Nursing (Graduate)

Admission to Nursing (Graduate Programs)

Within the School of Nursing, applications to the MSN, Postgraduate, and DNP Programs are reviewed and acted upon by the Graduate Student Affairs Committee (GSAC). Decisions by the GSAC are final and confidential. Applications for admission to the MSN, Postgraduate, and DNP Programs are evaluated on the basis of scholarship, writing ability, potential for success, professionalism and references. Qualified students are admitted into a specified specialty track within the MSN, Postgraduate Certificate, and DNP Programs on a space available basis. Only complete applications from qualified students will be reviewed and considered by the GSAC. Qualified applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission.

ALL applicants to graduate nursing programs must meet the following requirements:

  1. Current license to practice as a registered nurse (R.N.) in the United States and its territories.
  2. Minimum GPA requirements as outlined below. Applicants with lower than the required GPAs) may be denied or considered on an individual basis for probationary or non-degree status on a space available basis. Students admitted on probationary status must earn a grade of B or better for the first six semester hours for coursework completed after admission to remain in the program.  Students admitted on probationary/conditional status are not eligible for financial aid until the requirement for full unconditional admission is met.
    1. RN-MSN: minimum GPA of 3.00 or better for last 60 hours of BSN
    2. MSN: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for BSN
    3. Post-Graduate Certificate: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better for Master's in Nursing degree (MSN, MN)
    4. DNP: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better for Master's in Nursing or related field
  3. Satisfactory background check is required prior to enrollment.
  4. Three professional references.
  5. Professional Goals statement of 150 words or less.
  6. Additional requirements for specific programs as outlined below.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP degree is offered in direct response to the October 2004 endorsement of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) position statement which recognizes the DNP as the preferred credential for all advanced nursing practice roles. The DNP program fulfills a strong local, regional, and national need for doctoral prepared advanced practice nurses and is designed to be in full compliance with professional standards for the practice doctorate as put forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor of Science (BSN) of nursing degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  2. Master's degree in nursing or related field from a nationally accredited program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree expands and enhances the focus of nursing practice, using as its foundation the basic baccalaureate nursing program and Master’s level preparation in nursing or a related field. The program’s goals are directed toward educating experienced nurses functioning in direct or indirect healthcare roles. The post-Master’s Organizational Leadership concentration prepares nurses to engage in evidence-based practice, clinical scholarship and leadership roles at the systems and organizational levels to improve health outcomes.

The post-Master's DNP degree consists of 31 semester hours (s.h.) of coursework delivered online within a 16 week trimester schedule includes an online program orientation*, a total of 600 practice hours and field experiences. Students admitted with documentation of fewer than 400 post-BSN supervised practice hours must enroll in NURS8950 Advanced Practice in Organizational Leadership to complete necessary practice hours to meet the 1000 post-BSN practice hour requirement for the DNP degree.

NURS8010 Introduction to Doctoral Study in Nursing* 0 s.h.
NURS8100 Professionalism, Ethics and Issues 3 s.h. (includes field experiences)
NURS8120 Health Systems Policy and Regulation 3 s.h. (includes field experiences)
NURS8130 Biostatistics 3 s.h.
NURS8140 Epidemiology 3 s.h.
NURS8200 Applied Transformational Research 3 s.h.
NURS8210 Project Management 3 s.h. (includes 100 supervised practice hours)
NURS8220 Healthcare Informatics 3 s.h. (includes field experiences)
NURS8260 Organizational Leadership & Collaboration 3 s.h.
NURS8950 Advanced Practice in Organizational Leadership (variable; 80 practice hours/s.h.)
NURS9700 Scholarly Practice Project (includes 500 supervised practice hours) 1-7 s.h.

DNP Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation, each degree candidate must have:

  1. Completed sufficient credit to meet the total required graduate semester hours within 4 years of enrollment.
  2. Completed at Graceland University: 31 total graduate semester hours with a minimum of 25 at Graceland.
  3. Earned a final course grade of B or better in every course.
  4. Satisfactorily completed the required DNP Scholarly Practice Project.
  5. Documentation of a minimum of 1000 supervised post-BSN practice hours.
  6. Fulfilled all financial obligations to Graceland University.
  7. Filed an application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar at least 6 months prior to the anticipated graduation date.

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program expands the focus of nursing, using as its foundation the basic baccalaureate nursing program. The program’s goals are directed toward educating the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Nurse Educator (NE).  The FNP concentration prepares nurses to perform in the expanded role caring for families and facilitating adaptation in a variety of settings. The student’s area of study incorporates a blend of theory and research with an emphasis on guided practice in clinical areas.  The NE concentration provides the knowledge base and skills needed to teach adults in a collegiate or health care setting.

The Master of Science in Nursing curriculum is primarily provided via the internet. This program is designed to provide working RNs the opportunity to pursue graduate work through the completion of a combination of online cohort courses and faculty and preceptor-guided practicums in the student's local community. All students are required to attend one focus session on Graceland's Independence campus during the course of the program.

Postgraduate Certificate programs are available to nurses who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Each specialty track presents a theoretical base specific to the selected area. The theoretical base is accompanied by clinical or practical experience which allows the student to apply the theory to specialized professional practice. All students are required to attend one focus session on Graceland's Independence campus during the course of the program. Students admitted to a Postgraduate Certificate program are not matriculated for a graduate degree. A certificate is awarded upon completion.

RN-MSN Admission Requirements

  1. Qualified applicants will be granted provisional offers of admission to the MSN program pending successful completion of all undergraduate BSN courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  2. See undergraduate catalog for admission and program requirements for the undergraduate component of this program.

MSN Admission Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. For students with foreign transcripts, a CGFNS evaluation is required with GPA equivalency and TOEFL score.
  2. Applicants with 1,000 hours or more of work experience within the past 12 months as a Registered Nurse will be given priority.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree

Core Courses (23 s.h. required for all specialty tracks)
NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs 0 s.h.
NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics 4 s.h.
NURS5121 Theory in Nursing 3 s.h.
NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 4 s.h.
NURS5170 Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice 4 s.h.
NURS5194 Advanced Practice Competencies Lab 1 s.h.
NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology 4 s.h.
NURS6930 Application of Research for Best Practices 3 s.h.

MSN Specialty Tracks:

Family Nurse Practitioner (24 s.h.)

NURS5193 Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care 2 s.h.
NURS5200 Primary Care of Families: Pediatrics 3 s.h.
NURS6200 Primary Care of Families: Adults 3 s.h.
NURS6740 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Pediatrics 4 s.h.
NURS6760 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adults 4 s.h.
NURS6800 Roles and Issues for Advanced Practice Nurses 4 s.h.
NURS6830 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Family 4 s.h.

Nurse Educator (17 s.h.)

NURS5650 Teaching Strategies 3 s.h.
NURS5661 Roles and Issues for Nurse Educators 3 s.h.
NURS6600 Assessment of Learning in Nursing Education 3 s.h.
NURS6620 Curriculum Development 4 s.h.
NURS6720 Nurse Educator Teaching Practicum 2 s.h.
NURS6810 Nurse Educator Clinical Specialty Practicum 2 s.h.

MSN Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation, each degree candidate must have:

  1. Completed sufficient credit to meet the total required graduate semester hours within 6 years of enrollment.
  2. Completed at Graceland University:
  3. 47 total graduate semester hours with a minimum of 37 at Graceland for Family Nurse Practitioner concentration;
  4. 40 total graduate semester hours with a minimum of 30 at Graceland  for the Nurse Educator concentration.
  5. Earned a final course grade of B or better in every course.
  6. Satisfactorily completed the required scholarly project.
  7. Fulfilled all financial obligations to Graceland University.
  8. Filed an application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar at least 6 months prior to the anticipated graduation date.

Postgraduate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate Program

The Postgraduate FNP program enlarges the focus of nursing, using as its foundation the Master of Science in Nursing program. The FNP concentration prepares nurses to perform in the expanded role, caring for families in a variety of settings. The student's area of study incorporates a blend of theory and research with an emphasis on guided practice in clinical areas.

The curriculum builds on the core master’s courses with the addition of essential FNP courses. All didactic and clinical courses are planned following the guidelines of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) to meet the requirements for national certification.

The Postgraduate FNP program is primarily provided via the internet. It is designed to allow practicing RNs to pursue further graduate work within their home community. Students complete the requirements for certification through a combination of online courses and preceptor guided practicums in the student’s community. All students are required to attend a focus session at the Independence campus.

Students admitted to the Postgraduate FNP certificate program are not matriculated for a graduate degree. A certificate is received upon completion of the coursework and students are then eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner national certification exam. The Postgraduate program requires a total of 33 semester hours. A minimum of 18 semester hours must be taken through Graceland University.

Postgraduate Certificate Admission Requirements

  1. Master of Science degree in nursing (MSN) from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. For students with foreign transcripts, a CGFNS evaluation is required with GPA equivalency and TOEFL score.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher in MSN program.

Postgraduate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate (33 s.h.)

NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs 0 s.h.
NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics 4 s.h.
NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 4 s.h.
NURS5193 Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care 2 s.h.
NURS5194 Advanced Practice Competencies Lab 1 s.h.
NURS5200 Primary Care of Families: Pediatrics 3 s.h.
NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology 4 s.h.
NURS6200 Primary Care of Families: Adults 3 s.h.
NURS6740 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Pediatrics 4 s.h.
NURS6760 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult 4 s.h.
NURS6830 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Family 4 s.h.

Postgraduate Nurse Educator (NE) Certificate Program

The Postgraduate Nurse Educator certificate program is a graduate level program designed for persons who already possess a Master's degree in Nursing and are interested in enhancing their knowledge base and skills to teach adults in a collegiate or health care setting. Students admitted to the Postgraduate NE program are not matriculated for a graduate degree. A certificate in Nursing Education is awarded upon completion. The Postgraduate Nurse Educator Certificate Program requires completion of 4 courses for a minimum of 12 hours. All four courses are online. A certificate is received upon completion of the coursework and students are eligible to sit for the National League of Nursing (NLN) Nurse Educator certification exam.

Postgraduate Nurse Educator Certificate (12 s.h.)

NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs 0 s.h.
NURS5210 Roles Socialization for Nurse Educator 2 s.h.
NURS5650 Teaching Strategies 3 s.h.
NURS6600 Assessment of Learning in Nursing Education 3 s.h.
NURS6620 Curriculum Development 4 s.h.

Visiting (Non-degree Seeking) Students

Non-degree seeking students, who hold current licenses to practice as Registered Nurses in the U.S.A. and its territories, may be enrolled as visiting students in the following MSN courses on a space available basis.  A maximum of two courses taken as a visiting (non-degree seeking) student may be applied toward the MSN degree or certificate requirements.

NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics
NURS5121 Theory in Nursing
NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
NURS5194 Advanced Practice Competencies Lab
NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology
NURS5650 Teaching Strategies
NURS6620 Curriculum Development
NURS6600 Assessment of Learning in Nursing Education

Graduate Student Handbook

Academic policies are summarized in the Graduate Student Handbook (GSH) which can be viewed at http://www.graceland.edu/GraduateStudentHandbook-Nursing. This handbook is updated on a regular basis. Refer to the online version for the most current information. Students will be notified when major revisions are posted.

Courses in Nursing (DNP)

NURS8010 Introduction to Doctoral Study in Nursing 0 s.h.
Focuses on preparing the SON doctoral student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

NURS8100 Professionalism, Ethics and Issues 3 s.h.
Provides a foundation for transition into becoming a DNP.  The content provides a broader interdisciplinary view of health care policy and macrosystems, ethics, and professional development foundation on which students will frame their doctoral identity and practice.

NURS8120 Health Systems Policy and Regulation 3 s.h.
Focuses on the fundamental principles of health policy and the impact of the political process for health care in the United States and around the globe. The course will prepare students to accept multifaceted leadership positions and  expand the role of specialty practice nurses in the development, delivery, and monitoring of health care. This course addresses the distinctive intricacies  of health care policies that influence care in the U.S. and globally. It is designed to assist the student in developing the skills necessary to critically analyze health care policies and to recognize how they can be influenced by investors or special interest groups. These policies are examined from a governmental and organizational viewpoint.

NURS8130 Biostatistics 3 s.h.
Focuses on the application of statistical methods and analysis of data used in research for evidence-based practice and clinical decision making.

NURS8140 Epidemiology 3 s.h.
Explores concepts, language and principles of epidemiology. Emphasis is on description and interpretation of modes of transmission of diseases. Students will gain knowledge critical to understanding the natural history of diseases, the evaluation of preventive interventions, and relevance of epidemiological methods in advanced nursing practice.

NURS8200 Applied Transformational Research 3 s.h.
Focuses on the application of research methods and evidence-based research findings to improve patient outcomes. Transformational research approaches and evidence–based practice processes will be applied. Student will develop skills for advanced competency in searching and critically evaluating literature to determine the best evidence for clinical practice. The implementation of evaluation strategies, methods, and analysis to assess clinical outcomes will be applied. Prerequisite: NURS8130 Biostatistics.

NURS8210 Project Management 3 s.h.
Focuses on the steps and processes for comprehensive and systematic management of an evidence-based scholarly practice project designed to remediate an identified practice phenomenon. The framework will address analysis of a practice setting, identification and description of the phenomenon of interest, the PICO question, systematic review of the literature, and an outline for the project proposal.  Emphasis will be placed on the resources and skills needed for successful management of a scholarly practice project.  Includes 100 supervised practice hours directly related to project management in an advanced practice setting. Prerequisite: DNP didactic courses.  May be taken concurrently with NURS8260 Organizational Leadership and Collaboration and/or NURS8950 Advanced Practice in Organizational Leadership. Prerequisite: NURS8200 Applied Transformational Research.

NURS8220 Healthcare Informatics 3 s.h.
Focuses on information systems technology, its applications within healthcare settings, and the value of technology for managing healthcare data. Some covered content includes information technologies and applications used in healthcare for various purposes including clinical decision support, transferring expert knowledge, and for collecting and managing healthcare data. Current and emerging technologies are introduced, as well as other topics such as policy, ethical and legal issues relevant to health information technology (health IT).  The value and impact of health IT implementation is covered, and students learn about technology and outcomes evaluation.  They are also introduced to the role of various stakeholders in health IT planning, design, implementation, management and use.  Students will acquire the skills necessary to accurately use information systems and technology and to lead the advancement of informatics practice and research.

NURS8260 Organizational Leadership and Collaboration 3 s.h.
Focuses on leadership theories and principles and innovative leadership strategies for the DNP Concepts covered include transformational leadership, measurement of outcomes, data driven decision-making, organizational culture and climate, communication skills, professional accountability, change theory, and the business realities of healthcare leadership. Students will develop and or refine leadership skills as they progress through the course in order to enhance the quality of nursing and healthcare delivery systems.

NURS8950 Advanced Practice in Organizational Leadership 1-4 s.h.
Includes up to 400 advanced practice hours for students enrolled in the DNP program with less than 400 verified post-BSN supervised practice hours. The number and nature of the practice hours will vary from student to student and is mutually agreed upon between the student, faculty advisor and cooperating agencies. Practice hours are documented by the student and approved by the faculty advisor at regular intervals. Practice hour logs are approved by the faculty advisor and filed in the online course site. This course is not a requirement for the degree. One semester hour is equivalent to 80-100 clock hours of practice experience. Course may be repeated as needed. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

NURS9700 DNP Practice Improvement Project Continuous Enrollment 1 s.h.
Provides continuous enrollment to complete course requirements for incomplete grades assigned to NURS9710 and NURS9720. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

NURS9710 DNP Practice Improvement Project I 3 s.h.
Focuses on facilitating student progress through the proposal development & formal approval processes of an evidence-based quality improvement project designed to remediate an identified practice phenomenon. Project development and design requires demonstration of integration, synthesis and application of advanced practice competencies. Course requirements include 200 supervised practice hours and a formal written project proposal approved by the faculty advisor, practice mentor, practice site and institutional IRB(s). Both direct hours (time spent working on the project in the practice setting) and indirect hours (time spent working on the project outside of the practice setting) are included in this total. The nature of the practice hours will vary depending on the nature of the scholarly project and practice experience and is mutually agreed upon between the student, faculty advisor and cooperating agencies. Practice hours related to project completion are documented by the student and approved by the faculty advisor at regular intervals. Practice hour logs and project deliverables are approved by the faculty advisor and filed in the online course site. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Pre-requisites: Documented completion of a minimum of 500 post-BSN supervised practice hours, NURS8130 Biostatistics, NURS8200 Applied Transformational Research, NURS8210 Project Management.

NURS9720 DNP Practice Improvement Project II 4 s.h.
Focuses on facilitating student progress through the implementation, analysis, evaluation and dissemination of an evidence-based quality improvement project designed to remediate an identified practice phenomenon. Project completion requires demonstration of integration, synthesis and application of advanced practice competencies. Course requirements include 300 supervised practice hours and a formal written project report, oral presentation to agency, and dissemination for peer-review. Both direct hours (time spent working on the project in the practice setting) and indirect hours (time spent working on the project outside of the practice setting) are included in this total. The nature of the practice hours will vary depending on the nature of the scholarly project and practice experience and is mutually agreed upon between the student, faculty advisor and cooperating agencies. Practice hours related to project completion are documented by the student and approved by the faculty advisor at regular intervals. Practice hour logs and project deliverables are approved by the faculty advisor and filed in the online course site. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Pre-requisites: NURS9710 DNP Practice Improvement Project I.

Courses in Nursing (MSN)

NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs 0 s.h.
Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

NURS5100 Pharmacotherapeutics 4 s.h.
Provides the graduate advanced practice nursing student foundational knowledge and application of pharmacotherapeutics to meet the health care needs of clients, from childhood through the older years. Content focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and provides an overview of selected therapeutic drug categories which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine drug therapy within the context of the overall treatment plan. Prerequisite: NURS5440.

NURS5121 Theory of Nursing 3 s.h.
Focuses on the theoretical concepts that are essential to advanced nursing roles and the interactions between theory, research and practice. Grand, mid-range and practice level theories are examined and compared. The influence of theories from other disciplines on the development of nursing theory is appraised. Students will analyze, compare, and evaluate selected nursing theories for their use in nursing education or clinical practice. Concept analysis, synthesis, and theory application are also important components of this course. Prerequisite: NURS5170.

NURS5143 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 4 s.h.
Builds on health assessment skills developed during the professional nurse?s basic educational program. The course teaches students how to obtain a comprehensive assessment and use this information to develop and/or evaluate evidence based treatment plans for diverse patients with common acute and chronic health problems. Emphasis is placed on the process of clinical/diagnostic reasoning to enable the student to identify problems and make accurate diagnoses. The use of technology and electronic medical records are important components of this course.

NURS5170 Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice 4 s.h.
This course focuses on methods in generating and evaluating research for nursing practice. Principles and applications of quantitative and qualitative research designs will be explored. Ethical and legal issues in conducting research will be examined. Students will be prepared to assess needs for practice change, critically appraise existing evidence, and develop a plan for implementation and evaluation of the evidence-based practice interventions.

NURS5193 Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care 2 s.h.
Provides a foundational knowledge of the multifaceted role of the Advanced Practice Nurse in the primary care setting; addressing selected advanced practice procedures diagnostic test interpretation and analysis of the APN as a member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

NURS5194 Advanced Practice Competencies Lab 1 s.h.
Focuses on assessment of selected advanced practice competencies during a mandatory face-face focus session on the Independence Campus. Prerequisite: NURS5143, Corequisite: NURS5193.

NURS5200 Primary Care of Families : Pediatrics 3 s.h.
Examines the common, acute, and chronic health problems occurring in infancy through adolescence using a body-system scheme and a physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, intellectual, and cultural approach. Advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to acute and common problems in children will be emphasized. Nursing strategies to enhance, maintain and restore health will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5141, NURS5142, NURS5440.

NURS5210 Role Socialization for Nurse Educators 2 s.h.
Focuses on socialization into the role of nurse educator. Emphasis is placed on the qualifications and competencies for the role. Students will use critical thinking skills to examine barriers and opportunities for nurses in the educator role and to propose a plan for transitioning into their new role. Interdisciplinary collaboration and relationship building are integral parts of this course.

NURS5440 Advanced Pathophysiology 4 s.h.
Provides the graduate nursing student with a well-grounded understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease to serve as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Content focuses on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of selected altered health states across the lifespan.

NURS5610 Learning Theories 3 s.h.
Focuses on how human learning occurs, factors that influence learning, and improving student learning through use of motivation, technology, and self-regulation.  Emphasis is based on the application of theoretical principles, concepts, and research findings that support improved student learning.

NURS5650 Teaching Strategies 3 s.h.
Focuses on how human learning occurs, factors that influence learning, and use of teaching strategies based on learning theories. Emphasis is based on the application of theoretical principles, instructional methods, and research findings that support improved student learning.

NURS5661 Roles and Issues for Nurse Educators 3 s.h.
Focuses on socialization of the nurse into the role of educator and on the academic, legal, ethical, economic and organizational issues that influence the NE role. Emphasis is placed on preparing students for firs NE core competencies as delineated by the NLN Scope of Practice for Academic Nurse Educators. Interdisciplinary collaboration and transformation of nursing education are integral components of this course.

NURS5900 Topics in Graduate Nursing 1-3 s.h.
Graduate level study of selected topics approved by the Graduate Council. Topics are announced prior to each semester they are offered. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

NURS6000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

NURS6200 Primary Care of Families: Adults 3 s.h.
Examines the common, acute, and chronic health problems occurring in adults using a body — system scheme and a physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual, intellectual, and cultural approach. Advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to the acute and common problems in adults will be stressed. Nursing strategies used to enhance, maintain, and restore health will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5100, NURS5141, NURS5142, NURS5440.

NURS6600 Assessment of Learning in Nursing Education 3 s.h.
Focuses on academic assessment, measurement, testing, and evaluation in nursing education and preparation of nurse educators for carrying out these activities as part of their role. Learning principles, qualities of effective measurement instruments, construction and use of teacher-made tests, use of standardized tests, test interpretation, and assessment of higher level cognitive skills and learning will be examined. The differences between instructional assessment, curriculum-based measurement, criterion-referenced and norm-referenced testing, clinical performance evaluation, and the social, ethical and legal ramifications of testing are integral components of this course.

NURS6620 Curriculum Development 4 s.h.
Focuses on the principles of curriculum development, implementation and evaluation.  Emphasis is placed on curriculum organizing frameworks, goals and outcomes, planning, design, and implementation strategies, evaluation, and revision.  Students will construct a mini-curriculum and evaluate curriculum systematic evaluation plans as part of the requirements for this course.

NURS6720 Nurse Educator Teaching Practicum 2 s.h.
Focuses on engagement in practicum activities designed to promote socialization to the role of nurse educator, application of educational theory and evidence-based teaching and assessment practices, facilitation of the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective development of learners in a selected practicum setting; and reflection/evaluation of the teaching, scholarship, and service demands of the nurse educator role.

NURS6740 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Pediatrics 4 s.h.
Focuses on a holistic approach to health care from infancy through adolescence incorporating the principles of well child care, health promotion, and disease prevention including the concepts of growth and development, and screening procedures. Emphasizes advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to acute and common problems in children. Stresses clinical interventions to enhance, maintain, and restore health in context of family and community environments. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisite: NURS5200.

NURS6760 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Adult 4 s.h.
Focuses on a holistic approach to health care of the adult throughout the lifespan; incorporating the principles of health promotion, disease prevention and primary and rehabilitative health care concepts which are applied to the management of adults in the context of their family and community environment. Emphasizes advanced pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to acute, common and complex health problems in adults. Stresses clinical interventions to enhance, maintain, and restore health. Develops skills for collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and effective utilization of community resources. Prerequisite: NURS6200, NURS6740

NURS6800 Roles and Issues for Advanced Practice Nurses 4 s.h.
Focuses on the exploration, development and implementation of advanced roles for nurses. Emphasis will be placed on the standards of practice, requirements for, regulation of, and socialization into advanced nursing roles.  Students will use critical thinking skills to examine barriers and opportunities for nurses in advanced roles and propose a plan for transitioning into their new role.  Additionally, the course focuses on the organization of health care delivery systems, health care finance, health care policy, ethical and legislative issues affecting health care planning and delivery.  Sociopolitical issues will be examined as they impact the formation of policies and the nursing profession as a whole.

NURS6810 Nurse Educator Clinical Specialty Practicum 2 s.h.
Focuses on the synthesis of previously gained knowledge to promote nurse educator development of expertise in a clinical specialty area (medical-surgical nursing, maternal-child nursing, mental health nursing, pediatric nursing, or gerontological nursing). Students will use theory and research findings to draw inferences about care of patients within their identified clinical focus area. The course includes 120 practice hours and is designed to facilitate teaching in the academic setting.

NURS6830 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: Family 3-4 s.h.
This practicum is the capstone course of the family nurse practitioner program requiring independent clinical management of acute and chronic illnesses across the life span highlighting multicultural care. Synthesis of practice management skills pertaining to economics, reimbursement for services and time management will be emphasized. Prerequisites: All pediatric and adult practicum courses.

NURS6930 Application of Research for Best Practices 3 s.h.
Prepares the advanced practice graduate to improve nursing practice through application of current evidence. The evidence based experience includes: identifying care issue within a practice or community setting, retrieving and critically evaluating research on a selected issue that will lead, if implemented, to improved patient care.