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The following guidelines are intended to guide the student in selecting possible preceptors for clinical practice. Students must obtain faculty permission prior to contacting preceptors and again prior to initiating practice in the student role. Additional information about clinical expectations including clinical and course objectives is found in individual course syllabi. 

NURS 618 Advanced Health Assessment: This course is taught during the summer and requires a minimum of 45 clinical hours to develop assessment skills at the advanced level. Clinical activities include history taking, physical examinations and recording in SOAP format. Students will be directed to practice physical assessments in segments (i.e. HEENT, Chest, ABD, Musculoskeletal, Neuro, male and female genitalia) and head to toe exams. Preceptors are needed to observe and guide history taking and physical exam skills. Preceptors may include nurse practitioners and physicians. Clinical written work will be evaluated by course faculty. 

NURS 745 Advanced Nursing Health Assessment and Intervention I:  This course required 120 – 144 clinical hours.  The majority of clinical hours will be in inpatient settings. Emphasis is on the synthesis of psychological, behavioral, social, and physiological theories in the therapeutic management of acute and/or chronic illness, including disease prevention and health promotion. Content is centered on the development of the role of the clinical nurse specialist in the dimensions of clinician, research, educator, consultant, collaborator, and manager. Clinical experiences utilize holistic, research-based nursing therapies to care for individuals, families, and aggregate populations within communities.  

NURS 746 Advanced Assessment and Intervention II: This course requires 180 – 216 clinical hours and the majority of clinical experiences are in the inpatient setting.  This course further explores the advanced practice management of complex patients with acute and /or chronic illness in a changing health care delivery system. Emphasis is on the synthesis of psychological, behavioral, social, and physiological theories in the therapeutic management of clients with acute and/ or chronic illness, including disease prevention and health promotion.  Content is centered on developing skills to influence the spheres of nursing and the health care systems.  

NURS 747 Advanced Assessment and Intervention III: Course Description:  The course facilitates the integration of the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) role across all spheres of influence. Through the use of specialized practice and application of theoretical knowledge the students provided expert, holistic care to individuals and families while managing nursing and health care systems influences within a specific patient population.  The course requires 260 – 320 clinical hours, with the majority of hours in an in-patient setting.  

NURS 754 Primary Care of Nursing of Families I: This course requires 120-144 clinical hours in a primary care setting providing care to families. Students may practice from 8 to 16 hours per week during the course of the semester to develop expertise in the family nurse practitioner role. Clinical activities include taking histories, performing physical exams, determining a plan of care, conferring with the preceptor, and documentation. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.  

NURS 755 Primary Care of Nursing of Families II: This course requires 180-216 clinical hours. The majority of practice should be in a primary care setting providing care to families. Students may select additional clinical specialty sites such as pediatrics, obstetrics, dermatology, or other areas of interest. Students may practice from 8 to 16 hours per week during the course of the semester. Clinical activities include taking histories, performing physical exams, determining a plan of care, conferring with the preceptor, and recording. Preceptors may include family and specialty nurse practitioners and primary care and specialty physicians.  

NURS 756 Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum: This course requires 260-320 clinical hours. The majority of practice should be in a primary care setting providing care to families. Students may select additional clinical specialty sites such as pediatrics, obstetrics, dermatology, or other areas of interest. Students may practice 30+ per week during the course of the semester. Preceptors may include family and specialty nurse practitioners and primary care and specialty physicians. Focus should be in primary care and/or the site in which you may be employed following graduation. 

NURS 762 Psychiatric Mental Health Care of Families I:  The focus of this course is on theoretical and clinical management of the psychiatric/mental health needs of individuals across the lifespan within the context of a family-based theoretical model.  Clinical experiences are within outpatient environments and include a total of 120 – 144 hours throughout the 16 week semester.  Students incorporate the role of the family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner as an independent and interdependent practitioner and performing comprehensive mental health assessments are primary clinical foci.  

NURS 763 Psychiatric Mental Health Care of Families II:  The focus of this course is on expansion of the management of psychiatric/mental health status of individuals across the life span within the context of a family-based theoretical model with clinical experiences primarily in out- patient settings.  Students spend 180 – 216 hours in the clinical environment throughout the 16 week semester.  Further role development is emphasized, including interdependent and independent practice. Theoretical concepts are related to management of individuals and families with acute and chronic mental health problems. Expanded participation in mental health assessments, planning care for stabilization of mental health, strategies for mental health promotion, therapies, and mental health education are included in course and clinical experiences. 

NURS 764 Psychiatric Mental Health Care Practicum: This course involves an intensive clinical experience in the family psychiatric & mental health nurse practitioner (FMHNP) role.  The clinical experience includes 260 – 600 hours in outpatient mental health settings.  Preceptors will guide and direct the FMHNP students as they achieve greater independence and develop expertise in caring for families and individuals across the lifespan. 

NURS 774 Management of the Acutely Ill Adult I: This course requires a minimum of 180 clinical hours. The clinical focus is on the role of the acute care nurse practitioner working with a multidisciplinary team. The setting of clinical for this semester is primary care, and students may practice 8-16 hours per week. Clinical activities include taking histories, performing physical exams, determining a plan of care, conferring with the preceptor and recording. Preceptors may include family and Internal medicine practices. The intent of this clinical is to establish a familiarity/identification of co-morbidities to facilitate and enhance the patient's return to optimal health.  

NURS 775 Management of the Acutely Ill Adult II: This course requires a minimum of 180 clinical hours. The clinical focus is on the role of the acute care nurse practitioner working with a multidisciplinary team across settings to facilitate and accelerate the patient's return to optimal health. Clinical practice sites this semester include cardiology, pulmonology, Infectious disease, Nephrology, Urology, and Immunology. Clinical activities include taking histories, performing physical exams, rounding with the preceptor, determining a plan of care, conferring with the preceptor, and recording/dictation of the plan. Students may practice 8-16 hours of clinical per week. Preceptors may include cardiologist, pulmonologist, nephrologist, urologist, and immunology and infectious disease specialist. 

NURS 776 Management of the Acutely Ill Adult III: This course requires a minimum of 300 Clinical hours. The clinical focus is on the role of the acute care nurse practitioner working with a multidisciplinary team across settings to facilitate and accelerate the patient's return to optimal health. Clinical practice sites this semester include emergency/trauma, oncology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and others. Clinical activities include taking histories, performing physical exams, rounding with the preceptor, determining a plan of care, conferring with the preceptor, and recording/dictation of the plan. Students may practice 16-24 hours of clinical per week. Preceptors may include emergency/trauma specialist, endocrine specialist, oncologist, gastroenterologist, hospitalist, and intensivist. 

NURS 784 Primary Care of Adults and Elders I (5): This course requires 120-144 clinical hours in a primary care setting providing care to families. Students may practice from 8 to 16 hours per week during the course of the semester to develop expertise in the AGPCNP role. Clinical activities include taking histories, performing physical exams, determining a plan of care, conferring with the preceptor, and documentation. Preceptors may include family nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.  

NURS 785 Primary Care of Adults and Elders II (5): This course requires 180-216 clinical hours. The majority of practice should be in a primary care setting providing care to families or in a long term care setting. Students may select additional clinical specialty sites such as pediatrics, dermatology, or other areas of interest within the primary care role. Students may practice from 8 to 16 hours per week during the course of the semester. Clinical activities include taking histories, performing physical exams, determining a plan of care, conferring with the preceptor, and recording. Preceptors may include family and specialty nurse practitioners and primary care and specialty physicians.  

NURS 786 Primary Care of Adults and Elders Practicum (5): This course requires 260-320 clinical hours. The majority of practice should be in a primary care setting providing care to patients ages 13 and older. Students may practice 30+ per week during the course of the semester. Preceptors may include primary care providers and geriatricians. Focus should be in primary care and/or the site in which you may be employed following graduation. 

NURS 866 Project I: Planning (1): This course focuses on the initial development of capstone projects including literature review, problem statement, objectives, project activities, project timeline, and resources.  Method(s) to address Healthy People 2020 objectives will be integrated into the project.  This course is part of a six-semester sequence required of all DNP students. There are 75 clinical hours associated with this course.

NURS 867 Project II: Proposal (1): This course focuses on project development including process and outcome evaluation, budget development, and measurement tools. The full project proposal will be completed during this course.  Human subject protection needs will be determined and initiated during the course.  Students will present their project proposals as a poster presentation at a research conference.  This course is part of a six-semester sequence required of all DNP students.  There are 75 clinical hours associated with this course.

NURS 868 Project III: Implementation (1): This course focuses on implementation of the DNP project.  Strategies to address challenges in the implementation of the capstone project will be explored.  This course is part of a six-semester sequence required of all DNP students. There are 100 clinical hours associated with this course.

NURS 871 Project IV: Data Analysis (1): This course focuses on the collection and analysis of data to evaluate the outcomes of the capstone project.  This course is part of a six-semester sequence required of all DNP students.  There are 75 clinical hours associated with this course.

NURS 872 Project V: Project Paper (1):  This course focuses on the development of the final capstone project report.  Students will develop a comprehensive report describing their project, implementation, evaluation, and results.  This course is part of a six semester sequence required of all DNP students. There are 75 clinical hours associated with this course.

NURS 873 Project VI: Dissemination (1):  This course culminates the DNP capstone project.  Students will present their current project status, evaluation data, dissemination plans, and future recommendations.  Dissemination of the project outcomes will be completed.  This course is the final course of a six-semester sequence required of all DNP students.  There are 100 clinical hours associated with this course.