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Course Descriptions

NR 700 a, b, c Scientific Writing for Professional Nurses (1 credit each)
This course provides an introduction to scientific writing for nurses pursuing graduate education in nursing. Through the course students will learn skills for scientific writing in the dissemination of nursing research, implementation of evidence-based projects, project narratives, for the purpose of building nursing science in practice; other examples of scientific writing include articles for peer reviewed journals, grant proposals and theses/dissertations/Capstone projects in the sciences.
Prerequisite: Doctoral level or permission of graduate nursing program director

NR 701 Biostatistics for Outcomes Management & Evaluation (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to biostatistics for students in nursing and the health sciences. The course is designed to provide knowledge for effective use of biostatistics in translational research to include: descriptive and inferential statistical analyses, probability theory, hypothesis testing and measures of central tendency, parametric and nonparametric analyses. Skills acquired by the student will assist in the critical appraisal of research for evidence-based practice with a focus on comprehension of consistency between research designs and statistical tests (correlation, regression, t-tests, analysis of variance and nonparametric tests). Additional skills include use of statistical software packages to practice analysis and interpretation of statistical tests.
Prerequisite: Doctoral level or permission of graduate nursing program director

NR 702 Scientific & Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
This course focuses on the relationship between theory and methods of inquiry. Selected theories, concepts and issues related to nursing and health are explored; application of theory to nursing practice is emphasized. Course content includes inquiry based on interaction of theory, research and practice in the development of nursing knowledge and the improvement of clinical outcomes. Students also explore and examine the ways in which nursing philosophy and nursing knowledge impact professional nursing. The final project of this course involves a concept analysis linking theory to practice in areas related to the students’ advanced practices.
Prerequisite: Doctoral level or permission of graduate nursing program director

NR 703 Epidemiology for Population Health (3)
This course introduces students to the principles and methods of epidemiological investigations. Infectious and noninfectious disease examples are utilized. The focus involves epidemiological research methods and their practical applications to the study of determinants and distributions of disease.
Prerequisite: Doctoral level and NR 701 or equivalent doctoral level statistics course

NR 704 Analysis of Evidence for ANP (EBP I) (3)
This course assists the student in learning principles and processes of evidence-based practice (EBP) for analyzing research and other forms of evidence. The evidence is then validated and selected for use in advanced nursing practice. Evidence-based nursing models are reviewed and students learn how to ask and develop practice-related questions. Computerized literature searches form the basis for finding, critically assessing, and selecting the best available evidence for implementation and evaluation in practice. This foundational course provides students with the skills necessary to synthesize evidence relevant to their practice and to propose an EBP implementation project with a plan for evaluating patient outcomes.
Prerequisite: Doctoral level and NR 702 or equivalent doctoral level theory course

NR 705 Methods for Conducting Evidence-Based Projects (3)

This course focuses on the analysis and adaptation of research methods relevant to evidence-based practice (EBP) projects.  The course will include a review of qualitative research designs and quantitative research designs with associated statistics and corresponding levels of evidence.  Additional research methods content will include: samples and sampling techniques, measurement principles and instrument psychometrics, intervention protocols, data collection procedures, human subjects review, and scientific integrity. Students will analyze the cohesion of their EBP clinical questions with methods used to collect, enter, and analyze to augment their project evaluation.  The course prepares students to build upon principles learned in the previous course, NR 704: Analysis of Evidence for Advanced Nursing Practice; and this course supplements NR 709: Evaluation Strategies for Quality Improvement.

NR 706 Advanced Healthcare Management & Policy (3)
This course provides students with the advanced skills and knowledge to analyze and evaluate current health policies and contribute to the development of new policy using evidence and research. Budgetary planning and management as well as the general fiscal analysis of health care projects, programs and systems are also addressed. Finally, legal aspects of management and legislation in healthcare, including the interrelationships among policy, financing, legal issues and legislation are analyzed.
Prerequisite: Doctoral level and NR 701 or equivalent course.

NR 707 Interdisciplinary Organizational Leadership (3)
This course will prepare nursing students for intraprofessional and interprofessional leadership through an interdisciplinary perspective that includes leadership psychology, an understanding of organization behavior and politics, as well as reflective practice to appreciate the impact of personal spirituality, ethics, and values on leadership roles and effectiveness. Students will examine the psychology of leadership by studying the personal qualities of successful leaders and the inner drive for power. Particular attention will be given to the ways in which culture and gender influence individuals and groups and their identities and dynamics. Throughout the semester, students will integrate values, cultural sensitivity and spirituality into health leadership and ethical decisions to promote comprehensive, holistic care as the foundation of a just society.
Prerequisite: Doctoral level or permission of graduate nursing program director

NR 708 Advanced Healthcare Informatics (3 credits)
This course provides DNP students with the knowledge and skills to use information technology for augmenting the evaluation of nursing practice and healthcare outcomes. Students will learn to design databases for the collection and analysis of data, especially for the examination of patterns/trends; determination of variances in practice, and the evaluation of research, programs and practices using national benchmarks.
Prerequisite: Doctoral level or permission of graduate nursing program director

NR 709 Evaluation Strategies for Quality Improvement (3 credits)
This course will prepare DNP students to evaluate patient outcomes through quality improvement methodologies emphasizing the promotion of safe, effective and efficient patient-centered care. Each student will learn to design and implement an evaluation plan involving data extraction from practice, information systems, and databases for the monitoring and evaluation of quality patient outcomes.
Doctoral level or permission of graduate nursing program director

NR 800 CAPSTONE Project Identification/DNP Residency (2 credits)
This course guides DNP students in identifying their capstone projects with an advisor and two committee members. At the completion of the course, students will have a clearly stated, measurable, evidence-based practice (EBP) question supported with a thorough literature review, and project framework. In addition, students will begin their DNP Residencies. Post-MSN student are given credit for previous hours achieved in their MSN program. A total of a minimum of 1000 residency hours are completed for the identified capstone project.
Prerequisite: Completion of all other DNP didactic course work.

NR 801 CAPSTONE Proposal Development /DNP Residency (2 credits)
This course guides DNP students in developing the proposal for their capstone projects to include: EBP question/purpose/specific aims, review of literature, project framework, methods (sample, instruments, measures, intervention, data collection procedures) and an evaluation plan. At the completion of the course, students will defend their proposals to their appropriate capstone project committees, and seek institutional review board approval. In addition, students will continue with their DNP Residencies. Progress must be documented toward completion of the required 1000 DNP residency hours.
Prerequisite: Completion of NR 800

NR 802 CAPSTONE Project Implementation/DNP Residency (2 Credits)
This course guides DNP students with the implementation of their capstone projects. At the completion of the course, students will have implemented the project and collected data for evaluating the project. Writing for dissemination will progress. Students will continue their DNP Residencies with progression toward completing the required 1000 residency hours.
Prerequisite: Completion of NR 801

NR 803 CAPSTONE Project Evaluation & Dissemination/DNP Residency (2 credits)
This course guides DNP students with the evaluation and dissemination of their capstone projects. At the completion of the course, students will have evaluated the projects based on their evaluation plans and complete the writing of a publishable paper for dissemination of the projects’ outcomes. Students will bring their DNP Residencies to termination. At a minimum the student must have completed a total of 1000 residency hours.
Prerequisite: Completion of NR 802

*DNP Residency clinical hours required by each individual student will be determined based on previous education and experience in conjunction with the selected specialty practice requirements.