Course Descriptions

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NUR 404
Advanced Pathophysiology

This course in organ systems physiology is designed to teach the fundamentals of normal function that are essential to understanding clinical problems. Examples from pathophysiology are used to illustrate physiological concepts. This course includes all major organ systems. It assumes previous academic preparation in anatomy and physiology and an understanding of basic algebra and simple physiology. Discussion sessions and problem sets provide opportunities to synthesize content and discuss clinical problems. (4 credits)

NUR 422
Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span 1

Content focuses on current concepts in the pharmacologic therapies of common health care problems seen in primary health care. Basic pathophysiology, clinical pharmacology, modes of therapy, and monitoring parametrics are explored. Diagnosis and management of health care problems and their treatment regimens are discussed. Case studies are utilized to clarify, reinforce, and correlate therapeutics with specific health care problems. (3 credits)

NUR 423
Advanced Pharmacology Across the Life Span II

This course is designed to meet the needs of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) prescribing for clients across the life span in the primary care setting. It builds on previously and /or concurrently acquired knowledge from nursing, pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology. The course will focus on clinical decision-making in prescribing pharmacologic interventions for pediatric health problems. Lectures, class discussion, and case studies will be used to clarify and reinforce cost-effective and clinically appropriate choices of pharmacotherapeutics. (2 credits)

NUR 500
Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span

This course introduces the student to the essential competencies necessary to provide primary health care to patients and families of diverse populations. Students engage in study that will assist them in understanding the developmental and cultural needs of patients across the life span as they relate to delivery of primary health care nursing. Family frameworks that reflect a developmental, systems approach are presented to guide the student in understanding the primary health care needs of patients, families and systems in this context. (2 credits)

NUR 500 A
FNP I: Clinical Decision-Making

In the clinical decision-making course the cognitive processes underlying diagnostic and clinical decision-making are presented as knowledge is applied in the delivery of primary care to volunteer patients. This is a companion course to NUR 500 and each of these courses complements the other to assist the beginning advanced practice nursing student to gain a knowledge base of common patient issues as an advanced primary care nurse. In addition, the clinical decision making skills that the nurse is refining in order to utilize his/her competencies in the delivery of primary health care nursing are reinforced in both components of the course. (1 credit)

NUR 501
FNP II: Primary Care Nursing of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family

The focus of this course is on the care of the low risk childbearing woman and her newborn applying a developmental theoretical perspective in the family practice setting. The clinical component provides the opportunity to integrate the theoretical content from prior courses and apply it to clinical obstetrical and gynecologic family practice. Throughout the weekly clinical conferences and clinical practice preceptorship experience, the student nurse practitioner (SNP) will achieve the skills needed for holistic, primary care of the well woman obstetrical client in family practice in ambulatory care. (4 credits)

NUR501 A
FNP II: Clinical Decision-Making

The clinical component provides the opportunity to integrate the theoretical content from prior courses and apply it to clinical obstetrical, gynecologic and family practice. Throughout the weekly clinical conferences and clinical practice preceptorship experience, the student nurse practitioner (SNP) will achieve the skills needed for holistic, primary care of the well woman obstetrical client in family practice in ambulatory care. (2 credits)

NUR 502
FNP III: Primary Care Nursing Across the Life Span

This course will continue to highlight the common health issues faced by individuals and families and will build on the Advanced Health Assessment course and FNP Two, Primary Care of the Child Bearing Family and Infant. Continued emphasis on thorough assessment, PE, contributing to the differential diagnosis and plan of care for patients and families will be highlighted in all classes. In addition to considering the developmental context for overall assessment, a systems approach will also be integrated to highlight the common health problems encountered by the FNP in primary care. (4 credits)

NUR 502 A
FNP III: Clinical Decision-Making

This clinical course provides 16 hours of clinical practice each week under the preceptorship of a certified Nurse Practitioner. The student has the opportunity to refine clinical skills in assessment and management of acute and chronic illness in the delivery of care to a variety of clients across the life span. (2 credits)

NUR 503
FNP IV: Primary Care Nursing Across the Life Span

This is the final course in the primary health care core sequence. The course content will focus on the unique needs of vulnerable populations across the life span. (4 credits)

NUR 503 A
FNP IV: Clinical Decision-Making

In this clinical component the student will have a three-day clinical placement under the preceptorship of a Nurse Practitioner. During this clinical, the student will have the opportunity to practice in an increasingly independent role as a Family Nurse Practitioner. (2 credits)

NUR 504
Family Theory: Health and Illness

This course will assist the students in expanding, synthesizing, and utilizing current theoretical and research based frameworks regarding family systems. Assessment and care of families at all developmental stages will be highlighted throughout the course with the use of case studies and discussion forums. In addition to the research and theoretical emphasis, the use of current lay literature, theatrical and film productions about relevant topics related to family functioning will be utilized to enhance perspectives and understanding of contemporary family issues. (3 credits)

NUR 507
Scholarly Inquiry I

This course provides the philosophical and historical basis for the development of nursing science and the relationship of among nursing theory, science, practice, and research. Students analyze theories, concepts, and research methodologies within the perceived worldview. (2 credits)

NUR 508
Scholarly Inquiry II

This course explores the development of nursing science and the relationship of nursing theory, science, practice, and research from both the quantitative and qualitative methodology. Several research methodologies are explored including Quality Improvement, Evidence Based Research, and Evaluation Research. Students identify and implement a scholarly project during the course. (2 Credits)

NUR 589
Informatics

The focus of this course is on essential core concepts, skills, and tools that capture evidence-based practice for the Family Nurse Practitioner and define the health care informatics field. Students examine a variety of current and emerging health information technologies to promote safe patient care, improve health care quality and efficiency, and foster consumer-centric care to advance nursing practice. (3 credits)

SNHS 410
Research Methods

This course focuses on preparing students to critically analyze research literature. Emphasis is placed on critically reading and interpreting published research in terms of applicability to the practice of health care professionals. Taught using small groups, discussions and lecture, this course provides a foundation for subsequent participation in research. (3 credits)

SNHS 450
The Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The course includes basic epidemiology, determinants of health, an overview of the health system, health providers, financing, and interdisciplinary practice models. It also includes issues of quality, technology, aging and long-term care, ethical analysis, and alternative (complementary) healing modalities. (3 credits)

SNHS 570
Health Promotion: A Global Perspective

GSHS 570 is an interdisciplinary, problem-based course designed to give students an overview of health promotion issues, explore selected current topics in health and health policy from a global perspective and investigate the consequences these issues have for the health status of individuals, populations, and society. This course will provide the theoretical foundation to allow the practitioner to design interventions that promote health and behavior change in the individual client within the community setting. (2 credits)

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