College of Health and Human Services
An introductory and overview course in the application of the disciplines of health sciences, computer science, and information science in collecting, processing, and managing information to promote decision making in health care.
Topical courses offered on an experimental basis.
Enhances the ability of the student to develop an understanding and appreciation of human diversity and social issues in health and illness. Focuses on the analysis of the cultural and social issues affecting health, including ethnicity, race, gender, age, and geographic locations. Students compare health care norms and practices and develop solutions to health care problems.
Focuses on the legislative, regulatory, and political processes that impact health services in the United States. Students will examine their role in health policy development at the federal, state, and local levels. Selected policies will be analyzed for their effect on health care delivery. The influence of U.S. policy on the health of those in other countries will be explored.
Provides an overview of the characteristics and quality of leadership in professional nurses. Focuses on analyzing and synthesizing leadership and management concepts, modules, and theories. Effective leadership strategies for the nurse administrator and practitioners will be explored.
Focuses on the critique, evaluation, and utilization of nursing and related theories for nursing practice. Students will be expected to analyze the appropriateness of theories for utilization in practice and research.
Examines the conceptual, theoretical, and ethical contexts of nursing research. Concepts of statistical theory, measurement strategies, and data collection issues are presented, as they are applicable to nursing research.
Use of evidence-based practice in the advanced practice role. The student will become proficient in the application of research to nursing practice, including evaluation of research studies, problem identification within practice settings, and development of practice protocols, relevant to area of expertise.
Analysis of the current and changing roles of advanced nursing in the current sociopolitical environment. Provides opportunities for reflection upon personal career development. Emphasis is placed on the development of a variety of professional communication and presentation skills needed for the advanced nursing role. Students prepare an article appropriate for a professional journal and deliver a professional presentation. Skills in resume/vitae writing and grant writing are also included. Opportunities are provided for development of skills that enhance the advanced nurse’s ability to work collaboratively with others.
Under the guidance of a faculty member with necessary expertise, the student may study in depth some aspect of nursing or health care not included in required courses.
Presents various methods of evaluating program, classroom, and clinical performance in nursing. Students are assisted in developing classroom and clinical examinations for nursing. Principles of test construction and methods for developing various test items as a means of measuring critical thinking in nursing students are also addressed. Social, ethical, and legal issues of evaluation are included.
Focuses on the process of program development for nursing education in a variety of levels and settings based upon program assessment strategies. The major issues of program development, revision, and evaluation that challenge nurse educators are also addressed. The role of accreditation agencies in program development and evaluation is also studied. Students are given opportunities to plan a curricular program that addresses future education needs of the nursing profession.
Explores the various teaching strategies used in nursing classroom and clinical settings for students with diverse needs. Learning theory will be integrated into the role of the nursing educator. Social, ethical, and legal issues related to teaching in the classroom and clinical setting will be analyzed.
Concepts and theories related to the management process are used to examine the roles and responsibilities of the nurse manager in health care organizations. The influences of environment and technology as well as issues and trends that impact on nursing management are explored.
Provides an opportunity for students to examine the financial decision-making process used by health care administrators. Emphasis will be on understanding health care payment systems, assessing and developing financial plans, and making financial decisions in a variety of health care settings.
The nurse administrator’s role and responsibility in health care organization are examined in the class and the clinical setting. Current issues and problems dealing with marketing, recruitment, retention, and quality of care are addressed. Influence of professional and technological factors on the functions of health care and the role of the nurse administrator are explored. This course provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize advanced practical knowledge in nursing administration and develop an administrative project under the guidance of an administrator mentor at an appropriate clinical site.
This course provides the student with an opportunity to work with a nursing administrator in an appropriate health care agency to apply theoretical concepts to the practice of nursing administration. Students will explore the roles and responsibilities of the nurse administrator. Topics will include human resource management, staff development, strategic planning, quality improvement and outcomes measurement and evaluators. Students will implement and evaluate the outcomes of an administration project. This course consists of a bi-weekly two-hour seminar and a weekly practicum of six hours in a clinical setting.
Provides an in-depth study of the requisite concepts and skills for community health nursing. Building on the understanding of individuals as clients, the students will now gain perspective on aggregates and communities as recipients of nursing care and the delivery sites of community health care. Included in the content will be epidemiological principles that are the foundation of clinical decision making in community health nursing practice. The relevance of nursing research to community health nursing practice will also be discussed. The course will also provide an opportunity to advance health and social policies as they relate to community health care. Prerequisites: NURS 511, NURS 612, and NURS 620. Corequisites: NURS 610, NURS 613.
Provides the family and community theory to support nursing care for families, aggregates, and select communities through primary, secondary, and tertiary health prevention. Clinical/laboratory component provides opportunity to utilize advanced nursing skills when providing care for families, groups, and communities. Prerequisite: NURS 734. Corequisite: NURS 622.
Provides an opportunity for students to assume leadership roles in the assessment, planning, development, coordination, and evaluation of health care programs for individuals, families, groups, and communities. Clinical/laboratory component provides students with the opportunity to plan and coordinate community health programs. Students will formulate research questions regarding the care of families, groups, and the community. Prerequisite: NURS 735. Corequisite: NURS 614.
Provides opportunities for students to synthesize and integrate educational theories, research, and curriculum planning and evaluation into the role of nurse educator. Students work with a nurse educator in an area of interest (hospital, staff development, schools of nursing). As the capstone course of the nursing education track, students are expected to develop an appropriate project in a chosen setting. Responsibilities of the nurse educator as a teacher, mentor, role-model, advisor, and scholar will be addressed. This course consists of a weekly one-hour seminar and a weekly practicum of six hours.
Thesis should be scheduled for the semester in which the student plans to complete degree requirements. A committee of faculty members will provide thesis supervision.
Provides an academic setting for graduate students to present research and theoretical papers for group discussion. Special Topics in nursing will be selected each semester. Prerequisite: Permission.
Focus on analysis of leadership theory. Examines cases of exemplary leaders and organizations in nursing to gain insight into both the psychological and sociological aspects of successful leadership in a changing field. The student will apply case study methodology to the analysis of leaders and leadership styles.
Provides an overview of major nurse scholars’ contributions to theoretical development in nursing. The student will examine scholarly works regarding the history of nursing theory, philosophical underpinnings of nursing theory, and the relationship of nursing theory, practice, and research. The student will explore concept and statement development and its relationship to overall theory development in nursing and the linkage with nursing research.
Provides students with an opportunity to explore the complexity of the role and issues facing nursing faculty in higher education outside the classroom setting. The student will appraise the skills necessary to succeed in the nursing education environment and develop a plan for professional growth and scholarly achievement. Research related to nursing faculty development and success in academia will be analyzed.
Application of educational theories to the nurse-educator role in higher education will be explored. A critical review of the role of the teacher in the clinical and classroom setting, teaching strategies, and student-centered learning outcomes will be conducted. The student will apply the art of reflection to the practice of teaching.
Examines various curriculum designs in nursing. The student will critique the qualities of effective nursing curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The student will analyze current accreditation standards in nursing education and their relationship to curriculum evaluation. Methods for conducting ongoing curriculum revision based on a quality outcomes assessment plan will be explored.
Application of measurement theory to nursing education. Presents various strategies to assess and evaluate classroom and clinical performance in nursing education. Evidence-based assessment and evaluation practices, including test construction, are proposed and critiqued. Social, ethical, and legal issues related to evaluation are analyzed.
Provides a foundation for educators to incorporate technology into nursing programs. Strategies for the use of technology in nursing education will be explored. The student will apply knowledge of distance education technology to the practice of teaching in nursing and evaluate the effectiveness of distance education teaching strategies.
Provides students with an opportunity to critically review and analyze the social, economic, cultural, political, and educational issues impacting nursing students. After a comprehensive analysis of issues, policies, and practices, the student will develop a best practice model for nursing student success. Prerequisites: None
Provides students with advanced knowledge and skill in quantitative research methodology and design related to nursing education. The student will analyze, evaluate, and critique relevant study designs and methods used in experimental, quasi-experimental, and nonexperimental research. Evaluative issues regarding power analysis, sampling, and data collection techniques will be addressed. Strategies for enhancing the scientific and methodological rigor will be explored. Prerequisite: GSR 517.
Qualitative research methods used in nursing will be critiqued. The use of case study, phenomenology, grounded theory, hermeneutics, historical research, and ethnography will be appraised for their use in nursing education research. Techniques for conducting qualitative research and data analysis will be practiced. Issues related to rigor and confirmability of the data will be evaluated.
Provides students with the opportunity to participate in nursing education research tool development for quantitative or qualitative research. The student will participate in tool development, testing, and evaluation. The course will also explore sampling issues and development of a recruitment plan for use in nursing education research. Opportunities for peer critique will be an integral component of this course. Prerequisites: NURS 951 and 952.
Builds upon prior knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods and provides opportunities to participate in research activities in collaboration with mentors. The course focuses on various approaches to data analysis, development of Institutional Review Board (IRB) proposals, and grant writing. Opportunities for peer critique will be an integral component of this course. Prerequisite: NURS 953.
Designed to provide the student with an opportunity to select and operationalize aspects of the nurse-educator role. The student will apply an understanding of the nursing faculty role to teaching and learning and develop one or more aspects of a plan for professional development. Prerequisites: NURS 860, 861, 862, 863, and 864.
Provides the student with an opportunity to develop a dissertation proposal focusing on nursing education. Students will have opportunities for peer review and critique of their work. The course will culminate in an oral presentation of the proposal that will prepare students for dissertation defense. Prerequisites: NURS 820 or by permission for DNP students Pre or Co-requisite: NURS 954
A culminating research project requiring mastery of an area of interest relevant to nursing education. Requires a comprehensive literature review and the collection and analysis of data. A successful oral defense of the finished project is required. The student must complete a minimum of nine credits of dissertation to satisfy graduation requirements. Prerequisite: By permission
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