Course Descriptions

Traditional BSN

1000-Level Courses

NURS 1400:  Introduction to Nursing

 This course introduces the student to nursing as a profession. Various roles and functions of the nurse are explored. Emphasis is placed on the organization and education of nurses, nursing care in various settings, and recipients of nursing care. Exploration of the conceptual and philosophical basis of nursing and the role of critical thinking in the nursing process will be examined. Open to non- nursing majors.

Credit hours: 1

NURS 1430: Human Development Thru Life Span

Human Development is a theoretical course designed for any student interested in increasing insight into the developing person, including self. This course provides an overview of human growth and development across the lifespan. Basic theories and principles of development, influences on the developing person, and norms of development are discussed. Development is examined from a variety of theoretical perspectives including physical, cognitive, psychosocial, emotional, moral-spiritual, and adaptive mechanisms. Concepts of death in the child, adolescent, and adult of various ages, and issues faced by the age group, also are discussed. Family developmental tasks and family interaction, as they influence the individual throughout the lifespan, are considered in each developmental era.

Credit Hours: 3 

2000-Level Courses

NURS 2500: Clinical Concepts in Nursing Practice

This course introduces the student to foundational clinical concepts in nursing. The social, legal, ethical, cultural and interprofessional context of nursing practice is presented. The use of the therapeutic relationship as a basis for nursing care is emphasized. Consideration is given to developing students' self-awareness, the importance of reflective practice, and the ability to use one's self as a therapeutic tool. The nursing process is introduced and its use in promoting patient safety in an interprofessional health care environment is discussed.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 2510: Health Promotion Across Lifespan

The role of the nurse in promoting health and reducing risk behaviors of individuals and families across the lifespan is the focus of this course. Exemplars of nutrition, physical activity and stress management will be examined with an emphasis on the impact of genetics, values, lifestyle, and cultural influences. Client teaching as an essential function of the nurse is emphasized. In the clinical practicum, the student will facilitate his/ her understanding of factors that enhance health promotion and risk reduction through the development of a long term relationship with a client and family.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 2520: Foundations in Nursing Care

This course focuses on the use of clinical judgment in the application of evidence based therapeutic interventions and technologies in providing direct care to patients across the lifespan. Building therapeutic relationships, patient safety and the provision of quality care in an interprofessional setting are emphasized. Students gain experience in developing communication skills and implementing the nursing process in simulated and actual patient settings.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 2700: Critical Issues in Evidence Based Nursing

 In this course, research is introduced as a method of inquiry and as a foundation for evidence based clinical decisions. Fundamentals of research methodology will be presented. Developing, evaluating, and applying an evidence-base to address nursing care issues will be explored. Barriers to implementation of evidence based practice and strategies to address those barriers will be considered from an individual and an organizational perspective. The role of the nurse in affecting evidence based change in practice will be discussed.

Credit Hours: 2 

3000-Level Courses

NURS 3100: Health Care Policy, Finance and Regulatory Environments

This course provides students with an overview of the influence of health care policy in shaping the nature, quality, cost, access, and safety of the health care environment. The focus is on the broader context of healthcare, including how patient care services are organized and financed, how reimbursement is structured, and the role of regulatory agencies in defining the boundaries of nursing practice in a complex inter-professional environment.

Credit Hours: 2

 

 NURS 3107: Health Policy, Finance and Regulation for the Registered Nurse

 This course provides students with an overview of the influence of health care policy in shaping the nature, quality, cost, access, and safety of the health care environment. The focus is on the broader context of healthcare, including how patient care services are organized and financed, how reimbursement is structured, and the role of regulatory agencies in defining the boundaries of nursing practice in a complex inter-professional environment.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 3200: Health Assessment

This course provides an introduction to systematic data gathering, analysis, and documentation of health assessment data with emphasis on cultural and lifespan considerations. Throughout this course the importance of communication and interprofessional collaboration across culturally diverse populations is discussed. Assignments focus on physical health, functional capacity, growth and development, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual health of individuals and families.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 3207: Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse

This course focuses on the health assessment component of the nursing process using a lifespan approach. Integration of health assessment skills will be explored within the dimensions of pathophysiologic changes that occur during alterations in health. Considerations for health assessment will include growth and development, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual health of individuals. A case study approach will be utilized during this course.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 3217: Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse

The evaluation by credit examination provides students the opportunity to earn academic course credit for prior learning through coursework, experience, training, or self-study. This examination measures knowledge on the health assessment component of the nursing process using a life span approach. Integration of health assessment skills will be explored within the dimensions of pathophysiologic changes that occur during alterations in health. Considerations for health assessment will include growth and development, psychological, socio-cultural and spiritual health of individuals. A case study approach will be utilized during this course.

Credit Hours: 3 by exam

NURS 3330: Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Care

This course develops the student's knowledge of the nurse's role and responsibilities in drug therapy based on application of concepts from nursing and pharmacological sciences utilized in evidence based nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the nursing process and role of the nurse when caring for patients receiving drug therapy. Legal, ethical, and life span considerations are presented as they apply to the nurse's role in drug therapy. The content focuses on the pharmacologic classifications of drugs, their physiologic impact, monitoring therapeutic responses, side effects, adverse reactions, drug interactions, patient-teaching responsibilities, and nursing implications. The student will learn to apply the nursing process to the care of the patient receiving drugs in a variety of clinical settings.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 3360: Pathophysiology

  This course provides an overview of the pathophysiological processes common to many diseases. Major pathophysiological concepts are explored using a body systems approach. Concepts and theories related to epidemiology, etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations are used to study common disease processes. The content will be based on the health-illness continuum, including both physiological and psychological alterations, and system or organ failure. Considerations are given to selected pathological alterations and their effects on physiological and psychological functions. A life span approach is utilized with selected disease models and case studies as the focus in the course. Concepts from anatomy, physiology and chemistry courses provide the foundation for exploring human diseases.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 3370: Essentials of Therapeutic Nutrition: A Nursing Approach

This course builds on concepts from previous courses to focus on therapeutic nursing interventions to promote patient nutrition during illness with considerations for age and culture. Regulatory process for fluid and electrolyte balance, conditions that alter fluid balance and interventions to prevent body fluid and electrolyte disturbances are emphasized.

Credit Hours: 3 (TBSN); 2 (ABSN)

NURS 3377: Essentials of Therapeutic Nutrition: A Nursing Approach for the RN Student

The evaluation by credit examination provides students the opportunity to earn academic course credit for prior learning through coursework, experience, training, or self-study. This examination measures knowledge about concepts related to therapeutic nursing interventions to promote patient nutrition during illness with considerations for age and culture. Knowledge about regulatory processes for fluid and electrolyte balance, conditions that alter fluid balance and interventions to prevent body fluid and electrolyte disturbances are also measured.

Credit Hours: 3 by exam

NURS 3430: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Theory and Clinical

This course uses a patient-centered, culturally sensitive approach to the health care needs of individuals, families and groups experiencing alterations in mental health across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice to promote, maintain and restore health. Priority is given to the use of self as a therapeutic tool, principles of therapeutic relationships, and knowledge of psychopathology. An interprofessional team approach is emphasized in the safe delivery of care.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 3440: Community/Public Health Nursing

The focus of this course is the introduction of the student to the concepts and principles of public health and the practice of public health nursing. The nursing process is applied to the care of individuals, families, and groups within the community. The theoretical content and clinical practice emphasize public health measures which promote and maintain the health of the community. Evidence-based knowledge of public health science is incorporated, health team relationships are broadened, and management of client care is practiced through health teaching, counseling, and referral by home visiting and other experiences. Evaluation of care and fostering of accountability are integrated throughout the course. Legal and ethical issues in public health are examined. Research topics in public health practice are introduced.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 3447: Public and Community Health Nursing

The focus of this online course is the introduction of the student to the concepts and principles of public health and the practice of public health nursing. The nursing process is applied to the care of individuals, families, and groups within the community. The course content and group activities emphasize community health measures which promote and maintain the health of the community. Research-based knowledge of public health science is incorporated, understanding of health team relationships is broadened, and knowledge about the range of client care is expanded. Evaluation of care and fostering of accountability are integrated throughout the course. Legal and ethical issues in public health are examined.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 3457: Community Project

This course is designed to provide the student with an experience of planning within a community to meet its needs. Working from the knowledge and competencies gained in previous courses, and in collaboration with members of the health care community, students will design, construct, and evaluate a teaching or quality improvement strategy project. Teaching-learning principles of the nurse educator will be incorporated into the teaching or quality improvement strategy project.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 3460: Nursing Care of the Adult

This course uses a patient-centered, culturally sensitive approach to the health care needs of acutely ill adults. Emphasis is placed on theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice findings as the basis for nursing strategies to promote, maintain, and restore health. An interprofessional team approach is emphasized in the safe delivery of care.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 3470: Nursing Care of the Older Adult

The theory portion of the course uses a patient-centered, culturally sensitive approach to the health care needs of the older adult. Emphasis is placed on theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice findings as the basis for nursing strategies to promote, maintain, and restore health. Priority is given to the discussion of chronic health conditions, geriatric syndromes, and frailty. An interprofessional team approach is emphasized in the safe delivery of care. This practicum provides the opportunity to apply evidenced-based practice and a patient-centered approach to care. A variety of settings, as well as, laboratory simulations are utilized. Emphasis in acute care settings is placed on the care of older adults. Skills associated with the assessment and management of illnesses and conditions are developed within the context of patient and family culture, preferences and needs. Helping patients compensate for changes in function, providing emotional support and educating patients and families to promote wellness are emphasized. Skills related to enhancing communication, information management, and collaboration as a member of an interprofessional team are further developed.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 3480: Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family

The theory part of this course uses a person-centered, family-centered, and culturally sensitive approach to the health care needs of women and their newborns during the childbearing cycle. Emphasis is placed on theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice findings as the basis for nursing strategies to promote, maintain, and restore health. Consideration is also given to common complications occurring in the childbearing cycle. An interprofessional team approach is emphasized in the delivery of safe, effective, and quality care. The practicum provides the opportunity to apply evidenced-based practice and a patient- centered approach to care. A variety of settings, as well as, laboratory simulations are utilized. Emphasis in acute care settings is placed on the care of women and infants during the intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal periods. Nursing care is provided within the context of client and family culture, preferences and needs. Helping patients to adapt to changes in function, providing emotional support and educating patients and families to promote wellness are emphasized. Skills related to enhancing communication, information management, and collaboration as a member of an interprofessional team are further developed.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 3490: Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family

The theory portion of this course uses a person-centered, family-centered, and culturally sensitive approach to the health care needs of infants, children, and adolescents. Emphasis is placed on theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice findings as the basis for nursing strategies to promote, maintain, and restore health. Priority is given to discussion of significant health care issues within these populations. An interprofessional team approach is emphasized in the safe delivery of care to these populations. The practicum portion provides an opportunity for students to apply theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice in the care of selected infants, children, and adolescents. The use of a patient and family-centered approach in the nursing process is emphasized. Nursing care is provided within the context of patient and family culture, preferences, and needs. Helping patients to adapt to changes in function, providing emotional support, and educating patients and families to promote wellness are emphasized. Skills related to enhancing communication, information management, and collaboration as a member of an interprofessional team are further developed. Learning experiences are provided in a variety of settings, as well as, laboratory simulations.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 3807: Conceptual Framework for Practice

In this course students analyze important concepts in professional nursing practice including self-care, nursing theory, nursing scholarship, professional codes of conduct and professional standards. The social, legal, ethical, cultural and interprofessional context of nursing practice is presented. Contemporary issues in professional nursing practice are presented including informatics and patient care technology, genetics and genomics, and nursing management across the health-illness continuum, across the lifespan, and in all health care settings.

Credit Hours: 3 

4000-Level Courses

NURS 4100: Leadership in Management

This course focuses on the development of the nurse as a leader at the microsystem level. The concepts of delegation, motivation, negotiation, and problem-solving are addressed within an organizational context. The use of evidence in process improvement for quality care is emphasized. Interprofessional teamwork and health information technology are further explored as mechanisms to promote cost-effective, quality outcomes.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 4107: Leadership and Management in Nursing

This course provides students with an overview of management, leadership and organizational theories in the context of nursing and health care. An overview of the major functional areas of health care management and their relevance to the safe delivery of health care services in a turbulent and complex interprofessional environment will be introduced. The influence of legislative, regulatory, and risk management policies in shaping the nature, quality, and safety of the nursing practice environment will be examined.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 4147: Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing

In this course, research is introduced as a method of inquiry and as a foundation for evidence based clinical decisions. Fundamentals of research methodology will be presented. Developing, evaluating, and applying an evidence-base to address nursing care issues will be explored. Barriers to implementation of evidence based practice and strategies to address those barriers will be considered from an individual and an organizational perspective. The role of the nurse in affecting evidence based change in practice will be discussed.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 4150: Integrative Seminar on Issues in Nursing Practice

This course focuses on the transition of senior nursing students to professional nursing practice as new baccalaureate graduates. The course assists students to synthesize knowledge and skills required of new graduates including refinement of clinical judgment, problem solving and priority setting. Students identify strategies for resolving ethical and legal dilemmas and conflicts related to diversity in the work force. Issues related to licensure, career development, and professional satisfaction are discussed.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 4200: Nursing Immersion Practicum

This course builds on prior nursing courses and provides the student with a practicum experience in managing patients and environments in selected specialty settings. This clinical experience focuses on assessments, interventions, and outcomes unique to these populations. The student becomes an integral part of the interprofessional team with responsibility for the efficient management of care that produces cost effective, patient-centered outcomes. Skills related to enhancing communication and information management are refined.

Credit Hours: 4  

NURS 4300: Complex Multisystem Theory

The course builds on nursing courses and focuses on complex acute and chronic conditions, some of which may result in death. An evidence based focus is used to support assessments, clinical judgment and effective, efficient nursing interventions. Life span and developmental factors, cultural variables, and legal aspects of care frame the ethical decision-making employed in patient choices for treatment or palliative care within the acute care setting.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 4350: Complex Multisystem Nursing Practicum

This course builds on previous nursing courses to provide the student with a practicum experience in managing complex patients and environments. This precepted adult clinical experience focuses on clinical judgment in complex patient situations. The student becomes an integral part of the interprofessional team with responsibility for the efficient management of care that produces cost effective, patient-centered outcomes. Skills related to enhancing communication and information management are refined.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 4405: Synthesis of Nursing Concepts

This course provides the student with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize nursing concepts in preparation for taking the NCLEX-RN exam. The NCLEX blueprint is described, key content is reviewed and test taking strategies are presented. Students have the opportunity to apply learning by taking standardized exit exams.

Credit Hours: 1

NURS 4507: Comprehensive Nursing Practice (Portfolio)

This portfolio course focuses on the identification and the competent management of patients' health care needs. Students are expected to provide evidence of competence as caregivers, teachers, advocates, and collaborators. Students will provide evidence of their ability to manage the nursing care of individuals, families, and/or groups at various points on the health-illness continuum.

Credit Hours: 4


Accelerated BSN

2000-Level Courses

NURS 2500: Clinical Concepts in Nursing Practice

This course introduces the student to foundational clinical concepts in nursing. The social, legal, ethical, cultural and interprofessional context of nursing practice is presented. The use of the therapeutic relationship as a basis for nursing care is emphasized. Consideration is given to developing students' self-awareness, the importance of reflective practice, and the ability to use one's self as a therapeutic tool. The nursing process is introduced and its use in promoting patient safety in an interprofessional health care environment is discussed.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 2515: Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

The role of the nurse in promoting health and reducing risk behaviors of individuals and families across the lifespan is the focus of this course. Exemplars of nutrition, physical activity and stress management will be examined with an emphasis on the impact of genetics, values, lifestyle, and cultural influences. Client teaching as an essential function of the nurse is emphasized.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 2520: Foundations in Nursing Care

This course focuses on the use of clinical judgment in the application of evidence based therapeutic interventions and technologies in providing direct care to patients across the lifespan. Building therapeutic relationships, patient safety and the provision of quality care in an interprofessional setting are emphasized. Students gain experience in developing communication skills and implementing the nursing process in simulated and actual patient settings.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 2705: Critical Issues in Evidence Based Nursing

Building on fundamental knowledge gained in previous courses, this course examines how research is used in evidence based practice. Critical issues in interprofessional health care and their effect on health care quality, access and cost will be examined. Nursing interventions that promote patient adaptation and safety will be investigated. Obtaining and critically appraising evidence will be emphasized.

Credit Hours: 2

3000-Level Courses

NURS 3105: Health Care Policy, Finance and Regulatory Environments

This course provides students with an overview of the influence of health care policy in shaping the nature, quality, cost, access, and safety of the health care environment. The focus is on the broader context of healthcare, including how patient care services are organized and financed, how reimbursement is structured, and the role of regulatory agencies in defining the boundaries of nursing practice in a complex inter- professional environment.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 3200: Health Assessment

This course provides an introduction to systematic data gathering, analysis, and documentation of health assessment data with emphasis on cultural and lifespan considerations. Throughout this course the importance of communication and interprofessional collaboration across culturally diverse populations is discussed. Assignments focus on physical health, functional capacity, growth and development, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual health of individuals and families.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 3330: Pharmacotherapeutics for Nursing Care

This course develops the student's knowledge of the nurse's role and responsibilities in drug therapy based on application of concepts from nursing and pharmacological sciences utilized in evidence based nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the nursing process and role of the nurse when caring for patients receiving drug therapy. Legal, ethical, and life span considerations are presented as they apply to the nurse's role in drug therapy. The content focuses on the pharmacologic classifications of drugs, their physiologic impact, monitoring therapeutic responses, side effects, adverse reactions, drug interactions, patient-teaching responsibilities, and nursing implications. The student will learn to apply the nursing process to the care of the patient receiving drugs in a variety of clinical settings.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 3360: Pathophysiology

This course provides an overview of the pathophysiological processes common to many diseases. Major pathophysiological concepts are explored using a body systems approach. Concepts and theories related to epidemiology, etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations are used to study common disease processes. The content will be based on the health-illness continuum, including both physiological and psychological alterations, and system or organ failure. Considerations are given to selected pathological alterations and their effects on physiological and psychological functions. A lifespan approach is utilized with selected disease models and case studies as the focus in the course. Concepts from anatomy, physiology and chemistry courses provide the foundation for exploring human diseases.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 3370: Essentials of Therapeutic Nutrition: A Nursing Approach

This course builds on concepts from previous courses to focus on therapeutic nursing interventions to promote patient nutrition during illness with considerations for age and culture. Regulatory process for fluid and electrolyte balance, conditions that alter fluid balance and interventions to prevent body fluid and electrolyte disturbances are emphasized.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 3435: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

This course uses a patient-centered, culturally sensitive approach to the health care needs of individuals, families and groups experiencing alterations in mental health across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice to promote, maintain, and restore health. Priority is given to the use of self as a therapeutic tool, principles of therapeutic relationships, and knowledge of psychopathology. An interprofessional team approach is emphasized in the safe delivery of care. (Lecture 2 hours, clinical 6 hours per week)

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 3445: Community/Public Health Nursing

This course introduces the student to the concepts and principles of public health and the practice of public health nursing. The nursing process is applied to the care of individuals, families, and groups in the community. The theoretical content and clinical practice emphasize community health measures which promote and maintain the health of the community. Research-based knowledge of public health science is incorporated, health team relationships are broadened, and management of client care is practiced through health teaching, counseling, home visiting, and other experiences. Evaluation of care and fostering of accountability are integrated throughout the course. Legal and ethical issues in public health are examined.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 3485: Conceptual Approaches to Patient Care 3: Childrearing/Childbearing Family Theory

This course uses a culturally sensitive, person and family-centered approach to the health care needs of women in the childbearing cycle as well as infants, children and adolescents. Emphasis is placed on theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice findings as the basis for nursing strategies to promote, maintain, and restore health to these populations. Consideration is also given to common complications occurring in the childbearing cycle as well as significant health care issues of the pediatric population. An interprofessional team approach is emphasized in the delivery of safe, effective, and quality care to these populations. Additionally, a family-centered approach is used for the basis of the nursing process and nursing care.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 3495: Conceptual Approaches to Patient Care 3: Childrearing/Childbearing Family Practicum

This practicum provides an opportunity for students to apply theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice in the care of childbearing women, infants, children, and adolescents. Nursing care is provided within the context of patient and family culture, preferences, and needs. Helping patients to adapt to changes in function, providing emotional support, and educating patient and families to promote wellness are emphasized. Skills related to enhancing communication, information management, and collaboration as a member of an interprofessional team is further developed. Learning experiences are provided in a variety of settings, as well as, laboratory simulation.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 3565: Conceptual Approaches to Patient Care 1: Adult/Older Adult

This course uses person-centered, family-centered, and culturally sensitive approaches to the health care need of adult and older adults. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice findings as the basis for nursing strategies to promote, maintain, and restore health. An interprofessional team approach is emphasized in the delivery of safe, effective, and quality care. The clinical practicum provides the opportunity to apply evidence-based and patient centered approaches to nursing care. A variety of clinical setting and laboratory simulations are used. The course emphasizes acute health problems of adults and older adults. Nursing care is provided within the context of client, and family cultural preferences and needs. Helping patients adapt to changes in functioning within the context of acute illness, providing emotional support, and educating patients and families to promote wellness are emphasized. Skills related to enhancing communication, information management, and collaboration as a member of an interprofessional team are further developed. (2 theory; 2 clinical)

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 3575: Conceptual Approaches to Patient Care 2: Adult/Older Adult

This course uses person-centered, family-centered, and culturally sensitive approaches to the health care need of adult and older adults. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice findings as the basis for nursing strategies to promote, maintain, and restore health. An interprofessional team approach is emphasized in the delivery of safe, effective, and quality care. The clinical practicum provides the opportunity to apply evidence-based and patient centered approaches to nursing care. A variety of clinical setting and laboratory simulations are used. The course emphasizes chronic health problems of adults and older adults. Nursing care is provided within the context of client, and family cultural preferences and needs. helping patients adopt to changes in functioning within the context of their chronic disease, providing emotional support, and educating patients and families to promote wellness are emphasized. Skills related to enhancing communication, information management, and collaboration as a member of an interprofessional team are explored. 

Credit Hours: 4 (2 theory; 2 clinical)

4000-Level Courses

NURS 4105: Leadership and Management

This course focuses on the development of the nurse as a leader at the microsystem level. The concepts of delegation, motivation, negotiation, and problem-solving are addressed within an organizational context. The use of evidence in process improvement for quality care is emphasized. Interprofessional teamwork and health information technology are further explored as mechanisms to promote cost-effective, quality outcomes.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 4305: Conceptual Approaches to Patient Care 4: Complex Multi-System Nursing Theory 

The course builds on nursing courses and focuses on complex acute and chronic conditions, some of which may result in death. An evidence based focus is used to support assessments, clinical judgment and effective, efficient nursing interventions. Life span and developmental factors, cultural variables, and legal aspects of care frame the ethical decision-making employed in patient choices for treatment or palliative care within the acute care setting.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 4355: Conceptual Approaches to Patient Care 4: Complex Multi-System Nursing Practicum

This course builds on previous nursing courses to provide the student with a practicum experience in managing complex patients and environments. This precepted clinical experience focuses on clinical judgment in complex patient situations. The student becomes an integral part of the inter-professional team with responsibility for the efficient management of care that produces cost effective, patient-centered outcomes. Skills related to enhancing communication and information management are refined.

Credit Hours: 4

 

Registered Nursing

3000-Level Courses

NURS 3107: Health Policy, Finance and Regulation for the Registered Nurse 

This course provides students with an overview of the influence of health care policy in shaping the nature, quality, cost, access, and safety of the health care environment. The focus is on the broader context of healthcare, including how patient care services are organized and financed, how reimbursement is structured, and the role of regulatory agencies in defining the boundaries of nursing practice in a complex inter-professional environment.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 3207: Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse

This course focuses on the health assessment component of the nursing process using a lifespan approach. Integration of health assessment skills will be explored within the dimensions of pathophysiologic changes that occur during alterations in health. Considerations for health assessment will include growth and development, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual health of individuals. A case study approach will be utilized during this course.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 3217: Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse

The evaluation by credit examination provides students the opportunity to earn academic course credit for prior learning through coursework, experience, training, or self-study. This examination measures knowledge on the health assessment component of the nursing process using a lifespan approach. Integration of health assessment skills will be explored within the dimensions of pathophysiologic changes that occur during alterations in health. Considerations for health assessment will include growth and development, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual health of individuals. A case study approach will be utilized during this course.

Credit Hours: 3 by exam

NURS 3377: Essentials of Therapeutic Nutrition: A Nursing Approach for the RN Student

The evaluation by credit examination provides students the opportunity to earn academic course credit for prior learning through coursework, experience, training, or self-study. This examination measures knowledge about concepts related to therapeutic nursing interventions to promote patient nutrition during illness with considerations for age and culture. Knowledge about regulatory processes for fluid and electrolyte balance, conditions that alter fluid balance and interventions to prevent body fluid and electrolyte disturbances are also measured.

Credit Hours: 3 by exam

NURS 3447: Public and Community Health Nursing

 The focus of this online course is the introduction of the student to the concepts and principles of public health and the practice of public health nursing. The nursing process is applied to the care of individuals, families, and groups within the community. The course content and group activities emphasize community health measures which promote and maintain the health of the community. Research-based knowledge of public health science is incorporated, understanding of health team relationships is broadened, and knowledge about the range of client care is expanded. Evaluation of care and fostering of accountability are integrated throughout the course. Legal and ethical issues in public health are examined.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 3457: Community Project

This course is designed to provide the student with an experience of planning within a community to meet its needs. Working from the knowledge and competencies gained in previous courses, and in collaboration with members of the health care community, students will design, construct, and evaluate a teaching or quality improvement strategy project. Teaching-learning principles of the nurse educator will be incorporated into the teaching or quality improvement strategy project.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 3807: Conceptual Framework for Practice

In this course students analyze important concepts in professional nursing practice including self-care, nursing theory, nursing scholarship, professional codes of conduct and professional standards. The social, legal, ethical, cultural and interprofessional context of nursing practice is presented. Contemporary issues in professional nursing practice are presented including informatics and patient care technology, genetics and genomics, and nursing management across the health-illness continuum, across the lifespan, and in all healthcare settings.

Credit Hours: 3

4000-Level Courses

NURS 4107: Leadership and Management in Nursing

This course provides students with an overview of management, leadership and organizational theories in the context of nursing and health care. An overview of the major functional areas of health care management and their relevance to the safe delivery of health care services in a turbulent and complex interprofessional environment will be introduced. The influence of legislative, regulatory, and risk management policies in shaping the nature, quality, and safety of the nursing practice environment will be examined.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 4147: Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing

In this course, research is introduced as a method of inquiry and as a foundation for evidence based clinical decisions. Fundamentals of research methodology will be presented. Developing, evaluating, and applying an evidence-base to address nursing care issues will be explored. Barriers to implementation of evidence based practice and strategies to address those barriers will be considered from an individual and an organizational perspective. The role of the nurse in affecting evidence based change in practice will be discussed.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 4507: Comprehensive Nursing Practice (Portfolio)

This portfolio course focuses on the identification and the competent management of patients' health care needs. Students are expected to provide evidence of competence as caregivers, teachers, advocates, and collaborators. Students will provide evidence of their ability to manage the nursing care of individuals, families, and/or groups at various points on the health-illness continuum.

Credit Hours: 4

 

Nursing Electives

NURS 4800: Nursing Elective: Fluid and Electrolyte (Seniors)

Focuses on nursing interventions for patients with altered fluid balance conditions. Interventions to prevent body fluid disturbances are emphasized. Regulatory processes related to maintenance of fluid balance are considered as a basis for nursing practice.

Credit Hours: 2-3

NURS 4801: Nursing Elective: Family Violence

This course provides an overview of both the historical and theoretical backgrounds for family violence. It explores definitions of violence and abuse, myths that hinder the understanding of family violence, nursing implications for identification, prevention, and care of victims of family violence, and policy issues related to family violence. Through an increased awareness of both the incidence and impact of violence on health and the health care system, the student will gain an understanding of the role of the nurse in identifying, preventing, and caring for victim/survivors of violence.

Credit Hours: 2-3

NURS 4802: Nursing Elective: Women's Health

This course will focus on health care issues affecting women throughout the lifespan and within their family relationships. Strategies and behaviors necessary to maintain a state of health and wellness, as well as, those needed to cope with common alterations in health, will be addressed. A holistic approach with emphasis on the psychosocial aspects of wellness and disease will be presented. The influence of cultural practices and the impact of societal trends in health care will be examined. The role of nursing in promoting the health care of women within their families, including areas of current and future research, will be identified.

Credit Hours: 2-3

NURS 4803: Nursing Elective: End of Life Nursing

This course focuses on the theoretical and scientific basis for the care of clients throughout the lifespan who are experiencing life-threatening illness. Using an inquiry-based approach, students will explore physical, psychological, spiritual and sociocultural concerns typically encountered by clients and families confronted with a terminal illness. Ethical and legal issues; pain and symptom management; cultural considerations, communication; grief, loss and bereavement, and other issues that promote quality care at the end of life will be examined.

Credit Hours: 2-3

NURS 4804: Nursing Elective: Disaster Preparedness

This course provides an overview of the public health implications of emergency preparedness and response. It explores the historical and philosophical basis of terrorism, the nature and effects of natural and manmade disasters, and various response and management strategies for mass casualty events. Through an understanding of this foundational information, students will gain insight and knowledge about the role of the individual, the professional and governmental agencies in meeting the needs of the community during and following a mass casualty event.

Credit Hours: 2-3

NURS 4806: Nursing Elective: Topics in Pediatric Nursing

This course expands on the foundation of pediatric nursing practice in order to enhance both family centered care and the delivery of health care to children from birth through adolescence. Pediatric nursing care and interventions related to topics such as chronic illness, developmental disability, emotional alterations, care of the adolescent, and school nursing will be explored at greater depth. Additionally, family management of symptoms and health promotion for children as well as current trends in pediatric health care will be covered.

Credit Hours: 2-3

NURS 4808: Nursing Elective: Action Methods for Health and Healing (Seniors Only)

This course introduces students to a variety of action methods useful in healthcare. The term, action methods, refers to mind/body, multisensory, creative, experiential approaches that promote, maintain, and restore health. Theory, practice and research supporting the effectiveness of action methods with individuals, families, and groups will be presented. In this highly interactive course, students will experience and practice a range of action methods including drama, storytelling, art, music, guided imagery, movement, and mindfulness applicable to nursing practice.

Credit Hours: 2-3

NURS 4809: Nursing Elective: Critical Care

This course addresses the needs of critically ill patients across the lifespan within a variety of intensive care settings. Emphasis will be on utilizing the nursing process. This course will include lecture and guided readings regarding commonalities of critical care nursing.

Credit Hours: 2-3

NURS 4811: Nursing Elective: Family Centered Care

Introduction to family systems theory, structural-functional theory, family developmental tasks and patterns of communication. Develops competences to deliver culturally congruent care to families and builds a repertoire of assessment and intervention skills based on an understanding of family theory and research. Emphasis is on the nurse's role in family health promotion and disease prevention. Social issues and public policy that affect family health practices and response to illness are explored and the nurse's role in facilitating family decision making and family advocacy is addressed.

Credit Hours: 2-3

NURS 4812: Nursing Elective: Trends in Maternity Nursing

This course expands on general concepts related to the care of the childbearing woman and her family. There will be research and discussion into emerging issues pertinent to childbearing families in today's society, as well as a deeper understanding of a wide variety of alterations in the normal process of childbirth. Using an inquiry based approach, students will explore the physiological, psychological, spiritual, and sociocultural concerns encountered by families confronted with a complex childbearing experience.

Credit Hours: 2-3

NURS 4813: Nursing Elective: Ethical Issues in Clinical Nursing

This is an introductory course that focuses on the fundamentals of genetics, genomics and molecular therapeutics. The course is designed to provide a basic understanding of genetic, genomic and molecular concepts so that this knowledge can be utilized to understand current and future genetic theories and therapeutics. Special attention will be given to the translation of concepts into clinical nursing practice.

Credit Hours: 3. RN-BSN

NURS 4814: Intro into Genetics, Genomics and Molecular Therapeutics

This is an introductory course that focuses on the fundamentals of genetics, genomics and molecular therapeutics. The course is designed to provide a basic understanding of genetic, genomic and molecular concepts so that this knowledge can be utilized to understand current and future genetic theories and therapeutics. Special attention will be given to the translation of concepts into clinical nursing practice.

Credit Hours: 2-3

NURS 4818: Nursing Elective: Role of the Case Manager I

This course facilitates critical examination of the practice of integrated case management. Using a case study approach, critical thinking skills will be fostered to plan for and address the care needs of the patient with complex health needs. Students will utilize tools and resources commonly used by case managers to assess patient care needs, develop a plan of care, and to coordinate patient care including discharge.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 4819: Nursing Elective: Role of the Case Manager II

This course facilitates critical examination of the practice of integrated case management. Using a case study approach, critical thinking skills will be fostered to plan for and address the care needs of the patient with complex health needs. Students will utilize tools and resources commonly used by case managers to assess patient care needs, develop a plan of care, and to coordinate patient care including discharge.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 4820: Nursing Elective: Disabilities and Nursing Care

This course will provide the student with an overview of disabilities and developmental delays encountered across the lifespan. Focus will include awareness and sensitivity to disabilities, common nursing interventions and approaches to care for those with disabilities, as well as federal laws designed to safeguard and protect the rights of those with disability and their family. The importance of family centered care and collaborative partnerships will be stressed. Additionally, the effect of disability on the profession of nursing will also be discussed. (Special permission may be extended to other option oriented students)

Credit Hours: 2-3. RN-BSN

 

Accelerated MSN 

4000-Level Courses

NURS 4600: Pharmacology in Nursing

This course develops the student's knowledge of the nurse's role and responsibilities in drug therapy based on application of concepts from nursing and pharmacology sciences. Legal, ethical, and life span considerations will be presented as they apply to the nurse's role in drug therapy. The student will have the opportunity to study groups of drugs using a structured, systematic approach that includes general principles of drug activity, major actions, therapeutic effects, and adverse reactions. The student will learn to apply the nursing process to the care of the patient receiving drugs in a variety of clinical situations.

Credit Hours: 3

5000-Level Courses

NURS 5005: Nursing Strategies for Health Promotion

This course introduces the advanced generalist student to nursing and the role of nurses in promoting the health of individuals, families and communities. The social, legal, ethical, cultural and interprofessional context of clinical decision making in nursing is discussed. The nursing process is presented; clinical decision-making to promote health is emphasized. Nursing interventions to promote health will be introduced and practiced in the laboratory setting. The determinants of health in individuals, families and communities will be explored. Health promotion in special populations will be investigated in classroom and clinical experiences.

Credit Hours: 6 (4 credit theory, 2 lab/clinical)

NURS 5010: Nursing Strategies in Physiological Health Alterations

Building on concepts learned in previous courses, this course uses a lifespan approach in the study of clients experiencing alterations in health. Emphasis is placed on theoretical and evidence based knowledge as the basis for nursing strategies to promote adaptation of the individual and family. The student applies theoretical knowledge in the care of clients in simulated client settings, as well as in problem based learning situations. Field experiences provide the student with the opportunity to interact with clients in actual patient care settings. 

Credit Hours: 6 (4 credit hours theory, 2 credit hours lab/clinical)

NURS 5015: Nursing Strategies in Psychosocial Health Alterations

Building on concepts learned in previous courses, this course uses a lifespan approach in the study of clients experiencing psychosocial alterations in health in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on theoretical and evidence based knowledge as the basis for nursing strategies to promote adaptation of the individual and family. The student applies theoretical knowledge in the care of clients in actual client settings. 

Credit Hours: 4 (2 hours theory, 2 hours clinical)

NURS 5020: Health Care Systems and Policy

This course examines the environment in which nursing and health care is provided. Health care delivery systems and the organizational theories and behaviors involved in those systems will be introduced. The effect of health care policy in determining accessibility, accountability, and affordability will be investigated. Financing of health care will be discussed and basic business principles will be introduced. The role of the advanced generalist nurse in the provision of quality cost-effective care in a variety of health care systems will be emphasized.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5025: Informatics and Quality Improvement

This course examines the process for reviewing, monitoring, improving and evaluating health care services. Health services accreditation standards will be explored. The role of information technology in providing data for the documentation and evaluation of client outcomes will be emphasized. Basic principles of epidemiology will be introduced. Quality improvement models will be described. The role of the advanced generalist nurse in developing and implementing performance improvement plans will be examined.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5080-09: Advanced Pharmacology

This course focuses on concepts, principles, and application of pharmacotherapeutics used by nurse practitioners in the management of health problems. Emphasis is placed on the action, absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and adverse reactions of the major classes of medications used in clinical practice. Considerations that affect disease management in children, adults, older adults, pregnant women, and breastfeeding women are included.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5115: Advanced Health Assessment

This course focuses on the assessment & diagnostic reasoning component of the nursing process in the health care of individuals and families across the lifespan. The course integrates advanced assessment within the dimensions of the adaptation framework including advanced assessments of physical health, growth and development and psychological, sociocultural and spiritual health of individuals within their families. Emphasis is placed on the performance of comprehensive health assessments and the development of advanced assessment skills. Students have the opportunity to practice assessment skills in a simulated client setting. 

Credit Hours: 3 (2 credit hours theory, 1 credit hour lab)

NURS 5170-09: Advanced Pathophysiology

This course provides an in-depth study of the physiological changes and responses to altered health states and their impact on functional status of patients. Pediatric, adult, reproductive, gerontologic, and vulnerable population considerations are incorporated.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5205: Evidence-Based Practice for the Advanced Generalist Nurse

In this course research is introduced as a method of inquiry and as a foundation for evidence based clinical decisions. Fundamentals of research methodology will be presented. Developing, evaluating, and applying an evidence-base to address nursing care issues will be considered. The theoretical basis for research utilization, the contributions of the evidence-based practice movement, and practical instances of their application in nursing will be examined. Barriers to implementation of evidence based practice and strategies to address those barriers will be considered from an individual and an organizational perspective. Opportunities will be provided for students to gain experience in finding and applying evidence based knowledge.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5601: Clinical Studies I

Using theoretical and evidence based knowledge gained in previous coursework, the student will apply the nursing process to the care of patients and families experiencing acute health alterations. Students will work in an acute care setting to develop a beginning understanding of how patient-centered care and interprofessional collaboration can result in positive outcomes for patients and families. The role of the nurse in providing safe, quality care will be discussed. 

Credit Hours: 4 (3 credit hours clinical, 1 credit hour seminar)

NURS 5602: Clinical Studies II

Applying theoretical and evidence based knowledge gained in previous coursework, the student will apply the nursing process to the care of patients and families experiencing acute health alterations. Students will work with preceptors in an acute care setting to further their understanding of how patient- centered care and interprofessional collaboration results in positive outcomes for patients and families. The role of the nurse in providing safe, quality care will be examined. 

Credit Hours: 4 (3 credit hours clinical, 1 credit hour seminar)

NURS 5603: Clinical Studies III

Applying theoretical and evidence based knowledge gained in previous coursework, the student will apply the nursing process to the care of patients and families experiencing acute health alterations. Students will work with preceptors in an acute care setting to further their understanding of how patient-centered care and interprofessional collaboration results in positive outcomes for patients and families. The role of the nurse in providing safe, quality care will be examined. 

Credit Hours: 4 (3 credit hours clinical, 1 credit hour seminar)

NURS 5604: Advanced Clinical Studies

This course focuses on the application of evidence-based nursing care to promote safety and quality care outcomes in a specific clinical population. Particular emphasis will be placed on the assessment of risk and the development of risk reduction strategies in the selected patient population. Key issues in the management of acute and chronic illness and the promotion of health will be explored. 

Credit Hours: 4 (3 credit hours clinical, 1 credit hour seminar)

NURS 5605: Practicum in Clinical Leadership

The student will design, implement and evaluate care during an immersion experience in a designated health care setting. The experience will foster leadership and role acquisition with emphasis on quality improvement, interprofessional team care, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice and utilization of informatics and technology. The culmination of the experience will be a professional paper and presentation in which students communicate their project design and results.

Credit Hours: 6

NURS 5606: Clinical Nursing Leadership for Advanced Generalists

This course examines the theory and application of leadership strategies in the health care setting. Change theory and the process of making changes at the individual, unit and organizational level are examined. Leadership roles for the advanced generalist will be explored.

Credit Hours: 3

 

MSN

5000-Level Courses

NURS 5140: Health Promotion

Selected models, mid-range theories, and tools are used to understand behavior and to identify risks to health. Evidence-based clinical prevention activities are analyzed for their use to improve the health of individuals, families, and populations. Methods for providing leadership in the conceptualization and implementation of clinical prevention and population health for individuals and populations are explored. The impact of lifestyle, cultural, and environmental factors on health and/or health disparity are discussed. Students will implement and evaluate health promotion/disease prevention interventions with individuals and/or groups.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5160: Principles of Practice Management

This course explores the professional and business aspects of advanced practice nursing. Concepts explored include: legal aspects of practice, cost containment, reimbursement, coding, case management, and outcomes management. Principles of advanced practice nursing management and balancing productivity with quality of care are examined. Mentoring others in practice and the importance of being active in professional organizations are discussed.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5240: Primary Health Care: Nursing of Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults

Relevant theories are applied in the nursing management of clients with primary health care needs and/or acute or chronic illnesses. By using nursing research and practice standards, students implement strategies in the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual dimensions in caring for clients and their families. Trends in health care ethical issues and the sociopolitical environment of the adult are analyzed to optimize care management. The practicum component provides for integration of the nurse practitioner role in the primary care setting.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 5250: Advanced Clinical Studies II: Adult & Older Adult

This course focuses on the theoretical and scientific basis for advanced nursing management of adult and older adult clients with primary health care needs and/or acute or chronic illnesses. This course will cover multi-system disorders, geriatric syndromes and co-morbidity management. By using nursing research and evidence-based practice guidelines, students implement strategies in the physiological, psychosocial, economic, cultural and spiritual dimensions in caring for adult and older adults and their families. The practicum component provides for application and integration of advanced practice nursing in the primary care setting.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 5260: Advanced Clinical Studies in the Acute Setting I

This course addresses short-term goals including minimizing or preventing complications, attending to co-morbidities, and promoting physical and psychological well-being. Discussion will relate to palliative care, end-of-life care and evaluation of risk factors to address maximizing health outcomes. Specific skill sets for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner are developed dependent on the patient population and specialty- based area of practice. The practicum component of this course provides the nurse practitioner student the opportunity to master and apply the theory, knowledge and skills in a variety of acute care settings across the life span.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 5270: Advanced Clinical Studies II: The Acute Care Setting

Specific concepts in this course that will be addressed are the management of adult and the older adult with complex acute and unstable conditions in the hospital setting. Discussion will relate to the utilization of invasive interventions and procedures that promote physiologic stability in acute and life threatening conditions. In caring for patients and their families strategies in the physiological, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual dimensions will be implemented. The practicum component of this course provides the nurse practitioner student the opportunity to master and apply the knowledge and skills in a variety of hospital subspecialties.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 5280: Advanced Clinical Studies in Adult/Older Adult I

Relevant theories are applied in the nursing management of clients with primary health care needs and/or acute or chronic illnesses. By using research and evidence based practice guidelines students implement strategies in the physiological, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual dimensions in caring for clients and their families. The practicum component provides for integration of the nurse practitioner role in the primary care setting.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 5290: Advanced Clinical Studies II: Women and Children

This course focuses on the theoretical and scientific bases for health promotion, maintenance, and management in the primary care of women, expectant families, and children (ages 0-21 years). Well woman care, family planning, and reproductive tract disorders commonly seen in primary care will be studied. Care of children with minor acute and selected stable chronic health problems also will be addressed. Trends in health care, ethical issues and the socioeconomic and political environment of women, expectant families, and children are analyzed to optimize the management of care. A practicum component is required. This course is designed for the family nurse practitioner role in the primary care setting.

Credit Hours: 5

NURS 5310: Critical Appraisal of Technology: Acute Care

Content in this course focuses on the acutely ill client with complex illness. Identification of client conditions requiring the application of technology in order to provide comprehensive assessment data or to stabilize the physiological condition are described. The evaluation of these resources and clinical outcomes are also considered.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5320: Advanced Clinical Studies I: Nursing of Children

This course provides the student with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in the clinical management of children* who are healthy or who are experiencing selected health problems. Emphasis is placed on using models and theories that guide advanced nursing practice. The focus is on the assessment and diagnosis of health risks and health problems. Therapeutic interventions will be designed to promote health for well child care and to restore health for children who have common childhood illnesses.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 5330: Advanced Clinical Studies II: Nursing of Children

This course provides the student with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in the clinical management of children* who are experiencing selected acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on using models and theories that guide advanced nursing practice. The focus is on the assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic interventions for children with acute and chronic illness and their families.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 5340: Advanced Clinical Studies in Psych Mental Health Nursing I

This course focuses on behaviors pertinent to the role of the advanced practice nurse as a psychotherapeutic agent in holistically treating clients across the lifespan with acute and chronic mental health needs/problems. Selected counseling and psychotherapy theories, biopsychosocial theories, and psychiatric mental health-related concepts, issues, problems, and disorders are examined. Clinically, students use research findings, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, practical knowledge and skills, and theories. Self-initiated academic and personal discoveries are expected. Emphasis is given to active and ongoing collaboration with clients, their families and/or significant others, and the interprofessional team.

Credit Hours: 4

NURS 5350: Advanced Clinical Studies II: Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

This course focuses on the use of pertinent theories, research, evidence-based findings, practice guidelines and standards, and interprofessional collaboration to holistically assess and manage complex health and mental health care needs/problems of groups and individuals across the continuum of care and lifespan. Group theories and processes to effectively design, conduct, and evaluate strategies for a structured group therapy product is stressed. The performance of comprehensive psychiatric assessments/evaluations and analysis of client data to formulate differential diagnoses based on appropriate classification systems are emphasized. Students tailor their use of holistic psychotherapy modalities and intervention strategies for clients of selected populations across the lifespan.

Credit Hours: 5

NURS 5400: Ecological Approach to Human Behavior

This course focuses on content that facilitates the development of the psychotherapist role of a psychiatric mental health advanced practice nurse or the counseling role of advanced practice nurses in other specialties when taken as elective. Psychological theories, models, therapies, and treatment strategies that address the requisite knowledge and skills needed to foster therapeutic advanced practice nurse-client relationships across the lifespan are examined with emphasis on target populations. Analysis of treatment/intervention strategies within various theories and models that may be used with particular clients, families, and groups are explored. Personal and professional orientations, values, and behavioral insights are examined throughout the course to promote increasing depth and breadth of understanding of using oneself as a therapeutic tool.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5430: Psychopharmacology

This course focuses on concepts, principles, and application of psychopharmacotherapeutics used in the management of individuals across the lifespan at risk for developing and/or having mental health needs/problems or diagnoses of psychiatric disorders. Emphasis is placed on the proposed mechanism of action, metabolism, excretion, and adverse reactions of the major classes of psychopharmacological agents used in a wide range of clinical settings.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 5510: Mental Health of the Family in the Primary Care Setting

Multicultural individuals and families at risk for mental and psychosocial problems are considered within the context of primary care practice. Nurse practitioner students will use evidence based practice to integrate behavioral, substance abuse and primary care services for individuals across the lifespan. Evidence based care that includes cognitive-behavioral, psychopharmacological, and non-traditional approaches to psychosocial and related physical problems will be covered using a case study approach. Research related to environmental, psychosocial, genetic, economic, family systems developmental risk factors, drug efficacy and non-pharmacological approaches for individuals with mental and psychosocial illness is investigated. The impact of contemporary health care policy such as the Patient Protection and Health Care Act, and legislative proposals on quality, cost and access to care is investigated.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 5550: Family and Child Development

Advanced study of families during the childbearing and child rearing years. Includes consideration of the normative patterns of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of children from infancy through adolescence and factors that challenge these normative processes. Emphasizes analysis of theories and research concerning families and the development of children.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5560: Evidence-Based Approaches for the Nurse Educator

This course is designed to help students develop an evidence-based approach for the roles of the nurse educator in a variety of practice settings. The evidence on selected educational topics is examined and students create instructional materials based on existing evidence. Students utilize skills in locating, analyzing, integrating and presenting evidence to demonstrate teaching approaches in selected nurse educator roles. Reflective practice is highlighted and students plan for continuing professional development in the areas of discovery, integration, application, and teaching.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 5570: Curriculum Development for the Nurse Educator

The focus of this course is on program development and curriculum design in nursing. Theories of education and cognitive development, as a foundation for program development, will be presented. The use of mission and philosophy statements as basis of curriculum development will be explored. Students will participate in the curriculum design process. Issues affecting curriculum design, and development of curriculum outcomes will be analyzed. The evaluation process and its effect on curriculum development and implementation will be considered.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5580: Instructional Strategies and Evaluation for Nurse Educators

Students will gain experience in the development and critique of selected instructional methods for course and lesson development. Teaching-learning principles will be incorporated into the application of educational strategies relevant for clients, staff, and nursing students. Various evaluation methods will be examined. Issues in the selection of instructional strategies and evaluation methods will be discussed.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 5590: Practicum in Nursing Education

This online course facilitates the graduate student's integration of educational theory and nursing knowledge. The student participates in a teaching practicum under the guidance of an experienced nurse educator. Concurrent seminars address topics promoting the student's role socialization as an educator.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 5630: Dynamics of Family Nursing Practice

This course provides the theoretical foundations for the nursing care of families within a community context. The course will emphasize analysis of theories and research concerning families. Family functioning and roles in family health care, using family assessment tools and other nursing strategies with respect to advanced nursing practice are appraised. Family dynamics that impact family well-being and contemporary governmental, corporate and agency policies and resources that affect family functioning are examined.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5690: Advanced Nursing Practice for Gynecologic Issues

The course will focus on gynecologic health care issues for advanced nursing practice. Health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common disorders seen in gynecologic and primary care settings will be examined. By using nursing research and practice standards, students will analyze strategies in the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual dimensions in caring for women. Trends in health care ethical issues and the sociopolitical environment of women are analyzed to optimize care management.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 5750: Care for the Elderly: An Interdisciplinary Approach

This course is designed to focus on an integrated approach for health care delivery to the elderly. Emphasis is on the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, spiritual, ethical and political/legal theoretical basis for care of the elderly. Opportunities are provided to acquire a knowledge base about care of the elderly from faculty in a variety of disciplines in relation to practice, education, and research and to address issues in teaching this content.

Credit Hours: 2-3

NURS 5810: Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Practicum

This course provides the student with a practicum experience that includes concentrated time in the role of an advanced practice nurse. The student assumes responsibility for the provision of health care services to selected populations under the supervision of appropriately qualified preceptors. The student assumes increasing independence and competency in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating health care. The student increases skill in negotiating the health care system to meet the needs of clients. This course includes seminar discussions exploring the implementation of the role and functions of the advanced practice nurse.

Credit Hours: 2-5

NURS 5900: Residency PMH

Occurs in the spring semester preceding the final practicum course. The student is required to come to the SLU campus for on-site instruction in skills not amenable to online learning, such as suturing. The purpose of the residency is to evaluate the student's progress in the program. Depending upon the specialty, the experience is three to five days in length.

Credit Hours: 0

NURS 5950: Special Study for Examinations

Notifies The Graduate Education office that the student is in the final semester of study. A GPA of 3.0 is required to enroll in the course.

Credit Hours: 0

NURS 5980: Graduate Reading Course

Independent study course in which the student contracts with a faculty member to supervise the course. Students must obtain permission from the faculty specialty coordinator and the director of the MSN program. Students will be registered for a graduate reading course by the Student Services administrative assistant.

Credit Hours: 1-3

 

DNP

5000-Level Courses

NURS 5000: Epidemiology

NURS 5000: Epidemiology - An overview of epidemiological investigation, including introduction to the tools of descriptive and basic analytical epidemiology, and basic sociodemographic concepts. Basic concepts in statistical inference are discussed as they relate to epidemiological applications.

Credit Hours: 3

6000-Level Courses

NURS 6100: Health Care Policy and the APN

This course provides an overview of health care policy and selected policy models. Ethical, legal, economic and social factors impacting policy development are addressed. The policy making processes at the organizational, local, state, national, and international level are explored. The role of an advanced practice nurse in influencing policy in health care delivery, outcomes and professional nursing is emphasized. Students learn skills to analyze policy processes and engage in politically competent actions.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6110: Health Care Delivery Systems

This course focuses on the assessment of health care delivery systems and the organizational theories and behavior involved in those systems. System processes are examined to eliminate health disparities and promote quality of care. Current trends and alternate health care delivery models are explored. Health care reimbursement, forecasting, and outcome management are discussed. Future possibilities of health care delivery models are envisioned.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6130: Interprofessional Collaboration

This course utilizes an interprofessional framework to guide the exploration of complex patient-centered care of individuals, families, communities, and vulnerable populations. Course topics include: the history of interprofessional practice, its philosophic principles, terminology, current research, team competencies, and frameworks of practice. This course consists of one 2-hour seminar each week and 1 credit hour of interprofessional clinical practice which is equal to 70 clock hours.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6140: Leadership in Health Care

This course analyses leadership theories and spheres of influence of the advanced practice nurse in the delivery of health care. Change theory and the process of making change at an organizational/system level are examined. Students will focus on the assessment and enhancement of their leadership skills. Effective leadership strategies within an organization are analyzed. The course requires 75 hours of practicum: 70 hours will be spent with a mentor who holds a leadership position and 5 hours will spent completing a business plan simulation.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6150: Clinical Informatics

Information literacy and the use of computers in health care are explored. Students learn the processes for selection and evaluation of information systems. Patient care technology is studied. Use of technology is to analyze outcomes and examine patterns is emphasized. Information systems/decision supports and Web-based learning or clinical tools are discussed to support and improve patient care.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 6160: Evidence Based Practice

This course provides the theoretical and clinical knowledge needed to prepare the advanced practice nurse to engage in evidence based practice. It will provide the opportunity to develop skills needed to critically evaluate new information available from professional consensus statements and research findings. Students are expected to integrate this information into their doctoral nursing practice.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6170: Evidence Based Practice II

This course builds on student's understanding of scholarly inquiry, research designs, methods, and research translation as best practices in health care. Topics include theoretical underpinnings for translational research design, needs assessment, program planning and evaluation, and application of quantitative and qualitative methods in the study of practice related phenomena. Cultural, political, and ethical issues related to translational research are addressed are consistent with Jesuit values.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6960: Capstone Project Management

This course is designed to assist the student in refining the capstone project in regard to the clinical research question, statistical analysis, writing the interpretation and discussion of results. The course is offered as variable credit.

Credit Hours: 1-2

 

MSN-CNL

5000-Level Courses

NURS 5020: Health Care Systems and Policy

This course examines the environment in which nursing and health care is provided. Health care delivery systems and the organizational theories and behaviors involved in those systems will be introduced. The effect of health care policy in determining accessibility, accountability, and affordability will be investigated. Financing of health care will be discussed and basic business principles will be introduced. The role of the advanced generalist nurse in the provision of quality cost-effective care in a variety of health care systems will be emphasized.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5080-20: Advanced Pharmacology

This course focuses on concepts, principles, and application of pharmacotherapeutics used by nurse practitioners in the management of health problems. Emphasis is placed on the action, absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and adverse reactions of the major classes of medications used in clinical practice. Considerations that affect disease management in children, adults, older adults, pregnant women, and breastfeeding women are included.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5110: Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making

This course builds on the basic physical assessment skills of registered nurses. Concepts of diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision-making are presented as integral components of the advanced health assessment of individuals and families across the lifespan. During supervised clinical practicum experiences, students apply theoretical knowledge and advanced practice nursing skills to perform health assessments on clients/patients. The synthesis and application of anatomical-physiological, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual health concepts, growth and development, aging process, and ethical practice are emphasized to achieve competence in comprehensive health assessment as an advanced practice nurse.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5170-20: Advanced Pathophysiology

This course provides an in-depth study of the physiological changes and responses to altered health states and their impact on functional status of patients. Emphasis is placed upon homeostatic mechanisms and etiologies of disease. A systems approach is utilized to understand the interrelationships of function and dysfunction at the cellular and tissue level (pathology), the organ and system level (alterations), and the total human body (functional limitations). Pediatric, reproductive, adult, gerontologic, and vulnerable population considerations may be incorporated.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5200: General Research Methods

Survey of the techniques, methods and tools of research in the behavioral sciences and social sciences. General discussion of the research process followed by examination of several different study designs such as observational, experimental, descriptive, and sample survey. Overview of different methods of data collection and analysis frequently used in research literature.

Credit Hours: 3

 

MSN-NP

5000-Level Courses

NURS 5110: Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making

This course builds on the basic physical assessment skills of registered nurses. Concepts of diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision-making are presented as integral components of the advanced health assessment of individuals and families across the life span. During supervised clinical practicum experiences, students apply theoretical knowledge and advanced practice nursing skills to perform health assessments on clients/patients. The synthesis and application of anatomical-physiological, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual health concepts, growth and development, aging process, and ethical practice are emphasized to achieve competence in comprehensive health assessment as an advanced practice nurse.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 5200: General Research Methods

Survey of the techniques, methods and tools of research in the behavioral sciences and social sciences. General discussion of the research process followed by examination of several different study designs such as observational, experimental, descriptive, and sample survey. Overview of different methods of data collection and analysis frequently used in research literature.

Credit Hours: 3

 

Ph.D.

6000-Level Courses

NURS 6000: Theory Development in Nursing 

Study of theory development in nursing from historical and philosophical perspectives. Distinguish between various approaches to nursing theory development. Analysis of the process of theory construction, including current approaches to organizing and building nursing knowledge. In-depth study of one selected theory and its related practice and research literature. Discussion of various research topics that support theory development and/or testing.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6801: Research Issues in Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Reduction of Health Disparities

Examine existing social/behavioral and health science research on promoting the state of health and risk factors associated with vulnerability to health impairment. Includes research which addresses reduction of health disparities, protection of vulnerable populations from health problems and limitation of disability. Areas of research to which nurse researchers have made a significant contribution are highlighted. Analysis of research addresses conceptual, theoretical, methodological, ethical, and nursing practice issues.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6802: Measurement of Nursing Variables

Psychometric analysis of selected health-related research instruments and their application to the measurement of nursing variables. Includes the study of measurement theory, quantitative research methods and designs, and instrument construction, modification, and evaluation. Analysis of instruments will include discussion of the impact of cultural, ethnicity, gender, and age variables on the development, evaluation, and modification of new and existing instruments.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6803: Nursing Issues and Leadership

This course focuses on the diffusion of innovations by nursing leaders and how historical events have influenced their innovations to shape contemporary nursing. Policy issues related to nursing and health will be analyzed within the context of social norms and leadership theories/ strategies. Managed care, as policy/practice, will be analyzed.

Credit Hours: 2

NURS 6804: Care of the Acute or Chronically Ill Populations

Advanced study of evidence-based practice related to physiological and behavioral responses to acute and chronic illness. The course focuses on analysis of research to promote effective nursing care of acutely and chronically ill populations. Emphasis is on knowledge development to advance nursing as a discipline.

Credit Hours: 3

 NURS 6805: Applied Univariate Statistics in Nursing Research

 This course strengthens students' knowledge of the application and analysis of univariate statistics for generating nursing knowledge. Topics include a review of probability theory, sampling theory and distributions, hypothesis testing, tests of association and independence with emphasis on univariate parametric and nonparametric statistics. Practical application is given to the use of statistical software, graphing data, coding, data management, and conducting nursing research.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6806: Multivariate /Multivariable Statistics in Nursing Research

 This course uses a general linear models approach to data analysis with multivariate/ multivariable techniques, including ANOVA/MANOVA methods for repeated measures, multiple regression, logistic regression, factor analysis, and introduction to model fitting techniques. Emphasis is given to interpretative principles of research design, statistical modeling, and analysis methods applied to nursing and clinical research rather than on specific mathematical details.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6809: Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research

Examines the selection and use of quantitative methods and approaches in nursing research. This course will focus on nursing research design, analysis, and knowledge generation from a quantitative perspective. Emphasis will be given to writing nursing research proposals, grant applications, and the role of peer review in the research process.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6810: Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research

Examines the philosophical foundations and epistemological perspective of qualitative research; includes study of traditions and methods, scientific and ethical issues, and techniques of data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Emphasis is given to the use of qualitative approaches in theory development and to the nature of the contribution of qualitative studies in expanding nursing knowledge.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6812: Integrity in Nursing Health

Discusses the historical development of principles of research ethics with particular focus on their evolution in nursing and health research. Considers issues associated with intellectual responsibility for and avoidance of misconduct in individual work. Explores issues of mentoring, intellectual property, and conflict of interest associated with joint work. Augments the consideration of issues associated with research on human subjects with illustrative case studies in nursing.

Credit Hours: 1

NURS 6813: Knowledge Development in Nursing

This course will examine the development of nursing knowledge from diverse philosophical perspectives and traditions. Different conceptions of truth, knowledge, rationality, personhood, the body, and the moral good will be examined as a foundation for understanding and investigating nursing phenomena.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6814: Interpretive Phenomenology: Research Method for Conducting Human Science

This course builds upon prior study in qualitative research methods. The course will examine phenomenology as a methodology for understanding human actions and for conducting research into human practices and meanings. The hermeneutic turn for developing knowledge for practice disciplines (e.g. education, psychology, family therapy, nursing, social work, public administration, and medicine) will be addressed along with issues and skills in conducting interpretive research. Post-modern conceptions of validity for evaluating interpretive research will also be examined.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6815: Applied Interpretive Phenomenology

The course is for students who intend to use interpretive methods for their dissertation research. Students will examine primary philosophical sources for describing the methodological implications of interpretive phenomenology for studying human meanings and practices, including professional and lay caregiving.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6816: Research Issues in Nursing Education

This course presents specific approaches to conducting nursing education research in academic/classroom, clinical, and simulation/skills laboratory settings. Methods of examining learning processes and outcomes from traditional and innovative pedagogies and use of emerging technologies by nurse educators are explored. Emphasis is given to the ethical issues and analytical strategies related to conducting nursing research.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6817: Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis

This course focuses on the conceptual understanding and practical application of quantitative research synthesis. Topics will include writing purpose statements and research questions, developing advanced search strategies, coding primary studies, and analyzing and interpreting data. Application emphasis will be on intervention studies.

Credit Hours: 3

NURS 6979: Research Topics

Provides guided doctoral research experience in nursing. Time and credit hour allocation as well as specific project topic must be registered with the guiding professor and the program director.

Credit Hours: 1-3