2018-2019 Catalog

NURS-Nursing-Program-Courses

NURS 1 Transition to the Role of the RN

In this course the scope of practice, and the standards of competent performance of the Registered Nurse as defined by the California Board of Registered Nursing are discussed. Students learn about the role of the professional nurse and how that role is enacted in a variety of healthcare settings. Advocacy for the patient, interdisciplinary involvement, and the code of ethics for nurses are presented. Being a team player is emphasized as is the use of evidence to support decisions for providing primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention interventions.

Credits
2

NURS 1A Transitioning to Nursing

Pre-nursing students taking this course will be introduced to the roles and responsibilities of the Registered Nurse. Students will be become knowledgeable about rules and regulations set forth by the California Nurse Practice Act as well as federal and state laws. This course will also cover the differences between professional nurses and paraprofessional nurses, the nursing process, nurse care planning in the delivery of patient care, and physical assessment.

Credits
1

NURS 9 Fundamentals of Nursing

The focus of this course is on expanding the students' knowledge used for basic nursing care of the medical/surgical patient to encompass the practice role of professional nursing. The nursing process, use of the conceptual model, and critical thinking in the planning and delivery of safe, culturally-sensitive nursing interventions are addressed.

Credits
3

NURS 9L Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical

This course focuses on the implementation of concepts explored in NURS 9, Fundamentals of Nursing. As a member of a healthcare team, students will deliver safe, culturally-sensitive nursing care to adults in a variety of healthcare settings.

Credits
3, Pass/Fail

Corequisites

NURS 9

NURS 10 Care of Adults

The focus of this course is on the role of the registered nurse as a planner and critical thinker who uses scientific, ethical, and cultural evidence to deliver safe and patient-focused primary and secondary prevention and interventions to patients experiencing or recovering from illness. Emphasis is on helping the patient attain and retain health while being an advocate for the patient as a member of the healthcare team.

Credits
3

Corequisites

NURS 10L

NURS 10L Care of Adults- Clinical

This course focuses on the implementation of the concepts learned in NURS 10, the adult care theory course. Emphasis is placed on the delivery of safe, patient-focused primary, secondary and tertiary prevention interventions as a member of the healthcare team. The focus is on helping the adult attain, retain, and maintain a healthy state.

Credits
3, Pass/Fail

Corequisites

NURS 10

NURS 11 Care of the Mentally Ill

This course prepares the student for the care of the individual experiencing mental illness. The student will learn about therapeutic communication techniques, interpersonal skills and mental health concepts as they relate to the needs of the patient with a mental disorder. Emphasis will be placed on the use of secondary and tertiary prevention interventions to help the patient retain and maintain a healthy state.

Credits
3

Corequisites

NURS 11L

NURS 11L Care of the Mentally Ill Clinical

The focus of this course is on the use of psychiatric principles, interpersonal skills and good communication in the delivery of inpatient nursing care to patients with acute and chronic mental health disorders. Using secondary and tertiary prevention interventions the student will help the patient attain and maintain a functional state of wellness.

Credits
3, Pass/Fail

Corequisites

NURS 11

NURS 31 Health Assessment

The focus of this course is on learning the skills to assess the physical and psychosocial aspects of individuals (with an emphasis on adults). Emphasis is placed on distinguishing normal from abnormal and on variations that are a result of age, ethnicity, and gender. In addition to didactic learning, the student is provided the opportunity to practice, in a structured laboratory setting, using simulation, the health assessment skills being studied.

Credits
3

NURS 41 Nursing Research

Quantitative and qualitative research methods are introduced in this course. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to be critical consumers of nursing and healthcare research. Students will critique research articles and complete a review of the literature on a subject of choice.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

Completion of a statistics course or concurrent enrollment.

Cross Listed Courses

NURS 141

NURS 100 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology

* This course introduces and integrates general principles of pharmacology and pathophysiology with the science of nursing. The emphasis is on mechanisms by which disease occurs and/or body systems fail and the nursing and pharmacological management of the disease process.

Credits
3

NURS 120 Maternal Health

Critical thinking and evidence-based practice when caring for childbearing women are the focus of this course. Designing care that is consistent with the needs of the woman during the reproductive life cycle and beyond will be covered in this course. Primary and secondary prevention interventions will be emphasized in this course as a way to help the child-bearing woman maintain a healthy state.

Credits
3

Corequisites

NURS 120L

NURS 120L Maternal Health Clinical

The focus of this course is on the implementation of the concepts learned in the NURS 120. Understanding and implementing the best practices for woman during the reproductive life cycle and beyond will be emphasized. Twelve hours of clinical practice per week is required.

Credits
3, Pass/Fail

Corequisites

NURS 120

NURS 130 Care of Children

The emphasis of this course is on the care of sick children in order to promote the attainment of their wellness. Critical thinking and clinical judgment are emphasized as a way to assist children and their families in the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention of and/or recovery from illness. Primary and secondary prevention interventions are emphasized as ways to attain, maintain and/or retain healthy states. Clinical problems and case studies, as well as, lectures will be used in this course to cover a variety of illnesses often experienced by children and the role of the nurse as the care provider.

Credits
3

Corequisites

NURS 130L

NURS 130L Care of Children, Clinical

This course focuses on the implementation of concepts learned in NURS 130 the Care of Children theory course. The focus is on making evidence-based judgments that allow for safe care while involving the family when needed. Primary and secondary prevention interventions are learned so the family can attain, maintain, and/or retain healthy conditions of their children.

Credits
3, Pass/Fail

Corequisites

NURS 130

NURS 131 Physical Assessment (Child and Adult)

The focus of this course is on learning and using the skills needed to assess the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of individuals (adults and children). Emphasis is placed on distinguishing normal from abnormal and on variations that are a result of age, ethnicity, and gender.

Credits
2

NURS 131L Physical Assessment (Child and Adult) Lab

Credits
1, Pass/Fail

NURS 132 Theoretical Basis of Professional Nursing

Concepts and theories related to professional nursing practice are presented in this course. The role of the nurse as an independent critical thinker who functions as a member of the healthcare team in a variety of settings is emphasized.

Credits
3

NURS 140 Care of the Elderly

This course focuses on the care of the elderly. Students will learn to use critical thinking and evidence to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate the care they provide to elderly persons in hospitals and long term facilities. Secondary and tertiary prevention interventions will be implemented in order to help the patient attain, maintain, and/or retain a state of wellness.

Credits
3

Corequisites

NURS 140L

NURS 140L Care of the Elderly Clinical

This course provides the student with an opportunity to function as a nurse in the care of elderly patients from diverse cultures and ethnicities in sub-acute, long term care and rehabilitation care settings. The student will apply the concepts learned in NURS 140 in providing ethno-cultural secondary and tertiary prevention interventions to elderly patients experiencing acute and chronic health problems.

Credits
3, Pass/Fail

Corequisites

NURS 140

NURS 141 Nursing Research

Quantitative and qualitative research methods are introduced in this course. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to be critical consumers of nursing and healthcare research.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

Completion of a statistics course or concurrent enrollment in PSYC 63.

NURS 142(W) Family and Community Health Nursing I

The community as a client and as a resource is the framework of this course. Community assessment, program planning and evaluation, the identification of high risk groups (including the family), and the role of the nurse in public, private, and voluntary health related agencies is studied.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

A course in epidemiology (NURS 180 or its equivalent); ENGL 1B.

Corequisites

NURS 142L

NURS 142L Family and Community Health Nursing I Practicum

This course provides the student with an opportunity to function as a nurse in a community setting in order to apply the concepts learned in NURS 142(W).

Credits
3, Pass/Fail

Corequisites

NURS 142(W)

NURS 151 Leadership and Management in Nursing

This course focuses on the nurse's role as a leader/manager in a healthcare setting. Emphasis is placed on the principles of leadership and how they are used to define the nurse's management style.

Credits
3

Corequisites

NURS 151L

NURS 151L Leadership and Management in Nursing Clinical

This course provides the student with a practical experience in the implementation of a leadership/management role in an agency that delivers health care. Students will work with preceptors developing their own leadership style and management strategies.

Credits
2 Pass/Fail

Corequisites

NURS 151

NURS 153 Healthcare Economics

This course focuses on the factors affecting healthcare economics and how to manage available resources. Federal legislation (Medicare Act of 1965, Diagnostic Related Groups, Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs), and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997) and advances in science and technology are studied as forces driving healthcare cost. Emphasis is on budgeting using cost benefit analysis to manage resources.

Credits
2

NURS 171 Pathophysiology

The continuum of health from wellness to illness is studied in this course. Emphasis is placed on the nurse's role in assessing and understanding the etiology, epidemiology, and pathogenesis and their effects on the life processes of people of all ages and populations.

Credits
3

NURS 171A Pathophysiology Prep

Building on a foundational review of normal anatomy and physiology, this course will provide and introduction to the pathophysiologic mechanism and associated clinical manifestations of common disease. An overview of the use of concept mapping as a study technique will be utilized along with case study examination in order to prepare students for advanced course work in nursing.

Credits
1

NURS 172 Informatics

This course provides a basic understanding of nursing science, computer science, and information science to prepare students to effectively and efficiently use technology to identify, collect, process, and manage health care information. A focus on technology based health applications which support clinical, administrative, research and educational decision-making to enhance the efficacy of nursing is provided.

Credits
3

NURS 180 Epidemiology

Basic concepts and methodologies used to study health and disease in human population. Measures of disease frequencies and associations, descriptive and analytical study designs, evaluations of relevant literature and uses of epidemiology in health care. Lecture 3 hours.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

BIOL 1A

NURS 195(W) Senior Seminar

This capstone course provides the senior student with an opportunity to synthesize previous learning in a self-selected and faculty approved area of inquiry.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

NURS 131, NURS 132, NURS 141, NURS 151, NURS 151L, NURS 153; ENGL 1B.

NURS 210 Introduction to Scholarly Writing

This course introduces Masters students in the Education and Nursing programs to the foundation of scholarly writing and research development. Students will gain the essentials skills to present quality coursework utilizing the 6th edition American Psychological Association (APA) along with the research process frameworks. Inherent in this course is the development of a proposal for consideration by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to which students will be introduced. Students will also be exposed to the process of developing a research/evidenced based practice topic in other coursework and the skill sets of a researcher. The integration of university resources such as the library will also be employed to achieve course objectives.

Credits
2

NURS 211 The Theoretical Basis and Philosophical Foundation for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course introduces the student to a variety of philosophical and conceptual perspectives of advanced practice nursing, and to developing a theoretical basis for intervention with individuals, families and communities in need of health care. Emphasis is placed on how these concepts have been integrated into the current practice models and the regulatory mechanisms governing advanced practice nursing in collaboration with multiple stakeholders. No pre-or co-requisites.

Credits
3

NURS 212 Health Law and Ethics

This course focuses on the federal, state, and local laws affecting healthcare delivery and healthcare organization policy. Emphasis is placed on the role of the advanced practice nurse as a patient advocate who contributes in the development of health policy, and who must adhere to the law and regulations while advocating for ethical policies that promote access, equity, quality, and cost.

Credits
3

NURS 214 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction of Diverse Populations Across the Life Span (FNP)

This course examines the roles of advanced practice nurses in planning and providing primary care to individuals, families and communities in order to maintain health and promote wellness. Emphasis is placed on the importance of understanding and incorporating ethnic and cultural beliefs about health and illness into the plan of care, the teaching strategies, and administrative processes of the nurse. Principles of epidemiology, models of health belief, processes of behavior change, and the assessment of screening tools and routine preventive services are discussed. There are no pre or co-requisites.

Credits
3

NURS 215 Role Transition of Graduate Nurse

This course contains an examination of the role of the advanced practice nurse (the nurse educator and the nurse administrator/manager) in managing and teaching. This course will place emphasis in the role transition of the nurse administrator and nurse educator. Students will examine standards and regulations governing these advanced practice roles and their functions in a complex healthcare environment.

Credits
3

NURS 216 Social Impact of Healthcare Economics in a Changing Healthcare Environment

In this course students are introduced to economic theories applicable to the U.S. healthcare system and to the relationships among access, cost, quality, and safety, and their influence on health care An economic perspective on a variety of issues relevant to nurse practitioners' professional roles and responsibilities is presented, including health policy formation and leadership, business planning, practice analysis via peer review, and reimbursement policies including an introduction to billing and coding. Regulation, government financing of health care and health care reform issues are also discussed

Credits
3

NURS 217 Capstone

Using information literacy, clinical investigative skill and a systematic approach to research principles and methodology, the student prepares a research proposal on a subject of interest which is applicable to the role of advance practice nursing. The purpose of this course is for the student to develop proficiency in the development and conduct a research based on the integration of research, theory and practice knowledge in improving practice processes and outcomes. 

 Prerequisite; An undergraduate course in research and a course in statistics.

Credits
4

NURS 220 Concepts and Theories of Nursing Administration/Management

This course focuses on the concepts and theories related to leadership and management. Special attention will be given to creating effective work groups, motivating and coaching individuals, negotiating, and managing a culturally diverse workforce.

Credits
3

NURS 223 Finance and Budgeting in Healthcare

This course focuses on the models and processes used in the development of a financial plan and a budget based on the revenues and expenses of an agency. Budget analysis and financial evaluation are discussed. Special emphasis is placed on the laws and regulations governing healthcare institutions and how they impact the budgeting process.

Credits
3

NURS 224 Human Resource Management and Development

This course focuses on the concepts, theories, and related laws and regulations germane to the recruitment, retention, and development of employees. New technology, economics, and social forces are transforming work, institutions, individual lives, and the way companies operate. At all levels leaders/managers must learn how to manage change well.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

NURS 220

NURS 225 Organization Theory

This course focuses on the concepts of organization theories and how they define and provide direction for developing healthcare organizations. Special attention is placed on key leadership strategies such as system thinking, innovation, communication, personal mastery, and team building as elements of organizational development. Students will also examine the role of technology in healthcare.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

NURS 220

NURS 226 Chronic Care Management

The purpose of the Chronic Illness Management course is to assess the various effects chronic illness has on patients, families, and the health care system. This course provides the student with the opportunity to explore the impact chronic care management has in the acute, rehabilitation, and community settings. The student will examine the financial implications on the health system and of the role advance practice nurses. This includes the integration of effective and appropriate interventions to enhance quality patient-centered care throughout the healthcare continuum.

Credits
2

NURS 233 Data Management in Healthcare

This course offers information and historical trends about some of the most important issues and challenges in health care quality. This is introductory level course provides foundational skills and knowledge in health care data analytics. The course will provide students with the essential knowledge base and the tools required by the novice health care provider. This course is also intended for more experienced health care providers who are seeking to expand their repertoire of resources to effectively and confidently do the job. Topics such as definitions of quality in health care; dimensions of quality care and performance, including outcomes, overuse, and underuse; variation in practice patterns; errors and threats to patient safety; service flaws; and forms of waste: data sources, costs, causes, and remedies will be covered.

Credits
3

NURS 234A Managing Healthcare Delivery for Diverse Populations in a Community-Based Environment: Role Development I

This course provides the student with an opportunity to use the theories and concepts presented in other courses as a basis for providing direction and the development of others. Working with a preceptor, the student will prepare a budget, help with the recruitment, retention and development of others, and use management skills consistent with the organization's philosophy and mission.

Credits
4, Pass/Fail

Prerequisites

NURS 220, NURS 223, NURS 224

Corequisites

NURS 225

NURS 234B Managing Healthcare Delivery for Diverse Populations in a Community-Based Environment: Role Development II

In this course the student will focus on developing administrative and management skills that are useful in a variety of situations. Special attention will be given to helping the student select and develop a management style that is flexible, effective, employee focused, and institution consistent.

Credits
4, Pass/Fail

Prerequisites

NURS 234A.

NURS 236 Health Information Technology (HIT)

The goal of the course is to provide students with a broad understanding of the challenges facing health nurse leaders in selecting and implementing a health information system. The course is also designed to provide context for the growing discussion on electronic medical records, health information exchange and its impact on the internal and external environments shaping the healthcare industry.

Credits
3

NURS 237 Technology and Innovation

This course provides an opportunity for the student to synthesize all previous nursing informatics clinical lab coursework in Nurs 237A. The course employs a laboratory format in which the student demonstrates leadership attributes, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities in simulated and actual situations. The student will focus on expansion of Nursing Informaticist (NI) leadership skills and competency in the development of a problem-focused strategic initiative/project in informatics. The student will examine strategies supporting health care technology system and evaluate the impact of health care technology.

Credits
4

NURS 238 Advanced Pathophysiology/Pharmacology

This course focuses on what keeps us healthy or what makes us ill at the cellular, tissue, organic, and systemic levels, and how we manage to stay healthy or return to health using pharmacological methods. Emphasis is placed on the nurse's role in assessing and understanding the etiology, pathogenesis, pathophysiology of diseases, and how we impact these processes pharmacologically. The principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics as applied to the clinical use of drugs are studied as being important in understanding how drugs affect different people in different ways

Credits
4

NURS 239 Nursing Informatics Concepts and Principals

This course presents an overview of Nursing Informatics. Data, information, and knowledge used in making nursing decisions and implementing nursing actions related to the achievement of nursing outcomes are examined. Students examine the role of the Informatics Nurse Specialist (INS) as it relates to the discipline of nursing.

Credits
3

NURS 240 Advanced Health Assessment

The approaches and skills necessary for assessing diverse populations and individuals of varying ages are presented in this course. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition, analysis, synthesis and communication of physical, bio psycho social, genetic, developmental and nutritional data. Students acquire the advanced knowledge and skills needed to identify health problems, employ critical diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making, formulate differential diagnoses, and develop health care plans within the scope of advanced practice nursing.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

Basic Health Assessment course

Corequisites

NURS 240L

NURS 240L Advanced Health Assessment Lab

This course is the practice component of NURS 240 and occurs in the Department of Nursing campus laboratory, and at sites off campus at participating clinics. Working with laboratory partners, and human and simulated models, the students practice interviewing, history taking and advanced assessment skills. Office laboratory techniques and problem oriented record keeping are also practiced. No prerequisite requirements.

Credits
1, Pass/Fail

Corequisites

NURS 240

NURS 241 Primary Care of the Family Through the Life Span I

In this course the students learn to perform risk assessments, generate differential diagnoses, establish an accurate diagnosis and manage non-complicated and episodic health problems, minor emergency problems, and low-risk obstetrical health conditions. The emphasis of the course is on the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner, as a primary care provider working with diverse health care professionals and associated resources to develop strategies to meet specific patient care needs for culturally diverse individuals and families coping with these health care conditions.

Credits
4

Prerequisites

NURS 240/ NURS 240L.

Corequisites

NURS 251A is required.

NURS 242 Primary Care of the Family Through the Life Span II

In this course students learn about the assessment and management of complex, complicated, and chronic health conditions of individuals, using information literacy and integrating appropriate technologies. The role of the Family Nurse Practitioner as a member of an interdisciplinary team is emphasized.

Credits
4, Pass/Fail

Prerequisites

NURS 241/ NURS 441

Corequisites

NURS 251B/ NURS 451B

NURS 243 Advanced Pathophysiology

This course focuses on the pathophysiological basis of disease from a systems perspective. Emphasis is placed on the epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, and pathogenesis of diseases, the natural history of disease in the design of therapeutic regimes, and the patient's responses that emerge in the disease progression, The diseases focused on are those most likely to arise in the Nurse Practitioner's practice. Prerequisites: An undergraduate course in pathophysiology.

Credits
3

NURS 244 Advanced Pharmacology

This course focuses on the clinical application of pharmacology as applied to primary care provided by the Nurse Practitioner furnishing drugs and/or devices pursuant to standardized procedures. Students examine appropriate guidelines for the pharmacological management of selected commonly encountered problems, with awareness of client's nutrition, culture, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics as applied to the clinical use of drugs will be discussed, including therapeutic dosage patterns, side effects, drug interactions, contraindications, and the use of drugs in special populations such as children, the elderly and the pregnant patient is emphasized. Students will learn to perform pain assessments, will examine the legal and pharmacological aspects of furnishing controlled substances, and will explore problems of drug misuse and diversion.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

Undergraduate courses in Pharmacology and Pathophysiology

NURS 251 Primary Care of the Family Through the Life Span: Role Development I

This is the student’s first term of clinical practice, and provides the student with an opportunity to apply the concepts learned in the classroom to the care of individuals of all ages and their families. With the supervision of a preceptor, students will obtain complete health histories; perform complete screening physical examinations for health maintenance, health promotion, and risk reduction; and formulate problem lists and plans of management that utilize appropriate diagnostic work-ups, therapeutic interventions, patient education and follow-up for simple and episodic health problems. Students will provide primary care with preceptor supervision for individuals and families coping with increasingly complex, complicated and chronic health conditions. Two days per week of clinical practice (a total of 208  hours) health conditions. Two days per week of clinical practice (a total of 208 hours) and one four-hour seminar a month are required while enrolled in this course.

 

Students are expected to see a minimum of 6 patients daily by the end of their clinical preceptorship.

Credits
1, Pass/Fail

Prerequisites

NURS 241 completed or concurrent.

NURS 251L Primary Care of the Family Through the Life Span: Role Development I Lab

This course is the clinical lab content portion of NURS 251.

Credits
3 Units

Prerequisites

NURS 251

NURS 252 Primary Care of the Family Through the Life Span: Role Development II

This course provides a supervised clinical experience with a preceptor with an emphasis on role acquisition, in which students complete comprehensive assessments, provide for health promotion and risk reduction, and manage acute illnesses, chronic problems and minor emergencies independently, including ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, developing a plan of care, prescribing pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies, and making appropriate referrals. Two days per week of clinical practice (208 hours) and one four-hour seminar a month are required while enrolled in this course.

Credits
1, Pass/Fail

NURS 252L Primary Care of the Family Through the Life Span: Role Development II Lab

This course is the clinical lab content portion of NURS 252.

Credits
3 Units

Prerequisites

NURS 252

NURS 253 Primary Care of the Family Through the Life Span: Role Development III

This class culminates the students' clinical experience and is thus a time for the full application of the theoretical knowledge gained in the program. Students provide primary care to individuals and their families, emphasizing the cultural, ethnic and age-related aspects of their care. Preceptors provide support and direction as students assume full responsibility for the care provided. Two days per week of clinical practice (208 hours) and one four-hour seminar a month are required while enrolled in this course.

Credits
1, Pass/Fail

NURS 253L Primary Care of the Family Trough the Life Span: Role Development III Lab

This course is the clinical lab content portion of NURS 253.

Credits
3 Credits

Prerequisites

NURS 253

NURS 260 Learning Theories and Teaching Strategies

The focus of this course is on the concepts and theories of learning that can be used to facilitate an undergraduate student’s understanding of a body of knowledge.  Special attention is directed to the ways the nurse educator helps the undergraduate nursing student apply knowledge in the clinical setting based on the student’s individual learning style, nature of the setting, and the expectations of the experience.  This course also is designed to provide the nurse educator students with a repertoire of teaching strategies that can be used in the classroom and the clinical setting with the adult learner Prerequisites: None.

Credits
3

NURS 263 Evaluation and Test Construction

In this course, the faculty teach students how to evaluate undergraduate nursing students in the clinical setting based on the objectives of the experience. Particular attention is given to how to provide corrective and constructive feedback, when to praise, and how to help the student improve. Learning how to prepare a variety of evaluation/testing tools (performance appraisals, multiple-choice, essay, matching, and fill-in tests) is also covered.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

NURS 260

NURS 264 Curriculum Development

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the process of curriculum development for the preparation of nurses in a clinical setting. Students will learn how to conduct a needs assessment, develop a philosophy and program outcomes, design a curriculum, develop courses, plan an evaluation of the curriculum, determine learning activities, and create a syllabus.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

NURS 260

NURS 265 Nurse Educator Practicum

Nurse Educator practicum experience will integrate the students’ advanced nursing knowledge gained. The student will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice. The student’s exemplary clinical experiences as well as teaching experiences will be under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. The student can choose from a variety of settings for this practicum experience.

Credits
4

Prerequisites

NURS 240, NURS 240L, NURS 260, NURS 263, and NURS 264.

NURS 265 Clinical Practicum

Nurse Educator practicum experience will integrate the students’ advanced nursing knowledge gained. The student will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice. The student’s exemplary clinical experiences as well as teaching experiences will be under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. The student can choose from a variety of settings for this practicum experience.



Credits
3


Credits

NURS 266A Care Transition Management Practicum

This application course focuses on the nursing care management of clients, across the lifespan, experiencing acute and chronic healthcare needs. Course topics include patient care coordination, care documentation, care plan management, and case transferring. Emphasis will be on client advocacy and collaboration, in providing for the continuity of care. Clinical experiences will occur in a variety of settings.

Credits
2, Pass/Fail

NURS 266B Care Transition Management Capstone

Care transition management refers to the movement patients make between healthcare practitioners and settings as their condition and care needs change during the course of a chronic or acute illness. This course addresses professional role development integrating concepts of multidimensional care and the analysis to inform clinical decision making, professional judgment, and lifelong learning. The culmination of this course will result in the completion of the capstone related to the roles, responsibilities, issues or problems of the case manager in today's complex healthcare environment.

Credits
3, Pass/Fail

Prerequisites

NURS 266A

NURS 267 Practicum Care Transition Management Clinical Practicum

This application course focuses on the nursing care management of clients, across the lifespan, experiencing acute and chronic healthcare needs. Course topics include patient care coordination, care documentation, care plan management, and case transferring. Emphasis will be on client advocacy and collaboration, in providing for the continuity of care. Clinical experiences will occur in a variety of settings.

Credits
2

NURS 268 Care Transition Management Clinical Capstone

Care transition management refers to the movement patients make between healthcare practitioners and settings as their condition and care needs change during the course of a chronic or acute illness. This course addresses professional role development integrating concepts of multidimensional care and the analysis to inform clinical decision making, professional judgment, and lifelong learning. The culmination of this course will result in the completion of the capstone related to the roles, responsibilities, issues or problems of the case manager in today's complex healthcare environment.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

NURS 266 Care Transition Management

NURS 270 Advanced Health Assessment for the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner

This course teaches the advanced assessment component of the nursing process. Students will collect comprehensive subjective and objective data for practice as a Primary Health Care Family Nurse Practitioner. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of data for the purpose of differentiating normal findings from variations from normal and recognizing actual and potential health problems. The problem-oriented system of organizing and recording data is covered. Course content includes discussion of the impact of the cultural diversity of patients and ethical issues related to the assessment process.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

Basic Health Assessment course

Corequisites

NURS 270L

NURS 270L Advanced Health Assessment for the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Lab

This course is the practice component of NURS 270 and occurs in the Department of Nursing campus laboratory and at sites off-campus at participating clinics. Working with laboratory partners, and human and simulated models, students practice interviewing, history taking, and advanced assessment skills including instrument techniques and pelvic examination. Students also practice office laboratory techniques and problem-oriented record keeping.

Credits
1

Corequisites

NURS 270

NURS 271 Theoretical Basis and Philosophical Foundation for Nurse Practitioner

This course examines and critiques a variety of theoretical perspectives both from nursing and from other disciplines. Students will define, interpret and apply key theoretical concepts to guide evidence-based nurse practitioner practice, research, and education. 

 

Credits
3

NURS 272 Health Law and Ethics for the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner

This course examines the ethical, political, legal and professional dimensions of nurse practitioner practice. It prepares the student to function within legal parameters and to participate in the development of ethically sound health policy at the federal, state, and local level. Students will examine and analyze the legal and ethical implications of decision making in patient care situations.

Credits
3

NURS 274 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction of Diverse Populations Across the Life Span

This course examines the roles of advanced practice nurses in planning and providing primary care to individuals, families, and communities in order to maintain health and promote wellness. Emphasis is placed on the importance of understanding and incorporating ethnic and cultural beliefs about health and illness into the plan of care, the teaching strategies, and administrative processes of the nurse. Principles of epidemiology, models of health belief, processes of behavior change, and the assessment of screening tools and routine preventive services are discussed.

Credits
3

NURS 276 Healthcare Economics in a Changing Healthcare Environment for the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the economic, organizational and political environment in which Nurse Practitioners function. Basic principles of economics are applied to illuminate how markets and governments interact in the financing and delivery of health care services. Two broad themes are addressed throughout the course: the way that both 1) economic incentives and disincentives and 2) government rules and regulations directly or indirectly shape the decisions of consumers/patients, insurance companies and providers. An economic perspective on issues relevant to nurse practitioners' professional roles and responsibilities will be applied to discussion of health policy formation and leadership, business planning, practice analysis via peer review, and reimbursement policies; including an introduction to billing and coding, access to care, assessment of quality of care, cost containment and rationing of care.

Credits
3

NURS 277A Scientific Inquiry in Nursing for the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner

Using information literacy, clinical investigative skills and a systematic approach to the application of research principles and methodology, the student will develop proficiency in the critical appraisal of existing research and the ethical application of these findings to health care delivery, and will conduct a literature review, and develop a research problem and purpose statement as a precursor to a capstone project proposal which integrates research, theory, and practice knowledge to improve practice processes and outcomes. Prerequisites: NURS 141 or an undergraduate course in research.

Credits
3

NURS 277B Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone Course

Utilizing theory, clinical judgment, research, and evidence which improves advanced nursing practice and patient health outcomes, students in this course will implement the research proposal developed in NURS 277A.  The student will collect, analyze, interpret, and report the data collected according to the research proposal. Prerequisite: NURS 277A.

Credits
3

NURS 299 Independent Study

Students who wish to complete an independent study in nursing can register in this course as long as there is a faculty person available to supervise the experience.

Credits
1-4

Prerequisites

Approval by the Chairperson is required.