MSAGNP Sample Curriculum, Cincinnati Online

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Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice

The focus of this course is the understanding of biostatistics and their application to nursing and evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of, and appraisal of, data analyses for the selection and use of best evidence for making practical conclusions about empirical data.

 

Advanced Physiology

This course builds upon basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. It provides an in-depth consideration of molecular physiology while integrating examples of physiological principles most likely to be encountered by the advanced practice nurse. Basic and translational research into biochemical, molecular and organ system functions will be emphasized. Current thought concerning age-related changes and theories of physiology across the lifespan will be included.

 

Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course is designed to build upon the student’s pre-existing knowledge of the pathophysiology of disease across the lifespan. The focus of the course is an in-depth consideration of cellular alterations that occur as variations in health patterns across the lifespan. It explores the underlying cellular mechanisms that form the basis for advanced nursing practice to manage the variations in health patterns of patients’ anatomical systems. Contemporary research in genetics, biochemical processes and cellular dysfunction is emphasized. Students will have the opportunity to apply theoretical content in an associated clinical course.

 

Finance and Economics of Health Care

This course explores health care finance and economics from the perspective of health care providers and non-financial managers of health services. Financial management principles, the health-care reimbursement system, reimbursement processes and factors influencing the financial environment are discussed with emphasis on strategies to promote and sustain the financial viability of the health care.

 

Advanced Health Assessment

Develops the knowledge and skills necessary for the performance of a comprehensive health assessment. Synthesis of data including diagnostic study interpretation is emphasized.

 

Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice

This course prepares nurses for professional roles in advanced nursing practice with knowledge of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles of common drug categories used to prevent illness and to restore and maintain health for client systems across the lifespan. Mechanisms of action, pharmacologic response, usual doses, adverse effects, indications, interactions, compatibilities, contraindications and routes of administration will be emphasized in acute and chronic conditions. Six hours of legal, ethical and financial content related to prescribing is addressed in this course as required by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

 

Theoretical Basis for Clinical Reasoning

This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on applying a range of theories from nursing and related fields for the provision of high-quality health care.

 

Health Care Policy

This course guides students in exploring political, economical, ethical and social forces that currently impact decision making in health care. Patterns of influence that drive current policy development are examined and proposal of advocacy behaviors is encouraged.

 

AANP Practicum I

 

AANP Seminar I

 

Research and Best Evidence for Clinical Reasoning

This course is designed to assist the graduate student to develop knowledge and skills needed for the application of research findings to evidence-based practice and advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and application of quantitative and qualitative research methods, directed at risk reduction and health promotion.

 

Differential Diagnosis for the Advanced Practice Nurse

This course is the second sequential course that explores the comprehensive physical and psychological assessment of signs, symptoms and pathophysiological changes to the patient’s system across the lifespan. The focus of the course is to develop diagnostic reasoning skill through analysis of present and past histories, physical findings and diagnostic studies that contribute to the formulation of differential diagnoses of the major health problems in the United States. The patient is assessed from a holistic nursing perspective with consideration of his/her cultural, social, ethnic, family and community environments.

 

AANP Practicum II

 

AANP Seminar II and Capstone

Culminating experience in which one of three foci are selected: (1) integration of research findings into practice with evaluation of patient outcomes; or (2) evaluation of current nursing practice through examination of relevant clinical outcomes; or (3) description of new knowledge with potential for enhancing nursing practice.

 

Clinical Management I

 

AANP Practicum III

 

AANP Seminar III and Capstone

Culminating experience in which one of three foci are selected: (1) integration of research findings into practice with evaluation of client system outcomes; or (2) evaluation of current nursing practice through examination of relevant clinical outcomes; or (3) description of new knowledge with potential for enhancing nursing practice.

 

Clinical Management II