Course Descriptions

CORE

Nursing Theory and Research
NU 500  |  3 semester hours
This course will examine the theoretical and scientific foundations of nursing. A thorough understanding of these foundations will be the basis for further development of knowledge in evidenced-based practice and research. The processes for evaluating, translating and utilizing research will be emphasized.

Health Care Systems: Leadership, Organizations and Technology
NU 501  |  3 semester hours
In preparation for nursing leadership in rapidly changing, complex health care delivery systems, students will examine concepts that define organizations, influence policy, measure effectiveness of care and evaluate technology. A comparison of health care systems throughout the world will consider financial, technological and global issues.

Professional Role and Skill Development
NU 504  |  3 semester hours 
This course will examine the development of the professional role of the master’s degree prepared nurse in a variety of practice settings focusing on effective communication; effective leadership;  ethical, evidence-based decision making; population-focused health quality and safety improvement and management; expert clinical practice; and intra-and inter-professional teamwork. Knowledge and skill development will include health assessment; application of ethical and evidence-based decision-making frameworks, professional oral and written communication; and teamwork.

Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
NU 503  |  3 semester hours
This course establishes the foundation for the unique focus on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the master’s degree curriculum. Students will focus on the concepts of health promotion and disease prevention that minimize the need for restoration of health. Through an understanding of clinical prevention and population health, students will examine the issues and interventions that promote health in individuals, families and communities. 

Professional Practicum/Project
NU 660 | 3 semester hours
A capstone clinical experience designed to allow students the opportunity to synthesize the essential graduate nursing program core and track-specific competencies  to ensure the achievement of program goals and outcomes to include preparation of graduates able to provide improvement-focused, collaborative, data-informed, evidence-based, patient-centered, safe, highest-quality nursing education (nursing educator track) or population health care (health advocacy track).  Students will co-design their 120 hour capstone/practicum experience to maximize its benefits and prepare for continuous life-long learning and self-improvement in their chosen field of study.  Prerequisites: (Core) NU 500, NU 501, NU 502, NU 503; AND either Education Track-- NU 621, NU 622, NU 623, NU 624  OR Health Advocacy Track NU 631, NU 632, NU 633, NU 634 

HEALTH ADVOCATE TRACK

Health Advocate: Multicultural Populations
NU 631 |  3 semester hours 
This course will focus on developing competence in working with multicultural population in society. The overview of culturally diverse communities will give the student the foundation needed to develop health promotion program for specific populations. The influence of social, economic and political inequalities related to healthcare will be examined. An emphasis on community-based, participatory research methods will be included in this course.

Health Advocate: Assessment, Policy Development and Assurance
NU 632  |  3 semester hours 
The core functions of public health will be the focus of this course as students develop competencies in assessment, policy development and assurance. Student will further examine inter-professional collaborations, regulations and program assessment and effectiveness.

Health Advocate: Community Program Planning and Design 
NU 633  |  3 semester hours 
The focus of this course is to explore the foundation of different frameworks for public health programs and designs. The four major functions of public health programming will address assessment, development, implementation and evaluation. Students will learn strategies for promoting social change through various methods including marketing techniques and health literacy. Students will develop plans for navigating the healthcare system for themselves as professionals and for clients, families and groups.

Health Advocate: Leadership and Management
NU 634  |  3 semester hours 
In this course students will examine current and emerging issues in health care; and study strategies to communicate and collaborate with stakeholders in the health care arena. Recognizing that health care is a multifaceted, constantly-changing system, students will explore the role of the health advocacy leader in managing the development, implementation and evaluation of programs that assist clients to promote health and prevent disease.

NURSE ADMINISTRATOR TRACK

Nurse Administrator:  Leadership and Management in Nursing and Health Care
NU 641 |  3 semester hours 
This course assists the student to develop and use the skills and knowledge of the nurse to lead and manage the care of patient populations. Focus is on role development necessary to meet responsibilities to patients, nursing staff and other healthcare personnel, the organization, and the profession. The transformation of data into information and evidence-based decision-making to develop and change processes to achieve quality patient care outcomes, organizational goals, and regulatory and accreditation standards will be stressed.

Nurse Administrator:  Financial and Human Resource Management in Nursing and Health Care
NU 642  |  3 semester hours 
Managing people efficiently, effectively, and ethically is essential to the achievement of population-focused and patient-centered, quality, safe, effective, and efficient care regardless of the health care organization’s size or purpose.  Management of non-personnel resources (supplies, equipment, and infrastructure) is also essential to achieving quality and other organizational goals.  The emphasis of this course includes:  management of human and financial resources, intra- and interdisciplinary collaboration, teamwork, change management, development of employee capabilities, and financial concepts and tools necessary to make effective decisions and achieve organizational goals.

Nurse Administrator:  Methods of Quality Management
NU 643  |  3 semester hours 
This course will provide the historical context of quality management and introduce the student to a number of quality management systems including Total Quality Management (TQM), ISO, the National Baldrige Award, Lean and Six Sigma that are currently being implemented in today’s organizations.  The course will host several guest lecturers from the community who are specialists in quality management

Nurse Administrator:  Organizational Effectiveness
NU 644  |  3 semester hours 
This course introduces students to the basic principles of human behavior and how these principles apply to the management of individuals and groups in organizations. Topics include: individual differences in abilities and attitudes, attribution, motivation, group dynamics, power and politics, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational structure and design

NURSING EDUCATOR TRACK

Nurse Educator: Roles and Responsibilities
NU 621  |  3 semester hours
This course assists the student to develop and use the skills and knowledge of the nurse educator. Focus will be on role development with attention to self development and role responsibilities to oneself, the students, the institution, and the profession. The role of regulatory bodies and accreditation will be examined.

Nurse Educator: Curriculum and Instructional Design
NU 622  |  3 semester hours
A variety of learning theories and conceptual frameworks relating to curriculum and instructional design will be explored. Students will investigate the process of curriculum development, program evaluation, regulatory and accreditation standards, and trends at the professional and community level.

Nurse Educator: Teaching-Learning Strategies
NU 623  |  3 semester hours
This course assists student to develop strategies for teaching nursing in the classroom and clinical settings. In addition to learning to assess students’ learning styles, content will include classroom assessment, planning, organizing, presenting and evaluating teaching/learning experiences. The focus is on best practices and research-based strategies to promote various learning styles and create an active learning environment for diverse student populations. Strategies will address basic and continuing nursing education.

Nurse Educator: Assessment and Evaluation in Teaching
NU 624  |  3 semester hours
Recognizing that assessment and evaluation is essential to understanding the value and worth of teaching/learning in nursing education, educators must be familiar with the foundations of evaluation. Evaluation of nursing education programs, courses and individual learners requires knowledge of the focus, design, tools and dissemination of outcome data. This course will examine the effectiveness of evaluation methods. Attention will be given to the systematic evaluation processes that lead to on-going program improvement.

COGNATES

Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
NU 510 | 3 semester hours
A systematic process for exploring and defining the most current, evidence-based, collaborative prevention and condition management therapies (pharmacotherapy, procedural therapy, and self-management) of specific high-cost, high volume, pathophysiologies and health conditions to ensure safe, effective, quality patient-centered care will be described and applied.  Health advocacy track students will utilize best-evidence pathophysiology/condition management information to improve/develop patient self-management materials, while nurse educator students will develop methods to integrate best evidence pathophysiology /condition management information to improve the quality of didactic, clinical, and laboratory courses/staff development offerings.

Epidemiology
NU 512 | 3 semester hours
This course will introduce the student to the basic concepts of epidemiology including the historical development of the study of disease in populations. The course will include the concepts and processes of epidemiology with attention to the biostatistics essential to the study and analysis of disease occurrences. Integration of the evidence-base of epidemiology will be essential to the learning experience.

Environmental Health
NU 513 | 3 semester hours
This course will offer students the opportunity to study the influence of environmental forces on the health of individuals, populations and communities. Students will explore the impact of governmental controlling agencies, community services and individual responses to the environment on a local, national and international level. Specific environmental factors will be examined for their impact on specific diseases and conditions. The research evidence-base for studying the environment will be emphasized.

Global/International Health
NU 514 | 3 semester hours
This course will examine the concepts and context of global/ international health. An exploration of the historical development of international health will be included as will opportunities for students to study.

Principles of Project Management   
NU 611 |  3 semester hours 
Effective management of a project is a skill many (if not all) MBA students will need to have at some time during their professional career. The goal of this course is to give students the effective tools and knowledge to accomplish this successfully. Students will learn how projects get started, how to successfully manage a project and its resources, and how organizations select the “right” project to work on.

System Theory & Organizational Design Methodology
NU 612  |  3 semester hours 
This course provides an introduction to social systems theory and its application to organizational leadership and practice. Emphasis is placed on the role of the manager/leader as designer, steward, teacher, and participant in building and sustaining effective organizations.  

Medical Family Therapy
NU 613  |  3 semester hours 
This course will introduce students to the basic theoretical and practical dimensions of Marriage and Family Therapy in acute and chronic medical settings. Acute and chronic medical situations present high levels of stress for families and the medical professionals who are working with them. These larger system phenomena provide opportunities for which MFTs are uniquely trained and situated to be helpful. As health care seeks to become more holistic and integrative the need for individuals adept at systems thinking and the development of holistic views such as MFTs will become critical

Technology in the Health Care System
NU 651  |  3 semester hours 
In preparation for healthcare leadership in rapidly changing, complex health care delivery systems, students will examine patient-care technologies, clinical informatics models, electronic-based patient records, health information technology standards (HIT), health information exchange (HIE), clinical decision support systems, and evaluation of other technology that influences healthcare delivery models, practices, and patient outcomes. Students will identify how data sets and information systems are utilized for research, to predict health care risks, support quality improvement methods, and develop evidence for improved health care and outcomes.