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    Nov 11, 2015

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    Certificate Requirements

    MN 551: ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN (5 Credits)

    This course integrates knowledge of advanced physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan and the clinical implications for the advanced practice nurse. Function and dysfunction of organ systems are analyzed from the cellular level through the integrated organ level. Students will examine the pathophysiological factors that influence the incidence and manifestations of acute, episodic, and chronic diseases in populations across the lifespan. Disease processes and symptom management approaches are investigated utilizing an evidence-based approach. Influences of gender, genetic, ethnic, cultural, and temporal variables of human disease are analyzed.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all MSN core courses

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 552: ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC REASONING (5 Credits)

    This course addresses the theoretical principles and practical application of advanced physical assessment and history-taking throughout the lifespan. Relationships between assessment findings and underlying physiology and pathophysiology to the healthy and unhealthy client are investigated. Emphasis is on developing critical diagnostic thinking through interpretation of subjective and objective data, identification of normal and abnormal conditions, and the systematic reporting of summative findings. Clinical judgment and clinical reasoning skills are used in establishing differential diagnoses. Students will learn to address variables such as age, culture, ethnicity, and developmental stages into their differential diagnosis and evaluation and management plans.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 551 and MN 553

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 553: ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS (5 Credits)

    This course integrates advanced knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and genomics across the lifespan and prepares the advanced practice nurse to prescribe pharmacotherapeutics safely and effectively. You will examine ethical, legal, regulatory, and cost-effective prescribing practices of the advanced practice nurse. Communication plans for the interdisciplinary team, clients, and/or families for both prescriptive and nonprescriptive drug therapies will be explored.

    Prerequisites Required: Prerequisite: MN 551; can be taken as a corequisite.

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 566: NP I—INTRODUCTION TO PRIMARY CARE FOR THE NURSE PRACTITIONER (5 Credits)

    This first course in a series of three examines the range of acute and chronic conditions experienced by clients in the primary care setting which are within the scope of practice of the primary care nurse practitioner. Students will develop a consistent approach to screening, assessment, utilization of diagnostic procedures, diagnosis, symptom management, disease treatment, and health promotion activities. Content builds upon previous diagnostic knowledge and clinical reasoning skills in the development of differential diagnosis and appropriate diagnostic workups. Age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based plans of care are created. Communication skills and cooperative relationships with patients, families, and an intradisciplinary health care team approach are emphasized. The course explores health promotion and health maintenance approaches and strategies that incorporate individual health beliefs and practices.

    Prerequisites Required:

    Prerequisite: MN 552; can be taken as a corequisite.

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 572: AGNP I—PRIMARY CARE OF THE ADOLESCENT AND ADULT (5 Credits)

    This course will focus on the primary care of clients from age 12 to late adulthood. The focus will be on gaining competence in understanding acute and chronic illnesses and their management. Health promotion, screening, and risk management is presented as integral to the primary care focus. Interdisciplinary team building for the care of the client is introduced.

    Prerequisites Required: Prerequisite: MN 566

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 573: AGNP I CLINICAL—ADOLESCENT AND ADULT FOCUS (5 Credits)

    This clinical course introduces beginning skills in assessing, diagnosing, and treating common acute and chronic health conditions in the client aged 12 years through adulthood. The focus will be on pharmcologic and nonpharmcologic interventions as well as health promotion, screening, and lifestyle modification techniques.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 572; course may also be taken as a corequisite

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 576: NP I—PRIMARY CARE OF WOMEN’S HEALTH (5 Credits)

    This course will focus on primary health care specific to female clients. Focus will be on reproductive health maintenance, pregnancy prevention and management, care of the menopausal woman, and the assessment, diagnosis, and management of conditions specific to the female. Contemporary trends and issues that impact women's health status will be discussed.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 566; course may also be taken as a corequisite

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 577: NP II CLINICAL—WOMEN’S HEALTH FOCUS (5 Credits)

    This clinical course will focus on the unique needs of women across the lifespan. The unique care of women will be approached with attention to the psychosocial, ethnic, and cultural influences that affect physical and mental health. A collaborative approach to care will be employed.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 576

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 584: AGNP II—PRIMARY CARE OF THE FRAIL ELDERLY (5 Credits)

    This course addresses the physical and psychosocial health and function of the frail elderly adult. Biologic, psychosocial, and social theories of aging will be explored. Strategies to promote health, minimize disability, and maximize quality of life within the context of independent living, assisted living environments, and skilled care facilities will be introduced. Alternatives to institutionalized care will be explored. Assessment and management of acute and chronic health conditions specific to the frail elderly will be discussed. Palliative care for terminal conditions will be addressed. Financial issues specific to the frail elderly will be analyzed.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 577; can be taken as corequisite

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 585: AGNP II CLINICAL—FRAIL ELDERLY FOCUS (5 Credits)

    This clinical course will provide opportunity for students to assess, diagnose, and manage treatment of acute and chronic disease in the frail elderly. Adaptive interventions to meet the complex needs of the frail elderly arising from normal changes in the developmental stages of aging, multiple system dysfunction, psychosocial, and financial issues will be utilized. Optimizing a collaborative relationship with the client, caregiver, and other members of the health care team will be discussed.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 584; course may also be taken as a corequisite

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 605: TRANSITION TO PRACTICE (5 Credits)

    This course completes the summative process for students to design and develop their individual role as an advanced practice nurse in primary care. Various careers available to the advanced practice registered nurse will be explored. Professional advocacy activities will be demonstrated. The student will differentiate between supervised, collaborative, and independent practice models. Malpractice and scope of practice issues specific to the primary care nurse practitioner role will be analyzed. Entrepreneurial opportunities for primary care nurse practitioners will be explored.

    Prerequisites Required: Final term and MN 581 or MN 585

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 610: NP III CLINICAL—PRIMARY CARE FOCUS (5 Credits)

    This clinical course focuses on the clinical application of assessment, differential diagnosis, symptom management, and disease treatment in the primary care setting. You are expected to assess and manage common acute episodic and chronic health illnesses across gender and age span in consultation with your clinical preceptor. Initiation of health promotion and health maintenance activities with individuals and groups is stressed. This final clinical experience enables you to synthesize skills and knowledge gained across the curriculum.

    Prerequisites Required: Final term and MN 581 or MN 585

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 60

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