DNP Courses - NRSG 700-799

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 PREREQUISITE: 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 PREREQUISITES: NRSG 701, BIOS 806 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: BIOS 806, NRSG 731
CO- or PREREQUISITES: NRSG 701 or permission of instructor.
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 2 credits seminar/2 credits Practicum  (90 practicum hours)


NRSG 704 Clinical Inquiry (Scholarly 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 Scholarly Project.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: None
CO-REQUISITES: NRSG 731 or NRSG 703 or permission of DNP Faculty Advisor and DNP Program Director
CREDIT ALLOCATION: Minimum 10 credits (450 practicum hours)


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: None
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits, seminar


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 economics, financial planning, analysis, and management with a focus on the role of the nurse leader and/or the DNP practitioner. Key issues explored include health care financing, relationship between finance, economics and quality, accounting principles, and ethics. Central to the course is the clinical application of key principles and methods of financial analysis, cost analysis, budgeting, and business planning.

PREREQUISITE COURSES: None
CREDIT ALLOCATION: 3 credits (2 asynchronous education/1 clinical)