Graduate School of Nursing Courses

NURS  500 - Graduate Writing and Research (4)

This course stresses the formal research essay. Students are introduced to a wide and rich variety of readings, composition, and research strategies. In the process, the course adresses grammatical and research convention issues.

NURS  501 - Transitions to CNL Graduate Education (2)

Provides an introduction for registered nurses to the perspectives of professional nursing within the context of the dynamic nature of professionalism, leadership, change and role development. Ethical and moral accountability to the profession of nursing and society are explored within the context of changing health care needs and demands. Emerging roles of the nurse as clinical nurse leader and practitioner, advocate, and member of the interdisciplinary team are explored. Finally, the concept of vocation within nursing will be examined and discussed in the context of Ignatian pedagogy.

NURS  505 - Community Health Nursing (3)

This theory course introduces the student to community health nursing. The course prepares the student to identify, plan, and care for individuals, families, groups and communities across care settings with particular emphasis on health inequalities locally and globally. Students explore the complex social and health care systems in communities that influence the health and well being of population groups. Research and epidemiological data are used to guide the class discussions and class analysis to facilitate student learning and clinical problem solving. Students will also learn about the science of epidemiology and how to quantitatively analyze trends and patterns of disease within a community.

NURS  506 - Community Health Nursing Practicum (2)

This clinical course is designed to be a synthesis of community-based nursing and community/public health nursing with the goal of promoting and preserving the health of populations. The ability to prevent disease, maintain well being and promote health through organized community effort is derived from the practice of public health strategies. This course also recognizes that community health practice is responsible to the community as client with services provided to individuals, families and groups to promote health and prevent disease. Students will have an opportunity to participate in working with pediatric age clients in the school setting as the main component of their community health experience. Students will apply knowledge and skills from nursing and public health sciences to expand their understanding of care for the community's health.

NURS  599 - Directed Study (1 - 4)

Coursework and units to be determined by the student and the professor, with Dean's approval.

NURS  600 - Foundations of CNL Leadership (2)

Explore the perspectives of leadership and management in nursing with the context of the dynamic nature of health care organizations. Specific emphasis will be on analyzing and viewing nursing leadership and organizational theories as they relate to the healthcare delivery system. Strategies for incorporating change management theories will also be addressed.

NURS  601 - Introductory Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (3)

Emphasizes the presentation of symptoms as they appear across the lifespan and within the major transitions along the age continuum. Particular attention is placed on the anticipation of risk, the mitigation of chronicity and the awareness of the potential for serious sequelae. The presentation of symptoms across populations will be understood to encompass patient experience, and the patient's perception of illness, on the ability to achieve optimal clinical outcomes.

NURS  602 - Principles of Epidemiology (3)

Principles of epidemiology and evidenced-based practice through a variety of health care delivery models with an emphasis on the CNL role within the local and global community. This course will introduce the student to relevant health literature, case study methodology and epidemiological inquiry.

NURS  603 - Assessment Across the Lifespan (3)

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN degree program. This theory course assists the student to apply concepts of health and person using a holistic approach. This course includes the techniques of complete history taking and systematic physical assessment utilized by the Clinical Nurse Leader in the identification of health needs of clients throughout the lifespan. Psychosocial, sociocultural, and developmental staging are integrated throughout the course to reflect age appropriate assessments.

NURS  610 - Health Promotion of Families and Individuals Across the Lifespan (4)

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN degree program. This theory course facilitates learning of the principles of health care management, health promotion, disease prevention, and learning theory with an emphasis on families and individuals across the life span. Students will learn the importance of advocating on behalf of the family as a functional unit and understand the vital responsibility of the nurse as a member of the profession. This course explores the interaction between the clinical nurse leader (CNL) and other team members in the care of the childbearing woman, infant, and family members.

NURS  612 - Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (3)

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN degree program. This course emphasizes the novel and breakthrough scientific gains in healthcare using the most current literature. The student is expected to research the most advanced literature in science, medicine, pharmacy and nursing and integrate achievements across fields to forward patient care. Examples include nanotechnology for the delivery of chemotherapy, non-invasive therapies and surgeries, and medicines that can be individually tailored to meet the unique needs of various ethnic groups (anthropharmacy). Competencies that will be mastered in the course include a) self-regulated learning, b) the management of evidence-based data and, c) the ability to reflect and analyze personal opinion and patient opinion as a way of coordinating personalized care.

NURS  613 - CNL Role: Introduction (1)

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN degree program. This course introduces the role of Clinical Nurse Leader as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Concepts and theories related to role development and role acquisition will be analyzed. This course emphasizes the CNL's role in clinical delegation, maintaining professional standards, and advocating for the clinical needs of patients. The historical context of the development of the CNL role will be discussed.

NURS  614 - Healthcare Systems Leadership (3)

Provides a healthcare orgnizational framework for interdisciplinary leadership and horizontal integration of care for the Clinical Nurse Leaader (CNL) role. Leadership principles and concepts are presented to provide a context for implementation of the CNL role in complex health systems. Concepts related to partnership, communication, collboration, consultation, and coordination of nursing and health care teams are included. Focus is on the development of quality improvement and leadership skills at the clinical microsystem level within the context of improving patient clinical and safety outcomes.

NURS  615 - CNL Roles Course: CNL as Educator (1)

This course presents the student with an opportunity to learn about the roles of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) in patient education. Basic computer skills, instructional design strategies and resources will be explored to improve staff efficiency and patient outcomes.

NURS  617 - Child-Bearing Families Clinical Lab (3)

This clinical practicum will focus on the scientific concepts and principles related to health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and healthcare economics for the individual and/or child-bearing family in hospitals. here is an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention in family-centered care, interdisciplinary collaboration, evidence-based practice and informatics for nurses and other healthcare providers working to promote the health and wellness of the family.

NURS  617 - Childbearing Families Clinical Simulation Lab (0)

NURS  618 - Medical-Surgical Nursing I (3)

This course focuses on the nursing role in disease management and the continuum of care for the individual from early through late adulthood. The student identifies, describes, and analyzes selected nursing interventions and treatments appropriate to adults with acute health problems. Emphasis will be on holistic assessment that builds and incorporates the principles of physiological, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual wellness within changing lifespan stages. The course highlights the professional nurse's role and communication skills needed in managing patient care based on the ability to question, analyze, and reason on behalf of the patient and to choose the appropriate care modality.

NURS  619 - Medical-Surgical Nursing I - Clinical Lab (3)

This clinical application course guides the student in providing comprehensive care for acutely ill adults. A variety of learning experiences will occur within various acute care settings. Emphasis will be placed on the nursing process, a basis for holistic patient assessment, and the delivery of informed nursing care. The importance of patient perception, coping skills, and understanding of health and illness will be integrated to achieve optimal outcomes. Students will learn to effectively delegate and manage nursing resources and serve as both leader and partner on an interdisciplinary healthcare team. A School of Nursing-issued "Clinical Clearance Form", given to the student after completion of specific pre-clinical requirements, is due to the Instructor on the first clinical meeting day.

NURS  619 - Clinical Lab I Simulation: Medical/Surgical (0)

NURS  622 - Health Assessment Through the Lifespan (2)

Assists the student to apply the concept of health assessment using a holistic approach. This course includes the techniques of complete history taking and systematic physical assessment utilized by the Clinical Nurse Leader in the identification of the health needs of clients across the lifespan. Psychosocial, sociocultural, and development staging are integrated throughout the course to reflect age appropriate assessments.

NURS  623 - CNL Role: Team Manager and Leader (1)

The course expands on the clinical leadership aspects of the CNL role, emphasizing the importance of communication, alliance-building, and accurate assessment of the abilities and scope of practice limitations within a health care team. Concepts related to microsystem leadership and coordination of nursing teams will be introduced.

NURS  624 - Fundamentals of Nursing: Learning and Reasoning (2)

Explores the foundation of basic nursing concepts of health and person using a holistic approach. Students will integrate the Clinical Nurse Leader role with the process and rationale for nursing practices in response to health needs of clients across the lifespan.

NURS  628 - CNL Role: Clinical Outcomes Manager (1)

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN degree program. This course expands on the clinical leadership aspects of the Clinical Nurse Leader role, emphasizing the importance of communication, alliance-building and accurate assessment of the abilities and scope of practice limitations within a health care team. Concepts related to microsystem leadership and coordination of nursing teams will be presented.

NURS  629 - Financial Resource Management (CNL) (3)

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN degree program. This course gives an overview of the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader in managing of fiscal resources. Principles of finance and fiscal management will be applied to clinical leadership in healthcare systems. Economic issues that affect patient care delivery will be analyzed. Financial reports and statements will be evaluated to predict organizational capabilities and limitations. The effect of varying budget methods and variance analysis will be discussed. Methods for product evaluation, mass customization of care, and the influence of global trends on clinical systems will be analyzed.

NURS  634 - Nursing Research (3)

This course focuses on research design, methodology, and analysis. It provides a foundation of nursing research principles, concepts, and application, for clinical nurse leader students. The expansion of skills in literature review, critique, and synthesis, application of research findings to resolve clinical problems, and introductory research proposal writing will be emphasized.

NURS  635 - Medical-Surgical Nursing II (3)

This course emphasizes the need for professional nursing intervention in the optimal functioning and management of disease of the individual. The course builds on previous knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology and the management of acute illness across adulthood. Emphasis will be placed on the principles of physiological, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual diversity across the lifespan as they affect the perception, management and coping skills of patients and families faced with chronicity and disease sequelae. The CNL role will be seen as integral to the case management and supervision of adults and families as they cope with the physical and psychological demands of chronic illness.

NURS  636 - Medical-Surgical Nursing II - Clinical Lab (3)

This clinical application course guides the student in providing comprehensive care for chronicaally ill adults. The student will engage in a variety of learning experiences within chronic-care setting. Emphasis will be placed on the nursing process as a basis for holistic patient assessment as it relates to the impact of chronicity snd sequaelae of illness. Goal-directed care will be underscored with respect to achieving an optimal level of functioning throughout the course of illness, including the end of life. A School of Nursing-issued "Clinical Clearance Form", given to the student after completion of specific pre-clinical requirements, is due to the Instructor on the first clinical meeting day.

NURS  636 - Medical Surgical Clinical Simulation Lab (0)

NURS  637 - Pediatric Nursing (2)

This course emphasizes the need for professional nursing intervention in the optimal child development and management of disease. The course builds on previous knowledge of pharmacology, and pathophysiology. Emphasis will be placed on the principles of physiological, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual diversity from birth through adolescence as they affect the perception, management and coping skills of children and families. The CNL role will be seen as integral to the case management and supervision of children and families as they cope with the physical and psychological demands of illness.

NURS  638 - Pediatric Nursing - Clinical Lab (2)

This clinical application course guides the student in providing comprehensive care for ill children. The student will engage in a variety of learning experiences within the hospital and the simulation setting. Emphasis will be placed on the nursing process as a basis for holistic patient assessment as it relates to the delivery of inofrmed nursing care. Goal-directed care will be underscored with respect to achieving an optimal level of functioniung throughout the course of illness, including the end of life. A School of Nursing-issued "Clinical Clearance Form", given to the student after completion of specific pre-clinical requirements, is due to the Instructor on the first clinical meeting day.

NURS  638 - Clinical Simulation Lab III: Pediatrics (0)

Simulation lab to be taken in conjunction with NURS638 Clinical Lab III: Pediatrics.

NURS  639 - Nursing Inquiry (4)

Explores research design, methodology and data analysis. It provides the student with a foundation in inferential statistics as it applies to nursing research principles and concepts. Students will develop and refine research critique skills, and with these skills be able to apply appropriate research findings to clinical practice.

NURS  640 - Healthcare Informatics (2)

This course presents the graduate student with an opportunity to learn about the roles of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) in healthcare informatics. Computer application concepts used in practice, education, administration and research in relation to effective and quality care will be highlighted. A concentration of the meaningful use of information systems and computer competencies/literacy for the Registered Nurse will be emphasized.

NURS  642 - Epidemiology and Population Statistics (4)

This course focuses on the principles of epidemiology and evidenced-based practice through a variety of health care delivery models with an emphasis on the CNL role within the local and global community. Students will be introduced to common bio-statistical measures used in analyze select populations. This course will introduce the student to relevant health literature, case study methodology and epidemiological inquiry.

NURS  644 - Clinical Leadership in Mental Health and Community-Based Practice (3)

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN degree program. This theory course focuses on the clinical leadership skills and knowledge required to provide health care delivery to vulnerable populations. Emphasis will be made on the creation of micro systems needed to manage the health care of individuals, groups, and population aggregates within community settings to improve health outcomes, and to lessen health disparities. Students will analyze primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention nursing interventions that are appropriate for clients across the lifespan. Recognition will be made with respect to the way in which clients can differ in their ability to perceive, cope and understand the meaning of their symptoms that can affect outcome. The Client/family/aggregate will be examined in terms of their need for health promotion, treatment or maintenance of physiological problems, and/or acute and chronic mental illness. Research and epidemiological data will be employed to formulate outcome based practice and quality improvement strategies.

NURS  645 - CNL Role: Integration and Evaluation of the Clinical Leadership Role (1)

Introduces the CNL student to nursing leadership and clinical reasoning necessary for practice in the clinical setting.

NURS  646 - Clinical Lab IV: Community and Mental Health (4)

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN degree program. This community based practical application course focuses on clinical leadership skills and knowledge required to care for clients experiencing complex physiological and psychological problems. Nursing interventions and clinical leadership in the care of vulnerable populations are emphasized. Care customization, community partnerships, and accountability for outcomes, client advocacy, and community health risk assessments are some of the skills required for successful completion of this course. The use of evidence based practice and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams are two of the methods used to strengthen decision making skills while working with in community mental health. A School of Nursing-issued "Health Clearance" form, given to the students after fulfilling specific pre-clinical requirements, should be submitted to the instructor at the first clinical meeting of the semester.

NURS  648 - Healthcare Policy and Ethics (3)

Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN degree program. This course focuses on the values, codes and principles that govern the practice of the Clinical Nurse Leader. Emphasis will be placed on the skills and knowledge and the obligations of the CNL role in health care planning and policy. Students will identify the ethical dimensions and dilemmas that impact the current health care milieu, the practice of nursing, and the delivery of health care. Concepts related to access to healthcare, quality of life, the need for cost containment, national health care policy and the rights of clients will be discussed.

NURS  651 - CNL Role: Synthesis (2)

Presents a framework for interdisciplinary leadership and lateral integration of care. Through the clinical immersion experience, the student will integrate leadership and clinical management concepts to provide a context for implementation of the CNL role in complex, adaptive healthcare systems.

NURS  651 - CNL Role: Synthesis (with Korea Immersion trip) (1)

Prerequisite: NURS656. Presents a framework for interdisciplinary leadership and lateral integration of care. Through the clinical immersion experience, the student will integrate leadership and clinical management concepts to provide a context for implementation of the CNL role in complex, adaptive healthcare systems.

NURS  652 - Applied Assessment and Fundamental Skills Laboratory (3)

This course assists the student to apply concepts of health assessment and fundamental clinical skills using a patient-centered holistic approach. Practice includes the applied techniques of communication, systematic physical assessment, and fundamental nursing skills utilized by the Clinical Nurse Leader through the nursing process, and across the lifespan.

NURS  653 - Internship: Clinical Nurse Leader (2)

This clinical application course offers an extended clinical experience mentored by an experienced clinical nurse leader. This integration experience reflects the current health care delivery system and provides the student with the opportunity to practice in a chosen health care environment(s). The focus is on taking primary responsibility for the design, coordination, and management of health care appropriate to the client/patient population. Communication, collaboration, negotiation, delegation, coordination, and evaluation of interdisciplinary work skills will be integrated within the practice setting. The students design, implement, and evaluate a CNL project which reflects the skills essential to the applcation, design, and evaluation of an outcome-based praqctice model. A School of Nursing-issued "Clinical Clearance Form", given to the student after completion of specific pre-clinical requirements, is due to the Instructor on the first clinical meeting day.

NURS  656 - CNL Role: Comparative Healthcare Immersion (1)

This course presents a framework for interdisiplinary leadership and lateral integration of care. Through the clinical immersion exprience in a foreign country, the students will integrate leadership and clinical management concepts to provide a context for implementation of the CNL role in complex, adaptive healthcare systems.

NURS  657 - Preparation for Internatrional Healthcare Delivery (1)

This elective course provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge, skills and evidence-based standards of care to facilitate the promotion and restoration of health in adult clients in hospitals and rehabilitation settings in a foreign country. Students will participate in an immersion in a foreign country where the culture, language and healthcare system is different from their own. Students will experience the challenges of communicating in a foreign language and observe delivery of nursing care in a hospital and rehabilitation setting that is respectful and culturally sensitive to all clients incolved.

NURS  658 - Global Issues and Community Health (2)

This elective course provides the opportunity to explore the impact of national and international policy decisions on the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Additionally, the course provides the opportunity to explore the role of cultural beliefs and values in health-seeking behaviors. Students will participate in an immersion learning program in which they will live and work in a culture different from their own. The associations among international conflict and corporate activities, poverty and lack of resources in communities, and health status of community members will be central to the learning experience.

NURS  659 - Global Issues and Community Health Lab (1)

This elective clinical course provides the opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding of the impact of national and international policy decisions on the health and well-being of individuals and communities in “low resource settings.” Students will participate in an immersion learning program in which they will live and work in a culture different from their own.

NURS  696 - RN Transition Program (0)

NURS  697 - Peri-Operative Training Program I (1)

The Peri-Operative Training Program prepares nurses for employment in the Operating Room. It is a blended program and contains both on-line and class-time education, as well as clinical practice in the OR with a preceptor. Following successful completion of this six month program, participants will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible for employment as a peri-operative nurse. Course #1 of three courses.

NURS  697 - Peri-Operative Training Program II (1)

The Peri-Operative Training Program II prepares nurses for employment in the Operating Room. It is a blended program and contains both on-line and class-time education, as well as clinical practice in the OR with a preceptor. Following completion of this 6 month program, participants will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible for employment as a peri-operative nurse. Course #2 of three courses.

NURS  697 - Peri-Operative Training Program III (1)

The Peri-Operative Training Program prepares nurses for employment in the Operating Room. It is a blended program and contains both on-line and class-time education as well as clinical practice in the OR with a preceptor. Following successful completion of this six-month program, participants will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible for employment as a peri-operative nurse. Course #3 of a three-part course.

NURS  699 - Graduate Directed Study (1 - 8)

Coursework and units to be determined by the student and the professor, with the Dean's approval.

NURS  701 - Applied Data Analysis (3)

This course introduces the DNP student to the process of qualitative and quantitative data analysis, including the procedures which are appropriate for handling these data in given situations. Students will also acquire the knowledge and skills to evaluate the use of data analysis techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the essential relationship between data analysis and the research process. A strong foundation of data and research analysis skills provides the DNP student with the tools to interpret and apply research findings to clinical practice for improved patient care. This information will be used to plan and evaluate care for individuals and families, and to effect and evaluate organizational changes.

NURS  702 - Epidemiology (3)

This course provides the opportunity to explore the causes of health and disease through systematic and rigorous identification of patterns in populations, formulating casual hypotheses and testing those hypotheses by making group comparisons. Epidemiology is the basic science of public health, and as such, provides the scientific underpinnings for understanding disease patterns so that effective interventions can be proposed, implemented and evaluated.

NURS  704 - Healthcare Informatics (3)

Participants in this course will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to use information systems and instructional technology to support and improve patient care and direct effective student, patient and staff education in the healthcare system and/or academic setting.

NURS  705 - Scholarly Communication (3)

Exploration of scholarly writing and oral communication will assist the doctoral student in mastering methods of clear and persuasive argument. Emphasis will be placed on clear and articulate presentation of ideas to an audience of healthcare professionals and funding agencies.

NURS  706 - Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3)

Theory course that provides an overview of advanced concepts related to normal body functioning. The course also focuses on physiologic phenomena related to human responses to health and illness.

NURS  707 - Applied Drug Therapy (3)

Course focuses on the clinical application of pharmacology needed in the provision of advanced practice nursing. The emphasis is on drugs commonly used in the family practice of ambulatory primary health care for the treatment of chronic diseases and minor acute illnesses, and on the integration of drug therapy as one component of therapeutic management plans. Patient teaching and methods to increase adherence to medication regimens are also included. The application of the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics to clinical use of drugs will be explored, including therapeutic dosage patterns, side effects, drug interactions, contraindications, and the use of drugs in special populations such as children, the elderly and the pregnant patient. Entering students are assumed to have had previous baccalaureate instruction in pathophysiology and pharmacology.

NURS  708 - Specialized Drug Therapy (3)

Specialty focus varies. May be repeated in different semesters. Clinical use of drugs commonly used within a specialty domain including principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, therapeutic dosage patterns, side effects, drug interactions, and contraindications.

NURS  709 - Specialized Pathophysiology (3)

Specialty focus varies. May be repeated in different semesters. Theory course focusing on pathophysiology of specialized categories of human diseases and medical conditions.

NURS  710 - Scholarly Inquiry and Communication (4)

Nurse executives are stewards of the healthcare system in which they operate. Among the responsibilities of this role is to inform meaningful change in nursing practice. In 2001, the WHO (www.who.int) compiled a report specific to health stewardship. The American Origanization of Nurse Executives has established Guideline Principles that govern specific areas of leadership performance. This course will utilize both platforms to provide a scholarly approach to persuasive writing and speaking and a deep conceptual understanding of the way in which data are analyzed and reported. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the ELDNP Program. Corequisite: NURS712.

NURS  711 - Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare (3)

Course focuses on principles of evidence-based practice and policy, practice guidelines, and information utilization for practice modeling. This information pertains to practice assessment, intervention and evaluation of outcomes. The course expands on basic preparation in evidence-based practice, providing advanced skills needed to implement and evaluate information available from research findings and professional consensus statements.

NURS  712 - Population Focused System Improvement and Design (4)

This course focuses on using evidence found in current research combined with the principles of epidemiology to design, plan, and manage healthcare for populations. Emphasized are critical analysis and synthesis of practice assessment, intervention, and evaluation of outcomes. Participants will develop and support data-driven decisions to design delivery systems.

NURS  715 - Theory for Healthcare (3)

Course provides the student with an opportunity to learn about the purpose, terminology and process of theory developments well as the relationship between theory, research and practice. The emphasis is on the description, application and critique of nursing theories and other theories useful to healthcare.

NURS  718 - Community Health Partnerships in Health Care Delivery (0)

This elective course affords the opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding of the impact of socioeconomic and political influences on the health and well-being of individuals and communities in a "low-resource setting." Students will participate in a learning program in which they will live and work in the culturally diverse setting, experiencing the challenges to population-focused healthcare in the area. Students will also participate in community-based partnerships to meet the health disparities of the population, and they will have the opportunity to participate in interventions that help to address these disparities.

NURS  720 - Quality and Safety Improvement with Information Technology (4)

This course provides students with a theoretical and methodological foundation for understanding and applying information technology to achieve patient safety and quality improvement goals. Safety applications in selected high-risk industries will be reviewed and applied to nursing and the healthcare industry. The application of information technology in problem solving and decision making to guide nursing practice and improve patient outcomes will be analyzed.

NURS  721 - Legal and Risk Management in Administrative Practice (4)

This course examines the increased importance of legal issues in healthcare administration and the attendant risks that these present to nurse executives. The course will examine legal principles related to nursing practice, human resource management, forensics and corporate responsibility for contracts. The requisite elements of healthcare risk management: identification, analysis, treatment and evaluation to prevent unexpected financial losses from casualty, worker's compensation, and professional liability will be evaluated for applicability in current healthcare systems.

NURS  730 - Advanced Assessment Skills Practicum (2 - 3)

Clinical practicum course that includes the application of the techniques of complete history taking and advanced systematic physical assessment utilized by the advanced practice nurse in the identification of the health needs of clients. Psycho-social, socio-cultural and developmental assessment skills will be integrated throughout the assessment process. Ninety practicum hours are required. Clinical hours are in appropriate clinical settings with faculty-approved preceptors.

NURS  731 - Advanced Assessment Skills (3)

Theory course that includes the techniques of complete history taking and advanced systematic physical assessment utilized by the advanced practice nurse in the identification of the health needs of clients. Psychosocial, sociocultural and developmental staging are integrated throughout the course to reflect age-appropriate assessment.

NURS  733 - Evidence-Based Executive Leadership (1)

Provides skills for health system leaders to translate evidence into policy, practice guidelines, and other related foci for improvement of patient care. Students will engage in critical analysis of research findings to develop and support data-driven decisions.

NURS  740 - Primary Care I: Practicum (3)

Practicum course designed to provide the student with the knowledge and clinical practice relevant to the roles of advanced practice nurses providing primary health care across the lifespan. Concurrent clinical practicum with NURS 741 will provide students with an opportunity to implement course content in diverse practice settings that emphasize the principles of prevention and health promotion.

NURS  741 - Primary Care I (3)

Corequisite: NURS - 740. Combination seminar-practicum course designed to provide the student with the knowledge and clinical practice relevant to the roles of advanced practice nurses providing primary health care across the lifespan. This course emphasizes health promotion, risk assessment and disease prevention in adults. Students will have the opportunity to examine models of health and wellness, principles of self care, clinical strategies for prevention and early detection of disease, risk appraisal and behavioral modification strategies and the assessment of the impact of cultural, socioeconomic, developmental, environmental and occupational factors in the process of risk apprasial and choosing appropriate health promotion interventions. Critical analyses of health promotion/disease prevention strategies will be accomplished through application of research data and various theoretical frameworks.

NURS  742 - Strategic Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepeneurship (4)

This course provides students with advanced systems knowledge and skills to achieve significant change in healthcare organizations. Leadership in innovation and entrepeneurial strategies will be related to services and products. The focus is on the development, implementation, and evaluation of new ventures. Strategies for dealing effectively with complexity, uncertainty, and risk are explored.

NURS  747 - APRN Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Across the Lifespan (2)

This course examines major theories of mental illness and their implications for understanding the etiology and treatment of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Neurobiological and psychosocial models will be analyzed and applied to the assessment and management of behavioral health disorders. The child, adult and older adult will be examined in terms of their need for health promotion, treatment or maintenance of physiological disorders and/or acute and chronic mental disorders. Research and epidemiological data will be employed to formulate outcome-based practice. Evidence based research finding will be used to formulate outcome-based practice.

NURS  748 - Family PMHNP Clinical Practicum I (Focus on Adult Population) (3)

This practicum course provides students with supervised clinical practice relevant to the role of a Family PMHNP, providing integrated health care to adults with psychiatric/mental health conditions. In this course, the students will utilize principles of prevention, health promotion and symptom management to holistically assess, diagnose, treat and manage acute and chronic behavioral health conditions based on research and epidemiological data for outcome-based practice.

NURS  749 - Qualifying Project (1)

The qualifying project is a faculty-guided scholarly experience that provides a demonstration of doctoral-level professional practice through the development and submission of a scholarly manuscript and grant proposal.

NURS  750 - Primary Care II: Practicum (3)

Practicum course designed to provide the student with opportunities to explore and apply advanced nursing roles in primary health care of the adult and older adult regarding clinical presentations, including symptoms and human resources, underlying causes of common health problems and appropriate diagnosis, treatment and evidence-based outcomes. A School of Nursing-issued "Clinical Clearance Form", given to the student after completion of specific pre-clinical requirements, is due to the Instructor on the first clinical meeting day.

NURS  751 - Primary Care II (3)

Corequisite: NURS-750. Course designed to provide the student with opportunities to explore and apply advanced nursing roles in primary health care of clients across the lifespan. The course integrates student's knowledge of assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management with autonomous and collaborative nursing interventions. Through the exploration of clinical presentations, including symptoms and human responses, underlying causes of common health problems in the adult and geriatric population will be analyzed and appropriate diagnosis, treatment and outcomes will be discussed. Students will examine the environmental and social-economic factors that influence acute health problems and human responses. The course will incorporate content about information access and management and health policy as it relates to acute health problems. The course builds on the previous semester to further develop the multi-faceted role of the advanced practice nurse through application of theoretical content in diverse practice settings.

NURS  754 - Policy and Ethical Implications for Healthcare Outcomes (3)

This course focuses on the development of the nurse's role in healthcare planning and policy and responsibility for patient outcomes. Content includes the critical anlysis of bioethical issues in the delivery of healthcare services. The concepts of access, quality, ethics, and cost containment will be overarching themes in the course discussions.

NURS  755 - Leadership in Complex Adaptive Systems (3)

This course provides the doctoral student with an opportunity to engage in a study of current and cutting edge leadership theories and apply them directly to the practice of professional nursing at the advanced practice level. Historical, present-day, and future perspectives of leadership in nursing within the context of the dynamic nature of healthcare organizations will be explored. Specific emphasis will be on incorporating and viewing nursing leadership and organizations using the complexity science paradigm. Strategies for incorporating change management theories will also be addressed therough the perspective of emerging roles of the nurse as cliinical nurse leader and practitioner, advocate, manager of resources , and member of the interdisciplinary team. Finally, through the practice of Ignatian Pedagogy and reflective praxis, the student will engage in self assessment and self evaluation of their own leadership styles and values, ultimately creating a vision statement for their own personal development and strategic acquisition of leadership skills and knowledge for their advanced practice as a DNP.

NURS  756 - Nursing Leadership within Current and Future Healthcare Delivery Systems (3)

This course provides students with advanced systems knowledge and skills to achieve an understanding of leadership theories and apply these directly to the practice of professional nursing at any level within a healthcare delivery model. Historical, present-day, and future perspectives of healthcare leadership within a changing healthcare environment will be explored. Strategies for incorporating change management theories will be addressed through the perspective of the emerging roles of nurse leaders within an era of healthcare reform. The students' personal leadership strategy will demonstrate the needed knowledge and skills for effective healthcare leadership at the doctoral level.

NURS  758 - Family PMHNP Clinical Practicum II (Focus on Child and Adolescent Population) (3)

The practicum provides students with supervised clinical practice providing integrated health care to children and adolescents with psychiatric/mental health conditions within the context of the family. Principles of prevention and health promotion to assess, diagnose, treat and manage acute and chronic behavioral health conditions based on research and epidemiological data will be applied for an outcome-based practice.

NURS  760 - Psychopharmacology (3)

This theory course will primarily focus on the effective clinical judgement in the psychopharmacological management of patients with mental illnesses across the lifespan. It will address the major categories of psychotherapeutic drugs, their drug interactions and the effects on the individual with psychiatric illness across the lifespan. Emphasis is on the advanced practice clinician's role in the assessment, prescribing, and the administration schedules titration strategies of psychiatric medication. Assessment and management of potential medication adverse experiences, medication education and the side effect management for patients and their families is also a major focus.

NURS  762 - Financial Resource Management Basics (1)

This course reviews common financial acronyms, reports and statements. Students will acquire financial skills and receive a broad overview of the principles of healthcare finance and fiscal management.

NURS  763 - Management of Financial Resources (3)

Course gives an overview of the principles of finance and fiscal management as applied to decision-making in clinical systems. Economic issues which affect health care systems and patient care delivery will be analyzed. Financial reports and statements will be used to analyze the profitability and fiscal stability of organizations. Students will participate in all aspects of the budgeting process. Forecasting techniques and research will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of financial management strategies. The influence of global trends on the health care delivery system will be discussed.

NURS  764 - Advanced Management of Financial Resources (3)

This course provides the DNP student with tools to critically analyze the principles of finance and fiscal management in healthcare systems. Economic issues that affect healthcare systems and patient care delivery will be analyzed. Financial reports and statements will be used to analyze the profitability and fiscal stability of organizations. Students will participate in all aspects of the budgeting process. Forecasting techniques and research will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of financial management strategies. The influence of global trends on the healthcare delivery system will be discussed.

NURS  764 - Advanced Financial Management (4)

This course provides students with the advanced financial principles in healthcare. The course focuses on the synthesis of theoretical and practical principles of financial and investment decisions within healthcare organizations. Critical analysis of the principles of finance and fiscal management will be used to manage revenue streams, payer sources, and regulatory topics such as entitlement programs and prospective payment systems. Forecasting techniques will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of financial management strategies. The influence of globaal trends on the healthcare delivery system will be discussed.

NURS  765 - Project and Practice Management (3)

Doctoral seminar in which students will learn the basic principles of planning, scheduling and controlling activities related to practice in health care organizations. The conceptual underpinnings to apply knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to develop and manage a project to successful completion will be emphasized.

NURS  770 - Primary Care III: Practicum (3)

Practicum course in treatment of patients with complex problems including, diagnosis and management of common co-morbid conditions and ongoing manage based on current evidence-based standards.

NURS  771 - Primary Care III (3)

Corequisite: NURS-770. Course designed to provide the student with opportunities to manage patients with complex problems in primary care. The course integrates student's knowledge of assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management with autonomous and collaborative nursing interventions. Through exploration of clinical presentations, including symptoms and human responses, underlying causes of complex health problems will be analyzed and appropriate diagnosis, treatment and outcomes will be discussed. Students will examine the environmental and social-economic factors that influence acute health problems and human responses. The course will incorporate content about information access and management and health policy as it relates to acute health problems. The course builds on the previous semester to further develop the multi-faceted role of the advanced practice nurse through application of theoretical content in diverse practice settings.

NURS  772 - Learning and Mentoring in Clinical Environments (3)

Apply theories of cognitive psychology and learning to the unique expectations of the clinical environment. Builds on Cognitive Psychology and Foundations coursework and provides educators with tools to maximize student success in the clinical area. Emphasizes the special responsibilities of the health care educator as guide, coach and clinical expert.

NURS  777 - Harm Reduction / Medical Issues / Health Disparities in Mental Health (3)

This theory course examines the harm reduction model of care and how it relates to high risk behaviors in underserved populations. Medical co-morbidities common to dually-diagnosed patients will be discussed, and evidence-based practice will be utilized to determine appropriate advanced clinician roles.

NURS  778 - Family PMHNP Clinic Pract III (Focus on Patients w/ Psychiatric Disorders and Medical Co-Morbidities) (3)

This practicum provides students with supervised clinical practice relevant to the role of a Family PMHNP providing integrated health care to those with psychiatric / behavioral disorders and medical co-morbidities. Principles of prevention, health promotion and symptom management will be used to assess, diagnose, treat and manage each patient's acute and chronic medical and psychiatric disorders.

NURS  780 - Primary Care IV: Practicum (3)

Practicum course in treatment of women and children in primary care including, diagnosis and management of common conditions and ongoing management based on current evidence-based standards.

NURS  781 - Primary Care IV (3)

Course focuses on the principles of family practice. Women's health and primary care of children will be emphasized. The class refines the student's ability to synthesize the knowledge base obtained in the prior course, while further developing assessment principles, diagnostic reasoning and critical thinking skills. Application of the health behaviour, treatment modalities, diagnostics, and the health promotion and maintenance with the score of Advanced Practice Nurse in the women's health and pediatrics population will be highlighted.

NURS  783 - Organizational Theory and Research (3)

Course serves as an introduction to the theoretical foundation of clinical systems managment. Students will explore organizational theory, management theory, leadership theory, and the field of nursing administration theory to explain individual and group behaviour in organizations. Classica and current research articles will provide evidence of support, or lack of it, for the pre-existing theories.

NURS  784 - Management of the Internal Environment (3)

This course focuses on developing the ability to align human resource capacity and human resource practices and processes with the strategic goals of a health care organization, with a focus on managing both internal and external environments. Students will have an opportunity to link workforce planning and employment decisions to legal, regulatory, technological, and structural processes of clinical systems. The impact of managing performance, recruitment and retention will be dicussed and the relationships with market, social, governmental, and global dynamics.

NURS  786 - Management of the External Environment (3)

Course emphasizes the management of extenal forces that affect patient care delivery in various settings and throughout the healthcare delivery system. The historical context and ethical dimensions of healthcare delivery will be discussed. Students will have an opportunity to link conceptual elements of managerical practice to strategic, legal, regulatory, technological and structural processes of clinical systems. The effect of the external environment on the management of quality, service utilization and case management of populations will be discussed.

NURS  787 - Management and Care of Special Populations (3)

This course focuses on assessment, disagnosis and management of common psychiatric conditions across various populations including for example children / adolescents, older adults, women, LGBT individuals, and racial minorities. The role of the advanced practice clinician in inter-professional practice with patients across the lifespan is addressed.

NURS  788 - Family PMHNP Clinical Practicum IV (Focus on Special Populations) (3)

This practicum course provides students with supervised clinical practice relevent to the role of a Family PMHNP providing integrated health care to special populations. Principles of prevention, health promotion and symptom management , research and epidemiological data are used to assess, treat and manage each patient's acute and chronic medical and psychiatric disprders for outcome-based practice

NURS  789 - DNP Project (1)

Evidence-based practice project addressing a clinically relevant problem including review of literature, translation of findings to the practice setting, collabrative interdisciplinary project design, implementation, and the evaluation of impact on patient outcomes and the care environment. The project is a faculty-guided scholarly experience that provides evidence of critical thinking and ability to apply research principals through problem identification, proposal development, implementation, and evaluation.

NURS  790 - Practicum I: Micro-System (1 - 5)

Clinical practice course which provides for the role development of the clinical systems manager under the supervision of a preceptor. Students will select a setting (i.e., hospital, long term, community health agency) where principles of management of clinical systems can be evaluated. Studens will determine individual goals and learrning objectives consistent with a learning contract negotiated with a preceptor and approved by faculty. A School of Nursing-issued "Clinical Clearance Form", given to the student after completion of specific pre-clinical requirements, is due to the instructor on the first clinical meeting day.

NURS  791 - Practicum II Focus: MicroSystem (1 - 5)

Clinical practice course in which the student implements the role of the clinical systems leader under the supervision of a preceptor. Students will select a setting (hospital, long term or community health agency) where concepts, theories, and principles of administration and management can be applied. Students will determine individual goals and learning objectives consistent with a learning contract negotiated with a preceptor and approved by faculty. Clinical placement will be based on student's clinical interest and the availability of preceptors. A School of Nursing-issued "Clinical Clearance Form", given to the student after completion of specific pre-clinical requirements, is due to the instructor on the first clinical meeting day.

NURS  792 - Practicum III: Meso-System (1 - 5)

Clinial practice course in which the student evaluates the role of the clinical systems leader. Students will develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based practice designed to positively impact patient care outcomes. Students will determine individual goals and learning objectives consistent with a learning contract negotiated with a preceptor and approved by faculty. Clinical placement will be based on student's clinical interest and the availability of preceptors.

NURS  793 - Practicum IV: Macro-System (1 - 5)

Clinica practice focused on synthesis of the advanced practice role based on an evidence-based practice approach to healthcare systems. Students will determine individual goals and learning objectives consistent with a learning contract negotiated with a preceptor and approved by faculty. Clinical placement will be based on student's clinical interest and the availability of preceptors. A School or Nursing-issued "Clinical Clearance Form", given to the student after completion of specific pre-clinical requirements, is due to the instructor on the first clinical meeting day.

NURS  794 - Practicum V: Synthesis Integrated and Complex Organizations (1 - 5)

Clinical practice focused on synthesis of the healthcare systems leader in an advanced practice role based on an evidence-based practice approach designed to bring high level change in a clinical system. Students will determine individual goals and learning objectives consistent with a learning contraact negotiated with a preceptor and approved by faculty.

NURS  795 - DNP Residency (3 - 5)

Individualized residency experience designed as a culminating experience for the advanced practice nurse. Focus is on operationalizing the role of the advance practice nurse and integrating evidence-based practice as relevant to patient outcomes across the practice domains.

NURS  799 - Directed Study (1 - 8)

Coursework and units to be determined by the student and the professor, with the Dean's approval.