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(from UMMC 2018-19 Bulletin)

DNP 700. Clinical Applied Epidemiology. This course provides an overview of the basic epidemiological methods and study designs that may be used by advanced practice nurses to study the health of populations. This course will combine a focus on traditional and social epidemiology to examine how society and social organizations influence health and well-being of individuals and populations. In particular, this course will address the frequency, distribution, surveillance and tracking of disease as well as the social determinants of states of health in populations. The course will include new methods and new applications of already known epidemiological methods for elucidating the complex and socioecological web within which the health-disease phenomenon occurs. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 – 3 credit hours)

DNP 701. Theoretical Foundations for Adv Nur Prac. This course examines relevant theories and models from nursing and related disciplines for applicability to advanced nursing practice. Role theory, learning theory, psychological theory, management theory, leadership theory, consultation models and collaborative models are analyzed for historical significance, relative scientific position and contemporary application for advanced nursing practice and practice inquiry. Systematic examination, evaluation and refinement of relevant theories and models enable the student to develop a conceptual model for practice within a relevant setting. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

DNP 702. Transforming Advanced Nursing Practice. This course is designed to be the introductory course for the DNP student and will introduce the DNP from a historical perspective then address the three domains of advanced nursing practice, leadership and scholarship. This course will focus on influencing practice patterns for populations, communities and health care systems, articulating the leadership role of the DNP and embracing practice inquiry as fundamental. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

DNP 702-1. Transforming Advanced Nursing Practice. This course is designed to be the introductory course for the DNP student and will introduce the DNP from a historical perspective then address the three domains of advanced nursing practice, leadership and scholarship. This course will focus on influencing practice patterns for populations, communities and health care systems articulating the leadership role of the DNP and embracing practice inquiry as fundamental. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture/Lab (3 credit hours)

DNP 703. Population Health. This course introduces an understanding of the multiple determinants of health of populations. Students will be presented an overview of the determinants of health and measurement of health status. One of the major goals of the course will be to enable students to apply the concepts underlying the trends in health care to the health status of populations in their clinical settings as well as in integrated delivery systems of the future. The goal of this course is to develop the student's understanding of the principles and practice of monitoring population health. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

DNP 704. Leadership in Health Systems. This course focuses on nursing leadership, integrating theory and research as a basis for improvement of health systems and health outcomes. Emphasis is placed on strategic thinking, influence, negotiation and power strategies for effective leadership in health care delivery systems. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

DNP 705. Practice Inquiry I. This course covers information systems and technology needed for establishing evidence-based practice models in clinical, educational, and administrative settings. The emphasis for this course is on the role of information technology and the use of data and the translation of research into practice. Students will develop skills needed for transferring data between heterogeneous systems. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 credit hours)

DNP 706. Evaluation Approaches, Models & Methods. In this course the student will examine evaluation approaches, models and methods appropriate to translate research findings into clinical practice and to conduct practice and health system performance evaluations. The DNP is accountable for the provision of quality, cost-effectiveness of health care. Outcomes measurement, process improvement, program evaluation, impact analysis and provider performance are studied. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

DNP 707. Health Care Finance. This course provides students with an overview of the principal financial mechanisms in the U.S. health care industry and offered specific insights into the critical issues the industry currently faces. A feature of the course is the development of practical financial analysis skills that will provide students with a foundation for immediate application within the health care industry and a better understanding of course materials as presented. Training in use of these tools will include use of several of the most important financial tools and methodologies employed across the health care industry such as benefit/cost and cost effectiveness analysis, ratio analysis and others. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

DNP 708. Practice Inquiry II. This course builds upon the data management skills developed in Practice Inquiry I. This course focuses on developing a beginning level of understanding the use of outcomes measurement frameworks and the use of outcome data in practice, educational, and administrative settings. Students select and analyze outcome measures, apply skills in data management, and evaluate data management processes for their individual projects. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 credit hours)

DNP 712. Scholarly Project. In this course, the student identifies an inquiry area. A Secondary Reviewer works with the student throughout the systematic review process and may consult for the Scholarly Project. A two-member committee, for the Scholarly Project is appointed. The course focuses on inquiry identification, inquiry planning, implementation and evaluation of the inquiry in collaboration with a committee. The student integrates and applies appropriate theoretical and evidence-based literature and inquiry methods to achieve specified outcomes. Traditional Clinical Rotation (1 - 5 credit hours)

DNP 720. Biostatistics I. This course is designed to introduce the application of statistical methods to health sciences. Contents include descriptive statistics, some basic probability concepts, distribution, central limit theorem, hypothesis testing, and power and sample size calculation. Techniques of t-test, ANOVA, linear regression and correlation analysis will be taught along with in-class exercises using SPSS and other predictive analytics software Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

DNP 721. Biostatistics II. This course is designed to concentrate on more advanced methods of statistical analysis including regression diagnostics and canonical correlation, logistic regression, factor analysis, path analysis, and structural equation modeling. The analysis technique will be taught along with in-class exercises using SPSS. It is assumed that students have taken Biostatistics I and have basic skills of using SPSS. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

DNP 740. Project Management. In this course students learn the principles and fundamentals of project management necessary to achieve objectives in healthcare organizations. Special emphasis will be placed on the application of leadership skills, overcoming objections, achieving buy-in, conflict management, negotiation skills and working with diverse groups of individuals. Through case studies and various exercises, students will use tools and techniques to gain experience in single and multi-project management. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. (75 clinical hours) Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

DNP 759. Residency in the DNP Role. The purpose of the residency is to provide structured clinical (field) experiences functioning as a DNP. The student will have an opportunity to apply the theories, principles and techniques learned in the didactic portion of the DNP program in a selected health system setting under the guidance of a clinical mentor and a faculty advisor. The residency allows the student to integrate advanced nursing practice, leadership and scholarship domains of the DNP role for the improvement of programs and systems of healthcare. The residency experience provides the student with a foundation to practice at the highest level of nursing practice. (75 clinical hours per credit hour) Traditional Practicum/Internship (1 - 7 credit hours)

DNP 769. Role Dvlpmt & Enactment for Adv Role Pra. In this role course, enactment of advanced role practice in nursing is studied. Seminars will focus on the continued development of knowledge for role development and implementation, advanced communication, and interventions with groups and communities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 credit hours)

ID 500. Educator Institute. This course is designed to strengthen the educator’s role through examination of issues and skills related to health provider education in Professional Schools and other health care settings. Students will use educational and learning theories to: 1. develop course content; 2. plan strategies for change in curriculum development; 3. demonstrate didactic and clinical instructional modalities; 4. conduct didactic and clinical evaluations. The course format consists of theoretical and practical application of content and allows the student to produce tangible and useful educational products Traditional Lecture (1 - 3 credit hours)

ID 600. Educator Institute. This course is designed to strengthen the educator's role through examination of issues and skills related to health provider education in Professional Schools and other health care settings. Students will use educational and learning theories to: 1. develop course content; 2. plan strategies for change in curriculum development; 3. demonstrate didactic and clinical instructional modalities; 4. conduct didactic and clinical evaluations. Traditional Lecture (1 - 3 credit hours)

ID 630. Health Care Quality Improvement. This course equips health professions students (medicine, nursing, health administration) with the ability and confidence to contribute to continual improvement in health care. Through seminar and field experiences, students will learn the philosophy, knowledge and skills of continuous improvement, teamwork and interdisciplinary work, and apply these to improve patient-centered health care quality. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

ID 700. Ethics in Research. This course explores issues related to ethics in healthcare research conducted in a variety of settings. Principles of philosophy of science and select ethical theories are applied as a framework for critical ethical issues in healthcare research. Synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

ID 718. Health Policy and the Healthcare System. Provides students the opportunity to analyze health policies and economic issues as they relate to healthcare delivery systems. The complex arrangements and interactions among governmental, private-not- for-profit, and for profit systems are explored within a context that includes economic, legal, and socio-political and public perspectives. Synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

ID 730. Health Care Quality Improvement. This course equips health professions students (medicine, nursing, health administration) with the ability and confidence to contribute to continual improvement in health care. Through seminar and field experiences students will learn the philosophy, knowledge and skills of continuous improvement, teamwork, and interdisciplinary work, and apply these to improve patient-centered health care quality. (75 clinical hours) Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 300. Introduction to Health Promotion. This didactic course which focuses on health promotion, risk reduction, teaching/learning, and disease prevention across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on current major determinants of health. Global healthcare issues are examined as they relate to nursing care. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 301. Gerontological Nursing. This independent web-based nursing elective focuses on the care of older adults with acute chronic health problems. The focus is on preventive care, acute care and long-term care in the community and institution settings. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 302. Health Assessment Throughout Life Span. This introductory course focuses on health assessment across the life span. Students will acquire the requisite knowledge and skills necessary to perform health assessments. The emphasis is on developing interviewing, history taking, and basic physical assessment skills. Traditional Lecture/Lab (3 credit hours)

N 303. Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics. This course presents principles of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics. Characteristics and uses of major drug groups and safe medication administration are discussed with emphasis on nursing management. Consideration is given to individual, age related, and generic responses with specific drugs. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 304. Intro to Prof Nurs & Evidence Based Prac. This beginning professional course focuses on professional nursing roles, values, ethics and legal issues. It incorporates an introduction to evidence-based practice as well as emphasizing professional writing skills. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 307. Pathophysiology. This didactic course builds on concepts and principles from the basic sciences. The emphasis of the course is on pathological responses to illness/disease. Physical, biochemical, microbial and genetic factors that alter homeostasis are examined. Traditional Lecture (4 credit hours)

N 309. Foundations of Nursing Practice. This didactic, laboratory, and clinical course begins preparing the student to function as a provider of care. Traditional Lecture/Lab (5 credit hours)

N 310. Behavioral Nursing. This didactic and clinical course focuses on the nursing care of clients with acute, chronic and complex mental health problems across the life span. Current trends, ethical and legal issues, political, economic and social issues that influence the health care of mental health clients and families are examined. Clinical practice is provided in a variety of settings including acute and community facilities. Traditional Lecture/Lab (4 credit hours)

N 319. Special Topics in Nsg and Healthcare. This elective course enables the student to use learning experiences focused on selected topics in specials and healthcare nursing to satisfy individual learning needs and interests. Online, Internet, or Web-based Independent Study (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 320. Individualized Study. This elective course enables the student to use individually designed learning experiences focused on selected topics in nursing to satisfy individual learning needs and interests. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 320C. Individualized Study: Primary Care Nsg. This elective course is designed to enhance the student’s understanding of normal and pathologic somatic processes and gain experience in application of skills and knowledge in a primary care setting. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture/Lab (3 credit hours)

N 321. Directed Clinical Practice Elective. This clinical elective course is designed to augment the student's existing knowledge and skills in a specific area of clinical nursing practice. Learning activities are tailored to meet student needs and areas of interest. Traditional Clinical Rotation (1 - 6 credit hours)

N 322. Strategies for Success. This elective course is designed to assist the student in strengthening knowledge of nursing theory and critical thinking skills related to content included in the undergraduate curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on the development of effective study and test taking skills, utilizing personal and preferred learning styles. Test anxiety and other barriers to effective test performance will be identified and discussed. Students will develop and implement, in collaboration with faculty, an individualized plan of content remediation based on identified needs. Traditional Independent Study (1 - 2 credit hours)

N 405. Basic Health Assessment. This course focuses on assessing the health of the individual. Students acquire basic knowledge and skills necessary to perform health assessments. Emphasis is placed on developing interviewing history taking, development of pedigrees, foundational assessment skills across the lifespan, and documentation. Traditional Lecture/Lab (2 credit hours)

N 406. Health Assessment. This web-based course focuses on the theoretical basis of performing an assessment on the individual throughout the life span. Students acquire knowledge and skills necessary to perform health assessments. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in interviewing, history taking, and health assessment. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 407. Pathophysiology. This didactic web-based course builds on concepts and principles from the basic sciences. Emphasis is placed on normal and pathological responses to illness. A human body systems approach is used, applying concepts from cellular biological processes. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 408-1. Health Promotion in Populations. The course focuses on understanding the forces shaping community and global health patterns and the impact of these global processes on societies. Students will review strategies to assess, plan, implement and evaluate population-focused programs for health promotion and disease prevention of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 409. Clinical Nursing Elective. This clinical elective course focuses on expanded application of the nursing process in a variety of settings. A limited number of students may be eligible for specialty experiences working with clinical preceptors in the Student Nurse Externship Program. Traditional Clinical Rotation (3 credit hours)

N 412-1. Professional Nursing Role Development I. This is a two-part didactic course series addressing professional nursing development, which is designed to provide a foundational and conceptual context for provision of nursing care. The first course includes basic content on selected concepts for professional nursing practice. The second course expands on the concepts presented in the first course, allowing students the opportunity to apply concepts to embody the role of the professional nurse. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 412-2. Professional Nsg Role Development II. This is a two-part didactic course series addressing professional nursing development, which is designed to provide a foundational and conceptual context for provision of nursing care. The first course includes basic content on selected concepts for professional nursing practice. The second course expands on the concepts presented in the first course, allowing students the opportunity to apply concepts to embody the role of the professional nurse. Traditional Lecture (1 credit hours)

N 413-1. Health & Illness Across the Lifespan I. This three-part didactic course series examines health and illness across the lifespan from infancy through senescence, including the childbearing cycle and mental health. Each course is taught using a conceptual approach and problem-based learning methodology. Traditional Lecture (6 credit hours)

N 413-2. Health & Illness Across the Lifespan II. This three-part didactic course series examines health and illness across the lifespan from infancy through senescence, including the childbearing cycle and mental health. Each course is taught using a conceptual approach and problem-based learning methodology. Traditional Lecture (6 credit hours)

N 413-3. Health & Illness Across the Lifespan III. This three-part didactic course series examines health and illness across the lifespan from infancy through senescence, including the childbearing cycle and mental health. Each course is taught using a conceptual approach and problem-based learning methodology. Traditional Lecture (4 credit hours)

N 419. Special Topics in Nsg and Healthcare. This elective course enables the student to use learning experiences focused on selected topics in specials and healthcare nursing to satisfy individual learning needs and interests. Online, Internet, or Web-based Independent Study (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 420. Independent Study. This elective course enables the student to use individually designed learning experiences focused on selected topics in nursing to satisfy individual learning needs and interests. Online, Internet, or Web-based Independent Study (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 421. Transitions and Trends in Prof Nsg. This bridge course between basic nursing education and advanced practice nursing education examines the following professional roles; provider of care, designer, manager, or coordinator of care and member of the profession. Within these roles, specific role components inherent to professional nursing practice are further explored; altruism, autonomy, human dignity, and integrity. This course must be taken during the first semester of the RN-BSN plan of study. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 426. Maternal-Newborn Nursing. This didactic and clinical course focuses on nursing care for childbearing clients and their families. Emphasis is on health patterns occurring during pregnancy, birth, and the newborn period. Clinical practice experience is provided in a variety of settings. Traditional Lecture/Lab (5 credit hours)

N 427. Child-Adolescent Nursing. This didactic and clinical course focuses on nursing care of infants, children and adolescents within the context of the family. Clinical learning experiences occur in a variety of settings including acute and ambulatory settings. Traditional Lecture/Lab (5 credit hours)

N 428. Nursing Research. This introductory course to the research process focuses on the study of the research process as a base for nursing practice. Emphasis is on critical analysis of published research studies with regard to implications for clinical nursing practice. Ethical concepts related to research are explored. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 431. Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. This course provides an introduction to patient safety and health care quality improvement. Emphasis is placed on the role of the professional nurse in improving the quality of health care through designing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based patient safety interventions and strategies. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 432. Introduction to Professional Writing. This elective course provides students an opportunity to master basic written communication skills necessary to express themselves professionally. The principles and practices examined in this course provide practice in the composition of traditional writing forms such as letters, memorandums, professional papers, and formal proposals. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 433-1. Interprofessional Education I. This interprofessional course is a three-part series addressing the four interprofessional (IP) collaborative practice competency domains: values/ethics for interprofessional practice, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams and teamwork. Traditional Lecture/Lab (1 credit hours)

N 433-2. Interprofessional Education II. This interprofessional course is a three-part series addressing the four interprofessional (IP) collaborative practice competency domains: values/ethics for interprofessional practice, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams and teamwork. Traditional Lecture/Lab (1 credit hours)

N 433-3. Interprofessional Education III. This interprofessional course is a three-part series addressing the four interprofessional (IP) collaborative practice competency domains: values/ethics for interprofessional practice, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams and teamwork. Traditional Lecture/Lab (1 credit hours)

N 434-1. Clinical Practicum I. This three-part clinical practice course series is designed to provide the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to apply the nursing process to the delivery of patient centered nursing care across the lifespan and in a variety of settings. Clinical across the series includes care of the adult, the neonate, the pediatric and adolescent, childbearing families and the patient with psychiatric/mental health concerns. Traditional Clinical Rotation (5 credit hours)

N 434-2. Clinical Practicum II. This three-part clinical practice course series is designed to provide the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to apply the nursing process to the delivery of patient centered nursing care across the lifespan and in a variety of settings. Clinical across the series includes care of the adult, the neonate, the pediatric and adolescent, childbearing families and the patient with psychiatric/mental health concerns. Traditional Clinical Rotation (4 - 5 credit hours)

N 434-3. Clinical Practicum III. This three-part clinical practice course series is designed to provide the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to apply the nursing process to the delivery of patient centered nursing care across the lifespan and in a variety of settings. Clinical across the series includes care of the adult, the neonate, the pediatric and adolescent, childbearing families and the patient with psychiatric/mental health concerns. Traditional Clinical Rotation (4 - 5 credit hours)

N 435. Nursing Synthesis and Practicum. This didactic and clinical practicum focuses on refinement of students' clinical and leadership skills. Students synthesize knowledge and skills in client management with multiple clients in collaboration with an assigned preceptor. Emphasis is on refinement of clinical reasoning skills and decision-making skills. Traditional Lecture/Lab (4 credit hours)

N 436. Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice. This is an introductory course focusing on the research process and scholarship as the basis for evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of published research studies regarding credibility, quality, and implications for clinical nursing practice. Ethical concepts related to the research process are integrated throughout the course. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 438. Essentials of Wound Care. This elective course is designed for the student with an interest in the management of acute and chronic wounds. This course provides the student with in-depth knowledge of wound care, including etiology, risk assessment, prevention, and treatment modalities utilizing current research findings and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the use of the nursing process in all aspects of skin and wound care with specific focus on pressure ulcers, neuropathic ulcers, vascular insufficiency ulcers, surgical wounds and skin tears. Regulatory issues relating to skin and wound care are also explored. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 439. Population-Based Nursing. Global trends for health promotion and disease prevention are examined. Students analyze healthcare policy issues and paradigmatic cases of ethical dilemmas in world health. Emphasis is on collaboration with others to advocate for improvement in the health of vulnerable populations and elimination of health disparities. Traditional Lecture/Lab (3 credit hours)

N 440. Politics, Policy and Nursing (Online). This course provides knowledge and understanding needed to participate as a professional nurse in health policy development, analysis and implementation. The influence of polities on the delivery of health care and nursing services will be explored. Focus will be placed on the recognition of social, economic and political determinants of health as well as evidence-based practices and policies that influence outcomes in vulnerable populations. The role of the professional nurse as a change agent in the political area will be examined from a historical to contemporary perspective. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 444. Adult Health I. This didactic and clinical course focuses on the nursing care of adults and elders with chronic and long-term health care problems. Emphasis is placed on the role of provider of care in acute and community settings. Professional nursing values are integrated in theory and clinical learning experiences. Traditional Lecture/Lab (6 credit hours)

N 449. Nursing Management in Health Care System. This course focuses on preparing students to acquire skills in nursing management. Application of leadership and management principles will be demonstrated within a variety of healthcare environments. Traditional Lecture/Lab (4 credit hours)

N 453. Exploration in Culture. This elective web-based course surveys cultural phenomena common to various ethnic groups. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 454. Intrprtg Lab Values & Common Clin Tests. This course is a study of the background, meaning, and nursing implications of laboratory test results. The course will provide the student with the opportunity to understand the interrelationships between clinical laboratory test results and the disease process occurring in the patient. Laboratory values from hematology, clinical chemistry and urinalysis, and microbiology/immunology will be interpreted for infectious diseases, liver diseases, kidney diseases hematologic disorders, and metabolic disorders. Appropriate case studies will be used to illustrate clinical significance. This online course is delivered utilizing asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 - 3 credit hours)

N 459. Introduction to Pain Management. This elective course is designed for the student seeking a deeper understanding of pain, pain medications, and pain management. This course provides the student with in-depth knowledge of pain characteristics, assessment, medications, and alternative treatment modalities utilizing current research findings and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the use of the nursing process in various aspects of pain management with a specific focus on the opioid epidemic. State and Federal regulatory issues relating to opioids and pain management are also explored. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 460. Adult Health II. This didactic and clinical course builds on the theoretical and clinical learning experiences of Adult Health I and focuses on the nursing care of adults and elders with complex health care problems. Emphasis is placed on the learner's developing role of provider and manager of care in acute and community settings. Traditional Lecture/Lab (6 credit hours)

N 461. Management and Leadership Practicum. This clinical laboratory course focuses on the development of the nurse as a manager of care. In the clinical laboratory, the learner applies theoretical concepts of management to the nurse manager's role in the actual work setting. The clinical experience provides the learner opportunities to demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems and communication devices that support safe nursing practices. The learner will evaluate data from many relevant sources to inform the delivery of care. Emphasis is placed on strategies to facilitate implementation of management role functions in a variety of organization environments. This course must be taken during the last semester of the RN-BSN plan of study. Traditional Practicum/Internship (3 credit hours)

N 462. Professional Role Enactment. This course focuses on the synthesis of professional nursing knowledge at the baccalaureate level. Emphasis is placed on continued professional development, and the accountability for professional values and behaviors. Students will develop and demonstrate skills that reflect self-reflection in the pursuit of practice excellence, lifelong learning, and professional engagement. Content is designed to enhance the development of the nurse as a member of the profession. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 463. Ambassador Elective. This elective course is designed to nurture leadership development in academically talented students who are selected to participate in the Ambassador program. Students participate in a variety of SON and community service activities that foster personal and professional development, communication and peer mentoring skills. Traditional Lecture (1 credit hours)

N 466. Legal Issues in Nursing. This didactic web-based elective course is designed to assist the learner in exploring the influence of law, legal issues and ethics on professional nursing practice. Content includes basic liability concepts, professional standards of care, legal doctrines, legal documentation of the medical record and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Online, Internet, or Web based Lecture (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 482. Seminar. The emphasis of this course is the application of critical thinking for effective test taking to enhance performance on the NCLEX-RN. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 497. Nursing Capstone. This course focuses on refinement of the student’s clinical and leadership skills for practice as a nurse generalist. Emphasis is placed on clinical reasoning and decision-making. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 498. Directed Study in Research. The course provides students practical knowledge of the components of the research process and the opportunity to participate in components of the research process under the direction of a graduate faculty member. Students enrolled in the Sally Barksdale Honors College may enroll in N498 to complete research and thesis hour requirements. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 499H. Honors Research and Thesis. This course provides the student enrolled in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College the opportunity to conduct and defend thesis research in collaboration with a thesis advisor and committee members in the School of Nursing. The student will gain practical knowledge of the research process and the opportunity to participate in research under the direction of a nursing faculty member. May be repeated for a total of 6-9 hours. Online, Internet, or Web-based Thesis (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 521-1. Concepts of Professional Nsg Practice. This bridge course between basic nursing education and advanced practice nursing education examines the professional roles of provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care and member of the profession. Within these roles, specific role components inherent to professional nursing practice are explored. This course provides students’ opportunity to master writing skills and to analyze professional writings to allow them to address relevant issues within today’s healthcare delivery system. This online course is delivered utilizing asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (4 credit hours)

N 524. Portal to Adv Physiology/Pathophysiology. This course provides an introduction to advanced physiology and pathophysiology. It facilitates seamless transition for the RN-MSN student into the master's level Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology. Course content includes an introduction to cell biology and genetics with a focus on application of the content to disease processes. Specific cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the pathophysiological processes of diseases in all body systems will be highlighted. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 526. Portal to Advance Health Assessment. This course provides an introduction to advanced health assessment. This intensive 15 clock hour didactic course facilitates seamless transition for the associate degree nurse into the master's level course Advanced Health Assessment. Course content focuses on an overview of the client interviewing skills with a focus on the principles of clinical observation and communication. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 credit hours)

N 527. Health Promotion in Populations. The course focuses on understanding the forces shaping community and global health patterns and the impact of these global processes on societies. Students will review strategies to assess, plan, implement and evaluate population focused programs for health promotion and disease prevention of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 528. Leadership and Management. This course describes the functions and roles of management and leadership in professional nursing. Decision making, communication, motivation changes, theories, managed care, and leadership strategies are presented and discussed to enhance the development of a beginning nurse manager. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 531-1. Hlth Information Technology & Pt Safety. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the use of health information technology, patient safety, and health care quality improvement. Emphasis is placed on technology-based health applications that enhance the efficacy of the nursing process, as well as the role of the nurse in improving the quality of health care through designing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based patient safety interventions and strategies. Confidentiality, ethical, and legal issues related to the use of electronic health records will be considered. This online course is delivered utilizing Asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 533. Portal to Research Design and Methods. This course provides an introduction to research facilitating seamless transition for the RN to MSN students into the master’s level research course. Course content focuses on beginning skills and approaches to reading and evaluating research studies. This online course is delivered utilizing asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web based Lecture (1 credit hours)

N 538. Healthcare Leadership and Collaboration. This course describes the functions and roles of management and leadership in professional nursing. Decision making, communication, motivation changes, theories, managed care, and legal/ethical issues are presented and discussed to enhance the development of a beginning nurse manager. This online course is delivered utilizing asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 540. Portal to Fiscal & Operations Mgmt. In this course students are introduced to fiscal and operations management. Students will learn about operations management as a business function, the transformation process, key trends impacting health care organizations, key strategies for managing cost and the potential impact of fiscal and operations management on the patient experience. This online course is delivered utilizing asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 credit hours)

N 545. Portal to Organizational Ldrshp & Comm. This course is designed to increase the student's knowledge and application of organizational principles and communication models. This intense portal will introduce the student to application of systems thinking framework in analyzing organizational structure, culture and communication framework and the impact of these elements on organizational outcomes. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 600. App & Intrp Adt Geri Acute Care Diag Mod. This course provides the theoretical basis for the application and interpretation of diagnostic modalities used in management of the acute care patient. Emphasis is placed on selected laboratory and radiology studies and interpretation of electrocardiogram and pulmonary function tests. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 601-1. Practicum in Adult Geri Acute Care NP I. This supervised 45 hours clinical practice course offered in a variety of settings allows the student the opportunity to integrate and practice advanced health assessment, diagnostic reasoning, decision making for the collaborative management of patients with selected acute health problems such as cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, renal diseases, respiratory alterations, etc. Students are precepted by physicians/nurse practitioners under the direction of faculty. Traditional Clinical Rotation (1 credit hours)

N 601-2. Pract in Adult Geri Acute Care NP II. This supervised 135 hours clinical practice in specialized settings allows the student the opportunity to integrate and practice advanced health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and decision making for the collaborative management of adult gerontology clients with complex critical health problems. The student selects a clinical area of specialization and, through a learning contract developed with faculty, achieves the course objectives. Students are precepted by physicians/ nurse practitioners under the direction of the course faculty. Traditional Clinical Rotation (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 601-3. Pract in Adlt Geri Acute Care NP III. This supervised 225 hours clinical practice in critical care settings allows students the opportunity to integrate and practice advanced health assessment, diagnostic reasoning and decision making, for the collaborative management of patients with complex critical health problems such as multi-system failure, cardiac and or respiratory failure, brain attack or renal failure. The utilization of advanced technology as a diagnostic and management tool is emphasized. Students are precepted by physicians/acute care nurse practitioners under the direction of faculty. Settings include coronary care units, surgical intensive care units, neurology intensive care units, emergency departments. etc. Traditional Clinical Rotation (5 credit hours)

N 601-4. Pract in Adlt Geri Acute Care NP IV. This supervised 225 hours clinical practice in acute/ critical care allows the students the opportunity to refine and evaluate nursing management of patients with complex health problems. The focus of the clinical is to perfect their clinical skills including: diagnostic reasoning and decision making. This along with the clinical seminar IV is the capstone experience for this role practice. Students are precepted by physicians/acute care nurse practitioners under the direction of faculty. Settings include coronary care units, surgical intensive care units, neurology intensive care units, emergency department, etc. Traditional Clinical Rotation (5 credit hours)

N 605-1. Adlt Geri Acute Care Asmt Mgt & Eval I. This course provides the theoretical basis for advanced assessment, diagnosis, reasoning and decision making for the collaborative management and evaluation for advanced nursing practice. Focus will be on the collaborative management of clients with acute health problems such as: diabetes, hypertension, acute renal failure, pulmonary diseases, endocrine problems, and neurological disorders etc. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 605-2. Adlt Geri Acute Care Asmt Mgt & Eval II. This course provides the theoretical basis for assessment, diagnosis reasoning and decision making, in the collaborative management for advanced nursing practice. Focus will be on the collaborative management and evaluation of clients with complex acute health problems such as: acute respiratory failure, heart failure, brain attack, post-surgical complications, pre, intra and post-partum complications, etc. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 607-1. Health Policy & Population Health. This is a role support course to explore and analyze interrelations of societal values and issues, political process, politics, and development of health policy and its impact on population health. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 609. Directed Individual Study. This didactic elective course enables the student to use individually designed learning experiences focused on selected topics in nursing to satisfy individual learning needs and interests. A mutually agreed upon contract that details objectives and evaluation methods for the experience will be developed by student and faculty. Online, Internet, or Web-based Independent Study (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 610. Reproductive Health for Advanced Pract. This didactic course provides the theoretical basis for assessing and managing reproductive health care patterns in men and women for advanced role practice in nursing as a nurse practitioner. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, screening, and prevention of illness, and management of problems common in the reproductive health care of men and women. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 610-2. Reproductive Hlth for Adult NP. This didactic course provides the theoretical basis for assessing and managing reproductive health care patterns in men and women for advanced role practice in nursing as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, screening, prevention of illness, and management of problems common in the reproductive health care of men and women. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 610-3. Childbearing Hlth Care for the Adv NP. This didactic course provides the theoretical basis for assessing and managing reproductive health care patterns in men and women for advanced role practice in nursing as a nurse practitioner. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, screening, prevention of illness, and management of problems common in the reproductive health care of men and women. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 credit hours)

N 612. Therapeutic Management Pediatric Client. This course provides a foundation and clinical application of the care of clients from birth through adolescence. Topics will include well child management in addition to management of selected illnesses common to this age group. Family theory and its relationship to health care management will be explored. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture/Lab (2 credit hours)

N 612-2. Therapeutic Mgmt of Pediatric Client II. This role support course provides the theoretical basis for advanced assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and collaborative management of pediatric health problems in the pediatric chronic care setting as a pediatric nurse clinician. Emphasis is placed on the collaborative management of pediatric clients with chronic health problems. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 612-3. Therapeutic Mgmt of Pediatric Client III. This role support course provides the theoretical basis for advanced assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and collaborative management of pediatric health problems in the pediatric acute care setting as a pediatric nurse clinician. Emphasis is placed on the collaborative management of pediatric clients with acute health problems. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 612-4. Therapeutic Mgmt of Pediatric Client IV. This role support course provides the theoretical basis for advanced assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and collaborative management of pediatric health problems in the pediatric critical care setting as a pediatric nurse clinician. Emphasis is placed on the collaborative management of pediatric clients with critical health problems. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 613. Found of Nurse Educ Role & Teach Meth. This role support course encourages the educator student to use critical thinking, creativity, and research outcomes to develop expertise in the design and delivery of instructional strategies. Learning theories, as well as other selected principles and theories associated with the educator role, are emphasized. The roles of the nurse educator as scholar, collaborator, and educator are explored. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 614-1. Nurse Educator Practicum I (2hr). This course is the first of three practicum courses that gives the graduate learner an opportunity to develop and practice advanced skills in teaching and communication in academic, hospital or community environments with an emphasis in the academic setting. The graduate learner will apply theoretical knowledge in the delivery of nursing education to individuals, groups, families and communities. (90 clinical hours) Traditional Practicum/Internship (2 credit hours)

N 615-1. Education Tech & Health Care Informatics. This course provides an overview of current technologies used for instructional design, delivery, and evaluation in nursing education and technologies used to deliver, enhance, integrate, and coordinate patient care. Opportunities for using and evaluating current nursing education and healthcare technologies are incorporated in the course. Principles of data management for provision of evidence-based care and health education are explored along with the use of electronic health records to improve patient care. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 616-1. Curriculum & Pgm Development & Eval. This role support course facilitates the application of nursing and educational theories, concepts, and models in the design and evaluation of nursing curricula and programs. Societal influences and acquisition of new knowledge in nursing and related disciplines are analyzed in relation to curriculum and program development and evaluation in nursing. This course provides the student an opportunity to design data collection and analysis strategies used in evaluation processes. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 617. Informatics & Health Care Technology. This course provides an overview of the use of technologies to deliver, enhance, integrate, and coordinate care; data management to analyze and improve outcomes of care; health information management for evidence- based care and health education; and facilitation and use of electronic health records to improve patient care. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 credit hours)

N 618. Focus on Adv Nsg Pract Spec (Neonatal). This didactic course provides an in depth examination of human genetics, embryologic development and normal physiologic functioning of developing body systems. The structural and functional development of fetal systems during critical growth periods is emphasized, and environmental factors that influence the structural and functional development of fetal systems are discussed. This course will build a foundation essential for the assessment, planning and evaluation of the health of neonatal clients. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 620-1. Direct Care Role of the Ns Edu (Prac II). This course is the second of three courses that gives the graduate learner an opportunity to implement and evaluate, and plan the delivery of educational content to individuals, groups and communities. The emphasis is on teaching practice in hospital settings with multiple delivery modalities and measuring outcomes of planned instructional strategies in the practice setting. (90 clinical hours) Traditional Practicum/Internship (2 credit hours)

N 625. Educator Practicum III. This capstone practicum provides the graduate learner opportunities to implement the nurse educator role components of teacher, scholar and collaborator with a preceptor in a selected educational setting. Opportunities are provided to utilize theoretical knowledge of evaluation processes to critically examine curriculum and program components and learning outcomes. Self-assessment and strategies for transition to the educator role are incorporated. The emphasis is on teaching practice in multiple settings with multiple delivery modalities. (180 clinical hours) Traditional Clinical Rotation (4 credit hours)

N 627-4. Clin Mgt of Adults & Older Adults I. This course is focused on the principles of adult health, advanced clinical assessments of adults and older adults of diverse cultures, issues in the care of adults and older adults with emphasis on wellness, prevention, health maintenance, and early health care interventions. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 627-5. Clin Mgt of Adults & Older Adults II. This course is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, common geriatric syndromes, and complex health problems of adults and older adults of diverse cultures, including frail and demented older adults in rural settings. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 627-6. Clin Mgt of Adults & Older Adults III. This course is focused on synthesis of theory into evidence-based gerontological advanced nursing practice with adults and older adults and their families of diverse culture, integration of NP roles, and professional practice in selected rural health care systems. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 628-4. Prac in Clin Mgt Adlts & Older Adlts I. This 180-hour practicum course is focused on advanced clinical assessments of adults and older adults from diverse cultures, with emphasis on wellness, prevention, maintenance, and early interventions in rural health care settings. Traditional Clinical Rotation (3 - 4 credit hours)

N 628-5. Prac in Clin Mgt Adlts & Older Adlts II. This 180-hour practicum course is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, common geriatric syndromes, and complex health problems of adults and older adults of diverse cultures, with emphasis on advanced health care interventions with frail and demented adults and older adults in rural health care settings. Traditional Clinical Rotation (2 - 4 credit hours)

N 628-6. Prac in Clin Mgt Adlts & Older Adlts III. This 270-hour practicum course is focused on synthesis of theory into evidence-based advanced nursing practice with adults and older adults and their families of diverse cultures, integration of AGNP roles, and practice management in selected rural health care systems. Traditional Clinical Rotation (4 - 6 credit hours)

N 629-1. Advanced Neonatal Nursing I. This didactic course addresses the complete neonatal assessment process including prenatal thorough neonatal history and neonatal physical examination. Neonatal pharmacology, common neonatal diagnostic and laboratory testing and invasive procedures are also examined as well as family function, dynamics, crisis theory and the grieving process are surveyed. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 629-2. Advanced Neonatal Nursing II. This didactic course will provide a thorough understanding of the pathophysiology and management of common disease processes in the neonatal (preterm and term infants). This course will focus on the cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal/nutrition, renal/genitourinary, and hematologic systems as well as fluid and electrolytes. Furthermore, this course will assist in developing the role of the neonatal nurse practitioner in the neonatal intensive care nursery (NICU), especially in emergency situations. Traditional Lecture (4 credit hours)

N 629-3. Advanced Neonatal Nursing III. This didactic course will provide a thorough understanding of the pathophysiology and management of common disease processes in the neonate (preterm and term infants). This course will focus on the endocrine and metabolic, immune, neurobehavioral, musculoskeletal, eyes/ears/nose/throat and dermatologic systems. Furthermore, this course will include discharge planning and follow-up care for the high- risk neonate. Traditional Lecture (4 credit hours)

N 632. Discipline of Nursing. This core course involves the study of knowledge shared among members of the discipline, the patterns of knowing and knowledge development, criteria for evaluating knowledge claims, and philosophy of science. The course is aimed at enabling graduate students to become knowledgeable about approaches to the study of disciplines and scientific knowledge development. The inter-relationship between theory, research, and practice is examined through discussions and critique of selected theories relevant for nursing. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 633. Research Design & Meth for Adv Nurs Prac. This core course is focused on understanding and using research designs and methods to support clinical practice. It provides the knowledge base for research problem identification, the ethical conduct of research, synthesis of research literature, critical analysis of research design, methods and data analysis for utilization in practice. In this course, students will identify practice questions for scholarly projects in role-specific courses. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 634-1. Practicum I: Neonatal Ns Practitioner. This clinical role support course provides the theoretical basis for advanced assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and collaborative management of pediatric health problems in the neonatal health care setting as a neonatal nurse practitioner. Traditional Clinical Rotation (2 credit hours)

N 634-2. Practicum II: Neonatal Ns Practitioner. This second clinical role support course will continue to provide the theoretical basis for advanced assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and collaborative management of specific health problems in the neonatal health care setting as a neonatal nurse practitioner. Focus of care on the neonates will be related to the cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal/nutrition, renal/genitourinary, and hematologic systems as well as emergency situations that arise in the neonate. Traditional Clinical Rotation (3 credit hours)

N 634-3. Practicum III: Neonatal Ns Practitioner. This third clinical role support course will continue to provide the theoretical basis for advanced assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and collaborative management of specific health problems in the neonatal health care setting as a neonatal nurse practitioner. Focus of care on the neonates will be related to the endocrine/metabolic, immune, neurobehavioral, musculoskeletal, eyes/ears/nose/throat, and dermatologic systems that arise in the neonate as well as discharge planning and follow-up care for the high risk neonate and family. Traditional Clinical Rotation (3 credit hours)

N 634-4. Residency Program. This final course provides concentrated clinical experiences as students synthesize theory, knowledge, and skills from previous courses within the neonatal nurse practitioner scope of practice. Through a learning contract developed with faculty, the student uses advanced knowledge and skills for assessment, diagnosis, and problem management with select client groups in collaboration with preceptors and other health care professionals in the critical care setting to further develop expertise relevant to the assessment and management of groups of neonates and infants through 2 years of age. Traditional Practicum/Internship (1 - 7 credit hours)

N 637. Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology. This course provides the graduate student with an understanding of human physiological and pathophysiological processes. A human body systems approach will be used in the presentation of physiologic concepts and adaptations and alterations which occur in selected disease states across the life span. This course will build a foundation essential for planning and evaluating health care and health care outcomes and serves as a basis for understanding the rationale for assessment and intervention that is taught in the advanced nursing courses. This online course is delivered through synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 638-1. Synthesis 1st Yr Nurse Practitioner Mgt. This elective course will offer students the opportunity to synthesize information from prerequisite courses using a case study approach. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 638-2. Clinical Elective for Advanced Practice. This precepted clinical course provides the student an opportunity to practice in the role of advanced nurse practitioner and begin to establish the skills necessary to assume responsibility for management and health care of clients. Through a learning contract developed with faculty, the student uses advanced knowledge and skills for assessment, differential diagnosis, evaluation and health care management with select client groups in collaboration with preceptors and other health care professionals. Traditional Practicum/Internship (1 - 5 credit hours)

N 640. Project Management. In this course students learn the principles and fundamentals of project management necessary to achieve objectives in healthcare organizations. Special emphasis will be placed on the application of leadership skills, overcoming objections, achieving buy-in, conflict management, negotiation skills and working with diverse groups of individuals. Through case studies and various exercises, students will use tools and techniques to gain experience in single and multi-project management. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 641. Fiscal and Operations Management. Students learn how effective operations management is essential to achieving a favorable patient care experience and the financial health of an organization. Using quantitative and qualitative measures, students will study how to reduce cost and improve quality related to the conversion of resources into desired healthcare services and products. This online course is delivered through synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 644. Human Resource Management. This role support course is designed to increase students’ knowledge and application of concepts, theories, and models of human resource management. Emphasis is on the analysis of structural and behavioral systems, human resources process systems, and human resources outcomes. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 646. Organizational Leadership & Communicat. This course is designed to increase students' knowledge and application of concepts, theories and models in communication for organizational leadership, problem solving, and decision making. The course emphasizes communication as a tool for organizational effectiveness and leadership. The content focuses on self-awareness/knowledge, communication within complex adaptive systems, communicating for organizational effectiveness, facilitating difficult conversations and managing conflict. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 652-1. Finance & Ldrshp in Hlth Care Systems. The course focuses broadly on leadership principles and their application at the micro and macro levels. This introduction to leadership is followed by the essential accounting and financial management principles and concepts relevant to management of health services organizations. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 658. Strategic Management. This role support course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to describe, analyze, and apply the strategic management process. Emphasis is placed on understanding and using tools and techniques such as SWOT analysis, matrix analysis, flow charts and performance measures to analyze a health care system. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 659. Residency in Nsg & Hlth Care Adm Role. The residency provides a structured field experience in an administrator role. The student will have an opportunity to apply theories, principles and techniques learned in the didactic portion of the program in a selected health system under the guidance of an experienced preceptor and faculty advisor. (75 clinical hours per credit hour - total 525 clinical hours) Traditional Clinical Rotation (1 - 7 credit hours)

N 660. Focus on Adv Nsg Practice Spec (Peds). This didactic course provides a foundation for the role of pediatric nurse practitioners to survey the normal growth and development and expected developmental milestones of the pediatric client from conception through adolescence. This course will build a foundation essential for the assessment, planning and evaluation of the health in the pediatric clients as well as the assessment for pediatric clients. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 661-1. Practicum for Pediatrics I. This course provides a foundation and clinical application of the care of clients from birth through adolescence in the primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, screening, and prevention of illness and management of selected client health problems in the pediatric client. Traditional Clinical Rotation (2 - 4 credit hours)

N 661-2. Practicum for Pediatrics II. This course provides opportunities for the graduate student to develop expertise in the role of the pediatric nurse practitioner in the chronic care setting. Through a learning contract developed with faculty, the student uses advanced knowledge and skills for assessment, diagnosis, and problem management with select client group in collaboration with preceptors and other health care professionals. Traditional Clinical Rotation (4 credit hours)

N 661-3. Practicum for Pediatrics III. This course provides opportunities for the graduate student to develop expertise in the role of the pediatric nurse practitioner in the acute care setting. Through a learning contract developed with faculty, the student uses advanced knowledge and skills for assessment, diagnosis, and problem management with select client groups in collaboration with preceptors and other health care professionals. Traditional Clinical Rotation (4 credit hours)

N 661-4. Practicum for Pediatrics IV. This course provides opportunities for the graduate student to develop expertise in the role of the pediatric nurse practitioner in the critical care setting. Through a learning contract developed with faculty, the student uses advanced knowledge and skills for assessment, diagnosis, and problem management with select client groups in collaboration with preceptors and other health care professionals. Traditional Clinical Rotation (4 credit hours)

N 661-5. Residency Program. This final clinical course provides concentrated clinical experiences in the primary, acute, chronic, and critical care settings to prepare for entry level functioning in the dual role of the acute/primary care nurse practitioner. This course will assist the pediatric nurse practitioner student to assume responsibility for the direct management and health care in these areas specific to this dual advanced nurse clinician role. Through a learning contract developed with faculty, the student uses advanced knowledge and skills for assessment, diagnosis, and problem management with select client groups in collaboration with preceptors and other health care professionals in the primary, acute, chronic and critical care settings. Traditional Practicum/Internship (1 - 7 credit hours)

N 666. Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics. This course provides a foundation and clinical application of pharmacotherapeutic interventions commonly prescribed for healthy and ill individuals across the life span. Emphasis is placed on pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles along with integration of the use of these products including variations for selected special populations specific to the clinical track of study and client characteristics. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 669. Role Dev & Role Enact Adv Role Prac Nsg. In this role course, enactment of advanced role practice in nursing is studied. Course will focus on the continued development of knowledge for role development and implementation. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 677. Advanced Health Assessment. This course focuses on the theoretical basis of performing a physical assessment on the individual throughout the life span. Students will acquire advanced knowledge and skills necessary to perform physical assessments. The emphasis is on mastering interviewing, history taking, and advanced physical assessment skills. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 682-1. Therapeutic Management in Primary Care I. This role support course provides theoretical basis for assessing and managing client health patterns for advanced role practice in nursing as a nurse clinician. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, screening, prevention of illness, and management of selected client health problems. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 682-2. Therapeutic Managemnt in Primary Care II. This role support course provides foundational knowledge for managing care of persons with altered health patterns relevant to advanced role practice as a nurse clinician. Altered health patterns are examined in relation to differential diagnosis, therapeutic agents and problem management. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 682-3. Therapeutic Mgmt in Primary Care III. This course focuses on the health issues and needs of older adults and principles for evaluating, managing and coordinating their care in a variety of settings. Emphasis is on the collaborative role of advanced practice nurses in assisting older adults and family caregivers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds to negotiate health care delivery systems. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 685-1. Practicum in Primary Care I. This course provides opportunities for the graduate student to develop expertise in the role of the family nurse practitioner. Through a learning contract developed with faculty, the student uses advanced knowledge and skills for assessment, diagnosis, and problem management for the subset of women's health client groups in collaboration with preceptors and other health care professionals. (90 clinical hours) Traditional Clinical Rotation (1 - 2 credit hours)

N 685-2. Practicum in Primary Care II. This course provides opportunities for the graduate student to develop expertise in the role of family nurse practitioner. Through a learning contract developed with faculty, the student uses advanced knowledge and skills for assessment, diagnosis, and problem management for the subset of pediatric client groups in collaboration with preceptors and other health care professionals. (135 clinical hours) Traditional Clinical Rotation (2 - 3 credit hours)

N 685-3. Practicum in Primary Care III. This course provides opportunities for the graduate student to develop expertise in the role of the family nurse practitioner. Through a learning contract developed with faculty, the student uses advanced knowledge and skills for assessment, diagnosis, and problem management for the subset of primary care client groups in collaboration with preceptors and other health care professionals. (180 clinical hours) Traditional Clinical Rotation (2 - 4 credit hours)

N 685-4. Practicum in Primary Care IV. This course provides opportunities for the graduate student to develop expertise in the role of the family nurse practitioner. Through a learning contract developed with faculty, the student uses advanced knowledge and skills for assessment, diagnosis, and problem management with select client groups in collaboration with preceptors and other health care professionals. (225 clinical hours) Traditional Clinical Rotation (3 - 5 credit hours)

N 686-1. Practicum in Clinical Assess MHP I Fam. This 180-hour practicum course is focused on the application of theoretical concepts and assessment skills with persons of diverse cultures in rural health care settings experiencing or at risk for common mental health problems and major psychiatric disorders. Traditional Clinical Rotation (4 credit hours)

N 686-2. Practicum in Clinical Mgt of Indiv w/MH. This 180 hour practicum course is focused on integration of theory and practice in assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and documentation of individuals of diverse cultures in rural settings experiencing mental health problems, major psychiatric disorders, and psychiatric complications of physical illnesses. Traditional Clinical Rotation (4 credit hours)

N 686-3. Practicum in Clinical Mgt of Fam and Gr. This 270-hour practicum is focused on evidence-based psychoeducation, supportive therapy, and psychotherapy with groups, couples, and families of diverse cultures and on synthesis of clinical roles, practice management activities, and strategies for complex mental health issues in rural health care settings. Traditional Clinical Rotation (6 credit hours)

N 687-1. Clinical Assessment of PMH I - Fam. This didactic course is focused on a theoretical basis for advanced psychiatric mental health nursing practice with persons of diverse cultures in rural settings experiencing or at risk for common mental health problems and major psychiatric disorders. Emphasis is on the mental health environment and advanced clinical processes, including communication strategies, psychiatric assessments, and diagnostic standards. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 687-2. Clinical Mgmt of Indiv w/MHP II Fam. This didactic course is focused on the advanced nursing practices of assessment, diagnosis, treatment, planning, evaluation, and documentation of individuals of diverse cultures in rural settings experiencing common mental health problems, major psychiatric disorders, and psychiatric complications of physical illnesses. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (3 credit hours)

N 687-3. Clinical Mgt of Fam & Group MHP III. This didactic course is focused on evidence-based conceptual models, theories, and techniques for therapies with groups, couples, and families of diverse cultures across the lifespan. The clinical roles, practice management activities, and strategies for complex mental health care issues in rural settings also are evaluated. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (2 credit hours)

N 696. Directed Study in Management Research. This role support course provides an opportunity for students to apply the research process to administrative problems under the direction of a graduate faculty mentor. Focus areas of research projects include organizational behavior, costs analysis, outcomes measurement, strategic management, health policy, case management, managed care, and information systems. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 - 3 credit hours)

N 698. Directed Study in Research. This elective allows students to participate in research activities as specified in a mutually determined learning contract. A nursing faculty member with a graduate appointment will direct all research activities. With faculty guidance, students may select to: 1) participate with a mentor (minimum master's degree preparation) in the mentor's ongoing research activities, or 2) complete individual or group research proposed in previous courses. Online, Internet, or Web-based Lecture (1 - 3 credit hours)

PHN 701. Seminar (Journal Club). Serves as a forum for nursing scholars to both enhance and affirm individual scholarly activities. Includes opportunities for individual students to present a variety of research articles and proposals. Traditional Lecture (1 - 9 credit hours)

PHN 701-1. Seminar (Journal Club). Traditional Lecture (1 - 9 credit hours)

PHN 701-2. Seminar (Journal Club). Traditional Lecture (1 - 9 credit hours)

PHN 701-3. Seminar (Journal Club). Traditional Lecture (1 - 9 credit hours)

PHN 702. Pathophysiological Phenomena. A focused study of specific nursing phenomena in pathophysiological nursing care. Students present and evaluate current research on selected topics. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

PHN 705. Writing Proposals. Preparatory course for the PhD comprehensive examination that examines development of the problem statement through analyses of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Traditional Lecture (4 credit hours)

PHN 706. Philosophy of Science. Focuses on the development of science in the Western world. The nature of what constitutes science and ways of knowing and thinking as they relate to the development of science will be addressed. Emphasis is placed on the process of analysis. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

PHN 707. Phenomena in Nursing Research. This course is a focused review of specific nursing phenomena (e.g., caring, coping, clinical outcomes). Students present and evaluate current research on selected topics. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

PHN 708. Quantitative Research Designs. This course examines quantitative designs most applicable to the discipline of nursing. The course emphasizes the practice issues related to the conceptual, empirical and analytical components of research plans as they are influenced by sample size, setting, number and time of measurements. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

PHN 709. Qualitative Research Designs. Examines the qualitative research designs most applicable to the discipline of nursing. Issues and critical analysis of traditional and emerging designs are discussed. Emphasizes the practice of qualitative research. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

PHN 710. Research Practicum. Allows the student to focus on individual area of study which supports the development of the dissertation proposal. Traditional Practicum/Internship (1 - 6 credit hours)

PHN 711. Data Collection and Analysis. Focuses on methods of data collection and analysis. Selected data collection methods will be examined. Selected analyses for various data sets will be studied and the graduate student will carry out an analysis of data sets. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

PHN 712. Writing for Funding. Examines the essential components of a funding/grant proposal and identifies sources of funding. Graduate student will identify potential private or government funding sources appropriate for their research interests. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

PHN 713. Laboratory Methods. Focuses on methods of data collection and analysis in the biological/physiological lab setting. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

PHN 714. Theory Construction and Testing. This course focuses on the analysis of existing theories as the basis for synthesis, construction, and testing of middle range theory for expanding the scientific base of the discipline of nursing. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

PHN 715. Survey Design and Analysis. This course is designed to prepare students with the skills to conduct survey research and analyze survey data. It includes sampling design, post-survey data processing, and complex survey data analysis using SPSS Complex Samples. The course will be taught along with in-class labs using ongoing surveys as the case studies. It is assumed that students have taken Biostatistics I and have basic skills of using SPSS. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

PHN 716. Basic Science Laboratory Techniques. This survey course allows students to have hands-on experience with a variety of laboratory techniques. Objective, quantitative measures applicable to nursing research will be explored. Traditional Laboratory (2 credit hours)

PHN 717. Directed Research. Allows the student, under faculty direction, to focus on areas of study in specific areas of research. Supports the student’s efforts to clarify individual research focus. Traditional Lecture (1 - 4 credit hours)

PHN 733. Research Design & Methods for Adv Nurse. (Online and Hybrid) Focuses on understanding research designs and methods as they impact research utilization. Students will explore issues related to data collection, sampling, statistical versus clinical significance and outcomes evaluation. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

PHN 737. Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology. (Hybrid) This course provides an understanding of human physiological and pathophysiological processes. A human body systems approach is used applying concepts in biochemistry and cell biology as they influence health and illness. Topics include Cell Biology, Cancer Immunity and Inflammation, Genetics and the Integumentary, Musculoskeletal, Reproductive, Pulmonary, Renal, Cardiovascular, Endocrine, Gastrointestinal and Nervous Systems. (Theory) Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

PHN 766. Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics. (Online) This course provides a foundation and clinical application of pharmacotherapeutic interventions commonly prescribed for healthy and ill individuals across the life span. Emphasis is placed on pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles along with integration of the use of these products including variations for selected special populations specific to the clinical track of study and client characteristics. This online course is delivered utilizing synchronous and asynchronous distance learning modalities. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

PHN 777. Advanced Health Assessment. This course focuses on the theoretical basis of performing a physical assessment on the individual throughout the life span. Students will acquire advanced knowledge and skills necessary to perform physical assessments. The emphasis is on mastering interviewing, history taking, and advanced physical assessment skills. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

PHN 780. Special Topics. Elective course to provide the student with additional study to support research topic development. Traditional Lecture (1 - 4 credit hours)

PHN 780-1. Special Topics 1. Traditional Lecture (1 - 4 credit hours)

PHN 780-2. Special Topics 2. Traditional Lecture (1 - 4 credit hours)

PHN 780-3. Special Topics 3. Traditional Lecture (1 - 4 credit hours)

PHN 791. Dissertation Research Proposal. In consultation with their mentors and advisory committees, students will write and successfully defend a PhD dissertation proposal in which they describe the problem and research question(s), the background and significance, and the research design. Traditional Dissertation (1 - 3 credit hours)

PHN 798. Dissertation and Dissertation Research. In consultation with their mentors and advisory committees, students will write a PhD dissertation in which they describe the findings and importance of their research project. Traditional Dissertation (1 - 9 credit hours)