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College of Nursing | Course Descriptions

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 NRDNP-828. Delivery Sys Supp Hlth Improve. In this course students will investigate current patient care delivery systems and the strategies, policies and administrative mechanisms that support them. Innovative delivery models will be explored with the goal of envisioning a healthcare system that will reduce health disparities and promote equitable healthcare delivery. Practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific course focus to enhance and develop nurse executive competencies in these areas. 3 s.h.

NRDNP-830. Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin. This course provides an introduction to the financial structures that support nursing practice. The focus is on economic principles, financial management methods, and business strategies that form the foundation for balancing productivity with quality of care and designing effective and realistic care delivery systems that optimize performance, minimize costs, and enhance outcomes. Students will examine methods to evaluate costs and cost effectiveness of care using knowledge regarding health equity and diversity. This course provides graduates with the tools to plan, monitor, and evaluate the acquisition, use, and outcomes of fiscal resources for practice and program initiatives. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3  s.h.

NRDNP-831. Advanced Financial Management. In this course students will explore financial aspect of healthcare systems including the unique language of financing, advanced accounting principles, and concepts of economics as they relate to analyzing financial statements, assuring solvency, and developing business models. Federal and state payment systems, regulations, private insurance practices, and global trends that affect a healthcare organization's finances will be discussed. Practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific course focus to enhance and develop nurse executive competencies in these areas. Pre-requisite coursework: NRDNP 830 Applied Health Care Economics & Advocacy. 3 s.h.

NRDNP-832. Legal/Risk Mgmt Negotiation. In this course the student will acquire strategies for conflict management and relationship building in complex and diverse healthcare organizations. In addition, students will assimilate strategies for assessing risk, managing risk, and negotiating crucial conversations strategically and proactively.  This course also examines innovative management strategies and problem-solving techniques as they apply to promoting shared decision-making, working with diverse inter-professional leadership teams, and building relationships with stakeholders in a culturally sensitive manner. Practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific course focus to enhance and develop nurse executive competencies in these areas. 3 s.h.

NRDNP-834. Strat Lead, Innov & Entrepren. This course focuses on critical topics related to the business of healthcare that include strategic planning, executive decision making, entrepreneurship, the role of governance in healthcare management, succession planning, and innovative approaches to change management.  This course is also specifically designed to develop the competency executive leaders need to drive diversity as a core component of healthcare. Practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific course focus to enhance and develop nurse executive competencies in these areas.  3 s.h.

NRDNP-836. Informatics in Hlth Care Deliv. Study of information science concepts, principles, and methods with application in the support, improvement, and evaluation of nursing interventions, outcomes of care, and delivery systems. Focuses on the development of knowledge and technical skills to use data management systems and technological resources for decision-making, implementation of quality improvement initiatives, and evaluation of patient care technologies. Includes use of systems analysis, decision theory, and consideration of ethical, regulatory, social, health equity, diversity, and legal issues. Clinical and administrative data sources will be used to evaluate the efficacy of patient care technology appropriate to a particular area of practice.  3.0 s.h.

NRDNP-838. Advanced Pathophysiology. This course is designed to present an orientation to disease as disordered physiology within integrated biological systems, mediated by cognitive, behavioral, emotional, cultural, and social determinants of health. The course provides the advanced practice nurse with a foundation for advanced clinical assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical decision-making in the management of common, episodic, chronic and heritable/genetic conditions. Pathophysiological mechanisms of disease, including signs and symptoms of prototypical illnesses, variations in expression, and selected screening/diagnostic evaluative methods will be discussed with an emphasis on attainment and maintenance of full health potential as a goal of health equity.  3 s.h.

NRDNP-842. Advanced Pharmacology. This course focuses on the knowledge and application of advanced pharmacotherapeutic principles organized in a system-based approach, to prepare students to design individualized pharmacotherapeutic plans for disease prevention and commonly encountered illnesses, demonstrating an understanding of drug classes, individual drugs, and complementary alternatives. Methods for screening, risk stratification, and monitoring for clinical effectiveness will be addressed. Emphasis is placed on pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics and biochemical pathways as the basis for understanding the mechanism of drug actions. Side effects, contraindications, and toxicities, as well as factors relating to adherence, compliance, patient education and collaborative practice are discussed to facilitate safe practice and promote successful patient outcomes to achieve and maintain full health potential. Rationales for therapeutic choices are based on current, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines with consideration to special variables affecting selection of drug therapies such as age, gender, reproductive status, ethno-cultural variations, provider biases, financial, and personal preference. Special attention is given to professional practice including statutory regulations related to prescribing, with an emphasis on controlled substances. Students utilize problem-solving skills and current point of care technology as a means to integrate pharmacological principles with clinical guidelines to plan safe and effective care for patients with acute and chronic clinical conditions. 4 s.h.

NRDNP-846. Framewks for Ldrshp & Interpro. This course incorporates the study of knowledge and principles of organizational leadership and advanced communication, mentoring, and team building skills that improve quality of care delivery, health outcomes, and safety of patient populations. Examination of consultative and leadership strategies that facilitate intra- and interprofessional collaboration that promotes equity in diverse populations (toward common goals and outcomes). Students will analyze effective strategies for the resolution of ethical and legal issues in the delivery of care. Students will synthesize knowledge from ethics, organizational, leadership, and communication theories with nursing science as a framework for organizational assessment, diagnosis of systems issues, and facilitation of system-wide practice initiatives. Graduates will be prepared to assume leadership in addressing complex practice and organizational issues. 3 s.h.

NRDNP-848B. Role Practicum. With a focus on role integration, students synthesis knowledge from previous courses to solidify the nurse practitioner role within their population foci. Students will further develop the unique role of the advanced practice nurse as part of, and potential leader of, an interprofessional team. Through continued clinical experience, students demonstrate increased responsibility and accountability for performance as an advanced practice nurse and clinical scholar, synthesizing knowledge of pathophysiology and disease management, evidence-based guidelines, anticipatory guidance, models of provider-patient communication, and provision of educational resources. Combined with awareness of social determinants of health, health disparities, and ethics, they will become competent at designing holistic, patient-centered plans of care. Preparation for certification and licensure will be discussed. 7 s.h.

NRDNP-850. Organ Theory & Hlth Care Mgmt. In this course, students will study organizational and management theories and evidence based research that guide effective organizational and policy development, as well as advanced practice. Emphasis is placed on the study of organization structures and processes in delivery of health care and related health programs. Major functions of management (planning, organizing, and directing and controlling, root cause analysis) are examined, including the principles and processes of risk management and continuous quality and patient safety improvement, impact of health disparities and diversity, measurement and management of organizational effectiveness and effects of organization development on costs and patient outcomes. As an organization is a microcosm where many different social and cultural factors intersect, it is imperative to be proficient in recognizing and functioning effectively as an advanced practice nurse within the organization's cultural beliefs, practices, resources and needs represented while attending to and advocating for its consumers and the community. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. 3 s.h.

NRDNP-854. Scientific Underpinnings. This course addresses the scientific underpinnings for advanced nursing practice including theories from nursing and the behavioral and social sciences, quality improvement models, and evidence-based practice as they affect the quality and safety of health care. Processes to improve population health outcomes at the individual, population and systems level is the focus of this course. The principles of evidence-based practice and quality improvement design and implementation will be examined. 3 s.h.

NRDNP-856. Adv Clin Assess Reasoning. Study of advanced clinical assessment and reasoning skills through the lifespan with emphasis on differentiating normal from abnormal findings in the domains of physical, psychosocial, behavioral, and genetic assessments. Practice of age-appropriate developmental, psychosocial and behavioral screening as well as anticipatory guidance for patient encounters including health teaching skills for common illnesses, behavioral health disorders and disease prevention. Students refine and strengthen increasingly complex skills in listening, history taking, screening, documentation, and clinical and diagnostic reasoning utilizing fair, inclusive, and respectful treatment of all people. 6 s.h.

NRDNP-858. Evid Based Prac Qual Safety. This course provides the foundation for evaluating current evidence based research and practice to develop a quality improvement project, implementing evidence of best practices after a thorough search of the literature and other evidence, and formulating a cogent argument of need based upon a critical appraisal. Guided experience of the critical appraisal process provides the foundation for determining best practices, solving practice problems, insuring patient safety, and considering health disparities. Emphasis will be placed on integration and dissemination of new knowledge and the effect on equitable health outcomes. Graduates will be prepared to provide leadership for designing, implementing and evaluating quality improvement projects and safety initiatives to guide practice and improve outcomes. 3 s.h.

NRDNP-860. App Epi Biostat Healthcare. This course provides an overview of epidemiological and biostatistical methods for use by clinical practitioners to enhance the quality of healthcare practice. The focus is on common study designs found in descriptive, observational, and experimental research, as well as measures of association and procedures for data collection, management and analysis. It provides an opportunity for students to apply descriptive and inferential statistics to explore, analyze and disseminate aggregate health data. The course also highlights methods for the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based changes in clinical practice. The utilization of data to examine variability and disparities in population trends, practice patterns and systems of care is also emphasized. 4 s.h.

NRDNP-862. Practice Inquiry and Irb. This course provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize previous learning about the implementation and evaluation of system level change through the full development of an evidence-based practice improvement project. The project is a culmination of the knowledge gained in the DNP coursework with the primary objective of improving healthcare outcomes in the practice setting. These evidence-based projects may include changes in the healthcare delivery system, organizational changes that impact healthcare at the local, regional and/or national level, or legislation and health care policies that reduce healthcare disparities. The DNP project requires student engagement in partnership building with inter-professional colleagues, consumers, and/or faculty to examine a clinical question or issue that involves translating evidence to everyday practice in health care systems, and ultimately informs and influences health care delivery and health equity. Integral to the project is a strong evaluation component and the preparation of a manuscript that will be submitted to a professional journal for publication consideration. In addition, emphasis will be placed on ethical considerations and human subjects protection through the process of fully developing and submitting an Institutional Review Board (IRB) application. Prerequisites: Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Health Care; Evidence Based Practice, Quality and Safety, Scientific Underpinnings. 3 s.h.

NRDNP-864. Advanced Care Management 1. The focus of the first clinical course is on novice-level assessment, diagnosis, and management of common episodic and chronic medical, behavioral, and psychosocial conditions that includes pharmacotherapy for the specific population foci within the context of their families, social environment, genetics, and culture. Emphasis is on generating sound healthcare decisions within the scope of APRN practice that are grounded in evidence-based health promotion, prevention and risk-reduction recommendations, epidemiology, and knowledge of symptom complexes as they relate to pathophysiology. Knowledge of social determinants of health, health disparities, palliative care, and ethics provides the foundation for developing an unbiased, comprehensive plan of care that incorporates evidence-based guidelines, anticipatory guidance, models of provider-patient communication, and provision of educational resources. The practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific population foci at the novice level to assess, diagnosis, and manage pathophysiologic states, developing initial as well as ongoing treatment plans using evidence-based guidelines. 6 s.h.

NRDNP-865. Adv Care Management II. The focus of the second clinical course is on the advanced-beginner-level of assessment, diagnosis, and management of common episodic and chronic medical, behavioral, and psychosocial conditions that includes pharmacotherapy for the specific population foci within the context of their families, social environment, genetics, and culture. Emphasis is on generating sound healthcare decisions within the scope of APRN practice that are grounded in evidence-based health promotion, prevention and risk-reduction recommendations, epidemiology, and knowledge of symptom complexes as they relate to pathophysiology. Knowledge of social determinants of health, health disparities, palliative care, and ethics provides the foundation for developing an unbiased, comprehensive plan of care that incorporates evidence-based guidelines, anticipatory guidance, models of patient-provider communication, and provision of educational resources. The practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific population foci at the advanced-beginner level to assess, diagnose, and manage pathophysiologic states, developing initial as well as ongoing treatment plans using evidence-based guidelines. 6 s.h.

NRDNP-866. Advanced Care Management III. The focus of the third clinical course is on developing competence in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of common episodic and chronic medical, behavioral, and psychosocial conditions that includes pharmacotherapy for the specific population foci within the context of their families, social environment, genetics, and culture. Emphasis is on generating sound healthcare decisions within the scope of APRN practice that are grounded in evidence-based health promotion, prevention and risk-reduction recommendations, epidemiology, and knowledge of symptom complexes as they relate to pathophysiology. Knowledge of social determinants of health, health disparities, palliative care, and ethics provides the foundation for developing an unbiased, comprehensive plan of care that incorporates evidence-based guidelines, anticipatory guidance, models of patient-provider communication, and provision of educational resources. The practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific population foci to develop competence in assessing, diagnosing, and managing pathophysiologic states, developing initial as well as ongoing treatment plans using evidence-based guidelines.  6 s.h.

NRDNP-890. Residency. This multi-semester intense clinical or administrative experience enables synthesis of the cumulative knowledge from nursing, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences. Students demonstrate increasing competency in nursing administration, population-focused primary care, or specialty care. Students integrate theoretical perspectives with evidence-based knowledge, as they collaborate with intra/interprofessional teams. Residency includes implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based, scholarly practice improvement project in an area of advanced practice in partnership with a selected agency or organization that solves a practice problem or improves population health, educational, or performance outcomes. Students develop and present a poster to faculty and peers describing outcomes of their scholarly improvement project and prepare a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. During Residency, students will synthesize and apply the Cultural Effectiveness Model to their project and clinical or administrative practice.Variable 1-10 s.h.

NRDNP-891. Independent Study. The purpose of an independent study is to provide an opportunity for a student to have an individualized learning experience under the direction of a faculty member.  An independent study is designed to supplement required course work with learning which is either an extension of that covered in a course or in an area not covered in an existing course, or to provide an opportunity for research in an area of the student's interest. Variable 1-6  s.h.

NRDNP-892. Executive Role Management I. With the goal of shaping healthcare through innovative and expert nursing leadership, students will apply knowledge gained in previous courses during a mentored executive clinical experience, demonstrating increasing responsibility and accountability for role development as a nurse leader. Combined with an understanding of social determinants of health, health disparities, cultural awareness, and ethics, students will demonstrate increasing competency in communication, relationship-building, and business skills, knowledge of the health care environment, professionalism, and the role of the nurse executive. Practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific course focus to enhance and develop nurse executive competencies in these areas. 4 s.h.

NRDNP-893. Executive Role Management II. With the goal of shaping healthcare through innovative and expert nursing leadership, the goal of the second Executive Role Practicum course is on the advanced beginner nurse executive.  Students will apply knowledge gained in previous courses during a second mentored executive clinical experience, demonstrating increasing responsibility and accountability for role development as a nurse leader. Combined with an understanding of social determinants of health, health disparities, cultural awareness, and ethics, students will demonstrate increasing competency in communication, relationship-building, and business skills, knowledge of the health care environment, professionalism, and the role of the nurse executive. Practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific course focus to enhance and develop nurse executive competencies in these areas. 5 s.h.

NRDNP-894. Executive Role Management III. With the goal of shaping healthcare through innovative and expert nursing leadership, the goal of the third Executive Role Practicum course is on developing competence of the nurse executive.  Students will apply knowledge gained in previous courses during a third mentored executive clinical experience, demonstrating increasing responsibility and accountability for role development as a nurse leader. Combined with an understanding of social determinants of health, health disparities, cultural awareness, and ethics, students will demonstrate increasing competency in communication, relationship-building, and business skills, knowledge of the health care environment, professionalism, and the role of the nurse executive. Practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific course focus to enhance and develop nurse executive competencies in these areas. 4 s.h.

NRPHD-708. Adv Health Policy & Advocacy. This course equips students with the skills necessary to develop, evaluate, and provide leadership in improving the health of the public through health policy development and the education of policy makers regarding nursing and patient outcomes recognizing the critical need for health equity in services and outcomes. Students will evaluate the health policy making processes and the disparities in both the U.S. and international health care delivery systems. Students will use policy theory to critically evaluate the current and historic policies, laws, and financial incentives that affect health care delivery and nursing practice. They will explore how health services research can motivate change in public health and policy-making. They will apply principles of organizational change, cultural effectiveness and evaluate components of leadership necessary for public health improvement. Students will participate in a selected health policy-making process. Prerequisite: Graduate standing 3 s.h.

NRPHD-711. Doct. Tlbx 4: Publication. The Doctoral Toolbox Series provides an opportunity for socialization of students into doctoral work and the production of scholarly outcomes/ products. Students will use weekly discussion, videoconferencing, and downloadable guest lectures to build skills in the research process. This Toolbox course is designed to examine the aspects of successfully writing for publication.  2 s.h.

NRPHD-712. Doc Tlbx2: Dissertation. The Doctoral Toolbox II course prepares students for socialization into the dissertation process and the role of an independent researcher. Content centers on development as a scholar, acquisition of funding, Responsible Conduct of Research, and consideration of population dynamics in research design. The skill sets and planning are fundamental for successful navigation of NRPHD 748 Proposal Defense and NRPHD 990 Dissertation.  1 s.h.

NRPHD-730. Theory Foundations-Nurs Sci. Overview and critical analysis of historical and contemporary views of knowledge development in science, with particular emphasis on the way these views influence approaches to nursing inquiry. Emphasis is placed on analyzing concepts and theories of individual and collective sources of human vulnerability and resilience, and the social determinants of health in diverse populations. Course activities will facilitate exploration of the iterative process of scientific inquiry from knowledge generation through implementation on improved equity in health outcomes of diverse populations. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-734. Doc Tlbx3: Resear Team Ldrshp. The course explores foundational concepts of the leadership role in the research environment. Students evaluate their own leadership potential and desire. Strategies for achieving successful outcomes in diverse and inter-professional research teams will be discussed. 1 s.h.

NRPHD-736. Research Ethics. This course examines the ethical aspects of the conduct of research, primarily from the Belmont Report, as they apply to diverse vulnerable populations. This course is designed to provide an analysis of ethical aspects of conducting research with vulnerable populations. Students will identify and analyze ethical dilemmas related to equity, inclusion, and bias that may contribute to disparities in human subjects research. Students will propose resolutions to these dilemmas that will facilitate the research while protecting the rights of the subjects/participants. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-738. App Stat Meths Nursing Res. This course to provides a survey of descriptive and inferential statistics commonly used in nursing research and a working knowledge of these statistical methods and their applications. This course is intended for graduate and PhD students in the College of Nursing, but would also be of interest to graduate and PhD students in other clinical areas. Topics include measures of central tendency and variation, frequency distributions, confidence interval estimation, comparison of means and proportions, correlation, and simple linear regression, one-way analysis of variance, and chi-square tests. 3 s.h

NRPHD-740. Qualitative Research Methods. This course is designed to provide an introduction to and critical analysis of qualitative and mixed methods in the development of nursing and health science. The course includes epistemology, philosophical assumptions, issues in research planning process related to qualitative research methods, differentiation between types and purposes of qualitative study designs, and methods for data collection and analysis. The course attends to ethical issues with an emphasis on cultural variations, diverse populations, and potential for describing disparities. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-742. Adv Meas Strat for Vul Pop. This course allows in-depth study of the major techniques of quantitative data collection used in nursing research. Research techniques related to data collection by physiological instrumentation, observation, interview, and questionnaire are explored, as well as how they are adapted to vulnerable and disparate populations. Reliability and validity issues will be discussed in depth. Students will develop and pilot test data collection strategies in a selected category and will consider methods for addressing vulnerable and/or disparate groups and addressing cultural competence. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-744. Applic. of Theory to Research. This course builds upon foundations constructed in the first theory (NRPHD 730) course to further explore and develop the theoretical foundation of a research question and problem. Course activities will encourage potential researchers to identify and understand theoretical perspectives appropriately aligned with a specific research problem, resulting in a synthesis document that shapes their area of inquiry. Emphasis will be placed on developing a theoretical approach that takes into consideration the social and cultural variations and needs of diverse populations. Students work closely with their dissertation chair and committee throughout the semester. Students will give an oral presentation during Residency week addressing the background, significance, and gaps in knowledge related to their selected research topic. Successful completion of the course requires students to produce a publishable integrative review that provides a synthesis of the research literature on the selected research topic. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-746. Advcd Study Dsign & Methods 1. This course is designed to teach students to identify and apply appropriate study design and associated methods, including articulation of proposed research significance and innovation. Using concepts from social and applied epidemiology and statistics, this course will prepare students to define the rationale for their study design and components of the chosen methodology, as well as issues that may affect the internal and external validity of their study findings. Students will position their research ideas in the context of the broader research pipeline: from basic science discoveries through implementation and dissemination of research findings. The course will focus on common study designs found in descriptive, observational, quasi-experimental and experimental research, as well as measures of association and procedures for data collection, management and analysis. Multi-level and ecological study effects will also be introduced, along with the expectations of mixed methods research. Emphasis on methods to ensure validity and reliability of study results, identify limitations of potential study designs, and practical procedures for protocol implementation. The course is intended to provide students with comprehensive skills for designing and conducting research. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-748. Proposal Development. This course aims at synthesizing the student's research interest and course work leading towards the dissertation. Students focus on their dissertation topic, developing aims, hypotheses, and their research plan, including analytical approaches while addressing diversity, equity, disparities and vulnerable populations as appropriate. Course activities will facilitate critical reflection on issues of equity, inclusion, and bias related to the study sample. Students work in groups as they develop their dissertation proposals, critiquing others and learning to value constructive critique themselves. In addition students work closely with their chair and committee throughout the semester. The final project of this course will be an oral defense of the dissertation proposal.3 s.h.

NRPHD-750. Doc Tlbx1:Systematic Srches. This course focuses on the process of performing a systematic search of the extant literature to: determine theoretical models/frameworks related to a concept/construct; analyze a construct/concept of interest; evaluate the rigor of extant studies related to a concept/construct or area of interest; ascertain a gap in the existing science that is worthy of further exploration. Students will become familiar with the benefits of partnering with an academic research librarian to perform a systematic search. Knowledge acquired in the course will assist the student during their plan of study to develop various types of 'review' papers, research proposals, and manuscripts required in the PhD program and in their career as a scholar. Through asynchronous online discussion and podcasting students will become familiar with the step-wise process of reviewing and analyzing a body of literature.  1 s.h.

NRPHD-752. Advcd Study Dsign & Mthods II. This course integrates current concepts and approaches in 1) mixed methods research and 2) the design, implementation, and evaluation of health behavior and health services interventions. Course content covers the theory and practice of mixed methods research in the health sciences, with an emphasis on the pragmatic considerations of integrating mixed methods throughout the development and testing of interventions. Through focused readings and critique on the development and execution of mixed methods and intervention studies, the analyses of data obtained from multiple approaches, and the practical tools required to do this work, students will develop skills to design and implement mixed methods studies. Students will learn multiple methods for developing and evaluating interventions regarding process, mediators, moderators, and outcomes. The course will cover strategies to design interventions so they contribute to reducing health inequalities. 2 s.h.

NRPHD-754. Mentored Res. & Scholarship. This course prepares the doctoral student for independence in various aspects of the research process through mentorship with a scholar, preferably in the student's area of interest. The mentor may be outside the CON, but must be approved by the student's PhD committee, based upon review of a current NIH biosketch. A separate PhD CON faculty member provides oversight of the course as the course coordinator, and is responsible for evaluating individual objectives with input from the mentor and student.  3 s.h.

NRPHD-800. Mentored Teaching. This elective course will provide students with the opportunity to work with a faculty member in order to explore the role of educator. Students will identify their learning needs and specific activities will be designed with the faculty mentor. Prerequisite courses: NURSM 703 Instructional Processes and NURSM 615 Online Methodologies (to be taken in that order) 3 s.h.

NRPHD-801. Adv Quantitative Research Meth. Advanced study of quantitative methods, designs, and analyses in the study of nursing science. The goal is to facilitate the student's ability to integrate design and analysis in the study of nursing phenomena and apply these principles to the student's research interest. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-807. Adv Applied Stat Meth for Nsg. This course provides the conceptual background and applied use of advanced multivariate statistics that are appropriate to Nursing Science in order to interpret the results of research students that have utilizes such methods as well as apply these analytical methods to their own data analyses as part of their thesis or dissertation research studies.  The multivariate statistical methods covered include:  multiple multivariate regression, factory analysis (exploratory and confirmatory, path analysis, latent variable analysis, and the overreaching structural equation modeling.  Students will implement these analyses with AMOS and EQS statistical software using current, large and multidimensional research datasets with an emphasis on pre-analysis data screening and description.  At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to identify and carry out an appropriate statistical analysis and to interpret result through statements of both statistical and clinical conclusions.  Student also receive instruction in the use of a SEM statistical software packages, AMOS and EQS. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-971. Mentored Research. This elective course provides students with the opportunity to work with a faculty member on a funded research project. This experience will provide hands on experience with many research skills to include subject recruitment, outcome testing, interrater reliability, interviewing, and data entry, analysis, and management. The student's personal goals and interests will be identified and linked with those of a faculty member in this interactive experience. Variable 1-9 s.h.

NRPHD-990. Dissertation. Dissertation. Variable s.h.

NURSM-615. Methodology of Online Teaching. This course introduces students to best practices for teaching online from course development and evaluation to application of principles of interface design. Learning theories, cognitive science, and strategies to promote student persistence will be applied to online teaching methods to motivate and support diverse learners. Students will be introduced to a learning management system from the educator perspective and participate in online course management activities. Technology to support various learning styles in the online environment will also be addressed. 3 s.h.

NURSM-703. Instructional Processes. This course provides the theoretical foundation and practical application of educational concepts for teaching. Students will be introduced to learning theories, evidence-based instructional methods, and evaluation strategies to enhance learning outcomes of diverse learners in the classroom and clinical settings. The unique learning needs of traditional and non-traditional students, learning styles, generational differences, and diversity will be addressed within the context of course design. Students will be introduced to the role of the nurse educator as change agent, leader, and scholar. Expectations of the faculty role, which include teaching, scholarship, and service will also be addressed. . 3 s.h.

NURSM-713. Curriculum Design & Developmen. This course introduces students to the theoretical foundations, essential components, and accreditation standards for curriculum development at the program level. The role of outcome competencies is addressed as they apply to the development and evaluation of an educational program to meet society's diverse healthcare needs. Models of systematic program evaluation that incorporates accreditation or other outcome standards will be analyzed. Prerequisite: Instructional Processes. 3 s.h.

NURSU-315. Health Assessment. This course is designed to introduce the student to the comprehensive assessment of the pediatric, adult, and the older adult client including variations of normal and common abnormal findings. Communication skills, history taking and physical assessment skills, and the proper use of assessment tools are emphasized. Cultural and spiritual assessment of the client in the context of a family is discussed. Students analyze assessment data for common risk factors and social determinants of health and identify strategies teaching clients about health promotion and disease prevention. Professional nursing behaviors are practiced. Prerequisites:  Enrollment in B.S.N. degree program. 4 s.h.

NURSU-356. Dynamics of Professional Nurs. This course challenges the RN to BSN student to broaden their perspectives of the professional nursing role. The student will be introduced to nursing theories and models, philosophies, values and evidence-based data that impact professional nursing practice, eliminate health disparities, and enhance patient outcomes. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking skills as the student builds upon prior nursing education and experience. 3 s.h.

NURSU-357. Health Assessment for Rn. The course is designed to introduce the student to the comprehensive assessment of the pediatric, adult, and the older adult patient including variations of normal and common abnormal findings. Communication skills, history taking and physical assessment skills, and the proper use of assessment tools are emphasized. Cultural and spiritual assessment of the patient in the context of a family is discussed. Students analyze assessment data for common risk factors and identify strategies for teaching patients about health promotion and disease prevention. Professional nursing behaviors are practiced. 3 s.h.

NURSU-358. Pathophysiology. This course examines the physiologic mechanisms underlying selected alterations in health that occur throughout the life cycle. Relationships between physiologic responses to health problems are emphasized. This course will address selected diseases and their evaluation and treatment in clinical care. 3 s.h.

NURSU-359. Healthy Aging & Healthy Promot. This course provides an examination of theories, trends and research drawn from the fields of sociology, psychology, biology and the health professions with an emphasis on the process of aging, health promotion, and health inequities. Students will utilize this specialized knowledge to develop nursing care strategies to improve the care and health of older adults in the acute healthcare system, long-term care, and the community. Clinical experiences will include the application of theory in the development of a health promotion project for older adults.4 s.h.

NURSU-372. Health Systems & Policy. This course focuses on health policy and issues that affect consumers of health care and nursing practice. The organization of the health care system and the policy making process are explored and the legal, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental influences are analyzed. Prerequisites: Enrollment in B.S.N. degree program, NURSU-385. 2 s.h. (2,0,0)

NURSU-376. Leadership and Management. In this course students will evaluate leadership behaviors and organizational structures that enhance the delivery of client care.  Management techniques and nursing care decisions are examined by synthesizing knowledge of various health care organizations and financing of health care delivery systems. Students will discuss strategies for communicating effectively in culturally diverse relationships with patients, families and peers. Emphasis is on organizational roles, legal responsibilities and implications for professional nursing practice. Prerequisite: NURSU-461. 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NURSU-385. Professional Nsg & Nsg Practic. This course is designed to introduce students to the past, present, and future of professional nursing.  An emphasis is placed on professional values and philosophies, core competencies, knowledge and attitudes needed for professional practice, the socialization and role development of the professional nurse, and the legal and ethical aspects of nursing practice.  2 s.h.

NURSU-387. Psychiatric & Mental Hlth Nsg. This course utilizes the nursing process to address the nursing care needs of individuals who have psychiatric and mental health disorders. Predisposing biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors contributing to the development and continuation of these disorders are examined. Precipitating stressors, coping resources and coping mechanisms are evaluated in relation to an individual's pattern of response. Nursing interventions for these disorders based on the crisis, acute, maintenance, and health promotion stages of treatment are analyzed. The impact of psychiatric illness on the family and other social systems is also explored. Foundational elements of the course include the therapeutic use of self, effective communication skills, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice.    5 s.h.

NURSU-405. Nsg Care of Children & Their F. This course is designed to focus on children as unique individuals with different capacities and vulnerabilities according to developmental level, social determinants or health and health status.  Children have the potential for a variety of responses in health and illness situations. Children's abilities to respond to changes in health status are examined within the context of disparate environments and within diverse families. Nursing interventions, which promote, maintain, or restore health and optimal functioning are explored in relation to the children and their families.  Clinical experiences focus on care of children and families in diverse health care and community settings. 5 s.h.

NURSU-409. Population Focused Nursing. Population Focused Nursing facilitates students' ability to impact health status of populations, communities, families, and individuals. The course involves identifying determinants of health; prioritizing primary prevention; actively identifying and reaching out to those who might benefit from a service; and using available resources to assure best overall improvement in the health of the population (ANA, 2007).  Students are facilitated to expand, integrate, and apply knowledge and skills in health promotion, disease prevention, and risk reduction. Clinical experiences will include the application of theory, skills, and knowledge with defined population(s) in a variety of experiences, including communities, clinics, primary care, schools, public and home health agencies, and care management programs. 5 sh

NURSU-411. Research & Evidenced Based. This course introduces evidence-based practice and the research process in the development of nursing knowledge and practice. Emphasis is on the critical appraisal of published research and translating research findings to clinical practice. Survey techniques and sampling strategies are presented. Ethical considerations and the protection of human subjects in research are explored. 3 s.h.

NURSU-412. Information Mgmt in Nursing. Nursing Informatics is the convergence of information, computer, and nursing science to improve practice and ultimately patient outcomes. This course provides students with an overview of the current healthcare information technology field including access to information and privacy issues and provides them with exposure to relevant and current topics important to practice. 2 s.h.

NURSU-413. Community & Population Focus. This course is designed to develop students' knowledge and skills of health promotion and disease prevention frameworks, nursing and public/community health concepts, epidemiology, and environmental health issues to improve healthcare in the community. Emphasis is placed on community assessment strategies, community partnerships, and the design, implementation, and evaluation of culturally appropriate interventions for health promotion and/or disease prevention. Clinical experiences will include the application of theory in the development of a community population health project with a specific population in a community setting. 4 s.h.

NURSU-417. Women's Health Nursing. This course examines the health care needs of women across the lifespan with specific emphasis on the childbearing family. The role of nursing in promoting health, fostering positive parenting, advocating for vulnerable clients, and demonstrating culturally effective care is presented.  The course applies nursing process, theory, evidence-based practice guidelines and research with an emphasis on development of critical thinking skills in the treatment of human responses to the health needs of women, families and neonates. 5 s.h.

NURSU-426. Leadership & Management. In this course students will evaluate leadership behaviors and organizational structures that enhance the delivery of patient care. Management techniques and nursing care decisions are examined by synthesizing knowledge of various health care organizations and financing of health care delivery systems. Students will explore strategies for developing culturally effective communication strategies and respect for coworkers and other leaders. Emphasis is on organizational roles, legal responsibilities, and implications for professional nursing practice. 3 s.h.

NURSU-427. Health Systems & Policy. This course focuses on health policy and issues that affect consumers of health care and nursing practice. The organization of the health care system and the policy-making process are explored and the legal, political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental influences are analyzed.3 s.h.

NURSU-428. Practicum in Clinical & Mgmt. This clinical capstone course allows the registered nurse to combine learned concepts, models, and theories, with clinical knowledge and experience in the identification, development, implementation and proposed evaluation of a scholarly nursing project. This project may include, but is not limited to, leadership skills, principles of teaching/learning, healthcare policy, change process, group process, team building, collaboration, healthcare policy and delivery systems, quality improvement, evidence-based care, and ethical/legal issues.2 s.h.

NURSU-445. Guided Nursing Elective. This course provides students with an opportunity to exercise initiative, independence, and creativity in pursuing an area of interest in nursing research or evidence-based quality improvement. The learning needs, objectives, and specific activities are designed by the student with the faculty mentor and must be approved by the faculty of NURSU 445. Prerequisite: enrollment in B.S.N. degree program. Variable 0.5-3.0 s.h.

NURSU-451. Patho/Pharm I. This is the first of two courses that examines the physiologic mechanisms underlying selected alterations in health that occur throughout the life cycle, taking into account the social determinants of health. Relationships between physiologic responses to potential or actual health problems are emphasized. This course will cover selected diseases and their evaluation and pharmacologic treatment in clinical care. Basic pharmacological concepts with emphasis on drug groups and nursing implications will be integrated throughout the course, preparing students with necessary knowledge for use in the clinical courses. 3 s.h.

NURSU-452. Patho/Pharm II. The second course in series that examines the physiologic mechanisms underlying selected alterations in health that occur throughout the life cycle taking into account the social determinants of health. Relationships between physiologic responses to potential or actual health problems are emphasized. This course will cover selected diseases and their evaluation and pharmacologic treatment in clinical care. Pharmacological interventions will integrated throughout the course, preparing students with necessary knowledge for use in the clinical courses. 3 s.h.

NURSU-454. Medical Surgical Nursing I. In this course students will have expanded opportunities to use the nursing process and clinical reasoning to guide care planning decisions for hospitalized clients. Opportunities will be provided to plan, implement and evaluate medical and surgical interventions to prepare clients for discharge following hospital care. This course provides students with experiences that will help integrate content from previous coursework to the care of clients from diverse ethnic, cultural and geographic backgrounds. 6 s.h.

NURSU-455. Medical Surgical Nursing II. This capstone course, designed to facilitate transition into the roles and responsibilities of the professional nurse, includes an intensive clinical practicum in which the student will experience the roles of the nurse as a provider of care for multiple clients in an acute care setting, as well as a leader/manager/coordinator of care in a variety of health care settings. Critical thinking and leadership skills are applied, with an emphasis on culturally effective communication with diverse clients, continuity of care, coordination of care and collaboration with interdisciplinary team members to provide a comprehensive plan of care for optimal client outcomes recognizing the impact of social determinants of health. During a focused clinical experience with a registered nurse, the leadership role and professional accountability of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse are explored both in relation to current nursing practice, as well as to ongoing changes in health care delivery. 7 s.h.

NURSU-461. Foundations & Gero Nursing. This is the first course to introduce students to the role of critical thinking and the nursing process as a mechanism to synthesize knowledge and master basic nursing skills needed to promote, maintain and restore health in older adult clients.  The course will integrate nursing process, principles of communication, decision-making, and basic nursing skills necessary for applying health assessment data and pathophysiology content to the experience of health and illness of clients, diverse ethnic, cultural and geographic backgrounds. 6 s.h.

NURSU-464. Research & EBP in Nursing. The course introduces evidence-based practice and the research process in the development of nursing knowledge and practice. Emphasis is on the critical appraisal of published research and translating research findings in clinical practice. Survey techniques and sampling strategies are presented. Ethical considerations and the protection of human subjects in research are explored.  3 s.h.