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

Advanced degree 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. (Prerequisite: NURS502)

NURS502 Population-Based Healthcare (3 semester hours)

This course examines how population-based theories and practice inform community/public nursing practice. An emphasis is placed on the ecology of health and the interconnectedness of the biological, behavioral, physical, and socio environmental domains. Students will analyze root causes of health disparities including cultural, political, social, racial, class, gender and economic factors and examine the role of social justice to improving population health. Strategies for collaboration and advocacy with diverse population and groups will be explored.

NURS504 Informatics and Technology (3 semester hours)

Rapidly changing healthcare systems demand that advanced degree 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. (Prerequisite: NURS502)

NURS505 Healthcare Systems and Health Policy (3 semester hours)

The advanced degree 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. (Prerequisite: NURS502)

NURS507 Leadership for the Master's Prepared Nurse (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 assessment skills required by the Nurse Educator. Teaching methodologies will facilitate the development of skills in conducting comprehensive and systematic assessments of patients throughout the lifespan. This will include physical and psychosocial assessment, risk assessment and functional assessments 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.

NURS604 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (3 semester hours)

This course builds on the undergraduate knowledge of pharmacology and the relationship of pharmacological therapies to patient health and outcomes, as well as pathophysiological conditions. Students study the actions and effects of medications as well as complementary and alternative therapies on the human system across the life span. Using a variety of theories and frameworks, students use clinical reasoning to evaluate ambiguous and complex clinical presentations. 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 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.

NURS695 Practicum in Nursing Education (3 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 for 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.

NURS696 Practicum in Nursing Leadership (3 semester hours)

This practicum is completed with a nurse leader in a selected setting and will apply the leadership theories and concepts essential to the nurse leader role. The practicum provides the student the opportunity to apply their learning to their area of interest. Students engage in leadership activities such as committees, staff education, or quality improvement projects. Students work with their faculty member to select the practicum site. 160 clinical hours are required for completion of this practicum. All core and specialty courses must be completed before taking this course.

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.