Doctor of Nursing Practice Courses

N704 Principles of Epidemiology

This course will provide students with concrete skills to understand and critique the medical literature. Students will learn about the various types of epidemiology study designs including their potential strengths and limitations. Using these skills, students will critique articles from the medical literature. Students will also work in groups to develop an epidemiology study design to address a clinical hypothesis. 3 Credits. Pre-Requisites or Co-requisite Course: Matriculated into UMass GSN or permission from the course director

N705 Trends Influencing the Doctor of Nursing Practice

This course explores the trends influencing the role of the DNP in hospitals and community-based settings. The student will develop strategies to address these challenges that are grounded in evidence-based practice. The course enables graduates to serve as leaders in synthesizing clinical nursing knowledge and translating research findings into practice within complex health care settings and community-based organizations. 3 credits Prerequisite: N702.

N706 Health Policy for Health Care Professionals

This course enhances students’ understanding of health policy and analysis of health care issues within the context of advanced nursing and interprofessional practice. This knowledge is critical for leaders in nursing and other disciplines so they can contribute to the development and evaluation of health policies. The course will examine and critically analyze the health care system in the U.S. It will emphasize the major issues and trends which are the subject of intense public concern and government interest. Students will analyze health policy frameworks and apply them to professional, economic, political and social health care issues. This course will enable graduates to serve as leaders in analyzing the impact of health policies on patients, populations and health care systems. 3 credits

N707 Biomedical Informatics

This course offers an overview of the field of biomedical informatics. Concepts from computer and information science are combined with current issues in research, training and clinical practice. The course will provide a broad overview of electronic health records, decision support systems, standards, security and confidentiality, evidence-based practice, information retrieval, bioinformatics, applied nursing informatics, public health informatics, imaging informatics, and consumer 
health informatics. 3 credits

N708 Organizational Systems and Health Care Financing

This course expands the student’s understanding of systems theory and health care economics. The student will explore current global, technological, socioeconomic and organizational factors that have an impact on the delivery of high quality health care. The course expands upon expert clinical knowledge and enables students to engage with other interprofessional team members in developing and evaluating contemporary approaches to clinical practice within health care organizations.4 credits

N709 DNP Capstone Project Prospectus
This course requires the refinement of the scholarly capstone prospectus for the preparation of advanced practice nurse with the practice doctorate. The focus of this course is on the integration of research findings in developing an advanced practice nursing activity to improve patient focused organizational outcomes. This course will also integrate information from the DNP core and elective courses to formulate a prospectus that demonstrates the translation of research to evidence-based practice.2 Credits. Pre requisites or Co-requisite course: N702 N704 N705 N706 N707 N708 N710 N815.

N 710 Clinical Scholarship & Analytic Methods
This course expands the students’ understanding of clinical scholarship, analytic methods, evidence based models and performance science within the context of advanced nursing practice. This course will enable graduates to serve as leaders in synthesizing clinical nursing knowledge and translation of research findings into practice in complex health settings and community-based organizations. Through the application of new knowledge and use of performance science methods, students will be able to evaluate outcomes of practice, reduce variation in care across settings and improving health outcomes. 3 Credits. Pre requisites or Co-requisite course: N702 N704 N705 N706 N707 N708 N710 N815

N722 Quality and Patient Safety: Competencies, Strategies and Methodologies for the Advanced Practice Nurse

This course focuses on core quality and safety competencies for the advanced practice nurse. Contemporary performance improvement methodologies, the utility of large public data sets, and the concept of reporting transparency will be discussed. Strategies to improve the quality of care and patients outcomes within the health care environment are explored. The role and requisite competencies of the DNP in leading innovative quality and patient safety initiatives will be addressed. 3 credits

N723 Quality and Patient Safety in Health Care Organizations

This course prepares the advanced practice nurse with the DNP with the knowledge, theory and organizational science concepts necessary to design and evaluate performance improvement in health care organizations related to quality and safety. 
3 credits

N770 Doctor of Nursing Practice Residency I

This course is the first of two advanced nursing science residency courses for the preparation of advanced practice nurses with the practice doctorate. The focus is on development and refinement of the leadership skills needed by the advanced practice nurse. The course enhances the student’s ability to apply theories, standards of practice and evidence-based research to the care of the increasingly complex patients to improve practice and health care delivery. The student implements the role activities of the advanced practice nurse through critical thinking, therapeutic intervention, communication and professional interaction. 3 credits Prerequisites: Completion of DNP Year One courses and concurrent enrollment in N722.

N771 Doctor of Nursing Practice Residency II

This course is the second of two advanced nursing science residency courses for the preparation of advanced practice nurses with the practice doctorate. The focus is on the refinement and synthesis of the leadership skills needed by these advanced practice nurses. This course enhances the student’s ability to translate evidence-based research and clinical scholarship to decrease risk and improve health care outcomes for patients. The student implements the role activities of the advanced practice nurse through critical thinking, therapeutic intervention, communication and professional interaction. 3 credits Prerequisites: Completion of DNP Year One courses, N770 and concurrent enrollment in N772.

N772 Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone Project I

This course requires the development of a scholarly capstone project for the preparation of advanced practice nurses with the practice doctorate. The focus is on the identification and implementation of a specific activity that uses evidence to improve patient-focused organizational outcomes. The scholarly capstone project integrates knowledge from the DNP core and track courses, electives and clinical residency experience in the formulation of a capstone project that demonstrates advanced practice nursing leadership at the practice doctorate level. 2 credits Prerequisites: Completion of DNP Year One courses and concurrent enrollment in N770.

N773 Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone Project II

This course requires the completion of a scholarly capstone project for the preparation of advanced practice nurses with the practice doctorate. The focus is on the completion of a specific activity that uses evidence to improve patient-focused organizational outcomes. This scholarly capstone project is derived from the DNP track courses and electives including clinical residency experiences. The scholarly capstone project demonstrates the student’s attainment of the program outcomes and provides evidence of the student’s knowledge and expertise as an advanced practice nurse at the practice doctorate level. 2 credits Prerequisites: Completion of DNP Year One courses, N772 and concurrent enrollment in N771.

N795 Independent/Directed Study

This course is open to DNP students. The goal of independent study is to complement the DNP student’s program in a way that helps him/her develop additional knowledge and skills as an advanced practice nurse with a practice doctorate. Plans for study must be submitted in advance of registration on the Independent Study Advance Registration form obtained from the Graduate School of Nursing. The student must meet with the faculty member of record to establish written goals, objectives and evaluation criteria for the independent study. Upon establishing the goals and objectives, the number of credits will be determined by the faculty member in consultation with the DNP program director. The student may take more than one independent study, but no more than six credit hours may be applied toward the DNP degree. 1 to 6 credits, by arrangement with the faculty.

N815 Statistical Analysis of Data

This course provides the student with an introduction to inferential statistics. Emphasis is placed on practical application, rather than mathematical theory. Topics discussed include t-tests, analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), repeated measures ANOVA and mixed ANOVA, multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA), correlations and scatter plots and regression analyses. 3 credits

N816 Scholarly Writing in Nursing and Interprofessional Journals

This course prepares the student for the writing, editing, and reviewing skills required for scholarly writing. The student will prepare and submit a scholarly manuscript to a peer-reviewed nursing or interprofessional journal. N816 discusses the key elements of scholarly writing including development a query letter, preparation of a scholarly paper, determination of authorship, and identification of ethical considerations. Strategies of reading critically, synthesis of the literature, use of appropriate vocabulary, and revising the manuscript will be discussed. Each student will engage in peer review of writing summaries and manuscripts. 
This course will be offered beginning Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and will run for 7 non-consecutive weeksYou must have a PhD or DNP degree to take this course or obtain special permission from the instructor.  If you are interested in taking this course, please download and submit the registration form1 credit


DNP Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Courses

NG760A Advanced Nursing Science for the DNP: Family Primary Care Theory I

This course is the first of two advanced nursing science theoretical courses for the preparation of the family primary care nurse practitioner with the practice doctorate. The focus of this course is on the development and refinement of the critical thinking skills necessary to achieve the domain, core competencies and essentials of the advanced practice nurse with the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Grounded in theory and evidence-based research, the course enhances the student’s knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention and management strategies needed to care for the patient and family experiencing acute and chronic health problems in ambulatory and community settings. 6 credits Prerequisites:Graduate Core Courses, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology and Advanced Health Assessment. Corequisite:NG760B.

NG760B Advanced Nursing Science for the DNP: Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum I

This course is the second of three advanced nursing science clinical courses for the preparation of the family primary care nurse practitioner with the practice doctorate. The focus is on the development and refinement of the clinical appraisal and diagnostic skills needed by the advanced practice nurse with the Doctorate of Nursing practice (DNP) in ambulatory and community settings. The course enhances the student’s ability to apply theories, standards of practice and evidence-based research to the care of patients with acute and chronic health problems. The student implements the role activities of the advanced practice nurse through critical thinking, therapeutic interventions, communication and professional role interaction. 6 credits Prerequisites: Graduate Core Courses, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology and Advanced Health Assessment. Corequisite: NG760A.

NG761A Advanced Nursing Science for the DNP: Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Primary Care of the Family with Children II

This course is the second of two advanced nursing science theoretical courses for the preparation of the family primary care nurse practitioner with the practice doctorate. The focus of this course is on the development and refinement of the critical thinking skills necessary to achieve the domain, core competencies, and essentials of the advanced practice nurse with the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Grounded in theory and evidence-based research, the course enhances the student’s knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention and management strategies needed to care for the patient and family experiencing acute and chronic health problems in ambulatory and community settings. 8 credits Prerequisites:Graduate Core Courses, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Health Assessment, and NG760A and B. Corequisite: NG761B.

NG761B Advanced Nursing Science for the DNP: Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practicum II

This course is the second of two advanced nursing science clinical courses for the preparation of the family primary care nurse practitioner with the practice doctorate. The focus is on the development and refinement of the clinical appraisal and diagnostic skills needed by the advanced practice nurse with the Doctorate of Nursing practice (DNP) in ambulatory and community settings. The course enhances the student’s ability to apply theories, standards of practice and evidence-based research to the care of patients with acute and chronic health problems. The student implements the role activities of the advanced practice nurse through critical thinking, therapeutic interventions, communication and professional role interaction. 3 credits Prerequisites: Graduate Core Courses, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology and Advanced Health Assessment, and NG760A and B. Corequisite: NG761A.