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The NP 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 acute care 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. This is an integrated program. Students experience a didactic and clinical course concurrently, reinforcing what is learned in class with experiences in the clinical practicum. Students begin to develop plans of care and management under the guidance of an 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.

Core NP Courses

The first summer and fall semesters are identical for MSN NP students whether in the ACNP-AG or the FNP specialty.  In addition, there are core courses throughout the remaining semesters that are the same for either specialty as identified below.

 

Summer Year I

Hours  
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  

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  

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  

 

ACNP Specialty Courses

The following courses would be required of students in the MSN ACNP-AG specialty in addition to the Core NP Courses identified above.

 

Spring Year I

   
This didactic course emphasizes principles of diagnostic reasoning, common invasive procedures, emergency therapeutics, standards of care, and use of information systems in the acute care setting. Content is included but not limited to analysis of laboratory data; interpretation of radiographs; fluid replacement; pre-operative evaluation; suturing; and hemodynamic monitoring. Prerequisite: NURS 5830, NURS 5840, and NURS 5800.
3  
Exploration of theoretical paradigms used to understand the aging process. Emphasis placed on using theory to understand development throughout the life course to inform social work practice with older adults.
3  

Summer Year II

   
This didactic course fosters clinical competency and stresses evidence- based practice in the complex care of acutely-ill adult and frail elderly patients frequently encountered in acute care settings. Content includes but is not limited to altered mental status/encephalopathy, acute pain management, accelerated hypertension, shortness of breath, atrial fibrillation, acute coronary syndromes, sepsis/shock, abdominal pain, acute kidney injury, diabetic emergencies, endocrine emergencies, and preventing functional decline in the hospitalized adult client. Prerequisite: NURS 5040, NURS 5830, NURS 5840, NURS 5800 and NURS 5710.
2  
This clinical course is designed to provide experiential learning in development and application of the roles of the acute care nurse practitioner with a hospitalist focus. Students will apply and evaluate nursing theory and concepts in both the planning and delivery of care in the hospital setting. Emphasis is placed on physical assessment, interpretation of medical data, differential diagnoses, development and implementation of management plans, documentation in the medical record, and billing. Prerequisite: NURS 5040, NURS 5830, NURS 5840, NURS 5800 and NURS 5710. Corequisite: NURS 5720
4  

Fall Year II

   
This didactic course continues to foster clinical competency and stress evidence-based practice in the complex care of adult and geriatric patients with the highest acuity of the disease entities in the critical care setting. Content includes but is not limited to stroke, trauma, valvular heart disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, respiratory failure, hepatic failure, organ transplantation, and oncologic emergencies. Prerequisite: NURS 5040, NURS 5830, NURS 5840, NURS 5800 and NURS 5710.
2  
This clinical course is designed to provide experiential learning in development and application of the roles of the acute care nurse practitioner with an intensivist focus. Students will apply and evaluate nursing theory and concepts in both the planning and delivery of care in the intensive care setting. Emphasis is placed on physical assessment, interpretation of medical data, differential diagnoses, development and implementation of management plans, documentation in the medical record, billing, and performing relevant procedures in the critically-ill adult-geriatric population. Prerequisite: NURS 5040, NURS 5830, NURS 5840, NURS 5800 and NURS 5710. Corequisite: NURS 5740.
4  

Spring Year II

   
This final clinical residency is designed to provide experiential learning by applying and integrating of the roles of the acute care nurse practitioner that students have learned in their previous two practicum courses. This hospital-based clinical experience will be used for application, synthesis, and evaluation of nursing theory and concepts. By the end of this rotation, each student must be able to demonstrate competence in pathophysiology, diagnoses, and therapeutic management of episodic and chronic problems found in the adult and geriatric populations of the acute care setting. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all courses in the AGACNP concentration.
6  
     
Total Curriculum Hours 49  
Total Clinical Clock Hours 630  

 

FNP Specialty Courses

The following courses would be required of students in the MSN FNP specialty in addition to the Core NP Courses identified above.

 

Spring Year I

   
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  

Summer Year II

   
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

 

Fall Year II

   
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  

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  
     
Total Curriculum Hours 48  
Total Clinical Clock Hours 630  

 

Post Master’s Certificate

Post Master’s Certificate students in either specialty would typically be required to take the concentration courses in their desired specialty along with health promotion, advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment and advanced pharmacology.  However, some Post Master’s Certificate students may require more or less coursework depending upon courses taken.

 

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