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Graduate Course Descriptions

Nursing 501: Perspectives in Advanced Nursing Practice

This course focuses on current and emerging issues affecting advanced nursing practice.   Examination of internal and external pressures affecting advanced nursing practice is included.   A special emphasis is placed on the historical, political, legal, technological, ethical, and economic factors that impact advanced nursing practice.
3 Credits

Nursing 503: Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course examines concepts and principles related to pharmacology and the therapeutic use of drugs.   Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are emphasized related to organ systems and disease processes.
3 credits
Prerequisite: NURS 504

NURS 504: Advanced Human Pathophysiology

This is an advanced course that concentrates on the pathogenesis of common conditions affecting children and adults as a basis for clinical management.  Emphasis is placed on dysfunction of histologic and systemic regulatory mechanisms which lead to illness.  The influence of pathogens, environmental factors, genetics, and human behavior on cellular and organ physiology is described.  The human biopsychosocial manifestations of pathophysiologic processes are presented to enable learners to synthesize ideas regarding holistic health care.

3 credits

NURS 506:  Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice and Research

This course provides the graduate nursing student with an introduction to the theoretical foundations that support advanced nursing practice.  Students engage in a critical analysis of selected theories that are used to support nursing education, practice and research. The wide range of relevant theories that the student is exposed to in this course include those used in nursing as well as the natural, social, organizational, and biological sciences.  Knowledge of both relevant theory and current research provide a firm foundation for advanced nursing practice.
3 credits

 

NURS 511: Introduction to the Clinical Nurse Leader Role

This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop advanced competencies required for the implementation of the Clinical Nurse Leader’s role within a health care agency. The focus of this course will be on the acquisition of advanced knowledge in key areas such as horizontal leadership, effective us of self, advocacy, conceptual analysis of the CNL role and lateral integration of care.  This course requires 35 clinical hours and 1.25 credits.

 

NURS 603: Individual, Family, and Community Systems

This course provides a foundation for nurses engaged in advanced nursing practice to view individuals, families, and communities as complex adaptive systems.   Graduate students apply critical thinking skills to assess the needs of and plan culturally sensitive and competent care for individuals and families across the lifespan, recognizing the diversity of these members of the global health care community.
3 credits

NURS 604:  Research and Evidence-Based Nursing for advanced Nursing Practice

This course provides the graduate nursing student with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in evidence-based practice in the healthcare environment.  The course focuses on analysis of research and its application to practice.  Students learn to design intervention strategies based on current best evidence, and to measure patient outcomes related to the implementation of evidence-based practice.

3 credits.  Prerequisite or Corequisite: NURS 506

NURS 633: Advanced Holistic Health Assessment

This clinical course provides lecture and clinical laboratory experience where students learn and refine comprehensive health assessment abilities consistent with advanced nursing practice.   This course allows students to sensitively and skillfully elicit a comprehensive health history, which includes aspects of the client’s biopsychosocial, cultural, and spiritual profile.  Students will develop and practice communication and observation skills through interviewing, as well as performing physical, functional and risk assessments on clients across the lifespan, supervised by a preceptor in a clinical setting to refine the skills necessary in the advanced nursing practice role. The course includes 4 hours/week of lecture and laboratory experiences plus 35 hours of supervised clinical experience.

4 credits.

Prerequisite: NURS 504 Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 503 and 603
Student must be ready to continue in the clinical courses.

 

NURS 636: Primary Care  I
This clinical course focuses on the delivery of primary care to individuals from young adulthood through older adulthood. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic interventions appropriate for management of adults experiencing acute and chronic illness as well as strategies for health promotion and disease prevention. Students have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills relevant to the delivery of primary care through lecture and clinical practice under the guidance of a nurse practitioner or physician preceptor. The course includes 3 hours of didactic and one hour of clinical seminar weekly plus 135 hours of supervised clinical experience.
5 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 633

NURS 637: Primary Care  III
This second of two courses focuses on the delivery of primary health care to individuals from young adulthood through older adulthood. While continuing to expand on the role of the nurse practitioner in health promotion and disease prevention, and acute and chronic illnesses, emphasis is placed on strategies for management of the adult experiencing multiple or complex illnesses. Students have the opportunity to develop sophisticated knowledge and skills relevant to the delivery of primary care through lecture and clinical practice under the guidance of a nurse practitioner or physician preceptor. The course includes 3 hours of didactic and one hour of clinical seminar weekly plus 200 hours of supervised clinical experience. As a portion of the 200 hours for FNP students clinical experience in Pediatrics and Obstetrics will be arranged. 135 hours for ANP students.
5.5 credits/5.0 credits for ANP students
Prerequisite: NURS 638

NURS 638: Primary Care  II
This clinical course focuses on the delivery of primary health care to specific populations that are included in the scope of practice of the adult nurse practitioner, including adolescents and women. Emphasis is placed on health assessment, health promotion and therapeutic interventions appropriate for management of acute and chronic illnesses in these populations. Students are assigned to ambulatory care settings, community settings, and other settings where nurse practitioners and/or physicians will serve as preceptors. Students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through lectures, discussions and clinical practice. Clinical practice occurs under the guidance of a nurse practitioner or physician preceptor. The course includes 3 hours of didactic and one hour of clinical seminar weekly plus 200 hours of supervised clinical experience. FNP students will take Nurs 643 at the same time.  Some of the clinical hours for this course will be used to arrange pediatric and obstetrical experience.  135 hours for ANP student.
5.5 credits /5.0 for ANP students
Prerequisites: NURS 636

Nurs 643: Primary Care of the Childbearing Family

This course provides the student the opportunity to learn and apply theoretical concepts, current related scientific knowledge and critical thinking to the primary care of pregnant and post-partum women, infants and children, and families. This course is required for FNP students.  This theory will be applied in some of the clinical placements in Nurs 638, Nurs 637, and Nurs 690.

3 credits

Prerequisites:  Nurs 636; Co-requisite Nurs 638.

 

NURS 690: Practicum in the Nurse Practitioner Role
The primary focus of this course is to provide the student with an opportunity to integrate and develop further competencies in the role of the nurse practitioner in the primary care setting. Continued emphasis is placed on clinical decision making as well as strategies for evaluation of health care practice, marketing, legal and employment issues. Interdisciplinary experiences are pursued and collaborative practice emphasized, allowing students to explore the role of the nurse practitioner in the current health care system. Students have the opportunity to develop sophisticated knowledge and skills relevant to the delivery of primary health care through lecture and clinical practice under the guidance of a nurse practitioner or physical preceptor, for 180 clinical hours.
5 credits
Prerequisites: Completion of all clinical courses


NURS 695: Practicum in the Clinical Nurse Leader Role

This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop advanced competencies required for implementation of the clinical nurse leader role within a healthcare agency.  The focus is on acquisition of advanced knowledge in key areas such as finance/economics, quality management, patient safety/risk management, healthcare technology and informatics.  Practicum experiences will take place in one or more healthcare settings under the guidance of an expert clinical preceptor.  Course includes three hours/week of on-campus seminar plus 490 clinical practicum hours.

4 credits

Prerequisites: NURS 633, 685, 660

NURS 694: Capstone Seminar
Every candidate for a graduate degree must complete a capstone project that provides the candidate with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to synthesize theoretical knowledge, critique and analyze research findings, and utilize scientific evidence as a basis for advanced nursing practice.  These will be demonstrated through the ability to synthesize all evidence that they have found and write a learned, scholarly article that is acceptable to be published in a refereed journal or create a policy that is based upon the evidence collected that replaces, refutes or creates a policy in a particular institution or practice site.  The student will work closely with a faculty mentor who will review and suggest revisions to the draft product until it is ready for publication.

1 credit

Prerequisites:  NURS 604 and should be taken in the Spring prior to the Practicum.

NURS 705:  Capstone Project

Once the candidate has successfully passed the Capstone Seminar they will register for the Capstone Project and receive a PASS for the grade.  This indicator is registered for in the last summer session. This is an indicator that the capstone project has successfully been accomplished.

0 Credits

Prerequisite:  Completion  NURS 694.

The following courses offered by Thomas Jefferson University are required for students in the TCNJ Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program (NURK).

NURS 662:  Jeff U Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Decision Making for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I.

Introduces the conceptual basis for meeting the health promotion and maintenance needs of the normal pregnant mother and the normal neonate.  Prepares students to assume the role of a care provider, and to contribute and support the collaborative responsibility of other healthcare members in meeting the health needs of the pregnant mother with prenatal care and neonates at birth.  Includes concepts, theories and research related to health promotion, health maintenance and prevention of illness and injury of epidemiologically significant problems.  Integrates core and support course content as well as the use of critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills to provide an in-depth focus on assessment, diagnosis, and management of primary healthcare needs.  Requires sixteen hours per week of clinical practicum with a preceptor.

3 credits Pre requisites: NURS 504,   NURS 665, 666

NURS 663: Jeff U Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Decision Making for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner II

Addresses the conceptual basis for meeting the health promotion and maintenance needs of the normal pregnant mother and the normal neonate.  Presents common variations in pregnancy and neonates.  Prepares students to assume the role of a care provider, and to contribute and support the collaborative responsibility of other healthcare members in meeting the health needs of the pregnant mother with prenatal care and the neonate at birth. Includes concepts, theories, and research related to health promotion, health maintenance, and prevention of illness and injury of epidemiologically significant problems.  Integrates core and support course content as well as use of critical-thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills to provide an in-depth focus on assessment, diagnosis, and management of primary healthcare needs.  Sixteen hours per week of clinical practicum with a preceptor is required (224 clinical hours).

3 credits Pre requisites: NURS 504,   NURS 665, 666, 662

NURS 664: Jeff U Diagnostic Reasoning and Clinical Decision Making for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner III

Focuses on the management of the high-risk neonate.  This course will prepare the student to assume the role of a care provider, and to contribute and support the collaborative responsibility of other health care members in meeting the health needs of the high-risk neonate and family.  Includes concepts, theories, and research related to management of care and prevention of complications, as well as health promotion, health maintenance, and prevention of illness and injury of epidemiologically significant problems.  Integrates core and support course content as well as use of critical-thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills to provide an in-depth focus on assessment, diagnosis and management of healthcare needs.  Sixteen hours per week of clinical practicum with a preceptor is required (224 clinical hours).

3 credits Pre requisites: NURS504,   NURS 665, 666, 663

NURS 665: Jeff U Comprehensive Assessment for Clinical Decision Making for the Mother and Neonate.

Refines and expands upon prior health assessment skills, including comprehensive history taking, developmental and psychosocial assessment, and recognition of pathological changes as well as variations of normal. Stresses the development of clinical-decision-making skills, taking into consideration life circumstances and economic, cultural, and developmental variations.  Emphasizes taking a detailed problem-based history of the mother, physical assessment of the neonate, and the development of case presentation skills and charting.  Students learn to differentiate, interpret, and document normal and abnormal findings.

3 credits

NURS 666: Jeff U Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Designed to meet the needs of nurses in advanced practice who are eligible for prescriptive privileges. Provides a comprehensive and clinically pertinent analysis of pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of selected agents.  Emphasizes the pharmacotherapeutic agents commonly used in the intensive care nursery, delivery room, and in high-risk follow-up of the neonate.  Discusses medication for the pregnant woman with a pre-existing condition prior to pregnancy or during pregnancy. Critically analyzes mechanisms of action, bioavailability, adverse effects, toxicities, and cultural, social, and economic aspects of pharmacodynamicism, which are used as a foundation for clinical decision-making.

3 credits

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