Family Nurse Practitioner Course Descriptions

This Master of Science Degree prepares the graduate nurse for Advanced Practice certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Graduates will be eligible to sit for the certification exams of the ANCC or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  Graduates will be prepared to deliver primary care in a variety of settings to individuals of all ages and cultures.

NUR 5109:  Theoretical Concepts for Advanced Practice Nursing
Prerequisite(s): Basic statistics course and Graduate level standing
Focuses on the development of theoretical nursing knowledge relevant to advanced practice nursing. The emphasis of the course is on the development of techniques used to develop, analyze, and evaluate nursing models and theories and the applicability of these to advanced practice nursing.
Credit Hours:  One (1) semester hour

NUR 5153: Advanced Family Practice I
Co-requisite(s): NUR 5355 or consent of faculty.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5350, 5351, 5452 and current physical assessment skills.
Beginning diagnosis and treatment of common acute and chronic illnesses seen by the family nurse practitioner for selected body systems. Practicum course.
Credit Hours:  One (1) semester hour

NUR 5211:  Servant Leadership and Advanced Practice Nursing
Prerequisite(s): Graduate level standing
Application of the essential principles of servant leadership and clinical ethics in leadership situations with individuals, families, organizations, and communities of interest.
Credit Hours:  Two (2) semester hours

NUR 5212:  Advanced Practice Nursing Roles
Prerequisite(s): Graduate level standing
Analysis and synthesis of the multidimensional role and responsibilities of advanced practice nursing.
Credit Hours:  Two (2) semester hours

NUR 5250:  Advanced Practice Nursing Domestic Low Resource Clinical Residency
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5356 and 5359. Approval by faculty and program coordinator required.
A residency requiring independent clinical management of acute and chronic illnesses across the lifespan. Concepts of research will be applied in the clinical setting. More than 80% of the clinical hours for this course will be completed in a medically underserved location. Synthesis of practice management skills in low resource settings, time management, cross cultural learning concepts, and experience providing care in low resource settings will be emphasized. Evidence based practice will be applied in the clinical setting. Elective option.
Credit Hours:  Two (2) semester hours

NUR 5251:  Family Nurse Practitioner International Clinical
Co-requisite(s): NUR 5450.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5356 and 5359.
An International Clinical Course that will require cross-cultural independent clinical management of acute and chronic illnesses across the lifespan and focus on health-related issues relevant to a targeted international population, with the majority of the clinical hours to be completed in an international location. Elective option.
Credit Hours:  Two (2) semester hours

NUR 5252:  Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Clinical Residency
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5356 and 5359. Approval by faculty and program coordinator required.
A residency requiring independent clinical management of acute and chronic illnesses across the lifespan as related to specialty practice. Synthesis of specific patient population or disease management and the practice management skills pertaining to economics, reimbursement for services, and time management will be emphasized as well as implementation of transcultural nursing concepts. Concepts of research will be applied in the clinical setting. More than 80% of the clinical hours for this course will be completed in a specialty practice. Synthesis of practice management skills in a low resource setting, time management, cross cultural learning concepts, and experience providing care in specialty practice settings will be emphasized. Evidence based practice will be applied in the clinical setting. Elective option.
Credit Hours:  Two (2) semester hours

NUR 5313   Health Care Systems, Policy, and Management
Prerequisite(s): Graduate level standing.
Analysis of the structure, function, and management of the American health care delivery system within the context of a Judeo-Christian worldview. 
Credit Hours:  Three (3) semester hours

NUR 5314:  Scientific Inquiry I
Prerequisite(s): MSN students must have a basic statistics course. DNP students must have a graduate level statistics course.
Scientific Inquiry I focuses on the development of scientific knowledge relevant to advance practice nursing. The emphasis of the course is on research methodology and the critical appraisal of evidence derived from quantitative and qualitative inquiry. Skills necessary for evidence-based practice are developed.
Credit Hours:  Three (3) semester hours

NUR 5350:  Advanced Human Pathophysiology
Pathologic deviations from normal physiology are discussed. Methods for identification and diagnosis are presented.
Credit Hours:  Three (3) semester hours

NUR 5351:  Advanced Pharmacology
Use of advanced pharmachotherapeutics, herbals and dietary supplements for primary health care across the lifespan. Drugs used to treat and manage common illnesses and conditions are the focus of the course. Content includes indication, selection, adverse effects, and client education related to use of prescribed medication. Clinical decision-making and review of laws governing prescriptive authority are also emphasized.
Credit Hours:  Three (3) semester hours

NUR 5355:  Family Health Care Management I
Co-requisite: NUR 5153.
Prerequisite:  NUR 5350, 5351, 5352 and current physical assessment skills.
Beginning diagnosis of common acute and chronic illnesses seen by the family nurse practitioner. An interdependent systematic approach to the treatment options across the lifespan will be studied for selected body systems.
Credit Hours:  Three (3) semester hours

NUR 5356:  Family Health Care Management II
Co-requisite: NUR 5359.
Prerequisite: NUR 5153 and 5355.
Continuing diagnosis of common acute and chronic illnesses seen by the family nurse practitioner. A systematic approach to the treatment options across the lifespan will be studied for all body systems. Consideration of pain management, palliative care, and long term care will be included.
Credit Hours:  Three (3) semester hours

NUR 5359: Advanced Family Practice II
Co-requisite(s): NUR 5356 and consent of faculty.
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5153 and 5355.
Continuing diagnosis and treatment of common acute and chronic illnesses seen by the family nurse practitioner. A systematic approach to the treatment options across the lifespan will be studied for all body systems. Students are given the opportunity to progress toward increasing independence in clinical practice. Practicum course.
Credit Hours: Three (3) semester hours

NUR 5450:  Family Nurse Practitioner Residency
Prerequisite: NUR 5356 and 5359.
A residency requiring independent clinical management of acute and chronic illnesses across the lifespan. Synthesis of practice management skills pertaining to economics, reimbursement for services, and time management will be emphasized as well as implementation of transcultural nursing concepts. Concepts of research will be applied in the clinical setting.
Credit Hours:  Four (4) semester hours

NUR 5452:  Advanced Health Assessment/Promotion/Disease Prevention
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5350 or concurrent enrollment.
Expansion of prerequisite knowledge of health and physical assessment. Comprehensive physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural assessments across the lifespan are studied. Health promotion and disease prevention during life transitions are incorporated into the assessment process. Advanced health assessment and disease prevention concepts and techniques are practiced. Beginning technical skills used in clinical diagnostic procedures are included.
Credit Hours:  Four (4) semester hours

NUR 5V49:  Health Care and Missions
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Exploration of provision of health care to the medically underserved or vulnerable populations locally, nationally and internationally. Enhance skills to plan, initiate and maintain an effective cross cultural mission clinic or outreach to meet the needs of vulnerable populations.
Credit Hours: Two (2) semester hours

Total:   39  Hours