Graduate Catalog 2015-2016

UDM Academic Policies Course Descriptions List of All Programs Faculty
Nursing Courses

NUR 5020 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing PracticeCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses upon an examination of selected conceptual models and theories in nursing and their relationship to research and advanced clinical practice. The course includes an overview of issues in philosophy of science and in developing a scientific body of knowledge in nursing. Students will explore the historical roots and modern applications of various grand and middle range perspectives used by nursing. This course focuses on the analysis and evaluation of selected grand and middle-range theories from nursing and other disciplines and the application of these theories to research and formulating decisions in advanced practice nursing.
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NUR 5030 Analytic Methods for Clinical PracticeCredit Hours: 3

This course addresses the theoretical basis for the evaluation of evidence for use in advanced nursing practice. Content addresses the evaluation of data from empirical, qualitative and improvement science perspectives for its integrity, utility and potential to inform clinical practice and improve health outcomes at the individual patient, population or systems level. The emphasis is on application rather than statistical theory.
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NUR 5055 Systems Leadership, Quality Improvement and Informatics for Advanced Nursing PracticeCredit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare Master's nursing students to lead in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health systems that support safe, high quality patient-centered care. High reliability and just culture principles will be incorporated, as well as methods to analyze and eliminate error. Quality improvement models and methods will be emphasized, as students are prepared to direct process change designed to improve health outcomes across the care continuum. The effective integration of technology to support care delivery, learning, knowledge generation, and systems improvement will be addressed.
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NUR 5150 Health Promotion Across The LifespanCredit Hours: 2

This course focuses on the care of individuals and families and compliments NUR 5160 Advanced Health Assessment. The role of the advanced nurse practitioner and the practice of primary care are introduced. Students explore concepts relevant to advanced nursing practice and primary care including family systems theory, developmental theory, population health, culture, genomics, and epidemiology. Health promotion and health maintenance including the objectives of Healthy People 2020 are integrated throughout course content. This course continues to explore comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan, assists the student to develop clinical judgment skills and provides an opportunity to differentiate primary and secondary intervention strategies. (FNP students only).
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NUR 5160 Advanced Health AssessmentCredit Hours: 3

3 credits (2 credits didactic=2 hours per week of class time; 1 credit lab=2 hours per week of class time.) This clinical course focuses on the development of advanced health assessment skills in the role of an advanced practice nurse caring for clients and families. Students will develop and refine advanced health assessment skills using evidence-based techniques and tools to formulate differential diagnoses, health promotion and risk reduction opportunities.
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NUR 5170 Management and Leadership in NursingCredit Hours: 2

This course addresses knowledge and skills necessary for management and leadership at the meso- and macrosystems levels. Special emphasis will be placed on human resource management in the healthcare environment and the critical methods and techniques associated with creating an effective work force. Key aspects of human resources management will be covered including the legal issues, labor relations and job analysis through performance appraisal with additional focus on compensation practices and benefit management.
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NUR 5250 Common and Episodic ProblemsCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the theoretical and clinical basis for the advanced nursing management of health care problems common to family systems across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of common acute and episodic conditions of families in the context of community primary care. Clinical experiences are in a variety of primary care and community settings under the supervision of faculty and preceptors. Clinical practice includes advanced assessment and implementation of therapeutic management regimens related to episodic and common problems, health promotion and risk reduction.

Prerequisites:
NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: NUR 5260

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NUR 5260 Clinical Practicum IICredit Hours: 2

(2 credits clinical practicum. 1 credit of clinical= 8 hours; 2 credits = 16 hrs/wk X 15 = 240 hours. This second clinical course focuses on the clinical basis for the advanced nursing management of health care problems common to family systems across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of common acute and episodic conditions of families in the context of community primary care. Clinical experiences are in a variety of primary care and community settings under the supervision of faculty and preceptors. Clinical practice includes advanced assessment and implementation of therapeutic management regimens related to episodic and common problems, health promotion and risk reduction.

Prerequisites:
NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: NUR 5250

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NUR 5350 Outcomes Management and Decision Support in NursingCredit Hours: 3

This course explores the assessment of nursing-sensitive patient outcomes, and the use of clinical decision support to manage outcomes achievement in health settings across the continuum. The role of nursing informatics in decision support and outcomes management will be addressed, beginning with a basic understanding of database design and requirements for querying health care and outcomes data. Methodological issues and challenges of outcomes measurement will be reviewed, as well as fundamentals of decision support using knowledge generated from information systems.

Prerequisites:
NUR 5050 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)

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NUR 5420 Management of the Healthcare EnvironmentCredit Hours: 2

This course explores the systems level attributes of health care systems and the impact such factors have on the delivery and outcomes of nursing care. Organizational structure, governance and decision making, management practices, and organizational culture will be considered. Trends that impact U.S. health care systems as they relate to the delivery of nursing care services will be considered. Emphasis is placed on the role of nurse leaders and managers in addressing contemporary health system issues such as the nursing work environment, workforce demands, staffing, work design and care delivery models. Students will learn to apply evidence-based management to resolve health systems issues that relate to nursing practice.
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NUR 5450 Business Planning for Nurse LeadersCredit Hours: 2

This course will introduce students to basic economic principles and business skills that support effective leadership in health care organizations. Major economic drivers pertinent to health care delivery will be explored, as well as principles of budgeting, cost/benefit analyses, and costing out care. Strategic planning and marketing will be addressed. Students will learn to develop a business plan.
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NUR 5500 Physical Assessment and Advanced Pharmacology for the CNLCredit Hours: 4

This course is designed to further the CNL student’s assessment and pharmacology knowledge and skills in preparation for practice at the advanced generalist level. Students utilize risk reduction and health promotion practices, principles of pathophysiology, and adult development as a basis for health assessment of adults. Students develop and refine advanced health assessment skills, including data collection, physical examination, organization and analysis of clinical data for adult clients as it pertains to practice. This course emphasizes advanced knowledge in pharmacology as it applies to health prevention along with disease and illness management. Major drug categories are presented as they relate to the prevention, management and treatment of disease states. The course will assist the student in identifying proper use of pharmaceutical agents for the management of common conditions, with respect to drug classes, therapeutic uses, general and adverse side effects, as well as drug interactions.
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NUR 5650 Population Health and Care Transitions ManagementCredit Hours: 2

This course will provide students with a population health framework and strategy for the delivery of effective health care over the continuum. Ecological, global and social determinants of health will be identified, and students will explore preventative interventions and evaluate the effectiveness of various strategies in promoting the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Programmatic approaches to chronic disease will be addressed, including the patient-centered medical home, care management, case management, and disease management. Emphasis will be placed on managing transitions of care to maximize patient and population outcomes while minimizing cost and utilization outcomes.
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NUR 5748 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory ICredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the role, competencies, and attributes of the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) with focus on the patient sphere of influence. Students will acquire evidence-based knowledge to apply direct and indirect holistic, advanced high quality and safe nursing care to adult-older adult individuals and groups across the spectrum of care.

Prerequisites:
HLH 5900 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: NUR 5749

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NUR 5749 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum ICredit Hours: 2

The course focus is on AGCNS role development, age-appropriate advanced nursing care, management of patients/caregivers with complex problems that leads towards safe, quality, and cost-effective health outcomes. Students will practice in the patient sphere of influence across health care systems.

Prerequisites:
HLH 5900 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: NUR 5748

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NUR 5751 Wellness Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist PracticeCredit Hours: 2

The focus of this course is the CNS role in promoting well-ness for early adult to frail elderly populations in community-based settings. Select course topics will assist students in prescribing individual and community screening measures, and advanced nursing interventions to guide clients to healthy living behaviors for optimal aging and quality of life. In the clinical portion of the course, students will lead a population-based project that guides clients in well-ness activities that change behaviors to enhance health.

Prerequisites:
NUR 5750 (Minimum Grade of B, May not be taken concurrently)

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NUR 5752 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory IICredit Hours: 3

This course is a continuation of NUR 5748 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory I and NUR 5749 Adult-Gerontology Practicum I. This course focuses on the AGCNS competencies of advanced practice in the nursing and systems spheres of AGCNS influence. Course content focuses on the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes to support and develop registered nurses in bedside care and demonstrate leadership skills in redesigning healthcare systems to improve health outcomes.

Prerequisites:
NUR 5748 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5749 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: NUR 5753

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NUR 5753 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum IICredit Hours: 2

This course is a continuation of NUR 5748 Adult-Gerontology CNS Role and Theory I and NUR 5749 Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum I. Students will engage in activities to support and develop registered nurses in bedside care and demonstrate leadership skills in redesigning healthcare systems to improve health outcomes. Students will apply standards of practice in the advanced care of patient populations, work collaboratively with nurses and organizational leaders to improve nursing practice, and provide leadership that addresses threats to patient safety, quality, and access to care.

Prerequisites:
NUR 5748 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5749 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: NUR 5752

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NUR 5760 Adult-Gerontology CNS Theory and Practicum IICredit Hours: 5

5 credits with 3 Didactic and 2 Clinical (2 credits = 16.6 hrs/wk X 15 = 250 hrs). This course is a continuation of NUR 5750 Adult Health CNS Theory and Practicum I. This course focuses on the Adult-Gerontology competencies of advanced practice in the nursing and systems spheres of CNS influence. Students will actively engage in activities to support and develop registered nurses in bedside care and demonstrate leadership skills in redesigning healthcare systems to improve health outcomes. Students will apply standards of practice in the advanced care of adults-older adults, work collaboratively with nurses and organizational leaders to improve nursing practice, and provide leadership that addresses threats to patient safety, quality, and access to care.

Prerequisites:
NUR 5750 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)

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NUR 5780 Nursing Curriculum and Instruction in Adult EducationCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on course design and assessment of student learning. Principles of adult education will be applied to the development of curricular and instructional techniques for academic and workplace education. Participants are introduced to a variety of authentic assessments and will engage in creating learning assessments using a variety of methodologies, including multiple-choice and other items designed to measure higher level thinking.
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NUR 5790 Nursing Program Planning and EvaluationCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on principles and procedures for assessing the quality and effectiveness of educational programs and materials. Accreditation and regulatory requirements along with other quality indicators will guide analysis of education programs with an emphasis on instruments, methods, and practical applications. Application of educational planning and evaluation principles to a program design/redesign is the culminating project in this course.
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NUR 5795 Advanced Nursing Seminar and PracticumCredit Hours: 3

Students will engage in active learning within the selected discipline for experience in the advanced nursing role. Once a week students will engage in a virtual seminar to share their learning with their peers and reflect on the experiential learning of the course.
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NUR 5800 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice NursesCredit Hours: 3

This course prepares the graduate advanced practice nursing student with advanced pharmacological knowledge that includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents, for clients. Major drug categories will be presented as they relate to prevention, maintenance of health, and treatment of disease and illness. The genetic, legal, ethical, and financial aspects of prescriptive practice and advanced nursing interventions are incorporated into course content.
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NUR 5830 Leadership and Quality Improvement in Clinical MicrosystemsCredit Hours: 3

In this course, students will learn a clinical microsystems approach to quality improvement in health care. Upon learning clinical microsystems components, students will build microsystem knowledge through the conduct of a 5-P microsystem assessment. Microsystems leadership will be emphasized. Students will also be introduced to contemporary leadership theories that are essential to horizontal and vertical leadership throughout health care organizations. The course emphasizes role development supported by self-assessment of leadership attributes and the establishment of strategies to lead and manage improvement at the microsystem level. Students will learn to apply the model for improvement within the clinical microsystem, and use quality improvement tools and measurement to lead change directed towards improving care processes and outcomes. In collaboration with health system leaders and interdisciplinary team members, students will identify a health system issue amenable to microsystem intervention and develop a quality improvement plan to address the delivery of quality of patient care, patient outcomes, or system improvements using evidence-based practices and quality improvement methods.
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NUR 5850 Curriculum DevelopmentCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the curriculum development process in nursing. Students will consider the development of nursing education curricula within the context of history and current trends in health professions education.
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NUR 5860 Instructional MethodsCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on creating an environment to facilitate learning in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. The course includes an overview of teaching and learning theory with specific emphasis on the cultural and social impact on learning. Students will explore alternative teaching strategies that are most effective to prepare students for a dynamic, technologically rich health care field.
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NUR 5870 Instructional Methods and Practicum in the Clinical SettingCredit Hours: 2

This course focuses on creating an environment to facilitate learning in the clinical setting and on articulation of the nurse faculty role through the inclusion of a teaching practicum. Under the guidance of a master faculty member, students will have the opportunity to use evidence-based teaching/learning strategies to provide clinical supervision. The course includes an overview of teaching and learning theory with specific emphasis on the cultural and social impact on learning. Students will explore alternative teaching strategies that are most effective to prepare students for a dynamic, technologically rich health care field.
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NUR 5880 Instructional Methods and Practicum in the Classroom SettingCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on strategies to assist future nurse educators in creating an environment to facilitate learning in the classroom and skills laboratory settings and on articulation of the nurse faculty role through the inclusion of a teaching practicum. Under the guidance of a master faculty member, students will have the opportunity to use evidence-based teaching/learning strategies to provide classroom and skills laboratory instruction. The course includes an overview of teaching and learning theory with specific emphasis on the cultural and social impact on learning. Students will explore alternative teaching strategies that are most effective to prepare students for a dynamic, technologically rich health care field. Students will also participate in shared governance activities at the university and school of nursing level.
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NUR 5890 Teaching and Learning in an Online EnvironmentCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on strategies for developing courses for delivery in an online environment as well as on effective strategies for promoting learning online. Engagement in actual course development including designing all of the necessary elements of a course from the syllabus to learning activities and assessments provides real experiences to support conceptual learning.
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NUR 5900 Health Systems Management InternshipCredit Hours: 3

This internship consists of 168 hours of a faculty supervised work experience, under the guidance of a preceptor in one of several health care organizations: hospitals, HMO's, PPO's, nursing homes, group practice, third party payers, pharmaceutical organizations, home health care organizations, insurance service companies, etc. The plan of work may include specific projects, participatory (or observational) exposure to one (or several) area(s) included in the Health Systems Management program. Students will work with a preceptor to refine on-site project management skills to develop, implement and evaluate a nursing systems project that is of mutual interest to the student and to the organization. The placement for graduate students is expected to be at a departmental or senior level in health care organizations. The practicum is intended to provide an opportunity to apply concepts and theory in the 'real world'.
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NUR 5920 Evidence Based Scholarly ProjectCredit Hours: 1 TO 2

The scholarly project provides the student with an opportunity to complete a mentored project in clinical practice, education, management, field research, faculty research projects or grant development. Examples of projects include teaching project, quality improvement project, protocol development, or manuscript development submitted for publication. This may be done individual or as a group project. The project includes a written component or public presentation which is negotiated with the faculty advisor. Guidelines for scholarly projects can be found in the Scholarly Project and Thesis Guidelines for the MSON Graduate Nursing Programs on the MSON website.
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NUR 5940 Clinical Immersion Experience for CNLCredit Hours: 4

Built from the concepts and project established in NUR 592, the clinical immersion experience will include a 300-400 hour mentored clinical immersion designed with the health system partner to provide an intensive immersion into the CNL role and practice expectations. The immersion experience will provide the student opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the educational experience that allows for the full implementation of the CNL role. The immersion experience will reflect the dynamic and unique attributes of each of the healthcare system partnership organizations in which the CNL will practice and provide the opportunity for the CNL to establish their role in the partnership organization. Through the immersion experience, the CNL student will demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the didactic and clinical education experiences to include an understanding of accountability for practice outcomes, and the ability to practice interdependently and independently beyond the novice stage. In addition, a strong interdisciplinary practice focus must be embedded into the experience.
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NUR 5950 Directed StudiesCredit Hours: 1 TO 3

An independent reading or research project, under the direction of a member of the MSON faculty.
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NUR 5960 Teaching PracticumCredit Hours: 2

2 credit practicum (1 credit = 4 hours/wk, 2 credits = 8hours/wek X 15 = 120 hours). This course focuses on articulation of the nurse faculty role through the inclusion of a teaching practicum. Under the guidance of a master faculty member, students will have the opportunity to use evidence-based teaching/learning strategies to provide classroom instruction and clinical supervision. Students will also participate in shared governance activities at the university and school of nursing level.
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NUR 5990 Master's ThesisCredit Hours: 1 TO 3

With this option, the student identifies an original research problem which is feasible and worthwhile to study and utilize all the steps of the research process. The decision to choose the thesis option should be done in conjunction with the student's academic advisor or program chair, with whom the student can discuss the appropriateness of the option. The master's thesis can not be done as a group project.
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NUR 6030 Professional Role Development and Business PracticesCredit Hours: 2

Students analyze the theoretical and empirical bases for leadership behavior, management principles, and role performance in the context of advanced clinical nursing practice. Concepts related to vision, strategic thinking, quality management/improvement, collaboration/team-building, empowerment, change, case management, negotiation, diversity, sound fiscal management, political activism, reimbursement and evaluation provide a framework for consideration of issues associated with implementation of the nurse practitioner role. Students will examine issues that impact consumers and providers, individually and as aggregates, and will design models for effecting change and improvement in nurse practitioner services.

Prerequisites:
NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5250 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5260 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently)

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NUR 6130 Procedures and Diagnostics Workshop for the APNCredit Hours: 1

This laboratory based course provides the advanced practice nursing student an introduction to a variety of selected diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. This course enables the advanced practice student to acquire beginning or entry level procedural competencies to clinically manage selected clients in primary care. Students apply the principles of safety, quality, and ethics while examining the legal and regulatory processes that impact practice and outcomes.

Prerequisites:
NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5250 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5260 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently)

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NUR 6150 Chronic and Complex Problems Across the LifespanCredit Hours: 3

This third clinical course focuses on the theoretical and clinical basis for the advanced nursing practice management of acute, chronic, and complex health care problems common to families across the lifespan. The student's collaborative role with other health care providers is promoted and continually developed. Clinical experiences are in a variety of primary care and community settings under the supervision of faculty and preceptors. Clinical practice includes advanced assessment and implementation of scientifically based therapeutic regimens of disease management, health promotion and risk reduction.

Prerequisites:
NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5250 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5260 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: NUR 6160

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NUR 6160 Clinical Practicum IIICredit Hours: 2

2 credits clinical practicum. 1 credit clinical = 8 hours; 2 credits = 16 hrs/wk X 15 = 240 hrs. This third clinical course focuses on the clinical basis for the advanced nursing practice management of acute, chronic, and complex health care problems common to families across the lifespan. The student's collaborative role with other health care providers is promoted and continually developed. Clinical experiences are in a variety of primary care and community settings under the supervision of faculty and preceptors. Clinical practice includes advanced assessment and implementation of scientifically based therapeutic regimens of disease management, health promotion and risk reduction.

Prerequisites:
NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5250 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5260 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: NUR 6150

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NUR 6250 Psychosocial Issues and Health IntegrationCredit Hours: 3

This final course focuses on the theoretical basis for the advanced nursing management of acute, chronic, and complex problems with an emphasis on mental health aspects within the family in a primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on the integration of Healthy People 2020 into management approaches of the advanced practice nurse. Synthesis and integration of complex family situations are emphasized as they relate to health promotion and the advanced practice nursing role.

Prerequisites:
NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5250 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5260 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 6150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 6160 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: NUR 6260

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NUR 6260 Clinical Practicum IVCredit Hours: 2

(2 credits clinical practicum: 1 credit clinical = 8 hrs; 2 credits = 16 hrs/wk X 15 = 240 hours) This final clinical course focuses on the clinical basis for the advanced nursing practice with a focus on health integration and management approaches for the family. The student's collaborative role with other health care providers is promoted and continually developed. Clinical experiences are in a variety of primary care and community settings under the supervision of faculty and preceptors. Clinical practice includes advanced assessment and implementation of scientifically based therapeutic regimens of disease management, health promotion and risk reduction.

Prerequisites:
NUR 5150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5160 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5250 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 5260 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 6150 (Minimum Grade of B-, May not be taken concurrently) AND
NUR 6160 (Minimum Grade of P, May not be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: NUR 6250

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NUR 6300 Leadership Management RoleCredit Hours: 3

Students analyze the theoretical and empirical bases for leadership behavior, management principles, and role performance in the context of advanced clinical nursing practice. Concepts related to vision, strategic thinking, quality management/improvement, collaboration/team-building, empowerment, change, case management, negotiation, diversity, sound fiscal management, political activism, reimbursement and evaluation provide a framework for consideration of issues associated with implementation of the nurse practitioner role. Students will examine issues that impact consumers and providers, individually and as aggregates, and will design models for effecting change and improvement in nurse practitioner services.
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NUR 7000 Advanced Theory and Knowledge Development for Clinical Nursing PracticeCredit Hours: 3

NUR 7000 builds upon an introductory knowledge of nursing theory and the ability to analyze and evaluate the utility of selected theoretical models within nursing and other disciplines. This course integrates nursing science with knowledge from the biophysical, social and organizational sciences as the basis for doctoral level advanced nursing practice. Students will critically evaluate, compare and contrast relevant theoretical approaches for their utility in advanced nursing practice in their area of interest/expertise. Using theory as a guide, students will develop their theoretical model for clinical practice and demonstrate how that model can be used to design clinically relevant strategies aimed at improving health and/or health care in diverse settings.
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NUR 7200 Epidemiology and Population HealthCredit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of fundamental topics in clinical epidemiology and how these concepts are applied in the measurement and evaluation of population health. The course explores foundational design, measurement and analytic techniques in the science of epidemiology. Students will review and critique epidemiologic literature to evaluate clinical practice based issues regarding disease surveillance, causation, genetic patterns, screening and social trends in population health at either the local, national or global level.
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NUR 7250 Addressing Vulnerable Populations within a Social Justice Context: Implications for Adv Nurs PractCredit Hours: 3

NUR 7250 builds upon concepts of theory, research methods, health policy and epidemiology to address issues surrounding vulnerable populations. There will be in-depth analysis of health disparities and social determinants within a social justice context in relation to a variety of vulnerable populations. Community engagement, community-based participatory research and action research will form the foundation for the student to critically evaluate relevant literature and theoretical approaches aimed at improving the health of vulnerable populations.
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NUR 7300 Transformational Leadership and Innovation in Advanced Clinical PracticeCredit Hours: 3

This course addresses the leadership role of the advanced practice nurse within healthcare organizations to affect change and ensure quality improvement, with a focus on inter- and intra- professional collaboration. This course will explore critical topics in organizational and systems leadership that emphasizes the primacy of clinical work and the opportunity for nursing innovation to transform service delivery, improve health outcomes and ensure patient safety. Inter-disciplinary theories and practice of leadership will be explored at different levels of nursing practice: individual practice settings, health care organizations and the national health care system. Leadership, management and communication strategies to move interdisciplinary groups toward common goals and objectives will be examined.
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NUR 7350 Business Management to Ensure Quality in Health CareCredit Hours: 3

This course builds upon the leadership and organizational change course to examine health care economics and the business of clinical practice as it relates to the delivery of quality health care services. The course will analyze the dynamic interplay between the driving forces of economics, heath policy, quality improvement, and standards of care in the delivery of health care services to maximize health outcomes. Within a quality improvement framework, students will explore economic concepts and measurement tools to critically appraise a health care issue, design strategies to improve clinical outcomes and evaluate the achievement of the improvement goals including not only the outcome but safety, fiscal principles, efficiency, and quality.
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NUR 7400 Information Management and Decision SupportCredit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare the DNP student with essential knowledge and skills necessary to provide leadership in the design, selection, use and evaluation of technologies used in healthcare to promote efficiency, quality, improvement in health outcomes, and knowledge generation. DNP students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to create relational databases for their specific area of practice where data extraction and knowledge development can occur. This course will provide the DNP student with advanced understanding of the ethical and legal issues associated with the use of technologies within acute care settings, private industry, and web-delivered services. The DNP students will also be prepared to evaluate consumer health information.
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NUR 7450 Analytics for Evidence-Based PracticeCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the theoretical and analytic strategies essential for evidence-based nursing practice implementation and improvement. These strategies include critical evaluation of the research literature and analytic approaches for empirical, qualitative, quality improvement, and program evaluation. The emphasis is on application and the evaluation of evidence for use in nursing practice.
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NUR 7500 Evidence-Based Practice: Theory, Design and MethodsCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the evidence-based practice process and the knowledge and skills necessary for translation of evidence into advanced clinical practice. Students will compare and contrast various forms of scientific evidence with emphasis on expanded research techniques, instrumentation, study designs and theories that are relevant for advanced clinical practice. Content will also emphasize critical appraisal skills necessary to ensure meaningful translation of scientific evidence into practice to ensure high quality care for clients that result in optimal outcomes.
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NUR 7800 Project Proposal DevelopmentCredit Hours: 3

The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a scholarly project that demonstrates synthesis of the student’s work and lays the groundwork for future scholarship. The Project Proposal Development is a formative course that focuses on the writing of the DNP project proposal. In this course, students will define the area of specific study, synthesize the relevant literature and existing data that supports the project, and select a conceptual framework with methodological plan to support the measurement of outcome data.
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NUR 7900 DNP Clinical Practicum and Project ImplementationCredit Hours: 3

In this clinical practicum with seminar, students will integrate DNP role behaviors into clinical practice. In conjunction with their designated faculty advisor, students will design a clinical practicum experience that permits achievement of the student’s individual goals and the program objectives with primary emphasis on the integration of DNP competencies directly into advanced nursing practice. Students will engage in seminars, rotating leadership responsibilities, to analyze practice-based issues from the DNP perspective. In this project course, students will seek required approval and review processes to support implementation of the scholarly project within the practice setting. Project implementation occurs after committee and IRB approval.
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NUR 7920 DNP Doctoral ProjectCredit Hours: 3

This final project course supports the analysis of the data from the implemented project as well as defense of the project, the final written product and other dissemination efforts such as presentations and/or manuscripts.
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NUR 7950 Directed StudiesCredit Hours: 1 TO 3

This course is an independent reading or a practice based/clinical research project, under the direction of a member of the MSON faculty.
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