MSN Course Descriptions

Accelerated Pathway   
Family Nurse Practitioner

General Graduate Courses

  

Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Option

Nursing Management Leadership Option   
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Option

Accelerated Pathway

450 Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice
This course is directed to the RN student with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree seeking to advance to the MSN level. The course will build upon prior education and experience to enhance professional practice and growth. The student will be introduced to an overview of the philosophy of baccalaureate nursing education and the organizational framework of the College. Critical components of professional nursing discussed include: caring, communication, critical thinking, teaching/learning process, nursing roles and changes, legal issues, leadership, management, change theory and professional ethics. 4 S.H.

 

Prerequisite Course Offering for the Master of Science in Nursing

499 Statistical Methods for Nursing Research
The course will cover the development of basic skills needed to understand, plan, and implement the data analysis component of a nursing research study. Analysis of quantitative and qualitative data in nursing research will be explored. The use of descriptive and basic inferential statistics, including measures of central tendency, Chi-square, t-Test, and one-way analysis of variance . (F-test) will be applied in drawing conclusions from statistical data. 3 S.H.

 

Graduate Courses

500 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
Theories from nursing and other disciplines are explored as the foundation of advanced nursing practice Interdisciplinary paradigms are analyzed and evaluated for integration into nursing's paradigm. Selected nursing theories and concepts are critically analyzed. A concept analysis is completed based on Avant & Walker's criteria. The relationship between theory, research, practice, and education is identified and critiqued by completion of a student-led theorist presentation and discussion. The student's own theoretical base for advanced practice is identified and developed. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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504 Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing Practice
The development and use of selected health promotion theories are synthesized and applied to advanced nursing practice. Analysis of research and other current evidence addresses conceptual, theoretical, methodological, health care policy, legal and ethical issues. Students identify and evaluate the impact of culturally diverse and vulnerable populations on the health care delivery system. Nursing interventions that promote health in various populations are developed, implemented, and evaluated. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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508 Nursing Research
The research process as an integral part of advanced practice nursing is analyzed and applied to current practice. The role of the nurse researcher at a master's level is discussed. Advanced study designs are examined by critiquing peer revised research articles. Critique and utilization of research studies are discussed. The proposal for the student's research project is prepared. Integration of evidenced-based practice is completed through critique of published practice changes. Students have the option to complete a clinical inquiry project related to potential practice changes by using research and current clinical practice guidelines from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or national guidelines clearinghouse. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, graduate statistics or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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512 Roles and Issues
Current and emerging roles of advanced practice nurses in practice are explored. Political, legal, financial, ethical and technological issues currently impacting nursing in advanced practice in various health care settings are analyzed. The future of advanced practice nursing in the health care delivery system and in education is examined. The educator role is examined from the viewpoint of the advance practice nurse and faculty position. Students develop and evaluate professional goals for either advanced practice nursing or the educator role. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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516 Advances in Nursing Leadership
In-depth analyses of the theory, practice, context, content, skills, and processes relating to individual, organizational and global leadership. The evolving roles in dynamic educational and health care systems are explored. An emphasis is placed on the role of the nursing leader in relationship to innovative and strategic leadership approaches to change, managing outcomes, conflict, ethical and legal decisions, human and physical resources, and quality improvements. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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517 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan
The purpose of this course is to analyze physiological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual dimensions of assessment across the lifespan. The process of diagnostic reasoning is emphasized as the primary means of collecting and analyzing data obtained from the patient history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures. Through the 64 hours of practicum experience, students refine technical and interpersonal skills required for advanced health assessment, including interview techniques, history taking, physical assessment, and diagnosis based on information received. Normal and abnormal physical findings are differentiated and recognition of need for collaboration or consultation with additional healthcare providers is emphasized. Course content includes advanced assessment skills for all body systems. Prerequisites: 500, 504 and 508 or with consent of instructor. 3 S.H. (2/1)

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519 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
The purpose of this course is to analyze and evaluate the concepts of the normal physiology and pathologic mechanisms of disease to serve as the foundation for clinical assessment, response to pharmacologic management of disease, decision making and disease management across the lifespan. Analysis of the impact of diagnostics and assessment findings enables the student to develop diagnostic reasoning by interpreting changes in normal function that result in symptoms indicating illness. Course content focuses on alterations in cell function and systemic manifestations using selected, prevalent disease states across the lifespan. Prerequisites: 500, 504 and 508 or with consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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523 Advanced Health Assessment Child and Family
This course analyzes physiological, psychological, sociological, spiritual, cultural, and ethical dimensions of assessment of women, children and families. The process of diagnostic reasoning is emphasized as the primary means of collecting and analyzing data obtained from the patient history, physical examination, and diagnostic procedures. Through the 64 hours of practicum experience, students refine technical and interpersonal skills required for advanced health assessment, including interview techniques, history taking, physical assessment, and diagnosis based on information received. Normal and abnormal physical findings are differentiated and recognition of need for collaboration or consultation with additional healthcare providers is emphasized. Content will focus on the use of diagnostics such as laboratory studies, radiographs, and instrumentation/monitoring devices. Prerequisites: 500, 504 and 508 or with consent of instructor. 3 S.H. (2/1)

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527 Advanced Pathophysiology of the Child and Family
Concepts of the normal physiology and pathologic mechanisms of disease are evaluated to serve as the foundation for clinical decision making and disease management for the newborn, child, women, and families. Analysis of the impact of diagnostics and assessment findings enables the student to develop diagnostic reasoning by interpreting changes in normal function that result in symptoms indicating illness. Prerequisites: 500, 504 and 508 or with consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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529 Pharmacotherapeutics
The purpose of this course is to provide the graduate with the knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, and manage patients' common health problems in a safe, high quality, cost-effective manner. Course theory content includes cellular response, pharmacotherapeutics, and pharmacokinetics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents. Also, included is the concept of polypharmacy and safe dosage calculation. Through the 64 hours of practicum experience, will develop competence in prescribing appropriate pharmacologic agents for patients across the life span. Prerequisites: 500, 504 and 508 or with consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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532 Foundations of Education in Nursing
The principles of how learning occurs are introduced and explored. Learning theories are compared, contrasted, and critically analyzed, leading to application within the classroom and clinical setting. Strategies to develop critical thinking in students are examined. Aspects of curriculum development and instructional design are discussed. May be used as an elective for students in the clinician option. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, and 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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536 Issues and Roles in Nursing Education
The nurse educator roles of teaching, service, and scholarship in academia are the focus of this course. The societal, economic, ethical, political, and technological trends affecting nursing education are explored. Analysis of faculty issues focus on preparation, academic development, collegial and community collaboration, and scholarly endeavors. Discussion of the teaching role include but are not limited to development of learners, teaching/learning styles, course/student evaluations, student/faculty rights, workload, academic freedom, and curricular design. Responsibilities and opportunities of service including involvement in governance, community participation, program evaluation, academic advisement, and community leadership are studied. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, and 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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538 Advanced Practice Seminar Topics
This course is designed to provide the student with opportunities to select advanced practice nursing issues based on the educational and career goals of the student. Emphasis is placed on decision making related to evidenced-based practice, research utilization, multidisciplinary collaboration, and outcome evaluation methods and measurements. The course projects include development of a business plan, critical analysis of clinical research, and evaluation of nursing issues on the state of current practice. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, and 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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539 Seminar in Advanced Care of the Child and Family
This course examines theoretical and empirical concepts related to health beliefs, health promotion, and risk reduction for infants, children, women, and families. The advanced practice nurse will gain practical knowledge and demonstrate application in the management of health care needs of this diverse population. Focus is on the role of the clinical nurse specialist in the changing health care environment. Principles from healthy People 2010, epidemiology, biostatistics, and cultural awareness guide comparisons of groups. Strategies and benefits of health promotion interventions are emphasized. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, 516, 522 and 526 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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540 Evaluation Strategies in Nursing Education
The role of assessment and evaluation in nursing education is studied. This course focuses on the processes, models, instruments, data collection, and data interpretation of assessment and evaluation. Assessment and evaluation strategies of learning are explored with an emphasis on planning, developing, administering, analyzing, and revising classroom tests. The overview, methods, tools, and process of clinical evaluation is examined. Evaluation of teaching is discussed. Analysis of program evaluation focuses on the nursing program, curriculum, environment, and college outcomes. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, and 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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544 Development and Evaluation of Programs in Health Care
The processes of program development, planning, implementation and evaluation in health care and health promotion are examined. Critical analysis of research and other current evidence focuses on study design, methodological issues, and evaluation of program outcomes. Strategies for patient education, marketing, ethical resource allocation and formative and summative evaluation techniques are analyzed and applied in advanced nursing practice. Statistical methods used to evaluate program outcomes are analyzed. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, and 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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548 Nursing Informatics
This course provides an introduction to the field of nursing informatics, the current state of the science, and major issues for research, development, and practice. It includes the clarification of the concepts of nursing, technology, and information management. It comprises theoretical underpinnings of nursing informatics, the practice of nursing informatics, and the social, ethical and legal issues in nursing and health care informatics. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, and 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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552 Finance and Healthcare Management
An in-depth analysis and synthesis of forces, issues, and challenges of select topics impacting healthcare, finance, socioeconomic principles, and leadership are analyzed. The topics include organizational mission, vision, and goals; policy development; business concepts; organizational structure; marketing; reimbursement issues; resource utilization; financial management; productivity and partnerships. In this course students select a healthcare, finance, or economic issue to research and present for discussion. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, and 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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600 Educator Practicum (600.1 and 600.2)
May be taken over 2 semesters
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Application and synthesis of teaching and learning theories are integral to this course. With an assigned preceptor, the student will have the opportunity to practice teaching and evaluation strategies within either a nursing program or staff development setting. Each student is guided through mutually planned experiences in the areas of classroom planning, teaching methods and evaluations; experiences with clinical teaching; course planning, development, and evaluation. Evaluation for this practicum will include assessment of classroom and clinical teaching as well as participation in course planning. This course may be completed in one or two semesters. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, 516, 520, 524, 528, (or 522, 526, 530) 532, 536, and 540 or consent of instructor. 6 S.H. (0/6)

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610 Clinician Practicum (610.1 and 610.2)
May be taken over 2 semesters.
This course builds on the advanced knowledge and role competencies obtained in 512, 520, 524, and 528 or 522, 526, and 530. The emphasis of this course is the holistic care of adult and geriatric individuals or women and children, families and groups with acute and chronic health problems. Advanced practice interventions and outcomes are planned using research and its evaluation. The student functions with the interdisciplinary team and assumes consultative and collaborative roles. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, 516, 520, 524, 528, (or 522, 526, 530) 544, 548, and 552 or consent of instructor. 6 S.H. (0/6)

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612 CNL Immersion Experience
May be taken over 2 semesters.
This immersion experience is a course which builds upon the knowledge and competencies gained from the core courses and the specialty courses from medical surgical of 520, 524, 528 or the child and family courses 522, 526, and 530. The emphasis in this experience is for the CNL student to function as a generalist providing evidenced based practice and managing care at the point of care to individuals, families and populations/communities. The student functions within the clinical Microsystems and will synthesize information and knowledge for effective critical thinking, decision making and evaluation. The CNL student will use the roles of outcomes manager, client advocate, team manager, risk assessor for quality improvement, and facilitator of practice changes. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 516, 520, 524, 528, (or 522, 526, 530), 548, 552 or consent of instructor. 6 S.H. (0/6)

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620 Research Experience (620.1 and 620.2)
May be taken over 2 semesters.
This is a research experience designed by the student with the approval and supervision of a graduate faculty advisor. The purpose of the research experience is to apply the knowledge and theory to a concentrated area of study. This course may be completed in one or two semesters. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, 516, 520, 524, 528, (or 522, 526, 530) and 6 SH of Functional Role Preparation courses in selected option or consent of instructor. 6 S.H.

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Course 517 and 523 have 64 hours of practicum. 600, 610, and 620 may be taken over 2 semesters. Registration is entered as 600.1 or 600.2, 610.1 or 610.2, and 620.1 or 620.2. Courses 600 and 610 each have 384 practicum hours. 612 may be taken over two semesters and has a total of 320 immersion hours.

 

Family Nurse Practitioner Option

506 Epidemiology
This course provides an advanced perspective on socioeconomic, political, legal, ethical, and global factors that influence nursing and healthcare delivery. Important issues present in the U.S. healthcare system will be critically analyzed. Issues include cost, quality, access, payment systems, health information management, and delivery models. The leadership role of the master’s prepared nurse in designing strategies for enhancing health outcomes for diverse populations is also examined.

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560 Family Healthcare Management I
This course focuses on the advanced knowledge of acute, chronic and complex healthcare issues confronting adults and elderly. Content will focus on assessment and diagnostic reasoning related to primary management of  select populations. Issues include cost, quality, access, payment systems, and health information management. The family nurse practitioner role for enhancing health outcomes for diverse populations is also examined. Prerequisites: 06, 517, 519, 529 or consent of the instructor. 3 S.H.

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561 Advanced FNP Practicum I
This course builds on the advanced knowledge and role competencies obtained in 512, 517, 519, 529, and 560. The emphasis of this course is application of family practice nursing care of adults and geriatrics within the primary healthcare setting. Advanced practice interventions and outcomes reflect use of advanced health assessment research and diagnostic reasoning and evaluation of outcomes. The student functions with the interdisciplinary team and assumes consultative and collaborative roles. There are 128 practicum hours. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 506, 508, 512, 516, 517, 519, 529, 560 or consent of the instructor. 2 S.H. (0/2)

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564 Family Healthcare Management II
This course focuses on the advanced knowledge of acute, chronic and complex healthcare issues confronting women and children. Content will focus on assessment and diagnostic reasoning related to primary management of select populations. Issues include cost, quality, access, payment systems, and health information management. The family nurse practitioner role for enhancing health outcomes for diverse populations is also examined. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 506, 508, 512, 516, 517, 519, 529 or consent of the instructor. 3 S.H.

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565 Advanced FNP Practicum II
This course builds on the advanced knowledge and role competencies obtained in 512, 517, 5190, 529, and 560. The emphasis of this course is application of family practice nursing care of women and children within the primary healthcare setting. Advanced practice interventions and outcomes reflect use of advanced health assessment research and diagnostic reasoning and evaluation of outcomes. The student functions with the interdisciplinary team and assumes consultative and collaborative roles. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 506, 508, 512, 516, 517, 519, 529, 564 or consent of the instructor. 2 S.H. (0/2)

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640 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum Practicum
This course builds on the advanced knowledge and role competencies obtained in 512, 517, 519, 529, 560, 561, 564, and 565. The emphasis of this course is application of family practice nursing care of a wide variety of patients across the lifespan within the primary healthcare setting. Advanced practice interventions and outcomes reflect use of advanced health assessment research and diagnostic reasoning and evaluation of outcomes. The student functions with the interdisciplinary team and assumes consultative and collaborative roles. There are 256 practicum hours. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 506, 508, 512, 516, 517, 519, 529, 560, 561, 564, 565 or consent of the instructor. 4 S.H. (0/4)

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Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Option

566 Family Mental Health Psychopharmacology
This course builds on content from 529-Advanced Pharmacology across the Lifespan. The course will provide the graduate with advanced knowledge regarding the pharmacotherapeutics of psychotropic medications and the clinical management of target psychiatric symptoms in order to assess, diagnose, and create/manage a medication plan for this population. Single and multiple drug regimens, cost effectiveness, and client medication education/adherence with also be reviewed. Case studies will provided will provide opportunities for the students to apply prescribing and monitoring appropriate psychopharmacologic agents for patients across the lifespan. Prerequisites: 517, 519, 529 or consent of the instructor. 3 S.H.

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568 Advanced Assessment & Therapeutic Interventions for FP/MHNP
This course examines conceptual models/theories and treatment modalities related to the practice of advance practice psychiatric mental health nursing and how to select/implement a therapeutic plan. The course focuses on assessment, differential diagnostic process, and management of psychiatric conditions/mental disorders of the adult client. This includes a review of psychotherapy, psychoeducation, health promotion and disease prevention, and application of behavior modification techniques. Individual, group, and family therapy techniques as well as Crisis management strategies will be reviewed. Standards of practice and clinical guideline as well as evidence-based practice related to the client(s) with psychiatric/mental health issues will be discussed. Prerequisites: 517, 519, 529 or consent of the instructor. 3 S.H.

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569 FP/MHNP Practicum I
Application of theories and review assessment and intervention techniques for the advanced psychiatric/mental health assessment is integral to this course. This practicum will provide the student the opportunity refine technical and interpersonal skills in the assessment and management/intervention of an adult client with psychiatric/mental health issues. The student will incorporate the theory learned and use the DSM IV-TR in the assessment and diagnosis of clients. They will be responsible for developing and/or assist in implementing a therapeutic plan and evaluating the response. Psycho pharmacology interventions will be reviewed and/or initiated. Therapeutic clinical interventions will be initiated and clinically supervised by faculty. The student will be responsible for clinical documentation. Prerequisites: 517, 519, 529, 568 or consent of the instructor. 2 S.H. (0/2)

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570 FP/MHNP Nursing Diagnosis & Management of Children & Adolescents
The purpose of this course is to assist the Advance Practice Nurse in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of psychiatric mental health problems in childhood and adolescence at the individual, family and community level. Conceptual models/theories and treatment modalities will be examined. Theories of family development and behavior including functional and dysfunctional behavioral patterns will be examined. Normal and abnormal findings are differentiated to improve assessment and diagnostic reasoning. This course also includes a review of psychotherapy, psychoeducation, health promotion and disease prevention, and application of behavior modification techniques. Individual, group, and family therapy techniques will be reviewed. Prerequisites: 517, 519, 529, 566, 568 or consent of the instructor. 3 S.H.

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571 FP/MHNP Practicum II
This practicum will provide the student the opportunity to incorporate education and techniques reviewed in theory courses to refine skill in the assessment and management/intervention of children and adolescents clients with psychiatric/mental health issues. Family therapy techniques will be incorporated when available at the clinical setting. Normal and abnormal findings will be examined. The student will incorporate the theory learned and use the DSM IV-TR in the assessment and diagnosis of clients. They will be responsible for developing and/or assist in implementing a therapeutic plan and evaluating the response.  Psycho pharmacology interventions will be reviewed and/or initiated. Therapeutic clinical interventions will be supervised by a qualified preceptor. Prerequisites: 500, 508, 512, 516, 517, 519, 529, 566, 568, 569, 570 or consent of the instructor. 2 S.H. (0/2)

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572 FP/MHNP Nursing Diagnosis & Management of Adults & Specialty Populations
Course focuses on assessment, diagnosis and management of different populations such as: Women, minorities, the indigent population, clients of differing cultures, individuals with chemical dependency issues, and other vulnerable populations. The consultation-liaison role for the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will be reviewed. Students will analyze the social systems, client needs, availability of resources, legal and ethical issues which can affect the populations discussed. Health promotion, disease prevention, and crisis management strategies will be examined and discussed. Prerequisites: 500, 508, 512, 516, 517, 519, 529, 566, 569, 564 or consent of the instructor. 3 S.H.

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573 FP/MHNP Practicum III
This practicum will provide the student the opportunity to incorporate education and techniques reviewed in theory courses to refine skill in the assessment and management/intervention of adults and specialty populations with psychiatric/mental health issues. Family therapy techniques will be incorporated when available at the clinical setting. Normal and abnormal findings will be examined. The student will incorporate the theory learned and use the DSM IV-TR in the assessment and diagnosis of clients. They will be responsible for developing and/or assist in implementing a therapeutic plan and evaluating the response.  Psycho pharmacology interventions will be reviewed and/or initiated. Therapeutic clinical interventions will be supervised by a qualified preceptor. There are 128 practicum hours. Prerequisites: 500, 508, 512, 516, 517, 519, 529, 566, 568, 569, 572 or consent of the instructor. 2 S.H. (0/2)

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650 FP/MHNP Practicum IV
This practicum will provide the student the opportunity to incorporate advanced nursing practice interventions, behavioral and psychopharmacologic therapies, education and techniques for a variety of mental health patients and families. The student, with appropriate supervision, is expected to provide the full range of psychiatric services as outlined in the Psychiatric mental health Nurse practitioner competencies (2003). The student will be responsible for interdisciplinary collaboration, making referrals, implementing a therapeutic plan and evaluating patient and family outcomes. There are 256 practicum hours. Prerequisites: 500, 508, 512, 516, 517, 519, 529, 566, 568, 569, 570 or consent of the instructor. 2 S.H. (0/2)

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Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Option

545 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for the Neonate
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to perform comprehensive assessments and interpretation of diagnostic data on newborns and infants commonly seen in the acute care practice settings. Systematic data collection, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical problem solving for a variety of newborns and infants will be emphasized. Content will focus on perinatal assessment, fetal assessment, gestational age assessment, neurobehavioral and developmental assessments, physical exam of newborns and infants, developmental and behavioral assessment, cultural/social family evaluation and the use of diagnostics such as laboratory studies, radiographs, and instrumentation/monitoring devices. Emphasis is placed on the recognition of assessment findings that deviate from normal. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H. 

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546 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Neonate
This course provides a theoretical and practical knowledge of pathophysiology as it applies to the advanced nursing care of newborns and infants with acute and/or chronic illness or at risk for health problems from a high risk pregnancy. Consequences of the intensive care environment and abnormal physiology on the normal development of the fetus, newborn and infant will be addressed. Analysis of the impact of diagnostics and assessment findings enables the student to develop diagnostic reasoning by interpreting changes in normal function that result in symptoms indicating illness. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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547 Advanced Neonatal Pharmacotherapeutics
This course focuses on providing students with an in-depth understanding of pharmacotherapeutics and clinical uses of specific drug groups related to the care and management of neonates in the intensive care nursery. Emphasis is placed on indications for correct drug choice, usual dose, routes of administration pharmacological mechanisms in association with drug interactions, adverse effects, and contraindications for use are included as a basis for clinical judgments in managing the sick neonate. Specific problems inherent in drug therapy in the neonate and implication for nutritional support and pain management will be discussed. The course also provides essential information needed to obtain prescriptive authority for neonatal nurse practitioner. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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549 Neonatal Management I
This course focuses on the synthesis and application of knowledge regarding the health problems of the critically ill and high-risk neonate in the neonatal intensive care unit. Students demonstrate an understanding of essential intensive care nursery concepts, skill, and equipment necessary for completing direct bedside assessment and care of neonates in a safe manner. The theoretical basis, indications and complications for these skills are emphasized. The use of specific interventions and diagnostic procedures are demonstrated and applied during the 32 hrs of required clinical activities. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H. (2.5/.5)

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550 Neonatal Management II
This course focuses on the synthesis and application of knowledge regarding the health problems of the critically ill and high-risk neonate in the neonatal intensive care unit. Students demonstrate an understanding of essential intensive care nursery concepts, skill, and equipment necessary for completing direct bedside assessment and care of neonates in a safe manner. The theoretical basis, indications and complications for these skills are emphasized. During the 32 clinical hours in this course, students will be able to assess neonates, round with physicians, and complete procedures with an experienced NNP. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, 516, 546, 547 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H. (2.5/.5)

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630 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Practicum
The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Practicum focuses on developing clinical competency in the advanced practice role and in the stabilization, management and evaluation of the high risk neonate. By using the process of expert practice, consultation, collaboration, administration, and research utilization, the student will provide advanced nursing management of a caseload of high-risk newborn/infants and their families over a minimum of 640 hours. The experience is accomplished under the guidance of NNP program faculty. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 516, 544, 545, 546, 547, 549, 550 or consent of instructor. 10 S.H. (0/10)

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Nursing Management Leadership Option

553 Health Policy, Law, & Regulation
This course provides an advanced perspective on socioeconomic, political, legal, ethical, and global factors that influence nursing and healthcare delivery. Important issues present in the U.S. healthcare system will be critically analyzed. Issues include cost, quality, access, payment systems, health information management, and delivery models. The leadership role of the master's prepared nurse in designing strategies for enhancing health outcomes for diverse populations is also examined. Prerequisites: 500, 508, 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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554 Human Resource Management
This course explores human resources management in health care organizations. The overarching goal of the course is to help students develop an understanding of the concept of strategic human resources management, and the need for alignment between HR practices and an organization's strategy and mission as well as nursing standards and practice policies. The course is organized around the employee lifecycle and covers fundamental human resource functions, including: job analysis, recruiting and selection, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, and employee retention. The course also includes a thorough review of the legal and regulatory environment of human resources management. Prerequisites: 500, 508, 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.

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558 Managed Care and Integrated Delivery Systems
This course provides an authoritative and comprehensive overview of the key strategic, tactical, and operational aspects of managed health care and health insurance. Managed health care in Medicare and Medicaid at both the corporate and hospital level will be examined. Course content focuses on important topics such as patient safety, HIPAA, ambulatory care center design and planning, healthcare information systems, and management of nursing systems. A historical overview and a discussion of taxonomy and functional differences between different forms of managed health care which provide the framework for the operational aspects of the industry will be addressed as well. Prerequisites: 500, 508, 516, 544, 548, 552, or consent of instructor.3 S.H.

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614 Management Practicum with Capstone Project
This course provides students with the opportunity to synthesize and apply their understanding of nursing management and leadership within and across complex integrated organizational and institutional boundaries. In this culminating experience, students plan, execute, and evaluate nursing practice within the context of the practice setting(s) or among a specific population of interest within the organization or in communities. The practicum provides the student an opportunity to operationalize the leadership role in appropriate agencies and facilities in conjunction with an expert nursing leader. A capstone project involving a topic of interest to both the student and the organization will be initiated. The project will focus on an identified need in the practicum setting or meet an identified need, based on national or local health initiatives. The project will culminate in a final paper which includes a literature review, methodology, and comprehensive analysis and reporting of results. Prerequisites: 500, 508, 516, 544, 548, 552, 553, 554, and 558, or consent of instructor.6 S.H. (0/6)

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