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Course Descriptions

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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. (Nurse Practitioner students are required to complete an onsite residency).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

NSG 530. Advanced Pathophysiology | Three Credits
This course provides an overview of the normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease and serves as one primary component of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. The course will prepare the advanced practice nurse for interpreting changes in normal function that results in symptoms indicative of illness in patients across the lifespan.

NSG 533. Advanced Pharmacology | Three Credits
This course provides the basic principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics for broad categories of drugs. Purpose of action, common interactions and contraindications of major drug categories are highlighted. Case studies are integrated to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate application of pharmacological theory in advancing nursing practice.

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, 533,550, and 552

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, 550, and 552

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.

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.

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.

NSG 544. Classroom Practicum in Nursing Education | Three Credits
This practicum provides the student an opportunity to actively participate in a faculty or staff development role within an educational setting. The student is required to obtain a mentor who will provide classroom learning experiences. (100 practicum hours required).
Prerequisites: NSG 540, 541, 542

NSG 545. Clinical Practicum in Nursing Education | Three Credits
This practicum provides the student an opportunity to actively participate in a faculty or staff development role within an educational setting. The student is required to obtain a mentor who will provide teaching learning experiences within a clinical environment. (100 practicum hours required).
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.

NSG 552. Psychopharmacology | Two Credits
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.

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

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

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.

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.
Note: Taken concurrently with NSG 563 for the first eight weeks.

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
Note: Taken concurrently with NSG 564 for the first eight weeks.

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
Note: This 16-week course is taken concurrently with NSG 561 for the first eight weeks.

NSG 564. 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
Note: This 16-week course is taken concurrently with NSG 562 for the first eight weeks.

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.

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