Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Course Descriptions:

NR 800 Informatics (3 credits)

This course is designed to prepare the student with the knowledge and skills needed to use informatics technology to support evidence-based practice. An overview of informatics topics most relevant to evidence-based practice will be presented. Topics include: computer systems development; standardized clinical terminology; informatics standards; electronic health records; and retrieval and analysis of digital data, information and knowledge.

NR 810 Translating Evidence into Practice (3 credits)

This course is designed to explore the nature of evidence as it applies to the discipline of nursing.  Emphasizing critical appraisal of nursing research and research from other disciplines as evidence, knowledge development activities address translation of research into practice, the evaluation of practice, and activities aimed at improving the reliability of healthcare practice outcomes for individuals and populations. The integration of knowledge and evidence from diverse sources is used to evaluate practice patterns against national benchmarks to determine variances in outcomes and explore alternative solutions surrounding clinical problems to improve healthcare outcomes.

NR820 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 credits)

This course focuses on integration of public health measures and research results to inform clinical practice.  An understanding of diverse populations, environmental health, occupational health and genetics will help orient the practitioner toward individual patients. Students will examine the interrelationships between a multitude of factors that can impact on a public health problem, including scientific, medical, environmental, cultural, social, behavioral, economic, political and ethical factors. The course teaches application of public health concepts, principles, and methodologies obtained through formal coursework to actual problems experienced in the community or work environment. Students will critically evaluate programs, interventions, and outcomes that relate to epidemiology and public health practice while applying ethical standards and professional values.

NR 830 Bioethics (3 credits)  

This course is designed to explore the complexity of ethical issues in health care.  Emphasis is placed on central ethical and political issues raised by scientific and technological advances, and by the exercise of power in determining how it is used and who decides, as well as strategies to address them which will increase competence. It will provide a foundation of philosophical and moral reasoning skills, encourage reflection on personal and professional moral commitments in practice and promote discussion among professionals.

NR 840 Clinical Genomics (3 credits)

This course focuses on the current parameters of genetics as they influence health and illness.  Clinical issues of genetic testing, individualized risk assessments and predictions throughout the lifespan are explored.

NR 850 Contemporary Innovative Leadership (3 credits)

This course focuses on the development of the contemporary leader in current and emerging organizational systems. Emphasis is placed on models and concepts of leadership with a vision toward understanding and negotiating the complexities of governance and healthcare innovation. Quality initiatives, inter-professional collaboration and communication strategies that create a culture of excellence and transform practice are critical topics for discussion and reflection.

NR 860 Introduction to Residency/Capstone (1 credit)

This course is designed to introduce DNP students to the foundations necessary to enter the highest level of advanced practice nursing and develop that practice for the benefit of their patients and the health of their country and the world. Students will be introduced to the framework of the program which culminates with the capstone project and clinical residency.

NR 870 Global Health and Social Justice (3 credits)

This course examines major global health challenges, programs and policies. Students will be introduced to the world’s vast diversity of determinants of health and disease. Students will analyze current and emerging global health priorities, including emerging infectious diseases, poverty, conflicts and emergencies, health inequity, health systems reforms, and major global initiatives for disease prevention and health promotion. Social issues common to vulnerable populations will be examined using ethical and legal frameworks. System issues relevant to health and healthcare delivery will be explored for their impact on care and policy implications.  Practices, policies and protocols compliant with legal and ethical mandates will be explored.  Organizational and social policy implications of these clinical issues will be examined, and approaches to communicating and advocating for policy change will be developed.

NR 880 Health Care Management (3 credits)

This course examines critical concepts of managed care and health care reimbursement from the perspectives of the payer and the provider. Topics include the history of managed health care, types of managed care plans and integrated health care delivery systems, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. The course will examine the implications of managed care plans for major provider sectors and review the mechanics of third party reimbursement with a goal of developing a basic understanding of managed care and the reimbursement process.

NR 890 Capstone I (3 credits)

This course is designed to assist Doctor of Nursing Practice students in gaining the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to develop a proposal for an evidence-based project, which addresses a practice issue affecting or related to a selected aggregate, population, or organization. The course comprises health care synthesis of the student’s knowledge from prior coursework.  Work will be completed in an area of interest or expertise under the direction of a faculty member and clinical mentor.  At the end of the course, the student will submit the proposal for the capstone project for approval in order to advance to the next course (Capstone II, NR 910) and implement the project.

NR 900 Residency I (4 credits)

The DNP residency is considered a key component of the Doctor of Nursing Practice educational program that combines clinical practicum experiences with scholarly activities to provide in-depth learning for students. It provides an opportunity for meaningful engagement with experts from nursing as well as other disciplines. During residency the students integrate and synthesize knowledge by demonstrating competency in an area of nursing practice. The DNP residency is designed to provide the DNP student with a comprehensive clinical experience individually designed to meet the student’s professional and clinical goals.  Residency provides an opportunity for further synthesis and expansion of the learning developed to that point.

NR 910 Capstone II (3 credits)

This course is designed to assist the advanced practice nurse/Doctor of Nursing Practice student in the completion of an evidence-based project which addresses a practice issue affecting or relating to a selected aggregate or population, organization, health care system, or health care policy. The student will complete the implementation phase of the project, evaluate the project, and write the final capstone paper. During the course the student will implement the project and present initial findings to their Capstone Chair and Clinical Mentor.

NR 920 Residency II (4 credits)

This role immersion course provides the DNP student an intensive opportunity for reflective practice highlighting students’ clinical strengths and professional interests in a comprehensive real-world context that includes utilization of leadership, consultation, advocacy and collaborative practice. Individual experiences will be developed under the guidance of a faculty member with completion of 250 hours in an approved setting. Students will be jointly supervised by the clinical site preceptor. A series of seminars will complete the immersion course. Seminars are designed to reflect on best practice approaches and generate solutions for creatively dealing with barriers that interfere with the delivery of equitable, evidence-based, patient-centered care, and on quality improvement and policy concepts and other intervening variables. Students will also complete a portfolio delineating their experiences and achievements during their course of study.

To learn more:

Janet Barron
Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions