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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

NURS C700 Theoretical Perspectives in Nursing 3 cr. hrs.

This course focuses on the exploration of the nature of theory development in nursing, analysis of selected nursing and related theories, and the relevance of theory to research and practice in nursing.

NURS C704 Advanced Role Integration 3 cr. hrs.

This course examines the roles, responsibilities, multidisciplinary interaction, and accountability of managers in a variety of health care settings. The theoretical and contextual elements of the role of care manager and mid-level system manager are emphasized. Care coordination, quality management, and continuity of care are examined in light of organizational theory and behaviors. A systems approach is used to access integration in complex health care organizations.

NURS C705 Advanced Health Assessment Theory 4cr. hrs.

This course focuses on the integration of the health history, physical examination, and diagnostic evaluation to develop a model for advanced practice assessment. Emphasis is placed on a holistic view of the person focusing on the uniqueness of the individual across the life cycle, the development of assessment skills including data analysis, and the development of diagnostic reasoning skills.

NURS C709 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care 3 cr. hrs.

This course introduces students to legal and ethical issues affecting health care and nursing management responsibilities in an ever-changing health care industry. The influence of economic and sociopolitical factors on health care laws will be explored from the perspective of health care providers. The extent to which health care laws attempt to order relationships between providers, payers, and consumers will be examined. There is a focus on principles and theories of ethics as they relate to health care delivery, as well as health care administration. Emphasis will be placed on ethical/legal issues encountered in professional nursing practice. This course prepares graduates to appreciate the concepts and principles of ethical legal dilemmas and their application in practice.

NURS C710 Advanced Pathophysiology I 3 cr. hrs.

This course is an in-depth study of the pathophysiologic basis of disease as it affects individuals across the life cycle. Emphasis is placed upon endogenous and exogenous environmental factors which contribute to altered functional balance. The focus of the course is on mechanisms of disease and specific mechanisms (e.g., genetic, autoimmune) which cause aberrations resulting in dysfunction in the immune, neurologic, cardiovascular, and renal systems. Disease states commonly encountered in primary care settings and managed by primary care practitioners are emphasized.

NURS C712 Nursing Financial Management 3 cr. hrs.

This course explores the principles and practices of finance and the impact of reimbursement models and regulation in health care. Within this framework, content regarding finance and marketing, accounting principles, cost management, health care costs, staffing, and organizational financial assessments are examined.

NURS C715 Advanced Pathophysiology II 3 cr. hrs.

This course is an in-depth study of the pathophysiologic basis of disease as it affects individuals across the life cycle. Emphasis is placed upon endogenous and exogenous environmental factors which contribute to altered functional balance. The focus of the course is on mechanisms which cause aberrations resulting in dysfunction in the respiratory, endocrine, reproductive, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, hematologic, and lymphatic systems. Disease states commonly encountered in primary care settings and managed by primary care practitioners are emphasized.

NURS C716 Managed Care Methodologies 3 cr. hrs.

This course explores the theoretical, contextual, and practical elements of managed care and case management across the continuum of care. Tools, processes, and methods required to effectively implement case management practice across the healthcare continuum are examined. Care maps, protocols, algorithms, and other tools in managing care are analyzed for usefulness in achieving desired outcomes.

NURS C720 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology I 2 cr. hrs.

This course focuses on clinical pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics with emphasis on major drug classes. Special emphasis is placed on drugs and drug classes used to treat problems commonly encountered in primary practice.

NURS C722 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology II 2 cr. hrs.

This course is a continuation of NURS C720. It focuses on clinical pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics with emphasis on major drug classes. Special emphasis is placed on drugs and drug classes used to treat problems commonly encountered in primary practice.

NURS C724 Outcomes Measurement and Data Management 3 cr. hrs.

This course focuses on the analysis and application of theory and skills needed to assess, plan, and evaluate the care of populations within health systems. The evaluation of current outcome measures as well as the acquisition and management of outcome data will be studied. Program design is discussed as it relates to effective outcomes of care. Clinical outcomes, functional outcomes, financial outcomes, and satisfaction indicators will be emphasized.

NURS C725 Primary Care Concepts 3 cr. hrs.

This course focuses on current concepts and issues related to the family nurse practitioner role, legal and ethical parameters of advanced nursing practice, and examination of principles of epidemiology and their application to primary health care. Theories of health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration across the life cycle are explored. Populations at risk are identified and implications for advanced practice are explored.

NURS C730 Family Theory 3 cr. hrs.

This course provides an in-depth study of concepts, theories, research, and public policy relevant to families. Emphasis is placed on developing a theoretical basis for intervention with families in need of health care. The role of the F.N.P. is explored in terms of appropriate family interventions. Emphasis is placed on collaboration with other health professionals to influence family policy. Environment as an external variable affecting family development, function, interaction, and health is discussed.

NURS C732 Disease Resource Management 3 cr. hrs.

This course focuses on promoting optimum health and functional balance for clients enrolled in disease management programs. The etiology and manifestations as well as the long-term management of complex chronic disorders and disabilities are analyzed. Appropriate management strategies are examined. Emphasis is placed on accessing, coordination, monitoring, and evaluating available options and services for enrolled clients.
Prerequisite: NURS C716.

NURS C735 Advanced Research Methods 3 cr. hrs.

This course focuses on the process of scientific inquiry utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methods. Emphasis is placed on common research designs, critical analysis of nursing research, research proposal development, use of the computer for data analysis, and instrument evaluation.
Prerequisite/Co-requisite: NURS C700.

NURS C740 Health Care Systems 3 cr. hrs.

This course is designed to enable the learner to understand the health care delivery system in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the nursing role related to formulating health care policy and political processes that have the greatest impact on health care. The course focuses on the business of health care including the internal and external environments, financing of health care, and resource management and utilization. Legislative and regulatory processes as related to changing the health care system are explored.

NURS C744 Advanced Financial Management 3 cr. hrs.

This course explores the principles and practices of finance and the impact of reimbursement models and regulation in health care. The student will be provided principles regarding finance and marketing, analysis of financial statements, strategic financial planning, cost/benefit analysis and capital project development. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to decision making in the complex relationships among provider, payer, employer, and client addressed. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: NURS 712

NURS C745 Primary Care I: Theory 4 cr. hrs.

This course focuses on promoting optimum health and functional balance for the adult client with common, acute, and chronic health problems. Topics include immunologic, neurologic, cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, genitourinary, gynecologic, and respiratory dysfunctions, as well as psychosocial and behavioral concerns. Pathophysiological, social, and developmental theories, relevant research findings, and the implications of these for health care are explored. Collaborative management of common health problems is emphasized in the clinical component of the course.


NURS C748 Human Resource Management in Nursing 3 cr. hrs.

This course explores the knowledge and skills required for effective human resource management. Managerial processes and behaviors that promote and maintain a professional nursing practice environment are emphasized.

NURS C750 Primary Care II: Theory 3 cr. hrs.

This course is a continuation of NURS C745. It focuses on promoting optimum health and functional balance for the adult client with common, acute, and chronic health problems, including dermatologic, endocrine/metabolic, gynecologic, gastrointestinal, ophthalmologic, hematologic, psychosocial, and behavioral concerns. Pathophysiological, social, and development theories, relevant research findings, and the implications of these for health care are explored. Collaborative management of common health problems is emphasized in the clinical component of the course.

NURS C752 Healthcare Systems Management Practicum 3 cr. hrs.

This practicum provides a guided experience in an agency or agencies appropriate for the student’s selected concentration area. Designed as a capstone course of the master’s program in Health Care Systems Management, students are expected to be able to demonstrate theory and practice in the field under supervisors of selected preceptors.

$500 Practicum course fee.


NURS C755 Primary Care III: Theory 3cr. hrs.

This course focuses on promoting optimum health and functional balance for infants, children, and adolescents with common, acute, and chronic health problems. Physiological, social, and developmental theories, relevant research findings, and the implications of these for health and health care are explored. Collaborative management of common health problems of infants, children, and adolescents is emphasized in the clinical component of the course.

NURS C765 Research in advanced Nursing Practice 2 cr. hrs.

This course focuses on evaluating research findings for use in practice. Research which focuses on practice guidelines, therapeutic management, and cost containment is examined. Emphasis is placed on the integration of research findings into advanced practice. Students will be required to complete a research utilization project.

NURS C771 F.N.P. Practicum I 1 cr. hr.

Clinical experience in a variety of primary care settings with adult clients in the focus of this practicum experience.

$500 Practicum course fee.


NURS C772 A.N.P. Practicum I 2 cr. hrs.

Clinical experience in a variety of primary care settings with adult clients in the focus of this practicum experience.

$500 Practicum course fee.

NURS C773 F.N.P. Practicum II 2 cr. hrs.

Clinical experience in a variety of primary care settings with adult clients in the focus of this practicum experience.

$500 Practicum course fee.

NURS C774 F.N.P. Practicum III 2 cr. hrs.

Clinical experience in a variety of primary care settings with OB/GYN and pediatric clients is the focus of this practicum experience.

$500 Practicum course fee.

NURS C775 A.N.P. Practicum II 2 cr. hrs.

Clinical experience in a variety of primary care settings with adult clients in the focus of this practicum experience.

$500 Practicum course fee.

NURS 776 A.N.P. Practicum III 1 cr. hr.

Clinical experience in a variety of primary care settings with adult clients in the focus of this practicum experience.

$500 Practicum course fee.

NURS 900 Philosophy of Science 3 cr. hr.

This course systematically analyzes epistemological and meta-theoretical perspectives in the philosophy of science and the implications for knowledge development in nursing science.

NURS 905 Ethics and Social Justice 3 cr. hr.

This course examines the nature and practice of biomedical, administrative and population ethics with an emphasis on the application of ethical and social justice frameworks for analysis and decision making for patients, systems and populations experiencing ethical conundrums. A conceptual analysis of social justice in health care allows the student to seek ethically defensible solutions to health care dilemmas.

NURS 910 Epidemiology 3 cr. hr.
This course explores concepts, language and principles of epidemiology. Emphasis is on description and interpretation of modes of transmission of diseases. Students will gain knowledge critical to understanding the natural history of diseases, the evaluation of preventive interventions, and relevance of epidemiological methods in advanced nursing practice.

NURS 915 Evidence-Based Practice, Research Translation & Implementation Science 3 cr. hr.

This course explores the science of research translation. Emphasis is on analysis, evaluation and use of evidence-based practice models. It examines the methods to promote the systematic uptake of science into routine practice to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care by providers and organizations.

NURS 920 Biostatistics 3 cr. hr.
This course examines statistical methods utilized in the biological, social, and health care sciences. Emphasis is on the understanding of statistical procedures and analysis of data fundamental to critical evaluation of health services and nursing research.

NURS 925 Program Planning, Evaluation, and Quality Management 3 cr. hr.

This course provides students with the tools to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based clinical and administrative programs in nursing and healthcare delivery systems. Emphasis is on the synthesis of evidence for evaluating program planning frameworks, strategic implementation, and program evaluation to improve health care outcomes.

NURS 930 DNP Advanced Practicum I 3 cr. hr.

This course integrates the use of evidence-based practice tools in the analysis of clinical phenomenon in an existing system. Students will complete 128 clinical hours.

$500 practicum fee

NURS 935 Leadership of Systems Change and Innovation 3 cr. hr.

This course analyzes theory and research on intrapersonal, interpersonal, and organizational leadership for application in leading change and innovation in a global health care market. Systems leadership and organizational behavior concepts are also reviewed as they relate to leadership. Implications for interprofessional team leadership, sustainability, legacy development, and renewal are emphasized. Leadership coaching practice is included.

$500 practicum fee

NURS 940 Health Policy and Economics 3 cr. hr.

This course analyzes the economic and organizational foundations of health care systems. Social, economic, ethical, political and global health factors affecting health policy will be analyzed as well as the role of health practitioners to influence policy relative to health institutions, governmental agencies, and patients.

NURS 945 DNP Advanced Practicum II 3 cr. hr.

This course utilizes the outcomes analysis generated in Advanced Practicum I to design science-based program interventions to remediate the clinical phenomenon. The student will complete 192 practice hours.

$500 practicum fee

NURS 950 Prescribed NP Elective: Managing Mental Health in Primary Care 3 cr. hr.

This course is designed for acquisition of more comprehensive primary care skills in managing mental/behavioral health issues typical of a contemporary primary care population. This course builds on the foundation of basic primary care practices. There is a 64-hours practicum associated with this course.

$500 practicum fee

NURS 955 Informatics and Finance 3 cr. hr.

This course examines the essential knowledge needed to understand information systems and technologies that are transforming health care. The student gains the ability to critique informatics program proposals, understand the role of the informatics specialist in managing health care information for decision-making and program planning, and analyze the utility and functionality of technology. Students will explore financial and business principles, as sources of information that are used to make health care decisions.

NURS 960 DNP Capstone Project 3 cr. hr.

This course allows the student to implement and evaluate the program intervention generated in DNP Advanced Practicum II. The capstone project will require the student to synthesize and apply the competencies in the program to improve outcomes in health care systems. The student will complete 192 practice hours.