PhD - Course Descriptions

NRSG 905 Advanced Seminar in Nursing
Students focus on selected research problems, methods and/or other specific topic areas. Topics will vary depending upon the needs and interests of students. Prerequisite: Admission to PhD program in nursing or permission of instructor.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Admission to PhD program or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 2-3 credits: 2-3 hours classroom  

NRSG 909/709 Health Care Policy
This course provides an in depth look at health policy in the US government system and 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 930, 931 or consent of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: 3 hours classroom  

NRSG 910 Health Related Instrument Construction and Evaluation
Provides a knowledge base and experience in the inductive and deductive process for constructing and evaluating instruments to measure psychosocial, behavioral, biophysiological and clinical phenomena.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Intermediate statistics or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: 2 hours classroom, 1 hours lab  

NRSG 914 Self Management in Chronic Illnesses
Chronic illness is the major health problem today, and requires interdisciplinary teams to prevent and manage such illnesses. This course will focus on chronic disease theories and models and research strategies in order to be prepared for a program of studies that addresses the management of chronic illnesses. Concepts such as adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors, adherence to medical regimen, patient activation to adhere to therapeutic regimen, patient and family resilience; caregiving, risk, vulnerability and disability, symptom management, economic considerations, and planning for the future are examined. Creative and innovative ways to promote patients' self-manage of chronic illnesses will be explored.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Multivariate statistics or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: 3 hours classroom  

NRSG 916 Independent Study in Nursing Science: State of the Science or another topic of choice

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Admission to PhD program
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 1-6 credits: 1-6 hours classroom  

NRSG 923 Rural Health Research: Considerations and Implications
This course focuses on understanding the issues related to conducting research in rural and disparate populations. Specifically, this course will emphasize content related to disparities in rural health, challenges to health in rural America, health care access and health care policy, and strategies for conducting research in rural areas such as the use of technology, and considerations of the environment and community needs. Legal, ethical, political and economic implications for research in rural areas will be discussed.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Multivariate statistics or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: 3 hours classroom  

NRSG 928 Translational and Interdisciplinary Outcomes Research
This course focuses on outcomes: measurement, management, and evaluation of health care outcomes and translational research as a process that drives the clinical research engine. The Medical Outcomes Study conceptual framework (Structure of Care, Process of Care, and Outcomes) with an emphasis on the broad categories of outcome types: clinical end points, functional status, general well-being, satisfaction with care, and economic evaluations will be employed. Different translational approaches will be discussed (T1-T4 with an emphasis on T2-T4) along with common and unique research methods used. Legal, ethical, political and economic implications for practice and research will be discussed.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Multivariate statistics or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: 3 hours classroom  

NRSG 930 Socialization to the Scholarly Role
Doctoral graduates are poised to assume critical leadership roles in academia, the health care system, and/or other entities. Future roles of nurse educators, scholars, and scientists are explored. Strategies for promoting the student's own professional development and success as a doctoral student are examined. Students develop an understanding of scholarship including discovery, application, integration, and teaching. Students engage in processes to explore and develop their research focus.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Admission to the PhD program
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: 3 hours classroom  

NRSG 931/731 Transformational Leadership Amid Health Care Crisis and Reform: Bold Ideas, New Results, and Lasting Change
This doctoral course introduces the PhD and DNP students to the concepts and principles of transformational leadership within the health care context, and focuses on developing bold ideas, new behaviors, and new vulnerabilities with increasing interconnectedness and complexity in order to achieve new results. Leaders are challenged to implement and sustain organizational and information change to support the healing and caring that lead to lasting change. The three major constructs of transformational leadership include: Self transformation, Patient centered transformation, Health systems transformation.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Admission to PhD program
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: 3 hours classroom  

NRSG 932 Philosophy of Science
This course explores nursing science in the context of classic and contemporary ideas in philosophy of science. Perspectives on scientific progress and the growth of nursing as a scientific discipline are analyzed and applied to students' research interests. Integrative and translational frameworks for the future are analyzed.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Admission to the PhD program or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: 3 hours classroom  

NRSG 933 Theory Development in Nursing and Health Sciences
This course provides students with opportunities to critically review theory development in nursing and examine how theories are adapted from other sciences. Students learn how to critically analyze key concepts and substruct selected theories related to their research focus. Students learn to synthesize the literature related to the selected concepts to identify relationships between concepts and gaps in knowledge. The course culminates in students creating a beginning conceptual framework OR adaptation of an established conceptual framework.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: 3 hours classroom  

NRSG 934 Qualitative Research Methods
This course introduces students to philosophic foundations of qualitative research and principles of research designs and methods. Students will critically appraise qualitative studies in their own areas of research and apply course content by analyzing a small data set.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: Admission to the PhD program or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: 3 hours classroom  

NRSG 935 Quantitative Research Methods
This course extends the content and experience of the previous research courses. The student's science-based model will be used to prepare and/or pilot one or more aspects of the methods for the proposed dissertation research. The practice experience includes initiation or continuation, but not necessarily conclusion of the conduct of a pilot research project with the population and environment of interest.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 930, 931, 932, 933, 934, and 935 or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: 3 hours classroom  

NRSG 936 Research Practicum
This course extends the content and experience of the previous research courses. The student's science-based model will be used to prepare and/or pilot one or more aspects of the methods for the proposed dissertation research. This Independent Study practice experience may include the conduct of pilot research with the population and environment of interest.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: All required nursing core courses or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: 3 hours classroom  

NRSG 937 Proposal Development and Grant Administration
This course focuses on essential aspects of the development of a grant proposal, including analyzing appropriate funding sources, proposal writing and critiquing, and administering funded proposals. Learning Scientific Writing classes will assist students in writing the components of the research plan.  

PREREQUISITE COURSES: PhD in nursing core courses NRSG 930, 931, 932, 933, 934, 935, 936 or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits: 3 hours classroom

NRSG 950 Clinical Practicum for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I
Provides opportunities for nurse practitioner students to obtain advanced clinical practice to augment basic skills and to develop more specific clinical areas in congruence with NRSG 812 didactic/seminar course content (e.g., integumentary, respiratory, musculoskeletal, immune, genitourinary, and gastrointestinal) in depth. All clinical experiences are under the supervision of APRN’s or physicians.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 605 and NRSG 607
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 606, NRSG 812 or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 clinical credits

NRSG 951 Clinical Practicum for the Acute Nurse Practitioner II
Provides opportunities for nurse practitioner students to obtain advanced clinical practice to augment basic skills and to develop more specific clinical areas in congruence with NRSG 814 didactic/seminar course content (e.g., musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, and cerebrovascular, and immune) in depth. All clinical experiences are under the supervision of APRN’s or physicians.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 812 and NRSG 950, 953 or 956
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 814 or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 clinical credits

NRSG 952 Clinical Practicum for the Acute Nurse Practitioner III
Provides opportunities for nurse practitioner students to obtain advanced clinical practice to develop knowledge and competencies for advanced nursing practice in congruence with NRSG 813 didactic/seminar course content for adults experiencing acute episodes of common chronic illnesses/problems. All clinical experiences are under the supervision of APRN’s or physicians.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 814
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 813 or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 clinical credits

NRSG 953 Clinical Practicum for the Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist I
Provides opportunities for nurse practitioner students to obtain advanced clinical practice to augment basic skills and to develop more specific clinical areas in congruence with NRSG 812 didactic/seminar course content (e.g., integumentary, respiratory, musculoskeletal, immune, genitourinary, and gastrointestinal) in depth. All clinical experiences are under the supervision of APRN’s or physicians.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 605 and 607
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 606, NRSG 812 or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 clinical credits

NRSG 954 Clinical Practicum for the Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist II
Provides opportunities for nurse practitioner students to obtain advanced clinical practice to augment basic skills and to develop more specific clinical areas in congruence with NRSG 814 didactic/seminar course content (e.g., musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, and cerebrovascular, and immune) in depth. All clinical experiences are under the supervision of APRN’s or physicians.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 812 and 950, 953 or 956
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 814
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 clinical credits

NRSG 955 Clinical Practicum for the Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist III
Provides opportunities for clinical nurse specialist students to obtain advanced clinical practice to develop knowledge and competencies for advanced nursing practice in congruence through clinical practicum experiences with adults experiencing common acute and chronic illnesses/problems. All clinical experiences are under the supervision of APRN’s or physicians.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 814 or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 clinical credits

NRSG 956 Clinical Practicum for the Adult Nurse Practitioner I
Provides opportunities for nurse practitioner students to obtain advanced clinical practice to augment basic skills and to develop more specific clinical areas in congruence with NRSG 812 didactic/seminar course content (e.g., integumentary, respiratory, musculoskeletal, immune, genitourinary, and gastrointestinal) in depth. All clinical experiences are under the supervision of APRN’s or physicians.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 605, 607
COREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 606, NRSG 812
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 clinical credits

NRSG 957 Clinical Practicum for the Adult Nurse Practitioner II
Provides opportunities for nurse practitioner students to obtain advanced clinical practice to augment basic skills and to develop more specific clinical areas in congruence with NRSG 814 didactic/seminar course content (e.g., musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, and cerebrovascular, and immune) in depth. All clinical experiences are under the supervision of APRN’s or physicians.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 812 and 950, 953 or 956 or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 clinical credits

NRSG 958 Clinical Practicum for the Adult Nurse Practitioner III
Provides opportunities for nurse practitioner students to obtain advanced clinical practice to develop knowledge and competencies for advanced nursing practice in congruence through clinical practicum experiences with adults experiencing common acute and chronic illnesses/problems. All clinical experiences are under the supervision of APRN’s or physicians.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: NRSG 812 and 950, 953 or 956 or permission of instructor
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 4 clinical credits

NRSG 998 Doctoral Seminar
Students actively participate in seminar discussion in the area of their dissertation research, including but not limited to application of research conceptualization and methods, synthesis of work from prior course.  Prerequisite: successful completion of all core courses. Doctoral students must enroll in this course each Fall and Spring semester between completion of core courses and successful dissertation defense.

CREDIT ALLOCATION: 1 credits:1 hours classroom  

NRSG 999 Doctoral Dissertation
Independent student research directly related to dissertation. This course may be utilized before or after successful completion of the comprehensive exam.  

CREDIT ALLOCATION: 1-9 credits: 1-9 hours classroom  

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