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MN-NP Option

N6010. Research in Nursing I: Quantitative Methods (4 credit hours)
This course is designed to facilitate development of skills in the application of quantitative research methodologies to nursing problems and the use of descriptive/inferential statistical tests for data analysis. The student will be expected to demonstrate competence in critiquing research articles, developing research questions, completing a literature review on a nursing problem, and a beginning competency in using the SPSS program, selecting appropriate statistical tests for analyzing data and interpreting tests results.

N6011. Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3 credit hours)
This course presents ideas associated with concept-formation, theory structure, and theory development as they pertain to the broader issue of knowledge development in nursing. Theories in nursing are explored, critically analyzed and evaluated. Theories are examined for their practical application to improve nursing practice, nursing curricula, and nursing administration. The emphasis in this course will be on how theory informs and guides our nursing practice.

N6020. Program Development in Nursing (3 credit hours)
This course presents concepts, principles and methods of program development for health education and health promotion. Major emphasis in the course will be on the pragmatic discussion and application of the processes involved with planning health education and health promotion programs.

N6100 Research in Nursing II: Qualitative Methods (3 credit hours)
This course will focus on developing the ability to conduct qualitative research through an understanding of the philosophical basis of qualitative methodologies, the methods used and the problems confronted in attempting to use these methods in developing nursing knowledge. Qualitative methodologies such as ethnography, ethnoscience, ethology, grounded theory, and phenomenology will be explored in some depth.

N6200. Nursing Individuals and Families Through Life Transitions (3 credit hours) The focus of this course is on individuals and families experiencing developmental, situational, health-illness, and organizational transitions. The course addresses a range of philosophical perspectives, theories and research related to the individual and the family. The complex interactional nature of individual and family processes including the variables impacting on and shaping healthy transitions will be emphasized.

N6210. Nursing Therapeutics for Individuals and Families (3 credit hours)
This course involves the exploration and evaluation of innovative therapeutic strategies for individuals and families experiencing transitions. The course will prepare students to fulfil the roles of advanced practice nurse through consideration of the evidence base for current individual and family interventions, ethical and sociocultural issues, and the implications for research and practice. In addition, this course highlights advances in theory, research and skill development for advanced nursing interventions.

N6701 - Advanced Practice Issues and Role Development (2 credit hours)
The focus of this course is on the role of the advanced practice nurse in the context of current and future health care realities. Emphasis will be on the examination and critique of various practice models such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner and combined model. Domains of direct clinical practice, teaching and coaching, consultation and collaboration, research, leadership and professional role and ethical decision making will be examined. Issues around implementation of these models in practice will be discussed. (24 hours of lecture) 

6703 Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Practicum I (4 credit hours)
This course focuses on the role of the advanced practice nurse in performing comprehensive health assessments on clients across the lifespan. Analyses and critique of various frameworks essential to advanced health assessment will be discussed. Emphasis will be on comprehensive health assessments including history taking, physical examination, synthesis, critical analysis and interpretation of health data. For their clinical component, students will be preceptored in a health care setting by either a nurse practitioner or physician.

A mandatory fall residency may be required for all NP students. This will occur during the first or second week of classes in September. In addition to providing an overview of the NP program, it orients students to the laboratory and skill sessions in advanced health assessment. Contact hours - 39 theory + 24 lab + 96 clinical

6704 Applied Pathophysiology and Clinical Practicum II (4 credit hours)
This course uses an evidence based conceptual approach to critically examine pathophysiological phenomena relevant to advanced nursing practice. The pathophysiology of common diseases and their impact on health in specific populations across the lifespan will be examined. Students will be preceptored in a health care setting by either a nurse practitioner or physician in completing focused health assessment.

A mandatory winter residency may be required for all NP students, occurs during the first or second week of classes in January and April. It orients students to laboratory and skill sessions in completing focused health assessments and clinical testing (OSCEs). Contact hours 39 theory + 12 lab + 96 clinical

6705 Pharmacotherapy and Therapeutics (3 credit hours)
This course will critically appraise and interpret concepts integral to pharmacotherapy across the lifespan. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of selected classes of medications will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the application of knowledge required to prescribe and monitor medication use within the scope of practice for nurse practitioners. Integration of knowledge from pharmacology will be used in teaching and counseling patients in appropriate use of nutrition and complementary therapies for common diseases conditions. Contact Hours: 39 theory

N6800 Adult Advanced Clinical Decision Making and Clinical Practicum III (4 credit hours)
The content of this course will allow the student to further develop and apply the knowledge gained in the previous courses but will focus on the management of clients in the student's specialty area. Students will develop a broader and more in depth knowledge of caring for patients in the acute phases of illness. Dialogue will occur around establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with the client and health care professionals in specialty practice. Discussion will also occur concerning health promotion activities and coping strategies used by clients in managing their disease.

A mandatory fall residency may be required for all NP students. This will occur during the first or second week of classes in September. In addition to providing an overview of the 2nd year of the NP program, it orients students to the laboratory and skill sessions in clinical management of acute and chronic illnesses. Contact Hours 39 theory + lab 24 + 96 clinical

N6802. Family/All Ages Advanced Clinical Decision Making and Clinical Practicum III (4 credit hours)
This course will focus on the advanced practice nurse's role in the diagnosis and clinical management of health problems in individuals and families across the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on the development of diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making skills within the scope of practice of a primary care nurse practitioner. A systematic approach to patient assessment and management of health problems will be discussed. This course integrates knowledge acquired in previous courses. Content will also revolve around discussion and promotion of healthy lifestyle practices and coping strategies. Dialogue will occur around establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with the client and health care professional in practice. Students will be preceptored in a health care setting by either a nurse practitioner or physician for the clinical component.

A mandatory fall residency may be required for all NP students. This will occur during the first or second week of classes in September. In addition to providing an overview of the 2nd year of the NP program, it orients students to the laboratory and skill sessions in clinical management of acute and chronic illnesses. Contact hours 39 theory + 24 lab+ 96 clinical

N690X Advanced Clinical Practicum IV (12 credit hours)
This course provides the student with the opportunity to integrate, synthesize and analyze previously learned knowledge and skills in an intensive clinical experience. Students will choose their own client population and will work closely with a clinical preceptor negotiated by the student and professor. The advanced practice role will be developed as students gain expertise in health assessment, diagnostic testing and treatment planning while collaborating with clients, families and other health professionals.

A mandatory winter residency may be required for all NP students. This will occur during the first or second week of classes in April for the purpose of clinical testing (OSCEs) and comprehensive program examination. Contact hours biweekly seminars + 400 hours clinical

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