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M.S. in Nursing Course Descriptions

Completion of the M.S. in Nursing program requires 27 credit hours of core courses and 23 credit hours of Family Nurse Practitioner courses (including required clinicals). Students may apply for transfer of up to 6 credits of recent comparable coursework with a grade of B or better earned from an accredited institution.

Core Courses

NURS 602D Graduate Nursing Healthcare Ethics​ (3 credits)
This course assists graduate nursing students to apply evidence-based critical thinking to ethical issues within the scope of advanced practice nursing. The course presents moral theory, Catholic social teaching, and professional nursing ethics as the foundation for ethical decision-making within clinical practice, policy development, and nursing leadership within health and community systems.

NURS 610D Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
This course presents advanced concepts in pharmacology with an emphasis on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of selected drug agents commonly used in ambulatory and tertiary care settings. Topics include selection, dosing and monitoring of these drugs as well as the nursing implications and prescribing responsibilities.

NURS 657D Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)
This course focuses on advanced health assessment. Students are guided in the acquisition and refinement of required knowledge, technical and interpersonal skills required for advanced health assessment, including interviewing techniques, history taking, physical assessment and diagnosis. The physiological, psychological, sociological and spiritual dimensions in assessment are emphasized. Students study selected developmental groups: pediatrics, adult and geriatrics.

NURS 661D Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing (2 credits)
Students learn how to utilize models and theories in advanced practice nursing. Coursework emphasizes the analysis of selected models/ theories from nursing and related disciplines and whether they should be applied to advanced practice.

NURS 663D Health Care Policy, Organization and Financing (3 credits)
This course focuses on an evidence-based critical examination of the policies that shape the delivery and financing of health care from international, national and state perspectives. Emphasis is on the role of key stakeholders who influence health care policy including government, consumers, providers and payers.

NURS 671D Healthcare Biostatistics (3 credits)
This online graduate level statistics course will provide students with skills in quantitative reasoning through the use of healthcare biostatistics. Students will use and apply descriptive and inferential statistical techniques to answer research questions in nursing and health sciences. The course will familiarize the student with basic concepts in biostatistics as well as the fundamentals of data management and analysis using advanced statistical software.

NURS 674D Advanced Population Health (2 credits)
This course expands the focus on individuals into population-based management and introduces population-oriented preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative models of care with high-risk, underserved people.

NURS 691D Pathophysiology (3 credits)
This course focuses on basic biological processes that can be altered by human disease. Students study physiological alterations associated with pathological conditions and the clinical manifestations of the process.

NURS 701D Health Promotion (2 credits)
The course examines data, studies, and models that present and interpret health behavior and the disparities of health status. Students review health promotion activities in managed care environments, workplaces and schools and discuss knowledge, values and decision which affect health-seeking behavior.

NURS 708D Research in Nursing: Methods and Outcomes (3 credits)
This course focuses on the scientific method of problem-solving and decision making in clinical nursing practice. Students learn to use research knowledge and methods to identify appropriate solutions/ outcomes for clinical conditions. The course provides content foundational to the measurement of outcomes, and the relationship of outcome measurement to quality improvement. *Pre-requisite: NURS 671D Healthcare Biostatistics

NURS 789D Advanced Practice Role Seminar (1 credit)
This course examines the multiple roles of the advanced practice nurse and analyzes the relationships of role theory and integration within organizations, the health care arena and various social contexts. The professional, political and cultural components of the role are explored, as well as the legal and ethical issues inherent in advanced practice nursing. Principles of leadership, collaboration, consultation, management and research in the advance practice context are also discussed.

NURS 800D Capstone Research Project (3 credits)
This course provides students with the opportunity to integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge gained throughout the Master’s program. Policy, theoretical, research and ethical principles along with sound clinical knowledge will be utilized to produce an evidence based project. The project will be developed for and in collaboration with a health care organization, professional organization, policy director, or other similar entity.
This course is taken during the final semester of study.

Family Nurse Practitioner Track Courses

NURS 733D The Well Child (2 credit)
This course examines what it means to be healthy as a child today. Concepts and content of well-child care are explored for specific age groups. Traditional and innovative frameworks for delivery of care are included.

NURS 735D Women's Health (formerly Perinatal Health) (1 credit)
This course provides the didactic content for primary care of pregnant and postpartum women. Emphasis is on the diagnosis and management of those alterations in health commonly encountered in the family practice setting.

NURS 780D Primary Care of the Young Child​ (3 credits)
This course focuses on comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and management of common health problems of children in a primary care setting. Health problems addressed will include common acute illnesses and developmental/behavioral problems that present in the young child.

NURS 781D Primary Care of Adolescent Seminar (1 credit)
This course focuses on the comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and management of health and health problems of adolescents in a primary care setting. A family and community framework is utilized and students study cultural issues affecting adolescents in society today.

NURS 782D Primary Care of Adults I (3 credits)
This is the first of two seminar and practicum courses that address advanced nursing practice and the management of clients with health problems commonly encountered in the delivery of primary care. Coursework emphasizes physical, psychological, socio-cultural and spiritual dimensions of human needs. Practicum activities emphasize refinement of advanced nursing practice skills. Developmental and pharmacological content is integrated throughout the course.

NURS 783D Primary Care of Adults II (3 credits)
This is the second of two courses to prepare the student for advanced practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Students study the comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illness states that affect the physical, psychological, socio-cultural and spiritual dimensions of clients who present to a primary care setting. Pharmacological, pathophysiological and advanced health assessment content is integrated throughout the course.

NURS 784D Nurse Practitioner Practicum I (2 credits)
NURS 785D Nurse Practitioner Practicum II (2 credits)
NURS 786D Nurse Practitioner Practicum III (2 credits)

NURS 793DA-DD Guided Study in Nursing (4 optional courses)

These precepted practicum experiences are taken concurrently with or subsequent to NURS 780, NURS 781, NURS 782 or NURS 783. They provide the necessary clinical time for development and refinement of the Nurse Practitioner role begun in the Seminar and Practicum courses.

Learn more about the courses in the online Master of Science in Nursing at the Catholic University of America: call us at 855-295-5711 or request more information.