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NUR 501 Issues in Professional Nursing for Advanced Practice Nurses and Nurse Educators

This course addresses the current professional and legal issues that influence nursing practice, nursing education and the health care delivery system. Health care policy, changes in the economics of health care, and their impact on nursing will be considered.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 601 Theories and Conceptual Models of Nursing

This course provides an in-depth exploration of theories and the utilization and application of theory to nursing. The relationships among philosophy, methods of inquiry and theory development are analyzed. The utilization of theoretical and conceptual models for nursing will be discussed.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 603 Principles in Advanced Practice Nursing

This course will utilize a case study approach to explore advanced practice principles underlying the pathophysiology, health assessment data, and pharmacological management of the most prevalent diseases in society.
Spring, 3 credits

NUR 760 Evidence-Based and Translational Methods

The emphasis for this course is on the elements of evidence-based practice.  Focus is placed on the cyclical process of identifying clinical questions, searching and appraising the evidence for potential solutions/innovations, planning and implementing practice changes, evaluating the outcomes, and identifying additional gaps in knowledge.  Integration of existing evidence with clinical judgement, patient preferences, inter-professional perspectives, and other resources forms the basis for the clinical decision-making process that is inherent in improving patient, population, and organizational outcomes.  Processes for leading/managing practice changes are explored.
Spring, 3 credits

NUR 607 Informatics for Nursing Education

This course focuses on foundational concepts and skills for computer-based nursing education such as the application of computerized student information systems and educational software used in diverse educational venues including interactive learning resources, clinical simulation, virtual instruction modalities, synchronous and asynchronous interactive communication, distance learning, research and collaboration.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 644 Curriculum Development in Nursing

This course includes a study of the principles and processes of curriculum development for educational programs in nursing. The student will learn the roles and responsibilities of educators in developing curricula for various educational programs. The forces and issues that influence curriculum development will be explored. Critical thinking will be discussed as a guiding principle in curriculum development.
Spring, 3 credits

NUR 648 Teaching Strategies for Educators

This course focuses on teaching and learning strategies. The role of the nurse educator utilizing various teaching strategies both in academia and in a variety of practice settings will be explored and analyzed.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 650 Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing

This course focuses on assessment strategies and evaluation processes that are relevant to nursing programs in academe and in the practice setting. The student will learn how to plan for, construct and analyze classroom tests, and how to assess clinical performance in various learning environments. Strategies to assess learning and evaluate program outcomes will be explored.
Spring, 4 credits

NUR 652 Teaching Practicum I

This is one half of a two semester practicum that provides the student with the opportunity to apply teaching and evaluation methods in a variety of practice settings including academic programs and various other learning environments. Traditional and nontraditional methods of teaching will be utilized by students as they meet the demands of various settings. Students will complete 180 hours of preceptored learning experiences.
Co-requisite: NUR 652S required
Fall, 4 credits

NUR 652S Teaching Practicum I Seminar

The seminar provides an opportunity for discussion between students and faculty members. The discussion focuses on weekly clinical experiences with an emphasis on professional attributes and competencies inherent in the educator role. Problems and issues provide for an exchange of ideas relating to a variety of issues. The discussions will enable the students to gain additional information, insights, and approaches to teaching.
Co-requisite: NUR 652 required
Fall, 0 credits

NUR 654 Teaching Practicum II

This practicum provides the student with 180 hours of preceptored learning experience. The student applies teaching and evaluation methods in a variety of practice settings including academic programs and various other learning environments. Traditional and nontraditional methods of teaching will be utilized by students as they meet the demands of various settings.
Co-requisite: NUR 654S required
Spring, 4 credits

NUR 654S Teaching Seminar II

The seminar offers dialogue between students and faculty members. The discussion focuses on weekly clinical experiences with an emphasis on professional attributes and competencies inherent in the educator role. The discussions will enable the students to refine their approaches to teaching as they become competent educators.
Spring, 0 credits