Course Descriptions

Nursing Course Descriptions

EX 362L EXERCISE TESTING & PRESCRIPTION LAB   1.0 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: TAKE EX-250
Offered: Fall & Spring Semesters All Years

EX 401 ADV. APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY I   3.0 Credit(s)
This course provides an in-depth overview of work physiology, including cellular respiration, ventilation, cardiovascular dynamics, muscle physiology, the endocrine system, environmental aspects of exercise, and the anthropometric, histologic, and biochemical adaptive response to physical training. The processes of the gastrointestinal tract will be explored as well.
Offered: Fall Semester Even Years

NU 205 FOUNDATIONS OF PROF. NURSING   3.0 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   0.0 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   2.0 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 215L HEALTH ASSESSMENT LAB   0.0 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   3.0 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   0.0 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 305 TRANSITION TO PROF NURSING PRACTICE   3.0 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   3.0 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   3.0 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 325 HEALTH ASSESSMENT   3.0 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   4.0 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   3.0 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: Take NU-220 NU-215 NU-205 and NU-310
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

NU 332 MATERNAL NURSING CLNICL CARE   1.0 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: Take NU-205 NU-220 NU-215 and NU-330
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

NU 335 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY   3.0 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   5.0 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 355 LEADERSHIP:CONTEMP NURSING   3.0 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   6.0 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 376 CARE MGMT: INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES   4.0 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,NU-431 and NU-433;
Offered: Modules Odd Semesters All Years

NU 381 PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING   5.0 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 386 GLOBAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH   4.0 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-431, NU-433 and NU-376;
Offered: Modules Even Semesters All Years

NU 387 POPULATIONS & GLOBAL HEALTH   5.0 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-431, NU-433 and NU-376
Offered: Modules Even Semesters All Years

NU 395 TRANSITION INTO PROF NURSING PRACTICE   4.0 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 401 HEALTH CARE POLICY & ETHICS   3.0 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 431 EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE   3.0 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   3.0 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 475 HEALTH CARE INFORMATION SYSTEMS   3.0 Credit(s)
Course Description: Nursing Informatics combines knowledge and skills from nursing science, computer science, information science, and cognitive science to identify, define, manage and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice. Core concepts will be discussed in relation to the application of nursing informatics to support nursing practice and enhance outcomes of care. Major topics related to nursing informatics will be explored. The use of informatics to enhance patient care delivery, quality, and safety in healthcare systems will be emphasized.

NU 553 ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY   3.0 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 555 PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSE EDUCATOR   3.0 Credit(s)

Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 566 ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY   3.0 Credit(s)
This course assists FNP students to have a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiological disease processes most commonly seen afflicting patients across the lifespan. 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.
Offered: Fall & Spring Semesters All Years

NU 601 PRINCIPLES OF HC RESEARCH   3.0 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   3.0 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   3.0 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.   3.0 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   3.0 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   3.0 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   3.0 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   3.0 Credit(s)

Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 617 HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS   3.0 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.   3.0 Credit(s)

Offered: Modules Even Semesters All Years

NU 619 PRIN. OF PATIENT & STAFF ED.   3.0 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   7.0 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   6.0 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   9.0 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: Take NU-620
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 631 CARE OF SPECIAL POPULATIONS   8.0 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   7.0 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   3.0 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   3.0 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: Take NU-510, NU-520, NU-575, NU-576
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 671 CAPSTONE: PCS ADMIN   3.0 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: TAKE NU-670
Offered: Module Semesters All Years

NU 672 NMEL PRACTICUM   3.0 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   3.0 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.   3.0 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   3.0 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.   3.0 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   3.0 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.   3.0 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   3.0 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   3.0 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   1.0 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
Offered: Summer Semester All Years

NU 722 PROJ. METHODOLOGY DEVELOPMENT   1.0 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-721
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 723 PROPOSAL PRESENTATION   1.0 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   1.0 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   1.0 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.   1.0 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 ADVANCED EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE I   3.0 Credit(s)
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.
Offered: Spring & Summer Semesters All Years

NU 735 CLN SCH & ANAL METHODS FOR EBP I   3.0 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   3.0 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

NU 741 CURRICULUM DESIGN ADV. NE   3.0 Credit(s)
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.
Offered: As Needed All Years

NU 742 LEADERSHIP IN ADV. NURSING ED   3.0 Credit(s)
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. Prerequisite: TAKE NU-741
Offered: As Needed All Years

NU 750 ADVANCED EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE II   3.0 Credit(s)
This course, the second of two, builds on the content of the first with emphasis on the conceptual understanding of research design and methods, and measurements commonly used in research. The course includes the application of research methods and design, principles of measurement, and advanced biostatistics in order to contribute to improved clinical decisions and outcomes. The student gains an understanding of when and why to use biostatistical techniques as well as how to apply them with confidence and interpret research findings and evidence in the literature. Prerequisite: Take NU-700 NU-710;
Offered: Fall & Spring Semesters All Years

NU 755 CLN SCH & ANA METH FOR EBP II   3.0 Credit(s)
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.
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

NU 760 STRAT LEADERSHIP & COLL IN HEALTH CARE   3.0 Credit(s)
In this course, organizational and systems leadership skills for advanced leadership practice to improve clinical healthcare systems and promote excellence in care are enhanced. Focus is on transformational leadership, strategic visioning and planning, collaboration with the healthcare team to make data-driven decisions at both the micro- and macrosystems level. Understanding of how healthcare is financed and the implications for healthcare organizations is applied. In this course students will identify and build their terminal doctoral projects.
Offered: Fall & Spring Semesters All Years

NU 770 ADVANCED CARE OF SPECIAL POPULATIONS   3.0 Credit(s)
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.
Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 780 LEAD. CHRON DIS MGMT AGING POPULATIONS   3.0 Credit(s)
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.
Offered: Summer 1 Semester All Years

NU 781 INTRODUCTION TO PALLIATIVE CARE   3.0 Credit(s)
This course is an introduction to palliative care nursing within a quality of life framework. The emphasis is 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. Nursing leadership responsibilities in palliative care as it relates to policy, research and practice to improve patient and system outcomes are discussed. This 3-credit course is required for the FNP/DNP student and is an elective for the post MSN DNP student.
Offered: Summer Semester All Years

NU 782 EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP   3.0 Credit(s)
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.
Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 799 SPEC TOPICS INDEPENDENT STUDY   1.0-6.0 Credit(s)

Offered: All Semesters All Years

NU 810 DNP SCHOLARSHIP & ADVANCED PRACTICE   3.0 Credit(s)
Under the guidance of their DNP Project Lead advisor and clinical mentor, students will synthesize, integrate, and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of their selected project. Seminars will focus on guiding the student through all aspects of implementation and evaluation of their DNP project. Critique and peer review will be a major focus of the seminars. A role transition colloquium will assist the student in preparing for expanded roles and self-reflection. Clinical residency experiences will be individually designed within the context of the focus of the student's track selection and scholarly interests.
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 820 DNP SCHOLARSHIP & ADVANCED PRACTICE   3.0 Credit(s)
Under the guidance of their DNP project dissertation advisor and clinical mentor, students will continue to synthesize, integrate, and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of their selected project. Seminars will focus on guiding the student through all aspects of evaluation. Critique and peer review will be a major focus of the seminars. A role transition colloquium will assist the student in preparing for expanded roles and self-reflection. Clinical residency experiences will be individually designed within the context of the focus of the student's track selection and scholarly interests.
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 821 DOCTORIAL DISSERTATION ADVISEMENT   0.0 Credit(s)
Prerequisite: Take NU-810 and NU-820
Offered: As Needed Contact Department

NU 831 CLINICAL IMMERSION I   2.0 Credit(s)
Clinical experiences are individually designed based on the student's clinical interests. The residency provides the student the opportunity to focus on the complex patient to increase clinical skills and competency. Students prepare for a FNP national board certification examination using review techniques and online predictor examinations. Prerequisite: Take NU-632
Offered: Fall Semester All Years

NU 832 CLINICAL IMMERSION II   2.0 Credit(s)
Clinical experiences are individually designed based on the student's clinical interests. The residency provides the student the opportunity to focus on the complex patient to increase clinical skills and competency. Students will complete their national board certification examinations. Prerequisite: Take NU-831
Offered: Spring Semester All Years

NU 900 CONTINOUS REGISTRATION   1.0 Credit(s)

Offered: As Needed All Years