Nursing

Chair: Barbara Johnston, Department of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The faculty of the School of Nursing and Health Studies believe that the Monmouth University graduate programs in nursing prepare the graduate for advanced nursing practice and extend the values of autonomy, leadership, and professionalism that are stressed in the undergraduate nursing program to the nurse prepared at the graduate level. The function of the MSN graduate is to promote, restore, and maintain health and/or allow for a peaceful, dignified death . Advanced nursing practice requires master’s preparation and, where available, certification in a specialty area of practice by a recognized nursing certification program. Advanced nursing practice is based on a unique body of knowledge derived from scientific research and best practices. This knowledge base enhances the graduate’s ability to synthesize interrelating factors that influence the health of individuals and populations in their environment. The faculty believe that the nurse in advanced practice is proficient in a defined body of knowledge and a selected area of nursing practice. The nurse in advanced practice may work in an independent setting or in an interprofessional collaborative practice.

The MSN program is composed of three major areas:

  1. A graduate nursing core that provides the theoretical and research foundation necessary for advanced nursing practice;
  2. An advanced nursing practice concentration that provides the student with the skills necessary to have a positive impact on healthcare;
  3. Detailed study and practice in the selected area of specialization.

Faculty believe that education for the nurse in advanced practice must be a realistic, idealistic, future-oriented, teaching-learning process that promotes the development of the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor abilities contributing to professional growth and ultimate personal responsibility for continued learning. This education helps the graduate to develop justifiable confidence in the intellectual and clinical proficiency necessary for advanced practice. This process enriches the conceptual base that supports both the critical thinking and ethical decision-making expected of the nurse in advanced practice. It strengthens the sense of commitment to the attitudes and values of the nursing profession.

Faculty believe that education at the graduate level is essential to provide students with an expanded and enhanced knowledge of nursing science. This level of education enables students to perfect their personal philosophy for advanced nursing practice, to understand the emerging roles of the professional nurse, and to modify their roles and responsibilities as healthcare continues to change. Students may transfer a maximum of nine credits to be applied toward the master’s degree, provided the courses were completed with a grade of “B” or better and that the courses are appropriate for the graduate track.

MSN Forensic Nursing

Forensic Nursing is the practice of nursing in which health care and the legal systems intersect. As an emerging field, forensic nursing encompasses a body of specialized knowledge that serves a unique and critical role to health care and the judicial systems. The registered nurse collaborates with the field of law to apply nursing science to public and legal proceedings. the registered nurse protects, promotes, and optimizes health by providing services to individuals while consulting with health care providers, the insurance sector, attorneys, and law-related agencies.

Monmouth is proud to be one of a few schools in the nation to offer an MSN program as well as a graduate certificate in Forensic Nursing. This dynamic field allows specialization such as Care Management (e.g., Life Care Planner, Case Manager, Legal Nurse Consultant, Medicare Set Aside Coordinator) or Interpersonal Violence (e.g., Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), Child or Elder Abuse, Death Investigator, provide health care in a correctional facility). The programs prepare graduates to work in a variety of areas including chair/elder abuse; legal nurse consulting; domestic violence intervention; life care planning; sexual assault examiner; mass disaster response; and death investigation.

MSN School Nursing for Non-Certified Nurses

School Nurses who are emergency-certified through the New Jersey State Department of Education or who work full-time as a school nurse for a minimum of six months may have NU-587P Practicum: School Nurse I (2 cr.) waived if they provide a letter of verification from a school official. School Nurse Students who show evidence of teaching health in a school system may have NU-588P Practicum: School Nurse II (2 cr.) waived if they provide a letter of verification from a school official. At the discretion of their advisor, School Nurse Students with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing may be required to take NU-312 Individual Health Assessment (3 cr.) or equivalent continuing education units in adult or pediatric physical assessment. At the discretion of their advisor, non-certified School Nurse Students with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing may be required to take NU-413 Community Health Nursing I: Nursing of the Young Family (3 cr.) and/or NU-414 Community Health Nursing II: Nursing of Communities (3 cr.).

MSN School Nursing for Certified School Nurses

Students with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing may be required to take NU-312 Individual Health Assessment (3 cr.) or equivalent continuing education units in adult or pediatric physical assessment at the discretion of their advisors. Certified School Nurse Students with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing may be required to take NU-413 Community Health Nursing I: Nursing of the Young Family (3 cr.) and/or NU-414 Community Health Nursing II: Nursing of Communities (3 cr.) at the discretion of their advisor.

RN to MSN Direct Program

The School of Nursing and Health Studies offers an RN to MSN Direct Program. The RN to MSN Direct Program is designed to allow nurses to more quickly attain a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Registered nurses who presently hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing will be able to earn an MSN degree without earning a baccalaureate degree upon successful completion of courses totaling 150 credits. Through full-time or part-time study, RNs are provided the opportunity to advance their professional careers. Students are accepted into the RN to MSN Direct Program if they satisfy all admission requirements (please refer to the Admission section of this catalog for details) including the successful completion of the thirty-credit Undergraduate Nursing Certificate. The requirements for this certificate are located in the Admission section of the undergraduate catalog and can also be found on the Monmouth University Web site.

Depending on the selected MSN track, students are required to complete thirty-six to forty-eight graduate nursing credits. In order to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree, as stipulated by the State of New Jersey, students must document completion of at least 150 credits. Please note that graduate tuition and fees will apply once a student begins an MSN program.

Bridge Program for Registered Nurses

Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing can bridge into the MSN program by taking three upper-division undergraduate nursing courses (nine credits) at Monmouth University prior to taking courses in the MSN track of his or her choice. One of the three courses may be waived, at the program director’s discretion, if the student has already completed a college-level health assessment or an appropriate continuing education course.

Graduate Endorsements in School Nursing, School Nursing Non-Instructional

The Monmouth University Graduate Endorsements in School Nursing is intended for registered nurses interested in completing the requirements for the New Jersey School Nurse Certificate and/or the New Jersey School Nurse Certificate Non-Instructional. At the discretion of their advisor, School Nurse Students with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing may be required to take NU-312 Individual Health Assessment (3 cr.) or the equivalent continuing education units in adult or pediatric physical assessment. At the discretion of their advisor, non-certified School Nurse Students with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing may be required to take NU-413 Community Health Nursing I: Nursing of the Young Family (3 cr.) and/or NU-414 Community Health Nursing II: Nursing of Communities (3 cr.). (Students with a baccalaureate degree in nursing will generally receive transfer credits for the preparatory courses.)

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Nursing

The Monmouth University Graduate Certificate in Forensic Nursing is intended for registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing interested in providing direct services to individuals and consultation to healthcare and law-related agencies. The program will prepare graduates to work in a variety of areas, including child/elder abuse assessment and evaluation, domestic violence intervention, sexual assault examination, mass disaster response, and death investigation.

Post-Master’s Certificates

Monmouth’s post-master’s certificates are designed for nurses who have already completed a master’s degree in nursing. The Nurse Practitioner certificate program prepares advanced practice nurses in primary care or other relevant settings to work with persons in their environment through independent nursing assessment, diagnosis, and treatment or referral to another practitioner when necessary.

Students may transfer a maximum of six credits (30 percent or less of the total credit requirements) toward the certificate, provided the courses were completed with a grade of “B” or better and the courses are appropriate for the certificate program. This restriction also applies to those credits that have been waived or were earned with Credit by Exam.

Please refer to the Admission section of this catalog for additional admission requirements.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP program was established in 2011 and was designed to address the complexity of healthcare systems by producing clinical leaders who can excel in highly complex and rapidly evolving healthcare environments. The DNP is designed for MSN graduate nurses such as nurse practitioners, nurse educators, nurse managers, and school nurses. The mission of the DNP program at Monmouth University is to prepare nursing leaders with a doctorate that provides skills and competencies enabling graduates to contribute advanced nursing practice at its highest level and improve delivery of nursing care in complex healthcare environments, obtained through scholarly inquiry and translation of research.

The DNP program is a thirty-six-credit post-master’s degree program that prepares the MSN graduate nurse with the skills necessary to influence and implement quality healthcare improvements. The DNP curriculum focuses on evidence-based practice, organizational and systems leadership, information technology, inter-professional collaboration, emerging practice challenges, and implementing translational research and science into practice.

The use of advanced clinical skills and research is consistent with Monmouth University’s commitment to personalized education. A DNP change project, designed to bring together the theoretical and practical work in and out of the classroom, is a requirement for all students enrolled. Emersion into the leadership role is facilitated through several practicum courses.

Throughout the program, students gain the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to influence access to healthcare, to promote safety standards, and to advocate for policy changes on a local, regional, and national level so that delivery systems can be improved. In order to enter the DNP program, students must be graduates of an accredited master’s level nursing program, have a current RN license, and certification in a specialty practice is preferred. Please refer to the Admission section of this catalog for additional admission requirements.

The BSN, MSN, and DNP nursing programs are accredited by:

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
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Master of Science-Physician Assistant

The MS in Physician Assistant is a three-year, full-time, ninety-five-credit program that begins each fall. One class is admitted per year. The program is cohort-based, meaning that students have a predetermined course schedule each semester and move along in the program with the same group of peers. As a result, students are able to support each other and work and study in a community-like atmosphere. Classes are held at the Monmouth University Graduate Center in Monmouth Park Corporate Center. At its March 2017 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Monmouth University Physician Assistant program sponsored by Monmouth University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in March 2019. Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn. Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s). 

The mission of the Monmouth University physician assistant program is to educate physician assistants to provide compassionate, patient-centered, quality healthcare in a variety of settings. Program graduates will possess clinical skills to serve a diverse patient population and have the ability to advance the profession through leadership and research.

Our goals are to prepare physician assistants who:

  • Function as high-quality physician assistants providing primary care in a variety of medical or surgical specialties.
  • Learn how to integrate critical thinking and clinical reasoning into an evidence-based approach to patient management.
  • Understand the importance of delivering high-value, cost-conscious care while adding quality improvement to a practice setting.
  • Develop professional skills in order to work as collaborative members of the healthcare team.
  • Understand and respect diversity with interpersonal skills that allow effective communication with patients, their families, physicians, and other healthcare professionals.
  • Develop an intellectual curiosity by engaging in critical evaluation of the practice of medicine through research and publishing.

The program consists of two phases: the didactic phase and the clinical phase. The didactic phase is forty-two weeks consisting of classroom and clinical skills laboratory instruction, with hospital and clinic experiences. The clinical phase consists of sixty weeks of clinical clerkships, in which students are assigned to preceptors at various hospitals and physician offices. Course descriptions are located in the course description section of this catalog. Please refer to the Admission section of this catalog for the admission requirements. Students must successfully complete all courses and clinical clerkships in order to be eligible to graduate from the program.

Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee an interview with the Admission Committee nor guarantee admission to the program. Applications are reviewed on a space-available basis. We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible, as space in our program is limited. The program does not grant advanced standing for prior course work or experiential learning.

Upon acceptance to this program, students will be required to meet health and immunization requirements and complete a background check. More information can be found in the Physician Assistant Student Handbook, posted on our Web site.

Please refer to the Admission section of this catalog for additional admission requirements.

Cira Fraser, Professor and Director of the DNP Program (Graduate Faculty). BS, The College of New Jersey; MS, Rutgers University, Newark; PhD, Adelphi University, RN, ACNS-BC. Specialty interest areas include nursing research, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, online education, and psychosocial issues in chronic illness with an emphasis on multiple sclerosis.
cfraser@monmouth.edu

Laura T Jannone, Associate Professor (Graduate Faculty). BSN, MS, New Jersey City State College; EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University. NJ-CSN, FNASN. Specialty areas and interests are tobacco prevention and cessation, school nursing, and health policy.
ljannone@monmouth.edu

Rose Knapp, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director (Graduate Faculty). BA, State University of Plattsburgh; MS, Seton Hall University; DNP, University of Miami, ACNP-BC. Specialty interest areas include acute care and emergency nursing issues, pharmacology and primary care, and disaster preparedness.
rknapp@monmouth.edu

Janet Mahoney, Professor (Graduate Faculty).
Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies. RN, St. Mary's Hospital; BSN, Monmouth University (Monmouth College); MSN, Seton Hall University; PhD, APN-BC, ENA-BC New York University. Specialty areas and interests include nursing research, nursing administration, and gerontological nursing.
jmahoney@monmouth.edu

Colleen Manzetti, Assistant Professor (Graduate Faculty). BS, Rutgers University; MSN, Monmouth University; DNP, Samford, Alabama CNE, CNLCP. Specialty interests include life care planning, rehabilitation nursing, nursing education, collaboration, and leadership.
cmanzett@monmouth.edu

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NU-SANE   Sexual Assault Nurse ExaminerCredits: None   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides basic theoretical and forensic principles to treat victims of sexual crimes by introducing standards of practice for the sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) as outlined for SANE certification. Standards and principles of nursing practice will be applied to the practice of various areas of expertise held by SANE nurses. Forensic evaluation may include victims of all ages and ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds within a framework of community and agency policies, procedures and protocols. Using the nursing process in the investigation of sexual assault and in the promotion and restoration of psychological, biological, and social health of survivors of sexual assault or abuse will be introduced. History and physical examination, crisis intervention, identifying and collecting evidence, and treating and counseling victims will be discussed. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-508   Factors Affecting HealthcareCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Examine models and contexts for health promotion and disease prevention; examine the influence of culture on health beliefs and practices; and ethical dilemmas. Investigate factors such as access to care, health and social policy, healthcare finance and economics, and legislative influences on health.

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NU-509   Health InformaticsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Introduction to the concept of informatics and its impact on decision-making in nursing and allied health sciences. Review of the methodology of analyzing, formalizing, and processing information applicable to all components of health and nursing practice: clinical practice, management, education, and research; and investigating determinants, conditions, elements, models and processes in order to design, implement, and test the effectiveness and efficiency of computerized information as it relates to nursing and health practice. Includes (1) an overview of the basic computer skills required to process electronic information, (2) identification of the nature and types of health, nursing, and medical information available on the World Wide Web, (3) development of search skills associated with finding health, nursing, and medical information on the World Wide Web, and (4) linking electronic information to decision-making processes in nursing, medical, and allied health sciences.

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NU-512   Nursing Research for Advanced Nursing PracticeCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: NU-509.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Critical appraisal of the role of nursing research and research methods of inquiry in the development of nursing theory and practice. Qualitative and quantitative research methods; research designs; measurement theory and strategies; methods of data analysis; read, critique and write research reports; ethics, application of research techniques for outcomes evaluation and evidence-based practice.

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NU-514   Data Management for Advanced Nursing PracticeCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-509 and NU-512.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Planning for and collection of outcome data; preparation of data for hypothesis testing; use of the SPSS statistical computer package for data management and analysis; selection and interpretation of appropriate parametric and nonparametric descriptive and inferential statistics for outcome evaluation. Quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

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NU-518   Education and Motivation of Nursing ClientsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NU.EL

Role of the nurse in fostering health promotion via education of clients, families, and professional colleagues. Essential factors for successful teaching and learning. Motivating the client to make behavioral changes to promote health and development. Development, presentation, and evaluation of a formal teaching plan.

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NU-521   Pathophysiology and HistologyCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Focuses on pathogenesis of selected diseases leading to alterations of body structure and functions across the life span. Emphasizes the laboratory identification of vertebrate tissue. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-524   Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing PracticeCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: NU-521.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Historical perspective, legal regulations and standards, the Controlled Substances Act; pharmacokinetics; pharmacodynamics; choice and use of pharmacotherapeutics; nursing responsibilities in drug prescription; client education with respect to drug-desired effects, side effects, interactions, toxicity, dependence, and addiction. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-535   Advanced Health AssessmentCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: NU-524.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Theory and practice of health assessment skills, identification of deviations from the normal and documentation of findings are refined. Advanced-level assessment includes the comprehensive history, physical, and psychological variations of the client. The client is viewed holistically, incorporating cultural, nutritional, and developmental variations. Application of techniques is practiced in the college laboratory and with clients in outside agencies. Students translate assessment data into differential diagnosis and interpret laboratory and diagnostic data. Relationship of health assessment to the role and responsibilities of the nurse is examined. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-536   Advanced Health Assessment for Forensic NursesCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-521 and NU-524.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Theory and practice of health assessment skills, identification of deviations from the normal and documentation of findings are refined. Advanced level assessment includes the comprehensive history, physical and psychological variations of the client across the lifespan. The client is viewed holistically, incorporating cultural, nutritional, and developmental variations. Application of techniques is practiced in the college laboratory and with clients in outside agencies. Students translate assessment data into differential diagnoses and interpret laboratory and diagnostic data. Relationship of health assessment to the role and responsibilities of the nurse is examined. Students must earn a minimum grade of B in the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-541   Primary CareCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-521, NU-524, and NU-535.

Corequisite: NU-542.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Aspects of advanced health assessment, clinical reasoning, and diagnostic skills necessary to manage common stable, chronic, and episodic alterations in health. Various advanced nursing practice roles in health care, ethical and legal issues in clinical practice, application of research-based clinical outcomes, promotion and maintenance of health, disease prevention and treatment modalities for individuals are explored. Content is presented in weekly clinical case studies related to common alterations in health. Factors influencing health care systems, patterns of human responses, and cultural and epidemiological influences will be discussed in weekly clinical case studies. Performing assessments and screenings related to common alterations in health are also included in a weekly, faculty-supervised clinical practice. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-542   Primary Care LaboratoryCredits: 1   

Prerequisites: NU-521, NU-524, and NU-535.

Corequisite: NU-541.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

This clinical course is designed to be taken with the lecture component of NU-541. Aspects of advanced health assessment, clinical reasoning, and diagnostic skills necessary to manage common stable, chronic, and episodic alterations in health. Various advanced nursing practice roles in health care, ethical and legal issues in clinical practice, application of research-based clinical outcomes, and promotion and maintenance of health, disease prevention and treatment modalities for individuals are explored. Content is presented in weekly clinical case studies related to common alterations in health. Factors influencing health care systems, patterns of human responses, and cultural and epidemiological influences will be discussed in weekly clinical case studies. Performing assessments and screenings related to common alterations in health are also included in a weekly, faculty-supervised clinical practice. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-543   Diagnosis and Treatment of PsychopathologyCredits: 3   

Corequisite: NU-544.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Provides the basic foundations of clinical management of common psychiatric/mental health problems in adults. For students in the Adult Psychiatric Mental Health APN Track. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-544   Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology Clinical LaboratoryCredits: 1   

Prerequisites: NU-521, NU-524, and NU-535.

Corequisite: NU-543.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Provides the basic foundations of clinical management of common psychiatric/mental health problems in adults. The student will deliver mental health care to adults with mental health problems including collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview; establishing a psychiatric diagnosis utilizing the DSMIV-TR classification system; and completing an initial psychiatric assessment and identifying psychopharmacologic interventions as appropriate. Establishment of collaborative role with other healthcare providers. Restricted to Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students only. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-562   Tests and MeasuresCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Considers evaluation methods related to norm-referenced and criterion-referenced evaluation methods in education. Students will investigate criteria used to develop reliable and valid evaluation measures. Current issues and research related to educational testing instruments, alternatives to standardized evaluation methods, and outcome measurement in education will be discussed. Students will explore measurement theory and evaluate measures that are used to identify cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains as they relate to education. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-564   Curriculum Development and Instruction in Nursing EducationCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: NU-518.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

The primary focus of this course is the process of curriculum development in nursing. Factors influencing curriculum development, the process of curriculum development and evaluation methods are emphasized. Instruction and evaluation in didactic nursing courses and clinical experiences are addressed. Individuals completing this course will be prepared for the role of nurse educator in academic settings. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-566P   Nurse Educator PracticumCredits: 3   

Corequisite: NU-566S.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Focuses on the application of teaching and learning principles in academic and clinical settings. Instruction and evaluation in didactic nursing courses and clinical experiences are applied in nursing programs providing generic nursing education, in cooperation with a preceptor. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-566S   Nurse Educator SeminarCredits: 3   

Corequisite: NU-566P.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Provides a forum for reflection on student teaching experiences in the classroom and clinical settings. Through discussion and sharing, students refine the application of theory and research to practice as an educator. Topics relevant to the academic faculty role and current issues in nursing education are explored. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-575   Issues in Forensic NursingCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Introduction to forensic nursing practice and the concepts, theories, and principles used in this advanced practice role. The use of the nursing process in forensic decision making for the management of individuals or populations are illustrated. The relationship between various socio-cultural factors, psychosocial issues, and ethical challenges are discussed in relationship to catastrophic injuries/illnesses and violent crimes. Comparison of the various roles in which forensic nursing can be applied are examined including the scopes and standards of nursing practice. Legal considerations in areas such as collection of forensic evidence and preservation, discovery, expert testimony are distinguished. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-576   Interpersonal ViolenceCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): NU.EL

Examines the various types and patterns of violence related to cultural values, beliefs, biases and societal issues, as well as the historical perspective of violence. Content includes: family, community, youth, and workplace violence, and child, domestic, elder and sexual abuse. Theories concerning gender violence, gangs, bias and hate crimes, and terrorism are challenged. Public health and health care issues related to violence, and primary, secondary, and tertiary level interventions for victims and offenders of violence are discussed. Individual responsibilities associated with identification and reporting violence are identified. Healthcare measures to identify and prevent violence are analyzed. Methods of treatment for victims and perpetrators of violence are evaluated. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-577   Forensic PathologyCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-521, NU-524, and NU-535, all passed with a grade of B or higher.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Designed to introduce students to concepts of forensic pathology with an emphasis on the recognition and interpretation of diseases and injuries in the human body that are the basis for medico-legal investigations. It presents an overview of the medico-legal investigative systems and the substance and mechanics of forensic pathology. The medical examiner, usually the pathologist, is primarily concerned with the investigation of violent, sudden, unexpected, and suspicious deaths. The medical examiner determines the cause and manner of death, identifies the deceased if unknown, determines the approximate time of injury and death, collects evidence from the body, issues a death certificate, and documents these events through an official autopsy report.

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NU-578P   Forensic Nursing PracticumCredits: 2   

Prerequisites: NU-521, NU-535, NU-543, NU-575, NU-576, and NU-577.

Corequisite: NU-578S.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Students will work in an interdisciplinary team or with individuals in forensic arenas as they apply forensic theory and research in forensic nursing practice. Appropriate techniques for identifying, collecting and documenting pertinent data will be reinforced through clinical practice in a forensic arena. Under the supervision and guidance of a clinical preceptor, students will identify outcomes and plans of action for effective coordination and communication among professionals and clients as a means to learn appropriate techniques for the identification, prevention, and management of victims of crime and trauma. Students will develop expertise in the collection, preservation and documentation of evidence as identified in scopes and standards of forensic nursing practice. Individual experiences are arranged in conjunction with students' goals for practice. Students will attend a one-hour weekly seminar and a weekly eight-hour clinical practicum. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-578S   Forensic Nursing SeminarCredits: 1   

Prerequisites: NU-521, NU-535, NU-543, NU-575, NU-576, and NU-577.

Corequisite: NU-578P.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Explores forensic theory and research to forensic nursing practice. Forensic nurses practice as sexual assault examiners, educators, nurse coroners, death investigators, correctional nurses, life care planners, case managers, legal nurse consultants, Medicare set aside coordinators and clinical specialists in pediatrics and, gerontology. Issues addressing systematic analysis of pertinent data, and the physical/psychological issues related to forensic nursing and applying nursing science to public and legal proceedings will be discussed in seminar. Identification of outcomes and plans of action that provide effective coordination and communication in managing clients will be addressed. A scientific and conceptual knowledge of nursing, forensic and criminal justice will assist students to recognize appropriate techniques for the identification, prevention, and management of appropriate clients utilizing the scopes and standards of forensic nursing practice. The collaborative nature of forensic nursing practice as a component of multidisciplinary teams will be stressed. Individual experiences are arranged in conjunction with students' goals for practice. Students will attend a one hour weekly seminar and a weekly eight hour clinical practicum. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-585   School Nursing ICredits: 4   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Examines and analyzes the role of the school nurse as a healthcare provider, health educator, health counselor, child advocate in the school community, and interdisciplinary team member. Explores financial, legal, and administrative issues as they relate to school nursing. Reviews normal growth and developmental patterns. Describes common health problems, special needs, and interventions appropriate for school nurses. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-586   School Nursing IICredits: 4   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

A continuation of the examination and analysis of the role of the school nurse as healthcare provider, health educator, health counselor, and interdisciplinary team member. An expansion of the role of the nurse as child advocate in the community and as public health nurse. Explores external and internal environmental influences that impact on the health of children. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-587P   Practicum: School Nurse ICredits: 2   

Prerequisite: NU-585.

Corequisite: NU-587S.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Introduction to the clinical experience for the school nurse. The student has his/her clinical experience in the school nurse's office where he or she takes an active part in school health services, physical assessments, organization and administration of the school health program as outlined in NJAC 6A:9 Professional Licensure and Standards of the NJ Board of Education Standards. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-587S   Seminar: School Nurse ICredits: 2   

Prerequisite: NU-585.

Corequisite: NU-587P.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Discusses the school nurse's role as a healthcare provider, health counselor, administrator and member of the interdisciplinary school team. Students who are employed as a school nurse should take this two-credit seminar to fulfill the New Jersey Board of Education's requirement of "a minimum six semester-hour credits in school nursing, including school health services, physical assessments, organization, and administration of the school health program." Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-588P   Practicum: School Nurse IICredits: 2   

Prerequisites: NU-586, NU-587S, and HE-584.

Corequisite: NU-588S.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

A continuation of the clinical experience for the school nurse. The student functions in the role of the school nurse as a health educator. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-588S   Seminar: School Nurse IICredits: 2   

Prerequisites: NU-586, NU-587S, and HE-584.

Corequisite: NU-588P.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Discusses the school nurse's role as a health educator. Students must earn a minimum of a "B" in the course. Students who receive less than a "B" will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a "B" will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-598   Special Topics in NursingCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Allows students to study a specific aspect of nursing. The subject matter varies from semester to semester and depends on the professor who teaches the course.

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NU-599   Independent Study in NursingCredits: 1-4   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Independent study (theory and/or practica) in a specialized area of interest to the student. Weekly consultations with supervising faculty member.

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NU-621   Advanced Practice Nursing I: Adult GerontologyCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-521, NU-524, NU-535, NU-541 and NU-542.

Corequisites: NU-622P and NU-622S.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Detailed case study analysis of common health problems of adult and older adults including pathophysiology, epidemiology, strengths and weaknesses of assessment of data collection, diagnostic process, planning, intervention, and evaluation. Interview and perform physical examination techniques for collecting subjective and objective data in primary-care and long-term care settings; deriving diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic illness in culturally diverse populations utilizing community resources; using communication for health teaching and counseling and to motivate clients for positive health maintenance will be explored. Expansion of traditional nursing role to the advanced practice nurse (APN) role through the incorporation of evidence-based practice, personal knowledge, and ethics will be discussed. The course is process-driven and will require extensive reading in the student's specialty area. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-622P   Advanced Practice Nursing Practicum I: Adult-GerontologyCredits: 3   

Corequisites: NU-621 and NU-622S.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Delivery of primary healthcare to adults and geriatric clients with common health problems, including collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview and physical examination; deriving differential and final diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic illness using community resources; use of communication for health teaching, counseling, and motivating clients for positive health maintenance. Establishment of interdisciplinary practice with other healthcare providers. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-622S   Advanced Practice Nursing Seminar I: Adult GerontologyCredits: 1   

Corequisites: NU-621 and NU-622P.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Delivery of primary health care to adults and older adults with common health problems including collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview and physical examination; deriving differential and final diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic illness using community resources; use of communication for health teaching, counseling, and motivating clients for positive health maintenance. Establishment of interdisciplinary practice with other healthcare providers. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-623   Advanced Practice Nursing II: Adult GerontologyCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: NU-621.

Corequisites: NU-624P and NU-624S.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

A continuation of NU-621. Detailed case study analysis of health problems including pathophysiology, epidemiology, strengths and weaknesses of assessment data collection, diagnostic process, planning, intervention, and evaluation. Interview and physical examination techniques for collecting subjective and objective data in primary, acute, and chronic illness in culturally diverse populations utilizing community resources; using communication for health teaching and counseling and to motivate clients for positive health maintenance. Expansion of the traditional nursing role to the advanced practice nurse (APN) role through the incorporation of evidence-based practice, personal knowledge, and ethics. A process-driven course that will require extensive reading in the student's specialty area. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-624P   Advanced Practice Nursing Practicum: Adult GerontologyCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-621, NU-622S, and NU-622P.

Corequisites: NU-623 and NU-624S.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Delivery of primary healthcare to adult/gerontological and adolescent clients with common health problems including, collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview and physical examination; deriving diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic illness using community resources; communication for health teaching, counseling, and motivating clients for positive health maintenance. Establishment of interdisciplinary practice with other healthcare providers. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-624S   Advanced Practice Nursing Seminar II: Adult GerontologyCredits: 1   

Prerequisites: NU-621, NU-622S, and NU-622P.

Corequisites: NU-623 and NU-624P.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Delivery of primary healthcare to adult/gerontological and adolescent clients with common health problems including collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview and physical examination; deriving diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic illness using community resources; use of communication for age-appropriate health teaching, counseling, and motivating clients for positive health maintenance. Establishment of collaborative role with other healthcare providers. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-631   Advanced Practice Nursing I: FamilyCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Nursing NU-521, NU-524, NU-535, NU-541, and NU-542.

Corequisites: NU-632P and NU-632S.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Detailed case study analysis of common health problems of the adult and older adult including pathophysiology, epidemiology, strengths and weaknesses of assessment of data collection, diagnostic process, planning, intervention, and evaluation. Interview and physical examination techniques for collecting subjective and objective data in the primary-care and long-term care settings; deriving diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic illness in culturally diverse populations utilizing community resources; using communication for health teaching and counseling and to motivate clients for positive health maintenance with be explored. Expansion of traditional nursing role to the advanced practice nurse (APN) role through the incorporation of evidence-based practice, personal knowledge, and ethics will be discussed. A process-driven course that will require extensive reading in the student's specialty area. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-632P   Advanced Practice Nursing Practicum I: FamilyCredits: 3   

Corequisites: NU-631 and NU-632S.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Delivery of primary health care to the family unit with common health problems including collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview and physical examination; deriving differential and final diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic illness using community resources; use of communication for health teaching, counseling and motivating clients for positive health maintenance. Establishment of collaborative role with other healthcare providers. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-632S   Advanced Practice Nursing Seminar I: FamilyCredits: 1   

Corequisites: NU-631 and NU-632P.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Delivery of primary healthcare to adults and older adults with common health problems include collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview and physical examination; deriving differential and final diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic illness using community resources; use of communication for health teaching, counseling, and motivating clients for positive health maintenance. Establishment of collaborative role with other healthcare providers. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-633   Advanced Practice Nursing II: FamilyCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: NU-631.

Corequisites: NU-634P and NU-634S.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Detailed case study analysis of health problems, including pathophysiology, epidemiology, strengths and weaknesses of assessment of data collection, diagnostic process, planning, intervention, and evaluation. Interview and physical examination techniques for collecting subjective and objective data in primary, acute and long-term care settings; deriving nursing diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic illness in culturally diverse populations utilizing community resources; using communication for health teaching and counseling and to motivate clients for positive health maintenance. Expansion of traditional nursing role to the advanced practice nurse (APN) role through the incorporation of evidence-based practice, personal knowledge, and ethics. A process-driven course that will require extensive reading in the student's specialty area. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-634P   Advanced Practice Nursing Practicum II: FamilyCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-631, NU-632S and NU-632P.

Corequisites: NU-633 and NU-634S.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

A continuation of NU-632. Delivery of healthcare to the child, pregnant couple, and adults with complex health problems, including collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview and physical examination; deriving nursing diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic illness using community resources; use of communication for health teaching, counseling and motivating clients for positive health maintenance. Establishment of collaborative role with other health care providers. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-634S   Advanced Practice Nursing Seminar II: FamilyCredits: 1   

Prerequisites: NU-631, NU-632S, and NU-632P.

Corequisites: NU-633 and NU-634P.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

This course is a continuation of NU-632. Discussion of delivery of healthcare to the child, pregnant couple, and adults with complex health problems that include collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview and physical examination; deriving nursing diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic illness using community resources; use of communication for health teaching, counseling, and motivating clients for positive health maintenance. Establishment of collaborative role with other healthcare providers. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-635   Advanced Practice Nursing PediatricsCredits: 2   

Corequisite: NU-635P.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Detailed case study analysis of health problems including pathophysiology, epidemiology, strengths and weaknesses of assessment of data collection, diagnostic process, planning, intervention, and evaluation. Interview and physical examination techniques for collecting subjective and objective data in pediatric care, both acute and chronic illness in culturally diverse pediatric populations utilizing community resources; using communication for health teaching and counseling and to motivate clients for positive health maintenance. Expansion of traditional nursing role to the advanced practice nurse (APN) role through the incorporation of evidence-based practice, personal knowledge, and ethics. The course is process-driven and will require extensive reading in the student's specialty area. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-635P   Advanced Practice Nursing Pediatrics PracticumCredits: 1   

Corequisite: NU-635.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Deliver primary care to pediatric clients with common health problems including collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview and physical examination; diagnose and plan care for acute and chronic illness in culturally diverse pediatric populations utilizing community resources; use communication skills for health teaching and counseling and to motivate pediatric clients and their families for positive health maintenance. Expand the traditional nursing role to the advanced practice nurse (APN) role through the incorporation of evidence-based practice, personal knowledge, and ethics. Establish collaborative relationships with other health care providers for comprehensive care. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-661   Nursing Administration ICredits: 3   

Corequisites: NU-662P and NU-662S.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Students are socialized into the middle-level management and administration roles by examination of the administrative process in a variety of healthcare organizations. Students are expected to assess, plan, develop, evaluate, and refine their effectiveness as managers and leaders of nursing and patient care services. By synthesizing information from previous course work, management theories, and relevant research, students will be able to apply themselves to the management/administration roles. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-662P   Nursing Administration I PracticumCredits: 2   

Corequisites: NU-661 and NU-662S.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Students observe and participate in the middle- level management/administrative process in a variety of healthcare organizations. For the required practicum, the student selects a nursing service compatible with the student's individual goals. Socialization into the middle management and administrative roles permits students to assess, plan, implement, and refine their skills as beginning practitioners as managers and leaders of nursing and patient care services. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-662S   Nursing Administration I SeminarCredits: 1   

Corequisites: NU-661 and NU-662P.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Students analyze the middle- level-management/administrative process in a variety of healthcare organizations. Socialization into the middle management and administrative roles permits students to assess, plan, implement, and refine their skills as beginning practitioners as managers and leaders of nursing and patient care services. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-663   Nursing Administration IICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-661, NU-662S, and NU-662P.

Corequisites: NU-664P and NU-664S.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Students are prepared to practice in the role of middle-level administration and nursing case manager. Students will build on the information obtained in Nursing Administration I. In addition, nurses will learn the role of the nursing case manager. Students learn how to provide quality healthcare along a continuum, decrease fragmentation of care across multiple settings, enhance the client's quality of life, and address issues concerning cost containment. Communication and collaboration techniques are utilized to assess, plan, implement, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the options and services available to meet individual health needs. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-664P   Nursing Administration II PracticumCredits: 2   

Prerequisites: NU-661, NU-662S and NU-662P.

Corequisites: NU-663 and NU-664S.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Students observe and participate in the human resources and the nursing case management roles. Students build on the information obtained in Nursing Administration I. Students investigate the integration of the nursing administrator role and human resource elements and observe the relationship through direct observation of the HR staff and the Executive Team. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-664S   Nursing Administration II SeminarCredits: 1   

Prerequisites: NU-661, NU-662S, and NU-622P.

Corequisites: NU-663 and NU-664P.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Students analyze the human resource role and the nursing case management role and their relationship to nursing administration. Students build on the information obtained in Nursing Administration Seminar I. Students assess, plan, and implement their effectiveness as administrative-level nursing personnel and delve into the knowledge required to comprehend the role of case management and human resources and their relation to nursing administration. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-669   Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing I: Practice with Children and AdolescentsCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-521, NU-524, NU-535, NU-543, and NU-544.

Corequisites: NU-670P and NU-670S.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Examines psychological theories, assessment techniques and psychopharmacologic interventions for working directly with children, adolescents, and their caretakers. Emphasizes evidence-based interventions that address diverse groups of children or adolescents within their social contexts (e.g., peer group, school, family, neighborhood). Special attention will be given to issues of diversity as it relates to building therapeutic relationships and intervening with children, adolescents and their families. Treatment planning and specific methodologies for working therapeutically with children and adolescents will be evaluated. In view of the reliance on direct practice experiences with children and adolescents, students will be placed in clinical sites concurrently with these courses (NU-670P and NU-670S). Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-670P   Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Nursing I: Practice with Children and Adolescents PracticumCredits: 2   

Prerequisites: NU-521, NU-524, NU-535, NU-543, and NU-544.

Corequisites: NU-669 and NU-670S.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Delivery of mental healthcare to children and adolescents with mental health problems including collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview; deriving psychiatric diagnoses; deriving nursing diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic mental health issues using community resources; use of interventions including short-term problem-focused psychotherapy, group therapy and psychopharmacologic modalities. Establishment of collaborative role with other healthcare providers. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-670S   Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing I: Practice with Children and Adolescents SeminarCredits: 1   

Prerequisites: NU-521, NU-524, NU-535, NU-543, and NU-544.

Corequisites: NU-669 and NU-670P.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Delivery of mental health care to children and adolescents with mental health problems including collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview; deriving psychiatric diagnoses; deriving nursing diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic mental health issues using community resources; use of interventions including short-term problem-focused psychotherapy, group therapy and psychopharmacologic modalities. Establishment of collaborative role with other healthcare providers. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-671   Advanced Practice Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing II: Psychopharmacology and Introduction to TherapyCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-521, NU-535, NU-543 and NU-544.

Corequisites: NU-672P and NU-672S.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Focuses on advanced knowledge of psychiatric/mental health nursing. Assessment, treatment planning and therapeutic interventions with individuals, families and groups will be introduced. Offers various treatment models including the classic schools and current developments in individuals, families and groups. Each therapeutic modality will be presented using key concepts, an explanation of the therapeutic process and application of techniques. In view of the reliance on direct practice experiences with individuals, families and groups, students will be placed in clinical sites concurrently with the courses NU-672P and NU-672S. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-672P   Advanced Practice Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing Practicum IICredits: 3   

Corequisites: NU-671 and NU-672S.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Delivery of mental health care to adults with mental health problems, including collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview; deriving psychiatric diagnoses; deriving nursing diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic mental health issues using community resources; use of interventions including short-term problem-focused psychotherapy, group therapy and psychopharmacologic modalities. Establishment of collaborative role with other health care providers. This is a pass/fail course. This is a pass/fail course. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-672S   Advanced Practice Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Seminar IICredits: 1   

Corequisites: NU-671 and NU-672P.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Delivery of mental health care to adults with mental health problems, including collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview; deriving psychiatric diagnoses; deriving nursing diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic mental health issues using community resources; use of interventions including short-term problem-focused psychotherapy, group therapy and psychopharmacologic modalities. Establishment of collaborative role with other health care providers. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-673   Advanced Practice Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing IIICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-671, NU-672P and NU-672S.

Corequisites: NU-674P and NU-674S.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Builds upon the foundation course NU-671. As clinicians there is an ever-pressing need to interpret theory and engage in practice inclusively. Examines how clients' lives are affected by larger societal structures. This course will examine modalities and ways to intervene with clients with a true sensitivity and understanding of issues of race, culture, gender, religion and sexual orientation. Each therapeutic modality will be presented using key concepts, an explanation of the therapeutic process and application of techniques. In view of the reliance on direct-practice experiences with individuals, families and groups, students will be placed in clinical sites concurrently with this course (NU-674). Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-674P   Advanced Practice Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Practicum IIICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-671, NU-672P and NU-672S.

Corequisites: NU-673 and NU-674S.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

A continuation of NU-672P. Delivery of mental health care to adults with mental health problems, including collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview; deriving psychiatric diagnoses; deriving nursing diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic mental health issues using community resources; use of interventions including short term, problem-focused psychotherapy, group therapy and psychopharmacologic modalities. Establishment of collaborative role with other healthcare providers. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-674S   Advanced Practice Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Seminar IIICredits: 1   

Prerequisites: NU-671, NU-672P and NU-672S.

Corequisites: NU-673 and NU-674P.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

A continuation of NU-672S. Delivery of mental health care to adults with mental health problems, including collection of subjective and objective data using the techniques of interview; deriving psychiatric diagnoses; deriving nursing diagnoses; planning care for acute and chronic mental health issues using community resources, use of interventions including short-term, problem-focused psychotherapy, group therapy and psychopharmacologic modalities. Establishment of collaborative role with other healthcare providers. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-699   Independent Study in Nursing (600 Level)Credits: 3   

Course Type(s): None

Independent study (theory and/or practica) in a specialized area of interest to the student. Weekly consultations with supervising faculty member.

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NU-701   Translating Evidence to Clinical PracticeCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Components central to the concept of evidence-based practice are introduced and emphasis is placed on evaluating systematically, research and evidence from multiple sources. Critical appraisal of evidence utilizing clinical informatics, databases, multidisciplinary best practices, and systematic reviews of randomized clinical trials will be included in an approach to a clinical question or problem for a practice change. Strategies for creating a culture of evidence-based practice for individuals and clinical systems will be explored. Tools for diffusing the change or innovation are included. The concept of translational science will prepare students to begin formulation of a capstone project. Students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in this course or it will have to be repeated.

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NU-702   Health Promotion in Diverse PopulationsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Examines the influence of culture on nursing care delivery. Explores the DNP's role in providing culturally appropriate care for increasingly diverse populations. The focus of the course is on global health issues, factors affecting health, disparities in healthcare and infrastructure of populations. Students will utilize evidence-based research to analyze various social, cultural, and economic factors that impact health, illness and the perceptions/behaviors of diverse ethnic and minority groups as they relate to health promotion. Content includes an examination of social, psychological, and cultural theories, a review of current research about health and illness beliefs/behaviors, and the development of health promotion strategies to improve care provided to individuals, aggregates and populations. Students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in this course or it will have to be repeated.

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NU-703   Epidemiology and Genetics/GenomicsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Explores the key features of epidemiological and genetic concepts and theories in relation to populations. Epidemiological principles will be examined in relation to public health issues to plan and evaluate strategies to prevent illness and study diseases. Exploration of the risks health care personnel deal with: environmental catastrophes, (chemical, biological, and radiation), nuclear attacks, disease outbreaks and global conflicts. Investigation into local, regional, national and international databases regarding health disparities, disease entities, genetic problems, global threats and the response preparedness and effectiveness of various agencies and governments. The student will identify risk factors for genetic disease and explore the influence of genetics and genomics on human diseases as they relate to the ethical, legal and financial responsibilities of the advanced practice nurse. Students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in this course, or it will have to be repeated.

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NU-705   Interprofessional Collaboration and Team FacilitationCredits: 2   

Corequisite: NU-706.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Examines advanced communication skills and other behaviors that provide the knowledge and skills needed for exemplary leadership, with an emphasis on relationships and team building. Leadership and communication strategies that help move professionals multidisciplinary groups toward common goals and objectives will be examined. DNP students only.

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NU-706   Leadership Immersion ICredits: 1   

Corequisite: NU-705.

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

The practice immersion experience facilitates advanced nursing practice by allowing the student to demonstrate and integrate their knowledge of upper level management processes in a health care organization by considering advanced communication skills and other behaviors that provide the knowledge and skills needed for exemplary leadership, with an emphasis on relationship development, effective meeting management, team building, and resolution of complex situations. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-715   Organizational Leadership in HealthcareCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Examines organizational systems and processes that emphasize the demand for clinical practice leadership, improvement of health outcomes and ensured patient safety. Students are provided the tools to develop expertise in assessing the vision, mission and organizational strategic plans. Emphasis is placed on executive decision making, leading change efforts, and instituting innovative methodologies for system improvement. Organizational behaviors directed towards quality improvement, negotiation, conflict resolution, performance evaluation and ethical conduct in a business environment. Enhances the student's ability to use power and influence to achieve goals, build teams and alliances, establish strong communication channels, and empower others. Students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in this course or it will have to be repeated.

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NU-716   Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health CareCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Examines healthcare economics, political and public health issues, and their relation to development and implementation of health policies at regional, national and international levels. Health policy influences multiple care delivery issues, including health disparities, underserved populations, cultural sensitivity, ethics, law, health care financing, and issues of equity and social justice in the delivery of healthcare. The DNP role will be discussed in the creation of such policies. Students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in this course or it will have to be repeated.

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NU-718   Health Care Economics and Financial ManagementCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides an in-depth exploration of economics and finance, budget, reimbursement mechanisms and innovative business models for health care organizations and practice settings. Students will have an opportunity to develop and review business plans and to evaluate cost-benefit analyses as they relate to the DNP role. The practical application of management of financial resources, tools for decision making and communication strategies will be integrated. Students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in this course or it will have to be repeated.

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NU-720   Research Methods in Healthcare LeadershipCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Focus is on the critical analysis of the research process. There is an emphasis on the data collection and data analysis steps of research. Skills are developed in the use of the SPSS statistical program and the interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics for outcome evaluation in healthcare. Interpretation and evaluation of statistical analysis in published research are emphasized. Skills are refined in the dissemination of research to healthcare professionals. DNP students only.

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NU-730   Doctor Nursing Practice Project ICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-701, NU-702, NU-703, NU-705, NU-706, NU-715, NU-716, NU-718, and NU-720, all passed with a grade of B or higher.

Course Type(s): None

The DNP project culminates in a practice immersion experience that affords the student the opportunity to integrate and synthesize information from a variety of areas and previous course work to exhibit mastery of an advanced specialty within nursing practice. Students will demonstrate synthesis of the DNP education and advanced nursing practice specialty which focuses on change that impacts healthcare outcomes either through direct or indirect care. Students will share their journey toward developing the DNP project through class discussion using a variety of communication modalities. In consultation with the DNP Project Advisor, students will select an area of specialty practice and propose a project. The end result will be a proposed project based on the principles of evidence-based practice that incorporates planning, implementation, evaluation and dissemination concepts. This will provide a foundation for continued scholarship while making significant contributions in the student's area of interest. Students must earn a grade of B or higher in this course or it will have to be repeated.

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NU-731   Leadership Immersion IICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-701, NU-702, NU-703, NU-705, NU-706, NU-715, NU-716, NU-718, and NU-720, all passed with a grade of B or higher.

Course Type(s): None

Immersion into the leadership role provides the student an opportunity to expand their leadership skillset and apply, integrate, and synthesize the DNP Essentials through a collaborative partnership between the university and approved practice partners. The student will develop specific learning objectives related to the DNP Essentials, application of theory, and role requirements jointly with the assigned professor to develop their nursing specialty expertise. This course is individualized to each student's specific area of practice interest. This experience should provide opportunities to work with experts including interdisciplinary to build and assimilate knowledge for advanced nursing practice at the highest level of complexity. DNP Essentials guideline state that graduates should have 1000 hours of combines clinical and experience through the MSN and DNP studies. It is expected that all students in the DNP program complete 500 hours in addition to the 500 hours previously completed in their master's level program or if additional hours are required to meet their advisor to construct a plan. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-732   Doctor Nursing Practice Project IICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-730 passed with a grade of B or higher and NU-731 with a grade of Pass.

Course Type(s): None

DNP Project II builds on the content and processes developed in the DNP Project I towards implementation. Students will share their journey of implementation and evaluation of the DNP project through class discussion using a variety of communication modalities. In consultation with the DNP Project Advisor students will implement and evaluate the project. This course is a continuation of DNP Project I. Students will continue to integrate and apply information from a variety of areas to demonstrate expertise in an advanced specialty within nursing practice. Students will continue to demonstrate synthesis of the DNP education and advanced nursing practice specialty which focuses on change that impacts healthcare outcomes either through direct or indirect care. The end result will be an executed project based on the principles of evidence-based practice that incorporates planning, implementation, evaluation and dissemination concepts. Students must earn a grade of B or higher in this course or it will have to be repeated.

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NU-733   Leadership Immersion IIICredits: 3   

Prerequisites: NU-730 and NU-731, both passed with a grade of B or higher.

Course Type(s): None

Continuation of the practice immersion experience provides the student with additional opportunities to apply, integrate, and synthesize the DNP Essentials. The student will again develop specific learning objectives related to the DNP Essentials, application of theory, and role requirements jointly with the assigned professor to develop their nursing specialty expertise. This course is individualized to each student's specific area of practice interest. This experience should provide opportunities to work with experts including interdisciplinary to build and assimilate knowledge for advanced nursing practice at the highest level of complexity. DNP Essentials guideline state that graduates should have 1000 hours of combined clinical and experience through the MSN and DNP studies. It is expected that all students in the DNP program complete 500 hours in addition to the 500 hours previously completed in their master's level program or if additional hours are required to meet with their advisor to construct a plan. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-762   Tests and MeasuresCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Considers evaluation methods related to norm-referenced and criterion-referenced evaluation methods in education. Students will investigate criteria used to develop reliable and valid evaluation measures. Current issues and research related to educational testing instruments, alternatives to standardized evaluation methods, and outcome measurement in education will be discussed. Students will explore measurement theory and evaluate measures that are used to identify cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains as they relate to education. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-764   Curriculum Development and Instruction in NursingCredits: 3   

Course Type(s): None

The primary focus of this course is the process of curriculum development in nursing. Factors influencing curriculum development, the process of curriculum development and evaluation methods are emphasized. Instruction and evaluation in didactic nursing courses and clinical experiences are addressed. Individuals completing this course will be prepared for the role of nurse educator in academic settings. Students must earn a minimum of a "B" in the course. Students who receive less than a "B" will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a "B" will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.

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NU-766P   Nurse Educator PracticumCredits: 3   

Corequisite: NU-766S.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Focuses on the application of teaching and learning principles in academic and clinical settings. Instruction and evaluation in didactic nursing courses and clinical experiences are applied in nursing programs providing generic nursing education, in cooperation with a preceptor. This is a pass/fail course.

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NU-766S   Nursing Education SeminarCredits: 3   

Corequisite: NU-766P.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides a forum for reflection on student teaching experiences in the classroom and clinical settings. Through discussion and sharing, students refine the application of theory and research to practice as an educator. Topics relevant to the academic faculty role and current issues in nursing education are explored. Students must earn a minimum of a B in the course. Students who receive less than a B will be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat the course no more than once. A second grade below a B will make students ineligible to continue in programs requiring this course.