Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Course Descriptions

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 5163: Advanced Assessment and Diagnostics of the Newborn/Infant Practicum
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5364
Clinical experience in assessing the health care needs of healthy and at-risk newborns/infants and their families. Practicum focuses on assessment and evaluation of care to families with at-risk factors during all phases of the childbearing process (antenatal, intrapartum, post-partum, and neonatal periods) with an emphasis on obtaining and interpreting comprehensive assessment and diagnostic data on the high-risk fetus and newborn/infant (history taking, physical examinations, and diagnostic interpretation on a variety of newborns and infants).
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 5262: Advanced Assessment and Diagnostics of the Newborn/Infant
Co-requisite(s): NUR 5163 Prerequisite(s): NUR 5360
The course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to perform comprehensive assessments and interpretation of diagnostic data on newborns/infants and their families. Systematic data collection, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical problem solving for a variety of newborns and infants will be emphasized. Content will focus on perinatal assessment, fetal assessment, gestational age assessment, neurobehavioral and developmental assessments, physical exam of newborns and infants, and the use of diagnostics such as laboratory studies, radiographs, and instrumentation/monitoring devices. .
Credit Hours:  Two (2) semester hours

NUR 5266: Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practicum I
Co-requisite(s): NUR 5365
Practicum focuses on developing clinical competency in the advanced practice role and in the pathophysiology, stabilization, management, and evaluation of the stable and high-risk newborn/infant. By using the processes of expert practice, consultation, collaboration, administration, and research utilization, the student will provide advanced nursing management of a caseload of hospitalized newborn/infants and their families. The experience is accomplished under the guidance of program faculty and supervision from approved preceptors (Advanced Practice Neonatal nurses and board-certified neonatologists).
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): Basic statistics course.
Scientific Inquiry I focuses on the development of scientific knowledge relevant to advanced 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 5360: Developmental Physiology of the Fetus/Newborn
This course is designed to provide the student with a greater depth of understanding of developmental physiology of the fetus and neonate. Principles of growth and development, physiologic maturation of organ systems, birth physiology, and transition to extrauterine life through early infancy will be covered.  Adaptation to physiologic stress and alterations from normal will also be addressed.
Credit Hours:  Three (3) semester hours

NUR 5361: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for the Newborn/Infant
The course provides the student with an in-depth understanding of pharmacotherapeutics of newborns and infants. Content focuses on the alterations seen in the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics when applied to newborn/infant physiology, special considerations of drug therapy in the newborn/infant, and advanced nursing management of selected newborn/infant therapeutics. Issues associated with drug therapy in the neonatal intensive care unit and evaluation of experimental therapies are also included. The course also provides essential information needed to obtain prescriptive authority for advanced practice neonatal nurses.
Credit Hours: Three (3) semester hours

NUR 5363: Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practicum II
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5266 Practicum focuses on continuing to develop clinical competency and delivery room management in the advanced practice role while incorporating pathophysiology, stabilization, management, and evaluation of high-risk newborns/infants with mixed acuity and chronic health problems. By using the processes of expert practice, consultation, collaboration, administration, and research utilization, the student will provide advanced nursing management of a caseload of high-risk newborns/infants and their families. The experience is accomplished under the guidance of program faculty and the supervision of approved preceptors (Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses and board-certified neonatologists).
Credit Hours: Three (3) semester hours

NUR 5365: Advanced Neonatal Nursing Management I: High-Risk & Critically Ill Newborns/Infants
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5163 and 5262 Theoretical and practical knowledge needed for advanced practice neonatal nurses (APNN) to manage the health care needs of culturally diverse newborns/infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Content focuses on stabilization, management and evaluation of high-risk and critically ill newborns/infants and their families. Responsibilities of the APNN in perinatal-neonatal health care policy and delivery systems management are also emphasized.
Credit Hours: Three (3) semester hours

NUR 5367: Advanced Neonatal Nursing Management II: Acute & Chronic Problems of Newborns/Infants
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5365 Theoretical and practical knowledge needed for advanced practice neonatal nurses (APNN) to manage the health care needs of culturally diverse newborns/infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) and the post-discharge NICU graduate through the first two (2) years of life. Content focuses on stabilization, management and evaluation of acute and chronic illness during infancy. Responsibilities of the APNN in perinatal-neonatal health care policy and delivery systems management are also emphasized.
Credit Hours: Three (3) semester hours

NUR 5369: Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practicum III
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5363 Practicum focuses on continuing to develop clinical competency, delivery room management, and team management in the advanced practice role and in the pathophysiology, stabilization, management and evaluation of high-risk newborns/infants with acute and chronic health problems.  By using the process of expert practice, consultation, collaboration, administration, and research utilization, the student will provide advanced nursing management of a caseload of high-risk newborn/infants and their families.  The experience is accomplished under the guidance of program faculty and the supervision of approved preceptors.  (Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses and board-certified Neonatologists.)
Credit Hours: Three (3) semester hours