Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Courses

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DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Courses

DNP-710: Epidemiology/Population Health (Credits: 3)

Epidemiological concepts as they relate to health and healthcare are introduced in this course. The advanced practice nurse will develop an understanding of population health, screening, prevention, and disease control. Prerequisites: none

DNP-711: Biological Systems, Homeostasis, & Patho (Credits: 3)

This course will introduce the student to principles of biological systems, homeostasis. and pathogenesis. Best-practice models for nurse anesthesia care will be discussed. Students will examine systematic outcomes in the translation of research evidence and data, and identify application to nurse anesthesia practice.

DNP-713: Healthcare Improvement (Credits: 4)

Students will analyze ways to improve healthcare using a systems approach and evaluate evidence for safety issues related to patients, populations, clinical settings, or hospital systems. Students will explain the significance of an inter-professional approach to solving patient safety issues and create a policy related to healthcare improvement in the operating room. Students will analyze patient safety and technology and apply those concepts to the improvement of healthcare.

DNP-715: Health Care Policy and Economics (Credits: 3)

This course will explore health care policies and laws that control the structure of healthcare in the United States. Advance practice nurses will explore current and emerging issues and principles of business finance related to health care practices. National, state, and local levels will be addressed. Prerequisites: none

DNP-720: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (Credits: 3)

This course explores the theoretical foundations of practice, implementation of research, and evidence based approaches to practice. Learning focuses on the integration of scientific evidence in to practice to promote safe, cost effective healthcare with improved outcomes. Prerequisites: none

DNP-725: Leadership and Roles (Credits: 3)

This course will explore the development of the advanced practice role as it relates to our complex healthcare system. Regulation of practice and professional responsibilities are included. Professional development and leadership models are addressed. Leadership related concepts such as professional integrity, credibility, and interprofessional collaboration will also be emphasized. Prerequisites: none

DNP-727: Legal Concerns (Credits: 2)

Course discussions will explain the major legal issues in nurse anesthesia practice and health care. Students will apply legally sound decision-making processes in the healthcare and academic environments and use critical thinking and logical argument techniques to rationally debate controversial legal issues. Students will defend a controversial health care legal decision using recent research and explain the most effective ways to keep anesthesia providers safe from frivolous lawsuits.

DNP-730: Adv. Statistics for Clinical Practice (Credits: 3)

This course provides an understanding of qualitative and quantitative statistics including some mathematical skills relevant to understanding the application of statistics in health care. Advance practice nurses will develop skills to read and interpret medical literature. Prerequisites: none

DNP-731: Advanced Health Assessment (Credits: 3)

This course will focus on health assessment across the lifespan. Students will discuss health assessment as it relates to overall patient well-being and apply these concepts to their anesthesia preoperative interviews. Charting and lab value interpretation will be discussed.

DNP-732: Gross Anatomy (Credits: 3)

An in-depth analysis of human anatomy will occur through the use of hands-on cadaver dissection and class discussion. Dissection of the nervous system will allow for regional anesthesia application.

DNP-733: Research Methods (Credits: 2)

Basic concepts of research practice will be incorporated into an interactive student-faculty approach towards evidenced based practice. Key terminology and literature review will guide the student towards mastering concepts in all facets of research practice.

DNP-734: Chemistry and Physics (Credits: 2)

This course will focus on measurements and math, physics, chemistry, fluids, gas laws, states of matter, pressure, tension, radiation, electricity, acid-base balance, and a thorough understanding of the anesthesia machine.

DNP-740: Advanced Theory and Ethics in Anp (Credits: 3)

This course focuses on theory directed design and implementation of evidence to transform healthcare systems. Advanced practice nurses will explore ethical dilemmas in healthcare delivery based on evidence. Ethics related to decision making at an individual, organizational, and systems level will be investigated. Prerequisites: none

DNP-745: Informatics in Health Care Systems (Credits: 3)

This course explores major existing and emerging technologies and their potential impact on healthcare systems. Use of technology in healthcare will be emphasized and will include systems that support patient centered, effective, timely, safe, and equitable care. Prerequisites: none

DNP-750: Quality and Safety Across Healthcare (Credits: 3)

This course analyzes the economic, social, and political issues that affect quality healthcare in today's environment. The advance practice will gain tools to influence quality improvement in today's healthcare systems. Prerequisites: none

DNP-760: Scholarly Project Development I (Credits: 2)

This course is the first of a 3-course series designed to assist in identifying and gathering data for the scholarly project. Project management and development of outcomes and a plan are emphasized in this course. (120 doctoral clinical hours) Prerequisites: none

DNP-765: Scholarly Project II (Credits: 3)

This course is the second in a 3-course series designed to promote the development of the doctorate scholarly project. A culmination of previous clinical experiences and previous courses will guide development of the project. (180 doctoral clincal hours) Prerequisites: DNP 760

DNP-770: Scholarly Project III (Credits: 3)

This is the third of a 3-course series designed for culmination of the DNP scholarly project. Completion of this course is the successful completion of the scholarly project. (180 doctorate level clinical hours) Prerequisites: DNP 760, DNP 765.

DNP-799: DNP Continuing Registration (Credits: 0)

This course is for the ongoing work on the clinical research component of the DNP program. There is a registration fee of $250 per semester. Prerequisites: DNP 770.

DNP-811: Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (Credits: 4)

This course will focus on physiology and pathophysiology across the life span. Basic cell structure will set the foundation for a comprehensive review of all human systems and its relevancy to anesthesia practice will be discussed.

DNP-812: Advanced Pharmacology I (Credits: 4)

This is the first course in a sequence of two courses designed to provide the nurse anesthesia student with an in-depth knowledge of pharmacology and its application to the clinical practice of anesthesia. Video conference lectures followed by discussion will be the format of these courses.

DNP-813: Anesthesia Principles I (Credits: 2)

Introductory aspects of nurse anesthesia will be discussed. Concepts will include anesthesia history, progress and advancements over the years, antibiotics, preoperative evaluation and planning, airway emergencies, spinal and epidural placement, and regional anesthesia blocks.

DNP-814: Anesthesia Simulation I (Credits: 2)

Students will perform an anesthesia machine check and properly set up their anesthesia station. Proper medication selection and airway equipment preparation will be discussed. Arterial and central line placement will be simulated and potential complications/issues will be presented.

DNP-821: Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology II (Credits: 4)

this course is a continued review of physiology and pathophysiology. Concepts in nervous system development and disorders thereof will be discussed. Neurological, skeletal, and muscular systems will be discussed.

DNP-822: Advanced Pharmacology II (Credits: 3)

This is the second course in a sequence of two courses designed to provide the nurse anesthesia student with an in-depth knowledge of pharmacology and its applications to the clinical practice of anesthesia. Video conference lectures followed by discussion will be the format of these courses.

DNP-823: Anesthesia Principles II (Credits: 3)

This course builds on basic principles of anesthesia and will introduce the student to varied surgical procedures and health complications that impact an anesthetic care plan. Obstetrics, pediatrics, renal, cardiac, geriatric, and malignant hyperthermia topics will be addressed.

DNP-824: Advanced Anesthesia Simulation (Credits: 2)

This course will build on prior anesthesia simulation skills and incorporate regional blocks, including spinals and epidurals.

DNP-831: Anesthesia Seminar I (Credit: 1)

This online course will outline anesthesia implications for ENT, laser, obesity, hepatobilliary, endocrine, and trauma patients.

DNP-832: Anesthesia Principles I (Credits: 2)

This course will introduce the student to airway implications and discuss best-practice techniques in securing an airway. Laser surgery will be reviewed and preoperative/postoperative patient interviews will be discussed.

DNP-833: Clinical Practicum I (Credits: 4)

This course will introduce the student to the clinic facility. Students will perform all aspects of patient care will preparing for and planning an appropriate anesthetic plan. Students will conduct pre-operative and post-operative interviews.

DNP-911: Anesthesia Seminar II (Credit: 1)

This course will provide a platform for anesthesia case scenario discussion in a group format through distance education. Concepts will build on previously learned elements of nurse anesthesia practice.

DNP-912: Advanced Anesthesia Principles II (Credits: 2)

Students will be presented with more advanced concepts and class discussions will focus on physiology and pathophysiology as it relates to trauma, thoracic surgery, cardiac surgery, and vascular surgical procedures.

DNP-914: Clinical Practicum II (Credits: 4)

Students will continue to demonstrate clinical practicum efficiency and safety through hands-on anesthesia care in the clinical setting. Additional opportunities for autonomy will be given and opportunities for staff presentations will be given.

DNP-921: Anesthesia Seminar III (Credit: 1)

Students will discuss anesthesia implications for neurological, ophthalmic, gynecological, urologic, and plastic surgery patients. Patient scenario assignments will be utilized that assist the student in evaluation and treating less-common surgical procedures.

DNP-922: Adv. Anesthesia Principles III (Credit: 1)

Students will complete assignments that facilitate the careful planning and implementation of advanced surgery cases, to include neurological, ophthalmic, high-risk OB, gynecological, urological, and plastic surgery.

DNP-924: Clinical Practicum III (Credits: 4)

Students will continue to advance their clinical practicum skills in the clinical setting. Opportunities for more difficult case management will be given and more advanced planning will be expected and required.

DNP-931: Anesthesia Seminar IV (Credit: 1)

Students will demonstrate proficiency in their planning for orthopedic, neuroaxial, pediatric, and neonatal cases. Additionally, cases occurring out of the surgery suite will be discussed.

DNP-932: Advanced Anesthesia Principles IV (Credits: 3)

Students will demonstrate proficient case preparation or orthopedic, podiatric, and geriatric care. Regional anesthesia blocks will be demonstrated with patient safety and outcome in mind. Legal implications and terminology will be reviewed.

DNP-933: National Certification Exam Review (Credit: 1)

Students will prepare for their board exam by following a detailed study plan that includes commonly accepted board review preparation materials. Students will have their performance tracked and recommendations for improvement will be given throughout the semester.

DNP-934: Clinical Practicum IV (Credits: 4)

Students will refine their anesthesia skills and demonstrate proficiency in all areas of their practice. Respect for patients, and others, will be expected. Care plan documentation will be expected to be completed without error and performance in the surgery suite will be evaluated for positive outcomes in all areas. Students will demonstrate mastery of anesthesia practice in areas outside the operating room.