Course Descriptions

MSN Core Courses

 
NUR 501 ORGANIZATIONAL AND SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP - 3 SH
This course focuses on leadership, roles, and skills essential to promoting excellence in practice as well as maintaining effective working relationships with inter-professional teams. Leadership styles, change theory and change management, coaching for performance, communication, and conflict and conflict management will be emphasized. 
Online
 
NUR 502 HEALTHCARE POLICY, TRENDS, AND ISSUES - 3 SH
This course examines healthcare policy relevant to the U.S., the history of health services, healthcare funding, nursing education financing, quality improvement models, nurse sensitive indicators, patient safety, national benchmarks, just culture,  ethics and how nursing practice is impacted by regulations and policy.
Online
 
NUR 503  NURSING THEORY AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE - 3 SH
Prerequisite: Undergraduate research and statistics courses.
This course focuses on the use of nursing theory and models in research, internal and external validity, psychometric properties of instruments, analysis of selected quantitative and qualitative research designs, and the application of evidence-based practices within the clinical setting. Students will critique applied research, determine evidence or gaps in the literature related to a clinical nursing problem or nursing education practice, and assess the evidence-based research as it relates to a specific problem. 
Online
 
NUR 504 HEALTH PROMOTION OF INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND GROUPS - 3 SH
This course focuses on trends in healthcare, global and environmental health, population-based nursing, health disparities and outcomes, access to care, transcultural nursing care, health literacy, and emerging health issues.
Online
 
NUR 505 TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTH CARE - 3 SH
This course prepares the nurse to manage health information systems critical to the mission of healthcare delivery systems. The use of technology in patient care, improved patient outcomes, and data mining will be emphasized, as well as legal and ethical issues regarding healthcare technology. 
Online
 

Specialty Courses for Nurse Educator

 
NUR 601 ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF THE LEARNER - 3 SH
Prerequisites: NUR 501; NUR 502; NUR 503; NUR 504; NUR 505
This course explores the role of assessment and evaluation of student learning in various settings. Test development and test interpretation will also be emphasized.  
Hybrid
 
NUR 602 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF LEARNING OUTCOMES - 3 SH
Prerequisites: NUR 501; NUR 502; NUR 503; NUR 504; NUR 505
This course prepares the student to design and implement curriculum based on evidence-based teaching/learning theories. Focus is on the process of curricular development for a specific course including course objectives, content, learning activities, course delivery, and student evaluation.  
Hybrid
 
 
NUR 603 ADVANCED PATHIOPHYSIOLOGY - 3 SH
Prerequisites: Undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology; Undergraduate Pathophysiology; NUR 501; NUR 502; NUR 503; NUR 504; NUR 505
This course builds on the knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology. The focus is on critical examination of the physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms affecting individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis is on correlating laboratory data to disease processes, the rationales for pharmacotherapy, and the physiological mechanisms underlying disease processes. This course uses problem based learning to explore pathophysiological concepts using scientific evidence based literature.
Online
 
NUR 604 ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY - 3 SH
Prerequisites: Undergraduate pharmacology; NUR 501; NUR 502; NUR 503; NUR 504; NUR 505
This course builds on knowledge of basic pharmacology and commonly used medications. This course focuses on pharmacokinetics and the pharmacodynamics of various drugs as applied to the management of clients with various health conditions across the lifespan. This course emphasizes receptor theory and coupling, dose response, drug interactions, drug classes, and adverse effects when applying real examples and clinical problems.    
Online
 
NUR 605 COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH ASSESSMENT - 3 SH
Prerequisites: Undergraduate Health Assessment course; NUR 501; NUR 502; NUR 503; NUR 504; NUR 505
This course focuses on the collection, interpretation, and synthesis of genetic, historical, biological, cultural, psychosocial, spiritual, and physical evidence, using critical thinking skills to develop a comprehensive, holistic assessment of individuals across the lifespan. This course builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the baccalaureate health assessment course. The practicum (45 hours) emphasizes health history taking skills and assessment of common abnormalities incorporating diagnostic tests including health promotion and risk reduction. Students are encouraged to select vulnerable populations for their clinical setting. 
Hybrid
 
NUR 606 NURSE EDUCATOR ROLE PRACTICUM: DIDACTIC - 2 SH
Prerequisites: NUR 501; NUR 502; NUR 503; NUR 504; NUR 505; NUR 601; NUR 602
This course focuses on the application of learning theories, strategies, and evaluation in the didactic setting within a nursing program. The student will be introduced to and engaged in several activities of the nurse educator role such as: committee work; advising/mentoring students; professional meetings; reports and accreditation; and development of teaching plans for traditional and on-learning learning. Journaling by the student will be the primary means for reflection, meeting of course objectives, and tracking of hours.
The student will develop his/her MSN written and approved contract with the preceptor and faculty. The student will spend time with a preceptor in an approved classroom setting (96 hrs total; 2 credits x 3 hrs = 6 x 16 wks) (4 hrs prep = 1 hr delivery).  
Hybrid
 
NUR 607 NURSING EDUCATION ROLE PRACTICUM: CLINICAL - 1 SH
Prerequisites: NUR 501; NUR 502; NUR 503; NUR 504; NUR 505; NUR 601; NUR 602; NUR 606
The role of the nurse educator in higher educational settings and healthcare is explored. This course involves 48 hours of clinical that can occur in a variety of healthcare settings depending on the student’s personal career goals. Clinical settings for this practicum must allow the student to participate in the application of teaching-learning principles, curriculum development, and learner evaluation. An example might be leading of pre and post conferences with students in the clinical setting. 
 
Students will develop a written contract with their preceptor and approval of course faculty. Course objectives will be written by the student to meet their individual goals. During this course students will develop a clinical research idea to pursue in their Master’s thesis or project. Journaling by the student will be the primary means for reflection, meeting of course objectives, and tracking of hours. (48 hrs total; 1 credit x 3 hrs = 3 x 16 wks)
Hybrid
 

Specialty Courses for Nurse Leadership in Healthcare Systems

 
NUR 611 ORGANIZATIONAL AND SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP - 3 SH
Prerequisites: NUR 501; NUR 502; NUR 503; NUR 504; NUR 505
This course focuses on an overview of healthcare delivery in the U.S. and other countries, managed care, accountable care organizations, non-governmental agencies (NGOs), national patient safety goals, agencies involved with quality improvement and the methodologies used to assess healthcare organizations, shared governance in nursing, and ethical issues related to management of healthcare resources.
Online
 
NUR 612 HEALTHCARE FINANCE AND BUDGETING - 3 SH
Prerequisites: NUR 501; NUR 502; NUR 503; NUR 504; NUR 505
This course focuses on principles and practice of finance, budget development, management of resources, analysis of financial statements, strategic financial planning, cost/benefit analysis, capital project development, and the impact of reimbursement models and regulation in healthcare.    
Online
 
NUR 613 NURSING RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - 3 SH
Prerequisites: NUR 501; NUR 502; NUR 503; NUR 504; NUR 505
This course focuses on the aspects of human resource management, including legal and ethical aspects of policy implementation. Human resource topics covered in this course include but are not limited to equal employment opportunity, behavior based interviews, employee harassment, employee drug and alcohol use, patient abandonment, workforce diversity, safety, job analysis, recruiting and selection, performance improvement, compensation and benefits, and employee retention.     
Online
 
NUR 614 COMMUNICATION ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES- 3 SH
Prerequisites: NUR 501; NUR 502; NUR 503; NUR 504; NUR 505
This course focuses on effective communication and relationship building, conflict management, medical staff relationships, ability to work with diversity, delegation, writing for business, and the interpretation and preparation of graphs and tables. 
Online
 
NUR 615 QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND SAFETY – 3 SH
Prerequisites: NUR 501; NUR 502; NUR 503; NUR 504; NUR 505
This course focuses on quality improvement models, use of national patient benchmarks, Medicare’s list of “never events,” measures of healthcare quality, common tools used for quality improvement, patient safety, and national patient safety goals.       
Online
 
NUR 616 LEADERSHIP IN NURSING AND HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS PRACTICUM – 3 SH
Prerequisites: NUR 501; NUR 502; NUR 503; NUR 504; NUR 505
This course involves 144 hours of clinical that can occur in a variety of healthcare settings depending on the student’s personal career goals. Clinical settings for this practicum must allow the student to participate in the application of principles and methods of leadership, management, and evaluation to facilitate patient care operations. A setting in which the study only does direct patient care or staff development would not be appropriate. Students will develop course objectives to meet their individual goals. During this course the student will develop a clinical research idea to pursue in their Master’s thesis or project. (3 credits x 3 hrs/credit = 9 x 16 wks = 144 hrs)  
Online