ALLIED HEALTH

This course focuses on those components of safe medication calculation and administration. The emphasis is on accuracy of calculation and the critical thinking involved in patient medication safety. Required for all pre-licensure nursing majors. Requirements: Admission to the University. Credit: 1 semester hour.

This course provides the student with basic medical language skills including pronunciation and definitions as a foundation for reading and understanding medical reports, and communicating with healthcare professionals. Required for all pre-licensure nursing majors. Requirements: Admission to the University. Credit: 2 semester hours.

NURSING

Introduces the major concepts of pharmacotherapeutics, establishes a knowledge base that applies to patient care and education. Requirements: Admission to the Associate of Applied Science program or instructor consent. Credit: 2 semester hours (didactic).

Assists the Licensed Practical Nurse to move into the role of the associate degree nurse. Includes selected content on physical and psychological needs. Requirements: Practical/Vocational license and admission to the Associate of Applied Science program. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). 

Provides the students with the knowledge necessary to perform a comprehensive health assessment utilizing the skills of history taking, inspections, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Requirements: Admission to the Associate of Applied Science program or instructor consent. Corequisites: NUR 105, NUR 105L. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR  105 or NUR 105L the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR 104. Credit: 3 semester hours.

Provides an introduction to fundamental concepts of nursing, process and practice. Requirements: Admission to the Associate of Applied Science program or instructor consent. Corequisites: NUR 104 & NUR 105L. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 104 or NUR 105L the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR 105. Credit: 3 semester hours NUR 100A, NUR 104A, NUR 105A, NUR 105AP. Corequisites BIO 204, NUR 114A, NUR 115A, NUR115AP. If the student drops or withdraws from BIO 204 or NUR 115AP, the student must also withdraw or drop from NUR 115A. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

Application of fundamental nursing skills using simulated patient care scenarios within a laboratory environment. Requirements: Admission to the Associate of Applied Science program or instructor consent. Corequisites: NUR 104 & NUR 105A. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 104 or NUR 105A the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR 105AP. Credit: 1 semester hour (45 clock hours).

Focus is on basic human needs and development, interpersonal relationships, and beginning skills of patient care. Clinical laboratory experience provided. This course is used to evaluate the oral communication competency. Prerequisite: Admission to Nursing program. Credit: 7 semester hours (5 didactic credit: 2 practicum credit [90 clock hours]) 

Application of scientific nursing principles and techniques, therapeutic relationships, and behavioral concepts essential to psychiatric and general medical-surgical patients. Prerequisites: NUR 111. Credit: 7 semester hours (5 didactic credit: 2 clinical credit [90 clock hours]).   

Designed to assist the student to integrate prior knowledge and advanced scientific principles in providing preventative, restorative, and maintenance/supportive care to adult clients and families experiencing common medical/surgical health alterations in selected settings. Requirements: Admission to the Associate of Applied Science program. Prerequisites: BIO 109, NUR 100A, NUR 104A, NUR 105A, NUR 105AP. Corequisites: BIO 204, NUR 114AP. If the student drops or withdraws from BIO 204 or NUR 114AP, the student must also withdraw or drop from NUR 114A. Credit: 4 semester hours (didactic).

Student-designed experience focusing on the role of the registered nurse as the provider and manager of care to adult clients and families in selected practice settings under the direct supervision of a clinical professional. Requirements: Admission to the Associate of Applied Science program. Prerequisites: BIO 109, NUR 100A, NUR 104A, NUR 105A, NUR 105AP. Corequisites: BIO 204, NUR 114A, NUR 115A, NUR115AP. If the student drops or withdraws from BIO 204 or NUR 114A, the student must also withdraw or drop from NUR 114AP. Credit: 3 semester hours (135 clock hours).

Principles and concepts of mental and behavioral health, psychopathology, and treatment modalities as they relate to the nursing care of individuals, families and groups. Requirements: Admission to the Associate of Applied Science program. Prerequisites: BIO 109, NUR 100A, NUR 104A, NUR 105A, NUR 105AP. Corequisites BIO 204, NUR 114A, NUR 115A, NUR115AP. If the student drops or withdraws from BIO 204 or NUR 115AP, the student must also withdraw or drop from NUR 115A. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

Student-designed experience focused on the role of the registered nurse as a provider and manager of care for individual, families, and groups with behavioral or mental health challenges in selected practice settings under the direct supervision of a clinical professional. Prerequisites: BIO 109, NUR 100A, NUR 104A, NUR 105A, NUR 105AP. Corequisites: BIO 204, NUR 114A, 115A. If the student drops or withdraws from BIO 204 or NUR 115A, the student must also withdraw or drop from NUR 115AP.  Credit: 2 semester hours (90 clock hours).

This course will assist students with study skills, self-guided study of current nursing concepts and placement in the program; discuss simulation opportunities and collaborate with self-guided review of skills. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

Introductory course that provides a basic understanding of genetic concepts so that this knowledge can be utilized to understand current and future genetic theories, trends and therapeutics. Requirements: Instructor permission for non-nurse majors. Prerequisite: For nursing majors a grade of “B” or better in BIO 107, BIO 108, CHE 209. Credit: 3 semester hours.

Principles and concepts of health and illness, psychopathology, and treatment modalities as they relate to the nursing care of family during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn periods. Requirements: Good standing in a School of Nursing & Health Sciences Program. Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 2 courses. Corequisites: PSY 303, NUR 204AP, NUR 205A, NUR 205AP. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 204AP, the student must also withdraw or drop from NUR 204A. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

Student-designed experience focusing on the role of the registered nurse as the provider and manager of care for maternal clients, and their families during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn periods in selected practice settings under the direct supervision of a clinical professional. Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 2 courses. Corequisites: PSY 303, NUR 204A, NUR 205A, NUR 205AP. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 204A, the student must also withdraw or drop from NUR 204AP. Credit: 2 semester hours (90 clock hours).

Principles and concepts of pediatric health, psychopathology, and treatment modalities as they relate to the nursing care of children (infancy through adolescence) and their families. Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 2 courses. Corequisites: PSY 303, NUR 204A, NUR 204AP, NUR 205A, NUR 205AP. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 205AP, the student must also withdraw or drop from NUR 205A.   Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

Student-designed experience focusing on the role of the registered nurse as the provider and manager of care for pediatric clients and their families in a variety of practice settings under the direct supervision of a clinical professional. Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 2 courses. Corequisites: PSY 303, NUR 204A, NUR 204AP, NUR 205A, NUR 205AP.  If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 205A, the student must also withdraw or drop from NUR 205AP. Credit: 2 semester hours (90 clock hours).

Introduction to current concepts of pharmacology and their relationship to nursing practice. Included are basic principles of drug actions, side effects for major drug classifications, and the role of the nurse in drug therapeutics. Requirements: Instructor permission for non-nurse majors. Prerequisite: For nursing majors a grade of “B” or better in BIO 107, BIO 108, CHE 209. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

Preparation for giving family-centered nursing care and applying nursing principles/techniques in maternal care during maternity cycle/child care from conception through adolescence. Prerequisites: NUR 112. Credit: 9 semester hours (Six didactic credits, 3 clinical credits (135 clock hours).

Focus on developing a coordinated approach to planning and implementing nursing care for patients with major health disorders. Prerequisites: NUR 211. Corequisites: NUR 213: Nursing V. Credit: 10 semester hours (6 hours didactic, 4 hours practicum [120 clock hours]) 

Seminar discussion of issues and trends in nursing, legal and ethical components, job opportunities, career satisfaction, continuing education, and professional responsibilities. Prerequisites: NUR 211. Corequisites: NUR 212. Credit: 2 semester hours (didactic). 

Designed to assist the student to integrate prior knowledge and advancing scientific principles in providing preventative, restorative, and maintenance/supportive care to adult clients and families experiencing complex health alterations in selected settings. Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 3 courses. Corequisites: NUR 214AP, NUR 215A, NUR 216A. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 214A, the student must also withdraw or drop from NUR 214AP, NUR 215A or NUR 216A. Credit: 4 semester hours (didactic).

Student-designed experience focusing on the role of the registered nurse as the provider and manager of care for adult clients and their families in selected practice settings under the direct supervision of a clinical professional. Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 3 courses. Corequisites: NUR 214A, NUR 215A, NUR 216A. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 214AP, the student must also withdraw or drop from NUR 214A, NUR 215A, or NUR 216A.Credit: 3 semester hours (135 clock hours)

Provides a comprehensive and integrated review of the AAS in nursing curriculum with a broad range of assessment tools to evaluate student knowledge and skills as a final preparation before writing the NCLEX-RC©. Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 3 courses. Corequisites: NUR 214A, NUR 214AP, NUR 216A. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 214A, 214AP, or 216A, the student must drop or withdraw from NUR 215A. Credit: 2 semester hours (didactic).

Seminar discussion of issues and trends in professional nursing practice, transition into the workplace, nursing leadership and management, employment opportunities, continuing education, and professional

responsibilities. Prerequisites: Successful completion of semester 3 courses. Corequisites: NUR 214A, 214AP, 215A. If the student must drop or withdraw from NUR  214A, 214AP, or 215A, the student must drop or withdraw from NUR 216A. Credit: 2 semester hours (didactic).

Topics covered include the nature of genetic material, transmission, gene expression, gene regulation, genetic variation, and genetics & society. Requirements: Admission to the Bachelor of Science program. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

This course will examine both analytical and practical approaches to cultural competency in public health. Concepts, models, frameworks, and communication that occur in cross-cultural health situations will be discussed. The application of these concepts in real intervention and programs will also be examined. Requirements: Admission into the Bachelor of Science program. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

This course provides an examination of the professional role transition from Associate-to-BSN graduate. Requirements: Acceptance to RN-to-BSN program. Credit: 3 semester hours.

This course builds on RN students’ prior knowledge and clinical experience in developing more complex, comprehensive assessment skills. Requirements: Acceptance to RN-to-BSN program. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

In this course RN students will examine perspectives on nursing trends, theories, and philosophies. Requirements: Acceptance to RN-to-BSN program. Credit: 2 semester hours (didactic).

This course provides a pathophysiologic approach to pharmacology and an overview of drug approval, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics for the practicing registered nurse. Requirements: Acceptance to RN-to-BSN program. Credit: 4 semester hours (didactic).

This course introduces teaching and learning concepts for the practicing registered nurse access a diverse lifespan in a healthcare setting. Requirements: Acceptance into the RN-to-BSN program. Credit: 1 semester hour (didactic).

Provides a conceptual foundation for understanding healthcare informatics. Includes analysis of various applications of information systems within the context of health care systems. Emphasis is placed on the nurses’ role in advancing quality care. Requirements: Instructor permission for non-nurse majors. Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102, PSY 200, ALH 205. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

This course is designed to integrate knowledge from nursing theory and public health science in assessing the health care needs of aggregates, communities, and society. Requirements: Acceptance into the Bachelor of Science program. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

This course discusses trending public health issues and requires completing 12 hours of observational experience in a variety of community healthcare settings. Requirements: Acceptance to RN-to-BSN program. Credit: 4 semester hours (didactic). 

The purpose of this course is the acquisition of novice-level assessment and communication skills; and the development and application of cognitive skills to perform systematic, holistic, and culturally competent health assessments within a simulated environment. Requirements: Acceptance into the Bachelor of Science program. Credit: 4 semester hours

This course focuses on basic concepts (e.g., sleep, immobility, skin care, wound healing, infection) & variables (i.e., biophysiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, developmental) that inform & impact nursing; pharmacological interventions; human response to illness; and selected disorders and/or diseases. Requirements: Acceptance into the Bachelor of Science program. Corequisites: NUR 330B, NUR340BP, NUR341B. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 330B, NUR340BP, or NUR341B, the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR340B. Credit: 5 semester hours (didactic).

In-depth clinical and laboratory-based experiences; application of basic concepts of nursing care for adults in a variety of settings. Requirements: Acceptance into the Bachelor of Science program. Corequisites: NUR 330B, NUR340B, NUR341B. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 330B, NUR340B, or NUR341B, the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR340B. Credit: 3 semester hours (135 clock hours).

Focus is on assisting aspiring healthcare professional improve patient safety by developing competencies associated with best practice outcomes. Emphasis is placed on the role of interprofessional collaborative practice in patient safety, quality management and quality improvement. Requirements: Admission to the Bachelor of Science program. Corequisites: NUR 330B, NUR 340B, NUR 340BP. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 330B, NUR 340B, or NUR 340BP, the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR 341B. Credit: 2 semester hours (didactic)

Focus is on the roles of the professional nurse as provider of care; designer, coordinator, and manager of care; and member of the profession in caring for diverse individuals and populations experiencing psychiatric and mental health stressors. Prerequisites: NUR330B, NUR340B, NUR340BP, NUR341B. Corequisites: NUR345BP, NUR421B. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR345B or NUR421B, the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR345BP. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

In-depth clinical and laboratory-based experiences; application of basic concepts of nursing care for individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: NUR330B, NUR340B, NUR340BP, NUR341B. Corequisites: NUR345B, NUR421B. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR345B or NUR421B, the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR345BP. Credit: 2 semester hours (90 clock hours).

Focus is on the roles of the professional nurse as provider of care; designer, coordinator, and manager of care; and member of the profession in caring for diverse individuals and families during the childbearing and childrearing phases of family development. Prerequisites: NUR330B, NUR340B, NUR340BP, NUR341B. Corequisites: NUR405BP, NUR421B. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 405BP or NUR421B, the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR405B. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

In-depth clinical and laboratory-based experience; application of basic and complex

concepts of maternal and child health. Prerequisites: NUR330B, NUR340B, NUR340BP, NUR341B Corequisites: NUR405B, NUR421B. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 405B or NUR421B, the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR405BP. Credit: 2 semester hours (90 clock hours)

This course provides a fundamental understanding of nursing informatics to inform quality and safety patient outcome measures. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all 300-level NUR classes. Credit: 2 semester hours (didactic). 

The student develops basic knowledge of global healthcare systems and models, including healthcare policy and economics, and their influence on health disparities and healthcare delivery. Requirements: Admission to the Bachelor of Science program. Corequisites: NUR 345B, NUR 345BP, NUR 405B, NUR 405BP. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 345B, NUR 345BP, NUR 405B or NUR 405BP, the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR 421B. Credit: 2 semester hours (didactic)

This course provides a basic understanding of the research process and evidence-based practice (EBP) for the practicing registered nurse. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all 300-level NUR classes. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). 

This course compares and contrasts the values, beliefs, and behaviors of diverse cultures/subcultures in a wide variety of healthcare settings. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all 300-level NUR classes. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). 

This course explores leadership role responsibilities while completing 12 hours of observational learning experience in a professional nursing leadership role. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all 300-level NUR classes. Credit: 4 semester hours.

This course provides an overview of the aging process, while emphasizing nursing competence when using evidence-based assessments and interventions. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all 300-level NUR classes. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). [Formerly NUR 425].

Course focuses on analysis of issues impacting professional nursing practice in a changing health care system. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all 300 level NUR classes. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). 

Students analyze and examine evidentiary data related to the provision of quality health care. Prerequisites: NUR 308R, NUR 309R, NUR 325R, NUR 425R. Corequisites: NUR 431R, NUR 432R. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

Examination of informatics in health care with emphasis on clinical information systems, utilization of informatics and the use of health care technologies in the management of individuals, groups and organizations for the improvement of patient outcomes. Prerequisites: NUR 308R, NUR 309R, NUR 325R, NUR 425R. Corequisites: NUR 430R, NUR 432R. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

This course provides a basic understanding of the research process and evidence-based practice (EBP) for the practicing registered nurse. Prerequisites: NUR 308R, NUR 309R, NUR 325R, NUR 425R. Corequisites: NUR 430R, NUR 431R. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). [Formerly NUR 422]

This course explores leadership role responsibilities while completing 12 hours of observational learning experience in a professional nursing leadership role. Prerequisites: NUR 430R, NUR 431R, NUR 432R. Corequisites: NUR 435R, NUR 436R. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). [Formerly NUR 424].

Introduction to global health care systems and models, and their influence on health disparities and delivery of healthcare. Prerequisites: NUR 430R, NUR 431R, NUR 432R. Corequisites: NUR 434R, NUR 436R. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

Course focuses on experiential learning that provides an opportunity to apply and integrate knowledge from previous coursework in the development of an evidence-based proposal paper with a focus on analysis of an approved topic/issue impacting professional nursing practice in our dynamic and changing health care landscape. Prerequisites: NUR 430R, NUR 431R, NUR 432R. Corequisites: NUR 434R, NUR 435R. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). [Formerly NUR 426]

Integration of previous knowledge and skills related to common adult health needs 
into the continued development of the professional nurse as a provider of care, coordinator of care, patient safety advocate and member of a profession in the care of adult clients & families in structured health care settings with complex medical-surgical health care needs associated with each body system. Prerequisites: NUR 345B, NUR 345BP, NUR 405B, NUR 405BP, NUR 421B. Corequisites: NUR 440BP, NUR 451B. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 440BP or NUR 451B, the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR 440B. Credits: 5 semester hours (didactic).

In-depth clinical and laboratory-based experiences; application of basic and complex concepts of nursing care for adults of all ages in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: NUR 345B, NUR 345BP, NUR 405B, NUR 405BP, NUR 421B Corequisites: NUR 440B, NUR 451B. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 440B or NUR 451B, the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR 440BP. Credit: 3 semester hours (135 clock hours).

This course introduces the student to the use of the nursing process in the care of older adults with an emphasis on healthy aging and wellness. A systems approach is used to discuss the effects of aging on the individual and the family, and to examine the disruption of wellness and illness patterns during older adult years. Prerequisites: NUR330B NUR340B, NUR340BP, NUR341B, NUR345B, NUR345BP, NUR405B, NUR405BP, & NUR421B. Requires concurrent registration in NUR 440B, NUR440BP, NUR450BP. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 440B, NUR440BP, or NUR450BP the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR450B. Credit: 2 semester hours (didactic).

Content includes the developmental, physiological, and psychosocial changes of the older adult in regard to health promotion, maintenance, and restoration. The course will emphasize the application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: NUR330B, NUR340B, NUR340BP, NUR341B, NUR345B, NUR345BP, NUR405B, NUR405BP, & NUR421B. Corequisites: NUR 440B, NUR440BP, NUR450BP. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 440B, NUR440BP, or NUR450BP the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR450B.  Credit: 2 semester hours (90 clock hours).

Emphasis on the research process and how as consumers of nursing research baccalaureate nurses apply the research process to practice. Prerequisites: Requirements: Admission to the Bachelor of Science program. Corequisites: NUR 440B, NUR 440BP, NUR 450B, NUR 450BP. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 440B, NUR 440BP, NUR 450B, or NUR 450BP, the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR 451B. Credit: 2 semester hours (didactic).

Role of nursing in the relationship between community conditions and public health; emphasis on principles of public health combined with nursing knowledge and

skills to address health needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Prerequisites: NUR440B, NUR440BP, NUR450B, NUR450BP, NUR451B. Corequisites: NUR 465BP, NUR461B, NUR462B. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR465BP, NUR461B or NUR 462B, the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR 460B. Credits: 3 semester hours (didactic).

Presents theoretical principles of nursing leadership and management in diverse settings to promote quality patient outcomes. Prerequisites: School of Nursing admission into the baccalaureate program. Requires concurrent registration in NUR 460B, NUR465BP. and NUR462B. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 460, NUR465BP, or NUR462B, the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR461B. Credit: 2 semester hours (didactic).

This course is a culminating experience that gives students a thorough review of fundamental nursing concepts. Includes review of application process of NCLEX-RN® test plan, assessment of knowledge deficits, and remediation. Faculty members present weekly reviews on selected topics such as calculations, pharmacotherapeutics, and disease exemplars. Complex clinical scenarios, written and oral case presentations, and standardized testing will be utilized to determine readiness for the licensure examination. Prerequisites: NUR440B, NUR440BP, NUR450B, NUR350BP, NUR451B. Corequisites: NUR460, NUR461, NUR465. Credit: 2 semester hours.

Immersion capstone experience to engage in professional practice under the direct supervision of a professional registered nurse mentor. An emphasis is placed on the development of personal and professional strategies needed to make the transition from student to graduate nurse by highlighting role development skills of bedside nurse leaders. Prerequisites: NUR 440B, NUR 440BP, NUR 450B, NUR 450BP, NUR 451. Corequisites: NUR 460B, NUR 461B, NUR 462B. If the student drops or withdraws from NUR 460B, NUR 461B, or NUR 462B the student must also drop or withdraw from NUR 465BP. Credit: 3 semester hours (135 clock hours).

The purpose of this course is to provide the advanced practice nurse with knowledge of normal physiology and alterations in physiology in individuals across the life span. The focus is theory and research applicable to organ systems and cellular events. Emphasis is on regulatory and compensatory functions in health and in pathophysiological conditions. This course serves as a transition from the advanced practice nurse with the basic medical sciences to clinical medicine. The goal is to establish a knowledge base for various clinical problems encountered in internal medicine and will review the fundamental concepts of pathophysiology in the clinical setting. Requirements: Admission to BSN-DNP program. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). 

This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to explore contemporary issues in health care delivery that affect the process and/or outcomes of relevant to patient populations. Specific focus will be on: (1) health disparities, (2) barriers to care, (3) cultural competency and sensitivity, (4) cultural/SES influences on health and care delivery, (5) public health and health promotion models, (6) emerging infectious disease, (7) advances in healthcare, (8) environmental/occupational health concepts, and (9) the impact of global health on individuals/ communities. Requirements: Admission to BSN-DNP program. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

Epidemiology focuses on the distribution and determinants of disease frequency in human populations. This graduate-level course utilizes epidemiology as a method for examining problems of health and disease in the community. This application of epidemiologic methods to evaluate the distribution and determination of disease and other health problems will be a major focus of this course. Basic principles and methods of epidemiology are presented together with many of the applications of epidemiology to public health and the role it plays in the development and evaluation of public policy. Requirements: Admission to BSN-DNP program. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).  

The purpose of this course is to expand the pharmacological knowledge of the advance practice nurse.  Principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics across the life span serve as the foundation for this comprehensive course in pharmacology for prescribers. Emphasis is placed on understanding the physiological action of drugs, expected client responses, and major side effects. Issues related to evidence-based pharmacologic practice and legal aspects of prescribing are examined.  Prerequisites: NUR 700, 701, 702. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

This course explores the history of advanced practice registered nursing (APN) roles in the current sociopolitical environment, preparing students to serve in a leadership role to shape the delivery of effect health care. An overview of various communication methods, community assessment, and epidemiological principles is provided. Students will apply principles of advanced practice to promote the health of individuals and populations. Principles of client centered care and theory-based care to promote health will be explored in depth. The principle of clear and respectful communication in care will be introduced in terms of cultural sensitivity. The principle of basing care on evidence will be introduced. The principle of caring for populations within a context of health systems will be introduced. The principle of ethical care will be introduced in terms of social justice. Prerequisites: NUR 700, 701, 702. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). 

This course explores philosophical and foundational components of evidence-based practice for advance nursing practice. Concepts, models, and methods for developing advanced practice based on the best evidence are applied. Developing the well-built question as well as understanding best search strategies are incorporated into research-based evidence, particularly related to the clinical and administrative practice question(s) and outcomes. Outcomes evaluation methods are explored. Prerequisites: NUR 700, 701, 702. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). 

This course is designed to further develop the student’s advanced knowledge and skills for obtaining and recording a systematic health history and advanced physical examination of individuals and families across the lifespan. The course involves the synthesis of nursing, biologic, psychological, and sociocultural knowledge and theories as applied to the findings obtained in the comprehensive health assessment. The central objective is the development of cognitive and clinical skills needed to provide comprehensive care to individuals of all ages in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings. Prerequisites: NUR 703, 704; Co-requisite 705. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).  

The purpose of this course is to provide the DNP-NP with an understanding of issues relevant to patient populations. Specific focus will be on: (1) health disparities, (2) barriers to care, (3) cultural competency and sensitivity, (4) cultural/SES influences on health and care delivery, (5) public health and health promotion models, (6) emerging infectious diseases, (7) advances in healthcare (genomics, neurocomputing, neuroimmunology, anatomical reconstruction), (8) environmental/occupational health concepts, and (9) the impact of global health on individuals/communities. The course discussions will focus on the topics outlined above. This course will address the BPHr Goals and goals of Health People 2020 by enabling students to understand how to improve health care of diverse/underserved populations. Prerequisite: NUR 703, 704; Co-requisite 705. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). 

The purpose of this course is to review psychopharmacology concepts utilized in nursing. Graduate Nursing Elective. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). 

This course focuses on synthesis and application of theory and research to effectively address the complexities of aging. Comprehensive evidenced-based management across settings, evaluation of care, role implementation, and influences of contextual factors on health care services for the elderly including palliative and end of life care are presented. This course provides the knowledge base for clinical gerontological management. Prerequisites: NUR 706, 707. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). 

This is the first clinical course of this advance nursing practice specialty. The objectives of this practicum are based on the content of the didactic component of the course. Prerequisites: NUR 706, 707. Credit: 3 semester hours (180 clock hours).

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to actively participate in the evaluation of health care and healthcare organizations. Specific emphasis will be on organizational assessments, quality improvement projects, outcomes research, technology evaluation, and performance appraisals. During this course, students will conduct their own administrative project at the site where they are participating in the clinical residency. The projects will focus on topics such as total quality improvement, protocol development, practice efficiency, practice effectiveness, or clinical outcomes. They will work with other personnel at the site in a collaborative arrangement. Each week, the students will meet as a group in order to address problems encountered with their administrative project and offer suggestions and support. The course will consist of didactic sessions, presentations by the students, and problem-solving sessions. Prerequisites: NUR 706, 707. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).  

This course continues to focus on synthesis and application of more complex theory and research to effectively address the complexities of aging. Comprehensive evidence-based management across settings, evaluation of care, role implementation, and influences of contextual factors on health care services for the elderly including palliative and end of life care are presented. This course provides the knowledge base for clinical gerontological management. Prerequisites: NUR 800, 801, 802. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). 

This is the second clinical course of this advance nursing practice specialty. The objectives of this practicum are based on the content of the didactic component of the course. Prerequisites: NUR 800, 801, 802. Credit: 3 semester hours (180 clock hours). 

This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge, skills, and practice in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative data within the context of application to research design and methodology. Advanced statistical techniques will be examined including ANOVA, MANOVA, ANCOVA, MANCOVA. Use of psychometric techniques (for instruments used in patient care, nursing education and nursing research), linear regression, multiple regression, logistic regression, and structural equation modeling (SEM) will also be examined. Prerequisites: NUR 800, NUR 801, NUR 802. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). 

This is the third in the series. This course continues to focus on synthesis and application of more complex theory and research to effectively address the complexities of aging. Comprehensive evidence-based management across settings, evaluation of care, role implementation, and influences of contextual factors on health care service for the elderly including palliative and end of life care are presented. This course provides the knowledge base for clinical gerontological managements. Prerequisites: NUR 803, 804, 805. Credit: 3 semester hours (180 clock hours).  

This is the third clinical course of this advanced nursing practice specialty. The objectives of this practicum are paces on the content of the didactic component of the course. Prerequisites: NUR 804, 805. Credit: 3 semester hours (180 clock hours).

The course focuses on the exploration of cultural diversity on client populations and nursing practice and provides opportunities for the exploration of the influence of culture on client health related behaviors. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of the contributions of the evolution of advanced nursing practice to the health of families, especially minority families. Students will explore the development of nursing theory by means of culturally appropriate nursing research methods.  Researchable questions a merging from advanced nursing practice will be identified. The principle of ethical care will also be introduced in terms of social justice.  Prerequisites: NUR 807, 808.Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

This course will focus particular attention on the organizational and structural opportunities and barriers inherent in obtaining access to health care for cultures and subcultures. This includes applying systems thinking to develop financial and cost-effective strategies, legal and ethical dimensions of the business of health care delivery. This course provides the advance practice nurse with the skills to work with all organizational designs to eliminate health disparities. Emphasis is placed on the delivery of health care to underserved populations as well as examining strategies to recruit, retain and recognize the accomplishments of a diverse nursing workforce. Leadership skills in human relations, organizational culture, effective patterns of communication and synergistic decision-making will accent this course. Prerequisites: NUR 807, 808. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic). 

This course is the clinical component of the leadership and management course. Leadership skills in human relations, organizational culture, effective patterns of communication and synergistic decision-making will accent this course. Prerequisites: NUR 807, 808. Credit: 3 semester hours (180 clock hours). 

This is the first of a two-course series that provides the DNP student with mentored opportunities to identify, develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate an independent, analytic scholarly project focusing on problems of practice within specific populations. Each course builds on the knowledge and practice expertise of the DNP student, culminating in the completion of the scholarly project. The range of projects will be varied as they relate to the unique clinical practices of the DNP student, e.g., quality improvement, analyzing policy designing and using databases, designing and evaluating new models of care, collaboration with researchers to answer clinical questions, program development, implementation, and evaluation. To complete the objectives of this course successfully, the DNP student works with a faculty mentor to refine the design of the scholarly project. Students must successfully complete an oral defense of the project prior to implementation. The student will be required to submit individual objectives and is expected to complete a minimum of 180 hours of supervised practice in a clinical area related to their topic of interest. Prerequisites: NUR 809, NUR 900, NUR 901. Credit: 3 semester hours (180 clock hours).  

The purpose of this course is to facilitate the students’ exploration of policy formulation, implementation, and modification in the United States. A model of policymaking will be analyzed and core elements of health care policy and planning, including the sociopolitical and economic context of health and health-seeking behaviors will be emphasized. Health care policy and planning at the local, state, federal, and international levels will be explored. Ethical dimensions of public policy formulation and implementation will be highlighted. The roles of the Nursing profession and individual nurses as they relate to the development and implementation of health policy will be investigated. Key concepts that influence policymaking such as politics, advocacy, ethics, federalism, pluralism, polarization, civil rights and civil liberties will be discussed. Prerequisites: NUR NUR 809, NUR 900, NUR 901. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

In this capstone course, the DNP student completes implementation of the evidenced-based scholarly project specific to a population of interest within a clinical setting and evaluates its impact on health care outcomes. Students will disseminate their findings through an oral presentation and a manuscript suitable for a peer-reviewed publication. Students will apply knowledge and skills obtained in the didactic and integrative courses in order to address the ethical, legal, financial and organizational aspects of the scholarly project. The DNP student will discuss his/her topic of interest, the development of the project and how it addressed the needs of a selected population; and evaluate the implementation and outcomes of the project. In order to successfully complete the objectives of this course, the student is expected to complete a minimum of 180 hours of supervised practice in a clinical area related to the topic of interest. Each student will be required to submit individual objectives at the beginning of the semester. Prerequisites: NUR 902, NUR 903. Credit: 3 semester hours (180 clock hours).  

The purpose of this course is to assist students in the final stage of their research project. Prerequisites: NUR 902, NUR 903. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).

This is a Capstone course in which students prepare a research project in their area of interest. Emphasis in this Capstone is placed on data collection, database creation, data entry, analysis, and interpretation of results. The project is guided by members of the Scholarly Project Committee and the final document is formally presented to the campus community in a project defense. The students are expected to disseminate findings from their research to professional presentations and to use their projects to guide submission to scholarly journals. The students will learn to disseminate findings from their research through presentations and publications.         Prerequisites: NUR 902, NUR 902. Credit: 3 semester hours (didactic).