Course Descriptions

NUR 5109: Theoretical Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice
Prerequisite(s): Basic statistics course and Graduate level standing.
Focuses on the development of theoretical nursing knowledge relevant to advanced nursing practice. 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 nursing practice.
Credit Hour(s): One (1) Semester Hour

NUR 5147: Nurse-Midwifery IV: High Risk Family Practicum
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5346 or concurrent enrollment.
A clinical course that focuses on application of the Nurse-Midwifery process to the care of mothers and newborns with complications. The goal of this course is to further develop the role and responsibilities of the health care provider in caring for women and families who have a high-risk situation or condition. This knowledge is continuously acquired and builds upon previous and concurrent courses. This course is specifically built upon the acquisition of information from the course NUR 5345: Nurse-Midwifery III: Childbearing Family.
Credit Hour(s): One (1) Semester Hour

NUR 5158: Nurse-Midwifery I: Primary Care for Advanced Practice Nurses Practicum
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5350, 5351, and 5452 and NUR 5255 or concurrent enrollment.
Clinical experiences guided by preceptors. Ongoing faculty evaluation of written assignments and periodic on-site evaluation of clinical skills and management by the primary course faculty.
Credit Hour(s): 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 Hour(s): 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 Hour(s): Two (2) Semester Hours

NUR 5217: Budgeting and Healthcare Finance for Nursing Leadership
Analysis and application of current general accounting principles and financial management processes in budget development and control in selected nursing settings.
Credit Hour(s): Two (2) Semester Hours

NUR 5241: Professional Issues for Nurse-Midwives
The role of the nurse-midwife in contemporary society is explored. The historic, political, and economic bases of nurse-midwifery practice are examined. Students will become familiar with documents of the American College of Nurse Midwives, as well as regulations and legislation which guide, interpret, and provide a legal and ethical base for future nurse-midwifery practice.
Credit Hour(s): Two (2) Semester Hours

NUR 5255: Nurse Midwifery I: Primary Care for Advanced Practice Nurses
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5350, 5351 and 5452.
This course uses a modified self-mastery learning approach which includes on-campus classes and web-enhanced learning. Each unit of learning contains theoretical objectives that are covered in the depth needed to meet the scope of practice of the different advanced practice nursing specialty areas. Examples of learning activities include readings, lectures, seminars, guest speakers, case studies, demonstrations and return demonstrations, and multi-media aids.
Credit Hour(s): 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 United States health care delivery system within the context of an advanced practice nurse purview.
Credit Hour(s): Three (3) Semester Hours

NUR 5314: Scientific Inquiry I
Prerequisite(s): MSN students must have a basic statistics course. DNP students must have a gradu¬ate level statistics course.
Scientific Inquiry I focuses on the development of scientific knowledge relevant to advanced nursing practice. 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 Hour(s): Three (3) Semester Hours

NUR 5344: Nurse-Midwifery III: Care of the Childbearing Family
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5V43.
This course focuses on application of the Nurse-Midwifery process for the care of healthy women during childbirth and the newborn.
Credit Hour(s): Three (3) Semester Hours

NUR 5345: Nurse-Midwifery III: Care of the Childbearing Family Practicum
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5344 or concurrent enrollment.
This course provides students with clinical experiences to demonstrate synthesis, integration, and translation of the knowledge and skills necessary to promote health, maintain wellness, and manage common health problems in women experiencing childbirth and in the care of the essentially normal newborn. Use of information technology in the clinical practice setting is expected. The nurse-midwifery management model of care is used in the provision of care to clients.
Credit Hour(s): Three (3) Semester Hours

NUR 5346: Nurse-Midwifery IV: High Risk Family
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5345.
This course focuses on application of the Nurse-Midwifery process to the care of mothers and newborns with complications. The goal of this course is to further develop the roles and responsibilities of the health care provider in caring for women and families who have high-risk situations or conditions.
Credit Hour(s): Three (3) Semester Hours

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

NUR 5351: Advanced Pharmacology
Use of advanced pharmacotherapeutics, herbals and dietary supplements for primary health care across the life span. 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 Hour(s):Three (3) Semester Hours

NUR 5370: Practice Residency for Midwifery
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all specialty clinical practicum courses.
Students will have the opportunity to practice in the full scope of the nurse-midwifery role. Student experiences will lead to increasing expertise in providing safe, effective, efficient and ethical care.
Credit Hour(s): Three (3) 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 life span 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 Hour(s): Four (4) Credit Hours

NUR 5V42: Nurse-Midwifery II: Women's Health
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5255.
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote health, maintain wellness, and manage common health problems in women seeking contraception, pregnant women, and women seeking care for the management of common gynecologic problems and conditions across the lifespan.
Credit Hour(s): Variable hours- typically One (1) - Four (4) Semester Hours.

NUR 5V43: Nurse-Midwifery II: Women's Health Practicum
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5V42 or concurrent enrollment.
This course provides students with clinical experiences to demonstrate synthesis, integration, and translation of the knowledge and skills necessary to promote health, maintain wellness, and manage pregnancy, contraception, and common gynecologic problems. Use of information technology in the clinical practice setting is expected. The nurse-practitioner and nurse-midwifery management models of care are used in the provision of assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and evaluation for clients.
Credit Hour(s): Variable hours- typically One (1) – Three (3) Semester Hours.

NUR 5V49: Health Care and Missions
Prerequisite(s): Consent 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 Hour(s): Two (2) Semester Hours.

NUR 61C1: Capstone Project I
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5314.
This Seminar, the first of 3 Capstone courses, provides the student the opportunity to develop a plan of study for the project and form a capstone project committee.
Credit Hour(s): One (1) Semester Hour.

NUR 61C2: Capstone Project II
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5314 and 61C1.
The capstone project is an in-depth and integrative experience that results in a practice-related project that demonstrates scholarly rigor. This Seminar, the second of three Capstone courses, provides the student the opportunity to write the project proposal and submit it for approval.
Credit Hour(s): One (1) Semester Hour.

NUR 6272: Applied Ethics to Advanced Practice Nursing
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5211.
This course focuses on ethical dilemmas arising in clinical settings and/or health care systems. The course will introduce students to philosophical analysis and arguments in a practical context.
Credit Hour(s): Two (2) Semester Hours.

NUR 6370: Clinical Genetics
This course provides an in-depth background in classic Mendelian genetics and population/ individual genetics as they bear on the course of life, from the intrauterine period to death. Application of genetics to clinical practice scenarios is the focus of this course.
Credit Hour(s): Three (3) Semester Hours.

NUR 6373: Clinical Epidemiology
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5414.
An integration of basics of epidemiology (e.g. incidence, distribution and determinants of disease) and public health in order to promote knowledge and skills in care for vulnerable populations as individuals and aggregate. Basics of study of populations, biostatistics and environmental data will be included. This course builds upon NUR 5314 Scientific Inquiry I.
Credit Hour(s): Three (3) Semester Hours.

NUR 6375: Scientific Inquiry II
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5314 or a passing grade in a masters-degree level research methods course.
This course builds upon knowledge gained in Scientific Inquiry I (NUR 5314) or a masters-degree level research methods course. Students in Scientific Inquiry II will gain advanced skills in interpreting the evidence generated through the research process, gain understanding of the components of evidence-based practice, learn how to translate research into practice, and gain skills in the use of informatics.
Credit Hour(s): Three (3) Semester Hours.

NUR 6377: Policy
Prerequisite(s): NUR 5313 or equivalent.
This course provides the student with information to facilitate the identification and analysis of emerging priority areas for health from state, national and international perspectives. The role of advocate for population groups from a position of leadership is emphasized.
Credit Hour(s): Three (3) Semester Hours

NUR 6V76: Advanced Practice Nursing Residency
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all specialty clinical courses.
This course provides the student with in-depth clinical opportunities by focusing on personally designed experiences that lead to increasing expertise in providing safe, effective, and efficient care in a focused population.
Credit Hour(s): Variable Hours – typically One (1) – Six (6) Semester Hours.

NUR 6VC3: Capstone Project III
Prerequisite(s): NUR 6375 and 61C2.
The capstone project is an in-depth and integrative experience that results in a practice-related project that demonstrates scholarly rigor. This Seminar, the third of three Capstone courses, provides the student the opportunity to implement the Capstone project. Project implementation, presentation of project results and dissemination are expected outcomes of the Capstone Project, Seminar III.
Credit Hour(s): Variable Hours – typically One (1) – Six (6) Semester Hours.