Core Course Descriptions
NUR 6301 Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice (3.0 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on theories from behavioral, natural, applied, and nursing sciences with the aim to create the development and application of nursing theory. Holistic concepts of human beings, health, nursing, and environment serve as the foundation for comparing nursing theories. Special emphasis is on identification of frameworks that explore specific care concepts pertinent to cultural diversity, health promotion, and ethical practice for advanced practice nurses.
NUR 6303 Research in Advanced Nursing Practice (3.0 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on research foundations of advanced nursing practice; the use of descriptive and inferential statistics; qualitative and quantitative research methods; and application and utilization of research related to advanced nursing practice. The course provides an overview of information relevant to the use of computer technology in nursing research and provides experience with computer packages including: preparing and entering data for statistical analysis; using spreadsheets for data entry and transfer to statistical software; data analysis; and report writing.
NUR 6310 Advanced Pathophysiology (3.0 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on the basic physiological concepts (cellular function; genetics; fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance; neuro-endocrine-immune responses; maintenance of vital functions) and pathophysiological responses to alterations in function across the lifespan. Regulatory and compensatory mechanisms that maintain and restore homeostasis in response to changes in the internal and external environment are explored.
NUR 6312 Advanced Pharmacology (3.0 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on the principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics in decision-making in advanced nursing practice with clients experiencing common health problems and stable chronic illness states.
NUR 6323 Health Care Policy, Organization and Finance (3.0 Credit Hours)
This course provides the students with the knowledge and understanding of the ways health care is organized and delivered in order for the graduate to function effectively and assume leadership roles in the health care system. Totality of health care systems, including managed care and integrated care systems of delivery, is introduced. Emphasis is placed on the delivery of care within an integrated care system and on the continuum of health care models.
NUR 6511 Advanced Health Assessment, Health Promotion, and Diagnostic Reasoning (5.0 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on the theory and practice of health assessment and health promotion within the family framework across the life span. The role of the advanced nurse practitioner in assessing all aspects of the patient’s health status for purposes of health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention is explored. Concepts, theories, and research on human development and genetics, prevention of disease, early detection of risk factors and anticipatory guidance are emphasized.
NUR 6334 Scholarly Project (3.0 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on students developing a proposal for a scholarly project, implementing it, and communicating the results in writing. Emphasis is on the pragmatic aspects of applying the various research process elements in realistic ways. Students will report these results in a written manuscript that adheres to guidelines for reporting nursing scholarly projects. Prerequisite: NUR 6301, 6303 or faculty permission.
NUR 6307 Advanced Nursing Technologies (3.0 Credit Hours)
This course integrates nursing, computer technology, and information sciences to process, manage, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate data. Technological applications supporting evidence-based decision making, electronic management and administration of patients and records, and internet-based teaching, learning, and communications technologies in educational and clinical settings are emphasized.
ANE Specialty Course Descriptions
NUR 6220 Education Theories (2.0 Credit Hours)
This course explores major research-based theories of adult learning and knowledge development in nursing. These theories will be examined for their utility across a variety of settings and/or levels of education. Utilization of the evidenced–based teaching-learning and electronic communication will be explored. The course will analyze specific learning theories which address the needs of multicultural learners.
NUR 6305 Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education (3.0 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on testing, measurement, and evaluation methods in nursing education. It is designed to prepare nurse educators to implement student and program assessment strategies. Various modalities for assessment, testing, validating, and evaluating learning will be examined. Principles of test construction, item analysis, clinical evaluation, and program outcomes will be explored. Prerequisite: NUR 6220, 6401.
NUR 6328 Curriculum and Instruction (3.0 Credit Hours)
This course is designed to introduce students to the components of educational program processes. Classic and contemporary philosophies, theories and research on the development of nursing education programs will be analyzed. Principles of program design, development of a teaching syllabus, assessment of nursing education and staff development are the key concepts of this course. Congruent: NUR 6220.
NUR 6344 Practicum in Nursing Education (3.0 Credit Hours)
This is the student’s first practicum experience to analyze the role and function of nurse educator in the academic and clinical settings. This course provides the student with a guided experience in development and implementation of the syllabus, course modules, testing, and measurement. The practicum will focus on nurse educator planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating methods of instruction. Prerequisite: NUR 6220, 6401; Congruent: NUR 6305.
NUR 6245 Education Residency (2.0 Credit Hours)
This is a continuation of NUR 6344. Under supervision of a nurse educator/administrator students design, implement and evaluate educational plans based on the chosen practicum site. The role of the nurse educator in higher education, staff development in the health care environment and community setting is analyzed. Prerequisite: NUR 6220, 6328, 6344.
FNP Specialty Course Descriptions
NUR 6325 Primary Health Care of Adults/Older Adults in Families (3.0 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on the advanced knowledge and skills appropriate to assess and manage the continuum of primary care and illness related problems which are experienced by adult/older adults in the family. Emphasis will be on advanced nursing practice and management of adult/older adults with alterations in health commonly encountered in underserved, disadvantaged, diverse urban families and communities. Prerequisite: NUR 6310, 6312, 6511; Congruent: 6423
NUR 6423 Primary Health Care of Adults/Older Adults Practicum (4.0 Credit Hours)
This clinical course focuses on advanced nursing practice in the management of adults/older adult clients with alterations in health commonly encountered by adults/older adults in underserved, disadvantaged, diverse, urban communities. The course includes use of the nursing process to address primary care of multi-cultural urban adults/older adults who are experiencing a continuum of health promotion, episodic and chronic health alterations. Prerequisite: NUR 6310, 6312, 6511; Congruent: 6325
NUR 6322 Primary Health Care of Women in Families (3.0 Credit Hours)
This is a didactic course focusing on the assessment, diagnosis, management, and evaluation of the gynecologic, obstetric and menopausal primary health care needs of women in underserved/disadvantaged diverse urban communities. Students will analyze the advanced nursing role in a multi-cultural urban setting with emphasis on the application of evidence-based research and practices. Culturally sensitive care, ethical, spiritual, legal and genetic issues are discussed. Prerequisite: NUR 6310, 6312, 6511; Congruent: NUR 6327
NUR 6327 Primary Health Care of Women in Families Practicum (3.0 Credit Hours)
This is a clinical course focusing on assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic management and evaluation of the gynecologic, obstetric and menopausal primary health care needs of women in underserved disadvantaged diverse urban communities. Assessment, diagnostic, therapeutic and health teaching strategies are applied to a continuum of health promotion, illness problems affecting women throughout the life cycle. Prerequisite: NUR 6310, 6312, 6325, 6423, 6511; Congruent: NUR 6222
NUR 6324 Primary Health Care of Children in Families (3.0 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on advanced knowledge, skill, and application of evidence-based medicine and research from pathophysiological, genetic, behavioral, social and nursing sciences to the assessment, diagnosis and management of primary care problems of children from birth to adolescence. Prerequisite: NUR 6310, 6312, 6322, 6325, 6327, 6423, 6511; Congruent: 6326
NUR 6326 Primary Health Care of Children in Families Practicum (3.0 Credit Hours)
Students develop advanced practice role competencies under the supervision of preceptors and faculty in underserved/disadvantaged diverse urban health care settings. Students extend previously acquired knowledge to the provision of care to children residing in underserved/disadvantaged diverse urban and rural families. This course addresses advanced nursing practice and the management of children (birth-adolescence) with health alterations commonly encountered by children in underserved/disadvantaged diverse urban and rural families. Prerequisite: NUR 6310, 6312, 6322, 6325, 6327, 6423, 6511; Congruent: NUR 6324
NUR 6243 Nurse Practitioner Role Preparation and Transition (2.0 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on transition into the advanced practice nursing role. The emphasis will be placed on preparation for entry into advanced practice including Family Nurse Practitioner course content review for national board certification. The course will also include reviews of the scope of practice, standards of care, legislative rules and regulations governing advanced practice nursing and employment acquisition. Students will use evidence-based research to analyze current issues affecting the advanced practice nursing role including ethical, spiritual, psycho-social, and alternative medicine issues. Congruent: NUR 6445.
NUR 6444 Residency Practicum (4.0 Credit Hours)
This course is a capstone experience in which the family nurse practitioner students continue to develop knowledge and expertise in the role as a primary care provider. Autonomy in clinical decision-making is emphasized. Family nurse practitioner students increase their levels of responsibility for independent client and family management. Direct guidance and supervision is provided in the clinical sites by preceptors with direction from the nursing faculty. Prerequisite: NUR 6322, 6324, 6325, 6326, 6327, 6423; Congruent: NUR 6243.