Nursing

Nursing

 Dr. Michal “Miki” Goodwin, Dean, School of Nursing

Karen S. Neill, Ph.D., R.N., SANE-A Associate Director for Graduate Studies and Professor

Kim Jardine-Dickerson MS, RN, Interim Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies and Clinical Assistant Professor 

Professors: Neill, Nies

Associate Professor: Arvidson

Assistant Professor: Mispierta, Tavernier

Clinical Assistant Professors: Baron, Belliston, Christofferson, Esplin, Kubiak, Sabel, Jardine-Dickerson, Solomon

Clinical Instructors: Omotowa

Mission

The SON Mission is to prepare exemplary nurse leaders who integrate education, service and research to enhance quality of life for diverse and rural populations.

Vision

The SON Vision is to be an internationally renowned college of nursing sought out by those who are committed to lifelong inquiry for improving the health of diverse populations.

Degree Programs

Degree programs offered by the School of Nursing include:

  • Doctor of Philosphy (Ph.D.) in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    DNP specific options include: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The School of Nursing also offers a Post Masters DNP degree for students holding certification as an FNP or PMHNP.
  • Master’s in Nursing (M.S)
    M.S. in Nursing Education

 DNP Degree Program

The primary objective of the DNP degree program will be to prepare clinical leaders who can effectively evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage health care needs of individuals, families, and populations, use technology and information to transform health care systems, and participate in interprofessional collaboration to develop efficient and effective models of health care delivery. The graduate of the DNP program will be prepared for specific national certification examination.

Accreditation

The Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs in the School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

School of Nursing Fees

The School of Nursing (SON) charges a student professional fee each semester of enrollment including summer session in any nursing program. Other fees may apply. Please see ISU School of Nursing website at http://www.isu.edu/nursing/dnp.shtml for further information.

Students may be required to enroll in Nursing Education Exchange (NEXus) courses as part of any graduate program/option in Nursing which will require additional enrollment fee(s) per course in any semester.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing

The Ph.D. in Nursing degree program will prepare the candidate to conduct independent research, collaborate as a scholar and leader, and educate for improving health and health care globally. The Ph.D. program will admit students on full time status. The Ph.D. in Nursing program is delivered online.

Goals

The Ph.D. in Nursing is designed with a research emphasis dedicated to extending nursing science and for improving the delivery of health care for rural, diverse, and vulnerable populations within existing cultural, geographical, and health care contexts. An interprofessional research focus will provide an opportunity for students to learn through collaboration with professionals across varied disciplines, and prepare graduates for leading change and advancing health and health care systems.

Ph.D. Degree Program Outcomes

Each student will complete a core curriculum and work closely with interprofessional faculty advisors to complete an individualized course of study which includes individual student goals and develops the foundation for a program of research. Students will complete the coursework and dissertation through online technologies integrating an interprofessional/disciplinary approach to:

  1. Communicate scientific knowledge through mentorship, collaboration, and dissemination.
  2. Create original research that contributes to scientific nursing knowledge.
  3. Contribute to the development of methodologies congruent with the broad concerns of the nursing discipline.
  4. Contribute to the discovery, application, and integration of nursing and interprofessional knowledge and leadership.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition  the student must meet the following requirements for admission:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized accrediting body for nursing education. Master's degree in Nursing from an accredited program will be considered.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S. or B.S.N.) program of study or ≥3.5 GPA based on previous 60 credits of undergraduate coursework.
  3. English Proficiency Exams: Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of satisfactory scores on the English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    1. Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for admission include:
      1. Internet-based total test score of 80 with a score of at least 20 on each Section and 23 or above on the Speaking Section; or
      2. Computer-based total test score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on Section 1 (Listening Comprehension); or
      3. Paper-based total test score of 550 with a score of at least 55 on section 1 (Listening Comprehension).
    2. Satisfactory IELTS requirement for admission include scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band and 6.5 on the speaking test component.
  4. Completed application to the SON by established deadline.
  5. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.
  6. Completion of a preadmission interview by the School of Nursing (SON) Ph.D. Admissions committee. If the applicant resides at a distance over 100 miles, an interview by videoconference may be arranged.
  7. Mandatory attendance at the orientation for the Ph.D. program to be held on the ISU campus in August of the year of admission.

The SON Ph.D. Admissions committee will make the final recommendation regarding admission. This decision will be based on evaluation of established application and admission requirements.

Application Requirements

The student must apply to, and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following is required:

  1. Application to the Graduate School AND to the School of Nursing with payment of appropriate fees (separate application process).
  2. Submission directly to the Graduate School of official transcripts for all degrees including the completion of BS in Nursing or BSN from an accredited nursing program.
  3. Evidence of completing descriptive or inferential statistics course with a C grade or better within five (5) years previous to admission to the program. A descriptive or inferential statistics course may be taken during the admission process; course must be completed prior to starting the program.
  4. Submission of a professional essay (3-4 pages).
  5. Submission of a writing sample (professional paper).
  6. Three professional references attesting to the applicant’s capacity for doctoral study. Two references should be from academic sources and one from a recent employer.
  7. Submission of professional vitae or resume.

Selection Schedule for Ph.D. Program

Application for the Ph.D. program will open in September of any academic year. Preference will be given to applications submitted by February 1 of any year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until class filled. All application and admission requirements as posted on the website for the Ph.D. degree program apply. Notification of successful applicants for admission and alternates will be announced in late April of any year.

Dissertation Preparation and Advancement to Candidacy

Comprehensive Examination

The student must complete designated required and elective courses in order to complete the comprehensive qualifying examination requirements. If the student fails any component of the comprehensive examination, the student may retake the examination one time within established ISU SON guidelines, policies and procedures.

Admission to Candidacy

Each student that has successfully completed the comprehensive examination components may apply for degree candidacy.

Dissertation

Once the student has been admitted to degree candidacy, the student enrolls in NURS 8890 Dissertation for completion of the dissertation until completed.

Continuous Enrollment

Students must maintain continuous enrollment in NRUS 8890 while in the process of research and writing the dissertation. The student must maintain continuous enrollment until graduation.

*Upon admission to the Ph.D. program, the student will be provided access to the SON Ph.D. Handbook which will provide further information on program specific policies and procedures.

Required Courses and Electives
NURS 8805Philosophy of Inquiry3
NURS 8808Theoretical Analysis Nursing Science3
NURS 8809Rural and Global Communities in Society2
NURS 8813Advanced Qualitative Analysis3
NURS 8814Advanced Statistics Multivariate3
NURS 8815Advanced Quantitative Analysis3
NURS 8816Advanced Statistical Methods3
NURS 8825Research and Grant Writing2
NURS 8826Approaches to Scholarly Writing2
NURS 8830Mixed Methods Health Care Research3
NURS 8835Mentored Research Project4
NURS 8840Health Policy3
NURS 8890Dissertation12
Electives9
NURS 8880/8881/8882/8883Research Seminar I1
 

Curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NURS 88053NURS 88153Orientation0
NURS 88092NURS 88403 
NURS 88133NURS 88252 
NURS 88143NURS 88811 
NURS 88801Elective3 
 12 12 0
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
NURS 88083NURS 88354 
NURS 88262NURS 88163 
NURS 88303NURS 88831 
NURS 88821Elective3 
Elective3Oral Examination  
 12 11
Third Year
  SummerHours
  NURS 889012
 12
Total Hours: 59

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The primary objective of the DNP degree program is to prepare clinical leaders who can effectively evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage health care needs of individuals, families, and populations, use technology and information to transform health care systems, and participate in interprofessional collaboration to develop efficient and effective models of health care delivery. The graduate of the DNP degree program options of FNP or PMHNP is eligible to sit for the certification examination for the specific option.

The DNP degree program options are delivered online. The DNP degree program will enroll students on full time, part time, or Post Master's status. Admission to any option on full time, part time, or Post Masters status is contingent on sufficient enrollment as defined by the SON. Two specific options are open for enrollment in the DNP degree program. These options include: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

In order to be eligible for the Post Master's DNP degree program, the applicant must hold national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with entry specific to the certification held at time of application.  

Option Descriptions for the DNP degree program:

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP):

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is prepared to be a leader in primary care combining the roles of provider, mentor, educator, and administrator. The FNP is prepared to practice autonomously and in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to provide evidence-based care to individuals, families, and populations across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP):

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is prepared to provide psychiatric mental health care along the wellness-illness continuum, effectively evaluate clinical outcomes, identify and manage primary and acute mental health care needs of individuals with extension of expertise to families and communities.

DNP Degree Program Outcomes

  1. Assume interprofessional leadership to advance clinical practice and health care delivery to rural and diverse populations.
  2. Integrate nursing science into evidence-based care for individuals, families, and communities to improve outcomes.
  3. Incorporate practice initiatives to improve systems of health care delivery.
  4. Advocate policy for health care.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition  the student must meet the following requirements for admission:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized accrediting body for nursing education. Master's degree in Nursing from an accredited program will be considered. 
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (calculated based on previous 60 credits of undergraduate coursework) from a Bachelor of Science degree (BS in Nursing or BSN).
  3. English Proficiency Exams: Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of satisfactory scores on the English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (See Graduate Catalog for details).
    1. Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for admission include:
      1. Internet-based total test score of 80 with a score of at least 20 on each Section and 23 or above on the Speaking Section; or
      2. Computer-based total test score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on Section 1 (Listening Comprehension); or
      3. Paper-based total test score of 550 with a score of at least 55 on section 1 (Listening Comprehension).
    2. Satisfactory IELTS requirement for admission include scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band and 6.5 on the speaking test component.
  4. Completed application to the SON by established deadline.
  5. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.
  6. Completion of a preadmission interview by the SON DNP Admissions committee. If the applicant resides at a distance over 100 miles, an interview by videoconference may be arranged.

Two years of documented previous healthcare or nursing experience before admission is preferred, but not required.

The SON DNP Admissions committee will make the final recommendation regarding admission. This decision will be based on evaluation of established application and admission requirements.

Admission to the FNP or PMHNP DNP degree option is contingent on sufficient enrollment as defined by the SON.

Application Requirements

The student must apply to, and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following is required:

  1. Application to the Graduate School AND to the School of Nursing with payment of appropriate fees (separate application process).
  2. Submission directly to the Graduate School of official transcripts of all degrees including the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN BS in nursing) from an accredited nursing program. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the Registrar's office of the applicant's previous institution(s) of study.
  3. Evidence of completing prerequisite descriptive or inferential statistics course with a C grade or higher within five (5) years prior to admission to the program.
  4. Submission of professional essay (3-4 pages) describing education, research, clinical, and life experiences that prepare the applicant for the DNP degree program, and how this preparation will facilitate career goals.
  5. Three professional references attesting the applicant’s capacity for doctoral study.
  6. Submission of professional vitae or resume.
  7. [POST MASTER'S APPLICANTS ONLY] The Post Master's applicants must provide proof of certification in the option (FNP or PMHNP) for which the application is submitted.
  8. [POST MASTER'S APPLICANTS ONLY] The Post Master's applicant must submit at the time of application an official letter that documents the total number of clinical hours completed in the previous Master's degree advanced practice program in Nursing from which the student graduated. An official transcript which documents the total number of clinical hours completed in the previous advanced practice program will be accepted.

*Students may be required to enroll in NEXus (The Nursing Education Exchange) courses as part of the DNP degree program which will require an additional enrollment fee(s) per course in any semester.

Selection Schedule for DNP Degree Program

Application for the DNP degree program will open in November of any academic year. Preference will be given to full-time applicants (3 year program) in any option. Post Masters applicantion are welcomed and reviewed independently. Preference will also be given to applications submitted by February 1 of any year. Admission to the DNP degree, FNP or PMHNP options is contingent on sufficient enrollment as defined by the School of Nursing. Applications are accepted on a rolling bases until class is filled. All application and admission requirements as posted on the website for the DNP degree program apply. Notification of applicants selected for admission and alternates will be announced in late April of any year.

Graduation Criteria

  1. Successful completion of a Scholarly Project based on established guidelines.
  2. Successfully pass an oral defense of the Scholarly Project as a component of the comprehensive examination.
  3. Meet all requirements established by ISU, the Graduate School, and the School of Nursing for graduation with the DNP degree.

Scholarly Project

The Scholarly Project includes synthesis of scientific evidence and theoretical principles within a practice environment(s) to improve healthcare outcomes. The Scholarly Project involves the incorporation of knowledge of current and emerging healthcare technologies to improve care delivery and organizational systems for groups and populations. Requires a minimum of six credit hours.

Continuous Enrollment

Students must maintain continuous enrollment in NURS 7790 while in the process of completing the Scholarly Project. The student must maintain continuous enrollment until graduation.

*Upon admission to the DNP degree program, the student will be provided access to a SON DNP Handbook which will provide further information on program specific policies and procedures.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Programs of Study

Core Courses (required for all DNP options)
Nexus - Advanced Human Pathophysiology3
NURS 6611Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 6611LAdvanced Health Assessment Lab2-3
PHAR 6645Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nurses3
NURS 5580Genetics for Health Care Professionals2
NURS 6600Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice3
NURS 6610Advanced Evidence Application3
NURS 6655Advanced Leadership3
NURS 7720Professional Issues of the DNP3
NURS 7723Health Promotion for Advanced Practice Nurses3
NURS 7725Informational Technology in Health Care2
NURS 7735Statistical Analysis in Evidence Based Practice3
NURS 7760Professional Issues of the DNP II3
NURS 8809Rural and Global Communities in Society2
NURS 8826Approaches to Scholarly Writing2
NURS 8840Health Policy3
Elective2-3
NURS 7790DNP Scholarly Project1-3
Total Hours46-50
 
Family Nurse Practitioner
NURS 6642Primary Care of the Young Adult3
NURS 6642LPrimary Care of the Young Adult Lab2-3
NURS 6643Primary Care of the Child and Adolescent3
NURS 6643LPrimary Care of the Child and Adolescent Lab2
NURS 6644Primary Care of the Middle and Older Adult3
NURS 6644LPrimary Care of the Middle and Older Adult2
NURS 7740Primary Care Throughout the Life Span FNP1
NURS 7740LPrimary Care Throughout the Life Span Lab FNP4-5
NURS 7780FNP Practicum4-6
Total Hours24-28
 

Full Time Curriculum for the DNP Degree Family Nurse Practioner [FNP] Option

Bachelors in Nursing (BS or BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
Human Pathophysiology (NEXus course or equivalent)3NURS 66103 
NURS 66003NURS 66113 
NURS 77203NURS 6611L3 
NURS 77252PHAR 66453 
NURS 88092NURS 88403 
 13 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NURS 66423NURS 66433NURS 66553
NURS 6642L3NURS 6643L2 
NURS 77353NURS 66443 
NURS 77233NURS 6644L2 
NURS 88262NURS 77902 
 14 12 3
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
NURS 77902NURS 77603 
NURS 77401NURS 77902 
NURS 7740L5NURS 77806 
NURS 55802  
 10 11
Total Hours: 78

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

NURS 7745Adult Psychiatric Mental Health3
NURS 7745LAdult Psychiatric Mental Health Lab2-4
NURS 7755Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health3
NURS 7755LChild/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum4
NURS 7795Individual, Group, and Brief Therapies4
NURS 7795LIndividual, Group, and Brief Therapies Lab4
NURS 7798PMHNP Advanced Practicum4-6
Total Option Specific Credits28
 

Full Time Curriculum for the DNP Degree Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner [PMHNP] Option

Bachelors in Nursing (BS or BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
Human Pathophysiology (NEXus course or equivalent)3NURS 66103 
NURS 66003NURS 66113 
NURS 77203NURS 6611L3 
NURS 77252PHAR 66453 
NURS 88092NURS 88403 
 13 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NURS 77453NURS 77553NURS 66553
NURS 7745L4NURS 7755L4 
NURS 77353NURS 77902 
NURS 77233  
NURS 88262  
 15 9 3
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
NURS 77902NURS 77603 
NURS 77954NURS 77902 
NURS 7795L4NURS 77986 
NURS 55802  
 12 11
Total Hours: 78

Post Masters in Nursing DNP Degree Program

Note: Applicant must hold certification as an FNP or PMHNP in order to be eligible for the Post Master's DNP degree program. See School of Nursing website for further details at www.isu.edu/nursing.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
NURS 77203NURS 77903NURS 66553
NURS 88092NURS 77603NURS 55802
NURS 88262  
 7 6 5
Second Year
FallHours  
NURS 77353  
NURS 77903  
NURS 77252  
 8
Total Hours: 26

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.) program is offered online and requires 43 credits. A full time program is available in the Nursing Education option.  Delivery of a Master’s degree program option in any academic year is based on number of total applicants and ability to establish a full cohort at the time of the admission process as determined by SON.

Pathway to the M.S. degree

Bachelor of Science (BS) to Master of Science (MS). Students enrolled in the Nursing Education option will be prepared to teach in an academic nursing program as well as in other settings. Leadership is emphasized in the preparation of the student in the Master's in Nursing program, Education option.   

Application for the Master of Science degree options open in October of any academic year. Preference will be given to applications submitted by February 1 of any year. Notification of successful applicants for admission and alternates will be announced late April of any year.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following is required:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized accrediting body for nursing education. 
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (calculated based on previous 60 credits of undergraduate coursework).
  3. English Proficiency Exams: Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of satisfactory scores on the English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (See Graduate Catalog for details).
    1. Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for admission include:
      1. Internet-based total test score of 80 with a score of at least 20 on each Section and 23 or above on the Speaking Section; or
      2. Computer-based total test score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on Section 1 (Listening Comprehension); or
      3. Paper-based total test score of 550 with a score of at least 55 on section 1 (Listening Comprehension).
    2. Satisfactory IELTS requirement for admission include scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band and 6.5 on the speaking test component.
  4. Completed application to the SON by established deadline.
  5. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.

Application Requirements

The student must apply and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following is required:

  1. Application to the Graduate School AND to the School of Nursing with payment of appropriate fees (separate application process).
  2. Submission of official transcripts of all degrees including completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN or BS in Nursing) degree from an accredited nursing program. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the Registrar’s Office of the applicant’s previous institution(s) of study.
  3. Evidence of completing prerequisite descriptive or inferential statistics course with a C grade or higher prior to admission to the program.
  4. Submission of a professional essay (2-3 pages).
  5. Three professional reference forms attesting to the applicant’s capacity and potential for Master’s study. (It is recommended two references be from academic sources and one from a recent employer.)
  6. Submission of professional vitae or resume.

The SON Admission Committee will make the final recommendation regarding admissions. This decision will be based on evaluation of established admission and application requirements for any program.

Individuals who do not meet these admissions requirements may be considered from admissions as a classified student with program restrictions until all requirements are met, or candidate is evaluated for progress based on established SON guidelines, policies, and/or procedures.

Required Coursework
Master of Science (MS) Nursing Education Option
Advanced Human Pathophysiology (or NEXus course OR equivalent)3
NURS 6600Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice3
NURS 6602Health Policy3
NURS 6610Advanced Evidence Application3
NURS 6612Health Care of Rural Communities2
NURS 6613Health Assessment2
NURS 6613LHealth Assessment Lab1
NURS 6621Advanced Nursing Roles2
NURS 6633Rethinking Nursing Education3
NURS 6635Curriculum Issues and Development3
NURS 6640Evaluation Issues and Strategies in Nursing Education3
NURS 6639Teaching and Learning Strategies in Nursing Education3
NURS 6647Advanced Practicum in Nursing Education6
Electives 3
Total Option Credits40
 

Progression of Graduate Students

  1. Progression criteria established by the SON and Graduate School. Each degree program or option has specific progression requirements established within the SON. These policies are made available in specific program option Student Handbooks provided upon admission. Students are admitted and enter into an established curricular plan of study and must maintain that plan of study in order to progress.

Graduation Criteria

To qualify for graduation with a graduate degree (M.S., D.N.P., or Ph.D.) from the School of Nursing, the student must:

  1. Successfully pass a comprehensive examination process or equivalent as established by the School of Nursing.
  2. Meet all requirements established by ISU, the Graduate School, and the School of Nursing specific to the degree program in which the student is enrolled.

How to Read Course Descriptions

Courses

NURS 5517 Interdisciplinary Evaluation Team: 1 semester hour.

Introduction to the principles and techniques associated with interdisciplinary evaluation. Disciplines emphasized: Audiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education, Speech-Language Pathology. Equivalent to DHS 5517, PSYC 5517, SOWK 5517, and CSD 5517

NURS 5580 Genetics for Health Care Professionals: 2 semester hours.

An in-depth interdisciplinary review of the impact of genetics on patients and patient care and the biological, social, ethical and legal issues surrounding genetics and genomics. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus. Equivalent to CSD 5580 and NURS 5580

NURS 5599 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hour.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are noted by course section and announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times. May be repeated

NURS 6600 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice: 3 semester hours.

Critical examination of the development of nursing knowledge critique, evaluate and apply a variety of theories from nursing, family and related disciplines as a base for advanced nursing practice

NURS 6602 Health Policy: 3 semester hours.

Analysis of policy research relevant to health care. Evaluate effects of local, regional, national, and international health policy and trends on delivery systems and care of rural and diverse populations. PREREQ: NURS 6600

NURS 6610 Advanced Evidence Application: 3 semester hours.

Analysis of current evidence for application to nursing practice. Includes question formulation, comprehensive review of evidence related to clinical issues, evidence appraisal, and application for research-informed practice. PREREQ: NURS 6600

NURS 6611 Advanced Health Assessment: 3 semester hours.

Concepts of advanced health assessment required for advanced nursing practice in various settings and diverse populations. Introduction to differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning skills. COREQ: NURS 6611L. PREREQ: NURS 6600

NURS 6611L Advanced Health Assessment Lab: 2-3 semester hour.

Acquisition and application of advanced health assessment, skills in diverse populations. Skills include health history, physical assessment and health promotion. Graded S/U. COREQ: NURS 6611

NURS 6612 Health Care of Rural Communities: 2 semester hours.

Explores rural culture using theories, frameworks and methodologies from various disciplines. Focus on culturally responsive care systems at the community level. Rural life analyzed to identify factors related to health systems and health care practice needs. PREREQ: NURS 6610

NURS 6613 Health Assessment: 2 semester hours.

Concepts of health assessment for practice in various settings and with diverse populations. COREQ: NURS 6613L

NURS 6613L Health Assessment Lab: 1 semester hour.

Acquisition and application of advanced health assessment skills in diverse populations. Skills include health history, physical assessment, health promotion, and pharmacological evaluation in practice. COREQ: NURS 6613

NURS 6621 Advanced Nursing Roles: 2 semester hours.

Integration of theory and research related to role development, transition and ambiguity in advanced practice nursing. Emphasis on evaluation of health care delivery, ethical decision-making, partnership development, collaborative practice and accountability for quality. PREREQ: NURS 6600

NURS 6633 Rethinking Nursing Education: 3 semester hours.

Theoretical perspective on teaching and learning in nursing education, creating a theoretical base for the education curriculum. The learners will examine theories of learning and adult learning and explore their application to nursing education

NURS 6635 Curriculum Issues and Development: 3 semester hours.

Examination of various external and internal issues influencing nursing curriculum. Curriculum components and designs will be explored and a model curriculum developed. PREREQ: NURS 6633

NURS 6636 Special Problems: 1-3 semester hour.

Independent study under faculty guidance. 1-3 credits. May be repeated up to 6 credits. PREREQ: Permission of instructor

NURS 6639 Teaching and Learning Strategies in Nursing Education: 3 semester hours.

Exploration of a variety of strategies to facilitate achievement of curriculum outcomes. The use of current technology and learner-centered strategies are emphasized. PREREQ: NURS 6633

NURS 6640 Evaluation Issues and Strategies in Nursing Education: 3 semester hours.

Examination of issues surrounding program and student evaluation. Plans for formative and summative evaluation will be developed. PREREQ: NURS 6633

NURS 6642 Primary Care of the Young Adult: 3 semester hours.

Management and evaluation of primary care problems in the young adult. Provides the student with knowledge to assist individuals with common health problems, while integrating the concepts of health promotion. COREQ: NURS 6642L. PREREQ: NURS 6611, NURS 6611L, and PHAR 6645

NURS 6642L Primary Care of the Young Adult Lab: 2-3 semester hour.

Delivery of advanced nursing care to young adults and their families. Clinical application of theoretical knowledge with ongoing refinement of essential skills used by nurse practitioners in primary health care. Identification and management of a broad range of common health problems including health promotion in various clinical settings. Graded S/U. COREQ: NURS 6642. PREREQ: NURS 6611, NURS 6611L, and PHAR 6645

NURS 6643 Primary Care of the Child and Adolescent: 3 semester hours.

Management and evaluation of primary care problems of children, adolescents and their families in a variety of ambulatory settings. The initiation of health promotion and health maintenance activities is stressed. COREQ: NURS 6643L. PREREQ: NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L

NURS 6643L Primary Care of the Child and Adolescent Lab: 2 semester hours.

Delivery of advanced nursing care to children and adolescents and their families. Clinical application of theoretical knowledge with ongoing refinement of essential skills used by nurse practitioners in primary health care. Identification and management of a broad range of common health problems including health promotion in various clinical settings. Graded S/U. COREQ: NURS 6643. PREREQ: NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L

NURS 6644 Primary Care of the Middle and Older Adult: 3 semester hours.

Management and evaluation of primary care problems of middle and older adults, including acute episodic and chronic illnesses. The initiation of health promotion and maintenance activities is stressed. COREQ: NURS 6644L. PREREQ: NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L

NURS 6644L Primary Care of the Middle and Older Adult: 2 semester hours.

Delivery of advanced nursing care to middle and older adults and their families. Clinical application of theoretical knowledge with ongoing refinement of essential skills used by nurse practitioners in primary health care. Identification and management of a broad range of common health problems including health promotion in various clinical settings. Graded S/U. COREQ: NURS 6644. PREREQ: NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L

NURS 6647 Advanced Practicum in Nursing Education: 6 semester hours.

Application of learning theories, strategies and evaluation in a nursing program. The learners will explore and practice various facets of the faculty role. Graded S/U. PREREQ: NURS 6633, NURS 6635, and NURS 6639. COREQ: NURS 6640

NURS 6655 Advanced Leadership: 3 semester hours.

Examination of nursing leadership in the advanced nursing role in the complex health care system. Application of leadership principles and practices for improving health care systems at the local, regional, and global level

NURS 6699 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hour.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are noted by course section and announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times. May be repeated

NURS 7720 Professional Issues of the DNP: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to DNP-related professional issues including DNP background, APRN role development, and interprofessional practice. Exploration of current and emerging healthcare issues

NURS 7723 Health Promotion for Advanced Practice Nurses: 3 semester hours.

Critical examination and implementation of therapeutic interventions employed in disease prevention and health maintenance, protection, promotion, and restoration across age and culture in various populations, with focus on the role of the advanced practice nurse in primary care. PREREQ: NURS 6600, NURS 6611 and NURS 6611L, PHAR 6645

NURS 7725 Informational Technology in Health Care: 2 semester hours.

Application of technologies and information systems to evaluate and improve health care outcomes. Exploration of information technologies in clinical practice, education, research, and administration will be emphasized with a focus on transformation of data into information

NURS 7735 Statistical Analysis in Evidence Based Practice: 3 semester hours.

Exploration of bio-statistical methods used in implementing and evaluating health care-related research. Legal and ethical issues in research are addressed. PREREQ: NURS 6610

NURS 7740 Primary Care Throughout the Life Span FNP: 1 semester hour.

Integration of advanced nursing care for patients and families across the lifespan. Application and evaluation of primary care management of complex diagnoses and system foci. PREREQ: NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L, NURS 6643 and NURS 6643L, NURS 6644 and NURS 6644L, and NURS 7723. COREQ: NURS 7740L

NURS 7740L Primary Care Throughout the Life Span Lab FNP: 4-5 semester hour.

Delivery of advanced nursing care to patients and families across the lifespan. Clinical application and evaluation of theoretical knowledge and skills used by the nurse practitioner in primary health care at a more complex level. Includes focus on systems individualized by each student. PREREQ: NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L, NURS 6643 AND NURS 6643L, NURS 6644 and NURS 6644L, NURS 7723. COREQ: NURS 7740

NURS 7745 Adult Psychiatric Mental Health: 3 semester hours.

Assessment, diagnosis, treatment, planning, evaluation and documentation of common mental health problems and major psychiatric disorders of adulthood. COREQ: NURS 7745L. PREREQ: NURS 6611/6611L and PHAR 6645

NURS 7745L Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Lab: 2-4 semester hour.

Clinical application and evaluation of theoretical knowledge, evidence, and skills used by the PMHNP in caring for the adult in varied care settings. COREQ: NURS 7745. PREREQ: NURS 6611/6611L and PHAR 6645

NURS 7755 Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health: 3 semester hours.

Assessment, diagnosis, treatment, planning, evaluation and documentation of common mental health problems and major psychiatric disorders of the child and adolescent. COREQ: NURS 7755L. PREREQ: NURS 6611/6611L, PHAR 6645, NURS 7723, NURS 7745, and NURS 7745L

NURS 7755L Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum: 4 semester hours.

Clinical application and evaluation of theoretical knowledge, evidence and skills used by the PMHNP in caring for the child/adolescent in varied care settings. COREQ: NURS 7755. PREREQ: NURS 6611/6611L, PHAR 6645, NURS 7723, NURS 7745, and NURS 7745L

NURS 7760 Professional Issues of the DNP II: 3 semester hours.

Integration of DNP-related professional issues including the APRN's role in the initiation and evaluation of change in patient care, interprofessional practice and current and emerging health care issues. Transition into the APRN role is emphasized. PREREQ: NURS 7720

NURS 7780 FNP Practicum: 4-6 semester hour.

Application of theoretical content, research findings and intervention strategies to advanced nursing practice in both rural and non-rural settings. PREREQ: NURS 7723, NURS 6642 and NURS 6642L, NURS 6643 and NURS 6643L, NURS 6644 and NURS 6644L, and NURS 8809

NURS 7790 DNP Scholarly Project: 1-3 semester hour.

Synthesis of scientific evidence and theoretical principles to improve health care outcomes. Incorporation of knowledge of current and emerging health care technologies to improve care delivery and organizational systems for groups and populations. Requires a minimum of six credit hours over four semesters. May be repeated

NURS 7795 Individual, Group, and Brief Therapies: 4 semester hours.

Survey of current, brief, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and interpersonal therapy models applied to individuals and groups. Developing a therapeutic alliance, and viewing the client from a developmental and sociocultural context will be examined. PREREQ: NURS 6611/6611L, PHAR 6645, NURS 7723, NURS 7745, NURS 7745L, NURS 7755, NURS 7755L. COREQ: NURS 7795L

NURS 7795L Individual, Group, and Brief Therapies Lab: 4 semester hours.

Synthesis and application of current brief psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and interpersonal therapy models applied to individuals and groups. Development of skills for building a therapeutic alliance and viewing the patient from a developmental and sociocultural context will be examined. COREQ: NURS 7795

NURS 7798 PMHNP Advanced Practicum: 4-6 semester hour.

Synthesis and application of PMHNP role, knowledge, and skills in select areas of family psychiatric mental health practice. PREREQ: NURS 6611/6611L, PHAR 6645, NURS 7723, NURS 7745, NURS 7745L, NURS 7755, NURS 7755L

NURS 8805 Philosophy of Inquiry: 3 semester hours.

Discusses the nature and characteristics of philosophical inquiry for researchers. This course will include conceptual clarification, analysis of arguments and problems related to the ontology, epistemology and ethics of health care and nursing

NURS 8808 Theoretical Analysis Nursing Science: 3 semester hours.

This course focuses on the relationship of theory to research with an emphasis on applying theory in the design, implementation, and interpretation of research. Students will develop an understanding of the evaluation of theory, utility in research and ability to compare research strategies from different theoretical perspectives. Emphasis will be placed on multidisciplinary midrange theories that are relevant to clinical research. The course will provide the foundation for learners to create new approaches and paradigms of advanced nursing science. PREREQ: NURS 8805

NURS 8809 Rural and Global Communities in Society: 2 semester hours.

Explores rural culture using theories, frameworks, and methodologies from various disciplines. Focus on culturally responsive methodologies. Rural life analyzed to identify factors related to health systems and health care practice needs. Students critique rural research articles for use of conceptual frameworks and generate researchable questions related to rural/global nursing practice issues

NURS 8813 Advanced Qualitative Analysis: 3 semester hours.

This course focuses on the study of research that guides the collection and analysis of qualitative data. The course provides an overview of qualitative methods such as phenomenology, grounded theory, case study, ethnography, hermeneutics and historical approaches. Emphasis is placed on the appropriateness of each approach for description and explanation of phenomena encountered in clinical, organizational, and educational settings. Experience is provided in problem formulation and development of the qualitative research proposal

NURS 8814 Advanced Statistics Multivariate: 3 semester hours.

This course provides an understating of how to interpret multivariate analysis and their associated techniques including (1) data reduction (principal components, factor analysis, and cluster analysis), (2) discrimination and classification (cluster analysis, discriminant analysis), and (3) hypothesis testing (multivariate regression, multivariate analysis of variance, logistic regression). PREREQ: Evidence of completing prerequisite descriptive or inferential statistics course with a C grade or better within three (3) years previous to admission to the Ph.D. program

NURS 8815 Advanced Quantitative Analysis: 3 semester hours.

This course focuses on quantitative research methods with an emphasis on research designs appropriate for studying health care phenomena. Some of the methods include descriptive, comparative, correlational, survey, methodological, epidemiological, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, clinical trials, longitudinal and secondary analysis. Research designs and related statistical analyses are explored with respect to appropriateness for addressing rural and global health care relative to individuals, families, and communities in society. PREREQ: NURS 8814

NURS 8816 Advanced Statistical Methods: 3 semester hours.

The focus of this course will be on developing a conceptual understanding of the uses and interpretation of statistics involving the differences between and among populations (groups) including t-tests, one way ANOVA, multifactorial ANOVA and MANOVA, analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA and MANCOVA), and repeated measures ANOVA. Computer applications such as SPSS will be utilized. PREREQ: NURS 8814 and NURS 8815

NURS 8825 Research and Grant Writing: 2 semester hours.

Research process applied to grant funding exploration, and the development of grant writing skills for accomplishing funding for the dissertation through grant proposal preparation and submission. Students will explore appropriate mechanisms for the discovery of funding trends and resources for successful grant writing and submission

NURS 8826 Approaches to Scholarly Writing: 2 semester hours.

Explore process of scholarly writing, and strategies for dissemination including publication in peer-reviewed journals among other avenues for building the nursing knowledge base

NURS 8830 Mixed Methods Health Care Research: 3 semester hours.

Research approaches combining quantitative and qualitative research methods will be applied to examine complex clinical and other problems and health behaviors. The course will provide an overview and introduction to mixed methods/multi-method research designs. PREREQ: NURS 8813, NURS 8814, and NURS 8815

NURS 8835 Mentored Research Project: 4 semester hours.

This course is designed to give the student actual research experience in research outside the dissertation. Interprofessional teamwork and collaboration are encouraged. Students may participate as a team member in their mentor's research. Activities may include developing a research proposal, preparing a protocol for Human Subjects' Committee submission, assisting with recruitment or data collection, learning data management skills, conducting literature searches and participating in team meetings

NURS 8840 Health Policy: 3 semester hours.

Analysis of policy research relevant to health care access, affordability, delivery, finance and integrated care systems. Students will evaluate effects of local, regional, national, and international health policy and trends that impact research-funding agencies and agendas, and national and international systems of health care delivery. PREREQ: NURS 6600

NURS 8880 Research Seminar I: 1 semester hour.

Seminar to examine research, conduct a literature review, and critically appraise current evidence around a research idea with development of initial research question. Introduction of interprofessional and translational research, and the process of building a program of scholarship

NURS 8881 Research Seminar II: 1 semester hour.

Beginning development of research proposal with further refinement of questions for investigation and inquiry. PREREQ: NURS 8880

NURS 8882 Research Seminar III: 1 semester hour.

Continued development of the research proposal and plan for implementation. PREREQ: NURS 8881

NURS 8883 Research Seminar IV: 1 semester hour.

Final development of the research proposal with preparation for written comprehensive examination and oral defense. PREREQ: NURS 8882

NURS 8890 Dissertation: 1-12 semester hour.

Completion of original research

NURS 8899 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hour.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times with the same title and content

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