2015-2016 Master of Science in Nursing Family Practitioner Courses

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MSN 500 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (4)
This class focuses on the development of advanced communication, assessment, and diagnostic reasoning skills. These skills are used to analyze health and alterations in health of individuals and families across the life span. Prerequisite: undergraduate health assessment course or equivalent; RN license; acceptance to the MSN FNP program.
MSN 501 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
This is a system-focused pathophysiology course. It covers physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease. Undergraduate pathophysiology course or equivalent is strongly recommended; RN license required; acceptance to the MSN FNP program.
MSN 532 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice (3)
This class is designed to provide the required general knowledge for safe, effective prescriptive practice as defined by the State of Utah Nurse Practice Act. Students methodically analyze all aspects of the patient history and physical exam to appropriately prescribe for independent scripting practice. Prerequisite: MSN 500, 501; RN license.
MSN 540 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
This class is designed to provide a theoretical basis for advanced nursing practice. Concepts and principles of nursing and family theories are analyzed and applied to practice and nursing education. Prerequisite: undergraduate nursing theory course or equivalent; RN license; acceptance to the MSN FNP program.
MSN 550 Health Care and Health Promotion of Adults and Older Adults/Clinical Seminar (4)
The diagnosis and management of common acute illnesses and stable chronic disease states in the adult and older adult client are emphasized. Attention is given to early detection and treatment of chronic disease, occupational and environmental hazards, common psychosocial problems, and changes in function related to aging. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 540; co-requisite: MSN 532; RN license.
MSN 570 Research in the Practice Setting (2)
This class provides opportunities for advancing knowledge and skills in the research process, planning a group project/research study, preparing a well-written research manuscript, and utilizing nursing research in the practice setting. Prerequisites:  RN license; acceptance to the MSN FNP program.
MSN 581 Health Care and Health Promotion of Young Adults/Clinical Seminar (4)
This class emphasizes the recognition and management of uncomplicated pregnancy and the diagnosis and management of acute and stable chronic health problems in the male and female young adult patient. Special emphasis is placed on health promotion and prevention issues in the young adult population. The clinical seminars utilize case studies to evaluate clinical decision-making and to identify pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapy for the young adult. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 532, 540, 550, 570.
MSN 582 Health Care and Health Promotion of Infants Through Adolescents/Clinical Seminar (4)
This class emphasizes well child care, and the recognition and management of acute illnesses and stable chronic diseases common to the pediatric and adolescent client. Attention is given to infectious disease, anticipatory guidance, facilitation of individual growth and development, accident prevention, and family interactions. Appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies for common health concerns are examined. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 532, 540, 550, 570, 581.
MSN 584 Ambulatory Care Procedures (3)
This class focuses on the development of ambulatory procedures skills necessary to manage health and alterations of health of individuals and families across the lifespan. Prerequisite: MSN 500, 501, 532, 550.
MSN 601 Role and Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
This class emphasizes exploration, analysis and evaluation of the role of the family nurse practitioner to ensure and monitor the quality of health care in the changing health care system. It provides macro to micro perspectives on effective leadership for the advanced practice nurse. National and local health policy, political activism, and economics are discussed. Development, maintenance, and evaluation of practice are examined.
MSN 610 Masters Project (3)
This class provides guidance and direction for the completion of a scholarly group project. Prerequisites: MSN 540, 570.
MSN 639 Advanced Nursing Practicum/Clinical Seminar (5)
A culminating course taught in the final semester with emphasis on providing primary health care to clients across the lifespan and prescribing appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies of common, acute, and chronic health concerns. Special emphasis is placed on the assumption of the role and responsibilities of an advanced practice nurse. As this is a capstone program with 240 hours spent in the clinical setting, the student is given the opportunity to synthesize the knowledge from all prior graduate courses in ordering appropriate labs, x-rays, etc. to reach a correct medical diagnosis and evaluate the plan with the preceptor. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 532, 540, 550, 570, 581, 582, 584, 601; co-requisite: MSN 670.
MSN 650 Advanced Practice Nursing, Continuing Registration (0)
This course is for the ongoing completion of clinical practice hours.
MSN 660 Special Topics (1–4)
Special topics are offered under this course number as opportunities for students to explore areas of interest. Prerequisites: consent of instructor, director and school dean.
MSN 668 Directed Studies (1–4)
Directed studies are independent pursuits of topics/areas not covered by core or elective courses. Prerequisites: consent of instructor, director, and school dean.
MSN 670 Synthesis: Practice in Context (2)
This class is designed to assist students to develop skills needed to effectively transition to the role of Family Nurse Practitioner. Prerequisites: MSN 500, 501, 532, 540, 550, 570, 581, 582, 601; co-requisite: MSN 639.
MSN 699 Master’s Project Continuing Registration (0)
This course is for the ongoing work on the clinical research component of the Master’s Program.