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NUR 500 FNP Clinical Practicum I (B). This clinical practicum for the family nurse practitioner candidate affords the opportunity to develop and improve essential skills in diagnosing and managing common and chronic conditions in care of middle aged and older aged individuals and/or families. Students will apply their knowledge through simulated experiences, case studies, and experiential learning. Emphasis on developing sound clinical decision-making and diagnostic reasoning skills is included. Students will begin to synthesize and apply relevant skills and knowledge gained during the introductory courses of NUR 510, NUR 521 and NUR 545 to real and simulated patient cases. (4 credits- 200 clinical hours: a minimum of 50 cases related to the content of this course will be evaluated and managed by students during the 200 clinical hours) 4 Cr. Spring.

NUR 510 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (B). Examines the pathophysiology of common illnesses within a systems and life span framework. The course presents the basic knowledge needed to support advanced nursing practice. Mastery of this course content facilitates the role of the APN in proper assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients. Emphasis is on understanding the alteration in normal physiological functioning and the effect on the individual, as well as, recognizing physical and identifiable findings of common illnesses, providing the APN with the necessary knowledge to manage common health problems and promote health maintenance. The course will cover selected common health problems related to gender, ethnicity, and lifespan along with the current state of the science on genetic influences. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 518 Using Information Systems and Analytical Methods (B). This course provides registered nurses with the statistical background and knowledge of computer based information management systems they require to function effectively in an advanced practice role. This course includes discussion and application of descriptive and inferential statistics and population based epidemiological measures. Statistical procedures are taught and applied with an emphasis on the utilization and interpretation of data in practice. An additional emphasis will be on critiquing data analysis in current understanding an applying selected information, technology and statistical procedures. Basic understanding of college-level algebra and statistics is assumed. 3 Cr. Spring.

NUR 520 Evaluating Research (B). Introduces and examines the research process as a multidimensional activity that requires conscientiousness, logic, creativity and active collaboration with others. Students will utilize the scientific method to critically analyze a research question, the quality of a literature review, the appropriateness of research design and methodology and the data interpretation and analysis. They will evaluate how findings gained from research published in professional journals to inform practice. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 521 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing (B). Provides the opportunity to expand pharmacotherapy knowledge to promote safe, competent prescribing practices. Students will apply principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenomics. The impact of culture, ethnicity, age, pregnancy, gender and funding on pharmacologic therapy will be explored. Legal aspects of prescribing will be fully addressed. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 545 Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (B). Students will learn the background knowledge as well as the technical, and interpersonal skills required for the advanced practice nurse. The comprehensive health assessment focuses on health history, physical and psychological exam, risk assessment for patients throughout the life span, including pediatrics, mental health and women’s health. Develops a thorough understanding of differential diagnosis that is based on underlying pathology or physiologic changes and develops an effective and appropriate plan of care for patients throughout the life span with consideration of life circumstances. In person lab time is required 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 660 Care of Older Adults Across the Care Continuum (B). Adults over the age of 65 are the fastest growing demographic. Older adults commonly receive healthcare services across the healthcare continuum, including the community, hospital, and long term care settings. They will continue to be the largest users of healthcare resources. This course will provide nursing students with the theoretical background, knowledge, and application strategies to address the complex healthcare needs of this population throughout the care continuum. 3 Cr.

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