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Course Descriptions

NUR 609: Health Care Economics (3 credits)
This course examines general economic themes and applies them to health and health care systems. The notion of health care as a public good is discussed. Students analyze the impact of consumer demand for services, the aging population, and chronic illness on health care economics. The United States health care system and the reimbursement of health care services are investigated and compared with systems in other countries.

NUR 614: Informatics and Health Care Systems (3 credits)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of health care informatics practice from an interdisciplinary approach. Students explore how informatics contributes to the quality, safety, maintenance of standards, and information security of health care services in the United States. The value of informatics to the improvement of care delivery environments in health care and community agencies is explored. Students integrate and apply information from health-related databases for clinical decision-making. The influence of informatics on decision-making and planning in health care systems is analyzed along with the various roles of health care informatics specialists.

NUR 619: Clinical Issues in Genetics and Genomics (1 credit)
This web-enhanced course is designed to provide students with the information and resources necessary to incorporate a genetic focus into clinical practice. The Genetics/Genomics Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice document is discussed. Students explore the Human Genome Project and review Web-sites and patient/family resources. Students analyze secular and religious perspectives on genetics. Course modules include ethical, moral, legal, and social issues; high risk pregnancy and prenatal diagnostic testing; prenatal screening; and late diagnosis and pre-symptomatic testing of genetic conditions.

NUR/PH 637: Epidemiology (3 credits)
This course focuses on the study of the distribution and determinants of health and disease in human populations. A historical perspective of epidemiology provides a background for current practices. Basic concepts, study design, data sources, and statistical measures are examined and applied. Emphasis is placed on the practical applications of epidemiology in the work setting and the global environment. Infection, social, behavioral, psychological, genetic, and environmental components of disease are presented from a public health standpoint. Students analyze the efficacy, cost effectiveness, and ethical concerns of screening programs.

NUR 695: Public Policy Initiatives: Local to Global (3 credits)
This course examines social policy, power, and political behaviors directed at changing health care and community systems to benefit populations. The contributions of researchers, policy-makers, analysts, health care providers, and federal, state, and local governments to local, regional, national and global policy are explored. Social, human development and environmental problems are examined in relation to local and broader public policies. Students develop leadership skills and are actively involved in field experiences.

NUR/PH 696: Grant Writing Seminar (3 credits)
Students investigate private and governmental requests for proposals, grants databases, and grant elements with an emphasis on the introduction, proposal summary, problem statement, program goals and objectives, evaluation, personnel, equipment, consultants, budgets, timelines, and periodic reporting of progress. Requests for proposals from funding entities are also compared. Students write and critique a grant proposal based on the needs of a vulnerable population.

NUR 702: Advanced Therapeutics (3 credits)
This course presents procedures, protocols, therapeutic algorithms, drugs, and diagnostic tests related to the management of high frequency and high risk diseases found across various clinical settings. Students create an electronic portfolio to serve as a tool for conducting a personalized needs assessment specific to the knowledge and skills required of an advanced practice registered nurse role of a population and clinical practice area. Integrative and traditional approaches to disease management are explored. Students use technology to manage data for professional and clinical decision making.

NUR 703:  Professional Ethics (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide a foundation in ethics as it applies to the health professions. Moral development theories, ethical approaches, principles, and professional codes of ethics are critically examined with a focus on their application to practice and ethical decision-making processes used in health care. The course will draw on students' clinical experiences and use a case study approach to promote moral reflection and personal values clarification. The demand for moral agency and ethical leadership, given a profession's responsibilities to society, is studied. The course highlights the ethical competence needed by health care professionals, individually and collectively, to respond to contemporary and emerging ethical challenges in our pluralistic society.

NUR/PH 704: Statistics and Biostatistics (3 credits)
This course reviews correlation, prediction and regression, hypotheses testing, t-tests, ANOVA, and ANCOVA. Statistical support of decisions to treat are emphasized including point and interval estimators, risk evaluation, odds ratio, and analysis of dichotomous and continuous variables representing health outcomes. Concepts are applied to the critique of nursing and other disciplines’ research studies.

NUR 705: Patient Safety and Health Care Outcomes (3 credits) 60 clinical hours
This residency course provides the opportunity to analyze patient safety strategies and programs associated with improved patient care outcomes in various community and health care agency settings. Students explore health care errors and the impact of errors on patient, family, and health care agency systems. Techniques of process improvement are applied to health outcomes. A needs assessment project links interdisciplinary, collaborative, and process improvement safety strategies in a program evaluation project. Systems improvement initiatives are investigated with the goal of preventing health care errors.

NUR 750: Translating Evidence into Practice (3 credits) 60 clinical hours
In this residency course students build on their knowledge of nursing theory, research design, and approaches to data analysis. They evaluate nursing and other disciplines’ research based on a critical evaluation of the literature. Students identify an issue from a declared practice focus for a capstone project that is outcomes focused. Metasynthesis, meta analysis, systematic and integrative reviews, and synopses are compared as sources of evidence for clinical decision making. Patient-centered care is emphasized from the perspectives of patient preference and best practices. Guidelines from federal, professional, and voluntary health organizations are investigated. Students increase their skill in database searching.

NUR 751: Clinical Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration (3 credits) 60 clinical hours
In this residency course students analyze the interplay of organizational culture and structures in complex health care systems from various theoretical perspectives. Management, organizational, team building, and conflict resolution topics are investigated and leadership theories are compared. Case studies demonstrating effective and ineffective clinical leadership are scrutinized related to their impact on the care delivery process. Historical and emerging relationships among health care professionals are examined along with quality improvement strategies aimed at changing organizational cultures and processes.

NUR 880: Clinical Capstone Project (3 credits) 135 clinical hours
Students develop a capstone project and explore practice issues that influence project success. They investigate associated literature and confer with clinical practice leaders to refine the outcomes-focused project. The capstone project proposal is shaped by needs assessment data, literature review, and program evaluation strategies. Students critique and disseminate their approved capstone project. The role of the DNP graduate as a clinical leader in health care and community systems is addressed as it relates to the evaluation and dissemination of the capstone project.

NUR 881: Capstone Project Seminar (1 credit) (Pass/Fail) (Additional course) **
This course is a continuation course to NUR 880. It is designed to provide opportunities for students requiring additional supports necessary for completing the written clinical capstone project proposal. Students enroll in this seminar course on a continual basis until the conclusion of the written capstone project proposal and advisor affirmation of proposal completion. Students utilize available university supports including the Sheeky Writing Center and proposal committee members’ expertise. Students must be actively enrolled in order to avail themselves of university resources. The course is available during fall and spring semesters. Summer availability is contingent upon DNP Program Director approval. (**optional)

NUR 882: Clinical Capstone Residency (4 credits) 185 clinical hours
Students participate in an individually designed clinical practice immersion experience designed to build knowledge and skill for advanced specialty practice at a high level of complexity. The immersion experience provides the practice context in which the clinical capstone project is completed. Students complete required capstone course work and obtain approval from their capstone committee. They implement an evidence-based capstone project in a health care or community agency. Required clinical hours vary depending on students’ entry level attainments; a minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised, post baccalaureate clinical practice in an academic program is required.
Clinical activity: This course is arranged as a seminar course in which students work in small clinical groups supported by an advising professor. This residency provides the practice context within which the clinical capstone project is completed. Students are expected to complete the clinical capstone project by the end of the course.

NUR 883: Clinical Capstone Residency Seminar (1 credit) (Pass/Fail) (Additional course) **
This course is a continuation course to NUR 881. This seminar offers students the opportunity to complete the clinical capstone project and develop this project into a finalized form that is consistent with a journal manuscript and ready for defense. NUR 882 will be noted as “Incomplete” until the clinical capstone project is finished. The course is available during fall and spring semesters. Summer availability is contingent upon DNP Program Director approval. Students will utilize university resources including library and writing center supports. (**optional)


Capstone Project Requirement
The Capstone Project (CP) is a scholarly experience using principles of evidence-based practice and research translation that is designed to provide students with a guided opportunity to address a meaningful practice concern relevant to nursing and meaningful to healthcare systems, processes, and/or outcomes. The CP end-product will be a tangible deliverable presented in the form of a publishable manuscript. This product will be reviewed and evaluated by an academic committee. The CP should be a synthesis of the student’s work and lay the groundwork for future scholarly endeavors.

Students, working closely with faculty members, identify an issue or question within nursing practice that is of clinical interest and conduct a scholarly review and synthesis of the related literature. Students develop a project around this issue or question, implement and evaluate this project, and disseminate findings and recommendations in the form of a publishable manuscript.
Patricia Bicknell

Patricia Bicknell, Ed.D., APRN, ACNS-BC, CNL
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

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