Course Information

for MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING Department


Intermediate Statistics (M512)

Credits:3

Statistical tools for scientific research including parametric and non-parametric analyses are included. ANOVA and group comparisons, correlation, linear regression, Chi-Square, and basic concepts in experimental design and analysis will be explored. Emphasis is placed on application and the use of the SPSS statistical package. Prerequisite: Undergraduate Statistics Course

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (N502)

Credits:3

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice explores conceptual frameworks and theories relevant to the discipline of nursing. The role of theory in the generation of nursing knowledge is introduced. Selected nursing models/theories are critiqued. Concepts of health promotion and disease prevention will be addressed within the theoretical frameworks including concepts of holistic care, healthy lifestyle, self-care, risk reduction, and quality of life. Relevant theories and issues affecting successful human development are examined. The psychosocial and sociocultural lifespan influences on health will be discussed. Prerequisite: RN/BSN or Professional Nursing Concepts course or equivalent

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice & Professional Roles (N503)

Credits:4

Health Care Organization/Management (N504)

Credits:3

Health Care Organization and Management examines local, regional, national, and global health care trends utilizing appropriate epidemiological principles. Students are introduced to the roles of the advanced practice nurse and examine the design, implementation, and management of care in a variety of health care systems. Cost analysis using information technology and the impact on healthcare services will be discussed. Administrative and organizational behavior will be examined in relation to population-based needs, economic, and reimbursement issues. Organizational and management theory are examined as they relate to nursing, strategic planning, management of the changing health care delivery system, program planning and evaluation, decision-making and change. Prerequisite: RN with a bachelor’s degree.

Advanced Pharamcology & Pathophysiology (N508)

Credits:4

Principles of Nursing Research (N514)

Credits:3

Principles of Nursing Research provide students with the skills to analyze evaluate and synthesize health-related research and evidence-based practice reviews for the improvement of nursing practice. The student will use the research process to write a research proposal. Prerequisite: N502; RN with a bachelor’s degree

Independent Study (N529)

Credits:2

Independent Study allows for individual study and development of in-depth knowledge and skill in selected area of health care. Experience and activities are planned in an area for specialization based on aptitude and interests of the student. Student must have approval of Director of Graduate Program and a faculty mentor. Prereq: Completion of core courses or consent of Director of Graduate Program

Adv Physiology & Pathophysiology (N530)

Credits:4

Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology provides an in-depth foundation in understanding normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Lifespan variations are included. Prerequisite: R.N. with a bachelor’s degree

Adv. Physiology and Pathophysiology (N531A)

Credits:2

students from the Fall 2010 cohort must take 2 sections of pathophysiology (N530A and N531A) 2 credits each.

Adv Health and Physical Assessment (N532)

Credits:3

Advanced Health and Physical Assessment develops advanced nursing assessment skills including the comprehensive history, physical, and psychological assessment, pathophysiologic changes, with emphasis on psychosocial and lifespan variations of the individual, family, and community. Prerequisite: RN with a bachelor’s degree

Advanced Health and Physical Assessment Lab (N532L)

Credits:0

must register for N532 and N532L

Advanced Pharmacology (N534)

Credits:3

Advanced Pharmacology provides an understanding of the pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents. Specific rules, regulations and procedures involved with prescriptive authority will be reviewed. Students use case examples to practice the basic processes involved with prescribing medications for patients. Prerequisite: RN with a bachelor’s degree

Professional Role Development (N537)

Credits:1

Professional Role Development is a seminar course that focuses specifically on the advanced practice role. Current issues in the role will be discussed. Prerequisite: Completion of core courses/ specialty courses

Health Promotion and Illness Prevention Throughout the Lifespan (N538)

Credits:2

Health Promotion and Illness Prevention for all population groups of individuals, families, and communities will be addressed. Normal growth and development throughout the life span of specific problems and health promotion issues common to each stage will be emphasized. Health education and behavioral change theory will guide the planning, intervention and evaluation of the populations in promoting health and wellness. Prerequisite: RN with a bachelor’s degree

Evidence-based Nursing Education (N541)

Credits:2

Evidence-based Nursing Education examines teaching/learning ¬theories, strategies, and research in education that serves as the base for nurse, patient, and student education. Factors impacting the teaching/learning environment are explored with emphasis on evidence-based research and best practice for education in nursing.

Prescriptive Authority (N550)

Credits:1

Prescriptive Authority reviews the specific rules, regulations and procedures involved with APN prescriptive authority. Students use case examples to practice the basic processes involved with prescribing medication for patients. Prerequisite: Completion of core courses, N530, N532 or consent of Dean Graduate Affairs and Research. Corequisite: N534

Immersion - NE Practicum (N558D)

Credits:2

Immersion in Nursing Education encompasses all of the practices expected of a nurse educator, teaching, clinical oversight of students, test development and analysis, and student and program assessment and evaluation. Prerequisite: Nursing Education Core, completion of N558 A, B, and C, or permission of the Dean, Graduate Affairs and Research

Differential Diagnosis (N559)

Credits:3

Differential Diagnoses and Disease Management will integrate previous learning into an application integrating patient history, chief complaints, and diagnostic results in planning client management. This course will incorporate case studies in building critical thinking needed for APN practice. Health deviations and appropriate management across the lifespan will be discussed. Management of common psychosocial disorders is also addressed. Prerequisite: N530, and N534 or consent of Dean Graduate Affairs and Research.

Foundations of Program and Project Planning (N560)

Credits:2

This course, offered in a seminar style format, is designed to help students understand the process for developing, implementing, and evaluating programs for projects in the work place setting. Over the course of the semester, students will develop a proposal for a project or program in their specific area of interest. There are three phases: 1. Program planning and proposal development 2. Program management and implementation 3. Program monitoring and evaluation Central to this course is applying these knowledge and skills to the development of a project proposal. This proposal will include the design of a project based on a needs assessment and problem identification, a budget and management plan, specific activities and timeline for implementation, and a monitoring and evaluation plan.

CNL Role in Client-centered Healthcare (N562)

Credits:2

Nursing Leadership in Client-Centered Healthcare prepares the student for the role of the clinical nurse leader. Concepts of horizontal leadership, effective use of self, patient advocacy, and lateral integration of care will be introduced and competencies of the role examined. Emphasis is placed on clinical and financial outcomes and care environment management. Prerequisite: Completion of core courses or consent of Dean Graduate Affairs and Research

Clinical Nurse Leadership in Complex Healthcare Organization (N564)

Credits:3

Clinical Nurse Leadership in Complex Health Care Organizations provides the student with an in-depth examination of how to drive change within health care systems. The student will acquire skills to utilize informatics for outcome measurement and data management. Principles of effective leadership, team building and motivation within a culturally diverse workplace will provide students with the ability to lead high performing microsystems.

Instructional Strategies (N570)

Credits:3

Instructional Strategies provides an introduction to classroom and clinical teaching. This course utilizes principles of adult education to introduce and familiarize the nurse educator with the teaching/learning processes in patient education, staff development and nursing education. Various approaches and learning theories are explored. Prerequisite: RN with a bachelor’s degree

Curriculum Theory & Development (N572)

Credits:3

Curriculum Theory and Development provides a knowledge base in curriculum development, including philosophical foundations and educational theories in nursing education. This course introduces the student to the evaluation and use of various educational applications of technology in curricular design. Prerequisite: RN with a bachelor’s degree

Testing and Evaluation in Nursing Education (N574)

Credits:3

Testing and Evaluation in Nursing Education addresses assessment strategies to facilitate and determine student learning. This course gives the student practical and theoretical strategies for the preparation and application of measures and instruments. Prerequisite: RN with a bachelor’s degree

Nurse Educator Seminar (N576)

Credits:2

Master’s Thesis: Proposal Completion (N596)

Credits:1

Masters Thesis (N599)

Credits:5

During the completion phase, the student will submit the completed thesis, prepare and present a power point presentation of the study, develop handouts, and complete a poster presentation after approval by the thesis advisor, thesis committee member, Dean, and faculty of the Graduate Affairs Committee members. Prerequisite: Nursing Core/ Specialty Core; completion of N595, N596, N597, and N598.

Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum I- Teacher/Coach (N610)

Credits:3

Students practice the CNS roles of patient, family, and staff educator and coach. Emphasis is on methods of teaching and evaluation of education outcomes. Prerequisite: completion of clinical core courses

Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum II-Practice (N612)

Credits:3

The Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum prepares nurses to develop a concentrated area of clinical knowledge. Students are mentored by an expert in their population of interest to focus on promoting the health of the population through theory and research-based interventions. Protocols for treatment decisions, referrals, and follow-up are used in the management of commonly encountered health deviations in the population. Prerequisite: completion of previous practicum course

Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum III- Quality/Change Agent/Collaborator (N614)

Credits:3

Students emphasize the functions of quality control, change agent, and collaborator within the chosen area of specialty. Patient safety, quality care, and advocacy are emphasized. Prerequisite: completion of previous practicum courses

Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum-Immersion (N616)

Credits:2

All of the functions of the CNS advanced practice role are performed within a chosen area of practice. Prerequisite: completion of previous practicum courses

Adult and Aging I (N620)

Credits:4

Adult and Aging II (N622)

Credits:4

Practicum III offers students clinical experience related to the practitioner role with focus on the adult and aging population. Health promotion and disease prevention strategies are incorporated; culturally sensitive care is emphasized Prerequisite: completion of clinical core courses

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I- Maternal/Newborn/Child (N624)

Credits:4

Nurse Practitioner Practicum I offers students clinical experience related to the family nurse practitioner role with focus on the maternal, newborn, and pediatric populations. Health promotion and disease prevention strategies are incorporated; culturally sensitive care is emphasized. Prerequisite: completion of clinical core courses

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV- Immersion (N626)

Credits:3

Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV offers students the opportunity to practice the family nurse practitioner role with emphasis on life span primary and preventative advanced practice nursing care. This course will complete the clinical experience sequence. Prerequisite: completion of all previous practicum courses

AGPCNP Practicum-Approaches to Health Care of the Older Adult (N628)

Credits:4

AGNP Practicum I offers students clinical experience related to the Adult Gerontology role with focus on the aged and frail elderly population, who reside in their own homes or facilities. Health promotion and disease prevention strategies are incorporated; culturally sensitive care is emphasized. Prerequisite: completion of clinical core courses

Adult Gero Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV- Immersion (N630)

Credits:3

Nurse Practitioner Practicum IV offers students the opportunity to practice the adult gerontology nurse practitioner role with emphasis on the adult through end of life including primary and preventative advanced practice nursing care. This course will complete the clinical experience sequence. Prerequisite: completion of all previous practicum courses

Leadership in Practice (N640)

Credits:3

Leadership in Practice provides the student with the opportunity to practice horizontal leadership, effective use of self, advocacy, and lateral integration of care. Prerequisite: N562 and completion of all MSN course work or consent of Dean Graduate Affairs and Research

Clinical Decision-Making (N642)

Credits:4

Clinical Decision-Making emphasizes the critical thinking skills that are utilized in problem identification, determination of strategies to resolve those problems, outcome measurement, and the basic processes in making clinical decisions that impact patients and health care. Prerequisite: Completion of all MSN course work, N562, N564, N640 or consent of Dean Graduate Affairs and Research.

Immersion (N644)

Credits:5

This clinical immersion experience, Part 1, will provide the student with the opportunity to develop clinical delegation skills and coordinate plans of care for specific patient cohorts. The student will analyze clinical and cost outcomes that improve safety, effectiveness, timeliness, efficiency, and quality of patient centered care. The student will work with clinical experts and mentors. Prerequisite: Completion of all MSN course work, N562, N564, N640, N642 or consent of Dean Graduate Affairs and Research.

Nurse Educator Practicum I- Introduction to Teaching Practice (N670)

Credits:2

The student will teach in selected situations in academic and/or practice settings (patient education, staff development, or nursing education) according to their area of specialization. Functions emphasize the use of learning ¬theories, teaching/learning strategies, program assessment and evaluation, and research significant to patient and nursing education within a clinical setting. Factors affecting learning and the learning environment will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Nursing Education Core or permission of the Dean Graduate Affairs and Research

Nurse Educator Practicum II-Academic Focus (N672)

Credits:2

Academic Focus emphasizes concepts of student instruction including classroom management, student assessment, and individual and class evaluation. Content will incorporate personal and environmental factors that impact learning including classroom setup, learning styles, setting boundaries, and classroom discipline. Individual and class evaluation is an important focus. Students will design, implement, and evaluate teaching strategies related to identified educational outcomes. Prerequisite: Nursing Education Core or permission of the Dean Graduate Affairs and Research

Nursing Ethics and Healthcare Policy (P506)

Credits:3

Nursing Ethics and Health Care Law and Policy will explore the moral imperative of professional nursing, emphasizing the legal and ethical decision making process in clinical practice, research, education, and management. Moral agency will guide issues related to human diversity, vulnerability, and spirituality. Prerequisite: N504 or consent of the Dean, Graduate Affairs and Research

Epidemiology in Health Prevention (PH556)

Credits:3

Epidemiology in Health Prevention introduces students to the principles and methods of the design, conduct, and interpretation of epidemiological studies. Emphasis is placed on prevention of health problems based on these epidemiological findings. The use of genomic information and the impact on health deviations is also emphasized in this course. Prerequisite: RN with a bachelor’s degree

Master’s Project- Project Initiation (PR670)

Credits:1

The master's project is an in-depth synthesis and analysis of a topic of significance to the nursing profession. This course may include pilot projects, integrative literature reviews, EBP (Evidence Based Practice) projects, in-depth evaluation projects, and other projects as approved. In the initiation phase of project development, the student will obtain approval for the project topic, complete a project proposal and obtain IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval if applicable in conjunction with the advisor. Prerequisites: N502, M512, N514

Master’s Project- Project Development (PR671)

Credits:1

During the implementation phase, the student will complete the project, complete the data analysis, and prepare a complete draft of the scholarly report. Prerequisites: N670, First Tier Nursing Core Courses

Master’s Project- Project Completion (PR672)

Credits:1

During the completion phase, the student will submit the completed paper, present a power point presentation, develop handouts, and complete a poster presentation Graduate department. Prerequisites: PR670, PR671, First Tier Nursing Core Courses, Specialty Core Courses, One Half ( ½ ) of Specialty Practicum Courses

Master’s Project Trial Course (PR673)

Credits:3

The Master’s Project Course provides guidance through the development, implementation, and completion of a scholarly project. The Master’s Project demonstrates the student’s ability to synthesize knowledge and skills at an advanced level so the new information adds to the body of nursing science. The scholarly project will be completed over a period of one semester. Students will focus on a topic of significance to professional nursing. The Master’s Project may take the form of an integrative literature review, concept analysis, practice guidelines review, practice policy development, or other pertinent activity as approved by the course faculty and project chair. Course activities include designing the project: including developing the project proposal, conducting a literature review, obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, completing the supervised project, analyzing the data, and disseminating the information related to the project through a scholarly project paper; and poster or oral presentation at an approved professional venue. Prerequisites: N 502 and an approved project topic. Approval must be granted by the course instructor, a project chair, and the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies.

Thesis Initiation (TH680)

Credits:0

The master’s thesis is a systematic scientific inquiry into a problem or phenomenon significant to nursing. This course is an extension of knowledge acquired in the core courses of statistics and research in nursing. During this first phase of development, the student will identify the subject of study, obtain approval from the thesis advisor, and initiate a thesis proposal. Prerequisite: Nursing Core/ Specialty Core

Master’s Thesis: Proposal Completion (TH681)

Credits:1

During the proposal completion phase, the thesis proposal will be finalized with appropriate approval from the IRB, project advisor, thesis committee member, the Dean and Graduate Affairs Committee members. A literature review will be initiated. Prerequisite: Nursing Core/ Specialty Core; completion of TH680.

Master’s Thesis: Thesis Development (TH682)

Credits:1

Master’s Thesis: Data Analysis (TH683)

Credits:1

During the data analysis phase, qualitative and/or quantitative data will be evaluated and conclusions determined; the scholarly document will be finalized with approval of the thesis advisor, thesis committee member, and the Dean and Graduate Affairs Committee members. Prerequisite: Nursing Core/ Specialty Core; completion of TH680, TH681, and TH682.

Master’s Thesis: Completion (TH684)

Credits:1