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5501. Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing of Families and Individuals  (3 s.h.)

Advanced Practice Nursing Students in this course will gain an understanding of families and current family theories (e.g., Systems Theory, Developmental, Communication, Stress theories, etc.) in detail.  They will examine the interaction of family structure, function, traits, processes and health for diverse families using a life cycle approach. Case studies will focus on individuals, families, and communities dealing with health protection, health promotion, disease prevention, acute and chronic illnesses. Students will plan assessments and empirically-based interventions for diverse, traditionally underserved families. Students will have the opportunity to present their application of a specific family theory to a selected clinical situation 

5553. Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice   (3 s.h.)

A systems approach is used to analyze selected acute and chronic pathophysiologic states across the life span in order to provide the scientific rationale for advanced nursing practice.  Concepts regarding health and illness, normal control and compensatory systems, and subsystem-specific deviations are presented and analyzed.  Emphasis is placed on those major acute and chronic disorders that are most prevalent, in terms of morbidity and mortality, in the U.S. population.

5554. Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice: Concept, Philosophy, and Theory   (3 s.h.)

This course focuses on the analysis and evaluation of theoretical and conceptual formulations of nursing and the advanced practice role. The application of these concepts in practice, education, and research is examined. The course also explores the use of theories and theoretical constructs from related disciplines in nursing and health care.

5555. Health Policy for Diverse Communities  (3 s.h.)

This course examines health policy issues and diverse populations in the context of health care trends, organizations and modes of health care delivery.  The current health status of diverse populations provides a background to examine legal, ethical, social, economic and political issues facing diverse populations in the USA. Emphasis is placed on nursing’s role in the health care system and on the effects of external forces on nursing practice.  An interdisciplinary approach will provide students with an understanding of interacting professional and client systems and the necessity for collaboration in planning strategies for leadership and ongoing change.

5557. Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice   (3 s.h.)
Prerequisite: N553.

:  This course will cover selected topics in pharmacology and clinical therapeutics that will be encountered by the nurse practitioner. Material in this course will be supplemented by more specific, disease-management focused content in subsequent primary care courses. Lectures cover the basics of pharmacologic mechanisms, dose-response relationships, pharmacokinetics (in children, adults and the elderly) and factors that alter a drug’s bioavailability. Pharmacological agents include: autonomic, analgesics, anti-infective drugs and agents affecting the central nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory and GI systems. The implications of age on drug action will be considered. Pharmacogenomics, human drug testing, drug laws, herbal medicines, OTC drugs and nutritional agents will be discussed. Prescribing and drug safety will be addressed with special attention to prescribing in pregnancy and lactation; the course will use a lifespan approach overall. Economic and ethical issues in pharmacological management of underserved populations will be discussed.

8597 (0543). Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing II: Family Systems   (4 s.h.)

General systems theory is used as the framework for an in-depth nursing study of the family as client in the health care system. Selected family theorists will be introduced and their theories analyzed as a basis for identification of assessment parameters and intervention strategies.

8604.   Transition to Practice: Advanced Practice Nurse

Prerequisite: All specialty courses

This course is intended to facilitate the transition from student to the advanced practice nursing role.  It explores the impact of external agencies on the implementation of the advanced practice role and their effect on client systems.  Students investigate ways in which the advanced practice nurse can maximize client outcomes through participation in professional activities.  The influence of the advance practice role components on policy, practice environment, and personal development is examined 


8801.  Pedagogical Theory and Educational Philosophy in Nursing Curriculum Development

Prerequisite:   Matriculation and completed core.

This foundation nursing education course introduces the learner to pedagogical theories and educational philosophies that guide the nurse in developing the educator role.  In examining the curriculum design, how pedagogical theories and educational philosophies influence decisions are examined.  Through this course, learners begin to understand the differences between teaching and learning, and the role of teacher and nurse.  Students examine the needs of selected constituencies and how pedagogical theory and educational philosophy impact meeting those needs.


8802.  Journey from Novice to Expert: Understanding the Adult Learner

Prerequisite: 8801

This course is designed to explore creating a learner centered environment and the role of the instructor in facilitating learning. The role of the environment on learning is explored in depth with particular attention to the student-teacher relationship.  Development theories are used to explain individual differences in the learning process.


8803.  Evaluation of Learning and Instruction in Nursing Education

Prerequisite: 8801 and 8802

This course is designed to help students understand the evaluation process as it relates to all aspects of the teaching–learning process.  This includes:  the student, the instructor, the course, curriculum, and program.  Students learn to develop evaluation methods to facilitate improvement in each aspect of the teaching learning process.  Evaluation of the learner and instructor is examined for clinical and classroom environments.  Students use the curriculum plan developed in the first two courses as the basis for several of the course assignments.    


9287.  Primary Care for Children with Acute, Episodic Health Problems

Prerequisite: Core

In this course the nurse practitioner student will learn to provide primary care to the young child, adolescent and family.  The course will focus on acute, episodic disorders with which this population commonly presents in a primary care setting.  In addition to diagnosis and treatment of these disorders, the course will apply a variety of health promotion models to help children and families develop positive health behaviors.  Skills to help families adapt to the changes that occur in the family unit with growth and development of the children will be incorporated into the content.  The influence of community and social concerns on health will be addressed. 


9387.   Primary Care for Children with Chronic Health Problems

Prerequisite: Core and 9287

In this course the pediatric nurse practitioner student will learn to provide for the child and family with chronic or long term health concerns.  The focus will be on congenital or acquired conditions that manifest with one or more long-term sequelae, such functional limitations, disfigurement, medication dependency, and special dietary requirements.  Integration of the child into the school and community environment through the use of special services will be discussed.  The influence of social, economic, and developmental concerns on health will de addressed. 


9388 (0594). Health Promotion and Care Delivery (5 s.h.)

9487 (0542). Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing I: Psychotherapeutic Techniques   (5 s.h.)

This clinical course emphasizes various theories of human behavior, including psychoneuro-biological theories. The course will focus on advanced nursing skills in interviewing, assessment, and intervention with various client systems. Students will be expected to work with individual clients utilizing various theoretical nursing perspectives and psychotherapeutic techniques.


9488 Transition to the Nurse Educator Role:  Practicum

Prerequisite: 8801, 8802, 8802  

This course presents students with the opportunity to design a practical experience that is consistent with their individual career goals.  Students meet with the course coordinator at the end of the preceding semester to discuss future career goals and identify the environment most conducive to meeting those goals.  During the semester break, students are asked to identify the environment and preceptor willing to help the student meet those goals.  The environment selected should enable the student to participate in clinical and classroom facilitation in addition to any additional responsibilities associated with the role and the environment.  The course coordinator facilitates this process but it is the student’s responsibility to design the experience.  The class meets in person twice during the semester.  Weekly discussions occur on-line.      


9588 (0544). Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing III: Therapeutic Groups   (4 s.h.)

Perspectives on group strategies and interventions appropriate for the nurse working with individuals and their families. Included are theories of group process and practical approaches to working with persons of varied levels of emotional and cognitive function. The student organizes a group and conducts a series of sessions.


9887.   Primary Care of the Adolescents and Client with Reproductive Health Concerns

Prerequisite: Core Courses

In this course the nurse practitioner student focuses on the primary care needs of the adolescent client and client with health concerns related to the reproductive system in the classroom and at the clinical site.  Normal physiologic alterations associated with reproductive health are addressed with emphasis on health promotion behaviors.  Changes in reproductive health indicative of pathology are also addressed with a focus on treatment as well as health promotion.  The course also addresses psychosocial issues common to adolescents and reproductive health clients in urban, underserved areas.


9888.   Primary Care of the Older Adult with Chronic Health Problems

Prerequiste: N9987

Nurse practitioner students will learn to assess, diagnose, and manage primary health care problems common in the young/middle aged adult population.  The fundamental role of the interdisciplinary team is incorporated in the management of client systems through collaboration in developing a treatment plan.  Preventing illness in the individual, family, and community is explored using various health promotion models.  The impact of illness on the individual, family and community is also examined. Challenges in implementing preventive health recommendations and treating acute illness in underserved urban populations are discussed. Students will complete a minimum of 120 hours of precepted clinical time in an approved primary care setting.


9987.   Primary Care of the Young and Middle Adult with Acute/Episodic Health Problems

Prerequisite: Core Courses

In this course, the adult and family nurse practitioner students will learn to assess, diagnose, and manage common health care problems in older adults seeking care in diverse health settings. Health behavior models will be utilized to help client systems practice health promotion behaviors.  There is an emphasis on collaborative and interdisciplinary practice with other members of health professions to develop treatment plans. The course incorporates research and current practice guidelines in developing an evidenced-based practice framework.  The impact of culture, socioeconomic conditions, family, and community environments on health is explored.


9988.   Transition to Practice:  Advanced Practice Nurse Practicum

Prerequisite:  All specialty courses

Students will collaborate with faculty to plan career goals, personal clinical objectives and clinical site to complete practicum.  Clinical experience can be weekly or completed in blocks during a single semester for a minimum of 120 hours. Students will work with a preceptor and submit logs and clinical reports to faculty as negotiated.


Updated 10.2007