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Curriculum

MSN:
The MSN nurse practitioner program starts a new cohort with each fall semester. Students can complete the program in two years attending full-time and three years part-time.

Core MSN courses are delivered online while courses with a clinical component are hybrid - combining online coursework and on campus attendance approximately 4-5 days per semester. On campus activities include lectures, seminars, simulation labs, group work, and examinations.

NUR 902: Scientific Foundations for the Advanced Practice Nurse
NUR 903: Healthcare Informatics
EPI 840: Clinical Epidemiology for Healthcare Practice
NUR 904: Health Policy and Advocacy
NUR 905: Patient Safety, Quality Improvement and Quality Management in Healthcare
NUR 906: Leadership in Complex Health Systems
NUR 907: Adv. Pathophysiology
NUR 908: Adv. Physical Assessment
NUR 909: Adv. Pharmacology

Additional course requirements by concentration:
FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER
NUR 912: Health Promotion – Family
NUR 915: Clinical Diagnosis and Management I - Family
NUR 916: Clinical Diagnosis and Management II - Family
NUR 917: Clinical Diagnosis and Management III - Family
NUR 918: Clinical Diagnosis and Management IV – Family

ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER
NUR 913: Health Promotion – Adult-Gerontology
NUR 925: Clinical Diagnosis and Management I - Adult-Gerontology
NUR 926: Clinical Diagnosis and Management II - Adult-Gerontology
NUR 927: Clinical Diagnosis and Management III - Adult-Gerontology
NUR 928: Clinical Diagnosis and Management IV - Adult-Gerontology 

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER
NUR 952: Psychopharmacology and Neuropathological Basis of Mental Illness
NUR 953: Clinical Diagnosis & Management I – Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnosis
NUR 954: Clinical Diagnosis & Management II – Evidence Based Therapeutic Interventions
NUR 955: Clinical Diagnosis & Management III – Special Populations and Group
NUR 956: Clinical Management IV – Complex and Collaborative Mental Health Care

BSN-DNP:

This program provides clinical, organizational and systems' leadership at the highest level. The program develops practitioners who design, implement and evaluate high quality and cost-effective health care services for diverse populations including the disadvantaged and underserved.

NUR 902: Scientific foundations for the advanced practice nurse
NUR 903: Healthcare informatics 
EPI 840: Clinical epidemiology for healthcare practice
NUR 904: Health policy and advocacy 
NUR 905: Patient safety, quality improvement and quality management in healthcare
NUR 906: Leadership in complex health systems 
NUR 907: Advanced pathophysiology for the advanced practice registered nurse
NUR 908: Advanced physical assessment for the advanced practice registered nurse
NUR 909: Advanced pharmacology for the advanced practice registered nurse
NUR 995: Doctor of nursing practice project I
NUR 996: Doctor of nursing practice project II
NUR 997: Doctor of nursing practice project III

Additional required courses, by concentration:
ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER
NUR 913: Health promotion – adult-gerontology 
NUR 925: Clinical diagnosis and management I – adult-gerontology 
NUR 926: Clinical diagnosis and management II – adult-gerontology 
NUR 927: Clinical diagnosis and management III – adult-gerontology 
NUR 928: Clinical diagnosis and management IV – adult-gerontology 
NUR 929: Clinical diagnosis and management V – clinical immersion – adult-gerontology 

FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

NUR 912: Health promotion – family 
NUR 915: Clinical diagnosis and management I – family
NUR 916: Clinical diagnosis and management II – family
NUR 917: Clinical diagnosis and management III – family
NUR 918: Clinical diagnosis and management IV – family
NUR 919: Clinical diagnosis and management V – family 

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER
NUR 952: Psychopharmacology and Neuropathological Basis of Mental Illness
NUR 953: Clinical Diagnosis & Management I – Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnosis
NUR 954: Clinical Diagnosis & Management II – Evidence Based Therapeutic Interventions
NUR 955: Clinical Diagnosis & Management III – Special Populations and Group
NUR 956: Clinical Management IV – Complex and Collaborative Mental Health Care

NUR 957: Clinical Management V – Clinical Immersion – Psychiatric Mental Health


DNP: Admission with a post-master’s degree
Each applicant’s transcripts will be reviewed to determine the gap between DNP outcomes and their prior education. All candidates will complete a project, practicum, identified courses, and a minimum of 23 credits. Students will have an option to complete an additional APRN specialty, if requested, and be admitted to a concentration.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the College of Nursing, and the admission requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice, students must meet the requirements specified below. 

All of the following courses:

  • NUR 995: Doctor of nursing practice project I
  • NUR 996: Doctor of nursing practice project II
  • NUR 997: Doctor of nursing practice project III
  • Elective, or core courses as determined by review of previous APRN education

In addition, completion of a minimum 1,000 supervised clinical hours between the master’s degree and DNP programs is also required. Students will enroll in NUR 990 Special Problems to complete an individualized clinical learning plan that will achieve the remaining required hours.