Masters program: Course descriptions

Administration, Clinical and Education Streams

NURS 7090  Science and Theory in Nursing (3)  The course includes an exploration of nursing’s theoretical evolution. Issues related to the development and application of theory in a practice discipline will be discussed with a focus on the role of research. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the analysis and evaluation of nursing’s conceptual and theoretical systems.

NURS 7210  Qualitative Research Methods in Nursing (3)  Advances knowledge of qualitative methodology and the use of various qualitative research methods to understand phenomena of interest to nursing. Students are exposed to sampling strategies, qualitative data collection techniques, and processes associated with the analysis and interpretation of qualitative data. Specific qualitative research methods are explored in detail.

NURS 7220  Quantitative Research Methods in Nursing (3)  Advances understanding of the ways in which quantitative approaches can be applied to solve nursing problems. The quantitative research process will be described including, literature review, conceptual frameworks in nursing, sampling, data collection strategies, analysis of research data and communicating results. Includes exploration of the status and development of nursing knowledge through quantitative research methods.
   
NURS 7340  Evidence Informed Practice (3)  This course will provide a foundation for students to evaluate the theory of evidence informed practice and its relationship to health care delivery. Students will be exposed to the principles of evidenced informed practice, basic epidemiological statistics, systematic reviews, critical appraisal techniques, application of implementation science, and health care intervention evaluation in order to acquire the analytical and questioning skills necessary to review their own work and other literature relevant to health care practices.

NURS 7350  Role Development in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)  The purpose of this course is to understand the role of advanced nursing practice. The context, complexity, and scope of the roles within professional nursing practice will be explored. Particular emphasis will be placed on the knowledge base and skill set required to be an effective leader in a variety of advanced practice nursing roles. In this course, nursing graduate students from all streams will come together to discuss and debate issues related to advanced nursing practice on a local, regional, national, and international level.

NURS 7360  Integrative Focus (6)  The purpose of this course is to allow the student to focus in-depth in a substantive area of nursing practice: clinical practice, education or administration. Students will engage in practice in the area of focus, and be guided by the faculty adviser with respect to the goals and direction of the practicum and associated readings. Students will participate in seminars facilitated by the faculty at designated times throughout the practicum.


Nurse Practitioner Stream

NURS 7400 Introduction to Nursing Practice (3 cr. hours)
This course will provide an overview of the Nurse Practitioner curriculum with a focus on core content, concepts, and design of learning activities.

NURS 7340 Evidence Informed Practice (3 cr. hours)
This course will provide a foundation for students to evaluate the theory of evidence informed practice and its relationship to nursing and health care. Pre-requisite NURS 7400

NURS 7410 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning (2 cr. hours)
This course develops advanced health assessment and critical thinking skills required of advanced practice as a nurse practitioner. Pre-requisite NURS 7400

NURS 7350 Role Development in Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr. hour) 
The purpose of this course is to understand the role of advanced nursing practice. The context, complexity, and scope of the roles within professional nursing practice will be explored. Particular emphasis will be placed on the knowledge base and skill set required to be an effective leader in a variety of advanced practice nursing roles. Pre-requisite NURS 7400

NURS 7420 Clinical Practice 1 (1cr. hour)
Within the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice, this clinical course focuses advanced nursing practice assessment of clients of all ages in a primary care setting. Pre-requisite NURS 7400, NURS 7410

NURS 7430 Nurse Practitioner 1 (6 cr. hours)
Within the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice, this course is focused on health issues related to individuals of all ages presenting with an HEENT (head, ears, eyes, nose, & throat), respiratory system, and cardiovascular system problems in a primary care setting. Pre-requisite NURS 7420 & NURS 7440

NURS 7440 Clinical Practice 2 (3cr. hours)
Within the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice, this clinical course focuses advanced nursing practice with clients who are experiencing health problems related to the HEENT, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems. Pre-requisite NURS 7420

NURS 7450 Nurse Practitioner 2 (5 cr. hours)
Within the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice, this course is focused on health issues related to individuals of all ages presenting with reproductive, hematological, and genitourinary/renal system problems in a primary care setting.

NURS 7460 Community Health: Key Components for Nurse Practitioners (1 cr. hour)
This course furthers theoretical and practical knowledge of key components of community health within primary care. The emphasis of this course is on the community as client.

NURS 7470 Nurse Practitioner 3 (5 cr. hours)
Within the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice, this course is focused on health issues related to individuals of all ages presenting with neurology, metabolic, and gastro-intestinal problems in a primary care setting.

NURS 7480 Clinical Practice 3 (4 cr. hours)
Course Description: Within the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice, this clinical course focuses advanced nursing practice with clients who are experiencing health problems related to the gastrointestinal, hematology, genitourinary/renal, neurology, metabolic, and reproductive systems. Pre-requisite NURS 7440

NURS 7490 Nurse Practitioner 4 (5 cr. hours)
Within the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice, this course is focused on health issues related to individuals of all ages presenting with musculoskeletal, dermatological, and mental health problems in a primary care setting.

NURS 7500 Clinical Practice 4 (4 cr. hours)
Within the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice, this clinical course focuses advanced nursing practice with clients who are experiencing health problems related to musculoskeletal, dermatological, and mental health issues. Pre-requisite NURS 7480

NURS 7330 Clinical Consolidation
Provides an opportunity to consolidate clinical skills, apply theoretical knowledge and research, and synthesize theory and practice in the final year of the Nurse Practitioner stream (10 weeks of 400 clinical hours). Preparation of a final paper that illustrates scholarly endeavor suitable for publication is required.