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MSN Core Courses

GPNG 523 Historical and Contemporary Foundations
for Advanced Nursing Practice - 3 credits (Theory)

This course provides an introduction to the role of the nurse is advanced practice through an analysis of nursing history and innovations in the advanced nursing practice role in order to expand and challenge conventional thinking. The student will explore the theoretical literature from diverse disciplines on how innovations are conceived and implemented, particularly in nursing and healthcare practice. Using a case study model, professional role issues in advanced nursing practice are explored with respect to historical and contemporary foundations of advanced nursing practice, as well as, implementation and impact of health care entrepreneurial initiatives/innovations. The course will address statistical literacy and technical writing in the context of role development and nursing and health care innovation. Integral to this course will be an introduction to the online learning environment.

GPNG 524 Evidence Based Nursing Practice and Policy Development - 3 credits (Theory)

This course focuses on evidence-based practice and policy development by addressing the value of scientific evidence and nursing research in providing high quality health care that is also culturally-responsive and appropriate. Content focuses on the need for evidence-based practice, the research process, high performance inter-professional teams, systematic EBP using the Johns Hopkins Evidence Based Practice Model, ethical issues, and use of organizational leadership techniques to promote evidence-based practice. The goal of this course is to prepare nurses in advance practice who are proficient in using a systematic EBP model to identify and address clinical problems with inter-professional teams and collaborations. Additionally is will prepare students to lead EBP efforts, implementation projects and make policy recommendations.

GPNG 525 Organizational and Clinical Leadership in
Nursing and Health Care - 3 credits (Theory)

This course integrates basic principles of management and leadership concepts with contemporary health care trends and issues related to advanced nursing practice. The focus of this course is traditional organizational theories and integration of organizations and systems with informatics, data management, business principles, systems, and quality in design, delivery, and evaluation of care. The course also includes the application of sound business and economic principles to develop a business plan.

GPNG 526 Health Care Ethics in Practice and Policy  - 3 credits (Theory)

This course provides a foundation in ethics for nurses in advanced practice. The first part of the course will cover the fundamental issues, prevailing views, and laws in clinical ethics, with a focus on issues related to nursing, including the nurse's professional role and the nurse-patient relationship; trust, confidentiality, and veracity; informed consent; autonomy and paternalism; the right to refuse treatment; decision-making capacity; surrogate decision-making and advance directives; and conscientious objection. If time permits, other topics may be included, including: abortion, physician-assisted suicide, reproductive technology, genetic testing, and the ethics of research on human subjects. The second part of the course will cover fundamental topics in organizational ethics, which includes ethical issues involved in health-care administration and institutional policy, such as resource allocation, conflicts of interest, the economics of health-care delivery, and the role of ethics committees and clinical ethicists. Throughout the course we will discuss controversial case-studies through which students will develop skill in presenting well-reasoned arguments for their positions.

GPNG 527 Clinical Prevention and Population-Based Health Promotion - 3 credits (Theory)

This course is designed to focus on the health promotion and disease prevention of the aggregate (individuals, families, groups that make up a community and/or a society). It provides the student a different and wider perspective related to the incorporation and the application of the theoretical knowledge into the aspects of clinical practices. The course will address: the foundation of the meaning of population within the context of health promotion and disease prevention, the goals of the national health plan, health indicators, health determinants at the individual and societal levels, health behavior and the challenge to change people's behavior. This will include applying concepts of health behavior theories, health disparity, human genetics, environmental health, and chronic disease control and prevention. Additionally, students will apply epidemiological principles to identify populations at high risk of preventable illnesses. The course will explicitly address the health promotion and clinical/disease prevention activities that are culturally responsive and appropriate.


GPNG 508 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing - 3 credits (Theory)

Etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of disease process will be presented within the framework of the Synergy Model. The interaction between patient vulnerability and patient resiliency in will be emphasized in explaining major pathophysiological conditions across the life span. The effects of complexity and predictability on patient outcome will be highlighted when appropriate. This approach will enhance nurse competencies to assess and evaluate physiological changes, presence or absence of complications, and the extent to which the desired outcome of care and/or treatment are attained. Most importantly, this approach facilitates ongoing learning.

GPNG 510 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing - 3 credits (Theory)

Principles of pharmacology are applied to advanced nursing practice with individuals and families. The effects of pharmacological agents on individuals throughout the life span are discussed. Utilizing clinical judgment, prescribing and monitoring of drug regimens in treatment of disease states and/or primary health care are presented. Potential drug interactions as a consequence of multiple drug regimens are included. Significant adverse reactions are reviewed, dangers inherent in self-medication, as well as overuse of commonly prescribed drugs all address the synergy model concept of complexity. Finally, the role and responsibilities associated with advanced nursing practice in prescribing pharmacological agents and monitoring and evaluating patient responses, including clinical judgment and inquiry, are identified and discussed. Concepts of the synergy model that address patient resiliency, vulnerability, and stability will be incorporated throughout the course.

GPNG 528 Physical Assessment and Differential Diagnosis for APNs - 4 credits (3 Theory/1Clinical)

The course focuses on theories of physical assessment and differential diagnosis across the life span. Theoretical frameworks from nursing and other disciplines will be used to develop a patient database and a differential diagnosis of common patient complaints encountered in primary health care practice settings. This course includes the process of clinical problem solving and hypothesis generation and testing. Additionally, this course will introduce Family Theory as a critical foundation for effective communication and care delivery. Concepts of the synergy model that address patient resiliency, vulnerability, and stability will be incorporated throughout the course.