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Course Descriptions

Core Courses | Nursing Administration | Support Administration Courses  
Support Courses | Family Nurse Practitioner  
Masters Project Component | Nurse Educator


Core Nursing Courses
Twelve credits provide core knowledge essential to advanced nursing practice. The courses are taken by students in all programs of study of e.g., Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, and Adult Nurse Practitioner.

NURS 501 Advanced Nursing Theory 
This core course critiques selected nursing theories and health related concepts involved in advanced nursing practice. These theories and concepts are derived from the social sciences, psychology, and family and humanistic literature. Concept development will be analyzed in relation to specific areas of students’ interests (3-hour lecture). 3 credits
Pre- or Co-requisites: Undergraduate courses in nursing research and elementary statistics.

NURS 502 Advanced Nursing Research 
Quantitative and qualitative research are examined and evaluated. A major component of this course is the development of a research proposal (3-hour lecture). 3 credits
Prerequisite: NURS 501

NURS 504 Dynamics of Nursing Leadership 
This course is an in-depth study of leadership theories and issues in managed health care. The history of nursing, its culture, and current social, political, and legislative trends are studied for their implications in nursing leadership. Students apply concepts from selected theories in the development of a philosophy of leadership (3-hour lecture). 3 credits
Pre- or Co-requisite: NURS 501

NURS 505 Ethical and Policy Issues in Health Care 
This course provides an in-depth study of major ethical issues affecting the nursing care of individuals, families, and communities. Ethical frameworks are analyzed for decision-making in relation to selected nursing theories, standards of nursing care, and health care policies. Relationships between ethical decision-making and the implementation of professional practice are explored (3-hour lecture). 3 credits
Pre- or Co-requisite: NURS 501

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Nursing Administration

NURS 609 Nursing Administration Theory I  
The course focuses on advanced study of business and nursing theories and research that direct,
organize and facilitate the delivery of nursing care. Emphasis is placed on the role of the
nursing administrator as educator, client, and nurse advocate and collaborator within health care
organizations. Students evaluate current methods of nursing care delivery and case management
(3-hour lecture). 3 credits
Prerequisites: Completion of Nursing and Business Core Courses
Co-requisites: NURS 610, 700

NURS 610 Nursing Administration: Advanced Practicum/Seminar  
This practicum and seminar focuses on the implementation of business, nursing and research that
direct, organize, and facilitate the delivery of nursing care. Students observe, analyze, and
participate in the role of the nurse administrator in a designated health care delivery system.
Students participate in the implementation and evaluation of current methods of nursing care
delivery (1-hour seminar per week plus 150 practicum hours). 3 credits
Co-requisites: NURS 609, 700

NURS 611 Nursing Administration Theory II  
This course focuses on the implementation of business and nursing theories and research that
evaluate the delivery of nursing care in a managed care environment. Students learn to optimize
the effectiveness of organizations. Students implement the role of the nurse administrator as
consultant and change agent within health care organizations (3-hour lecture). 3 credits
Prerequisites: NURS 609, 610
Co-requisite: NURS 612

NURS 612 Nursing Administration: Advanced Practicum/Seminar II 
This seminar and practicum focuses on advanced study of business and nursing theories and
research which evaluate the delivery of nursing care in a managed care environment. Students
explore concepts involved in organizing work and optimizing the effectiveness of organizations.
Emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse administrator as consultant and change agent within
health care organizations. The role of regulatory agencies in the delivery of nursing care is
explored (1-hour seminar per week plus 150 practicum hours). 3 credits 
Prerequisites: NURS 609, 610
Co-requisite: NURS 611

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Support Administration Courses

NURS 550/ MBA 651 Foundations of Health Care Administration  
This course examines behavioral issues in health care organizations to develop an understanding
for working with people individually, in groups, and as members of larger organizations. The
course also reviews theories and research in the area of effective management, in order to
develop a base of understanding for managerial practice and organizational leadership (3 credits).

NURS 551/ MBA 652 Financial Management and Budgetary Control  
An analysis of the “financial health” of the health care system and the provision of health care
services within that system. An introduction to the management of a health care facility’s
finances, including the operation of its financial accounting system. Evaluation of the
organization’s financial situation using financial techniques and financial statements, cash
management, credit analysis, capital structure and capital budgeting, funds management, and
financial control (3 credits). 
Prerequisite: Basic course in accounting/finance recommended.

NURS 552/ MBA 653 Law for Health Care Professionals  
This course reviews the American legal system, including its courts, its statutes, and its common
law, in order to provide the health care manager with a basic understanding of the number of
significant ways in which legal mandates apply to one’s situation. A number of different areas of
law will be studied, each selected for its influence on the management of health care institutions
and health care providers.

Legal cases will be examined, including significant court opinions, in order to bring students to a basic understanding of the manner in which their actions will be judged by our country’s legal systems. The course will explore the nature of medical malpractice and the effect of medical error on the provision of health care services (3 credits).

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Support Courses
Ten credits provide the student with advanced knowledge in their area of interest. 

NURS 530 Advanced Pathophysiology  
This is the second of two courses designed to investigate concepts and processes related to the
health care of children, adults and the elderly. Common path physiologic processes are
discussed in conjunction with recent research. Pathophysiology is examined for its use in
implementing a nursing plan of care at the advanced practice level. This course focuses on
disease processes encountered in the primary care setting (3 credits). 

NURS 531 Advanced Health Assessment/Practicum  
Emphasis is on theory and practice in biobehavioral and psychobehavioral assessment strategies
essential for case management of the adult seeking primary, secondary, and tertiary care. Skill
development includes obtaining and recording a comprehensive database and demonstrates
advanced clinical judgment in the assessment of individuals. Preceptored experiences assist the
student in synthesizing the components of the health history and physical assessment. (2-hour lecture followed by 2-hour lab per week plus 75 practicum hours). 3 credits
Prerequisites: Undergraduate health assessment course, successful completion of the Health
Assessment Placement Examination

NURS 532 Advanced Pharmacophysiology  
The principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of major drug groups are examined.
Emphasis is placed on the application of drug therapy in the management of common health
problems in adults and aged. Legal consideration for prescription writing will be incorporated (3-hour lecture). 3 credits
Prerequisites: Completion of Nursing Core Courses

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Family Nurse Practitioner

NURS 600 Continuous Clinical Practicum  
Nurse Practitioners must register for the course in order to fulfill 600 clinical hours required for
graduation. The students will continue to refine their skills in comprehensive assessment,
diagnosis, and nursing management of health care. Clinical sites may include an ambulatory
facility, community health center, acute care and/or a long term facility that provides care in the
specialty care of interest. A clinical fee will be charged upon registration (0 credits). 

NURS 650 Advanced Practice Theory I  
This course will explore the diagnosis and nursing management of frequently occurring common
health problems manifested in primary care. Emphasis will be given to episodic conditions that
affect the skin, the eye, nose and throat, and the respiratory, cardiovascular, and reproductive
systems, as well as affective disorders common in young, middle-aged, and older adults. Health
promotion and disease prevention strategies essential in providing holistic primary care to adult
populations from undeserved areas will be addressed. (3-hour lecture). 3 credits
Prerequisites: Core nursing courses, NURS 530, 531, 532
Co-requisite: NURS 651

NURS 651 Advanced Practicum/Seminar I  
This course will emphasize implementation of theory-based nursing management strategies to
promote, restore, and maintain health in young, middle age, and older adults. In a variety of
ambulatory settings, the student will implement comprehensive skills in assessment, diagnosis,
and management of wellness and common health problems. The seminar will focus on the
collaborative role of the nurse practitioner in providing care to patients. (1-hour seminar per week plus 150 practicum hours) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Core Nursing courses, NURS 530, 531, 532
Co-requisite: NURS 650

NURS 652 Advanced Practice Theory II  
This course will explore the management of chronicity in the adult population. Exacerbations of
chronic conditions with multisystem alterations will be discussed. Emphasis will be given to the
chronic illnesses that affect the gastrointestinal, genitalurinary, endocrine, neurological, and
musculoskeletal systems. Teaching strategies essential in coordinating care for adult individuals
within the context of the family will be addressed (3-hour lecture). 3 credits
Prerequisites: NURS 650, 651
Co-requisite: NURS 653

NURS 653 Advanced Practicum/Seminar II  
This course will implement theory-based management strategies to treat chronic health problems.
In a variety of clinical settings or in specialty clinics, the student will implement strategies which
support clients and their caregivers. The seminar will focus on the relevance and competence of
the nurse practitioner in providing primary care (1-hour seminar per week plus 150 practicum hours). 3 credits
Prerequisites: NURS 650, 651
Co-requisite: NURS 652

NURS 656 Family Nurse Practitioner Theory III  
This course will explore the diagnosis and management if episodic, chronic, and developmental
alterations of women and children. Strategies essential to the treatment and coordination of care
of the pediatric population will be addressed. Further issues affecting families will be explored.
This course is for FNP students only. (3-hour lecture). 3 credits 
Prerequisites: NURS 652, 653
Co-requisite: NURS 657

NURS 657 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum/Seminar III  
This course will emphasize implementation of theory-based managed strategies for women and
children with episodic, developmental, and chronic health problems. In a variety of clinical
settings, the student will implement management, preventive, and health-promoting strategies
which support clients, families, the community, and their care-givers. The seminar will focus on
issues pertaining to the client population. This course is for FNP students only (1-hour seminar per week plus 60 practicum hours in pediatrics and 60 practicum hours in women's health). 3 credits
Prerequisites: NURS 652, 653
Co-requisite: NURS 656

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Master's Project Component

NURS 700 Master's Project Advisement  
This synthesis course is designed to refine and implement a Master's Degree project. The
project is based on a specific area of interest that has been identified in previous graduate
courses. Students may complete research (qualitative or quantitative), teaching or other projects
that are consistent with the terminal objectives of the program. Students' support and guidance
for the duration of their project. Students must complete 3 credits of Master's Project
Advisement (1-3 credits). 

NURS 701 Continuous Master's Project Advisement  
This course is designed to provide students with continuous advisement in the event that the
student has not completed the Master's Project within three semesters (or three credit hours).
This course does not carry credit, however, will be billed to the student in the amount equivalent
to one credit (0 credits). 

Nurse Educator Courses

NURS 661 Theories of Learning  
This course is an introduction to the major theories of the adult learner. The theories that will be addressed are adult learning theory, cognitive developmental theory, social cognitive theory and role modeling, assimilation theory, experiential learning theory, and critical thinking. Throughout the course the theories will be viewed from the perspective of how persons think and learn, the needs of the learner, cultural influences on thinking and learning styles and how learning is facilitated (2-hour lecture). 2 credits

NURS 662 The Teaching Learning Process  
This course is designed to provide an overview of the teaching learning process with a focus on teaching culturally diverse students. The teaching learning process includes assessment of the learner, development of learning objectives/outcomes, teaching strategies, and methods to evaluate learning. (3-hour lecture). 3 credits
Pre- or Co-requisites: NURS 662

NURS 664 Curriculum and Course Development  
This course addresses curriculum and course development in the context of meeting the health care needs of society and professional nursing education standards. Topics include accreditation organizations and standards, competency-based learning, and course and curriculum development. (2-hour lecture). 2 credits
Prerequisites: NURS 661, 662, 663
Co-requisite: NURS 665

NURS 665 The Use of Technology to Teach  
This course focuses on the use of selected computer technology to enhance learning and critical thinking (1-hour lecture). 2 credits
Prerequisites: NURS 661, 662

NURS 721 Teaching Practicum for the Nurse Educator  
This course is designed to promote socialization and transition of the student to the nurse educator role. Students will work with nurse educator preceptors to explore the various roles of the nurse educator including teacher, mentor, collaborator, and scholar. Learning experiences will be provided both in the classroom and clinical settings. Seminar sessions will focus on relevant topics to the various nurse educator roles. (1-hour seminar per week plus 120 practicum hours). 3 credits
Prerequisites: NURS 661, 661, 664, 665 

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