MSN Course Descriptions

BIOL 6273: Advanced Human Physiology. (3) Prerequisite: admission to MSN program. Advanced course in human physiology stressing the interaction between physiological systems. (Fall, Spring)

BIOL 6274: Advanced Human Pathophysiology. (3) Prerequisite: admission to MSN program. Advanced course in human pathophysiology stressing the loss of normal function interaction in  physiological systems. (Fall)

STAT 6127: Introduction to Biostatistics. (3) Prerequisites: MATH 1100 and STAT 1221or permission of the department. Descriptive statistics and exploratory data analysis; basic probability models  and the concept of random variables; point and interval estimation; hypothesis testing (one- and two-sample problems); simple linear regression and ANOVA; selection of appropriate methods for analysis; development of skills to conduct analysis of data; development of the capability to present the results of a study in scientific language.

HLTH 6202: Community Epidemiology. (3). Principles and methods of epidemiology including definitions and models of health, illness and disease; modes of transmission of clinically important infectious agents; risk factors and chronic diseases; and insights into existing studies and paradigms of health promotion and disease prevention.

NURS 6101: Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice. (3) Philosophical foundations and knowledge development in nursing. Evaluation of theories, models and their relationships to practice. (Spring, Summer)

NURS 6115: Health Policy and Planning in the U.S. (3) Overview of the organizing and financing of the health care delivery system in the United States. Analysis of health care policy, financing, political trends, ethical, and professional issues, including the theoretical underpinning of policy making, the empirical thrusts of policy analysis and research and the relationship between policy making and the political process in the practice of nursing health care. (Fall, Summer)

NURS 6160: Research in Nursing and Health Professions. (3) Methods of inquiry for nursing and the health professions. Emphasis is on developing skills useful for conducting and evaluating research, using research in practice and program evaluation. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

NURS 6211: Health Disparities and Nursing. (3) This course examines various theoretical frameworks relative to interactions of ethnic heritage, cultural environment, and social/racial stratification, and development of cultural competence in Advanced Nursing Practice.  It examines ethical, legal, regulatory standards that inform advanced practice and evaluates alternative strategies that nurses in advanced practice can use to provide culturally competent interventions to diverse populations, patients, organizations, and communities.  (Fall)

NURS 6212: Program Improvement and Evaluation. (3) This course focuses on planning, evaluating, and improving health programs.  Includes steps in problem analysis and needs assessment, logistics of program management and implementation, evaluation, and quality improvement within systems and community oriented advanced nursing practice.  (Spring)

NURS 6210: Family Health in Advanced Practice Nursing. (2) Provides an overview of the family as the basic unit of advanced nursing care. Focuses on strategies of family assessment, family empowerment, and family health promotion. Includes reviews of relevant theories, concepts and research for the assessment and management of family health and the analysis of the socio-cultural context of families. (Spring)

NURS 6220: Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Nursing Practice. (3) Principles of pharmacology and drug therapy for advanced nursing practice including legal and social considerations related to prescriptive authority and prescribing patterns. Satisfies NC Board of Nursing requirements for nurse practitioner. (Fall)

NURS 6230: Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice. (3) Pre or corequisite: BIOL 6274. Corequisite: NURS 6430. This course provides knowledge and skills necessary for advanced practice nurses to synthesize concepts from nursing and the biopsychosocial sciences in the comprehensive health assessment of adults and children. The diagnostic reasoning process, differential diagnosis, advanced health evaluation techniques, laboratory tests, diagnostic studies and interpretation and evaluation of findings are incorporated into the course. (Spring)

NURS 6430: NURS 6230: Advanced Health Assessment Practicum. (1) Pre- or corequisite:  BIOL 6274.  Corequisite: NURS 6230. This clinical practicum is designed to provide an opportunity for students to practice advanced health assessment skills on clients across the lifespan. Comprehensive health histories and physical examination techniques are used to complete a database on clients to formulate differential diagnoses and make advanced clinical decisions. 60 lab/clinical hours. (Spring)

NURS 6185: Theory and Application in the Organizational Behavior to Nursing Systems. (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6101 or permission of the instructor.  Examination of organization theory, management theory and their applications to critical nursing administrative leadership issues. Standards and Frameworks of competencies in Nursing Administration are reviewed as guidelines for career development.  Evidence based management and promotion of a culture of safety is explored as a basis for health related organizational development. (3) (Summer, Odd years)

NURS 6187: Health Informatics and Financial Management for Nurses. (3) Pre- or corequisite: NURS 6185; Prerequisite: NURS 6101 or permission of the instructor.  This course emphasizes the managerial aspects of health administration finance that nurse managers need in order to interact with the information technology applications utilized in financial and budgeting systems. Increasingly financial decisions are influenced by information gathered using multiple media and resources. Budget and internal control, including auditing concepts and techniques are introduced as management control techniques. The following financial methods are presented as decision models for creating a culture of safety: forecasting, capital budgeting, and capital access. In addition, the managerial implications of cost analysis, cost behavior, capital investment decisions, equity and debt financing, and lease/purchase decisions are included. (Summer, Odd years)

NURS 6188: Strategic Planning and Decision Making in Nursing. (3) Pre or corequisite: NURS 6185; Pre-requisites: NURS 6101, NURS 6160; or permission of the instructor.  Topics will cover strategic decision making and problem solving theories and techniques for analysis and forecasting with attention to the processes and context of the situation. Strategic planning addresses identifying system vulnerabilities in building safety and resilience in an organization. Students will learn to apply selected descriptive and inferential statistical quantitative management tools useful in the analysis of managerial decisions and how to interpret findings. Avoiding common decision errors that occur because of faulty, ingrained mental models will be explored. (Fall, Odd years)

NURS 6485: Advanced Practicum in Nursing Administration and Leadership. (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6185. This practicum provides a guided administrative experience in a health related agency.  Designed as a course where students synthesize nursing research, practice and theory in a project for improving the culture of safety under the supervision of a selected preceptor. 180 clinical hours.  (Spring, Even years)

NURS 6180: Community/Public Health Nursing Theory and Practice. (3) This course examines how population-based theories and practice inform advanced practice community/public nursing in communities and schools. It focuses on core public health functions and competencies, public health law and ethics, the role of C/PHN in influencing public health policies, Healthy People goals and objectives, and collaboration with communities to assess, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate culturally competent health promotion programs. (Spring)

NURS 6480: Community/Public Health Nursing Internship I. (3) Pre or corequisite: NURS 6180, HLTH 6202, NURS 6211, and NURS 6212. Corequisite: NURS 6601.  Internship I is the first of a two-semester clinical course for students in population or school nursing options. It is competency-based and is designed to reflect population-based advanced practice nursing in multiple settings. Students work under direct supervision of an assigned MSN-prepared preceptor to assess the need for a project and then to design an intervention. The internship builds on knowledge and skills from prior courses in the program. Placement with a preceptor is determined individually in consultation with the student. (180 clinical hours) (Fall, Even years)

NURS 6481: Community/Public Health Nursing Internship II. (3) Prerequisite: NURS 6480, NURS 6601. Internship II is the second of a two-semester clinical course that builds on knowledge and skills from prior courses in Community/Public Health Nursing. It is competency-based and is designed to reflect population-based practice in multiple settings. Students work under direct supervision of an assigned MSN-prepared preceptor to assess the need for a project and then to design an intervention. Placement continues with the same preceptor from Internship I (180 clinical hours) (Spring, Even years)

NURS 6301: Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing Education. (3) Online course. Theories and principles of adult learning.  Curriculum/course planning, design, implementation, and evaluation. Creative teaching approaches and technologies. Evaluation of student learning, including test construction. Teaching/ learning/evaluation in the clinical setting. (Spring)

NURS 6302: Trends and Issues in Nursing Education. (3) Online course. Examination of current trends and issues that nursing educators face: faculty roles and responsibilities, student diversity, student roles and responsibilities, scholarship of teaching, leadership in nursing education, evaluation of teaching effectiveness, curriculum evaluation/accreditation, and legal and ethical issues.  (Summer)

NURS 6303: Instructional Technology in Nursing Education. (3) Online course. Introduction to instructional design using a variety of computer and technology-based media. The focus is on assisting students to gain skills in choosing appropriate instructional technologies in enhancing learning in both traditional and clinically-based educational settings. (Summer)

NURS 6304: Teaching Practicum in Nursing Education. (3) Prerequisites: NURS 6301, 6302, 6303.  Guided experience with a master teacher in nursing for classroom and clinical teaching and evaluation, planned in the student’s locale by student and faculty, plus on-line discussion forum. Design of a teaching portfolio. Design, implementation, and evaluation of course/class/clinical content.  (Fall)

NURS 6495: Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum. (3) This clinical course will emphasize clinical nurse specialist practice.  The students will advance their clinical nursing expertise within a chosen specialty including the integration and application of client assessment and management skills in diverse settings.  The student will gain and understating of the role of the CNS including the prevention and treatment of illness and promotion of health within the care of individuals, families, groups and communities.  (Fall)

NURS 6601: Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice I. (1) The course sequence NURS 6601 and 6602 is taken in the last year of the student’s program of study. Emphasis is on synthesizing theory, research and practice through a project that involves collaboration with faculty and possibly a health related agency.  Over two semesters students design and conduct a mentored research, educational or program improvement / community capacity building project.  This clinical course focuses on the planning, internal approval and development phase. (Fall)

NURS 6602: Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice II. (2) Prerequisite: NURS 6601.  The course sequence NURS 6601, NURS 6602 is taken in the last year of the student’s program of study. Emphasis is on synthesizing theory, research and practice through a project that involves collaboration with faculty and possibly a health related agency.  Over two semesters, students design and conduct a mentored research, educational or program improvement/ community capacity building project. This course focuses on the implementation and dissemination phases. (Spring)

NURS 6090: Selected Topics in Nursing. (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Topics to be chosen from the specialties of nursing. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. No more than six hours of topics and/or independent study course credit in nursing may be applied toward degree requirements. (Fall, Spring)

NUNP 6250: Advanced Primary Care and Health Promotion of Adults. (3) Prerequisites: NURS 6230, NURS 6430, NURS 6220.  This course will build on knowledge of advanced assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, and theory and research to provide the advance practice nurse with the framework to manage adults with chronic illness in the ambulatory setting. Emphasis is placed on a wellness focus in the care of adults throughout the life span with common reoccurring acute illnesses and stable chronic conditions. Models of health promotion, disease prevention, health education and wellness will be used to guide the advanced practice nurse in assessing, diagnosing and planning care for adults. The case study approach will be used as a framework to implement the diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making process. (Fall)

NUNP 6450: Advanced Primary Care and Health Promotion of Adults Practicum. (2) Pre- or Corequisite: NUNP 6250. This clinical course is designed to provide family nurse practitioner students the opportunity to manage the health care of adults in primary care settings. The course uses a developmental approach to manage the care of adults from diverse backgrounds. The focus is on the synthesis of knowledge from the physical and psychosocial sciences to formulate advanced clinical decisions effective in the health care of adults and their families. (120 supervised clinical hours)  (Fall)

NUNP 6240: Advanced Primary Care Reproductive Health. (3) Prerequisites: NURS 6220, NURS 6230, NURS 6430. Pre or Corequisite: NUNP 6250.  Focuses on the role of the nurse practitioner in the primary care of family members in the reproductive stages.  The course uses a developmental approach to provide knowledge needed for advanced understanding and care of common health concerns related to the reproductive organs, including the genitourinary, and reproductive cycles of men and women. Concepts of health promotion, health maintenance, cultural competence and environmental variations are integrated throughout the course. (Spring)

NUNP 6440: Advanced Primary Care Reproductive Health Practicum. (2) Co- or Prerequisite: NUNP 6240. This clinical course is designed to provide the family nurse practitioner student with the opportunity to manage the reproductive and GU care  in primary care settings. The course uses a developmental approach to increase competence in providing care to clients from diverse backgrounds. The focus is on the synthesis of knowledge from the physical and psychosocial sciences to formulate advanced clinical decisions effective in reproductive health care. (120 supervised clinical hours) (Spring)

NUNP 6260: Advanced Primary Care of Children and Adolescents. (3) Prerequisites: NURS 6220, 6230, 6430, NUNP 6250, 6450. Corequisite: NUNP 6460. Focus is on the role of the family nurse practitioner in the primary care of families with children and adolescents. The course uses a developmental approach to providing knowledge needed for advanced clinical decision making related to children with common health problems including acute episodic illness and stable chronic disease. Concepts of health promotion and maintenance and cultural and environmental variables are integrated throughout. (Spring)

NUNP 6460: Advanced Primary Care of Children and Adolescents Practicum. (2) Prerequisite: NURS 6220, 6230, 6430; NUNP 6250, 6450. Corequisite: NUNP 6260. This clinical course is designed to provide family nurse practitioner students the opportunity to manage the health care of children and adolescents in primary care settings. The course uses a developmental approach to guide management of the healthcare of children and adolescents from diverse backgrounds. The focus is on the synthesis of knowledge from the physical and psychosocial sciences to formulate advanced clinical decisions effective in the health care of children and adolescents and their families. 120 clinical hours. (Spring)

NUNP 6400: Internship in Family Health Nursing. (4) Prerequisite: NUNP 6240, 6250 and 6260. Role of the family nurse practitioner in the assessment and management of the health of individuals and families across the lifespan. Implementation of clinical decision making skills in family health promotion and management of acute episodic and stable chronic conditions and consideration of professional practice issues. Includes one credit hour of seminar/case presentation and three credit hours of clinical practice (240 clinical hours) (Summer)

NUAN 6151: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I. (3) Prerequisite: NUAN 6156. Overview of the principles, techniques and equipment necessary for the administration of anesthesia for the general surgical client. (Fall, Day)

NUAN 6152: Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I. (3) Prerequisite: NUAN 6156. Provides nurse anesthesia students with specific techniques of nurse anesthesia practice for selected clients. (Fall, Day)

NUAN 6153: Principles of Anesthesia III. (3) Prerequisite: NUAN 6152. Advanced nurse anesthesia practice for selected patients. (Summer, Day)

NUAN 6154: Pharmacology for Non Anesthetic Agents. (4) Prerequisite: NUAN 6156. An exploration of pharmacological concepts and clinical application of non-anesthetic drugs and adjunct agents commonly used in the anesthetic arena. (Spring, Day)

NUAN 6155: Pharmacology in Anesthetic Agents. (4) Co-requisite: NUAN 6156. An exploration of pharmacological concepts and clinical application of anesthetic drugs. (Fall, Day)

NUAN 6156: Applied Physics and Chemistry in Nurse Anesthesia. (3) Prerequisite: Admission to the major. Basic laws and principles of physics, inorganic and organic chemistry, and biochemistry as they apply to the clinical practice of nurse anesthesia. (Fall, Day)

NUAN 6157: Applied Pathophysiology in Nurse Anesthesia I. (3) Prerequisite: BIOL 6273. A study of basic concepts of the pathophysiologies of the nervous, respiratory, cardiac, renal and endoctine systems emphasizing their anesthetic implications. (Spring, Day)

NUAN 6158: Applied Pathophysiology in Nurse Anesthesia II. (3) Prerequisite: NUAN 6157. A study of advanced concepts of the pathophysiologies of the nervous, respiratory, cardiac, and hepatobiliary systems emphasizing anesthetic implications and management. (Fall, Day)

NUAN 6171: Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia I. (1) Corequisites: NUAN 6153 and 6485.  Overview of the professional aspects of nurse anesthesia, including history of the profession and professional associations, legal aspects, risk management and the professional role. (Fall, Day)

NUAN 6172: Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia II. (1) Prerequisite: NUAN 6171. Corequisite: NUAN 6486.  Overview of the professional aspects regarding the practice of nurse anesthesia practice, including economic considerations, political challenges, evolving role in the health care system, administrative responsibilities, practice regulations, and ethical principles. (Spring, Day)

NUAN 6485: Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia I. (5) Prerequisite: NUAN 6153 and satisfactory completion of clinical orientation. Clinical application of didactic material from the nurse anesthesia curriculum through beginning level practice in the role of a nurse anesthetist. Conferences during the clinical residency provide opportunities to review current research and practice issues. Graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis. (Fall, As Assigned)

NUAN 6486: Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia II. (5) Prerequisite: NUAN 6485. Continuation of the clinical application of didactic material from the nurse anesthesia curriculum with focus on utilization of additional anesthesia techniques and increased skills development. Conferences during the clinical residency provide opportunities to review current research and practice issues. Graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis. (Spring, As Assigned)

NUAN 6487: Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia III. (5) Prerequisite: NUAN 6486. Incorporation of the content of the nurse anesthesia curriculum with opportunities to begin synthesis of all didactic material and techniques for efficient clinical practice. Conferences during the clinical residency provide opportunities to review current research and practice issues. Graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis. (Summer, As Assigned)

 NUAN 6489: Clinical Residency in Nurse Anesthesia IV. (5) Prerequisite: NUAN 6487. Final clinical residency for synthesis of all didactic material and techniques of nurse anesthesia clinical practice, promotion of professional practice, and preparation of the student for the national certification examination.  Conferences during the clinical residency provide opportunities to review current research and practice issues. Graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis. (Fall, As Assigned)