Course Descriptions

Nursing Course Descriptions

CS 571 ADVANCED COMPUTER GAMING   3.00000 Credit(s)
An object-oriented approach to programming digital objects using Flash and Action Script 3.0. These programming techniques will be applied to both arcade and adventure games. Prerequisite: TAKE CS-501
Offered: Fall, Spring & Late Spring Sem All Years

NU 205 FOUNDATIONS OF PROF. NURSING   3.00000 Credit(s)
Foundations of Professional Nursing introduces the student to the profession of nursing. The student builds upon foundational knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences, and humanities and applies this to the content and process of nursing. The metaparadigm of nursing is presented in conjunction with the University's mission and organizing framework. Students are introduced to the concepts of health promotion, disease injury/prevention, effective intraprofessional communication, and demonstration of the teaching/learning process as part of patient-centered care. Skills basic to nursing practice, safety, documentation, and regulatory guidelines that influence nursing practices are presented. Laboratory and clinical experiences are coordinated to offer the student practical experience with selected clients in providing basic nursing care in a professional caring manner. Students will demonstrate effective use of available technologies to assess and monitor patient care. Prerequisite: Take NU-205L
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 205L FOUND. OF PROF. NURSING LAB   0.00000 Credit(s)
Foundations of Professional Nursing introduces the student to the profession of nursing. The student builds upon foundational knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences, and humanities and applies this to the content and process of nursing. The metaparadigm of nursing is presented in conjunction with the University's mission and organizing framework. Students are introduced to the concepts of health promotion, disease injury/prevention, effective intraprofessional communication, and demonstration of the teaching/learning process as part of patient-centered care. Skills basic to nursing practice, safety, documentation, and regulatory guidelines that influence nursing practices are presented. Laboratory and clinical experiences are coordinated to offer the student practical experience with selected clients in providing basic nursing care in a professional caring manner. Students will demonstrate effective use of available technologies to assess and monitor patient care. Prerequisite: Take Co-Req NU-205L
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 210 HEALTH WELLNESS & CULTURAL DIVERSITY   2.00000 Credit(s)
This course introduces the student to basic concepts, theories, and methods of exploring the health, wellness, and cultural diversity of individuals. Common factors that promote the health and wellness of individuals across the lifespan are explored. Cultural diversity expands this discussion to include the meaning and impact of culture on health and wellness through the exploration of cultural phenomenon such as perception toward time, communication, social organization, and healing traditions. Values clarification related to own culture as a part of the process of developing cultural awareness and competence is discussed. Disparities related to access to care and economic barriers are discussed including vulnerable populations. Current evidence related to the impact of culture on healthcare systems and treatment by culturally competent practitioners is included. Prerequisite: Take NU-205, NU-215 and NU-220
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 215 HEALTH ASSESSMENT   3.00000 Credit(s)
Health Assessment introduces assessment components including interviewing, history taking, functional assessment, and physical examination of adults and geriatric patients with emphasis on health promotion and disease/injury prevention. This course begins with foundational concepts of professionalism, patient-centered care, and safety. Students will build upon learned assessment techniques to begin examining patients using a head-to-toe approach. Course content focuses on the role of the nurse, inter- and intraprofessional communication, data collection, and patient teaching. Emphasis is placed on the assessment phase of the nursing process. Students are expected to develop critical thinking skills to begin identifying problems and deficits in an effort to guide the development of a plan of care. By the end of the semester students will formulate a holistic and comprehensive concept map diagramming actual and potential health issues to illustrate this learning. Prerequisite: Concurrently take NU-215L
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 215L HEALTH ASSESSMENT LAB   0.00000 Credit(s)
Health Assessment introduces assessment components including interviewing, history taking, functional assessment, and physical examination of adults and geriatric patients with emphasis on health promotion and disease/injury prevention. This course begins with foundational concepts of professionalism, patient-centered care, and safety. Students will build upon learned assessment techniques to begin examining patients using a head-to-toe approach. Course content focuses on the role of the nurse, inter- and intraprofessional communication, data collection, and patient teaching. Emphasis is placed on the assessment phase of the nursing process. Students are expected to develop critical thinking skills to begin identifying problems and deficits in an effort to guide the development of a plan of care. By the end of the semester students will formulate a holistic and comprehensive concept map diagramming actual and potential health issues to illustrate this learning. Prerequisite: Concurrently take NU-215
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 220 PHARMACOLOGY & NURSING IMPLICATION   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course introduces students to basic concepts of pharmacology used to promote, support, and restore the health status of individuals. Course content will focus on the pharmacodynamics and the pharmacotherapeutics of a broad range of drugs and their biologic, psychosocial, and cultural role in health and illness. Critical thinking with the application of the nursing process will be stressed in the assessment of patient responses, discussion of nursing implications of various drug groups, therapeutic interventions, and related evaluations. Throughout the course, issues of legal, ethical, and professional accountability will be addressed as they pertain to the safe administration of medications. Laboratory practice will focus on the development of medication administration and supporting documentation. Prerequisite: Take BI-126, BI-127, BI-128, BI-129, CH-117, CH-119, MA-105;
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 220L PHARMACOLOGY & NU IMPLICATIONS LAB   0.00000 Credit(s)
This course introduces students to basic concepts of pharmacology used to promote, support, and restore the health status of individuals. Course content will focus on the pharmacodynamics and the pharmacotherapeutics of a broad range of drugs and their biologic, psychosocial, and cultural role in health and illness. Critical thinking with the application of the nursing process will be stressed in the assessment of patient responses, discussion of nursing implications of various drug groups, therapeutic interventions, and related evaluations. Throughout the course, issues of legal, ethical, and professional accountability will be addressed as they pertain to the safe administration of medications. Laboratory practice will focus on the development of medication administration and supporting documentation. Prerequisite: Take NU-220 and NU-205L
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 243 CULT. DIVERSITY/HEALTH CARE   3.00000 Credit(s)

Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 250 LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT   3.00000 Credit(s)

Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 290 NURSING TRANSFER AGREEMENT PROGRAM   30.00000 Credit(s)

Offered: As Needed Contact Department

NU 299 SPECIAL TOPICS IN NURSING   1.00000-6.00000 Credit(s)
Designated new or occasional courses that may or may not become part of the department's permanent course offerings. Prerequisites are established by the department as appropriate for the specific course. Course title is shown on the student's transcript.
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

NU 300 PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING   4.00000 Credit(s)
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of psychiatric and mental health nursing. It provides an introduction to the assessment and treatment of patients with mental health challenges (vulnerable populations). Traditional psychotherapeutic and alternative healing methods are addressed. Continuing themes of growth and development across the lifespan including gerontology, safety, evidence-based practice, therapeutic communications, pharmacotherapeutics, client advocacy, teaching, and patientcentered care are explored. Concepts related to social/ethical/legal considerations in relation to this vulnerable population are applied. Emphasis is placed on professionalism, communication, and personal self-awareness and self-growth as well as interprofessional collaboration and communication. Students have the opportunity to carry out the nursing process and develop beginning-level clinical skills in individual and group counseling at a variety of mental health agencies and with a diverse group of psychiatric clients. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-215, NU-310, BI-161 and BI-162
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 305 TRANSITION TO PROF NURSING PRACTICE   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course is for RNs and is designed as a transition to the nursing major and as a forum to facilitate comparison between the scope of practice of the registered nurse and the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. Role behaviors of the baccalaureate practitioner will be analyzed and applied within a framework of the healthcare environment and the ethical, legal, and social issues that influence nursing practice. Critical thinking skills are developed as an essential component of professional practice.
Offered: Modules Odd Semesters All Years

NU 310 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course focuses on pathophysiology as it relates to the nursing actions and responsibilities needed to manage and provide care for clients who are experiencing acute or chronic physiologic health conditions. Reduction of risk potential including complications from existing conditions will also be explored as well as health promotion and disease prevention as it relates to the disease process. References to the aging process and genetics and their impact on pathophysiology will be included. Content builds on prior anatomy and physiology concepts learned in prerequisite coursework. Prerequisite: Take NU-205 and NU-220
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 315 HUMAN JOURNEY IN NURSING   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course is for RNs. The Human Journey in Nursing utilizes the four questions posed in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Seminars to address nursing's role in building a just society. Concepts such as human vulnerability, resiliency, spirituality, and cultural diversity will provide the platform from which discussions about the professions and the professional nurse's role in shaping past, current, and future healthcare will be based. Reflection on service-learning experiences will personalize and professionalize the meaning and responsibility for addressing health inequities within the workplace and the perpetuation of health disparities in society. Prerequisite: Take CIT-202
Offered: Modules Odd Semesters All Years

NU 320 HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR RN'S   3.00000 Credit(s)

Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 325 HEALTH ASSESSMENT   3.00000 Credit(s)
Utilizing the conceptual framework of the Nursing program, this course focuses on comprehensive health assessment. Adequate data collection and careful analysis for diagnostic and planning purposes is stressed. The student will use the diagnostic reasoning process to formulate nursing diagnoses. Videotaping assessment skills is a required course component.
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 330 CARE OF CHILD-BEARING FAMILY   4.00000 Credit(s)
Care of the Childbearing Family focuses on the concepts of patient-centered care, safety, genetics, health promotion, and professionalism in the care of women and newborns from conception to birth. Culturally sensitive nursing practice embodies the care of women, newborns, and families ranging from healthy to at-risk health states along the continuum of their growth and development. Evidence-based research is integrated into the plan of care, which extends to the community. Legal and ethical issues that relate to the care of the family are interwoven. Students demonstrate critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills with emphasis on communication and interprofessional collaboration as part of their clinical experience. Prerequisite: Take NU-215, NU-310, BI-161 and BI-162
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 331 MATERNAL NURSING CARE   3.00000 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: Take NU-220 NU-215 NU-205 and NU-310
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

NU 332 MATERNAL NURSING CLNICL CARE   1.00000 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: Take NU-205 NU-220 NU-215 and NU-330
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

NU 335 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course is for RNs and provides an introduction to information and technology needed for the practice of nursing today. It will focus on providing material to enable nurses to be computer literate by exploring the use of emerging information sources and communication technology and their impact on healthcare. Emphasis will be placed on trends and issues in clinical technology. It will also examine key issues such as security and the use of databases.
Offered: Modules Even Semesters All Years

NU 340 INTRO TO ADULT NURSING   5.00000 Credit(s)
Introduction to Adult Nursing is the first in the two-course sequence of adult nursing. This course explores the roles of the nurse in relation to providing patient-centered care to patients with common medical/surgical health problems. Course content emphasizes health promotion, disease/injury prevention, disease management, and health maintenance. Continuing themes of pharmacotherapeutics, gerontological considerations, safety, evidence-based practice, therapeutic communication, as well as patient education and advocacy are explored. This course incorporates critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment into classroom and clinical learning experiences. A structured experience in the simulation lab is included to integrate the nursing process with new nursing interventions. Course content will focus on common health problems related to fluid and electrolytes, pulmonary, cardiovascular, urinary, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal disorders, problems of metabolism, sensation and perception, circulation, and perioperative care. Weekly clinical experiences will be conducted in acute care settings. Prerequisite: Take NU-300 NU-310 NU-330
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 345 EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE FOR RNs   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course is for RNs and prepares nursing students to critically evaluate evidence developed through methodologies such as research and research protocols for its application to the practice of professional nursing. The course reviews levels of evidence and provides a foundational overview of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Ethical issues and policy agendas that influence research are considered throughout the course. Prerequisite: Take MA-131
Offered: Modules Even Semesters All Years

NU 350 CLINICAL LEADERSHIP FOR RNs   6.00000 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: Pre-Req: NU-320
Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 355 LEADERSHIP:CONTEMP NURSING   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course is for RNs and will focus on the professional nurse's role in applying theory and principles of leadership and management in organizations across the healthcare continuum. Focus will be placed on strategies necessary to function effectively in a changing healthcare system by exploring interrelated process of thinking systematically, developing reflective judgment, and exercising leadership. Strategies for managing the quality and cost of healthcare, as well as research utilization, are emphasized to promote effective practice.
Offered: Modules Odd Semesters All Years

NU 360 ADULT NURSING II   6.00000 Credit(s)
Adult Nursing II is the second in the two course sequence of adult nursing. This course explores the roles of the nurse in relation to providing patient-centered care to patients with complex medical/surgical health problems. Course content emphasizes health promotion, disease/injury prevention, disease management, and health maintenance. Continuing themes of pharmacotherapeutics, gerontological considerations, safety, evidence-based practice, therapeutic communication, multiculturalism, as well as patient education and advocacy are explored. This course incorporates critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment along with evidence-based practice and the utilization of informatics while promoting synthesis of knowledge and interprofessional collaboration. Course content will focus on common health problems related to pulmonary, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, hematological, oncological, infectious disease, hepatobiliary, and neurological. A structured experience in the simulation lab is included to practice advanced nursing interventions required to care for high-risk emergencies in a safe, controlled environment. Weekly clinical experiences will be conducted in high acuity acute care settings. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-340
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 365 EVIDENCE BASED NURSING PRACTICE   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course prepares students to discover, examine, and critically appraise current evidence in nursing and healthcare. Students will develop skills needed to identify research questions in practice, analyze existing evidence, and develop strategies to integrate best current research with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values. Parameters for making a recommendation for an evidence-based practice change that enhances safety and promotes quality improvement will be discussed. Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate skills in gathering data from a variety of sources using appropriate databases to find best current evidence. Prerequisite: Take MA-131 and NU-340 as a Pre-Requisite or Co-Requisite
Offered: Fall & Spring Semesters All Years

NU 370 NURSING LEADERSHIP   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course focuses on the nursing profession and leadership principles which are integral to the provision of healthcare for individuals, families, communities, and a global society. Students are given the opportunity to explore complex issues and trends in nursing related to the provision of cost-effective, safe, quality patient care, nursing as a profession, and global health. The development of an understanding and awareness of their need to become involved in the development of healthcare policies and changes in healthcare systems will be fostered by an analysis of current issues such as cross-cultural communication, the nursing shortage, inefficient healthcare systems, and international issues. Discussion and assignments will include implementation strategies and skills for successful transition into the workplace environment. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-340
Offered: Fall & Late Spring Semesters All Years

NU 374 CONCEPTS CHILD HEALTH NURSING   4.00000 Credit(s)
The concepts in this course address family centered care, safety, genetics, health promotion, and disease/injury prevention in the care of children and their families from birth through childhood and adolescence. Course content focuses on the application of clinical judgment, evidence-based practice, and growth and development. Students will engage in intra- and interprofessional collaboration and communication while advocating for the needs of this vulnerable population. Clinical experiences incorporate informatics, caring, cultural sensitivity, and leadership. Students will be expected to demonstrate professionalism and increasing levels of autonomy while providing care that is respectful and preserves human dignity. Prerequisite: Take NU-340 as a Pre-requisite or Co-requisite
Offered: Fall & Spring Semesters All Years

NU 376 CARE MGMT: INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES   4.00000 Credit(s)
This course is for the registered nurse student and is focused on the elements of care management of individuals and families across the healthcare continuum. This course will expand upon the concepts of care transitions from hospital to the community setting with an emphasis on the challenges related to transitioning such as financial management, resource utilization, and overall care coordination. Care management for individuals and families requires an understanding of family systems and the interaction of individuals with their family during healthy actual or potential health issues. A family assessment will be utilized to allow the registered nurse student the opportunity to develop a plan that will promote a safe and productive transition to the community. Students will engage in analytic discussion to further develop their understanding of family systems, systems of care, clinical practice, and community nursing roles. Personal reflection on one's own practice in contemporary nursing will be included in order to allow the student to think holistically, ethically, and morally as they grapple with real-world challenges and contemporary care management issues in our healthcare environment. Prerequisite: Take NU-305, NU-315, NU-325, NU-335, NU-345 and NU-355, orýNU-325, NU-401, NU-430, and NU-433;
Offered: Modules Odd Semesters All Years

NU 381 PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING   5.00000 Credit(s)
This course focuses on providing population-focused care. Community and family assessments identify the need for intervention strategies that support health promotion and disease/injury prevention while promoting optimal functioning of various populations. Nursing services/interventions are delivered based on this assessment with an emphasis on vulnerable populations and cultural variations in the community. Collaboration with community agencies/institutions and healthcare systems provide an opportunity to practice health promotion activities that address current or emergent health needs of specific populations. The development of community partnerships is a focus and encourages student engagement. Prerequisite: Take NU-360, NU-374 and NU 370
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 382 MGT HOME HEALTH CARE AGENCIES   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course is a required elective for the Home Healthcare Management Certificate and is designed for students interested in the application of basic management concepts in home health settings. This course will expand on basic concepts of leadership and management and explore unique aspects of management in non-institutional settings. Major emphasis will be placed on the basics of home healthcare financing covering such areas as Medicare, Medicaid, fraud, and insurance coverage. State and federal regulations that affect risk management will be discussed as they apply to home healthcare management. Course discussions will address additional concepts such as accreditation, licensure, continuous quality management, ethics, and legal issues of home healthcare management.
Offered: Modules Even Semesters All Years

NU 386 GLOBAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH   4.00000 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: Take NU-305, NU-315, NU-325, NU-335, NU-345, NU-355 andýNU-376 or NU-325, NU-401, NU-430, NU-433 and NU-376;
Offered: Modules Even Semesters All Years

NU 387 POPULATIONS & GLOBAL HEALTH   5.00000 Credit(s)
This course is for RNs and focuses on global communities as consumers of health services. The different perspectives, sensitivities, and application of knowledge unique to nursing of populations, communities, and societies are identified. Effectiveness of nursing practice is explored in relation to the problems, priorities, attitudes, culture, and resources of aggregates, groups, the community, and global health needs. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-305 NU-315 NU-325 NU-335 NU-345 NU-355 and NU-376ýor NU-325 NU-401 NU-430 NU-433 and NU-376
Offered: Modules Even Semesters All Years

NU 390 SENIOR SYNTHESIS SEMINAR   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course utilizes the concepts of professionalism, leadership, and patient centered care in preparing the student to assume the role of baccalaureate nurse generalist. Critical discussions of professional issues prepare graduates for a successful transition into their first nursing role. Students will be expected to apply and synthesize previous course content while demonstrating accountability to self, peers, and the program as they prepare to take the NCLEX exam. Students analyze and evaluate individual learning needs and develop a learning contract to meet deficiencies. Content mastery testing is utilized to prepare students for the NCLEX exam. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-360, NU-374 and NU-370
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 395 TRANSITION INTO PROF NURSING PRACTICE   4.00000 Credit(s)
This clinically based immersion experience is focused on refining the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to manage care as part of an interprofessional team within a healthcare system. Theoretical learning becomes reality as students are clinically immersed to make connections between the standard case or situation that is presented in the classroom or laboratory setting in the constantly shifting reality of actual patient care. The experience supports objectives identified in the Senior Synthesis Seminar. Students demonstrate and utilize evidencebased research to support clinical judgment. The expectation is to analyze and reflect on experiences encountered during the clinical experience. Focus is on moving the student toward autonomous professional nursing practice within their clinical setting. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-360 NU-374 NU-370
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 399 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN NURSING   1.00000-6.00000 Credit(s)

Offered: As Needed Contact Department

NU 401 HEALTH CARE POLICY & ETHICS   3.00000 Credit(s)
The first of two integrated required nursing courses in the core curriculum of the graduate nursing programs, this course focuses on history and policy. Current practices in nursing and healthcare are viewed from the past and present as a way to contemplate the future. Building on a framework of critical thinking, students explore through discussion, written critiques, readings, research, and class participation, the history of nursing and medicine, analysis of current policy development, and implications of the past for present and future actions in nursing and healthcare.
Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 430 PRINCIPLES OF HC RESEARCH   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course, the first of two research seminars, reviews nursing and healthcare research literature according to criteria. Course content focuses on the development of a researchable problem, integrative literature review, and research design. Content related to quantitative, qualitative, and evaluative methods is outlined. Concepts are developed to promote an understanding of the research process within the context of a research proposal. Prerequisite: Take MA-131 NU-401 and NU-433
Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 431 EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE   3.00000 Credit(s)
Builds on the content of NU 430 and begins with principles inherent to a sound research methodology. Included in the course are both philosophical and pragmatic differences between qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis. Content areas of substance include both data collection methods and analysis using computer software. Students complete the methods section of the thesis prospectus during this semester. Prerequisite: Pre: NU-430
Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 433 THEORY & PROFESSIONAL ROLES   3.00000 Credit(s)
Focuses on ethical dimensions of clinical and administrative practice in nursing. Broad philosophical issues that have direct impact on healthcare are explored. Beginning with a reflection of one's own values, the course examines the philosophical basis of nursing ethics, applications of ethical principles, and the ethical decision-making process. Because reflection, dialogue, and critical thinking are essential to understanding ethical practices, the majority of the classes use a seminar format. Prerequisite: Take NU-401
Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 501 HEALTH CARE POLICY & ETHICS FOR NURSING   3.00000 Credit(s)
This core course focuses on history, policy, and ethics in nursing and healthcare. It examines healthcare policy, including global health considerations, healthcare financing, quality and safety in healthcare, and the ethics of healthcare. Current practices in nursing and healthcare are viewed from the past and present as a way to contemplate the future. The course builds on a framework of critical thinking, as students explore aspects of the history of nursing and medicine, analysis of current policy development, and implications of the past for present and future actions in nursing and healthcare.
Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 510 STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP FOR PC SERVICES   3.00000 Credit(s)

Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 511 ROLE DEVELOPMENT FOR NMEL   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course introduces the student to contemporary theories of leadership, change, complexity science, and organizational structure and design. The underlying framework of the course is transformational leadership and complexity science. Concepts such as clinical microsystems, nursing care innovations, strategic planning, and change are covered. Students will be introduced to the concept of evidence-based management and encouraged to support their ideas with evidence. Students will complete an assessment of their leadership strengths and weaknesses and develop a professional leadership plan to guide their progress throughout the rest of the program. Prerequisite: Take NU-501 NU-530 NU-601 NU-602;
Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 520 MANAGEMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES   3.00000 Credit(s)

Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 530 THEORY & PROFESSIONAL ROLES   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course is one of the core that provides the foundation graduate-level nursing. The role of the master's prepared nurse as a member of the profession will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to theories from nursing, natural, social, biological, and organizational sciences to frame their future practice. Further, students consider issues of cultural diversity and competence to assure the delivery of culturally competent care and the minimization of health disparities.
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 550 FAMILY & COMMUNITY CONTEXT FOR HC   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course addresses selected family, primary care, and community theories within the context of advanced practice nursing and clinical leadership roles. The family system is viewed as both unique and dynamic, existing interdependently with the community and the environment and requiring advanced nursing expertise and caring at various times across the life cycle. Particular emphasis is placed on family and community assessment strategies, the impact of culture upon the family and community systems, and the impact of various primary care oriented health problems on family roles and functions. In addition, relevant concepts and principles of epidemiology are applied to the current and emerging health status of families and communities. Faculty collaborate with students as they apply advanced clinical knowledge to the family system in a community setting. Students function interdependently with other health team members in the care of families and evaluate a plan of care using standards for advanced clinical practice.
Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer Sems All Years

NU 551 ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY   3.00000 Credit(s)
Focus is on the pharmacotherapeutic principles of drugs most commonly used by the FNP in the primary care setting. Pharmacologic effects and clinical uses of various drug groups and classifications are discussed. Emphasis is placed on rational drug therapy for agent selection, monitoring drug therapies, identification and avoidance of adverse drug reactions and interactions, and extensive patient education and counseling. This course meets the standards for advanced practice nurse certification in Connecticut.
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 552 ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course prepares the learner to assess in depth the biopsychosocial health status of clients across the lifespan by obtaining a complete and accurate health history and by performing a thorough physical examination, and by using acquired data to formulate a working medical diagnosis. Content is designed to provide correlation of assessment strategies with an understanding of the mechanisms of illness and health problems of the main body systems. Integration of common medical testing is addressed. The course assists in the socialization of the learner into the role of the advanced practice nurse in the current healthcare delivery system. The laboratory component enables the learner to develop advanced assessment skills.
Offered: Fall & Summer Semesters All Years

NU 553 ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course further prepares each student to assess in depth the pathophysiology of common disease states. Clinical pathology content addresses alterations in major body systems that are commonly found in primary care settings, as well as common testing used in the diagnostic process. This course assists the student in the role of the master's prepared nurse with the preparation to assess clients across the lifespan.
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 554 APPL OF COMP HLTH ASSESSMENT   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course prepares the learner to assess in depth the biopsychosocial health status of clients across the lifespan by obtaining a complete and accurate health history and by performing a systematic physical examination. Acquired data will be used to formulate a comprehensive problem list for the client and to refine documentation skills. Content will be designed to provide correlation of assessment strategies with an understanding of the mechanisms of illness and health problems of the main body systems. Health and wellness in the context of disability will be addressed. This course assists in the socialization of the learner into the role of the clinical nurse leader or nurse educator in the current healthcare delivery system. The laboratory component enables the learner to develop comprehensive assessment skills.
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 555 PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSE EDUCATOR   3.00000 Credit(s)

Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 556 ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY I   2.00000 Credit(s)
This is the first of two pharmacology courses designed to provide FNP students with an understanding of the mechanisms by which drugs alter the function of living cells to relieve symptoms and physiologic maifestations of disease. The course begins with an introduction to general principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and then concentrates expressly on the pharmacotherapeutics germane to specific body systems. The student will understand the general properties of drug catagories used to treat diseases of specific body systems and apply these pharmacologic concepts to clinical situations. Emphasis is placed on the development of problem solving and decision-making skills and patient education as they relate to the clinical use of pharmacotherapeutics and the role of the FNP in prescriptive respomsibilities.
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 561 PRIMARY CARE I: CARE OF ADULT   6.00000 Credit(s)
The first of three clinical courses designed to enable graduate students to learn problem-solving skills and clinical strategies necessary to socialize into the role of the family nurse practitioner. Class content introduces students to a systematic approach to understanding the delivery of primary healthcare to the well adult. Various principles of illness prevention and health maintenance are introduced, as well as methodologies used to diagnose and treat common primary care problems. Emphasis is on the consultation role component of the nurse practitioner as well as on the direct provision of primary care and health promotion. In addition to classes, students participate in clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Take NU-551 and NU-552
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 562 PRIMARY CARE I FOR FNP/DNP:OF THE ADULT   5.00000 Credit(s)
The first of 3 clinical courses is designed to provide the student with problem-solving skills and clinical strategies necessary to socialize into the role of the FNP. Course content introduces the student to a systematic approach to understanding the delivery of primary health care to the well adult. Various principles of illness prevention and health maintenance are introduced, as well as methodologies used to diagnose and treat common primary care problems. Emphasis is on the consultation role component of the FNP as well as on the direct provision of primary care and health promotion. In addition to classes, students participate in clinical experience.
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

NU 576 MGMT OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES   3.00000 Credit(s)
An overview of the budgeting process in the healthcare setting. This course explores the building blocks that are utilized to develop sound financial projections. The course also reviews and explores the healthcare system and the multiple payers and their impact on the financial picture of healthcare organizations. Emphasis is on the ability to utilize information systems in the development and ongoing analysis of financial data. Prerequisite: Take NU-501 NU-530 NU-601 NU-602;
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

NU 589 CURRICULUM DEV. & EVALUATION   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course prepares the student to design and implement curriculum based on evidence-based teaching/learning theory. Focus is 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 the faculty in program evaluation of the curriculum is explored.
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 599 SPECIAL TOPICS   3.00000 Credit(s)
Designated new or occasional courses that may or may not become part of the department's permanent course offerings. Prerequisites are established by the department as appropriate for the specific course. Course title is shown on the student's transcript.
Offered: Late Spring Semester All Years

NU 601 PRINCIPLES OF HC RESEARCH   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course studies the field of research and its relationship to problems related to nursing and healthcare. Each step of the research process is explored in-depth to develop the skills to apply research to practice. Students apply critical analysis to relevant research literature to determine its usefulness and application. Statistical methods and concepts are reviewed and integrated throughout the course to promote an understanding of those concepts within the context of healthcare research. Emphasis is on understanding the research process through proposal development.
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 602 EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course builds on the content of Principles of Healthcare Research for Contemporary Nursing Practice (NU 601) and begins with principles inherent to a sound data collection and analysis, including both philosophical and pragmatic differences between qualitative and quantitative research. Content areas of substance include evidence-based practice, nursing theory in research, statistical analysis from the prospective of application and critique, research utilization, and issues in nursing and healthcare research from a national perspective. Students critique research articles according to criteria and develop a project related to evidence-based practice. Prerequisite: Pre: NU-601;
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 603 PRINCIPLES OF HC RESEARCH   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course studies the field of research and its relationship to problems related to nursing and healthcare. Each step of the research process is explored in depth to develop the skills to apply research to practice. Students will apply critical analysis to relevant research literature to appraise its usefulness and application. Use of statistical methods and concepts are reviewed and integrated throughout the course to promote understanding. Emphasis is placed on evaluating various types of research evidence for advanced practice nursing. Ethical and legal implications of conducting research are also reviewed.
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 604 HC RESEARCH/STATISTICAL FOUND.   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course introduces the student to the research-practice connection. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative research and basic statistics found in health care and related literature. Students build their research and statistical literacy to support a practice based on credible evidence from current research literature.
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 604 HC RESEARCH/STATISTICAL FOUND.   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course introduces the student to the research-practice connection. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative research and basic statistics found in health care and related literature. Students build their research and statistical literacy to support a practice based on credible evidence from current research literature.
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 605 PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE NURSE LEADER   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course will focus on the pharmacotherapeutic principles of drugs most commonly used and evaluated by clinical nurse leaders, nurse educators, and nurses in advanced leadership positions across healthcare settings. Basic pharmacological concepts, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics, as well as the principle classification of drugs in clinical use today are discussed in relation to physiologic and psychologic concepts. The role of nurse leaders in teaching patients safe and effective medication administration and assessment of medication management and patients with chronic disease is emphasized. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-501, NU-530, NU-601, NU-602
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 611 CARE MANAGEMENT&RESOURCES   3.00000 Credit(s)
Reviews the basic approaches to care or case management and utilization in their evolution, driving factors, and contemporary roles within a variety of healthcare settings. The role of practice guidelines and key relationships among nursing roles and interprofessional team members is considered along with the contributions of technology and financial considerations. Prerequisite: Take NU-553 AND NU-554 or NU-552
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 612 DISEASE MANAGEMENT&OUTCOME ASSESMENT   3.00000 Credit(s)
Introduces the concept of disease management as an evolution of case management and explores the benefits of a comprehensive case and disease management program in selected settings. Health priorities, models of chronic illness, and important concepts related to health status (including quality of life and functional status) are discussed. Research on the outcomes of case and disease management is covered along with strategies for identifying and measuring outcomes of care. Prerequisite: Take NU-553 and NU-554 or Take NU-552
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 616 LEADING & INFLEUNCING WITH INTEGRITY   3.00000 Credit(s)

Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 617 HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course focuses on the current healthcare delivery system and the impact on patient care. An evaluation of the healthcare delivery system will incorporate the impact of social issues, economics, policies, culture, education, and technology on the healthcare system. Past, future, and contemporary trends in healthcare delivery will be incorporated into the analysis of organizational micro- and macrosystems. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-501, NU-530, NU-601, NU-602
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 618 SOCIAL & LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY IN BUSI.   3.00000 Credit(s)

Offered: Modules Even Semesters All Years

NU 619 PRIN. OF PATIENT & STAFF ED.   3.00000 Credit(s)
The focus of the course is to explore the master's prepared nurse's role in education in a hospital or clinical setting, specifically focusing on both patient and nursing education in that role. This course will include a range of topics including: roles of the nurse educator in a clinical setting, leading and managing change, patient education and health literacy, educating special populations in the clinical setting, laws and regulations relating to patient education, impact of the nurse practice act and state regulation on nursing education. The course is designed to prepare the master's prepared nurse to be a leader in the development of educational programs in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-501 NU-530 NU-601 NU-602
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 621 ADVANCED PRIMARY CARE   7.00000 Credit(s)
The second of three clinical courses designed to enable graduate FNP students to learn problem-solving skills and clinical strategies necessary to diagnose and treat common and complex primary care problems found in adult families and their members. Emphasis is on the leadership role component of the nurse practitioner as well as on the direct provision of primary care. In addition to classes, students participate in clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Take NU-560 or NU-561;
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 622 PRIMARY CARE II FOR FNP/DNP   6.00000 Credit(s)
NU 622 Primary Care II for the FNP/DNP: Advanced Systems (pre-req is 562) WINTER/SPRING 6 credits The second of 3 clinical courses is designed to provide the FNP student with problem-solving skills and clinical strategies necessary to diagnose and treat common and complex primary care problems found in adults and their families. Emphasis is on the leadership role component of the FNP, as well as on the direct provision of primary care. In addition to classes, students participate in clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Take NU-562
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 622 PRIMARY CARE II FOR FNP/DNP   6.00000 Credit(s)
NU 622 Primary Care II for the FNP/DNP: Advanced Systems (pre-req is 562) WINTER/SPRING 6 credits The second of 3 clinical courses is designed to provide the FNP student with problem-solving skills and clinical strategies necessary to diagnose and treat common and complex primary care problems found in adults and their families. Emphasis is on the leadership role component of the FNP, as well as on the direct provision of primary care. In addition to classes, students participate in clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Take NU-562
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 630 PRIMARY CARE III   9.00000 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: Take NU-620
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 631 CARE OF SPECIAL POPULATIONS   8.00000 Credit(s)
This final clinical course enables FNP students to learn those diagnostic and management skills necessary to be effective in the role of family nurse practitioner. Class content emphasizes problems commonly found in emerging and aging families. Emphasis is on pediatrics, women's health, and geriatrics. Implementation and synthesis of the role are addressed through a focus on types of practice settings, reimbursement mechanisms, marketing strategies, employment opportunities, and collaborative relationships. Future trends in advanced nursing practice are explored. The application of advanced nursing practice theory into supervised clinical practice is included and emphasized. Students complete the final clinical experiences to fulfill the required 550 hours. The capstone project is completed in this final course.
Offered: Spring & Summer Semesters All Years

NU 632 PRIMARY CARE III-FNP/DNP   7.00000 Credit(s)
NU 632 Primary Care III for the FNP/DNP: Advanced Primary Care & Health Promotion of Special Populations LATE SPRING/SUMMER TRIMESTER (pre-req is 622) 7 credits This final clinical course provides the student with diagnostic and management skills necessary to be effective in the role of the FNP. Course content emphasizes problems commonly found in emerging and aging families. Emphasis is on pediatrics, women's health, and geriatrics. Implementation and synthesis of the role are addressed through a focus on types of practice settings, reimbursement mechanisms, marketing strategies, employment opportunities and collaborative relationships. Future trends in advanced nursing practice are explored. The application of advanced nursing practice theory to supervised clinical practice is included and emphasized. In addition to classes, students participate in clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Take NU-622
Offered: Late Spring & Summer Semesters All Years

NU 632 PRIMARY CARE III-FNP/DNP   7.00000 Credit(s)
NU 632 Primary Care III for the FNP/DNP: Advanced Primary Care & Health Promotion of Special Populations LATE SPRING/SUMMER TRIMESTER (pre-req is 622) 7 credits This final clinical course provides the student with diagnostic and management skills necessary to be effective in the role of the FNP. Course content emphasizes problems commonly found in emerging and aging families. Emphasis is on pediatrics, women's health, and geriatrics. Implementation and synthesis of the role are addressed through a focus on types of practice settings, reimbursement mechanisms, marketing strategies, employment opportunities and collaborative relationships. Future trends in advanced nursing practice are explored. The application of advanced nursing practice theory to supervised clinical practice is included and emphasized. In addition to classes, students participate in clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Take NU-622
Offered: Late Spring & Summer Semesters All Years

NU 665 QUALITY & SAFETY IN PRACTICE   3.00000 Credit(s)
In this course, students will proceed in a step-by-step progression through the continuous quality improvement (CQI) process. This approach prepares students with the necessary skills to complete a CQI capstone project in the practicum courses. The student will review the historical background in theory of quality improvement and apply it to the current healthcare environment. After a review of the national and regulatory issues of patient safety, the student will identify one issue to use in the course to apply CQI methods. Prerequisite: Take NU-501 NU-530 NU-601 NU-602;
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 670 PCS ADMIN PRACT   3.00000 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: Take NU-510, NU-520, NU-575, NU-576
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 671 CAPSTONE: PCS ADMIN   3.00000 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: TAKE NU-670
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 672 NMEL PRACTICUM   3.00000 Credit(s)
This is the first course in the nursing sequence for the Nursing Management and Executive Leadership practicum. This course will focus on the larger organization's macro-system level. Students will apply and analyze the theories, competencies, and concepts from previous courses in a designated role practicum experience using a preceptor. The core role competencies for the nurse manager and executive leader frame the course activities and include assessing the following areas: client needs and expectations, marketing, financial resources, quality and safety, visioning and strategic planning, care management systems, operational plans for accountability, and ethical practice. Current issues and trends in healthcare, nursing management, and executive leadership are covered in course readings and integrated into the course assessment/project. In this course, the student will begin the organizational assessment and evaluation and complete Part I of the capstone project. Prerequisite: Take NU-501 NU-530 NU-601 NU-602;
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 673 NMEL CAPSTONE   3.00000 Credit(s)
This is the final course in the nursing sequence for the Nursing Management and Executive Leadership practicum. This course will focus on the larger organization's macrosystem level. Students will apply and analyze theories, competencies, and concepts from previous courses in a designated role practicum using a preceptor. The core role competencies for the nurse manager and executive leader frame the course activities and include assessing the following areas: human resource management, workforce development, succession planning, culture of safety, the Joint Commission national patient safety goals, public reporting and accountability, automation in healthcare and redesign of workflow, meaningful use, accountability care organizations, healthcare reform, care across the continuum, and learning from excellence. Current issues and trends in healthcare, nursing management, and executive leadership are covered in course readings and integrated into the course assessments/project. In this course, students will complete the organizational assessment and Part II of the capstone project. Prerequisite: Take NU-501 NU-530 NU-601 NU-602;
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 680 CNL ROLE IMMERSION PRACT.   3.00000 Credit(s)
This is the first course in the nursing sequence for the clinical nurse leader role practicum, providing the opportunity for in-depth analysis of the CNL role within various healthcare settings and specialties through a guided role immersion practicum experience. Integration of prior coursework related to advanced assessment and pathophysiology, pharmacology, information systems, ethics, research, evidence-based practice, and healthcare systems occurs through clinical role practice, case studies, and student presentations. A team of preceptors provide guidance and support as CNL students identify and enact the role components of the CNL role while analyzing the organizational context for this new role. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-611, NU-612
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 681 CAPSTONE CNL NURSE LEADER   3.00000 Credit(s)
This is the final course in the nursing sequence for the clinical nurse leader role practicum, providing the opportunity for in-depth analysis of the CNL role within various healthcare settings and specialties through a guided role immersion practicum experience. Integration of prior coursework related to advanced assessment and pathophysiology, pharmacology, information systems, ethics, research, evidence-based practice, and healthcare systems occurs through clinical role practice, case studies, and student presentations. A team of preceptors provide guidance and support as CNL students identify and enact the role components of the CNL role while analyzing the organizational context for this new role. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-680
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 690 NURSING EDU ROLE PRACT.   3.00000 Credit(s)
This is the first course in the nursing sequence for the role immersion experience in nursing education. Students apply and analyze the theories, competencies, and concepts from the two previous courses in a designated role practicum experience using a preceptor. Through this experience the student will develop an evidence-based teaching project. Further, the student applies theory to practice in seminar discussion and readings. Current issues and trends in healthcare and nursing are integrated within each topical area. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-588, NU-589
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 691 CAPSTONE: NURSE EDUCATOR   3.00000 Credit(s)
This is the final course in the nursing sequence for the role immersion experience in nursing education. Students apply and analyze the theories, competencies, and concepts from the previous nurse educator courses in a designated role practicum experience using a preceptor. Through this experience the student will develop an evidence-based teaching proposal. Further, the student applies theory to practice in seminar discussion and readings. Current issues and trends in healthcare and nursing are integrated within each topical area. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-690
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 700 THEORETICAL COMPONENTS OF NURSING SCI.   3.00000 Credit(s)
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.
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 710 HEALTH CARE POLICY, ADVOCACY & ETHICS   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course will explore the interrelationship between policy, advocacy, and ethics on clinical practice and healthcare/nursing administration. The nurse's role in healthcare policy and planning will be examined. An overview of issues in healthcare policy and planning, including the sociopolitical and economic context of health and health-seeking behaviors will be provided. Healthcare 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 healthcare 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. Prerequisite: Take NU-700
Offered: Fall & Spring Semesters All Years

NU 720 LEADING QUALITY INITIATIVES & iNFO SYS   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course will introduce the fundamentals of patient safety and quality improvement (QI) in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis will be placed on the development, implementation, and evaluation/measurement of evidence-based healthcare QI practices. Management of complex system change within the healthcare environment will be reviewed as part of the QI process. Patient safety will be an important concept throughout this course in which key issues will be examined. Information Systems (IS) will also be addressed throughout this course for best application to the QI process along with daily practice needs. This course will allow the learner to identify key processes involved in optimal patient safety, outcomes, and the overall delivery of healthcare services.
Offered: Summer Semester All Years

NU 721 PROJECT TOPIC DEVELOPMENT   1.00000 Credit(s)
In the first of six clinical seminars, Doctor of Nursing Practice students will-under the guidance of DNP-lead faculty mentors, nursing faculty, and external advisors- synthesize, integrate, and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of their selected project over the course of the DNP program. This first seminar will assist DNP students in developing the abstract, problem statement, evidence review plan, and evaluation. Prerequisite: Take NU-700 and NU-750
Offered: Summer Semester All Years

NU 722 PROJ. METHODOLOGY DEVELOPMENT   1.00000 Credit(s)
In the second of six clinical seminars, Doctor of Nursing Practice students will-under the guidance of DNP-lead faculty mentors, nursing faculty, and external advisors- synthesize, integrate, and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of their selected project over the course of the DNP program. This second seminar will assist DNP students in developing the methodology including but not limited to: setting, sample size, description of measures with reliability and validity, procedures for implementation, and plans for data analysis or evaluation. Prerequisite: Take NU-700 and NU-750 and NU-721
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 723 PROPOSAL PRESENTATION   1.00000 Credit(s)
In the third of six clinical seminars, Doctor of Nursing Practice students will-under the guidance of DNP lead faculty mentors, nursing faculty, and external advisors-synthesize, integrate, and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of their selected project over the course of the DNP program. During the semester, students will present their proposals in an oral format for the three members of their DNP project team. Prerequisite: Take NU-700 NU-750 NU-730 NU-721 NU-722;
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 724 RESP CONDUCT OF RESEARCH   1.00000 Credit(s)
In the fourth of six clinical seminars, Doctor of Nursing Practice students will-under the guidance of DNP-lead faculty mentors, nursing faculty, and external advisors- synthesize, integrate, and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of their selected project over the course of the DNP program. During this fourth seminar, DNP students will be required to complete research ethics education through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The lead faculty mentor will guide the students in Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies, procedures, and approval process both at Sacred Heart University and from all institutions where they are conducting data collection and analysis. Prerequisite: Take NU-700 NU-750 NU-730 NU-721 NU-722 NU-723
Offered: Summer Semester All Years

NU 725 PROJ IMPLIMENTATION & DATA ANALYSIS   1.00000 Credit(s)
In the fifth of six clinical seminars, Doctor of Nursing Practice students will-under the guidance of DNP-lead faculty mentors, nursing faculty, and external advisors- synthesize, integrate, and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of their selected project over the course of the DNP program. During this fifth seminar, DNP students will be in the implementation phase of the research, including data collection and data analysis. Students will report results of the DNP project using appropriate statistics and analysis. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-700 NU-750 NU-730 NU-721 NU-722 NU-723 NU-724
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 726 PROJ PRESENT., DISSEMINATION & EVAL.   1.00000 Credit(s)
In the last of six clinical seminars, Doctor of Nursing Practice students will-under the guidance of DNP lead faculty mentors, nursing faculty, and external advisors- synthesize, integrate, and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of their selected project over the course of the DNP program. During this sixth seminar, DNP students will be summarizing the conclusions of the DNP project. Students will conclude with recommendations for future research and a final summary. Lastly, during this final semester, students will publically present their DNP projects in an oral format for the three members of their DNP project team. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-770 NU-750 NU-730 NU-721 NU-722 NU-723 NU-724 NU-725
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 730 ADV. BIOSTATISTICS & RESEARCH DESIGN   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course is designed for doctoral students to develop an understanding of advanced biostatistics and research design. Students will learn key concepts forming the basis of inferential statistics. They will also learn about commonly used statistical tests in nursing and healthcare literature. Lastly, students will learn about quantitative research designs.
Offered: Spring & Summer Semesters All Years

NU 735 CLN SCH & ANAL METHODS FOR EBP I   3.00000 Credit(s)
This course will review doctoral level practice scholarship and principles of evidence-based practice. Students learn how to build a practice based on clinical expertise, best current evidence, patient values/preferences/goals, and available resources.
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 740 EPIDEMIOLOGY & POPULATION HEALTH   3.00000 Credit(s)
The primary focus of this course is to equip students 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 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.
Offered: Spring Semester All Years