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PROGRAM DATA

Program Title: NURSING (MSN)

Option I – Family Nurse Practitioner Semester Hours: 47

Option II – Psychiatric Nursing Semester Hours: 47

Option III – Nursing Education Semester Hours: 47



(The duration of a Bachelor Degree Program shall be a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, 180-quarter credit hours, or the recognized clock hour equivalent. A student transferring into the institution with an Associate Degree totaling 60-credit hours, will combine these Associate credit hours with the Bachelor credit hours to meet the minimum total stated above.)

ENTRANCE/ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: (Programs of four hundred fifty (450) or more clock hours or the credit hour equivalent shall administer a basic skills examination to each student who enrolls, unless the student has provided evidence of a high school graduation diploma, general equivalency diploma, or its equivalent.)
Admission Requirements A bachelor degree in nursing or higher from an institution that is institutionally accredited by either an accrediting agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)*
A minimum undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or Current, active, unrestricted RN license. Students are expected to maintain RN licensure throughout the entire program of study as a professional best-practice.
PROGRAM OBJECTIVE:
Azure College Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program focuses on evidence-based techniques that can enhance the quality of care and outcomes for patients. Graduates are prepared to work in primary health care settings. The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
The Master of Science in Nursing is a 47 semester credits program 23 Core Requirements and 24 option specific credits. As required by the certifying bodies will be seeking ACEN accreditation, additionally it include advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology, a minimum of 500 faculty-supervised clinical hours. Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing graduates will: Function effectively in advanced nursing practice, integrating the art and science of nursing into the advanced role. Function as an effective leader, role model, and advocate for clients in clinical practice and in education. Synthesize advanced knowledge of the social, political, ethical, technical, cultural, spiritual, environmental, and economic factors influencing the health care system and higher education. Integrate knowledge of theory and research in advanced nursing areas. Demonstrate accountability and responsibility in developing advanced nursing roles. Scientifically investigate issues relevant to advanced nursing and nursing education. Evaluate personal scholarship, professional growth, and excellence in practice.

Curriculum

Completion Requirements


PROGRAM BREAKDOWN BY COURSE
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

NOTE: If a bachelor degree program entrance requirement is to transfer having earned an associate degree, enter the transfer of credit here.

Core Requirements
NUR- 500 Exploration of science and theories for nursing 3
NUR- 510 Principles of research in nursing 3
NUR- 520 Evidence based practice 3
NUR- 530 Clinical Procedures for Advanced Practice Nurses 3
NUR- 540 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NUR- 550 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 2
NUR- 570 Adult-Gerontology Assessment Lab 1
NUR- 580 Pediatric Assessment Lab 2
NUR- 590 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners 3


23

Option I – Family Nurse Practitioner
FNP- 600 Family Nurse Practitioner I 3
FNP- 610 Family Nurse Practitioner II 3
FNP- 620 Family Nurse Practitioner III 3
FNP- 630 Family Clinical Practice 1 3
FNP- 640 Family Clinical Practice 2 3
FNP- 650 Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum 6
NUR- 600 Role of The Nurse in Advanced Practice 3

Total 24

Option II – Psychiatric Nursing
PSN-600 Diagnostic Principles in Psychiatry and Mental Health 1
PSN-610 Therapy Concepts for The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 2
PSN-620 Child, Adolescent and Geriatric Psychiatric Mental Health for The Psych NP 3
PSN-630 Adult Psychiatric Mental Health for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 3
PSN-640 Psychiatric Mental Clinical Practice I 3
PSN-650 Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Practice II 3
PSN-660 Advanced Clinical Nursing Practicum 6
NUR-600 Role of The Nurse in Advanced Practice 3

Total 24

Option III – Nursing Education
ESN-600 Curriculum development in nursing education 3
ESN-610 Nursing informatics 3
ESN-620 Teaching and learning theories and strategies in nursing education 3
ESN-630 Assessment and evaluation strategies in nursing education 3
ESN-640 Advanced assessment for nurse educators 3
ESN-650 Simulation application in nursing 3
ESN-660 Teaching practicum 3
NUR-601 Role of the nurse educator 3

Total 24

Tuition & Fees

INVENTORY OF EQUIPMENT:
Quantity Equipment Item Brief Description Of Equipment
10 Laptop computers Dell and Apple
2 Printers Toshiba and Dell
2 Projectors Dell
3 SIM MAN
TEXTBOOKS/LEARNING RESOURCES: (Include Publishers and Publication Dates)
Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education ISBN-10: 9780826174413 Publisher: Springer Publishing Company; 4 edition (December 4, 2017)
Informatics and Nursing ISBN-10: 1496394062 Publisher: LWW; Sixth, North American edition (October 25, 2018)\
Theoretical Basis for Nursing ISBN-10: 9781496351203 Publisher: LWW; Fifth, North American edition (February 20, 2018)
Burns and Grove’s The Practice of Nursing Research: Appraisal, Synthesis, and Generation of Evidence ISBN-10: 9780323377584 Publisher: Saunders; 8 edition (October 7, 2016)
Primary Care: Art and Science of Advanced Practice Nursing – An Interprofessional Approach ISBN-10: 0803667183 Publisher: F.A. Davis Company; 5 edition (February 15, 2019)
Kaplan and Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry Paperback by Benjamin J. Sadock, Virginia A. Sadock. & Pedro Ruiz. (2014). 11th ed, (most recent edition) Wolters Kluvier. ISBN-13: 978-1609139711
Wright & Leahey’s Nurses and Families: A Guide to Family Assessment and Intervention Publisher: F A Davis; 7 editions (February 4, 2019 ASIN: B07NNYJLHW
Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children ISBN-10: 9780323583473 Publisher: Mosby; 8 edition (February 28, 2018)
Gerontological Nursing ISBN-10: 9780060000387 Publisher: LWW; Ninth, North American edition (February 9, 2017)
Basic and Clinical Pharmacology 14th Edition ISBN-10: 1259641155 Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education / Medical; 14 edition (November 30, 2017)
Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty ISBN-10: 0323554725 Publisher: Elsevier; 6 edition (July 8, 2019)

Benner, P., Tanner, C., & Chesla, C. (2009). (most recent edition) Expertise in nursing practice: caring, clinical judgment, and ethics (2nd ed.) New York: Springer Publishing Company. Ebook ISBN: 978-08261-25453 
Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children ISBN-10: 9780323583473 Publisher: Mosby; 8 edition (February 28, 2018)
1. Internet access 2. Shadow Health, Digital Clinical Experience.
National League for Nursing (2012). (most recent edition) The scope of practice for academic nurse educators New York, NY: National League for Nursing: ISBN: 978-1-934758-17-5 Wittmann-Price, R.A., Godshall, M., & Wilson, L. (2017).
Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator ASIN: B07N3V1KRH Publisher: Springer Publishing Company; 1 edition (May 28, 2019)
Introduction to Nursing Research: Incorporating Evidence-Based Practice ISBN-10: 128414979X Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 5 edition (December 31, 2018)
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition ISBN-10: 1433950618 Publisher: American Psychological Association; 6th edition (July 15, 2009)
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A critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical basis for nursing science.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Describe the history and philosophy of nursing science.

2. Analyze concepts and their relationships for theory development.

3. Evaluate theoretical frameworks for nursing research.

4. Apply theories of population diversity and cultural competence to nursing education,

administration, and advanced practice.

5. Apply system and change theories to health care delivery, administration, and education.

6. Evaluate usefulness of other theories from nursing and related disciplines to nursing

practice, education, and administration.

This course is an Integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice. 

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the nurse related to research and evidence-based practice (EBP).

  2. Compare and contrast the research process and the EBP process.

  3. Explain the interrelationships among nursing theory, practice, and research

  4. Identify sources of evidence as a basis for EBP.

  5. Describe the process by which an EBP question is formulated.

  6. Formulate EBP questions that relate to relevant clinical problems and demonstrate critical thinking.

  7. Describe basic concepts and steps of the research process in nursing.

  8. Interpret research findings to determine statistical and clinical significance

  9. Appraise current issues relevant to nursing research (such as cultural diversity issues and ethical conduct of research).

  10. Critically appraise published research studies.

his course addresses the role of research in professional nursing practice including conduct of research, research sources utilization and dissemination, and principles and models of evidence-based practice. 

Nurse Practitioner practice issues are examined with a focus on Quality Assurance and delivering safe ethical patient care within the legal parameters of nurse practitioner practice from a local, state and national perspective. Organization and management theory are analyzed in relation to primary care and nurse practitioner role and practice.

This course focus is on pathological conditions encountered in clinical practice across the life span of clients. Emphasis is placed on regulatory and compensatory mechanisms as they relate to commonly occurring diseases.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify regulatory and compensatory mechanisms as they relate to commonly occurring diseases.

2. Integrate pathophysiologic concepts of disease in assessment of clients across the life span.

3. Apply pathophysiologic concepts of disease to the management of commonly occurring conditions across the life span.

 

This course will build upon health assessment skills developed in the professional nurse's basic educational program. The theoretical and clinical basis for assessment in advanced clinician will be developed. The process whereby the advanced clinician utilizes comprehensive physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessment across the lifespan to gather specific data relevant to common health problems is demonstrated. Faculty and preceptors facilitate laboratory and clinical experiences, which focus on assessment of clients and presentation of findings in a variety of settings.

 

Allows students to integrate and apply their knowledge and experiences in adult health to the specialized care of an older adult. Course content focuses on the phenomena of healthy aging. The course emphasizes health promotion and illness prevention for older adults including identification of disease risk factors associated with aging and reasons that the elderly are not able to remain in their homes. The older adult is viewed as a healthy and productive individual in their community who are willing to share their lifetime knowledge, value system, and cultural beliefs to younger generations. Analysis will be conducted on internal and external stressors that influence developmental tasks and activities of daily living encompassing the physiological, psychological and sociological health dimensions.

Laboratory experiences in a variety of clinical settings are provided to give the student opportunities to implement nursing care for older adults as well as to demonstrate responsibility for one’s professional behavior. Evaluation is based on meeting course outcomes and course requirements.

This course assists students to integrate knowledge derived from the bio/psycho/social sciences, humanities, nursing and current literature to achieve safe, competent care of pediatric patients and their families who are experiencing normal development and alterations in body systems. Course content is organized by the nursing process in order to achieve best practice outcomes for pediatric patients and their families experiencing bio/psycho/social/cultural and spiritual needs.

Clinical application of advanced pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics for common disease conditions encountered in primary care settings. Principles of altered pharmacodynamics will be discussed relative to age, race, and ethnic groups. Cost/benefit aspects of pharmacological interventions.

Family Nurse Practitioner 1 is an introduction to a lifespan approach to primary care. It introduces concepts of family developmental theory, child developmental issues, and immunizations. There is in depth examination of issues of gender specific care, such as pregnancy, as well as care of geriatric patient. The course then moves on to dermatologic, hematologic, and GI disorders managed by the FNP in primary care.

Family Nurse Practitioner II is an introduction to a lifespan approach to primary care. It begins with renal and urological disorders, EENT then on to neurological disorders which includes seizure disorders and movement disorders across the lifespan. The course then moves on musculoskeletal disorders and pain management, infectious diseases, thyroid disorders, and concludes with cardiovascular and vascular disorders managed by the FNP in primary care.

This course focuses on advanced concepts and knowledge for nurse practitioner primary care management of designated acute, chronic and complex health problems of individuals and families across the lifespan. Particular emphasis will be on adult wellness, common psychiatric conditions, and cardiometabolic disorders including diabetes, HTN, and dyslipidemia.

Initial clinical preceptorship in selected primary health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge and concepts of advanced nursing practice implementing the family nurse practitioner role in evidenced based patient care.

Continued clinical preceptorship with opportunities for increased clinical knowledge in selected primary health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge and concepts of advanced nursing practice implementing the family nurse practitioner role in evidenced based patient care.

Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice. The ratio of credit to clinical hours is 1:4. Graded F,I,P,W

Theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the health care system. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.

This course provides the scientific foundations for diagnostics for various psychiatric disorders and mental health problems across the lifespan.

This course provides evidenced based practice principles of non-pharmacological individual, family and group therapies for psychiatric disorders and mental health problems across the lifespan.

his course provides the scientific foundations and evidenced based practice principles necessary for managing children, adolescents, and geriatric populations with (and/or at risk for) various commonly-occurring and complex psychiatric disorders and mental health problems and comorbid medical illnesses. 

This course provides the scientific foundations and evidence based practice principles necessary for managing adults with (and/or at risk) for commonly occurring and complex psychiatric disorders and mental health problems as well as co-morbid medical illnesses. 

This course provides application of theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to patients with various commonly occurring and complex psychiatric and mental health disorders across the life span in the context of advanced nursing practice. 

Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.

Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.

Theory and application of the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse within the health care system. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.

Explore the nature of nursing education. Focus on the curriculum process and its application to nursing education programs

Upon completing this course students will be able to:

Analyze current trends that influence nursing education and curriculum development.

Relate a philosophy of nursing or nursing education to the curriculum organizing framework.

Critique structures of selected curricula.

Apply relevant research findings in creating a new curriculum.

Design a curriculum based on specific learner outcomes.

Evaluate the effectiveness of an educational curriculum

Focus on application of computer technology that supports the dissemination of health care data, information and knowledge. Selected software packages/applications are presented and used. 

Upon completing this course students will be able to:

1. Apply nursing informatics concepts to practice. 

2. Discuss the implications of information technology for nursing practice and health care. 

3. Examine the role of the nurse in development, implementation, and evaluation of computer technology in the health care system. 

4. Discuss the social and ethical issues associated with the growth of information technology. 

5. Apply personal skills in use of information technology appropriate to nursing practice, education and research. 

Teaching and learning theories and strategies in nursing education. 

Upon completing this course students will be able to:

1. Apply education theories to promote student learning. 

2. Demonstrate competence with a variety of research-based instructional strategies with consideration for student learning style. 

3. Develop strategies to support individual learning styles and diverse student needs. 

4. Employ methodologies that encourage lifelong learning.

Assessment and evaluation strategies in nursing education. 

Upon completing this course students will be able to:

1. Analyze assessment and evaluation models/frameworks for applicability for learners, curricula, and program. 

2. Analyze the process of program evaluation to assess outcomes in a nursing curriculum. 

3. Apply appropriate assessment/evaluation models. 

4. Use a variety of strategies to assess learning in the cognitive affective and psychomotor domains. 

5. Develop individualized plan for learner success.

Advanced exploration of special topics applicable to clinical practice 

Explore (in depth) nursing concepts related to selected patient populations. 

2. Integrate advanced nursing concepts in the nurse educator role. 

3. Apply evidence based practice in the nurse educator role. 

4. Develop a portfolio of evidence based, culturally competent nursing interventions for use in nursing education. 

The course builds on knowledge of basic physiology and pathophysiologic processes and examines the process involved in manifestations of altered physiological functioning across the lifespan which are foundational to advance nursing practice roles. The theories, concepts and principles of pathophysiology are emphasized in order than inside and understanding of consequences of changes in physiology may be achieved. Current research is used to explore the most recent data examining disruptions in normal physiological functioning. Systems theory and psychophysiological interrelationships are used to analyze the relationships among disease process, their causative factors and normal physiology. Theoretical formulations and research related to human phatophysiology are integral to the course content. Nursing, medical and alternative intervention strategies are integrated throughout the course.

Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan as applies to the nurse educator role.

Upon completing this course students will be able to:

1. Obtain comprehensive and problem focused history across the life-span.

2. Obtain comprehensive and problem focused physical across the life-span.

3. Document findings from history and physical.

4. Critique a screening assessment tool used in a clinical area of practice.

5. Differentiate among normal variations, normal and abnormal findings.

6. Formulate a plan to incorporate knowledge of socio-cultural beliefs, values, and practices relevant to health into assessment.

Nursing education preceptorship in selected health care sites with opportunities to apply clinical and educational knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of nursing education. Course Outcomes: Use best practices in teaching and learning for selected learner populations within defined patient population(s). Use evaluation strategies to assess learning outcomes and modify teaching activities. Collaborate with faculty and staff to provide learning experiences for selected learner populations within defined patient population(s). Implement the educator role in selected settings.