Course Index

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NRS 792 APHN PRACTICUM

This course provides the foundation for clinical role development in advanced public health nursing. Students will experientially examine public health nursing from a systems perspective and involves no individual level patient care. The preceptor supervised practicum expectations include role exploration and evidence-based project development.

  • Credits: 2.0

NRS 788 CIVIC HEALTH

This course uses the Culture of Health framework to examine the role of civic health in the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Students will examine civic health indicators (i.e. volunteering and giving, group membership, trust in institutions, social interactions, neighbor connectedness, voting and registration, and political involvement) in relation to population-based care, health policy, ethics, and finance. Examination of social change leadership, analysis of civic-related research, and exploration of civic identity will further student civic and public purpose as a health care professional and educated citizen.

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 784 PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS

This course provides a foundation for a systematic process to clarify, prioritize, and justify ethical principles and values that guide public health action. Students will compare and contrast public health ethics to bioethics and medical ethics that guide biology and clinical medicine which are individual or patient centered. Throughout this course students will distinguish public health ethics as a population-based approach to public health as a field of study.

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 758 HEALTH SYSTEMS, INFORMATICS & LEADERSHIP

This course provides an overview of contemporary nursing and health care systems and organizations. Within this overview the research, health policy, regulation, and law are examined from the perspective of how these factors shape health care organizations. Available technology tools to interpret and organize health data is investigated in relation to health system productivity. This course synthesizes leadership and system theory into understanding the health care industry and program development to become a leader in patient centered care and positive health outcomes.

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 754 HEALTH CARE POLICY

This course provides a foundation for analyzing the social and political forces that influence health care policy decisions. The relationship between health policy, social justice, and nursing practice will be explored. Students will examine current health care policy and factors which influence policy development. The DNP's contribution to the health care policy making process will be investigated.

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 750 HEALTH CARE FINANCE

This course provides the basics of economic theory, market drivers and restraints, health care finance and reimbursement, cost/benefit analysis and health care entrepreneurism. The financial environment of health care and how it impacts the advanced nurse practice role is examined. The relationship between health care economics, health policy, program development, and clinical practice is explored.

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 746 ROLE DEVELOPMENT OF APRN

This course examines the theoretical principles that guide practice of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN). Emphasis will be placed on the roles of the APRN which include clinician, clinical leader, and educator.

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 742 NURSING RESEARCH

This course provides an in-depth study of the design and conduct of health care research with emphasis on identifying researchable clinical, educational, and health care delivery problems.  Analysis and interpretation of data from qualitative and quantitative research designs will be emphasized. Students will begin to investigate and develop their capstone question and complete a systematic literature review to support the capstone project.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    SSC 730

NRS 738 THEORY FOUNDATION

The development and meaning of theories relevant to nursing practice will be examined. Theory development, evaluation, and application will be analyzed in relationship to the advancement of nursing practice through scientific and clinical inquiry, which leads to evidence-based practice.

  • Credits: 3.0

NRS 720 ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY

This course provides a foundation for in-depth analysis of clinical pharmacology. The pharmacotherapeutic effects and clinical uses of specific drug groups related to the care and management of patients in primary and acute care settings will be examined. Pharmacological principles, mechanisms of action, associated drug interactions, and patient education aspects of drug therapy are discussed as a basis for clinical judgments in primary and acute care. Problems inherent in drug therapy of specific patient populations, such as ethnic groups, children, pregnant or lactating women and elders are emphasized as is the genetic basis of pharmacotherapy. The ethical, legal and economic implications surrounding the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse's (APRN) role in prescribing and monitoring pharmacotherapies will also be studied. 

  • Credits: 3.0