Master of Science: Nursing Education

Master of Science: Nursing Education

Curriculum

Core

NURS 501: Quantitative Methods and Statistics (3 credits)

This course explores core and advanced concepts of quantitative research and biostatistics and their application in conducting investigations of phenomenon in nursing research. Building upon basic knowledge of statistical concepts, the content includes quantitative research methodologies and statistical techniques to enable addressing actual healthcare problems. The learner will appropriately select and perform statistical techniques to examine research questions, and critically appraise various aspects of published quantitative research from nursing and healthcare literature, with an emphasis on the biostatistics and research design employed. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) will be used for statistical analysis throughout the course.

NURS 502: Advanced Nursing Research (3 credits)

This course builds upon biostatistics and research designs, and provides the foundation for the use of evidence-based practice in nursing practice, including historical development, clinical practice guidelines, barriers, and ethical considerations in research. Qualitative methods and designs are explored and applied. A scholarly research proposal is designed and presented, including the topic, research question, literature review, theoretical framework, sample, research design, methods, analysis of data, limitations, and discussion.

ALHT 500: Health Policy and Technology in Healthcare (3 credits)

This course combines key concepts of healthcare policy and technology used in healthcare systems. Learners will examine the following: the impact of policy on healthcare structure and delivery, vulnerable populations, disparities in healthcare, and how health policy reform influences patient outcomes. Technology in healthcare systems will be explored for its impact upon healthcare delivery and organizational outcomes.

ALHT 501: Leadership and Quality Improvement in Healthcare Systems (3 credits)

This course provides a foundation of leadership, organizational change, and quality improvement principles in healthcare organizations. Content focuses on applying principles of leadership that drive the processes of change, quality improvement, and innovation in healthcare organizations. Strategies for creating a culture of quality and safety are applied to project management, interdisciplinary communication, and conflict management. Learners will examine concepts for defining, measuring, and evaluating outcomes within organizations and systems relating to quality improvement.

Advanced Nursing Practice Core

NURS 503: Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)

Students in this course will explore principles of pathophysiology for the advanced practice nurse. Pathogenesis, common regulatory and compensatory mechanisms, and clinical manifestations of disease will be examined in clients across the life span.

NURS 504: Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)

This course focuses on principles of pharmacology for the advanced practice nurse. Students will examine concepts of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics, and pharmacogenetics in the context of treatment and management of acute and chronic medical conditions across the lifespan, with an emphasis on current evidence-based guidelines.

NURS 505: Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)

This course builds on existing knowledge of physical and health assessment. Students will develop advanced assessment skills for clients across the life span from pediatric to geriatric, including comprehensive subjective history taking and review of systems, objective physical examination, development of differential diagnoses, and a plan of care for the client, data taking, complete physical assessment of a client, and to explore differential diagnoses and an associated plan of care. Interactive tools will help students assess risk for any number of psychosocial, physical, and wellness issues. The course will enable students to aggregate and evaluate data reflective from the perspective of the advanced practice nurse.

Nursing Education

NURS 600: Development of the Nurse Educator (3 credits)

This course focuses on the development of the nursing educator as an advanced practice nurse. Using case studies, development of a literature review, and discussions, students will synthesize content related to issues and trends in advanced nursing practice, ethical/legal topics, student diversity, teaching in classroom and clinical settings, and faculty role development.

NURS 601: Principles of Teaching and Learning (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of principles of teaching and learning in both the academic and clinical realms. Theoretical concepts of nursing education will be introduced and various teaching environments will be explored. The course will focus on the application of skills for all aspects of course design, including individual assignments, learning modules, instructional strategies, learner evaluation and course syllabi.

NURS 602: Curriculum Development and Instructional Design (3 credits)

This course provides students with the knowledge and understanding to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate curricula in nursing education. The role of faculty in curricular design and development will be reviewed, along with concepts of instructional design. Programmatic evaluation and accreditation will be discussed.

NURS 603: Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education (4 credits)

In this course students will examine concepts of measurement and evaluation in teaching and learning for both academic and clinical practice settings. The course will provide the opportunity to synthesize information about teaching, learning and assessment. There will be a focus on various evaluation methodologies for learners, courses and programs. The course will offer students the opportunity to apply assessment and evaluation concepts to the development of tests, grading and the use of rubrics, and evaluation of written materials.

NURS 604: Graduate Practicum I (4 credits)

This first course of a two-part capstone series focuses on development of the advanced practice nurse in clinical settings. During a precepted practicum, learners will focus on an identified area of advanced nursing practice and associated roles. Content includes current standards of practice, evidence-based interventions, student issues, and an introduction to faculty scholarship and dissemination.

NURS 605: Graduate Practicum II (4 credits)

This second course of a two-part capstone series provides the opportunity for learners to enact components of the advanced practice role in academic settings, during a precepted practicum. The experience will be grounded in professional standards, evidence, and recognized academic expectations for faculty. Content includes preparing for employment, creation of an e-portfolio, and reflection on practicum outcomes.