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Nurse Practitioner Curriculum (FNP, PNP & FPMHNP)

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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 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 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 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 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.

Clinical Courses

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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 641

Clinical Management/FNP I

5 Credits

This is an entry level clinical course in which the student integrates basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and builds on advanced health assessment knowledge. Students develop an understanding of the pathologic changes and clinical manifestations that characterize common acute disorders. Students apply new understanding of pathophysiology and evolving clinical decision making skills to the interpretation of assessment data and the diagnosis and treatment of primary care clients and their families across the lifespan. Students perform complete health assessments and provide client care with supervision. In collaboration with the health care team, students are involved in the implementation and evaluation of accepted medical and nursing interventions and integrate research, teaching and consultation skills as a beginning basis for clinical practice.

Pre/corequisites: NURS 612, NURS 565, NURS 607, NURS 616

NURS 642

Clinical Management/FNP II

6 Credits

This course reflects a building of knowledge and skills from the previous clinical course, Clinical Management in Primary Health Care: Family NP I. Students continue to progress in the nurse practitioner role and in the delivery of health care to individuals with acute and chronic health care needs. In collaboration with the health care team, students are involved in the implementation and the evaluation of accepted medical and nursing interventions used in the care of patients across the lifespan. Effective use of skills required for clinical management, education, consultation, referral, and follow-up are emphasized.  Therapeutic interventions based upon evidenced-based research are integrated along with complimentary and alternative healing approaches appropriate for individuals and their families with health care problems. Course work, classroom activities, and clinical assignments enhance students' critical thinking and decision-making skills, specifically for complex health care problem evaluation.

Pre/corequisites: NURS 640, NURS 641.

NURS 643

Clinical Management/FNP III

6 Credits

This is a culminating clinical course in which students are managing client care with increasing independence. The collaborative model guides the student in the implementation and evaluation of accepted medical and nursing interventions used in the care of the patients across the lifespan. Students further develop leadership, research, teaching, and consultation skills as a basis for clinical practice. Practice issues are identified and discussed in a structured environment that incorporates ethical concepts and effective use of resources for beginning autonomous practice. Theoretical concepts of organizational systems and health care politics and policy are applied to the advanced practice setting to identify and solve complex problems.

Pre/corequisites: NURS 642.

NURS 686

Clinical Management/PNP I

5 Credits

This is an entry level clinical course in which the students integrate basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and builds on advanced health assessment knowledge. The student develops an understanding of the pathologic changes and clinical manifestations that characterize common acute disorders. Students apply new understanding of pathophysiology,evolving clinical decision making skills to the interpretation of assessment data, the diagnosis of illness and the treatment of primary care in infants, children, adolescents and young adults populations. Students perform complete health assessments and provide client care with supervision. Collaborative strategies guide the student in the implementation and evaluation of accepted medical and nursing interventions and integrates research, teaching and consultation skills as a beginning basis for clinical practice.

Pre/corequisites: NURS 607, NURS 616.

NURS 687

Clinical Management/PNP II

6 Credits

This course reflects a building of knowledge and skills from the previous clinical course. The student continues to progress in the nurse practitioner role and in the delivery of health care to infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with acute and chronic health care needs. Collaboration guides the students in the implementation and the evaluation of accepted medical and nursing interventions used in the care of the child health population. Effective use of skills required for clinical management, education, consultation, referral, and follow-up are emphasized. Therapeutic interventions based upon evidence-based research are integrated along with complimentary and alternative healing approaches appropriate for the child health population. Course work, classroom activities, and clinical assignments enhance the student’s critical thinking and decision-making skills, specifically for complex health care problem evaluation.

Pre/corequisites: NURS 686, NURS 640.

NURS 688

Clinical Management/PHC PNP III

6 Credits

This is a culminating clinical course in which students are managing client care with increasing independence. Collaboration guides the student in the implementation and evaluation of accepted medical and nursing interventions used in the care of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Students further develop leadership, research, teaching, and consultation skills as a basis for clinical practice. Practice issues are identified and discussed including ethical concepts and effective use of resources for beginning autonomous practice. Theoretical concepts of organizational systems and health care politics and policy are applied to the advanced practice setting to identify and solve complex problems.

Pre/corequisites: NURS 687.

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