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  • Curriculum: Executive Leader or Informatics Track


    Core

    MN 501: ADVANCED NURSING ROLES (5 Credits)

    This course explores skills and strategies essential to successful advanced nursing role implementation. Analysis of existing and emerging roles provides a foundation for selection of an individual advanced role specialization and an individual career development plan. Emphasis will be on the articulation of issues specific to the advanced nurse role in practice, administration, education, and informatics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 502: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING (5 Credits)

    This course explores the evolution of nursing, social science, education, and behavioral science theories and their contribution to the care of individuals, families, and the community. The utility of conceptual models are examined for application to executive, education, and practice leadership.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 504: SCIENTIFIC AND ANALYTIC APPROACHES TO ADVANCED EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE (5 Credits)

    This course presents an evidence-based approach to promote high-value, safe, and effective health care. The focus is on the assessment of levels of evidence to evaluate emerging health issues, develop competencies in analysis, translate evidence into practice, and explore evidence-based practice innovations. Qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry and associated statistical analyses are identified. Strategies to create an environment for the integration of evidence-based practice to support executive, education, and practice leadership are identified.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 505: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND HEALTH PROMOTION (5 Credits)

    This course incorporates theoretical and empirical concepts related to health beliefs, health promotion, and risk reduction of diverse populations. Principles from the Healthy People initiative, epidemiology, biostatistics, and cultural competence guide comparisons of groups and inference development. Strategies and benefits of health promotion interventions are emphasized.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 506: HEALTH POLICY, ETHICAL, AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVES OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (5 Credits)

    This course provides an opportunity to analyze major ethical theories and those principles underlying direct and indirect care of individuals, families, and communities. Selected concepts, principles, and cases involving legal aspects of care within a framework of critical decision making for advanced nursing roles will be examined. The development and influence of health policy issues on the health care of individuals, families, and populations will be analyzed.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    MN 507: PROMOTING OPTIMAL MODELS AND SYSTEMS FOR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY (5 Credits)

    The course will focus on the dynamic, complex, and integrated health care system and organizational imperatives to deliver high-value, safe and effective health care based on industry standards, key outcome indicators, and cost-quality imperatives. The organization and delivery of health care is explored, including business aspects of health care systems and pertinent financial issues in the relationship between policy and health care system reform. Strategies to develop leadership roles in professional nursing organizations, legislative bodies, and community/consumer organizations will be identified. Various health care delivery systems and reimbursement models will be presented.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Electives

    SPECIALIZATION COURSES (30 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Executive Leader Specialization

    MN 512: LEADERSHIP, ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY, AND BEHAVIOR (5 Credits)

    This course exposes students to organizational theory and behavior and competencies essential for successful leadership and management roles in a global health care delivery system. There is emphasis on self-analysis and strategies for best practice to effectively implement key leadership and management concepts in dynamic health care environments.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing

    Total Executive Leader Specialization Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 513: HEALTH CARE FINANCE, STRATEGIC PLANNING, AND BUDGETING (5 Credits)

    This course examines macro- and microeconomics in profit and nonprofit health care organizations for nonfinancial managers. An analysis of decision making and strategic planning focuses the nursing leader toward plans that effectively promote success in dynamic health care environments. Conceptual and descriptive approaches are utilized to provide an overview of current practices and notable advances in strategic management. A budget is created within a case study model, allowing analysis of potential and actual budget variations.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing

    Total Executive Leader Specialization Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 514: HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (5 Credits)

    This course presents a managerial overview of various aspects of personnel management in a fiscally responsible environment. Activities are designed to familiarize students with recruiting, training, and retaining the best employees; ensuring high performance; and conforming practices to various regulations. Exercises designed to develop ability in personnel policy development and implementation are offered.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing

    Total Executive Leader Specialization Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 515: INNOVATION IN HEALTH CARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY—ADMINISTRATIVE AND ADVANCED PRACTICE PRIORITIES (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on the strategic application of information technology in health care organizations by administrative and advanced practice nursing leaders. Students will explain the role of executive-level practitioner management in planning and operationalizing technologies to enhance health care technology data efficiency; evaluate the challenges of virtualization management models and the requirements for innovative and effective alternatives in health care reform; and critique the legal and ethical oversight responsibilities of the executive nurse when engaging and managing a comprehensive, systematic electronic medical record project.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing

    Total Executive Leader Specialization Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 520: EXECUTIVE LEADER PRACTICUM (5 Credits)

    This practicum (90 hours), which will take place between this course and MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal, provides the student with a mentored learning experience in the content area and site selected by the student and approved by the Practicum Coordinator.

    Prerequisites Required:

    Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing, and completion of all specialization courses

    Total Executive Leader Specialization Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 600: EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE PROJECT (5 Credits)

    Students who have successfully completed the core and specialization courses have a theoretical base in nursing, evidence-based decision making, health policy, finance, and organization of the health care delivery system. Students also have a theoretical base in advanced practice issues, ethics, health promotion and disease prevention, and biostatistics. In this capstone course, students demonstrate their depth of knowledge by working with a mentor to identify a problem in the student’s concentration area amenable to an evidence-based solution showing mastery of the program outcomes. Students integrate diverse content areas and submit an evidence-based practice project proposal that addresses the identified problem.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing, and completion of all specialization courses; students may not concurrently register for MN 519, MN 520, MN 534, or MN 599

    Total Executive Leader Specialization Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Informatics Specialization

    MN 530: CRITICAL CONCEPTS AND COMPETENCIES FOR THE INFORMATICS NURSE SPECIALIST (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the field of health care informatics and information and communication technology. The theories, models, frameworks, and competencies that shape informatics are explored. The course provides content on informatics terminology and the system life cycle. Specific focus is placed on Internet technologies, hardware and software applications, and networked environments.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing

    Total Informatics Specialization Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 531: INNOVATIONS IN EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH TECHNOLOGIES (5 Credits)

    This course will explore the technology that prepares the nurse informatics specialist to develop innovative teaching strategies based on sound pedagogical principles. Students are introduced to conferencing tools, mind mapping, virtual worlds, interactive games, and simulations. The use of voice, videos, animation, and graphics are covered. The student will explore databases and guidelines used to support evidence-based research and other research tools.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 530 and completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing

    Total Informatics Specialization Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 532: INTEGRATION OF INFORMATICS INTO THE HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT (5 Credits)

    This course further develops the nurse informatics specialist's knowledge and skills necessary to integrate technology, communication devices, and information systems into the health care setting. The student will explore the nurse's role related to the application of information system solutions.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 530, MN 531, and completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing

    Total Informatics Specialization Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 533: HEALTH SYSTEMS PROJECT MANAGEMENT (5 Credits)

    This course explores the role of a nurse leader in strategic information technology system planning and administration with an analysis of the role of project management. Legal and ethical policies and procedures that ensure privacy and confidentiality will be evaluated. Regulatory and accreditation issues will be analyzed. The course will prepare the student to be a leader in planning, implementation, and evaluation of information systems in health care. The emphasis will be on analysis of project management.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 530, MN 531, MN 532, and completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing

    Total Informatics Specialization Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 534: NURSE INFORMATICS SPECIALIST PRACTICUM (5 Credits)

    This practicum (200 hours), which will take place between this course and the evidence-based proposal course, allows students the opportunity to apply concepts of nursing informatics in a health care setting selected by the student and approved by course faculty. Students will work closely with a mentor and contract to work on agency-designated projects. Students begin an evidence-based project proposal that is to be completed in MN 600: Evidence-Based Practice Project.

    Prerequisites Required:

    MN 530, MN 531, MN 532, MN 533, and completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing

    Total Informatics Specialization Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 600: EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE PROJECT (5 Credits)

    Students who have successfully completed the core and specialization courses have a theoretical base in nursing, evidence-based decision making, health policy, finance, and organization of the health care delivery system. Students also have a theoretical base in advanced practice issues, ethics, health promotion and disease prevention, and biostatistics. In this capstone course, students demonstrate their depth of knowledge by working with a mentor to identify a problem in the student’s concentration area amenable to an evidence-based solution showing mastery of the program outcomes. Students integrate diverse content areas and submit an evidence-based practice project proposal that addresses the identified problem.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing, and completion of all specialization courses; students may not concurrently register for MN 519, MN 520, MN 534, or MN 599

    Total Informatics Specialization Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 60

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Core

    MN 501: ADVANCED NURSING ROLES (5 Credits)

    This course explores skills and strategies essential to successful advanced nursing role implementation. Analysis of existing and emerging roles provides a foundation for selection of an individual advanced role specialization and an individual career development plan. Emphasis will be on the articulation of issues specific to the advanced nurse role in practice, administration, education, and informatics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MN 502: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING (5 Credits)

    This course explores the evolution of nursing, social science, education, and behavioral science theories and their contribution to the care of individuals, families, and the community. The utility of conceptual models are examined for application to executive, education, and practice leadership.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MN 504: SCIENTIFIC AND ANALYTIC APPROACHES TO ADVANCED EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE (5 Credits)

    This course presents an evidence-based approach to promote high-value, safe, and effective health care. The focus is on the assessment of levels of evidence to evaluate emerging health issues, develop competencies in analysis, translate evidence into practice, and explore evidence-based practice innovations. Qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry and associated statistical analyses are identified. Strategies to create an environment for the integration of evidence-based practice to support executive, education, and practice leadership are identified.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MN 505: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND HEALTH PROMOTION (5 Credits)

    This course incorporates theoretical and empirical concepts related to health beliefs, health promotion, and risk reduction of diverse populations. Principles from the Healthy People initiative, epidemiology, biostatistics, and cultural competence guide comparisons of groups and inference development. Strategies and benefits of health promotion interventions are emphasized.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MN 506: HEALTH POLICY, ETHICAL, AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVES OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (5 Credits)

    This course provides an opportunity to analyze major ethical theories and those principles underlying direct and indirect care of individuals, families, and communities. Selected concepts, principles, and cases involving legal aspects of care within a framework of critical decision making for advanced nursing roles will be examined. The development and influence of health policy issues on the health care of individuals, families, and populations will be analyzed.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MN 507: PROMOTING OPTIMAL MODELS AND SYSTEMS FOR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY (5 Credits)

    The course will focus on the dynamic, complex, and integrated health care system and organizational imperatives to deliver high-value, safe and effective health care based on industry standards, key outcome indicators, and cost-quality imperatives. The organization and delivery of health care is explored, including business aspects of health care systems and pertinent financial issues in the relationship between policy and health care system reform. Strategies to develop leadership roles in professional nursing organizations, legislative bodies, and community/consumer organizations will be identified. Various health care delivery systems and reimbursement models will be presented.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Electives

    SPECIALIZATION COURSES (60 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization

    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 Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 567: NP I CLINICAL—PRIMARY CARE FOCUS (5 Credits)

    This clinical course focuses 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. The clinical experience enables you to develop clinical reasoning and intradisciplinary cooperation skills required as an advanced practice nurse for individuals and families.

    Prerequisites Required:

    MN 566

    Total Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 567; can be taken as a corequisite.

    Total Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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

    Total Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 569 or MN 573; can be taken as corequisite

    Total Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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

    Total Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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; can be taken as corequisite

    Total Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Core

    MN 501: ADVANCED NURSING ROLES (5 Credits)

    This course explores skills and strategies essential to successful advanced nursing role implementation. Analysis of existing and emerging roles provides a foundation for selection of an individual advanced role specialization and an individual career development plan. Emphasis will be on the articulation of issues specific to the advanced nurse role in practice, administration, education, and informatics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MN 502: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING (5 Credits)

    This course explores the evolution of nursing, social science, education, and behavioral science theories and their contribution to the care of individuals, families, and the community. The utility of conceptual models are examined for application to executive, education, and practice leadership.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MN 504: SCIENTIFIC AND ANALYTIC APPROACHES TO ADVANCED EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE (5 Credits)

    This course presents an evidence-based approach to promote high-value, safe, and effective health care. The focus is on the assessment of levels of evidence to evaluate emerging health issues, develop competencies in analysis, translate evidence into practice, and explore evidence-based practice innovations. Qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry and associated statistical analyses are identified. Strategies to create an environment for the integration of evidence-based practice to support executive, education, and practice leadership are identified.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MN 505: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND HEALTH PROMOTION (5 Credits)

    This course incorporates theoretical and empirical concepts related to health beliefs, health promotion, and risk reduction of diverse populations. Principles from the Healthy People initiative, epidemiology, biostatistics, and cultural competence guide comparisons of groups and inference development. Strategies and benefits of health promotion interventions are emphasized.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MN 506: HEALTH POLICY, ETHICAL, AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVES OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (5 Credits)

    This course provides an opportunity to analyze major ethical theories and those principles underlying direct and indirect care of individuals, families, and communities. Selected concepts, principles, and cases involving legal aspects of care within a framework of critical decision making for advanced nursing roles will be examined. The development and influence of health policy issues on the health care of individuals, families, and populations will be analyzed.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    MN 507: PROMOTING OPTIMAL MODELS AND SYSTEMS FOR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY (5 Credits)

    The course will focus on the dynamic, complex, and integrated health care system and organizational imperatives to deliver high-value, safe and effective health care based on industry standards, key outcome indicators, and cost-quality imperatives. The organization and delivery of health care is explored, including business aspects of health care systems and pertinent financial issues in the relationship between policy and health care system reform. Strategies to develop leadership roles in professional nursing organizations, legislative bodies, and community/consumer organizations will be identified. Various health care delivery systems and reimbursement models will be presented.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Electives

    SPECIALIZATION COURSES (60 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization

    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 Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 567: NP I CLINICAL—PRIMARY CARE FOCUS (5 Credits)

    This clinical course focuses 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. The clinical experience enables you to develop clinical reasoning and intradisciplinary cooperation skills required as an advanced practice nurse for individuals and families.

    Prerequisites Required:

    MN 566

    Total Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 568: FNP I—PRIMARY CARE ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN (5 Credits)

    This second course in a series of three examines the range of illnesses and conditions experienced by clients across the lifespan and gender in primary care settings. Illustration of a consistent approach to the evaluation and management of these illnesses and conditions are emphasized. You will expand your diagnostic and clinical reasoning and differential diagnoses abilities through continued application of new and previously acquired knowledge and skills in caring for clients who present acute, episodic, and chronic illness and conditions. You will formulate evidence-based management plans that address client health beliefs, developmental and family lifecycle stages, health promotion, screening, and health maintenance behaviors. Collaborative relationships with the client, family, and intradisciplinary health care team are emphasized. Oral and written skills using advanced technology are emphasized.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 567

    Total Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 569: FNP I CLINICAL—LIFE SPAN HEALTH FOCUS (5 Credits)

    This introductory course will provide students with the foundation of critical thought process in differential diagnosis. Common acute and chronic illness across the lifespan will be discussed. Common risk assessment, screening, and lifestyle modification will be presented. Introduction to paper and computerized documentation in the primary care setting will begin. Students will begin to develop collaborative skills involving the client, family, and the intradisciplinary health care team.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 568

    Total Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 569 or MN 573; can be taken as corequisite

    Total Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 580: FNP II—PRIMARY CARE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS HEALTH (5 Credits)

    The course will focus on the primary health care of individuals from birth to age 21 years. Assessment, diagnosis, and management of common acute and chronic health care issues will be explored. Health maintenance, screening, and anticipatory guidance with a focus on involving and educating parents, as appropriate, will be included. Assessment skills learning will include physical, psychosocial, mental health, and genetic/familial issues.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 577; can be taken as corequisite

    Total Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 581: FNP II CLINICAL—CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH FOCUS (5 Credits)

    This clinical course will allow the student nurse practitioner opportunity to assess, diagnose, and manage acute and chronic health care issues in the pediatric and adolescent population in a primary care setting. Health maintenance, screening, and anticipatory guidance activities will take place in collaboration with the preceptor. Collaboration, communication, and referral with other health care and social service organizations will be conducted as part of a team approach to management.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 580

    Total Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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; can be taken as corequisite

    Total Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization Credits: 60
    Total Program Credits: 90

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    Core

    MN 501: ADVANCED NURSING ROLES (5 Credits)

    This course explores skills and strategies essential to successful advanced nursing role implementation. Analysis of existing and emerging roles provides a foundation for selection of an individual advanced role specialization and an individual career development plan. Emphasis will be on the articulation of issues specific to the advanced nurse role in practice, administration, education, and informatics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 75

    MN 502: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING (5 Credits)

    This course explores the evolution of nursing, social science, education, and behavioral science theories and their contribution to the care of individuals, families, and the community. The utility of conceptual models are examined for application to executive, education, and practice leadership.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 75

    MN 504: SCIENTIFIC AND ANALYTIC APPROACHES TO ADVANCED EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE (5 Credits)

    This course presents an evidence-based approach to promote high-value, safe, and effective health care. The focus is on the assessment of levels of evidence to evaluate emerging health issues, develop competencies in analysis, translate evidence into practice, and explore evidence-based practice innovations. Qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry and associated statistical analyses are identified. Strategies to create an environment for the integration of evidence-based practice to support executive, education, and practice leadership are identified.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 75

    MN 505: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND HEALTH PROMOTION (5 Credits)

    This course incorporates theoretical and empirical concepts related to health beliefs, health promotion, and risk reduction of diverse populations. Principles from the Healthy People initiative, epidemiology, biostatistics, and cultural competence guide comparisons of groups and inference development. Strategies and benefits of health promotion interventions are emphasized.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 75

    MN 506: HEALTH POLICY, ETHICAL, AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVES OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (5 Credits)

    This course provides an opportunity to analyze major ethical theories and those principles underlying direct and indirect care of individuals, families, and communities. Selected concepts, principles, and cases involving legal aspects of care within a framework of critical decision making for advanced nursing roles will be examined. The development and influence of health policy issues on the health care of individuals, families, and populations will be analyzed.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 75

    MN 507: PROMOTING OPTIMAL MODELS AND SYSTEMS FOR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY (5 Credits)

    The course will focus on the dynamic, complex, and integrated health care system and organizational imperatives to deliver high-value, safe and effective health care based on industry standards, key outcome indicators, and cost-quality imperatives. The organization and delivery of health care is explored, including business aspects of health care systems and pertinent financial issues in the relationship between policy and health care system reform. Strategies to develop leadership roles in professional nursing organizations, legislative bodies, and community/consumer organizations will be identified. Various health care delivery systems and reimbursement models will be presented.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 30
    Total Program Credits: 75

    Electives

    SPECIALIZATION COURSES (45 Credits)

    Total Electives Credits: 45
    Total Program Credits: 75

    Nurse Educator Specialization

    MN 508: TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES (5 Credits)

    This course examines theories and teaching/learning strategies relating to the development of effective educational experiences. Factors affecting the learning environment are explored in relation to staff development, patient education, and nursing education. Strategies for developing the educator role are included.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 551, MN 552, and MN 553; completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing

    Total Nurse Educator Specialization Credits: 45
    Total Program Credits: 75

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 509: CURRICULUM DESIGN (5 Credits)

    This course emphasizes the foundations of curriculum design and the application of these foundations to the development of courses, groups of courses, and programs. Integration of nursing philosophy, conceptual framework, objectives for programs, and competencies/standards is also included. This course provides content and learning experiences that enable students to understand all phases of the curriculum development process.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 551, MN 552, and MN 553; completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing

    Total Nurse Educator Specialization Credits: 45
    Total Program Credits: 75

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 510: FACILITATING NURSING EDUCATION IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT (5 Credits)

    This course investigates and defines the role of the nurse educator as a leader, mentor, and change agent. The topics examined include professionalism, past and current issues, trends, and the use of technology in clinical and nursing education. You will also explore the role of the nurse educator within diverse communities and institutions.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 551, MN 552, and MN 553; completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing

    Total Nurse Educator Specialization Credits: 45
    Total Program Credits: 75

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 511: ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION (5 Credits)

    This course explores the principles and practices involving evaluation methods integral to nursing education. Concepts related to assessment, measurement, and evaluation in nursing are developed and analyzed. The process of analysis and modification of educational programs is emphasized to promote compliance with relevant standards, criteria for evaluation, and accountability.

    Prerequisites Required: MN 551, MN 552, and MN 553; completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing

    Total Nurse Educator Specialization Credits: 45
    Total Program Credits: 75

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 519: NURSE EDUCATOR PRACTICUM (5 Credits)

    This practicum (90 hours), which will take place between this course and MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal, provides the student with a mentored learning experience in the content area and site selected by the student and approved by the Practicum Coordinator.

    Prerequisites Required:

    Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing, and completion of all specialization courses

    Total Nurse Educator Specialization Credits: 45
    Total Program Credits: 75

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Nurse Educator Specialization Credits: 45
    Total Program Credits: 75

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Nurse Educator Specialization Credits: 45
    Total Program Credits: 75

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    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 Nurse Educator Specialization Credits: 45
    Total Program Credits: 75

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    MN 600: EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE PROJECT (5 Credits)

    Students who have successfully completed the core and specialization courses have a theoretical base in nursing, evidence-based decision making, health policy, finance, and organization of the health care delivery system. Students also have a theoretical base in advanced practice issues, ethics, health promotion and disease prevention, and biostatistics. In this capstone course, students demonstrate their depth of knowledge by working with a mentor to identify a problem in the student’s concentration area amenable to an evidence-based solution showing mastery of the program outcomes. Students integrate diverse content areas and submit an evidence-based practice project proposal that addresses the identified problem.

    Prerequisites Required: Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing, and completion of all specialization courses; students may not concurrently register for MN 519, MN 520, MN 534, or MN 599

    Total Nurse Educator Specialization Credits: 45
    Total Program Credits: 75

    Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

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    ** At this time, the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner specialization is available only in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Please note: International Students are not eligible to enroll for this specialization.

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    ‡‡ Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified in order to obtain licensure as a nurse practitioner. Students are responsible for determining whether they will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as a nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state’s Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

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