2006 - 2007 Master of Science in Nursing Courses

MSN

500

Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

(4)

Focuses on the development of advanced communication, assessment, and diagnostic reasoning skills. These skills are used to analyze health and alterations in health of individuals and families across the life span. With the synthesis of this knowledge, the student constructs an effective plan to manage health issues based on priority within the primary care setting. Prerequisite: undergraduate health assessment course or equivalent; RN license.

MSN

501

Advanced Pathophysiology

(3)

A system-focused pathophysiology course. Covers physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease. Undergraduate pathophysiology course or equivalent is strongly recommended; RN license.

MSN

532

Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

(3)

Designed to provide the required general knowledge for safe, effective prescriptive practice as defined by the State of Utah Nurse Practice Act. A variety of teaching/learning approaches assist the student to methodically analyze all aspects of the patient history and physical exam to appropriately prescribe for independent scripting practice. Prerequisite: MSN 501; RN license.

MSN

540

Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing

(3)

Designed to provide a theoretical basis for advanced nursing practice. Concepts and principles of nursing and family theories are analyzed and applied to practice and nursing education. Prerequisite: undergraduate nursing theory course or equivalent; RN license.

MSN

550

Health Care and Health Promotion of Adults and Older Adults/Clinical Seminar

(4)

Emphasizes the diagnosis and management of common acute illnesses and stable chronic disease states in the adult and older adult client. Attention is given to early detection and treatment of chronic disease, occupational and environmental hazards, common psychosocial problems, and changes in function related to aging. Appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies are examined. The seminar explores the role of the family nurse practitioner and clinical management issues in primary health care of adults. Case studies are used to evaluate clinical decision making skills and to identify pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501; co-requisite: MSN 532; RN license.

MSN

570

Research in the Practice Setting

(2)

Provides opportunities for advancing knowledge and skills in the research process, planning a research study, preparing a well-written research manuscript, and utilizing nursing research in the practice setting. Students must complete a thesis or project proposal as the final requirement of this course. Prerequisites: For FNP studentsUndergraduate research, statistics courses or equivalent, MSN 540, and RN license.

MSN

581

Health Care and Health Promotion of Young Adults/Clinical Seminar

(4)

Emphasizes the recognition and management of uncomplicated pregnancy and the diagnosis and management of acute and stable chronic health problems in the male and female young adult patient. Special emphasis is placed on health promotion and prevention issues in the young adult population. The clinical seminars utilize case studies to evaluate clinical decision-making and to identify pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapy for the young adult. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 532, 540, 550, 570.

MSN

582

Health Care and Health Promotion of Infants Through Adolescents/Clinical Seminar

(4)

Emphasizes well child care, and the recognition and management of acute illnesses and stable chronic diseases common to the pediatric and adolescent client. Attention is given to infectious disease, anticipatory guidance, facilitation of individual growth and development, accident prevention, and family interactions. Appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies for common health concerns are examined. The seminar explores the role of the family nurse practitioner and clinical management issues in primary care of infants, children and adolescents. Case studies are used to evaluate clinical decision making skills and to identify pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 532, 540, 550, 570, 581.

MSN

584

Ambulatory Care Procedures

(3)

This class focuses on the development of ambulatory procedures skills necessary to manage health and alterations of health of individuals and families across the lifespan. Prerequisite: MSN 500, 501, 532, 550.

MSN 590 Research in the Practice Setting for Nurse Educators (4)

Using nursing theory to frame the research process, this course provides opportunities for advancing knowledge and skills in the planning of a research study, preparing a well-written research manuscript, and utilizing nursing research in the practice setting. Students must complete a thesis or project proposal as the final requirement of this course. Prerequisites: For MSNED students-- undergraduate research and statistics courses or equivalent.

MSN

601

Role and Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing

(2)

Emphasizes exploration, analysis and evaluation of the role of the family nurse practitioner to ensure and monitor the quality of health care in the changing health care system. Provides macro to micro perspectives on effective leadership for the advanced practice nurse. National and local health policy, political activism, and economics are discussed. Development, maintenance, and evaluation of practice are examined. Prerequisite: 2nd-year standing.

MSN

610

Masters Project/Thesis

(3)

Self-directed project or thesis completion in conjunction with the supervisory committee. Prerequisites: selection of supervisory committee and approval of proposal; MSN 540, 570.

MSN

611

The Influence of Diversity on Assessment in Nursing Educations

(3)

This course explores work role competencies of the nursing educator in the context of diversity. The focus of the course will be the influence of diversity on the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of a nursing education offering.

MSN

639

Advanced Nursing Practicum/Clinical Seminar

(5)

A culminating course taught in the final semester with emphasis on providing primary health care to clients across the lifespan and prescribing appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies of common, acute, and chronic health concerns. Special emphasis is placed on the assumption of the role and responsibilities of an advanced practice nurse. As this is a capstone program with 210 hours spent in the clinical setting, the student is given the opportunity to synthesize the knowledge from all prior graduate courses in ordering appropriate labs, xrays, etc. to reach a correct medical diagnosis and evaluate the plan with the preceptor. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 532, 540, 550, 570, 581, 582, 601; co-requisite: MSN 670.

MSN

640

Teaching in Health Care Learning Environments

(8)

This course practicum is designed to assist students in the application of teaching skills needed to effectively transition to the role of nursing educator.

MSN

650

Advanced Practice Nursing, Continuing Registration

(0)

This course is for the ongoing completion of clinical practice hours. There is a registration fee of $250 per semester.

MSN

660

Special Topics

(1-4)

Special topics are offered under this course number as opportunities for students to explore areas of interest. Prerequisites: consent of instructor, director and school dean

MSN

668

Directed Studies

(1-4)

Independent pursuit of topics/areas not covered by core or elective courses. Prerequisites: consent of instructor, director, and school dean.

MSN

670

Synthesis: Practice in Context

(2)

Designed to assist students to develop skills needed to effectively transition to the role of Family Nurse Practitioner. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 532, 540, 550, 570, 581, 582, 601; co-requisite: MSN 639.

MSN

673

Practicum/Seminar for the Nurse Educator

(3)

Students will investigate and review interactive multi-media formats, including the relationship of instructional design principles to selection of media elements for high-quality curriculum design.

MSN

699

Masters Project/Thesis, Continuing Registration

(0)

This course is for the ongoing work on the clinical research component of the Masters Program. There is a registration fee of $250 per semester.