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Online Nursing Masters Course Descriptions

Core Course Requirements For All Programs

NUR 588 Organizational Leadership & Role Development of the Advanced Practice Nurse (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills essential to understand the economies of care, business principles, and navigation to affect change in diverse health care systems. It will prepare students to conceptualize a new advanced practice role in the discipline of nursing. Leadership theory, styles, contemporary approaches and strategies will be explored.

NUR 603 Quality Improvement & Safety in Health Care (3 credit hours)

This course prepares students to analyze information and apply quality improvement methods to affect safety and quality of care and to improve patient outcomes. The use of current and emerging technologies to support safety, quality, and fiscally sound care across diverse settings will be emphasized.

NUR 608 Epidemiology & Population Health (3 credit hours)

This course explores health promotion, community assessment and disease prevention in diverse populations using epidemiological theories. Chronic and communicable disease incidence, at risk populations, clinical interventions, genetics and genomics and evidenced based practice will be investigated as it applies to advanced practice nursing.

NUR 613 Health Policy & Advocacy (2 credit hours)

This course examines the relationship of health outcomes and the impact of the advanced practice nurse as advocate for vulnerable populations, the profession, and health-promoting policies at the organization, local, state and federal level.

NUR 609 Nursing Research & Evidenced Based Practice (3 credit hours)

This course will teach the advanced practice nurse to generate and implement nursing research to improve healthcare outcomes, initiate change, and improve nursing practice.

NUR 614 Statistical Analysis & Scholarly Inquiry (3 credit hours)

This course will allow the advanced practice nurse to critically analyze the scientific foundation of nursing by means of evaluating statistical research for scientific quality and applicability to promote evidence based practice. PREREQUISITES: NUR 609

Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education Course Requirements Only

NUR 604 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)

This course will explore pathophysiology theory and evidenced-based research across body systems within the human lifespan to provide the advanced practice nurse with a foundation to developing advanced diagnostic reasoning and clinical management skills in clinical settings.

NUR 615 Advanced Pharmacology I (3 credit hours)

This course will examine foundational principles of safe pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, vaccines and toxicology across the lifespan in diverse healthcare settings. PREREQUISITES: NUR 604

NUR 611 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning I (3 credit hours) This course introduces the essential competencies to provide a foundation for advanced practice nurses to develop advanced health assessment skills: communication, history and physical examinations (focused and complete); diagnostic reasoning; and written and oral presentation of findings. PREREQUISITES: NUR 604

Family Nurse Practitioner Course Requirements

NUR 995 NP Skills Residency- Immersion weekend (0 credit hours)

The nurse practitioner immersion weekend will provide the student with an observed, hands-on experience conducting a comprehensive history and physical exam in a simulated clinical setting prior to commencing community practicums. Additionally, lecture and hands-on lab experiences will be provided focusing on the following topics: CXR interpretation, gender examinations, suturing, orthopedic splinting and advanced oto/ophthalmic assessments. The student will also have the opportunity to meet with the practicum coordination team to assist in planning practicum experiences. Utica College will host the Nurse Practitioner White Coat Ceremony and reception on Saturday evening. PREREQUISITES: NUR 611

NUR 616 Advanced Pharmacology II (2 credit hours)

This course examines the requirements of Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) to prescribe across the lifespan in primary care settings. The course will focus on the legalities and clinical decision-making in prescribing pharmacologic therapy. There is an emphasis on evidence based decision making to provide clinically applicable, cost effective selections of pharmacotherapeutics. Completion of the NYS Prescribing course and NYS Opioid Training is mandatory for all students. PREREQUISITES: NUR 615 and NUR 604

NUR 612 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning II (2 credit hours) This course assists the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) student to develop advanced assessment skills, appraisals of diagnostics (tests, labs) and competency in common office procedures: EKG interpretation, suturing, orthopedic splinting, gynecologic procedures, pulmonary function tests, incision and drainage and minor skin lesion removal. Skills will be observed by faculty during the Family Nurse Practitioner Residency completed prior to Health Promotion & Primary Care I. PREREQUISITES: NUR 611

NUR 621 Health Promotion & Primary Care I (5 credit hours) (2.5 didactic and 2.5 practicum)

This course provides the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) student the foundational theoretical and practice knowledge for the assessment and management of common health disorders across the lifespan in primary care settings. The focus of this course is on developmental & prevention screening, age specific health management, vaccines, skin, EENT, and dental health. The student will complete 225 practicum hours in conjunction with this theory course. PREREQUISITES: NUR 611, and NUR 995

NUR 622 Health Promotion & Primary Care II (5 credit hours) (2.5 didactic and 2.5 practicum)

This course provides the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) student the foundational theoretical and practice knowledge for the assessment and management of common health disorders across the lifespan in primary care settings. The focus of this course is gender health, screening and the health management of childbearing individuals. The student will complete 225 practicum hours in conjunction with this theory course. PREREQUISITES: NUR 621

NUR 625 Health Promotion & Primary Care III (6 credit hours) (3 didactic and 3 practicum)

This course provides the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) student the foundational theoretical and practice knowledge for the assessment and management of common health disorders across the lifespan in primary care settings. The focus of this course is to develop clinical decision making to screen for and manage chronic illnesses: anemia, COPD, asthma, diabetes and hypertension. The student will complete 270 practicum hours in conjunction with this theory course. PREREQUISITES: NUR 622

NUR 634 NP Culminating Seminar (2 credit hours)

This course prepares students in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track to summarize, evaluate, and integrate their experiences as they transition from Registered Nurse (RN) to entry level Advanced Practice Nurse (APN). The focus of this course is placed on practice issues in diverse healthcare settings, job negotiation strategies, exploring collaboration with a review of state licensure, national certification and federal reimbursement mandates. A comprehensive exam will be given in this course. PREREQUISITES: NUR 625

Family Nurse Practitioner Program Total Credits (48)

Family Nurse Practitioner Program has 720 Required Practicum Hours.

Nursing Education Course Requirements

NUR 607 Curriculum Development & Implementation (3 credit hours) This course focuses on curriculum design, content organization, and planning related to curriculum development. The issues and procedures involved in designing and implementing curricula will be discussed. Students will develop and implement a learning project with a target population. The student will participate in 90 clock hours of practicum.

NUR 617 Instructional Design & Teaching with Technology (4 credit hours)

This course prepares students to apply theoretical concepts of education and learning to teaching in nursing. Fundamentals of instructional design, theories of teaching and learning, instructional design models, technology use in education, and learner diversity will be explored. Design considerations for technology-based instruction will be addressed.

NUR 618 Test Construction & Analysis (3 credit hours)

This course introduces assessment as it relates to item writing, exam formulation, and evaluation of exam reliability and validity in nursing education. Concepts related to learning, psychometrics and student evaluation will be emphasized.

NUR 623 Assessment & Evaluation in Nursing Education (3 credit hours)

This course provides an overview of classroom and clinical student appraisal mechanisms. Assessment and evaluation of learning through the application of technology will be explored. In addition, evaluation at the program and course levels are addressed in conjunction with national and regional accreditation standards. Clinical performance appraisal will be a central focus of this course.

NUR 624 Teaching Learning Practicum (3 credit hours)

This course will examine and implement the nurse educator role in relation to academia, health care organizations and the profession of nursing. The student will participate in 90 clock hours of practicum. PREREQUISITES: NUR 617, NUR 618, NUR 607, and NUR 623.

Nursing Education Program Total Credits (42)

Nursing Leadership Course Requirements

NUR 633 Health Care Finance & Budgeting (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on the impact of finances in the delivery of healthcare services. Basics of healthcare financial management including budget development, personnel (FTE) allocation, cost analysis, and management of financial resources such as capital equipment and supply budget will be explored.

NUR 627 Organizational Theory & Human Relations Management (3 credit hours)

Course outcomes provide an overview of theories of organizations with particular focus on the dynamics of human resource management. Given the changing and complex nature of healthcare organizations, students will be prepared to respond to a number of workforce issues and demands, including a culturally diverse workforce and generational differences among staff.

NUR 628 Innovative Leadership in Health Care (3 credit hours)

The focus of this course is to prepare the nurse administrator to lead and manage complex health care organizations, in an environment of continuous change and fiscal challenges. In addition, they need vision and skills in managing the changes required to close the gap of the latest research and implementation of evidence-based care in healthcare settings.

NUR 631 Nursing Leadership Theory & Practice I (3 credit hours)

This course provides an observed leadership practicum with an experienced nurse leader. Students will develop advanced practice nurse leader skills associated with organizational management theory, analytical skills, collaboration and decision making. The student will develop a leadership project with an experienced nurse leader. The student will participate in 90 clock hours of practicum. PREREQUISITES: NUR 627 and NUR 628

NUR 632 Nursing Leadership Theory & Practice II (3 credit hours)

This course provides an observed leadership practicum with an experienced nurse leader. This course builds on the knowledge of organizational leadership and quality improvement. The student will integrate advanced knowledge and skills into practical applications in the role of nurse leader. The student implement a leadership project with an experienced nurse leader. The student will participate in 90 clock hours of practicum. PREREQUISITES: NUR 631

NUR 637 Mediation, Conflict Resolution & Negotiation (3 credit hours)

This course will prepare advanced practice nurse leaders with the foundational knowledge to engage and resolve conflict in the diverse interdisciplinary health care system. The dynamics of conflict and communication theory within the organizational setting will be explored.

Nursing Leadership Program Total Credits (35)