MSN Nurse Practitioner Program - Course Descriptions


NURS 7715 Professional Advanced Practice Role Development & Health Care Issues 2-0-2
Within this course, role theory, change theory, and leadership theory as they apply to advanced practice nursing are examined. The issues related to the role of the advanced practice nurse in today's health care environment are explored. Ethical and legal decision-making processes are investigated. The standards and regulations governing advanced practice nursing are examined.

 

NURS 7725 Advanced Practice Theory 2-0-2
Theories from healthcare, nursing and related fields are analyzed and critiqued from the perspective of theory development and theory utilization. Theoretical concepts are considered as they apply to the advanced practice nursing in research, communication, practice, and professional autonomy.

 

NURS 7735 Advanced Health Assessment, Health Maintenance and Health Promotion 2-6-4
This course is designed to develop the student's skill and critical appraisal of the history and physical examination of clients. Health promotion, risk screening, and disease prevention are emphasized while clinical strategies and interventions are critiqued utilizing research and theoretical data. A clinical practicum provides experiences in health promotion and maintenance allowing students to develop their assessment, interpretive, and diagnostic competencies.

 

NURS 7746 Research Applications in Nursing 2-0-2
This course builds upon the student’s basic knowledge of the research process. It explores research design, methodology, and data analyses and outcome evaluation for relevant problems encountered by the advanced practice nurse. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are examined. Students will critique relevant studies in an area of interest and develop a proposal related to a topic in their selected area of interest.

 

NURS 7755 Advanced Pharmacology 2-0-2
This course expands the experienced professional nurse's understanding of pharmacological principles, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Emphasis is placed on enhancing the knowledge necessary to improve client care outcomes.

 

NURS 7765 Advanced Pathophysiology 2-0-2
This course is designed to provide the experienced professional nurse with advanced content concerning normal and abnormal human physiologic responses to pertinent pathophysiologic conditions. Emphasis is placed on the clinical manifestations of these conditions may successfully intervene in a variety of advanced practice clinical settings.

 

NURS 8800 Clinical Management of Selected Common Health Conditions in Adults 3-0-3
This course addresses the common health conditions, both simple and complex, affecting individuals, aged 17 and older, frequently encountered in primary care setting. Client's clinical presentation, underlying causes, and appropriate treatment modalities are explored. The nurse practitioner's role in the clinical management of common health conditions in the adult client is the focus with emphasis on referral, follow-up, and client education. The impact of health problems on the family unit is also explored.

 

NURS 8805 Clinical Management of Selected Common Health Conditions in Children 3-0-3
This course is designed to provide an exploration of theories and knowledge needed for child health supervision in the primary care setting with a focus on the nurse practitioner's role in clinical management, anticipatory guidance, referral, and follow-up. Emphasis is placed upon parents as participants in assessment, decision-making, and management of common health problems and the stresses of normal development in infancy, childhood, and adolescence.

 

NURS 8830 Clinical Management of Reproductive Health 2-0-2
This course focuses on the health care needs of essentially healthy women throughout the reproductive years and beyond. Emphasis is placed on the clinical management of common health problems of women, well pregnant women and the care of the newborn. Appropriate referral and follow-up care for more complex health problems and high risk pregnancy are explored.

 

NURS 8850 Primary Care Residency I 1-9-4
This course consists of an introductory practicum with a nurse practitioner, physician assistant or physician preceptor approved by NP faculty. Beginning clinical management skills are the focus of the course. The theory component emphasizes student case study presentation and critique.

 

NURS 8851 Primary Care Residency II 1-9-4
A continuation of the practicum experience with appropriate preceptors. Improved clinical management skills are an expectation in a variety of clinical sites. The case study methodology is continued.

 

NURS 8852 Primary Care Residency III 1-9-4
A continuation of the practicum experience with appropriate preceptors. Increasing complex clinical management skills are an expectation in a variety of appropriate clinical sites. The case study methodology is continued.

 

NURS 8853 Primary Care Residency IV 1-9-4
This course is the capstone practicum experience in which students synthesize all elements of their clinical management skills. Competence in the clinical management of health conditions frequently encountered is an expectation.

 

NURS 8854 Primary Care Clinical Project 2-0-2
The clinical project provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize and apply acquired knowledge and skills in a clinically focused project related to the role of the nurse practitioner in research, health promotion, and community education. The student identifies a problem/need and designs a project that will improve the health care of a specific population.

 

 

 


 

Numbers after course titles (ie., 3-0-3) designate number of class hours per week, number of lab hours per week, and semester hours of credit for the completed course.

 

For complete course description, please consult the KSU Graduate Catalog.