School of Nursing

http://www.wku.edu/nursing

Mary Bennett, Director
Health Sciences Complex 2200
(270) 745-3391
nursing@wku.edu

Faculty


Nursing Courses

NURS 415G   Complementary Health Care    3 Hours

Selected holistic modes of healing will be explored. Focus will be on history, research findings, theoretical basis and legal implications.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

NURS 450G   Rural Health and Safety    3 Hours

Students will explore a variety of health and safety issues unique to rural populations. The interdisciplinary team concept will be used throughout the course to foster collaboration that facilitates sharing of the expertise of students and faculty.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

NURS 492G   Faith Community Nursing    3 Hours

Builds upon practice of community health nursing to develop skills needed to provide nursing care for individuals and groups in faith communities. RNs earn Faith Community Nurse Certificate upon completion.
Prerequisite(s): Senior level BSN or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

NURS 500   Advanced Physiological and Pathophysiological Concepts    4 Hours

Normal physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms of disease are used to explain human responses to potential and actual health problems across the life span as a foundation for clinical practice, decision-making and management.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate nursing program or completion of baccalaureate in nursing.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

NURS 501   Nursing, Politics and Health Policy    2 Hours

Focuses on health care economics and policy analysis of current health care problems and issues. Emphasizes the role of the advanced practice nurse in health policy formation and political action.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate program.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

NURS 503   Advanced Health Assessment    2 Hours

Emphasis is on advanced health assessment skills and techniques of interviewing that are utilized by the nurse in a primary or acute care setting. Diagnostic laboratory studies will also be discussed as they relate to the nurse in Advanced Professional Practice.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to DNP or MSN program or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

NURS 504   Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing    3 Hours

This course provides the student with a basis for theory development, analysis of selected conceptual and theoretical frameworks for advanced professional nursing practice, and provides knowledge concerning ANA's Social Policy Statement, and role socialization in advanced nursing practice. In addition, the concepts of case management and management care will be analyzed as approaches to advanced nursing practice.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the DNP or MSN program or permission of the instructor.
Corequisite(s): NURS 506.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

NURS 505   Advanced Health Assessment Clinical    1 Hour

Students will demonstrate advanced health assessment skills and techniques in the clinical setting.
Corequisite(s): NURS 503.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Course Fee: $25
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

NURS 506   Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice    1 Hour

Focuses on the transition from the professional nursing role to an advanced nursing practice role. Legal, ethical and advanced practice issues are emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate nursing program.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

NURS 507   Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Assessment and Clinical Interviewing Techniques    1 Hour

Emphasis is on the advanced psychiatric assessment and techniques of interviewing including health promotion/disease prevention skills utilized by the advanced psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. The population focus approach utilizes the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for diagnosing psychopathology through case studies and experiential exercises. Includes the application of health behavior theories when assessing health promotion and/or maintenance in populations.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 503, NURS 505 and Admission to graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2016; summer 2017

NURS 508   Advanced Issues in Professional Nursing    1 Hour

Analysis and synthesis of selected political, legal, ethical, socioeconomic, and technological issues impacting advanced nursing practice.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; winter 2016; spring 2016; fall 2016; winter 2017; fall 2017

NURS 509   Practice Management for Advanced Practice Nurses    1 Hour

Focuses on legal and regulatory issues and business skills important to the management of a primary care practice for advanced practice nurses.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 510   Graduate Nursing Research    3 Hours

This course is designed to increase excitement about nursing research and facilitate the search for knowledge through research. A strong conceptual framework linking research with practice, theory, knowledge and philosophy will be stressed.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 504 and Graduate Statistics.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

NURS 511   Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner III    1 Hour

Emphasis is on exploration, discussion, and analysis of current advanced psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner topics. Includes current practice trends, medicolegal, ethical, business and other issues related to PMHNP practice.
Corequisite(s): NURS 527.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 525 and NURS 526 and Admission to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016; summer 2017

NURS 512   Research Applications    2 Hours

Includes interpretation, critique and communication of research findings; examine sources and application process for research funding. Written papers, oral presentations and projects required.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate nursing program and completion of NURS 510.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

NURS 513   Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Educators    2 Hours

The advance study of pharmacotherapeutics of select drug groups with implications for patients from across the lifespan. The phamacokinetics, pharmacogenetics, and pharmacodynamics of drugs are reviewed. Emphasis is on the importance of the nurse educator's role in teaching safe and effective medication management.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

NURS 515   Advanced Pharmacology    4 Hours

Pharmacologic applications for primary care practice designed to prepare nurse practitioners for prescribing drugs within their scope of practice. Basic pharmacologic principles and the pharmacologic actions of major drug classes will be discussed in relation to physiologic systems with emphasis on the application of these agents to primary care practice.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate nursing program or completion of baccalaureate program in nursing.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

NURS 519   Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Educators    2 Hours

Normal physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms of disease are used to explain human responses to potential and actual health problems across the lifespan as a foundation for the nurse educator to educate nursing students.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to MSN Program or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 520   Teaching in Schools of Nursing    3 Hours

This course is designed to assist the student to develop skills necessary for teaching nursing. Focus will be on development of the teaching - learning plan, identification of appropriate teaching strategies, development of appropriate evaluation methods, and socialization activities for nursing faculty.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MSN Nurse Educator program, DNP program, or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016

NURS 521   Statistics in Health Care    3 Hours

Fundamental statistical concepts and techniques addressed include levels of measurement, measurement reliability and validity, and common statistical techniques. The emphasis will be on the application of statistics in health care research to improve clinical outcomes.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

NURS 522   Teaching in Schools of Nursing Internship    2 Hours

This course provides the student the opportunity to implement the nurse-faculty role in an academic setting. The student works with an experienced nurse-faculty to gain actual experience teaching nursing and refining techniques related to the teaching-learning process. Students must be in the final semester off the program to enroll in this capstone experience.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

NURS 523   Adv Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I: Diag/Mgmt Psych Disorders in Adults and Elderly    3 Hours

Provides the student with opportunities to integrate and apply psychiatric frameworks, theories, and research findings related to common acute and chronic psychiatric disorders among adults and elderly patients. Emphasis is on the developmental issues of adult and elderly patients, psychotherapeutic modalities, psychopharmacology, psychoeducation, primary prevention, and evaluation of treatment.
Corequisite(s): NURS 524.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 507 AND Admission to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 524   Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I: Clinical    2 Hours

During clinical experiences, foundational competencies for advanced psychiatric nursing practice will be addressed and practiced. Students will be conduct comprehensive and systematic psychiatric assessments, diagnose common psychiatric illnesses, implement pharmacologic and psychosocial interventions, and evaluate treatment outcomes for adult and elderly patients with mental health problems and psychiatric disorders. A variety of settings across the healthcare continuum will be utilized. Multidisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration, a function of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), is integrated into clinical experiences. Course requires 12 hours per week clinical time.
Corequisite(s): NURS 523.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 507 AND Admission to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, or permission of instructor.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Course Fee: $40
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 525   Adv Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner II: Diag/Mgmt Psych Disorders in Child, Adolescent, Young Adult    3 Hours

Provides the student with opportunities to integrate and apply psychiatric frameworks, theories, and research findings related to common acute and chronic psychiatric disorders among child, adolescent, and young adult patients. Emphasis is on the developmental issues of child, adolescent, and young adult patients, psychotherapeutic modalities, pschopharmacology, psychoeducation, primary prevention, and evaluation of treatment.
Corequisite(s): NURS 526.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 523, NURS 524 AND Admission to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

NURS 526   Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner II: Clinical    2 Hours

During clinical experiences, foundational competencies for advanced psychiatric nursing practice will be addressed and practiced. Students will conduct comprehensive and systematic psychiatric assessments, diagnose common psychiatric illnesses, implement pharmacologic and psychosocial interventions, and evaluate treatment outcomes for child, adolescent, and your adult patients with mental health problems and psychiatric disorders. A variety of settings across the healthcare continuum will be utilized. Multidisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration, a function of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), is integrated into clinical experiences. Course requires 12 hours per week clinical time.
Corequisite(s): NURS 525.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 523, NURS 524 AND Admission to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, or permission of instructor.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Course Fee: $40
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

NURS 527   Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner III: Internship    5 Hours

This is the culminating clinical experience where students demonstrate theories and roles, along with competencies for advanced psychiatric nursing practice. Students will conduct comprehensive and systematic psychiatric assessments, diagnose common acute and chronic psychiatric illnesses, implement pharmacologic and psychosocial interventions, and evaluate treatment outcomes across the lifespan for patients with mental health problems and psychiatric disorders. A variety of settings across the healthcare continuum will be utilized. Multidisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration, a function of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), is integrated into clinical experiences. Course requires 20-25 hours per week clinical time.
Corequisite(s): NURS 511.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 525, NURS 526 AND Admission to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, or permission of instructor.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Course Fee: $40
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016; summer 2017

NURS 528   Leadership and Management in Nursing Administration    3 Hours

Integrates nursing, business and related theory to provide a framework for examination of issues related to efficient and effective administration and management of resources for patient care delivery.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 504, NURS 506, NURS 510, and completion of 3-4 support courses, or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 530   Nursing Administration Practicum    3 Hours

This course will provide an opportunity to develop advanced nursing administration skills in the management of human resources and analysis of models for the organization of nursing services.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 528.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Course Fee: $40
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

NURS 531   Clinical Teaching in Nursing Education    2 Hours

Essentials of clinical nursing instruction, including management of clinical experiences, clinical teaching strategies, evaluation of students, and legal/ethical problems encountered in clinical instructions.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to MSN program or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016

NURS 532   Teaching in Nursing: Roles and Professional Issues    2 Hours

Provides an overview of the role of the nurse educator in academic settings. Includes selected topics relevant to successful transition to an academic role such as legal, ethical, and professional issues.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to MSN program or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 546   Primary Care of the Infant, Child, and Adolescent    3 Hours

Focuses on infant, child, and adolescent health. Emphasis will be on health maintenance, management of common health problems, and health education. The role of the nurse as primary care practitioner in a variety of settings will be examined.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 500, NURS 503, NURS 504.
Corequisite(s): Nurs 547.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

NURS 547   Primary Care of the Infant, Child and Adolescent Clinical    2 Hours

Focuses on the clinical care of the infant, child, and adolescent health in the primary care setting. Emphasis will be on health maintenance, management of common health problems, and health education.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 500, NURS 503, NURS 504.
Corequisite(s): NURS 546.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Course Fee: $40
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

NURS 548   Primary Care of the Adult    3 Hours

Focuses on adult health. Emphasis will be on health maintenance, management of common health problems, and health education. The role of the nurse as primary care practitioner in a variety of settings will be examined.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 500, NURS 503, NURS 504.
Corequisite(s): NURS 549.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 549   Primary Care of the Adult Clinical    2 Hours

Focuses on clinical care of the adult. Emphasis will be on health maintenance, management of common health problems, and health education. The role of the nurse as primary care practitioner in a variety of settings will be examined.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 500, NURS 503, NURS 504.
Corequisite(s): NURS 548.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Course Fee: $40
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 554   Primary Care Internship    5 Hours

This course is a clinical practicum and the student will focus on children, adolescents, adults and the aged. The role of the nurse as a primary health care provider in a variety of settings will be explored. Minimum of twenty-eight hours per week.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of NURS 546/NURS 547 and NURS 548/NURS 549.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Course Fee: $40
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

NURS 560   Curriculum Development in Nursing Education    2 Hours

Provides the theory and processes to develop, design, and evaluate nursing curricula and programs. The use of curriculum accreditation standards that guide curriculum development and evaluation is studied to direct nursing faculty in curriculum development. Develops the National League for Nursing (NLN) Core Competencies for Nurse Educators 4: Participate in curriculum design and evaluation of program outcomes.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the program.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

NURS 561   Distance Education & Technology in Nursing    2 Hours

Provides an overview of the basics of technology in nursing education including distance learning and web-based course design and simulation. Includes the theoretical underpinnings as well as suggestions for practical application in the nursing education. Includes skills related to web-based course design and evaluation and use of high-fidelity simulators. Develops the National League for Nursing (NLN) Core Competencies for Nurse Educators I: Facilitate learning: Uses information skillfully to support the teaching-learning process.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Program or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 563   Teaching in Healthcare Organizations    2 Hours

Develops skills and competencies specific to the role of the nurse educator in staff development for hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Provides opportunity to build competencies for the staff development professional identified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as preparation for advanced certification in Nursing Professional Development.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to program or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 564   Teaching in Healthcare Organizations Practicum    1 Hour

This is a practicum experience to facilitate the nurse educator in developing skills and competencies needed for successful implementation of the roles of the hospital or health care organization education specialist. The nurse works with an experienced preceptor to implement planned learning activities for a total of 60 contact hours. Provides opportunity to build competencies for the staff development professional identified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as preparation for advanced certification in Nursing Professional Development.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 563 or permission of instructor.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

NURS 565   Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education    2 Hours

Builds upon educational theory presented in NURS 504 Advanced Nursing Theory, emphasizing andragogy and issues related to learner diversity. Analyzes teaching strategies and modalities relevant to classroom and clinical teaching in nursing education in structured and unstructured settings.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to MSN program or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; spring 2017

NURS 590   Special Topics in Nursing    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Supervised individual or group study on special topics in nursing.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Course Fee: $40
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015

NURS 591   Special Topics in Nursing    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Individual or group study on special topics in clinical nursing.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; winter 2016; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; summer 2017

NURS 599   Thesis Research and Writing    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

During this course the student will work under the direction of a faculty advisor to complete a thesis.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate nursing program and completion of NURS 510.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

NURS 600   Maintaining Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 510 and NURS 599.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

NURS 601   Orientation to Doctor of Nursing Practice    2 Hours

An immersion experience that introduces the DNP student to program outcomes and policies, DNP roles and responsibilities, and faculty expectations. Laboratory experiences include leadership and self-assessment activities.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015; summer 2016; summer 2017

NURS 605   Leadership in Nursing Practice    3 Hours

Expands theory related to clinical prevention and population health to improve health outcomes through interdisciplinary collaboration, consultation and management of patient care.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to MSN or DNP or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

NURS 606   Advanced Clinical Practice    1 Hour

Designs, coordinates and evaluates patient care outcomes for a patient population.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 605 or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; summer 2017; fall 2017

NURS 620   Biostatistics for Healthcare Professionals    3 Hours

Application of quantitative analysis approaches to evaluation of epidemiological based data using descriptive and inferential statistical methods. Discussion and application to a Healthcare dataset.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 630   Advanced Epidemiology    3 Hours

Integrates epidemiologic principles for decision-making in Healthcare for improved patient and population outcomes. It is intended for DNP and other Healthcare leaders.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 700 and NURS 620 or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

NURS 650   Emergency/Urgent Care I    2 Hours

This course is the first of two didactic courses intended to prepare the NP for beginning practice in emergency department/urgent care settings. Focus is on recognition and management strategies of health deviations, including acute and chronic exacerbation/maintenance of conditions from the lifespan perspective. The patient population is individuals and families who seek care in emergency/urgent care settings. Care is addressed from an interdisciplinary framework and includes legal/ethical factors.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Emergency/Urgent Care Certificate Program or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

NURS 651   Emergency/Urgent Care Clinical I    2 Hours

This course is the first of two clinical courses intended to prepare the NP for beginning practice in the emergency department/urgent care settings. Focus is on the application of skills and competencies related to the didactic and theory taught in NURS 650 Emergency/Urgent Care I.
Corequisite(s): NURS 650.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 650 or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

NURS 652   Emergency/Urgent Care II    2 Hours

This course is the second of two didactic courses intended to prepare the NP for beginning practice in emergency department/urgent care settings. Focus is on recognition and management strategies of health deviations, including acute and chronic exacerbation/maintenance of conditions from the lifespan perspective. The patient population is individuals and families who seek care in emergency/urgent care settings. Care is addressed from an interdisciplinary framework and includes legal/ethical factors.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 650, NURS 651 or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

NURS 653   Emergency/Urgent Care Clinical II    2 Hours

. This course is the second of two clinical courses intended to prepare the NP for beginning practice in the emergency department/urgent care setting. Focus is on the application of skills and competencies related to the didactic and theory taught in NURS 652 Emergency/Urgent Care II.
Corequisite(s): NURS 652 OR permission of instructor.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 650, NURS 651.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

NURS 662   Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education    2 Hours

Assessment and evaluation strategies in nursing education are explored with an emphasis on the test plan design based upon the National Council of Licensing Examination (NCLEX), developing, analyzing, and revising classroom tests and competency validation of clinical nursing skills. Components and processes of program evaluation focuses on the nursing program, curriculum, environment, and university outcomes. Develops the National League for Nursing (NLN) Competencies for Nurse Educators, Competency 3: Use assessment and evaluation strategies and Competency 6: Pursue continuous quality improvement in the nurse educator role.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 700   Healthcare Leadership and Organizational Theory    3 Hours

Synthesizes leadership theory and organizational models within the context of the health care industry. Models of human resource management, change management, strategic planning, program development and implementation will be explored with an emphasis on the DNP's role in complex health care organizations.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 701   Leadership in Health Policy    3 Hours

Critical analysis of current issues in health policy. Develops nursing leadership role to influence health policy and improve the healthcare delivery system and patient outcomes.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to DNP program.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 712   Evidenced-Based Practice    3 Hours

Provides students with the knowledge and tools to critique, synthesize and differentiate evidence related to health problems of specific populations. Students will explore evidence-based practices that have been used to address health problems in their areas of interest.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 504 or equivalent, NURS 510 or equivalent, NURS 700, and NURS 620, or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

NURS 714   Economic and Financial Influences in Healthcare Systems    3 Hours

Application and critical appraisal of economic and financial theories in appreciating market dynamics, utilities, incentive structures, and driving and restraining forces in healthcare changes.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 620.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

NURS 740   Technology in Healthcare    3 Hours

Focuses on technology as applied to nursing and healthcare. Theory and experiential learning (computer systems, technology) are necessary for utilizing technology and a clinical component is included.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 700 or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2016; summer 2017

NURS 750   Program Development and Evaluation in Healthcare    3 Hours

Analysis and application of theory related to the evaluation of programs and evidenced-based interventions designed to improve the healthcare of populations in a variety of healthcare settings. Working independently or in a team, the DNP student will assess the quality and cost effectiveness of programs in selected healthcare organizations.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 712.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

NURS 755   Quality Improvement in Healthcare    3 Hours

Provides theoretical foundations for application of quality improvement tools and methods to improve process/systems, knowledge to lead quality improvement/patient safety initiatives in healthcare systems.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 712 or consent of instructors.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

NURS 765   Institutional Review Board Process in Nursing    1 Hour

Overview of the institutional review board (IRB) process with development of an IRB for the capstone project.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 750 and NURS 755.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; summer 2016; summer 2017; fall 2017

NURS 780   Clinical Practicum    3,6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Students will synthesize, integrate, and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills to implement and evaluate a capstone project. Clinical experiences are individually designed within the context of the healthcare system and/or patient population focus of the student's interest. Student must complete a total of six credit hours.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 750, NURS 755, NURS 765.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

NURS 800   Maintaining Matriculation    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

This course is for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students who have completed 6 hours of NURS 780 and have not completed their project and/or technical report in the DNP program.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 780.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017