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NSG 6450 - Introduction to Health Informatics - 3 cr.
A foundational and practical introduction to the concepts of health care informatics and technology as it supports health care delivery, education, research, and administration. Focus will include the role and impact of the nurse informatician.  Based on courses objectives, a minimum of 45 supervised practicum hours are required in collaboration with an appropriate agency and mentor.


NSG 6655 - Nursing Informatics Practicum - 3 cr.
Practical application of nursing informatics knowledge and skills. Based on course objectives, students select a practicum experience with an appropriate agency and mentor. Requires a minimum of 155 supervised practicum hours.


NSG 8200 - Outcomes Research - 3 cr.
Knowledge and skill development in the evaluation of quantitative research studies and the translation of outcomes research into practice. This course emphasizes applying current theoretical models and research to clinical practice.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8675


NSG 8201 - Clinical Project I - 2 cr.
Focuses on developing a literature review, beginning needs assessment, and problem statement to prepare students to design an implementation and evaluation plan for an evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, quality improvement doctoral project designed to effect a practice or systems change. Students work with class colleagues and the course instructor to produce an integrated literature review and problem statement based on a needs assessment in a clinical area of interest.


NSG 8202 - Ethics in Health Care - 3 cr.
Compares traditional bioethics theories to a feminist model of ethics that views morality as a complex web of moral understandings that are achieved by the social negotiation of practices of responsibility. Takes an interdisciplinary approach to health care ethics that integrates moral philosophy, bioethics, nursing, and feminist theory. Applies the model to clinical and other health care scenarios to illuminate what constitutes morality in health care practices and within health care systems. Students analyze current ethical concerns within the health care disciplines broadly and within the student’s area of clinical practice and scholarship more narrowly with due consideration for human diversity and social location.


NSG 8206 - Clinical Project II - 2 cr.
Focuses on the continuation of an evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, quality improvement project designed to implement and evaluate a practice or systems change in a healthcare context. Students apply principles of outcomes research while refining, developing, completing, and defending the DNP clinical project proposal. Students work independently with the guidance of the faculty advisor and agency project sponsor. Course includes formal project proposal defense and Human Subjects review and approval.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8201


NSG 8207 - Clinica Project III - 2 cr.
Focuses on implementation, evaluation, completion, and successful final defense of an evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, quality improvement project designed to effect a clinical practice and/or systems change in a healthcare context. Students work independently under the guidance of the faculty advisor and agency project sponsor to implement goals and objectives, collect and analyze data, and evaluate project outcomes. Course includes a final project defense to a committee of faculty.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8201, NSG 8206, NSG 8470


NSG 8213 - Evidence-Based Practice - 3 cr.
Prepares students with foundational skills and competencies for practice inquiry and the critical appraisal of evidence to improve health quality, safety, and outcomes. Emphasizes the essential elements of evidence-based practice, including formatting clinical questions in advanced practice nursing roles, searching and appraising evidence, integrating evidence into practice, and evaluating outcomes.


NSG 8215 - Lifespan Health Assessment - 4 cr.
Advanced physical, psychological, social, and developmental skills necessary for advanced nursing practice with patients across the lifespan. Emphasizes principles and techniques of data collection, communication, and physical examination. Explores and applies health promotion concepts based on patient’s age, culture, and setting. Explores basic laboratory and diagnostic procedures. Lab meetings required.


NSG 8220 - Women's Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan - 2 cr.
Implements the role of the primary care nurse practitioner in the promotion and management of women’s reproductive health across the lifespan. Covers well woman care including healthy pregnancy, lactation, pre-natal and post-natal care, and menopause along with frequently encountered problems in reproductive health care.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8215


NSG 8221 - Advanced Practicum IV: Women's Reproductive Health - 1 cr.
Develops the competencies and clinical expertise for application of the role of the primary care nurse practitioner in the promotion and management of women’s reproductive health across the lifespan. Forty-five (45) clinical hours are required.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8320, NSG 8681, NSG 8682


NSG 8222 - Geriatric Health Assessment and Pharmacology - 3 cr.
Focuses on knowledge and skill development in health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, and pharmacological management of older adults. Implementation of theory and evidence-based assessment techniques to promote health promotion in older adults. Non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions based on principles of geriatric pharmacotherapy are applied in the management of older adults.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8215, NSG 8677


NSG 8250 - Continuing Clinical Project Enrollment - 0 cr.
Designed for BS-DNP or Post-Master's DNP students who have completed all other requirements for their degree program but did not complete the DNP clinical project within the expected time frame. If no other clinical project course registration, these students must register for continuing clinical project enrollment each semester until project completion. The fee for continuing clinical project enrollment equals the tuition for one graduate semester credit. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the BS-DNP or Post-Master’s DNP program and completion of all requirements for the degree program including N8201: Clinical Project I


NSG 8320 - Advanced Practicum II: Rural Emergent Care - 2 cr.
Focuses on rural health emergent/ urgent clinical care. Develops knowledge and skills necessary for prevention and management of urgent, emergent healthcare issues of persons residing in rural regions. Clinical immersion in rural setting consistent with APRN role and population foci. Addresses knowledge and skills necessary to perform primary care procedures.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8215, NSG 8677, NSG 8682, NSG 8684


NSG 8323 - Quality Improvement - 3 cr.
Examines the fundamental concepts of quality improvement (QI) and the role QI has on the quality and safety of health care systems and patient outcomes. Explores methods, models, and tools used to evaluate practice variation and minimize risk of harm.


NSG 8410 - Cultural Perspectives/Adv Prac - 2 cr.
International service learning elective course for graduate nursing. Web-enhanced course with required on-campus meeting and 60 clinical hours. Emphasis on family, pediatric, and women's healthcare in a selected developing country. Course culminates in a health care mission trip to a third-world site. Students prepare by participating in online learning modules and discussions, course projects, and on-campus class meetings.


NSG 8430 - Health Care Informatics - 3 cr.
An introduction to the concepts of health care informatics. Explores the use of information technology applications used by health care professionals to support health in clinical practice, education, research, and administration.


NSG 8470 - Health Program Evaluation - 3 cr.
Focuses on evaluating health programs including the activities, characteristics, and outcomes used to draw conclusions about health programs. Students develop skills in health program planning and evaluation through discussion and analysis of literature and development of a health program evaluation plan.


NSG 8520 - Assessment and Management of Psychiatric Disorders in Adults - 2 cr.
Explores the diagnostic criteria and treatment modalities for major categories of psychiatric illness. Articulates and develops the content areas and competencies necessary for entry-level, advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing, including psychiatric interviewing, DSM-5 differential diagnosis, and comprehensive psychiatric assessment and holistic management of individual, adult clients with acute and chronic psychiatric disorders and/or common mental health problems.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8662, NSG 8677, NSG 8678


NSG 8521 - Psychiatric Practicum I: Adults - 4 cr.
Develops the competencies and clinical skills necessary for entry-level, advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing, including psychiatric interviewing, DSM-5 differential diagnosis, and comprehensive psychiatric assessment and holistic management of individual, adult clients with acute and chronic psychiatric disorders and/or common mental health problems. Develops additional competencies in mental health promotion/ disease prevention and psychoeducation, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacologic treatment. 135 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8662, NSG 8677, NSG 8678


NSG 8525 - Groups in Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing - 2 cr.
Examines the structure, functions, processes, and developmental course of groups in human life and health care practice. Explores theoretical principles of group psychotherapy and synthesizes the theory and practice of group psychotherapy in advanced practice psychiatric nursing for the development of skills needed to function as a novice group therapist/ facilitator.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8662


NSG 8526 - Psychiatric Practicum II: Groups - 4 cr.
Application of theoretical principles and techniques of group psychotherapy to a practicum experience with diverse group members with a wide range of psychiatric and mental health problems. Focuses on the development of skills needed to function as a novice, advanced practice group facilitator/ therapist with clients from a variety of sociocultural contexts. 135 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8662


NSG 8550 - Assessment and Management of Psychiatric Disorders in Children/Adolescents - 2 cr.
Explores the diagnostic criteria and treatment modalities for major categories of psychiatric illness related to children and adolescents. Cultivates and develops the content areas and competencies necessary for entry-level, advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing, including interviewing psychiatric patients and their families, DSM-5 diagnosis, comprehensive psychiatric assessment, and holistic management of patients and their families.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8520, NSG 8521


NSG 8551 - Psychiatric Practicum III: Child/Adolescent - 4 cr.
Focuses on the development of skills necessary for holistic management of common psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Emphasizes psychiatric evaluation using DSM 5 criteria and comprehensive care based on pathophysiologic, psychotherapeutic, spiritual, and developmental data. Includes psychoeducation as well as psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic approaches. Traditional and non-traditional community practice sites are used. 135 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8550


NSG 8590 - PMHNP Transition to Practice - 1 cr.
Further develops the role of the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) as a holistic, direct provider of primary mental health care to psychiatric clients and their families across the lifespan. Focuses on content and processes necessary for the transition to independent practice including the requisite competencies, licensing and certification as an advanced practice provider, prescriptive authority, and adherence to mental health statutes and the profession’s code of ethics and standards of care.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8520, NSG 8525, NSG 8550


NSG 8591 - Psychiatric Practicum IV: Practice Transition - 5 cr.
Implements the role of psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner as a direct provider of primary mental health care to psychiatric clients and their families across the lifespan. Role components include integration of medical, nursing, and psychiatric interventions into a holistic plan of care; implementation of intervention strategies for at risk populations; and utilization of outcomes research in the delivery of primary mental health care including comprehensive psychiatric assessment, DSM-5 diagnosis, case formulation, medication management, laboratory monitoring, individual and/or group psychotherapy, and overall case management. 180 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8521, NSG 8526, NSG 8551


NSG 8605 - Theorizing Nursing Practice - 4 cr.
A critical investigation of concepts, middle range theories, and family theories used in health promotion and disease prevention by advanced practice nurses to achieve improved health outcomes with clients and families.


NSG 8610 - Theories of Human Development Across the Lifespan - 2 cr.
Explores theories of human development across the life cycle from psychoanalytic, relational, interpersonal, sociocultural, cognitive, biological, and evolutionary perspectives. Emphasis is placed on the application of these theories to health promotion in advanced nursing practice in a multicultural society.


NSG 8614 - Health Care Policy - 2 cr.
Investigates the role of the nurse in influencing health policy. Explores application of change and systems theories to the process of health policy development.


NSG 8638 - Health Care Management II: Frail Adult - 2 cr.
Develops more extensive knowledge and skills related to health promotion, clinical decision making, and management of health problems for frail, medically complex, older adults. Examines environments of care for older adults. Explores the transition to nurse practitioner practice and nurse practitioner certification.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8222, NSG 8683, NSG 8684, NSG 8687, NSG 8688


NSG 8639 - Advanced Practicum VI: Frail Adult - 4 cr.
Develops more extensive competencies and clinical skills necessary for nurse practitioner application of health promotion interventions, disease prevention, and clinical decision making for frail, medically complex, older adults in a variety of care settings. 180 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8222, NSG 8683, NSG 8684, NSG 8687, NSG 8688


NSG 8660 - Leadership in Health Care: Organizational Innovations - 4 cr.
Integrates organizational and management theories within the context of change management processes and applies them to the delivery of nursing services in a variety of settings and systems. Analyzes the role of the advanced practice nurse at various levels of management and emphasizes the requisite core abilities of the DNP-prepared APRN. Investigates factors that affect dynamic changes in the health care system including delivery of nursing care.


NSG 8662 - Adv Prac Psych-Mental Hlth NSG - 2 cr.
Introduction to the theories, concepts, models, and ethics relevant to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner's role in the care of persons with mental illnesses and persons/populations at risk for mental illness. Emphasis is placed on neurobiological theories of mental illness as well as developmental and psychodynamic theories. Online course with on-campus seminars. Pre- or co-requisite: NSG 8605, 8610, 8675.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8605, NSG 8610


NSG 8671 - Rural Health - 2 cr.
Focuses on rural health and rural health issues related to health care and health care delivery. The role of the Advanced Practice Nurse in the delivery of health care to rural populations is explored. Issues and trends in rural health and rural health care delivery are investigated.


NSG 8675 - Epidemiology & Biostatistics - 4 cr.
Introduces key concepts to identify research methods and study designs within epidemiology. The student will explore various forms of biostatistical analysis in research.


NSG 8677 - Advanced Pharmacology - 4 cr.
Focuses on the clinical application of advanced pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics across the lifespan for common disease conditions encountered in primary care settings. Uses a body systems approach and includes principles of altered pharmacodynamics related to age, race, and ethnicity. Explores principles of pharmacotherapeutics used by advanced practice nurses, including pharmacodynamics, client assessment, and decision-making processes for appropriate drug use, monitoring, and client education. Includes cost/benefit analysis of pharmacological intervention. Pre-requisite: BIO 5777 Pathophysiology.

Prerequisite Course: BIO 5777


NSG 8678 - Psychopharmacology - 3 cr.
Focuses on the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of psychotropic drugs used across the lifespan. The art of prescribing is investigated through emphasis on practical issues such as starting, stopping, and cross-tapering medications; monitoring medications and their potential adverse effects; and providing the psychoeducation necessary for successful pharmacological management. Builds a foundation for safe, successful, collaborative, prescriptive practice for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners. Requires 45 hours of observational experience with a prescriber of psychiatric medications.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8677


NSG 8681 - Primary Healthcare Management I - 3 cr.
Focuses on knowledge and skills necessary for prevention and management of common acute and chronic illnesses in infants to young adults. Addresses aspects of assessment, diagnosis, management, and evaluation of outcomes derived from pathophysiologic, psychosocial, spiritual, and developmental data.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8215, NSG 8677


NSG 8682 - Advanced Practicum I: Pediatrics and Family - 4 cr.
Develops the competencies and clinical expertise necessary for nurse practitioner application of prevention and management skills for acute and chronic illnesses in infants to young adults. 180 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8215, NSG 8677


NSG 8683 - Primary Health Care Management II - 3 cr.
Focuses on knowledge and skills necessary for prevention, diagnosis, and management of acute and chronic illnesses in adolescents, adults, older adults, and their families. Addresses underlying pathophysiologic and psychosocial bases for occurrence and detection with emphasis on management of common acute and chronic illnesses.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 5777, NSG 8215, NSG 8677


NSG 8684 - Advanced Practicum III: Adult - 4 cr.
Practicum course that develops the competencies and clinical expertise necessary for nurse practitioner application of prevention and management skills for acute and chronic illnesses in adolescents, adults, older adults, and their families. 180 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 5777, NSG 8215, NSG 8677


NSG 8687 - Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship - 2 cr.
Focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and clinical decision making for adults/ older adults and their families, who are living with chronic/ complex illness. Explores the business and quality management of independent nurse practitioner practice.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8683, NSG 8684


NSG 8688 - Advanced Practicum V: Older Adult/Family - 4 cr.
Practicum course that develops the competencies and clinical skills necessary for nurse practitioner application of health promotion interventions, disease prevention, and clinical decision making for adults/ older adults and their families, who are living the chronic/ complex illness. 180 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8683, NSG 8684


NSG 8777 - Topics - 2-4 cr.
Topics in Nursing.


NSG 8999 - Independent Study - 1-5 cr.
With faculty guidance, students develop objectives and implement protocol for independent work related to the practice of advanced nursing. Prerequisite: Consent of faculty.