Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5000. Investigation of Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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5001. Holistic Nursing Part 1: Basic Concepts

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to Nursing graduate and certificate students; open to non-degree students who hold a bachelor's degree and RN consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

The curriculum in this three-course certificate program is designed for nurses interested in integrating holistic principles and evidence-based modalities in their professional practice. Students will learn about the state of the science in holistic care and the latest research on the efficacy and safety of a variety of complementary and alternative modalities (CAM). This course was developed around the five core values and scope and standards of holistic nursing and provides nurses with the educational foundation required to take the national board certification examination in holistic nursing. Teaching/learning interventions and CAM are selected as examples of nursing approaches to promote health and healing of patients. Every nurse who completes the three courses will receive a certificate.

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5002. Holistic Nursing Part 2: Advanced Concepts

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5001; open to students in Nursing graduate degree and certificate programs

Grading Basis: Graded

The curriculum in this three-course certificate program is designed for nurses interested in gaining a holistic perspective in nursing practice and everyday life and provides nurses with the educational foundation required to take the national board certification examination in holistic nursing. This course introduces students to advanced concepts in holistic nursing. Major concepts of health and wellness, body-mind healing, spirituality and health, selected complementary and alternative modalities (CAM), and evidenced-based practice are highlighted. Participants engage in experiential activities that explore and analyze a range of practices that are applicable for providing holistic care in a variety of health care settings. Every nurse who completes the three courses will receive a certificate.

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5003. Holistic Nursing Practicum

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5001 and NURS 5002, which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides students with an opportunity to apply theory from holistic nursing to individuals, families, and community groups in a variety of health care settings. Focus is on relationship-centered holistic care and selected CAM modalities applied across the wellness-illness continuum in collaboration with other members of the health care team. Selected readings, clinical experiences, and practicum project are determined in collaboration with faculty.

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5012. Nursing Science and Patterns of Knowing in Advanced Nursing Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS Grad Majors; open to graduate students in other disciplines with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

An historical, contemporary and futuristic exploration of the art and science of nursing praxis including patterns of knowing: empirical, ethical, aesthetic, existential and emancipatory. Theories and models derived from nursing and the social sciences are synthesized for their usefulness in advanced practice nursing care for individuals, families, and communities to promote health and manage a variety of problems such as health threats, acute and chronic illnesses, and transitions. Opportunities are provided for students to synthesize family health concepts for use in clinical practice, scholarship, and research.

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5020. Statistical Methods in Health Sciences Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to Nursing graduate students; others with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Quantitative procedures including descriptive and inferential statistics, non-parametric approaches to data, and parametric analyses. Selected research designs are explored. Analytic techniques are applied for use in selected research designs in health sciences research.

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5030. Nursing Research for Evidence Based Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: NURS 5020

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of qualitative and quantitative methods of primary research employed to answer questions in nursing practice. Concepts include patient safety and quality principles, quality/process improvement, and evidence-based practice processes. Emphasis is on problem identification; design principles; and accessing, analyzing, disseminating and applying research for evidence-based practice.

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5060. Advanced Pathophysiology: Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed NURS 5362 or 5369

Grading Basis: Graded

Designed for nurses preparing for advanced nursing practice roles across varying population foci. Concepts will include advanced human physiology, pathophysiology, and common clinical manifestations. A body-systems framework will be used.

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5062. Advanced Health Assessment across the Lifespan

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5060, which may be taken concurrently; open only to Nursing graduate students, others with consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles and techniques of advanced health assessment across the life span are examined and practiced.

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5070. Advanced Pharmacodynamics and Implications for Nursing Actions

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5060.

Grading Basis: Graded

Emphasis is placed on pharmacodynamics, on nursing measures that support desired drug responses or reduce side effects which must be tolerated, and on client teaching indicated by pharmacotherapy.

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5089. Quality and Microsystems

4.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

Prerequisites: NURS 5011 or 5012, 5060, 5070, 5030, 5020, 5062, 5885 or concurrent, 5865 or concurrent

Grading Basis: Graded

The didactic portion of the course introduces quality improvement methods used in microsystems; and the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader as a leader, educator, and advocate for safe, cost effective quality care. The clinical practicum (100 hours) focuses on completing a quality improvement assessment of a microsystem using the 5-Ps approach.

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5095. Individualized Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Description will vary depending on the needs/goals for each occurrence.

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5098. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 24 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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5099. Clinical Nurse Leader Role, Quality and Clinical Immersion

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5089.

Grading Basis: Graded

Didactic (0.25 credit) and clinical (3.75 credit) course focusing on demonstration of CNL competencies for planning and implementing a quality improvement project using a theoretical framework, culminating in a 300-400 hour clinical immersion experience which includes the management of the quality project as identified in NURS 5089.

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5101. Fundamental Mechanisms of Acute and Chronic Pain

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended Preparation: Background in nursing or other health or allied health training recommended but not required.

Grading Basis: Graded

An exploration of physiological processes involved in pain transmission as well as the psychological, emotional, and cognitive processes that modulate pain experience based on the current literature using both animal and human pain models.

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5102. Basic and Clinical Pain Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5101.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of the methods and models (both basic and clinical) used to study pain.

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5103. Pharmacology of Pain and Analgesia

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended Preparation: Background in nursing or other health or allied health training recommended but not required.

Grading Basis: Graded

The pharmacological processes underlying normal and pathological pain states, and will build upon this knowledge to gain an understanding of the pharmacotherapies currently utilized for the treatment of pain and their shortcomings. Particular emphasis will also be placed on the concept of individualized care and developing technologies within this realm.

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5104. Pain Assessment and Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5101 and 5102.

Grading Basis: Graded

This seminar-based course comprised of seminars by clinicians and pain scientists will evaluate, integrate and translate findings from primary literature into evidence-based practice.

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5105. Alzheimer?s and Dementia: Disease Trajectory and Management

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the disease process of several types of Dementia. This will be the first in a series of three courses. The course will begin with an effort to describe the pathophysiology, diagnostic testing, current treatments, and current clinical trials of Alzheimer?s disease, Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia, Lewy Body/Parkinson?s Disease Dementia, Young Onset Dementia, Vascular Dementia, Down?s Syndrome and Dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Huntington?s Disease, Korsakoff Syndrome, Mixed Dementia, and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Students should be able to compare and contrast the pathophysiology, treatment, and symptom presentation of each dementia type as well as a public health approach to dementia.

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5106. Dementia Caregivers and Families

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

This course will follow the Alzheimer?s and Dementia course. In this course, students will learn how to use the principles of the first course to identify opportunities to guide caregivers and families of persons with dementia using family centered care. This course will emphasize the critical thinking and problem solving needed to assess caregiver needs at each stage of the disease process, education needed by caregivers, legal and ethical issues, as well as palliative and end of life care.

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5107. Behaviors and Communication

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to common behaviors seen in dementias and will include designing activities for dementia patients, alternative therapies. Students will participate in virtual simulations, and case studies around effective communication, effective communication as it relates to challenging behaviors, as well as pain assessment. Through this course, students will learn the importance of quality care in decreasing anxiety in persons with dementia that may lead to challenging behaviors.

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5111. Healthcare Innovation Theory and Application

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to students in the Healthcare Innovation Certificate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to innovation as a concept, leading theories and applications to healthcare. First in a series of four courses for the Healthcare Innovation certificate program. Defines the concept of innovation within the first week, exposes students to leading innovation theorists (e.g., Christensen, Drucker, Rogers and von Hippel). Each theorist has a different approach and perspective on innovation. Students should be able to compare and contrast the key theorists, their perspectives and identify real life situations (e.g., case studies) that can be supported (and not supported) by the concepts within these theories. While these theorists are not healthcare professionals, their theories have been used to explain phenomenon in the healthcare industry. Beyond the theoretical and conceptual understanding of innovation, students will demonstrate an understanding of how to apply these theories to real life use cases. Emphasizes the relationship between innovation and evidence-based practice.

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5112. Healthcare Opportunities for System Level Solutions

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5111 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Use of principles identified in NURS 5111 to identify opportunities in health care (e.g., problems to be solved). Nurses and healthcare professionals work around problems every day. Yet, rarely are these workarounds viewed as system level opportunities for improvements. Emphasize the critical thinking and creativity needed to identify a problem, and instead of determining how to solve for one, focus on how one might be able to solve for the many. By the end of this course, students should feel confident in their ability to recognize opportunities and begin to move toward a system (e.g., organizational) level thinking instead of an individual level thinking. Focus on the individual as the innovator.

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5113. Developing and Leading a Sustainable Culture of Healthcare Innovation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5111 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the essential concepts of organizational change, leadership, and project management necessary to build and foster a culture of healthcare innovation. To innovate, one must also have an environment that allows innovation to grow and flourish. While we do need individuals to know how to think and act innovatively, we also need leaders who can embrace these behaviors and build a culture that supports such efforts. Traditionally, our healthcare environments have tended to reward "we've always done it this way" behaviors and stunt those who identify opportunities for improvement as disruptive. Students will learn the importance of effective leadership with any organizational change. Project management is an essential skill for any leader in healthcare and especially that of new changes being introduced to an environment.

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5114. Health Care Innovation Development

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5111, NURS 5112, and NURS 5113 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

The last of four courses in the Healthcare Innovation certificate program. Serves as the capstone course for enrolled students. Students will need to identify a problem in the healthcare industry and propose a solution to that problem. Through the course of the semester, the student will have weekly instruction on essential steps necessary to take an idea through to solution development. The capstone project will serve as the culmination of what the students have learned through the program and provide evidence of their competence to take the theories, concepts and applications into their daily practice.

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5150. Common and Chronic Health Problems in APN Practice II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite within 6 months or corequisite: NURS 5400 and 5409.

Grading Basis: Graded

Grounded in theory and evidence, this didactic clinical course focuses on application of critical thinking skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on health promotion and maintenance, and assessment, diagnosis and management of common and chronic health problems while considering context for populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and family nurse practitioner.

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5160. Common and Comorbid Health Problems in AGNP Acute Care Practice III

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5400, 5409, NURS 5150 within six months; Corequisite: NURS 5169.

Grading Basis: Graded

Incorporating theory and evidence, this didactic clinical course focuses on integration of critical thinking skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on risk reduction and acute care assessment, diagnosis and management of common and co-morbid acute health conditions while considering context among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Taken by all students in the adult-gerontology acute care track.

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5169. AGNP Acute Care Clinical Practicum II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Concurrent with NURS 5160. Prerequisite within 6 months NURS 5400, 5409, and 5150.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Clinical Practicum and seminar course that focuses on integration of critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the acute care clinical setting. Integrates content and clinical experiences from all previous acute care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing risk reduction and assessment, diagnosis and management of common and co-morbid health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240hr/semester). Taken by all students in the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner track. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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5170. Complex and Comorbid Health Problems in AGNP Acute Care Practice IV

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5160 and 5169 within 6 months. NURS 5179 is taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Grounded in theory and evidence, this didactic clinical course focuses on synthesis of critical thinking skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on risk reduction and acute care assessment, diagnosis and management of more complex and co-morbid acute health conditions while considering context among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Taken by all students in the adult-gerontology acute care track.

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5179. AGNP Acute Care Clinical Practicum III

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5160 and NURS 5169 within 6 months. Corequisite: NURS 5170.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Clinical practicum and seminar course that focuses on synthesizing critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the acute care clinical setting. Synthesizes content and clinical experiences from all previous acute care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing risk reduction and assessment, diagnosis and management of more complex acute health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240hr/semester). Taken by all students in the adult-gerontology acute care practitioner track.

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5190. Fieldwork I in Life Story Practice and Research

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5191, 5193, and 5194; open only to graduate students, instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Students are required to plan, conduct, and evaluate individual and/or group reminiscence or structured life review sessions as applicable to their population of interest. Weekly seminars will guide the student through the experience.

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5191. Foundations of Life Story Practice and Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor consent; baccalaureate degree.

Grading Basis: Graded

The course will provide the students with the historical and theoretical perspectives of life story methods. The published research of leading contributors in the field will be critiques, Students will compare and contrast different life story methods and theories.

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5192. Fieldwork II in Life Story Practice and Research

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5190, 5191, 5193, and 5194; open only to graduate students, instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Under the supervision of a mentor, students will have the opportunity to explore an individual's, a family's, or group's past by utilizing a method such as personal history, narrative, memoir writing, guided autobiography or digital storytelling. Students will work with an individual, family or group to create a unique presentation (i.e. video, puppetry, artwork, memory book) reflecting the life story.

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5193. Life Story Methods

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5191; baccalaureate degree and instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

This is the second course in a five course sequence for the Certificate in Life Story Practice and Research. In this course students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and principles for conducting successful Life Story sessions. Interview techniques, strategies for conducting individual and group sessions, and cultural considerations will be examined. Students will apply concepts by conducting life story sessions with individuals, families, or groups by the end of the course.

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5194. Seminar in Life Story Practice and Research

2.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 2 credits.

Prerequisites: NURS 5191 and 5193; open only to graduate students, instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

National and international faculty specializing in guided autobiography, personal history, memoir writing, and other life story methods will present their innovations, research, and practice experiences in an online seminar format. Emphasis will be placed on preparing students for their fieldwork experiences.

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5230. Healthcare Finance for Nurse Leaders

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor consent; open to graduate nursing students.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of the financing of healthcare from the macro, meso and micro system perspective; a focus on governmental and private payers; an examination of systems, department and unit level budgets.

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5235. Healthcare Quality Improvement, Outcomes Management, Assessment and Planning for the Nurse Leader

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor consent required; open to graduate nursing students.

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of unit and system based health care outcomes; their identification, measurement and purpose along with principles of quality improvement processes and assessment and planning principles and concepts.

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5240. Nursing Leadership Foundations

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

Prerequisites: Instructor consent; open to graduate nursing students. May be repeated for credit.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the process of nursing leadership. Emphasis placed on theories of leadership, motivation, organization design and problem solving.

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5245. Nursing Leadership Application

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to nursing graduate students; instructor consent required. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 5240.

Grading Basis: Graded

Application of management theories to nursing leadership focusing on staff development, labor relations, staffing and scheduling, patient classification systems, healthcare innovation, quality improvement management, performance and program evaluation and human resources management.

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5249. Masters of Science in Nursing Capstone Experience

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

Prerequisites: NURS 5245; open to graduate nursing students, instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Integration of concepts, theories and principles pertinent to the student's specialty track, in an experiential learning setting, demonstrating integration of new knowledge and attainment of program outcomes.

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5350. Advanced Embryology and Neonatal Physiology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to students in graduate-level Neonatal Nursing programs.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fetal, transitional, and neonatal physiology. Embryology is also discussed, as the basis for neonatal development.

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5362. Advanced Health Assessment for the Nurse Practitioner Role: Neonatal Population-focus

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5350.

Grading Basis: Graded

This course is designed to enable students to put into practice the principles and skills needed for advanced health assessment of the neonate.

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5365. Advanced Neonatal Nursing Theory I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5350. Not open for credit to students who have passed NURS 5369.

Grading Basis: Graded

The purpose of this first clinical course is to introduce the role of the neonatal nurse practitioner clinician in the management of normal and high-risk families and infants. The focus of the course is to develop skills in the physical and psychosocial assessment of high-risk childbearing families during all phases of the childbearing process: antenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, and the neonatal period. Special emphasis will be placed on events during the antenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum periods that impact the neonate.

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5369. Advanced Neonatal Practicum I

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5365; instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Focus of this practicum is the assessment and management of moderately ill infants and their families.

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5370. Advanced Principles of Pharmacology and Management: Neonatal Population-focus

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5350.

Grading Basis: Graded

Emphasis is placed on advanced principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics, and pharmacologic management for the neonatal population as appropriate for the neonatal nurse practitioner role and scope of practice.

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5375. Advanced Neonatal Nursing Theory II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5365 and 5369; instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focuses on the acquisition and application of in-depth physiological and psychological knowledge to the nursing care of high-risk neonates and their families. Emphasis is placed on the role of the advanced practice nursing management of high-risk neonatal populations.

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5379. Advanced Neonatal Practicum II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5369; instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

This course builds on the mastered components from prior clinical course work (NURS 5369). The focus of this practicum is on the acquisition and application of in-depth physiological and psychosocial knowledge in the management of the high-risk neonatal population and their families with a moderate level of independence and autonomy in the NNP role as appropriate for second semester students.

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5385. Advanced Neonatal Nursing III

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5375 and 5379; instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focuses on the components essential for preparation of students for advanced practice in neonatal nursing.

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5389. Advanced Neonatal Practicum III

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5379; instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

This course builds on the mastered components from prior clinical course work (NURS 5369 and NURS 5379). The focus of this practicum is on the acquisition and application of in-depth physiological and psychosocial knowledge in the management of the high-risk neonatal population and their families with an advanced level of independence and autonomy in the NNP role as appropriate for final semester students.

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5400. Health Promotion, Prevention, and Common Health Problems in APN Practice I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5062 within six months; NURS 5070, which may be taken concurrently. Not open for credit to students who have passed NURS 5430.

Grading Basis: Graded

Grounded in theory and evidence, this initial didactic clinical course focuses on development of critical thinking necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and assessment, diagnosis and management of common health problems while considering context for populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and family nurse practitioner. Taken by all students in adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and family nurse practitioner tracks. A fee is added to the fee bill for clinical tracking online. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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5409. APN Clinical Practicum I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5062 within six months. Corequisite: NURS 5400. Not open for credit to students who have passed NURS 5430.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Initial clinical practicum and seminar focusing on developing critical thinking and psychomotor clinical skills necessary to cultivate advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in a clinical practice setting. The emphasis is on considering context while providing health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and clinical assessment, diagnosis and management of common health problems for populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and family nurse practitioner. The role of the nurse practitioner in the current healthcare system is examined. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240 hr/semester). Taken by all students in adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and family nurse practitioner tracks.

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5410. Common and Comorbid Health Problems in APN Primary Care Practice III

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite within 6 months: NURS 5400, NURS 5409, NURS 5150.

Grading Basis: Graded

Grounded in theory and evidence, this didactic clinical course focuses on integration of critical thinking skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on health promotion and maintenance, and primary care assessment, diagnosis and management of common and co-morbid health conditions while considering context for populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology primary care and family nurse practitioner. Taken by all students in adult-gerontology primary care and family nurse practitioner tracks. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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5419. AGNP Primary Care Clinical Practicum II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Corequisite: NURS 5410

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Clinical Practicum and seminar course that focuses on integration of critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the primary care clinical setting. Integrates content and clinical experiences from all previous primary care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing health promotion and maintenance, and assessment, diagnosis and management of common and co-morbid health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240 hr/semester). Taken by all students in the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner track. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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5420. Complex and Comorbid Health Problems in APN Primary Care Practice IV

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5410 within six months

Grading Basis: Graded

Grounded in theory and evidence, this didactic clinical course focuses on synthesis of critical thinking skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on health promotion and maintenance, and primary care assessment, diagnosis and management of more complex and co-morbid health conditions while considering context for populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology primary care and family nurse practitioner. Taken by all students in adult-gerontology primary care and family nurse practitioner tracks. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to graduate.

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5429. AGNP Primary Care Clinical Practicum III

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5410. Corequisite: NURS 5420.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Clinical practicum and seminar course that focuses on synthesizing critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the primary care clinical setting. Synthesizes content and clinical experiences from all previous primary care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing health promotion and maintenance, and assessment, diagnosis and management of more complex and co-morbid health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240 hr/semester). Taken by all students in the adult-gerontology primary care and family nurse practitioner tracks. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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5430. Management of Childbearing Women and Children

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5400 and 5409 within six months; NURS 5150, which may be taken concurrently. Not open for credit to students who have passed NURS 5439.

Grading Basis: Graded

The focus of this course on health promotion/disease prevention and clinical diagnosis and management of management of childbearing women and children. In addition, common acute and chronic health problems will be addressed.

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5439. FNP Primary Care Practicum II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5430 within six months. Corequisite: NURS 5410.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Clinical Practicum and seminar course that focuses on integration of critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the primary care clinical setting. Integrates content and clinical experiences from all previous primary care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing health promotion and maintenance, and assessment, diagnosis and management of common and co-morbid health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the family nurse practitioner. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240 hr/semester). Taken by all students in the family nurse practitioner track. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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5440. Advanced Practice Nursing Abroad

2.50 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5400, 5409, and 5150.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focus is on health promotion/disease prevention and the clinical diagnosis and management of individuals/families experiencing chronic health problems in varied clinical settings providing care for diverse cultural groups. The role of the nurse practitioner is examined with a focus on cultural competency and sensitivity. Includes seminar and clinical hours

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5449. FNP Primary Care Practicum III

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: C-requisite: NURS 5420; Prerequisite within 6 months: NURS 5410 and 5439.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Clinical practicum and seminar course that focuses on synthesizing critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the primary care clinical setting. Synthesizes content and clinical experiences from all previous primary care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing health promotion and maintenance, and assessment, diagnosis and management of more complex and co-morbid health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the family nurse practitioner. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240 hr/semester). Taken by all students in the family nurse practitioner track. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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5500. Advanced Diagnosis for APN Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5060, 5550, 5559, 5560, 5562, 5569; open only to graduate students in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration. Corequisite: NURS 5570.

Grading Basis: Graded

Grounded in theory and evidence, this didactic course focuses on application of critical thinking skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on developing differential diagnosis skills, assessment, and management of common and chronic health problems. Students will also be introduced to developing differential diagnosis utilizing imaging technologies and laboratory data, including but not limited to radiographs, CT imaging, laboratory values and other pertinent diagnostic testing.

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5550. Common and Chronic Health Problems in AGNP Practice I: Population Specific AGACNP

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5060 and 5562; open only to graduate students in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration. Corequisite: NURS 5559.

Grading Basis: Graded

Grounded in theory and evidence based practice the first of three didactic adult gerontology acute care courses develops the students? clinical foundation of advanced practice nursing management of common and chronic health care problems common to adult and geriatric patients. This course builds upon the student?s proficiency in comprehensive health evaluation within the context of acute care disease management of the adult and gerontology population. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of acute episodic and chronic conditions of adult and geriatric patients. Interdisciplinary collaboration among health care providers is promoted.

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5559. AGNP Acute Care Clinical Practicum I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5060 and 5562; open only to graduate students in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration. Corequisite: NURS 5550.

Grading Basis: Graded

The first of three clinical practicum courses in the adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner curriculum. This course is designed to introduce the role of the adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Using an evidence-based practice framework, the student will assess and manage acute and chronic illnesses in the clinical setting, including demonstration of knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacologic interventions according to current standards of care for the adult and older adult population in acute care clinical settings.

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5560. Complex and Comorbid Health Problems in AGNP Acute Care Practice II: Population Specific AGACNP

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5060, 5550, 5559, 5562; open only to graduate students in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration. Corequisite: NURS 5569.

Grading Basis: Graded

Grounded in theory and evidence based practice the second of three didactic adult gerontology acute care courses develops the students? clinical foundation of advanced practice nursing management of complex and comorbid health care problems common to adult and geriatric patients. This course builds upon the student?s proficiency in comprehensive health evaluation within the context of acute care disease management of the adult and gerontology population. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of acute episodic and chronic conditions of adult and geriatric patients. Interdisciplinary collaboration among health care providers is promoted.

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5562. Adv. Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Nurse Practitioner Role: AGACNP Population Focus

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5060; open only to graduate students in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles and techniques of advanced health assessment including formulation of a clinical diagnosis based upon the health assessment findings of the adult gerontology acute care patient from adolescence to elder are examined and practiced.

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5569. AGNP Acute Care Clinical Practicum II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5060, 5550, 5559, 5562; open only to graduate students in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration. Corequisite NURS 5560.

Grading Basis: Graded

The second of three clinical practicum courses builds upon the student?s proficiency in comprehensive health evaluation within the context of acute care disease management of the adult and older adult population. Using an evidence-based practice framework, the student will assess and manage acute and chronic illnesses, including demonstration of knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacologic interventions according to current standards of care for the adult and older adult population in acute care clinical settings. This clinical practicum course focuses on integration of critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the acute care clinical setting.

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5570. Complex and Comorbid Health Problems in AGNP Acute Care Practice III: Population Specific AGACNP

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5060, 5550, 5559, 5560, 5562, and 5569; open only to graduate students in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration. Corequisite NURS 5579.

Grading Basis: Graded

Grounded in theory and evidence based practice the third of three didactic adult gerontology acute care courses develops the students? clinical foundation of advanced practice nursing management of complex and comorbid health care problems common to adult and geriatric acute care patients. This course builds upon the student?s proficiency in comprehensive health evaluation within the context of acute care disease management of the adult and gerontology population. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of acute episodic and chronic conditions of adult and geriatric patients. Interdisciplinary collaboration among health care providers is promoted.

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5579. AGNP Acute Care Clinical Practicum III

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 5060, 5550, 5559, 5560, 5562, 5569; open only to graduate students in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration. Corequisite NURS 5570.

Grading Basis: Graded

The third of three clinical practicum courses builds upon the student?s proficiency in comprehensive health evaluation within the context of acute care disease management of the adult and older adult population. Integrates content and clinical experiences from all previous acute care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing risk reduction and assessment, diagnosis and management of common and comorbid health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. This clinical practicum course focuses on integration of critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the acute care clinical setting.

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5700. Health Professions Education: Evaluation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Master's or doctoral degree

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to important principles of evaluation science, with a particular emphasis on formative and summative evaluations. Will help students apply these principles to the practice of evaluating educational activities for health care professionals in various stages of education and training.

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5710. Health Professions Education: Planning

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Master's or doctoral degree

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to important principles of educational planning, reflecting the literatures of adult learning, curriculum and instruction, diffusion of innovations research, and health professions education. The course will help students apply these principles to the practice of planning educational activities for health care professionals in various stages of education and training.

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5720. Health Professions Education: Implementation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Master's or doctoral degree

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to important principles of implementation reflecting the literatures of adult learning, curriculum and instruction, and health professions education. The course will help students apply these principles to the practice of implementing educational activities for health care professionals in various stages of education and training.

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5811. Application of Genetics to Healthcare

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to Nursing graduate students, others with consent

Grading Basis: Graded

This course is required of all graduate students in the Advanced Practice programs (APRN). The purpose of the master?s program is to prepare advanced practice nurses with specialized knowledge, skills and values. Graduates assume leadership roles in the health care system and advance practice and the discipline of nursing by applying existing nursing knowledge and using a spirit of inquiry to examine and test nursing knowledge. Exploration of the application of genetics and genomics to the delivery of precision healthcare.

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5845. Health Services Statistics & Research Methods for the Scholarship of Application

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Encompasses elements of needs assessment, statistics, research methods/design, and epidemiology/populations health serving as the foundation for subsequent development of clinical scholarship.

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5850. Scientific and Theoretical Underpinnings for the Scholarship of Application

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of theories applicable to the healthcare delivery system. Emphasis is on an in-depth examination of concepts and theories appropriate for practice change projects.

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5855. Evidence-Based Practice for the Scholarship of Application

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Development of skills in the translation, application, and evaluation of research, with an emphasis on evidenced-based practice. Skills in the integration of knowledge from diverse sources and disciplines and its application to solve clinical problems and improve health outcomes.

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5860. Quality and Organizational/Systems Leadership for the Scholarship of Application

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to Nursing graduate students, others with consent

Grading Basis: Graded

Assessment and diagnosis of organizations, facilitation of system-wide change, development of political skill for change, engagement in the process of quality and performance improvement methodologies, and application of leadership theory within organizations.

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5865. Information Systems for the Scholarship of Application

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Evaluation and use of information systems/technology and patient care technology supportive of clinical and administrative decision-making relevant to patient care, care systems, and quality improvement.

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5869. Doctor of Nursing Practice Residency and Seminar I

3.00 - 5.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: NURS 5845, 5850, 5855 and 5895

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

The first of three residency and seminar courses, this course requires the student to complete a nursing practicum in the specialty area of their choice with hours as necessary for total of 1,000 post-BSN. Students must complete a doctoral residency and participate in seminars. Students develop individual objectives to support their identified DNP project, and, in collaboration with the agency, preceptor and DNP project committee, plan their DNP project.

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5870. Health Policy and Populations-based Advocacy for the Scholarship of Application

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS Grad Majors; open to graduate students in other disciplines with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of collaborative health care teams in health promotion and risk reduction and illness prevention for population health. Educational strategies necessary for transformation of clinical education to decrease preventable deaths will be incorporated.

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5879. Doctor of Nursing Practice Residency and Seminar II

3.00 - 5.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: NURS 5869

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

The second of three residency and seminar courses. Students complete a doctoral residency and participate in seminars. Students implement their identified DNP project in collaboration with the agency and preceptor.

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5885. Leadership and Management for the Scholarship of Application

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Combines essentials of transformational healthcare leadership development, advanced practice management, and principles of business, finance and healthcare economics.

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5889. Doctor of Nursing Practice Residency and Seminar III

3.00 - 5.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: NURS 5879.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

The third of three residency and seminar courses. Students complete a doctoral residency and participate in seminar. Students evaluate their identified DNP project in collaboration with the agency and preceptor.

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5895. Doctor of Nursing Practice Seminar Series for the DNP Project

1.00 - 9.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 36 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Designed to assist students with the DNP Project.

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6100. Philosophy of Science in Nursing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to nursing Ph.D. students; others with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

A critical examination of the meanings, methods and logical structure of science. Contemporary and historical views pertaining to the nature of truth, explanation, law, theory, methodology, and innovation will be analyzed and compared. Examples drawn from nursing epistemology as well as that of other disciplines will be utilized to depict the prepositions of modern science.

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6101. Grantsmanship: The Pursuit of Scholarly Support

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 6122 and 6130; instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

A pragmatic exploration of the societal and professional realities of grantsmanship. Experiences are practical so as to enhance the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to secure funding for scholarly innovative research endeavors. Team science and grant writing are integral components of this course.

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6122. Quantitative Methods for Design and Analysis in Nursing Research I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Masters level course in applied statistics equivalent to NURS 5020; course open to students not in the Nursing PhD Program with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

First course in a three-semester sequence that focuses on the study and application of quantitative research methods from design through statistical analysis for experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental designs in nursing and healthcare. Options for the structures of experimental designs appropriate to research in nursing and healthcare will be emphasized, including a study of theories and methods of instrument development to support such designs. An introduction to methods for multivariate statistical analysis will occur concurrently.

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6123. Quantitative Methods for Design and Analysis in Nursing Research II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 6122; open to students not in the Nursing PhD Program with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Second course in a three-semester sequence that focuses on the study and application of quantitative research methods from design through statistical analysis for experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental designs in nursing and healthcare. Limitations to the justification/feasibility of applying an experimental approach to human subjects will be reviewed. Research methods for quasi and non-experimental designs in nursing and healthcare will be emphasized. Basic psychometric properties and statistical methods underlying instrument development will be presented.

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6125. Quantitative Methods for Design and Analysis in Nursing Research III

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 6123; open to students not in the Nursing PhD program with instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Third course in a three-semester sequence that focuses on the study and application of quantitative research methods from design through statistical analysis for experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental designs in nursing and healthcare. Techniques of data analysis appropriate to study designs of varying complexity will be explored as well as emerging innovations in research methods. The theory and methods of meta-analysis will be introduced.

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6130. Introduction to Qualitative Methodology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Designed for students in nursing and other disciplines to achieve an introductory level of expertise in selected qualitative approaches. Expected course outcome is a completed qualitative project.

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6135. Exploring the Nature of Nursing Knowledge

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 6100 and instructor consent required for non nursing doctoral students.

Grading Basis: Graded

The course is a critical examination of the development of nursing's disciplinary knowledge as it relates to the nature of nursing and its epistemic, ontologic, and ethical claims. This examination will include historical analysis and evaluation of nursing's meta-paradigm (meta language), conceptual models, and theories both grand and middle range.

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6160. Advanced Qualitative Methods

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 6130

Grading Basis: Graded

This seminar is designed for students in nursing and other disciplines to achieve an advanced level of expertise in selected qualitative approaches. Expected course outcome is a completed qualitative project.

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6165. Mixed Methods in Nursing Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 6125 and NURS 6160.

Grading Basis: Graded

Presents mixed methods as a third paradigm that combines and complements the qualitative and quantitative approaches traditionally used in nursing research. Theoretical, paradigmatic, and programmatic issues, as well as practical application will be discussed.

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6175. Advancing Nursing Knowledge Development

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 6135; instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

The course is a critical application of nursing knowledge and teaching and learning science to nursing research. Each student will identify and justify the epistemology, theoretical perspective, methodology and methods that will provide a scaffold for his/her dissertation topic.

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