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NURSG 451: Issues in Women's Health (3)
This course explores current health care concerns of women and their development. Focus is placed on the complex interrelationship between women's health and their social, political, cultural and economic situation. The student will investigate methods to empower women to take a more active role in their health care and explore strategies for health care advocacy.

NURSG 485: Renaissance of the Healing Arts (2)
This course addresses the myths, the magic and the mystery of healing methods considered alternative to modern medical practice. The history and role of women healers and the current renaissance of the healing arts are explored. Emphasis is placed on the self as healed and healer. Student's will be introduced to healing arts skills such as meditation, therapeutic touch and creative visualization, as well as color theory, music therapy, herbs, humor and aroma therapy.

NURSG 500: Population-Based Health Care (3)
Prerequisite: NURSG 508 and NURSG 509
This course emphasizes the use of theory and research as bases for advanced nursing.  Community/needs assessment method is applied to assess health problems of an aggregate or a community. Students have opportunities to study community assessment as well as health program planning, implementation, and evaluation to improve the health of an aggregate or a community. Also included are the concepts of health disparity, equity, and culture diversity.

NURSG 501: Clinical Nurse Leader Role (2)
This is the first of four courses specific to the CNL role.  The course provides a foundation for implementation of the role.  Students focus on the CNL role and its contribution to improve patient outcomes, ensure quality care and reduce health care costs.  Concepts, theories and issues related to nursing leadership and care environment management are investigated in depth.

NURSG 502: Advanced Health Assessment (3)
This course assists students to develop effective clinical interviewing, focused history-taking, and advanced physical assessment skills. Course content builds upon the student's foundational knowledge of pathophysiology, microbiology and anatomy. The underlying approach to assessment stresses a holistic view of clients as complex beings possessing physical, emotional, social and spiritual health needs and resources.

NURSG 503: Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
This course describes the etiology, natural history, developmental considerations, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of specific disease processes. In this course, students will acquire a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of disordered physiology that underlie the disease conditions that are most commonly encountered in practice settings. Knowledge of pathophysiological processes will be linked to the clinical manifestations of disease and will form the basis for clinical diagnosis and decision-making regarding therapeutic interventions.

NURSG 504: Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
This course focuses on philosophical and theoretical foundations of advanced practice nursing. The epistemological and ontological bases of practice are explored, including but not limited to nursing science, health care systems, aesthetic, cultural, legal and political matrices of professional practice. Ethical issues, including concerns of social justice, are introduced and discussed from a variety of perspectives, especially those of un-served and under-served populations. Foundations of clinical judgment are examined, and the concepts of professional autonomy, collegiality and consultation are studied. The importance of nursing in all its dimensions is highlighted, with particular emphasis on transformative learning and reflexive practice.

NURSG 505: Advanced Health Assessment for Family Nurse Practitioners (3)
This didactic and laboratory course assists students to develop effective clinical interviewing, focused history-taking, advanced physical assessment  and clinical decision-making skills. Course content builds upon the student's foundational knowledge of pathophysiology, microbiology and anatomy. The underlying approach to assessment stresses a holistic view of clients as complex beings possessing physical, emotional, social and spiritual health needs and resources, living as individuals within families and communities.  This three semester hour course contains two semester hours of didactic instruction and one semester hour of clinical laboratory.

NURSG 508: Epidemiology (3)
Prerequisite: basic statistics course or passing score on statistics competency exam.
An introduction to the analysis of the occurrence, distribution, determinants and consequences of health, infections, disease and mortality among population groups.  A critical analysis of epidemiological models and methods in the understanding, prevention, and control of disease.

NURSG 509: Nursing Inquiry (3)   
This course focuses on methods of inquiry as a basis for the expansion of knowledge in nursing. Philosophical foundations of qualitative and quantitative methods are explored. Methodological approaches that use qualitative analysis are compared with those that require quantification and statistical analysis of data. Emphasis is placed on the congruence between the research problem and the research design. Analysis of research studies and the ability to develop a research proposal are expected outcomes of this course. Current issues in nursing research, including those of critique, collaboration, and publication are discussed. 

NURSG 512: Advanced Pharmacology (2)
This course focuses on the pharmacologic effects and clinical uses of selected drug groups. Principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics are reviewed. The issues of altered pharmacotherapeutic response relative to physiologic and psychosocial variables will be included. Pharmacologic mechanisms in association with side effects, drug interactions, contraindications and patient education will be addressed.

NURSG 517: Health Care Systems Policy and Financing (3)
This course focuses on trends, issues and policies related to the transformation of the American health care system. Health care policy will be addressed at the local, state and federal levels as it relates to finance, managed care and a variety of alternate mechanisms for the delivery of health care. Included are the basic concepts of policy analysis, ethics, outcome effectiveness, budgeting, cost-effectiveness analysis, economics and the use of financial information for decision making.

NURSG 519 Primary Care of Women and Children (3)
Pre-requisite:  NURSG 505
This is the first of three primary care delivery courses for Family Nurse Practitioner students.  With an emphasis on women’s and children’s health, assessment and management strategies for problems commonly encountered in primary care are introduced.  Students registered for NURSG 519 must also register for NURGP 519 in order to complete the course requirements and receive credit for NURSG 519 Primary Care of Women and Children .

NURGP 519 Primary Care of Women and Children (2)
Prerequisite:  NURSG 505
This course is the mandatory practicum section for NURSG 519 Primary Care of Women and Children.  A minimum of 150 hours of clinical practicum is required for this course.  Students work closely with primary care providers in  clinical settings in developing clinical decision making skills integral to the role of the family nurse practitioner. Students registered for NURSG 519 must also register for NURGP 519 in order to complete the course requirements and receive credit for NURSG 519 Primary Care of Women and Children .

NURSG 523 Clinical Nurse Leader Role I (2)
This is the first of four courses specific to the CL role.  The course provides a foundation for implementation of the role.  Students focus on the CL role and its contribution to improve patient outcomes, ensure quality care and reduce health care costs.  Concepts, theories and issues related to nursing leadership and care environment management are investigated in depth. End of program competencies for the Clinical Nurse Leader role will be discussed. The practicum facilitates role clarification and application of microsystem analysis.

NURSG 524 Clinical Nurse Leader Role II (3)
Pre-requisite: NURSG 523
This is the second of four practicum courses in the Clinical Leadership track. Students apply elements of the CL curriculum with a selected cohort of clients in a practice setting. The practicum facilitates development of skills for advocacy and leadership in a microsystem as a means to promote positive change in a health care delivery system while putting best practices into action. Periodic seminars provide opportunities for CL students, faculty and mentors to discuss issues and assess experiences related to implementation of this role.

NURSG 525: Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing (1)
Prerequisite: NURSG 512
This course focuses on the application of pharmacologic and pharmacotherapeutic principles in primary care. Pharmacological mechanisms of action in association with drug interactions, incompatibilities, side effects, contraindications and client education are addressed. Clinical uses of selected drug groups are explored through a case study approach. Issues related to prescriptive practice are discussed.

NURSG 535: Management of Common Health Problems in Primary Care (3)
Prerequisite: NURSG 519 and NURGP 519
This is second of three primary care delivery courses for Family Nurse Practitioner students.  Assessment and management strategies for problems commonly encountered in primary care are introduced.  Students registered for NURSG 535 must also register for NURGP 535 in order to complete the course requirements and receive credit for NURSG 535 Management of Common Health Problems.

NURGP 535 Management of Common Health Problems  in Primary Care Practicum (3)
Prerequisite: NURSG 519 and NURGP 519
This course is the mandatory practicum section for NURSG 538 Management of Common Health Problems. A minimum of 225 hours of clinical practicum is required for this course. Students work closely with primary care providers in clinical settings in developing clinical decision-making skills integral to the role of the family nurse practitioner. Students registered for NURSG 535 must also register for NURGP 535 in order to complete the course requirements and receive credit for NURSG 535 Management of Common Health Problems in Primary Care.

NURSG 536 Management of Complex Health Problems in Primary Care (3)
Prerequisite:  NURSG 535 and NURGP 535
This is the third of three primary care delivery courses  for Family Nurse Practitioner students.  Assessment and management strategies for complex problems in primary care are introduced.  Students registered for NURSG 536 must also register for NURGP 536 in order to complete the course requirements and receive credit for NURSG 536 Management of Complex Health Problems in Primary Care.

NURGP 536 Management of Complex Health Problems Primary Care Practicum (3)
Prerequisite:  NURSG 535 and NURGP 535
This course is the mandatory practicum section for NURSG 539 Management of Complex Health Problems.  A minimum of 225 hours of clinical practicum is required for this course. Students work closely with primary care providers in clinical settings in developing clinical decision-making skills integral to the role of the family nurse practitioner.  Students registered for NURSG 536 must also register for NURGP 535 in order to complete the course requirements and receive credit for NURSG 536 Management of Complex Health Problems in Primary Care.

NURSG 537 FNP Role Synthesis  (1)
Prerequisite:  NURSG 535
In this course, current concepts, theories and issues relevant to the family nurse practitioner role are analyzed. The multifaceted role of the family nurse practitioner as primary care provider educator, researcher, manager and consultant is examined. 

NURSG 550: Concepts, Theories and Issues in Nursing Education (2)
This course explores foundational principles of the scholarship of teaching as the basis for examining learning theory, motivation and teaching. Analysis of educational theories and teaching-learning methodologies are applied to the challenges of teaching nursing in classroom, online and clinical settings. Characteristics of learners with diverse learning styles and backgrounds are discussed. Current trends in nursing education are explored, with emphasis on how nursing curricula evolve in response to societal and workforce demands and the curricular standards of accrediting bodies.

NURGP 551: Nursing Education Role Practicum (4)
Prerequisite: NURSG 550 and NURSG 554
This course focuses on knowledge of evaluation design and strategies for evaluating learning outcomes in nursing education. Evidence-based practices for evaluation of learning in both classroom and clinical settings are examined. Instruments and strategies for evaluating learning outcomes are analyzed. Assignments are designed for learners to demonstrate the application of theoretical materials and strategies in clinical and classroom instructional situations. A particular focus is effective communication between teacher and student and sensitivity to varying needs of students based on culture and educational background. Ethical and legal implications of classroom and clinical evaluation are explored. During the practicum portion, students will collaborate with a faculty mentor in teaching-learning activities that include preparing didactic lectures, choosing clinical assignments, clinical supervision of students, pre-and post-clinical conferences, and student clinical evaluation.

NURSG 553: Communication, Culture, Collaboration, and Conflict (2)
This course addresses expressions of health, illness, caring, and healing from trans-cultural and communication-focused perspectives. Understanding and developing professional competence in caring for and working with individuals, families, groups, and communities with diverse cultural backgrounds is emphasized. Patterns of human communication and interaction with health care clients and professional colleagues are considered in terms of theories and practical skills of communication, conflict resolution and professional collaboration. The impact of negative patterns of interaction (e.g., stereotyping, discrimination, and marginalization) on health care disparities is considered.

NURSG 554: Learning Principles and Instructional Methods for the Adult Learner (3)
The development of teaching strategies and learning activities that enhance the presentation of content for nursing courses is explored in a systematic and comprehensive manner. Course planning, development, implementation and evaluation are included. The focus is on ways to incorporate the core concepts of clinical decision making, communication and cultural competence into the curricular plan. Evidence-based educational strategies, including technology, are discussed, and ways to integrate them into clinical and classroom activities are identified. Particular emphasis is placed on strategies for planning and implementing learning activities in clinical settings.

NURSG 555: Administrative Leadership In Nursing I (3)
Prerequisite: Core Courses and NURSG 558
This course emphasizes leadership and managerial skills as well as organizational assessment as the foundation for advanced nursing practices in complex or integrated health care systems. Theoretical content includes theories of leadership, management, and motivation; and principles of quality management, continuous quality improvement, risk management, and patient and employee safety. Frameworks for organizational assessment, program planning, and program evaluation are explored. Students acquire leadership and managerial skills that will be applied in subsequent practicum courses to enhance advanced practice in nursing administration. Learning experiences derived from this course serve as the basis for organizational assessment, and development of interventions to promote the functions of the organization.

NURSG 556: Administrative Leadership in Nursing Practicum I (2)
Corequisite: NURSG 555
This is the first practicum course for the administrative leadership in nursing sequence at the advanced level.   Practicum experiences provide opportunities for students to apply content from the theory course (NURSG 555) to an advanced nursing practice setting.  Working with the preceptor and the clinical faculty, the student conducts an organizational assessment and develops a project focusing on a specific population or an aggregate served by the clinical agency.

NURSG 557: Information Technology and Health Care Outcomes (3)
This course provides an overview of the various ways in which information technology is used in health care and education. Following an introduction to the principles of information science and information systems, students explore the practical applications and strengths and limitations of various information technologies. Applications of technology in the care of individuals, populations and communities are addressed, including aspects of tele-health. Students gain experience using and interpreting data from administrative and clinical health information databases in order to develop plans for quality assurance and outcomes evaluation. Students will interact with information management applications related to administration, clinical practice, education, and research.

NURSG 558: Advanced Health Care Finance (3)
Prerequisite: NURSG 517
Exploration of the financial, marketing, and economic concepts and techniques of managing a health care agency or organization in a variety of settings. Focuses on financial knowledge and information as applied to health care agencies/integrated health care delivery systems, including budget concepts, financial analysis, the integration of strategic goals and objectives with financial planning and relation negotiation skills. Current issues related to the economics of health care, including the political and ethical issues involved in containing health care costs are explored.

NURSG 562: Administrative Leadership in Nursing II (3)
Prerequisite: NURSG 555
This is the second theory course in the administrative leadership in nursing sequence at the advanced level. Course content focuses on the leadership role of advanced nursing administrative practice in developing, implementing, and evaluating initiatives to manage and improve organizational practices and outcomes. Students acquire skills in program planning and evaluation for health improvement and outcomes research, especially quality improvement, change management, and human resources management.

NURSG 567: Administrative Leadership in Nursing Practicum II (2)
Prerequisite: NURSG 555 and 556
Pre- or corequisite: NURSG  562
This is the second sequential practicum course for the administrative leadership in nursing track. Practicum experiences provide opportunities for students to apply content from the theory courses (NURSG 555 and NURSG 556) in an advanced nursing practice setting. Working with the preceptor and clinical faculty, the student conducts a leadership project focusing on an issue related to health care delivery to fulfill the course objectives.

NURSG 568: Advanced Health and Social Policy (3)
This course examines health and social policy development process from multiple perspectives to promote critical understanding of factors influencing such policies. Course activities promote skill development in influencing policy development and change on local, state, national and international levels in both government and non-governmental contexts. 

NURSG 572: Family Systems (2)
This course focuses on the examination of concepts and theories that address the family as a dynamic system. Particular emphasis is given to the development of the family across the life cycle and the effects of social, cultural, political and economic variables on the family. The impact of stress on the family system will be analyzed.

NURSG 578: Administrative Leadership in Nursing Capstone (2)
Prerequisite: NURSG 562 and 567
This is the final sequential clinical course in the executive leadership track. This course is an applied capstone experience at the end of each student’s program of study and provides an opportunity for the student to gain experience in a particular area of administrative leadership interest. The clinical practicum component of the course is designed to be a project conducted independently by the student at a setting of the student’s choice. The student works with a preceptor and the instructor to develop specific goals and objectives, and submits a summary of the project at the completion of the course. 

NURSG 589: Individualized Study (1-6)
This course is an intensive individual study of a topic related to the nursing profession. Specific goals are reviewed and agreed upon by the student, the student's advisor, and the instructor involved. A written contract is developed. A final written report of the study is required.

NURSG 592: FNP Internship in Community Health (1)
Corequisite: NURSG 500
This course is a clinical practicum that facilitates the development of population/aggregate-focused clinical decision making skills integral to the family nurse practitioner role. Student's work in community health settings and learn how to integrate population-based clinical decision making into their roles as primary health care providers. In consultation with faculty, students analyze their previous experiences in community health and develop specific objectives for further role development. This course requires 45 clock-hours of practicum.

NURSG 601: Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I (3)
Prerequisite: NURSG 501
This is the first of three practicum courses in the clinical nurse leader track. Student's apply elements of the CNS curriculum with a selected cohort of clients in a practice setting. The practicum facilitates development of skills for advocacy and leadership for reforming a health care delivery system while putting best practices into action. Periodic seminars provide opportunities for CNL students, faculty and mentors to discuss issues and assess experiences related to implementation of this role. This course requires 135 clock-hours of clinical practicum and 15 hours of seminar.

NURSG 602: Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II (3)
Prerequisite: NURSG 601
This is the second practicum course in the clinical nurse leader track. Student's enhance skills in advocacy and leadership for reforming a health care delivery system while putting best practices into action. Periodic seminars provide opportunities for CNL students, faculty and mentors to discuss issues and assess experiences related to implementation of this role. This course requires 135 clock-hours of clinical practicum and 15 hours of seminar.

NURSG 603: Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum III (3)
Prerequisite: NURSG 602
This is the third practicum course in the clinical nurse leader track. Student's refine the skills in advocacy and leadership for reforming a health care delivery system while putting best practices into action. Periodic seminars provide opportunities for CNL students, faculty and mentors to discuss issues and assess experiences related to implementation of this role. This course requires 135 clock-hours of clinical practicum and 15 hours of seminar.

NURSG 612 CNL Immersion I (3)
Prerequisite: NURSG 524
This is the third practicum course in the Clinical Leader track. Students enhance skills in advocacy and leadership for reforming a health care delivery system while putting best practices into action. The practicum facilitates development of a project to promote positive change in the microsystem. Periodic seminars provide opportunities for CL students, faculty and mentors to discuss issues and assess experiences related to implementation of this role.

NURSG 614 CNL Immersion II (3)
Prerequisite: NURSG 612
This is the fourth practicum course in the Clinical Leader track. Students refine the skills necessary to implement roles of the clinical leader in a specific health care delivery system.  The practicum facilitates implementation, measurement of outcomes and dissemination of a project that promotes positive change in the microsystem. Periodic seminars provide opportunities for CL students, faculty and mentors to discuss issues and assess experiences related to implementation of this role.

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