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General Catalog Fall 2008
Posted Feb 28, 2008

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1001  Health Professions Seminar/Practicum (2) Prerequisite: Attendance in 1st year of Health Professions Academy.
   Focuses on the development of high school students who are interested in a health professions career. Includes seminar and practicum experiences with faculty and staff of the College of Health, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, Physician Assistant Program, School of Medicine and University Hospital. Emphasis is placed on providing "real world" experiences in specific clinical areas of practice. The course integrates concepts taught in medical anatomy and physiology in the high school with practical observation and participation experiences in the health sciences setting.

2000  Lifespan Growth and Development (3)
   Focuses on various developmental perspectives of the human life cycle, including discernable milestones or predictable events that define growth and development throughout the lifespan. Various theories of development as a basis for understanding people of all ages are discussed. Consideration of environmental variables and human interaction affecting the developmental process included.

2270  Pathophysiology I (3) Prerequisite: BIOL 2325 and 2420 and CHEM 1110 and 1120.
   Introduction to major pathophysiological mechanisms that cause disease or altered body functioning throughout the lifespan. Epidemiology and clinical manifestations integrated throughout.

3002  Individual and Family Assessment (3) Prerequisite: Matriculation into the baccalaureate nursing program.
   The purpose of this course is to increase student proficiency in collecting comprehensive assessment data on individuals and families. The course incorporates a variety of approaches, techniques and skills necessary to interpret assessment data and risk factors from individuals and families at various points in health and illness. Emphasis is placed on integrating previous experience and knowledge regarding human behavior and development across the lifespan. The clinical aspect of this course will be performed with individuals and families in a student selected clinical setting with faculty approval.

3003  Individual and Family Health Assessment (for RNs) (3) Prerequisite: RN students only.
   The purpose of this course is to increase student proficiency in collecting comprehensive assessment data on individuals and families. This course incorporates a variety of approaches, techniques and skills necessary to interpret assessment data and risk factors from individuals and families at various points in health and illness. Emphasis is placed on integrating previous experience and knowledge regarding human behavior and development across the lifespan. The clinical aspect of this course will be performed with individuals and families in a student selected clinical setting with faculty approval.

3005  Global and Community Epidemiology (3) Prerequisite: Matriculation into the baccalaureate nursing program. Fulfills Quantitative Intensive & International Requirement.
   International patterns of disease in human populations are of primary importance as we move into a global culture. This class will cover epidemiological concepts and processes relative to international and national (U.S.) health, wellness, and disease. Statistical and mathematical concepts are applied to patterns of mental and physical illness incidence, transmission, risk, and prevalence. Topics include community as clients, interaction among and between sectors in the community, and health-related concerns of communities.

3015  Essential Concepts of Nursing (3) Prerequisite: Matriculated to the College of Nursing Baccalaureate Nursing program, consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment or previous completion NURS 3002.
   Focus of this course is to promote acquisition of concepts and skills basic to professional nursing and primary nursing care. Roles of nurses and the values inherent in the nursing profession will be explored. This course contains content regarding the scope of nursing practice, professional behaviors, ethics, caring, and therapeutic use of self. Students also investigate patient rights and personal characteristics of nurses. Mastery of course content will enable the student to identify and begin application of holistic nursing care, using the theoretical frameworks of the nursing process, the bifocal clinical model, and functional health patterns. Fulfills Service Learning.

3025  Nursing Skills and Arts (4) Prerequisite: Matriculated to the College of Nursing Baccalaureate Nursing program. NURS 3002, 4270, 3015 unless concurrently enrolled.
   The purpose of this course is to teach students to apply concepts, skills, and arts basic to professional nursing. Emphasis is on the nurse's role in assessing, diagnosing, and treating human responses (biological, psychosocial, and cultural) to common health alterations in adult populations. Mastery of course content will enable the student to utilize the nursing process in the delivery of holistic nursing care. Course content builds upon material learned in prerequisite liberal arts and science courses, and integrates fundamental concepts learned in previous or concurrent nursing courses. Verbal, written and problem-solving skills learned in prerequisite classes will be used and expanded upon.

3261  Nursing Management of Drug Therapy (3) Prerequisite: Matriculation into the baccalaureate nursing program or instructor's consent. Co-requisite: NURS 3015.
   Focuses on knowledge and skills necessary for safe and therapeutic drug therapy. Description and use of classes of drugs, principles of therapy, and nursing responsibilities regarding administration of drugs emphasized. Rationale for nursing interventions also included.

3515  Nursing Care of Adults (5) Prerequisites: NURS 3261, NURS 4270, NURS 3002, NURS 3015, NURS 3025: Instructors consent.
   The course focuses on nursing assessment and management of adult individuals with selected acute and chronic physical illnesses. Principles of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and therapeutic interventions in disease processes will be studied. Cultural, psychological, developmental, and family implications of illness will be examined.

3525  Nursing Care of Adults Clinical (5) Prerequisite: NURS 3261 and NURS 4270 and NURS 3002 and NURS 3015 and NURS 3025 and concurrent enrollment or previous completion of NURS 3515.
   This clinical course focuses on nursing assessment and clinical management of adults with acute and chronic physical illness. Students integrate principles of pathophysiology and therapeutic interventions in managing patients with various disease process. Cultural, psychological and developmental dimensions are addressed in nursing care. The nurse-client relationships emphasized.

3530  Family- and Community-Focused Care (4) Prerequisite: RN students only. Fulfills Diversity.
   The family as a dynamic, interpersonal system is studied as the primary social group, the usual environment for growth and development of children and adults, and the basic unit of the larger community system. Concepts are related to the health care system, family system (family types, characteristics, and structural function of healthy and at-risk families), and risk factors associated with illness and culture. Principles of family assessment and techniques for conducting a home visit and family assessment presented. Health promotion, health maintenance, and disease prevention emphasized in both didactic and clinical components.

3950  Independent Study (1 to 6) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Individually planned study within nursing.

4050  Nursing History/Health Policy (3) Prerequisites: NURS 3005; NURS 4100; NURS 3515; NURS 3525; Instructor 's consent. Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   Focuses on the communication tools of reading, speaking and writing as learning catalysts to facilitate understanding of the historical precedents for many contemporary issues and traditions in nursing and health care policy. Content includes change and teaching theories, the history of women and associated gender issues, the government role in health policy development and current problems anticipated developments into the future. The role of professional organizations, including nursing organizations, on professional development emphasized.

4100  Nursing Research (3) Prerequisite: Matriculation into the baccalaureate nursing program and MATH 105. Fulfills Quantitative Intensive BS.
   Designed to develop the basic ability of the student as an informed consumer and participant in the process of nursing research. Students obtain, analyze, display, and interpret data in order to solve clinical problems and improve practice. Development of a sense of inquiry through understanding and applying the logical steps of the research process emphasized.

4202  Professional Leadership/Management in Health Care (3) Prerequisite: 4th Semester status or instructor approval.
   Opportunities are provided to explore a variety of leadership and management behaviors, theories, and techniques for health care practitioners. The focus of this course is to prepare the nursing student for professional nursing leadership and management practice in a variety of health care organizations and various levels of care settings. Students will also be provided with opportunities to examine their individual strengths and weaknesses in preparation for assuming management and leadership roles. The concepts of evidence based practice will be incorporated within the context of nursing management and leadership roles. This is a service learning course (for generic BS students only) and as such, service will be used as a supplementary means of examining principles of leadership in nursing while providing essential service to our communities.

4215  Community Health and Home Care Nursing (3) Prerequisites: NURS 3005; NURS 4100; NURS 3515; NURS 3525; Previous completion or concurrent enrollment in NURS 4050, NURS 4515, NURS 4525, NURS 4615 and NURS 4625. Instructor's consent. Fulfills Diversity.
   Content of this course addresses health promotion and management of care for diverse populations, cultures, communities, families, and individuals. Nursing roles and responsibilities in public health, and community-bases home care are explored.

4225  Community Health and Home Care Nursing: Clinical (2) Prerequisites: NURS 3005; NURS 4100; NURS 3515; NURS 3525: Previous completion or concurrent enrollment in NURS 4050, NURS 4515, NURS 4525, NURS 4215, NURS 4615 and NURS 4625. Permission of Instructor.
   This clinical course affords opportunities to apply health promotion and management of care for populations, families, and individuals in a variety of public health, school health, occupational health. Client is defined as an individual, family, or population.

4270  Pathophysiology II (3) Prerequisite: NURS 2270 and matriculated into the Baccalaureate Nursing program or instructor's consent.
   Introduction to major physiological mechanisms that cause disease or altered body functioning across the lifespan with emphasis on multiple health problems. Epidemiology and clinical manifestations are integrated throughout.

4280  Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology (3) Prerequisite: NURS 2270 or equivalent.
   An advanced course in pathophysiology that explores the mechanisms underlying disease or altered body functioning. Emphasis is placed on multiple health problems with attention to underlying genetic, immune, and inflammatory mechanisms. Epidemiology and clinical manifestations are integrated throughout. In addition to core content, specialty tracks include critical care, pediatrics, and gerontology foci. For RN-BSN students only.

4315  Psychiatric Nursing (3) Prerequisites: NURS 4050; NURS 4515; NURS 4525; NURS 4215; NURS 4225, NURS 4615 and NURS 4625 and Instructor's consent.
   The content of this course is focused on the nursing assessment and management of individuals with mental illnesses and their families. The course explores the mental health-mental illness continuum across the lifespan and gives students an understanding of basic mental processes and nursing interventions to increase coping. Cultural, legal, and ethical implications of mental illness will be examined.

4325  Psychiatric Nursing: Clinical (2) Prerequisites: NURS 4050, NURS 4515, NURS 4525, NURS 4215, NURS 4225, NURS 4615 and NURS 4625 and previous completion or concurrent enrollment in NURS 4315. Instructor's consent.
   This clinical course focuses on the nursing assessment and clinical management of individuals with acute and chronic mental illness. Students integrate principles of pathophysiology, psychopharmacology, and therapeutic relationship skills in caring for clients and their families. Cultural, ethical and legal dimensions are addressed in the delivery of nursing care. The nurse-client relationship is emphasized.

4400  Capstone (7) Prerequisite: NURS 4050, NURS 4515, NURS 4525, NURS 4215, NURS 4225, NURS 4615, NURS 4625 and previous completion or concurrent enrollment in NURS 4315 and NURS 4325 and NURS 4202 and instructor's consent .
   Synthesis of previous learning and effective transition to the professional nursing role. Integration of psychomotor/teaching/relationship skills into practice and analysis of health problems typical to a chosen practice site is expected. Major concepts of professional nursing practice will be explored.

4410  Integrated Nursing Practice (5) Prerequisite: To be taken final semester of senior year: RN students only.
   Clinical course designed for RNs pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Student portfolios will be used to design an individual learning experience. The student will integrate the role of the baccalaureate nurse with previous knowledge and experience.

4515  Maternity Nursing (2) Prerequisite: NURS 3005, 4100, 3515, 3525. Previous completion or concurrent enrollment in NURS 4050. Permission of Instructor.
   The family-centered course focuses on maternity nursing with an emphasis on physiological, psychological, developmental, social, and cultural adaptations. Nursing management strategies address health concerns/problems or needs of these individuals and families from a culturally diverse perspective.

4525  Maternity Nursing Clinical (2) Prerequisite: NURS 3005, 4100, 3515, 3525. Previous completion or concurrent enrollment in NURS 4050. Permission of Instructor.
   The family-centered clinical course focuses on nursing interventions associated with physiological, psychological, developmental, social, and cultural adaptations of individuals and families. Students apply nursing theory in adapting assessment skills and the nursing process to the cars of childbearing women, newborns, and their families in acute and chronic care settings.

4615  Pediatric Nursing (2) Prerequisite: NURS 3005, 4100, 3515, 3525. Previous completion or concurrent enrollment in NURS 4050. Permission of Instructor.
   This course focuses on nursing care of children and their families with an emphasis on physiological, psychological, developmental, social, and cultural adaptations. Nursing management strategies address health concerns/problems or needs of children and their families from a culturally diverse perspective.

4625  Pediatric Nursing Clinical (2) Prerequisite: NURS 3005, 4100, 3515, 3525. Previous completion or concurrent enrollment in NURS 4050. Permission of Instructor.
   This family-centered clinical course focuses on nursing interventions associated with physiological, psychological, developmental, social, and cultural adaptations of individuals and families. Students apply nursing theory in adapting assessment skills and the nursing process to the car of children and their families in acute care settings.

4960  Special Topics in Nursing (1 to 6) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Topics vary each semester. In-depth exploration of topics of special interest.

4999  Honors Thesis/Project (3)
   Restricted to students in the Honors Program working on an Honors degree.

5050  Best Practices in Geriatric Nursing (3) Cross listed as GERON 5050.
   Meets with GERON 6050. The course presents an overview of best practices in the care of the older client and his/her family. Included in the course are assessment and management of safety risks, and symptoms, and syndromes common in older adults emphasizing evidence-based practices. Included are detection and management of pain, falls, medication safety, end of life care, and behavioral syndromes. The impact of attitudes, ethical issues, special communication needs, and culture on formal and familial care giving are also considered.

5561  International Health Care (3) Prerequisite: Enrolled in Undergraduate or Graduate program. Fulfills International Requirement.
   Meets with NURS 6561. This course presents an introduction to the practice of international health care with an emphasis on health disparities in less economically developed countries. Epidemiology and principles of public health are presented. Health problems, health care systems, economics, politics, and culture for selected countries are discussed. The focus is on the critique of existing models of health care delivery and the development of effective models of delivery to address persistent health problems for the poor in economically less developed countries.

5905  Clinical Physiology (2)
   This course will include a review of basic physiology of the major organ systems and an introduction to current advanced topics in physiology. It will emphasize topics relevant to the advanced practice nursing and will serve as a preparatory course for NURS 6007.

5950  Independent Study (1 to 6) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Increases knowledge in a specific area under the direction of a selected faculty member.

5960  Special Topics in Nursing (1 to 12) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Content changes each semester. In-depth exploration of topics of special interest. Repeatable for credit.

5961  Practicum: Study Abroad (1 to 12) Prerequisite: Enrolled in Graduate Nursing Study or instructor's consent.
   Opportunity for University of Utah nursing students to learn about another country, its health care delivery system, health status of the people, and nursing. Students will have classroom education and clinical experience as observers. Experience will occur in a variety of settings depending on program objectives.

6000  Evidence Based Practice (3) Prerequisite: Graduate nursing student computer core competencies.
   Opportunities are provided for acquisition of knowledge and development of skills to engage in scholarly inquiry. These include being able to identify problems, utilize information resources including electronic resources, and evaluate/utilize research in clinical practice.

6001  Professional Role and Collaboration (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   This course provides a structured learning opportunity to explore, understand and articulate potential roles and role components of advanced practice clinical nurses and advanced practice nurse leaders. Specific role components are explored including: direct-care provider, clinical and health care systems consultant, health care administrator or executive, educator, researcher/scholar, program evaluator, policy maker, change agent, and mentor. Students will have the opportunity to examine their own philosophy of nursing and personal interaction style, and explore how to effectively integrate these in their advanced roles. This course introduces theoretical, legal, social, and political contexts for both practice and system roles. Practical skills for effective group membership and leadership[ functioning in the intra- and inter-disciplinary environment are examined. The initial components of a professional portfolio are also presented.

6002  Health Care Delivery (2) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or Instructor's consent.
   Knowledge of today's complex health care systems gained, including health delivery models, financing, organization of health care systems, legislation impacting health care, and the role of nursing organizations in the health care arena. Role of advanced nursing practice in contemporary health care systems and theoretical foundations, including selected required management skills, analyzed. Required for community health nursing majors.

6003  Program Planning and Development (3) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or Instructor's consent.
   Focuses on assessment, planning, program/project development, and evaluation appropriate for groups, communities, and organizations. Strategic planning, decision making, and marketing analysis and strategies incorporated. Required for community health nursing majors.

6004  Introduction to Information & Information Technology (3) Prerequisite: Instructor's permission required.
   Introductory graduate course in information management focusing on the theoretical basis of information and technology with an emphasis on management and processing of clinical data, information, and knowledge. The emphasis of this course is on the use of information and technology in health care and nursing practice. Structured data and processes are addressed. Information technologies use in nursing practice are explored. Issues that impact clinical practice and administrative decision are explored.

6005  Program Management and Evaluation (3) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or Instructor's consent.
   Management styles and theory; human resource selection, training, and evaluation; and program and project management, administration, and evaluation explored. Financial management and legal and ethical concerns also explored and integrated.

6006  Principles of Pharmacotherapy (1) Prerequisite: Admission to Master's or DNP Programs.
   This one-credit, on-line course focuses on principles of pharmacotherapy including pharmaceutical dosage forms and drug delivery systems, pharmacokinetic principles, and pharmacodynamic principles. Also included are a review of drug interaction issues and basics of prescription writing (parts of a prescription). This course is intended as the introductory course for other pharmacology courses within specific graduate specialty areas.

6007  Advanced Pathophysiology I (2) Prerequisite: NURS 5905 or equivalent Physiology or Pathophysiology course within last 5 years.
   This is a foundational course emphasizing pathophysiological changes at the cell-molecular receptor and systemic levels. The content focuses on alterations in cell function and systemic manifestations by using selected contemporary, prevalent disease states. Key emphasis will be on specific pathophysiology as alterations in ligand receptor interactions, cell signaling and transaction pathways. Etiologic mechanisms associated with cell deregulation and specific/nonspecific responses that combine to restore normal cell-tissue-organ function will also be presented.

6008  Family Development in Health and Illness (2) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or Instructor's consent.
   Exploration of selected theories and research related to development from birth through adulthood. Contemporary theories of child/adult development, family and parenting introduced. Theories and current knowledge about neuromotor and physical development, influence of cognitive development, moral development, and temperament on health beliefs and health behaviors are emphasized. Meaning and outcome of development change across lifespan examined.

6009  Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology & Population Science (1)
   An introductory epidemiology course which provides an overview of epidemiologic principles and the practical application to health and health care. Students will be introduced to the concepts of rates and risk as they pertain to clinical practice. An overview of principles of screening, prevention, and disease control will be covered.

6010  Teaching and Learning in Advanced Nursing Practice (3) Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree in Nursing and/or instructor's consent.
   Content and experience basic to the teaching role of clinical specialists, nurse practitioners, and nursing administrators, including an overview of the teaching-learning process, systematic planning for teaching-learning, selection of appropriate teaching methodologies, and evaluation of learning. Current educational and nursing research topics will be considered to assist in the application of findings. Time also spent with a preceptor.

6011  Introduction to Nursing Curriculum & Classroom Instruction (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6010 and/or instructor's consent.
   Focuses on dynamics of curriculum development through evolutionary, developmental, design, and planning aspects of curricula in nursing, and introduction to identification and application of teaching strategies appropriate for use in a variety of classroom instructional settings in nursing. Social and scientific forces and national/local community values affecting curriculum development and classroom instruction are emphasized. Practical applications/experiences in classroom settings are also included.

6013  Clinical Instruction in Nursing Education (3) Pre-requisites: NURS 6010, 6011 and/or instuctor's consent.
   This is a clinical teaching in nursing practicum which is designed to implement teaching/learning theory within the framework of the learner's identified content/clinical area. The learner will establish and maintain a relationship with an identified clinical instructor who serve in the role of preceptor.

6015  The Nurse Educator in Higher Education (3) Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree in Nursing and/or instructor's consent.
   This course focuses on the historical development, organization, and governance of nursing programs in institutions of higher education. Nursing programs within the context of these institutions are examined. Roles and responsibilities of nursing faculty and nursing students are incorporated. Discussion also centers on recruitment, admission, evaluation, and progression issues of nursing students at all levels of education.

6017  Teaching Residency in Nursing Education (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6010, 6011, 6013, and Instructor's consent.
   This is a practicum experience in the total role of a nurse faculty. The focus is on giving the learner an integrated experience in the entire faculty role including, but not limited to, enacting roles of the nurse academician that encompass teaching, research and service, as appropriate, consistent with the mission and goals of the academic setting. The learner will establish and maintain a relationship with an identified experienced faculty member who will serve in the role of preceptor. This course is available as a distance-education option negotiated between the student, course faculty and master faculty preceptor.

6020  Adult Assessment and Health Promotion (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Advanced health assessment emphasizing the processes and technique of general screening and evaluating health status of asymptomatic adult clients, including risk assessment, risk reduction, and wellness promotion. Communication techniques, health maintenance protocol, and effect of support systems, personal health beliefs, and lifestyle as determinants of health status considered.

6021  Adult Assessment & Health Promotion for Pharm D. (2) Prerequisite: Pharm. D. student status
   Health assessment for Pharm D students emphasizes the processes and techniques of general screening and evaluating health status of asymptomatic adult clients, including risk assessment, risk reduction, and wellness promotion. Communication techniques, health maintenance protocol, effect of support systems, personal health beliefs, and lifestyle as determinants of health status are considered.

6030  Diagnostic Reasoning (2) Prerequisite: NURS 6020 and instructor's consent.
   Advanced health assessment emphasizing the processes and techniques of focused evaluation of symptomatic clients. Focuses on differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning required with common chief complaints.

6040  Child Assessment/Promotion (2 to 3) Prerequisite: NURS 6020 and instructor's consent.
   Advanced health assessment provides knowledge and experience in obtaining child health histories, performing physicals, and screening for normal versus abnormal cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functions. Developmentally oriented and emphasizes health promotion and well-child care of children/families from birth to adolescence. Pediatric nurse practitioner students must enroll for 3 credits and will receive additional instruction and work related to a particular patient population.

6041  Common Pediatric Problems (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6040.
   Skills and knowledge required to assume responsibility for assessment and management of common pediatric health problems presented.

6042  Complex Pediatric Problems (2 to 3) Prerequisite: NURS 6040 and NURS 6041.
   Skills and knowledge required to assume responsibility for assessment and management of complex pediatric health problems. Students enrolled for 3 credits will receive additional instruction and work related to a particular patient population.

6050  Pharmacology (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Provides a basis for understanding the pharmacokinetics and actions of specific groups of drugs commonly used in advanced nursing practice. Emphasis placed on pharmacological action of drugs, side effects, appropriate dosing, drug interactions, and guidelines for use of drugs. Legal and ethical considerations of prescriptive practice also addressed. Students enrolled for 3 credits will receive additional instruction and work related to a particular patient population.

6051  Psychopharmacology (2) Prerequisite: NURS 6020 and instructor's consent.
   Focuses on psychopharmacological treatment of mental disorders including nursing law and scope of practice. Emphasis on drug selection for specific symptoms/disorders and pharmacology of psychotropic drugs.

6052  Pharmacology for NMW/WHNP (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Focus on knowledge and skills integral to prescriptive practice in midwifery based upon a knowledge of maternal/fetal physiology and anatomy during antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods.

6053  Pharmacology for Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (3) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Basis for understanding pharmacokinetics and actions of specific groups of drugs commonly used in neonatal advanced nursing practice. Emphasis on pharmacological action of drugs, side effects, appropriate dosing, drug interactions, and guidelines for use of drugs. Legal and ethical considerations of prescriptive practice also addressed.

6100  Basic Management of Childbearing and Gynecologic Problems (1) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Basic management of normal, uncomplicated antepartum, postpartum, and gynecologic patients offered to ANP, FNP, OHNP, and PNP students. Identification and appropriate referral of frequently encountered complications addressed.

6101  Antepartum Management (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Development of advanced knowledge of management principles and use of appropriate treatment modalities based on anatomical, physiological, and psychosocial changes that occur during the normal processes of pregnancy. Designated psychomotor skills demonstrated and performed.

6103  NMW Clinical I (2 to 3) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Beginning clinical practice in women's health from menarche to menopause. Focuses on reproductive and gynecologic health, including pregnancy diagnosis, antepartum, and intrapartum management in the normal childbearing period. Gynecologic practice focuses on comprehensive family planning and screening and treatment of common gynecologic pathology. Practicum occurs in community-based outpatient settings, and primary and tertiary birth settings.

6105  Postpartum/Newborn Management (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Development of advanced knowledge of management principles and use of appropriate advanced nursing measures based on anatomical, physiological, and psychosocial changes that occur during both normal and complicated postpartum and newborn periods, and the noncomplicated infant to the age of one month.

6106  Childbearing Complications (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Assists students to develop advanced knowledge of management principles and use of appropriate treatment modalities of major complications of childbearing women. Timely medical consultation and/or referral emphasized. Discussions include roles of health care team members in management of childbearing complications.

6107  Nurse-Midwifery Clinical II (3) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Assists the advanced practice student to further progress in clinical management of women's health from menarche to menopause. Focuses on reproductive and gynecologic health including pregnancy diagnosis, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn management in the normal childbearing period. Gynecologic practice focuses on comprehensive family planning, screening, treatment of common gynecologic pathology, and women's health maintenance and promotion. Clinical practice occurs in community-based outpatient settings, and primary and tertiary birth settings.

6108  Nurse-Midwifery Clinical III (4) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Moves the advanced practice student to competency in clinical practice. Focuses on reproductive and gynecologic health.

6110  NMW Advanced Practicum (3 to 6) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Individual nurse-midwifery clinical internship arranged with clinical preceptors from a variety of settings. Students determine own objectives in collaboration with faculty and identified preceptors.

6111  Normal Intrapartum Management (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent and NURS 6101.
   Development of advanced knowledge of nurse-midwifery management principles and use of appropriate treatment modalities based on anatomical, physiological, and psychosocial changes that occur during normal processes of labor and birth. Performance and demonstration of designated psychomotor skills.

6112  Management of Intrapartum Complications (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent and NURS 6101.
   Development of advanced assessment, knowledge and management of principles unique to the complicated intrapartum process. Use of appropriate treatment modalities based on specific anatomical, physiological, psychosocial changes that occur during complicated cases of labor and birth. Performance and demonstration of designated psychomotor skills for complication in the intrapartum period.

6115  Gynecologic Management (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Assists the student in the advanced clinical management of women's health from menarche to menopause. Focus is on office care for women experiencing a variety of challenging problems. Care of adolescent, midlife and elderly women in their appropriate context is taught. Women's emotional, family, community and psychological health is considered.

6116  Well Woman Health Management (3) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Assists the student in the advanced clinical management of women's health from menarche to menopause. Focus is on office care for women experiencing a variety of challenging problems. Advanced office treatments and procedures are learned. Reproductive health in the postpartum to gynecologic care transition period is covered. Care of adolescent, midlife and elderly women in their appropriate family, social and cultural context is taught. Complimentary therapies are explored.

6120  WHNP Clinical I (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Students will be exposed to clinical settings offering women's health care and will practice techniques of assessment for women in the child-bearing years.

6199  Psychosocial Aspects of Oncology (3)
   This interdisciplinary course is intended for persons who have an interest in behavioral and psychosocial aspects of cancer care, etiology and prevention. Students will study behavioral, psychological, and social factors in determining cancer morbidity and mortality, psychological and familial responses to a cancer diagnosis or susceptibility to the disease, and interventions to reduce morbidity.

6221  Neonatal Diagnositc Reasoning I (1) Prerequisite: Instructor's permission required.
   Neonatal diagnostic reasoning is an advanced health assessment class emphasizing the processes and techniques of diagnostic reasoning with critically-ill neonates. Students will evaluate presenting clinical signs in the neonate requiring intensive care, determine the differential diagnosis, identify appropriate diagnostic tests and exams, and determine the appropriate diagnosis and treatment in neonates with a variety of problems.

6222  Neonatal Diagnostic Reasoning II (1) Prerequisite: NURS 6221
   Neonatal diagnostic reasoning is an advanced health assessment class emphasizing the processes and techniques of diagnostic reasoning with critically-ill neonates. Students will evaluate presenting clinical signs in the neonate requiring intensive care, determine the appropriate diagnosis and treatment in neonates with a variety of increasingly complex medical and surgical problems.

6235  Neonatal Assessment & Developmental/Family-Centered Care Constructs (4) Prerequisite: Instructor's permission required.
   This course provides the student with critical assessment skills to thoroughly evaluate the high-risk neonate through physical examination, gestational age, and neuro-behavioral assessment. In addition, students learn core concepts necessary to deliver developmentally supportive and culturally and family-centered advanced practice nursing care to infants and their families.

6240  Clinical Genetics (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Provides the student with knowledge of principles and application of human genetics as they apply to the health care professional.

6241  Clinical Genetics (2) Prerequisite: Graduate nursing student or instructor's consent.
   Meets with NURS 6240. Provide the student with knowledge of the principles and application of human genetics, as they apply to the health care professional.

6250  Human Embryology (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   This course provides the nurse practitioner knowledge of the principles of human embryology and fetal growth and development. This course begins to develop the basis for understanding congenital anomalies and pathophysiological mechanisms in the neonate.

6275  Neonatal Physiology/Pathophysiology I (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6250 or Instructor's consent.
   This three hour credit course is designed to provide the student with a didactic preparation in the concepts of neonatal physiology and pathophysiology. Synthesis of previous topics in human embryology provides the foundation for understanding specific neonatal physiologic and pathophysiological processes. Normal physiology and common pathophysiological diseases are presented to include the recommended comprehensive topics for national certification as a neonatal nurse practitioner.

6285  Neonatal Physiology/Pathophysiology II (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6250, 6053, 6275 or Instructor's Consent.
   This three hour credit course is a continuation of neonatal physiology and pathophysiology I and is designed to provide the student with a didactic preparation in advanced concepts of neonatal physiology and pathophysiology. Synthesis of previous topics in human embryology, neonatal assessment, neonatal pharmacology, and neonatal physiology/pathophysiology I provide the foundation for understanding advanced, complex neonatal physiologic and pathophysiological processes. The student will apphy these advanced concepts in the comprehensive neonatal nurse practitioner management of neonates. Pathophysiological diseases of increasing complexity area presented to include the recommended comprehensive topics for national certification as a neonatal nurse practitioner.

6290  Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Residency (6 to 9) Prerequisite: NURS 6053, 6221, 6235, 6240, 6250, 6275, and 6285.
   The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with learning opportunities that facilitate development of clinical expertise required to practice as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Students will work with preceptors in a variety of clinical settings to acquire the knowledge and skill required for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner role.

6300  Foundations of Individual Psychotherapy (3) Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree in Nursing and/or instructor's consent.
   Increases knowledge, skill, and clinical judgment in psychiatric nursing assessment and case formulation. Interview skills are based on communication theory and diagnostic reasoning using multidimensional and multitheoretical frameworks.

6310  Mood and Anxiety Disorders (3) Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree in Nursing and/or instructor's consent.
   Focuses on current nonpsychotic mood and anxiety disorders through review of a range of theoretical and treatment perspectives that form the basis for current standards of intervention. Content includes screening and treatment for depression/anxiety disorders in primary care, development of collaborative models of practice for advanced practice psychiatric/mental health nurses, theories and methods in crisis intervention, and suicidal assessment and interventions. Appropriate assessment and treatment and understanding importance of evaluation of clinical practice emphasized.

6316  Child/Adolescent Mental Health Assessment and Treatment (2) Prerequisite: Matriculated in Graduate Psych/Mental Health Nursing or Instructors permission.
   This course introduces students to the mental health problems of children and adolescents. The focus is on understanding how developmental differences impact assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders in children. Biopsychosocial, family, and developmental models will be integrated as the basis for understanding children and adolescents who experience mental health problems.

6320  Psychiatric/Mental Health Practicum I (2) Prerequisite: Matriculation in Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.
   Psychiatric/Mental Health Practicum I based on an understanding of mental health and illness and knowledge of interpersonal communication. The course is focused upon mental health assessment, diagnoses, and case formulation for individual clients under faculty and agency supervision in variety of clinical settings. Beginning group skills are also emphasized. Seminars provide opportunity for students to critique clinical experience, practice skills, and participate in on-going case consultation.

6325  Psychiatric/Mental Health Practicum II (2) Prerequisite: Completion of NURS 6320.
   Psychiatric/Mental Health Practicum II builds upon the knowledge and skills related to mental health assessment, diagnoses, and case formulation, for individual clients that was acquired in N6320. Students continue to work on individual therapy skills and treatment planning with faculty and agency supervision. Facilitation and active participation in therapy groups is emphasized. Seminars provide opportunity for students to critique clinical experience, practice skills, and participate in on-going case consultation.

6330  Severe Mental Illnesses (2) Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree in Nursing and/or instructor's consent.
   Focuses on psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, and major depressive disorders, including mania and schizoaffective disorders. Historical bases for current understanding and practice studied. Range of theoretical and treatment perspectives from which a model for care and intervention can be derived are presented.

6341 Group Therapy (2) Prerequisite:  NURS 6300, 6316 or permission of the instructor.
 The focus of this course is on theories and methods in group therapy as broadly applied across treatment settings. Selected group therapy theories are studied and application is expected to be made in practicum placements and seminar discussions. Emphasis is place on the appropriate application of treatment strategies and on understanding the need for ongoing evaluation of clinical practice. 

6342 Family Therapy (2) Prerequisite:  NURS 6300, 6316, 6341 or permission of the instructor.
  The focus of this course is on theories and methods in family therapy as broadly applied across treatment settings. Selected family therapy theories are studied and application is expected to be made in practicum placements and seminar discussions. Emphasis is place on the appropriate application of treatment strategies and on understanding the need for ongoing evaluation of clinical practice.

6350  Psychiatric/Mental Health Practicum III (3) Prerequisite: Completion of NURS 6325.
   This is the third in a series of four clinical practicum courses designed to develop skills in individual, group and family psychotherapy, psychosocial rehabilitation, case management, and prescribing of psychotropic drugs. Students are expected to continue to develop their skills in individual therapy, group work, family therapy, and psychopharmacology. The initial focus of the practicum seminars will be on development of prescriptive practice skills, and special topics in therapy. Other areas of direct care (e.g., consultation/liaison nursing, psycho-educational support for families, in-service education, and milieu therapy) are explored. Specific objectives for clinical experiences are negotiated between the student and her/his faculty and clinical agency supervisors. Psychopharmacology practice begins Fall Semester and continues Spring Semester in N6380, Practicum IV.

6356 Psychopharm I for Graduate Psychiatric APRNs & Psychiatric Residents (2)  Prerequisites:  NURS 6006, 6365, Psychiatric Resident Status.
   This is an interdisciplinary course that takes place over two semesters. (2 credits the first semester 1 credit the second). Graduate psychiatric APRNs will participate with Psychiatry residents in a didactic course for 13 weeks fall semester. Lectures will focus on psychopharmacological treatment of mental disorders. Nursing seminar time will be included in addition to every lecture to discuss application of content, appropriate medication choices and management strategies. Nursing law and scope of practice will also be covered.

6357 Psychopharm II for Graduate Psychiatric APRNs & Psychiatric Residents (1)  Prerequisite:  NURS 6006, 6365, 6356, Psychiatric Resident Status.
   This is an interdisciplinary course that takes place over two semesters. This is the second semester course. Graduate psychiatric APRNs will participate with Psychiatry residents in a didactic course for 8 weeks. Lectures will focus on psychopharmacological treatment of mental disorders. Nursing seminar time will be included in addition to every lecture (1 hr/wk) to discuss application of content, appropriate medication choices and management strategies. Nursing law and scope of practice will also be covered.

6360  Personality and Substance Use Disorders (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6300 and 6320 and 6340 and instructor's consent.
   Focuses on developmental underpinnings of personality disorders, substance abuse, and other disorders of control. Interplay of substance abuse and disorders of mental health explored from a multitheoretical perspective. Emphasis placed on current research and clinical literature aimed at promoting comprehensive assessment and intervention.

6365  Neuroscience for Clinical Practice (2) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or Instructor's consent.
   This course focuses on the neurobiological context for advance practice psychiatric/mental health nursing. This course covers basic neurophysiology and anatomy, and the role that current neurochemical, genetic, and endocrine research plays in understanding the neurobiological basis of the "mind", interpersonal processes, and mental health illness.

6370  Pathophysiology of Mental Illness (2) Prerequisite: NURS 6365 or Instructor's consent.
   This course builds on NURS 6365. Theoretical mechanisms underlying mental disorders are explored. Psychiatric illness is examined as an interplay between psychological and physical events with causative factors which vary for each individual and by specific disorders. Course content is organized with consideration of integration of first person (subjective phenomenology and qualitative approaches) and third person (brain physiology and objective measures). Students will consider mental illness from the perspective of clients an then explore contemporary research related to brain function and psychiatric disorders.

6380  Psychiatric/Mental Health Practicum IV (3) Prerequisite: Completion of NURS 6350.
   This is the fourth in a series of four clinical practicum courses designed to develop skills in psychotherapy, psychosocial rehabilitation, case management, and prescribing of psychotropic drugs. The focus of the practicum seminars is on increased independence of prescriptive practice skills, and special topics in therapy. Students continue to develop their skills in individual, group, and family therapy, and psychopharmacology. Students are encouraged to participate in other areas of direct care (e.g., consultation/liaison, psycho-educational support for families, in-service education, and milieu therapy) to broaden their experience. Specific objectives for clinical settings are negotiated between the student and her/his faculty and clinical agency supervisors.

6395  Geriatric Care Management Seminar and Practicum (1) Prerequisite: GERON 5001/6001, 5002/6002, 5004/6004, 5390/6390 and 6604 and Permission of Instructor.
   Geriatric Care Management Seminar and Practicum provides supervised skill development opportunities in comprehensive geriatric care management in a variety of settings working directly with elderly clients, their families, and those providing care, resources, and services. Emphasis is on service provision within the family's particular economic, legal-ethical, and cultural environment.

6396  WHNP Clinical II (3) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Clinical practicum in women's health with exposure to clinical settings offering women's health care. Techniques for assessment of women in the child-bearing years practiced.

6397  WHNP Clinical III (2 to 3) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Students work with a preceptor to develop skills required to assess and manage common acute and chronic health problems. Clinical conferences include discussions of the nurse practitioner role within the context of state and national health care issues, as well as case analyses.

6398  WHNP Advanced Practicum (2 to 6) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Clinical experience providing health care to clients and families in a variety of settings. Residency experience provides an opportunity to assume responsibility for health care services of individuals and their families under supervision of an established nurse practitioner and/or physician preceptor. Students are expected to practice as a nurse practitioner assuming increasing responsibility for planning and implementing therapeutic processes and for documenting and evaluating outcomes of care.

6460  Adult Acute Care Residency (5) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Clinical experience providing health care to clients in acute and critical care settings. Residency experience provides an opportunity to assume responsibility for health care services of individuals and their families under supervision of an established nurse practitioner and/or physician preceptor. Students are expected to practice as a nurse practitioner assuming increasing responsibility from planning and implementing therapeutic processes and for documenting and evaluating outcomes of care.

6462  Acute and Critical Care Pathophysiology (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6007.
   This course provides an in-depth study of pathophysiological mechanisms that cause disease or altered physiologic states encountered in acute and critical care practice settings. Emphasis is placed on the molecular, cellular, and systemic basis of multiple health problems, complex disease states, and severe trauma. This course also integrates the neural ,hormonal, genetic, immune, and inflammatory response to illness and trauma.

6463 Pharmacology for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (3) Prerequisite:  NURS 6006, 6050 or Instructor's permission.
   Provides a basis for understanding the actions of specific groups of drugs commonly used in acute care advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on pharmacological action of drugs, side effects, appropriate dosing, monitoring, drug interactions and guidelines for use of drugs.

6466  Adult Acute Care (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6007, 6020, 6030, 6050.
   This course addresses critical thinking required in differential diagnosis and advanced nursing management of clients who are acutely ill and those with acute exacerbations of chronic illness to prepare students for advanced nursing roles.

6467  Adult Acute Care Practicum (3 to 4) Prerequisite: NURS 6007, 6020, 6030, 6050; the didactic class, Adult Acute Care (NURS 6466) is a co-requisite (or pre-requisite), completion of ACLS (or completion during the Fall semester).
   Students work with a preceptor in an acute health care setting to integrate and synthesize knowledge about health & disease, research findings and an advanced knowledge of pharmacology and therapeutics and to apply this knowledge to the needs of patients and their families. Clinical conferences/seminars include discussion of the nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist role within the context of state and national health issues; presentation and analysis of clinical cases, and discussion of other clinical topics. Students also develop skills using simulation models.

6468  Adult Critical Care (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6007, 6020, 6030, 6050.
   This course addresses critical thinking required in differential diagnosis and advanced nursing management of clients who are critically ill with problems such as organ failure, multiple system failure, and catastrophic illness to prepare students for advanced nursing roles.

6469  Adult Critical Care Practicum (3 to 4) Prerequisite: NURS 6007, 6020, 6030, 6050, 6466,and 6467.
   Students work with a preceptor in a critical/advanced, specialized health care setting to integrate & synthesize knowledge about health and disease, research findings and an advanced knowledge of pharmacology and therapeutics. They apply this knowledge to the needs of patients and their families. Clinical conferences/seminars include discussion of nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist role within the context of state and national health issues; presentation and analysis of clinical cases; discussion of selected clinical topics; acquisition of clinical skills using simulation models. This course is one of two advanced courses in clinical skills using simulation models. This course is one of two advanced courses in clinical assessment and management of clients who are acutely or critically ill and those with acute exacerbation of chronic illness.

6500  Health Promotion (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6003 and FP MD 6500.
   Focuses on critical analysis of select health promotion theories and their fit with national health objectives. Health promotion and risk reduction needs of culturally diverse groups analyzed. Factors/strategies that enhance or inhibit healthy lifestyles among urban and rural populations discussed. Critical analysis of existing health promotion programs conducted.

6520  Issues in Women's Health (3) Prerequisite: Masters or Doctoral Student or Instructor's Consent.
   The purpose of the course is to provide students with an overview of key issues in the field of women's health. Students will develop conceptual skills to evaluate how social, cultural, and policy issues impact and are impacted by women's health issues.

6530  Understanding Education, Health & Social Services of Mexico (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Prerequisites for this course: Participants must be enrolled at the graduate level in education, nursing, or social work with a minimum 3.0 cumulative graduate GPA and have work experience with immigrants from Mexico. Community participants must have 2 years exposure to the issues that surround Mexican immigrants in education, health and/or social service areas. Other may enroll with faculty approval. This course is designed to provide advanced practice nurses, educators, and social workers with the necessary knowledge and skills to work with the Mexican population in the United States and abroad. The purpose of the course is to provide background through reading and discussion, followed by a short-term immersion experience for graduate students and community professionals in Guadalajara, Mexico. This course has four main components: healthcare, education, and social service systems study, related culture study, site visits to a variety or organizations/agencies and skill development.

6550  Issues and Roles in Advanced Community Health Nursing (2) Prerequisite: Admission to Masters Program or instructors consent.
   Content of this course addresses advanced community health issues and nursing roles, conceptualization of community, social determinants of health, global health issues, and ethical issues in working with communities.

6560  Complementary Healing (2) Prerequisite: Enrolled in Graduate nursing program or instructor's consent.
   Promotes exploration of complementary health approaches and utilization in health and wellness pursuits. Designed to enhance utilization of wellness-related behaviors by identifying, participating in, and applying principles of several complementary healing modalities. Fit of these modalities in establishing unique philosophies of holistic nursing care and personal wellness examined.

6561  International Health Care (2) Prerequisite: Enrolled in Graduate nursing program or instructor's consent.
   Introduction to practice of health care in the international arena. Health problems, health care systems, economics, politics, and culture for selected countries discussed. Focus on developing effective models of intervention for health professionals working as guests in economically less developed countries.

6562  Alternative Therapies for the Practitioner Practice (2) Prerequisite: NURS 6560 or instructor's consent.
   Explore alternative therapies that can compliment the advanced practice nurse's practice. Designed to inform the practitioner how alternative therapies work and inform the practitioner to become certified in these therapies.

6563  Unusual (Zebra) Diagnosis (2) Prerequisite: NURS 6897, 6396, 6107 or Instructor's consent.
   This is an advanced diagnostic reasoning class that will focus on the skills nurse practitioners need to recognize unusual presentations of usual illnesses and usual presentations of unusual illnesses, a zebra. The intended audience is graduate level nurse practitioner students (family, adult, acute care, woman's health and gerontology) who have successfully completed all of the coursework through N6897, N6396, and N6107. At this point in the curriculum, they have demonstrated skills in assessment, diagnoses, differential diagnosis, ordering and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic tests and arriving at a given diagnosis with rationale.

6564  Interdisciplinary Approach to End-of-Life/Palliative Care (2) Prerequisite: Graduate standing required and instructor consent.
   Meets with PHPRC 7434 and SW 6622. This course provides an interdisciplinary (e.g., medicine, nursing, social work, pharmacy, ethics) discourse on the provision of wholistic (bio-psycho-socio-spiritual) care for patients and their families experiencing life-limiting disease.

6565  Introduction to Forensic Nursing Examination (2) Prerequisite: Current Licensure as an RN.
   This course will provide the basic didactic and clinical information to begin the process of becoming a forensic sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE). The course includes quest presentation from SANE nurses, local law-enforcement agencies, district attorneys office, crime lab specialists and advocates working with victims of sexual assault and rape. Course includes lecture and clinical components. Course content meets didactic requirements required to sit for National Certification as an Adolescent and Adult Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.

6580  Issues in Rural Health (2) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or Instructor's consent.
   Focuses on issues related to delivery of primary health care services in rural and underserved areas.

6590  Community Health Nursing Practicum (3) Co-requisite: NURS 6003 or concurrent registration and Graduate standing or instructor's consent. .
   Application of community assessment, planning, program/project development, and evaluation skills appropriate for groups, communities, and organizations. Strategic planning, decision making, and marketing analysis applied to student's project. Required for community health nursing majors.

6591  Residency I (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6005 or concurrent registration and Graduate standing or instructor's consent.
   Application of management styles and theory; human resource selection, training, and evaluation; program/project management, administration, and evaluation; financial management; and legal and ethical concerns. Required for community health nursing majors.

6592  Residency II (4) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Synthesis of community health nursing knowledge and skills in advanced clinical practice to provide in-depth experience with a mentor in a community-based health care agency and collaboration with other health professionals in the community.

6600  Elder Health Promotion (2) Prerequisite: NURS 6020 and instructor's consent.
   Advanced health assessment emphasizes processes and techniques of identifying and evaluating health status, health promotion, and risk reduction needs of older adults. Particular emphasis placed on ways in which comprehensive geriatric assessment differs from assessment of younger individuals.

6601  Episodic Problems of Adults and Elders (2 to 3) Prerequisite: NURS 6020 and instructor's consent.
   Management of episodic illness in adults. Focuses on common, episodic EENT, respiratory, dermatologic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, hematologic, and musculoskeletal health problems. Less common episodic problems included for those enrolled for 3 credits.

6603  Chronic Problems of Adults and Elders (2 to 3) Prerequisite: NURS 6020 and 6601 and instructor's consent.
   Management of chronic illness in adults. Focuses on common chronic EENT, respiratory, dermatologic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, hematological, and musculoskeletal health problems. Less common chronic problems included for students enrolled for 3 credits.

6604  Physiology and Psychology of Aging (2 to 3) Cross listed as GERON 6604.
   Biological and psychosocial theories of aging analyzed. Normal physiologic and psychological aging changes presented. Emphasis on distinguishing normal changes from common age-related diseases.

6772  Quality Improvement in Health Care (3) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Further role development for patient care services administrative practice and leadership. Focuses on theory, methods, and tools of quality improvement. Patient care services administrators are expected to support and facilitate quality improvement, reduction of waste, and lowering of costs. Students complete one defined process improvement as part of course work.

6774  CNL Role Development and Implementation (3) Prerequisite: Matriculation into the Master's Program.
   This course focuses on the development of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role within the health care environment. Analysis and evaluation of the environment as well as care delivery models will be carried out to assist the student in development of the CNL role. The planning process as well as change theories will be applied to the implementation of the CNL role.

6777  Patient Care Administration Practicum (1 to 4) Prerequisites: Instructor's consent. Co-requisites: NURS 6770 and 6772.
   Practicum to integrate patient care services administration concepts and theories through participation within a health-oriented organization, analyzing complex functioning of a multidisciplinary health team, evaluating personal behaviors/negotiations in health care organizations and impact, assessing system dynamics used to unity/integrate functional aspects, and integrating current research findings relative to the practice of patient care service administration. Repeatable for credit.

6778  Administration Seminar (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Demonstration of synthesis and integration of skills learned to describe, write, and present case studies about major health care issues as if a member of an administrative team in a health care organization. Local health care administrators and leaders will be asked to participate in the learning process.

6801  Clinical Systems Analysis (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6800 and NURS 6810 and Consent of instructor.
   Focuses on clinical systems analysis and design for development of health information systems that support practice in complex health care settings. The organizational context of complex health care settings and informatics roles are examined as they relate to clinical systems analysis. Methods for clinical systems analysis and requirements determination are emphasized.

6802  Clinical Decision Support (3) Prerequisite: Programming course, NURS 6800 and NURS 6801 and NURS 6803 and consent of instructor.
   Decision-making theories and strategies related to clinical reasoning discussed. Methods of computer support for different reasoning strategies in clinical settings presented.

6803  Clinical Database Design (3) Prerequisite: Programming course, NURS 6800 and consent of instructor.
   Development and maintenance of clinical databases or application in solving clinical problems. Design methods, database structures, indexing, data dictionaries, retrieval languages, and data security are presented.

6804  Successful Implementation of Systems in Healthcare Settings (3) Cross listed as BMI 6804. Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   This course addresses the planning, implementation and outcomes of information systems in health care settings. Concepts related to the whole systems life cycle are applied. National and international informatics trends are analyzed. Project management techniques including risk mitigation are woven throughout the course. Electronic Health Record architecture, Information Technology processes, and major implementation issues are defined, evaluated and applied. Approaches for maintaining health information systems and evaluating the outcomes of such systems are analyzed.

6805  Seminar Practicum in Clinical Informatics (1) Prerequisite: All core Nursing Informatics courses and consent of instructor.
   This course focuses on the integration of informatics course content into an informatics experience in a work setting. The goal of the course is to provide synthesis of informatics course content, requisite competencies and actual role expectations. The experience is designed to help students transition into the workplace and prepare them future informatics positions.

6810  Nursing Informatics Specialty Practice (3) Prerequisite: Nursing Informatics Student or Consent of Instructor.
   Graduate course in nursing informatics specialty practice focusing on the management and processing of data, information, knowledge, and wisdom. The emphasis in this course is on concepts and theoretical underpinnings for specialty practice in nursing informatics. Infrastructure for healthcare information systems are analyzed. Informatics issues impacting healthcare decisions are explored. Systems implementation and evaluation are introduced for clinical information systems.

6815  Clinical/Nursing Informatics Practicum (1 to 3) Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NURS 6805 or Consent of instructor.
   Synthesis experience in organizations and agencies with ongoing clinical information activities. Integration of clinical informatics content, skills, and role expectation in a clinical informatics environment is emphasized. Laboratory sessions provide an opportunity for analysis of and reflection on clinical experiences.

6817  Knowledge Discovery in Databases (3) Prerequisite: Graduate standing required and instructor consent.
   This course emphasizes health care applications and issues of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD) at an introductory level. The entire KDD process is explored, including creation of target data sets, pre-processing, data mining, pattern interpretation and evaluation, corresponding with the Fayyad model of the KDD process. Lecture and practical exercises survey data mining methods for classification, prediction, rule induction, clustering, and attribute sub-set selection. Later in the course, emphasis shifts to critical analysis of KDD applications in health care.

6820  Human-Systems Interactions in Healthcare Informatics (3) Cross listed as BMI 6820. Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Students will be exposed to a range of topics about humans, systems of varying kinds and levels and their interactions within healthcare contexts. Models, theories and methods pertinent to human-systems interactions frame the course. Quasi-experimental research designs and human-systems system research methods are woven throughout the course. Cognitive psychology aspects of individuals are learned, including cognition, errors in decision-making and perception. Human-computer interaction principles are outlined, concentrating on user-centered design, interface design principles and usability testing. Ergonomics and device engineering concepts are reviewed. Sociological aspects of organizations are applied to healthcare informatics to include sociotechnical systems, motivations and team interactions for optimal decision-making and work design.

6888  Masters Synthesis (2) Prerequisite: Completion of Didactic Program of Study or permission from Specialty Director.
   This course provides masters' students an opportunity to synthesize knowledge gained from their graduate course of study, including research, theory, and practice. Integration of this knowledge is demonstrated by the students' ability to research and write a paper that critically analyzes a topic or issue relevant to their area of specialization. This course will meet the University requirement of the comprehensive examination.

6896  Practicum I (PNP, ANP, GNP, FNP) (3) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Students work with a preceptor in a primary health care setting to develop skills required to assess and manage common episodic health problems. Clinical conferences include discussions of the nurse practitioner role within the context of state and national health issues, as well as case analyses.

6897  Practicum II (PNP, ANP, GNP, FNP) (4) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Students work with a preceptor to develop skills required to assess and manage common acute and chronic health problems. Clinical conferences include discussions of the nurse practitioner role within the context of state and national health care issues, as well as case analyses.

6898  Residency (PNP, ANP, GNP, FNP) (6) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Clinical experience providing health care to clients and families in a variety of settings. Residency experience provides an opportunity to assume responsibility for health care services of individuals and their families under supervision of an established nurse practitioner and/or physician preceptor. Students are expected to practice as a nurse practitioner assuming increasing responsibility for planning and implementing therapeutic processes and for documenting and evaluating outcomes of care.

6950  Independent Study (1 to 10) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Individually arranged studies for students under direction of selected faculty member.

6960  Special Topics (2)
   Topics of special interest taught when justified by student and faculty interest. Content varies from year to year.

6961  Graduate Practicum: Study Abroad (1 to 12) Prerequisite: Enrolled in graduate nursing study or instructor's consent.
   Practicum study abroad to learn about the health care delivery system, health status of the people, and nursing in Finland through classroom education and observed clinical experiences. Students meet with faculty in evenings to discuss observations and compare health care delivery systems between Finland and Utah, as well as nursing roles and health status of each population. Opportunities provided to socialize with students and faculty in Finland and for sightseeing.

6970  Thesis Research: Master's (1 to 10) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Self-directed study in conjunction with the supervisory committee.

6975  Master's Project (1 to 8) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Self-directed study in conjunction with the supervisory committee.

6980  Faculty Consultation (1 to 3) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Study and research on thesis with faculty consultation.

7001  Principles of Qualitative Inquiry (3) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.

7002  Descriptive, Correlational & Experimental Research Design (4) Prerequisite: NURS 7001 and 7201 and instructor's consent.
   Extends understanding of problem analysis and decisions related to design of a research study. Research methods appropriate to correlational, experimental, and quasi-experimental designs critically examined and applied.

7007  Advanced Pathophysiology II (1 to 3) Prerequisite: NURS 6007.
   This is a three-hour course that expands upon molecular and cellular physiologic processes, established in Pathophysiology I (NURS 6007). The course is comprised of three one-hour disease specific modules and is designed so that different practice specialties can select the appropriate modules to incorporate into their respective DNP curriculum.

7009  Philosophy of Inquiry (3) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   This is a survey course that addresses philosophical traditions, and how those traditions influence research methodologies in behavioral, social, and biobehavioral research. Students will investigate the interrelationships between philosophy, truth, and methodological perspectives, including post-positivism/empiricism, hermeneutics, constructivism, post-structuralism, and postcolonial approaches to knowledge development. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the underlying epistemological assumptions of each philosophical approach. The advantages and disadvantages of each epistemological perspective, and how those perspectives translate into research methodologies and methods, will be addressed. This course also focuses on developing argumentation skills, specifically the identification of textual claims, grounds, and warrants.

7010  Domains of Knowledge (3) Prerequisite: NURS 7009 or instructor's consent.
   Second of a 2-course sequence in nursing knowledge. Domain knowledge relevant to the discipline of nursing introduced. Multiple research reports demonstrating development of a domain of knowledge will be read and development of programs of research explored.

7040  Data Collection Methods (3) Prerequisite: NURS 7001 and 7002 and 7201 and 7202 and instructor's consent.
   Introduction to qualitative and quantitative data collection. Content develops critical thinking and skills necessary to apply theoretical principles to evaluation of methods to assess or measure multiple types of phenomena.

7070  Multivariate Statistics (3) Prerequisite: NURS 7202 or Instructor's consent.
   Practical understanding of the logic and application of selected multivariate statistics provided. Areas covered are use of multivariate statistical tests in research, choosing an appropriate statistical test, and examining multivariate tests that apply to continuous and categorical dependent and independent variables. The multivariate techniques that will be examined this semester will include multiple regression, logistic regression, multivariate analysis of variance, repeated measures ANOVA and MANOVA, and either factor analysis, structural equation modeling, or hierarchical linear modeling. Emphasis placed on practical application of these statistics, use of statistical computer packages to generate output, and interpretation of such analyses.

7100  Research Practicum (1 to 6) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Directed research experience. Students are encouraged to select a practicum activity that adds and broadens their research skills and does not overlap with the focus of their dissertation.

7101  Research Ethics & Protection of Human Subjects (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   The ethical tenets guiding the conduct of research and scientific integrity are examined. The rights of human participants and the role and function of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) are emphasized. Strategies for addressing and minimizing ethical conflicts in research are explored.

7102  Distance Learning Strategies (1) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   The educational theories and philosophical underpinnings of doctoral education and distance learning will be examined. The research base on outcomes of traditional and distance educational approaches will be reviewed. Strategies to achieve maximum benefit from educational and information technology will be demonstrated by students.

7201  Statistics I (4) Prerequisite: Introductory statistics or equivalent and instructor's consent.
   First of 2 courses that provide sound theoretical and practical understanding of logic and application of selected methods of statistical analysis. Topics include evaluating characteristics of data, properties of normal distribution, measures of central tendency and dispersion, introduction to probability theory, general approach to hypothesis-testing in inferential statistics, and parametric and nonparametric approaches to testing hypotheses about single or multiple samples. Specific statistics covered are measures of association (e.g., chi-square and correlations), comparisons of multiple groups (e.g., t-tests, ANOVA), and their nonparametric equivalents (e.g., Mann Whitney-Kruskall-Wallis).

7202  Statistics II (4) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Second of 2 courses that provides a sound theoretical and practical understanding of the logic and application of selected statistical procedures. Course focuses on complex independent and/or dependent variables. General areas to be covered include two-way ANOVA, ANCOVA, repeated measures ANOVA, and multiple regressions techniques.

7205  Applied Statistical Analysis (3) Prerequisite: NURS 7201 and 7202.
   This course expands upon previous course work in graduate level statistics in several ways: 1) Focuses on the implementation of statistical analyses that were learned in the Stats I & II sequence (NURS 7201 and 7202) through the use of statistical programming (within established standards for programming) in both SPSS and SAS; 2) Emphasizes the need to establish questions and an analytical plan prior to accessing or analyzing data; 3) Provides practice in accessing public use data sets such as YRBS and National Health Interview; 4) Instructs students how to work with researchers to access study based data sets; 5) Introduces and provides practice in how to shift focus in the face of null findings and how to pursue questions that emerge in the course of the analyses; 6) Promotes movement from data analysis to dissemination.

7300  Critical Discourse Analysis (3) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or Instructor's consent.
   Open to all majors. This course explores critical discourse analysis as a method of scholarly inquiry. We discuss various historical, epistemological and methodological versions of discourse theory as they relates to differing ideas about what discourse is/does and how a researcher might address discourse as a unit of analysis. A major focus of the class will be to apply these frameworks to the analysis of texts used in social research such as archival and historical material, institutional and legal policies, interviews, focus groups and graphic images. Students will practice methods of discourse analysis using their own or selected data. Questions about how research production is also a discursive practice are emphasized and specific production strategies will be discussed. An organizing thread throughout will be the ongoing critical analysis of discourse in health sciences research and practice.

7400  Qualitative Data Analysis (3)
   The purpose of this course is to provide the student with hands-on experience with qualitative data, the different ways of conceptualizing qualitative data, and modes of analysis for different methods. We will include modes of data preparation and handling, forming categories and developing themes as well as means for identifying taxonomies, concepts, modeling results and building theory. The analytic structures discussed will be phenomenology, ethnography and grounded theory, and the evaluation and application of qualitatively-derived theory.

7430 Chronic Illness-Theories and Research (3) Prerequisite: NURS 7009 and 7010.
  This course will use a lifespan approach to explore chronic illness research and theories of chronic illness (including illness trajectory; stress and coping; quality of life), as related to adaptation to chronic illness and integration of the demands of chronic illness into everyday life.

7450 Factor Analysis in Instrument Development in Health Care Research (3) Prerequisite:  Two semesters of graduate level statistics or equivalent; Instructor's consent.
   This course will be fully on-line using videoconferencing technology. It will be offered to both on campus and distance doctoral students. It is intended to provide a sound theoretical and practical understanding of the logic and application to exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis for instrument development in health care research. Topics will include an overview of the characteristics and assumptions of exploratory vs. confirmatory factor analysis; for exploratory factor analysis (EFA): issues related to the design and testing of an instrument, evaluating the characteristics of matrices, approaches to extracting initial factors, rotating the factors, evaluating, refining, interpreting factors, and reporting the EFA results; for confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) the focus will be on model testing, setting up the measurement and path models, dealing with missing data, evaluation of the goodness of fit indices and path model fit, assessment of alternative and equivalent models, and reporting of the CFA results. SPSS for Windows will be used to conduct EFA; AMOS, a companion program to SPSS, will be used for CFA. Students will be expected to have in class access to a computer that is loaded with both SPSS and AMOS.

7500  Evidence-Based Practice II (3)
   This course will develop the ability of the nurse clinician to understand and utilize the principles of evidence-based practice in clinical care.

7773  Leadership & Health Care Policy (3) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Exploration of leadership theory and skills needed to influence health policy and health care. Opportunities to develop expertise and skill in health policy analysis, formation, and influence are provided. The course emphasizes leadership qualities and developing oneself as a leader in health policy, health care delivery and the academic setting. Leadership theories, concepts, and leadership-based research are incorporated.

7777  Doctoral Synthesis (3) Prerequisite: NURS 7001 and 7002 and 7009 and 7010 and 7040 and 7201 and 7202.
   Opportunity to synthesize knowledge gained from courses in clinical nursing, nursing theory, research/design methods (qualitative and quantitative), data collection methods and statistical analysis is provided. Integration of this information within the context of the role of a doctorally-prepared nurse professional is expected.

7880  Nonparametric Statistics (2) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Elective seminar in nonparametric statistics to provide a practical understanding of the logic and application of selected nonparametric statistics. Areas covered include nonparametric statistical tests in research; choosing an appropriate nonparametric statistical test; examining nonparametric tests that apply to single, paired, and independent samples; and measures of association and their tests of significance. Practical applications of nonparametric statistics, use of statistical computer packages to generate output, and interpretation of such analyses emphasized.

7890  Grounded Theory Research (2) Prerequisite: NURS 7001 or equivalent qualitative research course or instructor's consent.
   In-depth study of grounded theory research design, methods, and data analysis. Purposes of grounded theory and appropriate methods of data collection, analysis, and presentation of findings discussed.

7950  Independent Study: Doctoral (1 to 6) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Individually arranged studies for doctoral students under direction of selected faculty member.

7955  Independent Study-DNP (1 to 6)
   Individually arranged studies for DNP students under the direction of selected faculty member.

7960  Special Topics in Nursing (3) Prerequisites: Two semesters of grad level stats or equivalent/Inst Consent.
   Topics of special interest taught when justified by student and faculty interest. Content varies from year to year.

7961  Research with Diverse Populations (1 to 6) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Research on health outcomes in diverse groups, including gender and ethically diverse groups, children, and the elderly will be examined. Students will analyze issues related to historical exclusion of particular populations from research including women, racial minorities, children, and the elderly. Strategies to recruit and retain members of these groups will be identified and evaluated. Students will also critically review published literature in health outcomes with special/diverse population groups, as well as the principles of participatory research, cultural competence and health literacy. Regulatory and ethical concerns and gender and minority inclusion criteria in relation to proposal development will be discussed. Integration of this information within the context of the role of a doctorally-prepared research scientist is expected.

7970  Thesis Research: Doctoral (1 to 14) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Independent research on dissertation.

7975  Capstone (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6009 and 7500.
   Development and completion of a project that demonstrates synthesis of the student's work and lays the groundwork for future scholarship. Includes a required seminar with case-based presentations.

7980  Faculty Consultation (1 to 3) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Study and research on dissertation with faculty consultation.

7990  Continuing Registration: Ph.D. (0) Prerequisite: Instructor's consent.
   Continuing registration for doctoral students.


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