Nursing Course Descriptions

NUR 500 - Health Assessment (3-4 hours)
Systematic method for collecting data used in holistic health assessment of children and adults. Interviewing techniques for history taking; physical assessment skills. Prerequisite: R.N. with B.S. major in nursing; or R.N. with consent of instructor.

NUR 501 - Nursing Theories: Analysis and Development (3 hours)
Analysis of theoretical models. Emphasis on assessment and implications of models for advanced professional nursing practice and research. Prerequisite: nursing major.

NUR 505 - Leadership in the Health Care System (3 hours)
Leadership theory: role of the nurse as a leader, colleague, and consultant in health care systems. Prerequisite: nursing major.

NUR 510 - Legal Issues in Nursing (2 hours)
Legal and ethical issues that influence the practice of advanced nursing and leadership in health care systems. Critical assessment of the ethical implications of law and public policy in health care. Case studies. Prerequisite: nursing major or consent of instructor and department chair.

NUR 520 - Research Methods in Nursing (3 hours)
In-depth study of the research process; the significance of nursing theory as a basis for nursing research. Various research designs. Development of a testable hypothesis applicable to advanced nursing practice. Prerequisite: undergraduate statistics course or ELH 510; nursing major.

NUR 522 - Seminar On Nursing and Public Policy (3 hours)
Nursing activities and organizations affecting practice, health care, public policy, and the future of the profession. Emphasis on generating recommendations for the profession and developing a personal professional plan for participating in the process that develops public policy at the local, state, national, and/or international level. Prerequisite: nursing majors and senior or graduate status; or consent of instructor.

NUR 525 - Nursing Research Seminar (2 hours)
Trends in nursing and society that influence the direction of nursing research. Problems from clinical practice. Identification and refinement of specific researchable questions through a hypotheticodeductive process. Prerequisite: NUR 501, 505, 520; or consent of instructor.

NUR 533 - International Health and Nursing (3 hours)
Study of health care systems and nursing in a foreign country in selected hospitals, health care settings, and universities. Establishing health care professional and research networks. Cross-listed as NUR 433. Not open to students with credit in NUR 433.

NUR 600 - Advanced Health Assessment (3 hours)
Systematic method for collecting data used in holistic health assessment of persons throughout the lifespan and in various healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on interviewing techniques for history taking and advanced physical assessment skills. Prerequisite: R.N. with BSN; or R.N. with consent of instructor.

NUR 603 - Health Promotion in Populations (3 hours)
Focuses on core concepts in health and health promotion for groups, communities, and populations. There are two inter-related goals for this course. (1) Provide students with a basic understanding of the principles and determinants of population health with an emphasis on the tools provided by basic epidemiology for understanding health in populations. (2) Provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the steps needed to develop, implement, and evaluate population-based health promotion and illness prevention programs. Prerequisite: Nursing Majors only or consent of instructor

NUR 625 - DNP Practice Seminar I (1 hour)
Provides for a student-initiated endeavor culminating in a scholarly proposal. The project will provide an opportunity for leadership in healthcare policy resulting in safe and effective nursing and healthcare practice. An emphasis on healthcare financing, regulation, and/or delivery is required. Students will choose a clinical setting to assess the needs of healthcare providers, consumers, and stakeholders in the development of the proposal. Student will choose and collaborate with a faculty project advisor and committee of scholars and experts in the field. Prerequisite: DNP Majors only and NUR 700 and 720

NUR 630 - Nursing Administration I (Theory) (3 hours)
Theories, concepts, and principles from nursing and related disciplines as a foundation for nursing administration. Theories of change, role, adaptation, need, and leadership as related to nursing management. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only; NUR 501, 505. Corequisite: NUR 631 or consent of department chair.

NUR 631 - Nursing Administration I (Practicum) (4 hours)
Practicum applying concepts, theories, and principles from NUR 630. Use of relevant research findings. Advanced practice in management. Prerequisite: Nursing majors only; NUR 501, 505. Corequisite: NUR 630 or consent of department chair.

NUR 632 - Nursing Administration II (Theory) (3 hours)
Advanced concepts and principles relevant to external and internal nursing organizational situations including power, authority, and politics. Review of various organizational patterns and their relationship to nursing personnel management, budgeting, public relations, leadership style, and research. Prerequisite: NUR 630, 631. Corequisite: NUR 633 or consent of department chair.

NUR 633 - Nursing Administration II (Practicum) (4 hours)
Practicum applying advanced concepts, theories, and principles from NUR 632. Use of management skills such as staffing, budgeting, and developing positive public relations. Prerequisite: NUR 630, 631. Corequisite: NUR 632 or consent of department chair.

NUR 640 - Healthcare Policy (3 hours)
Explores health policy development and implementation and its impact on healthcare regulation, delivery, and finance. There is a focus on wellness and promotion of health for local, national, and worldwide health initiatives. Students will define healthcare provider roles in health promotion, healthcare delivery, and quality improvement through activities related to health policy reform and finance.

NUR 651 - Advanced Pharmacology I (3 hours)
Provides the student with the knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, and pharmacologically manage the treatment of common health problems in a safe, high-quality, and cost-effective manner. Prerequisite: Graduate Nursing Majors only or consent of Department Chair

NUR 660 - Seminar in Nursing Education (3 hours)
Application of educational theories and techniques for the nurse educator. Prerequisite: ETE 651 or ETE 655.

NUR 661 - Nursing Education Practicum I (4 hours)
Application of nursing educational theories, principles, and techniques in the classroom and clinical settings. Prerequisite: NUR 660 or concurrent enrollment.

NUR 662 - Nursing Education Practicum II (4 hours)
Application of nursing educational theories, principles, and techniques in the staff development setting. Prerequisite: NUR 660, NUR 661 or consent of department chair.

NUR 689 - Independent Research (1-6 hours)
Readings, research, or project complementing the student's program of study. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

NUR 697 - Capstone Project in Nursing (0-2 hours)
A student-initiated endeavor that culminates in a scholarly project, which synthesizes advanced practice knowledge and skills to address a current nursing practice issue related to chosen advanced practice field of study. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 hours. Prerequisite: NUR 520, NUR 525, and consent of instructor.

NUR 698 - Directed Research in Nursing (0-2 hours)
A research-oriented, student-initiated endeavor that culminates in a scholarly paper suitable for publication or presentation. Required for MSN students who do not select the thesis option. May be repeated for a maximum of two semester hours. Prerequisite: NUR 520, NUR 525, and consent of instructor.

NUR 699 - Thesis (0-4 hours)
Design and implement a research proposal which has implications for nursing practice. May be repeated for a maximum of four semester hours. Prerequisite: NUR 520, 525; consent of department chair.

NUR 700 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3 hours)
Provides a theoretical analysis of nursing and the natural and social sciences for application as frameworks for research, practice, education, and quality healthcare delivery. Prerequisite: DNP Majors only or consent of Department Chair

NUR 720 - Methods in Evidence Based Practice (3 hours)
Introduces the learner to theories related to Research Utilization (RU) and Evidence-based Practice (EBP) and provides opportunities to explore issues and refine questions related to quality and cost-effective healthcare delivery for the best client outcomes. Methods to collect evidence, plan changes for the transformation of practice, and evaluate quality improvement methods will be discussed. Emphasis on best practice based on evidence and preferences of the client. Prerequisite: DNP Majors only and ELH 510 or consent of Department Chair

NUR 725 - DNP Practice Seminar II (2 hours)
Provides for a student-initiated endeavor culminating in implementation of a scholarly proposal. The project will provide an opportunity for leadership in healthcare policy resulting in safe and effective nursing and healthcare practice. Students will refine their proposals and implement their projects in the chosen clinical setting to meet the needs of healthcare providers, consumers, and stakeholders by assuring safe and cost-effective care. Students will demonstrate leadership in the practice setting and serve in the role of educator, consultant, and change agent. Prerequisite: DNP Majors Only and NUR 625, 700, 720, 730, M L 630, 672, ECO 603, and ATG 603

NUR 730 - Ethics in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 hours)
Provides participants with opportunities to critically analyze ethical issues that arise in practice, research, education, and administration and their intersection with one\x1as personal values. Discussions will also include the legal obligations which frequently accompany ethical dilemmas. Classic as well as current literature will be explored as will ethical theory and methods for resolution of ethical dilemmas. Prerequisite: DNP Majors only

NUR 751 - Advanced Pharmacology II (3 hours)
Students study and apply general principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of drugs used in the anesthetic care of patients undergoing general, local, and regional anesthesia. Further in-depth study will focus on the pharmacologic selection of client populations exhibiting various coexisting disease and pathophysiologies. Prerequisite: DNP Anesthesia Majors only and NUR 651

NUR 825 - DNP Practice Seminar III (3 hours)
Provides for a student-initiated endeavor culminating in implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of a scholarly project. The project will provide opportunities for leadership and advocacy in healthcare policy development. Students will implement, evaluate, and disseminate their project in the chosen clinical setting to meet the needs of healthcare providers, consumers, and stakeholders in assuring safe and cost-effective care. Students will demonstrate leadership in the dissemination of project findings through publication and presentation. Prerequisite: DNP Majors only and NUR 625, 700, 705, 720, 725, 730, M L 630, 672, ECO 603, and ATG 603