Master of Nursing Courses

NU500 Advanced Health Assessment. 4 hours. The focus of this course is development of advanced health history and assessment skills. Discussion will center on interpreting data, recognizing deviations from normal, recognizing actual and potential health problems, and determining the nursing/medical diagnosis. Cultural diversity and ethical issues will be considered. This course requires completion of 40 hours of precepted clinical practice.

NU502 Advanced Pathophysiology. 3 hours. The purpose of this course is to build on an undergraduate pathophysiology course. The focus will be on alterations in body systems, pathophysiologic changes and associated signs and symptoms across the life span.

NU504 Advanced Pharmacology. 3 hours. The focus of this course is on Pharmacotherapeutics and the implications for nursing practice. Treatment guidelines, indications, contraindications, prescription writing, drug law, and drug information resources will be discussed using case studies.

NU508 Epidemiology. 4 hours. A study of the origin, distribution, and control of disease including the study of infectious and non-infectious diseases, the etiology, vector control, host defenses and resistance, and the investigation of disease outbreaks. This course requires completion of 40 clinical/project hours.

NU509 Curriculum Development. 3 hours.Examines theoretical foundations, principles and issues in curriculum design.  Explores design, systematic evaluation and function of curriculum structure.  Considers assumptions, methods and resources I the design and evaluation of various curricula in formal and practice settings.

NU510 Advanced Professional Role–CNL. 4 hours. Students will examine the role of Master's prepared nurses with attention to the factors of personnel management, team coordination, and interdisciplinary management. The students will begin development of a capstone project under the guidance of the nurse administrator and the faculty.

NU511 Advanced Professional Role–NE. 4 hours. Students will examine the role of the Master's prepared nursing educators with attention to the factors of history of nursing education, responsibility to students and institution, legal and ethical issues, and the accreditation process.

NU512 Health Care Finance/Policy/Economics. 3 hours.Introduces students to health care finance and provides an opportunity to prepare Unit budgets. Students will develop an understanding of health care economics, the health care system, the development of health policy, and the role of the advance practice nurse in the process.

NU513 Evaluation Methods. 3 hours. The purpose of this course is to prepare nurse educators to appropriately and effectively evaluate students in both the classroom and clinical settings.  The course will focus on developing effective classroom and clinical evaluation tools, assembling and administering exams, analyzing exam results, analyzing the social, ethical, and legal issues related to evaluation and testing, and developing an understanding of overall program assessment and evaluation.

NU514 Theoretical Frameworks. 2 hours. This course presents a variety of conceptual and theoretical frameworks and allows students to examine both nursing and contemporary theories from other disciplines.

NU515 Instructional Strategies. 3 hours. Explores the role of educator, including classroom management and diverse student needs. Examines teaching strategies as applied to nursing education, instructional methods and best practices.  Emphasis is placed on student participation in the learning process and learning principles.  Key theories of human nature, culture and society related to teaching and learning are introduced.

NU516 Health Care Issues. 3 hours. Assists students to examine the role diversity and social factors play in the care of clients. Provides an opportunity for students to examine legal and ethical factors that influence health and health care and to discuss ethical decision making in advance practice nursing.

NU517 Issue and Trends in Postsecondary Education. 3 hours.This course encompasses a foundational understanding of the current and historical structures and governance of postsecondary education. Students will explore the external issues of accountability facing postsecondary education such as accreditation, state and federally legislated regulations, and the economic factors of affordability.   Current and historically relevant issues related to faculty, academic freedom, research, funding, students, and technology will also be explored.

NU518 Evidence-Based Client Care Management. 4 hours. The focus of the course is evidence-based care of the client in the acute care setting with attention to restoration, maintenance and health promotion. Clinical decision making will be enhanced through the use of case studies. Client safety, client satisfaction, national initiatives, and models of measurement will be discussed. This course requires completion of 40 clinical/project hours.

NU519 Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing Education. 4 hours.This course introduces evidence-based practices in nursing education leading to the creation of continuous quality improvement in the nurse educator role. Students will develop skills needed to explore and evaluate current evidence related to nursing education, including evidence from systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and various qualitative and quantitative studies. Students will be provided the opportunity to explore a topic of choice through a literature review. This course is designed for both academic and staff educators.

NU522 Clinical Nurse Leader Residency. 4 credit hours. This course is the clinical experience which will provide students with an opportunity to work in the role of clinical nurse leader under the guidance of a mentor. The one hour seminar, held weekly, will give all students the opportunity to share experiences. The capstone project will be completed in the required 300 clinical/project hours for this course.

NU523 Nurse Educator Practicum. 2 hours. This course integrates the concepts of NU 511, 513, 515, 517, 519 and provides students the opportunity to demonstrate these concepts in their final project. The final project will be completed in 200-300 hours.

*The MSN programs do require clinical hours as part of some courses. Specific information is available from the Program Coordinator.