Course Descriptions

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 Healthcare Policy, Advocacy, & Ethics     3 CR
This course explores the effect of the interrelationship between policy, advocacy, and ethics on clinical practice and health care leadership. The advanced practice nurse’s role in health care policy and planning is 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. Issues in clinical practice will be examined for how legislation and regulations impacts care. The course examines 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 & Information Systems in Healthcare     3 CR
This course introduces the fundamentals of patient safety and quality improvement (QI) in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on the development, implementation, and evaluation/measurement of evidence-based healthcare QI practices. Management of complex system change within the healthcare environment is reviewed as part of the QI process. Examining key issues related to patient safety is an important concept throughout this course. Information Systems (IS) is also addressed throughout this course to examine best application to the QI process along with daily practice needs.  Students examine key processes involved in optimal patient safety, outcomes, and the overall delivery of health care services.

NU 721 DNP Project: Topic Development     1 CR
This course is the first of 6 project seminars in which the student synthesizes, integrates, and translates newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of the selected project over the course of the program. The first seminar prepares the student to develop the problem statement and a plan for evidence review.

NU 722 DNP Project: Methodology Development     1 CR
This course is the second of 6 project seminars.  Under the guidance of the course faculty, DNP project chair, and external advisor the student synthesizes, integrates, and translates newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of the selected project over the course of the program. In the second seminar, the student completes an evidence review, synthesis and recommendations, and prepares draft of project proposal. 

NU 723 DNP Project: Proposal Review     1 CR
This course is the third of 6 project seminars.  Under the guidance of the course faculty, DNP project chair, and external advisor, the student synthesizes, integrates, and translates newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of the selected project. In this seminar, the student completes the proposal presentation. 

NU 724 DNP Project: Responsible Conduct of Research     1 CR
This course is the fourth of 6 clinical seminars.  Under the guidance of the course faculty, DNP project chair, and external advisor, the student synthesizes, integrates, and translates newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of the selected project over the course of the program. In this seminar, the student investigates ethical considerations related to the project prior to implementing the project in the practice setting. 

NU 725 DNP Project: Implementation & Data Analysis     1 CR
This course is the fifth of 6 clinical seminars.  Under the guidance of the course faculty, DNP project chair, and external advisor, the student synthesizes, integrates, and translates newly acquired knowledge and skills to implement and evaluate the selected project. In the 5th seminar, the student evaluates the project outcomes. 

NU 726 DNP Project: Presentation, Dissemination, & Evaluation     1 CR
This course is the fifth of 6 clinical seminars.  Under the guidance of the course faculty, DNP project chair, and external advisor, the student synthesizes, integrates, and translates newly acquired knowledge and skills to implement and evaluate the selected project. In the 5th seminar, the student evaluates the project outcomes. 

NU 730 Clinical Scholarship & Analytical Methods for Evidence Based Practice I     3 CR
The course will review doctoral level practice scholarship and the principles of evidence-based practice.  Students will learn how to build a practice based on clinical expertise, best current evidence, patient values/preferences/goals, and available resources. 

NU 740 Epidemiology & Population Health     3 CR
This course provides the student with a foundation in clinical prevention and population health. The student is introduced 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, practical applications of epidemiology, methods for identifying and evaluating sources of health information, calculation of key epidemiologic measures, 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. The student is taught to interpret epidemiological, biostatistical, occupational, and environmental data in the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical prevention and population health. 

NU 741 Teaching Learning Principles & Curriculum Design in Advanced Nursing Education     3 CR
The purpose of this elective course is to provide students the opportunities to examine research-based educational theory and evidence-based teaching/learning strategies to design and implement instruction for diverse learners and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of instruction. In addition, analysis and synthesis of theories and concepts related to curriculum development and evaluation in education are emphasized. A practicum experience is a required component of the course.

NU 742 Leadership in Advanced Nursing Education     3 CR
The purpose of this elective course is to engage students in an analysis and synthesis of concepts and theories basic to the nurse educator in a leadership role in academia. Emphasis is on current issues and trends in nursing education, the role of the DNP nurse educator, knowledge necessary for success in a leadership role such as the accreditation process and the relationship between the school/department of nursing and state board of nursing. In addition, relevant topics such leadership theory, policy, and legal and ethical issues will be discussed. A practicum experience is a required component of the course.

NU 750 Clinical Scholarship & Analytical Methods for Evidence Based Practice II     3 CR
This course is the second of two doctoral level research courses.  Course content emphasizes the conceptual understanding of research design and methods, and measurements commonly used in research.  Application of research methods and design, principles of measurement, and advanced biostatistics in order to contribute to improved clinical decisions and outcomes are presented. The use of biostatistical techniques as well as how to apply them with confidence and interpret research findings and evidence in the literature are discussed.  

NU 760 Strategic Leadership & Collaboration in Healthcare Organizations     3 CR
This course addresses organizational and systems leadership skills for advanced leadership in practice to improve clinical health care systems and promote excellence in care. Focus is on leadership, strategic visioning and planning, collaboration with the health care team to make data driven decisions at both the micro and macro systems level. Healthcare finance and the implications for health care organizations are examined.

NU 770 Advanced Care of Special Populations     3 CR
This course is designed to enable the doctoral student to refine and expand the diagnostic and management skills necessary to care for vulnerable and disenfranchised populations. The elimination of health disparities has been identified as an area of research emphasis by the National Institute of Nursing Research. This course examines health determinants and health disparities within the United States as well as in the global community. The student will examine health disparities and the burden of disease within social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental contexts using a systematic, multidisciplinary approach. 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 healthcare problems experienced by special populations across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on content specific to the special populations in the areas of infectious disease, psychiatric care, and care of medically underserved populations such as the homeless, refugee populations, and the incarcerated. 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 & Aging Populations     3 CR
This course is designed for graduate students in the DNP program who seek to gain leadership skills and knowledge in the management of chronic disease and aging populations. Doctoral students will synthesize knowledge from physiological, psychological, and sociological/cultural perspectives that are important to the aging person and their families. Evidence-based 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 to 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, and advanced directives). The application of advanced nursing practice theory into supervised clinical practice will be included and emphasized.

NU 781 Introduction to Palliative Care     3 CR (30 practice hours)
This course is an introduction to palliative care nursing within a quality of life framework with an emphasis on symptom management and care for the patient and family experiencing a life threatening illness with a focus on end of life care. The student will explore the role of the advanced practice nurse on the interdisciplinary palliative care team and gain an understanding of nursing leadership responsibilities in palliative care as it relates to policy, research and practice to improve patient and system outcomes. This 3 credit course is required for the FNP/DNP student and is an elective for the post MSN DNP student.

NU 782 Executive Leadership     3 CR (30 practice hours)
NOT FOR Clinical FNP TRACK (2 theory and 1 practice)
Ongoing transformation of the health care environment requires that nurse leaders develop capacities in new arenas in order to address aggregate health, system, and global needs. Guided by various leadership models in health care, this course explores advanced leadership development opportunities in data analytics, entrepreneurship, and globalization. The focus will be on understanding leadership models as guides to influence behavior, data analytics as a strategy for improving outcomes of care, entrepreneurship for professional autonomy and meeting social needs, and globalization for improving global health. This course is an elective 3-credit course for the post MSN DNP student.

NU 810 DNP Scholarship & Advanced Practice I     3 CR
This course is a role transition seminar and colloquium that assists the student in preparing for expanded roles.  The student synthesizes, integrates, and translates knowledge, skills, and attitudes that have been acquired throughout the program.  Practice immersion experiences are designed by students based on DNP Essentials competency self-assessment and scholarly interests. 

This course is a role transition seminar and colloquium that will assist the student in preparing for expanded roles and self-reflection. The student synthesizes, integrates, and translates knowledge, skills, and attitudes that have been acquired throughout the program.

Practice immersion experiences will be designed by students based on DNP Essentials competency self-assessment and scholarly interests.  Scholarly writing, grant proposals, and career development strategies will be discussed.

NU 820 DNP Scholarship & Advanced Practice II     3 CR
This course is a role transition seminar and colloquium that will assist the student in preparing for expanded roles and self-reflection. The student synthesizes, integrates, and translates knowledge, skills, and attitudes that have been acquired throughout the program.  Practice immersion experiences will be designed by students based on DNP Essentials competency self-assessment and scholarly interests.  Scholarly writing, grant proposals, and career development strategies will be discussed.