prepare students to succeed in an ever-expanding, constantly changing health care environment.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing


NSG 561. ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP FOR THE NURSE EXECUTIVE

THREE CREDITS

This course examines the executive level leadership skills necessary to excel within the rapidly changing health care environment of the future.  Emphasis is placed on understanding how the individualized leadership styles of today’s health care executives shape the culture and vision of the organizations of tomorrow.   This course also provides an in-depth analysis of how building an autonomous, ethical, and diverse leadership team and workforce assists the executive in developing solutions to complex organizational problems.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing


NSG 562. ADVANCED LEADERSHIP TOPICS FOR THE NURSE EXECUTIVE
THREE CREDITS

This course synthesizes previously established theory and skill sets to explore select advanced topics in heath care leadership.  The issues explored will assist the executive nurse in leading a health care organization during times of crisis or conflict as well as prosperity.  Emphasis is placed on understanding health care as an intricate, dynamic organism which is in continual need of attention.

Prerequisite: NSG 560 and 561


NSG 563. NURSE EXECUTIVE PRACTICUM I
THREE CREDITS

This practicum course synthesizes previously established theory and skill sets to further develop the student’s administrative abilities.  By applying theories from other sciences and utilizing interdisciplinary experiences and collaborative opportunities, the student will further enhance the skills necessary to excel as a health care executive in an evidence-based, culturally sensitive environment.  The seminar component of this course is designed to supplement previous theoretical applications and stimulate critical-thinking and decision-making. (250 clinical hours)

Prerequisite: NSG 560

 

NSG 564. CLINICAL NURSE EXECUTIVE PRACTICUM II
THREE CREDITS

This practicum course synthesizes previously established theory and skill sets to further develop the student’s leadership abilities.  By applying theories from other sciences and utilizing interdisciplinary experiences and collaborative opportunities, the student will further enhance the skills necessary to excel as a health care executive in an evidence-based, culturally sensitive environment.  The completion of an organizational needs assessment within this course is designed to supplement previous theoretical applications and stimulate critical-thinking and decision-making. (250 clinical hours)

Prerequisite: NSG 561


NSG 590. SCHOLARLY REVIEW

THREE CREDITS

In this course the student will synthesize and review issues relevant to their specialty clinical practice. This course is designed as a review of the required masters level core nursing courses and specialty focused curriculum for advanced nursing practice. This course will provide an overview of both the required core nursing courses as well as each specific specialty course.

Prerequisite: Completion of Graduate Nursing Core and Concentration courses.

Corequisites are at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Nursing Program.

 

NSG 600. NURSING  INFORMATICS
THREE CREDITS

Students use information systems to analyze patient data, perform research, and evaluate project outcomes. The course will include applications in computer-based patient records, data-base management systems, e-health, distance education, and research. Legal and ethical issues associated with computer use are examined.

Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

NSG 601. BIOSTATISTICS
THREE CREDITS

Statistics is the science whereby inferences are made about specific random phenomena on the basis of relatively limited sample material. It is widely used in biological, health, and social sciences, etc. Biostatistics is the branch of applied statistics that applies statistical methods to medical and biological problems.

Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.


NSG 602. ETHICAL PRINCIPLES FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE

THREE CREDITS

This course will analyze a broad range of ethical principles that impact the health professions, from euthanasia and abortion to informed consent and behavior control. Examination of the ethical, moral, and legal obligations within selected decision-making frameworks will be completed. Strategies to assist in the resolution of ethical dilemmas will be developed through the application of selected theories and concepts. Interaction between ethical, legal, and political events that affect advanced practice nursing will be explored.

Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.


NSG 603. APPLICATION OF NURSING RESEARCH
THREE CREDITS

This course analyzes research methods to appraise research literature for application to practice and evaluate practice outcomes in varied settings. Application of relevant research findings are used to generate practice guidelines, design evidence based interventions and examine patterns and predict outcomes. The collaborative role of the DNP in research is discussed.

Prerequisite: NSG 601


NSG 604. EPIDEMIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

THREE CREDITS

The purpose of this course is to examine the concepts and methods of epidemiological and environmental health analysis and their application to advanced nursing practice. The student will be able to integrate this knowledge into nursing practice in a variety of health care settings through research, program development, health policy and advocacy.

Prerequisite: Doctoral standing

 

NSG 605. COLLABORATION IN HEALTH CARE DELIVERY
THREE CREDITS

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to promote collaboration with all members of the interdisciplinary health care team. Content will include exploration of the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies for effective health care delivery.

Prerequisite: Doctoral standing


NSG 606. DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL ISSUES
THREE CREDITS

This course focuses on cultural and social issues affecting members of a global society. A critical appraisal of health care disparities is emphasized and strategies for quality improvement are analyzed.

Prerequisite: Doctoral standing


NSG 607. LEADERSHIP IN ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE
THREE CREDITS

This course provides an opportunity for students to analyze theories of leadership and management as they relate to the multifaceted role in advanced nursing practice. The health care environment, with its ongoing changes in organization and financing, is impacted upon by changes in health policy, regulatory processes, and quality measures. The understanding of this content will prepare the student to provide quality cost-effective care, to participate in the design and implementation of care in a variety of health care systems, and to assume a leadership role in the managing of human, fiscal, and physical care resources.

Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.


NSG 608A AND B. SCHOLARLY PROJECT

SIX CREDITS

Completed over the last 2 semesters of the DNP program.

In this capstone course, the student, under the guidance of a selected faculty member, will analyze and synthesize theoretical and empirical research relevant to a clinical practice issue.  Students will design a comprehensive and holistic approach to this problem using evidence-based presentation.  This course provides opportunity for additional clinical practice needed for the development of advanced nursing practice competencies.  Required clinical hours for DNP clinical competency are dependent upon educational / clinical background.  This could vary from 500 to 1000 hours.

Prerequisites: Doctoral standing, NSG 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, and 607.

Corequisites are at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Nursing Program.

 

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