2012 - 2013 Master of Science in Nursing Courses

MSN 500 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (4)
Focuses on the development of advanced communication, assessment, and diagnostic reasoning skills. These skills are used to analyze health and alterations in health of individuals and families across the life span. Prerequisite: undergraduate health assessment course or equivalent; RN license.
 
MSN 501 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
A system-focused pathophysiology course. Covers physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease. Undergraduate pathophysiology course or equivalent is strongly recommended; RN license required.
 
MSN 532 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3)
Designed to provide the required general knowledge for safe, effective prescriptive practice as defined by the State of Utah Nurse Practice Act. A variety of teaching/learning approaches assist the student to methodically analyze all aspects of the patient history and physical exam to appropriately prescribe for independent scripting practice. Prerequisite: MSN 500, 501; RN license.
 
MSN 540 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
Designed to provide a theoretical basis for advanced nursing practice. Concepts and principles of nursing and family theories are analyzed and applied to practice and nursing education. Prerequisite: undergraduate nursing theory course or equivalent; RN license.
 
MSN 550 Health Care and Health Promotion of Adults and Older Adults/Clinical Seminar (4)
Emphasizes the diagnosis and management of common acute illnesses and stable chronic disease states in the adult and older adult client. Attention is given to early detection and treatment of chronic disease, occupational and environmental hazards, common psychosocial problems, and changes in function related to aging. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 540; co-requisite: MSN 532; RN license.
 
MSN 570 Research in the Practice Setting (2)
Provides opportunities for advancing knowledge and skills in the research process, planning a research study, preparing a well-written research manuscript, and utilizing nursing research in the practice setting. Prerequisites: For MSNED students: undergraduate research, statistics courses or equivalent, MSN 611, and RN license.
 
MSN 581 Health Care and Health Promotion of Young Adults/Clinical Seminar (4)
Emphasizes the recognition and management of uncomplicated pregnancy and the diagnosis and management of acute and stable chronic health problems in the male and female young adult patient. Special emphasis is placed on health promotion and prevention issues in the young adult population. The clinical seminars utilize case studies to evaluate clinical decision-making and to identify pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapy for the young adult. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 532, 540, 550, 570.
 
MSN 582 Health Care and Health Promotion of Infants Through Adolescents/Clinical Seminar (4)
Emphasizes well child care, and the recognition and management of acute illnesses and stable chronic diseases common to the pediatric and adolescent client. Attention is given to infectious disease, anticipatory guidance, facilitation of individual growth and development, accident prevention, and family interactions. Appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies for common health concerns are examined. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 532, 540, 550, 570, 581.
 
MSN 584 Ambulatory Care Procedures (3)
This class focuses on the development of ambulatory procedures skills necessary to manage health and alterations of health of individuals and families across the lifespan. Prerequisite: MSN 500, 501, 532, 550.
 
MSN 590 Evidence-Based Teaching (2)
Emphasizes exploration, analysis, and synthesis of literature in planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing education. Topics include a review of nursing theory used in framing research, research utilization for the development of teaching plans, and topics related to the core competencies for nurse educators as defined by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Students will lead seminars on topics of interest to them and develop an annotated bibliography during the course. Prerequisites: MSN 611, MSN 570, MSN 673.
 
MSN 601 Role and Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
Emphasizes exploration, analysis and evaluation of the role of the family nurse practitioner to ensure and monitor the quality of health care in the changing health care system. Provides macro to micro perspectives on effective leadership for the advanced practice nurse. National and local health policy, political activism, and economics are discussed. Development, maintenance, and evaluation of practice are examined. Prerequisite: 2nd-year standing.
 
MSN 610 Masters Project (3)
Completion of a scholarly paper. Prerequisites: For FNP students: MSN 540, 570; for MSNED students: completion of the certificate portion of the program and MSN 570.
 
MSN 611 The Influence of Diversity on Assessment in Nursing Educations (3)
This course explores roles of the nursing educator in the context of diversity and the role of assessment in the education process. The focus will be the influence of diversity on assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation in providing nursing education in various modalities. The course is designed to enhance competencies in the nurse educator in both the staff development and the academic role. Roles of the nursing educator such as teacher, scholar and collaborator will be discussed. The influence of parameters of diversity, such as gender, ethnicity, race, literacy, religion, and language will be explored. The expectation is that students will demonstrate skills of scholarly writing and planning teaching at the novice graduate level according to Benner's Novice to Expert Framework.
 
MSN 639 Advanced Nursing Practicum/Clinical Seminar (5)
A culminating course taught in the final semester with emphasis on providing primary health care to clients across the lifespan and prescribing appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies of common, acute, and chronic health concerns. Special emphasis is placed on the assumption of the role and responsibilities of an advanced practice nurse. As this is a capstone program with 240 hours spent in the clinical setting, the student is given the opportunity to synthesize the knowledge from all prior graduate courses in ordering appropriate labs, x-rays, etc. to reach a correct medical diagnosis and evaluate the plan with the preceptor. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 532, 540, 550, 570, 581, 582, 584, 601; co-requisite: MSN 670.
 
MSN 640 Teaching in Health Care Learning Environments (8)
This capstone field practicum is designed to assist students in the application of teaching skills needed to effectively transition to, or broaden, the role of nurse educator in staff development or higher education. Prerequisites: completion of certificate component of MSNED program, and MSN 570, 590.
 
MSN 650 Advanced Practice Nursing, Continuing Registration (0)
This course is for the ongoing completion of clinical practice hours. There is a registration fee of $250 per semester.
 
MSN 660 Special Topics (1-4)
Special topics are offered under this course number as opportunities for students to explore areas of interest. Prerequisites: consent of instructor, director and school dean.
 
MSN 668 Directed Studies (1-4)
Independent pursuit of topics/areas not covered by core or elective courses. Prerequisites: consent of instructor, director, and school dean.
 
MSN 670 Synthesis: Practice in Context (2)
Designed to assist students to develop skills needed to effectively transition to the role of Family Nurse Practitioner. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 532, 540, 550, 570, 581, 582, 601; co-requisite: MSN 639.
 
MSN 673 Practicum/Seminar for the Nurse Educator (3)
Students will investigate, review, and apply multimedia formats and activity-based teaching strategies in the development of clinical teaching plans. Instructional design principles for the selection of media elements and teaching methodologies will be incorporated in the design and development of instructional products. Students will continue investigation of the primary literature for evidence to justify methodology and technology strategies. Students will begin building a professional portfolio. Prerequisites: completion of the certificate portion of the program, MSN 570.
 
MSN 699 Masters Project/Thesis, Continuing Registration (0)
This course is for the ongoing work on the clinical research component of the Masters Program. There is a registration fee of $250 per semester.