Course Descriptions

NURS 500 - Technology in Healthcare and Education. This course is designed to provide an introduction to nursing informatics, information systems, clinical decision systems, and computer technology for use in promoting safety and quality in nursing practice and education. Students also will be introduced to computer applications needed to progress through the curriculum.  The length of the course is 4 weeks during the late summer session. Offered in hybrid format, meeting the 1st week of the course and online weeks 2-4. 2 credits.

NURS 501 - Statistics for Evidence-based Practice. This course focuses on the development of skills needed to understand statistical analysis and reasoning. Emphasis is placed on comprehending the use and relevance of statistics in nursing research. The length of the course is 8 weeks during the first half of fall semester. Offered online. 3 credits.

NURS 502 - Nursing Research Design and Methodology. This course focuses on critical appraisal of nursing research and methods of inquiry to guide evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the skills and knowledge needed to critically appraise and determine the strength of evidence available to inform issues of current nursing practice and education. The length of the course is 8 weeks during the second half of the fall semester. Offered online. 3 credits.

NURS 503 - Advanced Pathophysiology. This course provides an in-depth analysis of physiological processes and pathological alterations that affect health across the lifespan. Synthesis and application of current research-based knowledge regarding pathological changes also are considered. The length of the course is 8 weeks during the first half of spring semester. Offered online. 3 credits.

NURS 504 – Advanced Pharmacology. This course focuses on a study of the pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents. Emphasis is placed on topics of pharmacologic mechanisms of action, effects on organ systems, routes of administration, therapeutic uses, considerations related to age and physiologic state, adverse reactions, contraindications, and drug interactions. The length of the course is 8 weeks during the second half of spring semester. Offered online. 3 credits.

NURS 505 - Advanced Physical Assessment. This course provides an introduction to the skills of advanced clinical history taking and physical assessment. Emphasis is placed on discernment between normal and abnormal findings, recognition of common health problems, and the process of critically analyzing problems. The clinical component of the course gives students the opportunity to apply concepts, theory and practice in obtaining comprehensive health histories and physical assessment data for patients of all ages and states of health. The length of the course is 8 weeks during the early summer session. Offered in hybrid format, meeting the 1st and the 8th weeks of the course. 3 credits (2 theory; 1 clinical).

NURS 506 - Christian Philosophical & Ethical Foundations of Advanced Nursing. This course focuses on a Christian perspective of ethical theories and principles for application to moral dilemmas within the social context of healthcare. Emphasis is placed on professional responsibility and accountability, patient's rights, social justice, and principles of analysis used to resolve moral and spiritual dilemmas nurses encounter in all areas of healthcare and nursing practice. The length of the course is 4 weeks during the late summer session. Offered online. 3 credits.

NURS 520 - Foundations and Applications of the Nurse Educator Role. The focus of this course is on professional role development of the nurse educator. Philosophical foundations of nursing education as well as learning theories and instructional methods are introduced. A review of conceptual models and theories of nursing also is presented. Emphasis for the clinical component of the course is placed on knowledge and skills needed for teaching in higher education and clinical settings. The length of the course is 16 weeks during the fall semester. Offered in hybrid format, meeting the 1st,8th, and 16th weeks of the course. 3 credits (2 theory; 1 clinical). Prerequisites: NURS 500; NURS 501; NURS 502; NURS 503; NURS 504; NURS 505; NURS 506.

NURS 521 - Curriculum in Nursing Education. This course focuses on the development of an in-depth understanding of curriculum design principles. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of curricular components including teaching/learning philosophies, mission statements, program goals, learning objectives, individual course competencies, and teaching plans. Standards and regulations influencing nursing education programs and curriculum development also are analyzed. The length of the course is 16 weeks during the spring semester. Offered online. 3 credits. Prerequisites: NURS 520.

NURS 522 - Principles of Measurement & Evaluation. This course focuses on the concepts of measurement and evaluation in nursing. Emphasis is placed on topics of test construction, item analysis, clinical performance evaluation, course evaluation, and program evaluation. Standards for program evaluation for program accreditation as well as legal and ethical issues related to evaluation also will be discussed. The length of the course is 8 weeks during the early summer session. Offered online. 3 credits. Prerequisites: NURS 500; NURS 501; NURS 502; NURS 503; NURS 504; NURS 505; NURS 506.

NURS 530 - Teaching Methods for Clinical Practice in Nursing Education. This course is focused on the role of the nurse educator in both higher education and clinical practice learning environments. Students explore various teaching modalities that facilitate critical thinking and clinical decision-making in learners. Concepts taught in NURS 520 will be further developed. Emphasis is placed on the integration of theory and practice through a practicum experience of teaching in both the classroom and in clinical environments. The length of the course is 16 weeks during the fall semester. Offered in hybrid format, meeting the 1st, 8th, and 16th weeks of the course. 6 credits (3 theory; 3 clinical). Prerequisites: NURS 520; NURS 521; NURS 522.

NURS 531 – Nurse Educator: Leadership Role Development – Capstone. This course serves as the capstone course for the nurse educator curriculum and focuses on the role of the nurse educator as a leader in higher education and in healthcare environments. Emphasis is placed on the skills needed for nurse educators to lead and manage others in higher education and healthcare in terms of social and power dynamics, funding sources, and attainment of standards for accreditation, and standards for state and national program approval. Students will integrate theory with practice during the clinical component of the course. Methods for empowerment and change within higher education and healthcare systems also will be discussed. Capstone projects include passing the NLN Certification for Nurse Educators Self-Assessment Exam and developing an evidence-based nursing project. The length of the course is 16 weeks during the spring semester. Offered in hybrid format, meeting the 1st, 8th, and 16th weeks of the course. 4 credits (3 theory; 1 clinical). Prerequisite: NURS 530.

NURS 540 – Clinical Specialty Practicum Experience (Optional). This course is an optional course for students wanting to focus on a clinical specialty as nurse educators. Students have the opportunity to acquire 150 hours of additional clinical experience by partnering with a professional educator or advanced practice nurse in a clinical specialty of interest. Individual or group seminars are conducted to discuss topics and issues related to the clinical focus area. The length of the course is 8 weeks during the early summer session. Offered in hybrid format, meeting the 1st and the 8thweeks of the course. 3 credits. (0.5 theory; 2.5 clinical). Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in the MSN program or in the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Nursing Education track.