NURS 5111 Advanced Practice Role
Study of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) role. The evolution of the role, current and continuing issues relevant to advanced practice nursing and clinical practice issues related to health promotion and disease prevention.
NURS 5301 Translational Science I
Students will follow Steps 0-3 of the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) process. Students will answer clinical questions by critical appraisal of research and explore theoretical and ethical issues in translating evidence into practice as they begin assimilating in their advanced practice role in nursing.
NURS 5302 Translational Science II
This course builds upon the learning in Translational Science I, continuing steps 0-3 and beginning step 4 of the EBP process. Students focus on evaluation and synthesis of relevant evidence to answer clinical questions. Students begin translating science into practice by recommending best practices and subsequent outcomes as they actualize their advanced practice role in nursing.
NURS 5321 Health Policy & Population Health
This course explores the reciprocity between health care policies and population health.
NURS 5324 Health Care Informatics
This course prepares the student to utilize informatics and health care technologies in the management of individuals, groups and organizations for the improvement of patient outcomes.
NURS 5325 Organizational Systems Leadership
This course builds on prior knowledge, continuing step 4 of the EBP process. Students will explore leadership styles/principles and their impact on healthcare delivery systems, including economic, ethical, legal and political factors. Students will analyze evidence-based quality improvement principles that include metrics to demonstrate their impact on healthcare outcomes with group and individual application.
NURS 5350 Advanced Pathophysiology
Regulatory and compensatory mechanisms as they relate to commonly occurring diseases across the lifespan are explored.
NURS 5352 Advanced Health Assessment for NP
This course is intended for the nurse practitioner. Incorporates integration of advanced health assessment principles and skills for comprehensive examination of clients that leads to differential diagnosis. Focus will be on common deviations from normal. Populations across the lifespan will be included.
NURS 5354 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
Knowledge and application of advanced pharmacotherapeutic principles related to the health needs of clients. Focus will be on pharmacotherapeutic modalities utilized by advanced practice nurses while considering legal, ethical and economic factors.
NURS 5357 Neurobiology Overview: Mental Health and Illness
This course is foundational for advanced practice nurses caring for individuals with mental disorders as well as substance use disorders. The course focuses on key mental disorders across the lifespan. Multifactorial causes for these disorders are explored, including developmental, genetic, injury, trauma, infection and neurodegeneration. Maintenance of homeostasis within the mind- body relationship will be examined with respect to mental disorders.
NURS 5359 Psychopharmacology: Prescribing Practices in Mental Health
This course provides an overview of prescribing principles and best practices for treating mental health disorders across the lifespan. Drug action and pharmacogenomics are discussed. Polypharmacy within vulnerable populations is considered. A case-based approach is used to examine the clinical uses, neuropharmacological mechanisms, risks, benefits and outcomes of commonly used psychotropic drugs in the context of comprehensive treatment plans.
NURS 5363 Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
Using a case-based approach, students develop advanced skills for the differential diagnosis of mental disorders, including observation and interviewing skills, and the use and interpretation of screening tools, laboratory tests, and behavioral assessments. Case studies will utilize the most current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed., text rev.) and other appropriate methodologies for diagnosing mental disorders.
NURS 5365 Psychotherapeutic Theories and Modalities
This course provides an overview of major concepts, theories and research related to psychotherapeutic treatments for mental disorders across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the integration of two content areas: psychotherapeutic case formulation and treatment planning; and the application of evidence-based brief psychotherapies for the treatment of particular disorders, symptoms and issues. Application of therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing will be examined in detail through a case-based learning approach.
NURS 5367 PMHNP Practicum I - Adults/ Geriatric
This course provides clinical training in the full role of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Emphasis is placed on the integration of two content areas: the knowledge and skills for PMHNP practice; and the specific mental health needs of adults 2 and older adults. Clinical experiences, lectures, case discussions and projects allow students the opportunity to develop competencies in the ethical, safe, collaborative and evidence-based provision of mental health care to adults and older adults in the context of a changing health care system.
NURS 5368 Integrated Mental Health Care I
This course integrates theory and research in clinical application of the care of adults/geriatrics by nurse practitioners. Students will provide care to adults/older adults in the clinical setting under the guidance of a clinical preceptor. Emphasis is on applying theory 2 and research to adults and older adults experiencing complex health problems. Related professional issues will be explored in this clinical course.
NURS 5370 PMHNP Practicum II
This course provides clinical training in the full role of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Emphasis is placed on the integration of two content areas: the knowledge and skills for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) practice; and the specific mental health needs of children and families. Clinical experiences, lectures, case discussions and projects allow students the opportunity to develop competencies in the ethical, safe, collaborative and evidence-based provision of mental health care to children, adolescents, and families in the context of a changing health care system.
NURS 5373 Integrated Mental Health Care II
This course integrates theory and evidence-based practice in clinical application. Students will complete a capstone project in a mental health setting under the guidance of a clinical preceptor. Emphasis is on applying theory and research to individuals and families experiencing complex mental health problems. Related professional issues will also be explored in this clinical course.