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General Nursing (NURS) Courses

NURS 110: Foundations of the Discipline. 1 Unit.
The course is designed to introduce the student to the practice, profession and discipline of nursing. A futuristic perspective will provide a framework for discussion of the foundation of contemporary nursing practice within a variety of health care settings. Critical historical influences that affected the development of contemporary nursing will be discussed. Selected trends and issues that will guide future nursing practice will conclude this course.

NURS 111: Foundations of Practice. 3 Units.
This course is designed as a foundation for clinical nursing practice in relation to the concepts of communication, safety and comfort. The three concepts will be applied to the application of fundamental nursing care. The basic components of the nursing process are presented as a framework for beginning clinical practice.

NURS 120: Nursing Informatics I: Introduction. 2 Units.
This course focuses on the application of mathematics for nursing, including algebra and biostatistics. Microcomputer, word processing and information concepts for nursing practice will be introduced.

NURS 122. Foundations of Practice II. 3 Units.
This course builds on the concepts essential to the foundations of nursing practice presented in previous nursing courses. It is designed to focus on strategies, skills, and techniques to obtain a comprehensive individual health history, family health history, and physical examination. Therapeutic interventions based on assessment and scientific knowledge will be performed. Prereq: C or higher in BIOL 116.

NURS 160: Community Engagement Seminar I. 1 Unit.
This course is a 1 credit seminar focused on the delivery of culturally appropriate community based health care and on selected issues contributing to the growing disparities in health care outcomes. Students will engage in a 12 hour field experience in a Cleveland community health facility or school system. The seminar will include two sessions devoted to the reflection and evaluation of the field experience. In addition, each seminar will include required attendance at the Rozella Schlotfeldt Public Lectures related to issues contributing to disparities in health care. Prereq: NURS 110. Coreq: NURS 122.

NURS 201: Applied Nutrition in Health and Disease. 2 Units.
This course builds upon the student’s previous knowledge base regarding human physiology and metabolism. Energy requirement changes related to lifespan changes are addressed. Dietary modulation as a therapeutic strategy to manage intervening variables is emphasized.

NURS 210: Community Engagement Seminar II. 1 Unit.
This course is a one credit seminar focused on the delivery of culturally appropriate community based health care and on the issues of aging and poverty as they contribute to the growing disparities in health care outcomes. Students will engage in a 12 hour field experience in a Cleveland community health facility or school system. The seminar will include two sessions devoted to the reflection and evaluation of the field experience. In addition, each semester will include required attendance at the Rozella Schlotfeldt Public Lectures related to issues contributing to disparities in health care. Prereq:: NURS 160 or permission of instructor.

NURS 211: Introduction to Pharmacology. 2 Units.
Introduction to basic principles of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics. Review of characteristics and use of major drug groups with emphasis on nursing implications. Prereq: NURS 122 and BIOL 116.

NURS 230: Nursing Care of the Adult I. 5 Units.
This course is the first in a two part series of courses focusing on the application of the nursing process in various settings to the adult experiencing common acute and chronic health alterations. Special emphasis is placed on assessment, diagnostic testing, and nursing interventions as part of the nursing process. Prereq: NURS 122, BIOL 114, and BIOL 117. Coreq: BIOL 121.

NURS 240: Nursing Care of the Adult II. 2 Units.
This course builds upon the knowledge and skills mastered in NURS 230 and NURS 250. Course content and learning opportunities provide students with the information necessary to collaborate with other members of the health care team in providing comprehensive care to adults and older adults. Students will use the nursing process in selecting appropriate nursing interventions for the care of adults experiencing multiple acute and chronic health problems in the acute care setting. Special emphasis is placed on evaluating patient responses and revising the plan of nursing care to optimize expected outcomes. Prereq: Completion of NURS 211, NURS 230, NURS 250 and BIOL 121.

NURS 250: Aging in Health and Illness. 2 Units.
This course will explore the concept of aging as a healthy developmental process with a particular focus on the elderly as active, independent, and contributing members of the community. Content will include the physiology of aging, health problems common to the elderly, the psychological, emotional, and sociological aspects of the aging process and policy issues. Prereq: NURS 122, BIOL 114, BIOL 117, and BIOL 119.

NURS 260: Community Engagement Seminar III. 1 Unit.
This course is a 1 credit seminar focused on the delivery of culturally appropriate community based health care and on the issues of culture, ethnicity and socio-economic background as they contribute to the growing disparities in health care outcomes. Students will engage in a 12 hour field experience in a Cleveland health care facility or school system where they will provide health screening and health education services to children and families. The seminar will include two sessions devoted to reflection and evaluation of the field experience. In addition, each seminar will include required attendance at the Rozella Schlotfeldt Public Lectures related to issues contributing to disparities in health care. Prereq: NURS 210. Coreq: NURS 240.

NURS 277: BCLS and First Aid for Health Care Providers. 0 Units.
Designed for healthcare professional students, this course follows the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Course objectives. It provides a variety of healthcare professional students the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. Basic first aid skills are also included in this course.

NURS 310: Community Engagement Seminar IV. 1 Unit.
This course is a one credit seminar focused on the delivery of culturally appropriate community based health care and on the issues of culture, ethnicity and socio-economic background as they contribute to the growing disparities in health care outcomes. Students will engage in a 12 hour field experience in a Cleveland health care facility or school system where they will provide health screening and health education services to children and families. The seminar will include two sessions devoted to reflection and evaluation of the field experience. In addition, each semester will include required attendance at the Rozella Schlotfeldt Public Lectures related to issues contributing to disparities in health care. Prereq: NURS 260.

NURS 315: Parents and Neonates in Health and Illness. 4.5 Units.
This course focuses on the study of child bearing families and their health-seeking behaviors from a developmental perspective. Content includes nursing knowledge and skills related to assessment of health status of parents and neonates. Nursing strategies focusing on interventions to promote, restore, and maintain health are discussed. Prereq: NURS 240, NURS 317, and NURS 342.

NURS 316: Infants, Children, and Adolescents in Health and Illness. 4.5 Units.
The study of infants, children, and adolescents, and the health-seeking behaviors from a developmental perspective. Emphasis is on healthy infants, children, and adolescents as well as infants, children, and adolescents with common, acute, and chronic illness within the context of their family environment. Nursing strategies focus on interventions to promote, restore, and maintain health and foster growth and development. Prereq: NURS 240, NURS 317, NURS 342.

NURS 317: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. 4 Units.
The course is designed to address health-seeking behavior patterns within the context of psychiatric and mental health nursing concepts. The focus is on clients with psychiatric disorders and their mental health. Nursing strategies that are appropriate for assessment and intervention with individuals, families, and groups to facilitate optimal mental health will be discussed and practiced. Prereq: NURS 230, NURS 211.

NURS 318: Nursing in the Community. 4 Units.
The study of the promotion of health and the primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of health problems of a population. Focuses on the community as client with nursing care of individuals, families, and groups. The clinical component focuses upon developing and evaluating health promotion programs, family assessment, community assessment, and community-based home care within the context of the community. Prereq: RN license.

NURS 320: Theoretical and Evidence Bases for Best Practice in Nursing. 3 Units.
Introduction to scientific inquiry and research process in nursing. Discussion of issues and problems in systematically evaluating reports of empirical research on nursing phenomena. Appropriate use of the nursing research literature and research findings in clinical practice is discussed. Prereq: STAT 201 and completion of five semesters of BSN program or RN license.

NURS 338: Care of the Adult and Older Adult with Complex Health Alterations. 4.5 Units.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to care for one or more complex, acutely ill adult patients, who presents with co-morbid conditions and may be dependent on technologies. This complexity encompasses the physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and ethical domains of care and includes both patient and the family. Prereq: NURS 211 and NURS 240 and NURS 342.

NURS 339: Care of the Perioperative Patient. 3.5 Units.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a dynamic learning experience in a perioperative environment to enhance the knowledge, cognitive and psychomotor skills to care for one or more patients undergoing operative or invasive procedures. The Perioperative Patient-Focused Model (AORN, 2008) will provide the framework for this course. This Model addresses patient centered care, patient safety, physiologic responses, and behavioral responses of the patient and family. In addition, content will cover issues of quality and safety, informatics, and identification of evidence based practice within the perioperative context. The clinical setting is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary with other members of the perioperative team. As a member of this team, the student will develop strategies to inspire team work and collaboration with emphasis on communication, patient advocacy and leadership skills. Prereq: NURS 211 and NURS 240 and NURS 342.

NURS 341: Concepts of Management and Leadership. 3 Units.
This course focuses on the study of basic concepts related to leadership, management and working with groups in the provision of nursing care. Concepts include: decision making, power, authority, roles, teaching-learning, evaluation, leader behaviors, work groups, change, legal aspects and quality. Students will apply the key concepts from marketing, law, finance, quality management, and other intervening variables that affect environments of care.

NURS 342: Medical Microbiology, Immunity, and Infectious Disease. 4 Units.
Microbial structure, growth, genetics, and metabolic control. Function and dysfunction of the human immune response. Manifestations of infectious disease and review of selected infectious diseases. Prereq: Completion of three semesters of BSN program.

NURS 343: Issues and Ethics in Health Care. 2 Units.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles underlying ethical issues and methods of rational decision making. Fundamental theories will be reviewed and opportunity provided, using case analysis, to apply the theories in addressing ethical dilemmas common to modern health care.

NURS 345: Nursing Informatics III: Clinical NIS. 2 Units.
The focus of this course is directed toward the understanding and use of information technologies and systems that support decision making in nursing practice, administration, research and education. Tools such as list servers, the World Wide Web, e-mail and databases may be used to augment the knowledge base in the course. Prereq: NURS 240 or RN license.

NURS 350: Concepts and Management in Geriatric Nursing. 9 Units.
This course will introduce concepts of rehabilitation, family nursing, geriatric nursing, and geriatric mental health and assist students in applying these concepts in a long-term care setting. Content will focus on assessment and intervention strategies for health problems common in the older adult. This will include a focus on developmental issues in the elderly, the assessment and management of depression. The course will also include content on assessment and intervention to improve the physical and functional capacities of the elderly, exercise interventions to improve cardiovascular and muscular capacity required for daily activities. Prereq: NURS 351 and NURS 353.

NURS 352: Acute Care III. 9 Units.
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care for patients with complex problems. Emphasis is on nursing strategies designed to provide comprehensive care to patients and their families affected by acute illness. Clinical practice is directed toward the care of acutely ill adults. Prereq: NURS 370, NURS 371, NURS 372, NURS 373.

NURS 354: Nursing Care of Critically Ill Adults. 9 Units.
This course focuses on the integration of knowledge and skills to provide effective and efficient nursing care to critically ill adults. Emphasis is on nursing strategies directed towards the care of the critically ill patient with a focus on use of biomedical technology, planning and managing patient care, and beginning care of patients with complex care needs. Prereq: NURS 370, NURS 371, NURS 372, NURS 373.

NURS 356: Nursing Care of Critically Ill Neonates, Infants, and Children. 9 Units.
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for beginning practice in the nursing care of critically ill neonates, infants and children. Emphasis is on nursing strategies directed toward the application of basic principles of critical care nursing with attention to special needs of critically ill neonates, infants and children and their families. Prereq: NURS 370, NURS 371, NURS 372, NURS 373.

NURS 360: Community Engagement Seminar V. 1 Unit.
This course is a 1 credit seminar focused on the delivery of culturally appropriate community based health care and on the issues of culture, ethnicity and socio-economic background as they contribute to the growing disparities in health care outcomes. Students will engage in a 12 hour field experience in a Cleveland health care facility or school system where they will provide health screening and health education services to children and families. The seminar will include two sessions devoted to reflection and evaluation of the field experience. In addition, each seminar will include required attendance at the Rozella Schlotfeldt Public Lectures related to issues contributing to disparities in health care. Prereq: NURS 310. Coreq: NURS 351, NURS 353.

NURS 370: Information Technologies in Health. 1 Unit.
The focus of this course is the application of advanced information and communication technologies in the health care of communities and populations. Building on a base of consumer informatics, the course will explore Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data mining techniques, telemedicine technology, and advanced communication technologies in the context of global health. Prereq: NURS 315, NURS 316, NURS 345, NURS 351 and NURS 353. Coreq: NURS 371, NURS 372 and NURS 373.

NURS 371: Public Health Nursing. 3 Units.
In this course, students will utilize a problem-based approach to develop knowledge and specific competencies in applying key concepts of public health, public health nursing and epidemiology. Through guided observation and classroom experiences, students will discover strategies to assess, plan, implement and evaluate population-focused programs for health promotion and disease prevention. Prereq: NURS 315, NURS 316, NURS 345, NURS 351 and NURS 353. Coreq: NURS 370, NURS 372 and NURS 373.

NURS 372: Health in the Global Community. 3 Units.
This course focuses on an analysis of the forces shaping community and global health patterns. Drawing on multidisciplinary sources, this course explores the impact of these global processes as they manifest in the health of our own and other societies. Emphasis is placed on analysis of the broad cultural, environmental, social-economic, and political systems that contribute to health status and outcomes, health policies, and health care delivery around the world. Prereq: NURS 315, NURS 316, NURS 345, NURS 351 and NURS 353. Coreq: NURS 370, NURS 371, and NURS 373.

NURS 373: Global Health Practicum. 5 Units.
The purpose of this practicum is to provide students with the opportunity to analyze the concepts of health and health care, health policy and finance, culture and ethics through a preceptored, 10-week community-based immersion experience in local, national, or international settings. Students will apply epidemiological techniques, the skills of negotiation, partnership building, community assessment and nursing science in the identification and analysis of a health problem leading to the development of an intervention. Prereq: NURS 315, NURS 316, NURS 345, NURS 351 and NURS 353. Coreq: NURS 370, NURS 371 and NURS 372.

NURS 392: Dynamics of Nursing Practice and Management. 4 Units.
The focus of this course is management and leadership concepts and their application to nursing practice management. Topics such as strategic planning, resource management, organizational structure, legal issues, and delegation will be explored. Recommended preparation: RN license

NURS 393: New Applications in Nursing Practice Management. 4 Units.
The focus of this course is the application of management and leadership concepts in a seminar format and clinical practicum for registered nurses. Students will apply concepts of strategic planning, resource management, organizational structure, and delegation in a health care setting. Recommended preparation: RN license.

NURS 394: Global Health Seminar. 3 Units.
The focus of this course is the issues and trends in global health from both a nursing and a trans-disciplinary perspective. The course covers how international social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural issues affect health and health care. Particular emphasis is placed on nursing's contribution to global health issues and outcomes. Offered as: NURS 394 and NURS 494. Coreq: INTH 301/401.

NURS 399: Independent Study. 1-12 Units.
Independent guided study for undergraduate students with special needs or interests. Instructor Consent Required.

NURS 400: Guided Study in Nursing. 1-18 Units.
Independent study for students with special needs and interests.

NURS 404: Emergent Care of the Child. 2 Units.
This course incorporates biological, developmental, psychological, emotional, social, and cultural aspects of care. The emphasis is on pathophysiology, assessment, diagnostic approaches, and interventions specific to emergent care of infants, children, and adolescents. Advanced therapeutics are introduced. Recommended preparation: Certification in PALS and neonatal resuscitation or concurrent enrollment in NUNP 444.

NURS 405: Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations. 3 Units.
This course provides an introduction to conceptual and theoretical thinking. Students will examine knowledge development in nursing, conceptual structures, and their uses as a basis for nursing practice and research.

NURS 406: Flight Nursing Seminar I. 1 Unit.
This seminar course provides a forum for preparing students to care for patients requiring air transfer to specialty care facilities. Special emphasis is placed on advanced procedures, flight physiology, and environmental influences on the clinical approach in order to apply acute care competencies to flight nursing practice. Prereq or Coreq: NUNP 443.

NURS 407: Flight Nursing Seminar II. 1 Unit.
This seminar continues to prepare students to care for patients requiring air transfer to specialty care facilities. Special emphasis is placed on clinical approaches to patient management across the lifespan. Prereq: ACLS, PALS, and neonatal resuscitation certification. Prereq or Coreq: NUNP 444, NURS 406, NURS 404.

NURS 409: Specialty Assessment and Diagnostics in Cardiovascular Nursing. 2 Units.
This course provides the basis for the selection and interpretation of assessment and testing strategies during the process of differential diagnosis of cardiovascular problems. Lecture is supplemented with specific clinical lab experiences.

NURS 410: Cardiovascular Nursing Seminar I. 1 Unit.
This seminar course focuses on cardiac rhythm abnormalities and their management. Prereq or Coreq: NURS 430. Coreq: NURS 409

NURS 411: Cardiovascular Nursing Seminar II. 1 Unit.
This seminar course focuses on the management of complex cardiovascular disease. Prereq: NURS 410.

NURS 416: Integrated Assessment of the Neonate for Midwives. 1 Unit.
This course introduces principles fundamental to the integrated assessment of the neonate. Gestational age assessment, assessment of genetic risks, and physical assessment skills are developed. NURS 416 and NUNP 416 taught together in the same room.

NURS 425: Inquiry II: Research Process. 2 Units.
This course emphasizes scholarly inquiry, scientific integrity and scientific investigation. It includes study of the research process, particularly design, sampling, data collection and analysis, and interpretation and reporting of findings. It will provide experience in proposal development. Prereq: NURS 405.

NURS 430: Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 3 Units.
Examination of the major categories of pharmacologic agents and application of pharmacologic concepts in the clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on understanding the physiologic action of the drugs, expected patient responses, and major side effects. Major-specific seminars integrate knowledge of pharmacology into clinical practice. Recommended preparation: NURS 453, RN license or consent of instructor.

NURS 431: Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice. 2 Units.
This course will focus on psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of care. Psychosocial aspects of care will address interviewing, counseling and coaching skills. In addition, skill in assessing depression, suicidal ideation and substance abuse issues will be addressed. The spiritual domain of health will be emphasized.

NURS 443A: Collaboration, Consultation, & Credentialing in Advanced Practice Nurs. 1 Unit.
The focus of this course is the process of consultation and collaboration in advanced practice nursing. The organizations that are involved in promoting and assisting advanced practice nurses (APNs) will be addressed. The similarities and differences in the roles of the APN will be explored. The process of credentialing APNs will also be examined.

NURS 443B: Professionalism in Advanced Practice Role Development. 1 Unit.
The focus of this course is the study of the multiple roles integrated into advanced practice nursing including principles of management and leadership. Strategies to market the value of the advanced practice nurse (APN) role and the individual APN are addressed.

NURS 443C: Teaching and Learning in Advanced Practice. 1 Unit.
The focus of this course is the examination of the process of teaching, learning, and evaluation. A variety of teaching modalities applicable across the lifespan will be explored.

NURS 444A: Ethical and End of LIfe Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice. 1 Unit.
The focus of this course is ethical decision-making for advanced practice nurses. The interaction between the health care delivery system and ethical decision making is explored.

NURS 444B: Health Care Delivery and Finance in Advanced Practice. 1 Unit.
The focus of this course is the study of the financial and business factors related to the health care delivery system and advanced practice nursing. Students will discuss strategies related to reimbursement, business practices, billing, and coding.

NURS 444C: Health Policy Legislation and Legal Issues in Advanced Practice. 1 Unit.
The focus of this course is the critical analysis of health policy and legal issues. Strategies for influencing the regulatory process will be explored.

NURS 453: Advanced Pathophysiology. 4 Units.
This course focuses on the alterations produced by injury and disease across the lifespan to distinguish normal physiology from pathophysiologic process. Biologic concepts and relationships that contribute to capacity for health and vulnerability to illness are examined.

NURS 454: Well Woman Health Care. 3 Units.
Study of selected theoretical formulations and models applied by professional nurses in the promotion of growth and wellness in adolescent and adult women. Emphasis on conception, decision making, sexuality and health teaching. Acquisition of knowledge and skill related to physical and psychosocial health assessment of pregnant and nonpregnant clients. Individually planned experiences with nurse faculty who are serving as primary care givers in maternity, family planning and gynecologic care settings. Prereq or Coreq: NURS 453 and NURS 459.

NURS 455: The Childbearing Family. 4 Units.
This course will focus on analysis and applications of the nursing strategies to enhance health-seeking behaviors of the pregnant family during the maternity cycle and on the education of parents about the childbearing year. The normal aspects of the pregnant woman and the identification of any deviations from the normal are central to the content. The course will also emphasize the enhancement of the pregnant family’s childbirth experience through utilization of the teaching-learning process. The student will learn to evaluate and apply techniques relative to childbirth education. Clinical experiences will be planned in ante partum, neonatal, childbirth education and home settings. Prereq: NURS 454. Coreq: NURS 430.

NURS 457: Labor and Birth. 5 Units.
The focus of this course is the application of nursing theory, practice and research by advanced practice nurses in the promotion of health and wellness of women, newborns and their families during intrapartum and the immediate postpartum period. Emphasis is placed on the health-seeking behaviors of the mother and her family using a holistic approach emphasizing cultural, ethnic and racial diversity in the provision and evaluation of care. Supervised clinical experience includes anticipating and identifying complications and participating in consultations, referrals and collaborative management. Prereq: NURS 455.

NURS 459: Advanced Health Assessment. 3 Units.
This course is designed to prepare the student to refine history taking and physical examination skills for individuals across the lifespan. It incorporates diagnostic reasoning skills and interpretation of data which provides the basis for advanced nursing practice.

NURS 460A: Theoretical Basis for Individual Counseling. 1 Unit.
This course emphasizes the ongoing development of the counseling relationship across the life span. The professional encounter between the individual and advanced practice nurse will be formulated based on the Helping Model for problem management. Students will differentiate counseling and therapy. Students will also develop and apply crisis intervention skills, interviewing skills and alternative adjunct therapies.

NURS 460B: Theoretical Basis for Individual Psychotherapy. 1 Unit.
This course will build therapeutic skills for the advanced practice nurse specializing in mental health. Students will master Helping Skills in their interventions with individuals with psychopathology. Prereq: NURS 460A. Prereq or Coreq: SSBT 548 or PSCL 524.

NURS 465: Psychopharmacology. 2 Units.
Course content will focus on drugs commonly used to treat psychiatric disorders and clinical implications for patient and family.

NURS 468: The Continual Improvement of Healthcare: An Interdisciplinary Course. 3 Units.
This course prepares students to be members of interprofessional teams to engage in the continual improvement in health care. The focus is on working together for the benefit of patients and communities to enhance quality and safety. Offered as EPBI 468, MPHP 468, NURS 468.

NURS 473: Advanced Psychopathology Across the Lifespan: Part I (Infant through Young Adult). 2 Units.
The course focuses on the assessment and diagnosis of psychopathology in children of all ages, infants through young adults. Behavioral deviations from normal growth and development will be assessed while considering age, social, cultural, and economic differences. The responses of family members to psychopathology in these age groups will be discussed.

NURS 474:Advanced Psychopathology Across the Lifespan Part II (Adult and Older Adult). 2 Units.
This course focuses on the assessment and diagnosis of psychopathology in adults and older adults. Behavioral/ cognitive deviations from normal growth and development will be evaluated while considering socio-cultural differences and age-appropriate behavior. Responses of family members in relation to adults or older adults' psychopathology will be discussed. Prereq: NURS 473.

NURS 475: General Systems Theory Foundations for Practice. 2 Units.
This foundational seminar introduces General Systems Theory as a framework for understanding complex entities comprised of component parts that are in constant and mutual interaction. The concepts covered will emphasize the openness and flexibility of a system by attending to its entirety as opposed to focusing on separate parts. The focus is on the organizational structure and processes of that system that are circular in nature through cybernetics processes such as feedback loops which allow system adaptation and transformation. These changes enable systems to become more organized and efficient and to develop the capacity to repair themselves. Students will apply General Systems Theory to their disciplines.

NURS 476: Advanced Practice Seminar: Blended Role of Psychiatric-Mental Health APRN. 1 Unit.
Within the context of family and community, students will explore the blended role of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. A focus of the course is boundaries and professional development in the blended role. Students will examine ethical, legal, cultural and professional standards as they relate to micro and macro systems.

NURS 481: Family Systems Theoretical Foundations. 2 Units.
This course focuses on the major contemporary theoretical approaches and therapies for conceptualizing and working with families across the lifespan. Attention is given to families challenged by situations such as stress, trauma, violence, psychiatric disorders, and substance abuse. Prereq: NURS 473 and NURS 475 and NURS 476. Coreq: NURS 474.

NURS 482: Family Systems Integration and Application. 1 Unit.
This practicum experience in the application of family theory addresses the professional encounter between the advanced practice nurse (APN) and the family system with attention to health promotion and psychiatric disorder management. Special consideration is given to policy, legal, cultural, and ethical issues regarding family care and practice. Group supervision of the practicum experience is an expectation. Prereq: NURS 473 and NURS 475 and NURS 476. Coreq: NURS 474 and NURS 481.

NURS 484: Individual and Group Modalities for Family Systems Practice Across the Lifespan. 3 Units.
This seminar addresses therapeutic modalities and their foundation as they are applied to families across the lifespan. Brief, individual, and group modalities will be studied in the context of Family Systems Theory with a focus on differences in family constellations and developmental stages. The selection of modalities for families will consider the implications of cultural and gender differences, vulnerable populations, and the stigma of psychiatric illness. Prereq: NURS 481 and NURS 482.

NURS 485: Practicum and Supervision: Family Systems Practice Across the Lifespan. 2 Units.
This practicum experience involves the professional encounter between the individual, group members, and nurse therapist within the context of family systems theory. The nurse therapist employs nursing strategies and concepts from psychiatry and behavioral and social sciences related to the promotion of mental health and biopsychosocial treatment in individual and group members across the life span. Attention will be given to situations such as stress, loneliness, trauma, violence, and substance abuse. Group supervision of the practicum experience is an expectation. Prereq: NURS 481 and NURS 482. Coreq: NURS 484.

NURS 486: Modalities for Family Systems Practice: Vulnerable Family Populations. 3 Units.
Within the context of family and community in urban and rural settings, students will explore the special needs of families who are currently manifesting mental health and substance abuse disorders. Examples of vulnerable families include those who have been exposed to acute and chronic stress, natural and man-made disasters, and military-related and other forms of trauma. The needs of youth and adults who are incarcerated will be addressed. Students will encounter the diverse nature of family relationships, including blended, migrant, and immigrant families; relationships that are defined by choice; and families residing on reservations and in religious enclaves. A variety of treatment modalities will be discussed. Prereq: NURS 481 and NURS 482.

NURS 488: Theoretical Basis of Practice and Supervision in Consultation, Collaboration. 2 - 3 Units.
This course focuses on the professional encounter between the nurse consultant-educator and families, work groups, and communities within the context of an environment of care. The nurse consultant-educator applies general systems and family systems theory to enhance the capacity of families to learn, adapt, and develop through mutual interaction and cybernetic processes based on systems theory. The roles of the nurse, educator, researcher, administrator, and therapist supervisor are explored. The theories and processes of consultation, collaboration, and adult education are discussed relative to mental health and community education. Prereq: NURS 484 and NURS 485.

NURS 489: Practicum and Supervision in Role of Family Systems Psych-Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse. 3 Units.
This practicum course emphasizes the professional encounter between the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist (NP/CNS), families, organizations, communities, and agency personnel providing mental health services in the context of an environment of care. Systems variables that influence the learning, adaptation, and development of families, organizations and systems are emphasized. The psychiatric nurse clinician functions as a change agent in direct and indirect care through the role of practitioner, educator, consultant, planner, evaluator, and researcher. Prereq: NURS 484 and NURS 485. Coreq: NURS 487

NURS 494: Global Health Seminar. 3 Units.
The focus of this course is the issues and trends in global health from both a nursing and a trans-disciplinary perspective. The course covers how international social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural issues affect health and health care. Particular emphasis is placed on nursing's contribution to global health issues and outcomes. Offered as: NURS 394 and NURS 494. Coreq: INTH 301/401.

NURS 500: Master’s Thesis. 1-4 Units.
Systematic investigation of a research problem selected by the student for independent study. Prereq: NURS 415.

NURS 502: Inquiry III: Evidence Based Nursing Practice. 2 Units.
This course focuses on linking research evidence to nursing practice. Processes for implementation and evaluation of evidence-based nursing practice will be included. Prereq: NURS 425.

NURS 503: Inquiry Practicum. 1 - 2 Unit.
This course focuses on the development of competencies in scientific inquiry. Such competencies are achieved through experiences in participation in a research study or evidenced-based project related to nursing science. A written report of the experience is required.Prereq: NURS 415 or NURS 425.

NURS 506: Nursing Epistemology. 3 Units.
This course involves the study of knowledge shared among members of the discipline, the patterns of knowing and knowledge development, criteria for evaluating knowledge claims and philosophy of science. The course is a search and discussion experience aimed at enabling graduate students to become knowledgeable about approaches to the study of disciplines and scientific knowledge development. Forces affecting the development of knowledge, the origins of key terms and concepts, and identification of major themes in nursing will be explored.

NURS 507: Clinical Knowledge. 3 Units.
This course is structured to allow students to develop clinical knowledge about their area of interest and to begin the process of identifying clinical research questions. Supervision for this experience will be twofold. Students will be placed with an expert clinician with a minimum of a master's degree (in nursing) to identify and arrange relevant clinical experiences. The student and the clinician will work with the course faculty to create opportunities for the student to experience the clinical phenomena of interest, which may include actual "hands-on" experience. Students will also meet regularly with the other students in the course and the course faculty for group supervision that focuses on linking clinical practice issues to research questions. Course requirements would include eight hours of practicum experiences per week.

NURS 508: Context of Care. 3 Units.
This course is designed to allow students to explore the social, political, economic, and health care issues that form the context for their clinical phenomena of interest. The intent of this course is for the student to become knowledgeable about the broader forces that affect their clinical problem. Topics might include current research in their field, as well as health policy related to their phenomena, political entities that affect funding, and the regulation of practice in their area of interest. The student will need a content expert to help them plan and coordinate their practicum experiences, which should be multiple and varied, and include exposure to both local and state level entities. Prereq: NURS 507 or equivalent.

NURS 510: Health Disparities. 3 Units.
This course aims to provide theoretical and application tools for students from many disciplinary backgrounds to conduct research and develop interventions to reduce health disparities. The course will be situated contextually within the historical record of the United States, reviewing social, political, economic, cultural, legal, and ethical theories related to disparities in general, with a central focus on health disparities. Several frameworks regarding health disparities will be used for investigating and discussing the empirical evidence on disparities among other subgroups (e.g., the poor, women, uninsured, disabled, and non-English speaking populations) will also be included and discussed. Students will be expected to develop a research proposal (observational, clinical, and/or intervention) rooted in their disciplinary background that will incorporate materials from the various perspectives presented throughout the course, with the objective of developing and reinforcing a more comprehensive approach to current practices within their fields. Offered as CRSP 510, EPBI 510, MPHP 510, NURS 510, and SASS 510.

NURS 511: Strategies for Theory Development. 3 Units.
This course examines the nature of theory and strategies for theory development in nursing. Students will explore a variety of strategies and select an approach for beginning theory development that addresses nursing phenomena in their area of interest.

NURS 518: Qualitative Nursing Research. 3 Units.
This course is a study of qualitative research approaches directed toward the development of nursing knowledge. This course will include methods and issues in data collection, analysis, and critique of research findings. It will focus on the philosophical and epistemological foundations of qualitative research, present an overview of various methodological approaches, examine in depth the criteria for rigor, and analyze ethical issues in qualitative methodologies.

NURS 522: Advanced Internship in Cardiovascular Nursing. 1-5 Units.
This 600-hour internship is designated to provide the master's prepared ACNP-Cardiovascular Nursing Program graduate with the experience needed to enter practice as an APN caring for patients with complex cardiac disorders. Prereq: NURS 411

NURS 523: Advanced Internship in Flight Nursing. 1-5 Units.
This internship is designed to provide the Master’s prepared ACNP-flight nurse concentration graduate with experience needed to qualify for the Certification Examination in Flight Nursing. This experience consists of a 600 hour precepted internship in a flight nursing setting. Prereq: Completion of MSN program focus in Flight Nursing and ACNP certification, certification in ACLS, PALS, and neonatal resuscitation.

NURS 524: Advanced Practicum in Infection Control. 1-5 Units.
This practicum experience consists of up to 600 hours of a precepted experience in an infection control program setting. This practicum is designed to provide the student with experience needed to qualify for the Certification Examination in infection Control administered by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology to receive CIC certification. The student may choose among a public health, acute care, long-term care, or international setting. Prereq: NURS 450.

NURS 530: Advanced Nursing Research Methods I. 3 Units.
This course focuses on conceptualization of a research problem within a nursing perspective, threats to validity, sampling, measurement, and survey, quasi-experimental, and experimental designs. The emphasis is on the application on these strategies while encouraging flexibility in conceptualizing a study using different research methods. Students will develop a research study using methods consistent with theoretical and empirical knowledge and the nursing perspective. Coreq: NURS 532.

NURS 531: Advanced Nursing Research II. 3 Units.
This course is the second in a two-course sequence of research methods. It focuses on power analysis, data management, measurement strategies and epidemiologic designs and designs to assess change and multiple comparisons. Included is a discussion of ethics and concerns regarding human subjects. The emphasis is on the application of research strategies while encouraging flexibility in conceptualizing a study using different methods. The development of a research proposal is the outcome of this two-semester sequence. Prereq: NURS 530 and NURS 401 or STAT 401 or equivalent.

NURS 532: Basic Statistics: Fundamentals for Analysis. 3 Units.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the fundamentals needed for analysis of research problems. It will review theoretical foundations of statistical analysis and inference, probability theory, and hypothesis testing. Use of measures of central tendency, basic parametric, and non-parametric tests will be discussed, with specific application to health problems. Use of SPSS will be included. Prereq: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

NURS 557: Advanced Midwifery. 6 Units.
In consultation with faculty, students select a nurse-midwifery service where they assume the responsibilities of beginning practitioner for a minimum of 10 weeks of intensive, supervised clinical practice. Synthesis of the nurse-midwifery management process while providing continuity of care integrating all core competency areas is emphasized. Students explore the professional aspects of nurse-midwifery practice. Historical development of the profession is used as a framework for understanding current issues related to nurse-midwifery education and practice in the United States. Prereq: NURS 457.

NURS 559: Primary Care for Women. 4 Units.
Integration of concepts, theories, conceptual, and theoretical models, focused on supporting the health-seeking of women and their families as they contend with intervening factors. Emphasis on psychosomatic, acute and long-term illnesses and their interplay with psychosocial problems encountered by women. Clinical practice and seminars will include providing nursing care to women and their families in all stages of life cycle. Prereq: NURS 455.

NURS 578: Curriculum and Instruction. 3 Units.
The purpose of this course is to explore the theoretical underpinnings of education and to examine innovative approaches to critical thinking. Students are provided the opportunity to analyze philosophies and principles of education along with teaching and learning styles. The course will focus on curriculum planning and development congruent with the philosophy and objectives of a nursing program. Curriculum development includes determination of program and course objectives, along with selection and organization of appropriate learning experiences to meet these objectives. Techniques for instruction in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings are explored.

NURS 601: Special Problems. 1-12 Units.
This course is offered, with permission, to Ph.D. students in Nursing undertaking reading in a field of special interest.

NURS 609: Health Care Policy and Planning. 3 Units.
The primary focus of this course is to explore the leadership role of nurses in health policy development and implementation as well as the role of research in health care policy formation and planning. Special emphasis is placed on selected national and international health policy issues that form the socio-political and economic context of nursing care and practice. Ethical dimensions of public policy formulations and implementation are highlighted. Offered as NUND 508 and NURS 609.

NURS 615: Topical Seminar in Health Science Research. 3 Units.
This Ph.D. course is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of research issues in a given content area. Opportunities are provided to apply knowledge for further development of the student’s research interests and ideas. An in-depth examination of selected theoretical and methodological approaches to the development of research related to health science will be emphasized. Interrelationships among theory, research, and knowledge from nursing and related disciplines will be explored.

NURS 619: Theoretical Foundations: Educational Testing and Evaluation. 2 Units.
In this course, an overview of educational measurement and evaluation is provided. Methods of evaluating teaching effectiveness, student learning, and student performance are explored, with particular emphasis placed on test construction and analysis. Prereq: NURS 578.

NURS 621: Teaching Practicum. 1-6 Units.
In this preceptored teaching practicum, the student may engage in classroom, laboratory, and clinical teaching assignments in nursing. The student will be expected to use current educational theory and nursing knowledge in completing the practicum experience (minimum 60 hours). Offered as NUND 615 and NURS 621. Prereq: NURS 578, NURS 619, NURS 620. Coreq: NURS 578, NURS 619.

NURS 630: Advanced Statistics: Linear Models. 3 Units.
This course is focused on advanced procedures for data analysis and statistical inference in health research. The course is devoted to discussion of linear models, including simple and multiple regression, logistic regression and application to study design. The role of assumptions and theory in guiding the analysis plan is emphasized through lecture, readings, and critical evaluation of published research in the student's area of interest. Prereq: NURS 532.

NURS 631: Advanced Statistics: Multivariate Analysis. 3 Units.
This course focuses on selected advanced multivariate topics and procedures in health research. Topics will be covered through lecture, readings, computer analysis as well as critical analysis of published research in the health sciences fields. Topics to be covered in this course include: survival analysis, factor analysis, path analysis, repeated measures ANOVA and advanced regression techniques (logistic, loglinear, mixed models). Prereq: NURS 530 and NURS 531 and NURS 532 and NURS 630.

NURS 632: Advanced Statistics: Structural Equation Modeling. 3 Units.
This course focuses on advanced data analytic procedures using structural equation modelings (SEM) in health research. Content will be explored through lecture, computer analysis, and critical analysis of relevant research. Topics covered in this course include: SEM with latent variables, path analysis adjusting for measurement error, nested models, and advanced SEM techniques, e.g., exploratory SEM, autoregresive models, latent growth curves, and latent class analysis using mixture modeling. Prereq: NURS 630 or Instructor Consent

NURS 671: Proposal Development. 1-6 Units.
Provides an opportunity for guided development of a candidacy proposal through planned contact with a designated committee of faculty members. The aim is to assist the student in the development of a refined proposal with strong scientific merit. The course should be utilized only by those with a candidacy proposal statement. Minimum 3 hours required for progression in program.

NURS 701: Dissertation Ph.D. 1-18 Units.
Prereq: Predoctoral research consent or advanced to Ph.D. candidacy milestone


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