Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is built upon the baccalaureate degree with an upper-division focus in nursing and emphasizes research, theory, and practice. The graduate program in nursing offers eight areas of emphasis:

Executive Nurse Leader, Health Care Informatics, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Dual Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner, Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/ Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. All specialties share a common core of knowledge and each is designed to prepare a graduate nurse in the respective area. The purpose of the program is to provide leadership preparation that will enable the graduate to assume a significant role in nursing and health care delivery.

There are also several MSN options available. The options include a Nursing Education Option, a Latino Health Care Option, and a Mind-Body-Spirit Health Care Option.

APNC 520 | ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

Units: 3

Focuses on pathophysiological processes across the lifespan and the development of clinical reasoning skills required in advanced practice nursing. Distinguishes between normal physiology and specific system alterations produced by injury and disease. Explores etiology, pathogenesis, developmental and environmental influences, and clinical manifestations of major health problems. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. A minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

APNC 521 | APRN PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS

Units: 3-4

Prerequisites: APNC 520 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Explores theoretical and clinical practice principles of advanced physical assessment and diagnosis across the lifespan. Utilizes various methods of comprehensive evidence-based data gathering, analysis, and documentation including history taking, physical examination, screening for common diseases, diagnostic procedures, and differential diagnoses. Differentiates abnormalities from common normal variations characteristic of various developmental, cultural, and ethnic groups. Laboratory-based practicum experiences provide the opportunity for the integration of theory with APRN role responsibilities specific to physical assessment and diagnosis. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. A minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

APNC 521L | HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS LAB

Units: 0

APNC 523 | PHARMACOLOGY IN HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Units: 3

Prerequisites: APNC 520

Provides an evidence-based knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics for patients across the lifespan including special populations. Develops a foundation for decision-making necessary for initiating, monitoring, and modifying pharmacological treatment plans. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. A minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

APNC 524 | ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MEPN 535

Provides the knowledge and skills needed to assess, manage, and recommend treatment plans, utilizing broad categories of pharmacologic agents, for common and complex health problems in a safe, high quality and cost effective manner. Pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomic skills will be developed utilizing case scenarios with an emphasis on direct application to clinical nursing practice.

DNPC 610 | PHILOSOPHY OF REFLECTIVE PRACTICE

Units: 3

Provides the student with the opportunity to explore the philosophical underpinnings of advanced nursing practice and practice inquiry including ontology and epistemology of reflective practice and current practice inquiry perspectives. Explores selected methodologies and their philosophical assumptions as a basis for developing a reflective practice that informs and is informed by inquiry bridging science and practice. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

DNPC 611 | METHODS OF TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE/ EVIDENCE BASED CLINICAL PRACTICE

Units: 3

This is the first of several courses in the APRN program that provides the foundation and methods for translational science and evidence-based clinical practice. Focuses on critical analysis, synthesis, and application of translational research models. Emphasizes areas including: (a) establishing a connection between scientific research and clinical practice, (b) evaluating research findings for application in evidence based practice, (c) exploring analytic approaches to translational science (including interdisciplinary models), and (d) examining the impact of translational science findings into practice at the individual, family, system, and population level. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

DNPC 622 | PATHOGENESIS OF COMPLEX DISEASE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: APNC 520 and APNC 521 and APNC 523

Critical analysis and synthesis of advanced pathophysiology and clinical genetics to examine complex disease states in acutely or chronically ill individuals with an emphasis on multi-system conditions. Provides a foundation for use of evidence-based practice models in clinical management with an emphasis on pharmacogenetics. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

DNPC 625 | EPIDEMIOLOGY FOUNDATIONS OF EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: DNPC 611

Focuses on the application of epidemiologic principles and biostatistical analysis to resolution of health problems. Emphasizes the use of epidemiologic models to identify factors contributing to health problems and to plan health care delivery programs to address contributing factors. Addresses use of biostatistical techniques to identify relationships among contributing factors and health problems encountered in practice.

DNPC 626 | STRATEGIC PLANNING AND QUALITY INITIATIVES

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENLC 553 (Can be taken Concurrently) or DNPC 625

Emphasizes strategic planning and management, systems and organizational theories, and quality improvement tools, processes and methodologies. Acquaints students with the processes, tools and techniques of strategic planning that will enable them to manage their patient population more strategically and to contribute effectively to strategic thinking and action in healthcare organizations. Focuses on leadership and the process of health care delivery from a systems perspective, emphasizing continuous process improvement as crucial to achieving high quality outcomes. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

DNPC 630 | DNP SCHOLARLY PRACTICE

Units: 1-6 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prepares the graduate to 1) design, deliver, and evaluate comprehensive evidenced-based care to individuals and/aggregates incorporating advanced practice nursing competencies; 2) provide leadership in promoting evidenced-based practice in an advanced practice specialty, and 3) function as a practice specialist/consultant in the resolution of clinical problems. Students will be registered by their advisor for 1-6 units each semester in order to complete the minimum number of total units for their specialty track (I.e., Post MSN DNP: 10 total units; BSN/DNP FNP & PMHNP: 11 total units; BSN/DNP FNP/AGNP & FNP/PNP: 8 total units). Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

DNPC 648 | HEALTH POLICY ANALYSIS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENLC 553 and DNPC 625

Examines the process of policy formation within the health care industry from the perspectives of origin, implementation, and analysis. Focuses on the impact of health policy on the consumer and provider. Examines current legislative actions and issues and assumes a leadership role in the policy making process. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

DNPC 653 | FINANCIAL DECISION MAKING FOR HEALTH CARE SETTINGS

Units: 3

Explores the financial characteristics of health care as a business. Provides a forum to evaluate financial information through the analysis of budgets, financial statements, insurance/reimbursement, cost effectiveness, cost avoidance, and how those elements specifically affect the role of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Provides a foundation of financial analytical skills to be applied in various health care settings. Note: A minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course. Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

DNPC 686 | PERSPECTIVES IN PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION

Units: 3

Prerequisites: (DNPC 610 and DNPC 611) or (PHDN 673 and PHDN 670) and DNPC 625

Prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate health care delivery or educational programs or projects. Focuses on principles of program planning and evaluation and models applicable to comprehensive systematic evaluations of complex health care delivery or educational projects or programs. Students design and implement an evaluation of a specific evidence-based practice project, health care delivery program, or educational program. Note: Successful completion of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

ENLC 500 | HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP, VALUES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Units: 3

Examines leadership theories, corporate ethics, valuesfocused strategies and principles of social and health care justice that can be actualized across the spectrum of health care settings. Synthesis of the literature is required to support development of a clinical project relevant to a health care setting.

ENLC 553 | FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS

Units: 3

Examines leadership theories, corporate ethics, valuesfocused strategies and principles of social and health care justice that can be actualized across the spectrum of health care settings. Synthesis of the literature is required to support development of a clinical project relevant to a health care setting.

ENLC 555 | RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH SYSTEMS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MSNC 512 and ENLC 500 and GSBA 502

Focuses on the management of human, financial and material resources in health systems. Designed for health professionals seeking careers as operations managers in health care delivery systems. Emphasizes cost-effective use of resources to accomplish organizational objectives.

ENLC 556 | MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEM QUALITY OUTCOMES AND PATIENT SAFETY

Units: 3

Focuses on the evaluation of patient safety and quality of care outcomes from a systems perspective. Explores theoretical and methodological foundations for understanding and applying patient safety and quality of care outcomes within the current health care environment. Reviews safety applications in other high-risk industries with application to nursing and the health care industry. Emphasizes identification, implementation, and evaluation of quality indicators for patient safety and other patient outcomes. Evaluates patient safety and quality indicators for their sensitivity and specificity to clinical care. Addresses the role of leadership in error prevention and maintenance of a culture of patient safety.

ENLC 557 | STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH SYSTEMS

Units: 3

Emphasizes strategic planning and management as requisite to growth and survival of health care systems. Acquaints students with the language, processes, tools and techniques of strategic planning and marketing that will enable them to contribute effectively to strategic thinking and action in health care systems.

ENLC 591 | ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICUM IN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENLC 500 and ENLC 553 and ENLC 555 and ENLC 556 and MSNC 507 and MSNC 511 and MSNC 512 and HCIN 540

Corequisites: ENLC 557

Under the guidance of a healthcare manager, administrator, or executive preceptor in health system the student will have an opportunity to observe and participate in various situations associated with the healthcare system administrative process (e.g. human resource management, fiscal management, strategic planning, marketing, information management, and/or political activity). Seminars will provide a forum for discussion of operational and clinical observations as they relate to empirical and evidencebased literature as well as issues and trends in healthcare s stem administration.

ENLC 598 | EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE CAPSTONE

Units: 3

Provides a self-directed and systematic opportunity to gain greater knowledge and expertise in an area of nursing practice. Involves development of direct or indirect nursing roles in a health care or community service agency. The practicum consists of completion of an evidence-based practice project to address a nursing practice problem; implementation of an innovative approach to the problem through integration of related theory and best evidence; evaluation of project outcomes; and dissemination of findings.

HCIN 501 | HCI NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

Units: 0 Repeatability: No

Master orientation course. Online HCI students only.

HCIN 540 | INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Units: 3

Provides students with necessary skills to understand the basis for heath care informatics. Emphasizes basic understanding of computer hardware, network architecture, clinical application of electronic health records, and health care software applications. Includes relevant regulatory, patient privacy, security and reimbursement issues. Examines current trends in meaningful use and elctronic health record (EHR) certificaiton as a foundation for understanding emerging issues in health care informatics.

HCIN 541 | INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS

Units: 3

Provides an overview of the health care delivery system, professional roles, care delivery models, and relevant regulatory environment in the United States. Overviews common chronic and acute disease states that drive the U.S. health care system to provide the student with context for care delivery models. Intended for non-clinician students or individuals who lack significant professional health care employment experience.

HCIN 542 | SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN FOR HEALTH CARE INFORMATICS

Units: 3

Prepares students in the planning, analysis, design, and implementation of computer-based information and technology systems. Includes systems development life cycle, project management skills, requirement analysis and specification, feasibility and cost-benefit analysis, logical and physical design, prototyping, system validation, deployment, human factors, and post-implementation review.

HCIN 543 | DATABASE DESIGN AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

Units: 3

Prerequisites: HCIN 540 and HCIN 542 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Provides opportunities to gain advanced skills in data and knowledge management. Addresses applied skills in database design, data structure, modeling, and development of database amanagement systems to resolve problems in health care informatics and research settings. Also focuses on development of fundamental skills in knowledge management and knowledge engineering as applied to the health care environment. Provides an overview of national health care databases such as National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) and Centers for Medicare and Medical Services (CMS) Core measures and data mining techniques. Promotes skills in accessing clinical databases to resolve selected clinical problems.

HCIN 544 | ADVANCED HEALTH CARE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Units: 3

Prerequisites: HCIN 540 and HCIN 542 and HCIN 543 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Provides information and skills neccessary for leadership in informatics roles in health care systems. Emphasizes design, implementation, and evaluation of electronic health record systems and clinical decision support systems. Also addresses regulatory, reimbursement, ethical issues, and emerging technology in health care informatics.

HCIN 545 | RESIDENCY IN HEALTH CARE INFORMATICS CAPSTONE

Units: 3

Prerequisites: HCIN 540 and HCIN 542 and HCIN 543 and HCIN 544

Provides an integrative field experience to synthesize and apply knowledge attained in the HCIN core courses. Includes related practices and seminar experiences that foster achievement of career goals related to health care informatics.

HCIN 550 | HEALTH CARE SIX SIGMA, GREEN BELT

Units: 3

Employs the structured Six Sigma “DMAIC” methodology: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control to introduce principles, tools, and techniques to improve processes within a health care organization. Enables students to apply the Six Sigma model to improve such systems as: patient throughput, clinical diagnostics reporting, and care delivery redesign. Defines tools and techniques of Six Sigma in order to successfully develop, launch, and transition a project through each phase terminating with an evaluation phase.

HCIN 551 | INTRODUCTION TO GEOHEALTH

Units: 3

Enhances the student’s familiarity and builds competence in using geographic information systems (GIS) applied to health surveillance and research. Provides the student interactive experiences to map clinic data and to conduct geographic modeling decisions. Incorporates an active learning environment to provide students an opportunity to develop a practical understanding of GIS software.

HCIN 552 | CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION: ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD SYSTEMS

Units: 3

documentation systems. Explores hardware/software development requirements for EMRs and application of EMR data for: quality, risk assessment, billing, and research applications. Includes overview of clinical devices that assist in medication administration such as BCMA(Bar Code Medication Administration). Applies problem-based learning to the development of clinical rules and alert systems for both Clinical Decision Support (CDS) and CPOE (computerized Physician Order entry) systems. Course emphasizes regulatory requirements for electronic medical records to include: HIPPA, Meaningful Use Requirements, security applications, and federal breach reporting.

HCIN 553 | CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION SYSTEMS: SPECIALIST ROLE

Units: 3

Provide a basic understanding of the electronic medical record and how digital billing systems are evolving to meet the clinical documentation needs of health care organizations. Fosters skills in applying diagnostic coding standards to meet quality, regulatory and billing requirements, including: code book formats; coding techniques; formats of the ICD, DRG, and CPT manuals; health insurance; billing, reimbursement, and collections. Course examines federal regulations covering billing and patient privacy (HIPPA).

HCIN 554 | TELEHEALTH & EMERGING TECH

Units: 3

Provides an introduction to the emerging discipline of telehealth. Provides a historical perspective of remote monitoring of patients using various types of telehealth, including video conferencing, telephonic, and home based sensors. Includes an overview of relevant hardware and software requirements for a telehealth program. Includes federal and state regulations covering telehealth practice and reimbursement models by Medicare, Medicaid and other insurers. Includes consumer grade health monitoring devices and emerging health care technology.

HCIN 560 | INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE SIMULATION

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Provides an overview of the fundamentals and exploration of health care simulation concepts. Innovative teaching strategies and technology are presented including opportunities to gain “hands-on” experience using multiple simulation methods such as task trainers, hi and lo-fidelity mannequins, and standardized patients within active learning scenarios. Emphasizes basic understanding of entire continuum of planning, executing, and debriefing a successful simulation incorporating creation of cases, resource planning, event management, development of competency checklists, and facilitation of reflective learning.

HCIN U540 | INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH CARE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Units: 3

Provides students with necessary skills to understand the basis for heath care informatics. Emphasizes basic understanding of computer hardware, network architecture, clinical application of electronic health records, and health care software applications. Includes relevant regulatory, patient privacy, security and reimbursement issues. Examines current trends in meaningful use and elctronic health record (EHR) certificaiton as a foundation for understanding emerging issues in health care informatics.

MEPN 500 | NUTRITION FOR NURSING

Units: 1

Provides an introduction to principles of nutrition science as a foundation for nursing to manage nutrition-related problems in individuals across the lifespan. Through an online format, the course includes knowledge about basic food components, nutritional requirements throughout the lifespan, age-appropriate nutritional strategies, food labeling, dietary supplements, special diets, and weight management.

MEPN 521 | HEALTH ASSESSMENT

Units: 3

Focuses on holistic and focused assessments of the health state of the adult patient within the community and hospital setting. Emphasizes development of culturally appropriate physical assessment skills and the ability to recognize deviations from normal. Includes both lecture and skills laboratory components.

MEPN 521L | HEALTH ASSESSMENT LAB

Units: 3

MEPN 533 | CONCEPTUAL BASIS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE

Units: 2

Provides an overview of the nature of the professional nursing role and its conceptual bases. Examines the historical development of the profession; nursing leaders; and the various professional roles of the nurse. Emphasizes theory-based and evidence-based nursing practice; the theoretical foundations in nursing and those imbedded in the graduate curriculum at USD; introduces APA format for scholarly papers.

MEPN 534 | FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING

Units: 3

Introduces basic nursing care concepts and skills necessary to work with the adult and older adult hospitalized patient with acute and chronic health problems. Introduces students to the normal and aberrant variations in physiological and pathophysiological health states of adults and older adults with or at risk for altered status in hygiene, mobility, nutrition, skin integrity and bowel and bladder elimination. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 534L | FUNDAMENTALS IN NURSING LAB

Units: 0

MEPN 534P | FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING PRACTICUM

Units: 0

MEPN 535 | INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING PRACTICE

Units: 2

Provides an overview of the pharmacological concepts of pharmacotheraputics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, contraindications and precautions, adverse effects and drug interactions. The pharmacological concepts of each prototype drug from the following classifications will be included: neurological; cardiovascular; respiratory; gastrointestinal; genitourinary; endocrine and immune; anti-microbial; and antineoplastic. Emphasis will be placed on nursing management that minimizes risks and adverse effects and maximizes the therapeutic effects for patients receiving these medications.

MEPN 547 | CARE OF POPULATIONS

Units: 4

Focuses on the health of the community and subgroups within the community. Applies nursing and public health concepts to promoting and restoring the health of population groups. Addresses nursing involvement in the legislative and regulatory processes as they affect health status and health care delivery. Examines selected community health problems and their implications for community health nursing practice.

MEPN 547P | CARE OF POPULATIONS PRACTICUM

Units: 3

MEPN 555 | NURSING PRACTICE WITH ADULT AND OLDER ADULT PATIENTS WITH ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS I

Units: 5

Expands basic nursing care concepts and skills necessary for students to work with the acute and chronic health problems of adult and older adult patients specific to alterations in oxygenation, fluid/electrolyte status, cardiovascular and endocrine systems. Emphasis is on understanding and assessing the pathophysiologic alterations, risks for complications and sequelae and the interventions necessary to stabilize, restore and promote health. Students will identify essential teaching and health restorative measures in the context of planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care for the patient and family. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is required to pass the course.

MEPN 555L | NURSE PRAC W/ADULT LAB

Units: 0

MEPN 555P | NURSING INTERVENTIONS I PRACTICUM

Units: 0

MEPN 556 | NURSING PRACTICE WITH ADULT AND OLDER ADULT PATIENTS WITH ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS II

Units: 6

Requires students to apply the nursing process for selected acute and chronic health conditions in adults and older clients. It further develops the generalist nurse’s role in the care of adult and older adult patients with pathophysiologic disruptions across systems. Emphasis is placed on new content such as pathophysiological alterations in the neurological, musculoskeletal and respiratory systems; and long-term care elements specific to cancer, hospice and rehabilitation. Assists students to refine their knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate care related to patient needs, to restore health and prevent complications. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 556P | NURSING PRACTICE WITH ADULT AND OLDER ADULT PATIENTS WITH ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS II PRACT

Units: 0

MEPN 557 | NURSING PRACTICE WITH PSYCH-MENTAL HEALTH CLIENTS

Units: 4

Provides a general overview of clients with mental health problems. Focuses on conceptual models of psychiatric nursing management and treatment modalities. Concepts related to neuropathology, polypharmacy and psychopharmacology and their effect on the mental health of patients are introduced. Specific contexts of psychiatric nursing care are addressed. The goals of the therapeutic nurse-client relationship are also explored. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 557P | NURSING PRACTICE WITH PSYCH-MENTAL HEALTH CLIENTS PRACTICUM

Units: 0

MEPN 558 | NURSING PRACTICE WITH MOTHERS AND INFANTS

Units: 4

Provides a general overview of family, prenatal, antenatal and post-natal health in addressing the health care needs of the childbearing family with a focus on health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention. Emphasizes primary care as the major dimension of health care; however, students are expected to address secondary and tertiary prevention needs as appropriate. Focuses on family care and education for health. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 558P | NURSING PRACTICE WITH MOTHERS AND INFANTS PRACTICUM

Units: 0

MEPN 559 | NURSING PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN WITH ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS

Units: 4

Provides a general overview of the health care needs of children and adolescents with a focus on health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention. Pathophysiological disruptions in health across all systems, the unique presentation of these alterations and the acute and chronic health problems specific to this population are presented. Identifying genetic, environmental, developmental and life-style behaviors contributing to acute and chronic health problems are discussed. Focuses on family care and appropriate education for health and optimizing growth and development. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 559P | NURSING PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN WITH ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS PRACTICUM

Units: 0

MEPN 560 | ADVANCED GENERALIST NURSING INTERNSHIP

Units: 5

Focuses on integration of learning from all other courses to develop and execute the advanced generalist nursing role when providing holistic care to patients with complex or critical care level health problems and their families in such clinical specialty areas as pediatrics, high risk OB, crisis psych-mental health and adult medical-surgical units. Emphasizes care of complex patients, identifying rapid response clinical situations by differentiating emergent, urgent and non-emergent clinical states, developing, implementing and evaluating evidenced-based nursing interventions to assist in a patient’s participation in their recovery, prevention of complications and sequelae, reduction of risks and management/stabilization of acute and chronic conditions. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 560P | ADVANCED GENERALIST NURSING INTERNSHIP PRACTICUM

Units: 0

MEPN 598 | NURSING EXTERNSHIP

Units: 1

Applies nursing theory, process and clinical skills in an RN-precepted position within a health care agency with whom USD has a clinical agreement to work with geriatric, adult and/or pediatric patients and families. This enables students to become more proficient in patient care activities while at the same time providing a needed community service. Students apply previously acquired nursing theory and skills in assigned patient care; no new nursing skills will be taught in this externship experience. Seminars discuss clinical progress of students, clinical experiences, issues, and theory application. Elective course.

MEPN 598S | NURSING EXTERNSHIP

Units: 1

MEPN 599 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-6

MSNC 503 | NURSING PRACTICE WITH DIVERSE FAMILIES IN COMMUNITIES

Units: 2

Corequisites: MSNE 546

Examines philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual bases for care of diverse families and groups in community settings. Analysis of community perspectives provides a foundation for general and advanced practice and research with families across the lifespan. The national health objectives provide a framework for family and community health promotion and risk reduction. Issues that affect family, aggregate, and community health and wellness are examined using an ecological perspective that includes social, political, cultural, and economic aspects of the environment. Addresses intervention strategies with families to achieve desired health outcomes in their community.

MSNC 507 | STATISTICS

Units: 3

Provides students with necessary skills to perform statistical analysis of data in order to present information in a meaningful way. Emphasizes basic understanding of probability concepts, common probability distributions, and inferential statistical methods. Includes identification of data requirements and statistical method to answer specific research questions. Incorporates SPSS statistical software as well as statistical calculations. Explores methods to display data and findings. Assists students to interpret SPSS output, and effectively present findings. Also focuses on critical review of scientific manuscripts and interpretation of findings.

MSNC 511 | EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE: ROLE OF THEORY AND RESEARCH

Units: 3

Focuses on the critical links between nursing theory, research and evidence based practice. Examines the theoretical foundations of nursing science including how theory has influenced the history and current practice of nursing. Emphasizes the importance of research for building an evidence base for nursing practice. Reviews the components of evidence-based practice, with emphasis placed on knowledgeable appraisal of theory and research to evaluate the evidence base for clinical practice.

MSNC 512 | INFLUENCING THE HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT: POLICY AND SYSTEMS

Units: 3

Provides an understanding of nursing’s leadership role in the analysis and evaluation of policy, organization, and financing of health care. Focuses on the organization of health care systems, the political and economic forces that influence health care delivery, and the formulation of policies affecting health care.

MSNC 518 | PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS FOR RNS

Units: 4

Prerequisites: APNC 520

Corequisites: MSNC 518L

Focuses on theoretical and clinical skill development in physical assessment and diagnosis, across the life span. Designed to prepare the advanced generalist registered nurses with the knowledge and skills to make appropriate focused assessments and draw accurate conclusions about physiological/psychosocial instability/complications/sequelae of disease processes and/or therapeutic interventions.

MSNC 518L | PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS FOR RNS LAB

Units: 0

Corequisites: MSNC 518

MSNC 534 | CLINICAL NURSE LEADERSHIP

Units: 6

Explores and integrates concepts of leadership that are central to the practice of the clinical nurse leader (CNL) including: horizontal leadership, effective use of self, reflective practice, advocacy, lateral integration of care, change theory, and role analysis and implementation. Oversees patient care provided by staff, in collaboration with RN preceptor or mentor, to improve patient outcomes. Serves as a role model for staff in anticipating risks and providing comprehensive care to individuals and clinical cohorts. Reviews and modifies, if necessary, standards of care for specific patient populations. Designs and proposes an implementation and evaluation plan for an evidence-based project designed to effect change in patient/staff outcomes.

MSNC 534P | CLINICAL NURSE LEADER PRACTICUM II

Units: 3

MSNC 599 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 6

MSNE 532 | THEORY OF NURSING EDUCATION

Units: 3-6

Preparation for teaching in a variety of institutional settings. Focuses on the nature of professional nursing education, faculty role, curriculum design, the instructional process, evaluation and issues in nursing education. Examines the nature of higher education, nursing education and components of the faculty role. Components of the instructional process are presented including learning theories, design and organization of classroom and clinical learning experiences, and methods of evaluation. In preparation for teaching in a variety of settings, students analyze the dimensions of curriculum design and evaluate currently used operational curriculum models. Current issues in nursing education are analyzed in relation to the learning process and current nursing practice.

MSNE 546 | CARE OF THE FAMILY FIELD EXPERIENCE

Units: 2

Corequisites: MSNC 503

Focus is on the family within the community and access to the health care system. Frameworks used to assess families include developmental, systems, and structural-functional. Interventions with families emphasize promotion and maintenance of health as well as resolution of existing health problems. Students have clinical opportunities in official and voluntary agencies to integrate selected theories and concepts using the nursing process as they interact with clients and families in their homes and community settings.

MSNE 592 | EDUCATION PRACTICUM

Units: 3

Directed learning experiences in nursing education in clinical or academic settings.

NPTC 535 | PRIMARY ADULT-GERONTOLOGY HEALTH CARE: MANAGEMENT OF OLDER ADULTS WITH LONG-TERM HEALTH PROBLEMS

Units: 3-6 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: APNC 521 and NPTC 605

Focuses on assessment and management of complex long-term health problems in older adults by the adult/gerontology nurse practitioner. Evaluates the evidence base for screening, differential diagnosis, and management of long-term health problems, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities in a culturally appropriate manner. Incorporates theoretical perspectives of chronicity including chronic illness trajectories, psychological impact, role adaptations, and lifestyle adjustments required of long-term health problems for individuals, families, and caregivers. Analyzes the structure, regulation, and financing of the U.S. long-term health care system and the impact of various settings and support services within that system on older adults and families experiencing long-term health problems. Uses technology and information systems to improve patient outcomes and access to care. Related classroom, lab, and clinical experiences in selected primary care and long-term care settings provide opportunity for application of these concepts. Note: Successful completion of both the theory and the clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. In addition, a minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

NPTC 541 | SELECTIVE CLINICAL PRACTICUM

Units: 1-6

Clinical experiences in a primary care setting selected by the student to meet individual learning needs/career goals. Focus is on more in-depth experiential learning of the NP role in a general or more specialized area of primary care practice. Clinical supervision provided by nurse practitioner faculty and on-site preceptors and can be arranged in a variety of ambulatory care settings.

NPTC 549 | PRIMARY PEDIATRIC HEALTH CARE: SELECTED TOPICS FOR PRIMARY CARE OF CHILDREN

Units: 6

Prerequisites: APNC 521 and NPTC 605

Focuses on assessment and management of selected topics in children from birth through adolescence by the pediatric nurse practitioner in a variety of collaborative primary care settings. Evaluates the evidence base for screening, differential diagnosis, and management of pediatric health problems, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities in a culturally appropriate manner. Builds upon a foundation of knowledge of well child care; variations in growth, development, and behavior; and the in-depth management of both common and uncommon complex and chronic pediatric problems. Analyzes the structure, regulation, and financing of the U.S. health care system and the impact of various settings and support services within that system on children and families experiencing chronic health problems. Uses technology and information systems to improve patient outcomes and access to care. Related classroom, lab, and clinical experiences in selected primary care and long-term care settings provide opportunity for application of these concepts. Note: Successful completion of both the theory and the clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. In addition, a minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

NPTC 602 | PRIMARY CARE I

Units: 4-6 Repeatability: No

Analyzes principles of health promotion, health maintenance, and risk assessment across the lifespan by the nurse practitioner in primary care. Emphasizes assessment of development and health behaviors among individuals and families in the context of ethnicity, culture, and community. Related classroom, lab, and clinical experiences in selected health care and community settings provide opportunity for application of these concepts. Note: Successful completion of both the theory and the clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. In addition, a minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

NPTC 604 | PRIMARY CARE IIA

Units: 6

Prerequisites: NPTC 602

Focuses on assessment and management of common acute health problems with less emphasis on chronic health problems in individuals across the lifespan in primary care settings by the nurse practitioner. Evaluates the evidence for screening, differential diagnosis, and management of health problems, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities in a culturally appropriate manner. Incorporates technology and information systems to improve patient outcomes and access to care. Related classroom, lab, and clinical experiences in selected primary care setting provide opportunity for application of these concepts. (This course is the first part of the primary Care II series). Note: Successful completion of both the theory and the clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. In addition, a minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

NPTC 605 | PRIMARY CARE IIB

Units: 6

Prerequisites: NPTC 604

Focuses on assessment and management of common chronic health problems with less emphasis on acute health problems in individuals across the lifespan in primary care settings by the nurse practitioner. Evaluates the evidence for screening, differential diagnosis, and management of health problems, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities in a culturally appropriate manner. Technology and information systems are incorporated to improve patient outcomes and access to care. Related classroom, lab, and clinical experiences in selected primary care setting provide opportunity for application of these concepts. (This course is the second part of the primary Care II series.). Note: Successful completion of both the theory and the clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. In addition, a minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

NPTC 608 | PRIMARY CARE IIIA

Units: 7 Repeatability: No

Focuses on assessment and management of common complex and/or unstable acute and chronic health problems in individuals across the lifespan in primary care settings by the nurse practitioner. Evaluates the evidence base for screening, differential diagnosis, and management of health problems, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities in a culturally appropriate manner. Uses technology, information systems, and business principles to improve patient outcomes and access to care. Related classroom, lab, and clinical experiences in selected primary care and long-term care settings provide opportunity for application of these concepts. (This course is the first part of the Primary Care III series.). Note: Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. In addition, a minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

NPTC 609 | PRIMARY CARE IIIB

Units: 6-7

Prerequisites: NPTC 608

Focuses on assessment and management of common complex and/or unstable acute and chronic health problems and emergencies in individuals across the lifespan in primary care and long-term care settings by the nurse practitioner. Evaluates the evidence base for screening, differential diagnosis, and management of health problems, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities in a culturally appropriate manner. Incorporates an innovative approach to a clinical problem using technology, information systems, and business principles. Related classroom, lab, and clinical experiences in selected primary care and long-term care settings provide opportunity for application of these concepts. (This course is the second part of the Primary Care III series.). Note: Successful completion of both the theory and the clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. In addition, a minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

NPTC 624 | PMHC III: PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

Units: 5

Prerequisites: APNC 521 and APNC 523

Provides an evidence-based knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics for patients with mental health conditions across the lifespan including special populations. Establishes a foundation for decision-making necessary for initiating, monitoring, and modifying pharmacological treatment plans for mental health conditions. Note: Successful completion of both the theory and the clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. In addition, a minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

NPTC 627 | PMHC I: BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL FOUNDATIONS OF BEHAVIOR & PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Presents a multidisciplinary, evidence-based approach to the understanding of normal and abnormal human behavior across the lifespan. Emphasizes genetic, neurobiological, developmental, interpersonal, sociocultural, and environmental perspectives of behavior and behavioral change. Provides the fundamental conceptual basis for the APRN-PMH clinical sequence of courses. Note: Successful completion of both the theory and the clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. In addition, a minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

NPTC 651 | PMHC II: PSYCHIATRIC ASSESSMENT & DIAGNOSES

Units: 4

Prerequisites: NPTC 627

Focuses on the knowledge necessary for the comprehensive assessment and management of common and complex psychiatric conditions across the lifespan. Emphasis is on interviewing, differential diagnosis, psychopathology, case formulation and initial treatment planning of mental health disorders. Explores the role of the psychiatric nurse practitioner related to interdisciplinary practice. Classroom and clinical experiences in selected inpatient and community settings provide opportunities for application of theoretical concepts with individuals across the lifespan. Note: Successful completion of both the theory and the clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. In addition, a minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

NPTC 653 | PMHC IVA: INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY I

Units: 7 Repeatability: No

Introduces the management of individuals with mental health disorders across the lifespan focusing on selected evidence-based psychotherapy modalities. Builds on previous coursework based on the biopsychosocial model. Develops fundamental psychological case conceptualization skills and conducts appropriate treatment interventions for common and complex conditions. Note: Successful completion of both the theory and the clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. In addition, a minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

NPTC 655 | PMHC IVB: INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY I

Units: 5

Prerequisites: NPTC 651 and NPTC 653

Builds on the content and skills acquired in NPTC 653. Explores psychotherapeutic modalities in more depth and expands skills in formulating cases with children and adults along with their expertise in utilizing selected evidence-based interventions. Note: Successful completion of both the theory and the clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. In addition, a minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.

NPTC 657 | PMHC V: PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH GROUP AND FAMILY SYSTEMS

Units: 5

Prerequisites: NPTC 653 and NPTC 655

Focuses on the theory relevant to systems dynamics including group and family psychotherapy. Emphasizes preparing students to make comprehensive assessments and determine appropriate interventions when working with individuals in complex systems. Note: Successful completion of both the theory and the clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. In addition, a minimum 80% examination average must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course.