NURS 6404 – Directed Reading
NURS 6404 – Directed Reading [Formerly NURS 384]
This directed reading course introduces students to contemporary issues that influence society and healthcare. Students explore the socio-political and ethical environments in which advanced practice nurse leadership takes place. Students demonstrate critical thinking and analysis in the course assignments and discussions.  Summer
NURS 6408 – Strategic Planning [Formerly NURS 388]
This course focuses on short- and long-term strategic issues that affect the financing, organization, and delivery of health care services. Market driven organizations and services are the core of the course, with emphasis placed on designing and operationalizing strategy as an individual or a member of teams at the middle and executive management levels. Students develop competency in strategic planning and apply these skills to complex health care organizations.  Summer
NURS 6409 – Health Care Management of Populations [Formerly NURS 389]
This course provides a framework for students to develop and apply both an ethical and a theoretical framework for population-based care management. Students develop a framework for measuring client satisfaction, quality of care, resource efficiency and explore principles of multidisciplinary collaboration.  Fall, Summer
NURS 6411 – Foundations of Leadership
The call for nurses to advance and assume leadership positions within their organizations is a current imperative. Amid the complex nature of leadership within health care, this course provides students with a foundation in the many aspects of leadership ranging from an understanding of personal attributes, strengths, and challenges to a review of contemporary leadership theories and conflict management. This introductory course provides practical application of leadership principles.  Fall
NURS 6414 – Organizational Behavior in Complex Health Care Systems
The current healthcare environment challenges leaders to think and lead in new ways. Nurse leaders are at the forefront of change, patient safety, and population outcomes. Complexity science influences leadership behavioral models that drive reform, efficiencies, and outcomes.Advanced Practice Nurse Assignment Papers. Fundamental to these new ways of leading change is the emphasis on the quality of relationships, the ability to lead teams, and the ability to inspire others. This course offers students a paradigm shift in thinking from a focus on linear or hierarchical traditional models to a transformational, collaborative, and relationship-based leadership approach.  Fall
NURS 6417 – Advanced Leadership and Human Capital
This course focuses on the art and science of leading and managing people.Advanced Practice Nurse Assignment Papers. The course guides students in their quest to become resonant leaders, coaches, and mentors, and to embrace diversity in the teams they lead. Reality based decision making is explored as an approach to support high quality and safe patient care.  Spring
NURS 6404 – Directed Reading
NURS 6485 – Practicum I [Formerly NURS 386]
This course is a leadership/management practicum experience in which students apply models of quality improvement, informatics, leadership and organizational behavior, outcome measurement, and financial management in a selected health care setting. This practicum provides students with an opportunity to work closely with a leader in a variety of health care settings.Advanced Practice Nurse Assignment Papers. Students contribute to the functioning of the health care agency and complete an agency designated project(s) during the practicum.
All specialty courses (except 6404) are pre- or co-requisites for the practicum courses.  Spring
NURS 6495 – Practicum II [Formerly NURS 387]
This course provides students with an opportunity to work closely with a leader in a formal mentorship arrangement in a health care setting. Students observe and practice management and leadership skills in a health care organization. The role of a leader is explored in the context of the changing health care environment. This practicum builds on skills and experiences obtained in Practicum I. In this second practicum, students are mentored by a senior leader with increased complexity of course deliverables. In addition to the agency designated practicum project, students will complete a population health project related to the agency’s population, needs, and priorities.
All specialty courses (except 6404 & 6495) are pre- or co-requisites for the practicum courses.  Summer
NURS 6505 – Advanced Health Assessment Applications for the Family Nurse Practitioner [Formerly NURS 305B]
This course builds on knowledge of advanced health assessment with a focus on clients commonly seen in the family practice setting. Advanced health assessment techniques are emphasized. Diverse types of approaches are used in expanding proficiency in conducting histories and physical examinations in laboratory and clinical settings. Communication techniques unique to the specialty population are emphasized. Systematic and organized health assessments that are sensitive to cultural and developmental needs are explored.
Pre/corequisite: 6011, graduate-level standing, admission to the specialty.  Fall
NURS 6521 – The Context of Primary Care: Family Nurse Practitioner Domains and Core Competencies for Practice [Formerly NURS 361A]
This course is designed to provide Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students with the knowledge of the context of primary care and related domains and core competencies of family nurse practitioner practice identified by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Advanced Practice Nurse Assignment Papers. Specific content of the course covers the hallmarks of primary care and the seven domains and focuses on operationalizing competencies into practice. Competencies needed to promote and protect health and prevent disease are emphasized.
Pre-requisite knowledge: This course builds on previous course work involving the assessment, diagnosis, and management of common and chronic conditions seen in the primary care setting. Graduate status and FNP specialty student required.  Spring
NURS 6525 – Practicum in Primary Health Care of the Child and Adolescent [Formerly NURS 362]
This course is a clinical practicum focusing on child and adolescent health care with an emphasis on health promotion, management of common health problems, and client education. A developmental approach across the lifespan is used in assessing the client and family in formulating the treatment plan. Students participate in a clinical rotation in a pediatric health care setting which provides the opportunity for health assessment of the child and adolescent and formulation of a comprehensive plan of care. Clinical conferences highlight various pathophysiological and psychological processes encountered with children and their families. The role of the nurse practitioner as a primary health care provider in a variety of pediatric settings is examined. Relevant resources and research related to the child and adolescent are explored with the application of findings to the care of clients.
Pre/Corequisites: 6305 or 6505, 6010, 6020, 6531, 6031.  Spring
NURS 6531 – Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care of the Child [Formerly NURS 309B]
This course presents knowledge necessary for the practice of primary health care of children. Course content includes the principles of health promotion, disease prevention and assessment, and management of common primary health care problems in diverse pediatric populations. Emphasis is placed on developmental needs and the pathophysiologic processes underlying certain conditions. The impact of the family on the health of the child is explored. Students are introduced to the dynamics of the managed care environment.
Prerequisite: 6011.  Spring
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