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For a complete list of course offerings see the Degree Plans found in current and previous catalog's.

NSG-500 | Role of Advanced Practice Nurse | 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to examine philosophical foundations of advanced nursing practice by analyzing interrelationships among theory, philosophy, practice and research. Different advanced practice nursing roles and critical elements involved in managing advanced practice nursing environments are analyzed. Course content is designed to facilitate the student's APN role assimilation.

NSG-502 | Advanced Physical Assessment | 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to increase knowledge and expertise in advanced clinical skills assessment and in maintaining the health of individuals across the life span. The focus of the course is advanced physical and psychosocial assessment of patients in a variety of settings. Data collection essential to advanced practice will focus on the adult, pediatric and geriatric populations. This course provides the student an opportunity to integrate previous knowledge and experience, develop self-confidence, build expertise, enhance skills and observe the professional role of the advanced practice nurse. Learning is facilitated by an experienced master's-prepared advanced practice nurse who serves as a preceptor for the student.

NSG-503 | Advanced Pharmacology | 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to increase knowledge and expertise in the principles of phamacotherapeutics. Prescribing has become a major part of the role of advanced practice nurses while at the same time, prescribing has become more complex and polypharmacy is more prevalent with the possibility of adverse interactions. This course provides the student an opportunity to integrate previous knowledge and experience, develop self-confidence, build expertise and observe the professional role of a primary care provider and a pharmacist.

NSG-504 | Advanced Pathophysiology | 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to increase knowledge, understanding and expertise in the principles of advanced pathophysiology. Through readings, lecture, case studies and exams the student will develop enhanced knowledge of the pathophysiology of the disease processes. Understanding the pathophysiologic process will facilitate the graduate student's progression to understanding the signs and symptoms of the disease process and allow for appropriate diagnosing and treatment.

NSG-506 | Inquiry I | 3 credits
Nursing Inquiry focuses on the use of the research process in the development of nursing knowledge and practice. Research questions are explored with regards to theoretical basis, methods of data collection and analysis and the interpretation and use of study findings in the care of individuals, families and communities. The course explores the historical evolution of nursing research and current trends including ethical standards and rights of human subjects. The course will focus on the identification of a research problem that can be carried forward.

NSG-507 | Legal and Ethical Issues in AP Nursing | 3 credits
This course is structured to present theories of ethical practice, as well as issues of the law related to health care delivery. It is intended to provide the theory, knowledge and application necessary to deal with pressing legal, ethical and political issues in advanced nursing practice.

NSG-514 | Inquiry II | 3 credits
This course continues the process of systematic discovery and evaluation of research findings to build evidence-based nurse practitioner practice. A systematic review, including poster and formal presentation of the findings, is included as part of the course. This course supports the final thesis or non-thesis project required for graduation.
Prerequisite: NSG-506

NSG-515 | Capstone | 3 credits
This course places students in health related settings to work on projects of mutual interest to the agency or organization and the student. The experience gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their academic course work to a problem involving the health of the child or the adult/elderly.

NSG-550 | Advanced Practice in Care of Families | 3 credits
This course focuses on theoretical and evidence-based perspectives that guide family nursing. Students apply principles and processes to assess and intervene in order to promote optimal family functioning. Students analyze family-focused health concerns which may require teaching families who are experiencing developmental changes, coaching families to change internal dynamics, connecting families to needed resources and support, or helping families cope with illness or loss. Fostering family health promotion in conjunction with the Healthy People 2010 National Health Goals guides student/family interaction in this course.

NSG-551 | Advanced Concepts in Care of Adults | 4 credits
This course focuses on the biological and behavioral phenomena of concern in the care of adults. The clinical presentation, diagnostic reasoning, management and evaluation of common health needs and problems of adults are considered. Discussion will include current evidence-based practice addressing common health problems of adults.

NSG-552 | Advanced Concepts in Care of Women | 4 credits
This course includes current evidence-based practice addressing common health problems of women across the lifespan. Biological and behavioral issues of concern are presented through case studies incorporated with clinical experiences. Health and wellness screening and coaching in women's health are studied along with diagnostic reasoning and motivational interviewing techniques.

NSG-553 | Advanced Concepts in Care of Children | 4 credits
This course focuses on the delivery of primary health care to children and adolescents. Within a collaborative practice model, the clinical presentation, diagnostic reasoning, management and evaluation of health needs and problems are considered.

NSG-554 | Advanced Concepts Care of Older Adults | 4 credits
This course focuses on the biological and behavioral phenomena of concern in care of older adults. Health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration across the continuum of care are considered. Discussion will include current evidence-based practice addressing common health problems of older adults.