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Curriculum

Core Courses Credits
NR 532 Introduction to Evidence-based Practice 3
NR 533 Advanced Research Concepts II 3
NR 535 Health Care Informatics 2
NR 540 Advanced Physiology/Pathology 3
NR 541 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NR 542 Advanced Pharmacology 4
NR 620 Health Promotion, Maintenance & Restoration 3
NR 650a Health Care Policies 1
NR 650b Health Care Organizations and Finance  1
NR 650c Advanced Practice Ethical and Legal Responsibilities  1
NR 650d Advanced Practice Roles and Responsibilities with Social Justice (Diversity) with a culminating project  2
Sub-Total 26



Adult Nurse Practitioner Program (39 Credits)
An Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) provides primary care either independently or as part of an adult care team. There is an emphasis on health maintenance, disease prevention, counseling and patient education. The courses for the ANP are listed below:
Courses Credits
NR 615 APN - Adult Health I (Diagnostics) 3
NR 636 APN - Adult Health Disease Managment 3
NR 635 APN - Focused Populations: Gender Specific Health Issues, Geriatrics and Adolescents 3
NR 616, 617, 618, 619 Clinical Management Courses 4
Total with Core Courses 39
With Palliative Care Concentration  
NR 633 Palliative Care I (+ 150 practice hours) 4
Total with Core Courses 43



Family Nurse Practitioner (43 Credits)

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track builds on the content from the Adult Nurse Practitioner course work and prepares students to provide primary health care to individuals and families across the life cycle. The FNP student must complete all course work for the Adult Nurse in addition to the following course:  

Courses Credits
NR 638 APN - Pediatric with Clinicals 4
Total with Core Courses and ANP Required Courses 43
With Palliative Care Concentration  
NR 633 Palliative Care I (+ 150 practice hours) 4
Total with Core Courses 46



Palliative Care Subspecialty Concentration (4 credits)

Palliative care represents an approach to care that provides a combination of active and compassionate therapies intended to comfort and support patients and families who are living with life-threatening illness. The nurse learns to emphasize sensitivity to and respect for the religious, cultural and personal beliefs, values and traditions of those patients with critical illness.

Courses Credits
NR 633 Foundations of Palliative Care 4






Total with APN Courses 9



Nursing Education (39 Credits)
The Nursing Education subspecialty is offered for students preparing to be an Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist. A Post Master’s nurse may also take the education courses to receive a nurse educator certificate. The Courses required for the Nurse Educator subspecialty are listed below: 

Courses Credits
NR 639 Curriculum 3
NR 640 Teaching and Evaluating 3
NR 641 Student Teaching (minimum of 250 practicum hours) 3
Total with Core Courses 9


Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (39 credits)
This track incorporates all the core courses of the MSN with three specialty courses
in Adult Health Management, Disease Management and Teaching and Evaluation.
Graduates are prepared to assume roles as Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists
(AGCNS) to integrate care across the continuum while working to continuously
improve patient outcomes and nursing care.

NR 601 Adult Health Management 3
NR 636 Adult Health Disease Management 3
NR 640 Teaching and Evaluation 3
NR 611, 612,613, 614 Clinical Management Courses / Practicum 4
 
Total Credits with Core Courses 39

Post Master's Certification
A post master’s certificate may be obtained as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator or Palliative Care Subspecialty. To obtain a post master’s certificate a student must take the associated specialty courses. In addition, a student must document completion of advanced practice Core Courses (Advanced Physiology, Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology) and the required Health Promotion, Maintenance and Restoration course.

Gainful Employment
Federal regulations require institutions to disclose to prospective and current students certain information about Gainful Employment Programs. A "Gainful Employment" program is a certificate program that leads to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.  Ursuline College currently offers some certificate programs that meet the Gainful Employment definition. Information about this certificate program, including related occupations, graduation rate, median loan debt for program completers, on-time completion rate and other pertinent facts is available on the following document: