MU ALERT ISSUED

Course Descriptions

NU 501 Theoretical and Ethical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice

This course explores the historical origins of advanced nursing practice, its contribution to the contemporary health care environment and the role of advanced nursing practice. Students explore theoretical knowledge and principles drawn from nursing and related disciplines that guide advanced practice. Students apply ethical theory and principles of moral reasoning to analyze clinical scenarios and use information technologies to support scholarly endeavors. (3)

NU 510 Population Health

Provides an overview of global and national population health with a focus on the determinants of health, health disparities and population-oriented prevention. Using an epidemiological approach, students will examine the burden of disease within ethical, social, cultural, political, economic and environmental contexts. (3)

NU 512 Nursing and Health Care Systems and Organizations

This course provides an overview of the contemporary U.S. health care system, including political, economic, organizational, and cultural factors impacting nursing and health care. It examines the role of innovative leadership models and theories, policy, and regulation in shaping organizations and health care systems. (3)

NU 550 Advanced Pathophysiology I

Presents advanced pathophysiology of the head and neck, muscular skeletal, pulmonary, cardiovascular, hematologic, and dermatologic systems. Emphasis is given to the interaction of these systems with other body systems. Students analyze data pertinent to clinical disease states and utilize the information in implementing the nursing process as a clinical nursing expert. (3)

NU 551 Advanced Pathophysiology II

Focuses on the endocrine, gastrointestinal, renal, genitourinary, neurologic, and reproductive systems. The interaction of body systems is stressed. Analysis of data pertinent to clinical disease states is continued as a foundation for expert clinical nursing practice. (3)

NU 552 Advanced Pharmacology

An in depth study of clinical pharmacology and toxicology. Drugs affecting the organ systems are discussed with emphasis on mechanisms of drug action, types and mechanism of adverse drug action as well as drug interactions. The nursing implications of each drug classification are emphasized together with the implications surrounding the decision-making process used in prescribing drugs. Drug legislation and regulations affecting advanced-practice nurses are studied. Relevant research with implications for nursing practice is presented. (3)

NU 590 Health Care Data Analysis

Provides the student with a conceptual understanding of statistical methods in relation to the purpose, design, and methods of health care research. Both descriptive and inferential applications are presented and students are introduced to the use of computers for data storage, retrieval, and statistical analysis. (3)

NU 591 Health Care Research

This course provides an in-depth study of the process and elements of research and evidence based practice. Focus is placed on the process of identifying clinical and health care delivery problems, searching and appraising the evidence for solutions, planning, implementing and evaluating practice changes. It incorporates an overview of the design and conduct of ethical health care inquiry with an emphasis on translational research skills to improve health care delivery and outcomes. Prerequisite or corequisite: NU 590. (3)

NU 599 Independent Study

Students investigate selected topics in nursing under the direction of a faculty advisor and/or the dean of the Malek School of Health Professions. Independent Study enables students to pursue specialized interests and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in nursing. (1-6)

NUE 503 Nursing Education I

A critical study of the educational process with emphasis on relevant research. The organization and administration of both the educational setting and the health care agency are discussed with attention to the role of the educator within both settings. Role development is initiated with an analysis of the rights and responsibilities of the educator. (3)

NUE 504 Nursing Education II

Intensive study of learning, the learner, and the environment for learning. Special attention is given to the theoretical base of learning and relevant education research. The special needs and interests of the learner in nursing are analyzed, and unique features of the teaching environment in nursing are discussed. Techniques of measurement and evaluation are presented with opportunities for test construction, analysis, and evaluation. (3)

NUE 505 Nursing Education III

Focuses on role preparation for nursing educators. Curriculum/program planning and development receive major emphasis. The instructional process and teaching principles are studied with attention to application. Prerequisites: NUE 503 and NUE 504. (3)

NUE 590 Nursing Education Practicum

This practicum provides opportunities to apply educational theory to teaching practice. Current issues in nursing education are explored. Leadership and research roles of nursing education are analyzed and opportunities are provided for role development. Experiences are analyzed and evaluated to develop teaching competence. Prerequisites: NUE 503, NUE 504, NUE 505, NU 550, and NU 551. (4)

NUF 501 Professional Role Development of the Family Nurse Practitioner

Presents the theoretical principles that guide the primary care family nurse practitioner. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating clear understanding of the professional nurse practitioner role and the beginning clinician role. The content of the course facilitates the student’s transition to advanced practice nursing. The curriculum emphasizes leadership; family theory; ethical and legal aspects; health care delivery systems; research; and quality, safe, evidence-based practice. The clinical learning environment provides essential experiential opportunities to enhance student development of the NP role and refine advanced practice skills in the clinic setting. Prerequisites: NUF 502. (3)

NUF 502 Advanced Assessment and Health Screening for the Family Nurse Practitioner

Provides the didactic and clinical skill foundation for the advanced practice nurse in the primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on interviewing skills and a methodical comprehensive approach to physical examination for the formulation of differential diagnoses and the development of an evidenced based management plan. The focus is on thorough and organized written and electronic documentation. Role preparation for the nurse practitioner is initiated with attention to the development of advanced health and health promotion competencies throughout the lifespan. Content incorporates the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and developmental variables of health. Laboratory and clinical experiences are incorporated to provide opportunities for advanced health assessment, clinical and diagnostic reasoning skills. Prerequisites: NU 550 and NU 552. Prerequisite or corequisite: NU 551. (5)

NUF 503 Primary Care of the Family I

Builds upon the knowledge and skill base from previous M.S.N. core and F.N.P. courses. It provides the theoretical, clinical role development, and skill foundation requisite for the primary care of individuals and families with common acute and chronic health problems. Focus is on the application of evidence-based concepts essential to the delivery of quality-driven advanced practice care. Further role preparation for the primary care family nurse practitioner is emphasized with attention to the components of a comprehensive assessment, clinical management, therapeutic monitoring, and coordination of health promotion and health care. The clinical learning environment provides essential experiential opportunities for the development and refinement of core competencies. Prerequisites: NUF 501-502. (7)

NUF 504 Primary Care of the Family II

Builds upon the knowledge and skill base attained from previous M.S.N. core and F.N.P. courses. It provides the theoretical, role development, and skill foundation requisite for the primary care of individuals, pediatric clients, and women who are experiencing reproductive health concerns. Focus is on the application of evidence-based concepts essential to the delivery of quality-driven advanced practice care. Role preparation of the primary care family nurse practitioner is expanded with attention to the components of comprehensive assessment, clinical management and therapeutic monitoring, the coordination and management of health promotion and health care. The clinical learning environment provides essential experiential opportunities for the development and refinement of core family nurse practitioner competencies. Prerequisites: NUF 501-503. (6)

x
Looking to pursue your graduate education and career goals? Download the Guide to Pursuing an Advanced Nursing Degree now!

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Nursing (M.S.N.)