The following section provides course descriptions for courses offered and required in the Research College of Nursing Graduate Program. The number in parentheses following the course number and title indicates the semester credit hours for that course. The course delivery format is identified in parenthesis following the course description according to these definitions:

Classroom-based Course (CBC) – A face-to-face course with use of the campus Learning Management System (eg. Blackboard) for functions that may include document/resource repository, posting of student grades, or activities that complement class sessions without reducing the number and length of required class meetings.

Classroom Hybrid Course (CHC) – A course in which a significant portion (at least 30% but less than 75%) of face-to-face classroom time is reduced and replaced with online learning activities. Between 30% and 75% of instructional time occurs through online learning activities that may occur asynchronously or during the assigned course meeting time (synchronously).

Online Hybrid Course (OHC) – A course in which students meet face-to-face less than 25% of instructional time. Greater than 75% of instructional time occurs through online learning activities that may occur during the assigned course meeting time (synchronously) or asynchronously.

Online Synchronous Course (OSC) – All course activity is completed online, with specific dates and times assigned during the semester for students to complete assignments and to engage in online course sessions with the instructor and other students. The online elements include essential interactions with course content, the faculty member, and other students. There are no required physical face-to-face meetings at the university or a university-affiliated location.

Online Asynchronous Course (OAC) – All course activity is completed online, and there are no scheduled real-time (synchronous) online sessions required. The online elements include essential interactions with course content, the faculty member, and other students, with specific deadlines for students to complete assignments. There are no required physical face-to-face meetings at the university or a university-affiliated location.

NU 4102. Leadership and Professional Issues (3)

This course focuses on leadership and management concepts as they relate to the professional nursing role and the delivery of health care. Theories and evidence‐based practice supporting delivery of health care are examined. Topics such as resource management, risk management and quality improvement strategies are included. The economic and ethical impact of health care costs, market trends, and cost effective quality care are analyzed. Prerequisite: All program prerequisites as noted in M.S.N. Admission Policy (9 hrs. may be outstanding); NU 5021, NU 4212, NU 4232; Corequisites: NU5022, NU 4412. (OAC)

NU 4212. Community Health Nursing (3)

This course focuses on public health concepts and the nursing leadership role for the management of health of communities and global society. Factors that impact the community as client are analyzed. Frameworks for planning health education programs focus on health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention. To facilitate the management of health in communities, selected areas of study may include community assessment, epidemiology, environment, vulnerable populations, disaster management and global health. Prerequisites: All program prerequisites as noted in M.S.N. Admission Policy (9 hrs. may be outstanding); Corequisite: NU 5021, NU 4232. (OAC)

NU 4232. Community Health Nursing Practice (2)

This clinical practicum provides the opportunity for students to incorporate leadership skills and community concepts in a variety of community settings. The focus is on health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention programs with selected at risk populations. Activities may include assisting community agencies and organizations to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs that build upon previous nursing experience of the RN-M.S.N. student. Prerequisite: All program prerequisites as noted in M.S.N. Admission Policy (9 hrs. may be outstanding); Corequisites: NU 5021, NU 4212. (OAC)

NU 4412. Leadership in Professional Nursing Practice (2)

This clinical practicum provides the opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills from previous or current nursing courses through a focused clinical experience that builds upon previous nursing experience of the RN-M.S.N. student. This course culminates with leadership role acquisition relevant to the clinical site. The course provides for autonomous and collaborative functioning, which includes synthesis and integration of knowledge, skills, and attitudes requisite to professional nursing practice. All program prerequisites as noted in M.S.N. Admission Policy (9 hrs. may be outstanding); NU 5021, NU 4212, NU 4232; Corequisites: NU 5022, 4102. (OAC)

NU 5021 Transitions in Nursing I (2)

This course is designed to transition the associate degree or diploma prepared nurse to the role and scope of practice of the baccalaureate prepared nurse and to introduce basic concepts and skills needed in the Masters of Science in Nursing program. Embedded in this course are the concepts of basic professional writing: critical thinking, judgement and reasoning; information management and patient care technology; and interprofessional collaboration. Prerequisites: All program prerequisites as noted in M.S.N. Admission Policy (9 hrs. may be outstanding). (OAC)

NU 5022 Transitions in Nursing Practice II (2)

This course is designed to transition the associate degree or diploma prepared nurse to the role and scope of practice of the baccalaureate prepared nurse and to introduce basic concepts and skills needed in the Masters of Science in Nursing program. Embedded in this course are the concepts of clinical reasoning in evidence-based practice; basic organizational and systems leadership for care and care and safety; healthcare policy and finance; scholarship with evidence-based practice, and the B.S.N. and M.S.N. Essentials. Prerequisites: All program prerequisites as noted in M.S.N. Admission Policy (9 hrs. may be outstanding); NU 5022. (OAC)

NU 6200. Clinical Prevention and Population Health (3)

This course focuses on the common core knowledge necessary for integrating clinical prevention and population health into nursing practice. Building on previously-learned concepts, the issues of epidemiology and biostatistics, health disparities, health systems, health promotion efforts, and dissemination of relevant information to the public are explored. (OAC)

NU 6300. Informatics and Data Management (2)

This course provides an overview of nursing informatics and data management for advanced nursing roles. Technology-based health applications which support decision-making in all roles and settings will be emphasized. Examination of the technological, utility, and leadership competencies in nursing informatics will be included. Students will incorporate applicable theories and examine current trends and issues in using, designing, and managing health care information systems. Students will apply knowledge to analyze the design and implementation of health care information systems. (OAC)

NU 6400. Leadership and Quality in Healthcare Systems (3)

This course is designed to facilitate the development of leadership skills for advanced nursing practice to improve quality outcomes, interprofessional collaboration, and accountability in health care systems. Patient centered leadership roles are analyzed as they relate to quality health care delivery. Theories related to leadership and systems are discussed. Principles of patient safety and quality are examined. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse collaborating to improve outcomes. (OAC)

NU 6500. Promoting Health Through Policy and Finance (3)

The student will gain an understanding of the principles of healthcare economics, finance, and payment methods. The relationship between policy and health economics will be explored. Students will learn to advocate and affect change in systems while collaborating with stakeholders in order to influence policy at the institution, state, federal, or global level. Students will gain an understanding of the fiscal and ethical context in which they are practicing. Students will learn how advocacy, finance, and policy are linked to improve the health of a population. (OAC)

NU 6600. Translating Evidence into Practice (3)

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed for evidence-based practice (EBP) and quality improvement (QI) projects. Students are introduced to translation of scientific knowledge, theoretical frameworks, and outcomes evaluation. Strategies and models for EBP and QI are discussed. Students identify a clinical practice or micro-system problem related to their future advance nursing role. Students will synthesize the relevant evidence to the resolve a problem. Prerequisites: Undergraduate or graduate statistics course.(OAC)

NU 6990. Independent Study (.5 - 6)

This course is used to meet individual needs related to the required program of study. It provides guided study on selected topics and/or areas of nursing. Student learning objectives and activities are mutually developed between the student and faculty member. Prerequisite: Faculty permission. (OAC)(OAC)

NU 7020. Family and Community Concepts (3)

This course provides the advanced practice nursing student with the evidence base necessary to examine family and community needs and plan interventions. Students explore selected family and community issues. Strategies to promote healthy family and community functioning are identified and interventions are designed. Students’ group projects simulate organizational group leadership in community collaboration. (OAC)

NU 7030. Gerontology for the Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (3)

This course provides the advanced practice nursing student with the theoretical base necessary to examine the needs of older adults and plan interventions. Students explore the management of transitions across the continuum of care. Students discuss and integrate the interdisciplinary care functions of the adult gerontology nurse practitioner. The complex interplay of the political, economic, legal, environmental, and ethical factors that influence health care delivery to older adults is examined. (OAC)

NU 7040. Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

This course examines complex physiologic cellular processes essential to an understanding of health deviations. Concepts are explored in relation to body systems. Age specific alterations are correlated with clinical manifestations and diagnostic findings to provide the student with a basis for clinical decision making, diagnostic reasoning and pharmacotherapeutics. (OAC)

NU 7060. Advanced Health Assessment (3)

This course focuses on comprehensive health assessment including clinical significance and diagnostic reasoning. Variations and deviations from normal health assessment parameters will be discussed. Identification of risk factors and strategies for promoting health will be incorporated. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Undergraduate Health Assessment course or equivalent. (OAC)

NU 7061. Advanced Health Assessment Lab for the Clinical Nurse Leader (1)

This course focuses on the development of advanced health assessment skills and application of diagnostic reasoning for the clinical nurse leader. (OAC)

NU 7062. Advanced Health Assessment Lab for the Nurse Educator (1)

This course focuses on the development of advanced health assessment skills and application of diagnostic reasoning for the nurse educator. (OAC)

NU 7063. Advanced Health Assessment Lab for the Nurse Practitioner (1)

This course focuses on the application of advanced health assessment skills and development of diagnostic reasoning for the nurse practitioner. (OAC)

NU 7080. Advanced Pharmacology (3)

The focus of this course is on the clinical application of medications commonly prescribed in the primary care setting. Pharmacotherapeutics of medications will be explored. Financial implications for patients, providers and third party payers will be analyzed. Inter-collaborative care, evidence-based guidelines, patient education, and safe prescribing concepts will be integrated. (OAC)

NU 7100. Primary Care I (4)

This course focuses on the health maintenance and the management of common acute conditions and chronic conditions in adolescent, adult, and older adult patients. Students examine health changes with adolescent, adult, and older adult populations and will develop the theoretical and experiential base to conduct health promotion and maintenance activities in these populations. Students are prepared in the area of diagnoses and management of common self-limiting conditions and chronic conditions in a primary care setting. Prerequisites: NU 6020, NU 6060, NU 6080, NU 7040, NU 7060; NU 7080.(OAC)

NU 7110. Primary Care I Practicum (3)

This course offers clinical experience with adolescent, adult, and older adult patients in the primary care setting. Students have the opportunity to apply previous knowledge learned in didactic to the clinical area, explore practice patterns of nurse practitioners and/or physician preceptors, understand their role as a member of an interdisciplinary team, and begin to implement plans of care. Clinical sites are in primary care settings and provide student practice opportunities with patients. Students are focused on health maintenance and the management of common acute and chronic conditions with adolescent, adult, and older adult populations. All clinical practice is faculty supervised and performance based to ensure that students demonstrate competency in practice. Total clock hours equal 180.Prerequisite or Corequisite: NU 7100. Corequisite: NU 6080 with faculty permission.(OAC)

NU 7141. Primary Care II Pediatrics (2)

This course allows the students to examine health maintenance and management of common acute and chronic conditions with the pediatric population. The student will develop the theoretical and experiential base to conduct health promotion and maintenance activities. Students are prepared to diagnose and manage pediatric conditions in the primary care setting. Prerequisites: NU 7100 and NU 7110; or permission of faculty.(OAC)

NU 7142. Primary Care II Women’s Health (2)

This course examines health maintenance and management of common acute and chronic conditions seen in women’s health care. The student develops his or her own theoretical and experiential base to conduct health promotion and maintenance activities with emphasis on women’s health. Furthermore, the student is prepared in the area of diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic conditions. Prerequisites: NU 7100 and NU 7110; or permission of faculty.(OAC)

NU 7143. Primary Care II: Principles of Geriatric Care

This course examines health maintenance and management of common acute and chronic conditions seen in geriatrics. The student develops his or her own theoretical and experiential base to conduct health promotion, provide anticipatory guidance and maintenance activities with emphasis on geriatric health. Furthermore, the student is prepared in the area of diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic conditions. Online format. Prerequisites: NU7100 and NU7110, or permission of faculty. (OAC)

NU 7151. Primary Care II Practicum for the FNP (3)

This course offers the clinical experience with patients across the lifespan, with a particular interest in women’s health and pediatrics. Students have the opportunity to apply theory in the clinical arena, analyze practice patterns of nurse practitioners and/or physician preceptors, function as a member of an interdisciplinary team, and implement plans of care. Clinical sites will be in primary care, pediatric, or women’s health, providing the student practice opportunities with patients. Students will focus on health maintenance, management of selected common acute conditions, stable chronic disease states and acute changes within these chronic states. All clinical practice is faculty supervised and performance based to ensure that students demonstrate competency in practice. Total clock hours equal 180. Prerequisites: all core courses, advanced core courses, NU 7100, NU 7110. Corequisite: NU 7141 and NU 7142; or with faculty permission. (OAC)

NU 7152. Primary Care II Practicum for the AGNP (3)

This course offers the clinical experience with patients across the lifespan, with a particular interest in women’s health and geriatric care. Students have the opportunity to apply theory in the clinical arena, analyze practice patterns of nurse practitioners and/or physician preceptors, function as a member of an interdisciplinary team, and implement plans of care. Clinical sites will be in primary care, gerontology, or women’s health, providing the student practice opportunities with patients. Students will focus on health maintenance, management of selected common acute conditions, stable chronic disease states and acute changes within these chronic states. All clinical practice is faculty supervised and performance based to ensure that students demonstrate competency in practice. Total clock hours equal 180. Course Prerequisites: all core courses, advanced core courses, NU 7100, NU 7110, NU7142, NU7152, NU7143; or permission of faculty (OAC)

NU 7200. Executive Nurse Seminar I (2)

This course covers intra-organizational content in the areas of organizational management and organizational structure (human resources, internal policy and procedure). The health care delivery system and its environment are also addressed along with issues such as ethics, legal and regulatory and economic concepts. Specific attention is given to the application of these concepts specifically as students encounter learning situations regarding the above concepts. This course is intended to serve as a companion course to NU 7210, Executive Nurse Practicum I. Online format. Prerequisites: NU 6020, NU 6060, NU 6080, NU 7600, NU 7620, or faculty permission; Concurrent: NU 7210. (OAC)

NU 7210. Executive Nurse Practicum I (3)

This course provides clinical practicum experiences that allow students opportunity to apply theoretical and executive management concepts with a focus on intra-organizational issues. All major theoretical concept areas are applied including organizational structure, economic factors, human resources, ethics and legal/regulatory concerns. Clinical supervision is provided by college faculty and selected preceptors who are nurse executives. Clinical conferences with faculty provide opportunity for integration of the executive role, understanding of professional issues and discussion of problem-solving processes. This course is intended to serve as a companion course to NU 7200, Executive Nurse Seminar I. Online format. Total clock hours equal 180. Prerequisites: NU 6020, NU 6060, NU 6080, NU 7600, NU7620; Concurrent: NU 7200 or faculty permission (OAC)

NU 7215. Executive Nurse Practicum I (1)

This course provides clinical practicum experiences that allow students opportunity to apply selected theoretical and executive management concepts with a focus on intra-organizational issues. Major theoretical concept areas are applied including organizational structure, economic factors, human resources, ethics and legal/regulatory concerns. Clinical supervision is provided by college faculty and selected preceptors who are nurse executives. Discussions with faculty provide opportunity for integration of the executive role, understanding of professional issues and discussion of problem-solving processes. This course is intended to serve as a companion course to NU 7200, Executive Nurse Seminar I. Total clock hours equal 60 hours. Online format. (OAC)

NU 7220. Executive Nurse Seminar II (2)

This course covers extra-organizational content in the areas of organizational management and organizational structure (human resources, internal policy and procedure). The health care delivery system and its environment are also addressed along with issues such as ethics, legal/regulatory and economic concepts. Specific attention is given to the application of these concepts as students encounter learning situations regarding the above concepts. This course is intended be the second in a two course sequence (NU7200 and NU 7220) and to serve as a companion course to NU 7230, Executive Practicum II. Prerequisites: NU 6020, NU 6060, NU 6080; NU 7600, NU 7620; Concurrent: NU 7230 or faculty permission. (OAC)

NU 7225. Executive Nurse Practicum II (1)

This course provides clinical practicum experiences that allow students opportunity to apply selected theoretical and executive management concepts with a focus on extra-organizational issues. Major theoretical concept areas are applied including organizational structure, economic factors, human resources, ethics and legal/regulatory concerns. Clinical supervision is provided by college faculty and selected preceptors who are nurse executives. Discussions with faculty provide opportunity for integration of the executive role, understanding of professional issues and discussion of problem-solving processes. This course is intended to serve as a companion course to NU 7220, Executive Nurse Seminar II. Total clock hours equal 60 hours. Online format. (OAC)

NU 7230. Executive Practicum II (3)

This course provides clinical practicum experiences that allow students opportunity to apply theoretical and executive management concepts with a focus on extra-organizational issues. All major theoretical concept areas are applied including organizational structure, economic factors, human resources, ethics and legal/regulatory concerns. Clinical supervision is provided by college faculty and selected preceptors who are nurse executives. Clinical conferences with faculty provide opportunity for integration of the executive role, understanding of professional issues and discussion of problem-solving processes. This course is intended to be the second in a two course sequence (NU 7210 and NU 7230) and to serve as a companion course to NU 7220, Executive Nurse Seminar II. Total clock hours equal 180. Prerequisites: NU 6020, NU 6060, NU 6080; NU 7600, NU7620 or faculty permission. Concurrent: NU 7220. (OAC)

NU 7300. Instructional Strategies (3)

In this course, students examine the instructional process. The focus is on learning theories, the learning environment, and instructional strategies. (OAC)

NU 7310. Evaluation Strategies (3)

In this course, students examine the evaluation process. The focus is on the evaluation process, measurement strategies and related sociocultural, ethical, and legal issues. Pre-requisite NU 7300 or with faculty permission. (OAC)

NU 7320. Program Development (3)

In this course, students examine the components of a nursing program with a focus on curriculum. Professional initiatives and mandates that influence curriculum development and design are explored. Program evaluation and professional accreditation are analyzed in relation to performance standards and continuous quality improvement. (OAC)

NU 7330. Nursing Focused Practicum (2)

In this course, students are provided an opportunity to integrate previous knowledge and develop proficiency in caring for a clinical population. Students will collaborate with faculty to identify individualized plans for focused study that will be implemented with a nurse preceptor who specializes in a population focused area. Total clock hours equal 120. Prerequisites: NU 7040, NU 7060, and NU 7080. (OAC)

NU 7340. Education Focused Practicum (2)

In this course, students are expected to integrate previous knowledge and develop proficiency in the role of nurse educator. Students will collaborate with faculty to develop an individualized plan of study related to their educational interest. Total clock hours equal 120. Prerequisites: NU 6020, NU 6060, NU 6080, NU 7040, NU 7060, NU 7080, NU 7300, NU 7310, NU 7330 or with faculty permission. (OAC)

NU 7451. Independent Primary Care Practicum for the FNP (5)

This course focuses on the incorporation of previous knowledge and integration of nurse practitioner role behaviors in primary care practice. The student should integrate the knowledge from previous clinical and academic experiences to care for persons with chronic and acute conditions throughout the lifespan. Health maintenance recommendations should be included in all practice domains. All clinical practice is faculty supervised and performance based to ensure that students demonstrate competency in practice. Seminars with faculty provide opportunities to integrate the nurse practitioner role, to discuss professional issues and the process of effective change within the health care system. Total clock hours equal 300. Course Prerequisites: all core courses, advanced core courses, NU 7100, NU 7110, NU 7141, NU7142, NU7151; or permission of faculty. (OAC)

NU 7452. Independent Primary Care Practicum for the AGNP (5)

This course focuses on the incorporation of previous knowledge and integration of nurse practitioner role behaviors in adult gerontology primary care practice, which includes care from adolescence through the older adult. The student should integrate the knowledge from previous clinical and academic experiences to care for persons with chronic and acute conditions in this population. Health maintenance recommendations should be included in all practice domains. All clinical practice is faculty supervised and performance based to ensure that students demonstrate competency in practice. Seminars with faculty provide opportunities to integrate the nurse practitioner role, to discuss professional issues and the process of effective change within the health care system. Total clock hours equal 300. Course Prerequisites: all core courses, advanced core courses, NU 7100, NU 7110, NU7142, NU7152, NU7143; or permission of faculty. (OAC)

NU 7600. Healthcare Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3)

This course is designed to increase students’ awareness of organizational processes and practices including leadership, management, motivation, morale group dynamics, interpersonal communications, conflict and group problem solving. This course provides conceptual insights and behavioral skills needed for successful leadership of continuous improvement in individual, team and organizational performance. The course also highlights unique ethical, technological, regulatory and practical considerations for leadership within healthcare organizations. (OAC)

NU 7610. Human Resource Management (3)

This course focuses on the emerging role of the human resources function in enabling higher levels of organizational performance. Traditional HR functions such as recruitment, selection, training, performance management, employee relations, career development, succession planning, equal employment, benefits and compensation are covered. Students will also discuss organizational structures and explore state-of-the-art employee participation and organizational design trends. Prerequisite: NU 7600. (OAC)

NU 7620. Health Systems (3)

Health Systems surveys the major components and organizational interrelationships of the United States health service system. Students examine the various health care organizations (HCOs), personnel issues, delivery systems, policy, and payment mechanisms. This course introduces students to the public policy and business practice issues associated with access, cost and quality. (OAC)

NU 7630. Health Policy and Politics (3)

This course examines political issues affecting contemporary health care services by analyzing policy goals, public policy formulation processes, and external environments with special attention to nursing’s contribution. Content blends political analysis (process and structure), advocacy, and health services research to advance healthcare policy, economic analysis, with utilization of public health initiatives case studies. Future health care leaders also gain an appreciation for how political structures determine interactions with local and national governments. (OAC)

NU 7640. Executive Influence: Communication and Relationship Management (3)

This course explores essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes to promote influential leadership in executive roles. Strategies to assess and improve executive impact are developed: business communication, relationship management, influencing behaviors, and business etiquette. Management of relationships across diverse stakeholders and situations will be examined. Experiential exercises with self-reflections will be combined with case situations and peer review to promote learning. Prerequisites: NU 6400, or faculty permission. (OAC)