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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 599 Nursing Independent Study (B). Independent student project under the supervision of a nursing faculty member for student professional growth and development. Individual learning objectives will be developed between the faculty and student involved. 1-4 Cr.

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 610 NUR Professional Writing (B). This course provides students with the skills necessary to be successful writers who will be able to contribute to the nursing professional literature over the course of their careers. Students will learn about various types of professional writing and best practices for presenting their work in abstracts, poster and oral presentations. They will also learn how to participate in the peer-review process, as well as how to select and query publications for their work. 3 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 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 725 Translating Research into Evidence Based Practice (B). Students will analyze and apply healthcare data to develop evidence-based healthcare knowledge and a better understanding of the care process. The focus is on synthesizing research to address specific health care questions or problems. This knowledge could be used in the tracking of healthcare outcomes to demonstrate the efficacy of care systems and population health indicators. Emphasis is on the understanding and development of evidence-based practice. Students will be exposed to the idea of developing cumulative research programs/projects. 3 Cr. Fall.

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.

NUR 787 Quality and Safety Measures in Clinical Practice (B). This course provides the opportunity to develop leaders who create and implement evidence based quality improvement projects and/or programs to meet the needs of specific populations. Topics include but are not limited to the process of identification of clinical issues, continuous monitoring, development of project/program goals, and development of analytical methods appropriate for investigating identified issues. Consideration of quality improvement strategies to address evidence based practice, safe clinical practice/ care, appropriate use of resources (financial, human, equipment), equitable care offered without disparity related to age, gender, ethnicity, geographic location, or socioeconomic status. 2 Cr. Spring.

NUR 800 Clinical Practice Populations and Systems (B). Students will work with their DNP advisor to identify a practicum setting for skill development appropriate to augment their didactic and clinical course foundation. At the beginning of this course students will develop an Individual Plan for Professional Learning (IPPL). The purpose of the IPPL is to provide students with a facilitated learning opportunity that supports the use of best practices to meet individual and population health care needs. Students may focus on an area in clinical practice or nursing leadership that will serve to enhance, strengthen, and solidify their knowledge base. Multiple practicum settings may be combined to meet student learning objectives. Students will begin to advance their assessment, application, and evaluation skills while applying knowledge learned in population health and foundational coursework. The course focus is on the best practices for the delivery of equitable, evidence based, patient centered care across the lifespan. These activities will support the beginning of the project proposal in NUR 898. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 818 Health Care Systems: Organizational Leadership and Financing (B). This course will prepare future healthcare leaders to lead systems and organizations while managing change. The effects of processes on practice environments, financing, care delivery, and quality outcomes are explored. Students develop an understanding and comfort with the use of nursing information systems and financial information in the decision-making process. Issues addressed include how health care services are organized, financed, and delivered; cost, access, and quality of problems facing diverse populations and the American healthcare system; and identification and analysis of proposals to improve patient care and reform the health care system. 4 Cr. Spring.

NUR 850 Advanced Clinical Practice Population and Systems II (B). NUR 850 focuses on preparing students to assume a leadership role in the translation of evidence, knowledge and skills in clinical practice in order to meet individual and community health care needs. This course supports the development and evolution of the DNP project in NUR 899. In NUR 850 students are expected to complete the certifications or trainings identified in their Individual Plan for Professional Learning they began in NUR 800. Students continue to work with their DNP advisor in one or multiple clinical settings to further develop leadership, examination/assessment, diagnosis, and management skills while applying knowledge learned in foundational coursework. The course focus is on translation and implementation of best practices for the delivery of equitable, evidence based, patient centered care across the lifespan. 3 Cr. Spring.

NUR 860 Transformational Leadership in ACP (B). Students will have the opportunity to function as a clinical change leader as part of their expanded DNP nurse practitioner role. Students will prepare an implementation plan as well as an assessment plan to facilitate the incorporation of clinical recommendations developed within their DNP project. Students will apply knowledge gained from NUR 651 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice and Leadership, NUR 725 Translating Research into Evidence Based Practice, NUR 655 Ethical and Legal Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing, NUR 877 Outcome Evaluation and Measurement Methods in Clinical Practice and NUR 818 Health Care Systems: Organizational Leadership and Financing as they develop hands-on experience with leadership principles while planning the implementation and assessment of their DNP project. Students will prepare these plans in conjunction with their clinical sites to ensure feasibility and value in the clinical setting. Students will also be involved with professional networking and systems leadership 2 Cr. Fall.

NUR 877 Outcome Evaluation and Measurement Methods in Clinical Pract (B). The course helps doctor of nursing practice students become familiar with concepts and processes related to outcome evaluation and measurement methods in clinical practice via program evaluation processes. Program evaluations seeks to answer the following questions: Is the human service needed? Will a program meet an unmet need? Are services being offered as planned to the intended population? Are the costs of helping people feasible? Are there unintended side effects of the offered program and are the unintended effects acceptable or not acceptable? Students will engage in content related to theoretical underpinnings and methods of program evaluation to assess quality of care and delivery of outcomes . Students will have the opportunity to create a program evaluation proposal. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 898 DNP Project I (B). The DNP program culminates in a capstone project that focuses on addressing complex practice, process or system problems, translates evidence into practice, evaluates a practice innovation or a care delivery gap that effects health outcomes or quality of care for populations of patients and healthcare systems. In NUR 898, all students will work with their DNP faculty advisor to develop and defend an evidence-based project proposal which when implemented will become the DNP project. The DNP faculty advisor will work with the student to identify appropriate committee members to involve and review the project proposal. During this course, students are responsible for completing the necessary IRB proposal components in conjunction with their DNP faculty advisor. This DNP proposal will demonstrate identification and resolution of a systems, policy or practice issue through the culmination of knowledge gained in the DNP program. The supervised clinical experiences in NUR 800 will support the completion of the project proposal. 3 Cr. Fall.

NUR 899 DNP Project II (B). This course requires the student to perform in an expanded comprehensive nurse practitioner role by completing and defending their DNP project. The DNP project is focused on clinical scholarship that impacts health outcomes or the quality of care for populations or patients within a health care system. The project proposal was developed and defended in NUR 898 and will be completed in NUR 899. The project should be an original contribution to the professional field. The supervised clinical experiences in NUR 850 will support the project aims and the completion of the project. The supervised clinical experiences in NUR 850 will support the project aims and the completion of the project. 3 Cr. Spring.

NUR 900 DNP Project Dissemination (B). This course requires the students to disseminate their DNP project results by submitting a manuscript to an appropriate nursing publication or submitting an appropriate professional presentation to a state/national or international nursing conference. 1 Cr. Fall.