Nursing

Undergraduate Program Information

NMSU’s School of Nursing (SON) offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The degree plan provides two options to accommodate either the beginning nursing student and the beginning nursing student with a baccalaureate degree in another major. Students graduating from the two options are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN® examination for licensure as a registered nurse upon completion of their program of studies. This BSN degree is also offered at two additional satellite sites at NMSU Grants, NM and NMSU Alamogordo, NM. 

The BSN degree program is approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Approval by the New Mexico Board of Nursing is required for graduates to be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN®) for licensure as a registered nurse. Accreditation by the CCNE assures prospective students and employers that the program has met national education standards.

The NMSU SON is a full member of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) and offers the NMNEC BSN curriculum.

NMSU pre-nursing and transfer students should contact the pre-nursing advisors in the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support (CAASS) at Garcia Center for information on the pre-nursing curriculum. Second degree students should contact the School of Nursing Advising Center to determine eligibility for the Pathways or Roadrunner options. Contact the School of Nursing Advising Center for the BSN program application (all options) and information about the HESI A2 Entrance Exam, Military students, and specific questions about the nursing program.

School of Nursing Advising Office: HSS 110, 575-646-7311, nursing@nmsu.edu

Application and Admission Requirements: Traditional 4-year BSN Program

Application and admission requirements for the four-year BSN program are as follows:

  1. Obtain admission to NMSU.
  2. Satisfy NMSU basic academic competency requirements in English and Math.
  3. Completed or in the last semester of nursing prerequisite courses (see BSN degree plan).
  4. Prerequisite science courses must have been completed within the past seven years at the time of application.
  5. Minimum nursing prerequisite course GPA 2.75 or above, which includes grades earned from all higher education institutions.
  6. Minimum of C- grade in all prerequisite and general education courses
  7. Completion of the HESI-A2 Admission Exam (Biology, Chemistry, Math and all English sections) by the application deadline with a score of > 75% in each section.
  8. Submit a complete BSN program application and all supporting documents by the program deadline (see below). No incomplete applications will be considered. 

Students should meet with a School of Nursing advisor to determine eligibility to apply to the five-semester BSN program and to obtain the BSN program application. 

Application deadlines:

  • February 1st—for consideration for Fall admission to the nursing major (Las Cruces, Grants and Alamogordo applicants)
  • September 1st—for consideration for Spring admission to the nursing major (Las Cruces applicants only).

For more information on the application/admission policies and procedures, please visit the School of Nursing website

NOTES: Admission to the BSN program is competitive and available seats in each class are limited. Admission scores are based primarily on nursing pre-requisite GPA and scores on the HESI A2 Entrance Exam. Any applicant not admitted to the nursing major may reapply during the next admission cycle. Applicants for fall semester admission may not finish nursing prerequisites in the summer session immediately preceding the fall semester in which they wish to be admitted.

Application and Admission Requirements: Second Degree Options (Roadrunner and Pathways)

The Nursing Program offers two options for 2nd degree seeking students. Both programs are designed for students who already have a Bachelor’s degree in another major but would like to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The Roadrunner option starts in the summer semester and is completed in 19 months. Students in the Pathways option are admitted with the traditional 4-year BSN students in fall and spring semesters.  Please refer to the School of Nursing website for more information about the two options. 

Application and admission requirements for the Roadrunner and Pathways BSN options are as follows:

  1. Obtain admission to NMSU as a second bachelor's degree-seeking student. 
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for first bachelor's degree.
  3. Achieve a B grade in all nursing prerequisite courses: Anatomy and Physiology or A&P I and A&P II (8 credits), Microbiology with lab, and Statistics (3 credits).  Roadrunner applicants must have completed Pathophysiology (4-6 credits) prior to the start of the program. 
  4. Nursing prerequisite courses must not be older than 7 years at the time of application. Pathway applicants must complete at least two prerequisites prior to application.  Roadrunner applicants must complete three prerequisites prior to application.
  5. Completion of the HESI-A2 Admission Exam (Biology, Chemistry, Math and all English sections) by the application deadline with a score of > 75% in each section.
  6. Submit a complete BSN program application and all supporting documents by the program deadline (see below). No incomplete applications will be considered.

Application deadlines:

  • February 1st—for consideration for Fall admission to the nursing major (Las Cruces, Grants and Alamogordo Pathways applicants) 
  • February 1st—for consideration for Summer admission to the nursing major (Las Cruces campus Roadrunner option)
  • September 1st—for consideration for Spring admission to the nursing major (Las Cruces Pathways applicants only)

For more information on the application/admission policies and procedures, please visit the School of Nursing website. Second degree students must contact an advisor from the NMSU School of Nursing Advising Center.

NOTES: Admission to the BSN program is competitive and available seats in each class are limited. Admission scores are based primarily on nursing prerequisite GPA and scores on the HESI A2 Entrance Exam. Any applicant not admitted to the nursing major may reapply during the next admission cycle. Pathways applicants for fall semester admission may not finish nursing prerequisites in the summer session immediately preceding the fall semester in which they wish to be admitted.

Graduate Program Information

MSN Degree

The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) provides graduate level education and training in the field of Nursing Leadership and Administration. Students enrolled in the Nursing Leadership and Administration MSN program acquire the knowledge and experience to assume leadership positions in a wide range of health care systems and fulfill the fundamental requirements to secure middle and top-level administrative positions in health care agencies. The MSN Leadership and Administration degree option is available to nurses who possess an RN license and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). Courses for this degree are delivered through distance education (i.e., online), which allows nurses to advance their careers while working and remaining in their communities.

Please visit the School of Nursing website or contact the Nursing Graduate Advisor for more information about application and admission requirements at (575) 646-7770. 

Application deadline: July 15th for a fall semester start

DNP Degree

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a terminal degree in nursing that focuses on advancing nursing practice directed towards improving nursing care outcomes for individuals, families, communities, and systems. The program emphasizes culturally sensitive practice, evidenced-based practice, and translation of research to practice as it relates to improving the care of individuals, families, groups and communities experiencing or at risk for health disparities. The complexity of health care combined with rapidly increasing knowledge and the need for both evidence-based practice and translation of research to practice support the scholarship goals of the DNP. Students in the DNP program complete a year-long final project. A minimum of 1000 supervised clinical contact hours must be completed for the DNP degree. 

MSN-DNP

The post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) concentration allows persons with a MSN degree to obtain a terminal degree in nursing that builds on current master's programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, leadership, policy advocacy, informatics, and systems thinking to prepare graduates to lead efforts to improve patient outcomes. Nurses with MSN's who are working in both APRN and non-APRN roles are encouraged to apply. Upon admission, a review of supervised contact hours obtained in the MSN degree will be conducted and students will be notified regarding the number of supervised clinical contact hours required in the program to meet the minimum requirement of 1000 supervised contact hours. 

BSN-DNP

The post-BSN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) option allows baccalaureate-prepared RNs to assume advanced practice nursing (APRN) roles within the health care arena in the following specialty areas: Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  In this DNP concentration, students must take courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced assessment, and advanced pharmacology, in addition to specialty courses within their area of study. The clinical training consists of over 1000 supervised clinical contact hours completed in the student's clinical specialty and related areas. 

Please visit the School of Nursing website or contact the Nursing Graduate Advisor for more information about application and admission requirements at (575) 646-7770. 

Application deadline: March 15th for a fall semester start

Post-Graduate APRN Certificates

This program is for currently certified Master’s or doctorally-prepared nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists who wish to obtain the coursework needed to sit for certification in another specialty Post-Graduate certificates are offered in the following specialties: Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Please visit the School of Nursing website or contact the Nursing Graduate Advisor for more information about application and admission requirements at (575) 646-7770.

Application deadline: March 15th for a fall semester start

PhD in Nursing Science Degree

The intent of the nursing PhD program is to prepare individuals who can assume leadership roles in academia, to support scholarship in teaching, research, and professional service activities. The focus of the program is on nursing scholarship that promote the development of new knowledge directed at improving nursing care outcomes for individuals, families, communities and systems. Holistic nursing scholarship as it relates to improving the care of individuals, families, groups and communities experiencing or at risk for health disparities is emphasized. Students in the PhD program complete a dissertation.

The School of Nursing is not currently admitting students to the PhD in Nursing Science degree program. 

Alexa Doig, Director of the School of Nursing

Wanda Borges, Associate Director for Graduate Programs

Teresa León, Associate Director for the Undergraduate Program

Professors  W. Borges, A. Doig, T. Keller, A. Reinhardt; Associate Professors C. DeBlieck, S. Lynch, S. Noe, L. Summers; Assistant Professors L. Blizzard, R. Greenwald, L. Saiki; College Associate Professors D. Cates, E. Kuchler, C. Lombardi, T. León, L. Schweiger, J. White; College Assistant Professors S. Davidson, E. Falkner, T. Hayth, D. Kane, H. Magill, B. Natividad, E. Ramirez, T. Schumacher, C. Torres, V. Stanton, K. Ventura.

New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium

NMNC 3110. Introduction to Nursing Concepts

3 Credits (3)

This course introduces the nursing student to the concepts of nursing practice and conceptual learning. Same as NMNC course no.: NMNC 1110. Restricted to: BSN,BSNP,BSNR,NMNC majors. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Integrate knowledge from nursing pre- and co-requisites into a conceptual learning model.
  2. Apply conceptual learning to select nursing concepts.
  3. Define personal values, beliefs, and attitudes about health and wellness.
  4. Describe importance of identifying patient safety issues.
  5. Describe roles and values of nursing and members of the health care team.
  6. Describe standards and regulations that apply to nursing practice.

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NMNC 3120. Evidence-Based Practice

3 Credits (3)

The focus of this course is the principles of evidence-based nursing practice. It includes the identification of clinical practice problems, the evaluation of available evidence, and the integration of evidence with clinical expertise and patient preferences in application to practice. Restricted to: NURS majors. Students must be admitted to the nursing program to enroll in this course.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 3110, NMNC 3135.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Examine integrating evidence-based practice with diverse patients’ values.
  2. Identify clinical practice problems and issues.
  3. Explain the research process.
  4. Describe how evidence is generated through the research process.
  5. Appraise evidence and standards of care that support best clinical outcomes and patient safety.
  6. Utilize informatics to access evidence-based practice guidelines.

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NMNC 3135. Principles of Nursing Practice

4 Credits (4)

This course introduces the nursing student to the application of concepts through clinical skills in seminar, laboratory, and/or clinical settings. Principles of communication, assessments, safety, and interventions including accurate calculation, measurement, and administration of medications will be included. Same as NMNC course no.: NMNC 1135. Students must be admitted to the nursing program to enroll in this course. May be repeated up to 4 credits. Restricted to: BSN majors only.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 3110, NMNC 3120.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the different types and characteristics of communication in professional nursing practice.
  2. Utilize the concepts presented in Level One nursing courses in the application to the care of the patient.
  3. Demonstrate the principles of safety during the implementation of nursing skills.
  4. Demonstrate the learned skills in patient based scenarios.
  5. Utilize the nursing process to provide safe and effective care.

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NMNC 3210. Health and Illness Concepts I

3 Credits (3)

This course will focus on health and illness concepts across the lifespan. Concepts covered are related to homeostasis/regulation, sexuality/reproductive, protection/movement, and emotional processes. Same as NMNC course no.: NMNC 1210 Restricted to: NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NMNC 3110, NMNC 3120 & NMNC 3135.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 3220, NMNC 3230, NMNC 3235.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the scope, risk factors, physiologic processes, attributes, and clinical management of selected concepts and exemplars across the lifespan.
  2. Discuss evidence-based practices and health care standards of care related to the concepts/exemplars of the course.
  3. Explain the collaboration necessary related to the concepts/exemplars of the course.
  4. Utilize informatics and resources related to the concepts/exemplars of the course.
  5. Integrate considerations of normal physiology and healthy adaptations into nursing practice of patients across the lifespan.

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NMNC 3220. Health Care Participant

3 Credits (3)

This course introduces the nursing student to the attributes of the health care participant as an individual, a family, or a community.Same as NMNC course no.: NMNC 1220. Restricted to: NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NMNC 3110, NMNC 3120 & NMNC 3135.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 3210, NMNC 3230, NMNC 3235.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify values, beliefs and attitudes toward health and illness of the health care recipient.
  2. Articulate the role of nursing in relation to the health of vulnerable populations and elimination of health disparities.
  3. Describe the protective and predictive factors which influence the health of families, groups, communities, and populations.
  4. Describe the use of evidence-based practices to guide health teaching, health counseling, screening, outreach, disease and outbreak investigation, referral, and follow-up throughout the lifespan.
  5. Describe the use of information and communication technologies in preventive care.
  6. Examine the health care and emergence preparedness needs of the local community and in the state of New Mexico.
  7. Identify clinical prevention and population-focused interventions with attention to effectiveness, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and equity.

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NMNC 3230. Nursing Pharmacology

3 Credits (3)

This course introduces the nursing student to pharmacologic nursing practice from a conceptual approach. Same as NMNC course no.: NMNC 1230. Restricted to: BSN,BSNP,BSNR,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NMNC 3110, NMNC 3120 & NMNC 3135.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 3210, NMNC 3220, and NMNC 3235.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the nurse’s professional role related to pharmacotherapeutics in diverse populations across the lifespan.
  2. Identify safety issues and minimize risk potential associated with pharmacotherapeutics and complementary and alternative medicine.
  3. Utilize evidence-based information integrating pharmacologic and pathophysiologic concepts to guide medication therapeutics.
  4. Describe health care system protocols related to pharmacotherapeutics.
  5. Identify methods of communication with the health care team related to pharmacotherapeutics.
  6. Utilize informatics systems related pharmacotherapeutics.
  7. Describe common classes of drugs that are used in health care, including pharamacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics.

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NMNC 3235. Assessment and Health Promotion

4 Credits (4)

This course introduces the nursing student to the assessment of and the health promotion for the health care participant as an individual, a family, or a community. This course uses seminar, laboratory and/or clinical settings. Same as NMNC course no.: NMNC 1235. Restricted to: NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NMNC 3110, NMNC 3120 & NMNC 3135.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 3210, NMNC 3220, NMNC 3230.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Assess physical health including a focus on the health/illness beliefs, values, attitudes, developmental level, functional ability, culture, and spirituality of the
  2. participant.
  3. Assess family health including a focus on family health history, environmental exposures, and family genetic history to identify current and future health problems.
  4. Collaborate with a community to assess their health needs
  5. Utilize community assessment data and evidence-based practice as basis for identifying community health needs.
  6. Document health assessments in electronic health record or written formats.
  7. Share community assessment data with other health care professionals to identify needed interventions.
  8. Explain the role of the nurse in relation to advocacy for the health care recipient.
  9. Analyze education materials for health literacy concerns.

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NMNC 4310. Health & Illness Concepts II

3 Credits (3)

This course covers health and illness concepts across the lifespan with the focus on chronic conditions. Concepts covered are related to oxygenation and hemostasis, homeostasis and regulation, protection and movement, and cognition and behavior processes. Same as NMNC course no.: NMNC 2310. Restricted to: NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 328, NMNC 3210, NMNC 3220, NMNC 3230, & NMNC 3235.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 4320 & NMNC 4335.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Relate the scope, risk factors, physiologic processes, attributes, and clinical management of selected concepts and exemplars across the lifespan.
  2. Investigate evidenced-based practice, standards of nursing care, and factors to improve safety related to selected concepts and exemplars.
  3. Examine how members of the health care team collaborate in the delivery of care related to selected concepts and exemplars.
  4. Discuss available technology for the delivery of nursing care related to selected concepts and exemplars.
  5. Apply selected health and illness concepts to the nursing care of patents across the lifespan.

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NMNC 4320. Professional Nursing Concepts I

3 Credits (3)

This course covers foundational concepts for professional development, including selected professional attributes and care competencies. Same as NMNC course no.: NMNC 2320. Restricted to: BSN,BSNP,BSNR,NURS majors. Corequisite(s): NMNC 4310 & NMNC 4335

Prerequisite(s): NURS 328, NMNC 3210, NMNC 3220, NMNC 3230, & NMNC 3235.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Examine the ethical values, virtues, principles, and policies that guide the moral delivery of health care.
  2. Relate the nurse’s interpretation of patient needs, concerns, and health problems with nursing decisions.
  3. Discuss the factors which motivate individuals, groups, and organization to deliver quality nursing care.
  4. Determine how interactions of health care team members provide quality patient care.

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NMNC 4335. Care of Patients with Chronic Cndtns

4 Credits (8P)

The focus of this course is to provide safe, evidence-based nursing care for patients with chronic conditions, across the lifespan in a variety of settings. This course builds upon curricular concepts. This course is a combination of lab and clinical. Same as NMNC course no.: NMNC 2335. Restricted to: BSN,BSNP,BSNR,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 328, NMNC 3210, NMNC 3220, NMNC 3230, & NMNC 3235.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 4310 & NMNC 4320.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate ethical practice in the delivery of nursing care to patients with chronic conditions.
  2. Apply understanding of the principles of safe nursing care for patients with chronic conditions.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate evidence-based protocols when providing nursing care to patients with chronic conditions.
  4. Apply understanding of appropriate health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments in the care of patients with chronic conditions.
  5. Communicate effectively with patients with chronic conditions and health care team members.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the technology used in the care of patients with chronic conditions.
  7. Utilize the nursing process to deliver nursing care to patients with chronic conditions.

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NMNC 4410. Health & Illness Concepts III

4 Credits (4)

This course will cover health and illness concepts, with the focus on acute conditions across the lifespan. Concepts covered are related to homeostasis/ regulation, oxygenation/ hemostasis, protection/ movement, and emotional processes. Same as NMNC course no.: NMNC 2410. Restricted to: BSN,BSNP,BSNR,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 360, NURS 361, & NMNC 3120.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 4435 & NMNC 4445.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Anticipate health care participant’s risk for potentially harmful situations related to the concepts/exemplars of the course.
  2. Integrate evidence-based practices and health care standards of care related to the concepts/exemplars of the course.
  3. Differentiate the multiple roles of the health care team related to the concepts/exemplars of the course.
  4. Integrate use of appropriate technology related to the concepts/exemplars of the course.
  5. Interrelate risk factors, concepts, physiologic processes, patient attributes, and clinical management of the exemplars covered in this course.

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NMNC 4435. Clinical Intensive I

4 Credits (4)

This is the first of two Level Four clinical courses in which the student will apply the curricular concepts in the management of care participants with acute conditions across the lifespan. Same as NMNC course no.: NMNC 2435. Restricted to: BSN,BSNP,BSNR,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NMNC 4310, NMNC 4320 & NMNC 4335.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 4435 & NMNC 4445.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Integrate nursing practice concepts into their professional nursing practice.
  2. Integrate diverse patient values into plan of care for patients with acute illness.
  3. Interpret and analyze factors and system contributions that impact the quality and safety of nursing practice.
  4. Integrate an evidence-based approach in the delivery and evaluation of nursing care to acutely ill patients across the lifespan.
  5. Evaluate the use of policies and procedures within the acute care settings.
  6. Effectively collaborate with the health care team in the delivery of patient care.
  7. Integrate use of appropriate technology for the delivery of nursing care to acutely ill patients.

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NMNC 4445. Clinical Intensive II

4 Credits (4)

This is the second of two Level Four clinical courses in which the student will apply the curricular concepts in the management of care participants with acute conditions across the lifespan. Same as NMNEC course no.: NMNEC404. Restricted to: BSN,BSNP,BSNR,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NMNC 4310, NMNC 4320 & NMNC 4335.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 4410 & NMNC 4435.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Integrate nursing practice concepts into their professional nursing practice.
  2. Integrate diverse patient values into pan of care for patients with acute illness.
  3. Interpret and analyze factors and system contributions that impact the quality and safety of nursing practice.
  4. Integrate an evidence-based approach in the delivery and evaluation of nursing care to acutely ill patients across the lifespan.
  5. Evaluate the use of policies and procedures within the acute care setting.
  6. Effectively collaborate with the health care team in the delivery of patient care.
  7. Integrate use of appropriate technology for the delivery of nursing care to acutely ill patients.

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NMNC 4510. Concept Synthesis

3 Credits (3)

This course focuses on the synthesis of curricular concepts in the care of complex patients. Restricted to: BSN,BSNP,BSNR,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NMNC 4410, NMNC 4435 & NMNC 4445.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 4520, NMNC 4535, &NMNC 4545.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Synthesize curricular concepts into patient-centered nursing practice that is appropriate for diverse individuals, families, and communities.
  2. Synthesize the evidence base into nursing care of patients across the lifespan.
  3. Evaluate leadership principles that integrate the application of health care policies and standards.
  4. Evaluate effectiveness of interprofessional collaboration in the delivery of health care for quality patient outcomes.
  5. Evaluate technologies for the management of information and in the delivery of patient care.

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NMNC 4520. Professional Nursing Concepts II

3 Credits (3)

This course covers policy concepts for professional nursing. Restricted to: BSN,BSNP,BSNR,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NMNC 4410, NMNC 4435, & NMNC 4445.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Integrate principles of quality improvement and safety into nursing practice within health care organizations and systems.
  2. Demonstrate leadership behaviors through the application of policies that apply to health care delivery.
  3. Synthesize care delivery concepts to improve quality patient outcomes and professional nursing practice.
  4. Analyze impact of health care delivery systems on patient care outcomes.
  5. Compare and contrast health care policies and evidence-based practice.

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NMNC 4535. Clinical Intensive III

4 Credits (4)

The focus of this clinical course is application of the curricular concepts in the management of care participants with complex conditions across the lifespan. Same as NMNEC course no.: NMNEC503. Restricted to: BSN,BSNP,BSNR,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NMNC 4410, NMNC 4435, & NMNC 4445.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 4510, NMNC 4520, & NMNC 4545.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Integrate diverse patient values into plan of care for patients with complex illness.
  2. Interpret and analyze factors and system contributions that impact the quality and safety of nursing practice.
  3. Integrate an evidence-based approach in the delivery and evaluation of nursing care to patients with complex illness across the lifespan.
  4. Evaluate the use of policies and procedures within the complex care setting.
  5. Effectively collaborate with the health care team in the delivery of patient care.
  6. Integrate use of appropriate technology for the delivery of nursing care to patients with complex illness.

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NMNC 4545. BSN Capstone

4 Credits (4)

The synthesis, integration, and application of concepts to professional nursing practice will be applied in the final clinical course to ensure readiness to enter practice. Restricted to: BSN,BSNP,BSNR,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of all previous nursing courses.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 4510, NMNC 4520, & NMNC 4535.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Synthesize and integrate nursing practice concepts into their professional nursing practice.
  2. Engage in professional nursing practice that is patient-centered and appropriate for diverse individual, families, and communities.
  3. Integrate principles of quality improvement and safety into nursing practice within health care organizations and systems.
  4. Deliver nursing care that is evidence-based.
  5. Demonstrate leadership behaviors through the application of policies that apply to health care delivery.
  6. Engage in effective interprofessional collaboration in the delivery of health care for quality patient outcomes.
  7. Utilize technologies for the management of information and in the delivery of patient care.

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Nursing Courses

NURS 110. Pre-Nursing Freshman Seminar

1 Credit (1)

This Freshman seminar provides an introduction to the university and its resources, an orientation to the pre-nursing curriculum, and overview of concepts for professional nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on exploring the nurse’s role as an integral member of the healthcare team across multiple contexts and settings, and developing a professional identity. Consent of Instructor required.

NURS 120. Introduction to Pharmacology

3 Credits (3)

General principles of pharmacology including methods of administration, effect on the body, interactions with other drugs, and classification of drugs. Focus on the health care provider's role in safe pharmacologic intervention. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Crosslisted with: HIT 120. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

NURS 130. Foundations of Pharmacology

3 Credits (3)

This course provides the nursing student with an introduction to the foundations of pharmacology including: science of drug action, principles of medication administration, accurate calculation of drug doses, medication therapy across the lifespan, application of medications to treat health alterations, normal and adverse responses by the client to medication therapy, medication safety, medication regulation, national patient safety goals, and appropriate nursing interventions to achieve the desired goals of medication therapy. Only students who have been admitted to the nursing program may enroll in this course. Students must be admitted into the Nursing Program to enroll in this course. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Corequisite(s): NURS 147 & NURS 149.Restricted to: NUR majors.

NURS 134. Foundation of Nursing Skills and Assessment

3 Credits (1+6P)

This course provides nursing students with introductory nursing knowledge related to performance of nursing skills and assessment including: techniques of fundamental nursing care, basic and intermediate nursing skills, and foundational physical assessment techniques associated with care across the lifespan. Open to students who have been accepted into the nursing program. Students must be admitted into the Nursing Program to enroll in this course. Restricted to: NUR majors. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Corequisite(s): NURS 136 & NURS 137 or permission of the Program Director.

NURS 136. Foundations of Nursing Practice

6 Credits (4+6P)

This course will introduce the nursing student to foundational theoretical concepts of professional nursing practice, the nursing process, and foundational nursing skills. It includes developmental concepts related to clients across the lifespan. Clinical experiences in the simulation lab, long-term care, the community, and rehabilitation settings will provide the student with the opportunity to apply learned skills to provide total care to meet needs of one adult client and to develop care planning skills related to actual problems. Students must be concurrently enrolled in both the lecture and lab sections of the course. Only students who have been admitted to the nursing program may enroll in this course. Students must be admitted into the Nursing Program to enroll in this course. Restricted to: NUR majors. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Corequisite(s): NURS 134, NURS 137.

NURS 137. Care of Geriatric Patient

3 Credits (3)

This course will introduce the nursing student to foundational concepts of age-appropriate/specific care of the older adult who represents the largest population of individuals placing demands on the healthcare system. It includes basic and complex concepts and issues related to care of the older client across the care continuum, provision of cost-effective care in a resource sparse environment. Only students who have been admitted to the nursing program may enroll in this course. Students must be admitted into the nursing program to enroll in this course. Restricted to: NURS majors. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

Corequisite(s): NURS 134 & NURS 136.

NURS 140. Pathophysiology for Allied Health Professionals

3 Credits (3)

Introduction to the nature of disease and its effect on body systems. Deals with the disease processes affecting the human body via an integrated approach to specific disease entities. Includes a review of normal functions of the appropriate body systems. Diseases are studied in relationship to their etiology, pathology, physical signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, complication, treatment modalities, and prognosis. Restricted to Allied Health and Health Information Technology majors. Restricted to:Community Colleges only.

NURS 146. Common Health Deviations

6 Credits (4+6P)

Common health deviations and the manner by which they alter various body functions are explored. The role of the licensed practical nurse in assisting clients with common health deviations is presented. Ethical and legal implications and the role of the practical nurse are also considered. The licensed practical nursing student will utilize the application of knowledge to client care situation both in the subacute and acute care settings. The nursing process is presented as guide for coordinating client care. Grade of C or better. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Restricted to: NURSING majors. Restricted to Carlsbad campus only.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 153, NURS 156, NURS 154, NURS 157, and NURS 210 or consent of program director.

NURS 147. Adult Health I

6 Credits (4+6P)

This course focuses on application of the nursing process and theoretical concepts of care for adults with commonly occurring health problems. Selected clinical learning experiences in the simulation lab, acute care, and community settings will allow the student to continue development of: prioritization skills, proficiency in performance of nursing skills, collaborative skills with clients, families, peers and health care team members, care planning skills related to patient actual, psychosocial, and potential problems in the delivery of total nursing care to meet needs of one adult client. Students must be concurrently enrolled in both the lecture and lab sections of the course. Only students who have been admitted to the nursing program may enroll in this course. Students must be admitted into the Nursing Program to enroll in this course. Restricted to: NUR majors. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

Corequisite(s): NURS 130, NURS 147 lab, & NURS 149.

NURS 149. Mental Health Nursing

3 Credits (2+3P)

This course will allow the nursing student to develop skills necessary to provide nursing care for clients with mental health problems in various health care settings including: common mental health disorders, psychosocial dysfunction, psychosocial safety/substance abuse issues, violence, suicide, restraints, developmental age related pathophysiology, psychopharmacology, cultural/religious considerations, grief/loss, promotion of mental health, and therapeutic communication. Selected clinical learning experiences in the simulation lab, acute care, and community settings will allow the student to develop ability to develop: proficiency in performance of nursing skills, collaborative skills with clients, families, peers and health care team members, care planning skills related to patient actual, psychosocial, and potential problems in the delivery of total nursing care to meet needs of one client across the life span with acute/chronic mental health needs. Students must be concurrently enrolled in both the lecture and lab sections of this course. Only students who have been admitted to the nursing program may enroll in this course. Students must be admitted into the Nursing Program in order to enroll in the course. Restricted to: NUR majors. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Corequisite(s): NURS 130, NURS 147, & NURS 149L.

NURS 150. Medical Terminology

3 Credits (3)

Understanding of the basic elements of medical words. Use of medical abbreviations. Same as OEHO 120 and BOT 150. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Crosslisted with: BOT 150, AHS 120 and HIT 150.

NURS 153. Medication and Dosage Calculation

1 Credit (1)

Techniques of dosage calculation for medication and fluid administration. RR applicable. Students must meet NMSU basic skills requirement in mathematics to enroll in this course.

Corequisite(s): NURS 156 and NURS 154.

NURS 154. Physical Assessment

2 Credits (2)

Beginning techniques of physical assessment by systems will be presented using the nursing process as a guide for providing safe client centered care throughout the life span. Grade of C or better is required. May be repeated up to 2 credits. Restricted to: NURSING majors. Restricted to Carlsbad campus only.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1130 or BIOL 2210.

Corequisite(s): NURS 153,NURS 156.

NURS 155. Special Topics

1-4 Credits

Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

NURS 156. Basic Nursing Theory and Practice

6 Credits (4+6P)

Introduction to the nursing profession and the beginning skills of nursing practice as it relates to normalcy. The nursing process is presented as a means of guiding the student in providing safe client centered care. Ethical and legal aspects of nursing practice are also included. Basic clinical nursing skills will be presented and practiced in the nursing lab. The student will perform these skills with clients in an actual health care setting. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Consent of Program Director requires. Restricted to: NURSING majors. Restricted to Carlsbad campus only.

Corequisite(s): NURS 153,NURS 154.

NURS 157. Maternal/Child Health Deviations

8 Credits (6+6P)

This course introduces the student to the concepts and principles of nursing care of the family from conception to adolescence. Utilizing the assessment, analyzing, planning, and implementation phases of the nursing process (the Care map), the student focuses on the supportive-educative nursing system to assist members of the family in meeting self-care requisites and how they are affected by the health deviations common to each developmental level beginning with conception and ending with adolescence. Knowledge gained in theoretical instruction is then applied to the patient care situation. After an introduction to the necessary clinical skills in the campus laboratory setting, students will participate in clinical experiences with the focus on the family from conception to adolescence. The assessment, analysis, planning, and implementation phases of the nursing process are emphasized as a tool to assist patients in meeting universal and developmental self-care requisites. Utilizing the nursing process, the student provides safe, client-centered care to diverse clients and families. Theoretical instruction is applied to client care situations. Students collaborate with clients, families, and the interdisciplinary team in meeting health care needs. Experiences may occur in the physician’s office, local health department, day care centers, schools, or the hospital. Grade of C or better required. Restricted to: NURSING majors. Restricted to Carlsbad campus only.

Prerequisite: NURS 156, NURS 153, and NURS 154.

Corequisite: NURS 210.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Determine how values of clients, families and medical personnel impact the involvement of clients in their health care related to maternal/child and pediatric clients. Implement individualized client care utilizing an evidenced based approach related to maternal/child and pediatric clients. Choose health protection, health promotion, and disease prevention strategies in the care of maternal/child and pediatric clients. Apply the scope, risk factors, physiologic processes, and clinical management strategies to maternal/child and pediatric clients. Choose resources for continuity of client care related to maternal/child and pediatric clients. Give examples of significant information to report to other disciplines. Apply the principles of delegation in the provision of client care with maternal/child and pediatric clients. Utilize evidenced based information to implement a plan of care and employ nursing interventions for maternal/child and pediatric clients. Use the principles of ethical practice in the delivery of nursing care for maternal/child and pediatric clients. 1 Apply policies, procedures and standards of care related to maternal/child and pediatrics in the provision of client care. 1 Apply nursing interventions to reduce risk of harm to self and others related to maternal/child and pediatric clients. 1 Choose available technology for delivery of nursing care related to maternal/child and pediatric clients.

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NURS 201. Special Topics

1-4 Credits

Specific topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite: admission to the nursing program.

NURS 209. Independent Study

1-4 Credits

Individual studies to meet identified student needs. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite: admission to the nursing program.

NURS 210. Pharmacological Requisites of the Childbearing Family

1 Credit (1)

Basic concepts of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics, and their relationship to nursing care will be discussed focusing on medications commonly utilized with the childbearing family. Medication classes to be discussed include labor and delivery, analgesic, vitamins, respiratory, gynecological, endocrine, and anti-microbial/anti-infective drugs. Grade of C or better required.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 153, NURS 154 and NURS 156.

Corequisite(s): NURS 157.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Effective communication skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Basic critical thinking skills including problem identification, evidence acquisition, evidence evaluation, and reasoning/conclusion. An understanding of personal and social responsibility. An ability to apply the fundamental concepts of quantitative reasoning in mathematics and science. Appropriate information and digital literacy, and skills for personal and professional use.

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NURS 211. Pharmacological Requisites of Simple Health Deviations

1 Credit (1)

Basic concepts of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics, and their relationship to nursing care are addressed focusing on medications related to the psychiatric, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, gynecological, hematological, and anti-neoplastic client. Grade of C or better required. Restricted to: Carlsbad campus only.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2210 and BIOL 2225 and NURS 153,NURS 154, NURS 156, NURS 157 and NURS 210.

Corequisite(s): NURS 246 and NURS 258.

NURS 212. Pharmacological Requisites of Complex Health Deviations

1 Credit (1)

Basic concepts of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics, and their relationship to nursing care is examined focusing on medications related to complex health deviations. Drug classes to be discussed include cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, and neurological. Grade of C or better required.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 153, NURS 154, NURS 156, NURS 157, NURS 246, NURS 258, NURS 210 and NURS 211.

Corequisite(s): NURS 256 and NURS 260.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply principles of teaching/learning in educating clients on the use, adverse effects and interactions of pharmacotherapeutic agents used to treat complex health deviations. Collaborate with members of the health care team in the delivery of pharmacotherapeutics to clients with complex health deviations. Give examples of commonly prescribed drugs used to treat clients with complex health deviations and related pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Discuss the relationship between the use of pharmacotherapeutics and the treatment of disease in clients with complex health deviations. Identify safety issues and minimize risk potential associated with pharmacotherapeutics.

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NURS 224. Maternal Child Nursing

5 Credits (4+3P)

This course provides the intermediate nursing student with an in-depth review of care of the childbearing woman, family structures and roles, and nursing care of the child from birth through adolescence. Emphasis includes the care of pre-partum, intra-partum and postpartum clients, the neonate and health deviations in pediatric clients. Clinical experiences in the simulation lab, the community, and acute care settings will provide the student with the opportunity to apply learned skills to provide total care to meet needs of up to two adult, neonatal, or pediatric clients and to apply care planning skills related to actual, psychosocial and potential problems. Students must be concurrently enrolled in both the lecture and lab sections of the course. Only students who have been admitted to the nursing program may enroll in this course. Students must be admitted into the Nursing Program to enroll in this course. Restricted to: NUR majors. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Corequisite(s): NURS 235, & NURS 236.

NURS 226. Adult Health II

6 Credits (4+6P)

This course focuses on application of nursing process and theoretical concepts of care for adults with complex health alterations. Selected clinical learning experiences in the simulation lab, acute care, and community settings will allow the student to apply: prioritization skills, maintain proficiency in performance of nursing skills, collaborative skills with clients, families, peers and health care team members, and care planning skills related to patient actual, psychosocial, and potential problems in the delivery of nursing care to meet needs of three adult clients. Students must be concurrently enrolled in both the lecture and lab sections of the course. Only students who have been admitted to the nursing program may enroll in this course. Students must be admitted into the Nursing Program to enroll in this course. Restricted to: NUR majors. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Corequisite(s): NURS 224 & NURS 235.

NURS 235. Nursing Leadership and Management

1 Credit (1)

This course introduces the intermediate nursing student to professional practice principles of nursing leadership and management including: health policy and politics, fiscal management & budgeting, conflict management, decision making, interdisciplinary practice, working with teams, roles in disaster planning and management, application of standards of care to risk management, organization of care delivery, health care systems, processes, and practice environments. May be repeated up to 1 credits. Students must be admitted into the Nursing Program to enroll in this course. Restricted to: NUR majors. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

Corequisite(s): NURS 224,NURS 226.

NURS 236. Nursing Preceptorship - Adult Health III

6 Credits (2+12P)

This course is the final course involving care of the patient with acute or chronic illness. It focuses on care of patients with complex or multi-system problems allowing the graduating nursing student to discuss and apply all the skills learned in previous nursing courses. After successfully passing the HESI exam, students have clinical practice with preceptor in various health care settings. Selected clinical learning experiences in the simulation lab, acute care, and community settings will allow the student to: organize care of a group of clients, maintain proficiency in performance of nursing skills, collaborate with clients, families, peers and health care team members, and support care planning skills related to patient actual, psychosocial, and potential problems in the delivery of nursing care to meet needs of the preceptors group of clients. Students must be concurrently enrolled in both the lecture and lab sections of the course. Only students who have been admitted to the nursing program and have successfully completed all level 1, 2 and 3 nursing courses may enroll in this course. Clinical may include inpatient or outpatient care, days, evenings, nights, or weekend experiences. Students are required to work the preceptors assigned schedule. NCLEX Review must be done concurrently. Students must be admitted into the Nursing Program to enroll in this course. Restricted to: NUR majors. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Corequisite(s): NURS 201.

NURS 246. Health Deviations I

7 Credits (4+9P)

Introduction to medical/surgical clients, whose health care needs are routine and predictable. Focus is on simple health deviations, including concepts relative to health promotion and maintenance. The nursing process is utilized to provide evidenced based, safe client centered care. Students are expected to apply clinical judgment, communicate and collaborate with clients and the interdisciplinary team in providing care for a group of two to three clients. Grade of C or better required. May be repeated up to 7 credits. Restricted to: Nursing majors. Restricted to Carlsbad campus only.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 153, NURS 156, NURS 154, NURS 157 and NURS 210.

Corequisite(s): NURS 211,NURS 258.

NURS 256. Health Deviations II

8 Credits (6+12P)

Concepts and principles applied to clients with complex health deviations. Building upon knowledge gained in NURS 246, focus will be on acutely ill clients. The nursing process continues to serve as a guide to provide safe, client centered care. The student collaborates with the interdisciplinary team in all aspects of client care. Student experiences the role of the staff nurse under the guidance and direction of the nursing instructor. Grade of C or better required. May be repeated up to 8 credits. Restricted to: Nursing majors. Restricted to Carlsbad campus only.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 153, NURS 154, NURS 156, NURS 157, NURS 210, NURS 211, NURS 246, and NURS 258.

Corequisite(s): NURS 212,NURS 260.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply each step of the nursing process as a method of organizing the nursing care for patients with complex health deviations. Discuss the patient’s health care needs that occur as a result of complex health deviations. Explain methods the nurse can employ in allowing the patient to assume the right and responsibility for his own care. Incorporate the concepts and principles derived from the biological, developmental, social, nutritional and computer sciences and nursing knowledge that relate to the nursing care of patients with complex health deviations. Explain the roles and functions of the members of the health care team including ancillary personnel as they relate to the care of patients with complex health deviations. Explain the rationale for the performance of the following technical skills: a. EKG monitoring; b. Rhythm strip interpretation; c. Hemodynamic monitoring and interpretation; d. Tracheal suctioning Recognize the nurse's role in establishing a therapeutic relationship with patients experiencing complex health deviations.

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NURS 258. Psychosocial Requisites: A Deficit Approach

3 Credits (2+3P)

Nursing theory and practice as it relates to the care of the client experiencing psychosocial health deviations. The role of the nurse is discussed along with the ethical and legal aspects of care for the client with psychosocial disorders. Building upon the communication skills of listening and responding, the student develops the therapeutic skills of interpersonal relationships. Grade of C or better is required. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: Nursing majors. Restricted to Carlsbad campus only.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 153, NURS 154, NURS 156, NURS 157, NURS 210, and NURS 246.

Corequisite(s): NURS 211,NURS 246.

NURS 260. Management of Patients with Health Deviations

2 Credits (2)

A capstone course to the nursing program in which principles in management and delegation to less prepared personnel is explored. A review of leadership roles, legal issues, quality initiatives, informatics and scope of practice is included. Preparation for the NCLEX is an integral portion of the course. Grade of C or better is required. May be repeated up to 2 credits. Restricted to: Nursing majors. Restricted to Carlsbad campus only.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 153, NURS 154, NURS 156, NURS 157, NURS 210, NURS 211, NURS 246, and NURS 258.

Corequisite(s): NURS 212, NURS 256.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss nursing practice concepts relevant to the practice of professional nursing. Evaluate principles of quality improvement and safety into nursing practice within healthcare organizations and systems. Apply leadership concepts through the application of policies that apply to healthcare delivery. Promote a culture of safety through anticipating and eliminating potentially harmful situations. Collaborate in systems analysis when clinical errors or near misses occur to reduce harm, minimize blame, and encourage transparency. Integrate evidence in determining best clinical practice. Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments, including local, state, national, and global healthcare trends. Use an ethical framework to evaluate the impact of policies of healthcare, especially for vulnerable populations.

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NURS 315. Introduction to Professional Nursing for the R. N.

3 Credits (3)

Transition course for the R.N. providing an overview of theories and concepts that are the bases for professional nursing practice.

NURS 322. Nursing Health Assessment

3 Credits (3)

Theoretical basis for the biopsychosocial assessment of individual patients across the life span for the RN. Restricted to Majors.

NURS 324. Nursing Care of the Older Adult

3 Credits (3)

Survey course addressing nursing care provisions for the elderly population in a variety of acute, community and home settings.

NURS 325. Human Pathophysiology for Nursing

3 Credits (3)

Concepts of alteration and adaptation in structure and function of the human body across the life span.

NURS 328. Human Pathophysiology Foundation for Nursing

4 Credits (4)

Human pathophysiology concepts of adaptation and alteration in function and structure across the life span and their implications for nursing practice. May be repeated up to 4 credits. Restricted to: BSNR,BSN,BSNP or consent of instructor majors.

Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in both (BIOL 353 & BIOL 2221/BIOL 354), or (BIOL 2210 & BIOL 2225), or (SPMD 2210 & SPMD 371).

Corequisite(s): NMNC 3110, NMNC 3135, NURS 362.

NURS 353. Nursing Informatics

3 Credits (3)

This course addresses nursing informatics principles and practices. Key concepts include relationship with evidence-based nursing practice, use of decision support systems, clinical information systems, telehealth, and standardized nursing language. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: BSNC majors.

NURS 360. Introduction to Nursing Concepts

3 Credits (3)

This course introduces the nursing student to the concepts of nursing practice and conceptual learning. Same as NMNEC course no.: NMNEC 101 Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program to enroll in this course. Restricted to: NURS majors.

Corequisite(s): NMNC 3120.

NURS 376. Research and Evidence-Based Practice for the Practicing RN

3 Credits (3)

Course provides introduction to evidenced-based practice and research principles for the practicing RN. Evidence-based practice principles and processes are covered. Foundations of research (quantitative and qualitative) research designs and research evaluation are included. Emphasis is placed on ethical and practical issues in critiquing and using research/evidence-based findings. Restricted to BSNC majors.

Prerequisite(s): A ST 311, or admission to RN-BSN Option with consent of instructor.

NURS 397. Special Topics

1-9 Credits (1-9)

Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for at total of 21 credits.

NURS 420. Community Health Nursing

3 Credits (3)

Concepts basic to the nursing care of families, groups, and communities with an emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, and health maintenance.

NURS 425. Health Literacy for a Global Society

3 Credits (3)

This is a course which addresses the importance of health literacy in an emerging global society, covering the primary aspects of global health literacy. The course explores and analyzes the challenges of health literacy in various areas of our world today, with an emphasis on the development of an action plan to improve health literacy in a select world area. The course is designed to assist students in locating, interpreting, and evaluating sources and content of health information, and in developing effective strategies and tools to assess, communicate, and educate about health literacy. Approximately one-third of the course is dedicated to exploring and evaluating emerging technologies and health literacy. Active student participation is expected and group work within class or online is commonly utilized.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply the principles of health literacy to selected health care cases, using global, regional, and local perspectives. Apply international and national standards and recommendations for health literacy to selected health care cases, using global, regional, and local perspectives. Analyze the impact of health literacy on quality of life at the local, regional and global level. Use emerging technologies to evaluate and promote health literacy at the local, regional, and global level. Analyze the impact of cultural issues on the health literacy of selected health care cases and world areas. Analyze the use of an interdisciplinary approach to health literacy on selected health care cases and world areas. Analyze the impact of ethical issues on the health literacy of selected health care cases and world areas. Assessment: Discussion board and Final project grading rubrics.

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NURS 426. Community Health Nursing for the R.N.: Clinical

3 Credits (6P)

Nursing process applied to the care of families, groups, and communities.

NURS 460. Strategies for Student Success

3 Credits (3)

This course is designed to assist and support students as they identify learning needs and develop a plan for successfully mastering nursing knowledge. Course activities and assignments will be designed to address student's self-identified learning goals to enhance their opportunity for success. Restricted to NURS, BSN, BSNP, BSNR majors.

NURS 475. Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing

3 Credits (3)

Explores the challenges associated with issues and trends in health care and the legal and ethical implications of professional nursing practice.

NURS 476. Nursing Organization & Management for the R.N.: Clinical

3 Credits (6P)

Nursing process applied to organization, management, and delivery of health care. An integrating experience for the R.N. student designed to facilitate the transition to professional practice. Students work with mentors in a clinical setting to develop professional nursing roles related to leadership and management.

NURS 477. Nursing Organization and Management for the RN

3 Credits (3)

Course covers nursing organization, leadership, and management principles, theories, and research for the practicing RN. Restricted to BSNC majors.

NURS 490. Independent Study

1-3 Credits

Individual studies with prior approval of department head.

NURS 505. Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing

3 Credits (3)

This course is a graduate-level introduction to nursing theory. This course assists students in understanding the nature of theory development in nursing, evidence-based practice and related disciplines. Students examine the definitions and meanings of the basic concepts of theory along with theory development and will explore an analysis of selected theories/models and their application to nursing practice, research, education, and administration. Students must be enrolled in the graduate program in nursing or have the permission of advisor and faculty of course to enroll in course. Restricted to: NURS majors.

NURS 506. Health Policy for Advanced Nursing Practice

3 Credits (3)

Course provides a conceptual approach to understanding health policy including the social, legal, political and ethical factors that influence policy development. Strategies for influencing policy direction and change are examined. Restricted to: NURS, NUSC, NURP majors.

NURS 507. Evidence-Based Practice for Healthcare Leaders

3 Credits (3)

This course is designed to prepare nurse administrators and other healthcare leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to critically analyze and synthesize scholarly evidence to promote high quality evidence-based practice. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: Online MSN in Nursing Administration majors.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Utilize information sources, such as bibliographic databases and electronic resources and experts, to locate existing knowledge relevant to healthcare and nursing practice.
  2. Critically appraise selected research designs, methods of data collection (quantitative and qualitative), and data analytic methods in relation to selected clinical practice and healthcare systems problems.
  3. Discuss the relevance of theory and conceptual frameworks to health care research and practice.
  4. Evaluate the use of evidence-based practice models to investigate clinical practice and healthcare systems problems.
  5. Discuss the ethical, cultural, and professional concerns with human subjects in nursing research and considerations for evidence-based practice.
  6. Propose a clinical practice change utilizing evidence-based practice guidelines.

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NURS 509. Quality Improvement for Healthcare Leaders

3 Credits (3)

This course is designed to prepare nurse administrators and other healthcare leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to critically analyze and synthesize scholarly evidence to promote high quality evidence-based practice. Restricted to: exclude Online MSN in Nursing Administration majors.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the value of improvement science in healthcare and its impact on healthcare quality.
  2. Articulate the role of administrators in leading and facilitating change in healthcare systems through quality improvement processes.
  3. Compare and contrast conceptual models and frameworks that guide quality improvement work in healthcare systems.
  4. Articulate the principles for selecting a systems-level problem for continuous quality improvement action.
  5. Demonstrate the use of quality improvement methods, tools and clinical data to address a systems-level problem in the clinical setting.
  6. Understand the role of health policy and national standards in guiding quality improvement initiatives.

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NURS 511. Advanced Pathophysiology for Clinical Nursing

3 Credits (3)

In-depth study of the physiological and pathological bases of altered health states of patients across the life span. Case studies facilitate application of complex concepts to clinical nursing practice. Restricted to: NURS, NUSC, NURP majors.

NURS 512. Advanced Clinical Pharmacology

3 Credits (3)

Principles of clinical pharmacology for advanced clinical practice. Focus on pharmacology as it relates to human physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan. Restricted to: NURS, NUSC, NURP majors.

NURS 514. Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice

3 Credits (3)

Principles of clinical psychopharmacology with emphasis on clinical application of major drug classifications including decision making, prescribing, drug monitoring and patient education.

NURS 515. Advanced Health Assessment

3 Credits (2+1P)

Assessment theory and skills for advanced clinical practice. Emphasis on assessment of patients across the life span. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: NURS,NUSC,NURP majors.

NURS 530. Promoting Health Behavior

3 Credits (3)

Emphasis is on the role of the advanced practice nurse in facilitating health behavior change. The impact of health status on health behavior, ethical issues relate to health promotion, and the processes for promoting healthy behaviors are explored. Theoretical models of behavior change and primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention concepts serve as a basis for developing nursing interventions that promote behavior change.

NURS 549. Management of Human and Fiscal Resources in Nursing

4 Credits (1P)

This graduate level course examines and applies contemporary concepts of human and fiscal resource management for the nurse administrator. Focus is placed on achieving quality outcomes through effective management of human assets and organizational resources in health care settings. The course includes a clinical component. May be repeated up to 4 credits. Restricted to: MSN majors.

NURS 563. Human Resource Management in Nursing

3 Credits (3)

Contemporary approaches to the development and management of nursing resources that complement organizational vision, strategies and management goals. Management of a diverse, quality workforce that results in an improved organizational performance. Performance evaluation, motivation, professional development and legal and regulatory aspects will be explored.

NURS 564. Nursing Fiscal Management

3 Credits (3)

Concepts of financial management emphasizing principles of health care budgeting and finance in managing health care resources. A focus is to achieve quality outcomes through financial resource management. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: NURS majors.

NURS 565. Advanced Leadership in Healthcare

3-5 Credits (3+1-2P)

Analysis of leadership theories as they pertain to the nurse executive and the advanced practice nurse in complex health care organizations. Emphasis will be placed on organizational change and conflict management in working with interdisciplinary health care teams. Clinical component included for DNP students only. May be repeated up to 5 credits. Restricted to: NURS,NUSC,NURP majors.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 562.

NURS 566. Seminar in Nursing Administration- Roles

3 Credits (3)

Role preparation for the nurse administrator as manager, leader, collaborator and change agent. Synthesis of concepts from management and nursing as a basis for role effectiveness in nursing administration.

Corequisite(s): NURS 595.

NURS 567. Nursing Informatics

3 Credits (3)

This course is provides the foundational knowledge necessary to integrate systems and information technologies. Topics include informatics, knowledge management, healthcare information systems/telehealth including the electronic health record. Focuses on using available technology to enhance safety and monitor the health status and outcomes of populations. Restricted to: NURS, NUSC, NURP majors.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.

NURS 572. Pharmacology of Addictions

4 Credits (4)

Concepts and principles of the pharmacology of psychoactive substances and the addiction process; including the pharmacological approach to treatment. Restricted to: NURS majors.

NURS 590. Independent Study

1-10 Credits

Individual studies and directed research with prior approval of department head. May be repeated on a different topic. May be repeated for a maximum of 20 credits.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

NURS 595. Advanced Field Work in Nursing

1-3 Credits (1P)

A practicum in Nursing Administration. Application of concepts from management and nursing to the clinical, educational, or community setting. May be repeated up to 12 credits. Restricted to: MSN, DNP, PHD majors. Graded: S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Prerequisite(s): NURS 565.

Corequisite(s): NURS 566.

NURS 597. Special Topics

1-3 Credits

Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a different subject area. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

NURS 603. Introduction to Population Health

1 Credit (1)

This required course for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares the student to implement specialty population-based disease prevention and health promotion activities to achieve national and international goals of improving worldwide health status. The course focuses on a spectrum of issues affecting health, which include emerging infectious diseases, emergency preparedness, disparities in health and healthcare services, and the impact of behavior and lifestyle choices on health.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyze data to identify potential and emerging health hazards in individuals and communities. Evaluate care delivery models to address disease prevention and population health. Identify gaps in the care of individuals, aggregates, or populations. Identify gaps in the care of individuals, aggregates, or populations.

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NURS 606. Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research

3 Credits (3)

Focus on approaches to developing nursing knowledge by means of quantitative research methods as applied to clinical problems, theoretical modeling of human responses to health and illness, and health policy issues. Emphasizes detailed analysis and critique of non-experimental and experimental designs, issues pertaining to sampling and statistical power, the reliability and validity of measurers, and uses and abuses of descriptive and inferential statistics in nursing research literature. Students are expected to develop sufficient discernment to read, critique, evaluate, and discuss the quality, significance, and limitations of published quantitative nursing research.

Prerequisite: NURS 621.

NURS 607. Qualitative Methods in Nursing Research

3 Credits (3)

Major methodological traditions of qualitative research and their applications to knowledge development and clinical research in nursing are the emphasis. Overview of at least one computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software application. Students will engage in detailed critique and discussion of significant nursing investigation representing various qualitative approaches and traditions.

NURS 610. Nursing Education: Pedagogy and Roles

3 Credits (3)

Teaching-learning process in the clinical and classroom settings. Focuses on educational patterns and pathways in nursing and the roles of faculty in academia. Educational reform is analyzed in relationship to diversity in students, faculty, practice settings and technology-driven learning environments. Instructional designs, teaching strategies, and outcome evaluations are examined for their pedagogic use. The development of critical thinking outcomes, mentorships and partnerships to meet the needs of students are addressed. The course examines issues and challenges that impact the educational process such as student and faculty recruitment, the changing healthcare environment, differentiation of practice, advanced practice, reduced resources and links with theory and research.

NURS 612. Healthcare Policy and Ethics

3 Credits (3)

This course examines complex challenges faced in the US healthcare system for nurses in advanced practice roles within an ethical framework. Ethical, social, and political issues that affect the provision of health care, communities, and society are critically analyzed with an emphasis on interprofessional roles in health care. Concepts that support advocating for social justice, reducing healthcare disparities. improving quality, promoting ethical aspects of care, and cost containment are overarching themes in the course discussions and assignments. Students use self-reflection, case studies and presentations to apply ethical principles, develop healthcare policy recommendations to improve care access, and reduce disparities in professional practice and population health.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyze the historical evolution of health care systems and their influence on the development of institutional, local, state, federal and international health policy. Critique socioeconomic, legal, ethical, and political issues relevant to policymaking and provision of equitable, safe, and quality health care at the local, state, and national levels. Assess health policies, infrastructure, financing, and complex systems in the US in contrast to other nations. Critically analyze bioethical issues in clinical practice settings as they impact policy, disparities, advocacy, ethics, improved patient outcomes and reduced costs. Synthesize the principle of human rights and ethics in conduct of health care research and policy design. Interpret the value and importance of advanced practice nursing role(s) to policy makers, health care professionals, and consumers.

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NURS 622. Clinical Data Management and Analysis

2 Credits (2)

This required course provides students with the knowledge base to understand, collect, manage, and measure clinical data. Students will explore data collection and management processes, levels of measurement, basic statistics, and measurement for improvement in order to effectively use clinical data. Data entry exercises employed through analytical tools and statistical software packages will allow the students practice and apply the basic data management and analysis skills needed for the evaluation of clinical data and evidence-based practice.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply principles of sound data collection and management. Create a database to collect and aggregate data. Apply levels of measurement. Perform basic statistics including descriptive, parametric, and non-parametric statistics. Perform basic analysis of aggregate population level data. Use common tools (excel) and statistical software packages (SPSS) for data collection, entry, management, and analysis.

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NURS 623. Mixed Methods

3 Credits (3)

Presents a brief overview of research paradigms with emphasis on formulating research questions, aims and methods for a mixed method/model approach. Students may use proposals developed in earlier qualitative and quantitative research classes to devise mixed method proposal integrating readings on these methods and own research interests. Prerequisite: NURS 606 and NURS 607

NURS 624. Measurement in Culturally Diverse Border Populations

3 Credits (3)

The focus of this course is the development of essential competencies required to locate, select, evaluate, and use instruments to operationalize nursing variables. Ethical considerations in nursing research and research issues in diverse populations will be discussed. Specific attention is given to the process of moving from concept to construct, measurement theory, validity/reliability issues, and measurement issues in diverse populations including literacy, social desirability bias, sensitive data, translations, and cultural equivalency. Restricted to PhD in Nursing majors.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to PhD in Nursing program; NURS 606; NURS 623; or consent of Instructor.

NURS 630. Issues in Studying Health of Culturally Diverse and Border Populations

3 Credits (3)

Analysis and evaluation of the unique health care needs of culturally diverse and rural populations across the lifespan from ethnic, economic, gender, and sexual orientation perspectives. Interdisciplinary strategies to affect positive health outcomes are discussed, analyzed, and evaluated. Restricted to: NURS, NUSC, NURP majors.

NURS 631. Population Based Approaches to Health Promotion

3 Credits (3)

Population based approaches to health promotion focuses on preparing nursing students to identify, critically analyze and evaluate health promotion initiatives in culturally diverse and border populations using the Southwestern U.S. and U.S./Mexico border as the case exemplar. It examines historical, socio-economic, legal and professional issues associated with health promotion and policy initiatives. It considers prospects for social change, political movements and alternative approaches to develop and hasten adaption of health promotion initiatives in partnership with communities, advocacy groups and health care agencies.

NURS 642. Strategic and Financial Planning for Population Health Programs

3 Credits (3)

This course explores the role of nurses in advanced nursing practice within a rapidly changing healthcare system. Theories of leadership, quality, risk outcomes, and financial structures for healthcare organizations are discussed providing a framework for change within advanced nursing practice specialties. Accounting, finance, and marketing principles are presented enabling students to complete a financial plan for an evidence based practice change.

Prerequisite: NURS 622.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Use the principles of population focused program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation to develop an evidence-based population focused strategy to address a health priority issue. Analyze the potential influence of cultural, ethical, and public health policy issues when working with diverse populations. Analyze aspects of organizational culture and planned change that may influence success of planned interventions. Evaluate feasibility issues related to implementing planned interventions such as cost, time, and available resources. Integrate principles of program evaluation to determine impact and sustainability of evidence-based interventions. Analyze the impact of financial models on costs, quality and health outcomes.

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NURS 648. Interdisciplinary Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence

3 Credits (3)

This required course prepares students for organizational and systems leadership and knowledge and skills critical to role development in independent and inter and intra-disciplinary practice. Content includes communication, conflict resolution, collaboration and negotiation, leadership, and team functioning to maximize success in the establishment of safe, effective patient-centered care in complex environments.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Evaluate interdisciplinary care delivery models from a systems perspective using evidence-based findings. Incorporate principles of specialty practice management, quality improvement, and interdisciplinary teamwork in order to meet the health needs of the specialty population served. Analyze effective strategies for the management of ethical dilemmas, incorporation of sensitivity to diverse cultures, and elimination of health disparities. Differentiate among the multiple roles in advanced nursing practice. Evaluate leadership styles in a team environment in the analysis of complex practice and organizational issues. Incorporate consultative and leadership skills with inter and intra-disciplinary teams to facilitate change.

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NURS 649. Innovations and Health Care Organizations

3 Credits (3)

Examines complexity and innovation within health care systems, health care delivery, and population health. Areas of focus are systems, organizations, health disparities, and ethical decision making. Emphasis is on improvement in services and outcomes. Taught with NURS 562. Restricted to: NURS, NUSC, NURP majors.

NURS 650. Behaviorial Approaches and Determinants of Nursing and Health

3 Credits (3)

Focuses on how behavioral/mental health concepts are applied in determining health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities. Students will apply and synthesize theoretical constructs within practice and research focusing on behavioral/mental health concepts. Health outcomes are viewed in a traditionally holistic manner in that health outcomes are discussed as an integral part of the human experience of healing and health.

NURS 651. Quality Improvement in Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners

3 Credits (3)

This course prepares nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses to be leaders of interprofessional teams engaged in the process of continuous quality improvement in healthcare settings. Healthcare quality improvement principles and practice will focus on improving patient care and outcomes, lowering costs, reducing health disparities, and increasing access to healthcare. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: Family Nurse Practitioner; Psych/Mental Health Nursing; Nursing Practice; Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate; and Psych/Mental Health Nursing Certificate majors.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the value of improvement science in healthcare and its impact on healthcare quality.
  2. Articulate the role of the doctorally-prepared Advance Practice Registered Nurse in leading and facilitating change in healthcare systems through quality improvement processes.
  3. Compare and contrast conceptual models and frameworks that guide quality improvement work in healthcare systems.
  4. Articulate the principles for selecting a systems-level problem for continuous quality improvement action.
  5. Demonstrate the use of quality improvement methods, tools and clinical data to address a systems-level problem in the clinical setting.
  6. Analyze the role of health policy and national standards in guiding quality improvement initiatives.

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NURS 652. Applied Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement

3 Credits (3)

This course is designed to prepare DNP student to demonstrate systems thinking, and accountability in design, delivery, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve clinical outcomes through the development of the DNP prospectus. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: DNP majors.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 651.

NURS 653. Evidence-Based Practice for Nurse Practitioners

3 Credits (3)

This course is designed to prepare nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses with the skills and knowledge needed to critically analyze and synthesize scholarly evidence to promote high quality evidence-based practice. Restricted to: Family Nurse Practitioner; Psych/Mental Health Nursing; Nursing Practice; Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate; and Psych/Mental Health Nursing Certificate majors.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 651.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Utilize information sources, such as bibliographic databases and electronic resources and experts, to locate existing knowledge relevant to healthcare and nursing practice.
  2. Critically appraise selected research designs, methods of data collection (quantitative and qualitative), and data analytic methods in relation to selected clinical practice and healthcare systems problems.
  3. Discuss the relevance of theory and conceptual frameworks to health care research and practice.
  4. Evaluate the use of evidence-based practice models to investigate clinical practice and healthcare systems problems.
  5. Discuss the ethical, cultural, and professional concerns with human subjects in nursing research and considerations for evidence-based practice.
  6. Propose a clinical practice change utilizing evidence-based practice guidelines.

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NURS 657. Population Health and the Environment

3 Credits (3)

This course will examine and evaluate prevention strategies, healthcare quality measures, diversity principles, and patient safety considerations related to population health. There is a focus on how environmental health can be integrated into nursing education, practice, research, and policy/advocacy efforts. Students will explore community, environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic dimensions of care as evidenced by completion of a community assessment.

Prerequisite: NURS 603.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyze theoretical frameworks/conceptual models for relevance to population health. Analyze the impact of a population health focus on the health of individuals, families and communities. Differentiate the impact of biologic factors, the natural environment, built environment and altered environment on health. Describe the impact of discrimination, sexism, and racism on equity and inclusion in healthcare and on health. Analyze the relationship between human health, animal health and ecosystem health. Apply the principles of patient and community engagement for population health improvement Discriminate between population growth, health and development as factors in global health. Examine institutional, local/state/federal, and global policies that address the relationship between population health and the environment.

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NURS 660. PMHNP Across the Lifespan I

6 Credits (3+1-3P)

This is the first in a series of three didactic/clinical courses for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) student. This course introduces the PMHNP student to the scope and standards of practice; legal and ethical issues; comprehensive psychiatric assessment and evaluation; developmental theories; and the theory and practice of psychotherapy. Emphasis is placed on individuals across the lifespan from diverse populations. The clinical component of this course involves working with a preceptor on psychiatric assessment and evaluation, as well as therapy in an outpatient setting. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Restricted to: NURP,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 511, NURS 512, NURS 515.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate advanced self-awareness to the core professional values and ethical/legal standards in the implementation of the Nurse Practitioner role and Identifies and maintains professional boundaries to preserve the integrity of the therapeutic process.
  2. Integrate history and physical exam data with the knowledge of pathophysiology and psychopathology of acute and chronic diseases across the life span, to construct comprehensive and concise biopsychosocial assessments of individuals with common psychiatric disorders.
  3. Focuses on interdisciplinary communication, care coordination by seeking consultation with colleagues to improve clinical outcomes for individuals with mental health problems and psychiatric disorders.
  4. Apply theoretical concepts and psychotherapeutic modalities to develop age appropriate therapeutic alliances with mental health individuals during developmental transitions and life-style adjustments across the lifespan, including focus on vulnerable populations at risk for mental health problems, based on current evidence and clinical practice guidelines.
  5. Provides patient-centered care recognizing cultural diversity, spiritual preferences, values, and beliefs to create a climate of patient- centered care to include confidentiality, privacy, comfort, emotional support, mutual trust, and respect.
  6. Applies supportive, psychodynamic principles, cognitive-behavioral and other evidence- based psychotherapy/-ies to both brief and long-term individual practice.
  7. Demonstrates progressive self-directed learning of course concepts by applying knowledge of theoretical concepts and related theories to individuals with mental illness by independently conducting individual psychotherapy, under supervision of a preceptor.

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NURS 662. PMHNP Across the Lifespan II

5-7 Credits (3+2-4P)

This is the second in a series of three didactic/clinical courses for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) student. This course provides further theoretical foundations, knowledge and evidence-based practice experiences in differential diagnosis for mental health conditions; family and group therapy; and integrated management of mental health conditions. Emphasis is placed on working with families from diverse populations. The clinical component of this course involves working with a preceptor to develop and implement comprehensive treatment plans that include psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in inpatient and/or outpatient settings. May be repeated up to 7 credits. Restricted to: NURP,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 660.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate self-awareness of core professional values and ethical/legal standards in the implementation of the nurse practitioner role, identifying and maintaining professional boundaries to preserve the integrity of the therapeutic process.
  2. Integrate history, laboratory and physical exam data with the knowledge of pathophysiology and psychopathology of acute and chronic diseases across the life span, to construct comprehensive and concise biopsychosocial assessments and diagnosis of individuals with common psychiatric disorders.
  3. Demonstrate interdisciplinary communication and care coordination by seeking consultation with colleagues to improve clinical outcomes for individuals with mental health problems and psychiatric disorders.
  4. Apply theoretical concepts and psychotherapeutic modalities to develop age-appropriate therapeutic alliances with individuals and families during developmental transitions and life-style adjustments across the lifespan based on current evidence and clinical practice guidelines.
  5. Recognize cultural diversity, spiritual preferences, values, and beliefs to create a climate of patient-centered care demonstrating confidentiality, privacy, comfort, emotional support, mutual trust, and respect.
  6. Demonstrate increasing independence in the application of supportive, psychodynamic principles, cognitive-behavioral and other evidence- based psychotherapy/-ies to both brief and long-term individual encounters, family therapy and group therapy.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of psychotherapeutic theories and concepts by independently conducting psychotherapy with individuals with mental illness or at risk for mental health problems, under the supervision of a preceptor.
  8. Apply theoretical concepts, evidence-based psychotherapeutic modalities, and knowledge of psychopharmacology to develop, implement and document comprehensive treatment plans.

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NURS 664. PMHNP Across the Lifespan III

5 Credits (1+3-4P)

Demonstrate self-awareness of core professional values and ethical/legal standards in the implementation of the nurse practitioner role, identifying and maintaining professional boundaries to preserve the integrity of the therapeutic process. Integrate history, laboratory and physical exam data with the knowledge of pathophysiology and psychopathology of acute and chronic diseases across the life span, to construct comprehensive and concise biopsychosocial assessments and diagnosis of individuals with common psychiatric disorders. Demonstrate interdisciplinary communication and care coordination by seeking consultation with colleagues to improve clinical outcomes for individuals with mental health problems and psychiatric disorders. Apply theoretical concepts and psychotherapeutic modalities to develop age-appropriate therapeutic alliances with individuals and families during developmental transitions and life-style adjustments across the lifespan based on current evidence and clinical practice guidelines. Recognize cultural diversity, spiritual preferences, values, and beliefs to create a climate of patient-centered care demonstrating confidentiality, privacy, comfort, emotional support, mutual trust, and respect. Demonstrate increasing independence in the application of supportive, psychodynamic principles, cognitive-behavioral and other evidence- based psychotherapy/-ies to both brief and long-term individual encounters, family therapy and group therapy. Demonstrate knowledge of psychotherapeutic theories and concepts by independently conducting psychotherapy with individuals with mental illness or at risk for mental health problems, under the supervision of a preceptor. Apply theoretical concepts, evidence-based psychotherapeutic modalities, and knowledge of psychopharmacology to develop, implement and document comprehensive treatment plans.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate self-awareness of core professional values and ethical/legal standards in the implementation of the nurse practitioner role, identifying and maintaining professional boundaries to preserve the integrity of the therapeutic process.
  2. Independently integrate history, laboratory and physical exam data with the knowledge of pathophysiology and psychopathology of acute and chronic diseases across the life span, to construct comprehensive and concise biopsychosocial assessments and diagnosis of individuals with common psychiatric disorders.
  3. Demonstrate interdisciplinary communication and care coordination by seeking consultation with colleagues to improve clinical outcomes for individuals with mental health problems and psychiatric disorders.
  4. Apply theoretical concepts and psychotherapeutic modalities to develop age-appropriate therapeutic alliances with individuals and/or families during developmental transitions and life-style adjustments across the lifespan based on current evidence and clinical practice guidelines.
  5. Recognize cultural diversity, spiritual preferences, values, and beliefs to create a climate of patient-centered care demonstrating confidentiality, privacy, comfort, emotional support, mutual trust, and respect.
  6. Demonstrate independence in the application of supportive, psychodynamic principles, cognitive-behavioral and other evidence- based psychotherapy/-ies to both brief and long-term individual encounters and/or group therapy.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of psychotherapeutic theories and concepts by independently conducting psychotherapy with individuals with mental illness or at risk for mental health problems, under the supervision of a preceptor.
  8. Demonstrate theoretical concepts, evidence-based psychotherapeutic modalities, and knowledge of psychopharmacology to independently develop, implement and document comprehensive treatment plans.

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NURS 665. Advanced Concepts in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

1 Credit (1)

This course examines scope of practice, epidemiology, cultural issues, and common co-occurring psychiatric, medical and legal problems related to substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder. Students will review theories and research as the basis for psychometric screening and evidence-based interventions, including medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders. Emphasis is placed on individuals across the lifespan from diverse populations. Consent of Instructor required.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate the significance of professionalism and self-awareness by maintaining professional, ethical and legal standards, preserving the integrity of the therapeutic process, demonstrating commitment to the health and well-being of individuals and society ethical practice, and upholding high personal standards of behavior. Recognize addictive disorders as developmental biopsychosocial disorders using a model of interconnection encompassing neurobiology, genetic, medical and mental health co-morbidities, familial, social, environmental, cultural, spiritual influences as contributors of substance use disorders. Apply an evidence-based approach to detecting substance use disorders by recognizing medical, psychological, social, and functional indicators of subclinical addiction disorders through use of validated standardized substance use disorder screening instruments, and accurately interpret screening results indicative of hazardous and harmful substance use. Integrate positive substance use screening results with therapeutic and counseling strategies appropriate to the patient’s readiness to change, by assessing the patient’s background, ethnicity, and belief system to accommodate and respect the values and attitudes of various cultures. Recognize the indications, contraindications, duration and utilization of evidence-based medication-assisted treatment and pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders including medications for acute withdrawal and relapse prevention. Diagnose substance use disorders and existing co-occurring mental health and/or medical disorders, and match appropriate level or care, secure consultation and referrals for specialty treatment of addiction and other medical and psychiatric conditions.

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NURS 671. FNP Across the Lifespan I

6 Credits (3+1-3P)

This is the first in a series of three didactic/clinical courses for the family nurse practitioner (FNP) student. This course introduces the FNP student to the scope and standards of practice; legal and ethical issues; differential diagnosis; as well as the identification and management of specific symptoms and conditions. Emphasis is placed on individuals across the lifespan from diverse populations. The clinical component of this course involves working with a preceptor to advance skills in patient history taking, performing physical assessments, and interpreting laboratory and other test results. Development of a plan of care with health promotion components is also expected. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Restricted to: NURP,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 511, NURS 512, NURS 515.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate understanding of cultural, social and spiritual differences, their impact on health care, and utilize this knowledge in the management of patients from all cultures and apply this understanding in establishing a therapeutic, respectful interactions and relationship with the patient and families.
  2. Apply theoretical concepts of patient-centered care with emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, guidance/counseling, disease management, and palliative care during developmental transitions and life-style adjustments.
  3. Incorporate primary/secondary prevention guidance into comprehensive treatment plans for patients across the lifespan. Integrate history, physical examination laboratory and other test data with knowledge of pathophysiology of acute and chronic diseases/conditions to develop a comprehensive exploration (or assessment) of a chief complaint.
  4. Identify pharmacological interventions in the treatment and management of illness for diverse populations.
  5. Translate knowledge of acute and chronic illness to the development, implementation and documentation of appropriate comprehensive treatment plans, including referrals to other specialties and services.
  6. Integrate evidence-based clinical guidelines into the diagnosis and management of illness in patients across the lifespan.
  7. Create a climate of patient-centered care to include confidentiality, privacy, comfort, emotional support, education, mutual trust and respect.
  8. Use self-reflection to evaluate progress in professional development as an integral member of the interprofessional team. Integrate ethical principles in decision-making and demonstrate core professional values in the implementation of the nurse practitioner role.

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NURS 672. FNP Across the Lifespan II

5-7 Credits (3+2-4P)

This is the second in a series of three didactic/clinical courses for the family nurse practitioner (FNP) student. This course provides further theoretical foundations, knowledge and evidence-based practice experiences in the differential diagnosis and management of acute and chronic diseases. Emphasis is placed on individuals across the lifespan from diverse populations. Building on knowledge and skills from the previous course, students will be expected to manage patients with an increasing complexity of health issues and multiple co-morbidities. The clinical component of this course involves working with a preceptor to refine skills in assessment and differential diagnosis and well as the development and implementation of comprehensive treatment plans, that include referrals to other specialties and services. May be repeated up to 7 credits. Restricted to: NURP,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 671.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate understanding of cultural, social and spiritual differences, their impact on health care, and utilize this knowledge in the management of patients from all cultures and apply this understanding in establishing a therapeutic, respectful interactions and relationship with the patient and families.
  2. Apply theoretical concepts of patient-centered care with emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, guidance/counseling, disease management, and palliative care during developmental transitions and life-style adjustments. Incorporate primary/secondary prevention guidance into comprehensive treatment plans for patients across the lifespan. Integrate history, physical examination laboratory and other test data with knowledge of pathophysiology of acute and chronic diseases/conditions to develop appropriate differential diagnoses.
  3. Identify pharmacological interventions in the treatment and management of illness for diverse populations.
  4. Translate knowledge of acute and chronic illness to the development, implementation and documentation of appropriate comprehensive treatment plans, including referrals to other specialties and services.
  5. Integrate evidence-based clinical guidelines into the diagnosis and management of illness in patients across the lifespan.
  6. Create a climate of patient-centered care to include confidentiality, privacy, comfort, emotional support, education, mutual trust and respect.
  7. Use self-reflection to evaluate progress in professional development as an integral member of the interprofessional team.
  8. Integrate ethical principles in decision-making and demonstrate core professional values in the implementation of the nurse practitioner role.
  9. Evaluate the relationships between access, cost, quality, and safety and their influence on health care.

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NURS 673. FNP Across the Lifespan III

5 Credits (1+3-4P)

This is the final didactic/clinical course for the family nurse practitioner (FNP) student. In this course, the student works with a preceptor to develop mastery of skills required to assess, diagnose and manage acute and chronic conditions in primary care settings. Advancement of knowledge and skills attained through previous practicum experiences and this final course produces a capable, qualified provider, who will transition into a safe, novice, primary care nurse practitioner. The didactic component of this course includes preparation for the FNP board certification examination. May be repeated up to 5 credits. Restricted to: NURP,NURS majors.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 672.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate understanding of cultural, social and spiritual differences, their impact on health care, and utilize this knowledge in the management of patients from all cultures and apply this understanding in establishing a therapeutic, respectful interactions and relationship with the patient and families.
  2. Apply theoretical concepts of patient-centered care with emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, guidance/counseling, disease management, and palliative care during developmental transitions and life-style adjustments.
  3. Incorporate primary/secondary prevention guidance into comprehensive treatment plans for patients across the lifespan.
  4. Integrate history, physical examination laboratory and other test data with knowledge of pathophysiology of acute and chronic diseases/conditions to develop appropriate differential diagnoses.
  5. Identify pharmacological interventions in the treatment and management of illness for diverse populations.
  6. Translate knowledge of acute and chronic illness to the development, implementation and documentation of appropriate comprehensive treatment plans, including referrals to other specialties and services.
  7. Integrate evidence-based clinical guidelines into the diagnosis and management of illness in patients across the lifespan.
  8. Create a climate of patient-centered care to include confidentiality, privacy, comfort, emotional support, education, mutual trust and respect.
  9. Use self-reflection to evaluate progress in professional development as an integral member of the interprofessional team.
  10. 1 Integrate ethical principles in decision-making and demonstrate core professional values in the implementation of the nurse practitioner role.
  11. 1 Evaluate the relationships between access, cost, quality, and safety and their influence on health care.

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NURS 676. Women's Health

3 Credits (3)

The course will examine patient and family perspectives as well as health care system variables and societal issues that affect the organization and delivery of women's health care. Students will engage in critical analysis of the evidence base concerning psychosocial and spiritual concerns and barriers to and opportunities for improving women's health care across the diverse settings in which health care is delivered. Focus on evidence-based approaches to the primary care management of women. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

NURS 678. Health Needs of Special Populations

2-4 Credits (2+1-2P)

This course provides an overview of infant, child, adult and older adult health needs and interventions that promote and support optimal health. The conceptual and theoretical foundation for advanced practice with individuals and families across the lifespan is emphasized, including pharmaco-therapeutic and integrated bio-psychosocial interventions for diverse populations across the continuum of care. Advanced practice nurses in the certificate program will have varying hours of credit. May be repeated up to 4 credits.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 660 or NURS 671 or permission of instructor.

NURS 679. Introduction to the DNP Project

1 Credit (1)

This required course is designed to assist the student in exploring a clinical problem and selecting an area of interest within a practice specialization, and in demonstrating professional competencies related to an area of interest to begin foundational development of the DNP scholarly project. The student will document previously acquired abilities and competencies while developing an understanding of the DNP project process. Students will work towards selection of a setting (hospital, long-term, primary care or community health agency) where concepts, theories, and principles of leadership, administration, and management can be applied.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Examine the role of the DNP in the development and implementation of evidence based change of practice projects. Identify a DNP Project practice site and clinical advisor. Develop a portfolio demonstrating expertise in the specialty area of interest and understanding of a clinical problem.

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NURS 685. Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

2 Credits

Emphasis is on the practical application of the principles of epidemiology in the measurement and evaluation of population health. Epidemiological literature will be critiqued and synthesized to evaluate population-based public health nursing problems. Issues related to disease surveillance, causation, genetic patterns, screening and social trends in population health will be examined. Use of existing data bases and technology programs are covered. Restricted to: NURP, NURS, NUSC majors.

NURS 686. DNP Project I

1 Credit (1)

This is the first in a three-course series that culminates in the implementation, evaluation and dissemination of scholarly work that demonstrates the student’s synthesis of the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (i.e., the DNP Essentials). The project must use evidence to improve clinical practice, healthcare delivery and/or patient outcomes. Upon completion of this course, students will identify a problem in healthcare, explore the existing evidence and develop a preliminary proposal for a project that demonstrates synthesis of DNP coursework and lays the groundwork for future scholarship.

Prerequisites: NURS 651 and NURS 653.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Systematically review the existing evidence pertaining to selected clinical problem, generating a written review of the existing evidence. Identify a theoretical framework or model that will guide the development of a solution or intervention and/or the execution of the DNP project. Identify a theoretical framework or model that will guide the development of a solution or intervention and/or the execution of the DNP project. Defend the DNP project proposal in front of the student’s project committee and submit to IRB

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NURS 687. DNP Project II

1 Credit (1)

This is the second in a three-course series that culminates in the implementation, evaluation and dissemination of scholarly work that demonstrates the student’s synthesis of the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (i.e., the DNP Essentials). The project must use evidence to improve clinical practice, healthcare delivery and/or patient outcomes. Upon completion of this course, students will have designed and defended a plan for implementation and evaluation of the proposed project, submitted an IRB application, and initiated the project upon obtaining IRB approval.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 686.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Execute the approved DNP project implementation and evaluation plan. Develop a plan for local, regional and/or national dissemination of the DNP project outcomes as scholarly work. Identify the DNP Essentials that are represented in the project and describe how the project addressed the requirement.

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NURS 688. DNP Project III

1 Credit (1)

This is the third in a three-course series that culminates in the implementation, evaluation and dissemination of scholarly work that demonstrates the student’s synthesis of the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (i.e., the DNP Essentials). The project must use evidence to improve clinical practice, healthcare delivery and/or patient outcomes. Upon completion of this semester, students will demonstrate the ability execute the proposed project plan. If additional time is needed to complete the proposed DNP project, the student must register for NURS 699 in subsequent semesters until the project outcomes are successfully defended in front of the project committee.

Prerequisite(s): NURS 687.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Defend the DNP project outcomes in front of the student’s project committee and a public audience. Generate a comprehensive written paper (i.e., professional manuscript, white paper, or technical report) that outlines the DNP project problem statement, objectives, review of evidence, implementation, and outcomes.

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NURS 689. DNP Project Practicum

1-3 Credits (1-3P)

This leadership practicum courses provide for the development of a population health leader as demonstrated through the DNP project. The student will conduct an assessment of a population, community and/or organization where evidenc- based leadership activities may be employed. Once a problem or issue is identified in the practice setting, the student will develop an evidence-based project designed to positively impact population- specific and/or patient care outcomes. After approval of the DNP project proposal, the student will implement an evidence-based project designed to positively impact population health and/or patient/client care outcomes. The culmination of the DNP project is evaluation and dissemination of the evidence-based changes. May be repeated up to 9 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate competence in the role of population health leader who delivers advanced practice nursing, including educators, clinicians, administrators, and translators of research. Execute the DNP Project that meets the needs of diverse populations Collaborate with DNP committee and the organization to establish an intra- and inter-professional continuous quality improvement process for achievement of the desired outcomes Exhibit consistent professional behavior, performance, accountability, and responsibility within a population health leadership role

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NURS 690. Doctoral Nursing Seminar

1-3 Credits (1-3)

Seminar to build nursing scholarship skills,consisting of a series of 1 credit seminars that are taken as part of the doctoral degree plan. May be repeated up to 7 credits. Restricted to: NUSC majors.

NURS 691. Independent Study

1-6 Credits (1-6)

Individual studies and directed research with prior approval of department head. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

NURS 697. Professional Roles for Advanced Practice Clinical Nursing

3 Credits (3)

This course will focus on providing an in depth understanding of the legal, historical, political, social, and ethical aspects of advanced practice nursing. Traditional and emerging roles for advanced practice nursing are examined. Restricted to DNP majors.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to DNP program, NURS 664 OR NURS 672.

NURS 698. Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion

1-4 Credits (1-4)

Practicum experience for advanced practice students. Focus will be on a practice issue chosen by the student for further development as an evidence-based doctoral project. Clinical practice hours as needed to meet DNP requirements. Up to 24 credits may be completed by student. May be repeated up to 4 credits. Restricted to: NURP majors.Graded: S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Prerequisite(s): NURS 511, NURS 512, NURS 515 or enrollment in post-masters track.

NURS 699. Clinical Scholarly Project

1-4 Credits (1-4)

Building on the practice expertise of the DNP student, this series of credits is to provide the student with the opportunity to design an innovative clinical practice improvement project/program addressing an actual health care concern. Through mentored activities, the DNP student will identify, develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate an independent analytic. Graded: S/U. NURS 652. Restricted to: NURP majors. Graded: S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

Prerequisite(s): Admission to DNP program.

NURS 700. Doctoral Dissertation

1-9 Credits (1-9)

Dissertation may be repeated to maximum of 30 credits. Minimum requirements are 21 credit hours. Comprehensive examine is included within these 21 credits.

NURS 999. Practical Nursing Requirements Completed

99 Credits

A phantom course created to indicate a student has met Practical Nursing requirements. Used to indicate this in academic history to replace an administrative message not converted from SOLAR to VISTAS. 01/97

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