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Curriculum

  

Direct Care Core Graduate Level Nursing Courses required by AACN (6 credits):

This course is designed to advance the student's knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenomics, and pharma-co-therapeutics, in the management of health and disease states across the lifespan (SLO1 & 8).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

This course provides students with advanced anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of systems in relation to an individual's health across the lifespan. The application of this knowledge is combined with the acquisition of advanced health assessment and clinical reasoning skills.

Students apply the diagnostic (clinical) reasoning process to develop a comprehensive plan of care for patients in a variety of settings throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention and risk assessment (SLO 2 & 4)

Credits: 3  (15-weeks)

Graduate Nursing Core (9 credits):

Scholarly inquiry begins in analyzing the nature and purpose of theoretical thinking and critical evaluation of research.  The review of research methodologies, hypothesis, research questions and research design, in the persistent search for truth, is emphasized throughout the course.  Exercises in the literature review for evidenced-based practice and decision-making are implemented to investigate clinical and educational best practice (SLO’s 2 & 3).

Credits: 3 (7-weeks)

This course examines health care policy and politics as it relates to the quality and safety of nursing practice. Historical, ethical, political and economic factors are discussed and the nurse’s responsibility and role in health care policy are explored. A project facilitates application of principles addressed in the course.

Credits: 3 (7-weeks)

Healthcare policy and ethical issues examined from the perspectives of leaders and educators driven to utilize big data to extract best practice care models.  Legal, ethical and pragmatic methods of choosing technologies and information-based software are incorporated in order to provide efficiency, confidentiality, and efficient ethical decision-making (SLO’s 5, 7 & 8).

Credits: 3 (7-weeks)

Functional Level Core Leadership/Education Courses (18 credits):

Graduates integrate learning theory, philosophy of education with an organizations mission and values, including specific learning outcomes.  Students design and develop a curriculum focused on social implications and organizational assessments (SLO 6 & 7).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

This course provides a background on effective teaching strategies including activities that promote student learning and student engagement. Students present and map assessment and evaluation of outcomes that foster student learning of the instructor’s and/or of the institution’s educational objectives. Various approaches are offered for evaluating and interpreting teaching effectiveness and achievement of outcomes including student ratings, self-reviews, peer evaluations, and objective criteria such as student performances (SLO 1, 3 & 4).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

This course presents an introduction to U.S. accounting regulations and practices. Students are expected to interact effectively with the accounting and finance departments and create a business proposal including a budget.  Several key concepts of business accounting are the emphasis (SLO 4).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

The student will explore the universal principles of leadership and management that form the basis of change theory in healthcare and academic environments.  Building knowledge through the study of theory and change processes for contemporary healthcare and healthcare education.  Evolving roles of managers, leaders, and educators are discussed with a focus on leading and managing transitions, encouraging teamwork, fiscal management, planning etc. (SLO 1, 3, 5).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

The practicum course will integrate all education courses in a practicum that is student-driven, focused on problem-solving in the education domain and produces new knowledge for the profession of nursing. Students may develop a thesis on the basis for a doctoral program.  Requires 64 hours of practicum (SLO 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 & 8).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

The culmination of learning is demonstrated in the practicum experience through hands-on activities in the organization of choice that permits students to analyze, apply, and integrate learned knowledge and skills through the exercise of problem-solving, resource management, interdisciplinary collaboration, and effective communication.  The experiential role is with a leader in nursing for 64 hours (SLO 1, 3 & 4, 8).

Credits: 3 (15-weeks)

Elective courses 2 required (6 credits):

This course provides an introduction to managerial and cost accounting used by management in conducting daily operations, planning future operations, and developing overall business strategies. The objective is to gain an understanding of the role of accounting in the management process of planning, directing, controlling, and improving the organization's objectives (goals) and to translate those objectives into a course of action. This course includes a comprehensive review of the following topics: basic managerial accounting concepts; job order cost accounting; process cost accounting; break-even point and target profit; budgeting; and standard cost variances.

Credits: 3

Students research current problems in nursing education and research evidenced based alternatives and solutions under the advisement of the School of Education faculty member. Extensive reading, assessment and evaluation.

Credits: 3