NURS 6000 Advanced Psychiatric Care for Pediatric and Geriatric Clients
Credit Hours 6.0
Prerequisites Graduate of Adult PMH NP program
Description

This is a special course for graduates of the Adult PMH NP program at GSU. This is a time limited course and part of a two course curriculum to provide lifespan content to graduates to prepare them for ANCC’s Family PMH NP certification exam. The course will be offered two summers only – 2012 and 2013 – and is limited to this select group of graduates. The course consists of six hours of lecture and asynchronous web-enhanced learning. Clinical placements to enhance learning will consist of a minimum of sixty clinical hours with pediatric patients and a minimum of sixty clinical hours with geriatric clients. The total clinical hours of 180 allows students to specialize in pediatric or geriatric clinical areas.

NURS 6910 Caring for Families and Communities
Credit Hours 5.0
Description

For RNs only: The course focuses on the acquisition and application of evidenced-based nursing practice with the goal of improving health at the individual and population levels. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and disease and injury prevention in collaboration with the client and key stakeholders. Under faculty supervision, the student develops and refines professional practice (3 hrs didactic credit; 2 hrs clinical credit [90 clinical contact hrs]).

NURS 6930 Leadership and Management in Nursing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Must be a Registered Nurse (RN)The Leadership and Management in Nursing course is for registered nurses (RNs)
Description

The course focuses on the development, design and application of principles of leadership and management of health care delivery systems. Emphasis is placed upon assuming responsibility for nursing practice including decision making and nursing actions. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW) courses required of all Nursing majors.

NURS 7000 Research Methods for Advanced Practice Nurses
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to master's program in the School of Nursing
Description

Quantitative research approaches are emphasized, and qualitative research is introduced. Emphasis is on the critique and utilization of nursing research in advanced practice. Beginning skills in conducting research are introduced and serve as a foundation for the applied clinical and research projects.

NURS 7001 Culture, Health Literacy, and Disparities in Healthcare
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to master's program in the School of Nursing
Description

Strategies to prepare healthcare providers to care for a changing and diverse population will also serve as a major focus of the course.

NURS 7030 Clinical Practicum in Adult Health Nursing I
Credit Hours 7.0
Prerequisites NURS 7500, NURS 7550
Description

Pre- or co-requisites NURS 7310, NURS 7320.
This course is designed for students to implement advanced nurse practice roles while under the supervision of a clinical preceptor. Advanced practice interventions will be used to initiate improvement of care to aggregates of acute or chronically ill patients across the adult life span. Students will analyze the nature of acute tertiary care
and the system in which acute illnesses occur. Two credit hours class, five credit hours clinical practice. (225 clinical practice hours).

NURS 7040 Clinical Practicum in Adult Health Nursing II
Credit Hours 6.0
Prerequisites NURS 7030
Description

This course is designed for students to function in the advanced nurse practice role independently while collaborating with a clinical preceptor. An analysis and evaluation of advanced nurse practice interventions with regard to patient and fiscal outcomes in aggregates of acute or chronically ill patients across the adult life span will be emphasized. One hour credit seminar; five hour credits clinical practice (totAL 225 clinical practice hours).

NURS 7060 Directed Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Description

Individual readings on special topics in nursing and related areas under the guidance of a faculty member.

NURS 7080 Advanced Practice in the Ambulatory Health Care of Women
Credit Hours 6.0 OR 7.0
Prerequisites NURS 7500, NURS 7550; NURS 7340 (FNP only); NURS 7050 (AH only)
Corequisites NURS 7310, NURS 7320
Description

The course is designed to prepare the student to provide health promotion, health maintenance activities and management of the woman during the reproductive years and throughout the lifespan Sociopolitical and cultural issues related to women’s health will also be discussed. The student is also provided an opportunity to integrate and apply theoretical and clinical knowledge acquired in previous courses. Nurse practitioner clinical skills will be refined and evaluated in a collaborative relationship with nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, physicians, and other health care providers. For Six Credit Hours: Three credit hours lecture; three credit hours clinical practice (135 clinical practice hours). For Seven Credit Hours: Three credit hours lecture; four credit hours clinical practice (180 clinical practice hours).

NURS 7090 Advanced Practice with the Childbearing Family
Credit Hours 9.0
Prerequisites NURS 7080
Description

Emphasis is placed on the development of a broad knowledge of the physiological and pathophysiological changes occurring during the periconceptual, antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods. The course is designed to prepare the student to provide health promotion, health maintenance activities and management of the child bearing woman. Nursing assessment and management competencies will include the selection of appropriate diagnostic studies, pharmacological and other treatment interventions in collaboration with the responsible primary health care provider. Three credit hours lecture; six credit hours clinical practice (270 clinical practice hours).

NURS 7100 Advanced Psychiatric Care of Pediatric and Geriatric Clients
Credit Hours 6.0
Prerequisites Graduate of the Psychiatric NP/CNS Adult Program
Description

This course focuses on assessment of the child, adolescent, and geriatric psychiatric mental health client. It also focuses on current treatment modalities for each age group. Students will engage in nursing and psychosocial diagnostic decision making in a variety of hypothetical and clinical scenarios. National priorities for mental health care and a critical analysis of the current delivery system will be discussed.

NURS 7120 Theories of Advanced Psychiatric Nursing
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Pre requisite: Admission to the PMH program. Pre requisites or co-requisites: NURS 7310, NURS 7320, NURS 7500, NURS 7550, NURS 7900.
This course provides concepts critical to the advanced practice of psychiatric nursing. Human responses will be examined using psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and other paradigms. Critical analysis of historic psychiatric thought will be done in the context of current research findings and sociocultural trends. Concepts that provide a basis for caring and humanistic approaches to mental health and mental illness will be explored.

NURS 7140 Advanced Psychiatric Care of Individuals
Credit Hours 6.0
Prerequisites NURS 7310, NURS 7320, NURS 7500, NURS 7550, NURS 7900
Description

Pre- or co-requisite: NURS 7120 and NURS 7170.
This course focuses on assessment of the adult psychiatric mental health client and current treatment modalities. Students will engage in nursing and psychosocial diagnostic decision making in a variety of hypothetical clinical scenarios. National priorities for mental health care and a critical analysis of the current delivery system will be discussed. One seminar credit hour; 4 clinical credit hours (180 clinical practice hours).

NURS 7160 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing of Families and Groups
Credit Hours 6.0
Prerequisites NURS 7000, 7120, 7140, 7170, 7310, 7320, 7340, 7420, 7500, 7550, 7600, 7900
Corequisites NURS 7190
Description

This course is designed to provide knowledge of theories related to family and group therapy and opportunity for clinical practice with acquired knowledge. Nursing assessment, interventions and evaluations for family and group therapy will be covered. Students will examine pertinent models of family and group psychotherapy and utilize critical thinking to determine treatment options. Consumer activism, family empowerment, cultural and ethical considerations, research priorities and legislative issues will be discussed. One seminar credit hour; 3 clinical credit hours (140 clinical practice hours).

NURS 7170 Advanced Psychopharmacology
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites NURS 7000, NURS 7120, NURS 7310, NURS 7320, NURS 7340, NURS 7500, NURS 7600, NURS 7750, NURS 7900
Corequisites NURS 7140, NURS 7420
Description

This course is designed to provide the advanced practice health care provider with knowledge of effect of pharmacological agents on the behavioral and central nervous system, the application of these agents in prevention and treatment of psychopathological dysfunction, and developing skills in the use of prescriptive drug protocols for adult populations.

NURS 7190 Seminar on Complex Cases
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites NURS 7000, NURS 7120, NURS 7140, NURS 7310, NURS 7320, NURS 7340, NURS 7420, NURS 7500, NURS 7550, NURS 7600, NURS 7900
Corequisites NURS 7160
Description

This course offers complex cases involving adults and older adults with medical and mental illness and/or substance abuse. Students will discuss various advanced practice roles within psychiatric nursing, ie. consultation, education, administration, liaison, and independent practice.

NURS 7310 Advanced Pathophysiological Concepts in Nursing, Part 1
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This is one of two courses designed to facilitate the student’s understanding of physiology and pathophysiology related to advanced nursing practice in adults and children. Physiological and pathophysiological phenomena are examined from a physical and experiential perspective. During Part 1 the following systems will be addressed: genetics, cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, fluids and electrolytes, and neurological.

NURS 7320 Advanced Pathophysiological Concepts in Nursing, Part 2
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This is one of two courses designed to facilitate the student’s understanding of physiology and pathophysiology related to advanced nursing practice in adults and children. Physiological and pathophysiological phenomena are examined from a physical and experiential perspective. During Part 2, the following systems will be addressed: hematology, immunology, endocrinology, digestive, cancer, and renal.

NURS 7340 Common Health Problems of Adults
Credit Hours 5.0 TO 10.0
Prerequisites NURS7310 OR NURS7320 NURS 7500, NURS 7550
Corequisites NURS7310, NURS 7320
Description

In this course the student will provide health promotion and maintenance activities for adult clients and their families either through direct intervention or by appropriate referral. The student will assess for and manage common health problems of adult clients across the lifespan in ambulatory health care settings. Nursing assessment and management competencies will include the selection of appropriate diagnostic studies, pharmacological and other treatment interventions in collaboration with the responsible primary health care providers. Content this semester also focuses on nurse practitioner role socialization.

NURS 7342 Common Health Problems of Children and Adolescents
Credit Hours 6.0
Prerequisites NURS 7340
Description

This course focuses on the health promotion and health maintenance of infants, children, and adolescents. Theories of growth and development are reviewed. Content in relation to parenting behaviors is included. An emphasis is placed on the assessment and management of common child and adolescent health problems. Three credit hours lecture; three credit hours clinical practice (totAL 135 clinical practice hours).

NURS 7360 Advanced Practicum
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites NURS 7340, NURS 7342, NURS 7080
Description

Four hours seminar/term, 12 hours of clinical/week. Final course in the primary health care sequence: student is provided the opportunity to integrate and apply theoretical and clinical knowledge acquired in previous courses. The student may select the clinical area in which intensive practice is desired. Clinical skills will be refined and evaluated in collaborative relationships with Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, and other primary health care providers. Four credit hours clinical practice (totAL 180 clinical practice hours).

NURS 7420 Common Health Problems and Issues Pertinent to Children and Adolescents
Credit Hours 2.0 TO 9.0
Prerequisites NURS 7500, NURS 7550
Corequisites NURS 7310, NURS 7320
Description

This course focuses on the role of the advanced practice nurse in caring for children and adolescents. It includes developmental issues pertinent to each age group and common health problems; also, critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning are utilized in the management of the common problems based on pathophysiological findings. Four credit hours lecture; five credit hours clinical practice (225 clinical practice hours).

NURS 7430 Chronic Health Problems in Children and Adolescents
Credit Hours 7.0
Prerequisites NURS 7420
Description

This course focuses on the role of the advanced practice nurse in child health as they work with children using diagnostic reasoning, case management, education and referral. Four credit hours lecture; three credit hours clinical practice (135 clinical practice hours).

NURS 7440 Advanced Practicum in Child Health
Credit Hours 10.0
Prerequisites NURS 7430, Co-requisite: NURS 7940
Description

This course provides an opportunity for the advanced practice nurse in child health to implement the role while collaborating with preceptors in providing care to children adolescents and their families. Two credit hours lecture; eight credit hours clinical practice (totAL 360 clinical practice hours).

NURS 7500 Advanced Health Assessment
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This asynchronous on- line course is designed to teach advanced health assessment of individuals across the lifespan, infancy through geriatrics. Emphasis is on acquiring and analyzing significant data in order to develop a comprehensive and holistic assessment. Students will apply the diagnostic reasoning process in order to formulate a clinical impression or diagnosis. Two credit hour lecture, one credit hour on- site laboratory and clinical practice (45 clinical practice hours).

NURS 7550 Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to provide the advanced practice health care provider with a knowledge of pharmacological agents used in the treatment of adults, adolescents, and young children. Emphasis is placed on indications, mechanisms of action, prescriptive drug regimes, and dosages for specific health problems.

NURS 7600 The Culture of Health Care
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Admission to the master's program in the School of Nursing
Description

This course is designed to introduce the student to advanced practice nursing. The role of the advance practice nurse will be emphasized in the context of different health systems and populations.

NURS 7610 Leadership & Organizational Behavior in Healthcare Systems
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to Master's Program or permission of the instructor
Description

Leadership is a core concept in managing innovation. Leadership theory and the role of a leader in nursing and healthcare organizations are the key topics of this course. In addition, this course includes an introduction to organizational structures, theory, and practice.

NURS 7620 Leadership in Promoting Innovations in Nursing and Health Care Systems
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 7610
Description

Leadership for innovation and change is a primary focus for this advanced nursing master’s degree. This course builds on the previous leadership and organizational course with an additional emphasis on change theory and competencies useful to implement change. Content related to operational and strategic planning, development of objectives, proposal development and grant writing will be explored. The course will also focus on exploration of new ideals.

NURS 7630 Healthcare Policy, Healthcare Law & Medical Ethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Pre- or co-requisites: NURS 7610; HA 8160.
Policy affects the delivery of health care services. This course focuses on the development of public policy and factors that affect change in policy. Also, the role of professional organizations in the development of standards of practice that guide the provision of nursing services is analyzed. The basics of health care law will be included. Medical ethics as they relate to informatics, use of new technology and administrative issues will be addressed.

NURS 7660 Health Care Technology and Clinical Informatics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Admission to the master’s program in the School of Nursing.
Innovations in technology and informatics are changing the delivery of health care services. Nurse leaders must be prepared to evaluate the effectiveness of these innovations. This course includes an introduction to medical technology and clinical informatics assessment. The basic knowledge and competencies that describe the field of health care informatics are discussed. In addition, strategies to evaluate new technologies in health care will be addressed.

NURS 7670 Research Methods and Designs for Measuring Quality & Effectiveness
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 7610
Description

Students will be introduced to a variety of research designs and appropriate statistical methods to analyze data within those designs. An emphasis will be placed on research competencies necessary to design and evaluate proposals for innovation in the delivery of health care services. Principles of evidence based practice and evaluation research will be explored and their application to the area of health care innovations will be discussed.

NURS 7680 Health Information Systems I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 7620; NURS 7660
Description

This is the first course in the nursing informatics concentration. Content will address the system life cycle in depth including planning, analysis, design, implementation and testing and evaluation, maintenance and support. This course will also present the basics of information technology and information management and knowledge generation. Basics of the project management process will also be covered.

NURS 7690 Health Information Systems II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 7680
Description

This course will focus on how to use data to improve patient care.

NURS 7700 Graduate Clinical Practicum
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites NURS 7500; NURS 7550; NURS 7310, NURS 7320
Description

This graduate clinical practicum allows the student to participate in a specialized clinical experience. This clinical experience will be under the guidance of a faculty member. The student and faculty member will work together to determine the purpose, objectives, and outcomes for the practicum. Clinical placement will be arranged by the faculty.

NURS 7710 Advanced Topics in Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 7730 and HA 8460
Corequisites HA 8420 or NURS 7635
Description

The purpose of this course is to explore the leadership role of the nurse in the management role. This course will draw on and integrate previous management courses and the residency experience. Students will examine current trends in patient care delivery systems and dissemination of patient care outcomes and identify innovative chief nurse officers or key nurse leaders in administrative roles.

NURS 7720 Advanced Topics in Healthcare Informatics and Technology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 7690
Description

The purpose of this course is to explore the leadership role of the nurse in nursing informatics. The student will examine current trends in healthcare information systems and new technologies and the determination and dissemination of patient care outcomes, and will identify innovative leaders in nursing and healthcare informatics.

NURS 7730 Leadership Residency I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 7620; HA 8160
Description

Pre- or co-requisite: NURS 7670.
The purpose of this residency is to provide an opportunity for application of knowledge from previous coursework in a health care management or nursing informatics setting. Students will be assigned a preceptor and the focus will be on gaining leadership experience in their area of interest. A guided seminar will be included to address areas of interest in the accomplishment of the objectives.

NURS 7740 Leadership Residency II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 7730
Description

The goal of this experience is to demonstrate beginning competency as a leader in planning, implementing and evaluating an innovative project in the clinical setting. Students will work with a clinical preceptor under faculty supervision. Faculty supervision will be available to guide synthesis and facilitate accomplishment of the objectives.

NURS 7830 Nursing Education Practicum I
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

The focus in this practicum is on the classroom activities related to the development, practice, and enhancement of clinical and classroom teaching strategies in nursing.

NURS 7900 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to MS program in School of Nursing
Description

This course focuses on developing the skills necessary for nurses to conduct scholarly inquiry. The relationships among theory, research, and nursing practice are addressed. Conceptual models of nursing and middle range theories for nursing are explored and applied to both research and practice.

NURS 7940 Advanced Professional Nurse Practice Issues
Credit Hours 2.0
Requirements Must be taken within last two semesters of enrollment
Description

This course focuses on issues pertinent to advanced practice nurses. It includes the professional sociopolitical, bioethical, and legal issues related to advanced practice nursing.

NURS 7980 Research Practicum Directed research in collaboration with a faculty member
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 15.0
Description

For graduate assistants. Does not count toward degree requirements.

NURS 8000 Human-Environment Interactions and Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Permission of instructor.
Description

This course focuses on health from the perspective of human-environment interactions. Concepts of human interaction,health, and environment are critically examined. Research approaches and issues related to the investigation of human-environment interactions are explored based on a review of research.

NURS 8001 Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Professionals
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Permission of Instructor
Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of epidemiological methods and their practical applications in the understanding of determinants and distributions of health-related events. The course will cover basic principles of epidemiology, including disease control, surveillance, screening, study design, risk estimation, bias and causation. The course will demonstrate the multidisciplinary environment and ecological approaches to the understanding of disease etiology and prevention. Additionally, this course will explore the interface between epidemiology and policy development. Both classroom and web-based learning will be utilized in this course.

NURS 8012 Qualitative Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 8035
Corequisites NURS 8040
Description

This course is designed to enable the student to examine the epistemology underlying various qualitative approaches and to gain beginning skills in one qualitative research approach. Course activities are designed to provide students with experiences in data generation, data analysis methods, critique and report generation. Each student will participate in knowledge generation from a qualitative perspective.

NURS 8035 Theoretical and Philosophical Foundations for Nursing
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Permission of the instructor
Description

This course is designed to serve as a basis for doctoral study in nursing. Selected issues and approaches related to philosophy, theory, science, research and practice will be explored. Models for evaluation of theory will be considered and used in analyzing theoretical frameworks, which have been constructed by nurse scholars and others.

NURS 8040 Theory Construction
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Permission of instructor, NURS 8035
Description

This course is designed to develop the student’s ability to construct and utilize theory to guide research. Different approaches to the use of theory in quantitative and qualitative research will be examined.

NURS 8045 Introduction to Advanced Nursing Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to the doctoral program
Description

This course is the introductory course for advanced nursing research. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to nursing research are included. An overview of research designs, ethical parameters, methods, and data analysis techniques are discussed. Students identify an area of study, describe the problem, construct a purpose statement, and develop an annotated bibliography for the area. This course will include experiences for students to develop knowledge and skills related to the support, analysis, and dissemination of research.

NURS 8050 Quantitative Research Methods I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Permission of Instructor
Description

The first course in a two course sequence focuses on the application of basic quantitative research designs to nursing research. The advantages and limitations of quantitative methodologies will be presented including usefulness for knowledge development in nursing. Emphasis is on descriptive, correlational, and comparative designs and their application. Students will begin development of a quantitative research proposal based on guidelines of a selected funding agency.

NURS 8051 Quantitative Research Methods II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 8050
Description

This second course in a two course sequence focuses on the application of diverse quantitative research designs in nursing research, including experimental, multivariate, and meta-analytic. Instrument selection and development will also be addressed. Course activities will provide students with experiences in quantitative data generation and analysis, and in further development of a quantitative research proposal.

NURS 8060 Directed Reading
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites Permission of instructor
Description

Individual readings on special topics in nursing and related areas under guidance of a faculty member.

NURS 8070 Comprehensive Examination
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Permission of adviser
Description

The comprehensive examination is required for progression to doctoral candidacy. The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to ascertain the student’s readiness to conduct the dissertation. The comprehensive examination should address the dissertation topic area, anticipated research methodologies, and related theoretical perspectives. Students register for this course at each attempt to complete the comprehensive examination. Maximum of two attempts are allowed.

NURS 8100 Health in Vulnerable Populations
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to PhD program and PH 8001
Description

This course focuses on vulnerable populations from the perspective of health. Selected issues in the conduct of research with vulnerable populations will be discussed. Strategies to foster health promotion, health protection and health restoration will be explored. Students will select a vulnerable population and conduct a critical analysis of the science in a specific topic area.

NURS 8120 Univariate Statistics for Health Care Professionals
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to PhD program or permission of the instructor
Description

This course focuses on application of univariate statistical analysis methods to answer research questions and test hypotheses about clinical research data. The course includes addressing threats to statistical conclusion validity, determining the level of measurement of study variables and how this influences the choice of statistical tests, formulating an analysis plan based on research questions/hypotheses, and conducting and interpreting the output of statistical analysis. Analyzing actual clinical data using SPSS statistical software is emphasized including alternative analytic approaches such as data transformation, if the data do not meet statistical assumptions.

NURS 8140 Multivariate Statistical Analysis for Health Care Professions
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 8120 or permission of the instructor
Description

The second of a two course sequence in applied statistical analysis, focuses on the application of multivariate statistical analysis methods to answer research questions and test hypotheses about clinical research data. Multivariate statistical approaches in both analysis of variance and linear regression frameworks are presented. In addition, the course addresses complex analytic situations including analysis of change, repeated measures, and multiple correlated dependent variables. Special topics are also covered including meta analysis, power analysis for multivariate hypotheses and necessary components of data analysis sections of grant proposals. Analyzing actual clinical data using SPSS statistical software is emphasized including alternative analytic approaches such as data transformations, if the data do not meet statistical assumptions.

NURS 8160 Introduction to Health Systems
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Master’s degree in nursing
Description

Introduction to Health Systems will build upon students understanding of health care systems and delivery in the United States. This will be accomplished through a focused study of measurement and determinants of individual and population based heath. A comparison will be made of other health systems’ components and interdependence and an evaluation of other health systems’ performance and outcomes with that of the U.S.

NURS 8200 Special Topics in Nursing and Health I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Permission of the instructor
Description

This course is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge and critique of research and theory related to specific topics of significance to nursing and related disciplines. Topics will vary each term.

NURS 8205 Perspective on Leadership, Research, Ethics and Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission to the PhD program or permission of the instructor
Description

This course presents perspectives on ethics, policy, and leadership as they relate to research. Scientific and professional ethics will be examined from the research perspective. The influence of ethics and research findings in the development of policy will be explored. The influence of leadership, ethics, and research on health policy and the delivery of health care services will be explored.

NURS 8230 Phenomenological Inquiry
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites NURS 8012 or permission of the instructor
Description

The focus of this course is to introduce the concept of phenomenological inquiry and to analyze its applications of its use in selected disciplines. The work of Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre and Merleau-Ponty will be used to develop an understanding of the historical underpinnings of the phenomenological movement. Implications of knowledge development will be examined.

NURS 8240 Advanced Data Management Using SPSS
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites NURS 8045
Description

This course focuses on the use of SPSS for managing research data. The course assumes a working knowledge of basic data management skills in SPSS including establishing and modifying the data dictionary using the SPSS data editor, and working with data output files. The course will focus on importing and exporting data into and out of SPSS and using commands within the syntax window to create programming language to code questionnaires, address missing data issues, and conduct major analyses.

NURS 8250 Writing for Publication
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

This course presents a process for developing one’s scholarship through dissemination of knowledge through publication. Pragmatic approaches of the processes involved in developing a manuscript for submission for publication in an academic venue will be addressed. The focus will be on the entire process of publishing from formation of ideas to the final closing phases for a published article. Writing both clinical and research manuscripts will be addressed. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own manuscript for submission.

NURS 8300 Doctoral Seminar I
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Permission of instructor
Description

This course is designed to socialize the student into the role of researcher and scholar.

NURS 8301 Doctoral Seminar II
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Permission of instructor
Description

This course is designed to socialize the student into the role of researcher and scholar.

NURS 8330 Mental Health and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This is an interdisciplinary course addressing mental health issues in older adults with specific emphasis on depression in late life. Theories about mental health and aging, prevalence of mental health problems as well as assessment and treatment options will be discussed. Broader issues such as stigma associated with mental health and aging and mental health services will be explored. Students will begin to understand mental health issues, including depression in older adults and the economic quality of life impact of this health problem.

NURS 8550 Basics of Financial Management in Health Care Organizations
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Master’s degree in nursing
Description

This course focuses on application of finance principles and concepts to healthcare organizations. It will provide tools to promote fiscal accountability.

NURS 8670 Evidence Based Practice
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Must be a Registered Nurse (RN)
Description

This course provides the DNP student with an overview of evidence based management, organizational behavior and change theories applied to health care. The role of the DNP graduate as an effective system leader of interprofessional care teams will be examined.

NURS 8700 Scholarly Writing
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Must be a Registered Nurse (RN)
Description

This course is designed to provide learners with an opportunity to disseminate knowledge through scholarly writing. The focus will be on generating ideas, manuscript development, and the publishing process. Topics will include ethics in writing style and grammar, and manuscript organization and editing.

NURS 8990 Research Practicum
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites Permission of instructor
Description

This course provides students the opportunity to participate in the research process with a faculty member who is actively engaged in research.

NURS 8992 Capstone Project
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Must be a Registered Nurse (RN)
Description

This course will introduce the student to the role of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The student will explore the role using the essentials of DNP education and its application to their own role as a clinical scholar. Use of informatics, technology, scholarship, and evidence based nursing will be required. The requirements for the DNP scholarly project will be examined and discussed in relation to various advanced practice nursing roles. The student will choose an area for scholarship immersion, identify a topic for their scholarly project, and begin to design their professional portfolio.

NURS 8994 Capstone Project Planning
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Must be a Registered Nurse (RN)
Description

This course is the second course in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) practicum experience. In this course the student will have opportunities for directed practice experiences with mentors in the chosen area of specialization. Students will gain knowledge planning their scholarly projects and building their knowledge base and sills at a higher level of complexity. In this course the student with the assistance of faculty will design and plan the DNP scholarly project.

NURS 9990 Doctoral Dissertation
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 9.0
Prerequisites Successful completion of comprehensive examination
Description

After other course work is completed, student must register for a minimum of 3 hours of credit continuously until dissertation is completed.