MSN Course Descriptions

Core Courses

NU 510 Applied Theories for Advancing Quality Care (3 credits)

Concepts, theories, and principles from nursing and related disciplines are examined. Interrelationships among nursing theory, research, and practice are emphasized. Theories are applied to nursing practice, education, and administration.

NU 520 Role Development for Advanced Leadership (3 credits)

This course prepares the student to lead interdisciplinary teams. Organizational structure, complexity science, and systems analysis, group role theory, communication, conflict resolution, and change process will be emphasized.

NU 530 Health Care Ethical & Legal Considerations (2 credits)

This course focuses on the ethical values, codes, principles, and frameworks that guide the practice of nursing. The content will take an interdisciplinary focus as ethical and legal decision making at this level rarely is the decision of a single discipline. Concepts related to health care access, quality of life, cost containment, national health policy, and the rights of patients will be analyzed from a variety of perspectives and depths in an effort to more broadly and more profoundly address the moral difficulties that health-care providers in an interdisciplinary environment are likely to encounter. Various ethical decision-making models are compared and applied to case scenarios.

NU 540 Quality Improvement & Informatics Applications (2 credits)

The focus of this course is to prepare the student to identify, collect, process, and manage data and information to support programs that are relevant to nursing practice in selected environments. Major emphasis is on the design of measurable outcomes as well as critique of tools and systems to establish, evaluate, and promote best practices.

NU 550 Health-Care Policy (3 credits)

This course provides a framework for analysis of the evolving U.S. health-care system and the nurses’ role in shaping health-care policy. The effects of social, political, organizational, cultural, economic, and historical forces are explored. Current trends related to regulation, cost, quality, and access are analyzed, with particular emphasis on the complexities and inherent counter purposes of commerce and ethical obligations manifested in health care.

NU 560 Epidemiology (2 credits)

The focus of this course is on the examination and application of statistical methods, research designs, and epidemiologic principles used in health-care research. Concepts related to health and disease, burden of illness, vulnerable populations and cultural diversity are addressed. Interdisciplinary practice and ethical considerations in health care are explored.

NU 570 Research (2 credits)

This course focuses on the principles and methods of quantitative and qualitative research as applied to nursing and the ethical implications inherent in conducting research. The steps of the research process are critically examined. Skills and competencies in informatics, research design, and statistical analysis are enhanced. A research proposal is developed.

NU 575 Evidence-Based Practice (1 credit)

The vital role of research in evidenced-based practice, quality management and outcomes evaluation is explored. The foundation for an EBP project is established. Prerequisite or concurrent NU 570

NU 580 Advanced Pathophysiology/Pharmacology (4 credits)

This course is an integrated examination of common and important pathophysiology relevant to practice because of their prevalence and impact on the health-care system and health of the nation. Content is organized around disease processes that have either high volume or high impact in care management. The student will examine associated pharmacological treatments and the social and environmental impacts of the pathologies. The role of pharmacogenomics will be explored in the prevention and treatment of pathologies.

NU 585 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)

This course affords the student with the opportunity to increase knowledge and expertise in the acquisition of advanced clinical skills in assessing and maintaining the health of individuals across the life span. The course will incorporate assessments that include social structures, family history, and environmental situations. Prerequisite or concurrent: NU 580

NU 590 Transitional-Care Practicum (2 credits)

This clinical practicum with seminars provides the student with the opportunity to apply core concepts to a selected health-care area. The student will be expected to incorporate the principles of transitional care. This practicum includes, but is not limited to, engaging client and caregiver, managing symptoms, educating and promoting self-management, collaborating, assuring continuity, coordinating care, maintaining relationships, and screening. Prerequisite: The equivalent of one year of full-time clinical experience (or 1,872 hours) as a registered nurse

Nursing Education Track Courses

NU 610 Theories, Principles, and Methods of Education (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of educational theory, methods, and strategies for classroom, clinical and online instruction. Theories, principles and methods that provide the basis for effectiveness in the nurse educator role will be examined along with the influence of student diversity on the teaching and learning process. Ethical and legal issues inherent in classroom and clinical teaching are explored.

NU 620 Curriculum Development and Evaluation of Learning (3 credits)

In this course, the focus is on curriculum development and evaluation within the context of continuously evolving nursing, health-care, and educational systems. The mission, philosophy, and accreditation criteria of educational settings are incorporated. Course design and evaluation models and procedures are examined. Prerequisite or concurrent: NU 610

NU 630 Education Practicum (3 credits)

This educational practicum provides students an opportunity to apply core concepts to an educational setting. The student is mentored by a master teacher to develop expertise in the nurse educator role in a setting that is an area of interest. Settings include academic nursing programs, secondary and tertiary health-care agencies or community-based primary-care organizations. Professional advocacy, assertiveness and leadership in the role are necessary for successful completion. The nurse educator practicum includes 60 hours of on-site experience and a weekly seminar. Prerequisite: NU 610 and 620

NU 635 Graduate Project (Education) (1 credit)

This scholarly project provides students with the opportunity to complete a culminating, synthesis component of their graduate education. The student will complete one of the following scholarly activities under the guidance of a faculty advisor: research project, evaluation project, evidence-based practice project, educational project, or grant application. An oral presentation is required. Prerequisite: All core courses, NU 610 and NU 620. May have concurrent enrollment in NU 630. Must be continuously enrolled in this course until the project is completed. This course may be repeated three times.

Administration (Nurse Executive) Track Courses

NU 650 Fundamentals of Organizational Management (3 credits)

In this course the student will analyze organizational dynamics and complex operational and regulatory factors that must be aligned to ensure the highest quality care, greatest efficiency and cost effectiveness. The influences of an organization’s culture will be examined as it relates to successful organizational performance.

NU 660 Health-Care Financing and Economics (3 credits)

In this course the focus is to understand accounting principles so that students can interpret financial statements. Students will learn to compare industry benchmarks with the financial strength of an organization. Cash flow and expense budgets will be developed along with methods to track, analyze, and report results. Trends that drive health-care finance such as industry benchmarks and contract negotiations will be considered.

NU 670 Nurse Executive (Administration) Practicum (3 credits)

This nurse executive practicum provides students with the opportunity to apply core concepts to a health-care setting. The student is mentored and precepted by a nurse executive in an area of interest. Knowledge, skills, and abilities related to creating cultures of safety and leading quality improvement are critical in contemporary leadership. Professional advocacy, assertiveness and leadership in the role are necessary for successful completion. The nurse executive practicum includes 60 hours of on-site experience and a weekly seminar. Prerequisite: NU 650 and 660

NU 675 Graduate Project (Administration) (1 credit)

This scholarly project provides students with the opportunity to complete a culminating, synthesis component of their graduate education. The student will complete one of the following scholarly activities under the guidance of a faculty advisor: research project, evaluation project, evidence-based practice project, grant application, or business plan. An oral presentation is required. Prerequisite: All core courses, NU 650 and NU 660. May have concurrent enrollment in NU 670. Must be continuously enrolled in this course until the project is completed. This course may be repeated three times.