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Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) Curriculum

This program of study lists the courses that you will be required to complete to meet graduation requirements.

Degree Completition

88 Credits

Total for DNP - FMPHNP Program

900 Clinical Hours

Total for DNP Program

200 Project Hours

Total for DNP Program

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NURS 565

Nurse as Educator

3 Credits

The focus of this course is on role development of the nurse as an educator. Emphasis is placed on preparing the student to perform effectively as a communicator of information which will enable the client to act as a responsible partner in his/her own health care. Recognizing teaching as an important clinical skill, this course engages students in formal inquiry into key components of patient education. Students have the opportunity to participate in the processes of needs assessment, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of education programs. Students conduct critical analysis of educational materials, apply research findings to patient education, and conduct a cost analysis of educational programs. The impact of legal issues, ethical dilemmas, and changes in the health care delivery system on patient education is discussed.

Pre/corequisites: None.

NURS 605

Public Health Policy

3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to critically analyze the ways in which public policy affects local and global health processes and outcomes. Students examine the broad context of health and social policy that impacts the health of the community and drives how strategies to improve the health of communities are structured. This course prepares the student to demonstrate leadership as a DNP by taking an active role in health advocacy and health policy development. Issues such as social justice, access to care, health care financing, and nurses in the political arena will be explored.

NURS 607

Advanced Health Assessment

3 Credits

This is the first course in the clinical advanced practice nurse (APN) series with a focus on advanced physical assessment, enhanced communication skills, and the reinforcement of health promotion and disease prevention across the life span. The course work and clinical lab activities enhance the student’s history taking proficiency, physical assessment skills, critical thinking, and decision-making competency essential for planning, delivering, and evaluating health care in the population.

Pre/corequisites: NURS 621.

NURS 608

Epidemiology and Population Health

3 Credits

This course prepares DNP students to relate the science of epidemiology, including genetic and environmental epidemiology, to evidence-based nursing practice in providing care to populations. Course content will cover identifying and defining population outcomes, concepts of epidemiology used in population-based research, and using data and information technology to target at-risk populations to improve health outcomes. In addition, students will analyze health policy at the population level and interpret trends in care delivery.

Prerequisite: NURS 632

NURS 609

Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Theory

3 Credits

This course presents the theoretical basis for anatomical, biological and psychological aspects of advanced practice in psychiatric mental health nursing. Genetic, prenatal and experienced/environmental influences are explored in relation to their role in brain development and functions. Emphasis is placed on neurobiological theories of psychiatric disorders and developmental, family and psychodynamic processes. Introduction to theories, concepts and models relevant to the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner's role in the care of persons with mental illnesses and populations at risk for mental illness are examined.

Pre/Corequisite: NURS 607

NURS 610

Nursing Theory

3 Credits

This course focuses on the development of nursing science through the use of nursing theoretical frameworks. Students are guided in the examination of the development of conceptualizations and in the critique of concepts, theories, and boundaries for nursing study, as well as the implications for using theories of nursing and theories in nursing. Emphasis is on critical thinking, via description, analysis, and evaluation of nursing theory for application to practice. The importance of research to the continuing development of nursing theory as a method of building nursing's unique knowledge base is emphasized throughout the course.

Pre/corequisite: Admission to Graduate Study or permission of course faculty.

NURS 612

Family Nursing Theory

3 Credits

This course examines the contemporary family’s structure, function and process. Various theoretical frameworks and models are explored and applied to nursing assessment of and intervention with the healthy and high-risk family system in a variety of clinical settings. Students utilize a wellness approach to optimize health within a developmental framework and promote family resilience and adaptation throughout the life span. Psychosocial, cultural, economic, gender, and spiritual variables and their impact on family life are analyzed.

Pre/corequisites: None.

NURS 613

Innovation in Information, Quality and Safety

3 Credits

This course focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to manage information, promote quality and maintain safety across healthcare settings. Collaborative and diverse opportunities to bring about improvement in healthcare are included. The course combines evidence-based concepts from technology, information science, communication studies, organizational quality, and health care science in order to prepare clinicians to take an active role in transforming healthcare and clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on the nurse’s active role in retrieving, interpreting, and sharing information to support an evidence-based clinical practice.

NURS 616

Advanced Nursing Research

3 Credits

This graduate level course examines quantitative and qualitative nursing research methods, principles, and methods of measurement, as well as skills for critical evaluation of nursing research. Identification and analysis of research related to clinical practice and health care outcomes are included. Students develop skills and knowledge needed to review and recognize the strength of evidence and recommend practice changes if indicated. This course builds upon previous knowledge of the research process, critiquing of research, and understanding of the application of statistical findings.

Pre/corequisites: None.

NURS 620

Legal and Ethical Issues

3 Credits

This course provides a foundation for values, codes and principles governing decisions in advanced nursing practice, conduct and relationships. The format of the course is to use case analysis and introduce a broad range of clinical ethical issues and to present the theoretical and practical knowledge that enables practitioners to provide leadership in responding to the ethical challenges confronting the health care system today. There is specific emphasis on legal concepts, the judicial process, ethical decision-making, and exploring interdisciplinary collaboration to strenghen ethical dialogue and decision making.

NURS 621

Clinical Pathophysiology

3 Credits

This course focuses on the causality of alterations in human physiologic function across the lifespan. Normal physiology and pathological phenomena produced by altered states of health across the lifespan are contrasted. The human physiologic responses to these altered states are related to pertinent diagnostic values, tests, and methods. This course serves as a basis for subsequent courses that deal with the clinical diagnosis and management of health problems.

Pre/corequisite: Matriculated graduate status.

NURS 626

Leadership for APN

3 Credits

This course focuses on the skills and knowledge needed by the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) to function in the role of a leader in health care. Emphasis is placed on the development of individual APNs as informed and collaborative leaders within the health care system who use current research based evidence in their role. Utilizing the nursing process, and leadership theory and organizational theory, students analyze the effectiveness of health care organizations and develop interventions to improve the organizational effectiveness. Issues related to the APN's role as an active participant in the legislation of health care policy are explored.

Pre/corequisites: None.

NURS 627

Clinical Management/FPMHNP I

5 Credits

This course provides the foundation for clinical management of children, adolescents, adults and older adults with common psychiatric mental health problems. A bio-psychosocial framework for understanding the development and treatment of psychiatric disorders and mental health problems is explored. Students are introduced to the process, dynamics, principles and ethical consideration of advanced practice psychiatric nurse interviewing, assessing and diagnosing as well as the initial planning, implementation and evaluation of therapeutic interventions with individuals. Therapies are introduced to promote health and prevent illness for individuals across the lifespan and their families. Psychopharmacotherapeutics and other therapeutic approaches are discussed in relation to their roles in the treatment of mental illnesses/psychiatric disorders.

Prerequisites: NURS 607; NURS 609
Pre/Corequisites: NURS 616; NURS 640

NURS 628

Clinical Management/FPMHNP II

6 Credits

This course focuses on advanced knowledge of psychiatric-mental health nursing, including selected mental health problems and psychiatric disorders. Assessment, decision-making and therapeutic interventions with families, groups, and populations at risk are explored. The role of advanced practice nurses in the implementation of psychopharmacotherapeutic and integrated bio-psychosocial educational and supportive interventions for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults as well as culturally diverse populations is examined.

Prerequisite: NURS 627
Pre/Corequisites: NURS 612; NURS 565

NURS 629

Clinical Management/FPMHNP III

6 Credits

This course continues to focus on advanced knowledge of psychiatric mental health nursing, including diagnosis and management of children, adolescents, adults and older adults with mental health problems and psychiatric disorders. Societal, ethical and systems issues that affect the advanced practice psychiatric nursing role during the delivery of primary mental healthcare to specialty populations are explored.

Prerequisite: NURS 628

NURS 632

Biostatistics for the DNP

3 Credits

This course is designed to broaden and enrich the DNP student's knowledge and understanding of biostatistics to facilitate implementation of evidence-based care to populations.  The course includes descriptive and inferential statistical analyses applicable to the health of populations.  Multivariate methodologies will be applied in the analysis of population trends and outcomes.  Additional skills include use of statistical software for analysis and interpretation of statistical tests.

NURS 637

Program Development and Grant Writing

3 Credits

Program development is an ongoing systematic process for the planning, funding, implementation and evaluation of programs. Content will cover principles and models for program planning, grant writing, and formative and summative outcomes measurement. In addition students will gain practical skills in project management, program delivery and marketing. Students will acquire content knowledge, writing proficiency, research skills, organizational ability, and principles of persuasion. This course will provide students with the background necessary to develop competitive funding proposals and achieve success in health, social, and behavioral programs in a variety of settings.

Prerequisite: NURS 608

NURS 640

Pharmacology

3 Credits

An integrative approach to pharmacology is emphasized. The principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and toxicology are presented. The characteristics of the major drug classifications and clinical practice implications are addressed as well as the legal and regulatory implications of drug administration and the essentials of prescription writing. The opportunity to explore related topics alone or in a group is provided, e.g., substance abuse, self-medication with over-the-counter drugs, drug therapy for pain management, drug therapy in a specialty area (maternal, pediatric, gerontologic health care), and alternatives to drug therapy.

Pre/corequisite: Matriculated graduate status; NURS 621.

NURS 710

Evidence Based Practice for the DNP

3 Credits

This doctoral level course focuses on providing the resources for students to evaluate, translate, and integrate published research results into clinical practice. Building on previous course work, students will continue to identify clinical practice problems, develop answerable clinical research questions, search for best evidence, and appraise evidence using epidemiological, biostatistical, and scientific principles. In addition, students will integrate best evidence while taking into account patient values and preferences. Evaluating the effectiveness of evidence on outcomes is included.

NURS 711

Organizational Behavior and Systems Leadership

3 Credits

Organizational and systems leadership skills critical for culturally sensitive nursing practice to improve healthcare and outcomes are enhanced. Focus is on transformational leadership, measurement of outcomes, data driven decision–making, and the business realities of leading within healthcare. The emphasis is on skills and competencies needed to provide a scientific knowledge base for leadership in quality healthcare and systems of change focusing on not only the outcome, but safety, fiscal principles, efficiency and quality.

NURS 713

Advancements in Information, Quality and Safety

3 Credits

This course focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to promote quality, maintain patient safety and manage information across healthcare settings. Collaborative and diverse opportunities to bring about improvement in healthcare are included. The course combines evidence-based concepts from technology, information science, communication studies, patient safety, organizational quality, and health care science to prepare nurses to take an active role in transforming healthcare and clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on the nurse’s active role in retrieving, interpreting, and sharing information to support an evidence-based clinical practice.

NURS 722

DNP Project I

150 Clinical Hours
3 Credits

This course is the first of three sequential clinical courses that focuses on the DNP project development providing experiential learning opportunities for the student.  The course challenges the student to finalize their DNP project proposal building upon the foundation of clinical, behavioral and social sciences.  Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with doctoral faculty and mentor experts to refine and develop their project proposal including submission of the final project proposal paper, Institutional Review Board (IRB) application and project implementation once approved by the IRB.  Throughout the three sequential clinical courses, the DNP student will employ the expanded advanced practice nursing role competencies focusing on their populations of interest.  The student meets a minimum of 150 clinical hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 710

NURS 723

DNP Project II

150 Clinical Hours
3 Credits

This course is the second of three sequential clinical courses with a focus on the implementation of the DNP project developed in NURS 722 providing experiential learning opportunities for the student.  As the approved project progresses the student continues with the opportunity to collaborate with doctoral faculty and mentor experts to collect and analyze data to evaluate the scholarly project's outcomes.  Throughout the three sequential clinical courses, the DNP student will employ expanded advanced practice nursing role competencies focusing on their populations of interest.  The student meets a minimum of 150 clinical hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 722

NURS 725

DNP Project III

225 Clinical Hours
4 Credits

This course is the third of three sequential clinical courses with a continued focus on the completion of the DNP project developed in the previous two clinical courses providing experiential learning opportunities for the student.  As the project progresses the student continues with the opportunity to collaborate with doctoral faculty and mentor experts to analyze data and formulate the final project outcome(s).  The student will be required to develop a project dissemination plan to include a local, state or national conference and a manuscript ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.  The sequential clinical courses provide students with experiential learning competencies for future scholarship.  The student meets a minimum of 225 clinical hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 723

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