Graduate Nursing Course Descriptions

Courses

NU-510. Current Issues in Health Care. 2 Credits.

An in-depth analysis of current issues related to health care and health care delivery systems. The impact of managed care on nursing practice. (Level 1, no prerequisites).

NU-512. Nursing Theory. 3 Credits.

Critical analysis of nursing theories and their application to practice, research, administration and education. The history and process of theory development in the discipline of nursing are explored. (Level 1, no prerequisites).

NU-515. Health Care Financing and Managed Care. 3 Credits.

An examination of concepts related to health care financing. Emphasis will be placed on budget preparation, cost benefit analysis, managed care and on developing an understanding of reimbursement systems. (Level 1, no prerequisites).

NU-520. Research: Design and Utilization. 3 Credits.

Critique and design of nursing studies. Exploration of scientific modes of inquiry for theory development and nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the utilization of research findings for client outcome evaluation. (Level 1, Pre or co-requisite: Nursing Theory) Prerequisites: NU-512.

NU-530. Concepts in Clinical Nursing. 2 Credits.

Examination of selected concepts relevant to nursing practice. Nursing care across the health care continuum is explored within the context of physiological/psychological phenomena, theory, research, technology, pluralistic, legal and ethical determinants. (Level 2, Prerequisite: Current Issues) Prerequisites: NU-510.

NU-535. Client Education: Strategies. 2 Credits.

Theory-based analysis of the pluralistic determinants of health related behaviors. Exploration of the use of current theoretical frameworks for the design, implementation and evaluation of intervention strategies in education of clients. Use of community resources for client education are stressed. (Level 1 or 2, no prerequisites).

NU-536. Advanced Pathophysiology. 3 Credits.

This course presents a systems approach to the physiological processes and pathological changes that impact human health and illness. (Level 1, no prerequisites).

NU-537. Pharmacolgy for Prescriptive Practice. 3 Credits.

In depth study of pharmodynamics, pharmacokinetics and the use of drug therapy to manage health and disease states is emphasized. The Controlled Substance Act and the APN's responsibilities in drug prescription are explored. (Level 1, no prerequisites).

NU-538. Family Systems and Dynamics. 2 Credits.

The course incorporates concepts from family systems theory, role theory and life span development. The family and community are analyzed using a pluralistic perspective. Family functioning and change in times of crisis are explored (Level 1, no prerequisites).

NU-540. Practicum in Clinical Nursing. 2 Credits.

Clinical practice with selected clients or groups of clients or communities. Application of current theory and research in carrying out the nursing process. (Level 2, Prerequisite: Concepts in Clinical Nursing Pre or co- requisite: Client Education: Strategies and Community Resources) Prerequisites: NU-530 NU-535.

NU-542. Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning. 3 Credits.

A holistic and pluralistic approach to the comprehensive health/physical assessment of the adult-geriatric client. Principles of risk assessment are integrated. The student's ability to evaluate assessment data and select diagnostic tests is developed. Includes theory and laboratory (5 hours/week) component. (Level 1) Prerequisites: NU-536.

NU-550. Administration in Health Care Organizations. 3 Credits.

Examination of the administrative process in a variety of health care organizations. Incorporates analysis of leadership skills, understanding of health care economics, role and function of the administrator and consideration of the ethical issues inherent in the current managed care environment. (Level 2, Prerequisites: Financial Concepts, Human Behavior in Organizations) Prerequisites: NU-515 BM-510.

NU-555. Case Management I. 3 Credits.

Examination of the process of case management and the evolving role of the case manager in a variety of settings across the continuum of health care. The managed care environment including types of insurance reimbursement and government regulation are explored in depth. Topics include integrated case management procedures such as utilization review, coding and discharge planning. Case management models, computer software, clinical pathways and care maps are analyzed. (Level 2) Prerequisites: NU-530 NU-558.

NU-558. Advanced Practice Adult-Gerontology Nursing I. 3 Credits.

An intensive study of common acute and stable chronic problems of adult-geriatric clients seen in primary health settings. Health promotion and disease prevention are stressed. Students develop the knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose and evaluate these common conditions. Pathophysiology, risk factors, diagnostic tests and therapeutic management are discussed. Pluralistic as well as lifestyle factors, including nutrition and pharmocotherapy are explored in relation to the specific conditions. (Level 2) Prerequisites: NU-536 NU-537 NU-538 NU-542.

NU-565. Practicum in Nursing Administration. 2 Credits.

Field experience involving the operationalizing of aspects of the administration role. Incorporates activities such as quality improvement projects, budgeting, delegation, policy making, interdisciplinary collaboration and change implementation. (Level 3, Prerequisite: Administration in Health Care Organizations) Prerequisites: NU-550.

NU-568. Advanced Practice Adult-Gerontology Nursing Practicum I. 4 Credits.

This practicum course affords the student the opportunity to apply advanced knowledge and skills of health promotion, maintenance and disease management to plan therapeutic regimens for adult-geriatric clients in primary care settings. Advanced practice role socialization is developed. Legal, ethical and financial issues related to advanced practice are integrated (300 clinical hours are required for this course). (Level 2) Prerequisites: NU-558.

NU-570. Case Management II. 3 Credits.

The role of the master's prepared case manager ith individual clients and disease specific opulations are explored in depth. Emphasis is laced on measuring and evaluating the utcomes of case management as they relate to ccess, quality, cost and client satisfaction. (Level 3) Prerequisites: NU-555.

NU-572. Advanced Practice Adult-Gerontology Nursing II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of theory presented in NU-558. An intensive study of common acute and stable chronic problems of adult-geriatric clients seen in primary ealth settings. Health promotion and disease prevention are stressed. Students develop the knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose and evaluate these common conditions. Pathosphysiology, risk factors, diagnostic tests and therapeutic management are discussed. Pluralistic as well as lifestyle factors, includin nutrition and pharmocotherapy are explored in relation to the specific conditions. (Level 2) Prerequisites: NU-558 NU-568.

NU-582. Advanced Practice Adult-Gerontology Nursing Practicum II. 4 Credits.

A continuation of clinical experience in NU-568. This practicum course affords the student the opportunity to apply advanced knowledge and skills of health promotion, maintenance and disease management to plan therapeutic regimens for adult-geriatric clients in primary care settings. Advanced practice role socialization is developed. Legal, ethical and financial issues related to advanced practice are integrated (300 clinical hours are required for this course). (Level 2) Prerequisites: NU-558 NU-568.

NU-586. Advanced Practice Nursing Master's Project. 1 Credit.

Opportunity to develop and present a scholarly project related to a topic in advanced nursing practice. (Level 2) Prerequisites: NU-558 NU-568.

NU-587. Continuous Matriculation Masters Practicum. 1 Credit.

This course is designed to allow the masters student to acquire clinical hours during the summer session if the student has not completed 300 practicum hours in NU 568, or if the student wishes to complete clinical hours prior to enrolling in NU 582. Prerequisites: NU-568.

NU-598. Graduate Nursing Tutorial. 1 Credit.

NU-700. Scientific Underpinning for APN. 3 Credits.

In this course students will examine the scientific evidence that serves as the foundation for advance practice nursing. It serves as an introduction for the student to begin to explore an area for his or her Capstone Project.

NU-710. Health Care Economics, Financing and Managed Care. 3 Credits.

This course will provide the advance practice nurse with an understanding of budget planning, cost benefit analysis, managed care, and the reimbursement system as it involves both the direct and indirect advanced practice nurse.

NU-715. Health Service Organizations: Performance Improvement. 3 Credits.

Health Service Organizations: Performance Improvement: Emphasis is on health care improvement strategies and has been successful in the health care organizations to improve quality of care, patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, and cost reduction strategies.

NU-720. Analytical Methodology: Transitioning to Evidence Based Practice. 3 Credits.

In this course students will, via systematic reviews of research studies, bring research-based and other evidence to practice settings clinical guidelines or policies that have been substantiated to result in quality health care outcomes. 50 hrs are earned towrds required 500.

NU-722. Epidemiology and Population Genetic Risk Factors Interpretation. 3 Credits.

An investigation of potential health problems using epidemiology as the "tool" to identify risk factors in select populations that may have inherit genetic risk factors.

NU-750. Health Care Policy: Legislation and Strategies. 3 Credits.

Advanced practice nurses cannot afford to be apolitical and this course will discuss health care policy and it processes at the local, state, national, and global events.

NU-755. Ethical and Legal Parameters for Advanced Practice Nursing. 3 Credits.

This course will examine the relationship between the legal directives and ethical principles as they influence advance practice nursing for both direct and indirect roles. Prerequisites: NU-700.

NU-760. Health Promotion, Health Disparities Within the Urbn Environment. 3 Credits.

While health promotion is the goal, health disparities is the reality especially among the adult urban population where most of our students find themselves practicing. This course will address the reality of this aggregate patient population and their needs.

NU-785. Leadership and Communications for Advanced Practice Nursing. 3 Credits.

Whether students are in the direct or indirect roles, they need to become accomplished leaders and communicators. This course will address these essential skills in order to advocate for their practice, patients, health care facility, or profession.

NU-801. Residency I. 3 Credits.

Designed to include either Advanced Practice candidates or Administrator/Executive Role candidates within Health Systems-clinical focus- 225 hrs.

NU-802. Residency II. 3 Credits.

Designed to include either Advanced Practice candidates or Administrator/Executive Role candidates within Health Systems-clinical focus- 225 hrs.

NU-846. DNP Capstone Project Seminar I. 3 Credits.

Working on capstone with advisors.

NU-847. Continuous Matriculation DNP Practicum. 1 Credit.

This course is designed to allow the DNP student to acquire clinical hours during the summer session if the student has not completed at least 250 practicum hours in NU 801, or if the student wishes to complete up to 60 practicum hours prior to enrolling in NU 802. Prerequisites: NU-801.

NU-848. DNP Capstone Project Seminar II. 3 Credits.

Completion of capstone and scholarly presentation. Prerequisites: NU-846.

NU-849. Continuous Capstone Matriculation. 0 Credits.

If students have not completed the Capstone Scholarly Project by the completion of Seminar II (NU-848), they will be expected to register for this course, Continuous Capstone Matriculation, EACH semester until the project is completed, presented, and signed by committee.