The curriculum builds upon outcomes of the current master's curriculum to incorporate the essential elements not met in the master's program. Outcomes of the post-master's program are to prepare nursing leaders with the following competencies:
The length of the program varies depending on how quickly you want to move through the courses. There are two-, three- and four-year completion options.
The program also includes an on-campus component. Students need to be on campus to defend their project proposal and defend their doctoral project.
Study of various dimensions of leadership and how they apply to the health care environment. Includes theoretical models and their application to nursing models of practice, personal and organizational integration of values, key aspects of creating and sustaining a learning organization, and leadership as partnership and teamwork.
Knowledge and skill development in the evaluation of quantitative research studies and the translation of outcomes research into practice. This course emphasizes applying current theoretical models and research to clinical practice.
Analysis of both empirical research and philosophical inquiry in health care ethics with due consideration for human diversity and social context. Exploration of current ethical issues, including relevant contextual factors, within the health care disciplines broadly, and within the student's area of clinical practice and scholarship specifically. Emphasis on the socially organized practices of responsibility that influence ethical decision-making and their implications for health care delivery within the professional domains of administration, clinical care, policy and education. This course focuses primarily on the ethical problems of nursing practice. It is designed to help students increase their knowledge of the domains of ethical experience, articulate the ethical issues they experience in practice, and justify the reasons for taking one course of action over another. Readings are taken from moral philosophy, bioethics, nursing, feminist theory, and social science.
Examines the concept of performance management and its application to the health care industry for both larger health care organizations and smaller health care settings. Issues related to the extreme pressure exerted by both purchasers and regulatory agencies for healthcare organizations to improve its performance will be analyzed.
Covers finance issues related to healthcare organizations, such as: reimbursement analysis, understanding the nature of costs, service line profitability analysis, and preparation of operating and capital budgets. Students learn how to analyze financial statements and their relationship to organizational decision-making.
Explores the behavior of people within organizations in terms of the factors that are most influential. Those include factors related to individuals, groups and the larger organization system. The course utilizes an experiential learning process that helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses as learners.
Program evaluation is the systematic collection of information about the activities, characteristics, and outcomes of programs to make judgments about the program, to improve program effectiveness, and/or inform decisions about future programming. As this definition emphasizes, the course focuses on evaluating programs or interventions where information from individuals is aggregated to summarize a group’s progress and to draw conclusions about program effectiveness.
This course is designed to provide healthcare and health information technology professionals with the theory and tools necessary to effect the clinical transformation required for the successful adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). EHR systems are significant investments that must be planned and implemented in a manner that ensures positive outcomes. EHR systems are not just financial, administrative, or operational systems that focus on healthcare departmental tasks, nor are they electronic means to achieve documentation. Instead, EHRs are knowledge management systems, directly impacting the way clinicians practice. As such, clinical processes must be understood and redesigned to take advantage of the support afforded by information technology.
Integration of organizational and management theories within the context of the nursing process to the delivery of nursing services in a variety of settings and systems. The role of the advanced practice nurse in various levels of management is analyzed and required core abilities required of the manager are emphasized. Factors affecting the dynamic changes in the health care system and delivery of nursing care are integrated.