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 The curriculum is comprised of core courses that cover research and theoretical considerations of advanced nursing practice, and professional and economic issues associated with today's healthcare environment. The specialty specific courses address the basic and advanced principles and practices of family practice with an emphasis on the Three P's: pathophysiology, physical assessment and pharmacology.

The core specialty courses begin in the first fall semester with Advanced Pathophysiology and Advanced Health Assessment. The first spring semester places the student in the Primary Care of Children and the associated practicum and Advanced Pharmacology. This is an integrated program. Students experience a didactic and clinical course concurrently, reinforcing what is learning in class with experiences in the clinical practicum. Students begin to develop plans of care and management under the guidance of and Advanced Practice Nurse or physician. Our curriculum is demanding and rigorous but at the same time accommodates the student who chooses to work either full or part time. 

 

Summer Year I

Hours Clinical Hrs
The role of the advanced practice nurse within the framework of nursing science. Selected theoretical and conceptual nursing frameworks, which provide a foundation for advanced nursing practice. Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN programs or permission of the Director.
3  
Provides a basis for decisions regarding ethical issues in healthcare as they affect the person, communities, society and the health care profession as well as explore the wide diversity of cultural influences on behavior including ethnic, racial, gender and age differences. Prerequisite: Admission to the Graduate Program or permission of the Director.
3  
Theoretical foundations in health promotion, illness prevention and maintenance of function across the health-illness continuum with clients: the individual, family and community. Prerequisite: Admission to Family Nurse Practitioner concentration or permission of Director.
3  

Fall Year I

   
Advanced health assessment of clients of all ages, including formulation of a clinical diagnosis based upon the health assessment findings. Prerequisites: Undergraduate health assessment.
2  
Application of advanced health assessment techniques of clients of all ages, including formulation of a clinical diagnosis based upon the health assessment findings. Prerequisites: Undergrad Health Assessment, Pre or Corequisite NURS 5830.
1  
Analysis of complex interrelationships and interdependence of pathophysiological concepts that serve as a primary component of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management for advanced nursing practice. Prerequisites: Undergraduate pathophysiology or permission of the Director.
3  

Spring Year I

   
Essential pharmacotherapeutics for advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on commonly prescribed medications for clients of all ages. Prerequisites: admission to nursing graduate program or permission of the Director.
3  
Theoretical concepts in health promotion and illness prevention in children including the diagnosis and therapeutic management of common acute and chronic health problems. Prerequisite: NURS 5830, NURS 5840, and NURS 5800.
3  
Application of theoretical concepts and skills in health promotion and illness prevention in children including the diagnosis and therapeutic management of common acute and chronic health problems. Prerequisite: NURS 5040, NURS 5830, NURS 5840, and NURS 5800.
2 90

Summer Year II

   
An examination of health care policy, economics, and finance in health care systems including a focus on the advanced practice nursing role.
3  
Theoretical concepts in health promotion and illness prevention in adults including the diagnosis and therapeutic management of common and acute health problems.Prerequisite: NURS 5040, NURS 5830, NURS 5840, NURS 5510 and NURS 5800.
3  
Application of theoretical concepts and skills in health promotion and illness prevention in adults including the diagnosis and therapeutic management of common acute and chronic health problems. Prerequisites: NURS 5830, NURS 5840, NURS 5040, and NURS 5800.

2

90

Fall Year II

   
An examination of methods and statistical applications in nursing research, utilizing nursing theory both as a basis for research and in practice. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level statistics: pre or co-NURS 5110 & NURS 5000.
4  
Theoretical concepts in health promotion and illness prevention in women including the diagnosis and therapeutic management of common and acute health problems.  Prerequisites: NURS 5040, NURS 5830, and NURS 5840.
3  
Application of theoretical concepts and skills in health promotion and illness prevention in women including the diagnosis and therapeutic management of common and acute health problems. Prerequisites: NURS 5040, NURS 5830, NURS 5840, and NURS 5800.
2 90

Spring Year II

   
Application of advanced knowledge and skills through nursing practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner student. Prerequisites: NURS 5530, NURS 5550, and NURS 5570. (Capstone)
8  360
     
Total Curriculum Hours 48 630

 

Curriculum is subject to modification at the discretion of director and/or program coordinator. 

 

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