NURS 501: Theoretical Frameworks of Leadership (2 units)
This course explores the theoretical underpinnings of leadership and management in nursing. Content includes leadership styles and attributes, interpersonal communications in effectively leading and collaborating with diverse populations, as well as, an explanation of the concept of “emotional intelligence”. Building a dynamic team to improve optimal quality care will also be articulated. Responsibilities of managers, such as, organizational management, appropriate delegation of responsibilities, the art of supervision, coaching for success and collaboration will be analyzed.

NURS 506: Diversity, Social and Global issues in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (2 units-online)
Students will have the opportunity to synthesize and analyze the impact of social and global issues on the perceptions of health, view of disease prevention and health promotion among culturally and socially diverse patient/client and aggregate populations. Health issues that affect populations across the globe will be explored in order for nurses to effectively advocate for change.

NURS 516: Research Methodologies and Community Project Development I (3 units)
This course is an exploration of both the research process and methodologies. The content includes both quantitative and qualitative designs. Emphasis will be placed on the first phase of the thesis project design and development. Students will have the opportunity to prepare the first three chapters of the project report.

NURS 526: Policies Effecting Health Delivery and Fiscal Systems (2 units-online)
The impact that policies exert on health care delivery will be analyzed in addition to how regulatory processes are developed and impact nursing practice. Students will have the opportunity to interpret various health policies and articulate how nurses can advocate for changes that enhance health. How policy-making proceeds will also be explored.

NURS 531: Assessing, Planning, and Managing Budgets and Resources (2 units)
Utilizing methods to assess fiscal and resource requirements, planning budgets, and managing systems will be reviewed and analyzed. Methods and instruments available to efficiently allocate resources will be discussed as well as the design of plans that decrease duplication of ineffective strategies and services. Business principles will be identified as potential guidelines in managing nursing units and agencies.

NURS 536 Gerontology Care for Today and the Future (2 units)
This course is designed to provide the graduate nursing student with a framework necessary to assess the health status of a growing gerontology population. Theories of aging, political, legal, and ethical dimensions effecting seniors, influences on disease prevention /health promotion, and care management will be explored and synthesized. Students will present the latest research data and the application to nursing practice.

NURS 541: Management Practicum (4 units)
During this course, each student will choose a setting in which he/she will complete 55 hours in a management /leadership position . Each student will work with a preceptor who occupies either a formal leadership or management position. During this practicum, students will apply knowledge that was learned in earlier coursework. Seminars (5 hours) will also be scheduled by the faculty of record in order to direct and support students in achieving personal as well as course objectives. Prerequisite: NURS 501

NURS 610: Theoretical Frameworks of Education (2 units)
The goal of this course is to explore the theories of education, how a theoretical framework becomes the foundation for an effective teaching process, how to focus the educational offering on an aggregate (e.g. students, patients/families, staff, or other health care providers). There will be a review about how learning proceeds, and how educators successfully apply principles of andragogy in the teaching / learning setting.

CNSG 612: Advanced Health Assessment (2 units)
This advanced health assessment course focuses on the adult population spanning from young to older adults.  It is designed to offer a comprehensive review of obtaining a complete health history and the physical assessment skills required for this patient population.  An emphasis is placed on the relationship between physical assessment and health behaviors in conjunction with epidemiological, cultural, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of clients.  Upon this foundation, the student will develop the necessary skills to assess and identify client problems and formulate appropriate and  comprehensive plans of care.

NURS 615: Use of Technology in Patient and Student Education (2 units – online)
The students will learn how to apply the most effective use of technological methods in order to effectively educate a defined aggregate. Students will be able to apply these skills by preparing a presentation. The use of various forms of technology will also be presented, including the preparation of audio-visuals (Power points, YouTube, videos, databases).

CNSG: 617: Pathophysiology (2 units )
This graduate level course covers advanced principles of physiology and pathophysiology that are applicable across the lifespan.  In-depth examination of pathophysiologic mechanisms that are responsible for human illness and disease will be utilized as framework for discussing common complex health problems encountered within major body systems.  Alterations will be examined beginning at the cellular level with analysis of human responses to disease processes.  Discussion of assessment, diagnosis and evidence-based management utilized in treatment of these health problems will be included.

NURS 620: Strategies for Effective Instructions (2 units)
In this course, effective teaching/learning modalities will be discussed and analyzed. Experiences with the patient simulators will provide opportunities to complete hands- on practice related to patient care. The course will assist students in assessing, planning, and implementing instructional sessions geared toward a particular aggregate while considering the learners age group, culture, readiness to learn, and barriers to learning.

CNSG 621:  Pharmacotherapeutics (2 units )
This course is designed to prepare nurses for expert clinical practice using advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge of pharmacology that can be applied in the practice setting. The focus is on pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics including a discussion at the cellular response level.  Content will provide the advanced practice nurse the competencies necessary to work with patients, healthcare professionals, and communities of interest to improve clinical care in a safe and cost-effective manner.

NURS 625: Project Development II and Report (2 units)
This course constitutes the second phase of the thesis project preparation. The student will continue to develop the project and refine the project report. In addition, Phase II will prepare the student to implement the project. Prerequisite: NURS 516

NURS 630: Curriculum and Program Development (2 units)
This course will provide guidelines in planning a patient teaching offering, an in-service, a course, or a complete curriculum. Discussion will surround the issues of planning a teaching event that focuses on the development of a presentation, description of the learning event, course objectives, content, resources/ audiovisuals, and evaluation plan.

NURS 635 Class/ Course Preparation, Planning, and Competency Evaluation (2 units)
This course will assist the student to further refine the skills introduced in NURS 630. The students will articulate the process by which the learning needs and styles of an aggregate are assessed. Each student will then prepare a presentation with a chosen aggregate. In addition, the student will develop a brief evaluation instrument to analyze whether or not learning has occurred based on the stated objectives. The in service or presentation will also be measured, via this evaluation, in terms of instructor effectiveness, content clarity, and relevance. Pre-requisite: NURS 630

NURS 640: Project Implementation, Final Written Report and Defense (1-3 units)
Project implementation, the completed written report and the defense make up the final phase of this thesis project. The students will have the opportunity to present a synopsis of the project to faculty and classmates. The on-line portion of the course will provide on-going support and assistance from the faculty of record. The seminars will serve as a format for debriefing and project defense presentations. The project must be completed during this course. Pre-requisites: NURS 516 and NURS 625.

NURS 650: Education Practicum (4 units)
This course provides the graduate students with practical application of education theories in college settings. Each student will have the opportunity to choose a preceptor and a setting in which to complete the course successfully. Students will be able to build educator skills by collaborating with a master teacher in order to assess the learning needs of a group, prepare a lesson plan, or assist with syllabi revisions, and teach a portion of a course to nursing students. Pre-requisite: NURS 610

NURS 699:  Independent Study in Nursing (1-4 units)
This course is designed to assist students who wish to experience a more in-depth understanding of a specific subject or to complete a scholarly endeavor (practice, internship, meta-analysis).  A faculty member will be assigned to the student (s) in order to assist and direct the student toward meeting course objectives. In collaboration with the faculty, the student will: 1. Identify area of interest through the statement of a problem or purpose; 2. Decide on a course of action by way of formulating goals and objectives; 3. Design a plan of action; and 4. Evaluate the plan once the objectives have been met.


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