DNP - Course Descriptions

DNP Course Descriptions

 

BIOS 806 Biostatistics

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Graduate standing, degree-seeking students; a statistics class within 5 years or HED 8080.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, seminar  

EPI 820 Epidemiology

This course is designed to prepare the graduate student, professional student or fellow to gain knowledge and skills in basic epidemiological concepts and applications. Major topics to be covered include sources of data, study designs, analytical strategies, interpretation of data, disease causality and control of public health problems.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: None
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, seminar

NRSG 701 Implementing Evidence-Based Practice

This course builds on an understanding of the scholarship of nursing and the concepts of evidence-based practice. It will prepare students to critically evaluate theories, concepts, and methods relevant to the review, analysis, synthesis, and application of scientific evidence to nursing and interprofessional healthcare practice. The ethical, economic, cultural, and political implications of innovations in evidence-based practice will be explored.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 731
CO- or PRE-REQUISITES: BIOS 806 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, seminar

NRSG 702 Methods for Assessing Clinical Practice Outcomes

A variety of approaches can be used to evaluate health and practice outcomes. In this course, students will explore the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies and data when compared to a variety of clinically relevant issues. Examples of methodological approaches include the use of surveys, observations, and/or interviews, and quality improvement processes. Examples of data include the use of secondary data sets and/or epidemiological data and clinical records data bases. The use of different methodologies combined with the cultural, ethical, political, and economic implications for practice will be explored.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 731
CO- or PRE-REQUISITES: NRSG 701, BIOS 806 or permission of instructor.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, seminar

NRSG 703 Changing Complex Systems to Improve Health Care Delivery

Students will explore strategies to create, sustain, and evaluate change in complex micro-and-macro systems. Students will engage in futuristic visioning and scenario building to address emerging practice and health care problems. Solutions to complex systems issues will be proposed within the context of relevant ethical, political, economic, and cultural factors. Students will use collaborative and interprofessional skills to explore proposed system solutions.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 731, BIOS 806, NRSG 701, NRSG 755, NRSG 702
CO- or PRE-REQUISITES: NRSG 709, EPI 820, or permission of instructor.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 2 credits, seminar 2 credits Practicum (90 practicum hours)

NRSG 704 Clinical Inquiry (Capstone Project)

Students will further their exploration and analysis of their selected client, population, and/or system. Students’ own evidence-based analysis and data from either clinical practice and/or epidemiological studies will be used to guide the design and development of interventions directed at practice change, system changes, or aggregate health improvements. Analysis of socio-economic, cultural, ethical, and political implications continues. Building on the student’s work, practice interventions are refined. Under guidance of their academic advisor, students implement their designated project and evaluate. Plans for or evidence of dissemination occurs.

The clinical practicum hours provide students the opportunity to apply knowledge and newly acquired skills to the practice setting. Practice settings will vary depending on students’ interest and career goals. The primary aim of the practice work is to design, implement, and evaluate change that will improve health outcomes for individuals, families, communities, and/or populations. Overall, the DNP practicum experience experiences culminate in the Capstone project.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: All DNP required courses
CO-REQUISITES: NRSG 703
CREDIT ALLOCATION: Minimum 8 credits (360 practicum hours) beginning academic year 2013-2014; 7 credits (315 practicum hours) beginning academic year 2014-2015.

NRSG 705 CLINICAL INQUIRY: DEVELOPMENT OF THE CAPSTONE PROPOSAL PROBLEM STATEMENT

Through clinical inquiry, students will further their exploration and analysis of their selected client, population, and/or system. Students’ own evidence-based analysis and data from either clinical practice and/or epidemiological studies will be used to guide the design and development of interventions directed at practice change, system changes, or aggregate health improvements. Analysis of socio-economic, cultural, ethical, and political implications continues. Building on the student’s work, practice interventions are refined. Under guidance of their academic advisor, students implement their designated project and evaluate. Plans for or evidence of dissemination occurs.

This is the first of 3 clinical courses that provides a foundation for the DNP program clinical inquiry that culminates in the implementation and evaluation of the DNP Capstone project. It extends the content and experiences of the didactic DNP courses. The student will work closely with his/her DNP faculty academic advisor to develop the problem statement section of the DNP capstone proposal.

PREREQUISITE/CO-REQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 731
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 1 credit (clinical)

NRSG 706 CLINICAL INQUIRY: DEVELOPMENT OF THE CAPSTONE PROPOSAL LITERATURE REVIEW*

Through clinical inquiry, students will further their exploration and analysis of their selected client, population, and/or system. Students’ own evidence-based analysis and data from either clinical practice and/or epidemiological studies will be used to guide the design and development of interventions directed at practice change, system changes, or aggregate health improvements. Analysis of socio-economic, cultural, ethical, and political implications continues. Building on the student’s work, practice interventions are refined. Under guidance of their academic advisor, students implement their designated project and evaluate. Plans for or evidence of dissemination occurs.

This is the second of 3 clinical courses that provides a foundation for the DNP program clinical inquiry that culminates in the implementation and evaluation of the DNP Capstone project. It extends the content and experiences of the didactic DNP courses. The student will work closely with his/her DNP faculty academic advisor to develop the review of literature section of the DNP capstone proposal.

PREREQUISITE/CO-REQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 701
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 1 credit (clinical)

NRSG 707 CLINICAL INQUIRY: DEVELOPMENT OF THE CAPSTONE PROPOSAL CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK AND METHODS*

Through clinical inquiry, students will further their exploration and analysis of their selected client, population, and/or system. Students’ own evidence-based analysis and data from either clinical practice and/or epidemiological studies will be used to guide the design and development of interventions directed at practice change, system changes, or aggregate health improvements. Analysis of socio-economic, cultural, ethical, and political implications continues. Building on the student’s work, practice interventions are refined. Under guidance of their academic advisor, students implement their designated project and evaluate. Plans for or evidence of dissemination occurs.

This is the third of 3 clinical courses that provides a foundation for the DNP program clinical inquiry that culminates in the implementation and evaluation of the DNP Capstone project. It extends the content and experiences of the didactic DNP courses. The student will work closely with his/her DNP faculty academic advisor to develop the conceptual framework and methods sections of the DNP capstone proposal.

PREREQUISITE/CO-REQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 702
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 1 credit (clinical)

NRSG 709 Health Care Policy

This course introduces students to health policy in the US government system and to the role of research in shaping health policy. Students will critically appraise a policy relevant to an area of research or practice and plan implementation strategies for policy change at the appropriate level of government. Students will develop verbal and written communication skills for effective translation of research and policy implications to lay and professional audiences.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 731 or permission of instructor.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, classroom

NRSG 731 Transformational Leadership

This doctoral seminar introduces the PhD and DNP student to the concepts and principles of transformational leadership within the context of health care. Using complexity science as a theoretical foundation, the course challenges students to create new ideas, adopt new behaviors and explore new vulnerabilities from which to view and solve health care dilemmas. Transformational leaders are challenged to implement and sustain organizational and systems change to support the healing and caring that leads to improved health outcomes. The three major constructs of transformational leadership (self transformation, patient centered transformation, health systems transformation) will be explored related to health outcomes.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: None
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, seminar

NRSG 755 Health Care Economics and Financial Management

Examination of health care economic trends, reimbursement issues, funding sources, and related ethical issues. Application of key principles and methods of financial analysis, cost analysis, budgeting, and business and grant planning.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 731 or permission of instructor.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, classroom

DNP Clinical Practicum Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 1000 post-baccalaureate practice hours. For post-master's students, practice hours from the student's MSN program will be evaluated and credit will be awarded for verified practice hours. Practice hours provide students the opportunity to apply knowledge and newly acquired skills to the practice setting. Practice settings will vary depending on students' interest and career goals. The primary aim of the practice work is to design, implement, and evaluate change that will improve health outcomes for individuals, families, communities, and/or populations. Overall, the practicum experience and the Capstone Project are designed for students to:

  1.   Design, implement, and evaluate new practice approaches or health practices to meet the current and/or future needs of patient populations at the institutional, local, state, national, regional, and/or international health delivery levels.
  2.   Actively engage in leadership to develop and evaluate health policy.
  3.   Effectively communicate and collaborate with a variety of professionals to create and implement change in complex healthcare delivery systems.
  4.   Design, direct, and evaluate quality improvement methodologies to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care.
  5.   Disseminate findings from evidenced-based practice and research to improve healthcare outcomes.

The practicum clinical practice hours are earned in the following two courses, and students may earn additional practice hours as deemed necessary and in negotiation with their academic advisor.  

The course NRSG 703 Changing Complex Systems to Improve Health Care Delivery (above) contains a 2 credit hour practicum or 90 hours of practice. In this practicum students will select a micro or macro system and/or aggregate population of interest. Students will use newly learned system theories and models to evaluate their selected practice of interest. Students will begin to explore and integrate principles of finance, economics, health policy, ethics, and cultural diversity to develop and implement plans for practice-level and/or system-wide quality improvement. Students will employ interprofessional communication and collaborative skills in the design and evaluation of their quality improvement plans. Students will evaluate the intersection of the micro level with health care delivery system. Ethical implications of change will be analyzed.  

The practicum experiences culminate in the Capstone Research Project (described above) conducted in the course NRSG 704 Clinical Inquiry. NRSG 704 Clinical Inquiry includes a minimum of 450 practicum hours. Additional hours may be needed to fulfill the DNP requirement of 1000 post- baccalaureate practice hours.

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