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NSG 2111 - Professional Nursing and Health Care I - 2 cr.
Introduces the nursing student to professional nursing roles. The concepts included will be: patient-centered care; safety; clinical judgment; communications (therapeutic); role development; ethics; spirituality (personal) and will be explored from the perspective of the developing professional nurse.


NSG 2222 - Recipient of Care Across the Lifespan I (Individuals) - 2 cr.
Introduces the student to individuals across the lifespan from a nursing perspective. Focused concepts include; growth and development, functional ability, and genetics/genomics. Students will perform developmental and functional health assessments on healthy individuals in community settings as well as apply all three concepts to selected exemplars.


NSG 2333 - Health Continuum I: Individual Adaptive Responses - 3 cr.
Introduces the student to holistic nursing care of individuals through the application of concepts in classroom, laboratory, and simulated patient care settings. Students will learn principles of therapeutic communication, physical assessment, safety and essential nursing skills and interventions utilizing current evidence-based practice and information technologies. The focus is on the individual’s adaptation to health challenges and transitions, including the concepts of sensory perception, pain, mobility, thermoregulation, coping and stress. This course is a total of 3 credits; 2 credits of classroom/ theory and 1 credit of skills/ simulation lab.


NSG 2777 - Topibs in Nursing - 0-8 cr.
Topics.


NSG 3111 - Professional Nursing & Health Care II - 2 cr.
Introduces the nursing student to principles of evidence-based nursing practice, and the use of technology and informatics to seek and analyze knowledge that influences nursing practice. Students will explore how professional communication within the healthcare team influences safety and patient/family/community health outcomes. Students will develop a deeper understanding of clinical judgment and its application to nursing practice.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 2020, BIO 2120, HSC 2215, NSG 2111, NSG 2222, NSG 2333


NSG 3300 - Holistic Nursing Approaches - 7 cr.
Introduces the student to holistic nursing care of individuals including initiating and maintaining a therapeutic relationship and utilizing the holistic nursing process with clients in clinical settings. Focus is on health promotion and disease prevention in individuals across the lifespan. Prerequisites: BIO 2110, Acceptance into Nursing Major. Clinicals will include a major medical/surgical rotation as well as minor clinicals in OB and Community Mental Health. NOTE: Clinical day is on Thursdays and all students may have an evening clinical rotation and so should schedule accordingly.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3200, NSG 3220, NSG 3325, NSG 3335


NSG 3325 - Acute and Chronic Illness - 2 cr.
This course will engage the student in simulation activities which continue to develop critical thinking skills by advancing assessment techniques and nursing interventions with clients experiencing acute and chronic illness. Prerequisites: NSG 3200, 3225, HSC 3020. Corequisites: NSG 3300, 3335.

Prerequisite Courses: HSC 3020, NSG 3200, NSG 3225, NSG 3300, NSG 3335


NSG 3334 - Health Continuum II: Individual Physiologic Responses - 0-6 cr.
Focuses on the individual’s response to health and illness challenges across the lifespan in clinical, classroom and laboratory settings. Concepts covered are metabolic changes, fluid and electrolytes, acid base balance, gas exchange, perfusion, tissue integrity, nutrition, elimination, infection, and safe medication administration. Students will apply principles of therapeutic communication, physical assessment, safe nursing skills and interventions utilizing current evidence-based practice and information technologies. This course is a total of 6 credits; 3 credits of classroom/ theory, 2 credits of skills/ simulation lab and 1 credit of clinical.


NSG 3355 - Research, Evidence-Based Pract - 4 cr.
This course emphasizes the role of the nurse as a critical consumer of research findings for the purpose of improving nursing practice. Students explore the relationships between nursing research and evidence-based practice, as well as the impact that information technology has on nursing practice. An opportunity to utilize an electronic medical record will be provided during this course.


NSG 3361 - Dimensions Professional NSG - 4 cr.
Presents an overview of professional nursing practice, focusing on the roles and characteristics of the baccalaureate nurse that are requisite in a changing health care delivery system. Theory and philosophy of nursing will be emphasized and historical perspectives that have had an impact on the profession explored.


NSG 3600 - Introduction to Nursing Practice - 5 cr.
This course introduces the nursing student to critical thinking, assessment and nursing interventions required by the professional nurse to safely and effectively care for individuals, families and communities in a holistic manner. Pre- or Co-requisite: Acceptance into the Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program; all prerequisite courses have been completed. Taken concurrently with NSG 3645 and 3660.

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3645, NSG 3660


NSG 3645 - Professional Nursing I - 2 cr.
Introduces concepts related to professional nursing at the baccalaureate level including nursing roles, holistic nursing, patient centered care, evidence based practice, patient safety and quality improvement. This is a foundational course for students to begin examining nursing issues affecting health care today.

Corequisite Courses: NSG 3600, NSG 3660


NSG 3660 - Health Transitions I - 0-4 cr.
This course is an introduction to health promotion, disease prevention, acute and chronic illness and interdisciplinary clinical practice concepts. The clinical component will take place in the acute care setting. Pre- or Co-requisites: Acceptance to Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program; all prerequisite courses have been completed. Taken concurrently with NSG 3600 and 3645.


NSG 3777 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
Topics.


NSG 3845 - Professional Nursing II - 2 cr.
Builds on concepts related to professional nursing and role development at the baccalaureate level. Emphasis is on cultural competence, health care in rural environments, communication, and the interdisciplinary health care team. Pre or Co-requisites: Successful completion of NSG 3600, 3645 and 3660. Taken concurrently with NSG 3867, 3870 and 3871.


NSG 3867 - Evidence Based Practice - 1 cr.
This course introduces the nursing student to evidence-based practice and the role of the nurse as consumer of nursing research. Pre- & Co- requisite: Successful completion of NSG 3600, 3645 and 3660. Taken concurrently with NSG 3845, 3870 and 3871.


NSG 3870 - Health Transitions II - 7 cr.
This course builds on concepts related to health promotion, disease prevention, and interdisciplinary clinical practice in acute and chronic illness. This course also introduces the student to the practice of family nursing and its application in the clinical setting. Pre- & Co-requisites: Successful completion of NSG 3600, 3645 and 3660. Taken concurrently with NSG 3845, 3867 and 3871.


NSG 3871 - Integrative Lab I - 2 cr.
This course will engage the student in simulation and skills lab activities which develop critical thinking skills by advancing assessment techniques and nursing interventions with clients experiencing health transitions. Pre- & Co-requisites: Successful completion of all summer post baccalaureate accelerated nursing program courses. NSG 3845, 3867, and 3870 are co-requisites.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3600, NSG 3645, NSG 3660


NSG 4200 - Holistic NSG Approaches - 7 cr.
This course focuses on the practice of holistic nursing for individuals and families experiencing multi-system illness. Concepts are applied in a variety of clinical settings. Prerequisite: NSG 3300, 3325, 3335. Corequisite: NSG 4225, 4235, 4245.


NSG 4225 - Multi-System Illness - Holistic Nursing Interventions - 2 cr.
This course will engage the student in simulation activities which continue to develop critical thinking and professional nursing skills for care of clients experiencing multi-system illness. Prerequisite: NSG 3300, 3325, 3335. Co-requisite: NSG 4200, 4235, 4245.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 4200, NSG 4235, NSG 4245


NSG 4235 - Public Health Nursing - 3 cr.
This course examines public health from local, national and global perspectives. Students will learn and apply public health principles in the holistic nursing care of populations. Corequisites: NSG 4200, 4225, 4343.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3300, NSG 3325, NSG 3335

Corequisite Courses: NSG 4200, NSG 4225, NSG 4245


NSG 4240 - Community as Client - 2 cr.
This course focuses on community assessment, resource finding and resource utilization. Students will apply the holistic caring process to a public health target population. Prerequisite: NSG 3300, 3325, 3331. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NSG 4235.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3300, NSG 3325, NSG 3331, NSG 4235


NSG 4343 - NSG Leadership & Management - 3 cr.
This course focuses on holistic leadership and management roles of the entry level baccalaureate nurse. Prerequisite: NSG 3300, 3325, 3335. Corequisites NSG 4200, 4225.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3300, NSG 3325, NSG 3331


NSG 4427 - Leadership Pract: Mentor I - 1 cr.
Nurtures leadership qualities and characteristics of senior nursing students while engaging them in mentoring groups of junior nursing students. Pre or corequisites: senior standing and pre-selected by instructor.


NSG 4428 - Leadership Pract: Mentor II - 0-2 cr.
Nurtures leadership qualities and characteristics of pre-selected senior nursing students. Students will engage in mentoring groups of junior nursing students. Pre or corequisites: senior standing and preselected by instructor.


NSG 4441 - ICU Practicum Elective - 3 cr.
This course is intended for the senior nursing baccalaureate student. Learning activities explore the critical care environment through theory and application. Students will learn theoretical knowledge and practice skills in critical care nursing.


NSG 4443 - Drug and Alcohol Addiction - 2 cr.
This course explores the effects of drug and alcohol addiction on individuals, families, and communities. Students will evaluate the nurse’s role in drug and alcohol dependency as it relates to treatment, prevention, and detoxification.


NSG 4445 - Perioperative Nursing Elective - 2 cr.
This course is intended for the senior baccalaureate nursing student. Students will learn the roles associated with the specialty of perioperative nursing, focused on the operative phase. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) standards of practice will provide the framework for learning in the classroom and clinical setting.


NSG 4446 - Holistic Nursing - 2 cr.
Examine holistic integrative healthcare systems. Students will explore integrative therapies effective for promoting healing in self and clients. Focus is on preparation for practice with sound knowledge of integrative therapies.


NSG 4447 - Transcultural Nursing - 2 cr.
This is a service-learning elective in which students, through intensive experience applying principles of civic engagement and nursing knowledge, gain understanding of cultural differences and similarities between people of different cultures. Students use their skills and knowledge to help bring solutions to community-identified problems.


NSG 4448 - Gerontology Nursing Elective - 2 cr.
Introduces the nursing student to holistic nursing care of the older adult population. The student will explore the physical and psychosocial changes associated with aging, common geriatric syndromes, and evidence base concepts in the care of older adults.


NSG 4472 - Leadership in Nursing - 4 cr.
Provides an analysis of historical and current issues affecting professional nursing practice. Professional nursing in a changing health care delivery system is examined from a leadership perspective.


NSG 4500 - Transition into Professional Nursing Practice - 6 cr.
This course will facilitate the transition from student to professional nurse. The student will be immersed in laboratory and preceptored clinical experiences which will continue to develop critical-thinking skills. This course will promote socialization into professional nursing practice. Prerequisite: NSG 4200, 4225, 4343.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 4200, NSG 4225, NSG 4343


NSG 4555 - Nursing Internship - 0-4 cr.
Internship.


NSG 4570 - Community Health Nursing - 4 cr.
In this theory course, RN students will apply public health principles to nursing practice from a population-based individual, community and system level. This course examines public health from a local, national and global perspective. This course does not meet Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements for certification as a public health nurse. Certification requires the additional 1 credit clinical course, NSG 4571.


NSG 4571 - Community Health NSG Clinical - 1 cr.
This independent clinical course provides the RN student with a precepted clinical experience in a community-based agency. Successful completion of this clinical course, combined with NSG 4570 or public/community health theory based equivalent course, will meet the MN Board of Nursing requirements for certification as a public health nurse.


NSG 4580 - Holistic Assessment in Nursing - 4 cr.
This course builds on assessment information from the associate degree/diploma level of nursing education. The holistic health assessment needs of culturally diverse, rural and unique populations are examined. Family assessment and environmental assessment are introduced.


NSG 4590 - RN to BS Portfolio Introduction - 4 cr.
Introduces the RN to BS student to the Nursing Portfolio guidelines and provides faculty guidance for completion of the four introductory portfolio objectives. Addresses critical thinking, the development of a personal philosophy of nursing, career planning, and the use of self-reflection in portfolio narratives.


NSG 4645 - Professional Nursing III - 2 cr.
This course continues to build on concepts related to the professional practice of nursing at the baccalaureate level with an emphasis on evolving nursing issues and professional development. Pre or Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses. Taken concurrently with NSG 4660, 4661 and 4674.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3845, NSG 3867, NSG 3870


NSG 4660 - Health Transitions III - 7 cr.
This course focuses on the client with complex health needs. Students will demonstrate critical thinking in the management of care for multiple clients with complex health needs. Focus will be on providing holistic care to selected clients in rural settings. Pre- & Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses. Taken concurrently with NSG 4645, 4661 and 4674.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3845, NSG 3867, NSG 3870


NSG 4661 - Integrative Lab II - 2 cr.
This course will engage the student in simulation and skills lab activities which develop critical thinking skills by advancing assessment techniques and nursing interventions with clients experiencing increasingly complex health transitions. Pre- & Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses. Taken concurrently with NSG 4645, 4660 and 4674.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3845, NSG 3865, NSG 3867, NSG 3870, NSG 3871


NSG 4674 - Community Health - 3 cr.
In this course students will apply public health principles to nursing practice from a population-based individual, community and system level. This course examines public health from a local, national and global perspective. Pre- & Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses and BIO 3020. Taken concurrently with NSG 4645, 4660 and 4661.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 3845, NSG 3867, NSG 3870


NSG 4700 - HSC Interdisciplinary Leadersh - 2 cr.
This course focuses on specific leadership strategies of building respect and collaboration among members of health science disciplines through patient/client centered and ethical decision-making approaches. Students will have opportunities to develop skills to function as leaders representing their professions as part of an interdisciplinary team. Additionally, the ATHENS EHR System, which is a state-of-the-art electronic health record, will be used by students in this course to develop their confidence and competence with employing this type of clinical information technology in the practice of their profession. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.


NSG 4777 - Special Topics in Nursing - 0-4 cr.
Investigation of topics related to professional nursing.


NSG 4800 - Professional Nursing IV - 3 cr.
Builds on concepts related to the professional practice of nursing at the baccalaureate level with an emphasis on leadership, quality improvement, and professional development. Students apply the content and principles examined in Professional Nursing III for application in practice. The skill of writing is essential for student success as a professional nurse and leader. Students complete a series of writing assignments including position papers, reflective journaling, professional reports and presentation with an emphasis on audience adaptation, clarity of purpose, adequacy of support and correct format. Students also complete 45 hours of clinical working with a nurse in a leadership position.


NSG 4874 - Community as Client - 2 cr.
This course focuses on community assessment. Students will apply the holistic caring process to a public health target population. Pre- & Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses. Taken concurrently with NSG 4800 and 4880.


NSG 4880 - Nursing Capstone - 6 cr.
Concluding clinical course that immerses the student in an extended, precepted clinical experience to promote the transition from student to professional nurse. Pre or Co-requisites: Successful completion of all previous Post Baccalaureate Nursing Program courses. Taken concurrently with NSG 4800 and 4874.


NSG 4990 - RN to BS NSG Portfolio Continuation - 0 cr.
This course allows the RN student to maintain active student status, until the RN to BS Nursing Portfolio is complete and all graduation requirements have been met. A course fee will be attached to this course


NSG 4998 - RN to BS Nursing Portfolio - 13 cr.
The RN to BS Nursing Portfolio allows the RN student an opportunity to obtain nursing credits for the major based on prior RN experience. Graduation requirements mandate the completion of 17 credits for the nursing portfolio.


NSG 4999 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
With faculty approval and advisement, self-directed student planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting of an independent learning experience focused on professional nursing.


NSG 6430 - Health Care Informatics - 3 cr.
An introduction to the concepts of health care informatics. Explores the use of information technology applications used by health care professionals to support health in clinical practice, education, research, and administration.

Crosslist Course:


NSG 6505 - Consumer Healthcare Informatics - 3 cr.
A didactic and clinical course that provides an introduction to the concepts of consumer informatics. The didactic content explores health information technology used to support consumer healthcare and promotes consumer health literacy. The clinical component requires a minimum of 45 clinical hours supervised by an informatics professional. Individualized learning objectives are developed based on the clinical placement.


NSG 6633 - Health Assessment & Promotion of the Older Adult - 2 cr.
Analysis and application of theory and research related to health assessment and health promotion of older adults. Implements evidence-based, advanced, physical, psychological, social, and developmental assessment techniques necessary for health promotion and illness prevention activities along with diagnosis of acute, chronic, and functional health challenges with the older adult. Prerequisite: Bio 5777, NSG 6605; Pre or Co-requisite: NSG 8215

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 5777, NSG 8215, NSG 8605


NSG 6635 - Pharmacology: Older Adults - 2 cr.
Application of theory and research related to advanced gerontological pharmacotherapeutics. Includes pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions in the management of acute and chronic, physical and mental health disorders for the older adult. Emphasizes pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics in relation to the physiological changes in the older adult. Addresses assessment, decision-making processes, and client education for appropriate drug use. Pre- or Co-requisite: NSG 6605, NSG 8200, NSG 8675, NSG 6633, NSG 6677, NSG 8215 or equivalent courses

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6633, NSG 8200, NSG 8215, NSG 8605, NSG 8675, NSG 8677


NSG 6639 - Hlth Care Mgt II: Frail Adult - 6 cr.
Intensive clinical experience focusing on the application of evidence-based guidelines in care management of the older adult with complex health needs in a variety of settings. Evaluates nursing care and the influence of support systems for their impact on client outcomes. Includes monitoring and support of client physical and behavioral changes; modification of care for acute and chronic conditions in accordance with assessment, test findings, and client responses; and assessment of adherence to pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions. 190 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NSG 6633, NSG 6635, NSG 6683, NSG 6687, NSG 8215 or equivalent courses

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6633, NSG 6635, NSG 6683, NSG 6687, NSG 8215


NSG 6655 - Nursing Informatics Practicum - 3 cr.
A practicum experience focused on the use of information technology in a health care setting. Students will complete a minimum of 160 hours in the clinical setting under the supervision of an informatics professional. Individualized learning objectives will be developed based on the clinical placement.


NSG 6681 - Primary Health Care Mgt I - 6 cr.
Applies knowledge and skills necessary for prevention and management of common acute and chronic illnesses in infants, children, and adolescents. Emphasizes assessment, diagnosis, management, and evaluation derived from pathophysiologic, psychosocial, spiritual, and developmental data. Must be taken the semester immediately following NSG 8215 or requires faculty approval. 145 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 5777, NSG 8200, NSG 8215, NSG 8605, NSG 8675, NSG 8677


NSG 6683 - Primary Health Care Mgt II - 6 cr.
Applies knowledge and skills necessary for prevention and management of acute and chronic illnesses in adults and older adults. Addresses underlying pathophysiologic and psychosocial bases for occurrence and detection with emphasis on management of common acute and chronic illnesses. Must take NSG 8215 within one year of this course, otherwise remedial work will be required. 180 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Courses: BIO 5777, NSG 6681, NSG 8200, NSG 8215, NSG 8605, NSG 8610, NSG 8675, NSG 8677


NSG 6687 - Nurse Practitioner Preceptrshp - 4-6 cr.
Intensive clinical experience with a focus on prevention, health promotion, client education and illness management of individuals and families. 200 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 6681, NSG 6683, NSG 8220


NSG 6777 - Nursing Topics - 0-6 cr.
Topics in Nursing.


NSG 8000 - Leadership in Health Care Part I: Personal Dimensions - 3 cr.
Explores the various dimensions of leadership as applied 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.


NSG 8200 - Outcomes Research - 3 cr.
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.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8675


NSG 8201 - Clinical Project I - 2 cr.
Focuses on developing a literature review, beginning needs assessment, and problem statement to prepare students to design an implementation and evaluation plan for an evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, quality improvement doctoral project designed to effect a practice or systems change. Students work with class colleagues and the course instructor to produce an integrated literature review and problem statement based on a needs assessment in a clinical area of interest.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8000


NSG 8202 - Ethics in Health Care - 3 cr.
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.


NSG 8206 - Clinical Project II - 2 cr.
Focuses on the continued development of an evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, quality improvement project designed to implement and evaluate a practice or systems change in a healthcare context. Students apply principles of outcomes research while refining, developing, completing, and defending the DNP clinical project proposal. Students work independently with the guidance of the faculty advisor and agency project sponsor. Course includes formal project proposal defense and Human Subjects review and approval.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8000, NSG 8201


NSG 8207 - Clinica Project III - 2 cr.
Focuses on implementation, evaluation, completion, and successful final defense of an evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, quality improvement project designed to effect a clinical practice and/or systems change in a healthcare context. Students work independently under the guidance of the faculty advisor and agency project sponsor to implement goals and objectives, collect and analyze data, and evaluate project outcomes. Course includes a final project defense to a committee of faculty.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8000, NSG 8201, NSG 8206, NSG 8470


NSG 8213 - Evidence Based Practice - 3 cr.
Prepares students with foundational skills and competencies for practice inquiry and the critical appraisal of evidence to improve health quality, safety, and outcomes. Emphasizes the essential elements of evidence-based practice, including formatting clinical questions in advanced practice nursing roles, searching and appraising evidence, integrating evidence into practice, and evaluating outcomes.


NSG 8215 - Lifespan Health Assessment - 4 cr.
Advanced physical, psychological, social, and developmental skills necessary for advanced nursing practice with patients across the lifespan. Emphasizes principles and techniques of data collection, communication, and physical examination. Explores and applies health promotion concepts based on patient’s age, culture, and setting. Explores basic laboratory and diagnostic procedures. Lab meetings required.


NSG 8220 - Women's Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan - 3 cr.
Introduction to the role of the primary care nurse practitioner in the promotion and management of women’s reproductive health across the lifespan. Covers well woman care including healthy pregnancy, lactation, pre-natal and post-natal care, and menopause along with frequently encountered problems in reproductive health care. Forty-five (45) clinical hours are required.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8215


NSG 8250 - Continuing Clinical Project Enrollment - 0 cr.
Designed for BS-DNP or Post-Master's DNP students who have completed all other requirements for their degree program but did not complete the DNP clinical project within the expected time frame. If no other clinical project course registration, these students must register for continuing clinical project enrollment each semester until project completion. The fee for continuing clinical project enrollment equals the tuition for one graduate semester credit. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the BS-DNP or Post-Master’s DNP program and completion of all requirements for the degree program including N8201: Clinical Project I


NSG 8352 - Performance Management in Heal - 3 cr.
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.

Corequisite Course: MGT 6352


NSG 8355 - Healthcare Finance - 3 cr.
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.


NSG 8410 - Cultural Perspectives/Adv Prac - 2 cr.
International service learning elective course for graduate nursing. Web -enhanced course with required on-campus meeting and 60 clinical hours. Emphasis on family, pediatric, and women's healthcare in a selected developing country. Course culminates in a health care mission trip to a third world site. Students prepare by participating in online learning modules and discussions, course projects, and on-campus class meetings.


NSG 8430 - Health Care Informatics - 3 cr.
An introduction to the concepts of health care informatics. Explores the use of information technology applications used by health care professionals to support health in clinical practice, education, research, and administration.

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NSG 8470 - Health Program Evaluation - 3 cr.
Focuses on evaluating health programs including the activities, characteristics, and outcomes used to draw conclusions about health programs. Students develop skills in health program planning and evaluation through discussion and analysis of literature and development of a health program evaluation plan.


NSG 8520 - Assessment and Management of Psychiatric Disorders in Adults - 2 cr.
Explores the diagnostic criteria and treatment modalities for major categories of psychiatric illness. Articulates and develops the content areas and competencies necessary for entry level advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing including psychiatric interviewing, DSM-5 differential diagnosis, and comprehensive psychiatric assessment and holistic management of individual, adult clients with acute and chronic psychiatric disorders and/or common mental health problems.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8662, NSG 8677, NSG 8678


NSG 8521 - Psychiatric Practicum I: Adults - 4 cr.
Develops the competencies and clinical skills necessary for entry level advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing including psychiatric interviewing, DSM-5 differential diagnosis, and comprehensive psychiatric assessment and holistic management of individual, adult clients with acute and chronic psychiatric disorders and/or common mental health problems. Develops additional competencies in mental health promotion/ disease prevention and psychoeducation, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacologic treatment. 135 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8662, NSG 8677, NSG 8678


NSG 8525 - Groups in Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing - 2 cr.
Examines the structure, functions, processes, and developmental course of groups in human life and health care practice. Explores theoretical principles of group psychotherapy and synthesizes the theory and practice of group psychotherapy in advanced practice psychiatric nursing for the development of skills needed to function as a novice group therapist/ facilitator.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8662


NSG 8526 - Psychiatric Practicum II: Groups - 4 cr.
Application of theoretical principles and techniques of group psychotherapy to a practicum experience with diverse group members with a wide range of psychiatric and mental health problems. Focuses on the development of skills needed to function as a novice, advanced practice group facilitator/ therapist with clients from a variety of sociocultural contexts. 135 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8662


NSG 8530 - Clinical Workflow & Process Re - 3 cr.
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.

Corequisite Course: HIM 6530


NSG 8550 - Assessment and Management of Psychiatric Disorders in Children/Adolescents - 2 cr.
Explores the diagnostic criteria and treatment modalities for major categories of psychiatric illness related to children and adolescents. Cultivates and develops the content areas and competencies necessary for entry level advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing including interviewing psychiatric patients and their families, DSM-5 diagnosis, comprehensive psychiatric assessment, and holistic management of patients and their families.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8520, NSG 8521


NSG 8551 - Psychiatric Practicum III: Child/Adolescent - 4 cr.
Focuses on the development of skills necessary for holistic management of common psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Emphasizes psychiatric evaluation using DSM 5 criteria and comprehensive care based on pathophysiologic, psychotherapeutic, spiritual, and developmental data. Includes psychoeducation as well as psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic approaches. Traditional and non-traditional community practice sites are used. 135 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8550


NSG 8590 - PMHNP Transition to Practice - 1 cr.
Further develops the role of the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) as a holistic, direct provider of primary mental health care to psychiatric clients and their families across the lifespan. Focuses on content and processes necessary for the transition to independent practice including the requisite competencies, licensing and certification as an advanced practice provider, prescriptive authority, and adherence to mental health statutes and the profession’s code of ethics and standards of care.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8220, NSG 8525, NSG 8550


NSG 8591 - Psychiatric Practicum IV: Practice Transition - 5 cr.
Implements the role of psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner as a direct provider of primary mental health care to psychiatric clients and their families across the lifespan. Role components include integration of medical, nursing, and psychiatric interventions into a holistic plan of care; implementation of intervention strategies for at risk populations; and utilization of outcomes research in the delivery of primary mental health care including comprehensive psychiatric assessment, DSM-5 diagnosis, case formulation, medication management, laboratory monitoring, individual and/or group psychotherapy, and overall case management. 180 clinical hours.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8221, NSG 8526, NSG 8551


NSG 8605 - Theorizing Nursing Practice - 4 cr.
A critical investigation of concepts, middle range theories, and family theories used in health promotion and disease prevention by advanced practice nurses to achieve improved health outcomes with clients and families.


NSG 8610 - Theories of Human Development Across the Lifespan - 2 cr.
Explores theories of human development across the life cycle from psychoanalytic, relational, interpersonal, sociocultural, cognitive, biological, and evolutionary perspectives. Emphasis is placed on the application of these theories to health promotion in advanced nursing practice in a multicultural society.


NSG 8614 - Health Care Policy - 2 cr.
Investigates the role of the nurse in influencing health policy. Explores application of change and systems theories to the process of health policy development.


NSG 8660 - Leadership in Health Care Part II: Organizational Innovations - 4 cr.
Integrates organizational and management theories within the context of change management processes and applies them to the delivery of nursing services in a variety of settings and systems. Analyzes the role of the advanced practice nurse at various levels of management and emphasizes the requisite core abilities of the DNP-prepared APRN. Investigates factors that affect dynamic changes in the health care system including delivery of nursing care.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8000

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NSG 8662 - Adv Prac Psych-Mental Hlth NSG - 2 cr.
Introduction to theories, concepts and models, ethics relevant to the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner's role in the care of persons with mental illnesses and persons/populations at risk for mental illness. Emphasis is placed on neurobiological theories of mental illness as well as developmental and psychodynamic theories. Online course with on-campus seminars. Pre- or co-requisite: NSG 8605, 8610, 8675.

Prerequisite Courses: NSG 8605, NSG 8610


NSG 8671 - Rural Health - 2 cr.
Focuses on rural health and rural health issues related to health care and health care delivery. The role of the Advanced Practice Nurse in the delivery of health care to rural populations is explored. Issues and trends in rural health and rural health care delivery are investigated.


NSG 8675 - Epidemiology & Biostatistics - 4 cr.
Introduces key concepts to identify research methods and study designs within epidemiology. The student will explore various forms of biostatistical analysis in research.


NSG 8677 - Advanced Pharmacology - 4 cr.
Focuses on the clinical application of advanced pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics across the lifespan for common disease conditions encountered in primary care settings. Uses a body systems approach and includes principles of altered pharmacodynamics related to age, race, and ethnicity. Explores principles of pharmacotherapeutics used by advanced practice nurses, including pharmacodynamics, client assessment, and decision-making processes for appropriate drug use, monitoring, and client education. Includes cost/benefit analysis of pharmacological intervention.


NSG 8678 - Psychopharmacology - 3 cr.
Focuses on the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of psychotropic drugs used across the lifespan. The art of prescribing is investigated through emphasis on practical issues such as starting, stopping, and cross-tapering medications; monitoring medications and their potential adverse effects; and providing the psychoeducation necessary for successful pharmacological management. Builds a foundation for safe, successful, collaborative, prescriptive practice for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners. Requires 45 hours of observational experience with a prescriber of psychiatric medications.

Prerequisite Course: NSG 8677


NSG 8680 - Transition to Advanced Practice Nursing Seminar - 1 cr.
Facilitates the transition of graduate nursing students to advanced clinical practice. Emphasizes the concrete goals and tasks of the transition to practice as well as the transformation of identity from student to independent professional. Identifies the nature and scope of professionalism in the discipline. Provides an opportunity for networking with student colleagues statewide.


NSG 8685 - Primary Care Procedure - 1 cr.
Elective skill development course with online and face-to-face didactic and lab for graduate nursing student. Addresses knowledge and skills necessary to perform primary care procedures including suturing, splinting, incision, and drainage (I&D).


NSG 8777 - Topics - 2-4 cr.
Topics in Nursing.


NSG 8999 - Independent Study - 1-5 cr.
With faculty guidance, the development of objectives and implementation of a protocol for independent work related to the practice of advanced nursing. Prerequisite: Consent of faculty.