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  College of Nursing 2010–2012 Master of Science Program Core Courses  

Core Courses

45:705:504 Human Diversity and Social Issues in the Community (3) Advanced nursing practice examined from epidemiological perspectives in the context of cultural and social pluralism. Emphasis on multiple dimensions of human diversity, with identification and assessment of vulnerable and underserved populations and ethical issues.
45:705:506 Contemporary Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (3) Establishes a theoretical context for role execution. Includes knowledge and strategies basic to practice as a teacher, manager, or provider of care. Analysis of the role of the nurse within the health care delivery system. Emphasis on practical issues and the influence of public policy, regulation, reimbursement, work settings, and professional interrelationships. Focus on the nurse as an agent of change and evaluation of the effectiveness of nursing.
45:705:510 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3) Discusses the historical and philosophical bases for the development of a science, the components and processes of theory development, and the relationship of theory development to knowledge generation in the discipline of nursing. Analysis of existing conceptual models in nursing and their potential for and relevance to theory development, research, and practice. Identification and analysis of concepts relevant to theory development. Prerequisites: Descriptive and inferential statistics.
45:705:512 Research Methods in Nursing (3) Development of skills in the application of principles and methods of scientific research. How to identify and conceptualize a research problem that is relevant to nursing and translating evidence into practice. Emphasis on research designs and methodologies, the psychometric properties of instruments, sampling techniques, methods of data analysis, and interpretation of research findings. Focus on the scientific merit of empirical studies and ethical and legal considerations for practice. Prerequisite: 45:705:510.
45:705:513 Psychosocial Foundations in Advanced Practice Nursing (3) Focus on biologic and behavioral theories and research from a variety of disciplines, including nursing for application of psychiatric assessment in primary-care settings. Analyzes research and makes case studies for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders across the life span. Works within a developmental framework that examines manifestations of psychiatric illnesses in children, adolescents, adults, and the aged. Pre- or corequisite: 45:705:538.
45:705:520 Advanced Health Assessment (3) Assessment competencies necessary for advanced practice nurses, with emphasis on assessment skills and upon the client as an individual in the context of the family. Focus on the development of a comprehensive understanding of clients for effective health care delivery. Pre- or corequisite: 26:120:547.
45:705:538 Pharmacodynamics for Primary Care (3) Designed to meet needs of nurses in advanced practice who are eligible for prescriptive privileges. Focuses on pharmacological management of self-limited episodic complaints and stable chronic disease states across the life span commonly managed by advanced practice nurses.
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