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NURS 5000 - Investigation of Special Topics

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NURS 5001 - Holistic Nursing Part 1:Basic Concepts

The curriculum in this 3-course certificate program is designed for nurses interested in integrating holistic principles and evidence-based modalities in their professional practice. Students will learn about the state of the science in holistic care and the latest research on the efficacy and safety of a variety of complementary and alternative modalities (CAM). This course was developed around the five core values and scope and standards of holistic nursing and provides nurses with the educational foundation required to take the national board certification examination in holistic nursing. Teaching/learning interventions and CAM are selected as examples of nursing approaches to promote health and healing of patients. Every nurse who completes the 3 courses will receive a certificate.

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NURS 5002 - Holistic Nursing Part 2: Advanced Concepts

The curriculum in this 3-course certificate program is designed for nurses interested in gaining a holistic perspective in nursing practice and everyday life and provides nurses with the educational foundation required to take the national board certification examination in holistic nursing. This course introduces students to advanced concepts in holistic nursing. Major concepts of health and wellness, body-mind healing, spirituality and health, selected complementary and alternative modalities (CAM), and evidenced-based practice are highlighted. Participants engage in experiential activities that explore and analyze a range of practices that are applicable for providing holistic care in a variety of health care settings. Every nurse who completes the 3 courses will receive a certificate.

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NURS 5003 - Holistic Nursing Practicum

This course provides students with an opportunity to apply theory from holistic nursing to individuals, families, and community groups in a variety of health care settings. Focus is on relationship-centered holistic care and selected CAM modalities applied across the wellness-illness continuum in collaboration with other members of the health care team. Selected readings, clinical experiences, and practicum project are determined in collaboration with faculty. Course may be taken concurrently or following Holistic Nursing Part 2: Advanced Concepts.

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NURS 5012 - Nursing Science and Patterns of Knowing in Advanced Nursing Practice

An historical, contemporary and futuristic exploration of the art and science of nursing praxis including patterns of knowing: empirical, ethical, aesthetic, existential and emancipatory. Theories and models derived from nursing and the social sciences are synthesized for their usefulness in advanced practice nursing care for individuals, families, and communities to promote health and manage a variety of problems such as health threats, acute and chronic illnesses, and transitions. Opportunities are provided for students to synthesize family health concepts for use in clinical practice, scholarship, and research.

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NURS 5020 - Statistical Methods in Health Sciences Research

Quantitative procedures including descriptive and inferential statistics, non-parametric approaches to data, and parametric analyses. Selected research designs are explored. Analytic techniques are applied for use in selected research designs in health sciences research. Cross listed with CLTR 5020.

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NURS 5030 - Nursing Research for Evidence Based Practice

Examination of qualitative and quantitative methods of primary research employed to answer questions in nursing practice. Concepts include patient safety and quality principles, quality/process improvement, and evidence-based practice processes. Emphasis is on problem identification; design principles; and accessing, analyzing, disseminating and applying research for evidence-based practice.

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NURS 5060 - Advanced Pathophysiology: Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan

This course is designed for nurses preparing for advanced nursing practice roles across varying population foci. Concepts will include advanced human physiology, pathophysiology, and common clinical manifestations. A body-systems framework will be used.

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NURS 5062 - Advanced Health Assessment across the Lifespan

Principles and techniques of advanced health assessment across the life span are examined and practiced. Lab fee of $250 added to student’s fee bill.

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NURS 5070 - Advanced Pharmacodynamics and Implications for Nursing Actions

Emphasis is placed on pharmacodynamics, on nursing measures that support desired drug responses or reduce side effects which must be tolerated, and on client teaching indicated by pharmacotherapy.

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NURS 5089 - Quality and Microsystems

This course introduces both quality and Microsystems; and the role of the CNL as a leader, educator and advocate for safe, cost effective quality care. Practicum (100 hours required) for individual assessment of Microsystems using the 5-P approach emphasizing the aggregate.

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NURS 5095 - Individualized Study

Description will vary depending on the needs/goals for each occurrence.

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NURS 5098 - Independent Study

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NURS 5099 - Clinical Nurse Leader Role, Quality and Clinical Immersion

Utilization of ecological, global and social determinants of health to survey the history of quality, address quality improvement principles and concepts at the point of care, use of information systems/technology and patient care technology supportive of clinical and administrative decision-making and further understand the role of the CNL culminating in a clinical immersion experience (300 hour minimum), which includes management of the quality project identified in NURS 5089.

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NURS 5101 - Fundamental Mechanisms of Acute and Chronic Pain

An exploration of physiological processes involved in pain transmission as well as the psychological, emotional, and cognitive processes that modulate pain experience based on the current literature using both animal and human pain models.

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NURS 5102 - Basic and Clinical Pain Research

Exploration of the methods and models (both basic and clinical) used to study pain.

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NURS 5103 - Pharmacology of Pain and Analgesia

This course will review the pharmacological processes underlying normal and pathological pain states, and will build upon this knowledge to gain an understanding of the pharmacotherapies currently utilized for the treatment of pain and their shortcomings. Particular emphasis will also be placed on the concept of individualized care and developing technologies within this realm.

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NURS 5104 - Pain Assessment and Management

This seminar-based course comprised of seminars by clinicians and pain scientists will evaluate, integrate and translate findings from primary literature into evidence-based practice.

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NURS 5150 - Common and Chronic Health Problems in APN Practice II

Grounded in theory and evidence, this didactic clinical course focuses on application of critical thinking skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on health promotion and maintenance, and assessment, diagnosis and management of common and chronic health problems while considering context for populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and family nurse practitioner.

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NURS 5160 - Common and Comorbid Health Problems in AGNP Acute Care Practice III

Incorporating theory and evidence, this didactic clinical course focuses on integration of critical thinking skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on risk reduction and acute care assessment, diagnosis and management of common and co-morbid acute health conditions while considering context among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Taken by all students in the adult-gerontology acute care track.

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NURS 5169 - AGNP Acute Care Clinical Practicum II

Clinical Practicum and seminar course that focuses on integration of critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the acute care clinical setting. Integrates content and clinical experiences from all previous acute care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing risk reduction and assessment, diagnosis and management of common and co-morbid health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240hr/semester). Taken by all students in the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner track. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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NURS 5170 - Complex and Comorbid Health Problems in AGNP Acute Care Practice IV

Grounded in theory and evidence, this didactic clinical course focuses on synthesis of critical thinking skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on risk reduction and acute care assessment, diagnosis and management of more complex and co-morbid acute health conditions while considering context among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Taken by all students in the adult-gerontology acute care track.

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NURS 5179 - AGNP Acute Care Clinical Practicum III

Clinical practicum and seminar course that focuses on synthesizing critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the acute care clinical setting. Synthesizes content and clinical experiences from all previous acute care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing risk reduction and assessment, diagnosis and management of more complex acute health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240hr/semester). Taken by all students in the adult-gerontology acute care practitioner track.

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NURS 5350 - Advanced Neonatal Embryology/Physiology

This course examines fetal, transitional, and neonatal physiology. Embryology is also discussed, as the basis for neonatal development.

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NURS 5362 - Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan: Neonatal Section

This course is designed to enable students to put into practice the principles and skills needed for advanced health assessment of the neonate.

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NURS 5365 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing Theory I

The purpose of this first clinical course is to introduce the role of the neonatal nurse practitioner clinician in the management of normal and high-risk families and infants. The focus of the course is to develop skills in the physical and psychosocial assessment of high-risk childbearing families during all phases of the childbearing process: antenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, and the neonatal period. Special emphasis will be placed on events during the antenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum periods that impact the neonate.

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NURS 5369 - Advanced Neonatal Practicum I

The focus of this practicum is the assessment and management of moderately ill infants and their families.

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NURS 5370 - Adv Pharmacodyn and Implic for Nursing Actions: Neonatal Section

Emphasis is placed on neonatal pharmacodynamics, on nursing measures that support desired drug responses or reduce side effects which must be tolerated.

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NURS 5375 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing Theory II

Focuses on the acquisition and application of in-depth physiological and psychological knowledge to the nursing care of high-risk neonates and their families. Emphasis is placed on the role of the advanced practice nursing management of high-risk neonatal populations.

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NURS 5379 - Advanced Neonatal Practicum II

The focus of this practicum is the assessment and management of high-risk neonates and families.

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NURS 5385 - Advanced Neonatal Nursing III

This course focuses on the components essential for preparation of students for advanced practice in neonatal nursing.

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NURS 5389 - Advanced Neonatal Practicum III

The focus of this course is the assessment and management of critically ill high-risk neonates and their families.

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NURS 5400 - Health Promotion, Prevention, and Common Health Problems in APN Practice I

Grounded in theory and evidence, this initial didactic clinical course focuses on development of critical thinking necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and assessment, diagnosis and management of common health problems while considering context for populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and family nurse practitioner. Taken by all students in adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and family nurse practitioner tracks. A fee is added to the fee bill for clinical tracking online. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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NURS 5409 - APN Clinical Practicum I

Initial clinical practicum and seminar focusing on developing critical thinking and psychomotor clinical skills necessary to cultivate advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in a clinical practice setting. The emphasis is on considering context while providing health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and clinical assessment, diagnosis and management of common health problems for populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and family nurse practitioner. The role of the nurse practitioner in the current healthcare system is examined. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240hr/semester). Taken by all students in adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and family nurse practitioner tracks.

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NURS 5410 - Common and Comorbid Health Problems in APN Primary Care Practice III

Grounded in theory and evidence, this didactic clinical course focuses on integration of critical thinking skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on health promotion and maintenance, and primary care assessment, diagnosis and management of common and co-morbid health conditions while considering context for populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology primary care and family nurse practitioner. Taken by all students in adult-gerontology primary care and family nurse practitioner tracks. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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NURS 5419 - AGNP Primary Care Clinical Practicum II

Clinical Practicum and seminar course that focuses on integration of critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the primary care clinical setting. Integrates content and clinical experiences from all previous primary care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing health promotion and maintenance, and assessment, diagnosis and management of common and co-morbid health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240hr/semester). Taken by all students in the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner track. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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NURS 5420 - Complex and Comorbid Health Problems in APN Primary Care Practice IV

Grounded in theory and evidence, this didactic clinical course focuses on synthesis of critical thinking skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on health promotion and maintenance, and primary care assessment, diagnosis and management of more complex and co-morbid health conditions while considering context for populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology primary care and family nurse practitioner. Taken by all students in adult-gerontology primary care and family nurse practitioner tracks. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to graduate.

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NURS 5429 - AGNP Primary Care Clinical Practicum III

Clinical practicum and seminar course that focuses on synthesizing critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the primary care clinical setting. Synthesizes content and clinical experiences from all previous primary care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing health promotion and maintenance, and assessment, diagnosis and management of more complex and co-morbid health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240hr/semester). Taken by all students in the adult-gerontology primary care and family nurse practitioner tracks. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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NURS 5430 - Management of Childbearing Women and Children

The focus of this course on health promotion/disease prevention and clinical diagnosis and management of management of childbearing women and children. In addition, common acute and chronic health problems will be addressed.

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NURS 5439 - FNP Primary Care Practicum II

Clinical Practicum and seminar course that focuses on integration of critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the primary care clinical setting. Integrates content and clinical experiences from all previous primary care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing health promotion and maintenance, and assessment, diagnosis and management of common and co-morbid health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the family nurse practitioner. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240hr/semester). Taken by all students in the family nurse practitioner track. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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NURS 5440 - Advanced Practice Nursing Abroad

Focus is on health promotion/disease prevention and the clinical diagnosis and management of individuals/families experiencing chronic health problems in varied clinical settings providing care for diverse cultural groups. The role of the nurse practitioner is examined with a focus on cultural competency and sensitivity. Includes seminar and clinical hours

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NURS 5449 - FNP Primary Care Practicum III

Clinical practicum and seminar course that focuses on synthesizing critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the primary care clinical setting. Synthesizes content and clinical experiences from all previous primary care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing health promotion and maintenance, and assessment, diagnosis and management of more complex and co-morbid health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the family nurse practitioner. Credits include seminar and 16 hours of clinical per week (240hr/semester). Taken by all students in the family nurse practitioner track. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

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NURS 5700 - Health Professions Education: Evaluation

This course will introduce students to important principles of evaluation science, with a particular emphasis on formative and summative evaluations. The course will help students apply these principles to the practice of evaluating educational activities for health care professionals in various stages of education and training.

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NURS 5710 - Health Professions Education: Planning

This course will introduce students to important principles of educational planning, reflecting the literatures of adult learning, curriculum and instruction, diffusion of innovations research, and health professions education. The course will help students apply these principles to the practice of planning educational activities for health care professionals in various stages of education and training.

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NURS 5720 - Health Professions Education: Implementation

This course will introduce students to important principles of implementation reflecting the literatures of adult learning, curriculum and instruction, and health professions education. The course will help students apply these principles to the practice of implementing educational activities for health care professionals in various stages of education and training.

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NURS 5811 - Application of Genetics to Healthcare

Open to graduate students in Nursing. The role of the Human Genome Project in genetic diagnostics, health promotion, disease prevention, therapeutic interventions and counseling, as well as the mechanisms of genetic inheritance and the genetic contribution to common and complex disorders, will be analyzed using a multidisciplinary context. Students will evaluate the ethical, financial, cultural, moral and legal issues that arise using case study discussion and analysis to augment didactic knowledge.

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NURS 5845 - Health Services Statistics & Research Methods for the Scholarship of Application

This course will encompass elements of needs assessment, statistics, research methods/design, and epidemiology/populations health serving as the foundation for subsequent development of clinical scholarship.

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NURS 5850 - Scientific and Theoretical Underpinnings for the Scholarship of Application

This course explores foundational theories applicable to the practice arena. Topics include: Systems theory, organizational development theory, complexity theory, social worlds theory, nursing mid-range theory and nursing models of evidence-based practice.

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NURS 5855 - Evidence-Based Practice for the Scholarship of Application

This course focuses on the development of skills in the translation, application, and evaluation of research, with an emphasis on evidenced-based practice. Skills in the integration of knowledge from diverse sources and disciplines and its application to solve clinical problems and improve health outcomes will be emphasized

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NURS 5860 - Quality and Organizational/Systems Leadership for the Scholarship of Application

This course addresses assessment and diagnosis of organizations, facilitation of system-wide change, development of political skill for change, engagement in the process of quality and performance improvement methodologies, and application of leadership theory within organizations.

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NURS 5865 - Information Systems for the Scholarship of Application

This course focuses on the evaluation and use of information systems/technology and patient care technology supportive of clinical and administrative decision-making relevant to patient care, care systems, and quality improvement.

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NURS 5869 - Doctor of Nursing Practice Residency Elective

This course requires the student to complete a nursing practicum in the specialty area of their choice with hours as necessary for total of 1,000 post-BSN.

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NURS 5870 - Health Policy and Populations-based Advocacy for the Scholarship of Application

This course focuses on the role of collaborative health care teams in health promotion and risk reduction and illness prevention for population health. Educational strategies necessary for transformation of clinical education to decrease preventable deaths will be incorporated.

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NURS 5879 - Doctor of Nursing Practice Residency I

The first of 2 clinical courses, NURS 5879 requires the student to complete a nursing practicum in the specialty area of their choice. Students will select an area of specialization, develop individual objectives, and plan their project, which will be implemented during the subsequent clinical semester. The clinical practicum will serve as an immersion experience; concepts covered in didactic coursework will contribute to the students developing project ideas during the first clinical semester. The placement, preceptor, and the student’s committee members will support the student during the process and time in which they develop, implement, and evaluate their projects over the course of 2 semesters.

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NURS 5885 - Leadership and Management for the Scholarship of Application

This course will encompass elements of leadership development, advanced practice management issues, and financial planning including budgeting and business planning.

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NURS 5889 - Doctor of Nursing Practice Residency II

The second of 2 clinical courses, NURS 5889 requires the student to complete a nursing practicum in the specialty area of their choice. Students will select an area of specialization, develop individual objectives, and implement their project, which was designed in NURS 5879.

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NURS 5895 - Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Practice Dissertation Seminar

This recurring seminar is designed to assist students in the development of the DNP Clinical Practice Dissertation (CPD).

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NURS 6100 - Philosophy of Science in Nursing

A critical examination of the meanings, methods, and logical structure of science. Contemporary and historical views pertaining to the nature of truth, explanation, law, theory and methodology will be analyzed and compared. Examples drawn from nursing epistemology as well as that of other disciplines will be utilized to depict the presuppositions of modern science.

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NURS 6101 - Grantsmanship: The Pursuit of Scholarly Support

This course presents an introduction to the process of securing grants. Practical application is stressed to enhance the development of skills needed to secure funding for scholarly research endeavors.

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NURS 6110 - Analysis of Contemporary Nursing Knowledge

Methods of analysis and evaluation of the concepts and theories in nursing both grand and mid range.

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NURS 6115 - Experimental Design and Analysis in Nursing Research

This course will focus on the study and application of quantitative research methods from design through statistical analysis for experimental designs in nursing and healthcare. Options for the structures of experimental designs and techniques of data analysis appropriate to experimental studies of varying complexity, including emerging research methodologies, will be addressed. Students will conduct a pilot study using the most appropriate experimental design.

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NURS 6130 - Introduction to Qualitative Methodology

This course is designed for students in nursing and other disciplines to achieve an introductory level of expertise in selected qualitative approaches. Expected course outcome is a completed qualitative project.

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NURS 6135 - Exploring the Nature of Nursing Knowledge

The course is a critical examination of the development of nursing’s disciplinary knowledge as it relates to the nature of nursing and its epistemic, ontologic, and ethical claims. This examination will include historical analysis and evaluation of nursing’s meta-paradigm (meta language), conceptual models, and theories both grand and middle range.

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NURS 6145 - Quasi and Non Experimental Design and Analysis in Nursing Research

This course focuses on application of quantitative research methods from design through statistical analysis for quasi and non experimental designs in nursing and healthcare. Options for the structures of quasi and non experimental designs and techniques of data analysis appropriate to studies of varying complexity, including emerging research method innovations, will be addressed. Limitations to the justification/feasibility of applying an experimental approach to human subjects will be included. Students will conduct a pilot study utilizing the most appropriate research design.

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NURS 6150 - Instrument Development in Nursing

A study of the theories and methods of instrument development as applied to nursing. The basic psychometric properties to be assessed and built into a useful measure for clinical or research applications are explored.

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NURS 6160 - Advanced Qualitative Methods

This seminar is designed for students in nursing and other disciplines to achieve an advanced level of expertise in selected qualitative approaches. Expected course outcome is a completed qualitative project.

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NURS 6165 - Mixed Methods in Nursing Research

This course presents mixed methods as a third paradigm that combines and complements the qualitative and quantitative approaches traditionally used in nursing research. Theoretical, paradigmatic, and programmatic issues, as well as practical application will be discussed.

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NURS 6175 - Advancing Nursing Knowledge Development

The course is a critical application of nursing knowledge to nursing research. Each student will identify and justify the epistemology, theoretical perspective, methodology, and methods that will provide a scaffold for his/her dissertation topic.

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