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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-501 | Nursing Informatics | 3 credits
This course draws from computer science, information science, cognitive and decision sciences, and nursing science. Students will gain knowledge and skills to enhance patient-care delivery, promote consumer health, utilize nursing research, and provide education through information technology.

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-505 | APN Clinical Mthds Evidence Based Pract | 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to utilize analytic methods to critically appraise existing literature and other evidence to determine and implement the best evidence for practice.

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-510 | Health Promotion Children & Adolescents | 3 credits
This course introduces the concepts of pediatric primary health care from a developmental perspective. Concepts and theories from nursing and other related disciplines associated with the assessment and care of well children and their families are explored. Clinical application of theories and nursing strategies to optimize the health of children and their families are emphasized in the professional role development of students.

NSG-511 | Common and Acute Problems in Children | 3 credits
This course introduces the common and acute health problems occurring in infancy through adolescence using a bio/psycho/social/cultural approach. Pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to acute and common problems in children will be emphasized. Nursing strategies used to enhance, maintain and restore health will be discussed

NSG-512 | Advanced Mgmt in Pediatric Primary Care | 3 credits
This course focuses on the primary rehabilitative health care concepts specific to the management of complex, multidimensional health problems experienced by infants, children and adolescents within the context of their family and community environments. Pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to complex health problems in children are emphasized. The selection of clinical interventions, clinical decision making and evaluation of strategies used to enhance the health outcomes of children and their families will be stressed. Emphasis will be placed on the consultation and referral processes within interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams.

NSG-513 | Neurological Assessment in Child/Teen | 3 credits
This course focuses on the primary rehabilitative health care concepts specific to the management of complex, multidimensional health problems experienced by infants, children and adolescents within the context of their family and community environments. Pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic strategies specific to complex health problems in children are emphasized. The selection of clinical interventions, clinical decision making and evaluation of strategies used to enhance the health outcomes of children and their families will be stressed. Emphasis will be placed on the consultation and referral processes within interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams.

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-520 | Primary Care of Older Adult | 3 credits
This course will focus on the assessment of the older adults. These factors are analyzed in various environments. Epidemiological and health behavior models are used to assess health risks, assist with problem identification, primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies. Cultural, ethnic, and developmental issues are addressed. Concepts, assessment strategies, interventions and evaluation approaches specific for older adults are identified.

NSG-521 | Acute Health Problems in Adults | 3 credits
This course will focus on the assessment, treatment and management of adult health conditions. These factors may be analyzed in various primary care, acute care or home environments. Evidence-based practice protocols are used to assess health risks, assist with problem identification, including primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies. Cultural, ethnic, and developmental issues are addressed. Concepts, assessment strategies, interventions and evaluation approaches specific for adults are identified.

NSG-522 | Adv Management in Acute/Chronic Illness | 3 credits
This course will focus on the assessment, treatment and management of complex multidimensional illnesses experienced by the Adult population. Emphasis will be on physical assessment, screening, pathophysiology, diagnostic findings (labs, x-rays), and introduction to billing and coding. Topics covered will be Female/Male Urology, Ovarian and testicular Cancers, Cardiac, Diabetes and Neurology.

NSG-523 | Adv Mgmt Complex Problems Older Adult | 3 credits
This course focuses on the management of complex multidimensional health problems experienced by older adults and their families in multiple environments of care. Pathophysiology, assessment, and diagnostic strategies specific to complex health problems in older adults are emphasized. Evidence-based management strategies used to enhance the outcomes in older adults to promote health and prevent disability will be stressed. The role of the AGNP on care giving teams will be included. Clinical practice focuses on case management of adults with complex health problems and those receiving home and hospice care.

NSG-540 | Diagnostics and Psychopharmacology | 3 credits
This course covers the basic principles of psychiatric pharmacotherapy and the role of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse prescriber. It will focus on biological mechanisms of action of psychotropic drugs; neurobiological components important in understanding drug action, illness etiology, and typical side effects; pharmacologic treatment of psychiatric disorders; safety issues in prescribing psychotropic medications; and alterations in using these agents in specialty populations. Assessment of pharmacological history, differential diagnoses, side effects, and symptoms targeted for pharmacological activity will be integral components of prescriptive practice. An emphasis on clinical decision making will include: all phases of pharmacologic treatment - evaluation and diagnosis, initiation of treatment, determining efficacy, evaluating side effects, and enhancing patient adherence; long-term maintenance vs. discontinuation; patient education; and integration of psychotherapy. Sources of information will include: evidence-based data, treatment algorithms, textbooks, and journal articles. The course is required for all students in the psychiatric-mental health nursing specialty. Others may be admitted with permission of the instructor.

NSG-541 | Mental Health Theory and Interventions | 3 credits
Sources of information will include: evidence-based data, treatment algorithms, textbooks and journal articles. The course is required for all students in the psychiatric-mental health nursing specialty. Others may be admitted with instructor permission.

NSG-542 | Individual and Group Psychotherapy | 3 credits
This course provides an overview of major psychotherapeutic theoretical models and emphasizes integration of approaches and techniques with healthcare practices in advanced practice psychiatric nursing, including individual, family, and group counseling. The course is required for all students in the psychiatric-mental health nursing specialty. Others may be admitted with instructor permission.

NSG-543 | Psychotherapy Adv Practice Practicum | 3 credits
This course builds on the prior courses by expanding the student's ability to identify and apply concepts, theories, and principles to complex groups. In addition, the student gains skill in implementing planned interventions and analyzing process dynamics with individuals, families, and groups so that patterns in self and others are identified accurately and with regularity. Caseload management skills are further developed. A focused needs assessment at clinical site will form the basis for implementation and evaluation of capstone clinical project to improve some aspect of patient care or agency services. The student will complete clinical hours in a mental health setting with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, a counselor or a psychologist where principles of group and individual therapy will be applied in the clinical setting.