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NSG 600. NURSING INFORMATICS | THREE CREDITS
Students use information systems to analyze patient data, perform research, and evaluate project outcomes. The course will include applications in computer-based patient records, data-base management systems, e-health, distance education, and research. Legal and ethical issues associated with computer use are examined.
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

NSG 601. BIOSTATISTICS | THREE CREDITS
Statistics is the science whereby inferences are made about specific random phenomena on the basis of relatively limited sample material. It is widely used in biological, health, and social sciences, etc. Biostatistics is the branch of applied statistics that applies statistical methods to medical and biological problems.
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

NSG 602. ETHICAL PRINCIPLES FOR ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE | THREE CREDITS
This course will analyze a broad range of ethical principles that impact the health professions, from euthanasia and abortion to informed consent and behavior control. Examination of the ethical, moral, and legal obligations within selected decision-making frameworks will be completed. Strategies to assist in the resolution of ethical dilemmas will be developed through the application of selected theories and concepts. Interaction between ethical, legal, and political events that affect advanced practice nursing will be explored.
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

NSG 603. APPLICATION OF NURSING RESEARCH | THREE CREDITS
This course analyzes research methods to appraise research literature for application to practice and evaluate practice outcomes in varied settings. Application of relevant research findings are used to generate practice guidelines, design evidence based interventions and examine patterns and predict outcomes. The collaborative role of the DNP in research is discussed.
Prerequisite: NSG 601

NSG 604. EPIDEMIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH | THREE CREDITS
The purpose of this course is to examine the concepts and methods of epidemiological and environmental health analysis and their application to advanced nursing practice. The student will be able to integrate this knowledge into nursing practice in a variety of health care settings through research, program development, health policy and advocacy.
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing

NSG 605. COLLABORATION IN HEALTH CARE DELIVERY | THREE CREDITS
This course focused on the knowledge and skills needed to promote collaboration with all members of the interdisciplinary health care team. Content will include exploration of the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies for effective health care delivery.
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing

NSG 606. DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL ISSUES | THREE CREDITS
This course focuses on cultural and social issues affecting members of a global society. A critical appraisal of health care disparities is emphasized and strategies for quality improvement are analyzed.
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing

NSG 607. LEADERSHIP IN ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE | THREE CREDITS
This course provides an opportunity for students to analyze theories of leadership and management as they relate to the multifaceted role in advanced nursing practice. The health care environment, with its ongoing changes in organization and financing, is impacted upon by changes in health policy, regulatory processes, and quality measures. The understanding of this content will prepare the student to provide quality cost-effective care, to participate in the design and implementation of care in a variety of health care systems, and to assume a leadership role in the managing of human, fiscal, and physical care resources.
Prerequisite: Doctoral standing.

NSG 608A AND B. SCHOLARLY PROJECT | SIX CREDITS
Completed over the last 2 semesters of the DNP program.
In this capstone course, the student, under the guidance of a selected faculty member, will analyze and synthesize theoretical and empirical research relevant to a clinical practice issue. Students will design a comprehensive and holistic approach to this problem using evidence-based presentation. This course provides opportunity for additional clinical practice needed for the development of advanced nursing practice competencies. Required clinical hours for DNP clinical competency are dependent upon educational / clinical background. This could vary from 500 to 1000 hours.
Prerequisites: Doctoral standing, NSG 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, and 607.

Corequisites are at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Nursing Program.

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