What courses will I take in the AGACNP online degree?

NURS 5012 – Nursing Science and Patterns of Knowing, 3-Credits

An historical, contemporary and futuristic exploration of the art and science of nursing praxis including patterns of knowing: empirical, ethical, aesthetic, existential and emancipatory. Theories and models derived from nursing and the social sciences are synthesized for their usefulness in advanced practice nursing care for individuals, families, and communities to promote health and manage a variety of problems such as health threats, acute and chronic illnesses, and transitions. Opportunities are provided for students to synthesize family health concepts for use in clinical practice, scholarship, and research.

NURS 5020 – Statistical Methods in Nursing, 3-Credits

Quantitative procedures including descriptive and inferential statistics, non-parametric approaches to data, and parametric analyses. Selected research designs are explored. Analytic techniques are applied for use in selected research designs in health sciences research. Cross listed with CLTR 5020.

NURS 5030 – Nursing Research in Advanced Practice, 3-Credits

Examination of qualitative and quantitative methods of primary research employed to answer questions in nursing practice. Concepts include patient safety and quality principles, quality/process improvement, and evidence-based practice processes. Emphasis is on problem identification; design principles; and accessing, analyzing, disseminating and applying research for evidence-based practice.

NURS 5060 – Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan, 3-Credits

This course is designed for nurses preparing for advanced nursing practice roles across varying population foci. Concepts will include advanced human physiology, pathophysiology, and common clinical manifestations. A body-systems framework will be used.

NURS 5070 – Advanced Pharmacodynamics and Implications for Nursing Actions, 3-Credits

Emphasis is placed on pharmacodynamics, on nursing measures that support desired drug responses or reduce side effects which must be tolerated, and on client teaching indicated by pharmacotherapy.

NURS 5500 – Advanced Diagnosis for APN Practice, 3-Credits

Grounded in theory and evidence, this initial didactic clinical course focuses on development of critical thinking necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and assessment, diagnosis and management of common health problems while considering context for populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and family nurse practitioner. Taken by all students in adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, and family nurse practitioner tracks. A fee is added to the fee bill for clinical tracking online. A grade of B (83%) or higher in this course is required to progress to the next level.

NURS 5550 – Common and Chronic Health Problems in AGNP Practice I: Population Specific AGACNP, 3-Credits

Grounded in theory and evidence, this didactic course focuses on application of critical thinking skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains. The emphasis is on developing differential diagnosis skills, assessment, and management of common and chronic health problems. Students will also be introduced to developing differential diagnosis utilizing imaging technologies and laboratory data, including but not limited to radiographs, CT imaging, laboratory values and other pertinent diagnostic testing.

NURS 5559 – AGNP Acute Care Clinical Practicum I, 3-Credits

The first of three clinical practicum courses in the adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner curriculum. This course is designed to introduce the role of the adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. Using an evidence-based practice framework, the student will assess and manage acute and chronic illnesses in the clinical setting, including demonstration of knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacologic interventions according to current standards of care for the adult and older adult population in acute care clinical settings.

NURS 5560 – Complex and Comorbid Health Problems in AGNP Acute Care Practice II: Population Specific AGACNP, 3-Credits

Grounded in theory and evidence based practice the second of three didactic adult gerontology acute care courses develops the students’ clinical foundation of advanced practice nursing management of complex and comorbid health care problems common to adult and geriatric patients. This course builds upon the student’s proficiency in comprehensive health evaluation within the context of acute care disease management of the adult and gerontology population. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of acute episodic and chronic conditions of adult and geriatric patients. Interdisciplinary collaboration among health care providers is promoted.

NURS 5562 – Adv. Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Nurse Practitioner Role: AGACNP Population Focus, 3-Credits

Principles and techniques of advanced health assessment including formulation of a clinical diagnosis based upon the health assessment findings of the adult gerontology acute care patient from adolescence to elder are examined and practiced.

NURS 5569 – AGNP Acute Care Clinical Practicum II, 3-Credits

The second of three clinical practicum courses builds upon the student’s proficiency in comprehensive health evaluation within the context of acute care disease management of the adult and older adult population. Using an evidence-based practice framework, the student will assess and manage acute and chronic illnesses, including demonstration of knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacologic interventions according to current standards of care for the adult and older adult population in acute care clinical settings. This clinical practicum course focuses on integration of critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the acute care clinical setting.

NURS 5570 – Complex and Comorbid Health Problems in AGNP Acute Care Practice III: Population Specific AGACNP, 3-Credits

Grounded in theory and evidence based practice the third of three didactic adult gerontology acute care courses develops the students’ clinical foundation of advanced practice nursing management of complex and comorbid health care problems common to adult and geriatric acute care patients. This course builds upon the student’s proficiency in comprehensive health evaluation within the context of acute care disease management of the adult and gerontology population. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and management of acute episodic and chronic conditions of adult and geriatric patients. Interdisciplinary collaboration among health care providers is promoted.

NURS 5579 – AGNP Acute Care Clinical Practicum III, 3-Credits

The third of three clinical practicum courses builds upon the student’s proficiency in comprehensive health evaluation within the context of acute care disease management of the adult and older adult population. Integrates content and clinical experiences from all previous acute care didactic and practicum courses with an emphasis on considering context while providing risk reduction and assessment, diagnosis and management of common and comorbid health problems among populations, including individuals, families, and communities, specific to the adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. This clinical practicum course focuses on integration of critical thinking and psychomotor skills necessary to achieve advanced practice nursing core competencies and domains in the acute care clinical setting.

NURS 5811 – Application of Genetics to Health Care, 3-Credits

Open to graduate students in Nursing. The role of the Human Genome Project in genetic diagnostics, health promotion, disease prevention, therapeutic interventions and counseling, as well as the mechanisms of genetic inheritance and the genetic contribution to common and complex disorders, will be analyzed using a multidisciplinary context. Students will evaluate the ethical, financial, cultural, moral and legal issues that arise using case study discussion and analysis to augment didactic knowledge.

NURS 5870 – Health Policy & Populations-based Advocacy for The Scholarship of Application, 3-Credits

This course focuses on the role of the advanced practice nurse in collaborative health care teams pertaining to health policy, health promotion, risk reduction, and illness prevention for population health. The role of the advanced practice nurse as advocate is explored. Educational strategies necessary for transformation of clinical education to decrease preventable deaths will be incorporated.