Course Descriptions

Required Courses
NU 700 Theoretical Components of Nursing Science 3 CR
This course involves the study of knowledge shared among members of the nursing discipline, the patterns of knowing and knowledge development, criteria for evaluating knowledge claims and the philosophy of science. The nature of theory, theory development in nursing, and significant conceptualizations of nursing will be discussed. Through guided search and discussion doctoral students will become knowledgeable about the utilization of middle range theory to guide nursing practice.
 
NU 710 Health Care Policy, Advocacy & Ethics 3 CR
This course will explore the interrelationship between policy, advocacy, and ethics on clinical practice and health care/nursing administration. The nurse’s role in health care policy and planning will be examined. An overview of issues in health care policy and planning, including the socio-political and economic context of health and health-seeking behaviors will be provided. Health care policy and planning at the local, state, and federal levels will be considered. Recurring issues in clinical practice will be examined for how legislation and regulation impacts care. This course will examine the structure and function of legislative and regulatory organizations, governance, public relations, and global health care issues. Broader social issues common to the care of underserved and vulnerable populations will be examined. Ethical dimensions of public policy formulations and implementation will be highlighted. 
 
NU 720 Leading Quality Initiatives and Information Systems in Health Care 3 CR
The course provides the skills to evaluate and apply the best available technology in solving clinical practice issues. Emphasis will be on the identification of data elements from the information systems in the delivery of patient care. It will also focus on the ability to transform these data elements into useful information which can then be utilized to assist in the analysis of quality care. This information will then be identified to be used as the foundation of evidence-based knowledge and critical appraisals skills in various practice settings. Consideration will be given to the use of electronic medical records including implementation for practice.
 
NU 730 Advanced Biostatistics & Research Design 3 CR
This course provides a comprehensive overview of frequently used descriptive and inferential biostatistical methods.  The course includes application of the theories of measurement and statistical inference which contribute to better clinical decisions and improved outcomes.  Students will use statistical analysis to investigate underlying relationships in health care data relevant to advanced practice nursing. Conceptual understanding, rather than computational ability, is the focus of the course.  Development of an adequate vocabulary, an examination of fundamental principles, and a survey of widely used procedures or tools to extract information from data will form a basis for fruitful collaboration with a professional biostatistician, when appropriate. Students will gain an understanding of when and why to use biostatistical techniques as well as how to apply them with confidence and interpret their output, using SPSS statistical software.
 
NU 740 Epidemiology and Population Health 3 CR
The primary focus of this course is to equip the student with a foundation in clinical prevention and population health. This course introduces students to the methods used by epidemiologists to assess factors associated with the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations and to read, interpret, and apply literature using epidemiologic and statistical methods. Topics include a discussion of the historical background as well as practical applications of epidemiology, methods for identifying and evaluating sources of health information, calculation of key epidemiologic measures and investigation techniques, and an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs. Current concepts of public health, health promotion, evidence-based recommendations, determinants of health, environmental/occupational health, and cultural diversity and sensitivity are integrated throughout the course. Specifically, this course examines methods for describing disease rates and other vital statistics; cohort, case-control, and cross sectional studies; odds ratios, relative risks, their confidence intervals and tests of significance; and concepts of confounding, effect modification, and bias. A basic understanding of introductory biostatistics is required for this course. This foundation will enable students to analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, occupational, and environmental data in the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical prevention and population health. 
 
NU 750 Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice 3 CR
The main focus of this course is the scholarship of practice in nursing. Scholarship of practice in nursing involves the translation of research into practice and the dissemination and integration of new knowledge. To that end the emphasis of the course will be on critiquing and rating the research literature for application of research to practice and the development of an evidence based practice project. Select research designs frequently used in practice settings will also be explored. Quality improvement strategies, methods and issues will be discussed and applied to practice. Analysis and use of appropriate statistical methods will be integrated throughout the course. DNP graduates will use this knowledge to generate evidence through their practice to guide improvements in practice and outcomes of care. Content on the process for grant proposal development, key elements and sections of a proposal, necessary information to include in a grant proposal and development of a budget will be covered in this course.
 
NU760 Strategic Leadership and Collaboration in Health Care Organizations in Health Care 3 CR 
Organizational and systems leadership skills for advanced leadership practice to improve clinical health care systems and promote excellence in care are enhanced. Focus is on transformational leadership, strategic visioning and planning, collaboration with the health care team to make data driven decisions at both the micro and macro systems level. Understanding of how healthcare is financed and the implications for health care organizations is applied. In this course students will identify and build and their terminal doctoral projects.
 
NU 770 Advanced Care of Special Populations 3 CR
This clinically focused course is designed forgraduate students in the Doctoral Leadership in Clinical Practice Track. Given the complexity of care, growth of information and biomedical technology, an aging and increasingly diverse population, and worsening disparities in care, this course will prepare the student to fill the growing societal need for expert clinicians. This course focuses on the complex management of health care problems experienced by special populations across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on content specific to the special populations in the areas of critical care, cardiovascular care, infectious disease, oncology care, psychiatric care, and care of homeless populations. The role of the advanced practice nurse in both inpatient and outpatient settings are explored. Students will focus on the development of both direct patient care and systems support components of the advanced practice role. A major focus is on the development of leadership abilities within health care systems and interdisciplinary teams. Critical appraisal of how advanced practice nurses affect patient care delivery and health care practices at the institutional, local and national level is undertaken. Case examples and clinical experiences are provided that allows students to become increasingly independent in their own clinical practice with respect to critical thinking and problem solving. Emphasis in role development is placed on effecting change and integration of the multiple roles for advanced practice nurses in an interdisciplinary, integrated health system.
 
NU 780 Leadership in Chronic Disease Management and Aging population 3 CR 
This clinical course is designed for graduate students in the Doctoral Leadership in Clinical Practice Track. Doctoral students will synthesize knowledge from physiological, psychological and sociological/cultural perspectives that are important to the aging person and their families. Evidence practice guidelines are used to support clinical management plans and optimal patient outcomes for geriatric clients in both inpatient and primary care settings. Ethical principles will be used guide clinical decision making when complex problems or issues create a dilemma in the delivery of care to elderly populations i.e., elder abuse, reimbursement-driven care, advanced directives. The application of advanced nursing practice theory into supervised clinical practice will be included and emphasized.
 
NU 810 DNP Scholarship and Advanced Practice I     6 CR 
Under the guidance of their DNP faculty advisor, students will synthesize, integrate and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of their selected dissertation project.  Using scientific theory, systematic evidence appraisal, systems, organizational and policy analysis, and models of care delivery, students will develop the DNP dissertation.  Seminars will focus on guiding the student through all aspects of dissertation design, implementation and evaluation.  Critique and peer review will be a major focus of the seminars. Clinical experiences will be individually designed within the context of the focus of the student’s track selection and scholarly interests.
 
NU 820 DNP Scholarship and Advanced Practice II     6 CR
This course is designed to integrate knowledge of nursing theory; evidence based nursing practice, ethical and legal principles and health care systems into clinical practice.  In consultation with their DNP faculty advisor, students will continue in a select area of clinical practice and implement advanced clinical decision-making and leadership in the provision of culturally sensitive, patient centered, evidence based care.  Case presentations from the students’ clinical practicum experience will be used to explicate clinical trends, expert clinical judgment, and individual and population focused interventions. Organizational and leadership strategies that have been employed will be discussed. Seminars will focus on guiding the student through the final aspects of project implementation, evaluation and dissemination.  Critique and peer review will be major focus of the seminars. Expertise, knowledge and data gained from this course will be used in the development of the final dissertation defense.
 
Electives
 
NU 588 Theoretical Basis of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education 3 CR
This course explores research-based theories of education, teaching, and learning. The theories will be examined for their application in a variety of settings, level of education, and for the adult learner. Emphasis is placed on who the learner is and how he/she learns. External issues and trends impacting on nursing education will be explored.
 
NU 589: Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3 CR
This course  prepares the student to design and implement curriculum based on evidence-based teaching/learning theory. This course focuses on the process of curriculum development for an individual course including course objectives, content, learning activities, delivery of the content, and student evaluation. The role of faculty in program evaluation of the curriculum is explored.
 
MGT 601 Organizational Management and Business Communication           3 CR  
Must be taken as first core course in the program. Examines and analyzes principles of planning, organizing, leading and controlling the activities of business, government and other organizations in a globally competitive environment. Focus is not only on developing students' knowledge of these areas, but also on developing their business skills, especially in the areas of analysis and written and oral communication.

WGB 612 Leading and Influencing with Integrity   3 CR
Leaders and managers at all levels in organizations must influence others to enable achievement of the organization’s objectives. Leading and influencing with integrity requires understanding of one’s self, other people, the situational and cultural context, as well as both current and future impacts of actions taken. Through course learning experiences students develop individual and organizational strategies to influence others, shape culture, manage change, negotiate, and facilitate employee engagement and performance so organizations can contribute to society in ways that are effective, responsible and sustainable.
 
WGB 614 Social and Legal Responsibilities in Business 3 CR 
Sustainable organizational practices require managers to pay attention to the economic, environmental and social impact of organizational strategies and actions. This course focuses on ethical and legal issues that organizations and individual managers face in achieving triple bottom line sustainability. Ethical decision-making frameworks provide principles for dealing with challenges posed by technology, globalization and societal changes and for fulfilling personal as well as corporate social responsibility. Legal topics survey business regulation and processes, forms of business organizations, intellectual property and commercial transactions. (on campus)
 
MGT 632 Managing Change   3 CR
Prerequisite: MGT 601 Organizational Management and Business Communication. Examines the strategy and techniques for successfully introducing and managing change in organizations. Emphasis is on the role of power, influence and communication in the change process, confrontation, concepts and techniques of organization development, change management and acceptance of innovation. Development of a framework for recognizing factors that influence change and development of an infrastructure to manage change effectively are the goals of this course.
 
MGT 681 Leadership and Ethics –subject to modification 3CR