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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

This section of the Preliminary 2015-2016 University Catalog includes revisions received after the 2014-2015 catalog's publish date of June 3, 2014. Revisions appear in red.

Course Descriptions

Link to Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Programs

Undergraduate Courses/link to graduate courses

Being Cared For: Reflections from the Other Side of the Bed (NSP 1195) 3 credits
Writing Across Curriculum (Gordon Rule)
Prerequisite: ENC 1101

Exploration through writing, reading, and thinking about the concept "being cared for" and its meaning to the individual as a member of society as well as a future health care professional. Course encompasses a variety of writing assignments based on readings and reflections on the situation of being nursed. This is a General Education course.

Advancing Technology, Caring, and Nursing Practice: Concepts and Issues (NSP 4146) 3 credits
Prerequisite: NUR 3115
Course examines philosophical perspectives, significant issues, and applications of technology that are influential in the practice of contemporary nursing grounded in caring. The effects of emerging technologies on nursing practice are explored.

Foundations of Gerontology (NSP 4285) 3 credits
An overview of the historical, social, psychological, cultural, and economic aspects of aging with implication of aging for key current political, legal, and ethical issues.

Promoting Health Literacy in a Diverse Older Population (NSP 4288) 3 credits
This course uses a caring approach to the assessment of health literacy and modification of provider-client interactions to improve the provision of health-related information to a diverse older population with a wide range of health literacy levels. It is open to students from other colleges at FAU.

Issues in Women's Health Care (NSP 4425) 3 credits
Traditional and non-traditional strategies in the prevention and management of common health alterations of women will be explored. Physiological and psychosocial responses to such alterations will be examined. Students will examine varying viewpoints related to contemporary issues and concerns in gynecological and reproductive health care. May be taken for credit in the Women's Studies Program.

Nursing Situations with Students in Schools (NSP 4856) 3 credits
Study of the professional practice of nursing in schools beginning with an historical overview, statutory guidelines, and standards of practice. Emphasis is on the various and complex dimensions of nursing practice focused on caring for students in the school setting.

Evolution of the Nurse Leader Seminar 1 (NSP 4865) 1 credit
Prerequisite: Permission of department
Provides an overview of general nurse leader qualities and concepts highlighting the skills, knowledge, and expertise needed in the role of nurse leader. Content reflects the initial competencies for a nurse leader.

Evolution of the Nurse Leader Seminar 2 (NSP 4866) 1 credit
Prerequisite: NSP 4865 and permission of department
Provides an overview of general nurse leader qualities and concepts highlighting the skills, knowledge, and expertise needed in the role of nurse leader. Content builds upon initial competencies essential for a nurse leader and invites engagement with evidence-based practice leadership.

Evolution of the Nurse Leader Seminar 3 (NSP 4867) 1 credit
Prerequisites: NSP 4865, NSP 4866, and permission of department
Provides an overview of general nurse leader qualities and concepts highlighting the skills, knowledge, and expertise needed in the role of nurse leader. Content builds upon initial competencies important for a nurse leader and focuses on the implementation of evidence-based practice leadership.

Nursing Practice Leadership in Schools (NSP 4868) 3 credits
The complexity of school nursing practice is studied within the context of nursing theory and standards of practice. Focus is on nursing leadership in schools through the examination of contemporary influences of research, multiculturalism, policy, finance, and socio/politics.

Caring Communities in Nursing Seminar (NUR 3018) 1 credit
Prerequisite: Admission to B.S.N. program
Course is an introduction to the study of nursing. The content focuses on the development of a life-long commitment to nursing scholarship.

Health Assessment in Nursing Situations (NUR 3065) 2 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to B.S.N. program
Corequisite: NUR 3065L

A study of multiple dimensions of holistic assessment. Requires integration of knowledge related to the biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of health, including cultural and developmental determinants. Emphasis is placed on identification of health risk factors associated with genetic and environmental influences, as well as on development of clinical reasoning skills.

Health Assessment in Nursing Situations Lan (NUR 3065L) 1 credit
Prerequisite: Admission to B.S.N. program
Corequisite: NUR 3065

Provides opportunities for application of holistic assessment skills in a guided laboratory setting. Students are encouraged to practice to the full extent of their professional role in assessment consistent with AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and ANA Scope and Standards of Practice. Selection of focused interviewing techniques for health history and physical examination is highlighted. Grading: S/U

Foundations of Caring in Nursing Situations (NUR 3115) 3 credits
Provides an introduction to nursing as a distinct discipline of knowledge and a unique professional practice. The evolution of professional nursing is examined. Emphasis is placed on introducing the student to the caring philosophy of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing as the foundation for practice and developing a personal philosophy to guide practice. Caring theories of nursing and other nursing theories are examined. Responsible scholarship and caring interpersonal communication is emphasized.

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Foundations of Nursing Practice (NUR 3119C) 2 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to B.S.N. program
Corequisites:
NUR 3065, NUR 3065L
Focuses on the study of the concepts and principles necessary to competently perform the technological skills and therapeutic interventions needed for professional nursing practice. Topics include knowledge, judgment, skills and professional values within a legal/ethical framework for nursing. Emphasis is on using multiple ways of knowing as an organizing framework and application of concepts and principles that are basic to an environment of safety. Developmental, genetic and environmental risk factors that affect healthcare are explored. Nursing situations and simulations are used to apply the concept of safe, quality care. Grading S/U

Pharmacotherapeutics (NUR 3145) 3 credits
Prerequisites: BSC 2085 or equivalent, BSC 2086 or equivalent NUR 4125 and admission to the B.S.N. program
Corequisite: NUR 4125
Examines the effects of pharmacotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of selected illnesses and in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of wellness in diverse individuals across the lifespan. Provides a basic understanding of therapeutic and adverse reactions to drugs as well as predicting potential drug interactions. Personal, genetic and environmental factors affecting drug therapy are assessed as a foundation for nursing responses. The nurse's role in safe drug administration, assessment of drug effects and patient education is emphasized. Legal and ethical responsibilities for administering drugs are interpreted.
(Changes effective spring 2015.)

Creating Healing Environments (NUR 3171) 3 credits
Prerequisite: NUR 3115 and admission to B.S.N. program
Focuses on the creation of healing environments from multiple perspectives. Students assess and design physical, metaphysical, cultural, technological and sociopolitical environments that promote health and healing. Sustainability, architecture, cultural diversity, energy fields, information systems, promoting health equity through policy and developing self as a healing environment are included.
(Change effective spring 2015.)

Food, Nutrition, and Health (NUR 3183) 3 credits
Prerequisites: (BSC 2085 and BSC 2085L) or (BSC 2086 and BSC 2086L) or BCH 3034
Course examines the foundations of nutrition, including digestive system physiology, nutrients, standards, and therapeutic diets for common health concerns.
(Change effective spring 2015.)

Chronic Care in Nursing Situations for Adults and Aging Populations (NUR 3262) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NUR 3065, NUR 3065L, NUR 3119C, NUR 3145 and NUR 4125
Corequisite: NUR 3262L

Examines the theoretical foundations of wellness and nurturing wholeness for adults and aging populations with chronic health conditions. Emphasizes health promotion, disease prevention and maintenance of function throughout the life course. Uses best evidence to create caring environments that ensure quality and safety across settings. Explores the nurse's role as a member of the interprofessional team in providing culturally appropriate health teaching, screening and care transitions.
(Change effective spring 2015.)

Chronic Care in Nursing Situations for Adults and Aging Populations in Practice (NUR 3262L) 2 credits
Prerequisites: NUR 3065, NUR 3065L, NUR 3119C, NUR 3145, NUR 4125
Corequisite: NUR 3262

Provides opportunities to use nursing knowledge and apply principles of wellness, health promotion, disease prevention and maintenance of function for adults, focusing on persons with chronic health conditions. Use of best evidence to promote and preserve wellness for persons and families living with chronic health conditions is core. Integrates principles of communication and information management. Emphasizes cultural differences in health teaching, screening and community referrals.
Grading: S/U
(Changes effective spring 2015.)

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The Developing Family: Nursing Situations (NUR 3465) 4 credits
Prerequisites: NUR 3065, NUR 3065L, NUR 3115, NUR 3119C, NUR 4125 and NUR 3145 NUR 3262, NUR 3262L
Corequisite: NUR 3465L

Integrates the study of caring science with concepts and theories of family, human growth and development, health promotion, risk reduction and disease management for nursing situations with childbearing women, children and families. Examines evidence-based, age-appropriate communication strategies and nursing responses. Also examines developmental and cultural differences in health assessments, screenings, health teaching and community referrals. Emphasizes collaboration with persons, families and interprofessional teams to create quality outcomes and a culture of safety. Explores the nurse’s role in advocacy for women, children and families on issues of equity in health policy and access to healthcare.
(Changes effective spring 2015.)

The Developing Family: Nursing Situations in Practice (NUR 3465L) 2 credits
Prerequisites: NUR 3065, NUR 3065L, NUR 3115, NUR 3119C, NUR 4125 and NUR 3145 NUR 3262, NUR 3262L
Corequisite: NUR 3465

Integrates the study of caring science with concepts and theories of family, human growth and development, health promotion, risk reduction and disease management for nursing situations with childbearing women, children and families. Examines evidence-based, age-appropriate communication strategies and nursing responses. Also examines developmental and cultural differences in health assessments, screenings, health teaching and community referrals. Emphasizes collaboration with persons, families and interprofessional teams to create quality outcomes and a culture of safety. Explores the nurse’s role in advocacy for women, children and families on issues of equity in health policy and access to healthcare. Grading: S/U
(Changes effective spring 2015.)

Nursing Situations: Caring for Adults Experiencing Acute Alterations in Health 1 (NUR 3715) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NUR 3119C, admission to the professional phase
Corequisite: NUR 3715L

This course focuses on the integration of caring competencies (knowledge and skills) in nursing situations with adults experiencing acute alteration in health 1.

Nursing Situations in Practice: Caring for Adults Experiencing Acute Alterations
in Health 1
(NUR 3715L) 2 credits

Prerequisite: NUR 3119C, admission to the professional phase
Corequisites: NUR 3145, 3715

Course provides practice experience in nursing situations with adults experiencing acute alterations in health 1. Grading: S/U

Transcultural Caring in Nursing (NUR 4046) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
This course approaches caring in nursing from transcultural, multicultural, and global perspectives. Emphasis is on theoretical and experiential processes that show the interrelationship between culture and caring within a variety of cultures, including nursing, and complex organizations.

General Pathophysiology (NUR 4125) 3 credits
Prerequisites: BSC 2085 and BSC 2085L or equivalent, BSC 2086 and BSC 2086L or equivalent permission of department
Study of the pathophysiology of human illness within a systems framework. Emphasis is on understanding pathophysiology as an alteration of normal subsystem physiological functioning altering health of the individual. Course concepts provide the basis for interpretation and analysis of signs and symptoms within a framework of health and disease. Selected pathophysiological nursing situation exemplars and the concepts to related conditions in diverse clients across the lifespan are presented.
(Changes effective spring 2015.)

Nursing Research (NUR 4165) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NUR 3115, STA 2023 or equivalent
and admission to the B.S.N. program
Explores the relationship between theory, research and practice. Examines fundamental principles of the research process, including ethical and cultural considerations. Students search and critically appraise nursing research studies.
(Change effective spring 2015.)

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Spiritual Caring in Nursing (NUR 4174) 3 credits
Course explores the concept of spirituality as an integral part of nurturing the wholeness of persons through caring. Students study caring from a spiritual perspective within nursing situations with a focus on identifying and responding to spiritual calls.

Caring for Self (NUR 4175) 3 credits
Experiential course through which students and faculty work together to address the nature of personal mind/body/spirit connectedness as integral to healing and health. Students are assisted in making this experiential knowledge relevant to others.

Women, Witches, and Healing (NUR 4176) 3 credits
A consideration of the nature of wholeness, health, and healing from philosophical, historical, cultural, ecological, and feminist perspectives. The role of healer is visited, especially in relation to contemporary and future professional nursing. Past and current misconceptions and issues are identified and explored.

Introduction to Holistic Nursing (NUR 4177) 3 credits
An introduction to major concepts and practices of holistic nursing including caring for self and others and connections to the environment.

Nursing Situations in End of Life Care (NUR 4195) 3 credits
Study of nursing situations with persons and their families experiencing Hospice and palliative care at the end
of life.

Nursing Situations in Practice: Acute Care of Adults (NUR 4219L) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NUR 3145, 3465, 3465L
Corequisite: NUR 4716

Study of nursing situations with adults. Course focuses on competence to care for adults with unpredictable and complex human responses in high acuity nursing situations.

Dynamics of Aging (NUR 4284) 3 credits
An introduction to the dynamics of aging, this course covers normal physical, psychological, and environmental changes of aging, wellness, sexuality, and communication. It includes a discussion of common health problems and the most common pharmacologic interventions associated with each.

Nursing Situations with Older Adults (NUR 4286) 3 credits
Prerequisite: RN to B.S.N. student or permission of instructor
The study of nursing situations with older adults across the continuum of care. Emphasis is on design of evidence-based nursing responses that nurture the wholeness of older adults through caring.

Aesthetics of Aging (NUR 4287) 3 credits
Coming to know the beauty of aging. A consideration of aging as reflected in contemporary society through aesthetic expressions.

Psychiatric and Mental Health: Nursing Situations Across the Lifespan (NUR 4525) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NUR 3065, NUR 3065L, NUR 3115, NUR 3119C, NUR 4125 and NUR 3145
Corequisite: NUR 4525L
Integrates advanced behavioral concepts, caring science and standards of practice to design person-centered care in psychiatric mental health nursing situations. Presents principles of communication as a foundation for developing caring relationships. Clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice aid the identification of calls for nursing and nursing responses that nurture wholeness, maximize outcomes and improve quality of life. Addresses legal, ethical and cultural considerations associated with psychiatric mental health problems.
(Changes effective spring 2015.)

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Psychiatric and Mental Health: Nursing Situations In Practice (NUR 4525L) 2 credits
Prerequisites: NUR 3065, NUR 3065L, NUR 3115, NUR 3119C, NUR 4125 and NUR 3145
Corequisite: NUR 4525

Discusses principles of communication in developing caring, therapeutic relationships with persons of varying age groups in psychiatric settings. Uses mental health concepts and selected theoretical frameworks to examine adaptive and maladaptive coping behaviors in response to alterations in psychological functioning. Acute care and community-based experiences provide opportunities for students to participate in interprofessional team planning, interventions and therapeutic group meetings. Grading: S/U
(Changes effective spring 2015.)

Population Health: Nursing Situations (NUR 4638) 3 credits
Prerequisite: NUR 4125
Prerequisites or Corequisites: NUR 3065 and NUR 3065L

Emphasizes promoting the well-being of populations across the lifespan. Explores core public health functions, principles of epidemiology, theoretical models of cultural competency, determinants of health, health promotion and disease and injury prevention. Addresses evidence-based clinical prevention responses, including information technology, interprofessional collaboration, population-focused advocacy partnerships and the caring role of the professional nurse to improve population health and minimize the consequences of mass emergencies.

Nursing Situations in Communities of Faith (NUR 4674) 3 credits
Provides essential content for developing nursing in communities of faith, encompassing principles of nursing the whole person with special emphasis on meeting spiritual needs of individuals, families, and communities. This course meets the requirements of the International Parish Nurse Resources curriculum guides for the Basic Parish Nurse Preparation Program.

Acute Care in Nursing Situations with Adults and Aging Populations (NUR 4716) 4 credits
Prerequisites: NUR 3262, NUR 3262L NUR 3145, NUR 3715 and NUR 3715L
Corequisite: NUR 4716L
Examines concepts and theories to nurture wholeness of adults and aging populations with acute alterations in health. Focuses on co-creating caring environments with interprofessional teams supporting a culture of quality and safety. Emphasizes use of best evidence to facilitate achievement of outcomes across settings.
(Changes effective spring 2015.)

Acute Care in Nursing Situations with Adults and Aging Populations in Practice (NUR 4716L) 2 credits
Prerequisites: NUR 3262, NUR 3262L NUR 3145, NUR 3715 and NUR 3715L
Corequisites: NUR 4716

Building on a foundation of growing nursing knowledge and multiple ways of knowing, students use clinical reasoning skills to achieve safe, quality outcomes for adults experiencing acute alterations in health. Emphasizes managing the care of patients experiencing acute illnesses and restoring health for adult and aging populations. Grading: S/U
(Changes effective spring 2015.)

Complex Care in Nursing Situations with Adults and Aging Populations (NUR 4764) 3 credits

Prerequisites: NUR 4716 and NUR 4716L; Corequisite: NUR 4764L
Emphasis is placed on integrating advanced concepts, caring science and evidence-based standards to design person-centered care in complex nursing situations. Integrates evidence-based nursing responses for adult and aging populations that nurture the wholeness of persons to maximize outcomes and improve quality of life. Collaborative relationships with patients, families and interprofessional teams are highlighted. Legal, ethical, cultural and economic considerations associated with complex health problems are addressed.

Complex Care in Nursing Situations with Adults and Aging Populations in Practice (NUR 4764L) 1 credit
Prerequisites: NUR 4716 and NUR 4716L; Corequisite: NUR 4764
Emphasis is placed on advancing clinical reasoning by integrating complex concepts and foundational nursing knowledge, caring science and evidence-based standards to design person-centered care in complex nursing situations. The role of collaborative relationships with patients, their families and the interprofessional team is examined. Evidence-based nursing responses that nurture the wholeness of persons to maximize outcomes, prevent complications and improve the quality of life are examined. Legal, ethical, culture and economic considerations associated with complex acute health problems are addressed. Grading: S/U
(Change effective spring 2015.)

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Professional Development in Nursing 1: Ethical and Legal Perspectives of Caring (NUR 4824C) 1 credit
Prerequisite: Admission to B.S.N. program
Provides an introduction to the profession of nursing with emphasis on professional and personal accountability and theory-guided practice. Legal and ethical principles are examined and applied in nursing situations. Provides opportunities to establish personal and professional boundaries, examine individual beliefs and values and develop a personal philosophy of nursing emerging from the College of Nursing philosophy of caring. Grading: S/U
(Change effective spring 2015.)

Ethics in Nursing (NUR 4826) 3 credits

The course focuses on the critical analysis of ethical theories and principles that enable ethical decision making in nursing. The ethical context and action will be discussed from various perspectives including resolution of conflict, role of patient, role of nurse and role of agency. Nursing situations will serve as the focus for analysis.

Nursing Practice Immersion (NUR 4829L) 4 credits
Prerequisites: NUR 4638 or permission of Department and NUR 4945
Prerequisites or Corequisites: NUR 4764 and NUR 4764L, NUR 4945, NUR 4945L
A precepted integrative clinical providing the opportunity to synthesize foundational concepts and master the competencies and skills of the advanced beginner in professional nursing. Focuses on integration of one's professional nursing identity within the complex organizational environment in which healthcare is delivered. Grading: S/U
(Changes effective spring 2015.)

Professional Development in Nursing 2: Designer of Caring Environments (NUR 4833C) 1 credit
Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR 4824C
Examines the professional identity of the nurse as an advocate and a member of the interdisciplinary team using concepts and theories of nursing, chaos and complexity, organizational design, QSEN and IPE competencies as foundations to quality care and patient safety. Explores caring models of leadership, teamwork, decision making and priority setting in nursing situations. Grading: S/U

Professional Development in Nursing 3: Leader/Coordinator of Caring Environments (NUR 4860C) 1 credit
Prerequisite: NUR 4833C
Examines the role of the nurse as leader and manager in creating a caring, healing environment in a unique sociopolitical, cultural, economic and technological atmosphere. Analyzes professional, organizational, historical and social factors influencing healthcare delivery within an evolving healthcare system. Emphasizes building cultures of quality and safety in complex healthcare delivery systems based on organizational strengths, using multiple strategies within environmental turbulence and change and managing fiscal resources for cost effectiveness. Provides interprofessional collaborative practice opportunities. Grading: S/U

Professional Development in Nursing 4: Member of a Caring Profession (NUR 4861C) 1 credit
Prerequisite or Corequisite: NUR 4860C
Discusses contemporary issues confronting the nursing profession. Investigates methods to advocate for patients and the profession. Explores the profession’s impact on the dynamic evolution of healthcare. Emphasizes professional skills, such as portfolio development, interviewing, peer evaluation and the advancement of nursing’s role. Also considers professional issues related to self-care of the nurse, such as work-life balance, healthy work environments and resource assistance in building a nursing career. Grading: S/U

Directed Independent Study (NUR 4905) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department

Special Topics (NUR 4930) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department

Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (NUR 4945) 2 credits
Prerequisite: NUR 4165
Explores models of evidence-based practice and quality improvement. Student groups collaborate with designated nursing leaders to address a practice issue. Employs systematic investigation and critical appraisal and synthesis of available evidence to develop a data-based quality improvement project.

Evidence-Based Nursing Practice Capstone (NUR 4945L) 1 credit
Prerequisite: NUR 4945
A clinical course focused on implementing and evaluating the evidence-based practice project previously designed. Student groups collaborate with nursing leaders in a partner agency to address a practice problem using principles of quality improvement and implementing a systematic investigation to translate evidence into practice. The project is implemented, outcomes evaluated and results presented in a professional venue. Grading: S/U

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Graduate Courses

Advanced Health Assessment (NGR 6002) 2 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 6110, 6141; matriculated students only
Focuses on advanced assessment; history-taking; risk appraisal; health promotion; psychosocial, developmental, functional assessment and physical examination techniques. Emphasis is on diagnostic reasoning skills in assessing deviations from normal.

Advanced Health Assessment Lab (NGR 6002L) 1 credit
Prerequisites: NGR 6110, 6141
Corequisites: NGR 6002; matriculated students only

Provides a lab experience for the study of advanced health assessment. It includes supervised experiences of advanced clinical assessment and physical diagnosis.

Advanced Concepts for Direct Care Nursing Situations (NGR 6006) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 6141; NGR 6002; NGR 6002L; NGR 6172
Corequisite: NGR 6006L

Explores how the advanced level of physiological concepts, assessment and pharmacology build a substantive knowledge base within their area of practice. Students apply advanced conceptual knowledge to their individual direct care focus in the nursing situations, i.e. adults, pediatrics, maternal/child, mental health or another specific care area.

Direct Care Focus Practicum (NGR 6006L) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 6141; NGR 6002; NGR 6002L; NGR 6172
Corequisite: NGR 6006

Students apply conceptual knowledge within their individual direct care focus practice areas.

Advanced Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring (NGR 6110) 3 credits
Prerequisites: B.S.N. or permission of department
Examines the philosophical and theoretical foundations of caring as the essential concept for nursing practice, research, administration and education. Major contributions to an understanding of caring from nursing as well as from humanities and science are surveyed. Emphasis on conceptualizations in nursing and philosophical literature. Students examine the implications of caring in relation to the use of multiple ways/patterns of knowing.

Advanced Pathophysiology (NGR 6141) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Undergraduate pathophysiology recommended
Offers advanced study of human pathophysiology as it relates to the detection of disease and nurturing wholeness of individuals and families throughout the lifespan using nursing situations grounded in caring.

Women, Witches and Healing (NGR 6162) 3 credits
A consideration of the nature of wholeness, health, and healing from philosophical, historical, cultural, ecological, and feminist perspectives. The role of healer is visited, especially in relation to contemporary and future professional nursing. Past and current misconceptions are identified and explored.

Caring for Self (NGR 6164) 3 credits
Experiential course addressing the nature of personal mind/body/spirit connectedness as integral to healing and health.

Foundations of Holistic Nursing 1: Advanced Nursing Situations (NGR 6168) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
The course advances the knowledge of historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of holistic nursing for practice and research. The focus is on the development of a foundation of a reflective nursing practice and incorporates caring for self as an essential component of advanced holistic nursing.

Foundations of Holistic Nursing 2: Advanced Nursing Situations (NGR 6169) 3 credits
This course advances knowledge of contemporary views of healing and holistic nursing practice grounded in caring. An emphasis on holistic communication, therapeutic environments, and the body-mind-spirit connection supports a synthesis of knowledge of the foundations of practice. The focus is on refinement of reflective nursing practice and caring for self as foundational components of advanced holistic nursing.

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Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (NGR 6172) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Undergraduate pharmacology, NGR 6141; matriculated students only or permission of department
Builds on foundational knowledge of the use of pharmacotherapeutic agents including complementary and alternative therapies. Focuses on the major drug categories for physiological systems with indications, therapeutic and adverse effects and drug interactions in individuals across the lifespan in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. Personal, genetic and environmental practice considerations are addressed.

Primary Care 1: Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (NGR 6200) 3 credits

Prerequisites: NGR 6002L, 6141, 6172, 6110, 6811
Corequisite: NGR 6200L

Focuses on the foundational study of primary care across the lifespan using nursing situations in advanced practice grounding in caring science, including health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, diagnosis and management of common conditions in the primary care setting.

Primary Care 1 Practicum: Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (NGR 6200L) 3 credits
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Prerequisites: NGR 6002L, 6141, 6172, 6110, 6811
Corequisite: NGR 6200

Allows students to integrate the foundational concepts of primary care in the practice settings to diagnose and manage common conditions across the lifespan. Development of the advanced practice nursing role utilizes nursing situations grounded in caring science and includes health promotion, disease prevention, ethical- and evidenced-based practice.

Nursing Situations: Advanced Knowledge for Care of Adults in Acute Settings (NGR 6216) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Course focuses on advanced knowledge essential to care for adults in complex nursing situations. Specific emphasis is given to assessment, physiologic, pharmacotherapeutic, and empirical concepts that when combined with multiple ways of knowing, provide the foundation for creating a caring-based environment.

Perspectives of Aging (NGR 6251) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
Emphasizes knowledge of the aging experience as a foundation to the advanced nursing practice of adult/gerontological nursing with culturally, ethnically and economically diverse groups of older adults, grounded in caring science. Includes history of gerontological nursing and an appreciation of the uniqueness and beauty of aging and social gerontology theories.

Developing Expertise in Holistic Healing: Advanced Nursing Situations (NGR 6296L) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 6002 and NGR 6002L or permission of department
Corequisite: NGR 6168

Focuses on advanced holistic nursing with development of expertise in healing modalities grounded in caring. Emphasis is placed on reflective integration of mind-body practices, manipulative body practices and energy-based healing modalities to promote health and well-being.

Integrating Expertise in Holistic Practice: Advanced Nursing Situations
(NGR 6297L) 3 credits
Prerequisite: NGR 6296L or permission of department
Provides an opportunity to reflect and apply the student's knowledge and expertise in holistic nursing in preparation for professional practice. Emphasis is placed on developing a confident practice that answers uniquely to individual and group health and wellness needs.

Care of Children: Nursing Situations in Advance Practice (NGR 6301) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 6141, NGR 6002, NGR 6200 and NGR 6200L
Focuses on the care of children from infancy through adolescence using nursing situations in advanced practice including health promotion, disease prevention, health protection, assessment, diagnosis and management of health in the primary care setting. Emphasizes an appreciation of the wholeness and uniqueness of the individual and family in relation to psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, developmental and political issues affecting the health and well-being of children.

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Women's Health: Nursing Situations in Advanced Practice (NGR 6342) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 6141, NGR 6002, NGR 6200 and NGR 6200L
Focuses on the care of women using nursing situations in advanced practice including health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, diagnosis and management of common female and reproductive conditions across the lifespan. An appreciation of the wholeness and uniqueness of the individual and family in relation to psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, developmental and political issues is incorporated into strategies to enhance the health and well-being of women.

Primary Care
2: Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (NGR 6605) 3 credits
Prerequisite: NGR 6200; Corequisite: NGR 6605L
Focuses on the expanding study of primary care across the lifespan using nursing situations in advanced practice grounded in caring science, including health promotion, disease prevention, assessment, diagnosis and management of more complex conditions in the primary care setting.

Primary Care 2 Practicum: Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (NGR 6605L) 1-4 credits
Prerequisite: NGR 6200L; Corequisite: NGR 6605
Allows students to integrate the foundational concepts of primary care in the practice setting to diagnose and manage common and complex conditions across the lifespan. Development of the advanced practice nursing role utilizes nursing situations grounded in caring science and includes health promotion, disease prevention, ethical- and evidenced-based practice.

Comprehensive Care of Adolescents through Older Adults (NGR 6607) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 6605, permission of department
Corequisite: NGR 6607L

Focuses on preparing AGNP students in the management of adolescents, adults and older adults and their families/caregivers in primary care settings across the continuum of care. Nursing situations grounded in caring are used to diagnose and manage complex health conditions. Prepares students for certification, practice management and professional engagement.

Comprehensive Care of Adolescents through Older Adults Practicum (NGR 6607L) 4 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 6605L, permission of department
Corequisite: NGR 6607

Students prepare for comprehensive management of adolescents, adults and older adults and their families with specialized, complex health care in primary care settings across the continuum of care. Development of the advanced practice nursing role utilizes nursing situations grounded in caring science and includes health promotion, disease prevention and ethical- and evidence-based practice.

Care of the Family Across the Lifespan: Advanced Nursing Situations (NGR 6611) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
This course focuses on coming to know family from a caring perspective, including the family as a social, cultural, and spiritual unit of organization. Integrates knowledge of human development across the lifespan.

Primary Care of Families: Comprehensive Advanced Nursing Practice (NGR 6619) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 6605, NGR 6605L
Corequisite: NGR 6619L

Family nurse practitioner students prepare for comprehensive management of primary care patients across the lifespan. Nursing situations grounded in caring are used to diagnose and manage common and complex health conditions in a variety of health care settings. Prepares students for certification, practice management and professional engagement.

Primary Care of Families Practicum (NGR 6619L) 4 credits

Prerequisites: NGR 6605; NGR 6605L
Corequisite: NGR 6619

Prepares family nurse practitioner students for comprehensive management of primary care patients across the lifespan. Nursing situations grounded in caring are used to diagnose and manage common and complex health conditions in a variety of health care settings. Prepares students for certification, practice management and professional engagement.

Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice (NGR 6673) 3 credits
Designed to teach Masters-prepared nurse practitioners and administrators about the science of
Epidemiology. Lessons are designed to provide the student with the critical epidemiological tools needed for the advanced practice of nursing.

Introduction to the Emerging Nurse Leader: Advanced Nursing Situations (NGR 6700) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
Examines the foundational nursing leadership competencies. Emphasis is placed on integrating a broad base of knowledge grounded in caring that includes theory and best evidence for nursing administration concepts associated with leadership in environment of care that include aging and culturally diverse populations.

Creative Teaching - Learning Methods in Nursing Education (NGR 6711) 3 credits
Prerequisite: NGR 6718
Course focuses on creative teaching/learning strategies to foster knowledge development and critical reasoning within a caring student/faculty community. The creative design of teaching/learning modalities used in classroom-based, online and nursing practice environments are explored, critiqued, and practiced. Teaching/learning theories, design concepts, and evaluation criteria are studied and applied using an interactive approach to promote teaching excellence.

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Curriculum Evolution and Models in Nursing Education (NGR 6713) 3 credits
Examines the concept of caring-based nursing education as the central value and dominant construct of the discipline. Also projects the evolution of nursing education in higher education, the development and structure of the discipline in curriculum design, and the role of the nursing educator in academia historically and for the future.

Evaluation in Nursing Education (NGR 6718) 3 credits
Prerequisite: NGR 6713
Course provides an examination of various assessment and evaluation strategies within the context of caring in nursing for use in program evaluation, admission, placement, progression, and graduation decisions in nursing education.

Financial Administration of Nursing Systems (NGR 6722) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
Introduces healthcare financial management, providing a foundation for application in a caring-based nursing leadership practice. Financial management principles are presented, including financial management framework, financial accounting, cost analysis, planning and control, financial resource decision-making, managing financial resources and future directions of nursing and financial management.

Advanced Nursing Administration Practicum 1 (NGR 6723L) 1-2 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
Provides an opportunity to reflect upon and apply knowledge acquired in the core, cognate or concentration courses to administrative nursing practice within the health care delivery system. Students synthesize and apply knowledge grounded in caring and humanizing the health care system in a practice setting under supervision of a mentor.

Advanced Nursing Administration Practicum 2 (NGR 6724L) 1-4 credits
Prerequisites: Permission of department
Provides an opportunity to reflect upon and apply knowledge acquired in the core, cognate or concentration courses to administrative nursing practice within the health care delivery system, with specific focus on varied practice settings. Students synthesize and apply knowledge grounded in caring and humanizing the health care system in a practice setting under supervision of a mentor. Students engage in systematic inquiry as a foundation for their nursing practice as an administrator.

Leadership in Nursing Administration: Advanced Nursing Situations (NGR 6725) 3 credits
Explores and focuses on the components of nursing leadership situations within the health care delivery system. Students are given the opportunity to examine the concepts of leadership, behavior and culture of organizations and the impact of nursing leadership on the creation of caring environments in health care delivery systems.

Clinical Nurse Leadership Role: Advanced Nursing Situations (NGR 6770) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 6110, NGR 6811, NGR 6812, or permission of instructor
Introduction to the role of the clinical nurse leader within nursing and the healthcare delivery system. Specific emphasis is given to clinical nursing leader responsibilities in the development and management of caring-based nursing environments.

Advanced Perspectives in Clinical Nurse Leadership (NGR 6771) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 6110, NGR 6770, NGR 6811, NGR 6812, or permission of instructor
Focuses on the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) in the management of clinical outcomes in a caring-based nursing environment. Professional role transition into the CNL practice role and professional advocacy is discussed.

Advanced Nursing Situations: Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum Seminar (NGR 6773) 1-3 credits
Prerequisites: All nursing core, cognates, and concentration courses
Focuses on the development of advanced nursing practice and the emerging role of the clinical nurse leader. The content includes the study of leadership from multiple disciplinary theoretical perspectives.

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice Roles (NGR 6811) 3 credits
Prerequisite: NGR 6110 or permission of department
Focuses on the evolution of philosophical and theoretical foundations of nursing in nursing research and theory guided practice. Theory development and evaluation include an emphasis on middle range theories and their use in advanced nursing roles across multiple settings.

Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (NGR 6812) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics and NGR 6811 or permission of department
Emphasizes nursing research and the integration of theories, evidence, clinical judgment and interprofessional perspectives using translational processes to evaluate and enhance nursing practice and health care policy.

Quantitative Methods for Advancement of Health Sciences and Nursing Practice (NGR 6814) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
Builds on the basic statistical concepts and fundamental research strategies that apply to nursing research and practice. Students design clinical questions that investigate problems in nursing and health systems evaluation.

Nursing Informatics (NGR 6871) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
Focuses on nursing informatics and the promotion, generation, management and processing of relevant data in order to use information and develop knowledge that supports nurses and the care of patients in all practice domains and nursing situations. Information technology and human caring factors that influence nursing informatics are addressed.

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Leadership, Policy and Finance in Advanced Nursing Practice (NGR 6891) 3 credits
Focuses on organizational and systems leadership. Financial structure quality and safety, informatics, healthcare technology and reform are examined. An emphasis is placed on the effects of nursing leadership grounded in caring on clinical outcomes and population health.

Influencing Health Care Policy Through Nursing: Advanced Nursing Situations (NGR 6892) 3 credits
Examines issues and trends in the development and impact of policy on the health care delivery system. An emphasis is placed upon the process of legislative health policy and the role of professional nursing in influencing the policy-making process.

Advanced Nursing Situations: Health Care Delivery Systems and Nursing (NGR 6893) 3 credits
Course focuses on the structure, function, key issues, and forces that influence the health care delivery system. Particular attention is paid to the role of the nurse in creating caring-based environments for health care delivery systems and how they impact health policy.

Global Communities and Health Care Transitions (NGR 6894) 3 credits
Course presents an understanding of the value of compassionate and competent nursing and health care practice in a global community. It includes the study of cultural and historical dimensions of a country or region of the world with emphasis on the dynamics of nursing and health care.

Directed Independent Study (NGR 6905) 1-4 credits
Prerequisites: Permission of department and faculty; requires proposal and contract
Guided independent reading and research in advanced topics in nursing based on individual interests.

Special Topics (NGR 6930) 1-6 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of faculty/department
The study of a special area of nursing. Topics will vary. Course may be repeated for credit. See end of course listing for possible topics.

Advanced Nursing Education Practicum (NGR 6944L) 1-3 credits
Corequisites: NGR 6711 or NGR 6713 or NGR 6718
Integrates the pedagogy of teaching with theories of nursing through guided practice in classroom, online and practice settings. Activities focus on curriculum development, teaching/learning strategies and evaluation methods.

Nursing Project (NGR 6970) 1-6 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 6812; permission of department; contract with faculty committee; candidacy form required
This course offers the opportunity for a scholarly endeavor to identify, develop, implement, and evaluate a nursing project that has evolved from nursing practice and is clearly grounded in nursing knowledge. More than three credits may be required to complete the project.

Thesis Research (NGR 6971) 1-6 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 6812; permission of department; contract with faculty committee; candidacy form required
This course provides the opportunity for the student to design, implement, and complete a formal research investigation. Research proposals must involve authorization by the University Committee on Human Subjects and possibly other outside entities.

Creating a Deliberative Practice Model (NGR 7013) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Permission of department
In-depth study of decision-making models and processes supported by nursing theory and research. Decision-making grounded in caring is evaluated through frameworks, including patterns of knowing, reflection, evidence-based science, cross-cultural understanding, and ethical reasoning.

Evolution of Nursing as a Discipline and Practice (NGR 7111) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to Ph.D. program
Analyzes the historical development of nursing as a discipline of knowledge and professional practice. Privileges and responsibilities of the nurse as scholar, practitioner, healer, and educator are examined.

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Philosophies of Science Grounding Nursing (NGR 7115) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to Ph.D. program
Presents a critical analysis of different philosophical views of science that have shaped the history and development of the discipline and practice of nursing. Examines major philosophical paradigms as they relate to the art and science of nursing. The plurality of philosophies is necessary to reflect the many facets of nursing in relation to human science, critical science and feminist critique, complexity sciences, applied science, and practice science, which all will be discussed and debated.

Caring: An Essential Domain of Nursing Knowledge (NGR 7116) 3 credits
Prerequisite: NGR 6110 and admission to Ph.D. program
Advanced study of caring as an essential aspect of nursing knowledge, grounding nursing practice, research, administration, and education. Caring is studied from onotological/existential, epistemological, ontical, metaphysical, theoretical, historical, sociocultural, and other perspectives.

Theory Development and Application in Nursing (NGR 7121) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to Ph.D. program
Explores patterns of knowing, theory development, and evaluation in the context of nursing knowledge guided by caring philosophy. Nursing theories are studied with emphasis on middle range theory as applied to practice and research. Concept analysis methods are introduced as a foundation for theory building and evaluation.

Theory-Guided Models for Advanced Practice Nursing (NGR 7124) 3 credits

Prerequisite: Admission to D.N.P. program
Course focuses on the development of grand, mid-range, and practice-level theories to support theory-guided models for advanced practice nursing.

Emerging Therapies of Care in Advanced Practice Nursing (NGR 7166) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to D.N.P. program
Course presents new technological advances in healthcare in caring-based framework, which may include genetics, pharmaceuticals, alternative and complementary therapies, nutritional therapies, advances in medical devices, and other emerging therapies.

Population-Based Caring in Aging Societies (NGR 7661) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Epidemiology
Course offers an in-depth study of population-based healthcare in an increasingly diverse aging society. Includes consideration and distribution determinants of health and illness as well as policy changes.

Innovative Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring (NGR 7707) 3 credits
Prerequisites: All required Ph.D. courses, one-to-four semesters
Advanced study of caring concepts applied to innovative practices/models to illuminate the human experience within nursing situations. Emphasis on the creative integration of multiple patterns of knowing in the study of the phenomenon regarding nursing.

Crafting the Life of Scholarship (NGR 7709) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program or permission of department
Prepares the doctoral student to integrate behaviors and attributes of "being scholarly" into a variety of career choices. Course explores the application of scholarly practices and outcomes to positions in academia, practice, organizations, government, and other settings.

Public Policy in the Context of Nursing and Health (NGR 7738) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Permission of department
Explores interrelations of nursing, health and public policy, with emphasis on developing and sustaining collaborative relationships contributing to mutual goals. Diverse health care organizations are studied, along with legislative, governmental and political agencies and processes. Students explore use of caring philosophies, theories and research to evaluate, frame and develop policy.

Introduction to Practice Management: Advanced Nursing Practice (NGR 7767) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
Provides a comprehensive overview of practice, business, finance and management principles necessary to establish and maintain a successful nursing practice grounded in caring.

Healthcare Systems Leadership and Finance (NGR 7793) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Admission to D.N.P. program
Course explores the structure and functions of healthcare delivery systems and healthcare financing with special consideration to the impact of an aging population. The role of the D.N.P. in creating caring environments through both organizational and systems policy changes are addressed throughout the course.

Qualitative Research Methods 1 (NGR 7815) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program or permission of department
Overview of qualitative research methods used in the development of nursing knowledge. Research design, sampling, data collection, data analysis, criteria for rigor, and ethical issues are explored. The philosophical, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic foundations of qualitative research methods are examined.

Qualitative Research Methods 2 (NGR 7817) 3 credits
Prerequisite: NGR 7815 or equivalent or permission of department
Designed for nursing students and students in other disciplines to achieve an advanced level of expertise in selected qualitative approaches. Expected course outcome is a completed qualitative project.

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Advanced Nursing Research: Applied Quantitative Design and Method (NGR 7818) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Ph.D. courses semester one
Examines advanced experimental and non-experimental research methods including sampling, instrumentation, data collection and data analysis. Integrates interpretation of findings and application to nursing practice. Analyzes ethical issues related to research and research-based nursing practice.

Measurement in Practice-Based Research (NGR 7822) 3 credits
Prerequisite: NGR 7818 or permission of department
Analysis of measurement strategies for practice-based research, encompassing selection, evaluation, and development of measures and instruments.

Evaluating Systems and Models of Care in Advanced Practice Nursing (NGR 7826) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
An examination of various program evaluation strategies for nursing models and systems of care. Phases of evaluation are included.

Essential Statistical Methods for Nursing Science (NGR 7846) 3 credits
Prerequisites: 6000-level statistics class, permission of department
An interdisciplinary course focusing on advanced statistical concepts and research strategies for knowledge development in the discipline of nursing and health sciences. Advanced biostatistical analyses such as hierarchical linear modeling, logistic regression, survival analysis, repeated measures, ANOVA, MANOVA, MANCOVA and structural equation modeling will be included.

Research for Advanced Practice Nursing (NGR 7850) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
Application of research to support advanced nursing practice with aging and diverse populations and to support new models of care delivery using evidence-based practice.

Innovations in Inquiry (NGR 7853) 3 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 7815, NGR 7818, NGR 7822, NGR 7817
This course explores innovative approaches to inquiry, including implementation science, community-based participatory research, mixed methods, and meta-analysis/synthesis. Additional information includes challenges of designing and conducting studies with innovative inquiry approaches and translation of research findings to enable adoption of evidence-based change.

Directed Independent Study (NGR 7905) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of advisor or dissertation chair
Course provides opportunity for directed, independent, scholarly study with expert faculty in an area related to the student's focus of study.

Doctoral Seminar in Advanced Nursing 1 (NGR 7932) 1 credit
Prerequisites: Admission to Ph.D. program; permission of department
Introduces students to the role of doctoral scholar. Focuses on approaches to knowledge development through search, critique, and management of literature sources. Grading: S/U.

Doctoral Seminar in Advanced Nursing 2 (NGR 7934) 1 credit
Prerequisites: NGR 7932
Focuses on critique and synthesis of research literature for purpose of developing a plan for individual research. Explores potential funding sources.

Doctoral Seminar in Advanced Nursing 3 (NGR 7936) 1 credit
Prerequisites: NGR 7934
Develops skill in designing research. Focuses on preparation of pilot study for research.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Seminar 1 (NGR 7941) 1 credit
Prerequisite: Admission to D.N.P. program
Introduction to the leadership role of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), including the history of nursing and healing, optimal health environments, the need for change in health care delivery, interprofessional collaboration and team work.
(Credit change from 1-3 credits to 1 takes effect in spring 2015.)

Doctor of Nursing Practice Seminar 2 (NGR 7942C) 2-4 credits
Explores topics in cultural diversity and addresses health disparities to promote health equity for vulnerable groups, with special emphasis on aging populations.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Seminar 3 (NGR 7943C) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: NGR 7942C
Guides the student in the process of developing a capstone project integrating the role of the D.N.P. in practice.

D.N.P. Residency and Capstone Project (NGR 7945C) 1-6 credits
Prerequisite: Completion of all D.N.P. course work
Course encompasses clinical practice components and completion of a final practice-based project. Projects will reflect the D.N.P. designing systems of care for an aging population within a caring framework. In a designated practice setting, the program requires a minimum of 250 clinical hours across two semesters. Course will be repeated at least once to meet overall program requirements. Grading: S/U.

Doctoral Synthesis (NGR 7978) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of all required course work
Offers the doctoral student the opportunity, with faculty support and supervision, to synthesize learning from prior courses in preparation for Doctoral Comprehensive Examinations. May be repeated once. Grading: S/U

Advanced Research (NGR 7979) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of dissertation chair
Offers the doctoral student the opportunity, with faculty support and supervision, to prepare and defend the dissertation proposal. Course may be taken for more than one semester. May be repeated once. Credits can count toward dissertation hours. Total credits will not exceed 6. Grading: S/U

Dissertation (NGR 7980) 1-15 credits
Prerequisites: NGR 7978, 7979
Offers the doctoral student the opportunity, with faculty support and supervision, to complete and defend the dissertation. Minimum 15 credits for graduation, which may include up to 6 credits for NGR 7979. May be taken for more than one semester. Grading: S/U

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