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This course is designed to assist the registered nurse with a non-nursing bachelor's degree to develop the knowledge and skills to transition into the Master of Science (M.S.N.) program. The student will build upon current nursing experience and knowledge as well as previous baccalaureate education in order to demonstrate recommended competencies in baccalaureate nursing prior to beginning the M.S.N. coursework. (6 credit hours)

Course Objectives:

  • Articulate the role of the professional nurse in the global healthcare environment
  • Examine the relationship of selected nursing, sociological, behavioral, biochemical, learning, health promotion, and family theories in evidence based practices in nursing
  • Discuss the use of information technology in improving patient care outcomes and safety
  • Explore strategies to address political, cultural, legal and ethical issues facing nurse leaders within the health care system
  • Use inter-professional communication and collaborative skills to improve patient care outcomes
  • Utilize evidence-based practice and leadership skills in the decision making process to improve patient care outcomes
  • Apply knowledge of health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention interventions to improve population health
Core Courses

This course introduces the RN to the advanced nurse role as leader, collaborator, change agent, advocate for population health and scholar. Theories of leadership, change and decision making are explored and applied to health care delivery situations. Issues affecting population health, including communication, collaboration, information management, diversity and ethics are examined. Students are introduced to the importance of scholarship in the advanced roles of nursing. (3 credit hours)

Course Objectives:

  • Articulate essential components of the role of the advanced nurse.
  • Apply leadership, change, and decision-making theories to improve health care delivery and outcomes.
  • Examine influences that affect population health.
  • Employ communication and collaboration strategies to improve patient and population health outcomes.
  • Discuss the importance of scholarship to the advanced roles of nursing.

This course examines the relationship of theory to research and practice and the use of data as a basis for decision making. Various approaches to the research process are explored. Ethical considerations in research are presented. (3 credit hours)

Course Objectives:

  • Analyze the relationship between theory, practice and research.
  • Examine various approaches to the research process
  • Explore the use of evidence in nursing practice
  • Assess ethical implications related to conducting research.
  • Examine the relationship between data/findings and clinical decision making

This course focuses on the development, acquisition, and evaluation, and use of interdisciplinary evidence in nursing practice while incorporating strategies for protection of human subjects. Methods of disseminating evidence to improve practice outcomes are explored. (3 credit hours)

Course objectives:

  • Formulate researchable nursing problems.
  • Evaluate interdisciplinary evidence for translation into practice
  • Develop a proposal for a change project based on evidence.
  • Explore the process for implementing a change project within an institution
  • Develop a proposal for a change project based on evidence

This course focuses on providing the present and future nurse leaders with an understanding of health policy, finance, and legislation on health care. Political advocacy and the health policy change process will be explored. (3 credit hours)

Course Objectives:

  • Examine the evolution of health care policy's impact on the current health care system.
  • Appraise the nurse leaders' role within today's public health care policy environment.
  • Analyze current policies impacting the nursing profession.
  • Examine the impact of legislation on health care policy.

This course provides the student with an opportunity to examine various healthcare informatics theories and policies related to the entire implementation process of information systems in a complex health care system. During the course students will apply concepts learned to the ethical use of data, information, and knowledge in clinical practice and research. Students will also analyze the critical elements in the life cycle of information and patient care technology systems. (3 credit hours)

Course Objectives:

Examine healthcare informatics theories using the concepts of data, information, and knowledge to describe information systems.

Analyze legislation, public and organizational policies related to information management in the health care system.

Evaluate critical elements necessary in the selection, use, analysis, and evaluation of healthcare information systems and patient care technology.

Critique emerging patterns and trends in electronic information processing and the ethical/legal issues that arise from technology

Advance Practice Registered Nurse Courses

This course covers principles and techniques related to the management of lacerations and bite wounds. Topics include: wound assessment, mechanism of injury, normal wound healing, cleansing and irrigation, instruments and suture materials, special anatomic sites, alternative closures, tetanus and antibiotic prophylaxis, and suture removal. On-site practice lab for suturing.

Course objectives:

  • Conduct a wound assessment
  • Select appropriate intervention
  • Perform basic wound closures

This course builds upon baccalaureate knowledge and clinical mastery of health and physical assessment. Comprehensive physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural assessments of individuals across the life span are emphasized. Clinical prevention and population health are incorporated into the assessment process. Assessment criteria are appreciated as underpinnings of differential diagnoses and plans of care.

Course Objectives:

  • Competently perform and document an advanced health/physical assessment.
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal variations associated with ethnic/racial origins, socioeconomic status, cultural/spiritual beliefs, gender, and age.
  • Interpret diagnostic studies useful for health maintenance, disease prevention, and disease management.
  • Integrate the knowledge of advanced physiology and pathophysiology to interpreting changes in normal function that result in symptoms indicative of illness.
  • Formulate differential diagnoses based on comprehensive assessment data.
  • Apply legal and ethical principles of client data.

This course focuses on the use of pharmacotherapeutics across the life span. Medications used to treat and manage common illnesses and conditions are emphasized. Content includes indication, selection, adverse effects, and alternatives to medication therapy with the goal of the safe and effective prescription of pharmaceutical and alternative therapeutic agents for health maintenance, disease prevention and management for individuals. The current health status, ethnic/racial origins, socioeconomic status, cultural/spiritual implications, gender, and changes which occur across the lifespan are addressed. Clinical decision making, client education and review of laws governing prescriptive authority for the advanced practice nurse are also emphasized.

Course objectives:

  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of medication classifications, mechanisms of action, adverse drug effects and pharmacological application.
  • Select pharmacologic agents for the management of health problems as determined by pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenetics, evidenced-based guidelines, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Analyze the effect of medication regimens, both single and multiple, on the individual's health.
  • Examine potential contraindications or allergies related to pharmacologic agents.
  • Incorporate the legal requirements for prescriptive authority in advanced practice nursing.
  • Examine the scope of nursing responsibility, accountability and application of the nursing process regarding pharmacotherapeutics across the lifespan.
  • Individualize educational information for prescribed pharmacologic agents

This course examines the family structure, function and process. Various theoretical frameworks and models are explored. Psychosocial, cultural, economic, gender, and spiritual variables and their impact on family life are analyzed. The domains and core competencies of nurse practitioner practice are introduced.

Course objectives:

  • Compare a variety of theoretical frameworks to explain family dynamics.
  • Articulate the domains and core competencies of nurse practitioner practice.

This course focuses on the pathophysiological concepts that serve as a primary component of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision-making, and management for advanced nursing practice. Changes associated with individuals of different racial origins, gender, and those which occur across the lifespan are included.

Course objectives:

  • Examine internal and external factors that affect specific physiological states along the health & illness continuum
  • Analyze the epidemiology, etiology, diagnostic/laboratory findings, genetic relationship and manifestations related to the pathophysiology of specific disease processes.
  • Evaluate the developmental physiology, normal etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of commonly occurring altered health states.

This course focuses on the development of the domains and competencies of the FNP providing evidence-based healthcare for culturally/spiritually diverse adults and their families in the primary care setting. Concepts of advanced health assessment, pharmacology, and pathophysiology are incorporated in the multidisciplinary management of routine, chronic, and acute health problems in this population.

Course objectives:

  • Assess the physical and psychosocial health status of the adult client with acute and chronic conditions in the primary care setting.
  • Formulate differential diagnoses based on health histories and assessment findings.
  • Select appropriate laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures based on assessment data.
  • Design a plan of care based on assessment findings, laboratory tests, and diagnostic procedures.
  • Collaborate with other members of the inter-professional healthcare team in delivering care to adult clients.
  • Implement evidence-based research and cost-effective interventions in the care of the adult client.
  • Provide clinical prevention education to improve or maintain the health status of adult clients.
  • Documents the history and physical, plan of care, and the adult client's response to the management of care.
  • Practice within the legal boundaries and standards of practice for the FNP.

This course focuses on the development of the domains and competencies of the FNP providing evidence-based healthcare for culturally/spiritually diverse older adults and their families in the primary care setting. Concepts of advanced health assessment, pharmacology, and pathophysiology are incorporated in the interdisciplinary management of routine, chronic, and acute health problems in this population.

Course Objectives:

  • Assess the physical and psychosocial health status of the older adult client with acute and chronic conditions in the primary care setting.
  • Formulate differential diagnoses based on health histories and assessment findings.
  • Select appropriate laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures based on assessment data.
  • Design a plan of care based on assessment findings, laboratory tests, and diagnostic procedures.
  • Collaborate with other members of the inter-professional healthcare team in delivering care to the older adult client.
  • Implement evidence-based research and cost-effective interventions in the care of the older adult client.
  • Provide clinical prevention education to improve or maintain the health status of the older adult client.

This course focuses on the development of the domains and competencies of the FNP providing evidence-based healthcare for culturally/spiritually diverse female clients and their families in the primary care setting. Concepts of advanced health assessment, pharmacology, and pathophysiology are incorporated in the interdisciplinary management of routine, chronic, and acute health problems in this population.

Course Objectives:

  • Assess the physical and psychosocial health status of a pregnant and non-pregnant female client with acute and chronic conditions in the primary care setting.
  • Formulate differential diagnoses based on health histories and assessment findings.
  • Select appropriate laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures based on assessment data.
  • Design a plan of care based on assessment findings, laboratory tests, and diagnostic procedures.
  • Collaborate with other members of the inter-professional healthcare team in delivering care to a pregnant and non-pregnant female client.
  • Implement evidence-based research and cost-effective interventions in the care of a pregnant and non-pregnant female client.
  • Provide clinical prevention education to improve or maintain the health status of a pregnant and non-pregnant female client.

This course focuses on common mental health issues and counseling strategies relevant in the primary care setting. Emphasis is on the assessment and management of behavioral, developmental, and lifestyle issues across the life span and in culturally/spiritually diverse populations. Individual and family intervention strategies are presented..

Course Objectives:

  • Analyze physiological and emotional responses to behavioral health illnesses and their treatment modalities.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of behavioral disorders and diagnose, treat or refer appropriately.
  • Effectively communicate with patients and their families, as well as other health care professionals.
  • Work collaboratively to advocate for ethical care of behavioral health patients in the healthcare system.
  • Utilize empirical and theoretical nursing knowledge, develop an effective and appropriate holistic plan of care for the behavioral health patient.

This course focuses on the development of the domains and competencies of the FNP providing evidence-based healthcare for culturally/spiritually diverse infants, children, and adolescents and their families in the primary care setting. Concepts of advanced health assessment, pharmacology, and pathophysiology are incorporated in the interdisciplinary management of routine, chronic, and acute health problems in this population.

Course objectives:

  • Assess the physical, psychosocial, and developmental health status of infants, children, and adolescents with acute and chronic conditions in the primary care setting.
  • Formulate differential diagnoses based on health histories and assessment findings.
  • Select appropriate laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures based on assessment data.
  • Design a plan of care based on assessment findings, laboratory tests, and diagnostic procedures.
  • Collaborate with other members of the inter-professional healthcare team and family/caretakers in delivering care to infants, children, and adolescents.
  • Implement evidence-based research and cost-effective interventions in the care of infants, children, and adolescents.
  • Provide clinical prevention education to families/caretakers to improve or maintain the health status of infants, children, and adolescents.
  • Documents the history and physical, plan of care, and the infant's, child's, or adolescent's response to the management of care.
  • Practice within the legal boundaries and standards of practice for the FNP.

This course represents the culmination and integration of all previous course work and provides opportunity for the student to continue to master the domains and competencies of the FNP. Course content specifically addresses issues for professional practice needed for the graduate to enter the workforce as an advanced practice nurse.

Course Objectives:

  • Design and implement advanced nursing care for individuals and communities, integrating nursing and related sciences, as well as knowledge from the humanities.

  • Exhibit leadership skills in order to effectively implement patient safety and quality improvement initiatives within a healthcare delivery system.

  • Integrate theory, evidence, clinical judgment and inter-professional perspectives to improve health care outcomes for patient aggregates.

  • Employ information systems technology and inter-professional collaboration to support and optimize patient safety, cost-effectiveness and health care outcomes.

  • Advocate for healthcare policies and regulatory processes that improve population health while balancing human, fiscal, and physical healthcare resources.

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate clinical prevention and population health activities within contemporary society.

  • Assume the role of an advanced practice nurse who promotes the delivery of safe, quality care to diverse populations in a variety of primary care settings.