Course Descriptions

Nursing


MSN 6500
Leadership Roles in Advanced Nursing Practice
3 credits

As an introduction to graduate studies, this course seeks to re-orient the student to learning in an academic setting, communicating in the area of information literacy and knowledge building. Shared experiences and exercises will broaden students’ understanding of leadership as it applies to various advanced practice roles. A variety of theoretical frameworks, including role theory, are analyzed as a basis for engaging in personal and professional development. Students are encouraged to broaden perspectives and worldview through interaction with, and appreciation of others.


MSN 6501
Advancement of Nursing Science
3 credits

This course provides the opportunity for graduate nursing students to study the connections between philosophy, concepts, theories, research, and advanced nursing practice. Examination of major philosophies illustrates the influences on nursing and health care. The development of concepts related to health care is examined with beginning experience in concept analysis. Models and theories that direct and guide practice are applied. The importance of research and its link to nursing science is addressed.


MSN 6603
Advanced Physiology/Pathophysiology
3 credits

This course focuses on advanced concepts of normal physiology of major body systems and highlights relationships among systems. Knowledge of normal physiology provides the student with a basis for interpreting health deviations. Variations from normal and pathophysiologic processes are presented.


MSN 6606
Research in Nursing Practice
3 credits

This course explores the interconnectedness of nursing theory, nursing research, and nursing practice. Concepts related to the philosophy of science and generation of knowledge are examined. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches to the research process are encouraged. Clinical projects designed to demonstrate the interrelationship of theory, research, and practice, and which relate to the area of health promotion, are addressed. An action plan is developed to serve as the application phase of the research process. Research utilization and dissemination in advanced practice are discussed. Ways to incorporate clinically-based research are investigated

Prerequisite(s): MAT 308 or equivalent undergrad statistics course


MSN 6607
Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Nursing
3 credits

This course emphasizes the application of data analysis to the every day decision-making expected of nurses practicing at advanced levels. Students are introduced to data analysis using commercial statistics software programs (administrative, educational, practice, etc) will be provided. The use of data to apply for, administer, and evaluate grants will also be addressed

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6606


MSN 6641
Philosophical Perspectives of Nursing Leadership
3 credits

This course acquaints students with selected philosophies which have influenced health care, nursing, and clinical ethics. Understanding and debating the philosophical bases of health care support the development of one’s personal philosophy of nursing leadership. Students explore their values, analyzing how personal and professional values shape professional practice, decision-making, and system development. Students consider the philosophical bases and utility of contemporary aspects of nursing practice, including holistic care, transcultural influences, and complementary therapies.


MSN 6645
Bioethics in Nursing Practice
3 credits

This course will introduce the student to bioethical concepts that impact upon nursing practice. Students will focus on ethical concepts as they apply to LNC and nursing practice. Conceptual, factual, and normative issues will be explored to provide the framework within which many arguments of biomedical ethics are formulated.


MSN 7000
Independent Study in Nursing
3 credits

Students may earn one to three credits through individualized projects with faculty guidance. Projects supplement selected aspects of the program, including research, clinical practice, or theory.


MSN 7310
Legal Issues in Nursing Practice
3 credits

This course provides an overview of the legal process and an introduction to the legal issues nurses face in their clinical practice. Case examples and case analysis methods discussed in class will provide nurses with information on risk management and patient advocacy strategies that positively impact health care delivery.

Prerequisite(s): enrollment in the LNC program


MSN 7320
Practices in the Realm of Nursing and the Law
3 credits

This course will introduce the student to the field of Legal Nurse Consulting as a specialty practice within nursing. Exploration of the roles nurses play in the legal field, introduction of legal concepts applicable to nursing practice, and analysis of medical-legal scenarios will provide the student with exposure to a variety of career options within the practice of Legal Nurse Consulting.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 7310


MSN 7330
Entrepreneurship for Nurses
3 credits

This course will familiarize students with the development of a business plan. Students will learn marketing concepts with relevance to marketing LNC services to attorneys, insurers, and facilities. Skills related to office management and billing will also be addressed. Issues related to professional presentation of self will be highlighted.


MSN 7340
Practicum: Post Master’s Legal Nurse Consultant
3 credits

This course serves as a practicum for the post-master’s legal nurse consultant student. The student will complete a minimum of 40 hours with a preceptor in the legal field in order to expand his/her expertise. Students work with an individual faculty member who will provide guidance.


MSN 7350
Forensic Nursing: Clinical and Legal Implications
3 credits

In this course, the student will examine the specialty of forensic nursing as it is implemented in health care delivery systems in the US and internationally. Theory and concepts related to forensic nursing practice will be explored, as well as the application of the nursing process as it relates to forensic nursing clients. The relationship among forensic nursing, the justice system, and community-based referral systems will be explored from the perspective of delivering comprehensive patient and victim-centered care utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach. Specific social issues will be addressed, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, elder abuse, child abuse, and other human rights violations impacting the practice of forensic nursing, our communities at large and the utilization of health care resources.


MSN 7701
Child Development and Assessment
3 credits

This course focuses on advanced comprehensive physical, psychosocial, developmental, and cultural assessment of the child within the context of his/her family and community. Determination of the health status of children from infancy to adolescence through evaluation of a variety of data collection techniques is stressed. Analysis and interpretation of growth and development patterns are discussed as they relate to primary care. Practice sessions enable the student to refine history and physical assessment skills.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603, MSN 7702


MSN 7702
Advanced Adult Health Assessment
3 credits

This course focuses on developing advanced health assessment skills appropriate for delivery of primary care to the adult client. The course will provide the student with necessary skills to advance beyond basic history and physical examination to using initial diagnostic reasoning skills. Assessment skills will be refined for the determination of the health status of young, middle, and older adults in the clinical laboratory setting. Students will broaden their ability to recognize abnormal findings within the context of the physical examination. Core concepts will be included regarding promotion of health and wellness in the primary care setting. Emphasis will also be placed on the physical, developmental, psychosocial, and cultural dimension of clients in primary care. Practice sessions enable the student to refine history and physical assessment skills.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603


MSN 7703
Advanced Pharmacology
3 credits

This course focuses on the study of pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics. Classifications of pharmaceuticals are examined in relation to indication for use and evidence of efficacy. Side effects, idiosyncratic effects, interactions, and allergic reactions are described. Specific problems related to nutritional, developmental, and health status are explored. Client teaching and counseling are addressed with attention to elements promoting a positive response to therapy. Legalities and regulations related to prescription-writing privileges are addressed.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603


MSN 7704
Primary Care I: Acute and Chronic Care of Children
3 credits

This course focuses on providing primary care to infants, children, and adolescents using a lifespan approach. Health promotion and disease prevention are stressed. Assessment, diagnosis, and management of acute episodic illnesses and stable chronic health conditions are emphasized. Concepts of epidemiology are explored and applied. Aspects of differential diagnosis are addressed. The student applies health promotion, disease prevention, and illness management strategies to clients. Theory-based models are addressed as they pertain to the primary care of children.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603, MSN 7701, MSN 7703


MSN 7705
Primary Care II: Acute and Chronic Care of Adults
3 credits

This course focuses on providing primary care to young, middle aged, and older adults using a lifespan approach. Health promotion and disease prevention are stressed. Assessment, diagnosis, and management of acute episodic illnesses and stable chronic health conditions are emphasized. Aspects of differential diagnosis are addressed. Concepts of epidemiology are explored and applied. The importance of a theoretical model for primary care delivery is stressed. The student applies health promotion, disease prevention, and illness management strategies to clients.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603, MSN 7702, MSN 7703


MSN 7707
Primary Care III: Gender Health Issues
3 credits

This course focuses on providing primary care with special emphasis on gender-related health issues. An epidemiological frame-work will be applied to the study of health problems. Assessment, diagnosis, and management of acute episodic illnesses and chronic health conditions are addressed.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603, MSN 7702, MSN 7703


MSN 7708
Primary Care IV: Acute and Chronic Care of Geriatrics
3 credits

This course focuses on providing care to the older and elderly adult using a life span approach. Health promotion and disease prevention is stressed. Assessment, diagnosis, and management of acute episodic illnesses and stable chronic health conditions are emphasized. Aspects of differential diagnosis are addressed. Concepts of epidemiology are explored and applied. The importance of a theoretical model for primary care delivery is stressed. The student applies health promotion, disease prevention, and illness management strategies for geriatric clients.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603, MSN 7702 MSN 7703, MSN 7709


MSN 7709
Advanced Geriatric Assessment and Health Promotion
3 credits

This course focuses on developing advanced health assessment skills appropriate for delivery of primary care to the older adult (65+) client. It provides students with the necessary skills to advance beyond basic history and physical examination to using initial diagnostic reasoning skills. Assessment skills are refined for the determination of the health status of the geriatric client in the clinical laboratory setting. Core concepts are included regarding promotion of health and wellness for the geriatric client in the primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on the physical, developmental, psychosocial, and cultural dimensions of geriatric clients in primary care.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603, MSN 7702


MSN 7741
Politics and Policy in the Healthcare System
3 credits

This course is designed to develop the student’s capacity to shape systems level health policy in politically astute ways. Concepts and issues related to health policymaking and political processes are explored for their impact on specific spheres of advanced nursing practice in contemporary health care systems. Legislative/regulatory and health care delivery/financing issues are examined in relation to the nurse leader’s role in health policy development and the impact these issues have on the health care system.


MSN 7750
Teaching and Learning in Nursing
3 credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to various domains of learning which are applied to the classroom and clinical environments, including specific student populations and nursing in-service settings. Approaches to the teaching/learning process that are explored include learning theories, assessment of specific population cohort needs, the designing of teaching plans, and evaluation of the outcomes of learning.


MSN 7752
Clinical Teaching and Evaluation
3 credits

This course is designed for the nurse whose role includes teaching in the clinical setting. The learners may be nursing students or nursing staff members. The intention of the course is to expose students to the skills and attitudes necessary for effective teaching and subsequent evaluation in the realm of the clinical setting. Concepts such as formative and summative evaluations are addressed as they relate to clinical teaching. Students participate in a 32-hour practicum with an approved mentor. Current clinical teaching research is evaluated for application in the clinical setting.


MSN 7753
Curriculum Development
3 credits

Students in this course undertake an in-depth study of curriculum development as it relates to teaching in nursing programs or continuing education workshops. Students construct a curriculum, including its philosophical underpinnings, broad goals, learning objectives, teaching methods, and evaluation techniques.


MSN 8103
Certificate Family Practicum I
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides continuous guidance in all of the areas. Students are expected to complete 166 clinical hours in the semester.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of Program Chair


MSN 8104
Certificate Adult/Gerontology Practicum I
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides continuous guidance in all of the areas. Students are expected to complete 167 clinical hours in the semester.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of Program Chair


MSN 8110
Family Practicum I
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides continuous guidance in all of the areas. Students are expected to complete 120 clinical hours in the semester.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603, 7701, 7702


MSN 8111
Adult/Gerontology Practicum I
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides continuous guidance in all of the areas. Students are expected to complete 120 clinical hours during the semester.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603, 7709, 7702


MSN 8203
Certificate Family Practicum II
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides occasional guidance, but the student can function autonomously. Students are expected to complete 166 clinical hours in the semester.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of Program Chair


MSN 8204
Certificate Adult/Gerontology Practicum II
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides occasional guidance, but the student can function autonomously. Students are expected to complete 167 clinical hours in the semester to equal 334 hours.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of Program Chair


MSN 8213
Family Practicum II
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides occasional guidance in some but not all of the areas. Students are expected to complete 120 clinical hours in the semester, or a cumulative amount of 240 hours.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 8110, MSN 6603, 7701, 7702, 7703


MSN 8214
Adult/Gerontology Practicum II
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides occasional guidance in some but not all of the areas. Students are expected to complete 120 clinical hours in the semester, or a cumulative amount of 240 hours.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603, 7702, 7703, 7709, 8111


MSN 8223
Family Practicum III
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides occasional guidance but the student can function autonomously in the areas. Students are expected to complete 120 clinical hours in the semester, or a cumulative amount of 360 hours.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603, 7701, 7702, 7703, 8110, 8213


MSN 8224
Adult/Gerontology Practicum III
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides occasional guidance but the student can function autonomously in the areas. Students are expected to complete 120 clinical hours in the semester, or a cumulative amount of 360 hours.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603, 7702, 7703, 7709, 8111, 8214


MSN 8303
Certificate Family Practicum III
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides collaborative input but the student is able to independently generate a full assessment, differential, and treatment plan. Students are expected to complete 166 clinical hours in the semester or the final cumulative amount of 500 hours.

Prerequisite(s): Course needs approval of Program Chair


MSN 8304
Certificate Adult/Gerontology Practicum III
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides collaborative input but the student is able to independently generate a full assessment, differential, and treatment plan. Students are expected to complete 166 clinical hours in the semester or the final cumulative amount of 500 hours.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of Program Chair


MSN 8330
Family Practicum IV
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides collaborative input but the student is able to generate a full assessment, differential, and treatment plan. Students are expected to complete 120 clinical hours in the semester, or a cumulative amount of 480 hours.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603, 7701, 7702, 7703, 8110, 8213, 8223


MSN 8331
Adult/Gerontology Practicum IV
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides collaborative input but the student is able to generate a full assessment, differential, and treatment plan. Students are expected to complete 120 clinical hours in the semester, or a cumulative amount of 480 hours.

Prerequisite(s): MSN 6603, 7702, 7703, 7709, 8111, 8214, 8224


MSN 8343
Family Practicum V
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides collaborative input when necessary but the student is able to generate a full assessment, differential, and treatment plan. Students are expected to complete 120 clinical hours in the semester towards the final cumulative amount of 600 hours to graduate.


MSN 8344
Adult/Gerontology Practicum V
3 credits

The clinical emphasis affords the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in all other courses into the practice role. Collaboration with other providers, with individual patients, and with families is stressed. The student will be expected to demonstrate the clinical course objectives with a clinical faculty who provides collaborative input when necessary but the student is able to generate a full assessment, differential, and treatment plan. Students are expected to complete 120 clinical hours in the semester towards the final cumulative amount of 600 hours to graduate


MSN 8400
Capstone
3 credits

These courses form the culminating experience for students pursuing the Education and Executive Practice tracks in the Nursing Leadership concentration. The student may complete a thesis, project, or practicum. The thesis involves a quantitative or qualitative study with a focus in clinical practice, education, or administration. A project may be undertaken to identify and solve a problem. The practicum is an intensive mentored experience in either nursing education or executive practice. Students are assigned an individual faculty member who will provide guidance throughout the process.


MSN 8500
Capstone
3 credits

These courses form the culminating experience for students pursuing the Education and Executive Practice tracks in the Nursing Leadership concentration. The student may complete a thesis, project, or practicum. The thesis involves a quantitative or qualitative study with a focus in clinical practice, education, or administration. A project may be undertaken to identify and solve a problem. The practicum is an intensive mentored experience in either nursing education or executive practice. Students are assigned an individual faculty member who will provide guidance throughout the process.


MSN 8501
Independent Studies
1 credits

Students register for this course when they have finished taking MSN 8400 and MSN 8500, yet are not finished with the capstone. One course is taken each block until the capstone is complete. This course requires approval from a graduate nursing advisor.


MSN 8502
Independent Studies
1 credits

Students register for these courses when they have finished taking MSN 8400 and MSN 8500, yet are not finished with the capstone. One course is taken each block until the capstone is complete. This course requires approval from a graduate nursing advisor.


MSN 8503
Independent Studies
1 credits

Students register for these courses when they have finished taking MSN 8400 and MSN 8500, yet are not finished with the capstone. One course is taken each block until the capstone is complete. This course requires approval from a graduate nursing advisor.


MSN 8600
Capstone
3 credits

These courses form the culminating experience for students pursuing the Legal Nurse Consultant emphasis in the Nursing Leadership concentration. Students must complete a practicum, which is structured exactly like the MSN 8400-8500 practicum; there is no choice option for these two courses. Students are assigned an individual faculty member who will provide guidance throughout the process.


MSN 8700
Capstone
3 credits

These courses form the culminating experience for students pursuing the Legal Nurse Consultant emphasis in the Nursing Leadership concentration. Students must complete a practicum, which is structured exactly like the MSN 8400-8500 practicum; there is no choice option for these two courses. Students are assigned an individual faculty member who will provide guidance throughout the process.


MSN 8701
Independent Studies
1 credits

Students register for these courses when they have finished taking MSN 8400 and MSN 8500, yet are not finished with the capstone. One course is taken each block until the capstone is complete. This course requires approval from a graduate nursing advisor.


MSN 8702
Independent Studies
1 credits

Students register for these courses when they have finished taking MSN 8400 and MSN 8500, yet are not finished with the capstone. One course is taken each block until the capstone is complete. This course requires approval from a graduate nursing advisor.


MSN 8703
Independent Studies
1 credits