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 CLINICAL IMMERSION FOR ADULT/GERONTOLOGY NURSE PRACTITIONER A clinical course that builds and expands clinical competencies developed in the Adult/Gerontology track. It requires 90 hours per credit hour of supervised direct patient care. Pre-/co-requisite: NURS 6521. On request.
6164/6264 CLINICAL IMMERSION FOR FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER A clinical course that builds on and expands the clinical competencies developed in the Family Nurse Practitioner track. It requires 90 clinical clock hours of supervised direct patient care per credit hour. Pre-/co-requisite: 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 This is the first of two courses that examines the role of research in building an evidence-based practice. The emphasis of this course is on learning the research process, identifying a clinical question, accessing research evidence, and appraising research evidence for scientific merit and clinical relevance. Prerequisite: Full admission to the MSN program. Fall.
6304 RESEARCH FOR EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE II This is the second of two courses that examines the role of the Master's-prepared nurse regarding evidence-based clinical practice or teaching. The emphasis of this course is on synthesis of research evidence, research utilization models, identification of practice outcomes, and translation of research into clinical practice. Prerequisite: NURS 6301. Spring.
6305 EDUCATIONAL CONCEPTS FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE Explores the role of the nurse educator in student education, continuing education, staff development, and patient/client education. Employs theories of education, principles of teaching/learning, learner assessment, selection/development of instructional materials, teaching plans, group instruction strategies, and principles of measurement and evaluation in the development of a teaching module. Spring.
6315 ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT A course that focuses on advanced health assessment techniques and data collection that promotes application of diagnostic reasoning and evidence based practice. Core content include normal versus abnormal findings, health promotion, disease prevention and stabilization, diagnostic testing and care for special populations. This course is a combination of online and on-campus seminar instruction. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program. Fall.
6320 ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY This course builds on baccalaureate pathophysiology knowledge. Biomedical sciences are used to understand the etiology, pathogenesis, and functional consequences of various disease states and health-related conditions. Emphasis is placed on alterations in the structure and function of the body due to illness, injury, aging, or malfunction. The special populations of pregnant and breast-feeding women, children, and older adults are addressed. Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program. Fall.
6322 EPIDEMIOLOGY FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE This course introduces the basic principles and methods of epidemiology, with an emphasis on critical thinking, analytic skills, and application to clinical practice and research. Emphasis is placed on the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation, appropriate summaries and displays of data, and the use of classical statistical approaches to describe the health of populations. Spring.
6325 ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY This course builds on baccalaureate pharmacologic knowledge. Biomedical sciences are used to understand the impact of pharmacologic agents on the body. Emphasis is on the selection, application, and sequelae of pharmacologic agents for health-related conditions. The special populations of pregnant and breast-feeding women, children, and older adults 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 INFORMATICS FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE 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. Informatics applications that affect health care and nursing will be emphasized. Offered annually.
6332 HEALTH POLICY AND ECONOMICS Examines advanced nursing roles in relationship to shaping health policy to positively influence health care quality, access, and cost. Health care law, regulation, professional practice issues, ethics, and health care financing will be explored. Emphasis is on the effect of health policy on health care delivery and population health outcomes. Fall.
6340 CLINICAL SPECIALTY FOR THE NURSE EDUCATOR A seminar/clinical 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 approved clinical preceptor/facilitators. 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, 6325, 6332, 6345, 6347, and 6348. 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 HIGHER EDUCATION This course examines the theory, construction, evaluation, and current evidence of assessment instruments. It addresses classroom, clinical, online, and simulation assessment/evaluation. The following are emphasized: the role of assessment in instruction, developing instructional objectives and learning outcomes based on professional standards, developing and critiquing assessments; interpreting item and test analysis results, and appraising ethical/social/legal issues in educational and clinical 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 TEACHING PRACTICUM FOR THE NURSE EDUCATOR A seminar/clinical course providing an experiential foundation for nurse educator competencies under the supervision of approved preceptors/facilitators. Prerequisites: NURS 6322, 6340, and 6350. Annually.
6350 CURRICULUM IN NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS Explores professional, societal, health care, and educational influences on curriculum development in the health care environment. Students participate in curriculum design and evaluation of program outcomes to promote quality improvement. 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 beginning graduate nursing roles and competencies as a clinical nurse leader. Prerequisite(s): NURS 6301, 6304, 6305, 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 6315, 6320, 6325, and NURS 6370. Offered annually.
6520 PRIMARY CARE OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN A course that focuses on the primary care of women and children. It provides an introduction to primary care from wellness to illness in these special populations. This course is a combination of online and on-campus seminar instruction. It requires 180 hours of supervised direct patient care. Prerequisite: Admission to NP track and NURS 6301, 6304, 6305, 6315, 6320, 6322, 6325, 6332, and 6347 (all Foundation Courses). Fall.
6521 ADULT/GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE I A course that focuses on the primary care of the adult/older-adult population. It provides an introduction to primary care from wellness to illness. This course is a combination of online and on-campus seminar instruction. It requires 180 hours of supervised direct patient care. Prerequisites: NURS 6301, 6305, 6315, 6304, 6320, 6322, 6325, 6332, and 6347 (all Foundation Courses) and, if Family NP track, 6520. Spring.
6526 ADULT/GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE II A course that focuses on the primary care of the adult/older-adult population. It builds on competencies acquired in previous clinical courses. This course is a combination of online and on-campus seminar instruction. It requires 180 hours of supervised direct patient care. Prerequisite: NURS 6521. Fall.