May 25, 2020  
Graduate Catalog-Handbook 2018-2019 
    
Graduate Catalog-Handbook 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Graduate Core

  
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    HUMN 505 - Seminar on Scholarly Writing


    This course aids the master’s level nursing student in scholarly writing skills. The identification of scholarly writing, the significance of ethics in writing, and information gathering and analysis is emphasized. The writing process is practiced throughout the course.
    1 credit hours
  
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    NURS 501 - Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice


    This course provides an analysis of research in nursing with a focus on translating this research into practice through the use of evidence. Attention is given to critiquing evidence-based practice, meta-analysis, systemic reviews, clinical practice guidelines and primary studies. Clinical practice and ethical decision-making is guided by critically reviewing the research and determining the process of integration.
    Prerequisites: Statistics and Undergraduate Research.
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 502 - Quality, Safety & Effectiveness of Nursing Care


    This graduate course introduces students to modern concepts of quality of care, quality improvement, patient safety, and effectiveness of nursing care. The course builds upon the competencies of the baccalaureate nurse in quality and patient safety to include topics such as control charts, run-charts, quality analysis methods, root cause analysis, failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA), and quality improvement models. Also explored in the course are concepts related to human factors and their role in errors, and patient safety goals and strategies both within and outside the discipline of nursing. The role of informatics and the work environment are also addressed, as these are critical factors that transcend quality, safety, and effectiveness discussions. The role of the graduate-prepared nurse in creating and maintaining a patient-centered care environment is central to the course.
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 503 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing


    Examines the relationship between theory, nursing practice and nursing research. Theories, concepts and models from both nursing and related disciplines will be evaluated. Application of relevant theories to nursing practice and research will be emphasized.
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 504 - Leadership in Advanced Nursing Roles


    The purpose of this course is to analyze the theories and principles of leadership within the complex healthcare organizations of the 21st century. Special emphasis is on leadership knowledge and skills required for the masters prepared nurse in today’s local, state, national, and international health care environments
    3 credit hours

Direct Care Core

  
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    NURS 520 - Advanced Pharmacology


    This course provides fundamental pharmacologic principles in order for the advanced practice nurse to manage pharmacologic agents safely and effectively. The course serves as a basis for the graduate nursing student to critically evaluate pertinent pharmacologic principle to meet the health needs of individuals across the lifespan. The advanced pharmacology course must be completed within 5 years immediately preceding application for APRN license in Ohio. If the Advanced Pharmacology course is over 5 years old, another 45 hour Advanced Pharmacology course must be taken.
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 521 - Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology


    This course provides and applies the concepts of advanced  pathophysiology to disparate disease processes throughout all the major body systems. These disease processes will be related to altered cell and tissue metabolism, individual and multi-organ failure, as well as how different organs are interrelated (through comorbidities) during systemic illnesses of individuals across the life span.
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 522 - Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurse Practitioners


    This course builds on the basic theoretical foundations and practice of comprehensive health assessment, application of cognitive processes and psychomotor skills. The course serves as a basis for the graduate nursing student to critically evaluate pertinent information and assess the health needs of individuals across the lifespan. Applications of health assessment techniques are practiced in supervised laboratory sessions.
    3 credit hours

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track

  
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    NURS 576 - Acute/Emergent Care I


    This is a hybrid course.
    This course provides the adult-gerontological acute care nurse practitioner (AG-ACNP) student both didactic and clinical experience in order to develop and refine the knowledge and skills needed to deliver care to adult patients with acute or chronic diagnosis in the context of the AG-ACNP scope of practice. Emphasis is placed upon the student’s base knowledge, analyzing normal and abnormal physiology with increasing independence in the application and provisions of evidenced based clinical decision making, problem identification and management, health promotion and client and family education and counseling.
    Prerequisites: NURS 501 , NURS 502 , NURS 503 , NURS 504 , NURS 520 , NURS 521 , NURS 522  
    8 credit hours
    (5 credit hours didactic & 3 credit hours practicum = 150 hours clinical)
  
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    NURS 577 - Acute/Emergent Care II


    This is a hybrid course.
    This course provides the adult-gerontological acute care nurse practitioner (AG-ACNP) student with both didactic and clinical experience in order to develop and refine the knowledge and skills needed to deliver care to adult patients with complex acute or chronic diagnoses in the context of the AG-ACNP scope of practice. Emphasis is placed upon the student’s increased knowledge base and clinical experience, analyzing typical and atypical presentations of complex acute on chronic comorbidities with increasing independence in the managing patient care to sustain or restore physiological function, and if necessary, implementing palliative care and end-of-life care. The AG-ACNP student continues to utilize evidence based clinical decision making, problem identification and management, health promotion and client and family education and counseling.
    Prerequisites: NURS 501 , NURS 502 , NURS 503 , NURS 504 , NURS 520 , NURS 521 , NURS 522 , NURS 576  
    10 credit hours
    (5 credit hours didactic & 5 credit hours practicum = 250 hours clinical)
  
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    NURS 578 - Acute/Emergent Care III


    This is a hybrid course

    This course provides the adult-gerontological acute care nurse practitioner student with a culminating practicum experience in order to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to proficiently deliver care to clients in acute, critical and chronic physical illness. Emphasis is placed upon the student’s independence in the application of knowledge of complex acute, critical and chronic physical illnesses while utilizing evidenced based clinical decision making, problem identification and management, and interdisciplinary collaboration of clients care.
    Prerequisites: NURS 501 , NURS 502 , NURS 503 , NURS 504 , NURS 505 , NURS 520 , NURS 521 , NURS 522 , NURS 576 , NURS 577  (Corequisite: NURS 579 ), HUMN 505  
    5 credit hours
    (5 credit hours practicum = 250 hours clinical)

  
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    NURS 579 - Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice


    This course is designed for the nurse practitioner student to analyze the roles and functions that advanced practice nurses assume upon entering practice. Particular emphasis is given to guiding behaviors that are necessary for successful collaborative practice. This course will focus on historical, social, political, health policy and economic issues related to advance practice as a nurse practitioner.
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 586 - Acute-Critical-Chronic Clinical Management I


    This is a hybrid course. This course provides the adult-gerontological acute care nurse practitioner (AG-ACNP) student both didactic and clinical experience in order to develop and refine the knowledge and skills needed to deliver care to adult patients with acute or chronic diagnosis in the context of the AG-ACNP scope of practice. Emphasis is placed upon the student’s base knowledge, analyzing normal and abnormal physiology with increasing independence in the application and provisions of evidenced based clinical decision making, problem identification and management, health promotion and client and family education and counseling.
    10 credit hours
  
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    NURS 587 - Acute-Critical-Chronic Clinical Management II


    This is a hybrid course. This course provides the adult-gerontological acute care nurse practitioner (AG-ACNP) student with both didactic and clinical experience in order to develop and refine the knowledge and skills needed to deliver care to adult patients with complex acute and chronic diagnoses in the context of the AG-ACNP scope of practice. Emphasis is placed upon the student’s increased knowledge base and clinical experience, analyzing typical and atypical presentations of complex acute or chronic comorbidities with increasing independence in managing patient care to sustain or restore physiological function, and if necessary implementing palliative care and end-of-life care. The AG-ACNP student continues to utilize evidence based clinical decision making, problem identification and management, health promotion and client and family education and counseling.
    10 credit hours

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

  
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    NURS 570 - Primary Care I


    This is a hybrid course.
    This course provides the nurse practitioner student with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver primary health care across the lifespan within the context of family and community through a didactic and clinical experience. Emphasis is placed upon the application of evidence based clinical decision making, problem identification and management, health promotion, and client and family health education. Basic concepts and knowledge needed to assess and manage common health problems are covered. Multi-faceted outcome-based interventions including complementary and alternative therapies, health education and health promotion will be explored within the context of a multidisciplinary team approach.
    Prerequisites: NURS 501 , NURS 502 , NURS 503 , NURS 504 , NURS 520 , NURS 521 , NURS 522  
    8 credit hours
    (5 credit hours didactic & 3 credit hours practicum = 150 clinical hours)
  
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    NURS 571 - Primary Care II


    This is a hybrid course.
    This course provides the nurse practitioner student with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver primary health care across the lifespan, within the context of family and community through didactic and online content delivery and preceptor clinical experiences. Emphasis is placed upon the application of evidence-based clinical decision making, problem identification and management, health promotion, and client and family health education. Complex concepts and in-depth knowledge needed to assess and manage health problems are covered. Multi-faceted outcome-based interventions including complementary and alternative therapies, health education and health promotion will be explored as part of a multidisciplinary team approach.
    Prerequisites: NURS 570  
    10 credit hours
    (5 credit hours didactic & 5 credit hours practicum= 250 clinical hours)
  
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    NURS 572 - Primary Care III


    This is a hybrid course.
    This course provides the nurse practitioner student with a culminating practicum experience in order to refine the knowledge and skills needed to deliver primary health care to clients across the lifespan, within the context of family and community. Emphasis is placed upon the student’s increasing independence in the application and provisions of evidenced based clinical decision making, problem identification and management, health promotion and client and family health education and counseling. Multi-faceted outcome-based interventions including complementary and alternative therapies, health education and health promotion will be utilized in the provision of care within a multidisciplinary team approach in order to heal the body, mind and spirit.
    Prerequisites: NURS 505  NURS 571  (Corequisite: NURS 579 ), HUMN 505  
    5 credit hours
    (250 clinical hours)

Nursing Administration Track

  
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    NURS 550 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior


    Examines organizational behavior and the impact of leadership on the individuals, groups and organizational structure in health care. Organizational behavior is the study of the dynamics of individuals and groups within an organizational structure grounded in values and beliefs. This course will examine this concept at the individual and group or micro-level and at the organizational or macro-level through a meso-perspective which integrates concepts of organizational behavior and organizational theory. Five meso elements are identified: 1) drivers of change, 2) alignment, 3) processes, 4) leadership, and 5) people as critical to the successful transformation of healthcare organizations.
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 551 - Concepts of Nursing Administration


    This is a hybrid course.
    Introduces the student to the leadership and management roles and functions for the practice of Nursing Administration. The focus of the course is on the specialty of nursing administration and leadership and management competencies in the area of communication, relationship building, business skills and principles and professionalism. Key concepts, research and best practices will be explored and opportunities for theory application and learning will be utilized.
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 552 - Health Care Environments


    Explores current issues and trends in health care and concepts of policy and politics in health care; laws and regulations governing health care and nurse practice; the role of federal and state government; governance models; the role of health care institutions in the community and access to care; and challenges facing nursing administrators. These concepts are explored from the perspective of various health care delivery environments including urban and rural settings, free standing health care clinics, hospitals, long term care and rehabilitative services.
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 554 - Integration of Nursing Administration Concepts I


    Integration of Nursing Administration of Concepts I is the first course in a two-course series serving as the culminating event or capstone of the Nursing Administration program. The course draws concepts from across the Nursing Administration curriculum and introduces concepts of strategic management, systems thinking, implementation of new health care programs, marketing, policies, health care delivery models, crisis management, advocacy, and information management. The concepts are presented through authentic learning experiences in health care management and administration. Students are expected to be self-directed.
    Prerequisites: NURS 501 , NURS 502 , NURS 503 , NURS 504 , NURS 505 , NURS 550 , NURS 551 , NURS 552 , NURS 556 , NURS 557 , HUMN 505  
    3 credit hours
    (2 credit hours didactic & 1 credit hour practicum = 50 clinical hours)
  
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    NURS 555 - Integration of Nursing Administration Concepts II


    Integration of Nursing Administration of Concepts is the second course in a two course series serving as the culminating event or capstone of the Nursing Administration program. The course draws concepts from across the Nursing Administration curriculum utilizing authentic learning experiences in nursing management and administration.
    Prerequisites: NURS 501 , NURS 502 , NURS 503 , NURS 504 , NURS 505 , NURS 550 , NURS 551 , NURS 552 , NURS 554 , NURS 556 , NURS 557 , HUMN 505 
    3 credit hours
    (1 credit hour didactic & 2 credit hours practicum = 100 clinical hours)
  
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    NURS 556 - Finance of Health Care


    This is a hybrid course.
    This course introduces the student to basic principles of accounting and health care finance that are used by operational managers. There is a focus on the application of financial principles to clinical decision making and tasks that are essential to the operational manager of clinical services. The student is also introduced to concepts of financial analysis used to interpret financial statements.
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 557 - Economics of Health Care


    This course provides the student with a broad understanding of the principles of economic as applied to the health care system and provides a framework for analysis of current issues challenging health care. The three major tasks of economics covered in this course are descriptive, explanatory, and evaluative economics. Graphic analysis and models are used to illustrate the relationships among economic variables and to assist in drawing inferences.
    3 credit hours

Nursing Education Track

  
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    NURS 523 - Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurse Educators


    This online assessment course builds on the basic theoretical foundations and practice of comprehensive health assessment, application of cognitive processes and psychomotor skills. The course serves as a basis for the graduate nursing student in the Nursing Education Master’s program to critically evaluate pertinent information and assess the health needs of individuals across the lifespan. Advanced assessment skills are learned through online educational software.
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 542 - Curriculum and Program Development


    Models and issues of curriculum design and program development will be analyzed. Nursing curriculum design in higher education and program development will be explored. Influences of accreditation requirements as well as societal and practice requirements will also be discussed
    Prerequisites: NURS 501 , NURS 502 , NURS 503 , NURS 504 , NURS 520 , NURS 521 , NURS 523  
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 543 - Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation


    This graduate course introduces students to the theory and practice of educational measurement, assessment, and evaluation.  The focus of the course is measurement, assessment, and evaluation in nursing education within a higher education framework, but the course content is applicable to other areas of nursing practice such as clinical nursing practice, continuing education/staff development, and patient/family education.  Historical and current trends will be explored through the examination of evidence-based assessment/measurement practices, ethical considerations in testing, and psychosocial factors related to measurement, assessment, and evaluation..
    Prerequisites: NURS 501 , NURS 502 , NURS 503 , NURS 504 , NURS 520 , NURS 521 , NURS 522  
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 544 - Family Health Practicum


    The focus of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to continue to develop clinical expertise for the role of nurse educator. This course includes the synthesis and application of relevant practice theories such as Family Health Theory and Adult Learning Theories. Through the practicum experience, students assess, plan, execute, and evaluate evidence-based care protocols for inclusion within clinical and educational environments.
    Prerequisites: NURS 520 , NURS 521 , NURS 523  
    1 credit hour = 50 clinical hours credit hours
  
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    NURS 546 - Theoretical Foundations of the Instructional Process


    This course focuses on the art and science of instruction, with an emphasis on examining the theories of teaching and learning. Educational resources and instructional methods will be analyzed. The course emphasizes the cultural aspects of the teaching-learning process.
    Prerequisites: NURS 501 , NURS 502 , NURS 503 , NURS 504 , NURS 520 , NURS 521 , NURS 522 
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 547 - Educator Practicum


    (This is a hybrid course.) The focus of this course is on the advanced nurse practice role in education. Professional standards, values, and awareness of cultural diversity are incorporated into role development as the student learns the diverse role of the nurse educator. The course offers supervised practice of teaching in the areas of higher education, and/or staff development/continuing education.
    Prerequisites: (Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 542 , NURS 543 , NURS 546 )
    2 credit hours
    (3 credit hours practicum = 150 hours)

DNP Required Courses

  
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    HUMN 753 - Healthcare Ethics


    This course prepares students to examine the nature and practice of healthcare ethics with an emphasis on the application of ethics and social justice principles to critically analyze the ethical dimensions of leadership in practice. Building upon previous reflection and understanding of personal and professional values, the learner will explore relevant contextual features within complex health care delivery systems that influence ethical decision-making for patients, systems and populations. Practices, protocols and policies that are influential on professional ethics, as well as state and federal mandates will be explored.
    1 credit hours
  
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    NURS 750 - Translating Evidence into Nursing Practice


    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to translate a variety of evidence into nursing practice. Students will expand their understanding of the research process, current models of EBP, and will gain new skills in advanced research and appraisal. Students will examine a wide selection of basic and advanced research designs used in clinical, health services, and social research, gaining skills necessary to be leaders in data-driven clinical environments. Specific attention will be paid to the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of practice innovations, including change management, diffusion of innovations, and dissemination of findings. Findings from the emergent field of implementation science will provide the background for application and evaluation of practice innovations.
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 751 - Epidemiology and Biostatistical Principles of Healthcare


    This course introduces the learner to the foundational principles, concepts, and methods of epidemiology and their impact on global health and population health. Learners will apply complementary biostatistical principles of descriptive and analytic epidemiology, including research design, analysis, calculation, and interpretation of data. Existing datasets for analysis include measures of global health and population health. Current technologies are used to facilitate these skills.

    Learners will apply complementary biostatistical principles of descriptive and analytic epidemiology, including research design, analysis, calculation, and interpretation of data. Existing datasets for analysis include measures of global health and population health. Current technologies are used to facilitate these skills.

    An important focus in this course that is directly applicable to DNP practice change projects includes evaluation of the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions, effect size, statistical significance, and clinical significance of intervention research results.
    3 credit hours

  
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    NURS 752 - Outcome Measurement and Analysis for Individual and Population Health


    This course prepares students to plan, design, analyze, and summarize evidence-based quality improvement and patient safety initiatives across practice settings. Students will learn techniques to develop clear problem statements, formulate a comprehensive data analysis plan, including process and outcome measures, and summarize data analysis results. Students will gain skills in alignment of the problem statement, selection of metrics, measurement, and data analysis using statistical software. Themes present throughout the course will include problem-solving, performance improvement, and process refinement by applying research findings to a particular population and setting.
    Prerequisites: NURS 750   NURS 751  
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 754 - Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Individual and Population Health


    The learner uses principles of genomics and a human rights framework to provide culturally appropriate education and motivation for the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. At-risk individuals and populations are identified and prioritized. Theories and skills related to transcultural nursing, changing attitudes, and motivational interviewing, health literacy, and applicable technologies to support these endeavors are analyzed. Patient-centered feedback and population impact of these strategies are explored.
    Prerequisites: NURS 750   NURS 751  NURS 752 
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 755 - Complex Healthcare Environments


    This course assists the learner in analyzing and evaluating U.S. health care delivery using a systems model across three domains: within the organization, within the health care industry, and within society. U.S. health care will be explored from its historical origin to current systems. A focus is placed on the role of stakeholders in providing high quality care to meet the current and future needs of patient populations. The concepts of organizational behavior and leadership are applied in assessing organizations, identifying systems’ issues, and developing system-wide strategies for practice delivery.
    Prerequisites: HUMN 753  
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 756 - Healthcare Finance and Economics


    This course assists the learner to draw linkages between information and decision-making through an understanding of financial concepts and the economic environment of health care.  Various concepts of business, finance and economics are used to analyze and determine the feasibility and sustainability of practice initiatives. All concepts are explored through the current legal and regulatory healthcare framework and community benefit. Opportunity to apply business, financial and economic principles is provided through discussion and case analysis.
    Prerequisites: HUMN 753 
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 757 - Healthcare Policy


    The learner focuses on the relationship between health policy and politics. State, national, and international policies influencing the healthcare industry and consumers are explored including the legal and ethical implications. Students explore practice or professional leadership opportunities to actively participate in policy-making advocacy.
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 758 - Project Development for Practice Innovation


    This course provides a structured academic environment for the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project. The student proposes a need for a sustainable evidence-based practice change project supported by the literature. This project demonstrates knowledge of leadership principles, appropriate consultation, interprofessional collaboration, psychometric principles, patient advocacy, ethical considerations and fiscal accountability. Healthcare system challenges, economic and political implications are anticipated. Outcome measurement and analysis are proposed. Identifying, negotiating, and securing the Doctor of Nursing Practice practicum site and mentor are completed. A draft of the DNP Project Scholarly Written Document - Part I - is an outcome of this course.
    Prerequisites: NURS 750 , NURS 751 , NURS 752 , HUMN 753 , NURS 754 , NURS 755 , NURS 756 , NURS 757  
    3 credit hours
  
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    NURS 759 - DNP Practicum I


    The learner engages with experts in the practice environment that is the context for the DNP Project. Students demonstrate the application of concepts from core topics including evidence-based practice, epidemiology and biostatistics, psychometrics, population health, health promotion, effective technology, leadership, advocacy, and ethics. Opportunities for feedback and reflection are provided during the implementation phase of the project.
    Prerequisites: NURS 750 , NURS 751 , NURS 752 , HUMN 753 , NURS 754 , NURS 755 , NURS 756 , NURS 757  , NURS 758  
    5 credit hours
    (250 clinical hours)
  
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    NURS 760 - DNP Practicum II


    The learner continues to engage with experts in the practice environment that is the context for the DNP Project. Students continue to demonstrate the synthesis of concepts from core topics including evidence-based practice, epidemiology and biostatistics, psychometrics, population health, health promotion, effective technology, leadership, advocacy, and ethics. The student demonstrates synthesis of healthcare economic principles as well as healthcare policy implications. Opportunities for feedback and reflection are provided during the analysis phase of the project. The project is reported via scholarly written document and presented in person publicly with a poster or media presentation.
    Prerequisites: NURS 750 , NURS 751 , NURS 752 , HUMN 753 , NURS 754 , NURS 755 , NURS 756 ,NURS 757 , NURS 758 , NURS 759  
    5 credit hours
    (250 clinical hours)