Course Descriptions

NRDNP 708. Advanced Health Policy and Advocacy. This course equips students with the skills necessary to develop, evaluate, and provide leadership in improving the health of the public through health policy development and the education of policy makers regarding nursing and patient outcomes recognizing the critical need for health equity in services and outcomes. Students will evaluate the health policy making processes and the disparities in both the U.S. and international health care delivery systems. Students will use policy theory to critically evaluate the current and historic policies, laws, and financial incentives that affect health care delivery and nursing practice. They will explore how health services research can motivate change in public health and policymaking. They will apply principles of organizational change, cultural effectiveness and evaluate components of leadership necessary for public health improvement. Students will participate in a selected health policy-making process. Prerequisite: NRPHD 801, NRPHD 730, NRPHD 738, NRPHD 750, NURSU 740, NURSU 807, NRPHD 746, NRPHD 752, NRPHD 734. 3 s.h.

NRDNP 830. Applied Health Care Economics and Finance. NRDNP 830. Applied Hlth Care Econ & Fin. This course provides an introduction to the financial structures that support nursing practice. The focus is on economic principles, financial management methods, and business strategies that form the foundation for balancing productivity with quality of care and designing effective and realistic care delivery systems that optimize performance, minimize costs, and enhance outcomes. Students will examine methods to evaluate costs and cost effectiveness of care using knowledge regarding health equity and diversity. This course provides graduates with the tools to plan, monitor, and evaluate the acquisition, use, and outcomes of fiscal resources for practice and program initiatives. Prerequisite: NRDNP 860, NRDNP 854 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP 836.Informatics in Health Care Delivery. Study of information science concepts, principles, and methods with application in the support, improvement, and evaluation of nursing interventions, outcomes of care, and delivery systems. Focuses on the development of knowledge and technical skills to use data management systems and technological resources for decision-making, implementation of quality improvement initiatives, and evaluation of patient care technologies. Includes use of systems analysis, decision theory, and consideration of ethical, regulatory, social, health equity, diversity, and legal issues. Clinical and administrative data sources will be used to evaluate the efficacy of patient care technology appropriate to a particular area of practice. Prerequisite: NRDNP 860, NRDNP 854 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP 838. Advanced Pathophysiology. This course is designed to present an orientation to disease as disordered physiology within integrated biological systems, mediated by cognitive, behavioral, emotional, cultural, and social determinants of health. The course provides the advanced practice nurse with a foundation for advanced clinical assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical decision-making in the management of common, episodic, chronic and heritable/genetic conditions. Pathophysiological mechanisms of disease, including signs and symptoms of prototypical illnesses, variations in expression, and selected screening/diagnostic evaluative methods will be discussed with an emphasis on attainment and maintenance of full health potential as a goal of health equity. Prerequisite; Graduate standing 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP 842. Advanced Pharmacology. This course focuses on the knowledge and application of advanced pharmacotherapeutic principles organized in a system-based approach, to prepare students to design individualized pharmacotherapeutic plans for disease prevention and commonly encountered illnesses, demonstrating an understanding of drug classes, individual drugs, and complementary alternatives. Methods for screening, risk stratification, and monitoring for clinical effectiveness will be addressed. Emphasis is placed on pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics and biochemical pathways as the basis for understanding the mechanism of drug actions. Side effects, contraindications, and toxicities, as well as factors relating to adherence, compliance, patient education and collaborative practice are discussed to facilitate safe practice and promote successful patient outcomes to achieve and maintain full health potential. Rationales for therapeutic choices are based on current, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines with consideration to special variables affecting selection of drug therapies such as age, gender, reproductive status, ethno-cultural variations, provider biases, financial, social determinants of health, and personal preference. Special attention is given to professional practice including statutory regulations related to prescribing. There is an additional emphasis (not less than 15 hours) on prescribing controlled substances, including but not limited to use of controlled substances for pain management, impaired provider recognition, recognition and management of substance use disorders, medication assisted therapy for substance use disorders (not less than 8 hours of course content regarding substance use disorders and medication assisted therapies for substance use disorders). Students utilize problem-solving skills and current point of care technology as a means to integrate pharmacological principles with clinical guidelines to plan safe and effective care for patients with acute and chronic clinical conditions. Prerequisite: NRDNP 838, NRDNP 860, NRDNP 854. 4 s.h.

NRDNP 846. Frameworks for Leadership. This course incorporates the study of knowledge and principles of organizational leadership and advanced communication, mentoring, and team building skills that improve quality of care delivery, health outcomes, and safety of patient populations. Examination of consultative and leadership strategies that facilitate intra- and interprofessional collaboration that promotes equity in diverse populations (toward common goals and outcomes). Students will analyze effective strategies for the resolution of ethical and legal issues in the delivery of care. Students will synthesize knowledge from ethics, organizational, leadership, and communication theories with nursing science as a framework for organizational assessment, diagnosis of systems issues, and facilitation of system-wide practice initiatives. Graduates will be prepared to assume leadership in addressing complex practice and organizational issues. Prerequisite: NRDNP 854, NRDNP 860 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP 848B. Role Practicum. With a focus on role integration, students synthesis knowledge from previous courses to solidify the nurse practitioner role within their population foci. Students will further develop the unique role of the advanced practice nurse as part of, and potential leader of, an interprofessional team. Through continued clinical experience, students demonstrate increased responsibility and accountability for performance as an advanced practice nurse and clinical scholar, synthesizing knowledge of pathophysiology and disease management, evidence-based guidelines, anticipatory guidance, models of provider-patient communication, and provision of educational resources. Combined with awareness of social determinants of health, health disparities, and ethics, they will become competent at designing holistic, patient-centered plans of care. Preparation for certification and licensure will be discussed. Prerequisite: NRDNP 838, NRDNP 860, NRDNP 854, NRDNP 856, NRDNP 842, NRDNP 836, NRDNP 864, NRDNP 858, NRDNP 865, NRDNP 866, NRDNP 708 7 s.h.

NRDNP 850. Organizational Theory and Health Care Systems. In this course, students will study organizational and management theories and evidence-based research that guide effective organizational and policy development, as well as advanced practice. Emphasis is placed on the study of organization structures and processes in delivery of health care and related health programs. Major functions of management (planning, organizing, and directing and controlling, root cause analysis) are examined, including the principles and processes of risk management and continuous quality and patient safety improvement, impact of health disparities and diversity, measurement and management of organizational effectiveness and effects of organization development on costs and patient outcomes. As an organization is a microcosm where many different social and cultural factors intersect, it is imperative to be proficient in recognizing and functioning effectively as an advanced practice nurse within the organization's cultural beliefs, practices, resources and needs represented while attending to and advocating for its consumers and the community. Prerequisite: NRDNP 838, NRDNP 860, NRDNP 854, NRDNP 856, NRDNP 842, NRDNP 836, NRDNP 864, NRDNP 858, NRDNP 865, NRDNP 866, NRDNP 708, NRDNP 848B 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP 856. Advanced Clinical Assessment and Reasoning. Study of advanced clinical assessment and reasoning skills through the lifespan with emphasis on differentiating normal from abnormal findings in the domains of physical, psychosocial, behavioral, and genetic assessments. Practice of age-appropriate developmental, psychosocial and behavioral screening as well as anticipatory guidance for patient encounters including health teaching skills for common illnesses, behavioral health disorders and disease prevention. Students refine and strengthen increasingly complex skills in listening, history taking, screening, documentation, and clinical and diagnostic reasoning utilizing fair, inclusive, and respectful treatment of all people. Prerequisite: NRDNP 838, NRDNP 860, NRDNP 854 6 s.h. (5,0,1)

NRDNP 858. Evidenced Based Practice, Quality and Safety. This course provides the foundation for evaluating current evidence-based research and practice to develop a quality improvement project, implementing evidence of best practices after a thorough search of the literature and other evidence, and formulating a cogent argument of need based upon a critical appraisal. Guided experience of the critical appraisal process provides the foundation for determining best practices, solving practice problems, insuring patient safety, and considering health disparities. Emphasis will be placed on integration and dissemination of new knowledge and the effect on equitable health outcomes. Graduates will be prepared to provide leadership for designing, implementing and evaluating quality improvement projects and safety initiatives to guide practice and improve outcomes. Prerequisite: NRDNP 860, NRDNP 854, NRDNP 856 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP 860. Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics. This course provides an overview of epidemiological and biostatistical methods for use by clinical practitioners to enhance the quality of healthcare practice. The focus is on common study designs found in descriptive, observational, and experimental research, as well as measures of association and procedures for data collection, management and analysis. It provides an opportunity for students to apply descriptive and inferential statistics to explore, analyze and disseminate aggregate health data. The course also highlights methods for the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based changes in clinical practice. The utilization of data to examine variability and disparities in population trends, practice patterns and systems of care is also emphasized. Prerequisite: Graduate standing 4 s.h. (4,0,0)

NRDNP 861. Neuroscience of Psychotherape. This course further builds on the principles of neuroscience in the treatment of mental health disorders. Psychotherapeutic interventions and psychopharmacologic treatment will be explored with emphasis on their neurobiological impact. The course will provide the licensed advanced practice nurse with the knowledge to develop individualized and family treatment plans with integrated modalities for psychiatric and mental health disorders across the lifespan. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and previous APRN Advanced Pharmacology course 3 s.h. (3,0,0)

NRDNP 862. Practice Inquiry and IRB. This course provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize previous learning about the implementation and evaluation of system level change through the full development of an evidence-based practice improvement project. The project is a culmination of the knowledge gained in the DNP coursework with the primary objective of improving healthcare outcomes in the practice setting. These evidence-based projects may include changes in the healthcare delivery system, organizational changes that impact healthcare at the local, regional and/or national level, or legislation and health care policies that reduce healthcare disparities. The DNP project requires student engagement in partnership building with interprofessional colleagues, consumers, and/or faculty to examine a clinical question or issue that involves translating evidence to everyday practice in health care systems, and ultimately informs and influences health care delivery and health equity. Integral to the project is a strong evaluation component and the preparation of a manuscript that will be submitted to a professional journal for publication consideration. In addition, emphasis will be placed on ethical considerations and human subjects protection through the process of fully developing and submitting an Institutional Review Board (IRB) application. Prerequisite: NRDNP 838, NRDNP 860, NRDNP 854, NRDNP 856, NRDNP 842, NRDNP 836, N

NRDNP 864. Advanced Care Management I. The focus of the first clinical course is on novice-level assessment, diagnosis, and management of common episodic and chronic medical, behavioral, and psychosocial conditions that includes pharmacotherapy for the specific population foci within the context of their families, social environment, genetics, and culture. Emphasis is on generating sound healthcare decisions within the scope of APRN practice that are grounded in evidence-based health promotion, prevention and risk-reduction recommendations, epidemiology, and knowledge of symptom complexes as they relate to pathophysiology. Knowledge of social determinants of health, health disparities, palliative care, and ethics provides the foundation for developing an unbiased, comprehensive plan of care that incorporates evidence-based guidelines, anticipatory guidance, models of provider-patient communication, and provision of educational resources. The practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific population foci at the novice level to assess, diagnosis, and manage pathophysiologic states, developing initial as well as ongoing treatment plans using evidence-based guidelines. NRDNP 838, NRDNP 860, NRDNP 854, NRDNP 856, NRDNP 842 6 s.h. (0,2,4)

NRDNP 865. Advanced  Care Management II. The focus of the second clinical course is on the advanced-beginner-level of assessment, diagnosis, and management of common episodic and chronic medical, behavioral, and psychosocial conditions that includes pharmacotherapy for the specific population foci within the context of their families, social environment, genetics, and culture. Emphasis is on generating sound healthcare decisions within the scope of APRN practice that are grounded in evidence-based health promotion, prevention and risk-reduction recommendations, epidemiology, and knowledge of symptom complexes as they relate to pathophysiology. Knowledge of social determinants of health, health disparities, palliative care, and ethics provides the foundation for developing an unbiased, comprehensive plan of care that incorporates evidence-based guidelines, anticipatory guidance, models of patient-provider communication, and provision of educational resources. The practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific population foci at the advancedbeginner level to assess, diagnose, and manage pathophysiologic states, developing initial as well as ongoing treatment plans using evidence-based guidelines. Prerequisite: NRDNP 838, NRDNP 860, NRDNP 854, NRDNP 856, NRDNP 842, NRDNP 836, NRDNP 864 6 s.h. (0,2,4)

NRDNP 866. Advanced Care Management III. The focus of the third clinical course is on developing competence in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of common episodic and chronic medical, behavioral, and psychosocial conditions that includes pharmacotherapy for the specific population foci within the context of their families, social environment, genetics, and culture. Emphasis is on generating sound healthcare decisions within the scope of APRN practice that are grounded in evidence-based health promotion, prevention and risk-reduction recommendations, epidemiology, and knowledge of symptom complexes as they relate to pathophysiology. Knowledge of social determinants of health, health disparities, palliative care, and ethics provides the foundation for developing an unbiased, comprehensive plan of care that incorporates evidence-based guidelines, anticipatory guidance, models of patient-provider communication, and provision of educational resources. The practicum provides precepted experiences working within the specific population foci to develop competence in assessing, diagnosing, and managing pathophysiologic states, developing initial as well as ongoing treatment plans using evidence-based guidelines.Prerequisite: NRDNP 838, NRDNP 860, NRDNP 854, NRDNP 856, NRDNP 842, NRDNP 836, NRDNP 864, NRDNP 858, NRDNP 865 6 s.h.

NRDNP 868. Neuroscience for Advanced Apr. This course presents advanced concepts in neuroscience across the lifespan with psychiatric disorders. The course includes concepts of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and the application to psychiatric disorders. The concepts of epigenetics and neurotransmission will be explored in relation to how these factors influence the development of symptoms in patients with psychiatric disorders. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and previous APRN Advanced Pathophysiology course 2 s.h. (2,0,0)

NRDNP 870. Scientific Underpinnings I. This course addresses the scientific underpinnings that provide a framework for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarship including theories from nursing and the behavioral and social sciences, quality improvement models, and evidence-based guidelines as they affect the quality and safety of health care and health disparities. Theory and change are the predominant theme in this course at both the individual level in terms of improving patient outcomes and at the system level focused on improving healthcare outcomes.

NRDNP 871. Scientific Underpinnings II. This course addresses the scientific underpinnings that provide a framework for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarship including theories from nursing and the behavioral and social sciences, quality improvement models, and evidence-based guidelines as they affect the quality and safety of health care and health disparities. Identifying and understanding problems in healthcare, healthcare organizations and patient outcomes is a predominant theme in this course at both the individual level in terms of improving patient outcomes and at the system level focused on improving healthcare outcomes. Skills to facilitate change and align stakeholders will be examined from a variety of viewpoints.

NRDNP 872. Scientific Underpinnings III. This course addresses the scientific underpinnings that provide a framework for Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarship including theories from nursing and the behavioral and social sciences, quality improvement models, and evidence-based guidelines as they affect the quality and safety of health care and health disparities. Root cause analysis and the approach to interventions and translation are the predominant themes in this course at both the individual level in terms of improving patient outcomes and at the system level focused on improving healthcare outcomes. Skills to understand the root cause of problems and intervention identification and application will be examined from a variety of viewpoints. Additionally, skills to facilitate change and align stakeholders will be examined from a variety of viewpoints.

NRDNP 872. Scientific Underpinnings III. This course addresses the scientific underpinnings that provide a framework for Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarship including theories from nursing and the behavioral and social sciences, quality improvement models, and evidence-based guidelines as they affect the quality and safety of health care and health disparities. Root cause analysis and the approach to interventions and translation are the predominant themes in this course at both the individual level in terms of improving patient outcomes and at the system level focused on improving healthcare outcomes. Skills to understand the root cause of problems and intervention identification and application will be examined from a variety of viewpoints. Additionally, skills to facilitate change and align stakeholders will be examined from a variety of viewpoints.

NRDNP 873. Scientific Underpinnings IV. This course addresses the scientific underpinnings that provide a framework for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarship including theories from nursing and the behavioral and social sciences, quality improvement models, and evidence-based guidelines as they affect the quality and safety of health care and health disparities. Theory and change, identifying and understanding problems in healthcare, healthcare organizations and patient outcomes, root cause analysis, the approach to interventions and translation and facilitation of change and alignment of stakeholders are predominant themes in this course at both the individual level in terms of improving patient outcomes and at the system level focused on improving healthcare outcomes. Skills to understand the root cause of problems and intervention identification and application will be examined from a variety of viewpoints. Additionally, skills to facilitate change and align stakeholders will be examined from a variety of viewpoints. 3 s.h.

NRDNP 890. Residency. This multi-semester intense clinical or administrative experience enables synthesis of the cumulative knowledge from nursing, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences. Students demonstrate increasing competency in nursing administration, population focused primary care, or specialty care. Students integrate theoretical perspectives with evidence-based knowledge, as they collaborate with intra/interprofessional teams. Residency includes implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based, scholarly practice improvement project in an area of advanced practice in partnership with a selected agency or organization that solves a practice problem or improves population health, educational, or performance outcomes. Students develop and present a poster to faculty and peers describing outcomes of their scholarly improvement project and prepare a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. During Residency, students will synthesize and apply the Cultural Effectiveness Model to their project and clinical or administrative practice. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NRDNP 862 & Post-BSN DNP Student Prerequisite: NRDNP 864, NRDNP 865, NRDNP 866, NRDNP 848B Variable 1-10 s.h.(0,0,1-10)