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NURSING (NU)
 
NU 300 Foundations of Professional Nursing (W) 3 cr
Foundational course on nursing concepts and theories related to health promotion and maintenance to facilitate healthy lifestyles and meet basic human needs. Exploration of professional nursing roles and strategies in promoting the health of individuals and families within a variety of acute and community settings. The emphasis is on the use of the nursing process as a systematic approach to health promotion and maintenance. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NU 325, HSC 342, HSC 343. Corequisite: NU 301.
 
NU 301 Foundations of Professional Nursing Clinical 2 cr
Application of concepts and theories related to health promotion and maintenance with individuals and families in a variety of settings to facilitate healthy lifestyles and meet basic human needs. Also provides opportunity for the development of clinical competency in the performance of selected nursing skills and procedures. Clinical practice experiences with individuals and families in a variety of acute and community settings will be provided. Prerequisite/Corequisites: NU 325, HSC 342, HSC 343. Corequisite: NU 300.
 
NU 304 Research for Health Professions (W) 3 cr
Surveys the research process through computer-assisted instruction. The focus is on the research process, methods for critiquing research, and ethical and legal implications. Emphasis is on the importance of research to nursing practice and the development of critical consumers of nursing research. Requires professional component standing.
 
NU 325 Health Assessment 4 cr
Nursing assessment of the whole person and includes physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual assessment of the adult and child. Emphasis on the development of skills in obtaining a health history and performing health assessment across the lifespan. Prerequisite: Admission to professional component or special permission of instructor.
 
NU 327 Pathophysiological Basis of Nursing 3 cr
This course provides students knowledge related to physiology and alterations in physiology of individuals with health problems. The course focuses on theory and research applicable to the cardiovascular, pulmonary, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, immune, neurological, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems. This course provides students with a foundation for providing nursing care to persons having acute, chronic and long-term health care problems. Prerequisite: Admission to professional component or special permission of instructor.
 
NU 390 Special Topics 1-4 cr
Study of a significant topic or problem in Nursing and the Health Professions. Course may be repeated for a total of four credits.
 
NU 394 Directed Study 1-4 cr
Individual study in a nursing area chosen in consultation with instructor.
 
NU 409 Nursing Issues and Leadership 3 cr
Continuation of the socialization process of students as professional nurses. Focuses on professionalism, leadership roles and functions, management strategies, continued professional development, and issues and trends in nursing and health care. Emphasis on the professional nurse as a leader in improving patient care and cost effectiveness of health care. Prerequisites/Corequisites: AHN 447, AHN 448 or special permission.
 
NU 410 Concepts of Professional Nursing (W) 6 cr
A bridge course for the Registered Nurse student. Focus on the philosophy of the College of Nursing and on selected theories and concepts integrated throughout the curriculum. Emphasis is on professional nursing roles and strategies for health promotion and maintenance with individuals, families, and groups. Requires registered nurse licensure and admission to RN to BSN track.
 
NU 412 Delegation of Nursing Practice 3 cr
This course focuses on leadership development of the student within the context of providing professional nursing care to patients and families across the lifespan. Decision-making, delegation, and motivation competencies are emphasized. Prerequisites: AHN 447, AHN 448, NU 304. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NU 409. Corequisites: NU 460, NU 413, CMN 420.
 
NU 413 Nursing Informatics 3 cr
Provides the student an introduction to nursing informatics and the evolving importance of the application and evaluation of information technology in nursing and health care. The emphasis of the course is to provide the students the expertise and knowledge to function effectively in the modern health care IT environment. Prerequisites: AHN 447, AHN 448, NU 304. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NU 409. Corequisites: NU 460, NU 412, CMN 420.
 
NU 460 Practicum 5 cr
Culminating clinical practice course to provide students an in-depth learning experience in a selected area of nursing practice. The leadership, management, and caregiver roles of the professional nurse with patients and their families in a selected area of nursing practice is emphasized. Students are assigned to nurse preceptors and with faculty guidance focus on leadership and management, and application of the nursing process theories, concepts, research, issues and trends in caring for patients in a variety of preceptorship placements in acute and community settings. Prerequisites: AHN 447, AHN 448, NU 304. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NU 409. Corequisites: NU 412, NU 413, CMN 420.

 

NU 490 Special Topics 1-6 cr
Study of a significant topic or problem in nursing and the health professions. This course may be repeated for a total of four credits.
 
NU 499 NU Honors Senior Project-H 1-6 cr
Honor students implement their senior project prospectus under the guidance of a faculty member. Nursing Honors Program requires special permission.
 
NU 500 Child and Adolescent Mental Health 1-3 cr
Provides students with an introduction to the normal child and family dynamics as well as introduces them to specific psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents and nursing interventions. Content includes specific psychiatric disorders and interventions within the framework of growth and development and family dynamics.
 
NU 501 Social Dynamics of Nursing 1-3 cr
Investigation of the influence of selected ideas, individuals, issues, and events that shape contemporary nursing.
 
NU 506 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing 3 cr
The purpose of the course is to examine theoretical foundations of advanced nursing practice. The focus is on the evolution of nursing knowledge including theoretical structures from other disciplines. Emphasis is on the analysis and application of nursing models and related theories using critical thinking strategies and clinical reasoning.
 
NU 507 Health Care Policy and Economics 3 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for participation in health policy and for understanding the economic impact of health planning. Content will focus on organization of health care systems, health care financing and economic implications and the role of the provider in policy making. Emphasis is on the analysis of health policy from a socioeconomic, ideological, political, historical, and technological perspective while integrating clinical management processes and use of available community fiscal resources.
 
NU 508
Advanced Nursing Leadership, Roles
and Concepts
3 cr
The purpose of this course is to develop critical thinking skills of the advanced nursing student in the analysis of work environments and health systems. Quality improvement, specifically related to outcome-based measures and adherence to guidelines, will be explored by applying scientific evidence to health outcomes. The focus will be on examining leadership within the context of organizational and health systems, focusing on relationship building, collaboration, negotiation, and working on interdisciplinary teams in a multicultural work force. Emphasis is on advanced nursing leadership and the influences of social, cultural, political, legal, ethical, spiritual and economic forces interacting with complex client systems.
 
NU 513 Advanced Nursing Research 3 cr
The purpose of this course is to develop student proficiency in using research to improve health care outcomes for patients. The course focuses on strategies to retrieve, evaluate, and use evidence to plan quality health care and to initiate change to health care systems and processes. The emphasis is on problem identification, evaluation of relevant research, and critical application of evidence.
 
NU 518 Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 cr
This course is designed to further develop the student's advanced knowledge and skills for obtaining and recording a systematic health history and advanced physical examination of individuals and families across the lifespan. The course involves the synthesis of nursing, biologic, psychologic, and sociocultural knowledge and theories as applied to the findings obtained in the comprehensive health assessment. The central objective is the development of cognitive and clinical skills needed to provide comprehensive care to individuals of all ages in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings. Corequisite: NU 519.
 
NU 519 Advanced Nursing Assessment Practicum 1 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide a practicum experience in which the student will have the opportunity to become proficient at obtaining and recording a comprehensive health history and advanced physical assessment of individuals appropriate to their clinical specialty area. Corequisite: NU 518.
 
NU 520 Clinical Nurse Specialist Seminar, Grad 2 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for the analysis, synthesis, and application of knowledge acquired in previous courses to the CNS role. The course focuses on the CNS's spheres of influence on health care incorporating the perspectives of social justice, fiscal stewardship, client advocacy, and evidence based practice. The emphasis is on maximizing the students' ability to identify problems, manage resources and fiscal outcomes, design and select therapeutic interventions, and evaluate products and devices for use with patients and health team members from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Potential for contributions and entrepreneurial opportunities within nursing will be addressed. Corequisite: NU 521. Prerequisites: NU 507, NU 508, NU 513, AHN 514 or CMN 514 or MCN 514, and NU 524 and AHN 525 or CMN 525 or MCN 525.
 
NU 521 Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum, Grad 4 cr/240 clinical hours
The purpose of this precepted capstone course is to provide students an immersion experience in the CNS role with diverse populations in a selected area of nursing practice. The focus of the course is to develop the CNS's ability to assimilate and apply evidence based information in the design, implementation and evaluation of nursing care activities, nursing practice standards and norms, and influencing organizations to support the delivery of nursing care and achievement of optimal health outcomes for a specified population. Emphasis is on the socialization of the CNS to provide, manage, and evaluate the care of a group of patients with complex health care needs through the application of advanced theories, concepts, and research. Corequisite: NU 520. Prerequisites: NU 507, NU 508, NU 513, AHN 514 or CMN 514 or MCN 514, NU 524 and AHN 525 or CMN 525 or MCN 525.
 
NU 522 Educational Technology for Nurse Educators 3 cr
Course provides students the opportunity to develop competence in basic and advanced software essential to executing the nurse educator role in the classroom and online.
 
NU 524 Clinical Concepts and Cultural Competency in 3 cr
  Advanced Nursing Practice II  
Continued analysis and evaluation of advanced clinical concepts and the role of nursing in providing evidenced based care to facilitate positive health outcomes. Prerequisites: NU 545, NU 578, NU 518, NU 519. Corequisite: AHN 525 or CMN 525 or MCN 525 or special permission of instructor.
 
NU 526 Nursing Education Practicum 4 cr
Supervised practicum in the role of the nurse educator. The purpose of this course is the synthesis of nursing education theory in practicum experience. Focus is on the application of nursing education theory in developing, teaching, and evaluating an education unit, exemplifying the nurse educator role, and adhering institutional and legal guidelines. Prerequisites: NU 524, AHN 525 or CMN 525, or MCN 525, NU 527, NU 528. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NU 508, NU 513, AHN 514, or CMN 514 or MCN 514, NU 507. Corequisite: NU 529 or special permission of instructor.
 
NU 527 Curriculum and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3 cr
Analysis and synthesis of theories and concepts related to curriculum development and evaluation in nursing. Emphasis is on institutional purposes, goals, nursing curricula, evaluation, and nursing education research. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NU 506 or special permission of instructor.
 
NU 528 Instructional Design in Nursing Education 3 cr
Analysis and synthesis of theories and concepts related to instructional design in nursing practice and education. Emphasis is on institutional purposes and goals, classroom and clinical instruction, staff development, and nursing education research.
 
NU 529 Nursing Education Seminar 2 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for the evaluation of issues and trends encountered in nursing education. Emphasis is on critical analysis and management of these issues by nursing educators. Prerequisites: NU 524, AHN 525 or CMN 525, MCN 525, NU 527, NU 528. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NU 508, NU 513, AHN 514 or CMN 514 or MCN 514, NU 507. Corequisite: NU 526 or special permission of instructor.
 
NU 530 Accelerated MSN Advanced Health Assessment 4 cr
Bridge course for the Accelerated MSN track. Advanced nursing assessment of the whole person including physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual assessment of the adult and child. Emphasis is on the development of skill in obtaining and recording a comprehensive health history and performing health assessment for individuals from diverse heritages across the lifespan.
 
NU 531 Accelerated MSN Advanced Pathophysiology 4 cr
Bridge course for the Accelerated MSN track. Focuses on pathophysiology and cellular physiology theory and research of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, immune, neurological, integumentary, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems. This course provides students with a foundation for providing nursing care to persons having acute, chronic and long-term health care problems.
 
NU 532 Accelerated MSN Advanced Pharmacology 4 cr
Bridge course for the Accelerated MSN track. Advanced clinical application of drug therapy and concepts relating to the mechanism of drug actions, interactions, and adverse reactions, including immunologic-idiosyncratic-allergic drug responses. Emphasis on pharmacokinetics, cultural/ethnic considerations, dosage, methods of administration, and adverse effects according to major classifications. Current research in pharmacology is also incorporated in course content.
 
NU 533 Accelerated MSN Advanced Research
in Nursing
4 cr
Bridge course for the Accelerated MSN track. Evaluation of methods, designs, issues in nursing research; methods for critiquing research, data analysis methods, ethical and legal implications. Emphasis is on the importance of research and evidence-based practice to nursing. Development of critical consumers of research and participants in the research process.
 
NU 534

Accelerated MSN Advanced Nursing Roles
and Leadership
4 cr
Bridge course for the Accelerated MSN track. Socialization process of students as professional nurses, leadership roles and functions, management strategies, continued professional development, and issues and trends in nursing and health care, analysis of selected advanced nursing roles, frameworks that provide the basis for specialization and expansion of roles for advanced nursing practice.
 
NU 535 Clinical Nurse Leadership Role
and Competencies
3 cr
The purpose of this course is to explore the role and function of the clinical nurse leader. The course focuses on the implementation of the role that will vary across settings and facilities. The emphasis is on evidence-based practice and knowledge and skills that CNL requires for successful enactment of the role. Corequisite: NU 536. Prerequisites: NU 506, NU 518, NU 519. Prerequisites: NU 545, NU 578 can be taken at same time.
 
NU 536 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I 5 cr
The purpose of this first of two capstone Clinical Nurse Leader courses is to provide students an in-depth preceptor-based clinical experience in a selected area of nursing practice. The focus of the course is on the CNL as caregiver, leader, and care manager. Emphasis is on the application of the nursing process, theories, concepts, research, issues and trends in providing care in complex patient situations and managing the care of a group of patients. Corequisite: NU 535. Prerequisites: NU 506, NU 518, NU 519. Prerequisites: NU 545, NU 578 can be taken at same time.
 
NU 537 Clinical Nurse Leader Synthesis 2 cr
The purpose of this culminating synthesis course for the CNL role is to provide students an opportunity to analyze and evaluate actual CNL practice patterns. The course focuses on continuing to build the students competencies in clinical decision making, problem identification, resource management, and outcome measurement for a selected patient population at the point of care. The emphasis is on working with patients and health team members from diverse cultural or ethnic backgrounds, and accountability for coordination, delegation and supervision of care within a multidisciplinary team. Corequisite: NU 538. Prerequisites: NU 535 and NU 536.
 
NU 538 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II 4 cr
The purpose of this second of two capstone Clinical Nurse Leader courses is to provide students an immersion experience in the CNL role in a selected area of nursing practice. The focus of the course is to further develop CNL competencies with emphasis on team leading and building, advocacy, communication, resource and outcomes management, and evidence-based practice. Corequisite: NU 537. Prerequisites: NU 536. Prerequisites that can be taken with class: NU 507, NU 508, NU 513, and AHN 514 or CMN 514 or MCN 514.
 
NU 539 Advanced Nursing Informatics 1-3 cr
Focuses on the components of nursing information systems. Topics include analysis of available software for managing personnel budgets, and data. Basic computer experience required. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.
 
NU 545 Physio-Pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide the advanced practice nurse with knowledge of normal physiology and alterations in physiology in individuals across the life span. The focus is theory and research applicable to organ systems and cellular events. Emphasis is on regulatory and compensatory functions in health and in pathophysiological conditions.
 
NU 552 Human Sexuality and Nursing 3 cr
Focus is on the development of a theoretical basis for advanced nursing practice with clients having sexual concerns. Emphasis is on developing self awareness and on strategies for advanced nursing practice.
 
NU 561 Nursing Administration Concepts and Theory 3 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for analysis and synthesis of selected theories, issues and trends, and research for the nurse administrator role. Emphasis is placed on development of a framework for practice for the role of nurse administrator, organizational structure, and nursing model in the changing sociopolitical economic environment.
 
NU 562

Administrative Concepts and Resource Management Field Study

3 cr

The purpose of this course is to examine concepts and methods of administration applying these concepts and methods in supervised field activities. The focus is identification of health goals and management of physical, financial, and human resources in healthcare systems. Emphasis is on organization leadership, interdisciplinary team functioning, and political collaboration to meet health care needs of vulnerable populations in culturally diverse communities.
 
NU 565 Nursing Administration Finance 3 cr
The purpose of this course is synthesis of the fiscal processes in health care systems to include basic accounting, financial decision-making concepts, statement analysis, and information systems in advanced nursing and healthcare management.
 
NU 566 Nursing Administration Field Study 3 cr
The purpose of this field experience course is to provide students an opportunity to explore and analyze the structure, regulation, and operation of a selected health care system. Focus is on systems organization, and communications analysis in a selected health care organization. Prerequisites: NU 506, 562, 565, HSC 571. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NU 561.
 
NU 567 Nursing Administration Internship 4 cr
The purpose of this culminating course is to provide a preceptor and faculty facilitated experience in the nurse administrator role with a focus on the application and synthesis of knowledge and skills acquired in all previous courses. Prerequisites/ Corequisites: NU 506, NU 508, NU 513, AHN 514 or CMN 514 or MCN 514, NU 507. Prerequisites: NU 561, NU 562, NU 566. Corequisite: NU 568.
 
NU 568 Nursing Administration Seminar 2 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide a forum for the evaluation of issues and trends encountered in health care. Emphasis is on critical analysis and management of these issues by nursing administration. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NU 506, NU 508, NU 513, AHN 514 or CMN 514 or MCN 514, NU 507. Prerequisites: NU 561, NU 562, NU 566. Corequisite: NU 567.
 
NU 578 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 cr
The purpose of this course is to expand the pharmacological knowledge of the advanced practice nurse. The focus is the selection and monitoring of drug therapy for persons throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is on pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of major drug classifications. Prerequisite: NU 545.
 
NU 580 Health Care Problems of the Rural South 3 cr
Orientation of health care problems of the rural South. Opportunity to assess, develop, and implement nursing intervention techniques in selected settings.
 
NU 582 Consultation in Nursing Practice 3 cr
Focuses on the steps of the consulting process in advanced nursing practice with an emphasis on assessment, planning and the communication of findings. Theoretical frameworks and models for consultation are analyzed.
 
NU 590 Special Topics 1-6 cr
Study of significant topics or problems in nursing and the health professions. Content will vary. May be repeated.
 
NU 594 Directed Studies 1-9 cr
Directed study under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty.
 
NU 599 Thesis 1-3 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity to complete a research study with the guidance of a graduate faculty committee. The focus is on research in advanced nursing practice.
 
NU 604 Project Planning & Development I 1 cr
This is the first of three planning and development courses that assists the student to develop a plan for the doctoral synthesis project. The plan based on the student's phenomenon of interest is expected to incorporate well-built questions, search strategies and outcomes, identification of resources needed, plan for evaluation and dissemination. Prerequisites: NU 607 and NU 608.
 
NU 605 Project Planning & Development II 1 cr
This is the second of three planning and development courses that assists the student to develop a plan for the doctoral synthesis project. The plan based on the student's phenomenon of interest is expected to incorporate well-built questions, search strategies and outcomes, identification of resources needed, plan for evaluation and dissemination. Prerequisite: NU 604. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NU 610, NU 611, and NU 612.
 
NU 606 Project Planning & Development III 1 cr
This is the third and final planning and development course that assists the student to develop a plan for the doctoral synthesis project. The plan based on the student's phenomenon of interest is expected to incorporate well-built questions, search strategies and outcomes, identification of resources needed, plan for evaluation and dissemination. Prerequisite: NU 605. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NU 613 and NU 615.
 
NU 607 Critical Analysis of the Scientific
Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice
3 cr
The course serves as the basis of the practice project by identifying and investigating the various phenomena of interest in the students' practice area. The primary focus of this course is to explore the structure and nature of the science of nursing practice. Students will engage in an evolutionary review of the philosophical and scientific trends in nursing practice and supportive theory development that form the underpinnings of modern nursing such as Systems Theory, Change Theory, Organizational Theories, etc. Findings from this review will be used as the foundation of a concept analysis which will form the basis of individual project to facilitate positive change in health care.
 
NU 608 Evidence Based Practice and
Quality Improvement in Health Care
3 cr
This course explores philosophical and foundational components of evidence-based practice for advance nursing practice. Concepts, models, and methods for developing advanced practice based on best evidence are applied. Developing the well-built question as well as understanding best search strategies are incorporated into this course. A statistical overview provides guidelines for review of research-based evidence, particularly related to the clinical and administrative practice question(s) and outcomes. Outcome evaluation methods are explored.
 
NU 609 Biostatistics 3 cr
This course explores biostatistical analysis as a base for evidence-based practice in nursing. It includes descriptive and inferential data analysis: basic demographic and epidemiologic statistics; measures of morbidity: rates and ratios; vital statistics; relative risk, odds ratio estimation; validity of clinical and statistical tests; survival analysis; confidence intervals: hypothesis testing; parametric and nonparametric tests; correlation, t-test, chi-square, ANOVA, MANOVA, linear regression; and multiple regression. While minor calculations (e.g., odds ratios, z-scores, and percent of variance explained) are required, the primary focus is on the correct interpretation and use of quantitative methods in advanced nursing practice. Particular emphasis is placed on probability, power, sample size, and reliability.
 
NU 610 Policy, Economics & Financial Aspects of
Health Care Systems
3 cr
This course addresses the economic and financial aspects of the health care system. The leadership role of the DNP in formulating and analyzing policies related to resource management in health care systems is emphasized. Students analyze the adequacy and impact of current policies and position statements applicable to their advanced practice role and develop a cost-benefit analysis of a particular healthcare problem. Based on the analysis, students will develop an innovative strategy for change in health policy, procedures or a health care delivery system.
 
NU 611 Methods of Translational Research 3 cr
This course provides the methodological basis for translational research by multidisciplinary leaders in a variety of health care settings. Translational research involves locating, evaluating, refining, synthesizing, channeling, applying, and explaining appropriate findings from laboratory and experimental settings to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of nursing care in many different settings. Translational research uses applied techniques directed at building and maintaining excellence in practice. In this course students will use applied techniques with ethics and protection of human subjects emphasized. Critique of the reliability, validity, and relevance of research designs and findings will be emphasized along with logical analysis of experimental and quasi-experimental designs including their stated, implied, and/or neglected independent, dependent, antecedent, suppressing, and constraining variables. Prerequisite: NU 608.
 
NU 612 Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 cr
This course focuses on global, national, regional and local health issues across the lifespan with all population groups. Health surveillance measures and determinants of health are being used to characterized geographical locations and population groups. Effective health promotion, disease and accident prevention strategies are explored. Using an evidenced-based practice approach, students develop strategic intervention strategies including effective means of communicating health information with the public. Bioethical issues related to the distribution of resources and health disparities and appropriate health education strategies (cultural adaptations and health literacy) are explored. This course assists students in identifying appropriate resources for funding of intervention programs and or research related to specific health problems with select population groups. Prerequisite: NU 608.
 
NU 613 Organizational and Systems Leadership 3 cr
The course provides a theoretical foundation to advancing leadership in the transformation of healthcare organization, healthcare systems and community-based care. The view of the current health care delivery system is broadened by an analysis of the forces that have shaped the system, including scientific discoveries, technological advances, genetics, social justice issues, and the development of health professions and institutions. Nursing knowledge is influenced by these multiple factors; thus, the course provides students with tools to lead others in meeting the many challenges the health care system brings. Collaboration, relationship building, credibility and modeling are integrated into practice modeling. Innovation and creative change models are analyzed as they relate to leadership competency and leadership skill sets. Emotional intelligence competencies relative to transformation leadership provide a model for analyzing leadership, change, and strategic planning within organizations and population/systems of care delivery. Changes in the roles of health care providers and consumers are assessed from economic, social, organizational, political, ethical, legal, and technological perspectives.
 
NU 615 Program Evaluation and Improvement of
Clinical Outcomes
3 cr
This course provides the DNP student with the knowledge and skills to develop, implement and evaluate programs that improve health outcomes. The course focuses on program evaluation frameworks including health standards, outcomes measures, and variance models for specific patient types. The emphasis in the course is on evaluation as a strategic planning tool to achieve positive changes in health status; to initiate quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, to engage in risk anticipation and management, to improve resource utilization and reduce health care costs, and to facilitate organizational and system level changes. Prerequisites: NU 607, NU 608 and NU 611.
 
NU 616 Information Systems/Technology 3 cr
This course focuses on information systems and current technology in the management of health care outcomes. The course prepares the graduate to be proficient in the evaluation and use of technology and information systems appropriate to a specialized area of advanced nursing practice and to use information systems and technology-based resources to support clinical and administrative decision making.
 
NU 617 Residency in Systems Change 3 cr
In the first of two residency courses, the student initiates the DNP role within a selected area of advanced nursing practice. Students work with experts in their field of interest and with a faculty facilitator to refine and initiate their DNP synthesis project. The course focuses on assisting students to identify and explore issue and trends, implementation strategies, and evaluation methodologies for the synthesis project. The residency site will depend upon the student's career trajectory and approval by the facilitating faculty. Prerequisites: NU 604, NU 605, NU 606, NU 607, NU 608, NU 609, NU 610, NU 611, NU 612, NU 613, and NU 615. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NU 616.
 
NU 618 Residency in Systems Change II 4 cr
In this second of two residency courses, the DNP student under the guidance of the faculty facilitator continues to implement, evaluate, and disseminate findings from the synthesis project. The synthesis project provides students the opportunity to assimilate and demonstrate all DNP competencies. Prerequisites: NU 616 and NU 617.
 
NU 620 Instructional Design and Technology for
Nurse Educators
3 cr
The purpose of this course is to provide students the opportunity to design and implement instruction for diverse learners, and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of instruction, especially related to cultural sensitivity. Analysis and synthesis of theories and concepts related to instructional design in nursing practice and education is basic to the process. Emphasis is on integrating technology into the design, implementation, and evaluation of instruction that is based on the evidence that supports nursing education as well as the requirements of the institution, the program and accrediting agencies.
 
NU 621 Curriculum and Outcomes Evaluation in
Nursing Education
3 cr
Analysis and synthesis of theories and concepts related to curriculum development and evaluation in nursing. Emphasis is on institutional purposes, goals, nursing curricula, evaluation, and nursing education research.
 
NU 622 Nursing Education Role Synthesis 2 cr
The purpose of this course is to engage the student in an analysis of concepts and theories basic to the nurse educator role in academic and in practice settings. Emphasis is on current issues and trends in nursing education, the role of the DNP nurse educator, and professional, social, political, legal, cultural, and other issues related to nursing education. Prerequisites: NU 620 and NU 621. Corequisite: NU 623.
 
NU 623 Nursing Education Role Synthesis Practicum 3 cr
The purpose of this course is the synthesis of nursing education theory in practicum experience. Focus is on the application of nursing education theory in developing, teaching, and evaluating an education unit, exemplifying the nurse educator role, and adhering to institutional and legal guidelines. Prerequisites: NU 620 and NU 621. Corequisite: NU 622.
 
NU 690 Special Topics 1-4 cr
Selected topics in Nursing Science and/or Nursing Education.
 
NU 694 Directed Study and Research 1-6 cr
Directed study and research facilitated by a member of the graduate faculty.
 
 

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