Master's in Nursing: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

As an online Master of Science in Nursing student, you will choose between comprehensive programs focused on nursing leadership, education, and family practice.

Each Utica College master's in nursing program includes a practicum component, so you learn in a real-world clinical setting, and begins with six core courses (comprising 17 credit hours) that build critical skills for advanced practice nursing roles.

Total credits range from 35 to 48, depending on your chosen graduate nursing program, with curriculum built for a career-advancing nursing certification:

After completing NUR 611 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning, and prior to commencing the practicum, students in the FNP program will be required to attend a three-day (Friday–Sunday) in-person immersion experience on the Utica College campus.

The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance.

Expand Your Opportunities through a Post-Master's Certificate

In addition to the three Master of Science in Nursing programs, Utica College offers Certificate of Advanced Studies in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, and Nursing Leadership programs.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

Core Course Requirements Total Hours:

NUR 588 Organizational Leadership & Role Development of the Advanced Practice NurseCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills essential to understanding the economies of care, business principles, and navigation to affect change in diverse health care systems. It will prepare you to conceptualize a new advanced practice role in the discipline of nursing. You'll also explore leadership theory, styles, contemporary approaches and strategies.

NUR 603 Quality Improvement & Safety in Health CareCredit Hours: 3

This course prepares you 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 HealthCredit Hours: 3

In this course, you'll explore health promotion, community assessment, and disease prevention in diverse populations using epidemiological theories. You'll also investigate chronic and communicable disease incidence, at-risk populations, clinical interventions, genetics and genomics, and evidence-based practice as applied to advanced practice nursing.

NUR 613 Health Policy & AdvocacyCredit Hours: 2

You will examine the relationship of health outcomes and the impact of the advanced practice nurse as an advocate for vulnerable populations, the profession, and health-promoting policies at the organizational, local, state, and federal level.

NUR 609 Nursing Research & Evidence-Based PracticeCredit Hours: 3

This course will teach you how to generate and implement nursing research to improve healthcare outcomes, initiate change, and improve nursing practice.

NUR 614 Statistical Analysis & Scholarly InquiryCredit Hours: 3

This course will allow you 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 Total Hours:

NUR 604 Advanced PathophysiologyCredit Hours: 3

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

NUR 615 Advanced Pharmacology ICredit Hours: 3

You'll 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 ICredit Hours: 3

This course will introduce the essential competencies to provide a foundation for you 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

NUR 995 FNP Skills Residency- Immersion WeekendCredit Hours: 0

After completing NUR 611, and prior to commencing the practicum, you will be required to attend a three-day (Friday–Sunday) immersion weekend at the Utica College campus that will provide you with an observed, hands-on experience conducting a comprehensive history and physical exam in a simulated clinical setting.

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. You'll 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 IICredit Hours: 2

This course examines the requirements of Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) to prescribe across the lifespan in primary care settings. You'll focus on the legalities and clinical decision-making in prescribing pharmacologic therapy with 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 IICredit Hours: 2

This course helps you 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. Your 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 ICredit Hours: 5

This course provides you the foundational, theoretical, and practical knowledge for the assessment and management of common health disorders across the lifespan in primary care settings. You'll focus on developmental and prevention screening, age-specific health management, vaccines, skin, EENT, and dental health. You will also complete 225 practicum hours in conjunction with this theory course.

Prerequisites: NUR 611, NUR 615, NUR 995

NUR 622 Health Promotion & Primary Care IICredit Hours: 5

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 IIICredit Hours: 6

This course provides you with the foundational, theoretical and practical 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. You will also complete 270 practicum hours in conjunction with this theory course.

Prerequisites: NUR 622

NUR 634 NP Culminating SeminarCredit Hours: 2

This course prepares you to summarize, evaluate, and integrate your experiences as you transition from Registered Nurse (RN) to entry-level Advanced Practice Nurse (APN). The focus of this course is 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

Nursing Education Total Hours:

NUR 604 Advanced PathophysiologyCredit Hours: 3

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

NUR 615 Advanced Pharmacology ICredit Hours: 3

You'll 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 ICredit Hours: 3

This course will introduce the essential competencies to provide a foundation for you 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

NUR 607 Curriculum Development & ImplementationCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on curriculum design, content organization, and planning related to curriculum development. Discussion topics include the issues and procedures involved in designing and implementing curricula. In addition to developing and implementing a learning project with a target population.

NUR 617 Advanced Instructional Design & Teaching with TechnologyCredit Hours: 4

This course prepares you to apply theoretical concepts of education and learning to teaching in nursing. You'll explore fundamentals of instructional design, theories of teaching and learning, instructional design models, technology use in education, and learner diversity. Design considerations for technology-based instruction will also be addressed.

NUR 618 Test Construction & AnalysisCredit Hours: 3

This course introduces you to assessment as it relates to item writing, exam formulation, and evaluation of exam reliability and validity in nursing education. There will be an emphasis on concepts related to learning, psychometrics, and student evaluation.

NUR 623 Assessment & Evaluation in Nursing EducationCredit Hours: 3

This course provides you with an overview of classroom and clinical student appraisal mechanisms and explores assessment and evaluation of learning through the application of technology. You'll also address evaluation at the program and course levels in conjunction with national and regional accreditation standards. Clinical performance appraisal will be a central focus of this course.

Prerequisites: NUR 607 and NUR 617

NUR 624 Teaching Learning PracticumCredit Hours: 3

This course will examine and implement the nurse educator role in relation to academia, health care organizations, and the profession of nursing. You'll also participate in 90 clock hours of practicum.

Prerequisites: NUR 617, NUR 618, NUR 607, and NUR 623.

Nursing Leadership Total Hours:

NUR 633 Health Care Finance & BudgetingCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the impact of finances on the delivery of healthcare services. You'll explore the 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.

NUR 627 Organizational Theory & Human Relations ManagementCredit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of theories of organizations with a particular focus on the dynamics of human resource management. Given the changing and complex nature of healthcare organizations, you'll 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 CareCredit Hours: 3

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

NUR 631 Nursing Leadership Theory & Practice ICredit Hours: 3

This course provides an observed leadership practicum with an experienced nurse leader. You will develop advanced practice nurse leader skills associated with organizational management theory, analytical skills, collaboration, and decision-making. You'll also develop a leadership project with an experienced nurse leader and participate in 90 clock hours of practicum.

Prerequisites: NUR 627, NUR 628

NUR 632 Nursing Leadership Theory & Practice IICredit Hours: 3

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

Prerequisites: NUR 631

NUR 637 Mediation, Conflict Resolution & NegotiationCredit Hours: 3

This course will prepare you with the foundational knowledge to engage and resolve conflict in the diverse interdisciplinary health care system. You'll also explore the dynamics of conflict and communication theory within the organizational setting.

 
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