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Columbus State University

Required Courses

NURS 6720. Applied Statistics and Data Mining (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to the Graduate Nursing Program. Emphasizes the application of statistical and analytical procedures used in health care and nursing research. This project-based course provides a review of fundamentals of inferential statistics and also offers an introductory study of data modeling, data retrieval and data mining. Emphasis is placed on the use of PC-based tools for conducting analyses of clinical data.

NURS 6730. Process Improvement for Health Care (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to the Graduate Nursing Program. This "hands on", project-based course provides a discussion of recent developments in the management of quality and process improvement in the health care industry. Topics include: an overview of health care quality leadership requirements, team building and project management; quality management; quality and process improvement initiatives; methodologies for continuous process improvement; and emerging trends in health care quality management.

NURS 6740. Health Information Exchange Standards and Models (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to the Graduate Nursing Program. This course provides students with a general introduction to the data standards necessary to achieve interoperability within and among complex healthcare organizations. Emphasis is placed on the nature, role and services provided by Health Information Organizations (HIOs) including Regional HIOs. Additional study of the strengths and weaknesses of the Centralized, Federated, and Hybrid models used for HIE.

NURS 6750. Health Systems Project Management (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to the Graduate Nursing Program. This project-based course is designed to help students develop skills in facilitating strategic planning and management of complex projects in health care organizations. Learning activities will focus on managing the successful implementation of EHRs, including action planning, strategy implementation, evaluation of the planning process, budgeting, change management, assessment of organizational culture and behavior, scope creep, managing expectations, balancing competing priorities, and compliance reporting. Fundamental principles of project management such as planning, scheduling, resource allocation, and tracking are applied to a healthcare information system project.

NURS 6760. Clinical Decision Support Systems (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to the Graduate Nursing Program. This course provides an overview of clinical decision support systems and provides the student with a "hands-on" experience in three approaches: diagnostic decision support tools, alerts and reminders, and decision trees. In addition, methods for critiquing decision support tools for validity and utility for nursing practice are examined.