Graduate Nursing Courses

Doctor of Nursing Practice Courses

DNP 801 Methods for Scholarly Inquiry (3 credits)

This course provides an emphasis on a scholarly approach to problem solving based on critical appraisal, synthesis and application of research evidence.  Foundational principles in research methodologies are detailed to provide a systematic structure for the purpose of obtaining and evaluating evidence for potential implementation in clinical practice environments. Topics include: Evidence-based practice, quantitative and qualitative research methods, the use of mixed-methods, human subjects considerations, and ethical issues in scholarly inquiry. Finally, dissemination of clinical practice scholarship will be discussed as a critical element of DNP practice. 
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

DNP 802 Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice (3 credits)

This course focuses on the understanding of biostatistics for application to nursing and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of and appraisal of data analyses for the selection and use of best evidence for making practical conclusions about empirical data.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

DNP 803 Theories of Leadership & Organization (3 credits) 

This course focuses on the analysis of contemporary organizational theories as they apply to complex healthcare systems. Application of theory to organizational analysis and decision making is emphasized. Concepts of effective leadership include: systems thinking, organizational culture, communication, resource utilization, ethics, and change theories necessary for leading cost-effective quality and safety improvements within healthcare organizations in an inter-professional environment.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

DNP 804 Health Policy, Economics, & Finance (3 credits)

This course provides students with an overview of the US health care policy, including analysis of: the political, institutional, cultural and economic environments in which policy is formed. It also addresses how policy is created and focuses on select current issues in health policy. Students will be prepared to discuss the complexities of health policy development and implementation, historical evolution and themes in the U.S. healthcare system. Emphasis will be placed on: health care costs and financing, public health, health care quality, and Medicare and long term care. Global, national, state, and local systems of financing health care will be compared.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

DNP 805 Foundation for Transformation: Translating Evidence into Practice (3 credits)

The science of dissemination and implementation (D&I) seeks to address the gap between evidence and practice by exploring how to ensure that evidence-based innovations are effectively delivered within clinical and community practice. Dissemination science is the study of how evidence-based innovations can best be communicated to potential adopters while implementation science is the study of what happens after adoption occurs, particularly in organizational settings. In this course, students will explore D&I theories/frameworks, methodologies, ethical issues and organizational factors associated with moving evidence-based innovations into practice across different healthcare settings.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

DNP 806 Evaluation Methods for Safety & Quality Improvement (3 credits)

This course provides students with an overview and application of principles and methods for (a) assessing safety and quality in health care environments, and (b) systematically evaluating the processes and outcomes of interventions to manage safety and quality in these environments. Topics include the conceptualization, planning, and ex-ante or before the event analysis of evaluation studies; principles to assure integrity of evaluation research studies; assessment of processes and measurement of outcomes; evaluation methodologies (randomized field experiments; quasi-experimental designs; survey methods; performance measurement; process analysis; benchmarking; hierarchical and integrated methods). Included also are specific methods to assess effects and efficiency (cost-benefit, cost-efficiency). The course concludes with specialized communication methods including score cards and benchmark reports.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

DNP 850 DNP Project I (4 credits) 1 didactic credit, 3 practicum credits

This is the first of two sequential DNP practicum courses. This course combines practicum experiences with scholarly activities to provide in-depth learning.  The practicum focuses on comprehensive and systematic assessment of healthcare problems in complex situations. It gives students an opportunity for meaningful engagement with experts from nursing as well as other disciplines.
The DNP practicum provides the DNP student with an individually designed clinical or leadership experience to meet the professional leadership or clinical goals. In consultation with the student’s DNP Project Advisor and DNP Project Committee students will (1) identify a set of objectives for their DNP Practicum, (2) identify and explain the problem of study, (3) develop a proposal for their DNP project. Students are expected to complete 168 hours of clinical experience. These hours may include direct clinical and/or practice experiences that provide students with opportunities to apply, integrate, and synthesize the DNP Essentials.
Pre-requisites:  DNP 801, DNP 802, DNP 803, DNP 804, DNP 805, DNP 806. Co-requisites: None.

DNP 851 DNP Project II (4 credits) 1 didactic credit, 3 practicum credits

This is the second of the two leadership practicum courses for the DNP. In this course students continue to engage in and integrate both practicum experiences and scholarly activities to provide in-depth learning for doctoral students. Under the direction and guidance of the student’s DNP Project Advisor and DNP Project Committee, students will continue to develop, implement, and evaluate their DNP project. Students are expected to complete 168 hours of clinical experience. These hours may include direct clinical and/or practice experiences that provide students with opportunities to apply, integrate, and synthesize the DNP Essentials.Pre-requisites: DNP 850. Co-requisites: None.

DNP 852 DNP Project III (2 credits)

Working with the DNP Project Advisor and DNP Project Committee, the DNP student will make steady progress toward completion of the DNP scholarly project and of the DNP degree. The scholarly project will demonstrate a thorough understanding of the application and evaluation of evidence to improve health outcomes. All projects must focus on a change that impacts health outcomes, have a systems or population focus, demonstrate implementation in an appropriate area of practice, include an evaluation of innovation and/or outcomes and include a sustainability plan.
Pre-requisites: DNP 851. Co-requisites: None.

DNP 853 DNP Project IV– Maintenance of Candidacy

This course is a continuation of NUR 852 DNP Project. Working with the DNP Project Advisor and the DNP Project Committee, the DNP student will make steady progress toward completion of the DNP scholarly project and of the DNP degree. The scholarly project will demonstrate a thorough understanding of the application and evaluation of evidence to improve health outcomes. All projects must focus on a change that impacts health outcomes, have a systems or population focus, demonstrate implementation in an appropriate area of practice, include an evaluation of innovation and/or outcomes and include a sustainability plan.
Pre-requisites: DNP 852. Co-requisites: None.

MSN Core Courses

MSN 510 Conceptual & Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3 credits

This course explores the epistemology of nursing science, including historical perspectives, current concepts pertinent to nursing, and impact of grand and mid-range nursing theories on the future of nursing practice. Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

MSN 512 Research for Evidence-based Nursing Practice 3 credits

This course is designed to develop the role of the professional graduate student as a competent research consumer.  Students develop the skills needed to identify and critically appraise scientific evidence to evaluate the quality and applicability to clinical practice.  The course content includes an overview of research concepts, ethical issues, literature searches and reviews, quantitative and qualitative research methods and designs, data collection, analysis and interpretation techniques.  Students gain an understanding of the research process and the role of research in evidence-based practice. Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

MSN 514 Informatics & Technology in Nursing 3 credits

This course explores the impact of informatics upon evidence-based practice, leadership, management, and education. Emphasis is placed on how informatics supports evidence-based decision-making, and on how informatics and technology impact the delivery of nursing and health care.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

MSN 516 Issues and Trends Relevant to Nursing 3 credits

This course focuses on the nonclinical yet critical content necessary to practice safely in a competent professional nursing role. Topics explored include current international, national, state, and local trends affecting nursing such as health care/ illness care financing, bioterrorism, Healthy People 2020, professional credentialing, ethical decision making, bioethical dilemmas, federal and state laws, nursing’s professional organizations, and issues of interest based on nursing specialties. Additionally, the course provides information on liability, and coding, and models of health care delivery. Contracts, reimbursement, quality and safety initiatives will be addressed. Overview of the Consensus Model, preparing for national certification, and applying for licensure and prescribing privileges at the state level will be addressed. Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

MSN 520 Vulnerable Populations: Nursing Perspectives 3 credits

The elimination of health disparities has been identified as an area of research emphasis by the National Institute of Nursing Research. This course examines health determinants and health disparities within the United States as well as in the global community. The student will examine health disparities and the burden of disease within social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental contexts using a systematic, multidisciplinary approach. Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

Nurse Educator Specialty Courses

MSN 531 Curricula in Nursing Education 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to traditional and contemporary considerations for curriculum planning and design as applied to nursing education. The primary focus is the process of curriculum development and program evaluation. The faculty role in higher education is explored. Historical, theoretical, legal, and ethical issues related to curricula planning will be examined.
Pre-requisites: Graduate Nursing Core/Direct Care Core Courses per Director.
Co-requisites: None.

MSN 532 Nurse Educator Practicum I, 4 credits: 3 credits didactic, 1 credit clinical [56 clock hours]

The focus of the course is the nurse educator’s integration of advanced-nursing knowledge to promote and improve health in a focused practice setting. Recognizing that the content being taught needs to be current, supported by theory, and evidence-based, this course prepares nurse educators to motivate change in learners.  Effective teaching strategies and materials to maximize learning in a focused practice settings are emphasized.  Measurement and evaluation techniques that are essential to effective teaching are explored. The nurse educator is considered a direct-care role and as such all students in the nurse educator track must complete 56 hours (1 credit) of direct-care clinical practice experiences in this course. Prerequisites: MSN 531. Co-requisites: None.

MSN 535 Nurse Educator Practicum II, 6 credits: 3 credits didactic, 3 credits clinical [168 clock hours]

This course will provide students the opportunity to apply concepts and develop skills in curriculum development, classroom and clinical teaching, and evaluation methods in an educator role within the student’s area of specialization. The student can choose from a variety of opportunities in clinical settings with patients or staff nurses or with nurse educators in clinical or academic settings. Students will gain experience interfacing with faculty, administrators, and support service personnel in the institution(s) of their choice. Students will complete 168 hours (3 credits) of clinical experience in an educator role and 42 hours (3 credits) in classroom seminars.
Prerequisites: MSN 532. Co-requisites: None.

Nurse Administrator Specialty Courses

MSN 541 Nursing Care Delivery Systems 3 credits

This course will introduce the student to leadership and management theory, the roles of the nurse administrator, the organizational structure of health care delivery systems, care delivery models, the planning process, program evaluation methods, and the effects of national and international health care policy on institutions.
Prerequisites: Graduate Nursing Core/Direct Care Core Courses per Director.
Co-requisites: None.

MSN 543 Resources for the Delivery of Nursing Care 4 credits: 3 credits didactic, 1 credit clinical [56 clock hours]

This course will introduce students to health care economics, budgeting and financial management, health care reimbursement, business plans and grants, and development and management of human resources.  Students will complete 56 hours (1 credit) of clinical experience in an administrator role and 42 hours (3 credits) in classroom seminars.
Prerequisites: MSN 541. Co-requisites: None.

MSN 545 Nurse Administrator Practicum 6 credits: 3 credits didactic, 3 credits clinical [168 clock hours]

This course will introduce students to professional ethics, health care laws and regulations, collective bargaining, institutional and individual credentialing, professional and institutional liability, contract administration, and the role of politics and power in nursing and health care, and self-reflective management. Students will have the opportunity to apply concepts learned in NUR 541 and 543 in a managerial role within the student’s area of clinical specialization. Students will complete 168 hours (3 credits) of clinical experience in an administrator role and 42 hours (3 credits) in classroom seminars.
Prerequisites: MSN 543. Co-requisites: None.

Graduate Nursing Direct Care Courses

MSN 550 Physiology and Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing Across the Lifespan 3 credits

This course examines selected physiologic and pathophysiological conditions encountered in clinical practice across the lifespan of clients. Emphasis is placed on regulatory and compensatory mechanisms as they relate to commonly occurring diseases. Concepts of cellular, molecular and genetic, physiology, immunology, neurophysiology, endocrine/reproductive, cardiovascular, blood, pulmonary, renal, and digestive physiology will be examined.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

MSN 551 Advanced Health & Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan
3 credits:2 credits didactic, 1 credit online lab (56 clock hours)

This course will provide students with a systematic method of diagnostic reasoning, clinical decision making necessary to conduct an advanced health assessment for clients across the lifespan. Advanced techniques in interviewing, history taking, physical examination, health screening, ordering, performing, and interpreting laboratory, radiographic, and other diagnostic data, and record keeping is included. The course content emphasizes bio-psycho-social and cultural assessment utilizing appropriate research findings. Students will complete 56 clock hours of clinical laboratory.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

MSN 552 Pharmacological Principles of Clinical Therapeutics Across the Lifespan 3 credits

This course provides the student with knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, and pharmacologically manage client’s common health problems in a safe, high quality, cost-effective manner. Emphasis is on the analysis of advanced pharmacological and pharmacokinetic principles and the development of therapeutic decision-making in drug selection of the client based on health conditions, individual variations, and economic and cultural concerns. Drugs most commonly used in advanced obstetric/gynecologic, neonatal, pediatric, adult, and geriatric nursing practice are stressed. Analysis of selected health problems is integrated with pharmacological and evidence-based practice principles.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses

MSN 600 Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan I – Women & Families 3 credits

This is the first clinical course in a four clinical course sequence. The course focuses on health promotion, health maintenance management, and risk reduction strategies for women and families during childbearing years. Emphasis is on assessment of health states, nursing and medical management of common health problems, health education, health promotion, and disease prevention common to individuals and families of childbearing age. Community health, cultural competency, genetics, and evidence-based practice concepts are integrated into the course. Selected nursing theories, family systems theory, teaching and learning theories, behavior change theory, principles of counseling and therapeutic communication essential to planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing and medical management of health, wellness, and therapeutic regimens for the individual and family of childbearing age within the community setting are emphasized.
Students must register for the co-requisite clinical practicum that includes a clinical experience focusing on well-child health, women’s health and wellness, childbearing concerns, occupational health concerns common to women, acute episodic illnesses, and chronic illnesses commonly encountered in primary care health care settings.
Pre-requisites: MSN 510, 512, 514, 516, 520, 550, 551, 552. Co-requisites: 601.

MSN 601 Clinical Practicum Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan I - Women & Families 2 credits

Students are expected to complete 112 clock hours (8 hours/week) of clinical practicum over the course of the term. Students will practice and hone physical assessment, provide primary care health services including health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling and nursing and medical management of common acute and episodic, health problems to individuals and/or families of childbearing age within a community setting under the guidance and supervision of a Cedar Crest College approved preceptor in a primary care setting.
Pre-requisites: MSN 510, 512, 514, 516, 520, 550, 551, 552. Co-requisites: 600.

MSN 602 Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan II - Infants, Children & Adolescents 3 credits

This is the second clinical course in a four clinical course sequence. This course focuses on providing culturally competent, comprehensive primary health care to infants, children and adolescents. There is an emphasis on assessment of health states, nursing and medical management of common health problems, health education, health promotion and risk/disease prevention common to infants, children and adolescents in the context of the family. Community health and concepts of cultural, as well as ethical competencies are integrated throughout the course. This course will continue to build on the application of family theory principals in communication and care planning, as introduced and emphasized in the previous coursework. The student will describe, analyze, and synthesize the plan of care in regard to the client, nurse, and health care systems along with principles of therapeutic communication.
Pre-requisites: MSN 600, 601. Co-requisite: 603.

MSN 603 Clinical Practicum Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan II - Infants, Children & Adolescents 2 credits

Students are expected to complete 112 clock hours (9.5 hours/week) of clinical practicum over course of the term. Students will practice and hone physical assessment skills and will engage in planning, implementing, and evaluating common health concerns of infants, children, and adolescents encountered in the community primary care setting under the guidance and supervision of a Cedar Crest College approved preceptor in a primary care setting.
Pre-requisites: MSN 600, 601. Co-requisite: 602.

MSN 604 Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan III - Adults & Older Adults 3 credits

This is the third primary care course in a four course sequence. This course focuses on providing comprehensive and culturally responsive primary care to adults, older adults, and maturing families across the lifespan within the context of the community. The student will build on knowledge and skills obtained in previous coursework to expand knowledge of medical management of health states, common acute health problems, health education, health promotion, genetics and genomics, and disease prevention common to adults, older adults, and maturing families. The student will examine the use of evidence and evidence based practice principles in decision making and concepts of patient resiliency and vulnerability will be incorporated throughout the course. Community health and concepts of cultural, as well as ethical competencies are also integrated throughout the course.
Pre-requisites: MSN 602, 603. Co-requisite: 605.

MSN 605 Clinical Practicum Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan III - Adults & Older Adults 4 credits

Students are expected to complete 224 clock hours (16 hours/week) of clinical over the course of the term. Students will practice physical assessment, diagnosis and management of health concerns common to adults, older adults, and maturing families with a focus on acute health problems commonly encountered in the primary care setting. The student will describe, analyze, and synthesize the plan of care in regard to the patient, nurse, and health care system. 
Pre-requisites: MSN 602, 603. Co-requisite: 604.

MSN 606 Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan IV - Adults & Older Adults 3 credits

This is the fourth primary care course in a four course sequence. This course builds on previous coursework and facilitates the student as an emerging provider of culturally-responsive comprehensive primary health care to individuals and families within the context of the community. The student applies knowledge and skills that promote their role as an emerging provider managing various health states, common chronic health problems, health education, health promotion, genetics and genomics, and disease prevention common to adults and older adults. The student will examine the use of evidence in decision making. Nursing theories as well as selected theories from the behavioral and physical sciences are incorporated into practice. Pre-requisites: MSN 604, 605.
Co-requisite: 607.

MSN 607 Clinical Practicum Primary Care of the Family & Individual Across the Lifespan IV - Adults & Older Adults 5 credits

Students are expected to complete 280 clock hours (20 hours/week) of clinical over the course of the term. Students will practice physical assessment, diagnosis and management of health concerns common to the maturing family with a focus on chronic illnesses commonly encountered in the primary care setting. The student will describe, analyze, and synthesize the plan of care in regard to the patient, nurse, and health care system.
Pre-requisites: MSN, 604, 605.
Co-requisite: 606.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Courses

MSN 609 Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 3 credits - 2 credits didactic, 1 credit clinical (56 clock hours)

This course builds on knowledge of advanced health assessment with a focus on clients commonly seen in the acute care practice setting. Advanced health assessment skills include obtaining appropriate health histories and performing physical examinations on adult patients with complex problems in a variety of acute and chronic health care settings. The course emphasizes acquisition and analysis of relevant data for the development of a comprehensive, culturally competent, holistic assessment. A major focus of the course is the symptom/health problem assessment, selection and interpretation of screening and diagnostic tests in order to formulate a differential diagnosis, and appropriate documentation. There is a clinical component to this course. The student is expected to complete 56 hours of assigned clinical practice.
Pre-requisites: MSN 510, 512, 514, 516, 520, 550, 551, 552. Co-requisites: None.

MSN 610 Adult-Gerontology Diagnosis & Management of Chronic & Acute Illnesses I, 3 credits

This course introduces the students to the theoretical and clinical competencies and principles of diagnostic and treatment strategies utilized in acute/critical care settings by the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. The course builds on previous coursework and integrates an evidence based practice framework to support diagnosis and management of the acute and chronically ill patient across the continuum of care, from illness to wellness.
The focus is in health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common illnesses seen in the acute care setting affecting the young adult, adult and older adult populations. In addition, this course emphasizes collaborative partnership development between patients, their families and inter-professional teams.
Pre-requisites: MSN 609. Co-requisites: 611.

MSN 611 Clinical Practicum Adult-Gerontology Diagnosis & Management of Chronic & Acute Illnesses I, 3 credits - 168 clock hours

This course is the clinical practicum for Adult-Gerontology Acute Diagnosis & Management of Chronic & Acute Illness I. The clinical portion of the course allows the student to apply theoretical, scientific and evidence-based clinical knowledge in a supervised practicum to manage patients across the adult-older adult age spectrum, including the frail older adult. Students are expected to complete 168 clock hours of clinical (14 hours/week) under the guidance and supervision of a Cedar Crest College approved preceptor in an acute care setting. 
Pre-requisites MSN 609. Co-requisites: 610.

MSN 612 Adult-Gerontology Diagnosis & Management of Chronic & Acute Illnesses-II, 3 credits

This is the second of three courses designed to help students in the acquisition of concepts and knowledge in the care of the acute, critical and chronically ill adult. The focus is on evidence-based clinical decision-making, to support diagnosis and management of the acute, critical and chronically ill patient across the continuum of care, from illness to wellness, and across the adult-older adult age spectrum, including care of the frail older adult. The course emphasizes the acquisition of interprofessional decision-making and management skills.
Pre-requisites: MSN 610, 611. Co-requisites: 613.

MSN 613 Clinical Practicum Adult-Gerontology Diagnosis & Management of Chronic & Acute Illnesses-II, 4 credits - 224 clock hours

This is the clinical portion of Adult-Gerontology Diagnosis and Management of Chronic and Acute Illness-II. This clinical practicum allows the student to apply theoretical, scientific and evidence-based clinical knowledge in a supervised practicum to manage patients across the adult-older adult age spectrum, including the frail older adult. Students are expected to complete 224 clock hours (16 hours/week) of clinical under the guidance and supervision of a Cedar Crest College approved preceptor in an acute care setting.
Pre-requisites: MSN 610, 611. Co-requisites: 612.

MSN 614 Adult-Gerontology, Traumatic Injury & Emergency Illnesses Diagnosis & Management 1 credit

This course focuses on evidence-based clinical decision-making, in the diagnosis and management of traumatic injury and emergent conditions in patients across the continuum of care, from illness to wellness, and across the adult-older adult age spectrum, including care of the frail older adult.
Pre-requisites: MSN 612, 613.
Co-requisites: 615.

MSN 615 Clinical Residency 5 credits - 280 clock hours (20 hours/week)

The Clinical Residency allows students to build and integrate knowledge for advanced specialty practice at a high level of complexity. The Residency consists of individualized advanced instruction and clinical practice working with acutely and/or critically ill adults in an acute care setting. This intensive clinical and instructional experience will assist students to hone diagnostic and management skills, and synthesize knowledge and competencies obtained in prior course work.
Pre-requisites: MSN 612, 613.
Co-requisites: 614.

Graduate Nursing Elective

MSN 528 Nursing in a Global Community: A Study Tour 2 credits

This course will provide a unique opportunity for students to be a part of an international general medical and public health multidisciplinary team. While experiencing clinical work first hand, students will examine the socio-cultural and economic dimensions of health and illness and systems for delivering healthcare in a selected country. Emphasis is placed on enhancing cultural awareness and sensitivity as well as developing cultural competence in nursing. Students examine cultural differences and similarities through observations and interactions with patients, community members and health professionals. The class begins on campus for discussion of reading materials and preparation for travel. Travel is a required aspect of this course and the location may change each year. The course ends with an on-campus class to reflect upon lessons learned. This course can be taken more than once.

Graduate Nursing Core Courses for NAP

NAP 514 Informatics & Technology in Nursing 3 credits

This course explores the impact of informatics upon evidence-based practice, leadership, management, and education. Emphasis is placed on how informatics supports evidence-based decision-making, and on how informatics and technology impact the delivery of nursing and health care.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

 NAP 520 Vulnerable Populations: Nursing Perspectives 3 credits

The elimination of health disparities has been identified as an area of research emphasis by the National Institute of Nursing Research. This course examines health determinants and health disparities within the United States as well as in the global community. The student will examine health disparities and the burden of disease within social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental contexts using a systematic, multidisciplinary approach.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

NAP 550 Physiology and Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing Across the Lifespan 3 credits

This course examines selected physiologic and pathophysiological conditions encountered in clinical practice across the lifespan of clients. Emphasis is placed on regulatory and compensatory mechanisms as they relate to commonly occurring diseases. Concepts of cellular, molecular and genetic, physiology, immunology, neurophysiology, endocrine/reproductive, cardiovascular, blood, pulmonary, renal, and digestive physiology will be examined.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

NAP 551 Advanced Health & Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan
3 credits:2 credits didactic, 1 credit online lab (56 clock hours)

This course will provide students with a systematic method of diagnostic reasoning, clinical decision making necessary to conduct an advanced health assessment for clients across the lifespan. Advanced techniques in interviewing, history taking, physical examination, health screening, ordering, performing, and interpreting laboratory, radiographic, and other diagnostic data, and record keeping is included. The course content emphasizes bio-psycho-social and cultural assessment utilizing appropriate research findings. Students will complete 56 clock hours of clinical laboratory.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

NAP 552 Pharmacological Principles of Clinical Therapeutics Across the Lifespan 3 credits

This course provides the student with knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, and pharmacologically manage client’s common health problems in a safe, high quality, cost-effective manner. Emphasis is on the analysis of advanced pharmacological and pharmacokinetic principles and the development of therapeutic decision-making in drug selection of the client based on health conditions, individual variations, and economic and cultural concerns. Drugs most commonly used in advanced obstetric/gynecologic, neonatal, pediatric, adult, and geriatric nursing practice are stressed. Analysis of selected health problems is integrated with pharmacological and evidence-based practice principles.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program Core Courses

NAP 701 Introduction to Nurse Anesthesia Practice 1 Credit

This course prepares the beginning student for the specialty of nurse anesthesia by providing practical foundation for facilitation of a smooth transition into the practice of nurse anesthesia. Students are presented with an overview of nurse anesthesia, from historical, professional, ethical, organizational, and clinical points of view. Professional tenets such as accountability, vigilance and collaborative communication are examined. Standards of Care are introduced. Development of the anesthesia care plan is described and students formulate clinical care plans with assistance.  Major anesthesia modalities are identified, compared and contrasted relative to patient and procedure. Clinical safety issues as related to patient care, professional ethics and organizational policies is explored.
Prerequisites: None

NAP 702 Basic Principles in Nurse Anesthesia 4 Credits

This course is the first nurse anesthesia course an overview of basic principles related to the practice of nurse anesthesia. Emphasis is placed on learning and applying basic skills, principles and theories to the perioperative anesthetic management of the healthy adult population patients. Anesthesia equipment is thoroughly described and analyzed from a functional perspective.  Emphasis is given to equipment check-out and safety.  Aids to vigilance monitors are appraised and critiqued.  Fluid/transfusion therapy principles are discussed in detail, building on the skills learned in NUR750. This course builds on the basic airway content introduced in NUR750 and presents the anatomic and physiologic basis of advanced airway management algorithms. The applications, benefits and risks of a variety of airway management modalities and airway challenges commonly occurring the perioperative environment are discussed. Fundamentals of radiologic principles are introduced.
Prerequisites: 701            Co-requisites: 703. 750  

NAP 703 Bioscience for Nurse Anesthesia 3 Credits Summer Session II

This course is designed to apply advanced principles of math, chemistry and physics as it relates to nurse anesthesia practice.  Students examine physical phenomena relevant to anesthesia equipment and clinical practice. Hands on experiences in the simulation laboratory enhance instruction concerning the technology and equipment commonly used in anesthesia practice.  Patient safety and provider wellness are addressed with emphasis on promoting a safe operating room environment.  
Prerequisites: 701            Co-requisites: 702, 750

NAP 704 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology for Nurse Anesthesia 5 Credits

This course provides the nurse anesthesia student with extensive knowledge of normal physiology and how it relates to the practice of anesthesia.  The anesthetic implications of various comorbidities are explored and common pathological conditions are discussed in a systematic approach.  Management of potential adverse reactions to anesthetics and surgery related to comorbidities will be analyzed. Students will develop strategies to optimize patients’ condition and to synthesize patient centered anesthesia management plans, supported with evidence-based practice.  
Prerequisites: 702, 703, 750      Co-requisite: 705, 751

NAP 705 Nurse Anesthesia Pharmacology 3 Credits

This course provides the scientific principles and advanced pharmacotherapeutic knowledge necessary to plan, implement, and safely manage anesthesia-related pharmacologic interventions across the lifespan. This course builds on foundational knowledge previously acquired in general pharmacology, Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia, and Bioscience for Nurse Anesthesia The primary focus will be on those topics which are an integral part of modern anesthesia practice. These include pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacogenetics, pharmacy and toxicology. An overview of commonly administered anesthesia drugs and adjuncts is undertaken and associated with anesthesia modalities.
Prerequisites: 702, 703, 750                  Co-requisite: 704, 751

NAP 706 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia 5 Credits

This course is the first course for advanced principles of nurse anesthesia series.  It first applies the scientific underpinnings of prior courses to the anesthetic management of patients undergoing neurosurgical, cardiovascular, and thoracic   procedures. Common and uncommon procedures are discussed, and students develop evidence supported, patient centered anesthesia management plans for patients.  Next, the course will include a detailed study of the anatomy, physiology and pharmacology relevant to regional anesthesia.  The role of regional anesthesia in the management of acute and chronic pain is explored.  Techniques of administration and standards of safe anesthetic practice are emphasized. Hands-on workshops, low, medium and high fidelity simulation labs and case discussions will complement traditional teaching methods.  The conclusion of the course will apply previously gained scientific knowledge to a comprehensive study of the anesthetic management of obstetrical and pediatric patients. The anatomic, physiologic, pathologic and psychosocial characteristics of obstetrics and pediatric patients are applied to anesthetic management. Research evidence and best practice recommendations are utilized to plan safe and effective anesthetic care for pregnant women, pediatric patients, from premature neonates to adolescents undergoing elective and/or emergent surgery. 
Prerequisites: 704, 705, 751                        Co-requisite: 752

NAP 707 Anesthetic Management for Special Procedures I, 2 credits Summer Session I

This didactic course is designed to facilitate the translation of science, research data and judgment into safe and effective clinical practice. Students are challenged to apply knowledge, critical thinking skills, and judgment in developing strategies for the management of patients undergoing gynecologic, urologic, general and orthopedic surgery. Case presentations and interactive discussions will provide a forum for intellectual exchange in which communication skills are further enhanced.  
Prerequisites: 706, 752   Co-requisite: 753

NAP 708 Anesthetic Management for Special Procedures II, 2 credits Fall Session I

This didactic course is designed to facilitate the translation of science, research data and judgment into safe and effective clinical practice. Students are challenged to apply knowledge, critical thinking skills, and judgment in developing strategies for the management of patients undergoing head and neck procedures, plastic/reconstructive, trauma, burn, organ transplant surgical procedures and off-site anesthesia services. Case presentations and interactive discussions will provide a forum for intellectual exchange in which communication skills are further enhanced.  
Prerequisites: 707, 753   Co-requisite: 754

NAP 709 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 1 credit Spring Session I

This course prepares nurse anesthesia students for the professional role they will assume as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).  The importance of a commitment to life-long learning and maintenance of health and well-being are emphasized. Legal issues, regulatory controls, scope of practice, standards of care, advanced practice status; certification, credentialing and privileging are explored. Students develop a clear understanding of the potential impact of multiple organizations upon nurse anesthesia practice, and an appreciation for the role of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) in preserving practice rights and promoting safe and cost effective anesthesia care.
Prerequisites: 708, 754   Co-requisite: 710, 755

NAP 710 Crisis Resource Management 1 Credit

This advanced course prepares the student to respond to critical events during peri-anesthesia care.  Rare occurrence/high consequence events are presented in high fidelity simulated experiences in anesthesia and operating room settings. Utilization of crew resource management, positive deviance, and effective, accurate and concise communication techniques will be stressed. The effect of critical situations on the psychological and physical wellbeing of healthcare providers is explored. Students will be prepared to assume a leadership role in promoting quality and safety in nurse anesthesia practice and inter-professional collaboration.
Prerequisites: 708, 754   Co-requisites: 709, 755

NAP 711 Senior Seminar 3 credits

This culminating course prepares the student for successful completion of the National Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists (NCE), and entry into advanced practice as a nurse anesthetist. Strategies for systematic preparation and healthy management of stress will be reinforced.  Logistical details concerning certification, credentials, privileges, collaborative agreements and practice protocols will be included.
Prerequisites: 710, 709, 755       Co-requisite: 756

NAP 750 Introduction to Clinical Practicum 2 credits

This course is the companion course to the Basic Principles in Nurse Anesthesia. Perioperative considerations are explored including patient classification and workstation & equipment/machine preparation, OR set up and basic fluid/blood management. Nurse anesthesia students examine surgical positioning of patients in relation to surgical requirements, physiologic challenges and neurovascular and musculoskeletal risk. Basic airway management is also taught.  Clinical objectives are reflective of didactic material presented within the course to prepare the student for clinical practicums in a variety of healthcare settings.
Prerequisites: 701            Co-requisite: 702, 703

NAP 751 Clinical Practicum I, 2 Credits

This first clinical practicum course is designed to develop clinical competencies of nurse anesthesia students by applying evidence-based knowledge and acquired skills in a supervised practicum. Students spend 2 days/ week in the perioperative environment under clinical faculty/preceptor guidance, students will plan, implement, and manage basic anesthesia-related concerns of patients across the continuum of care- from preoperative assessment to post-operative evaluation. Introduction to special populations, geriatrics, pediatrics and obstetrics commences. Clinical objectives are reflective of didactic material presented within the semester to prepare the student to progress from the dependent novice role in the clinical setting to an independent practitioner, in the role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN).
Prerequisites: 750            Co-requisite: 704, 705

NUR 752 Clinical Practicum II, 3 Credits

This second clinical practicum course is designed to develop clinical competencies of nurse anesthesia students by applying evidence-based knowledge and acquired basic/advanced skills in a supervised practicum. The student with the assistance of the preceptor will learn to plan, implement, and manage anesthesia-related concerns of patients across the continuum of care, from preoperative assessment to post-operative evaluation. Safety, monitoring modalities and daily anesthesia plans will be emphasized. Students begin the on-call experience during this course and continue to build airway management skills and central axial regional anesthesia techniques. Clinical objectives are reflective of didactic material presented during the semester to prepare the student to progress from the dependent novice role in the clinical setting to an independent practitioner, in the role of a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).
Prerequisites: 751 Co-requisite: 706

NAP 753 Clinical Practicum III, 4 Credits

This third clinical practicum course is designed for the nurse anesthesia student to refine required clinical competencies and gain further experience with evidence-based clinical decision-making and acquired skills in a supervised practicum. The students with input from the preceptor will plan, implement, and manage anesthesia-related concerns of patients across the continuum of care- from preoperative assessment to post-operative evaluation. Clinical objectives are reflective of didactic material presented within the semester to prepare the student to progress from the assisted novice role in the clinical setting to an independent practitioner, in the role of a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).
Prerequisites: 752            Co-requisite: 707

NAP 754 Clinical Practicum IV 4 Credits

This is the fourth clinical practicum course designed for the nurse anesthesia student to refine required clinical competencies and gain further experience with evidence-based clinical decision-making and acquired skills in a supervised practicum. Students with guidance from the preceptor will plan, implement, and manage anesthesia-related concerns of patients across the continuum of care- from preoperative assessment to post-operative evaluation. Clinical objectives are reflective of didactic material presented within the semester to prepare the student to progress from the novice role in the clinical setting to an independent practitioner, in the role a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).
Prerequisites: 753            Co-requisite: 708

NAP 755 Clinical Practicum V, 4 Credits

This is the fifth clinical practicum course designed for the nurse anesthesia student to refine required clinical competencies and gain further experience with evidence-based clinical decision-making and acquired skills in a supervised practicum. In this course the nurse anesthesia student will focus on the entire spectrum of nurse anesthesia practice, including pain management, outpatient surgery, emergency/trauma, and remote site practice settings. The upper level student is presented with populations requiring advanced knowledge, skills and clinical judgment as applied to patient populations requiring complex anesthetic interventions. This course facilitates the application and reinforcement of didactic learning and integration of the role of the CRNA, as an APN, in a variety of anesthetic modalities and techniques.
Prerequisites: 754            Co-requisites: 709, 710

NAP 756 Clinical Practicum VI, 3 Credits

This is the sixth clinical practicum course designed for the nurse anesthesia student to refine required clinical competencies and gain further experience with evidence-based clinical decision-making and acquired skills in a supervised practicum. In this course students’ will focus on the entire spectrum of nurse anesthesia practice. The upper level student is presented with populations requiring advanced knowledge, skills and clinical judgment as applied to patient populations requiring complex anesthetic interventions. This course facilitates the application and reinforcement of didactic learning and integration of the role of the CRNA, as an APN, in a variety of anesthetic modalities and techniques.
Prerequisites: 755            Co-requisites: 711

Doctor of Nursing Practice Core Courses

NAP 801 Methods for Scholarly Inquiry 3 credits

This course provides an emphasis on a scholarly approach to problem solving based on critical appraisal, synthesis and application of research evidence.  Foundational principles in research methodologies are detailed to provide a systematic structure for the purpose of obtaining and evaluating evidence for potential implementation in clinical practice environments. Topics include: Evidence-based practice, quantitative and qualitative research methods, the use of mixed-methods, human subjects considerations, and ethical issues in scholarly inquiry. Finally, dissemination of clinical practice scholarship will be discussed as a critical element of DNP practice. 
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

NAP 802 Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 credits

This course focuses on the understanding of biostatistics for application to nursing and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of and appraisal of data analyses for the selection and use of best evidence for making practical conclusions about empirical data.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

NAP 803 Theories of Leadership & Organization 3 credits

This course focuses on the analysis of contemporary organizational theories as they apply to complex healthcare systems. Application of theory to organizational analysis and decision making is emphasized. Concepts of effective leadership include: systems thinking, organizational culture, communication, resource utilization, ethics, and change theories necessary for leading cost-effective quality and safety improvements within healthcare organizations in an inter-professional environment.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

NAP 804 Health Policy, Economics, & Finance 3 credits

This course provides students with an overview of the US health care policy, including analysis of: the political, institutional, cultural and economic environments in which policy is formed. It also addresses how policy is created and focuses on select current issues in health policy. Students will be prepared to discuss the complexities of health policy development and implementation, historical evolution and themes in the U.S. healthcare system. Emphasis will be placed on: health care costs and financing, public health, health care quality, and Medicare and long term care. Global, national, state, and local systems of financing health care will be compared.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

NAP 805 Foundation for Transformation: Translating Evidence into Practice 3 credits

The science of dissemination and implementation (D&I) seeks to address the gap between evidence and practice by exploring how to ensure that evidence-based innovations are effectively delivered within clinical and community practice. Dissemination science is the study of how evidence-based innovations can best be communicated to potential adopters while implementation science is the study of what happens after adoption occurs, particularly in organizational settings. In this course, students will explore D&I theories/frameworks, methodologies, ethical issues and organizational factors associated with moving evidence-based innovations into practice across different healthcare settings.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

NAP 806 Evaluation Methods for Safety & Quality Improvement 3 credits

This course provides students with an overview and application of principles and methods for (a) assessing safety and quality in health care environments, and (b) systematically evaluating the processes and outcomes of interventions to manage safety and quality in these environments. Topics include the conceptualization, planning, and ex-ante or before the event analysis of evaluation studies; principles to assure integrity of evaluation research studies; assessment of processes and measurement of outcomes; evaluation methodologies (randomized field experiments; quasi-experimental designs; survey methods; performance measurement; process analysis; benchmarking; hierarchical and integrated methods). Included also are specific methods to assess effects and efficiency (cost-benefit, cost-efficiency). The course concludes with specialized communication methods including score cards and benchmark reports.
Pre-requisites: None. Co-requisites: None.

NAP 850 DNP Project I (4 credits) 1 didactic credit, 3 practicum credits

This is the first of two sequential DNP practicum courses. This course combines practicum experiences with scholarly activities to provide in-depth learning.  The practicum focuses on comprehensive and systematic assessment of healthcare problems in complex situations. It gives students an opportunity for meaningful engagement with experts from nursing as well as other disciplines.
The DNP practicum provides the DNP student with an individually designed clinical or leadership experience to meet the professional leadership or clinical goals. In consultation with the student’s DNP Project Advisor and DNP Project Committee students will (1) identify a set of objectives for their DNP Practicum, (2) identify and explain the problem of study, (3) develop a proposal for their DNP project. Students are expected to complete 168 hours of clinical experience. These hours may include direct clinical and/or practice experiences that provide students with opportunities to apply, integrate, and synthesize the DNP Essentials.
Pre-requisites:  DNP 801, DNP 802, DNP 803, DNP 804, DNP 805, DNP 806. Co-requisites: None.

NAP 851 DNP Project II (4 credits) 1 didactic credit, 3 practicum credits

This is the second of the two leadership practicum courses for the DNP. In this course students continue to engage in and integrate both practicum experiences and scholarly activities to provide in-depth learning for doctoral students. Under the direction and guidance of the student’s DNP Project Advisor and DNP Project Committee, students will continue to develop, implement, and evaluate their DNP project. Students are expected to complete 168 hours of clinical experience. These hours may include direct clinical and/or practice experiences that provide students with opportunities to apply, integrate, and synthesize the DNP Essentials.
Pre-requisites: DNP 850. Co-requisites: None.

NAP 852 DNP Project III 2 credits

Working with the DNP Project Advisor and DNP Project Committee, the DNP student will make steady progress toward completion of the DNP scholarly project and of the DNP degree. The scholarly project will demonstrate a thorough understanding of the application and evaluation of evidence to improve health outcomes. All projects must focus on a change that impacts health outcomes, have a systems or population focus, demonstrate implementation in an appropriate area of practice, include an evaluation of innovation and/or outcomes and include a sustainability plan.
Pre-requisites: DNP 851. Co-requisites: None.

NAP 853 DNP Project IV– Maintenance of Candidacy

This course is a continuation of NUR 852 DNP Project. Working with the DNP Project Advisor and the DNP Project Committee, the DNP student will make steady progress toward completion of the DNP scholarly project and of the DNP degree. The scholarly project will demonstrate a thorough understanding of the application and evaluation of evidence to improve health outcomes. All projects must focus on a change that impacts health outcomes, have a systems or population focus, demonstrate implementation in an appropriate area of practice, include an evaluation of innovation and/or outcomes and include a sustainability plan.
Pre-requisites: DNP 852. Co-requisites: None.

 

 

 
 

 

 



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