Course Descriptions

All DNP courses listed below are on-line.

NUR 712. DNP Leadership and Role Development
Pre-requisite: Admission to the program
This course introduces the learner to the essential elements of the Doctor of Nursing Practice and to issues related to personal development as a nursing leader and clinical scholar.  Learners will explore strategies for managing complex issues related to health care systems and delivery based on nursing, organizational, political, and economic sciences.  Learners will examine social justice, equity, and ethical policies to determine current and future needs of diverse and vulnerable populations.  On-line. (2-0-2)

NUR 713. Clinical Epidemiology and Genomics

Prerequisite: Admission to the program
This course focuses on improving individual and population health outcomes through the use of epidemiologic and genomic principles in health promotion and disease management.  Measures of disease frequency (prevalence, incidence) and association (odds and risk ratios), causality and confounding, and epidemiological designs are examined and applied in the areas of clinical prevention and population health.  Gene expression and patterns of inheritance are explored.  Ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic knowledge are appraised as they affect individuals, families a, and communities.  On-line. (3-0-3)

NUR 714. Clinical Problem Identification
Prerequisites: NUR 720, NUR 712, NUR 721
Co-requisite: NUR 720
This initial practicum provides an immersion experience in a selected area for advanced practice.  The learner will have the opportunity to demonstrate advanced nursing leadership, scholarship, and practice in a selected specialty area.  The learner will asses the needs of a particular population or setting and synthesize related evidence.  This practicum experience will culminate in the identification of the focus to be addressed by the DNP Scholarly Project.  On-line. (2-4-3)

NUR 715. DNP Proposal Development
Prerequisite:  NUR 714
Co-requisite: NUR 726
The purpose of this course is to facilitate the development of the scholarly project proposal.  Content will include proposal requirements, university and college project requirements, as well as project design, planning, and evaluation.  The learner will provide evidence of a need for the proposed project in resolving a current advanced nursing practice issue, concern, or problem.  The course culminates in the proposal for the DNP Scholarly Project.  An emphasis is placed on scholarship development.  Learners are provided with the knowledge of the stages of grant writing and skills necessary to develop a grant proposal. On-line. (2-0-2)

NUR 716. DNP Scholarly Project I
Prerequisite: Approved proposal and successful completion of the first competency exam.
Co-requisite: NUR 726
This course is designed to provide opportunity for the learner to work independently with the DNP Scholarly Project chair and advisory committee.  The course is individualized based on the learner's progress toward completion of the approved scholarly project. On-line. (2-0-2)

NUR 717. DNP Scholarly Project II
Prerequisite:  NUR 716Co-requisite: NUR 726
This course is designed to provide continued opportunity for the learner to progress toward completion of the DNP Scholarly Project manuscript and final competency.  The course will be individualized based on the learner's progress. On-line. (3-0-3)

NUR 719. Directed Studies
Prerequisite: Admission to the program
Enrollment in directed studies is arranged directly with a faculty member and includes coursework that is not in the curriculum plan. Students may not enroll in this course unless approved by the faculty member and the Graduate Programs Committee. On-line. (Variable hours)

NUR 720. Clinical Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice
Prerequisite: Admission to the program
The course introduces the learner to clinical scholarship through an examination of research principles and evidenced-based practice.   The course addresses the critical examination and evaluation of current quantitative and qualitative research and the application of scientific findings to significant clinical problems.  The course distinguishes quality improvement, research, and evidence-based practice and demonstrates the usefulness of different approaches to improve health outcomes. On-line. (4-0-4)

NUR 721.  Philosophical and Theoretical Basis for Nursing
Prerequisite: Admission to the program
This course will present philosophical and theoretical underpinnings in the development of nursing knowledge as the foundation of a professional discipline.  The value of theory based nursing will be explored as a basis for guiding nursing research and practice.  Learners will appraise practice approaches based on theories from nursing and other disciplines. On-line. (3-0-3)

NUR 722.  Health Informatics, Data Management, and Data Analysis
Prerequisite: NUR 720
Co-requisite: NUR 717
This course focuses on the use of data to support decision making to improve the health of individuals and aggregates.  Approaches to generating clinically relevant data and utilizing data from clinical information systems are addressed.  Emphasis is on the knowledge, skills, and competency required for employing informational systems to identify pertinent clinical data, assess health care quality, and evaluate outcomes of care.  Issues to reduce measurement error and strengthen validity of data findings are discussed.  Descriptive and univariate statistical methods including measures of central tendency, correlation, t-test, and analysis of variance are applied to clinical data using statistical software. On-line.  (3-0-3)

NUR 723. Health Care Systems Analysis
Prerequisite: Admission to the program
This course provides students the opportunity to critically assess economic, cultural, political, and sociological factors which influence health care and health care  policy.  Health care systems and health policies are specifically addressed as they impact advanced nursing practice.  Prerequisites:  On-line.  (2-0-2)

NUR 724. Resource Management in Health Care
Prerequisite: Admission to the program
This course builds upon a foundation of leadership and management principles to employ effective methods for initiating change within health care systems.  Emphasis is placed on strategic planning, developing strategies for positive change, and evaluating programs and services to assure quality, accessibility, and efficiency of care. On-line. (2-0-2)

NUR 726. DNP Practicum (Identified as A, B, C, or D)
Prerequisite: NUR 714
Co-requisite: NUR 715, NUR 716, NUR 717, or NUR 718
This practica course provides the learner with continued opportunities for directed practice experiences with healthcare experts in the chosen specialty area.  The learner will build upon advanced specialty knowledge and skills at increasing levels of complexity.  In collaboration with faculty and practice experts, the learner will design, implement, evaluate, and disseminate the DNP Scholarly Project.  Enrollment in this course will be repeated in subsequent semesters (while the learner is in good standing) until requirements for the DNP Scholarly Project are met and the degree is conferred.  (Total 0-36-9 over four semesters). On-line. (variable hours)

NUR 727. Financial Management in Health Care
Prerequisite: Admission to the program
This course provides students with the financial management tools needed to understand, interpret, and analyze financial statements and cost considerations in health care today. On-line. (2-0-2)