Courses in Nursing (Undergraduate)
Non-Clinical Course Offerings
NURS2000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.
NURS2420 Introduction to Nursing 2 s.h.
Introduces the roles and responsibilities of professional nursing. Introduces students to the historical, economic, political and legal/ethical trends in nursing. Introduces concepts necessary for scholarly writing using APA formatting.
NURS2460 Health Assessment 4 s.h.
Focuses on learning foundational assessment skills. Systematic holistic nursing process approach to health history and physical examination for the purpose of differentiating normal from abnormal states of health and critical assessment of client needs. Application of concepts are facilitated in the laboratory experience. (For oncampus BSN-RN students only.) Prerequisite: NURS2010.
NURS2470 Informatics for Health Care 2 s.h.
An introduction to the basic concepts and skills associated with the use of technology as it relates to nursing and electronic healthcare systems. The content will provide a conceptual foundation and hands-on exposure to the use of information management in nursing which is necessary in providing quality patient care.
NURS3000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.
NURS3110 Health Assessment for the Practicing Nurse 3 s.h.
Focuses on expanding assessment skills in current professional role. Systematic holistic nursing process approach to health history and physical examination for the purpose of differentiating normal from abnormal states of health and critical assessment of client needs in acute care and community settings. Application of concepts are facilitated in the virtual learning environment. (For online RN-BSN students only.)
NURS3120 Fundamentals of Health Care 5 s.h.
Introduction to basic concepts and psychomotor skills necessary to provide therapeutic interventions for individual clients. Laboratory and clinical experience provided. Prerequisites: NURS2420, 2460, 2470.
NURS3160 Evidence Based Practice 2-3 s.h.
Study of the evidence-based practice research process to develop informed consumers of nursing research. Exploration of the application of the research evidence to the health care environment. Prerequisites: NURS3120, 3270, 3440, 3451.
NURS3290 Gerontology 2.5 s.h.
An examination of the basic conceptual and theoretical perspectives of gerontology. Topics discussed relate to adjustments to physiological and psychosocial changes and the aging process. Examination of special concerns of the older adult, specifically age-related health problems, sexuality, religion, finances, caregiver role, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, depression, and loss of spouse/peers. Prerequisites: NURS3120, 3270, 3440, 3451.
NURS3440 Pathophysiology 3 s.h.
Study of the concepts and altered processes of organs, cells, and biochemical functions of the systems related to homeostasis, neural control and integration. Prerequisites: NURS2420, 2460, 2470.
NURS3450 Pharmacology 3 s.h.
Study of principles of pharmacology and their application to nursing. Emphasis on major categories of pharmacological agents, their actions, side effects, uses and nursing responsibilities regarding administration and calculations of medications. Prerequisite: NURS2420, 2460 (BSN-RN students only).
NURS3451 Pharmacology I 2 s.h.
Introduces students to the principles of pharmacology and their application to nursing. Emphasizes drug classifications of pharmacological agents, their actions, side effects, uses and nursing responsibilities regarding administration and basic calculations of medication administration for all routes of administration. Prerequisites: NURS2420, 2460, 2470.
NURS3452 Pharmacology II 2 s.h.
Continues investigation of pharmacology with specific medications that are seen in the clinical setting from the various drug classifications and medications used in advanced adult health settings. Drug calculations include those for the critical care setting and those using the intravenous route.
NURS3460 Professional Seminar I 3 s.h.
A transitional course to prepare the RN student for entry into baccalaureate nursing and continuing socialization into the profession. Exploration of major curricular and historical concepts. Prerequisite: Nursing major with junior standing.
NURS3900 Topics in Nursing 1-3 s.h.
An in-depth study of a specific, timely topic in nursing. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.
NURS4000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.
NURS4280 Global Health and Policy Issues 3 s.h.
The course focuses on an analysis of the forces shaping our community and global health patterns. Drawing on multidisciplinary sources, this course explores the impact of these global processes as they manifest in the health of our own and other societies. Emphasis is placed on analysis of the broad cultural, environmental, social-economic, and political systems that contribute to health status and outcomes, health policies, and health care delivery around the world.
NURS4420 Professional Seminar II 2 s.h.
Continuing exploration of current health care issues facing the nursing profession using a critical thinking process designed to move the RN student into the professional baccalaureate role for practice in the 21st century. Prerequisites: Nursing major with senior standing and NURS3460.
NURS4480 Trends and Issues 2 s.h.
Examines the social, cultural, political, legal, economic, and ethical issues that surround the practice of professional nursing. Explores the concepts that prepare the graduate for entry into the professional role. Prerequisites: NURS3160, 3250, 3260, 3290, 4340.
Clinical Course Offerings
Each of the following clinical course offerings provides students practical opportunity to utilize components of the nursing process in a caring, professional way; to promote positive adaptation of families and individuals with specific health needs; and to function as a member of a health care team that utilizes research findings and scientific rationale in planning and implementing nursing action.
NURS3250 Adult Health Care I 4 s.h.
Focus on the development of abilities to manage the care of adults, at various life stages, in a variety of health care settings. Emphasis on person-centered communication and application of cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills in providing basic nursing care to clients and their families. Prerequisites: NURS3120, 3270, 3440, 3451.
NURS3260 Adult Health Care II 4 s.h.
Focus on the development of abilities to manage the care of adults, at various life stages, in a variety of health care settings. Emphasis on person-centered communication and application of cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills in providing family centered nursing care to individuals and groups of clients. Prerequisites: NURS3120, 3270, 3440, 3451.
NURS3270 Psychosocial Aspects of Client Care 4 s.h.
Emphasis on promotion of healthy individual and family system responses to psychosocial stressors (violence, poverty, substance abuse). Psychopathology will be explored with opportunities to practice primary, secondary, and tertiary nursing interventions in the clinical setting. Prerequisites: NURS2420, 2460, 2470.
NURS4160 Leadership Roles in Nursing 3 s.h.
Examination of leadership, management, role, and change theories. Emphasis on acquiring the knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources required to lead an interdisciplinary team to achieve excellence and high quality outcomes. Prerequisites: Junior level nursing courses.
NURS4170 Manager of Patient Care 3.5 s.h.
Discusses management of patient care in a clinical setting in the capacity of unit manager, charge nurse and patient care coordinator. Focuses on knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources required to lead an interdisciplinary team to achieve excellence and high quality outcomes. Prerequisites: NURS3160, 3250, 3260, 3290, 4340.
NURS4220 Maternal and Newborn Care 4 s.h.
Study of women's health across the lifespan with an emphasis on maternity/newborn care. Employs holistic approach to health promotion and intervention. Prerequisites: Junior level nursing courses. Prerequisites: NURS3160, 3250, 3260, 3290, 4340.
NURS4240 Pediatric Nursing 4 s.h.
Investigates a holistic, family focus on acute illness and health promotion for pediatric patients from birth through adolescence. An emphasis on developmental stages of childhood and nursing interventions within the home and acute care settings and the impact of societal and family decisions on childhood growth and development. Prerequisites: NURS4170, 4220, 4480.
NURS4260 Critical Care Nursing 4 s.h.
Emphasis on the key concepts required to deliver care to clients and their families during severe physiological stress. Importance placed on critical thinking to analyze the relationship between multidimensional stressors in the midst of critical illness. Prerequisites: NURS4170, 4220, 4480.
NURS4340 Community Health Care 2.5 s.h.
Focuses on community/public health issues with the family and community as clients, including community assessment and the examination of a variety of core concepts in the practice of community/public health nursing. Topics include epidemiology, community focused health promotion, and prevention within a sociopolitical environment. Prerequisites: NURS3120, 3270, 3440, 3451.
NURS4350 Community Health Nursing 3 s.h.
Emphasis on the community as client and population groups within the community, including a comprehensive community assessment, the exploration of epidemiology, disaster nursing, community-focused health promotion, and prevention within sociopolitical environment.
NURS4390 Capstone Practicum 3 s.h.
Emphasis on advanced cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills and therapeutic communication in the care of clients and families in acute-care settings. Prerequisites: NURS4170, 4220, 4480.
NURS4410 Reflective Practice in Nursing 2 s.h.
Emphasis on knowing in nursing with practice field experiences designed to guide the student toward becoming a more reflective practitioner.
Courses in Health Care Management
INTD3720 Legal Aspects of Health Care Management 3 s.h.
Overview of the doctrines and principles of law which are foundational to legally sound health care. Current legal dilemmas faced in the health care professions will be explored.
HCAD3330 Healthcare Finance and Economics 3 s.h.
Focuses on the study of healthcare delivery systems from an economic perspective. Provides an introduction to the most commonly used financial concepts, principles, and techniques of healthcare financial management of both for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations.
HCAD3420 Human Resources and Organizational Behavior for Healthcare 3 s.h.
Explores the impact of individual behavior, group behavior, and structure on organizational effectiveness. Focuses on topics such as motivation, leadership, decision-making, power and politics, interpersonal communication, group structure and processes, human resource needs, change processes, conflict, organizational culture, organizational change, work design, appraisal of job performance, training and development, and technological advances.
HCAD4100 Internship in Health Care Management 3 s.h.
Internship that allows students to work with professionals in a health care management setting. The student will play an active role in identifying potential field sponsors.
HCAD4300 Introduction to Healthcare Informatics 3 s.h.
Focuses on the components of the informatics field, the impact of information systems and emerging information technology roles on the dynamic field of healthcare. Emphasis is placed on the functions of the informatics specialists, the licensing, accrediting, and regulatory compliance aspects, as well as the potential of electronic management records to improve the quality of patient care.
HCAD4310 Healthcare Electronic Database Systems 3 s.h.
Focuses on the theories and concepts of file and database structures; how data is captured, stored, structured, processed, and retrieved as well as the most common tools and techniques used. Emphasis is based on comparing various database systems regarding strengths and weaknesses.
HCAD4320 Electronic Data Management 3 s.h.
Focuses on specific knowledge management techniques including data structures and models, manipulation of data using queuing language, data mining, and database security methods. Emphasis is based on application of decision making steps: identification, acquisition, analysis, interpretation, and application of data to a specific knowledge management system.
HCAD4400 Quality Assurance in Operation Management 3 s.h.
Examination of voluntary and governmental efforts to address quality in the U.S. Health Care System. Includes a study of historical methods and current quality assurance, quality improvement and performance improvement models used in a variety of health care settings.
HCAD4500 Leadership in Health Care 3 s.h.
Examination of leadership, management, and change theories. Emphasis on integrating the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to collaborate in creating, mobilizing, and motivating multidisciplinary health care teams to achieve excellence and high quality outcomes.
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 classes and complementary/alternative treatments, which allows students to evaluate client situations and determine 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 (Prerequisite must be taken no more than 2 terms in advance of lab course.), 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, NURS5143, 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 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, NURS5143, 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 EBP Synthesis Project 3 s.h.
Prepares the advanced practice graduate to improve nursing practice and patient health outcomes through the systematic selection, analysis, synthesis and application of current best evidence. Identification of clinically significant issues, use of evidence-based practice (EBP), collaboration, peer-review, and dissemination are emphasized. Prerequisites: NURS5170 Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice; NURS5121 Theory in Nursingp>
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.
This course provides a foundation for the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice role. The content provides a broader interdisciplinary view of historical, theoretical, and political avenues of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice. It also includes health care policy advocates and macrosystems, ethics, and professional development for DNPs today, tomorrow, and into the next generation. In addition, it helps the DNP student with framing their doctoral identity and practice. Includes 12 clock hours of field experiences counted toward the post-BSN supervised practice hour requirement for the DNP degree.
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. Includes 8 clock hours of field experiences counted toward the post-BSN supervised practice hour requirement for the DNP degree.
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.
Focuses on epidemiologic concepts and methods for disease prevention, surveillance, detection, and intervention to promote the health of populations. Morbidity and mortality data and steps in the epidemiologic investigation process and epidemiologic research methods are emphasized. Students will learn specific epidemiologic skills such as use of existing datasets, analysis of published epidemiologic studies, and data interpretation. The epidemiology of infectious diseases, environmental health hazards, new and emerging diseases, chronic disease, managerial epidemiology and disaster preparedness is included. Includes 16 hours of field experiences that emphasize epidemiological leadership.
NURS8200 Evaulation of Research for Evidence Based Practice 3 s.h.
Focuses on the application of research methods conducted to generate evidence-based knowledge to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes. Emphasis will be on students’ identification of practice problem using steps in evidence-based practice process. Students will develop skills and competencies in database searching, critical appraisal, interpretation of research findings, data analysis, synthesis, and decision making for application of evidence in clinical practice. The process of critiquing quantitative, qualitative, outcome, and intervention research methods is included. Ethics in healthcare research will be discussed. Finally, students will learn and be prepared to communicate clinical practice scholarship and research findings.
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.