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NSG 6108 - Systems Analysis & Design - 4 cr.
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NSG 6430 - Health Care Informatics - 3 cr.
An introduction to the concepts of health care informatics. Explore the use of information technology applications used by health care professionals to support health in clinical practice, education, research, and administration.


NSG 6505 - Consumer Healthcare Informatics - 3 cr.
A didactic and clinical course that provides an introduction to the concepts of consumer informatics. The didactic content explores health information technology used to support consumer healthcare and promotes consumer health literacy. The clinical component requires a minimum of 45 clinical hours supervised by an informatics professional. Individualized learning objectives are developed based on the clinical placement.


NSG 6605 - Theorizing Nursing Practice - 4 cr.
A critical investigation of concepts, middle range theories, and family theories used by advanced practice health care providers in health promotion and disease prevention interventions with clients and families to achieve health outcomes.


NSG 6609 - Continuing Enrollment - 0 cr.
Continuation of NSG 8205. Designed for students who do not complete their DNP clinical project within the designated time frame. Students register for continuing enrollment each semester while completing their work. The fee for continuing enrollment equals the tuition for one graduate semester credit. Prerequisite: NSG 8204.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 6608


NSG 6610 - Theor Hum Dev Across/Lifespan - 2 cr.
This course 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 6614 - Health Care Policy - 2 cr.
Role of the nurse in influencing health policy is investigated. Application of change and systems theories to the process of health policy development is explored. Web-based course.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6608, NSG 6619


NSG 6627 - Health Assessment Adult - 3 cr.
Advanced physical, psychological, social and developmental skills necessary for primary care practice with adult clients. Principles and techniques of data collection, communication and physical examination are emphasized. Basic laboratory and diagnostic procedures are explored. Web-based course on campus seminars, 45 laboratory hours.


NSG 6629 - Health Assessment Pediatric - 2 cr.
Advanced physical, psychological, social and developmental skills necessary for advanced practice nursing with pediatric clients. Principles and techniques of data collection, communication and physical examination are emphasized. Basic laboratory and diagnostic procedures are explored. Web-based course on campus seminars.


NSG 6633 - Theoret Found Geront NSG - 2 cr.
Analysis and application of theory and research related to health assessment and health promotion of older adults. Implementation of evidence-based advanced physical, psychological, social and developmental assessment techniques necessary for health promotion and illness prevention activities along with diagnosis of acute, chronic and functional health challenges with the older adult. Web-based course on campus seminars: 15 didactic hours. Prerequisite: Post-master's status or enrolled in master's program at CSS. Pre or Co-requisite: N6627.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6610, NSG 6619, NSG 6627


NSG 6635 - Pharmacology: Older Adults - 2 cr.
Application of theory and research related to advanced gerontological pharmacotherapeutics. Includes pharmacologic and non pharmacologic interventions in the management of acute, chronic physical and mental health disorders for the older adult. Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics in relation to the physiological changes in the older adult are stressed. Assessment, decision-making processes and client education for appropriate drug use are addressed. Web-based course on campus seminars. Prerequisite: Post-master's status or enrolled in master's program at CSS. Pre or Co-requisite: NSG 6605, NSG 8200, NSG 8675, N6633, N6677 or equivalent

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6608, NSG 6627, NSG 6677


NSG 6639 - Hlth Care Mgt II: Frail Adult - 6 cr.
Intensive clinical experience focusing on the application of evidence based guidelines in care management of the older adult with complex health needs in a variety of settings. Nursing care and the influence of support systems are evaluated for their impact on client outcomes. Includes monitoring and support of client physical and behavioral changes; modification of care for acute and chronic conditions in accordance with assessment, test findings and client responses; and assessment of adherence to pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions. Web-based course on campus seminars. 190 clinical hours. Prerequisite: Post-master's status or enrolled in master's program at CSS.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 6637


NSG 6655 - Nursing Informatics Practicum - 3 cr.
A practicum experience focused on the use of information technology in a health care setting. Students will complete a minimum of 160 hours in the clinical setting under the supervision of an informatics professional. Individualized learning objectives will be developed based on the clinical placement.


NSG 6662 - Advanced Practice: Psych-Mental Health Nursing - 2 cr.
Introduction to theories, concepts and models, 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 6605, 6610, 8675.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6610, NSG 6619


NSG 6665 - Psych-Mental Health Mgt II - 4 cr.
Development of skills needed to function as a beginning advanced practice group leader/therapist with multicultural clients in a variety of socio-cultural contexts. Includes application of theoretical principles of group psychotherapy with clients experiencing psychiatric and mental health problems. 15 class hours, 135 clinical hours. Pre- or co-requisite: N6666.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6663, NSG 6666


NSG 6666 - Families: Adv Prac Psy NSG - 2 cr.
Examination of the structure, functions, processes, and developmental course of groups in human life and health care practice. Introduction to the theory and practice of group psychotherapy and group facilitation in advanced practice psychiatric nursing. 30 class hours. Web based course. Prerequisites: NSG 6605, 6610, 6227, 6662, 6677, 6678,8200, 8675, BIO 5777.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 5210, BIO 5220, BIO 5999, NSG 6608, NSG 6610, NSG 6619, NSG 6627, NSG 6662, NSG 6674, NSG 6677, NSG 6678


NSG 6671 - 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 6677 - 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.


NSG 6678 - Psychopharmacology - 3 cr.
Focuses on the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of psychotropic drugs used across the lifespan including antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, psychostimulants, cognition enhancers, and miscellaneous psychopharmacologic agents commonly prescribed for the management of psychiatric and mental health disorders. A clinical component requires 45 hours of observational experience with a preceptor who can prescribe psychiatric medications. 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.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 6677


NSG 6681 - Primary Health Care Mgt I - 6 cr.
Knowledge and skills necessary for prevention and management of common acute and chronic illnesses in infants, children and adolescents. Aspects of assessment, diagnosis, management and evaluation derived from pathophysiologic, psychosocial, spiritual and developmental data bases are addressed. This course must be taken the semester immediately following NSG 6629, or requires faculty approval. Web-based course, on campus seminars. Prerequisites: NSG 6605, 6627, 6629, 6677, 8200, 8675, BIO 5777; 145 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 5210, BIO 5220, BIO 5777, NSG 6605, NSG 6608, NSG 6619, NSG 6627, NSG 6629, NSG 6676, NSG 6677, NSG 8200, NSG 8215, NSG 8675


NSG 6683 - Primary Health Care Mgt II - 6 cr.
Knowledge and skills necessary for prevention and management of acute and chronic illnesses in adults and older adults. Underlying pathophysiologic and psychosocial bases for occurrence and detection are addressed with emphasis on management of common acute and chronic illnesses. It is required that NSG 6627 be taken within one year of this course, otherwise remedial work will be required Web-based course on campus seminars. 180 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NSG 6605, 6610, 6627, 6677, 6681 (FNPs only), 8200, 8675, BIO 5777.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 5210, BIO 5220, BIO 5777, NSG 6608, NSG 6619, NSG 6627, NSG 6674, NSG 6677, NSG 6681


NSG 6687 - Nurse Practitioner Preceptrshp - 4-6 cr.
Intensive clinical experience with a focus on prevention, health promotion, client education and illness management of individuals and families. Web-based course on campus seminars. 200 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NSG 6683, 6681, and 6685 (FNP).

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6681, NSG 6683, NSG 6685


NSG 6691 - PMHNPPreceptorship - 5 cr.
Further develops and implements the role of psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner as a holistic, 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. Practicum includes comprehensive psychiatric assessment, DSM-IV-TR diagnosis, medication management, laboratory monitoring, case management, and individual and/or group psychotherapy.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6663, NSG 6665, NSG 6669, NSG 6683


NSG 6777 - Nursing Topics - 0-6 cr.
Topics in Nursing.


NSG 6999 - Independent Study - 1-5 cr.
With faculty guidance, the development of objectives and implementation of a protocol for independent work related to the practice of advanced nursing. Prerequisite: consent of faculty.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6608, NSG 6619


NSG 8000 - Leadership in Health Care Part I: Personal Dimensions - 3 cr.
This course studies the various dimensions of leadership and how they apply to the health care environment. Includes theoretical models and their application to nursing models of practice, personal and organizational integration of values, key aspects of creating and sustaining a learning organization, and leadership as partnership and teamwork.


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.


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 affect 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.
Analysis of both empirical research and philosophical inquiry in health care ethics with due consideration for human diversity and social context. Exploration of current ethical issues, including relevant contextual factors, within the health care disciplines broadly, and within the student's area of clinical practice and scholarship specifically. Emphasis on the socially organized practices of responsibility that influence ethical decision-making and their implications for health care delivery within the professional domains of administration, clinical care, policy and education. This course focuses primarily on the ethical problems of nursing practice. It is designed to help students increase their knowledge of the domains of ethical experience, articulate the ethical issues they experience in practice, and justify the reasons for taking one course of action over another. Readings are taken from moral philosophy, bioethics, nursing, feminist theory, and social science.


NSG 8204 - Clinical Project II - 4 cr.
Phase two in a two- phase process in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the DNP clinical project, culminating in completion of a sustainable system change, quality improvement, and outcomes-oriented, evidence-based, clinical project. Students apply principles of outcomes research in the clinical setting while refining and implementing the DNP clinical project proposed in NSG 8201. Students work with faculty to refine the project proposal (through a series of steps/assignments). Students will implement and evaluate the scholarly project independently under the guidance of a faculty advisor and with the assistance of a clinical expert/systems mentor. Course includes formal presentation, critique, and defense of the scholarly DNP clinical project.


NSG 8206 - Clinical Project II - 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 8204


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.


NSG 8210 - Clincl Specialization Adlt NSG - 4 cr.
Examination of the component roles and theories relevant to clinical nurse specialist practice, e.g., clinical expert, teacher, consultant and researcher within the context of spheres of influence (client, staff and systems) and leadership. Study of major variables influencing health care which impact on clinical specialist component roles of consultant to peers and/or colleagues and teacher to staff and/or health care consumers. Web-based course on campus seminars. 12 class hours, 145 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NSG 6605, 8200, 8675.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6605, NSG 8200


NSG 8211 - Phenomena of NSG Practicum - 5 cr.
Application of the four defining characteristics of nursing (phenomena, theory application, nursing action, and effects of action) to the care of clients with actual and potential health problems. A holistic approach within the 3 spheres of CNS influence (client, staff, organizational system) is used in health promotion and illness intervention activities. Seminars focus on management of the health status of adults with emphasis on the independent dimension of nursing and clinical diagnostic reasoning. Web-based course on campus seminars. 180 clinical hours. Prerequisite: BIO 5777, NSG 6605, NSG 6610, NSG 6627, NSG 8200, 8675. Pre- or co-requisite: NSG 6621; 6677.


NSG 8212 - Pract: Clinicl Specl Adlt NSG - 5 cr.
Emphasis on clarification of the adult nursing clinical specialist role functions within the 3 spheres of CNS influence (client, staff, organizational system) and their effect on client outcomes. The component sub roles of the clinical nurse specialist (clinical expert, teacher, consultant and researcher) are synthesized as the student gives direct and indirect care to adults with complex and multifaceted health problems under the preceptorship of a CNS. Web-based course on campus seminars. 180 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NSG 6621, 6625.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8210, NSG 8211


NSG 8215 - Lifespan Health Assessment - 4 cr.
Advanced physical, psychological, social and developmental skills necessary for advanced nursing practice with patients across the lifespan. Principles and techniques of data collection, communication and physical examination are emphasized. Health promotion concepts based on patient’s age, culture, setting will be explored and applied. Basic laboratory and diagnostic procedures are explored. Web-enhanced course with face to face lab meetings.


NSG 8220 - Women's Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan - 3 cr.
Introduction to 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. Forty-five (45) clinical hours are required.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8215


NSG 8352 - Performance Management in Heal - 3 cr.
Examines the concept of performance management and its application to the health care industry for both larger health care organizations and smaller health care settings. Issues related to the extreme pressure exerted by both purchasers and regulatory agencies for healthcare organizations to improve its performance will be analyzed.


NSG 8355 - Healthcare Finance - 3 cr.
Covers finance issues related to healthcare organizations, such as: reimbursement analysis, understanding the nature of costs, service line profitability analysis, and preparation of operating and capital budgets. Students learn how to analyze financial statements and their relationship to organizational decision-making.


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 8420 - Organizational Behavior - 3 cr.
Explores the behavior of people within organizations in terms of the factors that are most influential. Those include factors related to individuals, groups and the larger organization system. The course utilizes an experiential learning process that helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses as learners.


NSG 8430 - Health Care Informatics - 3 cr.
An introduction to the concepts of health care informatics. Explore 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 8510 - Assess & Mgt Psychiatric - 6 cr.
Clinical and didactic course that explores the diagnostic criteria and treatment modalities for major categories of psychiatric illness. Articulates and develops the content areas and clinical skills necessary for entry level advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing, including psychiatric interviewing and assessment, DSM-IV differential diagnosis, 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. Meets the professional standards of ANA and AACN, as well as CSS graduate program outcome #4. (See the Graduate Nursing Student Handbook, page 4.) Prerequisites NSG 6662, NSG 6677, NSG 6678.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6662, NSG 6678


NSG 8530 - Clinical Workflow & Process Re - 3 cr.
This course is designed to provide healthcare and health information technology professionals with the theory and tools necessary to effect the clinical transformation required for the successful adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). EHR systems are significant investments that must be planned and implemented in a manner that ensures positive outcomes. EHR systems are not just financial, administrative, or operational systems that focus on healthcare departmental tasks, nor are they electronic means to achieve documentation. Instead, EHRs are knowledge management systems, directly impacting the way clinicians practice. As such, clinical processes must be understood and redesigned to take advantage of the support afforded by information technology.


NSG 8535 - Assess & Mgt Psyc Dis Child - 6 cr.
Development of skills necessary for holistic management of common and recurrent psychiatric symptoms/conditions of child/adolescent/family clients. Emphasizes initial contact and comprehensive, coordinated and continuous care based on pathophysiologic, psychotherapeutic, spiritual, and developmental data. Includes assessment of community mental health needs and psychoeducational as well as psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic approaches with child/adolescent/family clients. Examination of the knowledge base, roles, diagnostics and psychotheraptutics employed in advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing with child/adolescent/family clients. Diagnostic classification systems and treatment modalities related to psychiatric illness are explored. Aspects of health promotion and disease prevention in advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing are also explored. 135 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6662, NSG 6678, NSG 8510


NSG 8540 - Advanced Practice in Psychiatric Nursing - 6 cr.
Development of skills needed to function as a beginning advanced practice group leader/therapist with multicultural clients in a variety of socio-cultural contexts. Includes application of theoretical principles of group psychotherapy with clients experiencing psychiatric and mental health problems. 135 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8510


NSG 8660 - Leadership in Health Care Part II: Organizational Innovations - 4 cr.
Integration of organizational and management theories within the context of the nursing process to the delivery of nursing services in a variety of settings and systems. The role of the advanced practice nurse in various levels of management is analyzed and required core abilities required of the manager are emphasized. Factors affecting the dynamic changes in the health care system and delivery of nursing care are integrated.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8000, NSG 8200, NSG 8201, NSG 8420


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


NSG 8680 - Leadership Seminar - 1 cr.
Facilitates the transition of graduate nursing students to advanced clinical practice. Emphasizes the concrete goals and tasks of the transition to practice as well as the transformation of identity from student to independent professional. Identifies the nature and scope of professionalism in the discipline. Provides an opportunity for networking with student colleagues statewide and for the creative visioning of an independent, nurse-run, multispecialty outpatient clinic for the delivery of collaborative primary care. Prerequisite: Enrollment during the semester in which graduation is scheduled.


NSG 8685 - Primary Care Procedure - 1 cr.
Elective skill development course with online and face-to-face didactic and lab for graduate nursing student. Addresses knowledge and skills necessary to perform primary care procedures including suturing, splinting, incision, and drainage (I&D).


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