Family Nurse Practitioner (NFNP)

NFNP 5211 Diagnostic Lab Applications

This two credit hour course is composed of theory, diagnostic procedures, invasive treatments and protocols designed for the advanced practice nurse. The students will acquire both noninvasive skills and invasive skills in the clinical management of acutely and chronically ill clients.

Prerequisites: NFNP 5303 and NFNP 5406.

NFNP 5301 Theoretical Foundations Nurs

The focus of this course is on the exploration of selected theories and conceptual frameworks, and their relationship to nursing practice and research. Emphasis is on the utilization of theories and models in nursing as a relationship to nursing practice to provide a caring, comprehensive, and holistic approach to health care within a multicultural society.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN program or permission of faculty.

NFNP 5302 Research Methods/Design in Nur

This course focuses on the study of a variety of designs and methods of the research process to prepare students to be proficient in the evaluation and utilization of research within the clinical practice setting. Students will have the opportunity to critically examine reported research to determine the utilization of scientific knowledge in order to provide high quality nursing health care, initiate change, and improve patient outcomes. Legal and ethical issues related to research in health care are explored and discussed The interrelationships of theory, research and practice that serve as the basis for clinical and organizational decision-making are analyzed using informatics and statistical principles.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN program.

NFNP 5303 Adv Patho for Adv Pract Nsrg

This course is a comprehensive study of underlying concepts common to the major pathophysiologic processes of the body. The focus of this course is on the interaction of age, lifestyle, culture, gender differences, and intrinsic and extrinsic environmental factors on the dynamic aspects of physiologic mechanisms altered by disease in the human organism. Emphasis is on the pathophysiological concepts essential for understanding the rationale for preventive and therapeutic treatment/intervention.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN program or permission of faculty.

NFNP 5304 Advanced Practice Role

This course explores the advanced practice roles of educator, change agent, researcher, advocate, clinician, consultant, collaborator, and manager of systems. The historical development and acceptance of the nurse practitioner and other advanced practice roles are traced through nursing practice acts, requirements imposed by state nursing boards, national certification efforts, third party payment systems, and various professional organizations. Selected issues such as the scope of practice and political, economic, and legislative influences are analyzed.

Prerequisites: NFNP 5301 and NFNP 5302.

NFNP 5305 Adv Pharmacotherapeutics

This course covers the essentials of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for advanced practice nursing. Recommended pharmacological agents and their alternatives for disease management, illness prevention and health maintenance will be discussed based on patient age, life style, culture, expected outcomes, protocol utilization, cost and other health conditions.

Prerequisites: NFNP 5303.

NFNP 5310 Div & Social Issues in Hlth Ca

This course explores health care policy and financial , cultural, and ethical issues in patient care. The goal is to create leaders who provide culturally competent care and contribute to the development of policies to reduce health disparities.

Prerequisites: NFNP 5302.

NFNP 5406 Adv Health Assessment

This course explores the method of collecting a comprehensive database, including complete functional assessment, health history, and physical examination for patients of all ages and in all phases of individual and family life style. Students will learn key symptom-focused physical exams. Emphasis is on concise communication of findings maintaining privacy and meeting legal standards of documentation. Students will begin formulating differential diagnoses after interpreting the collected data. The clinical portion offers the opportunity to perform and interpret assessments on patients.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN Program or permission of faculty.

NFNP 5407 Wellness and Health Promotion

This course is designed to develop theoretical and clinical competencies of the FNP in health promotion of individuals and families in diverse populations in a variety of settings. The course focuses on concepts and skills of health promotion, disease prevention, and health maintenance. The emphasis is on: (1) developing advanced practice skills in comprehensive assessment and management strategies that reflect current nursing and medical knowledge to improve patient outcomes; and (2) evidence-based practice and theory in the promotion of health and prevention of disease across the life span, in the context of healthy communities.

Prerequisites: NFNP 5303, NFNP 5305, NFNP 5406

NFNP 5509 Mgt of Acute&Chronic Illness 2

This course is designed to develop theoretical and clinical competencies of the FNP in health promotion of individuals and families in diverse populations in a variety of settings. The course focuses on concepts and skills of health promotion, disease prevention, and health maintenance. The emphasis is on: (1) developing advanced practice skills in comprehensive assessment and management strategies that reflect current nursing and medical knowledge to improve patient outcomes; and (2) evidence-based practice and theory in the promotion of health and prevention of disease across the life span, in the context of healthy communities.

Prerequisites: NFNP 5303, NFNP 5305, NFNP 5406.

NFNP 5608 Mgt of Acute&Chronic Illness 1

This course focuses on the clinical management of commonly occurring acute and chronic conditions in health care settings. Content includes symptom complexes, pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical management, and prevention of complications. Emphasis is on symptom analysis, diagnostic reasoning, differential diagnosis, and prescription of therapeautic regimens. Attention is given to evidence-based pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments, and integration of nursing, developmental family and transcultural theories to the diagnostic and management process. The clinical practice provides the opportunity for the student to perform comprehensive and episodic assessments, demonstrate advanced skills in health assessments, diagnose commonly occurring illness, and suggest treatments and referrals under supervision.

Prerequisites: NFNP 5407.

NFNP 5612 Integrated Clinical Practicum

This capstone course builds on advanced knowledge and concepts from Wellness and Health Promotion and Management of Acute and Chronic Illness, parts 1 and 2, and the practica for each course. The emphasis is on continued study of assessment and clinical management of selected health problems. The clinical portion provides for the development of clinical competence as the student integrates previously acquired knowledge into the enactment of the multiple roles of the nurse practitioner, and allows for a greater degree of interdependent practice based on the student’s abilities and progress. The student works with one or more preceptors in multicultural urban and rural community settings.

Prerequisites: NFNP 5608 and NFNP 5509.