Health Sciences: Nursing Course Descriptions

Graduate 2020-2021

NUR 500 Health Assessment (3)
Corequisite(s): NUR 501, 515, 521
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 500A
This course presents the art and science of assessing the health of clients across the lifespan. The content addresses the purpose and method of obtaining a comprehensive holistic client database using a nursing assessment model. Strategies for drawing inferences about the health status of clients using epidemiological, social, and environmental data is discussed. The use of effective communication techniques to obtain assessment data is addressed. Deviations in health patterns are identified by comparing assessment data to norms, standards, and theories. Assessment findings are documented in a manner appropriate for an interdisciplinary health care community.

NUR 500A Health Assessment Lab (0)
Corequisite(s): NUR 501, 515, 521
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 500
This course is the lab component of NUR 500

NUR 501 Evidence-Based Primary Health Nursing with Chronically Ill Clients (5)
Corequisite(s): NUR 500, 515, 521
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 501A, 501C
This course introduces the student to clinical reasoning and the nursing process as a systematic method for determining the health care concerns of clients within the framework of primary health care. Content fundamental to primary prevention, secondary prevention, and implementation of therapeutic interventions related to common/chronic health care concerns is presented. Teaching principles are introduced and incorporated into the nursing process as a means of promoting health among clients of varying developmental stages and ethno-cultural backgrounds. Nursing care that facilitates the client's activities of daily living and that is consistent with the client's ethno-cultural values and beliefs is implemented. Application of the concepts and content fundamental to the practice of nursing is addressed in an on-campus skills laboratory and in clinical settings in the community. NUR 501C is the clinical component of NUR 501. Students have to pass NUR 500/500A to begin NUR 501C.

NUR 501A Evidence-Based Primary Health Care Nursing with Chronically Ill Clients LAB (0)
Corequisite(s): NUR 500, 515, 521
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 501, 501C
This course is the lab component of NUR 501

NUR 501C Evidence-Based Primary Health Care Nursing with Chronically Ill Clients Clinical (0)
Corequisite(s): NUR 500, 515, 521
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 501, 501A
This course is the clinical component of NUR 501

NUR 501S Serv Lrng:Evidence-Based Primary Health Nursing with Chronically Ill Clients (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 501
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

NUR 503 Evidence-Based Population Focused Primary Health Care (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 500, 501, 515, 521
Corequisite(s): NUR 506, 511, 512, 531
This course emphasizes promoting population-focused primary health care. Concepts from nursing and health, liberal arts and sciences, and the sociopolitical, cultural and economic dimensions of the community as a whole are synthesized in examining the idea of healthy communities. Emphasis is on community-identified capacities, the needs and diversity of individuals and communities, social issues and lifestyle choices. Students partner with professionals and residents in a community to analyze community assets and health problems.

NUR 504 Evidence-Based Primary Health Care Nursing with Women and Infants (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 503, 506, 511, 512, 531
Corequisite(s): NUR 505, 632, 710
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 514
This course explores the needs and health concerns of women across the life span and the unique needs of newborns in the first 28 days of life. Theoretical elements required to manage the health care of women and infants are discussed. Clinical reasoning and the nursing process are used within the primary health care framework to plan care for women which fosters health promotion, maintenance, and restoration, as they move through the preconceptual, prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, and perimenopausal periods of their lives. Assessment and care of the newborn is explored within a family-centered care context. High-risk maternity disorders are discussed; the role of the nurse as part of the interdisciplinary team is emphasized. Current nursing and related scientific research is discussed in relation to current practice. Community concepts include non-acute care birth settings, postpartum/newborn care at home, and epidemiological concepts related to women and childbearing.

NUR 505 Evidence-Based Primary Health Care Nursing with Children and Families (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 503, 506, 511, 512, 531
Corequisite(s): NUR 504, 632, 710
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 514
This course explores the needs of pediatric clients and their families. Theoretical elements required to manage the pediatric client experiencing a variety of health alterations are discussed. Clinical reasoning and the nursing process are used within the primary health care framework to plan developmentally appropriate care which fosters health promotion, maintenance, and restoration. High-risk pediatric and neonatal issues are discussed; the role of the nurse as part of the interdisciplinary team is emphasized. Current nursing and related scientific research in pediatrics is discussed in relation to current practice. Professional issues related to the professional pediatric nurse are explored. Community concepts including home visit process, referrals, resources, school-based nursing and public health concerns related to the pediatric client and family are discussed.

NUR 506 Evidence-Based Primary Health Care Nursing with Mentally Ill (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 500, 501, 515, 521
Corequisite(s): NUR 503, 511, 531
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 512
This course explores the needs of mental health clients and their families. Theoretical elements required to manage the mental health client experiencing a variety of health alterations are discussed. Clinical reasoning and the nursing process are used within the primary health care framework to plan developmentally appropriate care which fosters health promotion, maintenance, and restoration. The role of the nurse as part of the interdisciplinary team is emphasized. Current nursing and related scientific research in mental health is discussed in relation to current practice. Professional issues related to the professional mental health nurse are explored. Community concepts including home visit process, referrals, resources, and public health concerns related to the mental health client and family are discussed.

NUR 508 Evidence-Based Primary Health Care Nursing with Critically Ill Clients (6)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 514
Corequisite(s): NUR 640
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 508A, 508C
This course focuses on using clinical reasoning and the nursing process to care for clients experiencing conditions that are life threatening and/or involve multiple body systems. Complex medical-surgical conditions in adults are discussed in terms of pathophysiology, etiology, diagnosis, and treatments that are based on current research. Content focuses on acute and rehabilitation phases of these conditions and use of advanced technology and resources in the hospital, home, and community settings. The role of the nurse in the care of clients with these conditions is emphasized within the context of the liberal arts and sciences, nursing theories, research and advanced technology within a primary health care environment. Competencies in communication with diverse populations, leadership and management, delegation, coordination and evaluation of client care, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary collaboration are enhanced. A clinical rotation in an intensive care unit will provide practical application of this high risk content.

NUR 508A Evidence-Based Primary Health Care Nursing with Critically Ill Clients LAB (0)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 514
Corequisite(s): NUR 640
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 508, 508C
This course is the lab component of NUR 508

NUR 508C Evidence-Based Primary Health Care Nursing with Critically Ill Clients Clinical (0)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 514
Corequisite(s): NUR 509, 510, 640
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 508, 508A
This course is the clinical component of NUR 508

NUR 509 Primary Health Care Preceptorship (5)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 508
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 510
In this final clinical course, students will work one-on-one under the guidance of a professional nurse in an acute care facility. Clinical reasoning, increased initiative and independence in caring for clients, and the ability to synthesize bodies of data to provide evidence-based care are emphasized. Students demonstrate that they met the course outcomes by doing an integrative project that combines clinical reasoning and professional competence.

NUR 510 Primary Health Care Seminar (1)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 508,NUR 640
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 509
This seminar is designed to be a synthesizing experience which blends theory with clinical practice from the student's preceptorship. Personal development, socialization into the professional role and career goals will be examined. Preparation for the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) will be reinforced for entry into practice.

NUR 511 Evidence-Based Primary Health Care Nursing with Acutely Ill Clients (4)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 500, 501, 515, 521
Corequisite(s): NUR 503, 506, 531
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 512
This course is a continuation of NUR 501 and is taken concurrently with NUR 512 which provides a clinical application of the content. The focus of the course is illness intervention and health management with individuals experiencing medical/surgical problems. Current research, standards of care, and clinical pathways are considered when discussing a variety of conditions. Conditions and therapeutic nursing care are discussed within a nursing process framework, emphasizing pathophysiology, theory, evidence-based practice, and interdisciplinary aspects of patient care.

NUR 512 Evidence-Based Primary Health Care Clinical with Acutely Ill Clients (4)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 500, 501, 515, 521
Corequisite(s): NUR 503, 506, 531
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 506, 511
This course is a co-requisite for NUR 511 and NUR 506 and provides a practical application of its content. The focus of the course is illness intervention and health management with individuals experiencing medical/surgical/mental health problems in the acute care setting. Emphasis is placed on developing assessment skills, making clinical judgments, and implementing safe, effective nursing care. Students use critical thinking and communication skills to implement therapeutic nursing interventions in clients with acute/chronic conditions.

NUR 514 Primary Health Care Clinical (4)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 506, 511, 512, 531
Corequisite(s): NUR 632, 710
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 504, 505
This course involves clinical experiences in three areas: maternity, pediatric, and medical surgical nursing. The focus of the course is on using clinical reasoning and the nursing process within the primary health care framework to provide nursing care to clients across the life span in a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. Using communication and critical thinking skills, the student works in partnership with others to provide holistic health care to identified clients from culturally and socio-economically diverse settings.

NUR 515 Professional Roles and Issues (3)
Corequisite(s): NUR 500, 501, 521
This course introduces the student to the profession of nursing as it exists as an art and a science in contemporary health care settings. The evolution of nursing and current trends/issues are explored as the basis for the practice of professional nursing in today's health care arena. The role of the nurse as a professional partnering within interprofessional teams in the workplace is emphasized. Ethical, legal, regulatory, and professional standards are analyzed as a basis for nursing practice.

NUR 521 Pharmacology/Medication Administration (5)
Corequisite(s): NUR 500, NUR 501/501A/501C, NUR 515
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 521A
This course examines mechanisms of drug action, indications, contraindications, adverse effects, and interactions of major contemporary drugs. Nursing interventions related to evaluation of drug appropriateness, administration, management of side effects/adverse effects, evaluation of effectiveness and patient education are explored. Effects of drug therapy on health promotion, health maintenance, and restoration are emphasized. Current evidence about pharmacologic therapy medication administration will be discussed in relation to current practice. Emphasis will focus on the care of clients receiving medication across the life span and in culturally and socioeconomically diverse settings. Techniques involved in the calculation of drug dosages, regulation and maintenance of controlled substances, I.V. therapy and administration of medications in parenteral and non-parenteral forms are presented and practiced. Professional issues related to the role of the professional nurse in medication administration are explored.

NUR 521A Pharmacology/Medication Administration LAB (0)
Corequisite(s): NUR 500, 501, 515
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 521
This course is the lab component of NUR 521

NUR 521B Pharmacology/Medication Administration (4)
Corequisite(s): NUR 500,NUR 501,NUR 515
Concurrent requisite(s): NUR 521A
This course examines mechanisms of drug action, indications, contraindications, adverse effects, and interactions of major contemporary drugs. Nursing interventions related to evaluation of drug appropriateness, administration, management of side effects/adverse effects, evaluation of effectiveness and patient education are explored. Effects of drug therapy on health promotion, health maintenance, and restoration are emphasized. Current evidence about pharmacologic therapy medication administration will be discussed in relation to current practice. Emphasis will focus on the care of clients receiving medication across the life span and in culturally and socioeconomically diverse settings. Techniques involved in the calculation of drug dosages, regulation and maintenance of controlled substances, I.V. therapy and administration of medications in parenteral and non-parenteral forms are presented and practiced. Professional issues related to the role of the professional nurse in medication administration are explored.

NUR 531 Foundations of Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 500, 501, 515, 521
Corequisite(s): NUR 503, 506, 511, 512
This course is designed to help students explore the development of nursing knowledge through theory and research. An overview of philosophical and historical influences on the development of theory and research in nursing and related fields are explored. Processes to critique, evaluate and utilize theories and research findings are discussed. Students explore the foundational concepts and processes of meaningful, rigorous research within the context of clinical phenomena. Students have the opportunity to apply and practice these processes throughout the course through analytical reviews of relevant research. The role of the nurse researcher in promoting evidence-based practice and making the connection between theory, science and practice is emphasized.

NUR 552 Master of Nursing Independent Study (1-3)
Independent study under the guidance of a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) faculty member to meet stated objectives. This course is designed to enrich the learning of the MSN student. Students develop a proposal with desired goals for the experience. Written permission of School Dean and MSN faculty member required.

NUR 552E Master of Nursing Independent Study (1-3)
Independent study under the guidance of a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) faculty member to meet stated objectives. This course is designed to enrich the learning of the MSN student. Students develop a proposal with desired goals for the experience. Written permission of School Dean and MSN faculty member required.

NUR 632 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice and Translational Science (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 531
Corequisite(s): NUR 504, 505, 514, 710
This course builds on concepts learned in NUR 531 and emphasizes the critical appraisal and application of research findings to improve outcomes. Translational science including the development and analysis of data is discussed. Evidence based practice including identification of a clinical issue, formulation of a researchable question, and performing an effective/efficient search for sound evidence is explored. Students will search for the best evidence on a clinical issue and develop a plan to implement an evidence based practice change.

NUR 640 Health Care Policy (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 710
Corequisite(s): NUR 508
The purpose of this course is for the student to gain a historical, political, economic, social, and financial perspective on the health care system in the United States. Delivery of health care, health care policies, financing of health care, and health care reform will be discussed with an emphasis on the leadership role nurses can take in affecting the health care system. Areas of exploration include: cost containment, managed care, social justice issues, legislative and regulatory controls, globalization and ethical/legal issues.

NUR 700 Advanced Pathopharmacology (3)
This course examines physiologic and pathologic changes in body systems in response to disease states and discusses principles essential for the advanced practice nurse when implementing pharmacotherapy to these patients. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of changes in normal functions which may be indicative of a disease state or a response to pharmacologic therapy. Pathogenesis and compensatory mechanisms for major disease states are examined. Current evidence related to pathologic changes in disease and treatment is analyzed. Ethical, legal, and regulatory concerns related to pharmacotherapy are discussed. Strategies for single and multiple drugs treatments are evaluated. Issues in pharmacotherapy such as access, cost effectiveness, and safety are also examined.

NUR 701 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
This course focuses on the acquisition of a comprehensive client database, incorporating a health history and an advanced health assessment for management of a client throughout the lifespan. This course builds upon prior knowledge and experience with anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and basic health assessment skills. Pathophysiological changes as well as psychosocial, ethnic, cultural, and developmental variations relevant to the client/family are also considered. Emphasis is placed on applying strategies for critical analysis and diagnostic reasoning.

NUR 702 Clinical Specialty Practicum (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 700, 701
This course provides students with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge from previous MSN advanced practice courses and to apply them in an actual practice setting. Settings are collaboratively selected by the student and faculty advisor to meet the student's learning needs. An individualized learning contract is developed to guide the student's experience. During these intensive immersion experiences, students master advanced patient care delivery skills, acquire knowledge of organizational dynamics, and further explore advanced practice roles. Students also develop a foundation for their future professional career trajectory.

NUR 704 Clinical Nurse Leader Roles and Ethical Considerations (3)
This course provides an overview of the clinical nurse leader (CNL) role, from its inception, to the current health care environment, and beyond. Students will evaluate roles and responsibilities of the CNL at the microsystem level of clinical practice, to optimize individual patient health outcomes. Concepts of intra- and interprofessional collaboration, social justice, ethical leadership, sound fiscal stewardship, and communication strategies, utilized by the CNL in improving patient outcomes, will be explored.

NUR 705 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
This course examines physiologic and pathologic changes in body systems in response to disease states. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of cellular changes in normal functions which may be indicative of a disease state or a response to pharmacologic therapy. Pathogenesis and compensatory mechanisms for major disease states are examined. Concepts related to disease management are emphasized. Current research related to pathologic changes in disease and treatment is analyzed.

NUR 706 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
This course examines mechanisms of drug action, indications, therapeutic effects, adverse effects, and contraindications of major drug classes as well as nursing interventions. Pharmacotherapy in special populations and complex cases is emphasized. Strategies for single and multiple drugs treatments are evaluated and implemented. Issues in pharmacotherapy such as access, cost effectiveness, and safety are also examined. Evidence-based decision making in pharmacotherapy is emphasized. Ethical, legal, and regulatory concerns related to pharmacotherapy are discussed.

NUR 707 Managing and Advocating for Vulnerable Patients (3)
The focus of this course is on the nurse leading, designing, coordinating and managing care as part of an interprofessional team to improve patient outcomes. Skills and abilities needed to assume a horizontal leadership role at the microsystem level, such as communication, delegation, collaboration, negotiation, are reviewed and practiced. The principles and processes of case management are included as a tool for the nurse to coordinate patient-centered care, while considering quality, safety, cost containment, ethics, cultural sensitivity, technology, and available resources.

NUR 708 Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion (6)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 701, 705, 706
In this culminating course of the program students identify an evidence-based practice project related to the CNL role and improving patient outcomes on a clinical unit. Advanced clinical practice in the CNL role forms the basis of this immersion project. The project should represent an innovative response to a specific need in a patient population.

NUR 710 Exploring Leadership in Nursing (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 503, NUR 506, NUR 511, NUR 512, NUR 531
Corequisite(s): NUR 504, NUR 505, NUR 514, NUR 632
In this course students explore a multitude of leadership concepts and theories in-depth. Students examine the role and responsibilities of the nurse leader working in interprofessional teams emphasizing the abilities and processes needed to create the future of nursing. The focus is on developing his or her personal style of leadership in the context of the challenges facing nursing in a changing health care environment.

NUR 720 Teaching & Learning Theories and Strategies (3)
This course provides an introduction to the principles of teaching and learning in nursing education. The student is introduced to general concepts in nursing education including teaching and learning theories, learning styles, active learning, and technology-assisted strategies. The student is encouraged to explore his or her own philosophy of teaching and learning and teaching style.

NUR 721 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (3)
This course provides a broad exploration of curriculum and course development in nursing education. The student has the opportunity to participate in all aspects of curriculum development from a faculty perspective including assuring congruency and internal consistency, writing outcomes, syllabus creation, and lesson planning.

NUR 722 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)
This course provides an overview of the principles of course and program evaluation. Program evaluation theory provides the foundation upon which course and program evaluation is built. The student learns all aspects of evaluation including test construction, test item analysis, course and clinical evaluation, program evaluation, and curricular and outcomes evaluation.

NUR 723 Nursing Education Practicum (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 720, 721, 722
In this course, the student will apply theory and knowledge from previous education and clinical coursework to teaching nurses/nursing students in a variety of settings. Individualized learning contracts are developed to guide the students' teaching experiences. This experience takes place under the supervision of an experienced nurse/faculty member and is intended to prepare the student for future teaching experiences in the areas in which they hope to be employed.

NUR 730 Human Resource Management for Nursing Administrators (3)
This course explores the practical knowledge needed to manage human resources in a healthcare setting. The focus is to deliver skills and knowledge to nurse administrators related to: recruitment; interviewing; hiring; termination; assessment and evaluation; development of personnel policies; benefits; and safety and health in the workplace.

NUR 731 Strategic Management in Nursing Administration (3)
This course explores concepts of strategic planning of healthcare systems. The focus is to deliver skills and knowledge to nurse administrators related to strategic planning. Concepts throughout the course include business concepts, trends, and issues facing a dynamic healthcare environment.

NUR 732 Organizational Management of Health Care Systems (3)
This course will explore organizational components involved in complex healthcare systems of today. Concepts throughout the course include organizational theory, organizational behavior, organizational innovation and change, organizational design and performance. The overall management role will be examined as it relates to each of the concepts.

NUR 733 Finance for Nurse Administrators (3)
This course explores the financial management of healthcare systems. The focus is to understand business and economic principles along with legal and political issues effecting healthcare financial management. Concepts throughout the course include business and economic principles, ethics, legalities, workload management, and forecasting.

NUR 734 Nurse Administration Practicum I (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 730, 731, 732, 733
In this course, the student will apply theory and knowledge from previous administration coursework in an organizational setting under the supervision of an experienced faculty member. Students identify principles of leadership, evidence-based practice decision-making models, negotiation, resource allocation, team coordination, and cultural awareness. Individual learning contracts guide the student's learning experiences. Settings are collaboratively selected by the student and faculty advisor to meet the student's learning needs.

NUR 735 Nursing Administration Practicum II (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 734
In this course, the student will synthesize theory and knowledge from previous coursework in an organizational setting under the supervision of an experienced faculty member. Students apply principles of leadership, evidence-based practice decision-making models, negotiation, resource allocation, team coordination, and cultural awareness. Individual learning contracts guide the student's learning experiences. Settings are collaboratively selected by the student and faculty advisor to meet the student's learning needs.

NUR 740 Integrative Project in Nursing Education (3)
In this culminating course of the program students identify an evidence-based practice project related to nursing education. Advanced clinical practice and educational theory and principles form the basis of this scholarly project. The project should represent an innovative response to an educational need.

NUR 741 Integrative Project in Nursing Administration (3)
In this culminating course of the program students identify an evidence-based practice project related to nursing administration. Organizational theory forms the basis of this scholarly project. The project should represent an innovative response to an administrative organizational need.

NUR 800 Theoretical & Philosophical Perspectives for Evidence Based Practice (3)
This course is designed to facilitate student exploration of the development of nursing knowledge and theory as a foundation for evidenced based practice. Historical events relevant to the development of nursing are analyzed. Empiric, aesthetic, ethical, personal, and emancipatory theory development in nursing and related disciplines is explored. Students will synthesize theoretical and philosophical knowledge to create a conceptual model for evidenced based nursing practice.

NUR 801 Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice (3)
This course focuses on the application of statistical concepts in the analysis of research for evidence based practice. Descriptive and inferential statistical tests are reviewed. Analysis of variance, regression, correlation and multivariate tests are emphasized. Concepts related to the application of statistical procedures for the appraisal of evidence are emphasized. Tests used in meta-analysis are also discussed. Common statistical software are explored to enhance the appraisal of evidence.

NUR 802 Evidence Based Practice (3)
This course emphasizes the critical appraisal and application of evidence to implement change and improve outcomes in practice. Evidence-based practice models will be explored including identification of a clinical issue, formulation of a researchable question, and performing an efficient search for sound evidence. Methodologies for the identification of practice problems and the evaluation and application of scientific evidence to practice issues will be proposed. Students will evaluate outcomes in a selected practice setting and develop a change project based on this outcome analysis.

NUR 803 Building Collaborative Relationships (3)
This course focuses on applying the skills needed to participate in and lead interprofessional teams in today's complex health care environment. Integration of advanced communication techniques, leadership skills, health care economics, and organizational issues are considered when evaluating health care practices. Negotiation, collaboration, interprofessional team development, and change are concepts central to this course presented in the context of leading care in complex healthcare delivery systems.

NUR 804 Global Health Care Policy (3)
This course examines health promotion needs of various patients and vulnerable populations. Cultural and ethnic identity, socio-economic conditions, emotional and spiritual needs and values of patients and populations locally, nationally, and globally are examined. Health care policy is evaluated for efficiency, effectiveness, and equity related to health disparities, culture, ethics, globalization, access, economics, and social justice. Students will evaluate health care policy to improve the health of individuals and populations.

NUR 805 Transforming Health Care Through Technology (3)
This course examines the use of information management systems to improve the safety, quality, cost-effectiveness, and coordination of health care. Students explore information systems technology used in today's health care organizations for quality improvement. The student is introduced to broad areas of information technology: use of patient care and other technologies to deliver and enhance care; communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care; data management to analyze and improve outcomes of care; and health information management for evidence-based care and health education. Students also examine information systems and patient care technologies in terms of ethics, legalities, regulatory issues, patient outcomes, cost, and ease of use. Consumer health information sources are evaluated for accuracy, timeliness, and appropriateness.

NUR 812 Epidemiology and Population Health (3)
This course provides an overview of global health through analysis of biostatistical data and application of the epidemiologic concepts related to populations at risk. The history of diseases, levels of prevention, cultural and socioeconomical determinants of health, host-agent-environment relationships and epidemiological research are explored in terms of promoting global health. Students will examine evidence-based strategies to promote health in the most vulnerable populations. The leadership role of the nurse in clinical prevention, improvement of population health, and elimination of health disparities of vulnerable populations is emphasized.

NUR 821 Strategic Management and Financial Controls of Health Care Organizations (3)
This course explores strategic management and financial controls of healthcare organizations. Various concepts of strategic management are examined. Concepts include formulation, implementation and strategy control of a strategic plan. Financial controls such as principles of finance and budgeting and trends in financial resource control in healthcare organizations are also explored.

NUR 823 Nursing Practicum I (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 800, NUR 801, NUR 802, NUR 803, NUR 804, NUR 805
In this course, the student will synthesize and expand on the knowledge learned from DNP course work by collaborating with experts in complex healthcare organizations. The practicum provides experiences to construct and integrate knowledge for advanced nursing practice at a high level of complexity. The experiences provide the context in which the final DNP product is completed. Individual practicum agreements guide the student's experiences.

NUR 824 Nursing Practicum II (3)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 823
In this course the student will synthesize and expand on the knowledge learned from DNP course work by collaborating with experts in complex healthcare organizations. The practicum provides experiences to construct and integrate knowledge at a high level of complexity. The experiences provide the context in which the final DNP product is completed. Individual practicum agreements guide the student's experiences.

NUR 825 Doctor of Nursing Practice Independent Study (1-3)
This course allows for the exploration of special topics or experiences of interest to individual students to enrich specific courses or expand on experiences requiring in-depth study. Students, in consultation with the faculty member assigned to the independent study, identify an area of study, establish objectives, and agree to a learning contract for credits earned. Students are expected to meet regularly with the faculty member for consultation and discussion. The faculty member has the responsibility for evaluating the student's achievement.

NUR 832 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project (6)
Prerequisite(s): NUR 824
This course focuses on the refinement, implementation, evaluation, and presentation of the scholarly DNP project designed to improve practice of patient outcomes. Students work collaboratively with committee members to conclude their course of study.