FNP Concentration Course Descriptions

  • NSG 601: Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses

    Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses

    An advanced course in the pathophysiology of human conditions. Emphasis is on selected disease conditions of various body systems and the adaptation of those systems to disease across the life span.

  • NSG 602: Advanced Health Assessments and Diagnostic Reasoning

    Advanced Health Assessments and Diagnostic Reasoning

    Advanced health assessment and diagnostic reasoning focuses on assessment of health status of individuals and families throughout the lifespan addressing cultural and developmental variations. Diagnostic reasoning is emphasized as the decision-making process which differentiates normal from abnormal health states.

  • NSG 603: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

    Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

    Advanced pharmacotherapeutics provides the advanced practice nurse a rational basis for pharmacologic management of clients. The principles of pharmacology and the process of pharmacological reasoning for primary care of common acute and chronic illnesses will be presented. The core topics will examine advanced nursing roles in the management of pharmacotherapeutics for clients across the life-span in rural and urban underserved communities.

  • NSG 611: Family-Centered Health Care Across the Lifespan

    Family-Centered Health Care Across the Lifespan

    Emphasis is placed on family and community assessment strategies, the impact of culture upon the family and community systems, and the impact of various primary care-oriented health problems on family roles and functions. In addition, relevant concepts and principles of epidemiology are applied to the current and emerging health status of families and communities.

  • NSG 612: Advanced Family Nursing I: Adult Health

    Advanced Family Nursing I: Adult Health

    This course provides the family nurse practitioner student with the foundational knowledge for the management of adults with primary care disorders. The emphasis of the course is on the use of theory, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice to create and formulate differential diagnoses, diagnoses, treatment and evaluation plans for adults with common primary care presentations.

  • NSG 613: Advanced Family Nursing II Infant, Child and Adolescent Health

    Advanced Family Nursing II Infant, Child and Adolescent Health

    This course focuses on advanced nursing practice specializing in the primary health care of infants, children, and adolescents. The development of analytical skills and ethical clinical decision making as essential components of the advanced practice role are included. The major emphasis is on developing optimum client outcomes that promote cost effective, quality health care within the context of family and a multicultural society.

  • NSG 614: Advanced Family Nursing III: Women’s Health

    Advanced Family Nursing III: Women’s Health

    This course focuses on advanced nursing practice with emphasis on women’s health population focus across the life span including health problems disproportionately affecting women. Men’s health topics correlated to the women’s health population focus are integrated into course content. The development of critical thinking and analytical skills with focus on ethical clinical decision making while striving to improve health outcomes among women. The essentials of doctorate in nursing education are synthesized within the course to build components of the advanced practice role. The major emphasis is on developing, implementing and improving client outcomes promoting cost-effective, quality health care within the context of family and a multicultural society.

  • NSG 615: Advanced Family Nursing IV: Management of Complex Health Problems Across the Lifespan

    Advanced Family Nursing IV: Management of Complex Health Problems Across the Lifespan

    This capstone course focuses on the management of complex health problems across the lifespan for the Family Nurse Practitioner student. Students will consider relevant theories, resources, and evidence-based treatment to develop comprehensive treatment plans for patients having chronic complex health problems. Additionally, strategies for the utilization of health care professionals in teams will be optimized for enhanced patient care outcomes.

  • NSGL 620: Advanced Family Nursing Practicum I

    Advanced Family Nursing Practicum I

    This course provides the family nurse practitioner student with foundational clinical experiences for patients across the lifespan as seen in primary care. The focus of the course is to develop and apply critical thinking skills to formulate differential diagnoses, diagnoses, treatments and evaluation plans.

  • NSGL 621: Advanced Family Nursing Practicum II

    Advanced Family Nursing Practicum II

    This course provides the family nurse practitioner student with continuing clinical experiences for patients across the life span as seen in primary care. The focus of the course is to continue to care for patients with complex chronic illness and to apply critical thinking skills to formulate differential diagnoses, diagnoses, treatments and evaluation plans. The course provides 180 hours of patient contact hours.

  • NSGL 622: Advanced Family Nursing Practicum III

    Advanced Family Nursing Practicum III

    This course provides the family nurse practitioner student with continuing clinical experiences for patients across the life span as seen in primary care. The focus of the course is to continue to care for patients with complex chronic illness and to apply critical thinking skills to formulate differential diagnoses, diagnoses, treatments and evaluation plans. The course provides 180 hours of patient contact hours.

  • NSG 680: Population Health Promotion and Clinical Epidemiology

    Population Health Promotion and Clinical Epidemiology

    This course provides the student with a theoretical foundation for wellness, health promotion, disease prevention, and behavioral modification for individuals, aggregates and populations. The environmental, socioeconomic, epidemiological, and cultural context of health behaviors will be explored. The emphasis is on theories and research to promote and preserve wellness lifestyles in patient populations, disease risk appraisal and reduction strategies. This course will also focus on understanding the impact of social determinants on health outcomes. Students will assess population health models, frameworks, and practice guidelines to address health status of populations and sources of health inequalities. An emphasis is placed on collaborative interprofessional strategies to promote health, reduce risk factors, improve health outcomes, and improve quality of care in health care systems. Students will integrate concepts of population-based health outcomes management into their final DNP Project.

  • NSGL 681: Residency in Advanced Nursing Practice

    Residency in Advanced Nursing Practice

    This course provides practice hours for the DNP student to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the program to a practice setting. The settings will depend on the student interest and career goals. This course is a concentrated residency experience in which the student is expected to implement the DNP role. Through this experience, the student will critically and accurately assess, plan, intervene, and evaluate patient outcomes and systems of health care delivery.

  • NSG 682: Genomics for Advanced Practice Nursing

    Genomics for Advanced Practice Nursing

    The focus of this introductory course is on the fundamentals of genetics and genomics and its application to advanced nursing practice. Complex diseases, cancer, and risk assessment are just some of the areas that this course will explore. There will be a strong focus on pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics within this course. This course will also examine the impact of genomics on technology, ethics, and the health care environment.

  • NSG 683: Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice

    Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice

    This course addresses statistical methods commonly used in evidence-based practice. The opportunity to perform and apply statistics that inform evidence-based practice will be provided. Students will gain experience in interpreting quantitative and qualitative data.

  • NSG 685: Theoretical Approaches to Evidence-Based Practice

    Theoretical Approaches to Evidence-Based Practice

    This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to explore the connections between theory and research from nursing and related fields. Emphasis is on the relationship among theory, research and practice. This course addresses evidence-based practice. The theories and models discussed will provide a foundation for the DNP student's DNP Project.

  • NSG 686: Methodological Approaches to Evidence-Based Practice

    Methodological Approaches to Evidence-Based Practice

    This course focuses on the skills necessary to translate the best available evidence into practice within health care organizations. Conceptualization, definition, theoretical rationale, and models of evidence-based practice are evaluated. Students identify a high priority health problem in their area of clinical expertise and synthesize the literature supporting the need for a practice change initiative. Identification of targeted health improvement outcomes in a patient population guides the student in developing goals for the DNP Project. Topics include: a review of the research process, research critique, rating and synthesizing the strength of evidence, decision making for practice, translation opportunities (outcomes, evaluation research, quality improvement, cost-effectiveness analysis), risk adjustment, and applied statistical analysis.

  • NSG 688: Health Care Leadership and Quality Improvement

    Health Care Leadership and Quality Improvement

    This course focuses on development of expertise in interprofessional collaboration across the health care team to create effective solutions and overcome complex issues related to health care delivery. Enhanced leadership and communication skills among various professionals in multiple disciplines are emphasized that involve populations of rural and underserved patients to create change. This course will provide the opportunity for the student to integrate knowledge of organizational change and outcomes management with an understanding of health care quality improvement strategies to improve health care delivery in their area of expertise. Opportunities for leadership and interprofessional collaboration will be explored.

  • NSG 689: Health Care Policy and Financial Management

    Health Care Policy and Financial Management

    This course addresses the broad context of socio-economic, political, legal and power considerations in the development of state and national health policy with direct application to the role of the doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Policy issues will be integrated as they influence advanced nursing practice using social justice theory. Critical analysis of health policy at the local, state and federal levels is seen as essential content along with the goal of developing leadership skills to influence policy. Focus will be on developing policy and advanced practice skills in financial management for health care coordination.

  • NSG 692: Health Care Information Systems and Technology

    Health Care Information Systems and Technology

    This course addresses the use of information systems and patient care technology to support the clinical decision-making process and to improve the safety and quality of patient care and health care systems. Students will design a plan for using information systems and technology in the implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based practice change initiative.

  • NSG 699: DNP Project

    DNP Project

    The translation project the DNP student completes is practice focused. It is an integrated and integral part of the practice experience which is embedded in all course work throughout the entire program of study. The DNP Project purpose is to design and evaluation of programs that change and enhance advanced nursing practice to improve the health of populations.