Course Descriptions

Nurse Educator

  • NRSE 6010: Theoretical Basis of Practice:
    Examines social, political, and historical factors that impact the delivery of health care and the development of the nursing discipline. Emphasizes the review and application of selected concepts, models, and selected theories relevant to the health care system and nursing.
  • NRSE 6210: Advanced Pathophysiology in Nursing Practice:
    This course focuses on analysis of concepts of physiology and pathophysiology and their relationship to nursing interventions across the human life span at the advanced practice level.
  • NRSE 6021: Assessment and Intervention for Families:
    This course focuses on analysis of theories relevant to the development and functioning of the family. The course includes identification of health care needs across the life span of family members. Emphasis will be placed on assessment, intervention, and evaluation of family-centered care through exploration of evidence-based strategies to enhance, maintain, and restore family health.
  • NRSE 6230: Advanced Pharmacology:
    This course focuses on pharmacotherapeutics across the life span with emphasis on clinical decision making by advanced practice nurses. Laws governing prescriptive authority and privileges of advanced practice nurses are addressed.
  • NRSE 6805: Analysis of Evidence-based Practice for Advanced Nursing Practice:
    The course focuses on critical appraisal of research and analysis of literature to inform evidence-based practice. The course examines the use of standardized analysis instruments and diagrams to develop a clinically relevant question. This course includes discussion on how to synthesize evidence-based literature in the development of a capstone scholarly project.
  • NRSE 6220: Advanced Health Appraisal:
    Focuses on the use of health assessment data to identify health status of clients by graduate students in the educator and administrator options. The data will be used to document assessment findings and to differentiate between normal and abnormal assessment data. Emphasizes the performance of complete health histories and physical examinations on adult and pediatric clients.
  • NRSE 6610: Curriculum Development in Nursing:
    Focuses on theory and strategies of curriculum design. Emphasizes application of principles to design of pre-licensure nursing curriculum.
  • NRSE 6630: Academic Nursing:
    Focuses on enhancing understanding of the academic faculty role with an emphasis on program evaluation responsibilities.
  • NRSE 6620: Teaching Strategies in Nursing:
    Focuses on philosophical and practical issues for delivering educational content in service, clinical, or classroom settings. Emphasizes knowledge and skills to prepare educators for nursing schools, professional continuing education programs, staff development and design of patient education materials.
  • NRSE 6928: Nursing Educator Practicum:
    Focuses on faculty and preceptor guided experiences in curriculum development, teaching, and program evaluation in an academic setting.
  • NRSE 6934: Capstone Experience for Nurse Educators:
    Capstone Course

Family Nurse Practitioner

  • NRSE 6010: Theoretical Basis of Practice:
    Examines social, political, and historical factors that impact the delivery of health care and the development of the nursing discipline. Emphasizes the review and application of selected concepts, models, and selected theories relevant to the health care system and nursing.
  • NRSE 6210: Advanced Pathophysiology in Nursing Practice:
    This course focuses on analysis of concepts of physiology and pathophysiology and their relationship to nursing interventions across the human life span at the advanced practice level.
  • NRSE 6021: Assessment and Intervention for Families:
    This course focuses on analysis of theories relevant to the development and functioning of the family. The course includes identification of health care needs across the life span of family members. Emphasis will be placed on assessment, intervention, and evaluation of family-centered care through exploration of evidence-based strategies to enhance, maintain, and restore family health.
  • NRSE 6230: Advanced Pharmacology:
    This course focuses on pharmacotherapeutics across the life span with emphasis on clinical decision making by advanced practice nurses. Laws governing prescriptive authority and privileges of advanced practice nurses are addressed.
  • NRSE 6805: Analysis of Evidence-based Practice for Advanced Nursing Practice:
    The course focuses on critical appraisal of research and analysis of literature to inform evidence-based practice. The course examines the use of standardized analysis instruments and diagrams to develop a clinically relevant question. This course includes discussion on how to synthesize evidence-based literature in the development of a capstone scholarly project.
  • NRSE 6221: Health Appraisal for Nurse Practitioners:
    Focuses on advanced physical assessment skills for nurse practitioner students that moves from the normal to the abnormal and uses a body systems approach. Comprehensive health history coupled with physical examination skills provide a foundation for the in-depth assessment of clients.
  • NRSE 6820: Advanced Maternal and Child Care:
    This course provides the nurse practitioner student with the knowledge base and clinical experiences in advanced nursing assessment, diagnosis, intervention and evaluation related to the physiological and psycho-social health, development and well-being of children, adolescents and reproductive age women.
  • NRSE 6821: Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults:
    Highlights primary and secondary intervention strategies with well-adults and their families, including prevention, screening and diagnosis of chronic illness, and management of primary care problems in adults. Initially the student is expected to include simple differential diagnosis in clinical reasoning under close preceptor guidance, and to demonstrate increasing independence, comprehensiveness, and proficiency. By the end of this semester, the student should demonstrate beginning competence with the management of minor acute illness and prevention of chronic illnesses. The student should demonstrate good understanding of how the FNP collaborates with the physician in the diagnosis and management of chronic illness in adults. 250 clinical hours are required.
  • NRSE 6822: Family Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care Practice:
    Is the final FNP clinical course. By the end of this clinical practicum the student is expected to demonstrate clinical proficiency in caring for the family and individuals of all ages, with emphasis on diagnostic reasoning, at the level of novice FNP. The student should demonstrate mastery of the advanced practice role in regard to professional behavior, ethics, and inter-professional collaboration. 250 clinical hours are required. All skills must be graded at a minimum of “competent” on the final evaluation for N6822 for the student to graduate.
  • NRSE 6933: Capstone Experience for Nurse Practitioners:
    Capstone Course

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 

  • NRSE 6411- Neurobiological and Theoretical Bases for Psychiatric Mental Health in Advanced Nursing Practice:
    This course examines the neurobiological and theoretical bases as they apply to advanced nursing practice in psychiatric mental health throughout the life span. This course builds on the fundamental knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and psychology. The material presented in this course reflects the current knowledge of neurobiology and the theoretical bases for the clinical manifestations of psychiatric mental health disorders throughout the lifespan.
  • NRSE 6412- Psychotherapeutic Treatment Modalities for Advanced Nursing Practice:
    This course presents the nonpharmacological treatment modalities for psychiatric mental health disorders throughout the lifespan. A variety of conceptual models and treatment modalities are introduced to the student. Evidence based therapy models for groups, families and individuals are emphasized.
  • NRSE 6413- Assessment & Management of Mental Health Disorders for Advanced Nursing Practice I
    This is the first of two courses encompassing advanced health assessment techniques for diagnosis and management of mental health disorders throughout the lifespan. Included is development of differential diagnosis, planning, and evaluation of care using psychotherapeutic modalities, psychopharmacology, and community resources. Addresses the influence of family dynamics as well as societal influences on mental health and recovery. The concepts of both acute and chronic treatment as they apply to disorders of mood, neurodevelopment, sleep, anxiety, and other select disorders are discussed.
  • NRSE 6414- Assessment and Management of Mental Health Disorders for Advanced Nursing Practice II
    This is the second of two courses encompassing advanced assessment techniques for the diagnosis and management of psychiatric mental health disorders throughout the lifespan. Included is the development of differential diagnoses, planning, and evaluation of care using psychotherapeutic modalities, psychopharmacology, and community resources. Addresses the influences of family dynamics as well as societal influences on mental health and recovery. The concepts of both acute and chronic treatments for personality disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia, medical issues with mental health, and other select disorders as they apply to advanced practice nursing are discussed.
  • NRSE 6823- PHM Practicum for APN I (100 clinical hours)
    This is the first of three practicum courses for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner student. The focus is on the application of the various psychotherapeutic modalities employed by advanced nursing practice throughout the lifespan. Covers cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, group, and individual therapy methods. Includes experience in relationship building with patients, and working with other professionals.
  • NRSE 6825- PHM Practicum for APN II (200 clinical hours)
    This is the second of three practicum courses for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. The focus is on the assessment, diagnosis and evidence based therapeutic interventions for mental health disorders throughout the lifespan. This course includes planning, implementing, and evaluating interventions with individuals, groups, and families throughout the lifespan. Students gain experience in the application of psychotherapeutic modalities and psychopharmacological treatments in both inpatient and community settings.
  • NRSE 6825- PHM Practicum for APN III (200 clinical hours)
    This is the third of three practicum courses for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner student. The focus continues to be on the assessment, diagnosis and evidence based therapeutic interventions for psychiatric mental health disorders throughout the lifespan. The student continues to plan, implement, evaluate, and revise interventions with individuals, groups, and families throughout the lifespan with emphasis on clinical competencies for the entry level psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
  • NRSE 6933-Capstone Experience for Nurse Practitioners
    Course emphasizes student self-evaluation of meeting specific program outcomes and professional competencies through portfolio development. Students also complete a comprehensive final program that includes concepts from all program courses pertaining to population foci based on national certification body competencies. Students complete an integrated care simulation exam with standardized patient.