Dr. Sheri R. Noviello, Dean
4002E Health Sciences and Business Administration Building

Dr. Byron LaGary Carter, Associate Dean of Health Sciences
Suite 4002C, Health Sciences and Business Administration Building

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers programs that lead to a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree or to a Master of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Physiology.

The Master of Science in Nursing

Master’s nursing education builds on baccalaureate nursing education and prepares nurses for specialized clinical roles. The M.S.N. program offers three clinical tracks: Advanced Nursing of Growing Families, Advanced Nursing of Adults, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. Four role options are available to graduate students: Care Manager, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Nurse Administrator. Graduate students must select one clinical track and one role option. The College offers a special curriculum for Registered Nurse applicants leading to the B.S.N. or to both the B.S.N. and M.S.N. Please contact the College directly for information about this accelerated curriculum. Both the bachelor’s degree (B.S.N.) and the master’s degree (M.S.N.) programs in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. Telephone 202-887-6791; Fax 202-887-8476. Questions about accreditation status may be addressed to this organization.

All students take a common core before entering the clinical and role options. The common core includes pathophysiology, research, theory, and an issues seminar.

MSN Program Objectives

  1. Synthesize knowledge from a variety of evidence (conceptual models and theories from nursing and related disciplines, practice wisdom, and ethics) in advanced nursing practice.
  2. Employ scientific inquiry and other ways of knowing to validate, refine, and develop knowledge relevant to advanced nursing practice and the delivery of health care services.
  3. Effect health policy and promote change through leadership, innovation, and management expertise.
  4. Practice advanced nursing in collaborative relationships across disciplines and with communities.
  5. Demonstrate health care informatics literacy within the context of advanced nursing practice.
  6. Promote culturally competent systems that reflect the global context of health.
  7. Implement strategies for ongoing personal and advanced professional development through professional involvement, lifelong learning, and fostering an appreciation for doctoral study.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Each student must pass a comprehensive examination which tests communication, critical thinking, advanced discipline knowledge, and the ability to synthesize.
  2. Each student must demonstrate application of theory, practice, knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving by completion of a thesis or project.

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The Master of Science in Exercise Physiology

The Master's level education in Exercise Physiology builds on baccalaureate education and prepares students for specialized roles as Exercise Physiologists.

MS in Exercise Physiology Program Objectives

  1. Synthesize knowledge from conceptual models and theories of exercise physiology and related fields, practice wisdom, and ethics in advanced exercise physiology.
  2. Employ scientific inquiry and other ways of knowing to validate, refine, and develop knowledge relevant to exercise physiology and related disciplines.
  3. Effect health policy and promote change through leadership, innovation, and management expertise.
  4. Utilize advanced exercise physiology concepts in collaborative relationships across disciplines and with communities.
  5. Promote culturally competent systems that reflect the global context of health.
  6. Implement strategies for ongoing personal and advanced professional development through professional involvement and lifelong learning.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Each student must pass a comprehensive examination that tests communication, critical thinking, advanced discipline knowledge, and the ability to synthesize.
  2. Each student must demonstrate application of theory, practice, knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving by completion of an internship project or thesis.

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Health Sciences Exercise Physiology (HSEP)

HSEP 6080. Exercise Electrocardiography. 3 Hours.

An introduction of the 12-lead electrocardiogram as it relates to graded exercise testing, training, and functional evaluation. The course is designed particularly to assist the clinical exercise physiologist in developing the skills required for quickly identifying electrocardiographic patterns at rest and during exercise.

HSEP 7010. Advanced Exercise Physiology. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate Admission status. A study of the applied principles of physiology with special emphasis on the integration of organ systems in adapting to the requirements of muscular activity during exercise. The course will also include applied laboratory experiences/assignments within the Human Performance Laboratory and outside the classroom.

HSEP 7060. Exercise Physiology Laboratory Methods. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: Admission into the graduate program or permission of the instructor. A study of common evaluative, diagnostic, and experimental procedures used in exercise physiology. The course provides theoretical and laboratory experiences for the evaluation of human performance and hands-on exposure to cardiopulmonary stress testing, metabolic testing, body composition assessment, muscular strength and endurance evaluation, biomechanical analysis, health risk appraisal, and other assessment methods.

HSEP 7100. Advanced Pathophysiology. 3 Hours.

Also offered as NURS 7100. Prerequisite: Graduate admission status or permission of the instructor. Advanced principles of human physiology and pathogenesis of disease. This course builds on basic knowledge of pathophysiology, focusing is on etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of disease processes commonly encountered in the clinical setting.

HSEP 7120. Environmental and Occupational Physiology. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission into the graduate program or permission of the instructor. The analysis of human performance and functional capacity in various environmental and occupational settings. Topics will include, but are not limited to, tissue disorders, human physical capabilities and limitations, pre-employment testing, work-site analysis and the prevention of illness and injury.

HSEP 7160. Exercise Psychology. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission into the graduate program or permission of the instructor. This course will review the relation of physical activity and physical fitness to stress and mental health, and explanatory models of exercise patterns.

HSEP 7170. Advanced Exercise Testing & Prescription for Special Populations. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: Admission into the graduate program or permission of the instructor. The student will examine the recommended exercise testing and prescription methodology for the apparently healthy, athletic and those with various diseases and disabilities. Emphasis is placed upon the physiological responses and adaptations of individuals based on gender, ethnicity, and age to cardiovascular and resistance training. Research surrounding the role of exercise in women's health will be reviewed. Special emphasis will be placed upon the endocrine, immune, cardiopulmonary, reproductive, neurological and musculoskeletal system.

HSEP 7400. Exercise Physiology Seminar. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: Admission into the graduate program or permission of the instructor. The student will perform an exhaustive review of the scientific literature or experimental study of an approved topic pertinent to the field of exercise and sports medicine. The topic or research will be given as a grand rounds presentation before the faculty, staff and students within the College of Nursing & Health Sciences as directed. This course provides an opportunity for the student to engage in scholarly activity.

HSEP 7950. Exercise Physiology Internship. 6 Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of all academic coursework, graduation checklist, and satisfactory score on the written and oral comprehensive examination. The student is required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Students must complete a major project or paper related to some aspect of the internship site, teach at least two educational classes, and submit a weekly log of their activities. The internship site must reflect an area directly related to the field of clinical or applied exercise physiology. Each student is required to sit for one of the following American College of Sports Medicine professional certification examinations: Certified Exercise Physiologist, Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist or Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist. The certification examination must be completed prior to the end of the semester in which the course in taken. Copies of the certification exam results, preceptor evaluation, and an exit survey must be submitted to the course instructor before a final grade can be assigned.

HSEP 7999. Thesis. 3-6 Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of all academic coursework, graduation checklist, and satisfactory score on the written and oral comprehensive examination. This course is designated for students developing and writing a thesis as recommended and approved by the student's thesis advisor. May be repeated.

Nursing (NURS)

NURS 7011. Statistical Applications in Nursing Research and Practice. 3 Hours.

Application of descriptive and inferential statistical procedures using nursing research and practice data.

NURS 7060. Directed Study in Nursing. 1-5 Hours.

Enables students to explore in depth a nursing topic rele- vant to their special interests.

NURS 7070. Special Topics in Advanced Nursing. 1-5 Hours.

Provides opportunities for study on topics of interest in advanced nursing practice.

NURS 7100. Advanced Pathophysiology. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate admission status. Advanced principles of human physiology and pathogenesis. This course builds on basic knowledge of pathophysiology. The focus is on etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of disease processes commonly encountered in advanced nursing practice.

NURS 7101. Role Transition: Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice. 2 Hours.

An introduction to the history, competencies, and professional roles of the advanced practice nurse. Students will explore, analyze, apply, and evaluate attributes influencing advanced nursing practice and healthcare.

NURS 7110. Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice. 2 Hours.

Examination of philosophies and theories that frame advanced nursing practice. The evolution of nursing knowledge and roles in advanced nursing practice are explored with an emphasis on analysis and application of nursing models and related theories using critical thinking and clinical reasoning strategies within a framework of altruism, dignity, integrity, and social justice.

NURS 7120. Nursing Research. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: statistics Pre or co-requisite: NURS 7110. The study of principles and design of nursing research. Quantitative, qualitative, and epidemiological methods are considered. Emphasis is on significant problem formulation, methods of investigation, results, conclusions, and strategies for nursing implementation by the development of a research paper.

NURS 7150. Nursing and Health Care Information Systems. 2 Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Analysis on current and emerging nursing and health care information systems for evidence-based practice, documentation, and evaluation of client care outcomes. Emphasis is on use of information and communication technologies to assess, document, and evaluate client outcomes and enhance accessibility of care.

NURS 7160. Health Care Delivery Systems, Economics, and Policy. 2 Hours.

A foundation for participation in health policy and understanding the economic impact of health planning. Content focuses on organization of health care delivery systems, health care financing and economics implications, and the role of the provider in policy making. Emphasis is on analysis of health policy; integration of clinical management processes; and use of personal, personnel, and material resources in clinical systems.

NURS 7200. Advanced Health Assessment. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7100. Corequisite: NURS 7200L. Advanced comprehensive assessment skills. Emphasis is on critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning in a variety of health care settings.

NURS 7200L. Advanced Health Assessment Practicum. 2 Hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 7100. Corequisite: NURS 7200. Application of advanced, comprehensive assessment skills in a variety of health care settings.

NURS 7220. Advanced Evidence-Based Practice. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7011 or graduate statistics course, and 7110. Evaluation and use of nursing and health care research and other scholarly inquiry in advanced nursing practice. This course focuses on strategies and skills in retrieving, evaluating, and using evidence to plan quality health care, initiate change in health care systems and processes, and improve health care outcomes.

NURS 7230. Advanced Pharmacology. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 7100. The pharmacokinetic processes and drugs used in advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is on pharmacologic management of patients in independent and collaborative primary care practice, including professional and statutory issues related to prescribing.

NURS 7250. Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: Admission to MSN program or permission of the instructor. Introduction to theories, concepts, models, and ethics relevant to the Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse. Emphasis is placed on neurobiological, developmental, and psychodynamic theories of mental illness in the care of persons or populations with or at risk for mental illness.

NURS 7251. Advanced Psychopharmacology. 2 Hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 7230 or permission of the instructor. Principles of Psychopharmacology required for the prescription and management of medications by advanced practice psychiatric nurses for the treatment of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.

NURS 7251L. Advanced Psychopharmacology Practicum. 1 Hour.

Pre or Corequisite; NURS 7351 or permission of instructor. Application of psychopharmacology to the prescription of and management of medications for the treatment of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.

NURS 7252. Family Systems and Group Process for Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 7250 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of theories and current trends in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of psychiatric disorders and promotion of mental health within a social systems framework. Focus is on application of family systems theory and group dynamics to advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing.

NURS 7312. Advanced Nursing Care with Growing Families During Health Crisis. 6 Hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 7211. Explores the specialized knowing required for holistic care of childbearing and child rearing families in crisis. Epidemiologic methods are utilized to identify the health hazards of each stage of childbearing and child rearing and to prioritize appropriate interven- tions. Emphasis is on competent nursing care during acute illness and promotion of health during long-term problems. Incorporates evaluation of research and theories appro- priate to the health status of client families. Clinical experiences focus on the application of advanced practice theory within settings which care for families undergoing health crisis.

NURS 7328. Advanced Practice Nursing: Women's Health. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, 7220, and 7230. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural childbearing and post childbearing women with reproductive, gynecologic, and general non-reproductive needs/problems using diagnostic and therapeutic skills for health promotion/disease prevention, and management. Students will integrate pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and diagnoses to design and implement evidence-based plans of care.

NURS 7328L. Advanced Practice Nursing: Women's Health Practicum. 2 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, 7220, 7230; Pre or Co-requisites: NURS 7328. Clinical primary practice and management of acute and chronic illnesses in childbearing and post childbearing women with reproductive, gynecologic, and general non-reproductive needs/problems.

NURS 7329. Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, 7220, and 7230. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural neonates, infants, children and adolescents using diagnostic and therapeutic skills for health promotion/disease prevention and management. Students will integrate pathophysiology; advanced health assessment, and diagnoses to design and implement evidence-based plans of care.

NURS 7329L. Advanced Practice Nursing: Pediatrics Practicum. 2 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, 7220, 7230; Pre or Co-requisites: NURS 7329. Clinical practice in primary care with neonates, infants, children and adolescents with acute and chronic health problems.

NURS 7330. Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, and 7230. Co-requisite: NURS 7220. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural adolescents, adults, and older adult using diagnostic and therapeutic skills in disease management. Students will identify pathophysiology, discriminate among evidence-based diagnoses, and treatments and implement plans of care.

NURS 7330L. Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health I: Practicum. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, and 7230. Co-requisite: NURS 7220. Clinical practice in primary care with adolescents, adults and older adults with acute and chronic health problems.

NURS 7332L. Advanced Nursing for Health Restoration of Adults: Lab. 3 Hours.

Corequisite: NURS 7332. Clinical laboratory focused on application of principles related to nursing management of clinical problems in caring for adults with acute and chronic illnesses within a variety of clinical settings.

NURS 7348. Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for Individuals Across the Lifespan. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 7250. Advanced nursing management of individuals with acute and chronic mental health problems. Therapeutic foundations for short-term intervention with adults experiencing time-limited crises and who have no long-term mental health problems, and adults with persistent conditions that are stabilized, but confronting short-term stressors and for those needing long-term therapeutic case management.

NURS 7348L. Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for Individuals Across the Lifespan Practicum. 3 Hours.

Pre- or Corequisite: NURS 7348: Diagnosis and management of individuals with psychiatric disorders and mental health problems. This course focuses on development of skills in clinical decision making, comprehensive and focused assessment, interpretation of data, establishment of therapeutic relationship with individuals, and interprofessional collaboration.

NURS 7350. Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, and 7230. Co-requisites: NURS 7220. Holistic and comprehensive care of multicultural adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations using diagnostic and therapeutic skills for health promotion/disease prevention and management. Students will integrate pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and diagnoses to design and implement evidence-based plans of care.

NURS 7350L. Advanced Practice Nursing: Adult Health II Practicum. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, 7220, 7230. Clinical practice in primary care with adolescents, adult, and older adults with chronic health problems.

NURS 7352. Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for Families and Groups Across the Lifespan. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 7252. Advanced nursing management of groups and families across the lifespan. Focus is on family systems, group process and strategies for psychotherapy applied to the advanced practice nursing role.

NURS 7352L. Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for Families and Groups Across the Lifespan Practicum. 3 Hours.

Pre or Co-requisite: NURS 7352. Diagnosis and management of groups and families with psychiatric disorders and mental health problems across the lifespan. Focus is on family systems, group process, and implementation of counseling and psychotherapy applied to the advanced practice nursing role.

NURS 7450. Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitoner Role Synthesis. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7251, 7251L, 7352, 7352L or permission for Instructor. Capstone clinical course focusing on Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) role synthesis. This course integrates case analysis, management of health care systems for behavioral health, and clinical practicum experiences. Seminar provides students the opportunity to articulate standards of practice, policy and role development for the FPMHNP.

NURS 7451. Clinical Procedures for Advanced Practice Nurses. 2 Hours.

Co/Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, and 7230. Clinical skills used in advanced nursing practice. The focus is on theoretical and practical aspects of a variety of procedures and diagnostic modalities.

NURS 7463. Thesis. 3-6 Hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 7120. Capstone research course resulting in the proposal and preparation of a thesis in APA style. A thesis defense is required. Continuous registration is required until the thesis in completed, with a minimum 6 hours needed for course completion.

NURS 7473. Project. 3-6 Hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 7120. Independent study to develop a nursing project of the student's choice under the supervision of a faculty member. Course will be graded IP, S, or U as appropriate.

NURS 7510. Nurse Practitioner Project I. 3 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7220. Development of a nursing project proposal under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students develop a proposal for an evidence-based initiative or protocol for advanced nursing practice.

NURS 7520. Nurse Practitioner Project II. 4 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7510. Development of a nursing project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students complete the project initiated in NP Project I.

NURS 7590. Nurse Practitioner Capstone. 6 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, 7230, 7330, 7330L, 7350, and 7350L. Synthesis of evidenced-based knowledge and clinical skills. Emphasis is on health promotion, disease prevention, and clinical practice in primary care with adults and older adults.

NURS 7595. FNP Capstone Practicum. 4 Hours.

Prerequisites: NURS 7200, 7200L, 7230, 7328, 7328L, 7329, 7329L, 7330, 7330L, 7350, and 7350L. Synthesis of Nurse Practitioner clinical knowledge and skills. Emphasis is on health promotion, disease prevention, and clinical practice in primary care of families across the lifespan.

NURS 8310. Epidemiology and Biostatistics. 3 Hours.

Admission to the eDNP program. Application, analysis, and interpretation of distribution, risk, and prevention of disease in populations. Principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation including patterns of illness in populations and research designs for investigating the etiology of disease are explored. Bio-statistical measures are utilized to determine risk, incidence, and prevalence of populations.

NURS 8311. Population Health. 3 Hours.

Admission to the eDNP Program. The implementation and analysis of population-based disease prevention and health promotion strategies to achieve national and international goals for improving aggregate, community, environmental, occupational, and cultural/socioeconomics dimensions of health. The course focuses on issues affecting health, including communicable and non-communicable disease, emergency preparedness, and the impact of disparity and social determinants on health.

NURS 8312. Health Care Informatics. 3 Hours.

Admission to the eDNP program. Analysis and synthesis of information science concepts, principles, and methods to generate knowledge for best practice. The course focuses on application of research; management of individual and aggregate data; assessment of efficacy of decision support, productivity, and web-based learning tools; and evaluation of integrated communication systems.

NURS 8313. Leadership and Ethics. 3 Hours.

Admission to the eDNP program. Emphasis is on the ethical principles and responsibilities used in interprofessional practice healthcare decisions. Application of ethically sound solutions to complex issues related to individuals, populations, and systems care will be studied.

NURS 8314. Translating Research into Practice. 3 Hours.

Admission to the eDNP program. The synthesis and integration of knowledge related to translation of research into practice, evaluation of practice, and design of activities aimed at improving health care practices and outcomes, and participation in collaborative outcome-driven research.

NURS 8315. Process Improvement and Evaluation. 3 Hours.

Admission to the eDNP program. An examination of the concepts of quality improvement and its role in the quality and safety of health care systems and patient outcomes. Exploration of the methods, models, and tools used to evaluate practice variation and minimize risk of harm to lead change across complex organizational systems.

NURS 8316. DNP Project Seminar. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 8314; NURS 8311. Graded "Satisfactory" or Unsatisfactory". Development and design of an evidence-based project focusing on quality improvement aimed at practice and/or systems level change to enhance health outcomes for a population of interest. Students will complete a minimum of 100 clinical hours is required.

NURS 8317. Organizational Policy and Practice. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: Admission to the eDNP program. Analysis of health care policy and advocacy for change to improve health care delivery at multiple organizational levels. The course focuses on evaluating the influence of political and economic conditions on health policy and the delivery of quality care.

NURS 8318. DNP Project. 1-7 Hours.

Prerequisite: NURS 8316. Graded “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory”. Implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of previously proposed evidence-based practice interventions for quality improvement aimed at practice and/or systems level change to enhance health outcomes for a population of interest. Completion of 400 Clinical hours is required in this two semester course.

NURS 8319. Systems Leadership. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: Admission to the eDNP program. The integration of management theories into the nursing process for the delivery of advanced practice nursing services in a variety of systems. Healthcare financial planning, budgeting, reimbursement, and decision-making strategies are applied to healthcare organizations. Theoretical models, analytical methods, and evaluation strategies are explored.