Nursing (NURS)

NURS 5100. Advanced Health Assessment. (3 Credits)

This online course includes the processes, techniques, and skills of advanced health assessment, building on basic and experiential knowledge of assessment. It is intended to provide the basis for individual student development of expertise in assessing health and illness states. Focus is on didactic and clinical content that the advanced practice nurse utilizes when assessing clients. The processes of systematic assessment, which include communication and planning skills, are emphasized. Clinical judgment, diagnostic and monitoring skills and teaching are integrated as components of assessment. Prerequisites: Admission to the Graduate School. Corequisites: None. Offered: Summer. Credits: 3.00 Credit Hours (2.00 Lecture - 4.00 Lab).

NURS 5111. Nursing Theory Development. (3 Credits)

This course explores theoretical assumptions and conceptual models related to nursing practice, nursing research, nursing roles, and nursing education. Other nursing, social, behavioral, and natural science theories are also discussed. This course provides an introduction to conceptual and theoretical thinking. Students will examine knowledge development in nursing, conceptual structures, and their uses as a basis for nursing practice and research. Prerequisites: Admission to the Graduate School. Corequisites: None. Offered: Summer. Credits: 3.00 Credit Hours (3.00 Lecture - 0.00 Lab).

NURS 5120. Advanced Nursing Research. (3 Credits)

This course emphasizes quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and the application of technology in data analysis. Students formulate a beginning approach to proposal development. Prerequisites: NURS 5111. Corequisites: None. Offered: Spring. Credits: 3.00 Credit Hours (3.00 Lecture - 0.00 Lab). Course examinations will be proctored and additional testing fees may apply.

NURS 5210. Advanced Pathophysiology. (3 Credits)

This course emphasizes the complexity of normal physiological and psychological functions and the disruption of homeostasis in understanding the disease process and/or illness. The involvement of mulitsystems in the clinical manifestation of the disease process and diagnoses will be delineated. Prerequisites: None. Corequisites: None. Offered: Fall. Credits: 3.00 Credit Hours (3.00 Lecture - 0.00 Lab).

NURS 5220. Family Diversity in Vulnerable Communities. (2 Credits)

The students apply concepts, theories, and methodologies of transcultural nursing to clients of diverse populations. Prerequisites: None. Corequisites: None. Offered: Spring. Credits: 2.00 Credit Hours (2.00 Lecture - 0.00 Lab). Course examinations will be proctored and additional testing fees may apply.

NURS 5410. Introduction to Family Primary Care (MSN-FNP). (4 Credits)

This course introduces the concept of primary health care of children, adults, and families. The focus is on health promotion and disease prevention with medically underserved populations. Prerequisites: Admission to the Family Nurse Practitioner program and NURS 5100. Corequisites: None. Offered: Spring. Credits: 4.00 Credit Hours (2.00 Lecture - 8.00 Lab).

NURS 5421. Primary Care of Children (MSN-FNP). (2,3 Credits)

This course presents the theoretical and clinical basis for advanced health promotion and disease prevention for children, adolescents, and their families. Content will include health maintenance, health teaching, behavioral/developmental issues, counseling, and advanced nursing management of well-child health and selected common childhood illnesses. The focus is on comprehensive care for well-child health maintenance and selected illnesses. Attention is directed toward the care needed to meet the health objectives for children, adolescents and families in Healthy People 2010 consistent with accepted national guidelines. Clinical experiences will provide opportunity for testing and integrating of theory in practice and development of relationships with other health care providers. Clinical experiences will occur in a variety of settings with emphasis on rural and urban underserved children, adolescents, and families. Prerequisites: NURS 5100, NURS 5210, NURS 5410, and NURS 5910. Corequisites: None. Offered: Spring. Credits: 5.00 Credit Hours (3.00 Lecture - 8.00 Lab). Course examinations will be proctored and additional testing fees may apply.

NURS 5621. Advanced-Practice Nursing I (MSN-NE). (5 Credits)

The first of a two-clinical course sequence in application of theories and concepts related to the clinical nurse specialist role in Community Health, Parent-Child Health, and Psych-Mental Health. Prerequisites: NURS 5111, NURS 5210, NURS 5910, and NURS 5950. Corequisites: None. Offered: Spring. Credits: 5.00 Credit Hours (3.00 Lecture - 8.00 Lab).

NURS 5910. Pharmacology in Advanced Nursing Practice. (3 Credits)

This course provides the advanced practice health care provider with knowledge of pharmacological agents used in treatment of adults, adolescents, and young children. Emphasis is on indications, mechanisms of action, prescriptive drugs, protocols, techniques, and dosages. Prerequisites: None. Corequisites: None. Offered: Fall. Credits: 3.00 Credit Hours (3.00 Lecture - 0.00 Lab).

NURS 5950. Curriculum Development in Nursing (MSN-NE). (3 Credits)

This course, designed to prepare the nurse educator for a role in curriculum development will explore putting together a nursing educational curriculum from planning to evaluation. Prerequisites: Admission to the Nurse Educator program and NURS 5111. Corequisites: None. Offered: Fall. Credits: 3.00 Credit Hours (3.00 Lecture - 0.00 Lab).

NURS 6000. Directed Study. (1-6 Credits)

Independent exploration of a topic from a nursing practice, education, or administration perspective. Prerequisites: Department approval. Corequisites: None. Offered: As needed. Credits: 1.00 to 6.00 Credit Hours (0.00 to 6.00 Lecture - 0.00 to 24.00 Lab).

NURS 6001. Instructional Strategies and Evaluation (MSN-NE). (3 Credits)

This course focuses on the implementation of various teaching strategies and the measurement of learning outcomes. Prerequisites: NURS 5950. Corequisites: None. Offered: Spring. Credits: 3.00 Credit Hours (3.00 Lecture - 0.00 Lab).

NURS 6101. Primary Care of Women (MSN-FNP). (4 Credits)

This course presents the theoretical and clinical basis for advanced nursing management of newborns and women. Content includes health maintenance, health teaching, behavioral/development issues, counseling and nursing management of pregnancy and the newborn, and health problems of women. Prerequisites: NURS 5100, NURS 5410, and NURS 5421. Corequisites: None. Offered: Summer. Credits: 4.00 Credit Hours (2.00 Lecture - 8.00 Lab).

NURS 6211. Primary Care of Adults (MSN-FNP). (5 Credits)

This course presents the theoretical and clinical basis for health promotion and disease prevention of adults/older adults and their families. Content includes health maintenance, health teaching, developmental issues, counseling and nursing diagnosis and management of common minor acute and chronic health problems found in adults. Prerequisites: NURS 5100, NURS 5410, NURS 5421, and NURS 6101. Corequisites: None. Offered: Fall. Credits: 5.00 Credit Hours (3.00 Lecture - 8.00 Lab).

NURS 6310. Primary Care Issues in Health Promotion of Communities (MSN-FNP). (2 Credits)

This seminar focuses on care needed to meet the needs of clients with sensitivity to community and cultural differences. Prerequisites: Completion of previous graduate nursing courses. Corequisites: None. Offered: Fall. Credits: 2.00 Credit Hours (2.00 Lecture - 0.00 Lab).

NURS 6620. Advanced Teaching Practicum (MSN-NE). (3 Credits)

This practicum is designed to foster the student's development and competency as an educator. The focus of the experience is the application of curricula and learning theories to instructional design for nursing education. The practicum consists of experiences in both classroom and clinical teaching under the supervision of a senior faculty. The experiences are designed to provide an opportunity for the student to experience a career in the academic world of higher education. Prerequisites: Completion of all Nurse Educator core and nursing courses, except NURS 6920. Corequisites: None. Offered: Spring. Credits: 3.00 Credit Hours (2.00 Lecture - 4.00 Lab).

NURS 6622. Advanced Practice Nursing II (MSN-NE). (2,3 Credits)

This is the second of the two-clinical course sequence in application of theories and concepts related to the clinical nurse specialist role development in Community Health, Parent-Child Health and Psych-Mental Health. Prerequisites: NURS 5621. Corequisites: None. Offered: Fall. Credits: 5.00 Credit Hours (3.00 Lecture - 8.00 Lab). Course examinations will be proctored and additional testing fees may apply.

NURS 6820. Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum (MSN-FNP). (1,3 Credits)

An integrated clinical practicum focused on development and implementation of the advanced practitioner role. Students are involved in a preceptorship in rural/urban family practice settings under the supervision of a clinical preceptor and graduate faculty. Prerequisites: Completion of all Family Nurse Practitioner core and nursing courses, except NURS 6920. Corequisites: None. Offered: Spring. Credits: 4.00 Credit Hours (1.00 Lecture - 12.00 Lab). Course examinations will be proctored and additional testing fees may apply.

NURS 6920. Thesis/Research Project. (3 Credits)

Research methodologies are used to investigate a nursing problem. Satisfactory completion of a thesis or research project is required. The student may choose to develop the proposal from NURS 5120 for the research activities for this course. Prerequisites: NURS 5120. Corequisites: None. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer. Credits: 3.00 Credit Hours (3.00 Lecture - 0.00 Lab).