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Nursing Track
NUGR 540  
Advanced Clinical Practice:
Theoretical Context for Care
2 credits
This course will examine the nursing
theoretical foundation for care and the
implications for leadership in advanced
clinical practice.  (Prerequisite: GRST 535.)
NUGR 545 
Advanced Assessment of Well-being
1 credit
This course will expand on undergraduate
skill in systematic health assessment across
the life span.  The student will learn
application of advanced health assessment
skills in the clinical nurse leader practice
setting including integration of skills and
techniques in conducting assessment to
support caring responses in select
populations.  (Prerequisite:  Evidence of
successful completion of a comprehensive
health assessment continuing education
course within the last 18 months and GRST
535.)
NUGR 550  
Advanced Pathophysiology
3 credits 
This course will build on the basic
pathophysiology foundation and address
current concepts and theories related to
pathological processes occurring across the
adult life span. The focus on advanced
knowledge in pathophysiology will be to
support clinical decision making in the
clinical nurse leader role including health
promotion, health maintenance and care
issues.  (Prerequisite: Undergraduate
pathophysiology course and GRST 535.)
NUGR 555  
Advanced Pharmacology
3 credits
This course will build on the basic  
pharmacology foundation to provide the
student with knowledge of physiologic
responses and pharmacokinetic principles
of pharmacologic agents.  Topics include
the advanced pharmacokinetic principles,
pharmacotherapeutics of single and
multiple drug regimens, client education  
needs, and special population needs.  The
student will apply advanced knowledge in
pharmacology to support clinical decision-
making in the clinical nurse leader role.
(Prerequisite:  Undergraduate
pharmacology course and GRST 535. 
NUGR 555 must be taken concurrent with
NUGR 560.)
NUGR 560
Advanced Nursing Situation:
Clinical Prevention and Population
Focused Practice
4 credits
This course develops a population-based
framework for health promotion and
disease prevention.  Concepts related to
health and illness, burden of illness,
vulnerable populations, and cultural
diversity are addressed.  Population-based
data for use in clinical prevention and
practice across the continuum of care are
emphasized.  Application of evidence-
based clinical decision making with select
population is examined.  Health literacy
and the use of teaching/learning principles
related to health education and counseling
is discussed.  Interdisciplinary practice and
ethical considerations in resource allocation
and other critical decisions in health care is
explored.  This course includes a practicum
of 45 clinical hours with a population
consistent with the student’s practice
interest. (Prerequisite: NUGR 540, 545 &
550.  NUGR 560 must be taken concurrent
with NUGR 555.)
NUGR 565
Advanced Nursing Situation:
Management of Clinical Outcomes
4 credits
This course focuses on management of
outcomes for individuals and populations.
Nursing situations are analyzed at the point
of care to assess client risk, identify patterns
of problem occurrence, target areas in need
of intervention and examination of cost. 
Skills are developed in the use of
information systems and technology to
manage data, document performance and
monitor outcome efficiency and
effectiveness.  Outcomes related to quality,
risk and cost are reviewed in relation to
local and national benchmarks.  Evidence-
based possibilities for changes in practice
for optimal outcomes are explored.  This
course includes a practicum of 45 clinical
hours with a population consistent with the
student’s practice interest. (Prerequisite:
NUGR 555 & NUGR 560.  NUGR 565 must
be taken concurrent with NUGR 570.)
NUGR 570  
Advanced Nursing Situation:
Management of the Care Environment
4 credits
This course focuses on clinical leadership in
providing lateral integration of the care
environment at the point of care to promote
optimal outcomes.  The health care
experience for individuals and populations
is examined in the context of the larger
organizational system.  Evaluation of care
delivery is outcomes-based, with
discrimination between provider and
process issues in the care delivery
environment.  Models for leadership and
management are discussed with respect to
nursing and the interdisciplinary health
care team.  Skills in delegation, negotiation,
coordination and utilization of resources,
and the change process are addressed. This
course includes a practicum of 45 clinical
hours with a population consistent with the
student’s practice interest.  (Prerequisite:
NUGR 555 & NUGR 560.  NUGR 570 must
be taken concurrent with NUGR 565.)
NUGR 590   
Leading for Change III: Innovative
Leadership Capstone
5 credits
Designed as a clinical immersion
experience, this course will provide
opportunity for synthesis of the major
concepts of the program.  This experience is
mentored with designated preceptors in the
practice setting consistent with the
student’s practice interest and which
support full implementation of a clinical
nurse leader role.  The clinical nurse leader
role includes client advocate, team
manager, information manager, systems
analyst/risk anticipator, clinician, outcomes
manager, educator, and member of a
profession.  The practice capstone consists
of at least 300 clinical hours of engagement
in the multiple dimensions of the CNL role. 
The culmination of this experience will
result in the design and implementation of
a scholarly project relevant to the student’s
practice setting, applying the elements of
the clinical nurse leader role, and
specifically tailored to the student’s career
goals.  (Prerequisite: Completion of all
courses in the Nursing track.) 
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