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[1] Graduate Courses in Nursing (NURS)

5310 NURSING ETHICS An elective course designed primarily for nursing students.  A study of ethical principles and reasoning applied to particular issues and cases related to health care and especially to nursing concerns.  The course will examine standard theoretical approaches to health care/nursing ethics with an emphasis on the application of those theories to the needs of specific providers, clients, individuals, and institutions.  The course will include lecture and discussion in an online format.

5325 GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH CARE Overview of alternative/complementary/holistic health care philosophies and therapies and their role in health care decision making. Addressees issues of self-treatment, safety, effectiveness, and resources. Examples include nutritional supplements, massage, aromatherapy, and herbal therapy. Open to all majors, not restricted to nursing majors. On request.

5330 CULTURAL AND HUMAN DIVERSITY IN NURSING Examines the influences of culture on client responses to wellness, health challenges, and health care.  The effects of cultural diversity on concepts such as time, health, food, and end-of-life rituals will be investigated.  Cultural assessments and the use of these assessments in planning and implementing culturally congruent nursing care will be explored. Offered 1 or 2 semesters

6110, 6210, 6310, 6410 DIRECTED PRACTICUM: SELECTED POPULATION Clinical nursing experiences with selected client populations, determined by needs and goals of student in consultation with instructor and approved by department chair. On request.

6143, 6243, 6343 INDEPENDENT STUDY Nursing topic of special interest to the student who wishes to conduct an in-depth concentrated study with faculty guidance. On request.

6160, 6260 DIRECTED NP PRACTICUM: ADULT/GERONTOLOGY A clinical-only course that builds on and expands the clinical competencies developed in the Adult/Gerontology NP track for a total of 90 clinical clock hours per credit hour. Pre/corequisites: NURS 6521. On request.

6164, 6264 DIRECTED NP PRACTICUM: FAMILY/INDIVIDUAL ACROSS THE LIFESPAN A clinical-only course that builds on and expands the clinical competencies developed in the Family NP track for a total of 90 clinical clock hours per credit hour. Pre/corequisites: NURS 6520. On request.

6199, 6299, 6399, 6499 CONTINUED STUDIES Credit/non-credit required in subsequent semester(s) when an X-grade is awarded and until course requirements are met. Allows access to faculty guidance and university resources. Does not count toward degree. On request.

6301 RESEARCH FOR EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE I The first of two research courses that examines the role of research in evidence-based practice for advanced nursing practice.  Emphasis is on identifying clinical questions, accessing research evidence, and appraising research evidence for scientific merit and clinical utility. Prerequisite: Full Admission to the MSN program. Fall.

6304 RESEARCH FOR EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE II The second of two research courses that examines the role of research in evidence-based practice for advanced nursing practice.  Emphasis is on synthesis of research evidence, research utilization models, identification of practice outcomes, and translation of research into clinical practice. Prerequisite: NURS 6301 Research for Evidence-based Practice I. Spring.

6305 EDUCATIONAL CONCEPTS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING Explores the role of the nurse educator in student education, continuing education, staff development, and patient/client education. Includes philosophy of education, principles of teaching learning, learner assessment, developing/selecting instructional materials, preparing teaching plans, group instruction strategies, and principles of measurement and evaluation. Spring.

6315 HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE Advanced comprehensive health/physical assessment to determine appropriate and effective health care. Advanced data collection, diagnostics, and nursing intervention including screening and referrals. Incorporates cultural and developmental variations and needs. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program. Fall.

6320 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE Provides advanced practice nurses with the pathophysiology foundation for diagnostic reasoning, clinical assessment and management of client care. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program. Fall.

6322 EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY CONCEPTS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING Explores the distribution of health states and demographics in populations and communities. Investigates environmental conditions, global issues, lifestyles, and other wellness/risk factors associated with societal and individual health states throughout the lifespan. Examines the delivery of culturally competent healthcare. Spring.

6325 PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE Provides advanced practice nurses with the foundation to prescribe and manage pharmacologic regimens. Related pharmacologic issues are addressed. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program. Spring.

6327 HEALTHCARE QUALITY AND LEADERSHIP This course explores and applies concepts related to healthcare quality and improvement.  Content will also include organization and systems leadership principles necessary to assure quality and safety of patient care.  Offered annually.

6329 HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS This course examines how emerging information and communication technologies are transforming healthcare.  Students develop competency in evaluating and utilizing electronic health information systems to document, monitor, and improve health outcomes across multiple health care delivery settings.  Offered annually.

6332  HEALTH POLICY AND ECONOMICS Examines advanced nursing roles in relationship to healthcare policy, economics and quality of care, and risk management.  Concepts that integrate law,  liability/accountability, management theory, and ethics in providing care to a diverse population in an evolving economic climate will be explored. Fall.

6340 CLINICAL SPECIALTY PRACTICUM FOR THE NURSE EDUCATOR A seminar/practicum course which is a component of the Nurse Educator track.  This course provides the clinical foundation for graduate nursing competencies in a clinical specialty under the supervision of an approved clinical preceptor.  Clinical options include community family, geriatric, maternal newborn and women's health, adult, pediatrics, and psychiatric mental health nursing.  Prerequisite(s): 6301, 6304, 6315, 6320, 6322, 6325, 6332, 6345, 6347,6348, and 6350.  Offered Annually.

6344 MASTER'S PROJECT Investigation of a particular nursing problem from a chosen theoretical perspective; extends nursing practice to effect more desirable health-care outcomes. Prerequisite: NURS 6202, two required clinical courses, and approval of research advisor. On request.

6345 EVALUATION IN NURSING EDUCATION Students will explore and apply concepts associated with evaluation, measurement and testing in nursing education.  This content is useful for evaluation of learners in higher education, staff development, and patient education settings. Prerequisite: Full admission to MSN program or other CHBS discipline and statistics. Spring.

6347 THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING PRACTICE Focus is on critique, evaluation, and utilization of appropriate theory for practice and/or research.  Relevant theories from nursing and other fields are explored. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program. Fall.

6348 INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND TEACHING STRATEGIES Emphasizes the philosophical, theoretical, and empirical foundation of the nurse educator role for student education, continuing education and staff development, or patient/client education.  Core content includes principles of teaching-learning, learner assessment, developing/selecting instructional materials, preparing teaching plans, and classroom, laboratory/simulation, and online instruction strategies. Prerequisite: NURS 6345 preferred, first clinical course preferred, or permission of department chair if other CHBS graduate major. Spring.

6349 NURS EDUCATOR TEACHING PRACTICUM A seminar/clinical course which is a component of the Nurse Educator track, providing experiential foundation for nurse educator competencies under the supervision of an approved preceptor.  Role focus options include higher education, staff development, and patient education.  Prerequisite(s): NURS 6325, 6340, 6345, 6348, and 6350. Offered annually.

6350 CURRICULUM IN NURSING EDUCATION Explores phiosophies of education, processes of curriculum development in nursing education, and topics in higher education.  Includes topics of program evaluation/accreditation process, curricula, continuing education, educational mobility/articulation, and course development. Pre/corequisites: NURS 6345 preferred, first clinical course preferred or permission of the department chair if other CHBS graduate major. Fall.

6355 THESIS RESEARCH Prerequisite: NURS 6202 and 6301, both clinical courses, and approval of research advisor. On request.

6356 THESIS RESEARCH Prerequisite: NURS 6355 and approval of research advisor. On request.

6370 CLINICAL NURSE LEADER PRACTICE The first of two seminar/practicum courses in the Clinical Nurse Leader track.  This course provides the theoretical and clinical foundation for the role and competencies as a Clinical Nurse Leader.  Prerequisite(s): NURS 6301, 6304, 6305, 6315, 6320, 6322, 6327, 6329, 6332, 6347.  Offered annually.

6371 CLINICAL NURSE LEADER IMMERSION The second of two seminar/practicum courses in the Clinical Nurse Leader track.  Supervised clinical and preceptorship experiences build on the conceptual bases, experiences, and clinical practice base developed in NURS 6370 Clinical Nurse Leader Practice.  Advances the clinical foundation for the Clinical Nurse Leader role and competencies.  Prerequisite(s): NURS 6325 & NURS 6370. Offered annually.

6520 PRIMARY CARE OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN Seminar/clinical course provides conceptual and theoretical foundations required for optimum functioning as a family nurse practitioner. Supervised clinical and preceptorship experiences in family health setting focuses on health promotion, prevention, and problems of women and children. Includes 180 clinical clock hours. Prerequisite: Admission to NP track and NURS 6301, 6304, 6305, 6315, 6320, 6322, 6325, 6332, and 6347 (all Foundation Courses). Fall.

6521 PRIMARY CARE OF ADULTS I Seminar/clinical course provides conceptual, theoretical, and evidence-based foundations required for optimum functioning as an adult nurse practitioner. Supervised clinical and preceptorship experiences focus on health promotion, illness/disease prevention and care of common health issues or problems of adults. Includes 180 clinical clock hours. Prerequisites: NURS 6301, 6305, 6315, 6304, 6320, 6322, 6325, 6332, and 6347 (all Foundation Courses). and if Family NP track, 6520.  Spring.

6526 PRIMARY CARE OF ADULTS II Seminar/clinical course builds on NURS 6521. Emphasis is on health promotion and disease prevention for chronic and disabling health problems in adults through aging. Includes 180 clinical clock hours. Prerequisites: NURS 6521. Fall.