Specialization Core Courses
NURS 645 Advanced Pathopharmacology (3 credits)
Focuses on the concepts of pathophysiologic disease processes and pharmacologic agents. Students will apply evidence-based practice, current pharmacologic treatments, preventive measures and integrative therapies to advanced nursing practice. Environmental, sociocultural, legal/political, ethical and developmental issues of pathopharmacology will be considered.
NURS 660 Seminar for Nurse Educators I (3 credits)
Introduces the student to contemporary nursing education. Students will focus on curriculum development, program outcomes, students as learners, evaluation of learning and program development and improvement. Teaching strategies are explored. Philosophical, social, political, economic, and professional issues are examined. Ethical and legal considerations of nursing education are considered.
NURS 661 Seminar for Nurse Educators II (3 credits)
Continues with contemporary nursing education and introduces the concepts and theories of measurement and evaluation. Techniques for constructing and analyzing appropriate testing measures are explored. Learning theories and teaching strategies will be explored. Ethical, social, cultural, and legal issues related to evaluation are discussed. (Pre-requisite: NURS 660)
NURS 670 Nursing Administration (3 credits)
Using professional standards and competencies as a framework, examines the roles, functions and responsibilities of a nurse administrator. Content focuses on principles of leadership and management, health care organizations and systems, and human resource management. Research related to administrative practice and contemporary issues that affect practice and roles of nurse administrators are examined.
NURS 674 Curriculum Theory and Design (3 credits)
Introduces students to traditional and contemporary approaches for curriculum planning and design as applied to nursing education. Historical, philosophical, social, political, economic, and professional issues that need to be considered in planning, evaluating and changing curricula are examined.
NURS 675 Teaching Strategies (3 credits)
Examines the theory and methods of effective classroom and clinical teaching in nursing. Learning theory and teaching strategies will be explored.
NURS 676 Measurement and Evaluation Strategies (3 credits)
Introduces the concepts and theories of measurement and evaluation with application to classroom and clinical nursing education. Techniques for constructing and analyzing appropriate testing measures are explored. Ethical, social, cultural, and legal issues related to evaluation are discussed.
NURS 681 Clinical Practicum (1 credit theory; 2 credits practicum)
The role, scope and function of an advanced practice nurse are explored during a clinical practicum. In consultation with the faculty, students select a specialty area of nursing practice for the clinical component. In conjunction with role exploration, students also examine current research, trends in practice and emerging technology related to their selected area. (Prerequisites: NURS 620/621 & 640)
NURS 683 Education Practicum (2 credits theory; 1 credit practicum)
Focuses on the role of the nurse as an educator in the classroom and clinical setting. The course examines the theory and methods of effective classroom and clinical teaching in nursing. Students will experience the role of the nurse educator during the education practicum. (Pre-requisites: NURS 674, 675, 676, & 681; OR NURS 660, 661, & 681)
NURS 684 Administration Practicum (2 credits theory; 1 credit practicum)
Focuses on concepts and theories related to the management of financial resources, quality outcome management, and legal and ethical issues in relation to selected administrative functions of the nurse administrator. Contemporary trends and issues affecting the role and function of the nurse administrators are also discussed. During the practicum experience, under the guidance of a master’s prepared nurse administrator, students develop competencies in the nurse administrator role. (Prerequisites: NURS 670, 681 & ORGL 610)