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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)
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Leadership concepts are advanced and an orientation to organizational structures and dynamics in healthcare are introduced. Learners examine linear and non-linear mental models and analyze the social determinants that influence a service organization's capacity for change. Political, legal, and ethical influences and interventions that reverse constraints and destabilized functions, or advance and strengthen the organizational mission are explored. Prerequisites: NRSG 748. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 755, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Leaders apply basic principles associated with program, project and service-line fiscal management, price setting, budget preparation, cost-benefit/break-even analysis, managed-care contracting, and interpreting financial ratios while concurrently acquiring a financial vocabulary to communicate with various stakeholders. Financial reports such as balance sheets, budget forms and expense reports are studied and formulated related to government agencies, small clinical operations, grant-funded projects, and start-up programs. Staffing models and the staffing-quality equation are analyzed for the purpose of projecting human resource requirements. Prerequisites: NRSG 880, HP&M 814, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Examines performance of health care organizations, sources of variation, methods of measurement, and strategies for improving performance. Considers several approaches to performance improvement and examines tools widely used in operations management. Incorporates lecture, discussion, and fieldwork. (Same as HP&M 850.) Prerequisite(s): NRSG 754 or NRSG 880 or equivalent course; or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course introduces complexity science principles with the aim of improving the quality and effectiveness of healthcare organizations. Traditional approaches to quality improvement will be contrasted with tools and metrics that can be applied in complex organizations. Principles that relate to embeddedness, diversity, distributed control, co-existence of order and disorder, nonlineraity, inabliity to predict, emergence, and functioning at the edge of chaos will be introduced. Prerequisites: NRSG 880, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Investigation of current and futuristic issues and trends relevant to organizational leadership. Prerequisites: One graduate course in organizational leadership track, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Systematic approaches for analyzing and evaluation processes of care delivery and their impact on client populations, organizational processes, and communities are considered. Research concepts and methods are used in a systems context. Program evaluation, performance improvement, and other methods of measuring outcomes are examined for their utility within the health care setting. Linkages between program evaluation and regulatory policy are studied. Prerequisite: NRSG 754. Corequisites: NRSG 880, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The knowledge, skills, and abilities learned throughout the course of study are integrated in this practicum experience designed to develop further specialized knowledge. The faculty and preceptor provide support and guidance to help interpret experiences, and gain a broader world view within organizational leadership. Students design an experience to facilitate application of theories and research related to organizational leadership. Emphasis is on expanding the capacity of the emerging leader in leading change, facilitating advanced communication skills, and demonstrating one or more areas of leadership expertise. Students negotiate a leadership project to be completed within the practicum. Prerequisites: Common Core, Leadership Core, HP&M 814, NRSG 882. Corequisites: NRSG 891, NRSG 898, or consent of instructor. CLN
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The nature and problems of measuring health status and health-related factors in human populations are examined. Specific types of measures and various strategies are discussed and compared at the nominal, ordinal, and interval-ratio levels of measurement. Students are exposed to a range of measures including single response items and frequency measures such as rates and ratios, as well as multiple-item indexes and scales. Students apply techniques for establishing comparability, such as the adjustment and weighting of measures. Special attention is placed on understanding the sources of measurement error and the assessment and improvement of reliability and validity of measures. In addition, students are exposed to the process of translating clinical practice guidelines, quality indicators, or other health service outcome objectives into data collection instruments such as questionnaires or abstraction schedules for use with medical records. Finally, students learn how issues of measurement interface with other methodological issues such as selection of study populations and choice of statistical analytic techniques. Prerequisites: PRVM 800 or HP&M 821 or equivalent; and NRSG 886 or HP&M 836 or HP&M 857, or equivalent; or consent of instructor. Enrollment in this course is limited to Master students. Same as HP&M 870. LEC
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Students admitted to the Certificate in Outcomes Management and Research program interact to build on the integration of content from the other outcomes certificate courses. During seminars the students discuss and analyze presentations and publications reporting studies and projects undertaken to describe, evaluate, and improve clinical, financial, and quality-of-life outcomes of medical health care interventions. Prerequisites: Admission to the Certificate in Outcomes Management and Research program, or permission of instructor. Same as HP&M 876 and PRVM 868. LEC
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All aspects of preparing grant applications are covered. This includes writing an actual grant application containing all the usual elements of grants--budgets, biosketches, resources, and scientific text. In addition, different funding agencies, building research teams, the review process, responding to reviewers, and resubmitting grants will be covered. Prerequisites: Appropriate research methods and statistics courses in student's current graduate program (at least 2 statistics courses, one including content of multiple regression), and permission of instructor. For students in the Outcomes Management and Research Concentration: prerequisites: HP&M 821 or PRVM 800. Same as ANAT 869 and HP&M 788. LEC
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Intensive study in an area of interest with experiences selected according to the student's written purposes, conceptual framework, objectives and evaluation (1-5 credit hours). Appropriate prerequisite courses, as determined by the Independent Study faculty advisor, must be completed. LEC
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The focus of this course is to understand the leadership functions of human resource management in organizations to create a competitive edge through employee empowerment. Core human resource concepts are introduced and applied to optimize human capital within a variety of healthcare settings, including compensation and benefits, employee recognition, and employee/labor relations. National, regional and local strategies and workforce trends are discussed related to best practices for the selection, retention, and management as a healthcare employer of choice. Prerequisites: All Leadership Core Courses, or consent of instructor. Same as HP&M 854. LEC
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Intensive practicum in a specified area of interest with experiences selected according to aims that are mutually agreed upon by faculty and student. Prerequisite: None IND
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Portions of the research process in an area of nursing are implemented. Emphasis is placed on experiential knowledge of the actual conduct of research. The student selects one of several research activities and reports on the project. Prerequisites: NRSG 754 plus either one advanced practice or one administration track course, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Prerequisites: NRSG 754, and one core track course. THE
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This course is used for enrollment in the Nursing Education Xchange program (NEXus). NEXus is a collaboration of doctoral programs in nursing that offer distance-accessible graduate courses. KU School of Nursing is an academic collaborator in NEXus. Students in NEXus schools may enroll in online doctoral courses offered by other NEXus academic collaborators. The student's transcript will reflect the course title, under the home school course number. Students select appropriate NEXus courses to fit with their plans of study. Courses are selected by the student in consultation with his/her academic advisor. Prerequisite(s): Admission to a doctoral program in nursing and completion of course-specific prerequisites. LEC
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Theoretical foundations in organizational decision making and communication will enhance students' development of expertise in assessing organizations, identifying system issues, and facilitating organization- and system-wide improvements in healthcare. Traditional approaches to organizing and communicating are contrasted with emerging approaches that promote sensitivity to diverse organizational cultures and populations. Through examination of theoretical perspectives, the student will develop an ability to integrate the contributions of different points of view and ways of thinking crucial to accurately assess, design and lead high performing healthcare organizations in a dynamic world. PREREQUISITE(S): Admissions to a doctoral program in Nursing, HP&M, or related field, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Competencies necessary for studying clinical microsystems and examining their influence on patient safety, satisfaction, and other clinical outcomes are developed in this course. Microsystems will be determined, deconstructed, analyzed for best practice, and re-constituted for the purpose of improved organizational performance. The roots of quality improvement are traced and quality improvement application within a microsystem environment is explored. Key topics include: assessment tools and models, continuous quality improvement theory, evidence-based practice, performance improvement methods (measurement, statistics, problem identification and analysis, control charts) and the development of team-based problem solving and resolution. Students examine productivity and cost indicators, strategic and operational planning, healthcare finance, relationship-building, collaboration techniques, and leadership principles. Prerequisites/Corequisites: Completion of graduate program in organizational leadership or nursing administration, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Building a foundation for advanced study is explored in the context of professionalism and scholarship. Strategies for promoting professional development while preparing for future roles as nurse scholars and nurse scientists are examined. Students are introduced to a model of scholarship that includes discovery, integration, application, and teaching. Issues associated with scientific integrity in academics, research and services are identified and examined. Prerequisite: Admission to the Doctoral Program. LEC
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The field of nursing informatics and the role of the nurse to support research and evidence -based practice inquiry in a variety of organizational settings is introduced. The current state of the science in naming nursing phenomena and how these phenomena are represented in information systems is explored. The use of technology as an adjunct to doctoral-level inquiry and how it supports clinical and professional decision-making is explained and demonstrated. Corequisites: NRSG 935, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The philosophical, ethical, socio-cultural, economic, and political forces that shaped the historical course of nursing science are examined. Philosophical and scientific foundations of knowledge development in nursing science are explored. Conceptual and grand theoretical development and analysis strategies are practiced. Integration of theory, research, and practice knowledge development in nursing science is emphasized. Prerequisites: NRSG 938, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Skills in leading, managing, and following as the doctoral graduate assumes critical roles within academia, the healthcare system, or other business entities are developed and strengthened. Through developmental exercises, theoretical and practical explorations of organizational structures and settings and career trajectory planning, the student is poised to optimize the doctoral experience to influence social change. Prerequisites: NRSG 938, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The development of middle-range theoretical structures and processes in nursing science is examined. Historical foundations of middle-range theory are traced to current trends and future possibilities in theory development, application, testing, and evaluation. Examples from nursing science and related health and social sciences are used to illustrate middle-range theory development, application, testing, and evaluation. Strategies for using existing theoretical knowledge to guide practice in diverse settings and to foster ongoing development of new knowledge are explored. Prerequisites: NRSG 940, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Quantitative research methods are studied as they relate to investigation of phenomena in nursing and health care. Focus is on understanding the issues involved in generating research questions and hypotheses, designing and implementing studies to answer specific questions or test hypotheses, the logic and application of statistical inference, and the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to quantitative methods. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 946, PRE 905, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This practicum provides a research application experience in quantitative methods and seminar discussions of quantitative research issues such as scientific integrity, research implementation and management, and interpretations of statistical analyses. Students identify a research problem/question/hypothesis that may be analyzed using existing data, plan and execute appropriate analyses to answer the question or test the hypothesis, and write a formal report including a description of what was done, why it was done, and an interpretation of the findings. Prerequisites: NRSG 943 or consent of instructor. SEM
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Leadership development and technologic applications are integrated with theoretical, statistical, and research methods. Doctoral leadership skills are refined and tested through case study simulations of theory and research applications in diverse practice settings. A qualifying examination concludes the Workshop consisting of a written and oral case study simulation. Prerequisites: NRSG 941, NRSG 942, NRSG 946, PRE 905, or consent of instructor. Prerequisite/Corequisite: NRSG 877. LEC
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Classical measurement theory and related measurement concepts are the focus of this course. Various approaches to instrumentation are examined. Students use existing data to evaluate selected measures, with emphasis on reliability and validity. They also critically analyze published reports of instrumentation for research. Basic knowledge of concept analysis is expected prior to enrollment. Prerequisites: NRSG 940, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Students conduct fieldwork to implement a qualitative research proposal. Emphasis is placed on advanced application of various qualitative methods. Extended experience in qualitative data collection and analysis is provided. Prerequisites: NRSG 802, NRSG 940, or consent of instructor. LEC
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The roles of nursing leaders in the design, measurement, and evaluation of the discipline within a variety of organizational settings are analyzed. The nuances of measurement and statistics are compared and related to the quality science paradigm, applying incremental measurement techniques to foster continuous improvement. Process design, standards development and adaptation, regulatory requirements, and consumer expectations for quality are integrated into a quality plan that aligns with the student's career trajectory. Prerequisites: NRSG 944, NRSG 947, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Content from the full range of doctoral courses including theory, research, statistics and professional development is integrated and synthesized. Strategies for using these content areas to meet program objectives and students' professional objectives are explored. A qualifying examination, consisting of a written and oral case study simulation, concludes the Workshop. Prerequisites: Completion of all doctoral coursework. Corequisites: NRSG 948, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Includes 2 credit hour lecture and 1 credit hour practicum. The use of information systems including medical devices is paramount in achieving patient safety. Students will attain an inclusive understanding of how human factors and ergonomic principles can be used to improve patient safety in the design, implementation, and evaluation of information systems and medical devices. Additionally, health care professionals will acquire skills to appropriately apply error reduction strategies developed in high reliability organizations. Prerequisites(s): Admission to a doctoral program in nursing, NRSG 857 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Includes 2 credit hour lecture and 1 credit hour practicum. The need to exchange clinical information consistently between health care providers, care settings, researchers and other requires syntactic and semantic interoperability. Requirements and approaches to meet interoperability will be explored. Standards for messaging, terminology, and knowledge representation will be investigated. Prerequisites: Admission to a doctoral program in nursing, NRSG 853 or consent of instructor. LEC
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This practicum is an intensive research experience with a specific faculty mentor. It involves working on part of the faculty mentor's current research or on a subject closely related to the mentor's work. The student submits a proposal for this research experience to the faculty mentor. Once the project is complete, the student presents the research orally in a structured forum and, if appropriate, develops a publishable manuscript. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. FLD
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The advanced leadership residency is designed to expand the DNP student's breadth and depth of leadership knowledge and skills in an area of practice at the aggregate/systems/organization level. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their existing advanced leadership skills in one or more of the following areas: organizational and systems leadership for enhancing healthcare outcomes; quality improvement strategies to support decision-making; prediction and evaluation of practice outcomes; patient safety initiatives; health care policy; creating and sustaining change at organizational and policy levels; or ethics related to healthcare systems; information technology; knowledge management; or population health. PREREQUISITE(S): Admission to a doctoral program in Nursing, or consent of instructor. PRA
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The advanced clinical residency is designed to expand the DNP student's breadth and/or depth of clinical knowledge and skills in an area of practice. The focus can be either on the delivery of sub-specialty care services or full spectrum primary care services. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their existing advanced practice skills in one or more of the following areas: the diagnosis and management of ambulatory patients with complex diagnoses and comorbid conditions in the context of family, community and culture; the diagnosis and management of patients with complex diagnoses and/or comorbid conditions who present with acute changes in health status requiring interventions available only in an acute care setting; and the diagnosis and management of patients who are unable to function independently due to age related alteration in mental and physical status, developmental, perceptual and physical disability and chronic, degenerative illness. Students will synthesize clinical knowledge and use evidence-based decision making to construct symptom-based assessments, advanced differential diagnoses, independent therapeutic interventions, and outcome evaluation of the care of clients. Prerequisites/Corequisites: Post-BSN students: NRSG 818, or NRSG 868, or NRSG 869, or NRSG 849, or NRSG 840, or consent of instructor. Post-Master's students: A minimum of 1000 clinical hours in your current or previous work following graduation from an accredited Master's in Nursing program; National certification in your area of expertise (e.g. family, adult, psych, pediatric, CNM, etc.) CLN
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Students participate in advanced study that provides theoretical, methodological, and clinical perspectives to facilitate their pursuit of research interests in an identified specialty area. Methods include directed readings, discussions, and the interpretation of data-based literature. Examples of topics are theory and research issues related to health systems, symptom management, or health behavior; topic for any given semester to be announced. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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The capstone project is an amalgamation of the student's field of inquiry in his/her doctoral course of study. As such, the capstone requires that a practice-focused problem be identified and examined in depth. For most students the capstone project will include application of an evidence-based intervention suitable to their area of focus (e.g. organizational leadership, clinical practice, education, etc.) that involves the appropriate metric (or sets of metrics)evaluation, and dissemination of the project findings to a targeted audience. The capstone project must meet capstone guidelines for the DNP program. Prerequisites: NRSG 754, ,graduate level statistics course, or consent of instructor. Corequisite: NRSG 804. FLD
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Original and independent investigation approved by and conducted under the supervision of the student's adviser or advisory committee and in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree. Prerequisites: NRSG 959, and consent of adviser. RSH
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Having chosen an appropriate mentor, the student selects an area of advanced study. Specific objectives and credit hours are jointly determined by the student and selected faculty member. Prerequisites: Prior graduate course work in the area of study and consent of instructor. IND
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Preparation of the dissertation based upon original research and in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree. Credit is given only after the dissertation proposal has been accepted by the student's dissertation committee. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NRSG 990, and consent of adviser. THE
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This course includes orientation to the profession of nurse anesthesia. The student will gain an understanding of the anesthesia department management and organization. The history of anesthesia will be discussed. Ethical, psychological, professional adjustments and legal responsibilities of the nurse anesthetist will be presented. LEC
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Students will engage in clinical practice that involves introduction to basic anesthesia skills. Emphasis is given to patient assessment, anesthetic planning and management of the patient population of low risk categories. The course includes introduction to clinical problem solving and "call" experiences that address the trauma patient and emergency surgical/anesthetic interventions for pathological states. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. CLN
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An intensive study of the major anatomical systems and regions of the body which have clinical significance for anesthetists and others. Particular attention devoted to the respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. Regional topics include the anatomy of the head, neck, vertebral column, thorax, axilla, and femoral triangle. Involves both lectures and cadaver dissection, plus appropriate models, x-ray films, and audiovisual materials. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program or permission of instructor. LEC
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A course designed to lead to an advanced comprehension of the physiology of organ systems in the human in both cellular and organ processes. Physiology subject matter relevant to clinical health sciences include membrane transport, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, water and electrolyte balance, gastrointestinal, and endocrine physiology as well as neurophysiology. Cellular mechanisms include the structure and function of ion channels and pumps, mechanisms of calcium regulation, excitation-coupling processes and mechanisms of oxidative cell damage and apoptosis. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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This course is an analysis of complex interrelationships and interdependence of organ systems in health and disease. The focus will be on the central concepts of pathophysiology of the cellular, tissue, and system levels. Selected content relating to pulmonary, cardiovascular, renal gastrointestinal, neurological, immunologic, and endocrine systems is included. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. LEC
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The course introduces the student to the basic foundations of nurse anesthesiology. Principles of anesthesia are integrated with the theories and concepts relative to the art and science of practice. The fundamentals of didactic knowledge as applied to the clinical environment are addressed. The course is designed to provide students with the basic understanding of pathological states that require them to engage in critical thinking to provide safe anesthesia care. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Corequisite: NURA 801. LEC
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This is the first of six successive courses relative to the didactic study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of obstetrical and pediatric patients. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the second of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of orthopedic procedures along with the fluid and electrolyte needs of patients during surgical interventions. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the third of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of urological, ophthalmologic and otorhinolaryngology procedures. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the fourth of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of the geriatric population and patient's with alterations in the endocrine system. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the fifth of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of the neurosurgical patient's and the critically ill or injured. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the sixth of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of cardiothoracic cases and various transplantations. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the first of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. PRA
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This is the second of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. PRA
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This is the third of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. CLN
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This is the fourth of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. PRA
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This is the fifth of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression to cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. PRA
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This is the sixth of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. CLN
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Chemical and physical principles including states and properties of matter, laws governing the behavior of gases, flow and vaporization, oxidation and combustion; principles of electricity and electrical safety; and chemical properties and structure-activity relationships as a foundation for pharmacology. Course will also cover pertinent areas of organic chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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This course introduces students to the introductory principles and theories regarding the art and science of anesthesia practice. Students will develop a conceptual basis for practice gained through a systems approach applied to development of anesthesia care based upon a strong foundation in physical assessment, physiological monitoring, applications of pharmacology, anesthesia systems, physical and chemical basic sciences. Prerequisite: Admission to the nurse anesthesia program or permission of instructor. LEC
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Systems approach to advanced assessment of patients. Principals of monitoring in the evaluation and perioperative care of patients. Emphasis will be on the cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, and neurologic systems and their relation to the assessment and monitoring of patients in the anesthesia setting. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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This course is designed to develop and refine the physical assessment skills of the practitioner as well as enhance their understanding, interpretation, and application of laboratory measurements and advanced diagnostic procedures in the perioperative setting. The course is arranged in a systems approach with emphasis placed on the cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, neurological, and endocrine. Diagnostic procedures and laboratory values specific to each of these systems and their relevance to anesthesia principles and practice will be discussed. The selection of appropriate monitoring devices specific to each system related to individual patient needs will be discussed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Includes study of conductive anesthesia techniques, pharmacokinetics of local anesthetics, anatomical placement, and physiologic response. The course is inclusive of acute and chronic pain management techniques. LEC
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Special study allowing a student to pursue a particular subject through readings, directed assignments, and conferences with a faculty member. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Research leading to the submission of a master's thesis or master's field project for the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia. Independent scientific investigation in nurse anesthesia. Must be approved by and under the supervision of the student's research advisor. In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree. Prerequisite: Consent of advisor. LEC
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The course will provide a broad overview of nursing theory and research methodologies. Students will examine the scientific and philosophical underpinnings of nurse anesthesia practice. Theories are discussed relative to their influence on the practice and research of nursing and nurse anesthesia. Students will explore the parameters of concept analysis, theory development, and theory evaluation. The student will gain an understanding of how to develop research questions including study design and factors to be considered in initiating a research project. Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice in anesthesia will be reviewed. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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The capstone project is the culmination of the master's degree course of study. The project requires a practice-focused problem be identified and examined in depth. The student will include application of an intervention suitable to their area of focus and dissemination of the project findings to a targeted audience is expected. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor RSC
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Restricted to the writing, preparation of the formal thesis, based upon independent research and in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia. Thesis must be defended prior to degree completion. Prerequisite: Consent of advisor and NURA 890. THE
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The course will build an in depth knowledge about basic mechanisms of synaptic communication among nerve cells and their targets, and the structure and function of nervous systems. Topics will include nervous system development and synapse formation, structure and function of neurons, physiological and molecular basis of synaptic communication between neurons, mechanisms of synaptic plasticity involved in learning and memory, sensory systems (vision, auditory, vestibular, motor reflexes and pain), processing of neural information at cellular and system levels, synapse regeneration and diseases of the nervous system. Prerequisite: BIOL 435 (Introduction to Neurobiology), or consent of instructor. LEC
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A detailed study of the molecular aspects of nerve transmission will be covered with special emphasis on the uptake, storage, release, biosynthesis, and metabolism of specific neurotransmitters. Drugs affecting these processes and current research on receptor isolation and receptor mechanisms will be discussed from a chemical viewpoint. (Same as BIOL 775, CHEM 775, MDCM 775, P&TX 775, and PHCH 775.) Prerequisite: BIOL 600 or equivalent. LEC
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Presentations of research papers by faculty, post-doctoral research associates, and graduate students. All graduate students in the Neuroscience program participate in this seminar series throughout their period of training. Each student has to present a seminar once every semester. Presentations by students are evaluated by other graduate students and faculty at the end of each seminar. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Neuroscience program. LEC
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This course is to be used by graduate students fulfilling the teaching requirements for the Ph.D. in Neuroscience. The student will function as a discussion leader and lecturer in a limited number of class sessions. Each student will meet with faculty whom he or she is assisting in preparation of presentation materials and tests. Each student will be evaluated by the faculty mentor and by the students in the class taught. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Neuroscience. LEC
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Lectures and discussion on ethical issues in the conduct of a scientific career, with emphasis on practical topics of special importance in molecular-level research in the chemical, biological, and pharmaceutical sciences. Topics will include the nature of ethics, the scientist in the laboratory, the scientist as author, grantee, reviewer, employer/employee, teacher, student, and citizen. Discussions will focus on case histories. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. (Same as MDCM 801, P&TX 801, PHCH 801 and PHCH 802.) Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Neuroscience program. LEC
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The course will cover basic techniques of moral reasoning, especially as applied to ethical issues in the physical sciences and engineering. Topics covered will include the ethical conduct of research, the federal and professional guidelines for different kinds of research, and the ethical dimensions of publication and professional life. Emphasis will be on practical applications, cases and student involvement. (Same as GS 804, MDCM 804, P&TX 804, and PHCH 804.) Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the program or division of Pharmacy to enroll in this class. LEC
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Original investigations at an advanced level in the areas of neuroscience. The research by each student will be performed in the laboratory of one of the faculty mentors of the graduate program in Neuroscience. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Neuroscience program. LEC
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Somatosensory, motor and cognitive function of the brain will be discussed using a combination of lecture and student presentation formats. Current issues and evidence underlying accepted concepts and mechanisms will be emphasized. (Same as PHSL 844.) Prerequisite: PHSL 846 or equivalent and consent of instructor. LEC
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Team-taught, in-depth neuroscience course focusing on normal and diseased brain function at the molecular, cellular and systems levels. Lectures and discussions will emphasize current issues in neuroscience research. (Same as ANAT 846, PHCL 846, and PHSL 846.) Prerequisite: Permission of the course instructor. LEC
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Development of the nervous system from early induction to the development of learning and memory. Topics include: Induction; Cellular Differentiation; Axon Growth and Guidance; Target Selection; Cell Survival and Growth; Synapse Formation; Synapse Elimination; and Development of Behavior. (Same as ANAT 847 and PHSL 847.) Prerequisite: Advanced Neuroscience (ANAT 846; NURO 846; PHSL 846) or consent of instructor. LEC
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An in-depth coverage of pathogenic mechanisms in neurological diseases; cellular and molecular responses to brain injury and disease, neuroinflammatory diseases (e.g., multiple sclerosis), neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and prion diseases), neurogenetic diseases (e.g., lysosomal and peroxisomal disorders, Down's syndrome and fragile X), trauma, stroke, and viral diseases (e.g., HIV encephalitis). (Same as ANAT 848, PHCL 848, and PHSL 848.) Prerequisite: Advanced Neuroscience (ANAT 846, PHCL 846 or PHSL 846) or an equivalent course and consent of instructor. LEC
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Hours and credit for this course to be arranged with the mentor. Independent investigation of a research problem in neuroscience, but of limited scope. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Neuroscience program and consent of mentor/instructor. THE
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Hours and credit for this course to be arranged with the mentor. Conduct of original investigation in neurosciences. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Neuroscience program post-oral comprehensive examination and consent of mentor/instructor. THE
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The Research Clinical Trial Coordinator Certificate Program targets the interdisciplinary Health Professions and is designed to meet the training needs for individuals to become Clinical Trial Coordinators. The series of three courses over eighteen months provides as an introduction to the research coordinator role and provides in-depth knowledge of pre-, during-, and post- clinical trial study activities. Regulatory, administrative, and ethical issues will be presented as well as the daily operational requirements (e.g. study design, financial and monitoring, protocols and documentation, subject recruitment and retention, audits, etc.). A practicum experience in selected research settings provides opportunities to utilize learned competencies related to the role of a Research Coordinator during key phases of a clinical trial study: pre-study, during-study, and post-study activities. Minimum educational requirements are a high school diploma. LEC
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Skills necessary to perform fundamental techniques relating to therapeutic interventions are discussed and demonstrated. The emphasis is on drug calculation and psychomotor skills. Concepts of time management, prioritization of nursing care, team building, cost effectiveness and resource utilization are introduced through scenarios and demonstrations in a laboratory setting. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing. LEC
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Therapeutic interventions pertaining to care of the client experiencing acute, chronic, and complex health deficiencies are discussed and demonstrated. Case scenarios and demonstrations are used to apply the concepts of time management, prioritization of nursing care, delegation, team building, cost effectiveness, and resource utilization in a laboratory setting. Prerequisite: NURS 301. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 322, NURS 325, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NURS 366 and NURS 376. LEC
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This course is designed to assist undergraduate students to acquire a scientific knowledge base necessary for delivering quality nursing care to adult surgical patients. The course will include an in-depth study of content relevant to the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative phases, using Maslow's hierarchy of needs as a basis for the content. Opportunities will be provided for students to increase their skills in the use of the nursing process. Prerequisites: NURS 340 and NURS 341. LEC
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Beginning theory and practical applications of various uses and results of computer technologies are explored in order to provide the basic skills and current infrastructure for information management in health care delivery. These concepts and skills are essential for curriculum related activities, as well as for providing therapeutic nursing interventions and communications with faculty, client systems, and other health care participants. Learners are encouraged to be cognizant of emerging legal and ethical issues related to electronic communications. Knowledge and skills presented in this course will be developed and expanded in future nursing courses. Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor. LEC
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Basic concepts related to the care of the traumatically injured adult are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the initial management and stabilization of the adult trauma client. The nursing process is utilized to assist the individual client to restore system balance and prevent further system imbalance. Basic trauma stabilization skills are demonstrated. Ethical, legal, and societal issues, as well as current research on trauma management will be explored. Prerequisites: NURS 340, NURS 341, NURS 350, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Knowledge from the basic sciences is applied to explore the relationship between nutrition and body function. Nutrition requirements for the different phases of the life cycle are described. The application of nutritional concepts necessary for the maintenance of health, prevention of illness, and minimization of the complications of acute and chronic illness will be discussed. A framework to counsel clients regarding healthful dietary habits, costs and governmental programs will be explored. Prerequisite: Completion of two Level II courses. LEC
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Psychosocial issues that relate to nursing care across the wellness-illness continuum for client systems across the lifespan will be explored in this course. Relevant topics such as death and dying, disfiguring conditions, infertility, and coping with chronic illnesses will be investigated. Ethical and legal considerations as well as current research will be discussed. Prerequisite: Completion of two Level II courses. LEC
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This course is designed to acquaint students with the concept of stress as it occurs in our society and to introduce them to effective ways of dealing with stress in themselves and in their clients. The course will examine socio-cultural, physiological, and psychological components of stress. Students will be exposed to effective stress management techniques through the utilization of small group experiential exercises as a teaching methodology. LEC
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Advanced concepts in intravenous therapy that are relevant to practice in acute, ambulatory, long term and home settings will be presented. All venous access devices and types of intravenous therapies will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on client assessment, client teaching, early recognition of complications and research-based implications as they relate to intravenous therapy and care of clients across the life span. Hands-on opportunities to work with the various intravenous access devices and therapies will be provided in non-clinical and clinical laboratory settings. Prerequisite: Completion of two Level II courses. LEC
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This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of pathophysiological changes that occur within the internal environment of the individual. Understanding these alterations is basic to providing quality nursing care. System variations across the lifespan are addressed. Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Nursing and RN to BSN program or consent of instructor. Exams will be scheduled as in class proctored experiences. LEC
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Basic mechanisms underlying illness and disease are stressed as a basis for the understanding of health promotion and disease prevention in this first of two sequential courses. Pathophysiological changes that occur within the internal environment of individuals in the presence of dysfunction of disease of selected systems are presented as a rationale for nursing diagnoses and therapeutic interventions. System variations across the life span are addressed. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Nursing. LEC
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In this second sequential course, an understanding of pathophysiological changes that occur within the internal environment of the individual in the presence of dysfunction or disease of selected systems are provided as a rationale for nursing diagnoses and therapeutic interventions. The most common alterations in selected body systems are presented, with relevant risk factors and epidemiology, pathophysiologic mechanisms, and clinical manifestations. System variations across the life span are discussed. Prerequisite: NURS 321. Prerequisites or corequisites: NURS 325 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drug therapy are discussed in order to provide a basic understanding of the client's reaction to a drug both therapeutically and adversely, and to predict potential drug interactions. Internal and external environmental factors affecting drug therapy are assessed in order to provide a comprehensive data base for therapeutic nursing interventions. Specific prototypes of selected drug classifications provide the framework for understanding the action, use, side effects and nursing implications of drugs. The nurse's role in drug administration, assessment of drug effects, and client system education are emphasized. Legal and ethical responsibilities for administering drugs are considered. Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURS 322 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drug therapy are discussed in order to provide a basic understanding of the client's reaction to a drug, both therapeutically and adversely, and to predict potential drug interactions. Internal and external environmental factors affecting drug therapy are assessed in order to provide a comprehensive database for therapeutic nursing interventions. Specific prototypes of selected drug classifications provide the framework for understanding the action, use, side effects and nursing implications of drugs. The nurse's role in drug administration, assessment of drug effects, and client system education are emphasized. Legal and ethical responsibilities for administering drugs are considered. Prerequisites: Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor. Prerequisites/Corequisites: NURS 322 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Basic theories of interpersonal communication and information technologies are explored. Use of these skills and technologies to develop therapeutic relationships with patients and the interdisciplinary healthcare team is emphasized. Legal and ethical issues related to health information technology and health information exchanges will be examined. PREREQUISITES: Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 331, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 332, NURS 333 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Students are introduced to the evolution of the profession of nursing. Focus is on professional and personal accountability. Students will have opportunities to establish personal and professional boundaries, examine their own beliefs and values, and develop their personal philosophy of nursing. Students will explore how their lived experience will impact their professional practice. PREREQUISITES: Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor. COREQUISITIES: NURS 327, NURS 331, NURS 329, NURS 330, NURS 332, NURS 333 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Basic mechanisms underlying illness and disease are stressed as a basis for the understanding of health promotion and disease prevention in this first of two sequential courses. Pathophysiological changes that occur within the environments of individuals in the presence of dysfunction or disease of selected systems are presented as a rationale for nursing diagnoses and therapeutic interventions. System variations across the life span (fetuses, children, pregnant women, adults, and older adults) are addressed. PREREQUISITES: Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 331, NURS 328, NURS 330, NURS 332, NURS 333 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drug therapy across the lifespan are discussed in order to provide a basic understanding of the patient's reaction to a drug both therapeutically and adversely, and to predict potential drug interactions. Personal, genetic, and environmental factors affecting drug therapy are assessed in order to provide a comprehensive data base for therapeutic nursing interventions. Specific prototypes of selected drug classifications provide the framework for understanding the action, use, adverse effects and nursing implications of drugs. The nurse's role in drug administration, assessment of drug effects, and patient education are emphasized. Legal and ethical responsibilities for administering drugs are considered. PREREQUISITES: Admission to the School of Nursing or consent of instructor. COREQUISITES: NURS 327, NURS 331, NURS 328, NURS 329, NURS 332, NURS 333 or consent of instructor. LEC
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