Course Descriptions — Master of Science in Nursing

NUR5110 Theoretical Foundations in Advanced Role Development     
3 semester hours
This course examines a wide range of theories from nursing and other disciplines.  Grand theories, mid-range theories and conceptual frameworks are explored. Interrelationships among theory, practice, and research as integral components of evidence-based practice are examined.  Theory development and strategies for the evaluation and testing of theories in nursing, as well as other disciplines are explored.  How theory and research interact and impact nursing practice, education and leadership are investigated.
Prerequisite: Graduate status.

NUR5120 Ethical Principles and Global Social Considerations    
3 semester hours
Social, cultural, political and economic forces influencing ethical decision making are examined.  Health care policy, resource availability, and ethical principles will be used to evaluate health care policy decisions.  How these decisions are made, how they are influenced by social values and the impact of these decisions on the global community are addressed.  The advanced nurse role as counselor and advocate to consumers of health care where social, ethical and political issues affect communities, society and the profession are also explored.  Cultivation of global awareness in issues of health and social policy development will be fostered.
Prerequisite: Graduate status.

NUR5125 Health Care Policy and Financing   
3 semester hours
The purpose of this course is to advance the role of the nurse to influence healthcare policy, quality improvement and financial decision-making to improve the quality of health care delivery. Students examine the history and current state of health care financing and policy development and how these factors influence access, quality of care and sustainability of the health care system.  The financial implications of health promotion and disease management are examined, from the perspectives of funding these endeavors and gaining long term financial benefits through improved health and disease management in individuals, communities and populations. Students examine the dynamic relationships within an organization and ethical considerations required to make sound financial and policy decisions that will best serve individuals, families, groups and communities.
Prerequisite: Graduate status.

NUR5130 Scientific Inquiry and Research   
3 semester hours
The purpose of this course is to advance the role of the nurse in the utilization of new knowledge through scholarly inquiry.  The emphasis is on the research process and statistical analysis leading to the systematic evaluation and application of evidence-based nursing research. Research findings should be relevant and the foundation from which clinical and organizational decisions are made. The utilization of scientific evidence to improve nursing practice and ultimately patient outcomes is emphasized.
Prerequisite: Graduate status.

NUR5140 Advanced Pathophysiological and Pharmacological Concepts       
4 semester hours
This course will provide the framework for the application and synthesis of advanced pathophysiologic and pharmacologic concepts to advance the professional role of the master’s prepared nurse in the practice setting. The physical, social and psychological assessment of patients across the lifespan is addressed, and incorporates the cultural, genetic and developmental variations of individuals. A theoretical foundation in health promotion, illness prevention and health/function maintenance across the lifespan is developed. Integration of current evidence-based research is emphasized.
Prerequisite: Graduate status.

NUR5145 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
3 semester hours
This course provides students with advanced content in pathophysiology and human physiologic responses. The student will explore, analyze, apply, and evaluate the normal and abnormal human respones to selected pathophysiologic mechanisms and conditions.

NUR5150 Nursing Informatics   
3 semester hours
This course provides an overview of informatics and the theoretical foundation for information management within the health care setting.  The student examines the way data are managed in health care environments and the influence of informatics technology on data management, clinical decision-making and the nurse leader’s role as a consumer and purchaser of information technology.  The impact of automated data management through advances in information technology, health care information systems and tele-health are explored. 
No prerequisites.

NUR5160 Advanced Physiology
This course expands the knowledge if health assessment principles specific to the role of the FNP. The student will develop assessment techniques related to history and physical examination of clients across the lifespan. Students will explore, analyze, apply and evaluate these principles and techniques in the classroom setting. A health assessment performance evaluation will occur in the laboratory setting.

NUR5170 Advanced Pharmacology
3 semester hours
This course expands knowledge of pharmacological principles specific to the role of the FNP. The student will explore, analyze, apply and evaluate commonly used drugs for the treatment of chronic diseases and self-limiting acute conditions and apply critical appraisal skils to determine the best evidence for prescriptive intervention.

NUR5180 Population Health and Epidemiology
3 semester hours
This course intoduces students advanced practice competencies utilized by a FNP. The competencies include the utilization of epidemiological and statistical principles which serve as a basis for the assessment, development and implementation of evidence-based interventions for populations. Additional concepts focus on utilizing epidemiology to identify, predict and intervene for risk factors that impact populations.

NUR6165 Practicum: Adult Health
5 semester hours
This is one of three practica. Under the guidance of the preceptor, students develop a consistent approach to health assessment and evaluation in working with adult patients. Skills in diagnostic knowledge, clinical reasoning and differential diagnosis are demonstrated. Age appropriate, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based plans of care are developed. Clinical and pharmacological management is implemented for commonly encountered acute and chronic conditions in the adult population. Health promotion and health maintenance are consistently emphasized. Students and faculty meet for one hour per week to discuss the specifics for caring for this population. (220 contact hours plus one semester hour seminar). May be taken in any sequence.
Prerequisites: Completion of all MSN-required coursework (core and specialization).

NUR6170 Leadership and Professional Role Development   
3 semester hours
This course provides the student with theoretical principles and skills to develop her/his professional leadership role within complex health care systems. Transition into advanced nursing practice roles is facilitated.  The nursing profession, advanced nursing practice roles, leadership responsibilities of nurses in advanced practice roles, the requirements for, and regulation of these roles are discussed.  The importance of working effectively with interprofessional teams to deliver health care is emphasized.  The professional expectation that the master’s prepared nurse exert leadership not only within the profession but also in the health care delivery system is critical to professional role development.
Prerequisites: All 5000-level courses; NUR6160.

NUR6175 Practicum: Women's Health
5 semester hours
This is one of three practica. Under the supervision and feedback from an experienced preceptor, students integrate theory and research findings in the care of women and their families. Advanced competencies are developed and independence is demonstrated in diagnosing, clinical reasoning, differential diagnosis and clinical prioritization and pharmacological management. Health promotion and maintenance are emphasized to assist clients in achieving their highest level of health. Students and faculty meet for one hour per week to discuss the specifics for caring for this population (220 contact hours plus one semester hour of seminar). May be taken in any sequence.
Prerequisites: Completion of all MSN required coursework (core and specialization).


NUR6180 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Education   
3 semester hours
This course explores and analyzes theoretical foundations of teaching, learning, motivation and instruction.  Students will develop an understanding of educational theories and their importance to the nurse educator.  Principles and methodologies related to teaching, learning and instruction are examined.  Current issues and trends in nursing education are explored.
Prerequisites: All 5000-level courses; NUR6150, NUR6160, NUR6170.

NUR6181 Curriculum Development and Assessment   
3 semester hours
This course introduces the student to the curriculum development and evaluation processes.  Selected theories, principles, and techniques of curriculum development are explored.  The relationship of nursing curriculum to the parent institution’s mission and philosophy are analyzed.  Issues of accreditation, standards of professional nursing practice, and legal/ethical issues are analyzed within the context of curriculum development and program evaluation.
Prerequisites:  All 5000-level courses; NUR6150, NUR6160, NUR6170, NUR6180.

NUR6185 Practicum Pediatric Health
5 semester hours
This is one of three practica. This course focuses on achieving a professional level of clinical competence. Refined skills are demonstrated in diagnostic knowledge, clinical reasoning, differential diagnosis, and clinical management in delivering high-quality evidence-based care to children and adolescents. Strong emphasis is placed on prevention, safety, health promotion and maintenance. The student exhibits confidence and independence, but the overall care remains under the oversight of an experienced clinical preceptor. Students and faculty meet for one hour per week to discuss the specifics for caring for this population (220 contact hours plus one semester hour of seminar). May be taken in any sequence.
Prerequisites: Completion of all MSN required coursework (core and specialization).


NUR 6190 Application of Organizational Theory in Healthcare   
3 semester hours
This course provides an overview of organizational theory applied to the operations of health care organizations. Organizational and management theories and research are examined over time as they have evolved with business culture changes.  Organizational mission, vision, values, objectives, culture, strategy and quality improvement programs are examined. Leadership, structure, power, influence and control are examined in detail.  High performance and high reliability organizations are evaluated.  Facilitators and barriers to organizational change are analyzed.  Organizational culture is viewed as the primary driver of organizational performance, behavior, dynamics and management. The health care industry’s attempts to measure performance are discussed and critiqued. 
Prerequisites:  All 5000-level courses; NUR6150, NUR6160, NUR6170.

NUR6191 The Business of Healthcare and Human  Resources Management       
3 semester hours
This course explores the core competencies required of nursing administrators in health care organizations.  Market assessment, identification of health needs, systems analysis and business plan development are discussed.  Leadership and negotiation strategies necessary to facilitate health care programming and implementation are addressed. Marketing and the sale of health care services are also emphasized. Human resource management concepts and principles, strategies and legal and ethical dimensions are analyzed with an emphasis on achieving high performance organizations. 
Prerequisites:  All 5000-level courses; NUR6150, NUR6160, NUR6170, NUR6190.

NUR6210 Practicum: Role Concentration (135 hours)   
3 semester hours
The graduate student will operationalize the theoretical principles and behavior norms within a specialty area of practice (Leadership/Management or Education) by applying the theoretical framework to the development of an advanced practice role. The practicum facilitates the incorporation of the advanced nursing role into the graduate’s professional practice.  The student gains an appreciation for the ambiguity of the role and the fluidity of the role boundaries.  This course includes a 1 hour seminar during the practicum’s duration.
Prerequisites:  All 5000-level courses; NUR6150, NUR6160, NUR6170, NUR6180 and NUR6181 or NUR6190 and NUR6191.

NUR6300 Master’s Project or Thesis Research     
3 semester hours
All Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students are required to complete a scholarly activity that demonstrates the student’s advanced level of knowledge and professional competence.  Students may meet this requirement by completing either a master’s project (alternative to a thesis) or a thesis. 
Prerequisites: All 5000-level courses; all 6000-level courses.