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NURS 6104. Theory for Graduate Nursing Practice (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Nursing Program or Senior Standing in BSN Program with 3.00 GPA. This course prepares nurses to transition into new roles and advanced nursing practice by exploring a wide range of theories from nursing and other sciences. Students will understand the role of knowledge development in advancing a discipline. Students will critique, analyze, and evaluate selected theories and incorporate these theories into their advanced nursing practice roles.


NURS 6105. Research for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Nursing Program or Senior Standing in BSN Program with a 3.00 GPA.This course builds upon undergraduate statistics and research courses and will focus on the relationship between nursing theory, research, and practice for evidence-based practice. This course will focus on issues such as the identification of practice and system problems, evaluation of research studies and systematic reviews, development and implementation of evidence-based practice guidelines, use of evidence-based practice to improve outcomes for individuals and groups of patients as well as health care systems, and differentiation of evidence-based and value-based approaches to practice. Students are expected to integrate an evidence-based approach into their practice.


NURS 6106. Advanced Pharmacology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Nursing Program or Senior Standing in BSN Program with 3.00 GPA. This course includes principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug metabolism and transport, assessment of drug effects, drug therapy in special populations, and contemporary drug development as a foundation for the use of medications in the clinical management of diseases. Major classes of drugs will be discussed in terms of actions; therapeutic and other effects; adverse, allergic and idiosyncratic reactions; indications and contraindications. Emphasis is placed on nursing responsibility, accountability, and application of the nursing process regarding drug therapy in a variety of settings with individuals across the life span.


NURS 6107. Advanced Pathophysiology (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Nursing Program or Senior Standing in BSN Program with 3.00 GPA. This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology of the human body and the impact of this knowledge base on evidence based practice. It will prepare advanced practice nurses to understand the mechanism underlying the disease process, its clinical manifestations, and rational therapies. Appropriate screening and diagnostic testing methods will also be included. Emphasis will be placed on important pathophysiological concepts needed to support the goals of Healthy People 2010 to improve clients


NURS 6108. Advanced Health Assessment (2-3-3) Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Nursing Program or Senior Standing in BSN Program with 3.00 GPA. This course will build upon health assessment skills developed in the professional nurse's basic educational program. The theoretical and clinical basis for assessment in advanced nursing practice will be developed. The process whereby the advanced practitioner utilizes comprehensive physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessment across the lifespan to gather specific data relevant to common health problems is demonstrated. Faculty and preceptors facilitate laboratory and clinical experiences, which focus on assessment of clients and presentation of findings in a variety of settings. Emphasis will be placed on important assessment concepts needed to support the goals of Healthy People 2010 to improve clients.