Course Descriptions

DNP 701. Introduction to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (1-0-1)
Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.
The focus of the course is on understanding the competencies required of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepared nurse according to relevant professional nursing standards and guidelines. The learner will review the development and current status of the DNP degree and contrast it with the research doctorate. The course will introduce the learner to the DNP Student Learning Outcomes. Emphasis will be placed on strategies for success in the doctoral program. (online)
 
DNP 702. Clinical Epidemiology (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.
The purpose of this course is to apply foundational epidemiological principles to improve population health and inform advanced nursing practice. Learners will conduct basic analyses of health and population data using biostatistical methods. Additional topics for discussion will include emerging infectious diseases, the role of genetics and genomics in population health, and ethical/legal issues related to advanced nursing practice. (online)
 
DNP 703. Population-Based Health (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: NUR 728, DNP 701, DNP 702.
This course will address determinants of health from a physical, psychosocial, and economic perspective. The focus of this course will be population-based health promotion and disease prevention. Concepts of social justice, ethical and equitable distribution of health resources and services, cultural, ethnic, and gender-based issues will be emphasized. Health economics, health belief systems, and health literacy will be explored in relation to advanced practice nursing. (online)
 
DNP 704. Population-Based Health Practicum (0-8-2)
Prerequisites: DNP 701, DNP 703.
This clinical course provides the learner with opportunities for advanced nursing practice experiences with a population-based health perspective including community, environmental, and occupational health and care for persons from diverse cultural and/or ethnic populations. Clinical experiences will be directed toward analyzing a target population with respect to relevant population-based health concepts such as cultural care, health literacy, healthcare access, health promotion and prevention, and health belief theories.
 
DNP 705. Principles of Informatics and Financial Management in Healthcare (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.
This course introduces the use of data to support decision making to improve health of individuals and aggregates. Approaches to generating clinically relevant data and utilizing data from clinical information systems are addressed. Financial management tools are explored in order to understand, interpret, and analyze financial statements and cost considerations in healthcare. Emphasis is placed on strategic planning, the use of technology, and understanding financial statements and reimbursement issues. (online)
 
DNP 706. Advancing Nursing Practice 1 (2-0-2)
Prerequisites: NUR 723, NUR 715, and NUR 726A or DNP 760.
This course is designed to prepare the learner to lead and implement practice change. In the course, the learner will synthesize the competencies of the DNP prepared nurse to support the conceptualization and implementation of evidence-based practice change. (online)
 
DNP 707. Outcomes Measurement, Data Analysis, and Program Evaluation (2-0-2)
Prerequisite: DNP 705.
This course will address strategies used to evaluate and measure the outcomes of practice, analyze data from scholarly projects, and develop an understanding of program evaluation. The learner will evaluate interventions designed to promote effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered healthcare. (online)
 
DNP 708. Advancing Nursing Practice II (2-0-2)
Prerequisites: DNP 706, DNP 707.
This course represents a culmination of the DNP competence for advanced nursing practice. The course is designed to prepare the learner to analyze, evaluate, and disseminate practice change. Emphasis is placed on developing a trajectory for clinical scholarship. (online)
 
DNP 744. Role Transition and Issues for the Advanced Practice Nurse (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: NUR 633 or NUR 662.
This course concentrates on specific aspects of professional roles assumed by nurse practitioners who also have a clinical doctoral degree. The nurse practitioner fulfills the roles of practitioner, care coordinator, and researcher in diverse settings. While the advanced practice nurse with a clinical doctorate expands these roles to change practice within complex healthcare systems. Within the course, the learner will develop an understanding of the nurse practitioner role in the current healthcare environment. The learner also examines legal, ethical, economic, and technological aspects of the role; business and legislative issues related to nurse practitioner practice; and the necessity for interprofessional collaboration to promote health outcomes. The DNP role as a leader in evidence-based practice, patient quality and safety, and proponent of population-based health is also addressed. (on campus)
 
DNP 760. Management of Adult-Gerontology Health Problems in the Acute Care Setting I (5-0-5)
Prerequisite: First year DNP courses.
This course addresses the epidemiology, assessment, diagnosis, management, and evaluation of patients with complex acute, critical, or chronic care needs across the adult-older adult age span. The course focuses on adult-gerontology patients with cardiovascular, pulmonary, and endocrine disorders as well as provides an overview of geriatric syndromes. Course content facilitates an understanding of evidence-based diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions used for the diagnosis and management related to the systems under study. Health promotion/maintenance, disease prevention, pharmacologic/ non-pharmacologic modalities, diagnostic reasoning, and decision making skills are emphasized. The role of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner is examined within the context of an interprofessional healthcare team including ethical and legal standards of care. (online; synchronous)
 
DNP 761. Management of Adult-Gerontology Health Problems in the Acute Care Setting II (5-0-5)
Prerequisites: DNP 760, DNP 763.
This course continues to address the epidemiology, assessment, diagnosis, management and evaluation of adults-older adults with complex, acute, critical, or chronic care needs across the adult-older adult age span. The course focuses on the adult-gerontology patients with neurological, renal, gastrointestinal, hematological, oncologic and orthopedic disorders. Course content facilitates further understanding of evidence-based diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions used for the diagnosis and management related to the systems under study. An evidence-based, interprofessional team approach is emphasized to promote optimal health outcomes. (online; synchronous)
 
DNP 762. Management of Adult-Gerontology Health Problems in the Acute Care Setting III (4-0-4)
Prerequisites: DNP 761, DNP 764.
This course continues to address the epidemiology, assessment, diagnosis, management and evaluation of adults-older adults with complex, acute, critical, or chronic care needs across the adult-older adult age span. The course focuses on adult-gerontology patients with diseases of the integument system, infectious diseases including sepsis, and co-morbid conditions. Course content facilitates further understanding of evidence-based diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions used for the diagnosis and management related to the systems under study. Emphasis is placed on the care directed to the highest acuity patients experiencing the disease entities encountered in acute and critical settings. (online; synchronous)
 
DNP 763. Acute Care Practicum I (0-12-3)
(180 hours/variable credit)
Prerequisites: First year DNP courses.
This course provides clinical experiences in development and application of the role of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and allows the student to identify problems and opportunities for improvement in the acute care setting. The learner manages complex physiologic and psychosocial needs of adults-older adults in acute care settings. The learner begins to develop advanced competencies to manage patients with complex acute, critical, and chronic illnesses in collaboration with an advanced practice nurse or physician preceptor within stated guidelines of the preceptor’s practice. The student will also begin to examine potential topic of interest in relation to the type of scholarly project to be considered.
 
DNP 764. Acute Care Practicum II (0-12-3)
(180 hours/variable credit)
Prerequisite: DNP 763.
This course builds on the previous clinical course experiences with further development and application of the role of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner as well as further implementation of the scholarly project intervention or quality improvement project. The learner manages increasingly complex physiologic and psychosocial needs of multiple adult-older adult patients in acute care settings. The learner further develops advanced competencies to manage patients with complex acute, critical, and chronic illnesses in collaboration with an advanced practice nurse or physician preceptor within stated guidelines of the preceptor’s practice and demonstrates beginning independence in developing management plans and clinical decision-making. The student will also conceptualize and implement the scholarly project intervention or quality improvement project during this clinical practicum.
 
DNP 765. Acute Care Practicum III (0-12-3)
(180 hours/variable credit)
Prerequisite: DNP 764.
This course builds on the previous clinical course experiences with the learner demonstrating the ability to enact the various aspects of the AGACNP role. The learner manages a full case load of patients with complex acute, critical, and chronic illnesses in an acute care setting in collaboration with an advanced practice nurse or physician preceptor within stated guidelines of the preceptor’s practice. The learner will demonstrate increasing autonomy and independence and assume a leadership role in designing and critiquing management plans addressing complex physiologic and psychosocial needs of adult-older adults. During this clinical practicum, Post-master’s DNP student will analyze the outcomes from the scholarly project and present these to the clinical preceptor and others in the clinical setting.
 
NUR 712. DNP Leadership (2-0-2)
Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.
This course introduces the learner to the essential elements of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and to issues related to personal development as a nursing leader and clinical scholar. The learner will explore leadership strategies for managing complex issues related to healthcare consistent with nursing, organizational, political, and economic sciences. The learner will identify leadership skills that enhance current and future needs of diverse and vulnerable patient populations. (online)
 
NUR 715. DNP Proposal Development (2-0-2)
Prerequisites: NUR 720, NUR 728.
This course will provide the learner with guidance and assistance in developing the Scholarly Project proposal. Learners will compose the project proposal with problem identification, background and literature review, designed intervention or program, outcome measures, and outcome analysis. (online)
 
NUR 719. Directed Studies (Variable hours)
Prerequisite: Admission to DNP 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.
 
NUR 720. Clinical Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice (4-0-4)
Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.
The course introduces the learner to clinical scholarship through an examination of research principles and evidence-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. (online)
 
NUR 723. Healthcare Policy and Systems Analysis (2-0-2)
Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.
This course provides students the opportunity to assess the complex intersection of healthcare issues, systems of care, and health policy. The major economic, cultural, and sociologic factors influencing advanced nursing practice are also explored. (online)
 
NUR 726A-D. DNP Practicum (0-36-9 over three to four semesters)
Prerequisites: First year DNP courses.
Variable to attain the required 1000 hours post BSN
Minimum Course Hours:
726A = 60 Practice Hours/variable
726B = 60-180 Practice Hours/variable
726C = 60-180 Practice Hours/variable
726D = 60-120 Practice Hours/variable
These practicum courses provide 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 these courses will occur in subsequent semesters (while the learner is in good standing) until requirements for the DNP Scholarly Project is met and the degree is conferred.
 
NUR 728. Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice (2-0-2)
Prerequisite: Admission to DNP program.
This course provides the learner with an opportunity to examine interdisciplinary philosophies and theories. The interrelationships among theory, knowledge, and science as integral components of evidence-based practice are explored. Learners will analyze concepts relevant to clinical questions or problems and examine applicable theoretical or conceptual frameworks to use in the practice setting. (online)