NURS Nursing

NURS   3101   Skills and Essentials of Nursing Practice

5 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

Building on a sound foundation derived from the liberal arts, sciences and nursing, this integrated theory/practicum course explores evidence based fundamental concepts and skills related to the provision of safe and competent nursing care for culturally diverse populations. The practicum component provides students the opportunity to integrate theory with clinical practice, using the nursing process with adult patients, to develop clinical reasoning via simulated and experiential learning opportunities in a variety of clinical settings. The course framework incorporates the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN), the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education for Professional Practice, and the current American Nurses’ Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2015).

Prerequisite(s): Accepted in Nursing Program.

NURS   3102   Health Assessment

4 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the application of interviewing and physical exam techniques for the health assessment of the adult population.The didactic and experiential components allow students the opportunity to learn and practice interviewing/communication skills and physical exam techniques to assess a clients’ wellbeing, health and illness, and safety from a health promotion focus. Emphasis is on the acquisition and application of learning normal assessment findings, as well as recognizing and differentiating abnormal findings when caring for clients.

Prerequisite(s): Accepted in Nursing Program.

NURS   3103   Professional Nursing Practice

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is for the beginning nursing student. Major concepts, providing a foundation for professional nursing practice , which are used throughout the curriculum, are introduced and explored. Emphasis is on the acquisition of basic nursing concepts for the performance of safe and appropriate therapeutic and caring nursing practice for a culturally diverse population. The course framework for professional nursing practice and professional role activities is developed from the current American Nurses’ Association: Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice and the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN).

Prerequisite(s): Accepted in Nursing Program.

NURS   3104   Pharmacology I

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course provides the student with an introduction to the basic principles of pharmacology and other therapeutic modalities appropriate to culturally diverse populations across the lifespan. Ethical, legal, and teaching responsibilities regarding medication management are delineated. Emphasis is placed on roles and responsibilities of the nurse in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team to facilitate health promotion and safe administration of pharmaceuticals. An introduction to the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics of drug classifications and select medications are addressed.

Prerequisite(s): Accepted in Nursing Program.

NURS   3105   Pharmacology II

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course builds from Pharmacology I, providing students with the assessment and management of medications for a diverse population of adults with chronic and acute illness. Ethical, legal, and teaching responsibilities regarding medication management are delineated. Emphasis is placed on roles and responsibilities of the nurse in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team to facilitate health promotion and safe administration of pharmaceuticals. Correlating diseases and disorders to common medication treatment plans is initiated at this level.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in NURS   3101, NURS   3102, NURS   3103, NURS   3104.

NURS   3107   Adult Health Nursing I

7 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

This course builds on a previously acquired foundation derived from the liberal arts, sciences and nursing to apply the nursing process to the holistic care of culturally diverse adult patients and families who are experiencing simple to chronic alterations in health. Clinical experiences provide students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and implement appropriate evidence based therapeutic nursing interventions towards the goal of restoring, promoting and maintaining the health of patients in a variety of geographical settings.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in NURS   3101, NURS   3102, NURS   3103, NURS   3104.

NURS   3108   Mental Health Nursing

5 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

This course promotes mental health as a dynamic construct occurring on a continuum. Students strengthen their knowledge of and appreciation for the interaction of the mind, body, and spirit in psychiatric/mental health nursing as well as all other nursing specialties. The roles of the professional nurse in risk reduction for mental health disorders, health promotion, and recovery are examined in both didactic and clinical settings. Utilizing a health promotion framework and the American Nurses’ Association’s Scope and Standards of Practice, students incorporate theories and frameworks from the liberal arts, sciences, and nursing to apply the nursing process in providing mental health nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and the community. Students learn the role of the baccalaureate nurse on interdisciplinary teams in mental healthcare. Emphasis is on developing therapeutic communication skills and collaborative relationships that support individuals to achieve or return to optimal wellness and function.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in NURS   3101, NURS   3102, NURS   3103, NURS   3104.

NURS   3150L   Prof Role Trans:Comm Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   3300L   Health Assess Promo Well Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   3304L   Professional Nursing Prac-Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   3306L   Transitional Concepts Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   3310L   Nurs Health Promo Lifespan Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   3320L   Health Assess Well Indiv Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   3321L   Healt Assm of the Well Ind Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   3330   Leadership in Nursing Care

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Leadership role of the professional nurse in the management of health care.

NURS   3334L   Skills & Esntls of Nurs Pr Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   3340L   Family Health Promotion Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   3344L   Skills/Essen Of Nurs Prac Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   3345L   Adult Health I Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

NURS   3346L   Adult Health I Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

NURS   3350L   Health Prom Women & Child Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

Corequisite(s): NURS   3360L.

NURS   3352   Pharmacology/Pathophys I

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

pharmacology and pathophysiology with emphasis on implications for nursing practice using the concepts of inflammation and immunity, fluid and electrolytes and perception and coordination.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in BIOL   2081 and BIOL   2082.

NURS   3354   Pharmacology/Pathophys II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Pharmocology and pathophysiology with emphasis on implications for nursing practice using the concepts of oxygenation and metabolism.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in BIOL   2081 and BIOL   2082 and BIOL   2275.

NURS   3360L   Health Main & Rehab Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

Corequisite(s): NURS   3350L.

NURS   3375   Adult Health II

5 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Nursing care of the adult with alterations in oxygenation and metabolism in a variety of clinical settings.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" and prior or concurrent enrollment in NURS   3354.

NURS   3425L   Children'S Health Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

NURS   3450L   Health Care of Families Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   3535L   Mental Health Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Corequisite lab with NURS 3535.

NURS   3536L   Mental Health Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

NURS   4004L   Health Assessment Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   4005L   Pop Focus Com Nsg/Gl Soc Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

NURS   4106   Pharmacology III

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The final course of this trilogy continues with emphasis on roles and responsibilities of the nurse in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team to facilitate health promotion and safe administration of pharmaceuticals for a diverse population of adults and children. Ethical, legal, and teaching responsibilities regarding medication management are delineated and expand to the concepts of care in the community settings. The students are expected to address medication reconciliation and crisis situations that may arise.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in NURS   3105, NURS   3107, NURS   3108.

NURS   4109   Women's and Children's Nursing

6 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

This course concentrates on health promotion, disease prevention, and health risk reduction of children and women from diverse populations. A family centered focus is used to guide the student’s understanding of the childbearing family from preconception through labor and delivery and care of the neonate, as well as children and their families. Care and health restoration of the woman and family with an at-risk pregnancy is also addressed. The role of the nurse as practitioner, educator, collaborator in acute care and various community settings is underscored. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the current American Nurses Association's Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in NURS   3105 and NURS   3107 and NURS   3108.

NURS   4110   Community Health Nursing

5 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

This course provides the student with a foundation of community nursing roles and essential skills for entry level public health nursing with a focus on population health and wellness. Knowledge and value of human diversity are held as essential concepts as students apply the nursing process with individuals, families, aggregates, and communities. Theories and concepts from public health and nursing science are applied to risk reduction, disease prevention, and health promotion. The impact of political systems and regulatory agencies on health disparities are examined at the global, national, regional and local levels.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in NURS   3105 and NURS   3107 and NURS   3108.

NURS   4111   Adult Health Nursing II

7 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

This course builds on a previously acquired foundation derived from the liberal arts, sciences and nursing to apply the nursing process to the holistic care of culturally diverse adult patients and families who are experiencing complex alterations in health. Clinical experiences provide students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and implement appropriate evidence based therapeutic nursing interventions towards the goal of restoring, promoting and maintaining the health of patients in a variety of geographical settings.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in NURS   4106 and NURS   4109 and NURS   4110.

NURS   4112   Leadership & Management Capstone

6 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

The focus of this course is to prepare students to assume a leadership role in the management of nursing care in multidisciplinary healthcare environments. The principles of critical thinking and evidence based nursing practice are utilized in the care of groups of clients and families with Health/Illness variations within a culturally diverse and complex healthcare delivery system. Course content includes management and leadership theories and skills, change strategies, healthcare technology, and role transition strategies to assist the new professional nurse. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the American Nurses Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in NURS   4106 and NURS   4109 and NURS   4110.

NURS   4113   Research

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The focus of this course is on the research process and enhancement of critical thinking skills. Students learn to critique, analyze, and apply research findings to health promotion of persons, families, groups, and communities. The relationship of nursing research to nursing theory and practice is explored.

Prerequisite(s): Accepted in Nursing Program.

NURS   4114   Critical Analysis

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

This course facilitates the application, analysis, and synthesis of essential nursing knowledge and skills for use in professional practice. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the current ANA, Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice and the AACN, Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in NURS   4106 and NURS   4109 and NURS   4110.

NURS   4115   Nursing and Service Learning in Costa Rica

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

This course is a 4 week course with 10 days study in Costa Rica. The course consists of lecture, supervised field/clinical observations, service learning, course-related excursions, and cultural and historical activities. The course integrates transcultural health and service learning to provide students with a deeper and more meaningful experience. Students receive foot-care training and education to provide care to vulnerable population to improve quality of health outcomes. Students engage in experiential cultural learning to gain understanding of the interdependent nature of the contemporary world, to develop an appreciation for different cultures, and to help students sharpen their skills as critical thinkers and effective communicators. The outcome of the course is to enrich students’ personal growth, self-awareness, and appreciation for cultural differences. The course is open to pre‐nursing, nursing, health related, and other majors.

NURS   4116   Honors Project I

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

Independent exploration of nursing problems and practice issues under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

NURS   4117   Honors Project II

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

Implementation and evaluation of the project with a selected population under the guidance of a faculty member.

NURS   4118   Honors Project III

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

Presentation of the honor’s project to a selected group.

NURS   4119   Independent Study-Undergraduate

6 Credit Hours.   0-6 Lecture Hours.   0-18 Lab Hours.

The student, in consultation with the professor, selects a topic and submits a proposal for supervised independent study.

NURS   4120   Special Topics-Undergraduate

6 Credit Hours.   0-6 Lecture Hours.   0-18 Lab Hours.

The professor offers a course in a selected topic for qualifying students.

NURS   4121   Strategies for Success in Professional Nursing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This elective course provides an opportunity for students to develop strategies for success in nursing. Learning style, study and testing techniques to enhance academic and professional performance are explored.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4122   Foundations of Healthcare Informatics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduction to information technologies and systems that support healthcare delivery. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing health information technology to support decision-making, improve communication, and manage knowledge.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4123   Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Focuses on the legal and ethical rights, responsibilities, and obligations of the practicing nurse in a changing health environment.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4124   Gerontology in the 21st Century

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explore Normal aging, theories of aging, and the effect society has on the increasing geriatric population.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4125   Vulnerable Populations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides an overview of vulnerable populations and the role of the nurse in the health care of the populations.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor.

NURS   4126   International Nursing Issues and Trends

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores the influence of culture, economics, politics, and technology on global health.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor.

NURS   4127   Introduction to Forensic Nursing and the Law

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides an introduction to the principles of forensic nursing and the legal issues related to nursing practice.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor.

NURS   4128   Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An overview of complementary and integrative health approaches used in holistic health practices and healing to include: natural products, mind, body, spirit practices, and energy therapies will be presented. Safety considerations and evidenced-based practice guidelines will be discussed. Integration of complementary therapies into nursing care of those with chronic diseases as well as a method of health promotion and disease prevention will be explored. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the current American Nurses Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4129   Multiculturalism in Health Care

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores multicultural factors within a healthcare context.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4130   Home Health Nursing

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

Therapeutic nursing interventions of clients in the home setting.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4131   Population Health Care Strategies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Overview of the levels of prevention, epidemiological principles and their impact on health promotion and disease prevention. A major focus is primary prevention relative to exercise/activity. Emphasis is placed on the clinical application of activity for improving health.

Prerequisite(s): Junior/Senior level or permission of instructor.

NURS   4132   Critical Care

3 Credit Hours.   1 Lecture Hour.   6 Lab Hours.

Nursing care of the adult client in critical care settings with life threatening alterations in health. Emphasis is placed on the role of the professional nurse in the restorations and maintenance of health with clients and their families experiencing critical illness.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4134   Nursing Perspectives: Then, Now, and the Future

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Analyzes the influences of significant historical nursing figures through present day as it influences the future of nursing.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4135   Women and Leadership in Nursing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores historical and contemporary perspectives and attitudes of women as nurses and leaders.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4136   Nursing Practice in the Military

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examine the social, political, environmental, and global impact of military warfare on nursing practice in context of nursing leadership, practices and traditions.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

NURS   4137   Pediatric Nursing Externship

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

Nursing care in the complex pediatric client in the acute care setting.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4138   Maternal/Infant Nursing Externship

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

Nursing care of the complex obstetric and neonatal client in the acute care setting.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.

NURS   4139   Medical-Surgical Oncology Nursing Externship

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

Nursing care of the complex oncological client in the acute care setting.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.

NURS   4140   Medical-Surgical Neuroscience Nursing Externship

3 Credit Hours.   1 Lecture Hour.   6 Lab Hours.

Nursing care of the complex neurological client in the acute care setting.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.

NURS   4141   Medical-Surgical Complex Medical Nursing Externship

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

Nursing care of the client with co-morbid conditions in the acute care setting.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4142   Health Promotion Through the Life Span

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The professional nurse’s role in population-focused healthcare for individuals, families, and communities through the lifespan.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4143   Medical Terminology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed for undergraduate level students interested in expanding their knowledge of medical terminology and related pathophysiology. This is a fully on-line course. Emphasis is placed on etymology, definition, pronunciation and correct utilization of medical terms, enabling the student to develop a vocabulary essential to understanding and communicating within the various health areas in which allied health professionals serve. An audio-visual approach to anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostics, and treatment regimens offers content information and language comprehension skills applicable to other dimensions.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4201   Skills and Essentials of Nursing Practice

5 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

Building on a sound foundation derived from the liberal arts, sciences and nursing, this integrated theory/practicum course explores evidence based fundamental concepts and skills related to the provision of safe and competent nursing care for culturally diverse populations. The practicum component provides students the opportunity to integrate theory with clinical practice, using the nursing process with adult patients, to develop clinical reasoning via simulated and experiential learning opportunities in a variety of clinical settings. The course framework incorporates the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN), the Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education for Professional Practice, and the current American Nurses Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2015).

NURS   4202   Health Assessment

4 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the application of interviewing and physical exam techniques for the health assessment of the adult population.The didactic and experiential components allow students the opportunity to learn and practice interviewing/communication skills and physical exam techniques to assess a clients’ wellbeing, health and illness, and safety from a health promotion focus. Emphasis is on the acquisition and application of learning normal assessment findings, as well as recognizing and differentiating abnormal findings when caring for clients. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the current American Nurses Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

NURS   4203   Professional Nursing Practice

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is for the beginning nursing student. Major concepts, providing a foundation for professional nursing practice which are used throughout the curriculum, are introduced and explored. Emphasis is on the acquisition of basic nursing concepts for the performance of safe and appropriate therapeutic and caring nursing practice for a culturally diverse population. The course framework for professional nursing practice and professional role activities is developed from the current American Nurses’ Association: Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice and the Quality and Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN). The curriculum framework meets the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Accreditation: Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education.

NURS   4204   Comprehensive Pharmacology

5 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course provides the student with a foundation of the basic principles of pharmacology and other therapeutic modalities appropriate to culturally diverse populations across the lifespan. Ethical, legal, and teaching responsibilities regarding medication management are delineated. Emphasis is placed on roles and responsibilities of the nurse in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team to facility health promotion and safe administration of pharmaceuticals. An introduction to the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics of drug classifications providing students with the assessment and management of medications for a diverse population of adults with chronic and acute illness. Correlating diseases and disorders to common medication treatment plans is emphasized.

NURS   4207   Adult Health Nursing I

7 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

This course builds on a previously acquired foundation derived from the liberal arts, sciences and nursing to apply the nursing process to the holistic care of culturally diverse adult patients and families who are experiencing simple to chronic alterations in health. Clinical experiences provide students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and implement appropriate evidence based therapeutic nursing interventions towards the goal of restoring, promoting and maintaining the health of patients in a variety of geographical settings.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in NURS   4201 and NURS   4202 and NURS   4203.

NURS   4208   Mental Health Nursing

6 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

This course promotes mental health as a dynamic construct occurring on a continuum. Students strengthen their knowledge of and appreciation for the interaction of the mind, body, and spirit in psychiatric/mental health nursing as well as all other nursing specialties. The roles of the professional nurse in risk reduction for mental health disorders, health promotion, and recovery are examined in both didactic and clinical settings. Utilizing a health promotion framework and the American Nurses’ Association’s Scope and Standards of Practice, students incorporate theories and frameworks from the liberal arts, sciences, and nursing to apply the nursing process in providing mental health nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and the community. Students learn the role of the baccalaureate nurse on interdisciplinary teams in mental healthcare. Emphasis is on developing therapeutic communication skills and collaborative relationships that support individuals to achieve or return to optimal wellness and function.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" NURS   4201 and NURS   4202 and NURS   4203 and NURS   4204.

NURS   4209   Women’s & Children’s Nursing

6 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

This course concentrates on health promotion, disease prevention, and health risk reduction of children and women from diverse populations. A family centered focus is used to guide the student’s understanding of the childbearing family from preconception through labor and delivery and care of the neonate, as well as children and their families. Care and health restoration of the woman and family with an at-risk pregnancy is also addressed. The role of the nurse as practitioner, educator, collaborator in acute care and various community settings is underscored. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the current American Nurses’ Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

NURS   4210   Community Health Nursing

5 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

This course provides the student with a foundation of community nursing roles and essential skills for entry to level public health nursing with a focus on population health and wellness.  Knowledge and value of human diversity are held as essential concepts as students apply the nursing process with individuals, families, aggregates, and communities. Theories and concepts from public health and nursing science are applied to risk reduction, disease prevention, and health promotion.  The impact of political systems and regulatory agencies on health disparities are examined at the global, national, regional and local levels.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" NURS   4201 and NURS   4202 and NURS   4203 and NURS   4204 and NURS   4207 and NURS   4208 and NURS   4209.

NURS   4211   Adult Health Nursing II

7 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

This course builds on a previously acquired foundation derived from the liberal arts, sciences and nursing to apply the nursing process to the holistic care of culturally diverse adult patients and families who are experiencing complex alterations in health.  Clinical experiences provide students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and implement appropriate evidence based therapeutic nursing interventions towards the goal of restoring, promoting and maintaining the health of patients in a variety of geographical settings.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in NURS   4201 and NURS   4202 and NURS   4203 and NURS   4204 and NURS   4207.

NURS   4212   Leadership and Management Capstone

7 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

The focus of this course is to prepare students to assume a leadership role in the management of nursing care in multidisciplinary healthcare environments. The principles of critical thinking and evidence based nursing practice are utilized in the care of groups of clients and families with Health/Illness variations within a culturally diverse and complex healthcare delivery system. Course content includes management and leadership theories and skills, change strategies, healthcare technology, and role transition strategies to assist the new professional nurse. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the American Nurses’ Association, Nursing: Scope and standards of practice, (3rd ed.).

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in NURS   4201 and NURS   4202 and NURS   4203 and NURS   4204 and NURS   4207 and NURS   4208 and NURS   4209 and NURS   4211.

NURS   4214   Critical Analysis

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

This course facilitates the application, analysis, and synthesis of essential nursing knowledge and skills for use in professional practice. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the current ANA, Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice and the AACN, Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in NURS   4201 and NURS   4202 and NURS   4203 and NURS   4204 and NURS   4207 and NURS   4208 and NURS   4209 and NURS   4211.

NURS   4215L   Home Health Nursing Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   1 Lab Hour.

NURS   4217L   Critical Care Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   4218L   Perioperative Nursing Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

NURS   4224L   Med-Surg Onc Nurs Extern Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

NURS   4225L   Med-Surg Onc Nurs Extern Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

NURS   4226L   Med-Surg Comp Nurs Extern Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

NURS   4301   Conceptual Basis of Nursing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course provides an introduction to the conceptual basis of professional nursing. The concepts of person, nursing, health, environment, health promotion, human caring, communication, ethical principles, critical thinking, empowerment, research, cultural sensitivity, and healthcare technology are explored and applied to specific case situations. The student is exposed to the historical aspects of nursing and healthcare, with emphasis on the rural environment, as well as evidenced-based nursing practice, patient safety and quality, healthcare policy, and financial implications in the current healthcare arena. Healthcare delivery systems, barriers to healthcare, and legal aspects of nursing are discussed. The ANA Scope and Standards of Practice are introduced in this course with specific emphasis on caring and ethics.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the RN-BSN program or Permission of the Program Director.

NURS   4302   Health Assessment

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

Focuses on refinement of the application of interviewing and physical exam techniques for the health assessment of the adult population. The didactic and experiential components allow students the opportunity to learn and practice interviewing/communication skills and physical exam techniques to assess a clients’ wellbeing, health, illness, and safety with a health promotion focus. Emphasis is on the acquisition and application of learning normal assessment findings, as well as recognizing and differentiating abnormal findings when caring for clients. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the current American Nurses’ Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the RN-BSN Program.

NURS   4303   Complementary Therapeutic Modalities

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course introduces culturally specific therapeutic modalities that are complementary to western health care. These therapeutic modalities are examined relative to their combination with scientific therapies and professional and lay healers. Ethical, legal, and teaching responsibilities are elaborated. Emphasis is placed on the roles and responsibilities of the nurse in collaboration with the client and the multi-disciplinary team to facilitate health promotion.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the RN-BSN program or Permission of the Program Director.

NURS   4310   Community Health Nursing

5 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

This course provides the student with a foundation of community nursing roles and essential skills for entry to level public health nursing with a focus on population health and wellness.  Knowledge and value of human diversity are held as essential concepts as students apply the nursing process with individuals, families, aggregates, and communities. Theories and concepts from public health and nursing science are applied to risk reduction, disease prevention, and health promotion.  The impact of political systems and regulatory agencies on health disparities are examined at the global, national, regional and local levels. 60 hours of clinical is included.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the RN-BSN program.

NURS   4311   Complex Nursing Concepts

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course provides an opportunity for thorough analysis of complex concepts relative to nursing such as person, environment, health, holistic nursing, caring, rurality, spirituality, and power. Multiple theoretical models are analyzed: Health Promotion, Caring, Transcultural Nursing and others. Case study analysis and other modes, including field work, are used to apply models to life events such as birth, death and changes in health status. Attention is given to the availability and use of community resources for individuals and families experiencing dynamic change and complex health events. Additionally, considerable attention is given to the impact of social, economic, cultural, legal, and ethical variables on the experience of profound life events.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the RN-BSN program.

NURS   4312   Nursing Leadership and Management

5 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

The focus of this course is to prepare students to assume a leadership role in the management of nursing care in multidisciplinary healthcare environments. The principles of critical thinking and evidence based nursing practice are utilized in the care of groups of clients and families with Health/Illness variations within a culturally diverse and complex healthcare delivery system. Course content includes management and leadership theories and skills, change strategies, healthcare technology, and role transition strategies to assist the new professional nurse. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the American Nurses’ Association, Nursing: Scope and standards of practice, (3rd ed.). 60 hours of clinical is included.

Prerequsite(s): Admission to the RN-BSN program.

NURS   4313   Nursing Research

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The focus of this course is on the research process and enhancement of critical thinking skills. Students learn to critique, analyze, and apply research findings to health promotion of persons, families, groups, and communities. The relationship of nursing research to nursing theory and practice is explored.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the RN-BSN program.

NURS   4314   Critical Analysis of Nursing Concepts

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course facilitates the synthesis and application of evidence based care using policy, politics, and ethical principles to guide discussion and critical discourse. Students will engage in seminar discussion, critical discourse, case analysis, and ethical applications.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in: NURS   4301 and NURS   4302 and NURS   4303 and NURS   4310 and NURS   4311 and NURS   4312 and NURS   4313.

NURS   4341   Population Focused Nursing

5 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to aid the public health nurse in developing and/or revitalizing skills essential in population-based practice in conjunction with clinical/preventive skills already obtained in the workforce. Emphasis will be on conducting community assessments, planning and implementing appropriate interventions based assessment findings, presenting health data to groups, facilitating the development of community coalitions, and collaboration with community partners for effective change in health policy.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   4345L   Adult Health II Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

NURS   4346L   Adult Health II Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

NURS   4355L   Women & Children's Health Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Therapeutic nursing interventions to promote health and prevent illness of women and children in a variety of clinical settings.

NURS   4356L   Women & Children's Health Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

NURS   4420   Nursing and Health Restoration

9 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Health restoration of clients experiencing acute health problems.

Corequisite(s): NURS   4420L.

NURS   4420L   Nurs & Health Restoration Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

Corequisite(s): NURS   4420.

NURS   4425   Children's Health

5 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Health promotion, maintenance and restoration as the foundation for nursing care of children in a variety of settings.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" and prior or concurrent enrollment in NURS   3352 or NURS   3354.

NURS   4430L   Health Restor Mental Hlth Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

NURS   4435L   Mental Hlth Restoration Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   4 Lab Hours.

NURS   4440L   Population Focused Nurs Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

NURS   4441L   Population Focused Nurs Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

NURS   4450L   Prof Nursing Practicum Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

NURS   4451L   Profession Nurs Lead & Mangmt

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

NURS   4470L   Nurs & Pop Focused Prac Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

NURS   4480L   Prof Nurs Practicum Lab

0 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   9 Lab Hours.

NURS   5131   Scientific and Medical Terminology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed for undergraduate level students interested in expanding their knowledge of medical terminology and related pathophysiology. This is a fully on-line course. Emphasis is placed on etymology, definition, pronunciation and correct utilization of medical terms, enabling the student to develop a vocabulary essential to understanding and communicating within the various health areas in which allied health professionals serve. An audio-visual approach to anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostics, and treatment regimens offers content information and language comprehension skills applicable to other dimensions.

Cross Listing(s): NURS 5131G.

NURS   6101   Chronic Care Management I

4 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Exploration and Evaluation of Chronic Care Conditions across the lifespan with a specific focus on those affecting clients of managed care eligibility. Local, Regional, State and National evaluation of prevalent Chronic Care Conditions, their demographic, cultural and economic dispositions. Identify target population of interest and develop at least 3 collaborative resources for potential care management implementation.

NURS   6103   Chronic Care and Pharmacology Management II

4 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Build network partnership throughout healthcare service networks to develop chronic care management programs related to focus population. Develop chronic care management resources, documentation strategies and outreach resources to meet the needs of the population and meet the CMS criteria for Chronic Care Management reimbursement services. Clinical time will be applied and can encompass networking, program development and outcome evaluations for collaborative partners. Students will identify at least one funding resource potential to support gaps in service and care coordination for a specific population.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of "B" in NURS   6106 and NURS 6107.

NURS   6106   Chronic Care Management and Advanced Health Assessment Capstone

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Complete Chronic Care Management Guide for focus population. Collaborate with network partners to support implementation of Chronic Care Management Program. Clinical time will be applied and will encompass research utilization, designing a funding application and/or support program related to focus area/s for future program implementation and completion of resources to support long term Chronic Care Management Services.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of "B" in: NURS   6103 and NURS 6105.

NURS   6205   Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the processes of curriculum design and program development and in nursing education. The elements of the philosophical and contextual foundation of a curriculum, the application of professional standards and implementation and evaluation of both a curriculum and an educational program are explored.

NURS   6208   Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the examination of a range of assessment methods, techniques, devices, and strategies and ways to determine appropriate assessments for measuring student learning and curricular goals in both theoretical and clinical applications.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of "B" in: NURS 6206, NURS 6207.

NURS   7090   Selected Topics Nursing

6 Credit Hours.   0-6 Lecture Hours.   0-36 Lab Hours.

Provides a mechanism for offering courses on selected topics in nursing.

Cross Listing(s): NURS 7090S.

NURS   7110   Scholarly Writing at the Graduate Level

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

Focuses on evidence-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes for scholarly writing development. This online course examines the processes of translating and integrating scholarship into practice as well as the dissemination of evidence-based findings to diverse audiences through scholarly writing. Emphasis will be placed on advanced information searches, analytical reasoning and writing strategies relevant to the practice of advanced professional nursing, scholarly writing in the form of a manuscript using peer-reviewed journal guidelines, the generation of complex scholarly writing, and appropriate citation format according to the American Psychological Association (APA).

NURS   7121   Theoretical Basis for Clinical Scholarship

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the scientific underpinnings and theories from nursing and related disciplines in the application to clinical practice. The student is prepared for the implementation and integration of evidence-based practice. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the current American Nurses’ Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BSN-DNP.

NURS   7122   Research Design and Dissemination

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to enhance your ability to understand and critique nursing research applicable to advanced nursing practice. This course is intended to prepare individual students to participate as a member of a clinical research team. Current professional and practice standards/guidelines provide the foundation for this course. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the American Nurses' Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BSN-DNP Program.

NURS   7123   Psychodynamics of Health

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

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.

NURS   7128   Epidemiology

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course introduces the basic principles and methods of epidemiology, with an emphasis on clinical judgment and application to clinical practice for the advanced practice nurse (APN). Epidemiology is studied in relation to the changing health care system and environmental hazards. Principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation, appropriate summaries and displays of data, and the use of classical statistical approaches to determine patterns of health, health promotion, and disease prevention within the environment are examined. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the current American Nurses’ Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

NURS   7129   Role Transition for APRN

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the scientific underpinnings that provide the foundation for advanced practice nursing and the multiple roles of the advanced practice registered nurse in the evolving healthcare environment.

NURS   7130   Health Policy Concerns in Delivery Systems

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines how the advanced practice nurse can obtain and use knowledge of the American healthcare system to explore economically and politically feasible policy changes that could improve the efficiency and effectiveness of delivery of healthcare. Ethical inquiry addresses access to healthcare and the disposition of scarce resources. This course is intended to prepare the future advanced practice nurse to be a member of an interprofessional team to advocate for matters of access and delivery of healthcare issues. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the American Nurses' Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2010).

NURS   7135   Informatics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course prepares the APRN to utilize informatics and health care technologies in the management of individuals, groups and organizations for the improvement of patient outcomes. The course will introduce and explore the use of information technology and applications used by health care professionals to support health in clinical practice, education, research, and administration. This is an online course.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate nursing program.

NURS   7136   Theoretical Perspectives of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the theoretical underpinnings that provide the foundation for teaching and learning in nursing education. A broad vase of theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology and education as applied to the needs of learners are covered. The role of the nurse educator is explored to meet the teaching needs of diverse learners in diverse learning environments designers and strategies to assess learning experiences from the standpoint of learner and instructor are investigated. Course includes exploring the nurse educator role as a leader in the academic community and cultivation of teaching, scholarship and service activities.

NURS   7137   Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the processes of curriculum design and program development and in nursing education. The elements of the philosophical and contextual foundation of a curriculum, the application of professional standards and implementation and evaluation of both a curriculum and an educational program are explored.

NURS   7138   Teaching Strategies and Methods in Nursing Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores a broad array of creative classroom and clinical learner-centered teaching strategies, particularly those that promote critical thinking and facilitate active student learning. Frameworks, tools, and experiences to select, evaluate, and use teaching strategies appropriate to a variety of learning environments in nursing education are explored. An assessment of learning experiences from the standpoints of self, learner and instructor as well as appropriate assessment strategies to address teaching and learning issues and situations are addressed. Course content will include a focus on the use of technology in classroom and clinical nursing education.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in NURS   7136.

NURS   7139   Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the examination of a range of assessment methods, techniques, devices, and strategies and ways to determine appropriate assessments for measuring student learning and curricular goals in both theoretical and clinical applications.

Prerequisite(s):A minimum grade of "B" in NURS   7138.

NURS   7141   Pathophysiology and Differential Diagnosis

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The advanced concepts of pathophysiology that alter and/or disrupt body system functioning in the adult and child patient are explored. Clinical findings and diagnostic approaches are emphasized. Current and emerging biomedical research is integrated and lays the foundation for advanced practice nursing. Having knowledge of pathophysiology concepts provide the foundation for determining differential diagnosis related to patient complaints and physical findings.

NURS   7142   Advanced Pharmacology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Pharmacotherapeutic principles for advanced nursing management of patients across the lifespan will be explored. The legal, professional and evidence-based dimensions of prescribing are addressed.

NURS   7143   Advanced Health Assessment

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Advanced health assessment builds on undergraduate assessment skills and knowledge across the lifespan in diverse populations. Recognition of pathological signs and symptoms associated with illness and assessment of health promotion needs are emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in NURS   7141.

Corequisite(s): NURS   7710.

Cross Listing(s): NURS   7710.

NURS   7234   Primary Care Clinical 3: Adult Health

3 Credit Hours.   1 Lecture Hour.   4 Lab Hours.

This course requires the application of theroretical concepts relative to the provision of health care to the adult and older 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 hourse of clinical experience in a rural/urban ambulatory primary care setting providing care to the adult and older population is required.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 5230G and NURS 5210G and NURS 6134 and NURS 6135.

Corequisite(s): NURS   7243.

NURS   7243   Primary Care 3: Adult Health

4 Credit Hours.   4 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the role of the family nurse practioner in the provision of primary health care to the adult client in rural/urban ambulatory care settings. Emphasis is placed on health maintenance/promotion and the management of adult health within a transcultural context of family/ community.

Corequisite(s): NURS   7234.

NURS   7432   Comm Epi Health Prom APN

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

NURS   7532   Chronic Care Management I

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Exploration and Evaluation of Chronic Care Conditions across the lifespan with a specific focus on conditions affecting clients of managed care eligibility and chronic diseases. Local, Regional, State and National evaluation of prevalent Chronic Care Conditions, their demographic, cultural and economic dispositions and practice standards.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Graduate School at Georgia Southern University and Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college.

NURS   7542   Chronic Care Management II

4 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

In this course students will begin to develop expertise in the care of patients with chronic illness through exploration of the various models of chronic care management. They will assess patient needs and develop an interdisciplinary care plan that includes patient resources, a teaching plan, and means of evaluation. Ethical issues, quality improvement, and patient safety for this population will be explored. The course includes 90 hours of clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings in both inpatient and outpatient environments. Clinical time may be applied and can encompass networking, plan development, and outcome evaluations with collaborative partners.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in all of the following: NURS   7141, NURS   7142, NURS   7143, NURS   7532, NURS   7710.

NURS   7543   Chronic Care Management Capstone

4 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

The CCM capstone course provides 90 hours of clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings in both inpatient and outpatient environments. This course allows students to synthesize and apply theoretical, evidence based interventions from the knowledge gained in all required courses. A special emphasis is placed on vulnerable populations who suffer from two of more chronic medical conditions. Learning activities will provide an opportunity for application of the learning experience and will include topics necessary to prepare students to assume leadership roles within healthcare environments. Components of insurance reimbursement and interprofessional collaboration will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in all of the following: NURS   7141, NURS   7142, NURS   7143, NURS   7710, NURS   7532, NURS   7542.

NURS   7710   Advanced Health Assessment Clinical

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

Advanced health assessment- clinical course requires precepted hours in a primary care setting to refine undergraduate assessment skills across the lifespan in diverse populations. Oral, written, and electronic documentation and communication is developed. Campus visits may be required.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in NURS   7141.

Corequisite(s): NURS   7143.

Cross Listing(s): NURS 7133.

NURS   7720   Clinical Specialty Practicum

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   135 Lab Hours.

This course emphasizes the enhancement of clinical proficiency through focused and sustained clinical experiences designed to strengthen patient care delivery skills as well as understanding of organizational dynamics. The clinical experiences afford the student the opportunity to focus on a population of interest or a specific clinical role. Teaching strategies and methods focusing on high quality and safe nursing practices will be applied in field experiences under the direct supervision of qualified nurse preceptors. 135 contact hours.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in NURS   7136 and NURS   7137.

NURS   7721   Nursing Education Capstone

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   135 Lab Hours.

This capstone educational experience course provides an opportunity to integrate the role of the nursing educator in a real-world context. Student-centered educational activities will be developed that incorporate pedagogy, instructional design, curriculum development, and assessment of learner outcomes within a nursing course under the guidance of an experienced nurse educator. 135 contact hours.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in all of the following: NURS   7136, NURS   7137, NURS   7138, NURS   7720.

NURS   7890   Independent Study - Graduate

6 Credit Hours.   0-6 Lecture Hours.   0-36 Lab Hours.

Allows the graduate student the opportunity to investigate an area of interest under the direction of a faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

NURS   8231   Theoretical Perspectives of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the theoretical underpinnings that provide the foundation for teaching and learning in nursing education. A broad base of theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology and education as applied to the needs of learners are covered. A variety of strategies to meet the teaching needs of diverse learners in diverse learning environments are explored and evaluated. Professional standards to inform the practice of instructional designers and strategies to assess learning experiences from the standpoint of learner and instructor are investigated.

NURS   8232   Instructional Design and Assessment in Nursing Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the processes of instructional design, curriculum development and assessment of learner outcomes in nursing education. The elements of the philosophical and contextual foundation of a curriculum, the application of professional standards and implementation and evaluation of both a curriculum and an educational program are explored. Course content focuses on the examination of a range of assessment methods, techniques, devices, and strategies and ways to determine appropriate assessments for measuring student learning and curricular goals.

NURS   8233   Learner-Centered Teaching: Creative Classroom and Clinical Education in Nursing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores a broad array of creative classroom and clinical learner-centered teaching strategies, particularly those that promote critical thinking and facilitate active student learning. Frameworks, tools, and experiences to select, evaluate, and use teaching strategies appropriate to a variety of learning environments in nursing education are explored. An assessment of learning experiences from the standpoints of self, learner and instructor as well as appropriate assessment strategies to address teaching and learning issues and situations are addressed. Course content will include a focus on the use of technology in classroom and clinical nursing education.

NURS   8234   Nursing Education Cognate Capstone

3 Credit Hours.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

This capstone educational experience course provides an opportunity to integrate the role of the nursing educator in a real-world context. Student learner-centered educational activities will be developed that incorporate pedagogy, instructional design, curriculum development, and assessment of learner outcomes within a nursing course under the guidance of an experienced nurse educator. 180 contact hours.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in NURS   8231 and NURS   8232 and NURS   8233.

NURS   8235   FNP I - Pediatrics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the role of the family nurse practitioner in the provision of primary health care to the pediatric client in ambulatory care settings. Emphasis is placed on health maintenance/promotion and the management of pediatric health within a transcultural, rural/urban, family and community context.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8721.

NURS   8236   FNP II - Women's Health

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the role of the nurse practitioner in the provision of primary health care to women in rural/urban ambulatory care settings who present for gynecological and prenatal care. Emphasis is placed on health maintenance/promotionand the management of women’s health concerns within the transcultural context of family/community.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8722.

NURS   8237   FNP III - Adult and Gerontology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner in the provision of primary health care to the adult and gerontological client in a rural/urban ambulatory care setting. Emphasis is placed on health maintenance/promotion and the management of adult health within the trans-cultural context of family/community.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8723.

NURS   8314   Vulnerable Populations

1 Credit Hour.   1 Lecture Hour.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the role of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in the provision of specialty health care to vulnerable populations with psychiatric/mental health conditions in rural/urban care settings such as prisons, shelters, emergency departments and various community agencies. Emphasis is placed on prevention, system assessment, program development, and population management utilizing translational research in context of the community as well as advocacy and policy development as it relates to mental health.

NURS   8331   An Interprofessional Collaboration Approach for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions 1

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to introduce students to collaborative practice among various disciplines of study in order to care for vulnerable persons with multiple chronic conditions.

NURS   8332   An Interprofessional Collaboration Approach for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions 2

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will provide students an opportunity to collaborate together in interprofessional teams to utilize professional competencies to provide appropriate care to persons with multiple chronic conditions in theoretical situations.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in NURS   8331.

NURS   8333   Interprofessional Collaboration for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions with Practicum 1

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course will provide students the opportunity to work using interprofessional teams in the clinical setting to address the health status of vulnerable persons with multiple chronic conditions.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in NURS   8332.

NURS   8334   Interprofessional Collaboration for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions with Practicum 2

3 Credit Hours.   1 Lecture Hour.   4 Lab Hours.

This course will allow students to use the theoretical concepts learned from previous courses to care for persons with multiple chronic conditions in authentic situations seen in the clinical environment.

NURS   8335   PMHNP I - Mental Health Care of the Individual

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the role of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in the provision of specialty health care to individuals, with psychiatric/mental health conditions in rural/urban care settings. Emphasis is placed on assessment, diagnosis and treatment and the management of mental health, as well as health maintenance/promotion across the lifespan within a transcultural context across settings.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8724.

NURS   8336   PMHNP II - Care of the Individual and Family with Substance Abuse

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the role of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in the provision of specialty health care to individuals and families with substance use disorders. Advanced nursing care across the treatment spectrum is addressed, including prevention, acute care, and recovery/long term care. Emphasis is placed on assessment, diagnosis and treatment and the management of mental health, as well as health maintenance/promotion within a transcultural context in groups, families and community.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8725.

NURS   8337   PMHNP III - Complex Mental Health Care of Special Populations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the role of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in the provision of specialty psychiatric care to vulnerable populations such as children, elders and individuals with special needs including psychiatric/mental health conditions in rural/urban care settings. Emphasis is placed on assessment, diagnosis and treatment, especially of those with complex needs, as well as health maintenance/promotion within a transcultural, community context.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8726.

NURS   8431   AC I - Adult and Gerontology Acute Care I

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This foundational course provides an introduction into the role of the acute care nurse practitioner, selected health conditions and special considerations for the older adult. Through advanced nursing assessment, diagnosis, and management, episodic acute and chronic deviations occurring across the continuum of acute care settings common to the adult and geriatric populations are examined. Health promotion and disease prevention, quality and patient safety concepts are integrated.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8727.

NURS   8432   AC II - Adult and Gerontology Acute Care II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

There is continued focus on advanced practice assessment, diagnosis and management of acute exacerbations of chronic disease states as well as comorbid and complex conditions across the continuum of acute care settings in the adult and geriatric population. Health promotion and disease prevention, quality and patient safety concepts are integrated. NURS   8728 must be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8728.

NURS   8433   AC III - Adult and Gerontology Acute Care III

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The final course of the AG-ACNP program, continues to focus on the role of the advanced practice nurse leading interprofessional teams in the care of patients with significant alterations in health including acute and critical illnesses. Continued focus on advanced nursing assessment, diagnosis, and management of highly complex adult-gerontological patients in high acuity settings. Health promotion and disease prevention, quality and patient safety concepts are integrated.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8729.

NURS   8531   PC I - Adult and Gerontology Primary Care I

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Focus is on primary care management of adult clients experiencing minor health deviations. Emphasis is placed on the health promotion and disease prevention needs of clients. Discussion includes nursing theoretical bases, critical thinking skills and scientific inquiry for care of adults in a variety of clinical settings. Selected roles of the Adult Nurse Practitioner are addressed within the course. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the American Nurses’ Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8731.

NURS   8532   PC II - Adult and Gerontology Primary Care II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the current American Nurses’ Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Focus is on primary care management of adult-geriatric clients with an emphasis on identification of major chronic deviations from health and wellness. Application of nursing theoretical frameworks, critical thinking skills and scientific inquiry is a major focus in the health promotion and restoration of clients to their optimum level of wellness. Facets of advanced nursing practice as well as professional standards are integrated.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8732.

NURS   8533   PC III - Adult and Gerontology Primary Care III

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This final course provides an opportunity for synthesis of knowledge and evidenced based practice in Primary Care settings providing care to clients with a variety of health issues. A case study focus with emergent client presentations is utilized in much of the didactic discussion to assist the student in refining knowledge and decision-making skills. Another major focus of the course is on preparation and assimilation of Nurse Practitioner competencies, roles and function. The Advanced Practice Roundtable Seminar allows discussion of the multiple regulatory, practice, ethical and legal dimensions of advanced nursing practice.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8733.

NURS   8620   Capstone Practice and Professional Issues

2 Credit Hours.   1 Lecture Hour.   6 Lab Hours.

The Capstone Professional Issues course is the culmination of advanced assessment, practice and management of diverse populations across the lifespan. This course will also focus on the multiple regulatory, practice, ethical and legal dimensions of APRN practice. The APRN student will complete 90 hours of clinical experience in a variety of rural/urban health care settings based on the student’s current APRN clinical track.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate Core, Advanced Practice, and Specialty Courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   7130.

NURS   8721   FNPC I - Pediatric Clinical

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

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 family nurse practitioner. Students will complete 180 precepted clinical hours in a pediatric primary care setting.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8235.

NURS   8722   FNPC II - Women's Health Clinical

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

This course requires the application of theoretical concepts relative to the provision of primary health care to the female client within the scope of practice of nurse practitioner. Group discussions will provide the opportunity for student learning synthesis while incorporating transcultural strategies for the client, family, and community. A total 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.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8236.

NURS   8723   FNPC III - Adult and Gerontology Clinical

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

This course requires the application of theoretical concepts relative to the provision of healthcare to the adult/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 population is required.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8237.

NURS   8724   PMHNPC I - Mental Health Care of the Individual Clinical

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

This course requires the application of advanced practice nursing models with clients that have complex psychiatric illnesses or are at high risk with focus on care of the individual. Collaborative process in therapy, consultation, and planned change with use of assessment, diagnostics, individual therapy modalities, and the utilization of pharmacotherapeutics. The nursing process and therapeutic alliance for medication compliance will be emphasized. A total of 180 hours of clinical experience in a mental health setting is required.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8335.

NURS   8725   PMHNPC II - Care of the Individual and Family with Substance Abuse Clinical

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

This course requires students to apply advanced practice nursing models with clients with substance use and related disorders. Collaborative process in therapy, consultation, and planned change with use of assessment, diagnostics, individual and group therapy modalities, and the utilization of pharmacotherapeutics. A total of 180 hours of clinical experience in a mental health setting incorporating substance abuse services is required.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8336.

NURS   8726   PMHNPC III - Complex Mental Health care of Special Populations Clinical

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

This course explores the role of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in the provision of specialty psychiatric care to vulnerable populations such as children, elders and individuals with special needs including psychiatric/mental health conditions in rural/urban care settings. Emphasis is placed on assessment, diagnosis and treatment, especially of those with complex needs, as well as health maintenance/promotion within a transcultural, community context.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8337.

NURS   8727   ACC I - Adult and Gerontology Acute Care Clinical I

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

Application of theoretical and clinical concepts through practice of the role of the advance practice registered nurse within the scope of practice of the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. A total of 180 hours of clinical experience in an approved acute care setting providing care to the adult and gerontology population is required. NURS   8431 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I must be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8431.

NURS   8728   ACC II - Adult and Gerontology Acute Care Clinical II

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

Application of theoretical and clinical concepts through practice of the role of the advance practice registered nurse within the scope of practice of the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner with a focus on acute and complex, comorbid conditions. A total of 180 hours of clinical experience in an approved acute care setting providing care to the adult and gerontology population is required. NURS   8432 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II must be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8432.

NURS   8729   ACC III - Adult and Gerontology Acute Care Clinical III

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

Application of theoretical and clinical concepts through practice of the role of the advance practice registered nurse within the scope of practice of the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner with a focus on high acuity and critical illness. A total of 180 hours of clinical experience in an approved acute care setting providing care to the adult and gerontology population is required. NURS   8433 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III must be taken concurrently.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8433.

NURS   8731   PCC I - Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Clinical I

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

Focus is on primary care management of adult clients experiencing minor health deviations. Emphasis is placed on the health promotion and disease prevention needs of clients. Discussion includes nursing theoretical bases, critical thinking skills and scientific inquiry for care of adults in a variety of clinical settings. Selected roles of the Adult Nurse Practitioner are addressed within the course. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the American Nurses’ Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8531.

NURS   8732   PCC II - Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Clinical II

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the current American Nurses’ Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Focus is on primary care management of adult-geriatric clients with an emphasis on identification of major chronic deviations from health and wellness. Application of nursing theoretical frameworks, critical thinking skills and scientific inquiry is a major focus in the health promotion and restoration of clients to their optimum level of wellness. Facets of advanced nursing practice as well as professional standards are integrated.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8532.

NURS   8733   PCC III - Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Clinical III

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

This final course provides an opportunity for synthesis of knowledge and evidenced based practice in Primary Care settings providing care to clients with a variety of health issues. A case study focus with emergent client presentations is utilized in much of the didactic discussion to assist the student in refining knowledge and decision-making skills. Another major focus of the course is on preparation and assimilation of Nurse Practitioner competencies, roles and function. The Advanced Practice Roundtable Seminar allows discussion of the multiple regulatory, practice, ethical and legal dimensions of advanced nursing practice.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   8533.

NURS   9101   Theoretical Basis for Clinical Scholarship

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the scientific underpinnings and theories from nursing and related disciplines in the application to clinical practice. The student is prepared for the implementation and integration of evidence-based practice. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the current American Nurses’ Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BSN-DNP.

NURS   9102   Research Design and Dissemination

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to enhance your ability to understand and critique nursing research applicable to advanced nursing practice.  This course is intended to prepare individual students to participate as a member of a clinical research team.  Current professional and practice standards/guidelines provide the foundation for this course. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the American Nurses' Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BSN-DNP Program.

NURS   9103   Psychodynamics of Health

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Holistic and humanistic family theoretical frameworks are used to explore evidence based nursing practice in the recognition, assessment, management and/or referral of individuals experiencing emotional, psycho-biopharmacokinetic, developmental and psychiatric disorders. Health care problems and issues of concern to advanced practice nursing providing care to rural and urban families will be compared and contrasted.

NURS   9104   Pathophysiology and Differential Diagnosis

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The advanced concepts of pathophysiology that alter and/or disrupt body system functioning in the adult and child patient are explored. Having knowledge of pathophysiology concepts provide the foundation for determining differential diagnosis (es) related to patient complaints and physical findings.

NURS   9105   Advanced Pharmacology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

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   9106   Informatics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will introduce the student to important informatics tools that are currently being utilized in healthcare to ensure safe and quality care. Students will develop knowledge and skills in clinical information systems, strategic planning, project management, and a variety of technologies. Electronic Health Records (EHR), telehealth, personal reference management software, Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), and HIPAA will be emphasized.

NURS   9107   Epidemiology

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides an introduction to the principles of epidemiology and transcultural healthcare competence, with an emphasis on clinical judgment, 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   9108   Advanced Health Assessment

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

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.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of "B" in: NURS   9104 and NURS   9105.

Corequisite(s): NURS   9708.

NURS   9109   Role Transition for APRN

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

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   9110   Health Policy Concerns in Delivery Systems

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

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 healthcare system, relevant laws and regulations, and its influence on practice. Fundamental principles of micro and macroeconomics are related to healthcare delivery systems. Quantitative decision-making models are examined, compared, and contrasted with intangible aspects of decision-making and policy development. Ethical inquiry addresses access to healthcare and utilization and dispersion of scarce resources.

NURS   9113   Biometrics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

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   9123   Biomedical Ethics

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to present ethical principles preparing the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) to guide patients, families, and communities through the complex maze of ethical dilemmas. Students will use evidence-based nursing and interprofessional literature to analyze ethical dilemmas that arise in practice. Through the philosophical study of morality as applied to biomedical ethics in current health care systems, APRNs will be able to help people arrive at culturally sensitive and individually appropriate solutions that focus on protecting vulnerable individuals and restoring health.

NURS   9124   Outcomes Management

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Course Provides the foundation to conduct comprehensive outcomes management initiatives to improve health care. Theoretical models, analytic methods, and evaluation strategies will be explored and critiqued as they relate to outcomes management. Connections between nursing-sensitive outcomes, outcomes management strategies, and patient population characteristics in healthcare systems will be emphasized.

NURS   9125   Role Transition for DNP Prepared APRN's

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course explores the theoretical and scientific underpinnings that provide the foundation for the advanced practice nurse (APN) role. A variety of advanced practice role-related topics will be covered that highlight leadership, scholarship, advocacy, evidence based practice, and professional development.

NURS   9143   Population Focused Collaborative Initiative

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

Course prepares the APN to investigate a vulnerable population in collaboration with health care partner. The student will develop the ability to assume a consultant role in procuring fiscal resources to improve health care outcomes for diverse populations.

NURS   9144   Leadership and Management in Practice Transformation

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides an opportunity for the student to develop leadership skills important to the practice environment of the advanced practice nurse and to affect health care outcomes. Content includes leadership theory, power as a leadership asset, personnel management, change theory, conflict management, marketing, communication, group dynamics, and strategic planning. The dynamic interactions of health care organizations and regulatory/funding organizations will be analyzed. Attention will be given to the legal, ethical, and cultural aspects of leadership.

NURS   9152   Psychiatric Mental Health III

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the role of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in the provision of specialty health care to individuals and families with substance use disorders. Advanced nursing care across the treatment spectrum is addressed, including prevention, acute care, and recovery/long term care. Emphasis is placed on assessment, diagnosis and treatment and the management of mental health, as well as health maintenance/promotion within a transcultural context in groups, families and community.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   9752.

NURS   9232   Ethics, Policy and Advocacy for the Health of Vulnerable Populations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This elective course will focus on the advanced practice nurse as a leader in addressing the needs of vulnerable populations from the perspective of health. Special considerations will be given to issues of social justice, equity, advocacy, legal and ethical challenges encountered in clinical practice, decision-making and implementation of policy and procedures that affect the most vulnerable. The health ethics, policy and advocacy specific to DNP projects will be encouraged.

NURS   9233   Special Considerations in Gerontology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This elective course will focus on the role of the advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) as an advocate and leader in addressing the needs of older adults in vulnerable situations. Special focus will be given to issues of frailty, isolation, neglect, abuse, capacity versus competence, caregiver strain and other topics encountered in clinical practice by the APRN. The role of ethics, policy and advocacy specific to the gerontology population will be discussed.

NURS   9234   Foundations of Complementary and Integrative Health Care

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This elective provides a review of evidence-based theory and research approaches to complementary and integrative health practices. Appropriate for all health care students interested in traditional, complementary and integrative approaches to primary acute and tertiary care.

NURS   9235   Integrative Interventions in Mind Body Health and Healing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides an overview of the stress system as it relates to health, illness, and the human experience. Concepts including allostasis, allostatic load, and resilience, along with the physiology of relaxation response will be presented, with the evidence supporting clinical and interprofessional applications. Selfcare practices will be presented and encouraged.

NURS   9236   Mindfulness for Health Care Providers

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The use of mindfulness-based interventions in healthcare is expanding rapidly, as is the empirical evidence base supporting the benefits of mindfulness for both patients and providers. This interprofessional course provides students with a strong foundation in the history, theory, science, practice, and clinical application of mindfulness with the patient/client populations across the lifespan and in various contexts. Students will actively engage in experiencing and exploring the core of mindfulness for professional and personal use.

NURS   9708   Advanced Health Assessment Clinical

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

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.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of "B" in: NURS   9104 and NURS   9105.

Corequisite(s): NURS   9108.

NURS   9752   Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical III

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   12 Lab Hours.

Application of advanced practice nursing models with clients with substance use and related disorders. Collaborative process in therapy, consultation, and planned change with use of assessment, diagnostics, individual and group therapy modalities, and the utilization of pharmacotherapeutics. A total of 180 hours of clinical experience in a mental health setting incorporating substance abuse services is required.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of "B" in BSN-DNP Core courses.

Corequisite(s): NURS   9152.

NURS   9919   Clinical Project III

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   18 Lab Hours.

In Clinical Project 3, the student will evaluate the outcomes of a clinical scholarship project implemented in DNP Clinical Project 2. Findings will be disseminated in a professional format.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of "B" in NURS   9932.

NURS   9931   Clinical Project I

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   18 Lab Hours.

In this course, DNP students will design a clinical scholarship project within their interest and expertise aimed at improving health care outcomes. The clinical project will actualize the DNP competencies inherent to the advanced practice nursing role. Oversight of this clinical project will be provided by the DNP Project Team Chair and Members.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of Graduate and Specialty Core with a "B" or better.

NURS   9932   Clinical Project II

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   18 Lab Hours.

In Clinical Project 2, the DNP student will implement the project designed in Clinical Project 1. The focus is on implementation and data collection.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in NURS   9931.

NURS   9933   Clinical Project III

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   18 Lab Hours.

In Clinical Project 3 students will evaluate the outcomes of a clinical scholarship project implemented in DNP Clinical Project 2. Findings will be disseminated in a professional format.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "B" in NURS   9932.