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NU 900: Individual Assessment (1 credit)Bridge Program students onlyThe RN with a B.S .or B.A. degree in a discipline other than nursing identifies individual learning outcomes in their Master’s program of study.NU 901: Community Health and Health Policy (3 credits)Bridge Program students onlyThis course analyzes the development of policy and its impact on the health of populations. Students apply epidemiology and public health science to population-based nursing practice.NU 902: Transition to Advanced Nursing (3 credits)Bridge Program students onlyDesigned for registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees in areas other than nursing, provides a common knowledge base including the community perspective as a foundation for graduate study in nursing. The realities of modern nursing practice are examined.NU 910A Professional Role Development (3 credits)This course provides the student with an overview of the role of the nurse educator and the philosophical, theoretical, legal, ethical, and professional foundations of nursing education. Content builds on philosophical traditions and influences, nursing theory, pedagogy and andragogy. These foundations provide the basis for an examination of the development of conceptual frameworks,curricula, and the teaching-learning process.NU 920 Conceptual Foundations in Nursing (3 credits)This course concentrates on the philosophical basis of theory development and application. Students are introduced to the levels of theory building, concept formation and the elements of a model while considering the values and goals of nursing actions.NU 925 Research for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)Students build upon previous learning of research design, methods and process. The critical relationship of research to nursing as a science, as well as its development as a professional discipline is emphasized.NU 930 Social Policy and the Economics of the Health Care Delivery System (3 credits)Provides the student with the knowledge necessary to comprehend the political, economic and social elements that affect health and health services. The student develops an understanding of the regulatory environment and its impact on the delivery of nursing care.NU 933 Nursing, Health, and the Environment (3 credits)Provides an overview of the impact of the environment on human health, emerging environmental issues, major health hazards and identification of opportunities for nurses to promote health and prevent disease. The course focuses on exposure pathways, basic prevention and control strategies. Major environmental health issues are analyzed to better understand how the environment caninfluence health and how the nurse can use risk communication, risk management, and preventive strategies to promote health.NU 937 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits)This advanced health assessment course covers content for students in advanced practice specialties with a clinical component. Advanced health assessment skills are presented for all age groups from the newborn through older adult. Students will have the opportunity to acquire proficiency in the execution of clinical assessment skills through various teaching/learning methods such as lecture, faculty and video demonstrations, practice sessions, interactive activities, and assignments.NU 938 Advanced Concepts in Physiology and Pathophysiology (3 credits)This course is designed to present an orientation to disease as disordered physiology. Course focus is on pathological conditions encountered in clinical practice across the life span. Emphasis is placed on regulatory and compensatory mechanisms as they relate to commonly occurring diseases. The influence of environmental and genetic factors on the development of disease will be examined.NU 939 Advanced Concepts in Pharmacology (3 credits)This course focuses on the pharmacologic concepts important to nursing practice. These concepts include receptor theory, receptor-effector coupling, dose-response relationships, mechanisms of action of important classes of drugs, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenomics. Course will provide the student with an understanding of basic pharmacologicprinciples that can be applied to new drugs as they become available in the future. Application of these principles to practice situations will also be emphasized.NU 940 Curriculum and Instructional Design (3 credits)This course expands upon the content learned in NU 910A and focuses on integrating theoretical foundations of nursing education into curriculum design, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The content includes a description of a variety of teaching strategies aimed at promoting critical thinking and active student learning in both the classroom and clinical settings. The student willdevelop beginning skills in the evaluation process including test construction and clinical evaluation tools used to assess student learning.NU 942 Teaching and Learning in the Age of Technology (4 credits)This course examines driving societal forces for technology integration in nursing education in the emerging knowledge era. The student is provided with the opportunity to synthesize and apply diverse classroom and clinical teaching strategies integrating technology. Using theories of education, students will discuss and evaluate how the use of technology influences teaching,learning, and evaluation strategies as well as quality improvement and patient safety in clinical practice. Students will explore a variety of technologies and their applicability to learning goals, active learning strategies, and different learning environments such as clinical sites and simulation laboratories. Students will evaluate how teacher and learner roles are influenced with the use oftechnology. This course combines didactic and clinical components. Class includes one credit hour of experiences working with a preceptor in the academic and clinical setting.NU 943 Practicum in Teaching & Learning (5 credits)This course combines didactic and clinical components to provide students with the opportunity to implement the components of the educator role under the guidance of a preceptor in an educational setting. Opportunities are provided to utilize diverse teaching and learning strategies, educational research findings, and evaluation methods with diverse students. Class includes four credit hoursof experiences working with a preceptor in the academic and clinical setting.NU 946 Biostatistics (3 credits)This course links statistical methods to epidemiology and ultimately, to practice issues in diverse cultural populations and communities. Students draw upon knowledge acquired from the physical science to interpret and summarize statistical data in meaningful ways.NU 951 Nursing Leadership and Administration (3 credits)Provides the student with the necessary skills to integrate appropriate business, economic, financial, leadership and management concepts into effective strategies to effect change in community/public health agencies and healthcare organizations.*Course descriptions for all undergraduate courses may be found in the Worcester State University undergraduate catalog.