Nursing (NURS)

NURS 700 Theoretical Perspectives in Nursing 3 crs.

This course focuses on the exploration of the nature of theory development in nursing, analysis of selected nursing and related theories, and the relevance of theory to research and practice in nursing.

NURS 704 Advanced Role Integration 3 crs.

This course examines the roles, responsibilities, multidisciplinary interaction, and accountability of managers in a variety of health care settings. The theoretical and contextual elements of the role of care manager and mid-level system manager are emphasized. Care coordination, quality management, and continuity of care are examined in light of organizational theory and behaviors. A systems approach is used to access integration in complex health care organizations.

NURS 709 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care 3 crs.
This course introduces students to legal and ethical issues affecting health care and nursing management responsibilities in an ever-changing health care industry. The influence of economic and sociopolitical factors on health care laws will be explored from the perspective of health care providers. The extent to which health care laws attempt to order relationships between providers, payers, and consumers will be examined. There is a focus on principles and theories of ethics as they relate to health care delivery, as well as health care administration. Emphasis will be placed on ethical/legal issues encountered in professional nursing practice. This course prepares graduates to appreciate the concepts and principles of ethical legal dilemmas and their application in practice.

NURS 712 Nursing Financial Management 3 crs.
This course explores the principles and practices of finance and the impact of reimbursement models and regulation in health care. Within this framework, content regarding finance and economics, analysis of financial statements, strategic financial planning and cost/benefit analysis are examined. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to decision making in the complex relationships among provider, payer, employer and client are addressed.

NURS 716 Managed Care Methodologies 3 crs.
This course explores the theoretical, contextual and practical elements of managed care, quality management and care management. Tools, processes and methods required to effectively manage quality and implement case management practice across the healthcare continuum are examined. Quality improvement tools, clinical paths, clinical practice guidelines and other tools in managing care are analyzed for usefulness n achieving desired outcomes.

NURS 724 Outcomes Measurement and Data Management 3 crs.
This course focuses on the analysis and application of theory and skills needed to assess, plan, and evaluate the care of populations within health systems. The evaluation of current outcome measures as well as the acquisition and management of outcome data will be studied. Program design is discussed as it relates to effective outcomes of care. Clinical outcomes, functional outcomes, financial outcomes, and satisfaction indicators will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: NURS 735

NURS 732 Disease Resource Management 3 crs.
This course focuses on promoting optimum health and functional balance for clients enrolled in disease management programs. The etiology and manifestations as well as the long-term management of complex chronic disorders and disabilities are analyzed. Appropriate management strategies are examined. Emphasis is placed on accessing, coordination, monitoring, and evaluating available options and services for enrolled clients.
Prerequisite: NURS C716

NURS 740 Health Care Systems 3 crs.
This course is designed to enable the learner to understand the health care delivery system in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the nursing role related to formulating health care policy and political processes that have the greatest impact on health care. The course focuses on the business of health care including the internal and external environments, financing of health care, and resource management and utilization. Legislative and regulatory processes as related to changing the health care system are explored.

NURS 744 Advanced Financial Management 3 crs.
This course explores the principles and practices of finance in healthcare. Emphasis is on the development of a comprehensive business plan for a new organization related to health care. Capital expenditure analysis is addressed.
Prerequisite/Co-requisite: NURS 712

NURS 752 Healthcare Systems Management Practicum 3 crs.
This practicum provides a guided experience in an agency or agencies appropriate for the student’s selected concentration area. Designed as a capstone course of the master’s program in Health Care Systems Management, students are expected to be able to demonstrate theory and practice in the field under supervisors of selected preceptors.
$500 Practicum fee

NURS 748 Human Resource Management in Nursing 3 crs.

This course explores the knowledge and skills required for effective human resource management. Managerial processes and behaviors that promote and maintain a professional nursing practice environment are emphasized.

NURS 800 Theoretical Foundations 3crs.

This course focuses on the exploration of the nature of theory development in nursing, analysis of selected nursing and related theories, and the relevance of theory to research and practice in nursing. It is also designed to help the baccalaureate nurse transition to the role of advanced nursing practice.

NURS 805 Advanced Pathophysiology  3 crs.

This course is an in-depth study of the pathophysiologic basis of disease as it affects individuals across the life cycle. Emphasis will be placed upon endogenous and exogenous factors which contribute to altered functional balance at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels. The course emphasizes mechanisms of disease, including cell injury, fluid and electrolyte imbalances, acid-base imbalances, and genetic defects that cause aberrations resulting inflammation and dysfunction of the immune, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. Disease states commonly encountered in primary care settings and managed by primary care practitioners will be emphasized.

NURS 810 Advanced Health Assessment  3 cr.

This course focuses on the integration of the health history, physical examination, and diagnostic evaluation to develop a model for advanced practice assessment.  Emphasis is placed on a holistic view of the person focusing on the uniqueness of the individual across the life cycle, the development of assessment skills including data analysis, and the development of diagnostic skills.

NURS 815 Family Theory 3 crs.
This course will provide an in-depth study of concepts, theories, research, issues, trends, and public policy relevant to families.  Emphasis will be placed on developing a theoretical basis for intervention with families in need of health care.

NURS 820 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3 crs.

The purpose of this course is to assist nurse practitioner students in developing high-level clinical decision-making skills required to function in an advanced practice role. This course addresses theoretical and practical issues associated with pharmacotherapeutics. Topics discussed include mechanisms of drug action, physiologic effects, clinical pharmacokinetics and therapeutic use of selected classes of drugs used in primary care.

NURS 825 Primary Care Theory I 3crs.

This course focuses on promoting optimum health and functional balance for infants, children, and adolescents with common, acute, and chronic health problems as well as care of the expectant mother. Physiological, social, and developmental theories, relevant research findings, and the implications of these for health and health care are explored. Collaborative management of common health problems of infants, children, adolescents, and/or expectant mothers is emphasized in the clinical component of the course.

NURS 830 Primary Care I Practicum 3crs

Clinical experience in a variety of primary care settings with pediatric and obstetric clients is the focus of this practicum experience. There are 180 clinical hours associated with this course. $500 practicum fee is required.

NURS 835 Advanced Research Methods 3 crs.
This course is an in-depth study of research designs and methods related to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. The focus is on the interrelationship among research, theory, and advanced nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis of research to determine its application to advanced nursing practice. Research which focuses on nursing interventions, evidence-based practice guidelines, cost effectiveness, and health outcomes will be examined.

NURS 840 Primary Care Theory II 3 crs.

This course focuses on promoting optimum health and functional balance for the young
adult through the older adult client with common, acute, and chronic health problems.
Topics include immunology, neurology, cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, genitourinary,
and respiratory dysfunctions. Physiological, social, and developmental theories, relevant
research findings, and the implications for these for health care are explored. Collaborative
management of common health problems is emphasized in the clinical component of the
course.

NURS 845 Primary Care II Practicum 3crs

Clinical experience in a variety of primary care settings with adult clients is the focus of this practicum experience. $500 practicum fee

NURS 850 Primary Care Theory III 3 crs

This course focuses on promoting optimal health and functional balance for the adult client with common acute and chronic health problems including: dermatologic, gynecologic, gastrointestinal, ophthalmologic, hematologic and psychological and behavioral concerns. Physiological, social and developmental theories, relevant research findings, and the implications of these for health care are explored.  Collaborative management of common health problems is emphasized in the clinical component of the course.

NURS 855 Primary Care Practicum III 3 crs

Clinical experience in a variety of primary care settings with adult clients is the focus of this practicum experience. $500 practicum fee

NURS 860 Gerontology in Primary Care  3crs.

The intent of this course is to provide Nurse Practitioner (NP) students with the requisite knowledge and skills to integrate holistic, high-quality, safe, and developmentally appropriate principles into the primary care of older adults, including the frail elderly.  The course is designed to enhance the NP student’s ability to implement the best evidence-based practice requirements inherent in meeting the primary care needs of an aging and older population. Gradaute Special Topics

NURSG 970 Nurse Educator I 3 crs.
This course is an introduction to a variety of educational theory and learning strategies in the context of nursing education.

NURSG 975 Nurse Educator II 3 crs.
This course is an introduction to a variety of best practice teaching methodologies: design, implementation, and evaluation in the context of nursing education.
 

Doctor of Nursing Practice Courses

NURS 900 Philosophy of Science 3 crs.
This course systematically analyzes epistemological and meta-theoretical perspectives in the philosophy of science and the implications for knowledge development in nursing science.

NURS 905 Ethics and Social Justice 3 crs.
This course examines the nature and practice of biomedical, administrative and population ethics with an emphasis on the application of ethical and social justice frameworks for analysis and decision making for patients, systems and populations experiencing ethical conundrums. A conceptual analysis of social justice in health care allows the student to seek ethically defensible solutions to health care dilemmas.

NURS 910 Epidemiology 3 crs.
This course explores concepts, language and principles of epidemiology. Emphasis is on description and interpretation of modes of transmission of diseases. Students will gain knowledge critical to understanding the natural history of diseases, the evaluation of preventive interventions, and relevance of epidemiological methods in advanced nursing practice.

NURS 915 Evidence-Based Practice, Research Translation & Implementation Science 3 crs.
This course explores the science of research translation. Emphasis is on analysis, evaluation and use of evidence-based practice models. It examines the methods to promote the systematic uptake of science into routine practice to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care by providers and organizations.

NURS 920 Biostatistics 3 crs.
This course examines statistical methods utilized in the biological, social, and health care sciences. Emphasis is on the understanding of statistical procedures and analysis of data fundamental to critical evaluation of health services and nursing research.

NURS 925 Program Planning, Evaluation, and Quality Management 3 crs.
This course provides students with the tools to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based clinical and administrative programs in nursing and healthcare delivery systems. Emphasis is on the synthesis of evidence for evaluating program planning frameworks, strategic implementation, and program evaluation to improve health care outcomes.

NURS 930 DNP Advanced Practicum I 3 crs.
This course integrates the use of evidence-based practice tools in the analysis of clinical phenomenon in an existing system. Students will complete 180 clinical hours.
$500 practicum fee

NURS 935 Leadership of Systems Change and Innovation 3 crs.
This course analyzes theory and research on intrapersonal, interpersonal, and organizational leadership for application in leading change and innovation in a global health care market. Systems leadership and organizational behavior concepts are also reviewed as they relate to leadership. Implications for interprofessional team leadership, sustainability, legacy development, and renewal are emphasized. Leadership coaching practice is included.
$500 practicum fee

NURS 940 Health Policy and Economics 3 crs.
This course analyzes the economic and organizational foundations of health care systems. Social, economic, ethical, political and global health factors affecting health policy will be analyzed as well as the role of health practitioners to influence policy relative to health institutions, governmental agencies, and patients.

NURS 945 DNP Advanced Practicum II 3 crs.
This course utilizes the outcomes analysis generated in Advanced Practicum I to design science-based program interventions to remediate the clinical phenomenon. The student will complete 192 practice hours.
$500 practicum fee

NURS 950 Prescribed NP Elective: Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary Care 3 crs.
This course examines the role and practice of integrating behavioral health care in the primary care environment. This course includes a 64 hour practicum experience.
$500 practicum fee

NURS 955 Informatics and Finance 3 crs.
This course examines the essential knowledge needed to understand information systems and technologies that are transforming health care. The student gains the ability to critique informatics program proposals, understand the role of the informatics specialist in managing health care information for decision-making and program planning, and analyze the utility and functionality of technology. Students will explore financial and business principles, as sources of information that are used to make health care decisions.

NURS 960 DNP Capstone Project 3 crs.
This course allows the student to implement and evaluate the program intervention generated in DNP Advanced Practicum II. The capstone project will require the student to synthesize and apply the competencies in the program to improve outcomes in health care systems. The student will complete 180 practice hours.

NURS 965 DNP Practicum 2 crs.
This course consists of 120 clock hours of practicum experience. Students engage in practicum activities pertinent to a leadership role and integrate the use of evidence-based tools in the evaluation of phenomenon in an existing system. This course may be repeated up to 4 times.