Graduate Courses

Provided are descriptions of courses offered for MSN, DNP and PhD programs at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.

Course Offerings and Electives

Learn more about required and elective courses for the MSN and DNP programs.
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N7010:  Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers (3 cr)

Examines basic concepts of data management, study design, descriptive and inferential biostatistics using analytic software. Emphasizes statistical literacy and critical thinking for health researchers.  Prerequisites: None. Offered every summer.

N7085 PROBLEMS (1.0 – 3.0 cr)

Guided readings, special study and/or a practicum in an area of the student’s interest or in an area which the student needs to strengthen. Selected sections of the course may be offered on A-F or S/U basis only. Prerequisites: Instructor’s consent. Offered every semester.

N7087 Leadership and Technology Institute (1 cr seminar)

Introduction to knowledge and skills essential to support research and practice doctorates. Prerequisite: Admission to DNP or PhD program. Offered every summer.

N7100 Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing (3 cr)

Analysis, application, and evaluation of a variety of nursing and non-nursing theories used in advanced nursing practice and research. Prerequisite: None. Offered every fall.

N7110 Advanced Nursing Role Acquisition (3 cr)

An overview of the advanced nursing practice roles and professional issues. Provides foundational knowledge on which other advanced nursing courses will build. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program or faculty consent. Offered every summer and fall.

N7120 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3 cr)

Focuses on the normal and altered physiological functioning of body systems. Provides essential knowledge of human health and disease across the lifespan necessary for advanced nursing practice. Prerequisite: BSN or instructor consent. Offered every fall.

N7130 Advanced Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics (3 cr)

Advanced practice nurse drug therapy management for health maintenance and treatment of acute episodic and chronic health problems in various populations over the life span. Prerequisite: BSN or instructor consent. Offered every spring.

N7140 Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion (3.5 credits: 2 didactic, 1.5 clinical)

Expands history and physical assessment techniques across lifespan. Addresses diagnostic reasoning, differential diagnosis, selection of common diagnostic tests, disease risk factors, and health promotion strategies. Prerequisite: BSN or instructor consent. Offered every spring and summer.

N7150 Research Basis for Advanced Nursing (3 cr)

Examines fundamentals of scientific inquiry. Addresses research design issues. Focuses on interpreting, critiquing, and synthesizing research findings. Prerequisite NURSE 7100. Offered every spring.

N8002 Research Topics in Nursing & Health: Structural Equation Modeling (3 cr)

Focuses on factor analysis, path analysis, basic principles of model building, as well as applications and extensions of SEM such as scale construction and validation, mediation and moderation, multi-group analyses, and latent growth modeling. Pre-requisite N8020 or faculty consent. NEW advanced statistics course, will be offered every other Spring in odd years starting in Spring 2017.

N8002 Research Topics in Nursing & Health:  Mixed Methods Research in Healthcare (3 cr)

Emphasis on the value and use of the mixed methods approach, philosophical assumptions, types of designs, and approaches to designing and conducting mixes methods research in health care related disciplines. Pre-requisite N9410, N9420 or faculty consent. NEW advanced research methods course, will be offered every Spring starting in Spring 2017.

N8002 Research Topics in Nursing & Health:  Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Health Interventions (3 cr)

Focuses on developing skills in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based health interventions that integrate relevant theoretical, research, social determinants, and biobehavioral variables with salient cultural variables for targeted groups.  Application of research skills for advanced research intervention design and evaluation related to a focal area of research interest.  Pre-requisite N7010, N9410 or faculty consent. NEW advanced research methods course, will be offered every other Spring in odd years starting in Spring 2017.

N8002 Research Topics in Nursing & Health: Psychometrics (3 cr)

Focuses on theoretical foundations of measurement, item construction, instrument design, item analysis, validity and reliability assessment.  Basic methodologies and techniques for constructing, testing, and evaluating instruments discussed. Pre-requisite N7010, N9410 or faculty consent.  NEW advanced quantitative research methods course, will be offered every Summer starting in Summer 2017.

N8002 Research Topics in Nursing & Health: Comparative Effectiveness Research (3 cr)

Provides evidence on the benefits and harms of treatment and prevention strategies, for which patients they work best, under which circumstances, and at what time. This advanced quantitative methods class presents a framework for analyzing observational studies and randomized trials for comparativeness effectiveness. New advanced quantitative research methods course, will be offered every other fall in odd years starting in Fall 2017, Pre-requisites N8020, N9410 or faculty consent.

N8002 Research Topics in Nursing & Health: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods Seminar (3 cr)

New advanced qualitative research methods course, will be offered every fall in odd years starting in Fall 2017, explores congruent systematic analyses/interpretations based upon a variety of philosophical and/or theoretical stances, which could include phenomenology, hermeneutics, ethnography, grounded theory, case study, participatory action research, critical theory or other post-colonial and feminist approaches, textual analysis, aesthetic inquiry and others. Contemporary approaches to multiple methodology studies and innovative designs as well as issues related to data management, rigor, dissemination of finding and funding of qualitative proposals addressed. Student encouraged to engage in a methodology of choice in depth. Pre-requisite N9420 or faculty consent.

 
N8002 Research Topics in Nursing & Health:  Hierarchical Linear Modeling (3 cr)

Extension of regression methods to situations where data has multiple layers of meaningful structure.  Emphasizes ability to specify, evaluate, and estimate a multilevel model using SPSS and HLM.  NEW Proposed advanced statistics course, Pre-requisite N8020 or faculty consent. Will be offered every other Spring in even years starting in Spring 2018.

N8010 Family Dynamics and Intervention  (same as H_D_FS 8012) (3cr)

Theories of family function and dysfunction, techniques of assessment, models of family intervention. Practicum with selected families. Prerequisite: N7100 (Nursing Students). Offered every fall.

N8020 Intermediate Statistical Methods for Health Researchers (3 cr)

Examination of generalized linear models, multiple logistic regression, and multilevel modeling as applied to health sciences research. Prereqs: N7010 or equivalent. Offered every fall.

N8085 Problems (1-4 cr)

Guided readings, special study and/or a practicum in an area of the student’s interest or in an area which the student needs to strengthen. Selected sections of the course may be offered on A-F or S/U basis only. Prerequisites: instructor’s consent. Offered every semester.

N8090 Research in Nursing (Cr. Arr.)

Original investigation for presentation as thesis or dissertation. Prerequisites: Graduate Statistics, Instructor’s consent. (MS Students) Offered every semester.

N8100 Principles of Epidemiology (3 cr)

Explores key concepts of epidemiology and epidemiologic methods for studying the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations. Application to public health and population-based practice addressed. Prerequisites: NURSE 7150 or faculty consent. Offered every fall.

N8210 Special Health Care Needs of Children (3.5-5 cr; 2 didactic, 1.5-3 clinical)

Perform developmental, neurodevelopmental and psychosocial assessments of chronically ill children. Collaborate with families, schools, health care, community and family services to meet child’s needs. Prerequisite: N7100 or instructor consent. Offered every spring.

N8300 Public Health and Sociocultural Issues (3cr)

Explores concepts of public health with a focus on the advanced practice nurse in population based/primary care practice. Core public health functions will be addressed at three service levels — the aggregate, family, and the individual. Prerequisite: N7100. Offered every fall.

N8310 Health Disparities of Rural & Other Underserved Populations (3 cr)

In-depth examination of rural and other vulnerable populations and their interactions with the health care system including access, utilization, and outcomes. May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisites: NURSE 7087, NURSE 8300 or faculty consent. Offered every spring.

N8400 Adult and Geriatric Primary Care I (3.5-5 credits: 2 didactic; 1.5-3.0 clinical)

Advanced practice nursing clinical diagnosis and management of acute and chronic cardiovascular, respiratory, HEENT, renal, metabolic and musculoskeletal problems in adults, older adults and their families. Prerequisites: N7120, N7130, N7140. Offered every fall.

N8410 Adult and Geriatric Primary Care II (3.5-5.0 credits: 2 didactic, 1.5-3.0 clinical)

Advanced practice nursing clinical diagnosis and management of acute and chronic gastrointestinal, endocrine, hematological, neuropsychological problems and bioterrorism and CAM issues in adults, older adults and their families. Prerequisite: N8400. Offered every spring.

N8420 Newborn Through Adolescence Primary Care (3.5-5.0 cr: 2 didactic, 1.5-3.0 clinical)

Advanced nursing practice of newborn through adolescence of health maintenance/promotion, clinical diagnosis and management of common childhood illness, behavioral, developmental problems.  Advanced knowledge of human growth, development, family dynamics, community resources, collaborative relationships.  Integrated clinical practicum.   Prerequisites: NURSE 7140 or NURSE 7310. Offered every fall.

N8425 Participatory Approaches for Health and Health Systems (3 cr)

Focuses on the use of participatory approaches for the design of health and health-system interventions. Pre-requisite N8100 or F C MD 8420 or instructor consent.  NEW Proposed advanced research methods course, will be offered every Summer starting in Summer 2017.

N8430 Reproductive and Sexual Health Primary Care (3.5-5.0 credits: 2 didactic, 1.5-3.0 clinical)

Reproductive, sexual issues, adolescence through aging. Design, delivery, evaluation of nursing management of women, reproductive health care of men. Stresses personal health promotion. Prerequisite: N7140, N8410 or consent of instructor. Offered every spring.

N8540 Advanced Diagnostics & Reasoning (3.5-5.0 cr: 2 didactic, 1.5-3.0 clinical)

Expands upon knowledge of advanced assessment, diagnostic, and procedural skills; utilizes current technology in a cost-effective and patient-centered manner.  Clinical increases specialty-specific knowledge.  May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: 4th clinical specialty course. Offered every spring and summer.

N8610 Diagnostics and Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Nurses (3.5 credits: 2 didactic, 1.5 clinical)

Emphasis is on the neurobiologic basis and diagnosis of mental health problems and advanced nursing management of psychiatric conditions using pharmaceutical agents. Prerequisites: N7120, N7130, N7140. Offered every fall.

N8620 Brief Individual Psychotherapy for Mental Health Nurses (3.5 credits: 2 didactic, 1.5 clinical)

Develops advanced skills in assessment, treatment, and follow-up evaluation of individuals experiencing acute mental health problems. Emphasizes brief psychotherapy based on frameworks from nursing and other disciplines. Prerequisite: N8610. Offered every summer.

N8640 Group Therapy and Social Skills Training (3.5 cr: 2 didactic, 1.5 clinical)

Application of group and behavioral methods in mental health prevention, promotion, maintenance, and restoration. Designing, implementing, and evaluating mental health promotion groups and social skills training programs. Prerequisite: N8610. Offered every spring.

N8660 Mental Health Nursing Interventions for Families (3.5 credits: 2 didactic, 1.5 clinical)

Application of nursing and family theories in advanced nursing management of families experiencing a variety of problems. Emphasis on designing, implementing, and evaluating advanced nursing interventions for families. Prerequisite: N8620 or consent of instructor. Offered every spring.

N8680 Pediatric Mental Health Assessment and Treatment (3.5: 2 didactic, 1.5 clinical)

Develops advanced skills in psychiatric assessment and follow-up evaluation of children and adolescents experiencing mental health problems.  Explores diagnosis, treatment, and management of child and adolescent mental health disorders. Prerequisites: NURSE 8610 or faculty consent. Offered every fall.

N8710 Clinical Management OF Acute & Critical Care Problems (3.5 cr: 2 didactic, 1.5 clinical)

Advanced practice nurse management of selected clinical problems across the lifespan commonly encountered in the acute and/or critical care settings.  Patient safety, technology, and product selection addressed.  Integrated clinical practicum with selected population and setting. May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisites:  NURSE 7140. Offered every fall.

N8720 Symptom Management of Acute And Chronic Illness (3 cr; or 3.5-5 [2 credit didactic; 1.5-3 credits clinical)

Clinical management of symptoms of acute and chronic illness across the lifespan.  Preparation for teaching patient self-management strategies.  Integrated clinical practicum with selected population and setting. Prerequisites: NURSE 7140 and NURSE 7150 or faculty consent. Offered every spring.

N8820 Health Care Financial Management (4 cr)

Prepares nurses to use the techniques that facilitate financial analysis and decision-making for patient care programs across the healthcare continuum. Focuses on efficient, effective management of resources for delivery of quality healthcare services. Prerequisite: N7100. Offered every fall.

N8830 Informatics Applications and Innovations in Health Care Systems (3 cr)

This course explores informatics from the perspective of health related fields through technology assessment and evaluation, and research and development in technological innovations.  The impact of technology on patient privacy will also be examined.  Prerequisites:  NURSE 7087 or instructor’s consent. Offered every fall.

N8840 Nursing Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (3 cr)

This course will provide an overview of leadership theories and strategies for managing individuals, groups, or systems within rapidly changing healthcare environments. Innovative and cutting edge phenomena in healthcare will be explored as well as entrepreneurship. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: NURSE 7087 or instructors consent. Offered every spring.

N8854 Teaching Strategies in Nursing (3 cr)

Examines principles, issues, techniques, and evaluation methods in teaching nursing.  Focuses on the development of a variety of teaching strategies and evaluation methods for didactic and clinical settings.  Prerequisites:  NURSE 7100 and NURSE 7110 or instructor’s consent. Offered every spring.

N8860 Organizations & Human Resource Management in Nursing (3 cr)

This course will examine various organizational theories, organizational behavior, and the impact of change within organizations. Participants will apply and analyze workforce management principles in regard to employee rights, resources, and responsibilities. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: NURSE 7087 or instructors consent. Offered every spring.

N8864 Curriculum Development in Nursing (3 cr)

Examines theoretical foundations, principles, and issues in curriculum design.  Explores systematic evaluation of curriculum at all levels. Prerequisites:  NURSE 7100 and NURSE 7110 or instructor’s consent. Offered every fall.

N8890 Clinical/Scholarly Project (1.0 – 3.0 cr)

Design, implement and evaluate nursing projects derived from theory, including written report with explanation or justification to support the empirical and/or theoretical basis for the project. Graded on an S/U basis only. Prerequisites:  NURSE 7100, NURSE 7150, graduate statistics. Offered every semester.

N8900 Research Practicum (NON-THESIS) (1.0 – 3.0cr)

Selected independent research activities in conjunction with ongoing research programs of faculty. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites:  NURSE 7150, graduate statistics, instructor’s consent. Offered every semester.

N8910 Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 cr)

Provides essential skills for utilizing research to support practice change: assessing practice based problems, analyzing current evidence, proposing practice changes and developing plans for implementing evidence-based practice concepts. Prerequisite: N8100 for Leader area of study and N7150 for Educator area of study or faculty consent. Offered every spring and summer.

N8920 Quality, Safety and Performance Outcomes (3 cr)

Uses information systems to identify and analyze patient safety and other clinical issues and recommend system-wide actions and measurement plans that result in safe, effective, efficient, equitable, patient-centered outcomes. Pre/Co-requisite: N8910. Offered every fall.

N8930 Health Program Design & Management (DNP and MS students: 3 credits didactic)

Designing, implementing and evaluating effective health programs. Addresses leadership and organizational change issues. Prerequisite: N8920 or instructor consent. Offered every spring.

N8930 Health Program Design & Management (DNP and MS students: 3 credits didactic)

Designing, implementing and evaluating effective health programs. Addresses leadership and organizational change issues. Prerequisite: N8920 or instructor consent. Offered every spring. Available in the fall for MPH students.

N8940 Nursing & Healthy Policy (3 cr)

Designed to explore and critically evaluate the role of nursing and nurse leaders/scholars in health policy development and the organization and financing of health care in response to the health and social needs of the public. Offered every fall.

N8950 Teaching Nursing Practicum (4 cr)

Participation in application of principles and methods of teaching, learning, and evaluation to the education of nursing students. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 8854 and NURSE 8864. Offered every spring.

N8954 Distance-Mediated Teaching Nursing Practicum (4 cr)

Faculty-guided application of distance mediated teaching, learning, and evaluation methods with graduate &/or undergraduate nursing students. Pre-reqs: N8854 & N8864 or equivalents. Offered every semester.

The course will be taught with asynchronous or synchronous methods depending upon the faculty mentor’s teaching strategies. On-campus component required to assist faculty mentor with new student orientation, clinical simulation or clinical skill training.

N8960 Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems Practicum  (5 cr)

Participation in application of principles and methods of leadership, management, and evaluation to facilitate patient care operations in various settings. Graded on an S/U basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 8800, NURSE 8810, NURSE 8820. Offered every spring.

N9070 DNP Clinical Residency (1-5 clinical credits)

Intensive clinical experience.  Prepare experts in advanced nursing practice and leadership to effectively evaluate practice problems, translate evidence into practice, monitor outcomes, and implement innovative models of care.   May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites:  NURSE 8930 and NURSE 8450 or NURSE 8610. Offered every semester.

N9080 DNP Residency Project (3 one credit hour sections)

Final synthesis of DNP coursework culminating in an in-depth practice change project or case analysis impacting a rural or other underserved population or critical healthcare system need. Prerequisites or Corequisites: section 1-N8910, section 2-N8930, section 3-N9080 section2. Offered every semester.

N9087 Leadership & Transformational Role Institute (2cr)

Synthesis of advanced nursing practice knowledge and leadership skills.  Prepares DNP graduate to implement an advanced nursing practice role that will result in practice and/or policy change at the local, state, or national levels.   May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURSE 9080 and NURSE 9070. Offered every spring.

N9090 Research in Nursing (1-6 cr)

Original investigation for presentation as thesis or dissertation. Prerequisites: graduate statistics, instructor’s consent. Graded on S/U basis only. Offered every semester.

N9100 State of the Science (3 cr)

The existing body of research literature is the foundation upon which new scientific knowledge is built. This course will guide the student through the purpose and processes of scholarly writing. Students will conduct a systematic review of the scientific literature on a selected focus area in the health sciences. Students will work with course faculty, with input from the student’s advisor, to develop and implement strategies to search, evaluate, and synthesize the literature in the selected area. Scholarly writing will be emphasized in this course. Graded on an A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Admission to a doctoral program or permission of instructor. Offered every fall.

N9120 Philosophical and Theoretical Basis for Research (3 cr)

Based on an understanding of the philosophy of science, critically appraise and adapt conceptual models and theoretical frameworks for use in research. Prerequisite: NURSE 7100 or faculty consent. Offered every fall.

N9131 Responsible Conduct of Research (1 cr) (same as H_D_FS 9131)

This course examines professional research ethics including the rights of human subjects.  Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites:   Instructor’s permission required. Offered every summer.

N9132 Writing Research Proposals: Skill Building (3 cr) (same as H_D_FS 9130)

This course teaches the components of writing a research proposal for external funding. Prerequisites: N9120 or equivalent, doctoral status, instructor’s permission. Offered every spring.

N9410   Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (3 cr) (same as HDFS 9200)

Study of explanatory and predictive quantitative designs in health-related research, including nested, double-blind, time series, casual models, retrospective cohort; secondary database use will be explored. Prerequisites: NURSE 9131; Advanced Statistics Course. Offered every fall.

N9420 Qualitative Methods (3 cr) (same as HDFS 9420)

Examines the following selected qualitative research approaches appropriate for the study of nursing phenomena and the extension or modification of scientific knowledge so as to be relevant to nursing: case study research methods, verbal qualitative approaches, and nonverbal qualitative approaches. Prerequisites: N7150 or equivalent, doctoral status, and instructor’s consent. Offered every spring.

N9450 Social Determinants of Health (3 cr)

Doctoral seminar focusing on defining, measuring, and conducting research on social determinants of health. Prerequisites NURSE 9120 and NURSE 9410. This course will explore the relationships between social factors and health and the most common methodologies for studying these complex relationships. This course builds on content from prior theory and research methods courses and contributes new substantive content on the health outcomes of social factors nationally and internationally. Offered every other spring during odd numbered years.

N9460 Health Behavior Change Research (3 cr) (same as ECSP 9460)

Doctoral seminar focusing on theories, measurement, and methods for conducting health behavior change research. Prerequisite: NURSE 9120; Pre/Corequisite: N9410. Offered every other fall in odd years.

N9540 Seminar in Nursing

Course content varies. Prerequisite: graduate standing or instructor’s consent. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours. Offered every semester.

N9550 Meta-Analysis Research (3 cr) (same as HDFS 9550)

Examines quantitative synthesis including research questions, search strategies, coding issues, meta-analysis statistical procedures, and interpretation of findings. Emphasizes conceptual understanding and practical methods. Prerequisites: 6 cr graduate statistics; N9410 or graduate level quantitative methods course. Offered every other spring. Scheduled to be taught again in Spring 2018.

N9560 Qualitative Systematic Reviews (3 cr) (same as HDFS 9560 and SocWk 9560)

Examine and carry out elements of qualitative systematic reviews:  topic/problem identification, data collection, and analysis.  Understand how to limit threats to validity and maximize generalizability. Pre-requisite: NURSE 9420 or equivalent. Offered every other fall during even numbered years.

N9710 Advanced Research Practicum (1-6 cr)

Mentored research experience designed by student, mentor and program committee based on student’s substantive areas of interest and program of research. Pre-/co-requisites: N9120, advisor consent. Graded on S/U basis only. Offered every semester.