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NUR 500 FNP Clinical Practicum I (B). Multiple Course fees: 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 550 FNP Clinical Practicum II (B). Course fees: Family nurse practitioner candidates develop and improve essential skills in diagnosing and managing common and chronic conditions in young families, including pediatrics and women of childbearing age. 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, NUR 545, and NUR 550 to real and simulated patient cases. Students are expected to show movement toward independently formulating differential diagnoses and treatment plans with the oversight of their clinical preceptors and course faculty. 4 Cr. Fall.

NUR 566 Health Policy and Advocacy (B). Students study health policy and the practice of political advocacy. They examine methods for identifying and structuring health policy problems and issues, formulating and analyzing alternative responses, recommending policy actions for decision making, and designing and evaluating implementation plans and the means to monitor and evaluate the resulting policy outcomes. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 600 FNP Clinical Practicum III (B). Course fees: Family nurse practitioner candidates develop and improve independent clinical reasoning and formulation of differential diagnoses and management of acute and complex care across the lifespan. Mastery of content from NUR 500, NUR 545, NUR 521, NUR 550, and NUR 699 support management of multiple co-morbid conditions and differentiation of acute versus chronic conditions that may involve referral and co-management. Additionally, professional advanced practice role development and challenges such as access to care, language, and cultural differences, risk taking behaviors, acute mental health problems, addictions, and violence in the home or community are considered in this course. Application of theory to acute and complex care management will be explored. 4 Cr. Spring.

NUR 651 Theoretical Foundations Advanced Practice Nrsng & Leadership (B). Nurses will utilize nursing theories and models in the care of patients as an advanced nursing practitioner. This course will also expose students to the concepts of nursing leadership in healthcare that will allow nurses to be essential and highly effective contributors and partners of leadership teams to work within complex and rapidly changing healthcare organizations. Students will learn the knowledge, skills, and behaviors of effective leadership. An essential component of this course will be on how to lead, communicate, and collaborate with diverse work forces and organizational cultures to deliver safe, high-quality, cost effective, patient-centered care. Organizational theories, outcomes-based leadership, leadership in significant transformation, crisis management, or rapid changes in healthcare will be a focus. 3 Cr. Spring.

NUR 655 Ethics for Advanced Practice Nursing (B). This course applies the basics of ethics: beneficence, autonomy, justice and veracity to advance nursing practice. Examines ethical concerns that are frequently encountered in health care and advanced nursing practice. Examines how law applies to advanced nursing practice, liability in patient care, and the workplace. Develops and enhances the advanced practice nurse’s confidence in ethical decision making skills. 3 credits. 3 Cr. Summer.

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.

NUR 699 Advanced Diagnostics and Procedures (B). Course fees: Family nurse practitioner students will learn to evaluate, treat, and manage advanced diagnostic decisions and perform procedures commonly seen in ambulatory care practice. Students will learn initial evaluation and management, appropriate referral principles, and patient education essentials, including follow up and home care. Knowledge and skills gained in this course will allow family nurse practitioner students to more effectively delivery safe, cost effective, and patient-centered care across the lifespan. 3 Cr. Spring.

NUR 771 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Diverse Populations (B). In this course, students will apply epidemiologic principles to examine data, health care systems, and communities. Methodologies used to assess and evaluate population health will be applied to population based health initiatives and risk reduction programs. In this course we will consider the relevance of politics, economics, culture, biological, and social determinants that impact public health. Innovative solutions to global public health problems, including vehicles for global collaboration, use of technology, public-private collaborations, and community and grassroots activities will be highlighted. The course utilizes and epidemiologic approach with population based concepts, to evaluate and discuss the causes and distribution of disease within diverse populations. APN students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge based problem solving strategies to complex public health issues. 3 Cr. Spring.

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