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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.

N618 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 645 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.  

NURS646 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.  

NURS647 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. 

N654 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.  

N655 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.  

N656 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 662 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 663 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 664 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.  

N674 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.  

N675 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.  

N676 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 677 Advanced Nursing Care of Pediatric Patients: This course requires a total of 160 clinical hours in pediatric clinical sites. Eighty clinical hours may be completed in the employment practice environment if pediatric patients are seen. Eighty hours must be completed in a pediatric clinical environment.

NURS678   NED Role Integration (4) This course facilitates the integration of the NED role dimensions of clinician, researcher, educator, change agent, and leader.  Through the implementation of a clinical education project, the student will apply theoretical knowledge in the clinical setting. Examples: evaluation of student clinical learning; learning modules for staff or students involved on a designated education unit; post-conference modules; implementation of QSEN in the clinical setting; program focused on staff development or program focusing on patient centered care.    

N684 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.   

N685 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.   

N686 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.