Nursing (MSN) Course Descriptions

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NURS6000.  MSN Program Orientation (0)
This course orients the student to the resources, electronic operations and expectations of the MSN Program.  Designed to enhance the transition into online graduate level learning for the nurse and promote the success of the student.
NURS6060. Principles of Nursing Research (3)
Prepares the graduate student to analyze research findings and to utilize the findings in providing quality patient care or improving nursing/education practice. Focus is on the research process. Training for human participant protection is required. A research proposal will be developed.
NURS6110. Leadership Perspectives for Advancing the Profession of Nursing (3)
Examines the process of advancing professionally in nursing, which includes life-long learning, modeling professionalism, and promoting advancement of the profession. Articulates the value and leadership role of the professional nurse in interdisciplinary healthcare teams. Focuses on personal professional development, including a formal plan for leadership. A professional e-portfolio and leadership inventory are required.  Corequisite: NURS6000
NURS6120. Population Health and Interprofessional Collaboration (3)
Examines the application of patient centered care in the design, delivery, and management of prevention and promotion service to individuals, families, communities and populations. A theoretical framework is integrated in the examination of inter-professional collaboration in the achievement of clinical prevention and promotion of improved health outcomes.
NURS6130. Healthcare Systems and Health Policy (3)
Emphasizes the organization, financing, and policies of local, regional, national, and international healthcare systems. Analysis of the determinants of health issues and trends from a global perspective will be explored. Ethical and value frameworks that guide policy making in healthcare are examined.
NURS6150. Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
Focuses on an understanding of normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease that serve as primary components of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. Interpretation of changes in normal function, application, and the development of appropriate advanced nursing care is the focus of this course. Educating patients about disease process and exploring innovative ways to teach pathophysiology are integral components of the course.
NURS6160. Advanced Pharmacology (3)
Pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents are reviewed and examined with a focus on clinical implications and client education. Roles and responsibilities in utilizing pharmacotherapeutics will be explored including; educating patients about medications and exploring innovative ways to teach pharmacology which are integral components of the course. 
NURS6170. Advanced Health Assessment (3)
Prepares the nurse leader/advanced practice nurse in developing critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills needed in caring for the primary care patient. Focuses on: motivational interviewing, interpretation of common screening and diagnostic laboratory tests using professional guidelines, communication and documentation of information, and consideration of the patient as a partner in planning and delivery of care. 
NURS7020. Assessment/Evaluation Strategies (3)
Develops an evaluation plan for nursing curriculum aligned with professional and accreditation standards. Diverse assessment/evaluation methodologies and strategies are explored. Refinement and further development of an education portfolio is required. Prerequisite: NURS7060
NURS7040. Evidence Based Practice (3)
Prepares the graduate student to analyze scientific evidence and to utilize the findings in providing quality patient care or improving nursing/education practice. Focus is on establishing evidence-based practice by weighing scientific evidence, expert opinion, and patient preferences. An evidence based practice proposal is required.
NURS7051. Nursing Education and Leadership Internship (3)
Emphasis is on the role of the nurse educator in diverse settings. Engages the student in major aspects of the nurse educator role. Includes a specific focus on leadership including completion of a practicum in leadership within either nursing education leadership or nursing practice leadership. This internship utilizes the preceptor model. Prerequisites: NURS7020, NURS7060, NURS7070
NURS7060. Principles of Teaching and Curriculum Development (3)
The principles of adult education and learning styles are examined as foundational to curriculum design and development. Philosophical and contemporary curriculum designs are explored. Development of an education portfolio is required.
NURS7070. Organization Leadership For Improving Health Outcomes (3) 
Provides a foundation for facilitating and leading change in healthcare through the measurement, evaluation and improvement of healthcare outcomes. Emphasis is on analyzing legal, regulatory, risk management, ethical and current issues, and integrating leadership, management, and administrative skills into the professional nursing leadership role. Students are required to analyze change within organizational units and to apply knowledge of evidence based leadership and management practice to improve outcomes at the microsystem level. Change project is required.

Associate Degree Nurses Required Nursing Preparatory Courses:  These undergraduate nursing courses  must be completed before beginning the Master of Science in Nursing program.

NURS4970. Community Health Nursing (3)
An overview of the major concepts of community health nursing including health promotion, health protection, and health maintenance for communities. A focus will be the collaborative role of nursing in management of community health care.
NURS4980. Introduction to Nursing Research/Evidence Based Practice (3)
Compare the processes of research and Evidence Based Practice and review articles related to research studies and EBP projects. Beginning experiences with scholarly writing is an expectation for this course.
NURS4990. Leadership Development (3)
Focus on leadership models in the profession of nursing. Investigate current educational and trans-global trends in nursing.