|NUR 501 Theoretical Basis of Nursing Practice||3 SH|
This course offers an analysis of theories from nursing and other sciences as a conceptual basis for advancing nursing knowledge and practice. The course involves application of theories to clinical practice, nursing management, nursing education, and nursing research.
|NUR 502 Contemporary Issues in Health Care Delivery||2 SH|
This course offers an overview of contemporary issues related to the organization and financing of health care delivery, with an analysis of the development and implementation of health care policy and its impact in shaping health care delivery. The course involves analysis of ethical issues within the context of a changing health care delivery system, with an emphasis on the impact of technological advances and cost-containment measures on ethical issues and decision making.
|NUR 504 Evidence Based Nursing Research||3 SH|
This course prepares the student to understand scholarly inquiry, evaluate research evidence, develop evidence-based practices/protocols, generate knowledge for evidence practice. Methods of operationalizing scholarly inquiry include: understanding relationships among nursing theory, research, and practice; formulating research questions; identifying and appraising existing literature; critically evaluating research methodologies used in the study of an issue or problem; and applying inquiry to practice. Translation of scientific evidence to improve practice is emphasized. Social, cultural, political and ethical issues related to research are addressed. NUR 501 is a pre- or corequisite to NUR 504.
|NUR 511 Foundations of Clinical Nursing Practice||3 SH|
This course considers the advanced-practice nurse role in relation to critical thinking in the design and delivery of nursing-care services to clients from diverse settings. The course incorporates diagnostic reasoning, development of clinical expertise, and application of theory to a range of clinical problems, including health promotion, disease prevention, and the physical and psychosocial management of acute and chronic health problems.
|NUR 515 Advanced Pathophysiology||3 SH|
This is an advanced study of human physiology and pathophysiology as it applies to nursing intervention and evaluation of outcomes. This course builds upon a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology, emphasizing alterations in cellular structure and function, alterations in biochemical processes, and the integration of body systems.
|NUR 570 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology||3 SH|
This course focuses on pharmacotherapeutic principles, mechanisms of action, and selection of pharmaceutical agents in clinical practice. Emphasis is on drug therapy and identifying and avoiding adverse drug reactions and interactions. Prerequisite: NUR 515 or permission of the Nursing Department chair.
|NUR 575 Advanced Health Assessment||3 SH|
This course focuses on the content and skills necessary to take a comprehensive client history, to perform a physical and psychological assessment of signs and symptoms, and to note pathophysiologic changes and psychosocial variations in adult clients. Prerequisites: NUR 501, NUR 504, NUR 511, and NUR 515. Students are required to present evidence of a basic physical assessment course within the past five years or successful performance on an examination testing baseline assessment knowledge and skills prior to entry into course.
|NUR 580 The Advanced Nursing Management of the Acutely Ill Adult-Gerontology Populations||2 SH|
This is an introduction to and the development of nursing expertise in diagnosis, treatment, prevention of complications, and promotion of health in adults with acute illnesses. Prerequisites: NUR 501, NUR 504, NUR 511, NUR 515, NUR 570, and NUR 575. Corequisite: NUR 582 or NUR 583.
|NUR 582 The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners Management of the Acutely Ill Adult Populations (180 clinical hours)||5 SH|
This course considers health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, and management of client problems, including pharmacologic management of adults at risk for or experiencing acute illness. Prerequisites: NUR 501, NUR 504, NUR 511, NUR 515, NUR 570, and NUR 575. Corequisite: NUR 580.
|NUR 583 The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists Management of the Acutely Ill Adult Populations (180 clinical hours)||5 SH|
For the clinical nurse specialist student, this course offers an introduction to and development of nursing expertise in diagnosis and treatment to prevent, remediate, and alleviate illness and to promote health for adults with acute health problems. Emphasis is on the standards of clinical nurse specialist practice and the three spheres of clinical nurse specialists, which include patient/client, nurses and nursing practice, and organization/system. Prerequisites: NUR 501, NUR 504, NUR 515, NUR 570, and NUR 575. Corequisite: NUR 580.
|NUR 585 The Advanced Nursing Management of the Chronically Ill Adult-Gerontology Populations||2 SH|
This course provides an introduction to and development of nursing expertise in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of complications and promotion of health in adults with chronic illnesses. Prerequisite: NUR 501, NUR 504, NUR 515, NUR 570, NUR 575, NUR 580 and NUR 582 or NUR 583 or permission of the M.S. in Nursing coordinator. Corequisite: NUR 587 or NUR 588.
|NUR 586 Advanced Practice: Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist||3 SH|
This course will prepare the advanced-practice nurse to function in the role of gerontological clinical nurse specialist. The course will consist of two hours of lecture and 12 hours of supervised clinical practicum each week (180 hours per course). The nature and assessment of chronic health considerations of the aged, including health promotion and prevention, will be emphasized. Influences of the elder boom on health care delivery will be discussed. Application of theoretical analysis applicable to the professional enactment of the selected advanced-practice role will be achieved through guided clinical experiences. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NUR 515.
|NUR 587 The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists Management of the Chronically Ill Adult Populations (180 clinical hours)||5 SH|
This course provides introduction of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) student to the development of nursing expertise in diagnosis and treatment to prevent, remediate, and alleviate illness and to promote health for adults with chronic health problems. Standards of CNS practice and the three spheres of CNS role, patient/client, nurses and nursing practice, and organization/system will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NUR 501, NUR 504, NUR 511, NUR 515, NUR 570, NUR 575, and NUR 580. Corequisite: NUR 585.
|NUR 588 The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners Management of the Chronically Ill Adult Populations (180 clinical hours)||5 SH|
This course focuses on health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, and management of client problems, including pharmacologic management of adults at risk for or experiencing chronic illness. Prerequisite: NUR 580, NUR 582, or permission of the M.S. in Nursing coordinator. Corequisite: NUR 585.
|NUR 590 Professional Role Enactment (180 clinical hours)||7 SH|
This course offers an enactment of the selected advanced-practice role through seminar and guided clinical experiences. Prerequisite: completion of foundational core and role requirements.
NUR 598 Faculty-Developed Course
This experimental course is offered by the Nursing Department as a means of determining its value to the total department program or in response to a particular request of a group of students.
NUR 599 Student-Developed Study
This vehicle is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to develop his/her own learning experience. A student will design a project and secure a faculty sponsor. The vehicle may be utilized more than once. Prerequisite: written permission of faculty sponsor and department. Registration through the Office of Graduate Admissions is required.
|NUR 800 Ethical/Legal, Political, and Social Issues Affecting Higher Education
This course examines traditional values that shaped the academy and are changing in response to societal, legal, and ethical concerns. The course explores current dynamics affecting systems of higher education: political, social, and economic trends shaping the university experience.
|NUR 801 Theories of Teaching and Learning in Adult and Higher Education||3 SH|
Teaching and learning theories are examined as they apply to adult and higher education. Components of the psychology of learning are analyzed. Cultural, racial, gender, and generational dynamics are discussed.
|NUR 802 Methods of Teaching and Evaluation
This course prepares educators to identify and apply appropriate teaching methods and evaluate student learning, teacher, and program effectiveness. Topics include teaching, evaluation, integration of new and emerging technology, assessment methods, interpretation, reporting, and application.
|NUR 803 Curriculum Development, Implementation, and Evaluation in Nursing||3 SH|
Doctoral learners apply concepts and theories basic to curriculum development and evaluation in academic settings. Learners analyze the influence of accreditation processes on curriculum development and evaluation.
|NUR 804 Nursing Faculty Role in Higher Education
This course provides preparation for the nursing faculty role in a community of scholars. Topics include models of the professoriate, comparing and contrasting the role while providing the groundwork to develop a philosophy of teaching and portfolio development.
|NUR 805 Classroom, Clinical Teaching, and Evaluation in Nursing Education||3 SH|
This course builds upon the learners’ professional experience as educators. Best practices in the classroom, clinical teaching, and student evaluations are explored. The legal and ethical implications of teaching/learning and the evaluative process are considered.
|NUR 806 Leadership Theories and Concepts||3 SH|
Classic and contemporary leadership and management theories and concepts are analyzed with applications made to the faculty/administrative leadership roles in academic settings. Building upon professional education and experience of learners, various models, essential skills, core competencies, and best practices in leadership are explored in depth with special emphasis on leadership in academic settings.
|NUR 807 Leadership in Nursing Education||3 SH|
The various leadership roles in academic nursing are examined. Classic and contemporary leadership and management theories and research in academic administration are used as a basis to discuss the leadership challenges and opportunities inherent in faculty and in administrative roles such as academic program administrator, department chairperson, director, or dean. Traditional and emerging roles and responsibilities in the various leadership positions will be explored in depth.
|NUR 808 Doctoral Synthesis||3 SH|
This synthesis experience provides multiple opportunities for doctoral students to explore, analyze, and actualize the multiple roles of nurse faculty in a guided/mentored practicum. Students will self-assess learning goals based on professional experience and select the guided learning experiences to meet these goals and the student learning outcomes of the course under the coaching and supervision of the course faculty member.
|NUR 809 State of the Science of Nursing Education Research||3 SH|
This course will prepare nurse educators to identify and apply the science of nursing education research to nursing education. Discovery and development of pedagogies for nursing education and nursing practice will be explored. Conventional, critical, feminist, post-modern, and phenomenological perspectives of teaching and ways of knowing will be analyzed.
|NUR 810 Quantitative Methods in Nursing Education Research
This course is an in-depth analysis of quantitative research designs, methods, instrumentation, data analysis, and interpretation from the viewpoint of a positivistic paradigm. Emphasis is placed on rigorous designs appropriate for the assessment of outcomes in nursing education.
|NUR 811 Qualitative Methods in Nursing Education Research||3 SH|
|NUR 812 Statistical Analysis in Educational Research
Learners develop knowledge and skills to effectively use statistics in different educational research designs. Topics include selection-appropriate statistical analyses, including descriptive and inferential statistics. Students are also prepared to utilize statistical software packages.
NUR 813 Dissertation Seminar I
Learners will be guided through the research process as they develop their dissertation proposals. By the end of the course, students will produce the first draft of the proposal for the course faculty and dissertation adviser.
NUR 814 Dissertation Advisement II
Learners will be guided through the process as they await Institutional Research Board approval and will begin the data collection phase. In this seminar approach, learners will work individually with their dissertation adviser.
NUR 815 Dissertation Advisement III
Learners will continue to work with their dissertation advisers as they complete the data-collection phase and begin to analyze their data.
NUR 816 Dissertation Advisement IV
Learners will continue to work with their dissertation advisers to complete writing the dissertation and conducting the dissertation defense.
NUR 817 Continuing Nursing Education Research
This course will be offered with variable credit as needed for students who need additional time to complete the dissertation.