Nursing Course Descriptions

NUR 500 - Health Assessment (3-4 hours)
Systematic method for collecting data used in holistic health assessment of children and adults. Interviewing techniques for history taking; physical assessment skills. Prerequisite: R.N. with B.S. major in nursing; or R.N. with consent of instructor.

NUR 501 - Nursing Theories: Analysis and Development (3 hours)
Analysis of theoretical models. Emphasis on assessment and implications of models for advanced professional nursing practice and research. Prerequisite: nursing major.

NUR 505 - Leadership in the Health Care System (3 hours)
Leadership theory: role of the nurse as a leader, colleague, and consultant in health care systems. Prerequisite: nursing major.

NUR 510 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare (3 hours)
Legal and ethical issues that influence the practice of advanced nursing and leadership in health care systems. Critical assessment of the ethical implications of law and public policy in health care. Case studies. Prerequisite: Nursing major, or consent of instructor and department chair.

NUR 526 - Evidence Based Practice (3 hours)
Allows the learner to explore theories related to the generation of evidence, Research Utilization (RU), and Evidence Based Practice (EBP). Issues from practice areas are identified, developed, and refined into a researchable project. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only

NUR 530 - Advanced Health Assessment,Pathophysiology, & Pharmacology (3 hours)
Pathophysiological processes of selected disease conditions that are commonly encountered in nursing practice settings are examined. Principles of pharmacology as they apply to these selected disease conditions are investigated. Health assessment findings of these selected disease conditions are analyzed. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only

NUR 533 - International Health and Nursing (3 hours)
Study of health care systems and nursing in a foreign country in selected hospitals, health care settings, and universities. Establishing health care professional and research networks. Cross-listed as NUR 433. Not open to students with credit in NUR 433.

NUR 600 - Advanced Health Assessment (3 hours)
Systematic method for collecting data used in holistic health assessment of persons throughout the lifespan and in various healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on interviewing techniques for history taking and advanced physical assessment skills. Prerequisite: R.N. with BSN; or R.N. with consent of instructor.

NUR 603 - Health Promotion in Populations (3 hours)
Focuses on core concepts in health and health promotion for groups, communities, and populations. There are two inter-related goals for this course. (1) Provide students with a basic understanding of the principles and determinants of population health with an emphasis on the tools provided by basic epidemiology for understanding health in populations. (2) Provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the steps needed to develop, implement, and evaluate population-based health promotion and illness prevention programs. Prerequisite: Nursing Majors only or consent of instructor

NUR 615 - Health Informatics (3 hours)
Introduces the learner to concepts in health informatics and provides the foundation for practice in the healthcare technology field. Explores healthcare data, clinical information management systems, security, personal productivity applications, consumer informatics, legal issues, and professional skills, knowledge, and certifications related to health informatics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing

NUR 625 - DNP Practice Seminar I (1 hour)
Provides for a student-initiated endeavor culminating in a scholarly proposal. The project will provide an opportunity for leadership in healthcare policy resulting in safe and effective nursing and healthcare practice. An emphasis on healthcare financing, regulation, and/or delivery is required. Students will choose a clinical setting to assess the needs of healthcare providers, consumers, and stakeholders in the development of the proposal. Student will choose and collaborate with a faculty project advisor and committee of scholars and experts in the field. Prerequisite: DNP Majors only and NUR 700 and 720

NUR 630 - Nursing Administration I (Theory) (3 hours)
Theories, concepts, and principles from nursing and related disciplines as a foundation for nursing administration. Theories of change, role, adaptation, need, and leadership as related to nursing management. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only; NUR 501, 505 Corequisite: NUR 631 or consent of department chair

NUR 631 - Nursing Administration I (Practicum) (3 hours)
Practicum applying concepts, theories, and principles from NUR 630. Use of relevant research findings. Advanced practice in management. Prerequisite: NUR 501, 505. Corequisite: NUR 630 or consent of department chair.

NUR 632 - Nursing Administration II (Theory) (3 hours)
Advanced concepts and principles relevant to external and internal nursing organizational situations including power, authority, and politics. Review of various organizational patterns and their relationship to nursing personnel management, budgeting, public relations, leadership style, and research. Prerequisite: NUR 630, 631. Corequisite: NUR 633 or consent of department chair.

NUR 633 - Nursing Administration II (Practicum) (3 hours)
Practicum applying advanced concepts, theories, and principles from NUR 632. Use of management skills such as staffing, budgeting, and developing positive public relations. Prerequisite: NUR 630, 631 Corequisite: NUR 632 or consent of department chair.

NUR 638 - Principles of FNP Practice I: Acute/Chronic (3 hours)
Basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner's roles and responsibilities in caring for adult clients with select acute and chronic illness. Prerequisite: Family Nurse Practitioners majors only

NUR 639 - Healthcare Clinical Practicum I (3 hours)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to adult clients with acute and chronic disorders. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences. Prerequisite: Family Nurse Practitioners majors only; NUR 638 Corequisite: NUR 638

NUR 640 - Healthcare Policy (3 hours)
Explores health policy development and implementation and its impact on healthcare regulation, delivery, and finance. There is a focus on wellness and promotion of health for local, national, and worldwide health initiatives. Students will define healthcare provider roles in health promotion, healthcare delivery, and quality improvement through activities related to health policy reform and finance.

NUR 642 - Principles of FNP Practice II: Acute/Chronic (3 hours)
Basic principles and concepts of advanced nurse practitioner's roles and responsibilities of caring for adult clients with acute and chronic disorders. Prerequisite: Family Nurse Practitioners majors only; NUR 638

NUR 643 - Healthcare Clinical Practicum II (3 hours)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to adult clients with acute and chronic disorders. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences. Prerequisite: Family Nurse Practitioners majors only

NUR 644 - Principles of FNP Practice III: Women's Health (3 hours)
Basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner's roles and responsibilities in caring for women from adolescence through adulthood. Prerequisite: Family Nurse Practitioners majors only

NUR 645 - Healthcare Clinical Practicum III Women's Health (3 hours)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to women from adolescence through adulthood. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences. Prerequisite: Family Nurse Practitioner majors only

NUR 646 - Principles of FNP Practice IV: Children (3 hours)
Basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner's roles and responsibilities in caring for infants, children, and adolescents. Prerequisite: Family Nurse Practitioners majors only

NUR 647 - Healthcare Clinical Practicum IV Children (3 hours)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to infants, children, and adolescents. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum. Prerequisite: Family Nurse Practitioners majors only

NUR 648 - Principles of FNP Practice V: Aging Adult Populations (3 hours)
Basic principles and concepts of the advanced nurse practitioner's roles and responsibilities in caring for the aging adult clients. Prerequisite: Family Nurse Practitioners majors only

NUR 649 - Healthcare Clinical Practicum V Aging Adult (3 hours)
This practicum course focuses on the delivery of advanced nursing care to aging adult clients. Various practicum settings with diverse populations will be utilized for practicum experiences. Prerequisite: Family Nurse Practitioners majors only

NUR 651 - Advanced Pharmacology I (3 hours)
Provides the student with the knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, and pharmacologically manage the treatment of common health problems in a safe, high-quality, and cost-effective manner. Prerequisite: Graduate Nursing Majors only or consent of Department Chair

NUR 652 - Advanced Pharmacology II (3 hours)
Students study and apply general principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of medications used in areas of advanced practice nursing specialties. Further in-depth study will focus on the pharmacologic selection of client populations exhibiting various coexisting disease and pathophysiologies. Prerequisite: NUR 651

NUR 660 - Seminar in Nursing Education (3 hours)
Application of educational theories and techniques for the nurse educator. Prerequisite: ETE 651 or ETE 655.

NUR 661 - Nursing Education Practicum I (3 hours)
Application of nursing educational theories, principles, and techniques in the classroom and clinical settings. Prerequisite: NUR 660 or concurrent enrollment.

NUR 662 - Nursing Education Practicum II (3 hours)
Application of nursing educational theories, principles, and techniques in the staff development setting. Prerequisite: NUR 660, NUR 661 or consent of department chair. Corequisite: NUR 660, NUR 661 or consent of department chair.

NUR 689 - Independent Research (1-6 hours)
Readings, research, or project complementing the student's program of study. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

NUR 690 - Professional Aspects of Advanced Nursing Practice (1 hour)
Designed for the nurse to explore the professional aspects and challenges associated with advanced practice nursing. Tailored to meet the needs of a variety of specialties including a focus upon organizational, systems, and population strategies. Prerequisite: Family Nurse Practitioners majors only

NUR 697 - Capstone Project in Nursing (0-3 hours)
A student-initiated endeavor that culminates in a scholarly project, which synthesizes advanced practice knowledge and skills to address a current nursing practice issue related to chosen advanced practice field of study. May be repeated for a maximum of three semester hours. Prerequisite: NUR 526

NUR 700 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 hours)
Provides a theoretical analysis of nursing and the natural and social sciences for application as frameworks for research, practice, education, and quality healthcare delivery. Prerequisite: DNP Majors only or consent of Department Chair

NUR 720 - Methods in Evidence Based Practice (3 hours)
Introduces the learner to theories related to Research Utilization (RU) and Evidence-based Practice (EBP) and provides opportunities to explore issues and refine questions related to quality and cost-effective healthcare delivery for the best client outcomes. Methods to collect evidence, plan changes for the transformation of practice, and evaluate quality improvement methods will be discussed. Emphasis on best practice based on evidence and preferences of the client. Prerequisite: DNP Majors only and ELH 510 or consent of Department Chair

NUR 725 - DNP Practice Seminar II (2 hours)
Provides for a student-initiated endeavor culminating in implementation of a scholarly proposal. The project will provide an opportunity for leadership in healthcare policy resulting in safe and effective nursing and healthcare practice. Students will refine their proposals and implement their projects in the chosen clinical setting to meet the needs of healthcare providers, consumers, and stakeholders by assuring safe and cost-effective care. Students will demonstrate leadership in the practice setting and serve in the role of educator, consultant, and change agent. Prerequisite: DNP Majors Only and NUR 625, 700, 720, 730, BMA 630, 672, ECO 603, and ATG 603

NUR 730 - Ethics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 hours)
Provides participants with opportunities to critically analyze ethical issues that arise in practice, research, education, and administration and their intersection with one's personal values. Discussions will also include the legal obligations which freq Prerequisite: DNP Majors only

NUR 735 - Leadership in Advance Nursing Practice (3 hours)
Emphasizes organizational and system leadership strategies for the advanced practice nurse with an emphasis on productivity in emerging practice environment. Improvement of health outcomes, patient safety, and inter-professional collaboration will be included. Prerequisite: Doctor of Nursing Practice majors only

NUR 825 - DNP Practice Seminar III (3 hours)
Provides for a student-initiated endeavor culminating in implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of a scholarly project. The project will provide opportunities for leadership and advocacy in healthcare policy development. Students will implement, evaluate, and disseminate their project in the chosen clinical setting to meet the needs of healthcare providers, consumers, and stakeholders in assuring safe and cost-effective care. Students will demonstrate leadership in the dissemination of project findings through publication and presentation. Prerequisite: DNP Majors only and NUR 625, 700, 705, 720, 725, 730, BMA 630, 672, ECO 603, and ATG 603

NUR 840 - DNP Clinical Practice (0-3 hours)
Designed for the nurse to complete practicum hours required to achieve the practice doctorate. Tailored to meet the needs of a variety of specialty areas depending upon the educational backgrounds of participants. Students enrolled in this course will implement professional and leadership roles of the practice doctorate in their specialty areas. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 semester hours. Prerequisite: Doctor of Nursing Practice majors only