Master of Science in Nursing Courses (NSG)

[Course credit hours/contact hours (if different) per week are noted in parentheses]

NSG 6604
Theories in Nursing (2)
  Explores the evolution and importance of knowledge and theory in nursing, mechanisms for developing and critiquing theory, and the analysis and application of theories in nursing practice.
   
NSG 6605
Healthcare Economics (2)
  An introductory course in health economics, designed to provide the student with the elements of economic analysis as applied to the area of healthcare and healthcare policy.
   
NSG 6606
Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (3)
  Provides content and learning experiences that enable students to understand all phases of the curriculum development process. Explores principles of curriculum development and major historical influences on nursing curricula. Includes in-depth analysis of the basic components and determinants of curriculum development as well as the concepts of balance, continuity, and sequence.
   
NSG 6610
Power, Politics, and Policy Formulation in Nursing (3)
  Analysis of the relationship of power, politics, and policy formulation to nursing and healthcare.
   
NSG 6612
Advanced Health Assessment (3)
  Designed to prepare an expert clinician in health assessment of patients across the lifespan. Advanced content in history and interviewing processes, physical examination, and documentation of assessment findings are included. The clinical diagnostic process is emphasized. Corequisite: NSG 6613 (FNP) or NSG 6618 (CNS).
   
NSG 6613
Advanced Health Assessment Preceptorship (3/9)
  Preceptorship course designed for clinical application of skills in advanced health assessment, clinical diagnosis and management, and maintenance of health promotion/disease prevention in the role of the primary care family nurse practitioner. Prerequisites: NSG 6671 and 6649 Corequisite: NSG 6612.
   
NSG 6616
Role of the Nursing Administrator (2)
  Assists students to evaluate the role of the nurse administrator. Explores principles of ethical and critical decision-making, quality improvement, and communication for management and resolution of issues and conflicts within the functional role. Examines use of research, evidence, and outcome data for informed decision-making and consideration of factors that influence policy making within the nursing organization. Prerequisite for MSN students: NSG 6604, 6660, 6691, 6692 and clinical specialty courses. Prerequisite for DNP students: NSG 6604, 6691, and clinical specialty courses. Corequisite: NSG 6617.
   
NSG 6617
Nursing Administration Internship (3/12)
  Provides opportunities to apply management theories basic to nursing, administration. Includes supervised experiences in role of nurse administrator. Prerequisite for MSN students: NSG 6604, 6660, 6691, 6692 and CNS clinical specialty courses. Prerequisite for DNP students: NSG 6604, 6691, and CNS clinical specialty courses. Corequisite: NSG 6616.
   
NSG 6618
CNS Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (1/2)
  Clinical laboratory course designed to review and expand skills and expertise in health assessment. Successful completion requires validation of knowledge and skills needed to perform complete health assessment of individuals. Corequisite: NSG 6612.
   
NSG 6620
Advanced Adult/Gerontology Care I (2)
  Introduces the role of the adult/gerontology clinical nurse specialist. Presents concepts, principles, and skills necessary to provide evidence based advanced practice nursing care for culturally diverse younger adults (older adolescents) through older adults. Emphasizes normal growth and development, health promotion, disease prevention and early detection, and management of common health problems in a variety of settings. Corequisite: NSG 6621. Prerequisites: NSG 6604, 6612, 6618, 6671.
   
NSG 6621
Advanced Adult/Gerontology Care I Preceptorship (3/9)
  Provides clinical preceptorship opportunities for the clinical nurse specialist student to apply concepts, principles, and skills necessary to provide evidence based advanced practice nursing care for culturally diverse younger adults (older adolescents) through older adults in a variety of settings. Corequisite: NSG 6620. Prerequisites: NSG 6604, 6612, 6618, and 6671.
   
NSG 6622
Advanced Adult/Gerontology Care II (2)
  Focuses on the clinical nurse specialist’s role in the management of younger adults (older adolescents) through older adults who are physiologically unstable, technologically dependent and/or highly vulnerable to complications. Emphasizes increasing the students’ knowledge and decision-making skills in order to accurately assess, diagnose and manage complex, acute and critically ill or injured adults. Prerequisites: NSG 6620, 6621, 6604, 6660, 6691, 6692. Corequisite: NSG 6623, 6649.
   
NSG 6623
Advanced Adult/Gerontology Care II Preceptor-ship (3/9)
  Provides clinical preceptorship opportunities for care of the younger adult (older adolescent) through older adults in acute care settings. Assumes the role of expert clinician and consult in care for adults with acute health problems by focusing on direct care competencies. Prerequisites: NSG 6620, 6621. Corequisites: NSG 6622.
   
NSG 6625, 6626, 6627
Specialized Study in Advanced Nursing (1/4)
Under supervision of a faculty member, student may pursue study in selected area applicable to the practice of nursing which fits his/her academic needs but is not available in the regular curriculum. Total credit for any combination of enrollments in these courses may not exceed four semester hours. F, Sp, Su See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
   
NSG 6631
Concepts of Health Care Informatics (3)
  An examination of concepts and technologies in the context of the healthcare delivery environment. Issues and applications addressed include hardware and software basics, data management, the Internet eCommunication, and security.
   
NSG 6632
Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Informatics (2)
  Explores the foundations of nursing informatics, related theories and sciences. Identifies nursing and healthcare data sets, classification systems, and nomenclatures utilized in practice. Corequisite or Prerequisite: NSG 6604.
   
NSG 6633
Healthcare Information Systems (3)
  Explores the planning, analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation of clinical information systems. Includes strategies for developing a strategic plan and issues in project management along with major design and implementation issues. Various methods for the evaluation of outcomes of clinical information systems are critiqued. Prerequisites: NSG 6631, 6632.
   
NSG 6634
Role of the Nursing Informatics Specialist(2)
  Focuses on the nursing informatics specialist’s role in the healthcare environment. Emphasizes concepts, research, issues, and trends relative to the practice of the nursing informatics specialist. Prerequisites: Completion of nursing specialty courses for Nursing Informatics Specialist. Corequisite: NSG 6636.
   
NSG 6635
Informatics Applications (3)
  Integrates informatics concepts and tools in the healthcare environment. Addresses regulatory, security, electronic communication, ergonomics, electronic health records, clinical decisions support systems, human-computer interactions, and emerging technologies. Prerequisite: NSG 6633.
   
NSG 6636
Nursing Informatics Internship (4/16)
  Facilitates the application of nursing and information systems theory to practice environments. Students participate in relevant clinical practice with a health or nursing information technology expert. Prerequisites: Completion of nursing specialty courses for Nursing Informatics Specialist. Corequisite: NSG 6634.
   
NSG 6638
Advanced Adult/Gerontology Care III (2)
  Focuses on the clinical nurse specialist’s role in facilitating care transitions across the lifespan from younger adults (older adolescents) through elderly adults with chronic and complex health problems, including multisystem problems. Emphasizes management and negotiation with interdisciplinary teams across multiple health care systems for achievement of outcomes. Provides an overview of health and social policy issues relevant to adults across the lifespan, advanced practice nursing roles, advocacy and case management. Corequisite: NSG 6639. Prerequisites: NSG 6622, 6623.
   
NSG 6639
Advanced Adult/Gerontology Care III Internship (3/12)
  Provides clinical internship opportunities for the clinical nurse specialist student caring for younger adults (older adolescents) through older adults with chronic and multisystem health problems in varied care settings and in transitions across settings. Corequisite: NSG 6638. Prerequisite: NSG 6622, 6623.
   
NSG 6645
Family and Cultural Theories in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  Provides the student with in-depth knowledge of family and cultural assessment. Further analysis of diverse cultures and multi family structures enhance the student’s application of family and/or cultural theories and advanced nursing interventions.
   
NSG 6649
Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  Presents knowledge and theory critical to management of the pharmacological needs of a variety of populations across the lifespan. Discusses major classification of drugs and protocols for administration and use of technology in management of drug therapy.
   
NSG 6660
Foundations of Advanced Practice (3)
  Provides content that enables students to focus on the advanced practice nurse’s role in healthcare. Emphasizes the theoretical bases critical to leadership in the advanced practice role. Analyzes current issues in regards to advanced practice roles.
   
NSG 6665
Primary Care I (3)
  Focuses on advanced knowledge and theory base in the assessment and care of children and women of child-bearing age. Health promotion is emphasized, but the practitioner is also prepared to deliver complex multifaceted care to patients in primary care settings. Prerequisites: NSG 6612 and 6613. Corequisite: NSG 6666.
   
NSG 6666
Primary Care I Preceptorship (3/9)
  Clinical preceptorship course in the advanced practice role of the family nurse practitioner with pediatric patients and women of childbearing age in primary care settings. Prerequisites: NSG 6612, 6613. Corequisite: NSG 6665.
   
NSG 6667
Primary Care II (3)
  Focuses on advanced knowledge and theory base in the assessment and management of care of adult and geriatric patients. Health promotion is emphasized, but the practitioner is also prepared to deliver complex multifaceted care to clients in primary and rehabilitative settings. Prerequisites for MSN students: NSG 6604, 6660, 6665, 6666, 6691, 6692. Corequisites: NSG 6668. Prerequisites for DNP students: NSG 6604, 6665, 6666, 6691. Corequisites: NSG 6668.
   
NSG 6668
Primary Care II Preceptorship (3/9)
  Clinical preceptorship course in the advanced practice role of the family nurse practitioner with adult and gerontological patients in the primary and rehabilitative care settings. Prerequisites: NSG 6665, 6666. Corequisite: NSG 6667.
   
NSG 6670
Role Synthesis Seminar (1)
  Provides a forum for the analysis and synthesis of role behaviors specific to the family nurse practitioner. Emphasis is on the role, patterns of health promotion, primary care, and professional, social, and political issues related to the role. Prerequisites: All core nursing specialty courses. MSN students only: Corequisite: NSG 6680.
   
NSG 6671
Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  Provides an in-depth study of pathophysiologic processes across the lifespan to correlate changes that occur at the cellular and system level with the development, clinical manifestations, and management of various disease states.
   
NSG 6680
Family Nurse Practitioner Internship (5/20)
  Internship course designed to provide extensive clinical experience with a broad spectrum of patients to allow students opportunities to strengthen clinical skills in specific areas. Prerequisites: All core and FNP nursing specialty courses. Corequisite: MSN students only: NSG 6670.
   
NSG 6691
Research Methodology (3)
  Evaluates the principles of the research process for both quantitative and qualitative research. Emphasis is on the utilization and generation of research and evidence-based practice relevant to advanced nursing. A grade of “B” or better is required.
   
NSG 6692
Data Analysis Techniques in Quantitative Research (2)
  Examines basic statistical methods for analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating quantitative data. The focus is on developing knowledge necessary to critically evaluate research reports and selected data.
   
NSG 6695
Thesis (4 minimum)
  Prerequisites: NSG 6691, 6692. Pass/Fail.
   
NSG 6696
Scholarly Inquiry Practicum I (1/2)
  Faculty-guided experience to further develop the student’s knowledge of a special area of interest utilizing research-based inquiry or evidence-based practice. Students must take this course during their final Fall semester. Grading system is Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: NSG 6604, 6660, 6691, 6692.
   
NSG 6697
Scholarly Inquiry Practicum II (1/2)
  Faculty-guided experience for implementation and evaluation of student’s scholarly inquiry. Grading system is Pass / Fail. Prerequisite: NSG 6696. Successful completion of this course meets the MSN comprehensive exam requirement.

Thesis Option
Students who plan to progress to doctoral education will be encouraged to pursue the thesis option in preparation for the doctoral dissertation. Students should discuss with their adviser the option prior to filing their degree plan.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Courses (NSG)

NSG 8801
Healthcare Informatics and Data Management (3)
  Provides an overview of the planning, implementation, and evaluation of clinical information systems. Assists student in recognizing the applications of nursing informatics in healthcare systems. Includes a historical review of the evolution of nursing informatics and current trends. Prepares student with knowledge and skills necessary to retrieve, manage, and generate data relevant to evidence-based practice. Prerequisite: NSG 6655 or admission as post –MSN.
   
NSG 8802
Applied Biostatistics (3)
  Builds on prior knowledge of basic statistical concepts, including descriptive statistics and the components of statistical inference (p-values and hypothesis testing). Emphasizes ethically generated application and results rather than clinical theory. Focuses on application of statistical methods that evaluate evidence-based nursing practice including inferential statistics (t-test, ANOVA, risk index, linear and multiple regression, and other multivariate tests). Requires writing narrative and tabular results using APA format.
   
NSG 8804
Policy and Politics in Healthcare (3)
  Addresses healthcare policies and political forces that shape them. Analyzes the adequacy and impact of current legislation; federal, state, local and work-place policies; and best practice guidelines for patient-centered care, and advanced practice roles. Emphasizes the leadership role of the DNP in areas of analyzing, formulating and implementing healthcare policies. Explores the interrelationships between policies and nursing, organizations, politics, and the economics of healthcare. Prerequisites: NSG 8815, NSG 8820
   
NSG 8805
Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  Presents concepts, principles, and methods of the epidemiological approach to disease and intervention, identification of cause of disease, response to disease outbreak, disease surveillance, evaluation of screening and prevention measures, and ethical issues in epidemiological research. Applies biostatistical concepts necessary to interpret findings of epidemiological studies and to critically evaluate application to evidence-based practice. Examines distribution and determinants of disease risk in human populations across the lifespan with an emphasis on disease prevention and early detection.
   
NSG 8810
Synthesis of Evidence Based Practice I: Project Identification (1)
  Orients and introduces the DNP Synthesis Project which focuses on the identification and initial development of the DNP Synthesis Project for improvement of nursing practice or patient outcomes within a specialized area of advanced practice. Requires the identification of feasible DNP Synthesis Project idea, synthesis of evidence-based literature, selection of a DNP Synthesis Project Chair and committee and initiation of an e-portfolio. Requires completion of a minimum of 60 clinical hours for the development of DNP role competencies. Corequisite: NSG 8812.
   
NSG 8812
Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice (3)
  Explores issues related to evidence-based practice. Emphasizes the process of evaluating evidence for best practices within healthcare delivery systems. Equips the advanced practice nurse with the skills needed to identify, critically appraise, and utilize best evidence to recognize and comprehend concurrent needs and demands of patients, communities, and organizations and direct appropriate interventions for the improvement of outcomes. Corequisite: NSG 8810.
   
NSG 8815
Evaluation Methods for Improvement of Clinical Outcomes (3)
  Appraises the methods of evaluation of clinical and program outcomes as they guide safe and effective patient and aggregate health care. Focuses on application of evidence-based models and middle range nursing theories to methodologies and evaluation methods; measurement of study variables related to evidence based practice; and nurse-sensitive outcomes. Synthesizes clinical, patient, aggregate and economic outcomes. Contributes to the development of DNP Synthesis Project methods and outcomes. Prerequisites: NSG 8801, NSG 8802, NSG 8812. Corequisites: NSG 8820.
   
NSG 8820
Synthesis of Evidence Based Practice II: Project Development (2)
  Develops the methodology for an evidence-based DNP Synthesis Project with a systems-level impact for the improvement of nursing practice or patient outcomes within a specialized area of advanced practice. Explores the impact of ethical, safe and effective patient and organizational outcomes in the translation of evidence into practice. Culminates in the defense of the DNP Synthesis Project proposal, compliance with the regulations involving human subjects and approval from Troy University’s Institutional Review Board. Requires completion of a minimum of 120 clinical hours for the development of DNP role competencies. Prerequisite: NSG 8810. Corequisite: NSG 8815
   
NSG 8822
Leadership in Organizations and Systems (2)
  Prepares students to lead and manage the challenges of a global, dynamic, and changing healthcare environment. Analyzes and evaluates nursing leadership and evidence-based management theories critical to leading in today’s healthcare systems. Focuses on integration and application of concepts of leadership, management, business planning, and evaluation of population-based efforts to provide affordable quality care. Prepares the student to utilize these concepts in articulating a vision encompassing evidence-based care.
   
NSG 8824
Bioethical Issues In Healthcare (2)
  Focuses on the consistent themes in both bioethics and the laws related to bioethics. Includes: issues in morality, types of ethical theory, individual rights (freedoms), informed consent, patient-professional relations, right to privacy, professional ideals, and the four ethical principles of autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, and justice. Analyzes the leadership role of the DNP in the areas of preventative ethics and utilization of decision models for resolving ethical conflicts are analyzed.
   
NSG 8826
Diversity and Social Issues in Health Care Systems (2)
  Explores health disparity and diversity as a result of economics, class structures, cultural background and social stigmas. Critically analyzes the impact of local, national, and international social issues on health care delivery. Examines prominent social issues for the development of appropriate clinical guidelines and policy for patients, groups, and organizations. Analyzes healthcare models for accuracy and appropriateness based on evidence of cultural health seeking behaviors of groups.
   
NSG 8830
Synthesis of Evidence Based Practice III: Project Implementation (2-4)
  Focuses on implementation of an evidence-based DNP Synthesis Project with a systems-level impact for the improvement of nursing practice or patient outcomes within a specialized area of advanced practice. Requires integration of knowledge of nursing theory, evidence-based nursing practice, physiologic and pathophysiologic foundations, ethical and legal principles and healthcare systems. Involves development of datasets for analysis of DNP Synthesis Project outcomes. Requires completion of a minimum of 120 clinical hours and up to 240 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NSG 8820.
   
NSG 8840
Synthesis of Evidence Based Practice IV: Project Evaluation (3-5)
  Emphasizes the evaluation, synthesis and critique of DNP Synthesis Project outcomes to support quality clinical or organizational practices. Requires completion of a final paper to the DNP Advisory Committee and presentation to faculty and peers. Concludes with reflection and evaluation of achievement of DNP role competencies. Requires completion of a minimum of 180 clinical hours and up to 240 clinical hours. Prerequisite: NSG 8830.
   
NSG 8850
Dissemination (3)
  Emphasizes preparation and submission of a manuscript to a professional peer-reviewed journal for dissemination of the DNP Synthesis Project. Includes selection of best fit journals and conferences, review of manuscript submission process, and techniques (guidelines) for scholarly writing. Examines ethical issues related to publication and dissemination. Corequisite: NSG 8840.
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