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Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership (DNP)

Course Descriptions

NURS 5013 – Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice – 3 credit hours

Focuses on the advanced normal physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms of disease. Human responses to potential and actual health problems are addressed within and across systems of care focusing on vulnerable populations. Theory hours: Three. Total clinical hours: 40.

NURS 5023 – Pharmacology & Drug Therapy for Advanced Practice Nursing – 3 credit hours

Focuses on the actions, application, and principles of major drug classes in relation to physiologic systems with emphasis on advanced practice nursing across the lifespan. Course content includes drug regimens and patient education.

NURS 5033 – Human Diversity & Health Promotion – 3 credit hours

Provides opportunity for students to apply advanced health assessment techniques, interview clients to obtain comprehensive subjective data, and interpret objective data leading to the development of optimum plans of care. Students explore cultural, ethical, and developmental variations through production of a plan of care for a selected client. Students will demonstrate their physical assessment skills. Theory hours: Three. Total clinical hours: 100.

NURS 5043 – Biostatistics – 3 credit hours

Explores the statistical methodologies used to evaluate epidemiological data using descriptive and inferential statistical methods. It explores the statistical methods of ANOVA, repeated measures analysis of variances, correlation analysis, and multiple linear regressions. The use of statistical software links theory with practice.

NURS 6013 – Financial Management in Health Systems – 3 credit hours

Focuses on the application and critical appraisal of basic economic and financial theories that drive health policy and health care systems. Concepts focus on preparing the nurse leader in managerial aspects of financial analysis, decision-making, cost accounting, and personnel costs in the current health care setting.

NURS 6023 – Evidence-based Practice – 3 credit hours

Provides students with the knowledge and skills to critique, synthesize, and differentiate evidence to establish a clinical scholarship trajectory for the highest level of evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on strategies needed to address health problems to improve patient outcomes.

NURS 6033 – Human Resources in Health Management – 3 credit hours

Synthesizes leadership theories and organizational models within the health care industry that influence resource utilization in nursing and health care. The conceptual basis and methods of financial analysis and decision-making will be analyzed. Models of health care economics, human resource management, change management, strategic planning, program development, and implementation are explored.  Theory hours: Three. Total clinical hours: 60.

NURS 6043 – Theoretical Foundations in Nursing Practice – 3 credit hours

Expands the theoretical foundational theories of advanced nursing practice. The content expands nursing theories as related to clinical prevention, management of patient care, and improvement to health care outcomes.

NURS 6103 – Foundations of Grant Writing – 3 credit hours

Prepares the post-B.S.N. student to participate in the processes of grant writing, researching, identification of potential funding sources, and reporting. Theory hours: Three. Total clinical hours: 60.

NURS 6112 – Bioethics & Law – 2 credit hours

Prepares the advanced practice nurse as a nurse leader by integrating nursing science into the analysis and synthesis of ethical topics as related to advanced nursing practice. Emphasizes strategies to lead a team through the political, legal, ethical, socioeconomic, and technological issues impacting patient care outcomes and patient safety. Theory hours: Three. Total clinical hours: 60.

NURS 6123 – Advanced Nurse Leadership – 3 credit hours

Engages students in active learning activities that develop leadership skills to build an effective team, lead effectively, connect partners, and collaborate with stakeholders to promote population health and to improve outcomes. Theory hours: Three. Total clinical hours: 100.


NURS 7013 – Orientation to Advanced Practice Nursing – 3 credit hours

An immersion experience into the specialty leadership D.N.P. courses. It allows for the transition of the advanced practice nurse into the D.N.P. studies. Emphasis is on program outcomes, policies, D.N.P. roles and responsibilities, scholarly writing, presentation skills, and faculty expectations.

NURS 7023 – Transformational Leadership – 3 credit hours

Engages students in an exploration of advanced nursing leadership in nursing and health care organizations. Emphasis is on concepts of leadership, organizational theory, quality improvement methods, interprofessional collaboration, effective communication, and change strategies. Students will develop personal leadership knowledge and skills to initiate transformational change within the health care system.

NURS 7033 – Health Care Informatics & Technology – 3 credit hours

Focuses on the foundations for understanding informatics and patient care technology. Students will apply knowledge and skills from a variety of applications to integrate nursing science, computer science, and information science into nursing practice. Theory hours: Three. Total clinical hours: Up to 80.

NURS 7043 – Leadership in Health Policy – 3 credit hours

Prepares students to analyze and influence health policy environments at the regional, national, or international level. It provides a critical analysis of current issues related to health policy. Emphasis is placed on the nursing leader as a role model to revise health policy and improve the health care system. Students will design interventions to influence policy making and implementation. Methods for evaluating policy and law to improve strategic plans are explored. Theory hours: Three. Total clinical hours: Up to 60.

NURS 7103 – Nursing Theory – 3 credit hours

Focuses on nursing theory as a way to influence nursing practice. A strong conceptual framework will be developed linking practice theory, knowledge, and philosophy together while applying for a more in-depth relationship between theory and evidence-based practices.

NURS 7113 – Advanced Nursing Research for Evidence-based Practice – 3 credit hours

Focuses on the application of evidence-based research to promote excellence in nursing practice. Emphasis is on current research to propose methods to apply newly acquired knowledge to advanced practice. Students will utilize concepts from interprofessional sources to impact and understand advanced practice decisions culminating with a literature review.

NURS 7123 – Advanced Epidemiology – 3 credit hours

Integrates epidemiological principles that affect the health of the population. Emphasis is on history and methods of epidemiology in relation to the decision-making process for improved patient care and population outcomes. Students use analytical methods and evidence-based guidelines to critically appraise existing literature and epidemiological data to apply best practice to the nursing practice setting.

NURS 8013 – Quality Improvement – 3 credit hours

Analyzes and applies system change theories to evaluate programs and evidence-based interventions. Using the student’s practice setting, an emphasis will be placed on assessing quality, policies, and cost effectiveness of programs in health care organizations. Theory hours: Three. Total clinical hours: Up to 40.

NURS 8023 – Organizational Leadership – 3 credit hours

Focuses on organizational and systems theory related to promotion, financing, and systems implementation of evidence-based projects. Emphasis is on establishing efficient work processes and safe clinical care. Utilizing newly acquired leadership skills and knowledge, students appraise the health care system to envision, facilitate, and sustain transformational system changes which promote excellence in the healthcare organization. Students will prepare either a marketing or business plan that will justify the need and viability of their project, product, or service.

NURS 8033 – Cultural Diversity – 3 credit hours

Explores cultural influences on health care and health care planning. An immersion experience will allow students to identify health care disparities within a given culture and create strategies for quality improvement. Theory hours: Three. Total clinical hours: Up to 40.

NURS 8103 – Capstone Project: Problem Identification & Project Proposal – 3 credit hours

Serves as the foundational capstone course. Students will identify a project problem, develop a project proposal, and establish the initial design. Examples of project proposals include quality improvement, analyzing policy, designing and using databases, designing and evaluating new models of care, collaboration with researchers to answer clinical questions, and program development, implementation, and evaluation. Human subject needs are determined and initiated. Theory hours: Three. Total clinical hours: 120.

NURS 8201 – Capstone Project: D.N.P. Design & Implementation – 1 credit hour

The second of the D.N.P. capstone courses. Focuses on project design and implementation. The project proposal will include a literature review and project design. Students will implement an evidence-based scholarly project specific to a population of interest within the practice setting. Students will complete a poster presentation based on proposal and design. Theory hours: One. Total clinical hours: 120.

NURS 8302 – Capstone Project: D.N.P. Analysis, Report & Dissemination – 2 credit hours

The final D.N.P. capstone course. Students focus on data collection, analysis, and dissemination within this course. Students will develop a comprehensive report describing their project, implementation, evaluation, and synthesis of the results. Students will identify dissemination plans and future recommendations on their project topic. The course will conclude with a scholarly presentation. Theory hours: Two. Total clinical hours: 120.