Doctor of Nursing Practice Course Descriptions

BUS 556 ECONOMIC EVALUATIONS IN HEALTHCARE
Healthcare Economics will explore economic concepts on the micro and macro levels. The economic laws of supply and demand will be explored as they relate to the healthcare environment. Current issues of health insurance, uncompensated care, chronic disease management, methods of delivery, costs, pricing and financing of health services will be explored while noting the micro and macroeconomic environment. The economic value of research and development, innovation, cost structures, physician specialization, utilization of mid-level practitioners, medical homes and prevention will be closely addressed. 3 credits.


*BUS 557 HEALTHCARE FINANCE
Healthcare Finance will provide students an opportunity to learn to manage the resource element of the healthcare industry with a focus on hospitals, long-term care facilities and home health agencies. This class will address issues in healthcare as they pertain to managers without a background in finance. Special attention will be given to budgeting and forecasting. Health care personnel and patient activities are analyzed from a financial management/cost analysis perspective within an environment of regulations and market competition. 3 credits.


NUR 601 ETHICS: THE FOUNDATION OF LEADERSHIP

This course explores traditional and contemporary ethical principles and core nursing values in order to develop complex analytical skills within students. These skills are needed to address moral issues and dilemmas in health care policy, delivery and research as well as in the arenas of leadership, politics, scholarship and organizations. Advanced analysis of ethical theories and their applications to health care policy formulation and topics in the area of research ethics are addressed.
3 credits.


*NUR 603 SCHOLARSHIP OF HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATION AND POLICY
Students explore the United States health care system and the organizations and public and corporate policies that shape and influence it as a background for nursing leadership. Students explore theories related to organizations, policy planning, implementation and evaluation. Complex health issues and their relationship to public policy are analyzed and synthesized with an emphasis on future trends. 3 credits.


*NUR 620 BIOSTATISTICS
The application of statistical methods plays an essential role within the field of nursing. This course will provide DNP students with the understanding and practical expertise in applying cutting-edge statistical methods that are widely used in health research and epidemiology. This course investigates the statistical techniques for the evaluation of biomedical data. It provides an introduction into design aspects, methods of summarizing and presenting data, estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing - including multivariable regression methods for the assessment of association.
3 credits. Pre-requisites: Graduate level statistics course.


*NUR 621 CLINICAL RESEARCH FOR EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
This seminar will enable DNP students to achieve the skills necessary for conducting and evaluating practice-based research and to progress through the process of reformulating evidence into clinical practice. Students will learn to be continuously involved in the systematic review of research in preparation for designing a change in practice based on validated evidence. Topics will include - but are not limited to - needs assessment, program planning and evaluation; the application of quantitative and qualitative methods in the study of practice related phenomena; grant writing and funding for practice based research. Students will begin to consider a problem for their capstone project, then formulate a research question and choose an appropriate design.  3 credits. Prerequisites: biostatistics, ethics.


*NUR 622 GLOBAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
Investigates the global incidence and prevalence of disease and risk status through the analysis of health indicators and considers strategies for health promotion and disease prevention from the community level to the national and international levels. The goal of this course is to provide the DNP student with knowledge of the most significant areas of epidemiological methodology and an understanding of those factors that contribute to causality especially in the context of a global environment. The student will learn to study and investigate the global incidence and prevalence of disease and risk status through the analysis of health indicators and consider strategies for health promotion and disease prevention. 3 credits. Prerequisites: biostatistics.


*NUR 623 EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE: INFORMATICS
This course explores the principles of evidence based practice. Students will investigate the best available evidence based knowledge and technology in solving clinical practice problems. Students will learn critical appraisal skills to determine the quality and applicability of evidence for clinical practice. Current guidelines will be explored and strategies for implementation will be discussed. 3 credits.


*NUR 624 CLINICAL RESEARCH RESIDENCY I
The Clinical Research Residency Core Courses expand the knowledge, skills and attitudes reflective of doctoral education. The Residency offers the student a focused opportunity to integrate advanced skills developed from coursework into advanced clinical practice. This immersion experience will result in advanced specialized practice at a high degree of complexity. During Residency I students will identify health related needs and potential benefits to groups, populations or communities. Clinical practice activities will further develop advanced level DNP practice competencies.
2 credits: 100 clinical hours. Pre-or-corequisites: NUR 620, NUR 621.


*NUR 625 CLINICAL RESEARCH RESIDENCY II
Clinical Research Residency II facilitates translation of evidence based findings into practice with positive outcomes for the population identified. Students will identify viable clinical innovations to change practice in a systematic manner. Focus will be placed on collaboration of interprofessional teams and the roles of the advanced practice nurse within this collaboration. Healthcare management systems theory including finance, economics, education as well as clinical research will be integrated into the project design.
2 credits: 100 clinical hours. Pre-or-corequisites: NUR 601, NUR 603, NUR 624, BUS 556, BUS 557.


*NUR 626 CLINICAL RESEARCH RESIDENCY III
Under the guidance of DNP faculty advisor, students will synthesize, integrate and translate newly acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation and evaluation of a selected Residency project. The project is a synthesis of a comprehensive assessment and advanced differential diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and evaluation of care using evidence-based practice at the individual, group, and system level.  Focus will be placed on data collection, data analysis, including analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, measures to assure reliability and validity of data and the scholarly report of project results. 
3 credits: 150 clinical hours. Pre-or-corequisites: NUR 622, NUR 701.


*NUR 627 CLINICAL RESEARCH RESIDENCY IV
Research Residency IV integrates the coursework, knowledge and skills from the doctoral program with the clinical residency experience resulting in a written product. It is an opportunity to disseminate results in professional and public forums. The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a scholarly project that demonstrates synthesis of the student's coursework and clinical practice immersion. Together these competencies lay the groundwork for future scholarship and opportunity to influence and transform health care delivery. Focus will be placed on transformational leadership in the practice setting to deliver advanced practice nursing services to individuals, families and communities or systems.
3 credits: 150 clinical hours. Pre-or-corequisites: NUR 626.


NUR 701 NURSING EDUCATION: PRINCIPLES, DYNAMICS, INNOVATIONS
Students critically explore the evolution of educational practice in the context of political, philosophical, scientific, and cultural forces. Pedagogical theories are analyzed and synthesized. Contemporary and evolving educational interventions are investigated as students in this course explore and critique the dynamics of higher education. Innovations in education, shifting paradigms, transdisciplinary interface and the multiplicity of educational roles are explored. Informed by the underlying theoretical framework of situated learning, this experience encourages students to explore complex scholarly leadership within the context of an academic setting, health care organization, or policy arena. Students build on previous analytical endeavors as they design, implement and evaluate programs that contribute to innovations in educational processes. 3 credits.

* Hybrid format. These courses are part of Molloy's Flexible Learning Opportunities (FLO) initiative.  

 

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