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BSN to DNP Curriculum

Family Nurse Practitioner

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum consists of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) core coursework (theory, advanced practice roles, evaluation and outcomes research, leadership and management, and advanced health promotion), DNP core coursework (information systems and patient care technology, epidemiology, analytical methods, translating research into practice, and health policy), a DNP Scholarly Project and the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty coursework.  The Family Nurse Practitioner core coursework focuses on client-centered clinical practice, and prepares nurses to respond to the needs of today's and tomorrow's health care consumers, to manage direct care based on advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning, to incorporate health promotion and disease prevention interventions into health care delivery, and to recognize their potential for professional growth, responsibility and autonomy.

Curriculum—79 semester credits


MSN CORE COURSES
NURS 523: Role of the Advanced Nurse (3)
NURS 524: Advanced Health Promotion (2)
NURS 525: Theoretical Foundations (3)
NURS 526: Nursing Leadership and Management (3)
NURS 527: Evaluation and Outcomes Research (3)
NURS 530: Resource Management (3)
NURS 531: Care & Outcomes Manager Practicum I (3)
NURS 540: Illness/Disease Management (2)

FNP CORE COURSES
NURS 580: Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
NURS 582: Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NURS 583: Clinical Parmacotherapeutics (3)
NURS 584: Family Nurse Practitioner I (5)
NURS 585: Family Nurse Practitioner II (5)
NURS 561: Management of Mental Health Conditions in Primary Care (2)
NURS 562: Primary Care Management of Women and Children (4)
NURS 594: Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Capstone (3)

DNP CORE COURSES
NURS 623: Information Systems and Patient Care Technology (3)
NURS 625: Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 630:  Analytical Methods for Evidence Based Practice (3)
NURS 631:  Translating Research: Improving Practice and Outcomes (3)
NURS 627:  Policy and Politics: Implications for Health Care (3)
NURS 695:  Transition to DNP Practice (1)

DNP SCHOLARLY PROJECT COURSES
NURS 681:  DNP Scholarly Proposal Seminar: Planning (2)
NURS 682:  DNP Scholarly Project: Implementation I (3)
NURS 683:  DNP Scholarly Project: Implementation II (2)
NURS 684:  DNP Scholarly Project: Evaluation and Dissemination (4)
NURS 699:  DNP Scholarly Project:  Capstone (2)

Class Schedule/Course Progression

For the most part, classes are held Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, with a few daytime courses in the summer and January terms.

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Course Descriptions

MSN/FNP Core Courses

  • NURS 523: Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse: Facilitates the development and transition into the advanced practice role through the analysis of legal, ethical, professional, social and practice perspectives. Roles of consultant, researcher, administrator, and expert clinician are explored. (3)

  • NURS 524: Advanced Health Promotion: Identification of health risks and protective strategies for diverse populations. (2)

  • NURS 525: Theoretical Foundations: Preparation for critique, evaluation, and use of a range of relevant theories that provide guiding perspectives for the provision of client-centered, clinically measurable advanced nursing practice. (3)

  • NURS 526: Nursing Leadership and Management: Introduction to policy, organization, and financing of health care. Preparation for provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in the design and implementation of care, and assumption of the leadership role in managing resources. (3)
  • NURS 527: Evaluation and Outcomes Research: Preparation for the critique and use of new knowledge to provide, change, and evaluate advanced nursing practice focused on client-centered, clinically demonstrable care. (3)
  • NURS 530: Resource Management: Management of resources in the planning, coordination, and/or delivery of health care with an outcome perspective at the system level. Financial and human resources and systems management will be examined from a quality perspective. (3)
  • NURS 531: Care and Outcomes Manager Practicum I: Direct and/or indirect care given in a defined specialty setting with focus on evaluation and outcomes. Prerequisite: NURS 523. Variable credit with School of Nursing approval. (1 to 3)

  • NURS 540: Illness and Disease Management: Builds on the foundations of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment and focuses on the attainment of positive clinical outcomes for a cohort or population. (2)
  • NURS 580: Advanced Pathophysiology: Focuses on normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease. Primary components of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. (3)
  • NURS 582:  Advanced Health Assessments:  Development and performance of the skills needed for advanced health assessment of individuals, families, or communities throughout the lifespan. Prerequisites: Basic health assessment skills. (2 to 4)
  • NURS 583: Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics: Focuses on the pharmacokinetic basis for and pharmacotherapeutic management of simple and complex disease processes. Includes ethical, legal, and procedural aspects of prescriptive authority. Pre- or co-requisite: NURS 580. (3)
  • NURS 584: Family Nurse Practitioner I: Application of theory and research in the management of health problems across the lifespan. Demonstration of diagnostic reasoning related to health care conditions. Seminar and clinical. Prerequisites: NURS 582, and Pre- or co-requisite: NURS 583. (6)
  • NURS 585: Family Nurse Practitioner II: Application of theory and research in the management of increasingly complex health problems across the lifespan. Demonstration of diagnostic reasoning for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Seminar and clinical. Prerequisite: NURS 584. (6)
  • NURS 596: Scholarly Inquiry in Nursing Practice: Development and submission of professional paper or project related to one’s area of specialization based on an evaluation and outcomes model. Cross-listed with NURS 599. (2)
  • NURS 599: Thesis: Faculty-guided application of the research process. May involve replication of previous study, secondary analysis of research data, an evaluation project, or an original investigation. Prerequisites: Completion of core courses, approval by School of Nursing. Minimum program requirement is four credits. Once enrolled, must continue to enroll for at least one credit each semester of the academic year until thesis is completed. Capstone course. Course may be taken more than once; this is a 4credit course; if repeated, credits may vary. (1 to 4)

DNP Core Curriculum

  • NURS 623: Information Systems and Patient Care Technology:  Focuses on the development of the knowledge and technical skills to use data management systems and technological resources for decision-making, implementation of quality improvement initiatives, and evaluation of patient care technologies.  Includes use of systems analysis, decision theory, consumer use of informatics for health care information, and consideration of ethical, regulatory, and legal issues. (3)
  • NURS 625:  Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Nursing Practice:  This course develops the student’s ability to apply epidemiology and biostatistics to guide evidence based practice in health care.  Students will analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental, and other appropriate data related to individual, aggregate, and population health.  Using public data sources  to understand and address health concerns, students will design population-based health promotion and disease prevention activities to support  national and international goals of improving global health. (3)
  • NURS 630:  Analytical Methods for Evidence Based Practice:  Students will develop and demonstrate skills in the use of analytical methods required to evaluate research to guide evidence based practice.  Students locate, critically evaluate and synthesize evidence from qualitative and quantitative studies that support the improvement of outcomes in diverse populations.  Students will identify appropriate practice questions and determine the appropriate method(s) to design and evaluate outcomes. (3)
  • NURS 695:  Transition to DNP Practice:  Transition and socialization into the Doctorate of Nursing Practice role is explored.  Role transition includes the DNP’s professional responsibility and accountability for social justice locally and globally.  The DNP scholarship portfolio will be completed and evaluated.  The portfolio will include reflection on evidence that demonstrates the student is a clinical scholar and documents competency in all domains of DNP practice as outlined in the American Association of colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral education for Advanced Nurse practice, the DNP Core Competencies by the National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and PLU School of Nursing Doctoral Program Outcomes.   Pre- or co-requisites:  All DNP coursework must be completed.  (1)
  • NURS 631:  Translating Research: Improving Practice and Outcomes:  Students will develop strategies for translating research findings into sustainable improvements in patient and clinical outcomes for a diverse population.  The use of information technology and interprofessional collaboration will be emphasized.  Models used to guide the process of implementing and evaluating evidence-based practice change will be examined. (3)
  • NURS 627:  Policy and Politics: Implications for Health Care:  This course focuses on the principles of policy and the influence of the political process as a systematic approach to health care in the United States and internationally.  The interdependence of policy and practice will be evaluated, with a focus on the challenges of engaging and influencing health policy locally, nationally and globally.  Students will analyze the ethical, legal, economic, and sociocultural factors influencing policy development.  Health policy frameworks are analyzed from governmental, organizational, and clinical practice perspectives. (3)
  • NURS 699:  DNP Scholarly Project:  Capstone:  Development and submission of a manuscript related to the DNP Scholarly Project for publication in a peer-reviewed, professional journal or other scholarly venue.  The course includes an intensive, systematic approach to the publication process.  Capstone course. (2)


DNP Scholarly Project Courses

  • NURS 681:  DNP Scholarly Proposal Seminar: Planning:  DNP students will develop, plan and refine their DNP scholarly proposal. Based on an assessment of need and critical review of the literature, students will use quality improvement methodologies to design a substantive project to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and person-centered care.  A DNP scholarly project must evaluate outcomes of practice, practice patterns, and/or systems of care within a practice setting, health care organization, or community.  Students will complete 30 clinical hours related to project planning. (2 credits-1.5 didactic and 0.5 clinical)
  • NURS 682:  DNP Scholarly Project: Implementation I:  Students will collaborate with key stakeholders to implement their evidenced-based DNP project.  Students will incorporate change theory and other relevant theories to guide implementation and overcome anticipated and emerging barriers.  Students will complete 120 clinical hours related to project implementation. (3 credits-1 didactic and 2 clinical)
  • NURS 683:  DNP Scholarly Project: Implementation II:  DNP students complete the implementation phase of their scholarly project.  Seminar is dedicated to review and critique of the implementation process and proposed evaluation strategy. Students will complete 30 clinical hours related to project completion. (2 credits--1.5 seminar and 0.5 clinical)
  • NURS 684:  DNP Scholarly Project: Evaluation and Dissemination:  The DNP student systematically organizes and interprets data employing  quantitative  and/or qualitative methodologies to evaluate the project’s impact on health outcomes. Students will disseminate their findings through an oral presentation to the key stakeholders and by submitting an abstract to a relevant professional organization.  Students will complete 120+ clinical hours related to project evaluation and dissemination.(4 credits--2 didactic and 2 clinical)

Note:  The School of Nursing reserves the right to add, amend, delete, or deviate from the above specifications and to apply such changes to registered and accepted students.

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