Course Requirements

Level I (Basic Graduate Generic) -  35 credits

Level II (Advanced Graduate Generic) –  40 credits

Level III (Graduate Core Courses) – 20 credits

Level IV (Advanced Practice Core Courses) - 12 credits

NSG 301


The foundations of the art and science of nursing are developed through the study and practice of basic nursing skills, therapeutic communication and critical thinking in classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. Foundations are strengthened through exposure to theories of human development, aging, stress, health teaching and health promotion. Knowledge is applied to the care of older adults in the clinical setting, facilitating student understanding of individual expressions of wellness, health and illness, and the development of a professional value system.

NSG 302


DescriptionThe art and science of nursing and selected nursing theories are examined to provide the basis for clinical thinking, compassionate communication, and therapeutic nursing interventions in the provision of medical /surgical care with adult/geriatric populations. The roles of the nurse as a health facilitator and provider of care are emphasized in working with common clinical medical/surgical issues. Classroom, clinical and laboratory experiences are provided related to individuals and families experiencing acute and commonly occurring patterns of illness.

NSG 303


The art and science of nursing and selected nursing theories are examined further as the basis for critical thinking, compassionate communication, and therapeutic nursing interventions in holistic nursing practice with adult/geriatric populations. The roles of the nurse as a health facilitator and provider of care are emphasized in working with more complex clinical issues. Classroom, clinical and laboratory experiences are provided related to health promotion and healing of individuals and families experiencing acute and commonly occurring patterns of illness.

NSG 307


This course examines the etiology, symptomatology, and clinical management of selected mental illnesses across the lifespan. The art and science of nursing and selected nursing and non-nursing theories are examined further as the basis for critical thinking, compassionate communication, and therapeutic nursing interventions in mental health nursing practice. The evidence base for psychiatric nursing will be examined and applied to practicum experiences. Various psychiatric nursing roles will be explored in the contexts of health promotion, disease management and rehabilitation.

NSG 322


This course is designed to integrate the principles of pathophysiology and pharmacology in order to set the knowledge base necessary to manage pharmacological therapy for both acutely and chronically ill patients. The nursing role in facilitating safe and effective pharmacotherapy is emphasized. The registered nurse plays a vital role in the education and treatment of patients undergoing drug therapy. To function successfully in this role, the nurse must understand the relationship between: a) pathophysiologic mechanisms and manifestations of disease, b) the fundamental principles of drug action, c) the application of specific drugs in the treatment of disease, and d) related nursing care considerations. The course recognizes the importance of patient teaching as a nursing function and provides greater emphasis on this topic. Guidelines for and specific examples of patient teaching are covered in each session. Changes in structure and function as a result of normal development and aging are addressed. Fundamentals of drug administration and calculations related to pharmacotherapy in a way that ensures the patient?s safety and satisfies medical and legal concerns are being reviewed.

NSG 332


This course is designed to prepare the student to perform comprehensive physical assessments and mental status exams of the individual in the context of their family and community. (Laboratory fee required).

NSG 431


Examines issues, frameworks, theories and techniques relevant to health promotion for individuals, families and communities. Health disparities and social & cultural factors impacting health and wellness are examined and methods for assessing and facilitating cultural competence of providers and institutions are studied. The nurse's role as advocate for health promotion in public policy is discusssed.

NSG 440


The art of childbearing nursing: a didactic and clinical course as presented and discussed in class and implemented in the clinical setting. Focus is on the role of the nurse in caring for healthy newborns, and childbearing women who may be experiencing actual or potential educational needs, illness manifestations, or injury patterns. A variety of clinical settings, both inpatient and outpatient for maternity care will be utilized .

NSG 441


The art of pediatric nursing: a didactic and clinical course as presented and discussed in class and implemented in the clinical setting. Focus is on the role of the nurse in caring for children ranging from newborns through adolescents. Levels of prevention, health promotion, health maintenance and health restoration will be discussed. Emphasis is placed on the physical, psychosocial, and developmental needs of infants, children and adolescents within the family as well as the alterations that occur during hospitalization. Major causes of morbidity and mortality will also be covered. The influence of health policy, cultural, economic, and ethical issues on the child and family are also addressed.

NSG 442


The emphasis of this course is to provide a theoretical basis for nursing and public health sciences in the field of population health. Emphasis is placed on application of the principles of primary health care, strategies of health promotion, disease prevention and management across the life-span in home and community settings, and nursing practice of community-based families and population. Current trends and professional, legal/ethical, economic, cultural, and environmental issues are examined as they apply to community health nursing.

NSG 443


This is the capstone clinical course in which students, preceptors, and faculty collaborate in application and synthesis of the core concepts of caring, collaboration, communication, cultural sensitivity, community and environment as they relate to the nursing care of clients with complex health care problems throughout the life span. The students will also demonstrate competency in clinical skills, critical thinking, problem solving, and time management. The purpose of the synthesis course is to facilitate the integration of current and prior curricular content so that the student can become an active and productive member of the health care team.

NSG 445


This course discusses the concepts essential to the development of the professional identity and role of the nurse as a leader. Unique leadership contributions of professional nursing to healthcare in multiple settings will be discussed. The nurse?s interactions with nursing colleagues and other health care providers will be addressed with an emphasis on leadership, communication, delegation, conflict resolution, negotiation and team building. The course draws on current knowledge and theory of leadership and the profession of nursing. The course will focus on the role of the professional nurse in relation to lawful, ethical practice and in relation to current health care system needs and expectations. Nursing roles and specialty practices will be discussed with regard to the leadership provided by these nurse experts. The course will also emphasize the development of the collaborative skills and understanding necessary to lead within the complex healthcare system, including the ability to present her/himself as a professional with evidence of leadership abilities . NSG 442 and NSG 472 are a co-requisite for this class.

NSG 472


This is a theory and clinical course with a focus on the roles and responsibilities of nurses caring for adults who are experiencing acute illness that may result in complex multiple system disorders. This course will emphasize the critical care concepts of oxygenation, perfusion, ischemia, pain, metabolism, and quality of life. In this course, students will synthesize knowledge and apply advanced skills to manage high acuity and critical care clients. An emphasis is placed on providing a strong theoretical foundation for the student to be able to apply critical thinking skills to clinical decision-making. In the clinical area utilizing the critical thinking techniques of the nursing process, students will assess, collect data, plan,implement and evaluate the care of clients hospitalized in high acuity and critical care units.

NSG 400


This seminar course is designed to examine the nature, function, and development of concepts, models and theories for their relevance to advanced nursing practice and nursing research. The structure of theory is analyzed by examining the relationship between theoretical components. A variety of types of theoretical statements utilized to conceptualize nursing practice and research are presented and evaluated. A process for developing a conceptual framework for inquiry and data-based nursing practice is presented.

NSG 401


This is a seminar course emphasizing the components of the research process. Using discussions and analysis of published studies, students will examine current research problems and their associated methodological and ethical issues. Students will prepare problem statements, formulate research questions, review nursing research literature, and utilize appropriate methodologies in preparing a research proposal.

NSG 481


The application of biostatistics/epidemiology to clinical practice and research is the intent of this seminar. Initial discussions will focus on understanding biostatistics and epidemiological statistics as applied to health and disease in diverse populations. From considering the relationship between measurement and biostatistics to understanding the importance of insuring data integrity throughout the research process, students will examine existing data sets (federal, voluntary agencies, professional/specialty organizations). Then the focus will be on understanding epidemiological statistics (rates, proportions, relative and absolute risk), descriptive statistics, measures of differences, measures of relationships/prediction, and multivariate statistical models as applied to health and disease.

NSG 540


This seminar is designed to explore cultural and ethical perspectives and their relationships to health policy. Health disparities based on social and cultural difference are linked to major diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension and stroke, as well as access to and outcomes of health services. Class discussions will focus on the past, current and future health policy needs of multicultural and multifaceted societies. The phenomena of cultural, ethnic, gender, class, and sexual variation in complex societies; notions of diversity and social justice; understandings of cultural conflicts and how cultural differences are managed in healthcare settings will be considered. Students will integrate concepts of all levels of prevention in health care, examine research in health ethics and health policy and discuss legislative processes for their potential to improve the health of the public.

NSG 598


Students conduct supervised research terminating in a manuscript suitable for publication. The study must be approved by the faculty advisor and the School of Nursing Human Subjects Committee prior to registration. Students are encouraged to generate research questions from their clinical area of study courses.

NSG 599


Students conduct supervised original research terminating in a completed and bound thesis. The study must be approved by the faculty advisor and the thesis committee approved by the School of Nursing prior to registration and must be completed during the term.

NSG 422


A synthesis of organic & inorganic chemistry, molecular biology, and cellular physiology that serves as a foundation for advanced understanding of pathophysiology and pharmacology.

NSG 426


This course builds on the principles of pathophysiology and pharmacology introduced in NSG 322. Emphasis is placed on the proper use of medication in self-care and dependent-care relative to health-related requisites, nursing role in administration of drugs, and proper patient education. The course focuses on the principles of nursing management in drug therapy along with the basics of core drug knowledge and patient-related variables. The major classifications of drugs are being examined along with issues arising from the use of drug therapy in contemporary society, and the related nursing implications are discussed. The pharmacological aspects of nursing care are integrated using the nursing process. In addition, there is emphasis on assessing and evaluating patient responses that change in accord with health, age, lifestyle, gender and other factors.

NSG 460


DescriptionThis course emphasizes the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced health assessment of individuals and families across the lifespan. This knowledge will be incorporated with related pathophysiological processes in common health abnormalities, with integration of laboratory findings and physical exam findings. The course will focus on physical, psychosocial, sociocultural, environmental, and developmental elements of advanced assessment necessary for developing clinical data-gathering skills, diagnostic reasoning and clinical problem-solving. It will allow students to explore fully the human individual, holistically, without recourse to invasive technologies. Interviewing techniques and head-to-toe physical assessment will be reviewed. The course will then concentrate on the focused systems assessment necessary for providing care to clients across the lifespan and assist the students in differentiating between normal, deviations from normal, and abnormal physical assessment findings. At the end of the course, students will be expected to perform an advanced physical exam upon a designated client and effectively communicate the findings.