Doctor of Nursing Practice

Course Descriptions

410. Evidence-Based Practice I: The Nature of Evidence. This course explores the philosophical underpinnings for nursing knowledge relevant to the role of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Methods by which nursing knowledge is generated and levels of evidence informing nursing practice will be investigated. Students will identify and analyze concepts relevant to their topic of interest. Pre/corequisite: 414. Fall. [2] Christenbery and Donaldson.

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412. Informatics for Scholarly Practice. This course provides an overview of informatics, the transformation of data into information, knowledge, decisions and actions to improve outcomes. To take advantage of electronic data mines, scholars of the future will need to understand the basics of databases and the structure of vocabularies. Knowledge management to support evidence-based practice will be a critical skill. In addition, this course prepares the student to use available technology tools to present, interpret and organize data. Admission to the DNP program or permission of instructors. Fall. [2] Trangenstein and Weiner. BACK

414. Statistics in Health Sciences. This course provides an overview of the logic and appropriate use of statistical techniques most commonly reported in the research literature of the health professions. The spectrum of topics encompasses most univariate parametric and nonparametric procedures, including correlational and repeated measures analyses. Across the varied topics, emphasis is placed on: 1) becoming knowledgeable of the underlying logic of each statistical technique, 2) the appropriate use and underlying assumptions of the procedure, 3) interpretation of results from statistical software, and 4) evaluation of published results using statistical procedures. Admission to the DNP program or permission of instructors. Spring and Fall. [3] Gordon and Parish. BACK

420. Integrative Application of Evidence-Based Practice I. This is the first of a four-course series that provides the DNP student with mentored opportunities to develop an independent, analytic scholarly project proposal focusing on problems of practice within specific populations. To complete the objectives of this course successfully, the student is expected to practice a minimum of 125 hours in a practice area related to their topic of interest. Prerequisite: 410, 412, 414, 424; Pre/corequisite: 422. Spring and Fall. [1] Love and McArthur. BACK

422. Evidence-Based Practice II: Evaluating and Applying Evidence. This course will build on Evidence-Based Practice I by preparing DNP students to evaluate evidence designed to improve clinical outcomes related to their identified topic of interest, and to translate the evidence into practice environments. Prerequisite: 410, 412, 414; Pre/corequisite: 422, 442.  Spring. [3] Rodgers and Young. BACK

424. Epidemiology. Epidemiology focuses on the distribution and determinants of disease frequency in human populations. This course prepares the student to use epidemiological strategies to examine patterns of illness or injury in groups of people. Concepts of health, risk and disease causality are examined. Implications for development of data-based programs for disease/injury prevention and control as well as policy implications will be discussed. Prerequisite: 414. Summer and Fall. [3] Rogers and Moore. BACK

430. Integrative Application of Evidence-Based Practice II. In this second course of a three-course series, the DNP student works with a faculty mentor to refine the design and begin implementing the scholarly project. Students must successfully complete an oral presentation of the project prior to implementation. To complete the objectives of this course successfully, the student is expected to practice a minimum of 125 hours in a practice area related to their topic of interest. Each student will be required to submit individual objectives at the beginning of the semester. Prerequisite: 410, 412, 414, 420, 422, 442; Pre/corequisite 432, 444. Spring and Summer. [1] McArthur and Scott. BACK

432. Health Care Economics and Finance. This course covers basic economic theory, market drivers and restraints, health care finance and reimbursement, cost/benefit analysis and health care entrepreneurism. Theory and application are integrated throughout the course with a particular focus on the clinical role of the DNP within the contemporary health care environment. Students take either N432 or 434. Prerequisite: 410, 412, 414, 422; Pre/corequisite: 420. Summer and Fall. [3] Watters and Harris. BACK

434. Advanced Health Care Economics and Finance. This course addresses advanced application of economic theory, financial principles and financial modeling in the health care market. Theory and application are integrated and aimed at preparing the student to assume an executive-level DNP role in large and complex health care organizations. BACK

440b. Integrative Application of Evidence-Based Practice III. In this final course of a three-course series, the DNP student evaluates the scholarly project specific to a population of interest within a practice setting. In order to successfully complete the objectives of this course, the student is expected to practice a minimum of 250 hours in a practice area related to their topic of interest. Prerequisite: 410, 412, 414, 420, 422, 424, 430, 432, 442, 444;
Pre/corequisite: 452, 454. Summer and Fall. [2] Adams and Scott. BACK

442. Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. This course prepares students to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based quality health care practices for patient populations (individuals and aggregates) in acute, home and community settings. Working as partners in interdisciplinary teams, students will assess organizational culture, gather safety information, analyze data and translate findings into systems changes through action learning experiences within their own organizations. Prerequisite: 410, 412, 414; Pre/corequisite: 420, 422. Spring and Summer. [3] Polancich and Norman. BACK

444. Management of Organizations and Systems. This course synthesizes leadership theory and organizational models within the context of the health care industry. Models of human resource management, change management, strategic planning, program development and implementation will be explored and applied. Based on these theories and models, the student will derive the DNP's role in complex health care organizations. Prerequisite: 410, 412, 414, 420, 424, 442; Pre/corequisite: 430, 432. Spring and Summer. [3] Pilon and Arnow. BACK

445. Evidence-Based Management in Healthcare Organizations and Systems. This course is designed for DNP students with demonstrated competencies in organizational theory and behavior, leadership principles and practices, and organizational structure and culture through prior graduate education and career history. These experienced nurse managers will apply evidence-based management methodology to their work environments. The DNP role is explored as an important catalyst for transforming traditional organizational decision making and policy development to an evidence-based approach. Prerequisite: 410, 412, 414, 420, 422, 424, 442; Pre/corequisite: 430, 432. Spring and Summer. [3] Pilon and Arnow.  BACK

450. Integrative Application of Evidence-Based Practice IV. In this capstone course, the DNP student evaluates the evidence- based scholarly project and the impact health care outcomes. Students will disseminate their findings through an oral presentation and a manuscript suitable for a peer-reviewed publication. Students will apply knowledge and skills obtained in the didactic and integrative courses in order to address the ethical, legal, financial and organizational aspects of the scholarly project. The DNP student will discuss his/her topic of interest, the development of the project and how it addressed the needs of a selected population; and evaluate the implementation and outcomes of the project. In order to successfully complete the objectives of this course, the student is expected to practice a minimum of 200 hours in a clinical area related to the topic of interest. Each student will be required to submit individual objectives at the beginning of the semester. Fall and Spring. [2] Staff. BACK


452. Health Policy. This course addresses health policy from the perspectives of evidence development, analysis and economic impact within a socio-political context. There is a secondary focus on the role of regulation within the U.S. health care system. The DNP contribution to health policy development is explored. Prerequisite: 410, 412, 414, 420, 442; Pre/corequisite: 430, 440, 444. Spring and Fall. [3] Haushalter and Cook. BACK

454. Legal and Ethical Environment. This course provides a comprehensive analysis of the legal, regulatory and ethical environments that impact DNP practice. Prerequisite: 410, 412, 414, 420, 422, 424, 430, 432, 442, 444; Pre/corequisite: 440, 452. Summer and Fall. [3] Thomson-Smith and Gilmer. BACK

460A. Obesity and Weight Control Part 1: Biology, Physiology and Epidemilogy. Nationwide and worldwide the obesity epidemic is growing, and this has led to a significant number of adults and children with obesity-related comorbidities such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Awareness of this trend necessitates greater understanding of the link between adiposity and metabolic disease. This course will review the biological and physiological control of food intake and energy balance. The course will evaluate the metabolic pathways in which food and macronutrient intakes are utilized to provide energy and mechanisms by which body weight and health are influenced. Public health issues associated with obesity, energy and macronutrient intakes will be discussed as well as the adequacy of intakes in meeting recommended requirements at various life stages. Critical evaluation of peer-reviewed literature will be used to study prevention and risk factors of overweight and obesity, consequences with regard to metabolic syndrome and other chronic disease states, and public health issues. This course builds on undergraduate/graduate preparation in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Pre/corequisite: 410, 422. Spring. [2] Silver. Spring [2] BACK

460B. Obesity and Weight Control Part 2: Management and Practice. Weight management and treatment of overweight, obesity, metabolic syndrome and other obesity related comorbidities requires multidisciplinary efforts. This course will build on the knowledge obtained in 460A to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of national and organizational guidelines as well as current evidence based standards of care. The course will review the role of various health care providers in screening and assessment of body weight and energy balance. Patient management issues specific to age groups across the life cycle will be discussed as well as differences in practice and management by health care setting. The course content will include use of the scientific evidence to evaluate current dietary, pharmaceutical and surgical treatment models, strategies to optimize outcomes as well as identification and management of adverse outcomes. Pre/corequisite: 460A. Summer. [2] Silver. Summer [2] BACK

461. Exploration of Men's Health: Evidence and Practice. This course explores health issues with regard to biological, sociocultural, political, ethical and environmental influences on men's health. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing and developing evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention initiatives for men related to advanced clinical and population-based practices. Summer [2] Busby. Summer [2] BACK

462. Management of Psychiatric Issues for the Non-Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse. Expand clinical competencies of Non-Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurses in assessing, evaluating, diagnosing, and treating mental health problems. This course will identify common mental health disorders seen in the primary and acute care settings including the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors and diagnostic signs/symptoms of these disorders. It will also provide clinical practice guidelines, screening tools and evidenced based treatment approaches to provide a foundation for the clinician to identify and manage common disorders within their scope of practice and setting. Students will also recognize when psychiatric consultation or specialty care is indicated. The course is designed for the non-mental health provider and builds on undergraduate/graduate preparation in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry within a cultural context. Prerequisite: Specialization in a non-Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse role. Summer. [2] Love. Summer [2] BACK

464. Independent Study. Individualized study with content related to the student's practice and scholarly project. A contract is made between the student and faculty adviser with copies for the student, faculty adviser, program director, and student's academic record. With the adviser's guidance, the student is responsible for identifying study objectives and DNP competencies that are addressed within the course, and for specifying the primary DNP competency related to this study and learning activities and evaluation method. In addition, the student must complete the independent study agreement form that is available on the School of Nursing website. Prerequisite: Consent of faculty adviser. Fall, Spring, Summer. [Variable credit 1-4] Staff. Fall, Spring, Summer [1-4] BACK

466. Curriculum Strategies for Health Professional Education. (Required course for students who have received a Nurse Faculty Loan) This course introduces the student to the foundations of learning theory and learning styles. The impact of technology on learning practices and the appropriate use of technology to facilitate learning are emphasized. Students will create electronic elements for effective learning and use a course management system. Copyright and fair use issues are discussed. Overall curriculum strategies that integrate content, organization, informatics and sequencing of courses are discussed. Students will design a learning program that integrates learning styles, technology use and a course management system. Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP program or consent of faculty. Spring and Summer [3] Krau. Spring and Summer [3] BACK

467. Educational Evaluation for Learning in the Health Professions. (Required course for students who have received a Nurse Faculty Loan) This course explores issues related to evaluating educational offerings that employ technology. The advantages and disadvantages of both traditional and more novel approaches to evaluation are discussed. Students will learn how to create online surveys along with principles of test and survey management. Issues surrounding online testing, including access, privacy and data input accuracy are emphasized. Overall program benchmarks are explored. Prerequisite: Admission to the DNP program or consent of faculty. Summer and Fall. [3] Krau. Fall and Summer [3] BACK