Graduate Program Course Descriptions

N501 Professional Role Development and Scholarly Writing: 3 Credit Hours
The Professional Role Development and Scholarly Writing course examines professional aspects of advanced nursing practice. Students explore complex client systems and the influence of social, cultural, political, and economic forces, including ethical dimensions and legal parameters that impact advanced nursing practice. Students analyze leadership, management, and teaching role issues of complex client systems. The students explore the context of professional practice, the evolution of nursing as a profession, and the changes impacting contemporary nursing. Students incorporate higher levels of evidence into scholarly writing. Students expand their professional identities through a deeper understanding of their roles in advanced nursing practice. 

N505 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing Practice: 3 Credit Hours
The Theoretical Foundations in Nursing covers the philosophical basis of science and knowledge with the structure, development, and application of theory in advanced nursing practice. Students apply theoretical frameworks and concepts that address the biopsychosocial and spiritual aspects of the human condition. Students use theory to develop strategies to enhance daily practice. 

N515 Policy, Organization, Finance, and Healthcare Systems: 3 Credit Hours
The purpose of the Policy, Organization, Finance, and Healthcare Systems course is to understand how health policy impacts the delivery of healthcare and how principles of healthcare economics affect the management of financial resources. Students examine intricacies of the health policy process, including quality improvement, legal and ethical implications, and finance and budgeting in healthcare environments.

N525 Health Promotion, Health Protection, and Disease Prevention: 3 Credit Hours
The Health Promotion, Health Protection, and Disease Prevention course prepares students to use theory, subjective and objective health-related data, and evidence-based research to plan and implement health promotion strategies for the adult and older adult. Students explore their own personal philosophy of health and health promotion. Students consider the impact of culture and local, national, and global trends affecting human health.

N527 Special Topics in Nursing: 1-12 Credit Hours
The course consists of reading assignments in special fields, library reading, and conferences. In conjunction with their academic advisors, students will identify the objectives and provide a description of the planned activities for the course. Advisor approval required. Prerequisite: Current graduate student status. (Note: Student may take additional sections of this course as needed.)

N529 Pharmacology for Nurse Educators I: 3 Credit Hours
This course examines the pharmacotherapeutic principles of the most commonly prescribed drugs across healthcare settings. Basic pharmacological concepts related to the principal classifications of drugs in clinical use today will be discussed. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the nurse educator’s role in teaching safe and effective medication administration. Students will learn to apply pharmacological theory to clinical situations and patient education through interactive and experiential activities.

N545 Advanced Healthcare Research: 3 Credit Hours
In the Advanced Healthcare Research course, students explore the relationship between research, theory, and practice. Students examine the qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Students synthesize research findings to develop a research project.

N565 Advanced Pathophysiology and Disease States: 3 Credit Hours
In the Advanced Pathophysiology and Disease States course, students analyze the relationship between normal physiologic and pathological phenomena produced by altered disease states. Students apply evidence-based findings regarding pathological changes in selected disease states. The analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of pathophysiological processes related to the disease state and alterations in homeostasis of the critically ill adult are examined. 

N575 Advanced Pharmacology: 3 Credit Hours
In the Advanced Pharmacology course, general and advanced principles of pharmacology, including selected pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, are addressed. Students investigate alternative and complementary therapeutics. Students apply knowledge of pharmaceutical principles to select the most appropriate medication using evidence-based medicine.

N580 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I Diagnostics and Intervention: 4 Credit Hours
This course provides didactic content to prepare the AG-ACNP to provide primary and/or acute care to adults, including older persons experiencing health problems in one or more body systems. Nurse practitioner students focus on health for all populations. The didactic content addresses comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, including the appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and follow-up care for patients with both acute and chronic conditions. Professional, ethical, and legal issues are threaded throughout the course. 

N582 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I Diagnostics and Intervention Practicum (.75 Scheduled Simulations and 1.25 Clinical Practicum = 125 Clinical Hours): 2 Credit Hours
The focus of this course is enhanced clinical competency with an emphasis on evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical healthcare settings. The integration of theory, assessment, and advanced treatment modalities in high acuity patient clinical settings is covered. Students will be expected to successfully complete comprehensive clinical assessments, including appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic testing. Clinical preceptors will provide supervision to the students as they manage the acute health problems of selected clients. Clinical placements will be made in one of a variety of acute/critical care areas, including but not limited to, CCU, MICU, SICU, ED, and specialty services such as transplant and oncology. 

N595 Advanced Health Assessment and Physical Diagnosis: 3 Credit Hours
The advanced health assessment and physical diagnosis course prepares students to perform a systematic, comprehensive health assessment. Students acquire the fundamentals of the differential diagnosis process and use evidence-based information to guide the diagnostic process. Students use scientific, cultural, and ethical principles and therapeutic communication while conducting advanced health assessments and reflecting on their professional performance.

N596 Advanced Health Assessment and Physical Diagnosis Practicum (.25 Skills Lab and .75 Clinical Practicum): 1 Credit Hour
This course provides graduate students with an opportunity to practice advanced health assessment techniques and arrive at a physical diagnoses in clinical settings. Students will engage in 100 clock hours of clinical practice in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on distinguishing abnormal from normal findings and generating a list of medical diagnoses pertinent to a patient based on collected data. Opportunities to document health assessment findings on electronic health records are provided.

N680 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II Diagnostics and Intervention: 4 Credit Hours
This course continues to scaffold on the first of three didactic content courses designed to prepare the AG-ACNP to provide primary and/or acute care to adults, including older persons experiencing health problems in one or more body systems. Nurse practitioner students focus on health for all populations. The didactic content addresses comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, including the appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and follow-up care for patients with both acute and chronic conditions. Professional, ethical, and legal issues are threaded throughout the course. 

N681 Educational Theories and Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Education: 3 Credit Hours 
This course examines major concepts and theories related to teaching/learning in nursing education and practice, including behaviorist, cognitive, and humanistic psychology theories: Andragogy and pedagogy models; educators. 

N682 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II Diagnostics and Intervention Practicum (200 Clinical Hours): 2 Credit Hours
The course is designed to scaffold content in the first of three offerings to enhance clinical competency with an emphasis on evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical healthcare settings. The integration of theory, assessment, and advanced treatment modalities in high acuity patient clinical settings is covered. Students will be expected to successfully complete comprehensive clinical assessments, including appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic testing. Clinical preceptors will provide supervision to the students as they manage the acute health problems of selected clients. Clinical placements will be made in one of a variety of acute/critical care areas, including but not limited to, CCU, MICU, SICU, ED, and specialty services such as transplant and oncology. 

N685 Instructional Strategies: 3 Credit Hours
This course explores strategies for teaching students in a classroom, online, simulation, clinical, and community settings. Theoretical frameworks for teaching-learning, assessing and accommodating learning styles, and preferences and readiness to learn will be applied. Students will use their clinical specialty area as context for course assignments.

N693 Applied Statistics for Advance Nursing Practice: 2 Credit Hours
This course will provide students with a graduate level understanding of concepts in statistics used in research. The objective of this course is to equip students with the basic knowledge of statistical methods for designing studies and analyzing data from research studies. This course will provide students a foundation for evaluating outcomes of research as well as prepare them to be more critical consumers of the research literature. Students will assess published research for the appropriate use of statistical analyzes and determine whether or not to incorporate findings into advanced nursing practice.

N698 Teaching Practicum and Role Development for the Nurse Educator I: 1 Credit Hour
The student will have the opportunity to apply theories and principles that support a variety of evidence-based teaching strategies. Personal and professional teacher attributes that demonstrate positive role-modeling are presented. Major topics include a toolbox of instructional strategies, effective communication, reflective thinking, student interaction, and student engagement. The goal of nurse educators is to develop a learning environment that supports studAGent success.

N700 Teaching Practicum and Role Development for the Nurse Educator II: 1 Credit HourThe student will have the opportunity to deliver didactic and clinical instruction to students enrolled in the school of nursing of their parent institution. Under the tutelage of experienced nursing faculty, the student will engage in the development and delivery of didactic content to students. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to provide clinical instruction to a group of BSN students in the clinical practice areas.

N703 Curriculum Design for Nursing Education: 3 Credit Hours
This course prepares the student to design and implement curriculum based on evidence-based teaching/learning theory and concepts. The student will explore national standards of nursing education and their relationship to curriculum development. Focus is on the process of curriculum development for individual courses, including course objectives, content, learning activities, delivery of the content, and student evaluation. Students use educational research, evidence-based nursing literature, taxonomies, instructional design principles, and instructional resources to guide course design and development.

N780 Adult Acute Care III Diagnostics and Intervention: 4 Credit Hours
This final course of three concludes the didactic content necessary to prepare the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to provide primary and/or acute care to adults, including older persons experiencing health problems in one or more body systems. Nurse practitioner students focus on health for all populations. The didactic content addresses comprehensive diagnosis and management of common health problems, including the appropriate diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and follow-up care for patients with both acute and chronic conditions. Professional, ethical, and legal issues are threaded throughout the course. 

N782 Adult Acute Care III Diagnostics and Intervention Practicum (200 Clinical Hours): 2 Credit Hours
This final course of three concludes with a demonstration of clinical competency with an emphasis on evidence-based practice in adult acute/critical healthcare settings. Within the course are the integration of theory, assessment, and advanced treatment modalities in high acuity patient clinical settings. Students will be expected to successfully complete comprehensive clinical assessments, including appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic testing. Clinical preceptors will provide supervision to the students as they manage the acute health problems of selected clients. Clinical placements will include placement in one of a variety of acute/critical care areas, including but not limited to, CCU, MICU, SICU, ED, and specialty services such as transplant and oncology. 

N783 Educational Assessment and Evaluation Methods: 3 Credit Hours
This course focuses on the nursing education trends, policies, issues, and approaches in assessment and program evaluation. Students will have the opportunity to focus on analyzing and appraising current nursing education practice, as well as supporting the formation of future practice.

N799 Capstone in Nursing Education: 1 Credit Hour
In this capstone course, students apply and analyze the theories, competencies, and concepts of the previous courses to research, plan, and implement a formal professional development seminar presentation on a topic of interest in nursing education. The students will work with their faculty project committee chair to obtain continuing education units for their presentations.