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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Nursing

College of Nursing

Web Page: http://nursing.fsu.edu/

Professors: Grubbs, Karioth, Lowe, McFetridge-Durdle; Associate Professors: Cormier, Cottrell, Hauber, Park, Whyte; Assistant Professors: Abbott, Dickey, Graven, Martorella, Park, Porterfield, Shelton; Teaching Faculty III: Kung, Little, Studenic-Lewis, Tucker; Teaching Faculty II: Craig-Rodriguez, Greenhalgh, McLarty, Pappas, Whitten, Whyte; Teaching Faculty I: Balbis, Bamber, Cuchens, Kendall, Winton; Assistant in Research: Gordon

The College of Nursing graduate program offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with role specialization as a nurse educator or nurse leader. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares students for advanced practice as a family nurse practitioner.

Advanced Practice Roles

Nurse Practitioners provide primary care to both healthy families and families experiencing crises and/or chronic health problems in ambulatory care, home health care, long-term care, or acute care settings. Courses in advanced health assessment, pharmacology and pathophysiology are required. The curriculum is consistent with that defined by the Florida Board of Nursing requirements and regulated by Florida Statutes for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs). Students structure clinical experiences and electives to meet prerequisites for writing certification examinations as Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP).

Nurse Educators teach in a variety of settings, including schools of nursing, continuing education, or patient education positions. The course sequence includes theories of teaching, development of teaching methodologies, and program evaluation with practicum experience in a setting of the student’s interest.

Nurse Leaders plan, manage, and evaluate cost-effective and evidence-based nursing at the point of care to individuals and groups. The course sequence includes clinical leadership, resource management, informatics, organizational theory, and health promotion and planning with health care practice experiences at the microsystem level.

For complete details of programs offered and admission requirements, plus a description of the college, its facilities, opportunities, and available financial assistance, refer to the “College of Nursing” chapter of this Graduate Bulletin.

Definition of Prefix

NGR—Nursing: Graduate

Graduate Courses

NGR 5003. Health Assessment for Advanced Practice (2). Prerequisites: NGR 5003L or NGR 5007L; admission to the MSN or DNP program. This course is designed to provide the learner with a strong foundation in the health assessment skills requisite for advanced nursing practice. The focus of the course is on history taking, physical examination skills, laboratory, diagnostic and radiographic modalities, and documentation for advanced assessment. The diagnostic reasoning process is developed as it relates to building a clinical database.

NGR 5003L. Health Assessment Laboratory for Nurse Practitioners (2). Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP program. Corequisite: NGR 5003. This course is designed to provide the learner with a strong foundation in health assessment skills requisite for advanced nursing practice. The focus of course is on the diagnostic reasoning process as it relates to building a clinical database.

NGR 5007L. Health Assessment Laboratory for the Nurse Educators and Nurse Leaders (1). Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN program. Corequisite: NGR 5003. This course is designed to provide the clinical component of NGR 5003 for graduate nursing students in the Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator Tracks.

NGR 5056C. Advanced Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnostics (3). Prerequisite: Admission into the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing certificate program. This course provides students with a knowledge base in mental health assessment of clients across the life span within the context of the advanced psychiatric mental health nursing role. Emphasis is on the acquisition and analysis of relevant data for the development of a comprehensive and holistic mental health assessment and subsequent diagnosis. Focus is on history taking, analysis, data categories, and specific techniques used to identify mental health problems and differential diagnoses in clients across the life span.

NGR 5064C. Advanced Skills for the Advanced Practice Nurse (2). Prerequisite: NGR 5003C. The advanced skill course enables learners to develop skills for use in primary clinical practice. Students explore both the theoretical and practical aspects of a variety of procedures and diagnostic modalities including microscopy, suturing, EKG (basic and advanced), radiology, casting and splinting and dermatological procedures.

NGR 5102. Theoretical Constructs for Nursing Science (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the MSN or DNP program or instructor permission. This course is designed to assist the learner in analyzing and evaluating selected theories appropriate for advanced-practice nursing. Topics cover the relationship between theory, practice, and research; sources of theory for the discipline; contributions and philosophies of early nurse leaders and theorists, as well as those from other disciplines that are appropriate to health care; the development and evaluation of nursing knowledge and theory; as well as the analysis and application of theories and models in nursing practice, education, administration, and research.

NGR 5112C. Advanced Clinical Practice for Nurse Educators (4). Prerequisites: NGR 5003C, NGR 5140, and NGR 5172. This course is designed to facilitate the student’s ability to identify and analyze new knowledge, trends, and issues pertinent to advances in healthcare and their impact on the advanced nursing practice of adult patients and families. In addition, the clinical experience focuses on the advanced practice nurse’s role in the integration of new information and technologies into nursing practice through reflective and evidence-based practice that ensures optimal patient care and safety.

NGR 5140. Advanced Pathophysiology (4). Prerequisites: BSC 2085, BSC 2085L, BSC 2086, and BSC 2086L. This course is designed to acquaint the nursing graduate student with the principles of pathophysiology appropriate to entry-level graduate work.

NGR 5143. Neuroscience Concepts in Rehabilitation Engineering (3). This course is designed to build on basic human anatomy and physiological principles to explore neuroscience concepts essential to rehabilitation engineering. In addition, differentiation between developmental changes and pathophysiological changes is discussed. Selected common pathophysiological changes that occur as a result of disease, lifestyle, and homeostatic changes in the body and their clinical presentation are examined. Case studies are used to familiarize the advanced orthotic and prosthetic student with medical cases and language.

NGR 5172. Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program or instructor permission. This course provides a broad overview of pharmacology using a lifespan approach. Special consideration is given to professional and statutory issues related to prescribing. A broad overview of agents commonly used in primary care is provided, following a system-specific approach, with special attention paid to issues specific to the various stages of the lifespan. The course covers concepts of compliance and collaboration in the context of effecting positive changes for the patient. Emphasis is placed on facilitating pharmacologic management of patients for advanced practice nurses in independent and collaborative practice.

NGR 5177. Pharmacology for Orthotics and Prosthetics (3). Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MS program in Industrial Engineering. This course is designed to provide an overview of pharmacological treatment, related pathophysiology across the lifespan. The emphasis is on pharmacological treatment and the implications for prosthetic and orthotic interventions as a member of an interprofessional health care team.

NGR 5503. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Individual Psychotherapy (3). Corequisite: NGR 5503L. This course provides didactic experiences in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of clients across the lifespan who are experiencing acute and/or chronic psychiatric disorders. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practice and the utilization of theoretical and conceptual models for assessing, planning, and treating major psychiatric disorders. Moreover, emphasis is given to promoting, maintaining, and restoring wellness to individual clients of all ages. Holistic therapeutic approaches are used to enhance the functioning of diverse individuals across the lifespan.

NGR 5503L. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Individual Psychotherapy Clinical Lab (3). Prerequisite: NGR 5503. This course provides clinical experiences in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of clients across the lifespan who are experiencing acute and/or chronic psychiatric disorders. Emphasis is placed on evidenced-based practice and the utilization of theoretical and conceptual models for assessing, planning, and treating major psychiatric disorders. Moreover, emphasis is given to promoting, maintaining, and restoring wellness to individual clients of all ages. Holistic therapeutic approaches are used to enhance the functioning of diverse individuals across the lifespan.

NGR 5538. Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing (3). Prerequisite: NGR 5172. This course provides a review of common psychoactive medications, classes, uses, effects, side effects, and prescriptive implications related to nursing care of clients with psychiatric mental health illness, including children, adolescents, and adults. Content is presented in relation to the role of psychiatric mental health nurse who functions in an advanced role in a variety of settings. Emphasis is on the selection and use of psychoactive medications to help reduce emotional pain and increase personal autonomy of patients suffering from mental illness. An additional focus is to increase cultural competence by understanding the impact of psychoactive medications on the client, family, and community.

NGR 5638. Health Promotion and Program Planning (3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. This course focuses on the development of concepts and skills for advanced risk assessment and the synthesis of knowledge and strategies to promote healthy lifestyles in client populations. Health promotion models and evidence-based strategies are used to design programs to address behavioral and social factors that contribute to mortality in diverse populations.

NGR 5713. Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (4). Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program. This initial course in the Nursing-Educator sequence introduces the graduate nursing student to the theoretical foundations of nursing education and the relationship among these theories, curriculum development, and course design.

NGR 5714C. Instruction in Nursing Education: Design and Strategies (4). Prerequisite: NGR 5713C. This course introduces the graduate nursing student to instructional design and strategies for both classroom and clinical instruction. Emphasis is placed on the relationship among learning theories, the population of interest to be educated, the learning environment, and the evidence-based instruction strategies. The course provides teaching opportunities in the classroom and in nursing-education laboratory settings.

NGR 5718C. Evaluation in Nursing Education (4). Prerequisites: NGR 5713C and NGR 5714C. This course is designed to introduce the graduate nursing student to theories and methods of evaluation in nursing education at the individual, course, and program level. Applications of testing and measurement relevant to the health professions are examined. Focus is placed on effective test design and test writing skills, other methods of evaluating performance in the classroom and clinical settings, and the analysis of evaluation tools for educational purposes. In addition, the student develops a personal philosophy of teaching/learning.

NGR 5722C. Financial and Human Resource Management for Nurse Leaders (5). This course examines healthcare organization financial and human resource management within emergent healthcare environments. Students analyze the relationship among process, outcomes, and economic indicators. Effective management of human resources including recruitment, interviewing, hiring, and legal issues is explored. Budget development, accounting principles, distribution of services, cost-benefit analyses, return on investments, and outcomes-based care are examined. The financing of health care is analyzed within the framework of value based service delivery, transparency and interprofessional collaboration.

NGR 5766. Nursing Leadership within Complex Healthcare Environments (3). Prerequisite: NGR 6895. This course examines leadership theories within the context of organizational culture. Students analyze traditional and transformational leadership models and their effects on healthcare environments. Emphasis is placed on the role of the health politics in the workplace, organization, government, and community as well as on social policy, power, and political behaviors. The course also explores professional attributes and requisites for the next generation of advanced-practice nursing leaders within the evolving healthcare system.

NGR 5770. Nursing Leadership and Resource Management (3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. This course examines leadership theories and evidence based management strategies for application in health care clinical microsystems and mesosystems. Content focuses on leadership styles, change theory, fiscal and human resource management, and performance improvement strategies to promote patient safety and enhance worker productivity and quality of patient care. Emphasis is placed on the student’s professional development as a leader in transforming patient care delivery systems.

NGR 5772L. Clinical Leadership Practicum I (3). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: NGR 6896 and NGR 5770. This course emphasizes the development of nursing leadership skills in managing health care microsystems and mesosystems. The course provides students with opportunities to integrate bioethical and legal dimensions into clinical leadership and management decisions making. Innovations in human resource management and patient care delivery systems are also emphasized.

NGR 5773L. Clinical Leadership Practicum II (3). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: NGR 5770 and NGR 5772L. This course continues student development of nursing leadership and decision-making skills in managing health care microsystems. Clinical guidelines and emergency preparedness strategies are examined.

NGR 5800. Methods in Nursing Research (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program of the College of Nursing or instructor permission. This course builds upon the knowledge of the research process learned at the baccalaureate level and focuses on the importance of empirical investigation in the development of nursing theory and the formulation of testable hypotheses in nursing practice. Emphasis is directed to the nurse as consumer and practitioner in the area of research and evidence-based practice.

NGR 5846. Biostatistics (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program or instructor permission. This course is designed to provide an understanding of fundamental statistical principles that can be applied to health-related problems in clinical and public health settings. Students interpret published statistical findings, select and apply statistical methods to health related research problems and critique statistical methods utilized in biomedical research. Only the most common methods of statistical analysis used in published nursing research are reviewed.

NGR 5871. Managing Information and Technology in Health System (3). Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program or instructor permission. This course examines the critical elements and use of healthcare information systems and patient-care technology as applied to healthcare delivery, quality improvement, patient safety, and the evaluation of organizational outcomes. Topics cover health applications related to clinical, administrative, research, and educational decision making, with emphasis on the exploration of issues and trends related to human-technology interface, implementation science, ethics, and cultural diversity.

NGR 5887. Legal and Ethical Complexities in Healthcare (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP program or instructor permission. This course focuses on legal and ethical issues confronting healthcare professionals and practitioners. The course applies ethical theories to interprofessional team resolution of these dilemmas, while placing emphasis on the use of decision-making models. Topics cover ethical and legal considerations, patient-provider relationships, and moral-judgment concepts.

NGR 5891. Healthcare Policy for Nurse Leaders (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the MNS program or instructor permission. This course offers the nurse leader/manager students an opportunity to analyze the impact of politics on healthcare policies that affect healthcare delivery systems. Legal and ethical considerations of healthcare policies are examined in the context of providing quality and cost effective services. The leadership role of nurses in designing strategies for influencing healthcare policy development to promote optimal healthcare outcomes and quality care is explored.

NGR 5894. Global Health (1-2). Pre- and corequisites: NGR 5003 and NGR 5003L. This online course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the broad field of global (or international) health. The student will have the opportunity to tailor the experience to their own interest that may include an overview of the health situation in a given country and/or specific conditions such as nutrition, mother-child health, communicable disease, etc. This elective course should be considered in one of the following situations: 1) as a stand-alone course with a broad interest in global health (1 SH); and 2) as an international experience with FSU COM and/or CON faculty in Nicaragua (2 SH).

NGR 5905r. Directed Independent Study (1–3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Directed independent study relevant to an area of specialized nursing practice. May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours.

NGR 5910r. Supervised Research (1–3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Allows for research experience supervised by faculty that is different from student’s thesis project. May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours as agreed upon by faculty.

NGR 5930r. Special Topics in Nursing (1–3). This course consists of seminar topics that may include advanced technique in critical care nursing, emphasis on special populations, emphasis on specific identified nursing phenomena.

NGR 5933L. Special Topics Lab (2). (S/U grade only). This course is the final in a series of three practicum courses continuing student development of nursing leadership and decision-making skills in managing health care microsystems. Special emphasis is placed on honing the skills of nurse leaders in planning and integrating evidence-based practice into patient care delivery systems to improve health care outcomes.

NGR 5941Lr. Supervised Teaching Laboratory (1–5). Prerequisite: Instructor permission. This course is designed to run concurrently with the courses in the nurse educator sequence. The primary purpose is to afford students the opportunity to put into practice theories, concepts and principles of the teaching-learning process while functioning as a teaching assistant. Under supervision, students design, implement and evaluate teaching episodes for delivery to individuals and groups of nursing students, health care personnel, clients and their families. May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours will count toward degree.

NGR 6185. Genetics and Emerging Diseases (3). Prerequisites: NGR 5140. This course is designed to facilitate the nursing student’s understanding of the impact of genetics and emerging disease on the professional-nursing practice. Topics include basic concepts of genetics and emerging diseases, their application to nursing practice and global health, as well as related ethical, legal, and social issues.

NGR 6194. Orthopedics for Advance Practice Nursing (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP-FNP program. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders for patients across the lifespan. The integration of physical examination techniques specific to selected problems, the ordering and interpretation of radiologic tests, and the initiation of advanced treatments specific to musculoskeletal conditions are discussed.

NGR 6304. Issues in Pediatrics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP-FNP Program. This course provides a comprehensive overview of pediatric practice in the context of Family Nurse Practitioner Competencies. Emphasis is on the following areas: pediatric review, growth and development, pediatric theorists, role of the nurse practitioner, pediatric health assessment and physical exam, and diagnosis and management of common illness in children and adolescents.

NGR 6348. Women’s Health Care for Family Advanced Practice Nurses (3). This course is designed to address women’s health care across the lifespan. It should facilitate the family advanced practice nurse’s understanding of how to provide primary care, reproductive care, and problem-based care unique for women. The focus is on clinical decision-making, progressing from the reason women seek care, through assessment, diagnosis, screening and diagnostic testing, management plans, and patient teaching.

NGR 6506. Mental Health Care Coordination in Primary Care (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP Program. This course is designed to prepare students to effectively coordinate mental health care of clients in primary care, DNP’s must be knowledgeable about various treatment modalities; their availability, cost and effectiveness. This elective seminar explores treatment modalities that may be appropriate for clients who present in primary care settings, with mental health concerns.

NGR 6576. Mental Health Care in Primary Care Settings (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP Program. This seminar explores treatment modalities that may be appropriate for clients who present in primary care settings, with mental health concerns.

NGR 6601. Advanced Management of the Family I (3). Prerequisites: NGR 5003C and DNP core courses. Corequisite: NGR 6601L. This course is the second course focusing on the nurse practitioner role. It is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to develop basic strategies designed to promote health, diagnose and manage basic acute and chronic health problems across the life span. The focus of the course is the development of sound diagnostic skill through an emphasis on the differential diagnostic process and institution of clinical strategies to address common acute and chronic disorders. The course provides a foundation for the development of the student’s approach to the nurse practitioner role as they progress through the program.

NGR 6601L. Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (4). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: NGR 5003C and DNP core courses. Corequisite: NGR 6601. This course applies the knowledge and skills gained in NGR 5003C and to develop basic strategies to promote health, diagnose, and manage basic acute and chronic health problems across the life span. Emphasis is on the development of sound diagnostic skills utilizing differential diagnostic during clinical patient visits. Students also begin to develop collaborative partnerships with the clinical preceptor and other healthcare professionals in the management of patients.

NGR 6602. Advanced Management of the Family II (3). Prerequisites: NGR 6601 and NGR 6601L. Corequisite: NGR 6602L. This course examines and refines methods of diagnosis and management of health problems that affect the individual and family. Topics cover the prevention of illness, promotion of wellness, the management of complex acute and chronic health problems and their impact on communities, as well as the role of the advanced practice nurse as a vital force in contemporary health care.

NGR 6602L. Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (4). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: NGR 6601 and NGR 6601L. Corequisite: NGR 6602L. This course is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills related to the clinical management of actual and potential health problems across the lifespan in primary care. Emphasis is on promoting health, preventing illness, and managing complex acute and chronic illnesses. The course also explores the role dimensions of manager, collaborator, and teacher within the context of the role of the family nurse practitioner.

NGR 6619L. Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum III (5). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: NGR 6601, NGR 6601L, NGR 6602, and NGR 6602L. This course is designed for students to synthesize the advanced-practice knowledge, skills, and abilities into the role of advanced-practice nursing leader prior to residency. Students complete their transition to the role of nurse practitioner with the assistance of a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. In collaboration with faculty, students will select a practice setting that reflects their individual interests and completes their advanced-practice preparation.

NGR 6641. Assessment and Collaboration with Communities and Systems (2). Prerequisite: All core courses. This course challenges students to integrate techniques of community assessment and principles of collaboration in order to develop strategic, operational, or evaluation plans based on objective, comprehensive assessment. Topics include health-system concepts related to a broad spectrum of communities, with emphasis on the evaluation and use of data, collaborative work within health systems, and the examination of outcomes.

NGR 6674. Population Health and Applied Epidemiology (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate Nursing program or instructor permission. This course provides a foundation population health and applied epidemiology. The emphasis is on analysis of epidemiologic and scientific data for the assessment and evaluation of population health.

NGR 6702. Effecting Change in Healthcare Quality and Safety (3). Prerequisite: NGR 5770. This course examines implementing change in quality and safety in a challenging healthcare environment. Course content includes change theory, quality management models and tools, benchmarking and quality databases, safety in the healthcare environment, use of evidence in quality and safety, interprofessional relationships in improving organizational outcomes, descriptive statistics and relationship statistics and risk management. Emphasis is placed on the student’s development of a change project in quality or safety.

NGR 6768. DNP Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP program. This course offers students the opportunity to examine DNP roles and responsibilities that lead to effective practice and interprofessional collaboration. The course utilizes theoretical concepts related to the role theory and models of interprofessional collaboration as a basis of analysis of individual, unit-based, and organizational communication and work strategies that promote quality and culturally competent care.

NGR 6853. Translation and Synthesis of Evidence (3). Prerequisite: NGR 5800 and NGR 5846.This course provides tools for locating, evaluating, refining, synthesizing, channeling, applying, and explaining appropriate research findings, in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of nursing care in interprofessional settings. Quality-improvement methods and grant writing are discussed.

NGR 6893. Healthcare Finances, Economics, and Entrepreneurship (3). Prerequisite: NGR 5887. This course examines changes in healthcare systems based on evolving healthcare priorities and economic outcomes. Students analyze the relationship among processes, outcomes, and economic indicators; explore financial models of healthcare delivery, including resource management, distribution of services, cost-benefit analyses, return on investments, and outcome-based care; investigate financing of the practice of care-delivery systems viewed on a continuum of individual practitioner-care delivery to acute and complex, multi-level organization systems; and examine key entrepreneurial leadership principles, practices, and creative strategic planning for healthcare ventures.

NGR 6895. Healthcare Policy, Politics, and Power (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP program or instructor permission. This course analyzes the impact of politics and power on healthcare policies that affect healthcare delivery systems and advanced-nursing practice. Topics cover legal and ethical considerations of healthcare policies in the context of providing quality and cost-effective services, as well as the leadership role of advanced-practice nurses in designing strategies for influencing healthcare-policy development to promote optimal healthcare outcomes and quality care.

NGR 6896. Health Care and Organizational Change (3). Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program or instructor permission. This course provides an examination of the U.S. health care system and its development within a historical context. Current issues in health systems leadership and organizational change are explored. Focus is on analysis and evaluation of concepts such as economic and societal/cultural forces in the health care industry, health disparities, political and governmental issues related to health care change, trends in reimbursement, regulatory changes, and advanced practice nursing roles related to system evolution.

NGR 6897L. Health Systems Leadership Practicum III (5). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: NGR 6778L and NGR 6779L. This course involves supervised practice at the policy level, designed to advance nursing practice and strengthen leadership across healthcare organizations and agencies. Students identify and interact with key state or national stakeholders in order to design and advance a complex healthcare policy issue. Emphasis is on gathering, analyzing, designing, and communicating actionable information. In their role of policy activists, students need to demonstrate expertise by adopting clinical judgment, systems thinking, accountability, and quality outcomes, and by leading a focused systems change, policy development, grant proposal, or presentation at a national meeting.

NGR 6899. Transforming Health Care Delivery (3). Prerequisites: NGR 6853, and NGR 6896. This course synthesizes approaches to transforming the delivery of health care from various disciplines including organizational, human factors, political, and economic science. The purpose of the course is to facilitate the student’s ability to integrate a broad application of these disciplines in facilitating beneficial outcomes within health care organizations. Students are challenged to analyze problems at the organizational and systems level and develop effective evidence based solutions. Advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing and evaluating care delivery models and strategies are emphasized.

NGR 6910C. DNP Project I (1). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: NGR 6935. Corequisite: NGR 6619L or NGR 6897L. This course provides students with the opportunity to address a healthcare issue through scholarly inquiry. Under the guidance of their major professor, students synthesize, integrate, and translate, newly acquired knowledge and skills through the implementation of their scholarly project. The course culminates in completion of data collection.

NGR 6912C. DNP Project II (1). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: NGR 6910C. This course provides students with the opportunity to address a healthcare issue through scholarly inquiry. Under the guidance of their major professor, students synthesize, integrate, and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills through the completion of their scholarly project. The course culminates in the successful presentation of their completed scholarly project during the CONs DNP Project Presentation Day and the development of a manuscript suitable for publication.

NGR 6931. DNP Project Seminar I (1). (S/U grade only). This course is the first of four DNP Project courses (DNP Project Seminar I and II and DNP Project I and II). The course provides the student with a structured seminar-based experience. Through a process of dialogue with the course faculty, DNP project major professor, and class discussion, the student refines the DNP project proposal based on a previously completed review of the literature.

NGR 6935. DNP Project Seminar (1). (S/U grade only). This course provides students with a structured seminar-based experience. The instructor, in concert with the major professor, assists the student in finalizing a realistic implementation plan, taking their Project Proposal developed in Seminar 1, through the IRB process and beginning the data collection phase of the project.

NGR 6942Lr. DNP Residency I (1–5). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: All DNP core and specialty courses. This course provides an intensive clinical-residence experience that is intended to demonstrate the culmination of the students’ advanced practice role. Each student is required to submit individual objectives at the beginning of the semester and clinical experiences are individually designed around the focus of each student’s program. With the guidance of faculty of an advanced-practice expert, students use scientific theory, systematic evidence appraisal, organizational and policy analysis, as well as models of care delivery. May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours.

NGR 6943Lr. DNP Residency II (1–5). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: All DNP core and specialty courses. This course provides an intensive clinical-residence experience for students seeking additional clinical hours to meet certification-examination requirements or to demonstrate the culmination of their advanced practice role. Each student is required to submit individual goals at the beginning of the semester and clinical experiences are individually designed around the focus of each student’s program. The clinical-residency experience will be facilitated by an advanced-practice expert. May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours.