Nursing Courses

NURSG 500: Population Based Health Care (3)

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. This 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
This course provides 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 (3)

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 the transformation of the American health care system. The corporatization of health care and the complexities of health care delivery and related financing of that care are addressed. Efforts on quality care, now linked to reimbursement for that care, are the emphasis for health care systems' policies today. Included are the basic concepts of quality, safety, improving health outcomes and related policy analysis. The course also provides an opportunity for practical application of budgeting through cost analysis, and the use of financial information for decision and policy making in providing quality health care. 

NURSG 519: Primary Care of Women and Children (3)

*Prerequisite: NURSG 505
*NOTE: Students registered for NURSG 519 must also register for NURGP 519 in order to complete the course requirements and receive credit for this course
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.  

NURGP 519: Primary Care of Women and Children (2)

*Prerequisite: NURSG 505
*This course is the mandatory practicum section for NURSG 519
*NOTE: Students registered for NURSG 519 must also register for NURGP 519 in order to complete the course requirements and receive credit for this course
*A minimum of 150 hours of clinical practicum is required for this course
In 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. 

NURSG 523: Clinical Nurse Leader Role I (2)

*This course requires a minimum of 75 non-preceptored clock-hours of practicum
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)

*Prerequisite: NURSG 523
*This course requires a minimum of 75 clock-hours of practicum.
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
*NOTE: Students registered for NURSG 535 must also register for NURGP 535 in order to complete the course requirements and receive credit for this course
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.  

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 
*NOTE: Students registered for NURSG 535 must also register for NURGP 535 in order to complete the course requirements and receive credit for this course
*A minimum of 225 hours of clinical practicum is required for this course
In 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. 

NURSG 536: Management of Complex Health Problems in Primary Care (3)

*Prerequisite: NURSG 535 and NURGP 535
*NOTE: Students registered for NURSG 536 must also register for NURGP 536 in order to complete the course requirements and receive credit for this course
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.  

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 
*NOTE: Students registered for NURSG 536 must also register for NURGP 535 in order to complete the course requirements and receive credit for this course
*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.  

NURSG 537: FNP Role Synthesis  (2)

*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 544: Epidemiology and Population Based Health Care (3)

*Prerequisite: Basic statistics course or passing score on statistics competency exam
This course is an introduction to the principles of epidemiology including analysis of occurrence, distribution, determinants, and consequences of health infections. Data analysis of aggregate data from public websites is also included to evaluate effective interventions to improve population health care outcomes. Students have opportunities to study disease, in various and diverse population groups. Students design patient-centered and culturally responsive strategies in the delivery of clinical prevention and health promotion interventions to communities, and aggregates/clinical populations. 

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 requires a minimum of 135 clock-hours of practicum
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)

*This course requires a minimum of 135 non-preceptored clock-hours of practicum
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)

*Co-requisite: NURSG 555
*This course requires a minimum of 135 clock-hours of practicum and 15 hours of seminar
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
This course provides an 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 co-requisite: NURSG  562
*This course requires a minimum of 135 clock-hours of practicum and 15 hours of seminar
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 focuses on health policy analysis and utilizes various methods of critique to analyze health and social policy development. Organizational, local government, state and national policies will be discussed and examined. Use of health data and information related to policy available from the public domain is highly encouraged. Students will analyze and propose solutions to issues of policy related to their own professional interests.

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 course requires a minimum of 135 clock-hours of practicum and 15 hours of seminar
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)

*Co-requisite: NURSG 500
*This course requires 45 clock-hours of practicum
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. 

NURSG 601: Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I (3)

*Prerequisite: NURSG 501
*This course requires 135 clock-hours of practicum and 15 hours of seminar
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. 

NURSG 602: Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II (3)

*Prerequisite: NURSG 601
*This course requires 135 clock-hours of practicum and 15 hours of seminar
This is the second practicum course in the clinical nurse leader track. Students 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. 

NURSG 603: Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum III (3)

*Prerequisite: NURSG 602
*This course requires 135 clock-hours of practicum and 15 hours of seminar
This is the third practicum course in the clinical nurse leader track. Students 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. 

NURSG 612: CNL Immersion I (3)

*Prerequisite: NURSG 524
*This course requires a minimum of 150 clock-hours of practicum
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 course requires a minimum of 150 clock-hours of practicum
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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