School of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing Course Descriptions


Not all courses are offered every term. Current term offerings are listed in the Annual Learning Opportunities Inventory (LOI) for Nursing Students

Courses are 3 credits unless listed otherwise.

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Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice — NUR 500

This course explores the evolution of knowledge development in nursing. Theory is analyzed as a foundation for nursing practice, research, administration and education. Students will discover strategies to facilitate the process of theory development. Course topics include nursing’s metaparadigm, philosophy of nursing, philosophy of science, nursing’s unique body of knowledge and ways of knowing. Students will synthesize what they have learned about nursing knowledge development to create a personal nursing practice framework.

Professional Role Development and Ethics — NUR 501

Students explore bioethics and integrate principles of ethical decision making and professional behaviors into leadership roles. The roles to be identified, critiqued and evaluated are clinician, advocate, educator, researcher, expert, leader, manager, innovator and consultant. Traditional ethical systems and historic perspectives are examined in light of bioethical decision making and contrasted with practice-based ethics. Students learn how to objectively and systematically make and validate bioethical decisions in the nursing and health care environment. Scope of practice legalities and advanced ethical decision making from a practice-based perspective will be introduced and discussed as it relates to various roles and leadership as a master's prepared nurse.

Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice — NUR 502

This graduate-level course will focus on the knowledge required by nurses to utilize research findings, to provide high-quality health care, initiate change and improve nursing practice. Examination, analyses and evaluation of ethical principles, current literature, research designs and methodologies including quantitative, qualitative perspectives will be discussed. The investigation of scientific inquiry, problem identification, use of theoretical frameworks, ethics, measurement, data collection and analysis and dissemination will be integrated into a research proposal based on a specific health care issue of interest.

Informatics and Healthcare Technology — NUR 503

This course covers the evolution and theoretical basis of nursing and health care informatics, including concepts of data, information, knowledge and wisdom. The course explores applications in health care informatics, the use of technology and implications for clinical practice, administration, education and research. Concepts and application of relational database technology are introduced. Interprofessional issues in health care informatics are examined. Students will develop competencies in information management for knowledge-based practice in various health care settings to enhance patient care and nursing practice.

Contemporary Issues in Health Care — NUR 504

This course explores a variety of issues facing contemporary health care professionals. The course outcomes focus on preparing the student to participate in the design and implementation of cost-effective care while managing human, fiscal and health care resources in a variety of health care systems in a time of health care reform.

Population Health, Human Diversity and Social Issues — NUR 505

This graduate course will advance understanding of population health in the United States and globally from an interprofessional perspective. Students will explore determinants of health and healthcare disparities using a variety of conceptual frameworks, models, and theories. Distributions and patterns of health outcomes across populations will be analyzed. Responsibilities of master’s prepared nurses in addressing health policy issues and employing advocacy strategies to promote optimal health outcomes will be examined.

Advanced Pathophysiology — NUR 506

This course focuses on advanced pathophysiological knowledge needed to assess acute and chronic health problems, to advance critical thinking skills to understand the aims of clinical and pharmacological interventions and to support decisions for restoring and maintaining health across the lifespan. Recent scientific advances will be discussed with application to new approaches to disease and symptom management. Particular attention will be given to etiology, pathogenesis, developmental and environmental influences, and clinical manifestations of major health problems. Interrelationships between clinical pathophysiology and basic physiology will be discussed at the genetic, cellular, organ and multi-organ systems levels as appropriate. There is emphasis on phenomena such as genetic changes and chronic inflammation that are underlying to variety of disorders.

Advanced Pharmacological Nursing Practice — NUR 507

This course integrates advanced principles of pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacogenomics to improve health outcomes across the lifespan. Cultural and ethical factors related to pharmacological use will be discussed. These principles will be examined within the context of the nurse educator role. This course does not satisfy advanced pharmacology requirements for advanced practice registered nurses that include nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse practitioner.

Advanced Health and Physical Assessment — NUR 508

This course focuses on advanced comprehensive assessment of patients across the lifespan. Students apply theoretical perspectives, empirical documentation and practice skills to guide communication, comprehensive biopsychosocial and physical assessment, critical nursing diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision-making. Interpretation of data for the purpose of differentiating normal from abnormal findings as well as for recognition of potential and/or actual health problems will be addressed.

Curriculum and Program Development — NUR 600

Nursing curricula and program development are dynamic and ever changing processes. A nursing program of study is responsive to internal and external stakeholders where individual courses represent an integrative whole curriculum. This graduate level course examines curriculum history in nursing education, development and future trends. This course provides practical applications in curriculum design, including the development of an undergraduate or graduate nursing program of study. An in-depth review of professional nursing evaluation and accreditation processes is provided. Dialogue pertaining to curriculum development and evaluation will take place via asynchronous discussions and collaborative learning activities.

Instructional Design and Teaching with Technology — NUR 601

Instructional design and teaching with technology can be simplified to how we teach and how we learn. This graduate-level course prepares students to apply theoretical concepts of education and learning to teaching in nursing. Course topics will include fundamentals of instructional design, theories of teaching and learning, instructional design models, technology use in education and learner diversity. Design considerations for technology-based instruction will be addressed in this course. This is a Web-enhanced course and learners will be able to adapt course material to a classroom setting.

Measurement, Assessment and Evaluation of Learners and Programs — NUR 602

This graduate-level course addresses the purpose and application of assessment, measurement, testing and evaluation in nursing education. Quality improvements, as well as legal and ethical considerations are explored. Students also will be exposed to program assessment models, evaluation of curriculum, outcomes and teaching.

Nursing Education Capstone — NUR 609

In this online course, Nursing Education Capstone, students engage in didactic and online activities as a culminating program requirement. Together these experiences provide a framework for examining the nurse educator role and responsibilities. The student will engage in a practicum experience collaborating with nurse faculty in various aspects of the practice environment. Synthesis of curriculum, instructional and evaluative theories and knowledge is emphasized through learning activities. Focus is placed in the application of teaching and nurse educator competencies.

Nursing Graduate Elective — NUR XXX

To be determined