Diploma in Primary Health Care for Nurse Practitioners

Course Descriptions

* Courses with a clinical component

NSG 5350 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE NURSE PRACTITIONER (3cr.)

Examine theoretical and practice related concepts in pathophysiology as a basis for advanced nursing practice. Explore alterations in physiological function with an emphasis on age-related, acute, episodic, and chronic conditions found in primary health care practice. Seminar: 3 hours/week.

NSG 5360 ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE NURSE PRACTITIONER (3cr.)

Compare and contrast advanced practice nursing and related frameworks to develop, integrate, sustain, and evaluate the role of the nurse practitioner within primary health care. Critically analyze and develop strategies to implement advanced practice nursing competencies with a focus on the community.

Seminar: 3 hours/week 

*NSG 5370 ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS I (3cr.)

Analyze and critique concepts and frameworks essential to advanced health assessment and diagnosis using clinical reasoning skills. Apply clinical, theoretical and research knowledge in comprehensive and focused health assessment for the individual client’s diagnostic plan of care.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: NSG 5350. 

*NSG 5375 ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS II (3cr.)

Integrate knowledge and apply conceptual frameworks integral to advanced health assessment and diagnosis in advanced nursing practice. Demonstrate initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision making for individuals, groups, and/or families within the nurse practitioner scope of practice based on current research findings. Seminar: 3 hours per week. Clinical: 6 hours per week.

Prerequisite: NSG 5370. 

*NSG 5380 THERAPEUTICS IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE I (3cr.)

Critically appraise and interpret concepts and frameworks integral to pharmacotherapy, advanced counseling, and complementary therapies for common conditions across the lifespan. Develop, initiate, manage, and evaluate therapeutic plans of care that incorporate client values and acceptability, goals of therapy, analysis of different approaches, pharmacotherapeutic principles.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: NSG 5370. 

NSG 5385 THERAPEUTICS IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE II (3cr.)

Integrate conceptual frameworks and evidence underlying the study of pharmacotherapy, advanced counseling, and complementary therapies for complex client situations. Demonstrate substantive initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision making. 

Prerequisite: NSG 5380. Co-requisite: NSG 5375.

*NSG 5401 INTEGRATIVE PRACTICUM (12cr.)

Synthesize the competencies essential to advanced nursing practice to provide primary health care for clients across the life span. Demonstrate autonomy, decision-making, and critical analysis of organizational and system issues that influence scope of practice, professional accountability, and outcomes.

Prerequisites: NSG 5350, NSG 5360, NSG 5370, NSG 5375, NSG 5380 and NSG 5385

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