MSFNP Sample Curriculum, Cincinnati Online

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Biostatistics for Evidence-Based Practice

The focus of this course is the understanding of biostatistics for 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 and Pathophysiology

 

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.

 

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.

 

The Care of Well Women and Children

This course focuses on the care of well women and children across the lifespan. It prepares students to assume professional practice roles and responsibilities in health promotion, health maintenance and management of common health pattern variations pertaining to gynecological and primary care of well women and children. Emphasis is on family-centered, community-based health care for diverse client systems.

 

Family Nurse Practitioner: Practicum I

 

Family Nurse Practitioner: 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 of the client 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 client is assessed from a holistic nursing perspective with consideration of his/her cultural, social, ethnic, family and community environments.

 

Family Nurse Practitioner: Practicum II

 

Family Nurse Practitioner: Seminar II 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 client system clinical outcomes; or (3) description of new knowledge with potential for enhancing nursing practice.

 

Clinical Management I

 

Family Nurse Practitioner:Practicum III

 

Family Nurse Practitioner: 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 client system clinical outcomes; or (3) description of new knowledge with potential for enhancing nursing practice.

 

Clinical Management II