FNP Course Descriptions

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NUR 5101 Advanced Practice Nursing and Forensics: Caring for High Risk Populations

The course is designed to provide the advanced practice nurse with information needed for prevention, assessment, identification, appropriate intervention, and resource referral for patients and families who are at risk for, or currently experiencing abuse or neglect. This course will explore the dynamics, causes, and consequences of interpersonal violence and neglect as well as the legal responsibilities of the evaluating clinician. Content will include domestic violence, child abuse / neglect, sexual assault, and elder abuse / neglect.

NUR 5200 Introduction to Graduate Nursing

This course will provide an orientation and introduction to graduate level study. A focus on electronic database searching and utilization of community-wide library resources, APA style and introduction to writing for publication, accessing and utilizing technology for online courses, and the professional portfolio will be initiated in the course.

NUR 5202 FNP Role, Leadership, and Theory

This course examines the professional history and evolution of the family nurse practitioner. Discussion of legal parameters that govern advanced practice and the role of the nurse practitioner in providing cost-effective care. The fostering of a leadership role in collaborating with multiple stakeholders to improve health safety, accountability, and quality outcomes is emphasized, as well as, evaluation of nursing theories that are the foundation of the APN role.

NUR 5204 Advanced Diagnostics and Procedures

This course will examine the appropriate use and interpretation of advanced diagnostic tests available to the nurse practitioner in primary care with an emphasis on cost-effectiveness. Various invasive skills common to the primary care setting will be introduced allowing students the ability to develop a basic proficiency.

NUR 5302 Research and Statistical Methods

This course focuses on providing the student with the practical skills to translate practice problems into researchable questions. Examination of quantitative and qualitative research methods, data collection, selection of measurements, and statistical analysis are considered. Students will develop a research proposal from significances to determination of the research plan.

NUR 5311 Professional Issues: Law & Ethics

This course examines the professional, ethical, legal, political, and social dimensions of developing an identity as an APRN within the context of nursing practice, institutional, and community environments. Issues of health disparity, cultural diversity, and the health needs of underserved populations are examined. Further areas of consideration will include professional standards and certification, code of ethics, bioethical issues, confidentiality, plagiarism, and liability, regulatory, and collective bargaining considerations. 

NUR 5312 Advanced Physiology / Pathophysiology

This course offers an overview of advanced concepts related to normal and abnormal body function. The primary focus is on in-depth and current understanding of disease processes across the lifespan integrating risk factors for disease in various populations.

NUR 5313 Pharmacotherapeutics

This course focuses on the clinical application of pharmacology needed in the provision of advanced practice nursing. The emphasis is on drugs commonly used in the family practice and ambulatory primary care setting for the treatment of acute and chronic disease, and on the integration of drug therapy as one component of therapeutic management plans. The application of the principals of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics to clinical use of drugs will be explored, including therapeutic dosage patterns, side effects, drug interactions, and contraindications.

NUR 5334 Advanced Health Assessment (90 clinical hours)

This course provides the student with the ability to expand their knowledge and skills in performing a comprehensive health assessment of patients across the lifespan. An emphasis is placed on utilizing a thorough assessment to distinguish normal and abnormal variants in health, guide health promotion activities, and identify the need for patient-specific disease prevention interventions. During this course the student will be introduced to the use of electronic medical records and begin effectively utilizing electronic data capture during patient encounters.

NUR 5338 Advanced Nursing Care: Pediatric

This course focuses on the appropriate diagnosis, management, and prevention of common acute and chronic illnesses specific to the pediatric population. Human growth and development, holistic, and spiritual concepts will be incorporated.

NUR 5341 Advanced Nursing Care: Adult / Geriatric

This course focuses on the appropriate diagnosis, management, and prevention of common acute and chronic illnesses specific to the adult and geriatric population. Human growth and development, holistic, and spiritual concepts will be examined.

NUR 5344 Advanced Nursing Care: Women / Prenatal Primary Care (90 clinical hours)

This course combines didactic and clinical education that focuses on the health needs of women with additional focus on prenatal care. Emphasis will be placed on refining health assessment skills, patient education, identification of health abnormalities, interpreting diagnostic findings, formulating a plan of care, improving communication skills, and guiding preventative and health promotion activities in culturally diverse populations. Holistic and spiritual concepts of care unique to this population will be examined as well.

NUR 5640 Clinical Practicum: Pediatric Primary Care (270 clinical hours)

Application of concepts presented in Advanced Nursing Care with focus on refining health assessment skills, identifying abnormalities in health, interpreting diagnostic findings, improving communication skills, formulating a diagnosis and evidenced-based plan of care, and implementing preventative and health promotion education in culturally diverse populations.

NUR 5643 Clinical Practicum: Adult / Geriatric Primary Care (270 clinical hours)

Application of concepts presented in Advanced Nursing Care with focus on refining health assessment skills, identifying abnormalities in health, interpreting diagnostic findings, improving communication skills, formulating a diagnosis and plan of care, and implementing preventative and health promotion education in culturally diverse populations.

NUR 6300 Evidence-based Project

Culmination of program course work occurs in this course in which students participate in a community based field experience reflecting the role of the family nurse practitioner. Pending faculty approval, each student will develop and present an evidence-based project based on the needs of an identified population. This course is the capstone practicum experience for the family nurse practitioner track.

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2013