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Nursing Courses (NSG)

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

Master of Science in Nursing Courses

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. Co-requisite: 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 or Co-requisite: NSG 6671 and 6649 Co-requisite: 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 decisionmaking, 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. Co-requisite: 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 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 Healthcare Informatics and Leadership (3)


Focuses on an examination of the concepts and core principles that are essential for nurse informatics specialists and nursing leaders to operate within a dynamic healthcare environment. Course topics include foundations of practice, data management, healthcare technology, organizational structure, human capital management, care delivery systems, continuous performance improvement, and practice applications.

NSG 6632

Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Informatics and Leadership (3)


Explores the foundation of nursing informatics, organizational leadership, and nursing administration, related theories and sciences. Identifies nursing and healthcare data sets, classifications systems, and nomenclatures utilized in practice. Students also explore transformational leadership, emotional intelligence, strategic planning principles, shared leadership/governance, and leading and sustaining change.

NSG 6633

Healthcare Systems (3)


Centers on the understanding of the Advanced Practice Nurse’s role to practice dimensions of leadership and technology within today’s healthcare system. 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. Students will also explore managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating across the healthcare system. Prerequisite: NSG 6631, NSG 6632 

NSG 6634

Roles in Nursing Leadership and Informatics (3) 


Focuses on the role of the advanced practice nurse in the healthcare environment. Emphasizes concepts, research, issues and trends relative to the practice of the nursing informatics specialist and nursing leader within the healthcare environment. Prerequisites: NSG 6636 NSG 6633. Co-requisite NSG 6637

NSG 6635

Applied Principles of Leadership and Technology in Healthcare (3)


Prepares students with the knowledge and skills to integrate management and informatics concepts into clinical practice. Nursing leadership content addresses the application of fiscal planning, execution, and accountability, and risk management within practice. Nursing informatics content addresses ergonomics, electronic health records, clinical decision support systems, and emerging technologies. Prerequisites: NSG 6631, NSG 6632, NSG 6633 Co-Requisite 6636

NSG 6636

Advanced Nursing Practice Internship I (4/16)


First of two internship courses that facilitate the application of nursing leadership or nursing informatics within field experiences to provide the student an opportunity to work collaboratively with healthcare systems. Students may select to intern with a nursing leader, a nursing information technology expert, or a combination of roles. Students will participate in relevant clinical practice to meet the demands of changing patient care services. Prerequisites: NSG 6631, 6632, 6633 Co-Requisite NSG 6635.

NSG 6637

Advanced Nursing Practice Internship II (4/16)


Second of two internship courses that provides students with an immersion experience in one of the selected advance nursing practice roles, nursing leadership or nursing informatics. The course focus is on the application and synthesis of knowledge and skills acquired in all previous courses. Students participate in relevant clinical practice with either a nursing administrator or nursing information technology expert. Prerequisites: NSG 6636, NSG 6635; Co-requisite: NSG 6634.

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 Nursing Practice (3)


Provides content that enables students to focus on the advanced nursing practice. Emphasizes the theoretical bases critical to leadership and analyzes current issues in relation to advanced practice.

NSG 6665

Primary Care I: Pediatrics and Women’s Health (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. Co-requisite: NSG 6666.

NSG 6666

Primary Care I Preceptorship: Pediatrics and Women’s Health (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. Co-requisite: NSG 6665.

NSG 6667

Primary Care II: Adults and Geriatrics (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. Co-requisites: NSG 6668. Prerequisites for DNP students: NSG 6604, 6665, 6666, 6691. Co-requisites: NSG 6668.

NSG 6668

Primary Care II Preceptorship: Adults and Geriatrics (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. Co-requisite: 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: Co-requisite: 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. Co-requisite: MSN students only: NSG 6670.

NSG 6685

Global Identity (1-3)


Studying abroad is a transformative experience that has the power to challenge our thinking and our perspective on the world. This course aims to attract students across disciplines, to promote inter-professional development, and to prepare them to expand their understanding of their global identity and communicate their growth in intercultural competence toward their personal and professional development. Students make connections between their study abroad experience and the broader range of skills connected with this experience, to become a competitive member of a global workforce,

NSG 6691

Research and Evidence for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)


Reviews the processes for ethical conduct of research and translation of evidence for nursing practice and patient outcomes. Emphasis is on the rigorous critique, utilization and generation of research and evidence relevant to advanced practice nursing. A grade of “B” or better is required.

NSG 6692

Data Analysis and Interpretation 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 researchbased 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 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 evidencebased 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 workplace 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. Co-requisite: 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. Co-requisite: 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. Co-requisites: 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 (3)


Prepares students to lead and manage the challenges of a global, dynamic, and changing healthcare environment. Analyzes and evaluates nursing leadership and evidencebased 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 8826

Health Disparities from a Systems Perspective (3)


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, evidencebased 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. Co-requisite: NSG 8840.

NSG 8880

Directed Professional Practicum (1-3)


Provides the DNP student with the opportunity to obtain required clinical hours for completion of the program. 1000 post-BSN clinical hours. Students enrolled in this course will engage in practical professional activities with a preceptor who will facilitate achievement of studentdeveloped learning objectives. These activities may relate to advanced practice or leadership competencies depending upon students’ chosen DNP track. This course is capable of providing 60-180 contact hours.