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NU 501 Theoretical and Ethical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
Focuses on the synthesis and integration of theoretical knowledge and principles from nursing and related disciplines to serve as guides for advanced nursing practice. Curriculum concepts are woven throughout course content. Special attention is given to relevant theories and ethical and legal aspects of practice. Includes analysis and evaluation of nursing theory and application of ethical decision-making frameworks. Relevant research findings will be used to promote development of skills in critical analysis of advanced-practice nursing and health care issues. (3)

NU 508 Health and Culture
Examines culturally based value orientations, communication, and patterns of health care beliefs and practices among clients and health care providers. Emphasis is on provision of culturally competent health care. (3)

NU 512 Nursing and Health Care Systems and Organizations
Provides an overview of contemporary U.S. nursing and health care systems and organizations, including historical, social, political, economic, organizational, and cultural forces impacting nursing and health care. Examines the roles of research and health care policy, regulation, and law in shaping organizational structure and health care systems. (3)

NU 550 Advanced Pathophysiology I
Presents advanced pathophysiology of the head and neck, muscular skeletal, pulmonary, cardiovascular, hematologic, and dermatologic systems. Emphasis is given to the interaction of these systems with other body systems. Students analyze data pertinent to clinical disease states and utilize the information in implementing the nursing process as a clinical nursing expert. (3)

NU 551 Advanced Pathophysiology II
Focuses on the endocrine, gastrointestinal, renal, genitourinary, neurologic, and reproductive systems. The interaction of body systems is stressed. Analysis of data pertinent to clinical disease states is continued as a foundation for expert clinical nursing practice. (3)

NU 552 Advanced Pharmacology
An in depth study of clinical pharmacology and toxicology. Drugs affecting the organ systems are discussed with emphasis on mechanisms of drug action, types and mechanism of adverse drug action as well as drug interactions. The nursing implications of each drug classification are emphasized together with the implications surrounding the decision-making process used in prescribing drugs. Drug legislation and regulations affecting advanced-practice nurses are studied. Relevant research with implications for nursing practice is presented. (3)

NU 553 Advanced Health Assessment
This course provides the theoretical knowledge and clinical assessment skills requisite for the master’s-prepared nurse. Course content is consistent with the core curriculum recommended by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing. The skills of the advanced-practice nurse in supporting wellness are examined and practiced. Laboratory experiences provide opportunities to expand critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills. Prerequisites: NU 550 and NU 551. (3)

NU 590 Health Care Data Analysis
Provides the student with a conceptual understanding of statistical methods in relation to the purpose, design, and methods of health care research. Both descriptive and inferential applications are presented and students are introduced to the use of computers for data storage, retrieval, and statistical analysis. (3)

NU 591 Health Care Research
Provides an in-depth study of the design and conduct of health care research with an emphasis on identifying researchable clinical, educational, and health care delivery problems, matching the research design to the research question, and utilizing new knowledge to analyze health care intervention outcomes. Prerequisite or corequisite: NU 590. (3)

NU 592 Nursing Research Design II
A continuation of the research process in which students implement the research protocol developed in NU 591. Empirical data is collected and analyzed. A written report of the research process and findings is made. Prerequisite: NU 591. (3)

NU 599 Independent Study
Students investigate selected topics in nursing under the direction of a faculty advisor and/or the dean of the Malek School of Health Professions. Independent Study enables students to pursue specialized interests and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in nursing. (1-6)

NUE 503 Nursing Education I
A critical study of the educational process with emphasis on relevant research. The organization and administration of both the educational setting and the health care agency are discussed with attention to the role of the educator within both settings. Role development is initiated with an analysis of the rights and responsibilities of the educator. (3)

NUE 504 Nursing Education II
Intensive study of learning, the learner, and the environment for learning. Special attention is given to the theoretical base of learning and relevant education research. The special needs and interests of the learner in nursing are analyzed, and unique features of the teaching environment in nursing are discussed. Techniques of measurement and evaluation are presented with opportunities for test construction, analysis, and evaluation. (3)

NUE 505 Nursing Education III
Focuses on role preparation for nursing educators. Curriculum/program planning and development receive major emphasis. The instructional process and teaching principles are studied with attention to application. Prerequisites: NUE 503 and NUE 504. (3)

NUE 590 Nursing Education Practicum
This practicum provides opportunities to apply educational theory to teaching practice. Current issues in nursing education are explored. Leadership and research roles of nursing education are analyzed and opportunities are provided for role development. Experiences are analyzed and evaluated to develop teaching competence. Prerequisites: NUE 503, NUE 504, NUE 505, NU 550, and NU 551. (4)

NUF 501 Professional Role Development of the Family Nurse Practitioner
Presents the theoretical principles that guide the primary care family nurse practitioner. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating clear understanding of the professional nurse practitioner role and the beginning clinician role. The content of the course facilitates the student’s transition to advanced practice nursing. The curriculum emphasizes leadership; family theory; ethical and legal aspects; health care delivery systems; research; and quality, safe, evidence-based practice. The clinical learning environment provides essential experiential opportunities to enhance student development of the NP role and refine advanced practice skills in the clinic setting. Prerequisites: NU 501-590. (3)

NUF 502 Advanced Assessment and Health Screening for the Family Nurse Practitioner
Provides the didactic and clinical skill foundation for the advanced practice nurse in the primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on interviewing skills and a methodical comprehensive approach needed to formulate differential diagnoses. This allows for developing and implementing an evidence-based client management plan. The focus is on thorough and organized written and electronic documentation. Role preparation for the nurse practitioner is extended with attention to the development of advanced health and health promotion competencies throughout the life span. Content incorporates the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and developmental variables of health. Laboratory and clinical experiences are incorporated to provide opportunities to develop advanced health assessment and clinical and diagnostic reasoning skills. Prerequisites: NU 501-591 and NUF 501. (5)

NUF 503 Primary Care of the Family I
Builds upon the knowledge and skill base from previous M.S.N. core and F.N.P. courses. It provides the theoretical, clinical role development, and skill foundation requisite for the primary care of individuals and families with common acute and chronic health problems. Focus is on the application of evidence-based concepts essential to the delivery of quality-driven advanced practice care. Further role preparation for the primary care family nurse practitioner is emphasized with attention to the components of a comprehensive assessment, clinical management, therapeutic monitoring, and coordination of health promotion and health care. The clinical learning environment provides essential experiential opportunities for the development and refinement of core competencies. Prerequisites: NUF 501-502. (8)

NUF 504 Primary Care of the Family II
Builds upon the knowledge and skill base attained from previous M.S.N. core and F.N.P. courses. It provides the theoretical, role development, and skill foundation requisite for the primary care of individuals, pediatric clients, and women who are experiencing reproductive health concerns. Focus is on the application of evidence-based concepts essential to the delivery of quality-driven advanced practice care. Role preparation of the primary care family nurse practitioner is expanded with attention to the components of comprehensive assessment, clinical management and therapeutic monitoring, the coordination and management of health promotion and health care. The clinical learning environment provides essential experiential opportunities for the development and refinement of core family nurse practitioner competencies. Prerequisites: NUF 501-503. (6)