Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

DNP Course Descriptions

Prerequisite:

PY 510 Intermediate Statistics (3 hr)

Survey of basic statistical principles including parametric and non-parametric hypothesis –testing techniques, correlation, and an introduction to computer statistical packages. 

Prerequisite: Departmental consent.

Core Courses

NU 508 Healthcare Policy (2 hr)

Dynamics of healthcare policy and its influence on complex health care systems and delivery of care. Prepares the student to design, implement and influence health care policy formation and to develop skill in competent political action. 

NU 517 Clinical Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice (3 hr)

Advanced nursing research knowledge and methodologies. Serves as the foundation for the development of a research project to meet the requirements of the graduate program. Facilitates the participation and use of evidence-based nursing research.  

NU 800 Philosophical Worldview of Advanced Practice (3 hr)

Emphasizes the philosophical orientations that serve as the basis for developing theory and advanced knowledge.  Promotes essential philosophical reflection, understanding evolutionary processes of nursing science and scientific exploration of phenomena.

NU 804 Emerging Concepts in Informatics (2 hr)

Novel information technology support systems, the use of health information literacy for complex decision making, and evaluation of existing technical support and data systems commonly used in health care settings will be covered in this course. 

NU 806 Health Care Economics (3 hr)

Focuses on economic theories and principles that healthcare providers need to be effective leaders and decision makers. Examines the economic and political environment in which health care is delivered in the United States and explores the role of regulation in protecting consumers. Provides frameworks for conceptualizing costs, risk, value, and strategic decision making in a competitive environment.

NU 810 Policy and Leadership for Global Health (3 hr)

Explores the concepts and theories of leadership in the areas of personal leadership, leadership in organizations, and leadership in global communities. Emphasis is on innovative leadership skills to foster transformation, an on the complexities of contemporary global health issues within the context of social, economic, political, and environmental factors.

NU 812 Innovations in Quality Care (3 hr)

Focus on how to use the best available evidence to enhance quality and safety in clinical practice.  Course covers how organizational, structural, financial, marketing, and policy decisions impact cost, quality, and accessibility of health care

NU 814 Implementation Science for Advanced Practice Nurses (3 hr)

Translating evidence into practice and implementing evidence-based changes into a practice setting.  Included in the course will be an overview of the methods to promote the systematic uptake of clinical research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine practice, to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care.

NU 816 Practice Inquiry DNP Project (3 hr)

The DNP project is an amalgamation of the student’s field of inquiry in his/her doctoral course of study.  DNP project requires that a practice-focused problem be identified and examined in depth. 

Family Nurse Practitioner Courses

NU 506 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 hr)

Application of basic pathophysiologic concepts to situations found in ambulatory care with clients across the life-span.  Provides a foundation for clinical decision-making in terms of diagnostic findings and initiation of therapeutic regimens. 

NU 512 Advanced Pharmacology (3 hr)

Application of selected drug therapies to meet the needs of adults. Basic concepts of qualitative and quantitative drug actions within the body are examined.  Use of protocols, prescription writing and ethical, legal and economic issues surrounding the advanced nurses’ role in prescribing, monitoring pharmacotherapies.

NU 700 Advanced Patient Assessment and Differential Diagnosis (4 hr)

Emphasizes the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced health assessment of adults and families in acute care and community settings.  Systematic holistic approach to both history-taking and physical examination for the purpose of differentiating normal from abnormal assessments to promote health and prevent disease in those settings.  Interpretation of diagnostics is emphasized.

NU 702 Primary Care I (3 hr)

Develops knowledge and skills to provide holistic care in multiple settings for culturally diverse children from birth to age 18 and healthy pregnant and post-partum women. Wellness and health promotion of families are emphasized. Clinical management of specific disease processes and patient responses are considered. Advanced health assessment skills are developed and applied in the laboratory/clinical setting. A minimum of 30 clock hours will be completed in the laboratory setting and 30 clock hours are precepted experiences in community/family agencies.

NU 703 Primary Care Practicum I (3 hr)     

Implementation of skills and knowledge in caring for diverse clients in multiple settings as they experience select acute and chronic health conditions.  Utilization of diagnostic reasoning, nursing therapeutics, pharmacologic therapeutics and interdisciplinary treatments in the provision of holistic care.  Primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention are integrated.  Emphasis is on the advanced nursing roles of primary care provider, consultant, educator, and case manager.

NU 704 Primary Care II (3 hr)

Develops knowledge and skills to provide holistic care in multiple settings.  Clinical manifestations of and patient response to selected problems of cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, urinary, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems are considered.   Advanced health assessment knowledge, including functional assessment, are applied in the determination of differential diagnoses and planning therapeutic interventions. Interdisciplinary collaboration is integrated.  

NU 705 Primary Care Practicum II (3 hr)

Implementation of skills and knowledge in caring for diverse clients in multiple settings as they experience select acute and chronic health conditions, pregnancy and lactation.  Utilization of diagnostic reasoning, nursing therapeutics, pharmacologic therapeutics and interdisciplinary treatments in the provision of holistic care.  Primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention are integrated.  Emphasis is on the advanced nursing roles of primary care provider, educator, case manager, clinical researcher and quality improvement coordinator.   

NU 706 Primary Care III (3 hr)

Develops knowledge and skills to provide holistic care in multiple settings for culturally diverse adults.  Clinical manifestations of and patient response to selected problems of sensory, psychological, neurological, musculoskeletal, dermatological, reproductive and immunological systems are considered.  Advanced health assessment knowledge, including functional assessment, are applied in the determination of differential diagnoses and planning therapeutic interventions. Interdisciplinary collaboration is integrated.  

NU 707 Primary Care Practicum III (3 hr)

Implementation of skills and knowledge in caring for patients and their families from diverse cultural backgrounds as they experience wellness and acute and chronic health conditions.  Diagnostic reasoning, nursing therapeutics, pharmacologic therapeutics and interdisciplinary treatments in the provision of holistic care.  Primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention are integrated.  Integration of advanced practice roles.  

NU 802 Epidemiology (3 hr)

Explores epidemiology principles, concepts and procedures used in the surveillance and investigation of health-related states or events. Emphasis is laced on the concepts and methods of epidemiologic investigation, appropriate summaries and displays of data, and the use of classical statistical approaches to describe the health of populations. Theoretical methods will be applied to current population health concerns through the use of case studies.  A basic understanding of the practices of community health and biostatistics is recommended

NU 808 Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Residency (5 hr)

Expands breadth and/or depth of clinical knowledge and skills in an area of advanced nursing practice with focus on delivery of sub-specialty care services or full spectrum primary care services. Synthesis of clinical knowledge and incorporation of evidence-based decision making to construct symptom-based assessments, advanced differential diagnoses, independent therapeutic interventions, and outcome evaluation of the care of clients.

Entrepreneurship Focus

AC 924 Accounting Concepts (3 hr)

Accounting Concepts is an accelerated, in-depth introduction to conceptual accounting foundations.  Primary focus is to provide background for upper-level graduate courses. This course is intended for students who have either had no prior accounting or who desire to refresh their basic accounting skills and knowledge.

BU 926 Survey of Finance (3 hr)

Theory and techniques of financial management, designed to provide the basic financial background needed by students.  Topics include: capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, the cost of capital, and working capital management.

BU 927 Marketing Concepts (3 hr)

This course covers the role and importance of marketing in our economy; principles, methods and problems involved in the management of marketing operations and activities. The course will cover the marketing environment, marketing mix, marketing planning, strategy implementation, and assessment of marketing performance. 

BU 92-E Entrepreneurship (3 hr)

Provides students with an overall understanding of the entrepreneurship process and to specifically explore the dimensions of creativity, innovation, and opportunity recognition. The focus is not only on exploring the scope of entrepreneurship as a new venture development, but also examining entrepreneurship as a manageable process that can be applied in virtually any organizational setting.

BU 983 Venture Creation DNP Project (3 hr)

Explores the entrepreneurial process from conception to implementation of a venture, concentrating on attributes of entrepreneurs, their search for & assessment of opportunities, & the gathering of resources to convert opportunities into businesses. Students learn how to evaluate entrepreneurs & their plans for new businesses.