NURS500 Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3 semester hours)

Advanced practice nurses must integrate evidence-based principles into their daily practice, and promote research-based decision-making in themselves and others. This course focuses on the critical analysis of research and its application to current nursing practice. Ethical issues in the design and conduct of research are addressed.

NURS502 Population-Based Healthcare (3 semester hours)

Advance practice nurses must have knowledge and skills to meet challenges involved in providing effective and equitable care to diverse populations of citizens. Students build on baccalaureate-level knowledge to learn effective ways to bring leadership to national and global population health issues. Topics include cultural and ethical identity, genetics and genomics, socio-economic considerations, and public health.

NURS503 Theory and Application to Nursing Practice (3 semester hours)

Advanced practice nurses must have a sound understanding of the ways in which theory influences contemporary nursing practice. Using a variety of methodologies and classroom activities, students analyze theoretical frameworks and apply them to clinical practice to influence the safe delivery of patient care.

NURS504 Informatics and Technology (3 semester hours)

Rapidly changing healthcare systems demand that advanced practice nurses possess knowledge of the effective use of informatics and technology to enhance patient care in a variety of settings. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve patient outcomes through effective use of these technological resources. Topics include electronic medical records, data analysis, safe management of patient care technology, health literacy, and related ethical issues.

NURS505 Healthcare Systems and Health Policy (3 semester hours)

The advanced practice nurse must promote health, influence the health delivery system, and participate in policy advocacy in order to improve the healthcare outcomes of populations. Students examine the effect of legal and regulatory processes on healthcare delivery at the institutional, local, state and federal levels. Topics include healthcare economics and finance, quality improvement, patient safety, and political advocacy.

NURS506 Leadership for Advanced Practice Roles (3 semester hours)

Today’s nurse leaders must possess the essential communication, critical-thinking and decision-making skills required to effectively manage teams providing high quality healthcare to diverse populations. This course addresses issues related to inter-professional collaboration, quality improvement initiatives, data-driven decision making, leadership and communication styles and their effect on interaction with members of healthcare teams.

NURS601 Advanced Health Assessment (3 semester hours)

This course builds on the undergraduate foundation in health assessment and provides the foundation for the advanced practice role of the nurse educator. Teaching methodologies facilitate development of skills in conducting comprehensive and systematic assessments of patients throughout the lifespan. This includes physical and psychosocial assessment, risk assessment, and functional assessment in diverse populations.

NURS603 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 semester hours)

This course builds on the undergraduate knowledge of pathophysiological conditions of patients throughout the lifespan. Using a variety of theories and frameworks, students use clinical reasoning to evaluate ambiguous and complex clinical presentations. Teaching methodologies facilitate the integration of patient, family and community preferences to promote delivery of patient-centered care delivery at the advanced practice level.

NURS605 Advanced Pharmacology (3 semester hours)

This course builds on the undergraduate knowledge of pharmacology and the relationship of pharmacological therapies to patient health and outcomes. Students study the actions and effects of medications as well as complementary and alternative therapies on the human system across the life span Students discuss the role of the advanced practice nurse educator in ensuring safe medication practice in a variety of settings.

NURS606 Nursing Curriculum Development, Assessment and Evaluation (3 semester hours)

This course will provide the student with the theoretical basis of curriculum development, assessment and evaluation. Students will focus on the process of curriculum design and development; integrating these concepts into the economic, social, regulatory, technological, and ethical influences and trends which impact current nursing practice. (Prerequisite: ALL CORE COURSES IN THE PROGRAM and NURS601 and NURS603 and NURS605)

NURS610 Learner-Centered Teaching Methodologies (3 semester hours)

The nurse educator must be proficient in developing and designing curriculum supportive of diverse learners in a variety of settings. This course introduces students to theoretical models and teaching methodologies to create stimulating learner-centered environments in both clinical and academic settings. This course explores the pedagogy of delivering effective nursing curricular content in learning environments that combine face-to-face and distance formats (blended learning) and those that deliver instruction completely online.

NURS620 Educational Assessment and Evaluation for Nurse Educators (3 semester hours)

The evaluation of learning is a critical component of advanced practice nursing education. This course explores the strategies and models that nurse educators use to evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching. Students use evaluation data to improve and revise curriculum. Content in this course is applicable to audiences in both academic and clinical education environments.

NURS653 Leading Nursing into the Future (3 semester hours)

Advanced practice nurses must assume leadership roles in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Nurses must lead inter-professional teams to foster the delivery of safe and efficient patient care to diverse populations. This course explores the future of nursing and healthcare, using current and updated course materials and readings to provide a rich venue for learning and discussion.

NURS697 Nurse Educator Practicum (4 semester hours)

This practicum provides nurse educator students the opportunity to apply specialized learning essential to strengthen and advance their own nursing practice in a particular area or focus in a direct-care role. Students work with the practicum coordinator and faculty to identify a qualified preceptor and to select the practicum site from a wide variety of clinical practice settings consistent with AACN’s Master’s Essentials (2011). 160 hours of clinical practice are required for completion of this practicum. All core and specialty courses must be completed before taking this course.

NURS698 Nurse Leader Practicum (4 semester hours)

The practicum is completed with a nurse leader in a selected setting where the student will develop proficiency to deliver quality cost-effective care; to participate in the implementation of care; and to assume a leadership role in the management of human, fiscal, and physical healthcare resources. Emphasis will be placed upon the application of complexity theory and systems thinking to effectively lead teams and promote change, as well enhancing business and financial judgment skills needed for the analysis of practice quality and costs.

NURS699 Evidence-Based Practice Capstone Project (3 semester hours)

In this capstone course, students will apply the knowledge acquired throughout their graduate study. They will develop an evidence-based project proposal relevant to a problem or issue in current professional nursing practice. Components include problem identification, thorough literature review, proposal of a solution, an implementation plan, a process of evaluation, and dissemination of findings. Proposals and research are appropriate to the student’s area of specialty study: education or leadership.