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NUR 501 Issues in Professional Nursing for Advanced Practice Nurses and Nurse Educators

This course addresses the current professional and legal issues that influence nursing practice, nursing education and the health care delivery system. Health care policy, changes in the economics of health care, and their impact on nursing will be considered.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 601 Theories and Conceptual Models of Nursing

This course provides an in-depth exploration of theories and the utilization and application of theory to nursing. The relationships among philosophy, methods of inquiry and theory development are analyzed. The utilization of theoretical and conceptual models for nursing will be discussed.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 602 Nursing Research I

This course provides the student with the skills to analyze the steps of the research process and to formulate a research question related to advanced practice nursing or nursing education. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively with colleagues in the workplace to identify a research problem.
Spring, 3 credits

NUR 604 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology

The pathophysiology underlying diseases is studied to enable the student to form a basis for clinical judgment and diagnosis. The key principles and facts underlying present knowledge of tissue and organ systems, their specialized function and interrelationships will be studied.
Spring, 3 credits

NUR 605 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing

In order to prescribe medication appropriately and safely, the advanced practice nurse must have an understanding of pharmacology, the use of therapeutic agents in specific disease states, dosage, toxicity, and monitoring parameters. This course builds on previous nursing knowledge to provide the understanding necessary to safely and effectively prescribe drug therapy. Content also includes both state and federal laws, and regulations relating to prescribing drugs in a managed care environment.
Fall, 4 credits

NUR 606 Advanced Health Assessment

The student will build upon basic physical assessment skills in this course. Comprehensive physical examination of the client as well as psychosocial, spiritual developmental, occupational and cultural aspects of health assessment are studied in depth, in order to develop an evidence-based comprehensive health assessment and plan of care for clients, which includes the selection and interpretation of appropriate laboratory and other diagnostic tests. The promotion and maintenance of health management in the care of the client will be emphasized. Concurrently, students will complete a laboratory practicum where theoretical content will be integrated into the students’ experience. A case study approach will be utilized.
Spring, 2 credits

NUR 606L Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (90 hours)

The laboratory practicum is designed to be taken concurrently with Advanced Health Assessment. The practicum experience provides the opportunity for advanced practice nursing students to integrate theoretical content into the clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on developing an evidence-based comprehensive and problem-oriented health examination of the client.
Special fee
Co-requisite: NUR 606
Spring, 2 credits

NUR 611 Diagnosis and Management I: Primary Care of the Adult I

This course focuses on the management of an adult client’s common complaints and/or symptoms. The student is introduced to practice protocols and competencies used to manage the client’s health care problem in a primary care setting. An emphasis is placed on a comprehensive client management plan that includes health promotion and disease prevention, as well as evidenced-based decisions that promote optimal physical and mental health. A case study format is utilized.
Co-requisite: NUR 622 and 622S
Fall, 4 credits

NUR 612 Diagnosis And Management II: Primary Care of Families (Women and Children)

This course focuses on the diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health issues found in women (gynecologic/reproductive) and children in the primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on the reinforcement and synthesis of clinical knowledge from nursing and medical sciences as a foundation for critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the management of both the pediatric patient and women in the primary care setting.
Prerequisite of NUR 606 & Co-requisite of NUR 623 & NUR 623S are required.
Spring, 4 credits

NUR 621 The Family: Social, Ethical and Policy Issues

Through the exploration of family theory and the examination of cultural, social, ethical, legal and family policy issues, the student will develop a comprehensive view of issues which need to be considered in the delivery of quality health care.
Annually, 3 credits

NUR 622 FNP Practicum I: Primary care of Families (Adult)

This is the first clinical course (270 hours) of the diagnosis and management sequence wherein students are assigned preceptors (a nurse practitioner or a physician) in a primary care setting. Students are introduced to practice protocols and essential competencies necessary to provide primary health care to a diverse adult client population. Comprehensive client management, including a holistic client approach, health promotion, disease prevention, and evidence-based decisions are emphasized in this course.
Co-requisite: NUR 611 and NUR 622S
Fall, 6 credits

NUR 622S Diagnosis & Management I Seminar

In conjunction with the practicum experience, a seminar component facilitates the student’s progress throughout the practicum experience.
Fall, 0 credits

NUR 623 FNP Practicum II: Primary Care of Families (Women and Children)

This is the second clinical course (270 hours) of the diagnosis and management sequence. The preceptored clinical experience takes place in a setting that provides the opportunity for the family nurse practitioner candidate to practice / refine their skills and develop essential competencies in diagnosing and managing common acute and chronic conditions as well as complete growth and development evaluations and physical examinations on infants, children and adolescents. The preceptored clinical experience in women’s health takes place in a setting that focuses on women’s health issues (gynecologic/reproductive) and provides additional experience that are not included in the NUR 611 clinical practicum.   
Co-requisite: NUR 612 and NUR 623S
Spring, 6 credits

NUR 623S Diagnosis and Management II Seminar (Women and Children)

The family nurse practitioner student is provided with a review of practical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in both the women’s health and pediatrics clinical settings. The students will attend a two-day (7hr/day) seminar prior to the start of NUR 623.
Spring, 0 credits

NUR 702 Nursing Research II

This course facilitates the opportunity for the student to refine and develop the research proposal that was initiated in Nursing Research I. Particular emphasis is placed on research design, data collection methods, data analysis and ethical issues. Students must register for NUR 702P and NUR 702 simultaneously.
Spring, 3 credits