Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Course Descriptions

 

 700- Principles of Epidemiology
This course introduces students to the study of distribution and determinants of diseases in human populations. The epidemiologic approaches used to estimate the burden of disease; causal inferences; and primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies will be analyzed. This course emphasizes critical analysis of analytical studies, quantitative measures of association, and other current research. Evidence-based health promotion and treatment for common disorders/diseases such as those identified in Healthy People will be integrated. Sociocultural, ecological, and systems of care delivery factors that contribute to health disparities will be explored in-depth. Emphasis will be placed on using current evidence to create a comprehensive critical analysis of a current health issue. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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 710- Biostatistics
This course covers the advanced use of descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will learn about the role of sampling and probability in statistical decisions. Applications include confidence intervals and hypothesis testing about population means, proportions, variances, and selected parametric and non-parametric tests. The students will study a software package, such as SPSS, which can be used for analysis. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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 720- Appraisal and Analysis within Evidence-Based Practice
This course introduces the concepts associated with evidence-based nursing practice. The steps in implementing evidence-based practice are explored in depth, including the following: selecting a clinical or knowledge question or problem, forming a team, retrieving the evidence from published literature, evaluating the strength of the evidence, critiquing research and practice guidelines, synthesizing the research, and examining patient preferences. Issues related to information management technology will be introduced. Strategies for creating a culture of evidence-based practice, both for individuals and systems, will be identified, and the barriers to evidence-based practice will also be identified. Prerequisites: 700 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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 730- Evidence-Based Practice: Translation and Evaluation
This course continues to evaluate and use concepts associated with evidence-based nursing practice models. The steps in translating evidence-based practice are explored in depth, including the following: making evidence-based practice recommendations, deciding to change practice, implementing the practice change, evaluating the outcomes, and diffusing the innovation. Issues related to information management technology will be continued from 720. The concept of translation science and tools for applying evidence to practice will be emphasized. The goal of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume a leadership role in transforming healthcare and educational environments. The steps in implementing evidence-based practice are explored in depth. Strategies for creating a culture of evidence-based practice both for individual and systems will be evaluated and barriers to evidence-based practice will also be identified with corresponding action plans. Prerequisites: 700, 710 & 720 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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 735- Interprofessional Collaboration and Advanced Program Planning
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to provide exemplary leadership of groups and teams, with an emphasis on relationship building and team building. Content includes effective communication with groups and teams, conflict management and resolution, group process and techniques for effectively leading meetings, the application of adult learning principles, emotional intelligence, characteristics of effective teams, roles and scope of practice of various healthcare professionals, and the creation of a professional practice culture. Coursework also challenges students to design, select, use, and evaluate programs that evaluate and monitor outcomes of care, care systems, and quality improvement including consumer use of health care information systems. Prerequisites: 700, 710 & 720. 3 S.H. Return to Top


 740- Impact of Ethics & Law on the Role of the DNP
This course will explore the interrelationships between policy, ethics and the law and their impact on clinical practice and health care. Broader social issues common to vulnerable populations will be examined using ethical and legal frameworks. Recurring issues in clinical practice will be examined for how legislation and regulation impacts care. System issues relevant to health and healthcare delivery will be explored for its impact on care and policy implications. Practices/protocols/policies that are compliant with legal and ethical mandates will be explored. Organizational and social communicating and advocating for policy change will be developed. Exploration of current ethical issues, including relevant contextual factors within the health care disciplines and within the student's area of scholarship and clinical practice as it relates to the DNP. Prerequisites: 700 & 710 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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 745- Managing Human Capital
This course explores the practical skills of managing people to produce superior business results. Best practices in recruiting systems, performance evaluation systems, developing people within the organization, managing a reduction in force, and having difficult conversations with people will be examined further in this course. In addition to understanding the strategic importance of people, this course will provide an understanding and appreciation for the human element as well as diverse cultures within organizations. The overarching goal of this course is to develop thoughtful nurse leaders who understand the importance of people. Prerequisites: 700, 710, & 720. 3 S.H.

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 750- Cultural Competency for Advanced Practice
This course is an application of cultural competency to clinical practice, health care management, and health services research when working with culturally diverse populations. Methodological orientation is qualitative, historical, and ethnographic in the form of. interactive lectures, narratives, discussions, guest presentations and innovative strategies. Interdisciplinary perspectives will be a part of the course appropriate for graduate students in nursing, education, public health, health administration, , social work, and anthropology. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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 760- Health Care Finance and Policy
This course focuses on understanding how health care is organized, financed, and delivered in the U.S. and examines key issues currently on the U.S. national policy agenda. This is an interprofessional course offering. This course will examine both healthcare economics and the business of practice. The relationship of economic issues, health policy & clinical practice will be explored. Economic concepts and tools will be used to examine issues and solve problems/issues pertaining to health care and the delivery of healthcare services. Approaches to economic evaluations will be explored and students will use findings from economic evaluations to inform policy makers about the costs and effects of medical interventions to support their decisions on the allocation of health care resources. Evidence-based critique skills will be expanded to include critical appraisal of economic evaluation studies and select software will be used to conduct an economic systematic review. Relevant finance concepts will be explored to develop skills in assessing the practice/organizations' financial condition, budgeting and profit analysis. Prerequisites: 700, 710, 720, 730 for DNP-C, 740 DNP-L or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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 770- Health Care Information Systems and Outcome Management
This course focuses on information systems technology and its application for the improvement and transformation of patient-centered health care. The course prepares the student to become proficient at selecting and using technology for organizing, analyzing, managing, and evaluating information in nursing administration, education, research, and clinical practice settings. Content will explore use of 1) information and information technology systems to support: research for evidence-based practice; quality improvement and outcomes evaluation; management; education; and practice; 2) standards/principles for selecting and evaluating information systems; and 3) analysis of legal, ethical, and regulatory issues related to information systems and technology. Students will execute an evaluation plan of existing information management systems in his/her work setting. Prerequisites: Graduate Statistics or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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 800- Capstone Project - Practitioner
This capstone course provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize previous learning in the implementation and evaluation of a system level change designated to immediately improve healthcare outcomes. During the 128 hours associated with this course, the student will conduct a change project based on principles of science and evidence-based practice, healthcare quality, and systems leadership. Successful completion of this final practicum will require the student to present the results of the change project to his/her capstone project committee for their review and approval of the cumulative scholarly work. It is expected that this project will demonstrate the measurement and evaluation of outcomes resulting from the organizational changes. In the seminar portion of the course, discussions focus on the sophisticated leadership skills required of the nurse executive, including the highest level of analytic thinking and problem-solving skill. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the 33 doctoral credits prior to this capstone course and approval of the student's committee to implement the individually designed change project. Prerequisites: 700, 710, 720, 730, 750, 760 & 770. 6 S.H.

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 804.1 & 804.2 - Capstone Project - Leadership
This capstone course is a combination seminar/practicum and provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize previous learning in the implementation and evaluation of a system level change designated to immediately improve healthcare outcomes. During the 128 Practicum hours associated with this course, the student will conduct a change project based on principles of science and evidence-based practice, healthcare quality, and systems leadership. In the seminar portion of this course, discussions focus on the sophisticated leadership skills required of the nurse executive, including the highest level of analytic thinking and problem-solving skills. Prerequisites: 700, 710, 720, 735, 740, 745, 760 & 770. 6 S.H.

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 810- Organizational Management/Leadership
The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive exploration of leadership theories and principles, as well as innovative leadership techniques. Units of content will focus on systems thinking, values and ethics, human resource utilization, legal issues, decision-making, organizational culture and climate, communication skills, succession planning, theories of change and change leadership, creation of learning communities, professional accountability, and leadership within professional nursing organizations. Qualities and behaviors associated with exemplary leadership will be identified. The goal of this course is to develop and refine the leadership skills of the student as he/she works to transform practice and educational environments in order to enhance the quality of nursing and healthcare delivery systems. The student will be expected to use his/her own work environment as a learning laboratory to assess and develop existing leadership structures. Content includes forecasting, the processes of decision-making based on data and decision trees, making choices for location and physical layout design of healthcare services, the processes associated with reengineering and work redesign, the use of data in determining staffing and scheduling decisions, measurement of productivity, making resource allocation and inventory decisions, the use of date in quality initiatives, project management, and capacity planning. During the 128 practicum hours associated with this course, the student will develop a leadership project in his/her work setting. Using leadership theories and principles, the student will be expected to conduct a project that makes an immediate impact of the quality of healthcare and nursing. Sixteen hours of seminar are included in this course, to provide the student with the opportunity to participate in a learning community of colleagues and scholars who will serve as consultants on the projects. Prerequisites: 700, 710, 720, 730 (DNP-C), 740, 750 (DNP-C), 760, and 770. 3 S.H.

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 820- Residency - DNP Clinical
Under the guidance of their DNP faculty advisor, students will synthesize, integrate and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of their selected project. Using scientific theory, systematic evidence appraisal, systems, organizational and policy analysis, and models of care delivery, students will complete the DNP project. Seminars will focus on guiding the student through all aspects of project design, implementation and evaluation. Clinical experiences will be individually designed within the context of the direct or indirect focus of the students program. This course is designed to integrate knowledge of nursing theory; evidence based nursing practice, physiologic and pathophysiologic foundations, ethical and legal principles and health care systems into clinical practice. In consultation with their DNP faculty advisor, students will elect an area of clinical practice and implement advanced clinical decision-making in the provision of culturally sensitive, patient centered, evidence based care. Case presentation form the student's clinical practicum experience will be used to explicate clinical trends, expert clinical judgment, and individual and population focused interventions. Expertise, knowledge and data gained from this course will be used in the development of the final project proposal. Prerequisites: 700, 710, 720, 730, 740, 750 , 760, 770, 810, Role specific courses, 800 Capstone. 6 S.H.

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 822.1 & 822.2 - Residency - DNP Leadership
Under the guidance of their DNP faculty advisor, students will synthesize, integrate and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of their selected project. Using scientific theory, systematic evidence appraisal, systems, organizational and policy analysis, and models of care delivery, students will complete the DNP project. Seminars will focus on guiding the student through all aspects of project design, implementation and evaluation. Clinical experiences will be individually designed within the context of the direct or indirect focus of the students program and completed during the 3 SH or 822.1. This course is designed to integrate knowledge of nursing theory; evidence based nursing practice, physiologic and pathophysiologic foundations, ethical and legal principles and health care systems into clinical practice. In consultation with their DNP faculty advisor, students will elect an area of clinical practice and implement advanced clinical decision-making in the provision of culturally sensitive, patient centered, evidence based care. Case presentation form the student's clinical practicum experience will be used to explicate clinical trends, expert clinical judgment, and individual and population focused interventions. Expertise, knowledge and data gained from this course will be used in the development of the final project proposal. During 822.2, it is expected that the Capstone Project will demonstrate the measurement and evaluation of outcomes resulting from the organizational changes. Successful completion of this final practicum will require the student to present the results of the change project to his/her Capstone Project committee for their review and approval of the cumulative scholarly work and complete an oral defense. Prerequisites: 700, 710, 720, 735, 740, 745, 760, 770, 810, Role specific courses, 800 & 804 Capstone. 6 S.H.

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