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ACNS Courses

ACNS 632 Adult-Gero I — CNS Practice in the Individual Patient Sphere (8)

Focuses on the patient CNS sphere of influence with individuals 20 years and older including the geriatric population and their families within a variety of settings. Emphasis is on clinical decision-making, diagnostics, nursing therapeutics, management of symptoms/problems and the continuity of care for patients with acute or chronic conditions. Students analyze clinical data and multiple evidence-based sources to guide nursing practice and evaluate CNS practice outcomes. Related classroom, seminar, lab, and clinical experiences in selected health care and community settings provide opportunity for application of these concepts. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

ACNS 634 Adult-Gero II — CNS Practice in the Nurse Sphere (6)

Analyzes and operationalizes principles of clinical leadership with nursing staff who care for individuals 20 years of age and older in a variety of settings. Emphasizes knowledge dissemination through the promotion of innovation, change, and diffusion of evidence. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass this course

ACNS 636 Adult-Gero III: CNS Practice in the Organizational/Systems Sphere (6)

Emphasizes theories and principles of change management at the systems level. Analyzes and operationalizes CNS leadership principles in organizations/systems in which nursing care is provided for individuals 20 years of age and older. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass this course

ACNS 638 Adult Gerontology IV: Advanced CNS Practicum (5)

Focuses on further development of evidence-based clinical knowledge and expertise in a selected area of CNS practice. Students design and implement an evidence-based clinical project for individuals 20 years of age and older. The project represents an innovative approach to a clinical problem or professional issue and integrates benchmarks and nursing and health-related theory and research. Provides opportunities to explore CNS role development issues. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass this course.

APNC Courses

APNC 520 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (3)

Builds on foundational knowledge of normal physiology to extend students’ abilities to analyze the physiological disruptions that accompany a wide range of alterations in health. Content is applied to selected patient situations as a basis for interpreting assessment data and developing appropriate health care regimens for common disease processes.

APNC 521 PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS (4)

Focuses on theoretical and practical principles of holistic advanced health assessment across the lifespan. Emphasis is on methods of comprehensive data gathering and analyses, including history taking and physical examination, screening for common diseases, diagnostic procedures and clinical decision-making. Laboratory experiences and standardized patients provide the opportunity for the integration and application of theory. Introduces students to advanced clinical practice roles. Minimum grade of “B-” required. Corequisite or prerequisite: APNC 520. Lab fee required.

APNC 523 PHARMACOLOGY IN HEALTH MANAGEMENT (3)

Provides advanced knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics to enable the advanced practice nurse to initiate appropriate pharmacological treatment in the management of common health problems, and to monitor the effects of established drug regimens and modify them to improve clients’ health states and quality of life. Prerequisite: APNC 520 or consent of instructor.

APNC 619 APRN Specialty Role and Practice Foundations (4)

Provides an overview of current and historical roles of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in multiple specialty clinical areas. Examines theoretical foundations of reflective, evidence-based advanced nursing practice for individuals 20 years and older including the geriatric population within specialty settings. Related classroom, seminar, lab, and clinical experiences in selected health care and community settings provide opportunity for application of these concepts. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

APNC 624 Psychopharmacology (3)

Provides the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with the basic knowledge and understanding needed to initiate, monitor, and adjust as required, the appropriate pharmacologic agents prescribed for the treatment of adult patients (including those 16 years old and older) with common mental health conditions.

APNC 627 Biopsychosocial Bases of Behavior for Advanced Clinicians (2)

Analyzes and integrates a comprehensive array of approaches to the understanding of human behavior. Considers psychoneuroimmunological and genetic bases of emotion as well as theoretical perspectives from the social sciences. Analyzes evidence based data along the mental wellness-illness continuum that will inform decisions and guide advanced practice including nursing and other health care disciplines.

APNC 629 Theoretical Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (3)

Focuses on the knowledge necessary for the comprehensive assessment and management of common and complex psychiatric conditions. Emphasis is on the key theories that serve as the basis for psychiatric-mental health advanced nursing practice. Students learn to identify the impact of various circumstances on mental health status and to tailor health promotion to the lifestyle risks of individuals with mental disorders.

DNPC Courses

DNPC 610 Philosophy of Reflective Practice (3)

Provides the student with the opportunity to explore the philosophical underpinnings of reflective practice (praxis) and practice inquiry. Topics include epistemology of reflective practice and current practice inquiry perspectives. Selected methodologies and their philosophical assumptions are explored as a basis for creating a praxis-based model of advanced nursing informed by translational science. Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP Program or permission of instructor.

DNPC 611 Methods of Translational Science (3)

Critical analysis, synthesis, and application of translational research models. Areas of emphasis include: (a) bridging the gulf between scientific research and clinical practice, (b) evaluation of research findings for application in evidence based practice, (c) analytic approaches to translational research (including interdisciplinary models), and (d) examining the impact of translational research findings into practice at the individual, family, system, and population level. Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP Program or permission of instructor.

DNPC 622 Pathogenesis of Complex Disease (3)

Examines the pathogenesis of complex disease states in acutely or chronically ill individuals with an emphasis on multi-system conditions, environmental and nutritional stressors, and genetic influences that are responsible for cellular adaptation, injury, overproliferation and growth, and death. Psychoneuroimmunologic, pharmacogenetic, and carcinogenic theories will be integrated into this discussion. Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP Program or permission of instructor.

DNPC 625 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3)

Focuses on the application of epidemiologic principles and biostatistical analysis to resolution of health problems. Emphasizes the use of epidemiologic models to identify factors contributing to health problems and to plan health care delivery programs to address contributing factors. Addresses use of biostatistical techniques to identify relationships among contributing factors and health problems encountered in practice. Prerequisite: DNPC 610, DNPC 611 or permission of instructor.

DNPC 626 Strategic Planning and Information Management in Health Care (3)

Emphasizes strategic planning and management, systems and organizational theories, quality improvement and information management. Acquaints students with the processes, tools and techniques of strategic planning that will enable them to manage their patient population and to contribute effectively to strategic thinking and action in health systems. Focuses on leadership and the process of health care delivery from a systems perspective, emphasizing continuous process improvement as crucial to achieving high quality outcomes. Prerequisites: DNPC 625, ENLC 553 or permission of instructor

DNPC 630 DNP Residency (0-6)

This course prepares the graduate to:1) design, deliver, and evaluate comprehensive evidenced-based care to individuals and/aggregates incorporating advanced practice nursing competencies; 2) provide leadership in promoting evidenced-based practice in an advanced practice specialty, and 3) function as a practice specialist/consultant in the resolution of clinical problems. Prerequisites: 6 units of DNP core and most of NP/CNS clinical management sequence.

DNPC 686 Perspectives in Program Planning and Evaluation (3)

Prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate health care delivery or other programs. Focuses on principles of program planning and evaluation and models applicable to comprehensive systematic evaluations of complex delivery programs. Students design and implement an evaluation of a specific evidence-based practice project or program.

ENLC COURSES

ENLC 500 HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP, VALUES, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (3)

Examines leadership theories, corporate ethics, values-focused strategies and principles of social and health care justice that can be actualized across the spectrum of health care settings. Synthesis of the literature is required to support development of a clinical project relevant to a health care setting.

ENLC 553 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS (3)

Provides a forum for the exploration and evaluation of the financial environment of the health care industry and how it specifically affects the role of the nurse manager, the nurse executive, the advanced practice nurse, and the nurse entrepreneur. Additionally the course will emphasize the development of practical financial analysis skills that will provide students with a foundation for immediate application within the health care delivery system.

ENLC 554 HEALTH CARE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (3)

Provides an introduction to information management within health care systems. Emphasizes computerized database development and issues associated with application of such databases in health care systems. Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy.

ENLC 555 RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH SYSTEMS (3)

Focuses on the management of human, financial and material resources in health systems. Designed for health professionals seeking careers as operations managers in health care delivery systems. Emphasizes cost-effective use of resources to accomplish organizational objectives.

ENLC 556 MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH SYSTEM CARE DELIVERY AND OUTCOMES (3)

Focuses on the process of health care delivery from a systems perspective and emphasizes continuous process improvement as crucial to achieving high quality outcomes. Addresses health system outcome measurement and evaluation and analysis of research on organizational effectiveness.

ENLC 557 STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH SYSTEMS (3)

Emphasizes strategic planning and management as requisite to growth and survival of health care systems. Acquaints students with the language, processes, tools and techniques of strategic planning and marketing that will enable them to contribute effectively to strategic thinking and action in health care systems.

ENLC 591 ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM IN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS (3)

Under guidance of a nurse manager preceptor in a health care setting, students observe various managerial skills associated with the management process (e.g. human resources development, fiscal management, strategic planning and forecasting, marketing and political maneuvering). The course is student-driven with seminars providing a forum for discussion of clinical observations as they relate to descriptive and research-based administrative literature as well as issues and trends in nursing administrative practice. Minimum grade of “B-” required. Requires submission of Intent to Register form.

ENLC 598 INDEPENDENT PRACTICUM (3)

Identification of a nursing practice problem and design of an innovative approach through integration of related theory and research. Minimum grade of “B-” required. Requires submission of Intent to Register form and project approval.

MEPN COURSES

MEPN 500 NUTRITION FOR NURSING PROFESSIONALS (1)

Provides an introduction to principles of nutrition science as a foundation for nursing to manage nutrition-related problems in individuals across the lifespan. Through an online format, the course includes knowledge about basic food components, nutritional requirements throughout the lifespan, age-appropriate nutritional strategies, food labeling, dietary supplements, special diets, and weight management.

MEPN 521 HEALTH ASSESSMENT (3)

Focuses on holistic and focused assessments of the health state of the adult patient within the community and hospital setting. Emphasizes development of culturally appropriate physical assessment skills and the ability to recognize deviations from normal. Includes both lecture and skills laboratory components.

MEPN 533 CONCEPTUAL BASIS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE (2)

Provides an overview of the nature of the professional nursing role and its conceptual bases. Examines the historical development of the profession; nursing leaders; and the various professional roles of the nurse. Emphasizes theory-based and evidence-based nursing practice; the theoretical foundations in nursing and those imbedded in the graduate curriculum at USD; introduces APA format for scholarly papers.

MEPN 534/534P Fundamentals of Nursing (3)

Introduces basic nursing care concepts and skills necessary to work with the adult and older adult hospitalized patient with acute and chronic health problems. Introduces students to the normal and aberrant variations in physiological and pathophysiological health states of adults and older adults with or at risk for altered status in hygiene, mobility, nutrition, skin integrity, and bowel and bladder elimination. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 535 Introduction to Pharmacology in Nursing Practice (2)

Provides an overview of the pharmacological concepts of pharmacotheraputics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, contraindications and precautions, adverse effects, and drug interactions. The pharmacological concepts of each prototype drug from the following classifications will be included: neurological; cardiovascular; respiratory; gastrointestinal; genitourinary; endocrine and immune; anti-microbial; and antineoplastic. Emphasis will be placed on nursing management that minimizes risks and adverse effects and maximizes the therapeutic effects for patients receiving these medications.

MEPN 547 CARE OF POPULATIONS (4)

Focuses on the health of the community and subgroups within the community. Applies nursing and public health concepts to promoting and restoring the health of population groups. Addresses nursing involvement in the legislative and regulatory processes as they affect health status and health care delivery. Examines selected community health problems and their implications for community health nursing practice.

MEPN 555/555P Nursing Practice with Adult and Older Adult Patients with Acute and Chronic Health Problems I (5)

Expands basic nursing care concepts and skills necessary for students to work with the acute and chronic health problems of adult and older adult patients specific to alterations in oxygenation, fluid/electrolyte status, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems. Emphasis is on understanding and assessing the pathophysiologic alterations, risks for complications and sequelae, and the interventions necessary to stabilize, restore, and promote health. Students will identify essential teaching and health restorative measures in the context of planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care for the patient and family. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is required to pass the course.

MEPN 556/556P Nursing Practice with Adult and Older Adult Patients with Acute and Chronic Health Problems II (6)

Requires students to apply the nursing process for selected acute and chronic health conditions in adults and older clients. It further develops the generalist nurse’s role in the care of adult and older adult patients with pathophysiologic disruptions across systems. Emphasis is placed on new content such as pathophysiological alterations in the neurological, musculoskeletal, and respiratory systems; and long-term care elements specific to cancer, hospice, and rehabilitation. Assists students to refine their knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate care related to patient needs, to restore health and prevent complications. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 557/557P NURSING PRACTICE WITH PSYCH-MENTAL HEALTH CLIENTS (4)

Provides a general overview of clients with mental health problems. Focuses on conceptual models of psychiatric nursing management and treatment modalities. Concepts related to neuropathology, polypharmacy and psychopharmacology and their effect on the mental health of patients are introduced. Specific contexts of psychiatric nursing care are addressed. The goals of the therapeutic nurse-client relationship are also explored. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 558/558P NURSING PRACTICE WITH MOTHERS AND INFANTS (4)

Provides a general overview of family, prenatal, antenatal and post-natal health in addressing the health care needs of the childbearing family with a focus on health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention. Emphasizes primary care as the major dimension of health care; however, students are expected to address secondary and tertiary prevention needs as appropriate. Focuses on family care and education for health. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 559/559P NURSING PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN WITH ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEALTH PROBLEMS (4)

Provides a general overview of the health care needs of children and adolescents with a focus on health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention. Pathophysiological disruptions in health across all systems, the unique presentation of these alterations, and the acute and chronic health problems specific to this population are presented. Identifying genetic, environmental, developmental and life-style behaviors contributing to acute and chronic health problems are discussed. Focuses on family care and appropriate education for health and optimizing growth and development. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher as necessary to pass the course.

MEPN 560/560P Advanced Generalist Nursing Internship (5)

Focuses on integration of learning from all other courses to develop and execute the advanced generalist nursing role when providing holistic care to patients with complex or critical care level health problems and their families in such clinical specialty areas as pediatrics, high risk OB, crisis psych-mental health, and adult medical-surgical units. Emphasizes care of complex patients, identifying rapid response clinical situations by differentiating emergent, urgent, and non-emergent clinical states, developing, implementing, and evaluating evidenced-based nursing interventions to assist in a patient’s participation in their recovery, prevention of complications and sequelae, reduction of risks, and management/stabilization of acute and chronic conditions. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

MSNC COURSES

MSNC 503 NURSING PRACTICE WITH DIVERSE FAMILIES IN COMMUNITIES (2)

Examines the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual bases for care of diverse families and groups in community settings. Analysis of community perspectives to provide a foundation for general and advanced practice and research with families across the lifespan. The 2010 national health objectives provides a framework for family and community health promotion and risk reduction. Community issues that affect family, aggregate, and community health and wellness are examined using an ecological perspective that includes the social, political, cultural and economic aspects of the environment. Addresses intervention strategies with families to achieve desire health outcomes in their communities.

MSNC 511 EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE: ROLE OF THEORY AND RESEARCH (3)

Explores and critiques the theoretical foundations of nursing science as a basis for the development of research. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of theory and research to the knowledge base and practice of nursing.

MSNC 512 INFLUENCING THE HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT: POLICY AND SYSTEMS (3)

Provides an understanding of nursing’s leadership role in the analysis and evaluation of policy, organization, and financing of health care. Emphasis is placed on focusing on the organization of health care systems, the political and economic forces that influence health care delivery, and the formulation of policies affecting health and health care.

MSNC 534 CLINICAL NURSING LEADERSHIP: THEORY & PRACTICE (6)

Explores and integrates concepts of leadership that are central to the practice of the clinical nurse leader (CNL) including: horizontal leadership, effective use of self, reflective practice, advocacy, lateral integration of care, change theory, and role analysis and implementation. Oversees patient care provided by staff, in collaboration with RN preceptor or mentor, to improve patient outcomes. Serves as a role model for staff in anticipating risks and providing comprehensive care to individuals and clinical cohorts. Reviews and modifies, if necessary, standards of care for specific patient populations. Designs and proposes an implementation and evaluation plan for an evidence-based project designed to effect change in patient/staff outcomes. Completes 144 hours of preceptor and/or faculty guided clinical practice in a health care setting.

MSNC 599 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3)

Repeatable for credit. Requires submission of independent study form and faculty approval.

MSNE COURSES

MSNE 516 MIND-BODY-SPIRIT HEALTH CARE (3)

Focuses on promoting integration of body, mind and spirit through incorporating the best of both conventional and complementary approaches to health promotion and the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of common health problems. Explores the role of the nurse as healer and the healing modalities commonly used within nursing, as well as the science of psychoneuroimmunology and quantum physics that underlie the phenomena of mind-body healing. Compares and contrasts selected culturally-based, holistic systems of knowledge concerning health and illness to identify commonalities and differences in these major healing traditions. Addresses ethical and business considerations related to integrating conventional and complementary approaches in ambulatory care.

MSNE 532 THEORY OF NURSING EDUCATION (3)

Preparation for teaching in a variety of institutional settings. Focuses on the nature of professional nursing education, faculty role, curriculum design, the instructional process, evaluation and issues in nursing education.

MSNE 542 LATINO HEALTH: SOCIOCULTURAL AND FAMILY PERSPECTIVES (3)

Explores the cultural values and belief systems that influence health behaviors within the context of the underserved Latino/a family. Addresses the economic, educational and political disparities that influence their access and utilization of health care services. Focuses on the cultural sensitivity requisite to effective inter-cultural communication between health care provider and underserved Latino/a families and communities. Strategies for empowerment will be applied to the process of health care provision and community-based interventions to improve the health of Latino/a population.

MSNE 546 Care of Diverse Family: Field Experiences (2)

Focus is on the family within the community and access to the health care system. Frameworks used to assess families include developmental, systems, and structural/functional. Interventions with families emphasize promotion and maintenance of health as well as resolution of existing health problems.

Students have clinical opportunities in official and voluntary agencies to integrate selected theories and concepts using the nursing process as they interact with clients and families in their homes and community setting.

MSNE 592 TEACHING PRACTICUM (3)

Directed learning experiences in nursing education in clinical or academic settings.

NPTC Courses

NPTC 534 Health Management of the Frail Elderly (3)

Focus on providing a theory base for nursing assessment and management of common physical and psychosocial problems of frail elderly clients in both community and institutional settings. The interrelatedness of multiple health problems and normal age changes among the old-old are discussed in relation to maintenance of functional ability, independence and quality of life within a variety of supportive environments.

NPTC 536 Frail Elderly Health Management Practicum (3)

Clinical experience in assessment and management of the frail elderly patient with selected complex health conditions. Emphasis placed on preventive, health promotion, maintenance and rehabilitation services to maintain functional ability and promotion of quality of life. Clinical supervision is provided by nurse practitioner faculty and on-site preceptors. Weekly seminars with nurse practitioner faculty provide opportunities to synthesize theoretical and experiential learning as well as professional role development.

NPTC 549 Primary Care of Children and Adolescents With Chronic Illness (3)

Assessment and management of selected chronic illnesses in children from birth through adolescence by the pediatric nurse practitioner in a collaborative primary care setting. This course builds upon a foundation of knowledge of well child care; variations in growth, development, and behavior; and the management of common and complex pediatric problems. The theoretical basis for diagnosis and management is presented, with an emphasis upon improvement of child’s self image and level of functioning. Pharmacotherapeutics modalities are included. Emphasis is also placed on the child as an individual, a member of a family, and a member of the community.

NPTC 550 Primary Care of Children and Adolescents with Chronic Illness Practicum (4)

Clinical experience in assessment and management of children from birth through adolescence with selected chronic illnesses in a variety of primary care settings. Coordination of the chronically ill child’s multidisciplinary care by the pediatric nurse practitioner is emphasized. Clinical supervision is provided by nurse practitioner faculty and on-site preceptors. Weekly seminars with nurse practitioner faculty provide opportunities to synthesize theoretical and experiential learning as well as professional role development.

NPTC 602 Primary Care I (4)

Analyzes principles of health promotion, health maintenance, and risk assessment across the lifespan by the nurse practitioner in primary care. Emphasizes assessment of development and health behaviors among individuals and families in the context of ethnicity, culture, and community. Related classroom, seminar, lab, and clinical experiences in selected health care and community settings provide opportunity for application of these concepts. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

NPTC 604 Primary Care II A (6)

Focuses on assessment and management of more common stable acute and chronic health problems in individuals across the lifespan in primary care settings by the nurse practitioner. Evaluates the evidence base for screening, differential diagnosis, and management of health problems, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities in a culturally appropriate manner. Uses technology and information systems to improve patient outcomes and access to care. Related classroom, seminar, lab, and clinical experiences in selected primary care settings provide opportunity for application of these concepts. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. (Note: This course is the first part of the Primary Care II series. Students complete a total of 80 pediatric, 40 adolescent, and 96 adult clinical hours in Primary Care II A and II B.)

NPTC 605 Primary Care II B (6)

Focuses on assessment and management of less common stable acute and chronic health problems in individuals across the lifespan in primary care settings by the nurse practitioner. Evaluates the evidence base for screening, differential diagnosis, and management of health problems, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities in a culturally appropriate manner. Uses technology and information systems to improve patient outcomes and access to care. Related classroom, seminar, lab, and clinical experiences in selected primary care settings provide opportunity for application of these concepts. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. (Note: This course is the second part of the Primary Care II series. Students complete a total of 80 pediatric, 40 adolescent, and 96 adult clinical hours in Primary Care II A and II B.)

NPTC 608 Primary Care III A (6)

Focuses on assessment and management of more common complex and/or unstable acute and chronic health problems in individuals across the lifespan in primary care and long-term care settings by the nurse practitioner. Evaluates the evidence base for screening, differential diagnosis, and management of health problems, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities in a culturally appropriate manner. Uses technology, information systems, and business principles to improve patient outcomes and access to care. Related classroom, seminar, lab, and clinical experiences in selected primary care and long-term care settings provide opportunity for application of these concepts. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. (Note: This course is the first part of the Primary Care III series. Students complete a total of 96 pediatric, 48 adolescent, and 126 adult clinical hours in Primary Care III A and III B.)

NPTC 609 Primary Care III B (7)

Focuses on assessment and management of less common complex and/or unstable acute and chronic health problems and emergencies in individuals across the lifespan in primary care and long-term care settings by the nurse practitioner. Evaluates the evidence base for screening, differential diagnosis, and management of health problems, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities in a culturally appropriate manner. Designs an innovative approach to a clinical problem or APRN professional issue using technology, information systems, and business principles. Related classroom, seminar, lab, and clinical experiences in selected primary care and long-term care settings provide opportunity for application of these concepts. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course. (Note: This course is the second part of the Primary Care III series. Students complete a total of 96 pediatric, 48 adolescent, and 126 adult clinical hours in Primary Care III A and III B.)

NPTC 654 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing I: Theoretical Foundations of Practice with Individuals (5)

Focuses on the theory relevant to individual psychotherapy. Emphasis is on preparing students to provide appropriate models of psychotherapy within a variety of practice environments. Classroom, lab and clinical experiences in selected inpatient and community settings provide opportunities for application of theoretical concepts. An inter-generational Family Case Study will be initiated and continued throughout Fall 2 and Spring 2. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

NPTC 656 PMHN II: Theoretical Foundations of Practice with Groups (5)

Focuses on the theory relevant to group psychotherapy. Emphasis is on preparing students to provide appropriate models of psychotherapy within a variety of practice environments. Classroom, seminar, and clinical experiences in selected inpatient and community settings provide opportunities for application of theoretical concepts. Continuation of the inter-generational Family Case Study initiated in NPTC 654 will be required. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

NPTC 658 PMHN III: Theoretical Foundations of Practice with Families (6)

Focuses on the theory relevant to family psychotherapy. Emphasis is on preparing students to provide appropriate models of psychotherapy within a variety of practice environments. Classroom, seminar, and clinical experiences in selected inpatient and community settings provide opportunities for application of theoretical concepts. Continuation of the inter-generational Family Case Study initiated in NPTC 654 will be required. Successful completion of both the theory and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass the course.

NPTC 660 PMHN IV: Advanced Clinical Practicum (2)

Focuses on further development of evidence-based clinical knowledge and expertise in a selected area of PMHNP practice. Students design an evidence-based clinical project that represents an innovative approach to a clinical problem or professional issue. Seminar and clinical experiences provide opportunities to explore PMHNP role development. Successful completion of both the seminar and clinical components of the course with a letter grade of B- or higher is necessary to pass this course.

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